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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/05/giants-cut-michael-boley/

Giants cut Michael Boley
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 5, 2013, 5:12 PM EST

The Giants are saying goodbye to linebacker Michael Boley.

The Giants announced the move on Tuesday afternoon, and coach Tom Coughlin and General Manager Jerry Reese both praised Boley on his way out the door.

“Michael Boley was brought here as a fast, athletic, versatile linebacker,” Coughlin said. “We recognized his special skills were in coverage. He’s a smart player who made some big plays for us. He was an integral part of our Super Bowl XLVI championship team. Michael played outstanding football down the stretch for us that season.”

“Michael came in and learned our defense quickly and he added speed, coupled with big play ability, to our defensive unit,” Reese said. “He also played an important role in helping us win Super Bowl XLVI. I wish him well as he moves forward in his career.”

The move comes as something of a surprise, but maybe it shouldn’t: Boley will turn 31 before the start of the 2013 season, and although he played well early in the year, he lost his spot in the Giants’ starting lineup late in the 2012 season. Boley was also due $4.25 million this year. He’s still good enough to play for some NFL team, but the Giants didn’t think he was good enough to justify his salary.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/05/browns-release-frostee-rucker/

Browns release Frostee Rucker
Posted by Josh Alper on February 5, 2013, 4:56 PM EST

The switch to the 3-4 defense has claimed its first victim in Cleveland.

The Browns announced Tuesday that they have released defensive end Frostee Rucker after one year in Cleveland. Rucker signed a five-year deal with the Browns last offseason, pocketing a $5 million signing bonus and $8 million in guaranteed money for his brief stay with the team. He was due a $2 million roster bonus later this week, so the Browns had no reason to see if there was some way to make it work with Rucker in the new scheme.

Rucker had four sacks, 48 tackles and a forced fumble in 16 starts for the Browns. He’s been a solid run defender for several years, which should help him land work with a team that plays a 4-3 front and needs an end.

The Browns get some money back under the cap by releasing Rucker now, although his signing bonus means that there will be a bit of dead money on the cap in Cleveland this year. He likely won’t be the only member of the team to get a pink slip as the new regime starts building things their way.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/05/rams-take-a-chance-on-titus-young/

Rams take a chance on Titus Young
Posted by Darin Gantt on February 5, 2013, 4:43 PM EST

The Rams have a glaring need for a speed receiver, and have some recent success with guys with character issues.

So with the risk minimal and the possible reward high, they claimed former Lions wideout Titus Young off waivers Tuesday, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com.

Young was such a headache the Lions gave up on him, but the Rams got a huge benefit from rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who many teams were afraid to touch.

Jeff Fisher has the kind of credibility he might be able to pull it off in most cases, but Young has shown signs of not listening to anyone, and the fact he recently said he was better than Calvin Johnson indicates he might have a better grip on the ball than reality.

But for less than $800,000 in total compensation for the year (including his $555,000 base salary), the financial exposure is limited.

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Kyle Vanden Bosch is done in Detroit
Posted by Josh Alper on February 5, 2013, 3:11 PM EST

The Lions aren’t wasting any time when it comes to clearing out their roster after Monday’s start to the period when teams can make moves involving players already on their roster.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the team has informed defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch that he will be released. The news comes on the heels of word that guard Stephen Peterman got the same message and a day after the team washed its hands of the headaches provided by wide receiver Titus Young.

Vanden Bosch’s departure was expected. He was set to count for $10.7 million against the cap in 2013, far too much for a player who produced just 3.5 sacks during the 2012 season. Vanden Bosch signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2010 and produced 12 sacks over his first two seasons with the team before his production slipped this season.

His departure comes just as Jim Washburn arrives in Detroit, robbing Vanden Bosch of a chance to reunite with the position coach who helped him develop into a strong pass rusher in Tennessee almost a decade ago. It also means that the November page in the Lions 2013 calendar will celebrate a player no longer on the team.

The Lions could use some of the savings toward keeping impending free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, assuming they don’t decide to move in another direction altogether at the position.



 

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Multiple reports are saying that the Giants are about to cut Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty.

 

This must mean David Diehl and Terrell Thomas are not far behind.

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Adding to what Hack typed,

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/06/chris-canty-is-out-with-the-giants-as-well/

Giants part ways with Chris Canty too
Posted by Josh Alper on February 6, 2013, 4:06 PM EST

The Giants are taking care of all family business.

The team has announced the release of defensive tackle Chris Canty on Wednesday, running the number of veterans slashed from the roster in the last two days to three. Linebacker Michael Boley and running back Ahmad Bradshaw are also out after a 9-7 season that ended with the Giants missing the playoffs.

Canty was due $6.25 million in 2013, the fifth year of a six-year deal he signed with the team before the 2009 season. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that he wasn’t offered a pay cut before being informed of his release.

Canty played a key role in the middle of the defensive line during the Giants’ run to glory last year, but was limited to just nine games this year thanks to knee issues that forced him to start the year on the PUP list. The Giants have Marvin Austin, Linval Joseph and Marcus Kuhn — all drafted in the last three years — on the roster and they’ll likely be adding other help on the defensive line with defensive end Osi Umenyiora also likely to be leaving the team as a free agent.

With their moves, the Giants have saved themselves a little under $14 million for the coming year. With other candidates for release or restructuring in tackle David Diehl and cornerback Corey Webster, the Giants might not be done yet.

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Eagles dump Demetress Bell
Posted by Mike Florio on February 6, 2013, 3:48 PM EST

Last year, after Eagles left tackle Jason Peters suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, the “break glass in case of emergency option” was Demetress Bell.

And now the bell has tolled for Demetress.  The Eagles announced on Wednesday that the former Bills starter has been released.

It’s no surprise.  With a $1 million base salary and an $8.5 million roster bonus due in 2013, this was a contract that was going to be honored only if Bell had played like Peters.

Bell didn’t.  He appeared in nine games with five starts in his only season with the Eagles.  He instantly becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Eagles filled the roster spot by signing defensive end/linebacker Chris McCoy.  And it will be difficult to know how McCoy fits into the team’s new defense since it doesn’t have, you know, a defensive coordinator.

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Vikings’ John Sullivan out 3-4 months after microfracture surgery
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 6, 2013, 5:11 PM EST

Vikings center John Sullivan will spent the next three or four months rehabilitating after knee surgery.

Tom Pelissero of 1500 ESPN reports that Sullivan underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last week.

Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, which will likely require 3-4 months of rehab. Microfracture surgery, which creates tiny fractures in the bone, is often a last resort for players with serious knee problems, but Sullivan’s lesion was small and he is expected back before training camp.

Sullivan played every snap of the season and was only listed on the injury report as having a knee issue once, in Week 13. The 27-year-old Sullivan was on the first season of a five-year, $25 million contract in 2012.

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"The San Francisco 49ers will make a good push to get free agent WR Wes Welker to visit with them once free agency begins. They are expected to let Moss and Ginn Jr test free agency and are looking for a reliable wideout to take some pressure off QB Colin Kaepernick".

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There's talk that the Steelers will have to dump some players due to cap issues and James Harrison may be one of the first to go. 

Ha.

Awesome.

And there's likely next to no chance that they'll be able to work out a deal to re-sign Wallace.

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Ravens have to choose between Flacco or Boldin.

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Reports are floating around that the NFL has reinstated Gregg Williams and that the Titans have hired him as a senior asst coach for the defense.

Idiots. :D

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clawmaster wrote: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/05/rams-take-a-chance-on-titus-young/

Rams take a chance on Titus Young
Posted by Darin Gantt on February 5, 2013, 4:43 PM EST

The Rams have a glaring need for a speed receiver, and have some recent success with guys with character issues.

So with the risk minimal and the possible reward high, they claimed former Lions wideout Titus Young off waivers Tuesday, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com.

Young was such a headache the Lions gave up on him, but the Rams got a huge benefit from rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who many teams were afraid to touch.

Jeff Fisher has the kind of credibility he might be able to pull it off in most cases, but Young has shown signs of not listening to anyone, and the fact he recently said he was better than Calvin Johnson indicates he might have a better grip on the ball than reality.

But for less than $800,000 in total compensation for the year (including his $555,000 base salary), the financial exposure is limited.


Young is Randy Moss with 1/3rd of the skill

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Benlen wrote: "The San Francisco 49ers will make a good push to get free agent WR Wes Welker to visit with them once free agency begins. They are expected to let Moss and Ginn Jr test free agency and are looking for a reliable wideout to take some pressure off QB Colin Kaepernick".

noooooooooooooooo!

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Adrian Peterson has sports hernia surgery
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 7, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is recovering from surgery.

The Vikings announced on Thursday afternoon that Peterson had successful surgery for a sports hernia, and that there is no reason to be concerned that the injury will be an issue going forward.

“Adrian Peterson had a surgical procedure done today by Dr. William Meyers, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” the team said in a statement. “Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrian’s abdominal core muscle injury (sports hernia). We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.”

A year ago, Peterson was recovering from a much more significant injury to his knee. That recovery went so well that Peterson won the league’s Most Valuable Player award. So a little thing like sports hernia surgery probably won’t slow him down.

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Giants re-sign Bear Pascoe, Shaun Rogers
Posted by Josh Alper on February 7, 2013, 4:18 PM EST

The Giants let three members of the 2012 rosters go this week and they’ve decided to bring back two others.

Tight end Bear Pascoe and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers have both signed contracts for the 2013 seasons. Rogers spent the year on injured reserve after developing a blood clot in his leg over the summer. With Chris Canty gone, there will be snaps for the taking at the position.

Pascoe was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Giants put off dealing with that by just going ahead and signing him to a one-year deal. Multiple reports peg the value of that deal at $715,000.

Pascoe’s mostly been a blocker in his four years with the team, compiling 26 catches for 252 yards and a touchdown over that period. He should return to that role, even if Martellus Bennett leaves as a free agent. Travis Beckum has been hurt more than healthy throughout his time with the Giants and the team would be looking for a starter with a larger skillset than Pascoe.

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Adrian Peterson has sports hernia surgery
Posted by Michael David Smith on February 7, 2013, 12:25 PM EST

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is recovering from surgery.

The Vikings announced on Thursday afternoon that Peterson had successful surgery for a sports hernia, and that there is no reason to be concerned that the injury will be an issue going forward.

“Adrian Peterson had a surgical procedure done today by Dr. William Meyers, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” the team said in a statement. “Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrian’s abdominal core muscle injury (sports hernia). We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.”

A year ago, Peterson was recovering from a much more significant injury to his knee. That recovery went so well that Peterson won the league’s Most Valuable Player award. So a little thing like sports hernia surgery probably won’t slow him down.

AP was pissed he didnt get comeback player, now he wants that one too

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nyhack56 wrote:
Multiple reports are saying that the Giants are about to cut Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty.

 



Bradshaw is some the JETS should sign. He's much better option tah Shonn Greene.

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Benlen wrote: nyhack56 wrote:
Multiple reports are saying that the Giants are about to cut Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty.

 



Bradshaw is some the JETS should sign. He's much better option tah Shonn Greene.
Plus I think Greene is a free agent and he has shown enough that he is good but better suited in a complimentary role and he'll want more money than the Jets would be able to pay him

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/09/saints-announce-rob-ryan-hire/

Saints announce Rob Ryan hire
Posted by Mike Florio on February 9, 2013, 10:21 AM EST

The Saints remain extremely popular in New Orleans.  The team’s latest moves may not be.

Coach Sean Payton officially has announced that Rob Ryan will become the team’s new defensive coordinator, and that Stan Kwan will serve as the assistant special-teams coordinator.

“I’m pleased the opportunity has presented itself for us to be able to add both Rob Ryan and Stan Kwan to our coaching staff,” Payton said in a team-issued release.  “In regards to Rob, we have experience in preparing and playing against his defenses and they’ve always been challenging in terms of the different looks and pressures that they feature. We’ve had the chance to visit with each other and talk about our visions for our team and I’m excited about moving forward as we prepare for the 2013 season.  Rob is enthusiastic about joining our team and getting right to work. Stan is a veteran coach that understands all nuances of the special teams games and will work closely with Greg McMahon. He has a wealth of knowledge and I believe he will be a good fit on our staff.”

It’s not Kwan that will cause local concern.  Many will view Rob Ryan as a 3-4 version of Gregg Williams.  Brash, loud, abrasive, and quite possibly trouble.

That said, Saints fans loved Williams’ bravado until the word “bounty” first flowed from the league office (or at least until Williams’ defense stunk in 2011).  If Payton can ensure Ryan won’t do anything that will get the franchise in trouble, Ryan brings the type of swagger that the Saints enjoyed when Williams was running the show.

Still, there’s a delicate balance that will need to be maintained, and there’s nothing delicate about Rob Ryan.  At times during his two-year stint in Dallas, it seemed like he was trying to take the place over.

In fairness to Ryan, his defense in Cleveland took the Superdome over in 2010, beating the Saints 30-17 in the first season after New Orleans won its first championship.

From Payton’s perspective, his willingness to not make a safe hire shows that he’s highly motivated to win more championships.  In that regard, fans should be encouraged — and they should realize that Payton is prepared to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself.

At least not the bad kind of history.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/michael-vick-eagles-agree-on-one-year-deal/

The Eagles didn’t cut quarterback Michael Vick before the February 6 deadline that guaranteed $3 million of his 2013 salary and it doesn’t look like they’ll be cutting him at any other point either.

A release from the team on Monday announced that Vick and the Eagles have agreed on a new one-year deal that will keep Vick in town for Chip Kelly’s first season as the head coach in Philadelphia. There are no financial terms revealed at this point, but it seems safe to say that the Eagles won’t be paying the $15.5 million that Vick was set to receive under the terms of the six-year deal he signed with the team before the 2011 season.

There have been varied reports about Kelly’s interest in working with Vick, but this news suggests that Kelly sees at least the potential for Vick to succeed in his offensive scheme. If Vick can rebound after two rough seasons, the Eagles will likely continue the relationship beyond this season. If not, they’ll split up without any further ado.

In the release, the Eagles say Vick will compete for the job with Nick Foles. They also don’t rule out more competition being added through free agency or the draft. The Eagles answered one question Monday, but there are sure to be many more asked in the days and weeks to come.

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DaNkinator wrote: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/11/michael-vick-eagles-agree-on-one-year-deal/

The Eagles didn’t cut quarterback Michael Vick before the February 6 deadline that guaranteed $3 million of his 2013 salary and it doesn’t look like they’ll be cutting him at any other point either.

A release from the team on Monday announced that Vick and the Eagles have agreed on a new one-year deal that will keep Vick in town for Chip Kelly’s first season as the head coach in Philadelphia. There are no financial terms revealed at this point, but it seems safe to say that the Eagles won’t be paying the $15.5 million that Vick was set to receive under the terms of the six-year deal he signed with the team before the 2011 season.

There have been varied reports about Kelly’s interest in working with Vick, but this news suggests that Kelly sees at least the potential for Vick to succeed in his offensive scheme. If Vick can rebound after two rough seasons, the Eagles will likely continue the relationship beyond this season. If not, they’ll split up without any further ado.

In the release, the Eagles say Vick will compete for the job with Nick Foles. They also don’t rule out more competition being added through free agency or the draft. The Eagles answered one question Monday, but there are sure to be many more asked in the days and weeks to come.


 

This is actually a great move for Vick.  If they cut him, after the season he had, he'd have limited options.  If he wins this job and performs well, he will get a  lot more money on the back end.  The Eagles OL was like swiss cheese last year, and Demetress Bell was the worst of the lot.  They cut him and hope to be healthy this year.  Mike Vick will get back to what he used to be:  A very average/good QB with immense physical talent that can win games. 

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Bills continue veteran purge with George Wilson
Posted by Darin Gantt on February 11, 2013, 2:09 PM EST

The Bills are busy this afternoon releasing veteran starters.

After dropping linebacker Nick Barnett, they’ve apparently also parted ways with safety George Wilson, according to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News.

The 31-year-old Wilson was a team captain and the Bills’ union representative, but his release will take them off the hook for his $2.9 million salary.

With Jairus Byrd a pending unrestricted free agent, it leaves a big hole in the middle of the Bills defense.

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Agent says Packers “getting ready” to release Woodson
Posted by Josh Alper on February 15, 2013, 12:02 PM EST

It looks like Charles Woodson’s run with the Packers is about to come to an end.

There’s been a lot of speculation about what kind of future Woodson has in Green Bay at the age of 37 with a contract set to pay him $10 million in salary and bonuses in 2013. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and other members of the team have said that they’d like to see Woodson back in green and gold, but it isn’t going to work out that way.

Friday brought a somewhat cryptic tweet from the account for Woodson’s wine business thanked Green Bay for a great run, leading to speculation that Woodson was out in Green Bay. Woodson’s agent confirmed that development to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

“They’re getting ready to release him. It’s part of the business,” Carl Poston said.

Poston said that Woodson plans to continue playing and that he’d like to sign with a Super Bowl contender. There will surely be teams interested in seeing what the former Defensive Player of the Year and frequent All-Pro has left in the tank and Woodson will be able to start having those conversations as soon as the Packers make his departure official.

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Eagles signed Dennis Dixon, a QB off of the Ravens practice squad, to a 2 year contract.  He was drafted by the Steelers in '08 and has barely played since then.  But...he ran Chip Kelly's offense really well in college, and to me, it looks like bad news for Nick Foles.

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Titus Young's time in the NFL is rapidly going down the tubes. Nine days after the St. Louis Rams claimed the wide receiver on waivers following his release from the Lions, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who has taken risks on a lot of players with character questions throughout his long coaching career, said Young will not be a part of the team. The Rams will give Young his release

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Dwight Freeney and Austin Collie were not expected to be back with the Indianapolis Colts next season.

On Friday, the team made it official by issuing a statement saying it would not re-sign Freeney, the Colts' career sacks leader, or Collie, a key player in their second Super Bowl run since moving to Indy. Both will now become unrestricted free agents.

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Superstar wrote: Eagles signed Dennis Dixon, a QB off of the Ravens practice squad, to a 2 year contract.  He was drafted by the Steelers in '08 and has barely played since then.  But...he ran Chip Kelly's offense really well in college, and to me, it looks like bad news for Nick Foles.

Hopefully, Kelly can bring a playbook that Dixon can understand.  He was simply horrible in Pittsburgh.  Real jittery during his starts after getting weeks of reps.  Looked clueless at times.  Maybe he was just very raw.  I was glad when he got the hell out of town.

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Eagles add Ed Wang
Posted by Mike Florio on February 15, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

The Eagles are stockpiling former fifth-round draft picks.

Earlier this week, it was former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2008.  Now, the Eagles have announced the addition of offensive lineman Ed Wang, a fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2010.

Wang, the first Chinese-American player ever drafted by an NFL team, played in six games as a rookie, and then he spent all of 2011 on injured reserve. Wang signed with the Raiders during the 2012 offseason, but he later was cut.

He could eventually be cut by the Eagles.  In the offseason, teams may now have 90 players.  By September, that number drops to 53.

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Bills re-sign Colin Brown
Posted by Mike Florio on February 15, 2013, 7:54 PM EST

The Bills have re-signed a backup quarterback. So it makes sense that they also have signed a backup offensive lineman to protect him.  On the bench.

Colin Brown, who would have been a restricted free agent, has signed a two-year, $1.445 million contract, per a source with knowledge of the deal.

Brown received a signing bonus of $25,000.  He’ll earn a base salary of $630,000 in 2013, along with $30,000 workout bonus.  The deal contains a split salary of $358,000, which will be paid in the event Brown lands on injured reserve.

For 2014, Brown has a base salary of $730,000 and a workout bonus of $30,000.

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There's talk that the Steelers will have to dump some players due to cap issues and James Harrison may be one of the first to go. 

Ha.

Awesome.

And there's likely next to no chance that they'll be able to work out a deal to re-sign Wallace.


Harrison hasn't been the same since he had the back injury, and Wallace did nothing to help his cause last season with constant drops and sulking.

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sek69 wrote: DaNkinator wrote:
There's talk that the Steelers will have to dump some players due to cap issues and James Harrison may be one of the first to go. 

Ha.

Awesome.

And there's likely next to no chance that they'll be able to work out a deal to re-sign Wallace.


Harrison hasn't been the same since he had the back injury, and Wallace did nothing to help his cause last season with constant drops and sulking.


I agree. 

Wallace has the burners, but he has not shown the hands or the consistency to be anything other than a one-trick pony with the deep threat.  Routine catches are an adventure for him.

Harrison may have some left in the tank, but what some do not seem to realize is that this guy is getting old and he has had a couple of serious injuries in the past couple of years.  I think he could still apply pressure for a pass rush, but he had slowed down considerably in coverage.  

If another team is willing to throw huge money at Wallace and impact their cap, god bless them.   I am an advocate with the infusion of new and younger blood so Harrison leaving would be something I support.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/15/eagles-add-ed-wang/

Eagles add Ed Wang
Posted by Mike Florio on February 15, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

The Eagles are stockpiling former fifth-round draft picks.

Earlier this week, it was former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon, a fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2008.  Now, the Eagles have announced the addition of offensive lineman Ed Wang, a fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2010.

Wang, the first Chinese-American player ever drafted by an NFL team, played in six games as a rookie, and then he spent all of 2011 on injured reserve. Wang signed with the Raiders during the 2012 offseason, but he later was cut.

He could eventually be cut by the Eagles.  In the offseason, teams may now have 90 players.  By September, that number drops to 53.

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I could see the Eagles picking up someone like Wallace. They have the cap room. He has all the skills. Maybe a change of scenery. The Eagles need more receivers like him. I really don't think Riley Cooper is going to fit into Kelly's system and our #1 and #2 are injury prone.

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Ultimark wrote: I could see the Eagles picking up someone like Wallace. They have the cap room. He has all the skills. Maybe a change of scenery. The Eagles need more receivers like him. I really don't think Riley Cooper is going to fit into Kelly's system and our #1 and #2 are injury prone.
Wallace does not have all the skills, Ultimark.   Terrible route-runner and maybe not the brightest bulb.   He is also not a guy that is going to go over the middle.  He will go down before taking a hit.  I think his problems are more with concentration.  His drops on 10-15 yard passes is ridiculous.  

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Since you have seen a lot more of him than me, I will take your word for it. I bet we sign him anyway. That would be like the Eagles.

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Looks like Alex Smith has been traded. Niners waiting until March 12th to announce.

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Benlen wrote: Looks like Alex Smith has been traded. Niners waiting until March 12th to announce.
Yep, per Jay Glazer it was with the Chiefs who have made a big commitment to Smith.  Details on what the trade was aren't known yet.

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Benlen wrote: Looks like Alex Smith has been traded. Niners waiting until March 12th to announce.
Yep, per Jay Glazer it was with the Chiefs who have made a big commitment to Smith.  Details on what the trade was aren't known yet.

Second rounder in. 2013
Second or third rounder (depending on how many games the Chiefs win) in 2014.

Kc ...LOL. you got ripped off.

Alex Smith get the fuck outta San Francisco. LOL

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More on the Alex Smith Trade.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/27/chiefs-giving-up-a-2013-second-and-change-for-alex-smith/

Report: Chiefs giving up a 2013 second and change for Alex Smith
Posted by Darin Gantt on February 27, 2013, 12:22 PM EST

The Chiefs apparently have their quarterback now, but they paid a handsome price for him.

According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, the 49ers will get a second-round pick this year and “a similar pick in the 2014 draft” in exchange for quarterback Alex Smith.

That’s a haul for the 49ers, who have more draft picks than will ever make their roster this year (which could put them in prime position to make a run at disgruntled Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis).

Paying that kind of price also speaks to the Chiefs figuring out a deal to extend Smith, since that kind of price for two years seems excessive.


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Niners are in position to dominate the draft, and the NFL
Posted by Mike Florio on February 27, 2013, 1:08 PM EST

Three years ago, former Eagles coach Andy Reid fleeced the Redskins for a second-round pick for quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Now, it looks like Reid could be the fleecee.

Regardless of whether Alex Smith works out better for the Chiefs than McNabb did for the Redskins, the Niners have landed a high second-round pick this year and a conditional selection in 2014 for a guy who, barring injury to Colin Kaepernick, was going to be sitting on the bench.

The selection gives the 49ers a whopping 15 picks in 2013, allowing them to dominate the draft, Patriots style.  If, for example, there’s a team that wants to move up to the 34th overall pick and get the highest remaining quarterback on the board, the Niners could stockpile even more selections — maybe even a first-round selection in 2014.

The arsenal of picks also allows the 49ers to, whether now or in the future, pile up more and more players who, if those picks are used wisely, can position the 49ers to contend for multiple championships.

At a time when the defending champs are staring down the kind of turnover that could make it hard to repeat, the Niners are better suited than any Super Bowl loser in years to get back to the big game and win it.

If that happens, it’ll be the first time a team lost the Super Bowl and then return to win the game since the 1972 Dolphins.

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James "Deebo" Harrison released by the Stillers.

Where does he end up?

Cleveland?   Indianapolis?

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The Bears franchised DT Henry Melton.

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That guy was stellar this season. Releasing Urlacher is likely the best move they can make next to it, other than getting Peppers to restructure. Which, of course, will not happen.

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Busy day today...besides the Harvin to Seashawks trade, the 49ers have traded a sixth round pick to the Ravens for Anquan Boldin.

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Free Agency starts today.

Now remember folks the teams and potential free agents can't talk until 4 PM today and by 4:03 PM EST there will be deals announced ;)

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Bills cut Ryan Fitzpatrick
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 12, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

The Ryan Fitzpatrick era is over, and Buffalo needs a new quarterback.

The Bills have announced that they cut Ryan Fitzpatrick today, on the first day of the new league year.

Cutting Fitzpatrick isn’t a big surprise, considering that the Bills owed him a $3 million roster bonus if he was still on the team tomorrow, and that Bills G.M. Buddy Nix was surreptitiously taped talking about, among other things, his frustration that the quarterback was holding the team back.

The six-year, $59 million contract extension Fitzpatrick signed in October of 2011 turned out to be an expensive mistake — and a reminder that sometimes in the NFL, “six-year contracts” last less than a year and a half. If the Bills give this move a post-June 1 designation, Fitpatrick’s cap hit would be $3 million this year and $7 million in 2014.

Now the question is where the Bills will look for their next starting quarterback. This isn’t viewed as a great year to draft one, but the Bills may decide to spend their first-round draft pick on a passer they hope will be their franchise quarterback.

And the question for Fitzpatrick is whether any team wants him. If any team does, it will likely be as a backup — and will definitely be for a lot less money than the Bills paid him.

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Mike Wallace agrees to deal, taking physical for Dolphins
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 12, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

In yet another sign that the most-expected, least-surprising move of the offseason will come to fruition, Mike Wallace is in Miami taking a physical.

While the Steelers wideout has been widely speculated to be headed there for what seems like months, Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports that he’s taking the physical after agreeing to a contract.

The Dolphins were hell-bent on adding a receiving threat for second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and unless Wallace changes his mind while the doc’s looking at him, they appear to have shaken their reputation for being nothing more than leverage.

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Paul Kruger agrees to $40 million deal with Browns
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 12, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

The Browns put their pile of salary cap room to use quickly Tuesday, signing Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger to a five-year deal worth $40 million, according to multiple reports.

The 27-year-old pass-rusher will be the centerpiece of new coordinator Ray Horton’s defense, and has the double benefit of taking away a key player from a division rival.

Kruger had 9.0 sacks in the regular season to lead the Ravens, and adding 4.5 more in the playoffs, setting the stage for his payday.

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Broncos beef up offensive line with Louis Vasquez
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 12, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

The Broncos have improved their offensive line by taking a starter from an AFC West rival.

Louis Vasquez, who started all 16 games at guard for the Chargers last season, has signed a four-year, $23.5 million contract with $13 million fully guaranteed, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.

Vasquez said just before free agency began that he was planning to explore every option, and his agent noted that the Chargers had been given a chance to extend him but chose not to. Now Vasquez has discovered that the best option for him was in Denver, and the Chargers will have to fave Vasquez twice a year.

The Chargers acquired Vasquez in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft. He started 54 games in four seasons in San Diego.

On our list of the Top 100 NFL free agents, Vaquez was the second-best guard and the No. 50 player overall.

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Colts lose out on two really good guards.  I'm hoping they do something to beef things up on the o-line.

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-dannell-ellerbe-reaches-agreement-with-dolphins-leaving-ravens-source-says-20130312,0,6909650.story

No numbers or years just saying it is multi year


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Saints lost Bushrod to the Bears and Chase Daniel to the Chiefs. 

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DaNkinator wrote: Colts lose out on two really good guards.  I'm hoping they do something to beef things up on the o-line.


You may not need new O-linemen....it may have just been Arians's dumb ass schemes. LOL

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DaNkinator wrote: Colts lose out on two really good guards.  I'm hoping they do something to beef things up on the o-line.
They got that Gosder Cherilus guy from the Lions.  He is a foremr first rounder out of Boston College.  He is solid, not great, but he can definitely hold down the RT job and might be able to handle the LT job.

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: Saints lost Bushrod to the Bears

Bears also signed TE Martellus Bennett.

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Some Niner news....

TE Delanie Walker signs with the Titans (he will be missed)

S Dashon Goldson visiting Tampa Bay
DL Ricky Jean Francios visiting Eagles
DL Issac Sopoaga agrees to terms with the Eagles

Charles Woodson and Glen Dorsey visiting Niners tomorrow

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Papa Voo wrote: DaNkinator wrote: Colts lose out on two really good guards.  I'm hoping they do something to beef things up on the o-line.


You may not need new O-linemen....it may have just been Arians's dumb ass schemes. LOL

Trust me, they do.  Manning's broken neck is proof of that.

Like RW said, they picked up Gosder Cherilus, who can definitely anchor things down and also signed Donald Thomas from the Pats, who played both center and guard last season for them and did very well, so he's versatile.

Also picked up DB Greg Toler from the Cards.  The head scratcher was Erik Walden from the Packers, who if I remember correctly, was the worse guy on that defense.  Still talk that Cliff Avril may land there too.

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Tony Gonzalez is coming back to the Falcons for one more season.

Ray Lewis has inked a deal with ESPN.

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RB Rashard Mendenhall joins Arians in Arizona.

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clawmaster wrote: Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: Saints lost Bushrod to the Bears

Bears also signed TE Martellus Bennett.

Bears released two tight ends and a defensive lineman.

Reggie Bush to the Lions.

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Pretty big news of today is that the Pats couldn't agree to terms with Welker, and he was offered and accepted a two year, $12M deal to sign with the Broncos.


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DaNkinator wrote: Pretty big news of today is that the Pats couldn't agree to terms with Welker, and he was offered and accepted a two year, $12M deal to sign with the Broncos.



Yep.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/two-years-12-million-for-welker/

Two years, $12 million for Welker
Posted by Josh Alper on March 13, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

The deal is done and Wes Welker is a Bronco, leaving only the question of what it cost to get him to trade in Tom Brady for Peyton Manning.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a two-year, $12 million deal for Welker. That supports the evidence that this isn’t a great market for slot receivers and it also supports the notion that there wasn’t much reason for the Patriots to use their franchise tag on Welker this year.

It would have cost $11.4 million to keep Welker via the tag, just a bit less than what the Broncos are paying for two years of his services. It would seem that the Patriots didn’t even think he was worth that much, given reports earlier on Wednesday that their offer prompted Welker to look elsewhere for a better deal and by reports later Wednesday that the Pats passed on an opportunity to up their offer after Welker spoke to Denver.

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Niners sign DL Glen Dorsey a former fifth pick in the draft.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Free agent safety Dashon Goldson signed a $41.25 million, five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

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clawmaster wrote:
DaNkinator wrote: Pretty big news of today is that the Pats couldn't agree to terms with Welker, and he was offered and accepted a two year, $12M deal to sign with the Broncos.



Yep.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/two-years-12-million-for-welker/

Two years, $12 million for Welker
Posted by Josh Alper on March 13, 2013, 5:09 PM EDT

The deal is done and Wes Welker is a Bronco, leaving only the question of what it cost to get him to trade in Tom Brady for Peyton Manning.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that it is a two-year, $12 million deal for Welker. That supports the evidence that this isn’t a great market for slot receivers and it also supports the notion that there wasn’t much reason for the Patriots to use their franchise tag on Welker this year.

It would have cost $11.4 million to keep Welker via the tag, just a bit less than what the Broncos are paying for two years of his services. It would seem that the Patriots didn’t even think he was worth that much, given reports earlier on Wednesday that their offer prompted Welker to look elsewhere for a better deal and by reports later Wednesday that the Pats passed on an opportunity to up their offer after Welker spoke to Denver.


I'm admittedly a Peter King reader but his column sums up how I feel about the situation pretty well-Welker should have been retained for Brady: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nfl/news/20130313/peter-king-on-welker/?sct=hp_t11_a9&eref=sihp

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Patriots, Danny Amendola agree to five-year, $31 million deal
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 13, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

The loss of Wes Welker created a need at receiver for the Patriots, and they didn’t take long to fill it.

The Patriots have reached an agreement on a five-year, $31 million deal with receiver Danny Amendola, with $10 million guaranteed, a source tells PFT.

Amendola was widely thought to be a target for the Patriots, whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, had previously coached him in St. Louis. Amendola’s familiarity with McDaniels could make him a quick study in New England’s passing game.

Still, there are questions about Amendola’s durability — he has played in only 12 games in the last two seasons — and Amendola has never had the kind of production that Welker had. Amendola’s career best season was 85 catches for 689 yards in 2010; Welker has had five different seasons with more than 110 catches and more than 1,100 receiving yards.

But Welker is done in New England. And Tom Brady will have the next six months to develop a rapport with Amendola before the season starts.

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Patriots, Danny Amendola agree to five-year, $31 million deal
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 13, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT





I'm glad Amendola is outta the NFC West.He was a pain in the butt to the Niners.

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Cliff Avril back with the Lions.

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clawmaster wrote: Cliff Avril back with the Lions.

Huh?  I read that he signed a 2 year deal with the Seahawks.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/seahawks-make-splash-on-defense-with-cliff-avril-signing/
The quiet has ended for Cliff Avril.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Lions pass-rusher has agreed to a new deal with the Seahawks. He’s en route to the Pacific Northwest, and will sign his deal when he arrives.
The addition is huge for the Seahawks, whose defense changed when defensive end Chris Clemons blew out his knee in the playoff win over the Redskins.
Adding Avril gives them a solid pass-rush presence, the same kind of boost they gave their offense with the trade for Percy Harvin.

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DaNkinator wrote: clawmaster wrote: Cliff Avril back with the Lions.

Huh?  I read that he signed a 2 year deal with the Seahawks.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/13/seahawks-make-splash-on-defense-with-cliff-avril-signing/
The quiet has ended for Cliff Avril.
According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, the Lions pass-rusher has agreed to a new deal with the Seahawks. He’s en route to the Pacific Northwest, and will sign his deal when he arrives.
The addition is huge for the Seahawks, whose defense changed when defensive end Chris Clemons blew out his knee in the playoff win over the Redskins.
Adding Avril gives them a solid pass-rush presence, the same kind of boost they gave their offense with the trade for Percy Harvin.


I stand corrected.

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Hell yes, Colts nag Ricky Jean-Francios. They've addressed the biggest key issues here. DT, RT, G, CB and Safety. The only thing left is WR. I'm thinking they may just deal with that during the draft.

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Falcons, Steven Jackson agree to terms
Posted by Josh Alper on March 14, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

When the Falcons released running back Michael Turner, Steven Jackson was believed to be their choice to replace him.

It took a couple days and some rumored interest from the Packers, but the Falcons got their man. Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news that Jackson and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the NFL’s leading active rusher to Atlanta.

Jackson’s a clear upgrade on Turner and he’s been a strong receiver throughout his career, something that could add another wrinkle to a Falcons offense that looks even better than the one that helped them to the NFC Championship Game last year. With Tony Gonzalez coming back, the Falcons appear to be loading up for a run at the Super Bowl.

They’ll need to do some work on defense to get there, namely a pass rusher to replace the departed John Abraham and some secondary help whether or not they bring back Brent Grimes. Jackson’s a big get for them, though, and should be a very good fit in an offense that could have used his skills last season.

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Matt Cassel makes quick move to Vikings
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 14, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

The Vikings knew they needed a better second option at quarterback, so they didn’t want to wait.

According to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Vikings have apparently secured a deal with former Chiefs starter Matt Cassel.

The pace of the move underlines just how seriously they wanted someone better than Joe Webb behind Christian Ponder, and how much competition there was for Cassel.

After the beating he took in Kansas City, he’s also not the kind of guy who would be bucking for the starting job, old enough to know his role behind Ponder and not create pressure.

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There have been a few other moves. I just posted the main ones.

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Falcons, Steven Jackson agree to terms
Posted by Josh Alper on March 14, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

When the Falcons released running back Michael Turner, Steven Jackson was believed to be their choice to replace him.

It took a couple days and some rumored interest from the Packers, but the Falcons got their man. Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news that Jackson and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the NFL’s leading active rusher to Atlanta.

Jackson’s a clear upgrade on Turner and he’s been a strong receiver throughout his career, something that could add another wrinkle to a Falcons offense that looks even better than the one that helped them to the NFC Championship Game last year. With Tony Gonzalez coming back, the Falcons appear to be loading up for a run at the Super Bowl.

They’ll need to do some work on defense to get there, namely a pass rusher to replace the departed John Abraham and some secondary help whether or not they bring back Brent Grimes. Jackson’s a big get for them, though, and should be a very good fit in an offense that could have used his skills last season.

 
Jackson did not put up much better stats than Turner. last year.  I have been on record as saying Jackson is a solid back but sometimes I think people assume he puts up monster years which is not true.

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Steelers CB Keenan Lewis to the Saints.

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Falcons, Steven Jackson agree to terms
Posted by Josh Alper on March 14, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

When the Falcons released running back Michael Turner, Steven Jackson was believed to be their choice to replace him.

It took a couple days and some rumored interest from the Packers, but the Falcons got their man. Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news that Jackson and the Falcons have agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the NFL’s leading active rusher to Atlanta.

Jackson’s a clear upgrade on Turner and he’s been a strong receiver throughout his career, something that could add another wrinkle to a Falcons offense that looks even better than the one that helped them to the NFC Championship Game last year. With Tony Gonzalez coming back, the Falcons appear to be loading up for a run at the Super Bowl.

They’ll need to do some work on defense to get there, namely a pass rusher to replace the departed John Abraham and some secondary help whether or not they bring back Brent Grimes. Jackson’s a big get for them, though, and should be a very good fit in an offense that could have used his skills last season.

 
Jackson did not put up much better stats than Turner. last year.  I have been on record as saying Jackson is a solid back but sometimes I think people assume he puts up monster years which is not true.


He's still a clear upgrade because he's so much more versatile and still has power. He will fit well with that offense.

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^ Yep, he's a much better receiving back and is an outstanding blocker.

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Patriots, Danny Amendola agree to five-year, $31 million deal
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 13, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

The loss of Wes Welker created a need at receiver for the Patriots, and they didn’t take long to fill it.

The Patriots have reached an agreement on a five-year, $31 million deal with receiver Danny Amendola, with $10 million guaranteed, a source tells PFT.

Amendola was widely thought to be a target for the Patriots, whose offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels, had previously coached him in St. Louis. Amendola’s familiarity with McDaniels could make him a quick study in New England’s passing game.

Still, there are questions about Amendola’s durability — he has played in only 12 games in the last two seasons — and Amendola has never had the kind of production that Welker had. Amendola’s career best season was 85 catches for 689 yards in 2010; Welker has had five different seasons with more than 110 catches and more than 1,100 receiving yards.

But Welker is done in New England. And Tom Brady will have the next six months to develop a rapport with Amendola before the season starts.


I HATE that Welker will be gone, but Amendola could be a suitable replacement.  His major issue is that he gets hurt too much.  Welker was pretty healthy during his time with the Pats.  Don't forget about Hernandez.  With Gronk coming back, Hernandez's role could be re-defined.

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I can't believe they paid that amount to a guy that stays hurt as often as AmIHurtYet.  And Gronk can't seem to stay healthy either.

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Welker move is stupid for Pats. Danny Infirmary Amendola is even a worse move. Bill's fucking up.

Mike Wallace is a terrible signing for the money. He's way overrated.

Love the moves that the Chiefs have made.

The Seahawks and Niners are running away with best offseason so far, but remember, injuries hit and you still have to play the season. Everyone thought that GB was the team to beat 2 years ago without competition.

S-Jax has much more left in the tank than Turner. Turner is done.

Can the Jets seriously be any more idiotic? First David Garrard and know they're considering Kevin Kolb? How do you fans stick with that shithole of a team?

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Chargers sign Danny Woodhead
Posted by Josh Alper on March 15, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

The Patriots held onto cornerback Kyle Arrington, but another one of the team’s free agents has flown the coop.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that running back Danny Woodhead has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Chargers. He’ll join Ryan Mathews in the Chargers backfield and, if past usage is any indication, he’ll also play a role as a receiver for Philip Rivers. If things work out perfectly, he’ll give San Diego’s offense some of what they’ve missed since Darren Sproles left for New Orleans and provide new head coach Mike McCoy with a versatile weapon on offense.

New England was thought to have some interest in a Woodhead return, but the addition of Leon Washington might have taken up the roster spot and role that Woodhead filled in recent seasons. With Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen also in New England, heading to San Diego probably offered Woodhead a shot at more playing time anyway in 2013.

Regardless of who winds up replacing him, the departure of Woodhead is another sign that the Patriots are looking to shuffle the deck this season after falling short in the AFC Championship Game.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m. ET: The Chargers have announced the deal.

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After having his contract called "out of whack" by team president John Elway, Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil agreed to reduce his salary.



Dumervil's 2013 salary was cut from $12 million to $8 million, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Had Dumervil not agreed to the restructured deal by 4 p.m. ET, he faced the prospect of getting released.

Dumervil's deal also includes a $3.5 million guarantee on the second day of the league year in 2014.



"It's not all about dollars. But when it's way out of whack? Then it's so out of whack that you've got to say: That [salary] can't be it," Elway had said Thursday, according to the Denver Post. "Especially when you look at the market and what's out there now. It's so far out of whack. Hopefully, he realizes that."

Dumervil signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract in 2010 when Josh McDaniels was coaching the team and before Elway joined the Denver front office.




Dumervil had 11 sacks last season, second on the team behind Von Miller. Dumervil led the league with 17 sacks in 2009.


The Broncos need more cap space while trying to shore up their interior defensive line, cornerback and running back positions. Peyton Manning will earn $20 million in 2013, and if the Broncos had Dumervil play at his current number, those two would've accounted for more than one-quarter of their cap space.

Among the pass-rushers on the market this season include Manning's former teammate with the Colts, Dwight Freeney.

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Dumervil has been released: http://tracking.si.com/2013/03/15/broncos-dumervil-contract-pay-cut/?sct=hp_t2_a6&eref=sihp

Watch, the Niners will go after him.

Seriously, Indianapolis must be sorry they've signed all the guys they did when they could now have this guy.

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HBF wrote:
Dumervil has been released: http://tracking.si.com/2013/03/15/broncos-dumervil-contract-pay-cut/?sct=hp_t2_a6&eref=sihp

Watch, the Niners will go after him.

Seriously, Indianapolis must be sorry they've signed all the guys they did when they could now have this guy.


I sure hope the Niners jump on Denver's mistake.

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Benlen wrote:
HBF wrote:
Dumervil has been released: http://tracking.si.com/2013/03/15/broncos-dumervil-contract-pay-cut/?sct=hp_t2_a6&eref=sihp

Watch, the Niners will go after him.

Seriously, Indianapolis must be sorry they've signed all the guys they did when they could now have this guy.


I sure hope the Niners jump on Denver's mistake.


I really like that guy. He's talented, but also a stand up guy with a great attitude. Someone is going to receive a nice gift with him.

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Another few really bad moves:

Arizona signs former SD CB Antone Cason=the softest DB I've seen since Asante Samuel.

Atlanta resigns inept LT Sam Baker. He's never been good.

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Vikings signed WR Greg Jennings.

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Raiders sign LB Nick Roach (Bears).

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HBF wrote:

The Seahawks and Niners are running away with best offseason so far, but remember, injuries hit and you still have to play the season. Everyone thought that GB was the team to beat 2 years ago without competition.


Not true.

Two years ago everyone had the Eagles winning the Super Bowl after the free agent period. GB was kind of an afterthought, even after winning the SB.

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TXM wrote:
HBF wrote:

The Seahawks and Niners are running away with best offseason so far, but remember, injuries hit and you still have to play the season. Everyone thought that GB was the team to beat 2 years ago without competition.


Not true.

Two years ago everyone had the Eagles winning the Super Bowl after the free agent period. GB was kind of an afterthought, even after winning the SB.


I suppose in the beginning of the season that would be true, but not after about 3 weeks. It was all Packer bandwagon from there on according to just about every analyst.

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HBF wrote:
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HBF wrote:

The Seahawks and Niners are running away with best offseason so far, but remember, injuries hit and you still have to play the season. Everyone thought that GB was the team to beat 2 years ago without competition.


Not true.

Two years ago everyone had the Eagles winning the Super Bowl after the free agent period. GB was kind of an afterthought, even after winning the SB.


I suppose in the beginning of the season that would be true, but not after about 3 weeks. It was all Packer bandwagon from there on according to just about every analyst.


Yeah, I thought you were referring to the 2011 off-season. My bad.

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Douchebag WR Donte Stallworth was injured with Burns when A hot water balloon He was in stuck some power lines. Fuck that jackoff, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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Rumors going around that the Patriots have cut WR Brandon Lloyd.

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http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/18/jake-long-agrees-to-terms-with-rams/

Jake Long agrees to terms with Rams
Posted by Mike Florio on March 18, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

The first overall pick in the 2008 draft has decided where he’ll be playing for the next four years.  And it won’t be in the city where he has spent the last five.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, tackle Jake Long has agreed to terms with the Rams.

Long picked the Rams over the Dolphins, who made a late push to keep Long after his multi-day visit to St. Louis ended.

It’s a four-year deal, with a base value of $34 million, for an average of $8.5 million annually.  With incentives, the deal can reach $36 million.

The deal has $16 million fully guaranteed, with another $4 million that will become fully guaranteed in 2014.

It’s unclear whether the Dolphins were offering the same, less, or more.  In the end, it doesn’t matter.  Long, who has made plenty from being a No. 1 overall pick in the days before the rookie wage scale, doesn’t have to take the best offer on the table.

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A few QB moves.

Ryan Fitzpatrick to the Titans

Matt Hasselbeck to the Colts



 

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The Bears have parted ways with Brian Urlacher. Urlacher is whining to anyone that will listen. Fact is Urlacher can't run anymore. He should retire.

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clawmaster wrote: The Bears have parted ways with Brian Urlacher. Urlacher is whining to anyone that will listen. Fact is Urlacher can't run anymore. He should retire.
yep

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clawmaster wrote:
The Bears have parted ways with Brian Urlacher. Urlacher is whining to anyone that will listen. Fact is Urlacher can't run anymore. He should retire.


Can he switch positions (like DE)? Or is he too slow for that too?
Whats wrong with his legs?

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Benlen wrote: clawmaster wrote:
The Bears have parted ways with Brian Urlacher. Urlacher is whining to anyone that will listen. Fact is Urlacher can't run anymore. He should retire.


Can he switch positions (like DE)? Or is he too slow for that too?
Whats wrong with his legs?

Too many knee surgeries.

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Robert Klemko and Mike Garafolo, USA TODAY Sports9:14p.m. EDT March 20, 2013

Ed Reed snagged his final interception as a member of the Baltimore Ravens in the game that mattered most. Now he's leaving for another AFC power.

The 34-year-old free safety, who started all 20 games in last season's successful Super Bowl run, has agreed to join the Houston Texans, according to a person informed of the progress of negotiations.

The person, who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the contract isn't yet signed, did not provide terms.
Drafted 24th overall in 2002, Reed earned nine Pro Bowl nods with the Ravens, but the 2004 defensive player of the year will now fill a need for the two-time AFC South champions. Reed earned his first Super Bowl ring — picking off San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 34-31 Super Bowl XLVII triumph in New Orleans — in his 11th and final season with the Ravens, who have experienced an exodus of experience and talent since free agency began.

Gone are retirees Ray Lewis and Matt Birk, free agent linebackers Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe, cornerback Cary Williams wide receiver Anquan Boldin (traded to the 49ers), and now Reed, who said he played through a torn labrum in his shoulder for much of the 2012 regular season.

His departure does not come as a shock to teammates who got a crash course in the business side of the NFL over the last month.

"It's not surprising," Baltimore linebacker Albert McClellan told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday evening. "At the end of the day, he's got to look out for himself and do whatever he can to help out his family. I'm pretty sure he wants to play, but he doesn't want to play for something that he's not worth. Nobody wants to play for less than they're worth."

Reed intended to rejoin the Ravens for the right price.

"I am a Raven, plan on being a Raven," he told NFL Network in early March. "I couldn't see myself anywhere else, but if it happens, I am a football player, I can adapt to any situation."

His health and play in apparent decline, Reed admitted before the 2012 regular-season finale that he had lost a step. He became expendable in Baltimore but essential to a Texans defense which ranked seventh in the NFL last season in yards allowed.

The Ravens may look to fill Reed's spot with free agent Michael Huff, a former first-round pick who has played safety and cornerback for the Oakland Raiders. Huff will visit with the team in the coming week, according to ESPN. But Ravens players insist Reed won't easily be replaced.

"Ed Reed is one of the greatest safeties to ever play this game," Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain told USA TODAY Sports. "That's not something that can ever be replaced. Ed is one of the most honest people I've encountered, from a place that you know is completely from his heart. He was a big mentor to me, and beyond that he's been entrenched in the community in Baltimore."

In need of a safety with the departure of free agent Glover Quin to the Detroit Lions, Houston rolled out the red carpet for Reed last week with the team tweeting that general manager Rick Smith would pick up Reed for his Houston visit in Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair's private jet. But Reed waited a week to commit to the Texans after his much-publicized visit.

Losing Reed leaves Baltimore without the two safeties who started much of last season. Bernard Pollard was released earlier this month. Journeyman backup safety James Ihedigbo, however, was re-signed.

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Bears find Urlacher replacement in D.J. Williams
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 22, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

The Bears have moved quickly to find a potential replacement for Brian Urlacher.

According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have agreed to a one-year deal with former Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams.

The Broncos parted ways with Williams after a troubled season which featured a pair of suspensions, but the 30-year-old was still playing at a solid level before the trouble.

The former first-rounder could earn up to $1.75 million if he hits a number of playing time incentives and workout bonuses, but there is no guaranteed money in the deal.

That’s less than the deal Urlacher refused, creating the awkward divorce.

The Bears still need a long-term answer in the middle, but they’re no longer desperate.

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Williams was playing decently, but Danny Trevathan really stepped up when he was in there for Denver.


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clawmaster wrote: Rumors going around that the Patriots have cut WR Brandon Lloyd.

couldnt have happened to a better guy

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Report: Texans agree to terms with punter Shane Lechler
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on March 22, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

For the first time in his 13-year NFL career, Shane Lechler will not be a member of the Oakland Raiders next season.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Lechler has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Houston Texans. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com, the contract is a three-year deal worth $5.5 million with a $1 million signing bonus.

Lechler has long been considered among the top punters in the league and is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro. He is also currently the NFL’s all-time leader in career punting average with 47.5 yards per punt.

The Texans had a strong punter in Donnie Jones last season, who averaged 47.2 yards per punt with 28 downed inside the 20, but Lechler is among the best to ever play the position in the league.

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Bears sign Tom Zbikowski
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 23, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

Tom Zbikowski is heading home to Chicago.

Zbikowski, a free agent safety who was born and raised in the Chicago area, has agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears.

A 2008 third-round draft pick of the Ravens out of Notre Dame, Zbikowski played four seasons for the Ravens before following his old defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis and signing with the Colts last year. Zbikowski was a starter for the first 11 games of last year in Indianapolis before his season was cut short by a knee injury.

Zbikowski will most likely back up Major Wright at strong safety in the Bears’ secondary.

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Dumervil’s base deal is five years, $26 million
Posted by Mike Florio on March 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

When it comes to the initial reports regarding the value of linebacker (once again) Elvis Dumervil’s five-year deal in Baltimore, the key words are “up to.”

Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that the contract is worth “up to” $35 million.  And while we have no reason to dispute that, the contract has a base value of $26 million, per a source with knowledge of the deal.

Dumervil will, as others have reported, earn $8.5 million in 2013, with a cap number of only $2.5 million.  This means that, at some point, the Ravens will carry an extra $6 million on future salary cap(s) under Dumervil’s name.

And so the base deal ends up being 64 percent of the five-year, $40.5 million contract linebacker Paul Kruger signed in Cleveland.  Even if Dumervil hits every incentive and earns an extra $9 million, the Ravens still got Dumervil at $5.5 million cheaper than Kruger would have cost.


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Bears add another linebacker not named Urlacher
Posted by Mike Florio on March 24, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

With the Bears losing linebacker Nick Roach in free agency and declaring that they won’t be bringing back linebacker Brian Urlacher, the Monsters of the Midway need some men for the middle level of their defense.

Two days after adding D.J. Williams, the Bears have signed James Anderson away from the Panthers.

According to Larry Mayer of the Bears’ official website, the seven-year veteran has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Chicago.

Anderson started 12 games at strongside linebacker in 2012. He missed the last four games with a back injury.  His 84 tackles were third most on the team.

In 2011, Anderson started all 16 games. He was a third-round pick (88th overall) in the 2006 draft.

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders released defensive tackle Tommy Kelly on Wednesday, cutting ties with their longest-tenured position player on the roster.

The move is the latest to distance the organization from the era of late owner Al Davis. Kelly originally signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and quickly became a mainstay on the defense, signing a $50.1 million, seven-year contract to remain with Oakland in 2008.

But general manager Reggie McKenzie cut Kelly two years before the end of that contract, getting Kelly's $6.5 million salary for 2013 off the books.

Kelly, 32, is the third prominent player acquired by Davis who has been released this month, following defensive back Michael Huff and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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And now there's talk that the Raiders are going to release Carson Palmer, because he refuses to take a pay cut.

Good fucking riddance, you barelywere.  He played the primadonna card in Cinci and then Hue Jackson fucked the team by convincing them to give up a first round last year and a 2nd this year.  And now he's pulling it again. 


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clawmaster wrote: Osi Umenyiora expected to sign with the Falcons. Not official yet.

Now official.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/27/osi-umenyiora-agrees-to-deal-with-falcons/

Osi Umenyiora agrees to deal with Falcons
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 27, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

The long-awaited deal is now done: Osi Umenyiora has agreed to terms on a contract with the Falcons.

Atlanta and Umenyiora, a free agent defensive end who has been linked to the team for weeks, reached a deal on a two-year contract today, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports.

When Umenyiora said last week that it would mean more to him to win a Super Bowl with the Falcons than his Super Bowls with the Giants meant to him, it strongly suggested that Umenyiora had his heart set on getting something done with Atlanta. Now something finally is done.

The 31-year-old Umenyiora has played his entire 10-year career with the Giants. He’s coming off a disappointing season in which he recorded 6.0 sacks, but in Atlanta he’ll be counted upon to replace the departed John Abraham, who had a team-high 10 sacks for the Falcons in 2012.

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Victor Butler chooses the Saints
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 28, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

The Victor Across America Tour has ended, as Cowboys outside linebacker Victor Butler has chosen a team.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Butler ended his free agent tour by picking the Saints.

Butler had also visited the Steelers, Browns and Eagles, but chose to reunite with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Butler was an effective sub, with 11.0 sacks in four seasons, but he was stuck behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer in Dallas. The Saints can offer him more play-time, as they’re desperately looking for pass-rush help as they transition to a 3-4.

Having Butler around should help Ryan install his system as well.

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The Dallas Cowboys and QB Tony Romo have reportedly agreed on a 6-year, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed.

QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.

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The Dallas Cowboys and QB Tony Romo have reportedly agreed on a 6-year, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed.


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Is this guy any good?

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/29/bears-bring-in-matt-slauson/

Bears bring in Matt Slauson
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 29, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

The Bears didn’t wait long to fill a void created by a free agent departure, adding to their offensive line.

After losing Lance Louis to the Dolphins this week, they moved quickly to reach a one-year deal with former Jets guard Matt Slauson, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Slauson started the last three seasons for the Jets.

Along with early pickup Jermon Bushrod, the Bears have added two quality starters for the left side of the line, which should help keep quarterback Jay Cutler happy. Or at least happier.

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Bears bring in Matt Slauson
Posted by Darin Gantt on March 29, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

The Bears didn’t wait long to fill a void created by a free agent departure, adding to their offensive line.

After losing Lance Louis to the Dolphins this week, they moved quickly to reach a one-year deal with former Jets guard Matt Slauson, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Slauson started the last three seasons for the Jets.

Along with early pickup Jermon Bushrod, the Bears have added two quality starters for the left side of the line, which should help keep quarterback Jay Cutler happy. Or at least happier.


51 games and 48 starts in the 4 years he was with the Jets. 

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QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.


Goodbye Carson Palmer

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Benlen wrote:
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QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.


Goodbye Carson Palmer


Yea, but I am not sure Flynn will be the answer either.

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clawmaster wrote: QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.

Hasn't happened yet.

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If Flynn deal doesn’t work out, Raiders have interest in Kolb
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 30, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

Despite the talk that a trade sending quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seahawks to the Raiders was imminent on Friday night, it still hasn’t happened as of Saturday morning. And if it doesn’t happen, the Raiders may have a Plan B in Kevin Kolb.

Adam Caplan reported that the Raiders have discussed signing Kolb, the free agent quarterback who was cut by the Cardinals this month.

The issue may be that the Raiders, who have just $2.8 million in cap space, will want Flynn to restructure his contract as part of a trade from the Seahawks. If Flynn refuses, the Raiders may try to get Kolb to sign a deal that will cost less on their salary cap in 2013 than Flynn would cost under his current contract.

The arrival of either Flynn or Kolb would lead to the departure of Carson Palmer, who now appears unlikely to play for the Raiders this season. The Raiders traded a first-round pick and a second-round pick for Palmer, who gave them a total of 24 starts, in which they went 8-16. Which doesn’t exactly instill a lot of confidence in Raiders fans about the wisdom of giving up more draft picks for Flynn.

Which may mean signing Kolb is a better move.

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Flynn has upside and I would love to see him in Oakland.  I honestly think Kolb has the talent, but he is so flipping injury prone that I would be less thrilled to see him over Flynn.  I have two teams. Oakland and New Orleans.  I think it has been ordained that they can not be good at the same time. 

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Flynn is definitely the better choice. I am not at all impressed with Kolb and you better hope they don't take him. Flynn has played great every time he has played, and he did lead LSU to a national title. The guy can legit play.

I'm surprised the Jets haven't tried to trade for him. Maybe a Sanchez for Flynn swap (depending on the numbers)?

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Why are the Raiders looking for a QB?

They got Terrelle Pryor, the wunder QB. 

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Brent Grimes strikes deal with Dolphins
Posted by Mike Florio on March 30, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

Franchised a year ago by the Falcons, cornerback Brent Grimes was a free agent in 2013.

And now he’s no longer a free agent.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Grimes has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Dolphins.

The contract is worth $5.5 million, which puts him near the top of this year’s pathetic cornerback market — and which gives him another crack at getting paid again in 2014.  Of that amount, the base value if $5 million; $500,000 comes from per-game roster bonuses.

The deal also includes a $2.25 million signing bonus, and $750,000 of the base salary is guaranteed.  That results in a total guarantee of $3 million.

Grimes tore an Achilles tendon in the first week of the 2013 regular season.  Coupled with the fact that he’ll be 30 later this year, interest wasn’t as high as it could have been, but he still did well in relation to the market at large.

For the Dolphins, the amount counts fully against the 2013 cap.  But that’s not a problem, given that they structured all of the new multi-year deals to have minimal cap consequences in the current year.

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Grimes is not that good. The Falcons D is a weak link. Need a few more LB's, a pass rush, and some DB's that will tackle.

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This is why the Bills are a complete joke.

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clawmaster wrote: clawmaster wrote: QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.

Hasn't happened yet.

It has now.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/01/flynns-a-raider-for-14-fifth-and-a-conditional-pick/

Flynn’s a Raider for ’14 fifth and a conditional pick
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 1, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

The Seahawks just announced the Matt Flynn-to-Oakland trade, and what they got most of all was cap relief.

The team announced that they’ll receive a 2014 fifth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2015 in exchange for their backup quarterback. So, nothing this year other than Flynn’s $5.25 million salary off the books.

For the Raiders, getting Flynn in for what amounts to nothing this year helps, as they had a depleted stash of picks.

The Raiders lack their own second-rounder and fifth-rounder from previous trades with the Bengals and Seahawks for Carson Palmer and Aaron Curry, respectively.

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McCoy deal essentially for a seventh
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 1, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

In case you were wondering how eager the Browns were to get rid of Colt McCoy to keep from paying their third-stringer $1.5 million (as Florio pointed out earlier), here’s your answer.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers obtained McCoy and the Browns sixth-round pick in exchange for their fifth- and seventh-round picks, which Florio has also confirmed.

So that’s the 164th overall pick and the 237th in exchange for the 173rd and a warm body, so they moved down nine spots and threw in a seventh to get a guy to back up Colin Kaepernick.

That leaves the 49ers with a paltry 13 draft picks to use this year.

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Colts, Darrius Heyward-Bey agree
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 1, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

The wait is over. Indeed, the Colts have added a wide receiver.

The club has agreed to terms with ex-Raiders wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, the team said Monday night. Owner Jim Irsay, who had made no secret that the club had zeroed in on a wideout, linked to the announcement on Twitter.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Heyward-Bey’s deal is for one year and as much as $3 million.

The 26-year-old Heyward-Bey caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five TDs for Oakland in 2012. He could help the Colts replace Donnie Avery, who signed with Kansas City in free agency. Heyward-Bey, who has gained 14.8 yards per catch in his four-year NFL career, was released earlier in the offseason.

Heyward-Bey is the latest addition to an Indianapolis free-agent class that Irsay already liked quite a bit.

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Redskins, DeAngelo Hall reunite
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 1, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

DeAngelo Hall won’t be changing teams after all.

Hall has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Redskins, Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. reported Monday night.

The Redskins, who have had some salary-cap issues to sort through, released the 29-year-old Hall three weeks ago. He has started every game the last three seasons for Washington.

In some ways, Hall’s career epitomizes the high-risk, high-reward nature of the position he plays. He has had some outstanding games, grabbed 39 interceptions in nine NFL seasons and signed multiple lucrative multi-year contracts. However, both the Falcons and Raiders cut ties with him before he landed in Washington in 2008.

Hall, who was only 20 years old when he played his first NFL game for Atlanta in 2004, does not turn 30 until November.

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Ultimark wrote:
Benlen wrote:
clawmaster wrote:

QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.


Goodbye Carson Palmer


Yea, but I am not sure Flynn will be the answer either.

Raiders have no answer.
If the league dissolved the Raiders and the NFL held a dispersal draft there might be only 6 or 7 players worth having on your team.

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Benlen wrote:
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QB Matt Flynn about to be traded from Seattle to Oakland.


Goodbye Carson Palmer


wasn't Flynn suppossed to save Seattle too?

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Heard Carson Palmer to Arizona on the radio just a minute ago. I don't have a link for that.

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Heard Carson Palmer to Arizona on the radio just a minute ago. I don't have a link for that.

I haven't seen this reported yet, but I can totally believe it...

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BottomlessJack2 wrote:
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Heard Carson Palmer to Arizona on the radio just a minute ago. I don't have a link for that.

I haven't seen this reported yet, but I can totally belikeve it...
. They did release john skelton yesterday.

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Benlen wrote: BottomlessJack2 wrote:
beejmi wrote:
Heard Carson Palmer to Arizona on the radio just a minute ago. I don't have a link for that.

I haven't seen this reported yet, but I can totally belikeve it...
. They did release john skelton yesterday.


 

Quarterback Carson Palmer has been traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.





The Raiders will receive the draft pick if Palmer starts 13 games for the Cardinals in the 2013 season. The return the Raiders received for Palmer is far less than the price the team paid to acquire the quarterback from the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011: a 2012 first-round draft pick and a second-round selection in the 2013 draft.

Palmer dined with Cardinals team personnel Monday night, sources told ESPN.

Palmer will help solidify a Cardinals quarterback position that has been in flux since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season. 

Quarterback Drew Stanton signed with Arizona last month, following new coach Bruce Arians to the Cardinals from the Indianapolis Colts. At the time of the signing, Arians said he was confident Stanton could handle the starting job, but it's expected Palmer would move into the top spot once a trade is finalized.

On Monday, the Cardinals released quarterback John Skelton, who started 17 games for the team in the past three seasons. 

The Raiders decided to move on from Palmer, acquiring quarterback Matt Flynn in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.

Palmer put up prolific numbers in his first full year as a starter in Oakland, but that led to little success for the team. He completed 61.1 percent of his passes and threw for 4,018 yards in 15 games -- second most ever for the Raiders -- with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The 33-year-old Palmer, who is owed $13 million this season, was unwilling to take a pay cut to remain with the Raiders, according to sources.

"I talked to Carson I guess it was probably Saturday, over the weekend, and kind of explained where we were at, what the process was. I think he and his representation totally understand where we're at," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday in a conference call to discuss the acquisition of Flynn.

"I think, at the end of the day, when we looked at it both from his standpoint and from our standpoint, we just realized that it was time for us to move on and move forward. We felt like Matt Flynn gave us a great option," Allen said.

 

 

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lobo316 wrote:
Benlen wrote: BottomlessJack2 wrote:
beejmi wrote:
Heard Carson Palmer to Arizona on the radio just a minute ago. I don't have a link for that.

I haven't seen this reported yet, but I can totally belikeve it...
. They did release john skelton yesterday.


 

Quarterback Carson Palmer has been traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2014 draft, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.





LOL @ the Raiders.

Zona just got better. With Palmer and Mendenhall added to the team to go along with a pretty good defense they will be contenders.

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The Raiders are starting from scratch again.

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Bills add Alan Branch on one-year deal
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 2, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

The Bills haven’t made much noise in free agency, but they did just add some size.

According to multiple reports, the Bills have signed Seahawks defensive tackle Alan Branch to a one-year deal worth up to $3 million.

Branch started 31 games the last two seasons for the Seahawks, after starting just three games in four years with the Cardinals, who chose him in the second round of the 2007 Draft.

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Buccaneers add Nate Kaeding, Steve Smith
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 2, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

The Buccaneers and placekicker Nate Kaeding have agreed to a one-year deal, the Des Moines Register reported Tuesday.

Also, the Bucs have added to their wide receiver depth, signing former Rams, Eagles and Giants pass catcher Steve Smith, NFL writer Jenna Laine reported.

Smith caught 14 passes for 131 yards in nine games for the Rams in 2012. The Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was Smith’s position coach when the receiver had his most productive years in New York.

Kaeding appeared in five games a season ago — three with San Diego, two with Miami. The Buccaneers’ placekicker, Connor Barth, connected on 28-of-33 field goals a season ago, and he signed a four-year deal with the club last year.

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Raiders sign Tracy Porter
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 2, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

Tracy Porter will be staying in the AFC West but leaving Denver.

The Raiders have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Porter, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Although Porter opened the 2012 season as a starting cornerback in Denver, he began having health problems in October that were apparently linked to a seizure he suffered in the preseason, and he missed most of the rest of the year. Porter thought he was capable of playing and expressed some displeasure at being sidelined, but when he finally returned to the field in December he suffered a concussion in his first game back and didn’t play for the Broncos again.

When the Broncos added veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie it became clear that Porter wouldn’t be back. Now the 26-year-old Porter will go to Oakland, and if he’s healthy, he’s a solid addition to the Raiders’ secondary.

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clawmaster wrote: The Raiders are starting from scratch again.

That's where you end up when you use a first round pick for JaMarcus Russell and then use two first rounders to get Carson Palmer and spend a third for Terrelle Pryor and then have to go out and get Matt Flynn on top of that.

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Bengals claim John Skelton off waivers
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 3, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

John Skelton must have made quite an impression on the Bengals by leading the Cardinals to 16 unanswered fourth-quarter points on Christmas Eve, 2011.

Of course, the Bengals still won that game 23-16, so maybe they just thought he was better than the guys on hand.

The Bengals claimed the former Cardinals quarterback off waivers Wednesday, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Skelton has 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in 17 career starts, but was the second quarterback thrown overboard by new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians (following Kevin Kolb).

Oddly enough, Skelton has a chance to hang around with the Bengals. After losing free agent backup Bruce Gradkowski to the Steelers, the Bengals responded by signing Josh Johnson, and the only other backup on the roster is Zac Robinson.

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NFL suspends Cardinals LB Daryl Washington four games
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 3, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

The NFL has suspended Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington for the first four games of the 2013 regular season.

Washington, who started all 16 games last season and was chosen to the Pro Bowl, has been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He will be able to participate in offseason work and the preseason but will then have to stay away from the team for the first four weeks of the regular season.

The league offers few details and does not confirm which substance players tested positive for when it confirms suspensions, but as we noted with the suspension of Baltimore’s Christian Thompson, a suspension under the substance-abuse policy happens only after the player violates the policy multiple times. So Washington must be a repeat offender.

Washington acknowledged the suspension and apologized in a statement released by the Cardinals.

“I was always taught that when you make a mistake, you admit it, learn from it and face whatever consequences there are,” Washington said. “I take full responsibility and I understand that I let down my teammates, the organization and fans. I apologize for that and promise that no one will work harder to make up for it.”

The Cardinals drafted Washington out of Texas Christian in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. He became a starter as a rookie and had his best season last year, recording 134 tackles, nine sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.

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Panthers agree to deal with Domenik Hixon
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 3, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

The Panthers’ perpetual search for complementary receivers has led them to a player new general manager Dave Gettleman is familiar with.

According to Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, former Giants wideout Domenik Hixon has agreed to terms with the Panthers, after interest from the Browns.

Hixon could step into the third wideout role vacated when former Panthers wideout Louis Murphy took his spare-part job with the Giants.

The Panthers also added Ted Ginn this offseason, giving them plenty of experienced competition for a young group with no sure things beyond starters Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell.

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Chargers add Jarius Wynn
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 3, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

The Chargers have signed free agent defensive end Jarius Wynn to a one-year contract, the club said Wednesday.

Wynn (6-3, 285) appeared in seven games for the Titans in 2011, recording six tackles. He will again play in a 3-4 scheme, just like did with the Packers, with whom he played for 2009 through 2011.

Wynn’s best season came in 2011, when he notched 19 tackles and three sacks in 16 games (four starts) for Green Bay.

Wynn played collegiately at Georgia. He’s entering his fifth NFL season.

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Frank Zombo heads to Kansas City
Posted by Josh Alper on April 3, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey has reached out to a familiar face to help bolster the linebacking corps in Kansas City.

Dorsey was previously a member of the front office in Green Bay, where he got to know linebacker Frank Zombo. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Zombo will be following Dorsey to Kansas City as a free agent.

Zombo was set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Packers chose not to tender him a contract. Zombo missed the first eight games of the 2012 season on the PUP list after a hamstring injury and wound up with eight tackles in seven games as a reserve. He’ll likely be vying to play a similar backup role in K.C. next season since neither Tamba Hali nor Justin Houston will be giving up their spots in the starting lineup.

Zombo joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and had five sacks across his first two seasons with Green Bay.

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Giants sign Mike Patterson
Posted by Josh Alper on April 3, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

The Dream Team is moving up the New Jersey Turnpike.

We kid, but there’s a second former Eagles defensive tackle joining the Giants. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Giants have signed Mike Patterson, who will join Cullen Jenkins on the Giants defensive line in 2013.

Patterson was cut by the Eagles before the start of free agency on the same day that they gave Jenkins his walking papers. Patterson played just five games for Philly in 2012 after preseason surgery before the season to repair an arteriovenous malformation from his brain. That condition contributed to a seizure during training camp in 2011 that initially seemed to threaten his ability to continue his football career.

Patterson spent eight seasons in Philly overall, most of them as a starter, before getting his walking papers with the change in coaches and defensive philosophies this offseason. He probably won’t be a starter with the team he used to call a rival, but should provide solid depth at a spot that also includes Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin and Shaun Rogers.

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Just talked to a good friend in Philly. He says Jenkins will pay immediate dividends and that Patterson is not that great. Other Philly guys-thoughts?

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Falcons will release Tyson Clabo
Posted by Josh Alper on April 4, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

The Falcons are about to have a new look on the right side of their offensive line.

Right tackle Tyson Clabo is about to get a pink slip from the Falcons, according to a tweet from his agent Chad Speck. Clabo has been a starter for the Falcons since joining the team in 2006, making 101 starts over seven years with the team. He’s started every game over the last five years and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

That resume makes it hard to believe this is a performance-related move from the Falcons. It’s more likely part of an effort to clear cap space to put toward a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. Until Clabo is officially cut loose, the Falcons have just $2.4 million in cap space at their disposal and it would seem they feel they need more. They’ll get it by excising Clabo’s $4.5 million base salary from the rolls, although it opens up a big hole on the line.

Clabo shouldn’t suffer from a lack of suitors on the open market, where he’ll join Andre Smith as the most appealing right tackles available. Teams like the Dolphins, Eagles, Texans and Cardinals have been linked with other available tackles this offseason and you’d imagine some or all of them will want a look at Clabo.

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beejmi wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Raiders are starting from scratch again.

That's where you end up when you use a first round pick for JaMarcus Russell and then use two first rounders to get Carson Palmer and spend a third for Terrelle Pryor and then have to go out and get Matt Flynn on top of that.

Which is why McKennzie is trying to fix all the stupid mistakes that the crypt keeper continued to make over the last decade.

I see it as a smart move.  Dump the big money contracts and rebuild. 

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Jason Hanson retires
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 4, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

Jason Hanson, the longtime Lions kicker who is the NFL’s longest-serving active player and the player who has played in more games for one team than any other player in NFL history, has decided to call it a career.

The 42-year-old Hanson told DetroitLions.com that he is not 100 percent healthy and thought a foot injury was going to keep him from playing at his best.

“It was time to make a decision,” Hanson said. “It was the right time to step away. “Ultimately, it’s my heel – the problem I developed last year. Now that we’re starting a new year, it’s still an issue. I have the desire. I have the determination, as I said earlier, to come back. Each time I’d start to push it, I’d kind of short-circuit. I realized that at this point of my career, I don’t want to perform in a compromised way. It’s not good for the team. I lost a little of my desire to play injured.”

Hanson owns the NFL records for most career 50-yard field goals (51) and most games played with one team (327). He’ll go down in history as one of the best kickers ever to play the game.

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Falcons will release Tyson Clabo
Posted by Josh Alper on April 4, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

The Falcons are about to have a new look on the right side of their offensive line.

Right tackle Tyson Clabo is about to get a pink slip from the Falcons, according to a tweet from his agent Chad Speck. Clabo has been a starter for the Falcons since joining the team in 2006, making 101 starts over seven years with the team. He’s started every game over the last five years and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010.

That resume makes it hard to believe this is a performance-related move from the Falcons. It’s more likely part of an effort to clear cap space to put toward a contract extension for quarterback Matt Ryan. Until Clabo is officially cut loose, the Falcons have just $2.4 million in cap space at their disposal and it would seem they feel they need more. They’ll get it by excising Clabo’s $4.5 million base salary from the rolls, although it opens up a big hole on the line.

Clabo shouldn’t suffer from a lack of suitors on the open market, where he’ll join Andre Smith as the most appealing right tackles available. Teams like the Dolphins, Eagles, Texans and Cardinals have been linked with other available tackles this offseason and you’d imagine some or all of them will want a look at Clabo.


Clabo is decent. Sam Baker, who they just extended, is a bad player. Bad move!

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Tony Gonzalez: I came back because we have a great team
Posted by Michael David Smith on April 5, 2013, 7:02 AM EDT

Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez went from 95 percent sure he would retire in January to 100 percent sure he would play in March. So what led Gonzalez to change his time?

Gonzalez said on NFL AM that he became convinced from talking to teammates, coaches, team personnel and his family that spending another year in Atlanta is what he needs to do.

“Matt Ryan, Arthur Blank, Mike Smith, Roddy White, all the guys really want me back,” Gonzalez said. “I went home thinking it was over, and I talked to my family and really sat down with them and discussed the pros and cons of returning, and really, I couldn’t think of too many cons. . . . You know what? We’ve got a great football team, and I look forward to seeing what we can do this year.”

Gonzalez said there’s one more thing for him to do in his career: earn a Super Bowl ring. And so he wanted to make a commitment to the Falcons at the beginning of the offseason, so that they’d know the starting tight end position was taken care of, and that they could get to work on putting the finishing touches on a team that can win it all.

“I want to make sure that they assemble the pieces that they need to make a championship run and get to the Super Bowl in New York,” Gonzalez said.

The return of Gonzalez makes a championship run more likely for the Falcons.

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Niners, Anthony Davis strike long-term deal
Posted by Mike Florio on April 5, 2013, 7:25 AM EDT

Right tackle Anthony Davis will be a member of the 49ers for a long time.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the two sides have worked out a five-year extension.  Coupled with his current deal, the contract will keep Davis in San Francisco through 2019.

Davis, who along with guard Mike Iupati were the last first-round picks of the pre-Harbaugh/Baalke regime, arrived via the 11th overall selection in the 2010 draft.  Davis has started all 48 regular-season games of his career.

The Davis deal could be the first piece of a much larger contract puzzle for the 49ers, especially with Iupati, receiver Michael Crabtree, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick all due to become free agents in the same year Davis would have hit the market:  2015.  Linebacker Aldon Smith will become a free agent in 2016.

As a practical matter, the 49ers need to be ready to sign their core players sooner rather than later.  After 2013, both Kaepernick and Smith will be eligible for long-term deals — and it’s safe to say both will want them.  Especially since both players were drafted in the first year of the current rookie wage scale, which in Smith’s case resulted in a far lesser contract than he would have gotten if he’d been the seventh overall pick one year earlier.

As of Wednesday, the 49ers had $4.0 million in cap space.  With the terms of the Davis deal not yet known, it’s unclear how the contract affected the team’s cap situation.

UPDATE 8:15 a.m. ET:  The five-year extension is worth$37.295 million, with $17 million in guarantees.

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Yuck. Anthony Davis is the weak link on the line. Not that he is a bad player he just doesnt deserve that kinda money.

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Yuck. Anthony Davis is the weak link on the line. Not that he is a bad player he just doesnt deserve that kinda money.

It's strange that all the weak links on the OL of teams seem to be getting deals or not getting cut. Baker, Davis and (for my Giants)David Diehl.

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Jaguars, Mohamed Massaquoi agree
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 5, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

The Jaguars and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi have agreed to a deal, the club confirmed Friday.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Massaquoi received a two-year contract.

Massaquoi, 26, has played the last four seasons in Cleveland. In 2012, he caught 17 passes for 254 yards in nine games and dealt with hamstring and knee ailments. Injuries have been an issue for him in the last two seasons, and he had multiple concussions in his Cleveland career.

However, if Massaquoi is healthy, he could improve the Jaguars’ wideout depth behind Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon. Massaquoi, who has made 43 starts, has gained 14.8 yards per catch since entering the NFL in 2009.

Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union first reported the Massaquoi agreement.

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Raiders will waive Rolando McClain today
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Amazingly, the trade never came together.

The Raiders are doing what has been expected for a month, parting ways with linebacker Rolando McClain, PFT has confirmed.  The transaction was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Technically, he’ll be waived, meaning teams will have to put in a claim if they want the former No. 8 overall pick.

McClain issued the following statement to PFT, acknowledging things hadn’t gone as planned:  “I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL.  I’m disappointed that it hasn’t worked out better, but I’m very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.”

Getting rid of McClain continues an offseason of high-profile purges by General Manager Reggie McKenize.

Top-10 picks Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey were released, and high-cost trade acquisitions Richard Seymour (free agent) and Carson Palmer (traded for peanuts) are gone as well.

To grade McKenzie on what  he’s built so far seems unfair, since he’s clearly still razing the mistakes of others and clearing away the rubble.

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Lions, David Akers agree to terms
Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 5, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

The Lions quickly moved to secure an experienced replacement for retiring placekicker Jason Hanson, agreeing to terms with ex-49er David Akers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Friday evening.

The 38-year-old Akers comes off his worst season as a pro; he missed a career-high 13 field goals in 42 regular-season attempts for NFC champion San Francisco. It was a surprising form reversal for Akers; the previous season, he connected on 44-of-52 field goals and set the single-season NFL points record (166). The 49ers released Akers in March, replacing him with former Browns kicker Phil Dawson.

Akers’ overall track record is solid. He has hit at least 82 percent of his field goals in nine of the last 13 seasons — all while playing his home games outdoors for the 49ers and Eagles. By contrast, the Lions could play as many as 10-of-16 regular-season games in 2013 in climate-controlled settings — eight home contests at Detroit’s Ford Field, one game at the domed Mall of America Field in Minneapolis and another at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., which has a retractable roof.

Akers, who is entering his 16th NFL season, had 40 of his 87 kickoffs go for touchbacks in 2012.

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Raiders will waive Rolando McClain today
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

Amazingly, the trade never came together.

The Raiders are doing what has been expected for a month, parting ways with linebacker Rolando McClain, PFT has confirmed.  The transaction was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Technically, he’ll be waived, meaning teams will have to put in a claim if they want the former No. 8 overall pick.

McClain issued the following statement to PFT, acknowledging things hadn’t gone as planned:  “I’d like to thank the Raiders for giving me an opportunity to play in the NFL.  I’m disappointed that it hasn’t worked out better, but I’m very excited and thankful for the Raiders allowing me to get a fresh start. I will miss my teammates and wish them and the Raiders organization good luck going forward.”

Getting rid of McClain continues an offseason of high-profile purges by General Manager Reggie McKenize.

Top-10 picks Michael Huff and Darrius Heyward-Bey were released, and high-cost trade acquisitions Richard Seymour (free agent) and Carson Palmer (traded for peanuts) are gone as well.

To grade McKenzie on what  he’s built so far seems unfair, since he’s clearly still razing the mistakes of others and clearing away the rubble.



I still thank the Raiders for taking Mclain. It was widely known that Reese would have taken him if he was available. Instead, he took a chance on Jason Pierre-Paul.

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New concerns about Gronkowski’s recovery
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 7, 2013, 8:24 AM EDT

What was originally viewed as a simple broken forearm (which is easier to say when it isn’t your forearm) has become a long-running issue for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

And now, there’s a chance the complications from his surgeries (plural) could put his chances at opening the season at risk.

According to Ron Borges and Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Gronkowski’s still battling a stubbon infection, and may need to have yet another surgery to replace the metal plate designed to stabilize the bone.

According to the report, Gronkowski’s near the end of a six-week cycle of antibiotics, but doctors aren’t sure the infection is gone. Doctors plan to go back to take the metal plate out and install a new one to make sure the area is clean. If it isn’t (which they won’t know until they’re in there), they’ll have to make sure the tissue around the plate is clear of infection before putting a new plate in. That could push into the 10 weeks of healing time Gronkowski is said to need before the opener in September.

If the infection has cleared, he should have enough time to get healed for the start of the season, but that’s something they can’t guarantee.

He’s been on antibiotics since his third surgery in February, and doctors are expected to meet with him soon to determine a course of action.

While I’m not a doctor, and infections before breakfast are something I normally try to avoid on a Sunday, the report does sound a note of concern.

As it pertains to the football field, the Patriots obviously need him. But the multiple procedures and long treatment time raises questions about Gronkowski’s health beyond his ability to play football or dance shirtless.

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Packers add a new tight end
Posted by Mike Florio on April 7, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

Last month, the Packers lost tight end Tom Crabtree to the Buccaneers.  The Packers have now replaced him on the offseason roster, signing veteran Matthew Mulligan.

Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that the Packers signed Mulligan, a four-year veteran, to a one-year deal.

Mulligan has appeared in 50 career games.  Not tendered as a restricted free agent in 2012 with the Jets, Mulligan signed a two-year deal with the Rams.  St. Louis cut him last month.

In the two seasons, Mulligan has appeared in all 32 games, starting 18.

The Maine product has worked as both a run-blocker and a pass-catcher.  He also provides depth at the overlooked-until-the-starter-gets-hurt position of long snapper.

Mulligan reportedly picked the Packers over the 49ers, who are trying to replace the versatile Delanie Walker.

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Devin Hester fully on board with full-time focus on returning
Posted by Josh Alper on April 8, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

Bears coach Marc Trestman said at the league meetings last month that he viewed Devin Hester as a kick returner rather than a wide receiver who also returns kicks and planned to use him that way.

At the time, Trestman said that reporters would have to ask Hester how he felt about that and that’s just what happened when Hester did an interview on WLS in Chicago Sunday. The answer is that Hester’s just fine with making returning his full-time job in 2013. Hester said it was “kind of” his idea to concentrate on returning after a disappointing 2012 season across the board so that he could get back to being the player he wants to be.

“My door is not closed on the offensive side of the ball. I’m still open to it,” Hester said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “But as of right now, I know that I’m going here first into this season as the main kickoff return man. As of right now, that’s my main focus — to get my swagger back.”

Concentrating on what Hester does best seems like a good idea for both the Bears and Hester, especially with Hester sounding totally on board with the decision to try to build on his 18 career return touchdowns. It was a potent part of the Bears mix that was missing in 2012 and one they could really use in 2013.

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Patriots agree to deal with Tommy Kelly
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 8, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT

Tommy Kelly became an object lesson with the Raiders, an example of the kind of awful contract that got them into their current mess.

Now, he’s on the other end of the spectrum.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with the former Raiders defensive tackle. There were no numbers involved in Rapoport’s report, but it’s going to be a far cry from the seven-year, $50.5 million deal the Raiders gave him in 2008.

Kelly’s 32, and clearly on the downside of a good career. But he’s also versatile enough to be a good piece for the Patriots line that has made good use of veterans in the past.

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Saints sign Jim Leonhard
Posted by Darin Gantt on April 8, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

The Saints need help to fix a defense that was the league’s all-time worst last year, and they’ve signed another player who was a backup last year to do so.

Former Broncos, Jets, Ravens and Bills safety Jim Leonhard just tweeted out a photo of himself signing a contract with the Saints.

The Saints signed Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis early in free agency, but have since worked the fringes, signing former Cowboys backups Victor Butler and Kenyon Coleman, who are familiar with new coordinator Rob Ryan’s system.

Leonhard fits into that strata, a serviceable player for a team that needs all of those it can find.

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No guaranteed money for D.J. Williams
Posted by Josh Alper on April 8, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

The Bears are hosting Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown this week as they start the process of looking for a long-term replacement for Brian Urlacher at middle linebacker.

Should they fall in love with Brown or some other rookie that they get in the draft later this month and find that the youngster is ready to play from the first day, it won’t cost them anything to back away from the veteran short-term replacement they signed last month. Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports that the Bears gave Williams no guaranteed money in his one-year deal and structured the deal so that Williams will have to be active every week to see its full value.

His base salary will be $900,000 with around $750,000 available through roster bonuses that would pay Williams for every week he is on the 53-man and/or 46-man rosters. Should the Bears decide Williams isn’t going to work out, it isn’t going to be a financial hit to move in another direction.

Given the fact that Williams served a pair of suspensions in 2012, protections against any absences was a good idea even if the Bears weren’t open to finding a different answer to their need at linebacker.

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Patriots agree to deal with Tommy Kelly


Tommy Kelly is a real life thug.

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Patriots agree to deal with Tommy Kelly


Tommy Kelly is a real life thug.

He's also fat and lazy and not worth a fraction of what they paid him.

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Absent a long-term deal, Steelers will regret matching Sanders offer

Posted by Mike Florio on April 14, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

The 50 that lost likely will be saying “I told you so” in less than a year.

With a one-year, $2.5 million deal, Sanders is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. And with the Steelers unlikely to use the franchise tag (after all, they didn’t use it to keep Mike Wallace around), Sanders will head to market barring a long-term deal.

If Sanders makes it to the open market, the Patriots likely will be given the first crack at signing him, thanks to the fact that the Pats helped him get a $1.2 million raise for 2013. The Steelers, in turn, will have nothing if Sanders leaves.

Sure, his departure will factor in to the complex formula for determining compensatory draft picks in 2015. But the Steelers could have had the 91st overall pick in the draft now, signing the player to a four-year deal that would have cost roughly the same as one more year with Sanders.

The benefit for the Steelers is that the matching of the offer puts Sanders under contract for 2013, which means he won’t be able to avoid mandatory minicamp or training camp without incurring potential fines. Last year, Wallace didn’t sign his tender and thus wasn’t under contract, which translated to a holdout that lasted deep into August.

In theory, the Steelers now have the exclusive ability through next March to try to sign him to a long-term deal. And that’s the real question we have moving forward. In deciding to match the offer, did the Steelers also decide to take all reasonable steps to keep Sanders over the long haul? If so — and if they get him signed — then the decision to match won’t be as bad as if the Steelers view it as a one-more-year move.

The Patriots will now be left to wonder whether they should have put some more money into the offer, and precisely how much more would have scared the Steelers away. More importantly, the Pats now need to look elsewhere for help at receiver.

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Vick, Foles split reps at Eagles minicamp

Posted by Josh Alper on April 16, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

No real quarterback competition is going to be settled on the first day of the first minicamp, but that doesn’t stop people from wondering about the pecking order.

It’s no surprise, then, that Eagles coach Chip Kelly faced questions about how snaps were allocated when the Eagles worked out on Tuesday. Kelly said that Michael Vick and Nick Foles rotated with the first team and that Dennis Dixon got some snaps as well while trying his best to downplay the significance of who is playing where at this point in the process.

“It’s even. They both [Vick and Foles] took reps with the ones,” Kelly said, via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “The depth chart for us is not a big deal. … The depth chart is more of a seating chart than a depth chart.”

Anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that there are plenty of people who put a lot of stock into a seating chart. Kelly is likely to find that Philadelphia has more than enough to spare every time he faces the media and gets asked about the identity of his starting quarterback.

He might have an easier time naming his left tackle. Jason Peters participated fully on Tuesday as he makes his way back from last year’s torn Achilles. Kelly said, via the team website, that Peters “looked really at home” at his old position and his return would be a positive development for the Eagles after last year’s follies on the offensive line.

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Here is the Bears schedule for next season.

Regular Season
Week 1 – Sun., Sept. 8: vs Cincinnati Bengals – Noon
Week 2 – Sun., Sept. 15: vs Minnesota Vikings – Noon
Week 3 – Sun., Sept. 22: at Pittsburgh Steelers – 7:30pm
Week 4 – Sun., Sept. 29: at Detroit Lions – Noon
Week 5 – Sun., Oct. 6: vs New Orleans Saints – Noon
Week 6 – Thurs., Oct. 10: vs New York Giants – 7:25pm
Week 7 – Sun., Oct. 20: at Washington Redskins – Noon
Week 8 – BYE
Week 9 – Mon., Nov. 4: at Green Bay Packers – 7:40
Week 10 – Sun., Nov. 10: vs Detroit Lions – Noon
Week 11 – Sun., Nov. 17: vs Baltimore Ravens – Noon
Week 12 – Sun., Nov. 24: at St. Louis Rams – Noon
Week 13 – Sun., Dec. 1: at Minnesota Vikings – Noon
Week 14 – Mon., Dec. 9: vs Dallas Cowboys – 7:40pm
Week 15 – Sun., Dec. 15: at Cleveland Browns – Noon
Week 16 – Sun., Dec. 22: at Philadelphia Eagles – Noon
Week 17 – Sun., Dec. 29: vs Green Bay Packers – Noon

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At first glance, 8-8 is my guess for Da Bears.

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At first glance, 8-8 is my guess for Da Bears.

I would say 3-13. :tongue:

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At first glance, 8-8 is my guess for Da Bears.

I would say 3-13. :tongue:


It could be that too. I was drinking Bears koolaid when giving them the 8-8 record.

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James Harrison agrees to terms with Bengals

Posted by Michael David Smith on April 19, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

James Harrison is about to become a Bengal.

Harrison, the longtime Steelers linebacker, has agreed to terms with the division rival Bengals. It’s a two-year contract, according to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The deal comes shortly after Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he expected to sign either Harrison or veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby before the draft, but that the Bengals wouldn’t sign both of them. Hearing that may have been just the message Harrison needed to agree to terms before the Bengals lost interest.

And now the Bengals’ two games with the Steelers will get a little more interesting: Harrison sacking Ben Roethlisberger would certainly fire up the fan base in Cincinnati, and would lead to Harrison hearing plenty of boos in Pittsburgh. He’ll get to face the Steelers twice this year, and he’s already expressing his excitement.

James Harrison ✔ @jharrison9292

Whodey!!!!!!!!!!! Hello Cincinnati!!!!

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Report: Larry Grant suspended four games

Posted by Josh Alper on April 19, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

Linebacker Larry Grant has had a few visits with teams since becoming a free agent last month, but the former 49ers backup and special teamer hasn’t been able to land a new job.

If a report from Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee is correct, it might be a while longer before Grant lands with another team. Barrows reports that Grant has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

While Grant will be able to practice and play in the preseason, the prospect of not having him available for the start of the regular season could give teams pause since they will have other options to round out their roster with players who can do what Grant does. The suspension would also throw a bucket of cold water on any hopes Grant might have about landing somewhere where he’d have at least a shot at a starting job.

Grant has played in every game for the 49ers over the last two seasons, starting three times in 2011 but playing only a handful of snaps on defense for the 2012 NFC Champions. He was originally a seventh-round pick for San Francisco in 2008, but started his career with the Rams after being signed off the 49ers practice squad during his rookie year.

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The 25 games on the 2013 NFL schedule we can't wait to see
Nate Davis, USA TODAY Sports9:12 a.m. EDT April 19, 2013

Now that the NFL's 2013 regular-season schedule has been unveiled, here are 25 games we can't wait to see:

1. Broncos at Colts, Oct. 20: Peyton Manning's first game at Lucas Oil Stadium in a visiting uniform ... against Andrew Luck, the man who made his four-time MVP predecessor expendable after 14 years? Delicious.

2. Ravens at Broncos, Sept. 5: The season kicks off with the defending champs playing their first game ever without Ray Lewis — on the road at the same site where they dealt Denver a stunning overtime loss in last season's playoffs. Elvis Dumervil will also be back in the building but wearing purple.

3. Broncos at Patriots, Nov. 24: Peyton v. Brady has become an annual rite of autumn. But Wes Welker's return to Foxborough provides an extra layer of intrigue which could render the quarterbacks as a mere sidebar.

4. Broncos at Giants, Sept. 15: Manning Bowl III provides Eli with another chance (could it be his last?) to knock off big brother Peyton, who led the Colts past the Giants in 2006 and 2010.

5. Falcons at Saints, Sept. 8: Expect liberated head coach Sean Payton to get quite the raucous welcome from the home fans as he coaches in the Superdome for the first time since Jan. 7, 2012, when New Orleans beat the Lions 45-28 in a wild-card game.

6. 49ers at Seahawks, Sept. 15: A new Cold War has developed on the Pacific Coast, escalated by a virtual offseason arms race. And don't forget, Russell Wilson and Seattle won their first meeting against Colin Kaepernick's 49ers 42-13 on Dec. 23.

7. Eagles at Redskins, Sept. 9: Will the "insane" offense of new Philly coach Chip Kelly be NFL-ready as he fully unveils it for the first time in the Monday Night Football opener? Will Washington QB Robert Griffin III's knee be ready in what would presumably be his first matchup against Michael Vick (he missed both games vs. the 'Skins in 2012)? Some intriguing questions will be answered.

8. Texans at Ravens, Sept. 22: It may not exactly be two tickets to paradise, but new Houston safety Ed Reed will get a fully paid trip to Baltimore to play against his employer of the previous 11 seasons. Though he'll be behind enemy lines, expect Reed to get a loving welcome from the home crowd.

9. Falcons at 49ers, Dec. 23: The venue and the rosters will be different, but the teams will be the same for this NFC Championship Game rematch. Atlanta will be packing a new running back, Steven Jackson, a man whom the Niners are quite familiar with and who might've enabled the Falcons to keep their 17-0 lead in January's conference title tilt. WR Anquan Boldin and CB Nnamdi Asomugha are among San Francisco's newcomers.

10. Patriots at Ravens, Dec. 22: The AFC Championship Game entrants from the past two seasons will also meet once again. The Ravens have won two straight and three of five in the series. Bill Belichick had a run-in with a replacement ref during New England's visit to Baltimore last season.

11. 49ers at Redskins, Nov. 25: A pairing of 2012 division winners is juicy in itself. But that will be the subplot as Colin Kaepernick and RGIII face off for the first time.

12. Chiefs at Eagles, Sept. 19: Wear earmuffs, Andy Reid ... though there's a fair chance your new team will be much better than your previous one in 2013.

13. Packers at Ravens, Oct. 13: Looks sweet on paper. Speaking of paper, the Baltimore defense doesn't look quite as good after an offseason overhaul. Aaron Rodgers will give the new version quite a litmus test.

14. Colts at 49ers, Sept. 22: Another instance of 2012 playoff clubs squaring off as Luck returns to the Bay Area against Jim Harbaugh, his old coach at Stanford. Watching Luck contrast styles with Kaepernick will be a treat.

15. Redskins at Packers, Sept. 15: Green Bay was shredded by Kaepernick in the 2012 postseason. After a focused effort to combat the read option this offseason, how will the Pack fare vs. RGIII?

16. Seahawks at Falcons, Nov. 10: Their playoff battle in January was arguably the best of the 2012 postseason. The stakes won't be the same, but the game could be just as good.

17. Packers at 49ers, Sept. 8: Kaepernick rushed for a quarterback record 181 yards in that 45-31 win that kicked off San Fran's playoff march to Super Bowl XLVII. Rodgers will hope his first regular-season start in his native Northern California goes better than his most recent visit to Candlestick Point.

18. Patriots at Texans, Dec. 1: Houston was flying high at 11-1 before last season's Week 14 beatdown at New England. Then they got spanked again at Gillette Stadium in the playoffs. The Texans now get another crack, this time on their own turf, and should find out if they're truly ready to be AFC heavyweights.

19. Seahawks at Colts, Oct. 6: Two up-and-coming teams with two up-and-coming quarterbacks as Wilson and Luck highlight this clash in Indy. Luck and Ryan Tannehill will also lock horns Sept. 15 in another showdown of 2012 draft class quarterbacks.

20. Saints at Patriots, Oct. 13: It's too bad we're only treated to Brees-Brady/Payton-Belichick once every four years. Fortunately, this is one of them.

21. Steelers at Packers, Dec. 22: It's been three years since these teams met in Super Bowl XLV. Though they've both changed significantly since, a meeting of two of the league's most tradition-laden franchises remains a titillating one.

22. Dolphins at Patriots, Oct. 27: Time to find out if Miami's offseason spending spree narrowed the gap in the AFC East.

23. Bears at Packers, Nov. 4: Jay Cutler has been truly abysmal at Lambeau Field (0-3 record, 2 TD passes, 10 INTs). He visits this time with a much better left tackle, Jermon Bushrod, and offensive visionary Marc Trestman as his coach. Time to see if the new formula in Chicago produces a better result in the NFL's longest-running rivalry (this will be the teams' 187th meeting).

24. Redskins at Vikings, Nov. 7: Did you know that league MVP Adrian Peterson has never cracked 100 rushing yards against Washington and has averaged just 45 in four career meetings? Maybe this time he'll run roughshod against the team that put him out of commission in 2011.

25. Steelers vs. Vikings, Sept. 29: The Brits should enjoy watching Peterson try to pierce what's been the NFL's No. 1 defense four of the past six seasons. As for that 49ers-Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 27? Might as well stay at the pub and watch traditional European football.

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Too bad about Grant. He should be starting somewhere. Niner linebacking just too deep for him to get playing time.

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Cowboys not deterred by Durant’s past alcohol incidents

Posted by Mike Florio on April 20, 2013, 7:24 PM EDT

Of all 32 NFL franchises, one currently has even more reason than the others to think twice about acquiring players with a history of DUI incidents.

As explained by Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, that didn’t stop the Cowboys from signing linebacker Justin Durant. The former Lion and Jaguar has twice been arrested for alcohol-related incidents.

In February 2006, Durant faced charges of DUI and reckless driving. Durant eventually was found guilty of DUI. In November 2007, as a rookie in Jacksonville, Durant was arrested for possession of an open container of alcohol and resisting an officer without violence.

While Durant wasn’t charged with DUI, police found him passed out in his vehicle with the car in drive. A Taser blast got him to release the steering wheel, and he passed a field sobriety test.

More than five years have passed since the most recent incident, and Durant has had no other problems. But with the Cowboys still reeling from the death of linebacker Jerry Brown in a vehicle driven by nose tackle Josh Brent, the Cowboys are taking a risk.

“Obviously we do checks, and people do make mistakes, and we feel like in this case it is in his past,” Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a drafted player or a guy who has been in the league, we check on everyone. He’s obviously had to pay a price for it, and we feel like that’s in his past and he will be a productive Cowboy for us.”

The reality is that every player drafted or signed by the Cowboys or any team carries with him the risk of a potential drunk-driving incident. Players are young, they have money, and they want to have a good time when on their own time. The challenge for every franchise, and for the league and the NFLPA, remains getting through to the players regarding the importance of making arrangements for a ride before drinking and/or of using the car services available to NFL players if/when they have too much to drink.

While drunk driving remains a significant societal problem, sports teams have a unique obligation to ensure that the men they bring to town don’t put the lives of the fan base at risk. As Cliff Christl of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel once asked Packers G.M. Ted Thompson regarding the acquisition of receiver Koren Robinson, “Ted, what if he kills somebody in this state?”

That’s a question every team needs to ask itself regarding every player who is hired, regardless of whether he has a history of drunk driving or not. And every team needs to ensure that its players have the resources and education to avoid the kind of mistakes that can claim lives.

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Report: Jets, Bucs have Revis trade framework in place

Posted by Mike Wilkening on April 21, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

The Buccaneers and Jets have come to an agreement on trade compensation for cornerback Darrelle Revis, Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday.

It’s unknown what the Buccaneers would give up for Revis if a trade is indeed finalized, but Tampa Bay’s first-rounder (No. 13) has been speculated to be in play ever since the Bucs became the clear top suitor for the star cornerback.

Also, the Buccaneers and Revis have reached “basic” agreement on a contract if he joins Tampa, Cole reported. The 27-year-old Revis is entering the final year of his current deal.

In an important procedural step, Revis will travel to Tampa to take a physical with the Buccaneers on Sunday, ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini reported Sunday.

Revis missed most of last season with an ACL tear, but he has been able to work out, and he is almost seven months removed from the injury.

UPDATE 11:07 a.m. ET: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the Buccaneers will surrender “multiple” draft picks for Revis if a deal can be finalized.

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Revis to Tampa Bay is now official

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Revis to Tampa Bay is now official


Yep.

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Jets most likely will get a third-round pick in 2014 for Revis

Posted by Mike Florio on April 21, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

At a time when plenty of Jets fans are feeling gloomy about the trade that sent cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa, there’s a tiny silver lining in the dark cloud over Gotham.

Per a source with knowledge of the trade terms, the fourth-round pick that the Bucs owe the Jets in 2014 upgrades to a third-round pick based only on the player’s presence on the Tampa Bay offseason roster in 2014.

We don’t know the precise date on which the pick enhances, but it falls at some point between the start of the 2014 waiver period and the 2014 draft.

As a practical matter, the specific date doesn’t matter. It’s highly unlikely that the Buccaneers will cut Revis after one year, especially since his $13 million base salary for 2014 doesn’t vest until the first week of the 2014 regular season.

So, barring a highly unlikely development, the Jets will get a first-round pick in 2013 and a third-round pick in 2014 for Revis.

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Report: Aaron Rodgers gets $110 million over five years

Posted by Josh Alper on April 26, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

The Packers announced their extension with Aaron Rodgers on Friday afternoon and now we’ve got the first reports about the value of Rodgers’ deal.

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Rodgers signed a deal worth $110 million over five years that will kick in for the 2015 season and run through 2019. With a per-season average of $22 million, Rodgers has highest average annual salary in league history.

He’s also making more than the $20.1 million per year that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be playing for under the terms of the deal he signed earlier this offseason. Albert Breer of the NFL Network also reports that Rodgers will make $62.5 million over the first three years of the deal, which is $500,000 more than Flacco will make over the first three years of his deal in Baltimore.

And Breer’s colleague Ian Rapoport adds that Rodgers will be making $40 million in the first year of the deal. That matches the $40 million that Drew Brees got in the first year of the deal he signed with the Saints last year.

Basically, it’s a lot of money any way you choose to look at it.

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And another team will suffer because of QB greed. Can't win without them but at some point this obsession with being the highest paid starts to hurt.

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Bryant McKinnie returns to the Ravens

Posted by Josh Alper on May 2, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

Several veteran members of the Ravens’ Super Bowl team will be playing elsewhere in 2013, but left tackle Bryant McKinnie isn’t one of them.

The Ravens announced Thursday afternoon that they have reached agreement with McKinnie on a new two-year deal. McKinnie and the Ravens have been circling each other since the start of the offseason without too much urgency to make things happen apparent on either side. The Ravens said they were prepared to go with Kelechi Osemele as their left tackle and things remained in a holding pattern.

That changed this week as McKinnie stepped up talks with other teams. He visited with the Dolphins, received an offer from the Chargers and got some notice from the Cowboys. That was enough to spur the Ravens into action so they could secure the player who stepped in at left tackle during the playoffs to solidify the offensive line on the way to the Super Bowl.

With McKinnie back in Baltimore, Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo are the top veteran tackles on the free agent market. Both men are right tackles and both have gotten interest from some of the same teams that were interested in McKinnie. It may not be long before they find homes now that McKinnie has taken himself off the market.

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From Yahoo Sports,

Dolphins sign RT Clabo
By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – 26 minutes ago

Right tackle Tyson Clabo will sign with the Miami Dolphins, his agent confirmed to ESPN, for a reported one-year contract.

Clabo was released by the Atlanta Falcons last week. In Miami, he joins an offensive line that lost left tackle Jake Long to the St. Louis Cardinals in free agency. Jonathan Martin performed solidly as a rookie in 2012 and is a candidate to take over for Long. While Clabo has played the left side in the past, he's considered a better fit at right tackle.

Clabo joined the Atlanta organization in 2005 when he signed with the Falcons' practice squad, and emerged as one of the better run-blocking right tackles in the NFL. He started all 101 games he appeared in for Atlanta, including all 16 regular-season games each of the past five seasons.

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Did the yahoo story say St. Louis cardinals?? WTF!!??

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Chrisstlouis wrote:
Did the yahoo story say St. Louis cardinals?? WTF!!??

LOL!! Yes it did. Nice catch. Should be Rams.

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Check it out for yourself.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dolphins-sign-rt-clabo-163034346--nfl.html

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Vikings release Chris Kluwe

By Brad Biggs | National Football Post – 2 hours 50 minutes ago

If Chris Kluwe was not an outspoken supporter of gay rights, his departure from the Minnesota Vikings probably would not create near the stir.

But Kluwe, in eight seasons with the Vikings, was vocal on a lot of topics, including the poor field condition at TCF Bank Stadium when the team had a regular-season game moved there late in the 2010 season after the Metrodome roof had collapsed. He was also very outspoken about gay marriage rights and more.

Today, he is an ex-Viking as the team did what was expected nine days after drafting Jeff Locke in the fifth round from UCLA. To focus solely on Kluwe’s causes off the field would be to miss the point that he struggled with consistency on the field, particularly when away from the Metrodome.

“Thank you to all the fans, my teammates, and the Wilf family for the past 8.5 years. I wouldn't have traded it for anything,” Kluwe announced via his Twitter page.

Kluwe leaves as the Vikings’ leader in career punting average at 44.4 yards per. He owns the franchis record with 198 punts downed inside the 20.

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Jaguars sign Marcus Trufant, cut Antwaun Molden

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 7, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

Veteran cornerback Marcus Trufant is heading to Jacksonville.

Trufant visited the Jaguars today and won’t be leaving, as the team announced that Trufant has been signed. To make room for Trufant on the roster, the Jaguars have waived veteran cornerback Antwaun Molden.

Trufant joined the Seahawks as the 11th overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft and has played his entire career in Seattle. He’s been a solid starter for most of his career, but his playing time declined significantly behind Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner in 2012 and there was no room for him with the Seahawks after Antoine Winfield was signed. In Jacksonville, however, he’ll have a familiarity with coach Gus Bradley’s system, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him start for the Jaguars.

Molden is a former third-round pick of the Texans who has bounced around the league with the Patriots and Giants and played in just three games for the Jaguars last year. He’ll likely find work as a backup somewhere.

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Titus Young rules: http://tracking.si.com/2013/05/07/fomer-lions-receiver-titus-young-arrested-twice-in-15-hours/?eref=sihp

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Cardinals sign Karlos Dansby

Posted by Josh Alper on May 10, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

It looks like it really was a good meeting for the Cardinals and linebacker Karlos Dansby.

The team announced Friday that they have signed Dansby to a one-year deal. It will be Dansby’s second stint in the desert as the Cardinals drafted him in the second round of the 2004 draft and he spent six years with the team before heading to Miami.

Dansby garnered a good deal of interest around the league after the Dolphins released him early in the offseason, but the Cardinals might have pushed a little harder because of the uncertainty around linebacker Daryl Washington right now. Washington is going to serve a four-game suspension to start the year after violating the league’s substance abuse policy and he was arrested last week on domestic violence charges that could lead to more league discipline down the road.

Dansby would be a good fit as a fill-in for Washington and should be able to contribute once he’s back as well. He was in on 134 tackles for the Dolphins last season and has played in all but eight regular season games his teams have played over the course of his nine-year career.

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I really think they got a heck of an lb in Kevin Minter, too

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Aaron Curry signs with Giants

Posted by Darin Gantt on May 10, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

As it turns out, Aaron Curry wasn’t just hanging around Giants practice for no good reason.

Curry just tweeted out the word that he had signed, saying: “EXCITED TO BE A GIANT!!!,” because lower case letters and two exclamation marks wouldn’t have conveyed the appropriate excitement.

The Giants still have a transaction to make, though. As Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News mentioned, the Giants were at the 90-man roster limit, so someone has to go to make room for him.

Teams are going to continue to give Curry chances, partially because he was once the fourth overall pick in the draft. But the Seahawks traded him to the Raiders for a 2012 seventh and a 2013 fifth, and the Raiders just gave him away to get his salary off the books.

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clawmaster wrote: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/10/aaron-curry-signs-with-giants/

Aaron Curry signs with Giants

Teams are going to continue to give Curry chances, partially because he was once the fourth overall pick in the draft. But the Seahawks traded him to the Raiders for a 2012 seventh and a 2013 fifth, and the Raiders just gave him away to get his salary off the books.

The guys a bum. Big mistake.

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As expected, Buddy Nix is stepping down from his role as general manager of the Buffalo Bills. The team announced Monday that Nix will take on an advisory role in the front office. It is expected that Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley will be promoted to the lead post.

This move has been in the works for several months as Nix, 73, transitions to a less-taxing phase in his career. Nix wanted to make sure he finished the 2013 NFL draft as the lead voice of the Bills and will now serve as a special assistant. Nix's final big move was to land former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel in the first round. Nix hopes he finally provided the Bills a franchise quarterback before stepping down.

Whaley is a bright, up-and-comer who has done a lot of work behind the scenes in Buffalo as assistant general manager. Whaley came from a winning program before joining the Bills. He spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and played a role in their Super Bowl victories after the 2006 and 2009 seasons.

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Eagles agree to deal with Felix Jones

Posted by Darin Gantt on May 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

The Eagles must have liked what they saw from Felix Jones in last week’s workout.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Eagles have agreed to terms with the former Cowboys first-round running back on a one-year-deal.

While you can debate whether Jones was a bust for the Cowboys, he does have a career average of 4.8 yards per carry, and there’s a case to be made that he’ll flourish in space, which Chip Kelly’s offense has always provided for smaller, quicker backs.

The Eagles are set for a starter in LeSean McCoy, and Bryce Brown showed flashes when he wasn’t fumbling. But there’s still an opportunity for Jones to create a role for himself.

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Rolando McClain retires from the NFL

Posted by Josh Alper on May 15, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

Linebacker Rolando McClain hasn’t been released by the Ravens, but he won’t be playing for them in 2013.

Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome announced Wednesday that McClain, who was arrested for disorderly conduct last month, is retiring from the NFL.

“Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL,” Newsome said in a statement from the team. “We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list.”

McClain’s arrest was the latest in a series of run-ins with law enforcement that have checkered McClain’s brief professional career. He also wound up being asked to stay away from the Raiders for several games at the end of last season after a blow-up with coach Dennis Allen. The Raiders released him in early April and it all adds up to a rapid fall for the eighth overall pick of the 2010 draft.

Since McClain is just 23, it seems inevitable that we’ll hear rumblings about McClain wanting to make a comeback in the next couple of years. He might get a shot, but it will be a much longer one than the one he blew over the last few years.

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Cribbs picks the Raiders

Posted by Mike Florio on May 15, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

The Raiders made receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs an offer last week at the outset of his post-Cleveland U.S. tour. After visiting three other teams, Cribbs has decided to accept it.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Cribbs has agreed to terms with the Raiders.

Cribbs also visited the Giants, Jets, and Lions. Jets G.M. John Idzik recently said that Cribbs’ injured knee “isn’t quite there yet,” which in all fairness could be a reaction to Cribbs’ belief that the Jets’ offer wasn’t quite there yet.

Cribbs leaves the Browns after eight seasons. His full role in Oakland isn’t yet known; the former Kent State quarterback initially made his mark as a return specialist, but he never fully became the kind of weapon on offense the Browns thought/hoped he’d be.

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David Garrard: My knee isn’t holding up

Posted by Josh Alper on May 15, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

Reports that quarterback David Garrard has been telling teammates with the Jets that he’s leaving the team have been confirmed by Garrard himself.

While Garrard wasn’t ready to talk to Jeff Darlington of NFL.com about what was going on, the veteran did text Adam Schein of Sirius XM NFL Radio with a little explanation. Garrard is leaving the Jets’ quarterback competition because his knee, which required an operation after he hurt it with the Dolphins last year, isn’t sound enough to allow him to continue.

“Having to call it quits. My knee is not holding up,” Garrard wrote. “Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do.”

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said earlier Wednesday that he’d like to see a quick end to the quarterback competition, something that could be easier to engineer with one less quarterback taking reps during OTAs and training camp. Whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith’s chances of landing the starting job are helped more by Garrard’s departure is up for debate, but the departure of the team’s other experienced quarterback would seem to raise the chances that Sanchez sticks around in one role or another this year.

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Vikings make Webb a full-time receiver

Posted by Mike Florio on May 15, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

Drafted in the sixth round three years ago as a receiver, Joe Webb has returned to that position.

According to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings made the move after signing quarterback Matt Cassel and drafting receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and

“We had been talking about it for a while, and we made the decision that this was the way to go after we had our draft,” coach Leslie Frazier said.

Webb also is expected to contribute on special teams.

“It’s going to be very interesting,” Webb said. “I haven’t played it since my rookie minicamp, but I think I can adjust to it pretty good. You just have to put in a lot of work. [Receivers coach George Stewart] will do a lot of that with me, so we’ll see what happens.”

The link to the arrival of Cassel is obvious; the connection to the arrival of Patterson is less clear. It could be that, with Patterson considered to be a longer-term project, the Vikings decided that they need Webb to contribute now while Patterson is working to realize his potential.

For Webb, the stakes are high. He enters his contract year with Minnesota after three full seasons as a quarterback. Webb now will be playing a less lucrative position, and he’ll have only a year to make an impact before hitting the open market.

Still, it sounds like he wants to stay with the Vikings. “I love Minnesota,” Webb said. “They’ve welcomed me like a son to a father, and it’s a great city. I love playing for the fans, and I think it’s a great fan base here, great atmosphere, great place to play.”

Webb arguably can’t be too upset about the move. He finally got a chance to show what he could do at quarterback during the 2012 playoffs, and he failed badly. It’s arguably overdue for the Vikings to realize that he’s one of the better athletes on the team, and that he should be on the field as much as possible, in some capacity.

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lobo316 wrote:  Nix's final big move was to land former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel in the first round. Nix hopes he finally provided the Bills a franchise quarterback before stepping down.


 

is that why he signed 100 mediocre QBs since Jan?

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Cowboys sign DE Anthony Hargrove.



from http://www.dallascowboys.com:

The Cowboys added veteran depth to their defensive line Thursday, signing defensive end Anthony Hargrove to a one-year deal – just one year removed from his role in the Saints’ bounty investigation.

Dallas will be Hargrove’s seventh stop in a star-crossed seven-year career that has seen him face a one-year suspension in 2008 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, as well as a since-overturned eight-game suspension in 2012 for allegedly informing the league of attempts by the New Orleans Saints to cover up a team bounty program.

To make room on the 90-man roster, the Cowboys released guard D.J. Hall, who was signed this week after the three-day rookie minicamp. Hall spent last year on the Jaguars practice squad and impressed the Cowboys’ coaches enough during the weekend to fill a roster spot. There is a chance the Cowboys could bring him back if a spot opens up.

Hargrove (6-3, 270), has 102 career games played with 25 starts, although he hasn’t started a game since 2009 when he started six with the Saints on their run to Super Bowl XLIV.

The Brooklyn, New York, native was one of four Saints players, along with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and Scott Fujita, to be handed a suspension for a role in the bounty program. Hargrove was suspended eight games – the second-longest player penalty, behind Vilma’s full season ban – before the rulings were overturned in December.

Off-field issues resulted in Hargrove also receiving a four-game substance abuse suspension in 2007 before his eventual suspension for all of 2008. However, he was voted the Saints’ representative for the Ed Block Courage Award for his comeback to the league after his suspension.

Hargrove bounced back in a big way in 2009, his best season as a pro. He recorded 40 total tackles, including five sacks and three fumble recoveries while playing 16 games with six starts, primarily from the defensive tackle position.

Hargrove played 15 games with Seattle in 2011, making 17 total tackles before his eventual suspension. Green Bay signed him in March of 2012, but he was released in August during final roster cuts – possibly as a precaution against his looming suspension.

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NFL Suspends Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin For 4 Games


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Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season on Friday after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Irvin will be eligible to participate in all off-season activities and preseason practices and games, but will be suspended without pay for the opening four games at Carolina, home for San Francisco and Jacksonville and at Houston. Irvin will be eligible to return to Seattle's active roster on Sept. 30 following the Seahawks' Week 4 game against the Texans, but only after losing a quarter of his salary for the season.

Irvin, the Seahawks' first-round pick in the 2012 draft, was scheduled to make $814,645 in base salary for the 2013 season.

"I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement released by the team. "I am extremely disappointed in the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward to contributing to the team the moment I return."

Irvin's loss could be a significant blow for a team that has become a popular pick to contend for a spot in the Super Bowl. Irvin was expected to start at defensive end with Chris Clemons likely to miss the start of the season while recovering from knee surgery after being injured in Seattle's playoff win at Washington last January.

Suddenly, Seattle's focus on addressing the depth on the defensive line in free agency won't be viewed as a luxury. Seattle signed Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett in free agency to bolster a pass rush that was inconsistent for most of the 2012 season. Avril was the only true outside pass rusher the Seahawks signed, but all three, along with Irvin, were expected to upgrade one of the few weak spots on a rising young team.

Irvin finished his rookie season with eight sacks but had just one in the final six weeks of the regular season. With Clemons out, Irvin got the start against Atlanta in the NFC playoffs and appeared overwhelmed by the Falcons' offensive line while trying to be the main pass rusher on the Seahawks line. But his speed off the edge flashed at different points during his rookie season and was the big reason Seattle used the 15th overall pick on a rush end whom many pundits didn't expect to be drafted that high.

Later Friday, Irvin posted a lengthy message to his Twitter account, expressing remorse for his actions. Irvin, who had a troubled upbringing in Atlanta that included a brief jail stint as a teenager, noted his efforts to rebuild his image and said the suspension is another strike against him.

"I messed up and I feel so bad and have been depressed for weeks now," Irvin wrote. "I've had sleepless nights because I knew when this came out, I would let so many people down, including myself."

Irvin's suspension also continues a troubling trend of Seattle players running afoul of the league's policies on banned substances. Since 2011, five Seahawks players -- John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy, Brandon Browner and Irvin -- have received four-game suspensions. Barbre was later released by the team.

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was also suspended last season for using a banned substance but won his much-publicized appeal last December. Sherman won by claiming there were errors in the chain of custody for his urine sample and that the tester made mistakes.

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Two years, $8.75 million for Freeney

Posted by Mike Florio on May 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Recent reports indicated that Dwight Freeney was willing to take the same base deal signed by Osi Umenyiora in Atlanta: Two years, $8.5 million.

Freeney ended up doing a little better. If $250,000 counts as “a little.”

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, Freeney’s two-year contract with the Chargers carries a base value of $8.75 million.

The deal pays $5.25 million in 2013, via a $3.25 million signing bonus, $1.5 million in guaranteed base salary, and a $500,000 roster bonus tied to Freeney’s presence on the weekly 46-man roster. (It works out to $31,250 per game.)

Freeney is due to earn $3.5 million in 2014, $500,000 of which is linked to weekly roster bonuses.

The contract carries a maximum value of $13.35 million, with $4.6 million tied exclusively to sacks. Though the targets aren’t currently known, we’re told that the numbers are realistic, based on his past production.

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Chargers, Max Starks agree to one-year deal

Posted by Michael David Smith on May 21, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

The San Diego Chargers needed an offensive tackle. Max Starks needed a job. It just made sense for them to get together. So it’s no surprise that Starks agreed to terms with the Chargers today.

Starks told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he has accepted a one-year contract offer.

The 31-year-old Starks has played in Pittsburgh for his entire nine-year NFL career. Last season Starks started all 16 games for the Steelers.

The Chargers will likely have Starks and King Dunlap compete for the starting spot at left tackle, while first-round draft pick D.J. Fluker starts at right tackle.

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Charles Woodson deal worth “max” of $4.3 million

Posted by Mike Florio on May 21, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

Yes, Charles Woodson has returned to the Raiders. The next question becomes how many million reasons they gave him to do it.

According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Woodson’s agent, Carl Poston, said that the 1997 Heisman winner’s one-year deal is worth a “max” of $4.3 million, which includes a $700,000 signing bonus.

The maximum value, while significant, isn’t nearly as important as the base deal. And when Poston told Anderson that the deal is worth up to $4.3 million, Poston didn’t mention the base value.

It’s somewhere between $700,000 and $4.299999 million. Unless Poston opts to disclose the amount, we’ll all have to wait until the contract officially is filed.

Woodson’s decision to sign on the same day he visited the Raiders suggests that they made an offer that met his demands. Over the weekend, Woodson said he’d be interested in the Lions “f I make it out of my visit with Oakland, like I just made it out of the visit with Denver.”

In other words, he had a number, and the Raiders met it. The Broncos, 49ers, and anyone else clearly didn’t.

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Brian Urlacher announced his retirement today.

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clawmaster wrote: Brian Urlacher announced his retirement today.
A shame that him and the Bears had to have a pissing match first

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Michael Crabtree has Achilles surgery, out six months
Posted by Michael David Smith on May 22, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

Just hours after news broke that 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon on Tuesday, Crabtree has already had surgery.

Crabtree had his surgery today, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

According to multiple reports, doctors believe Crabtree will be out about six months. That would put his return in late November, around Week 12 of the regular season.

For the 49ers, losing Crabtree for that long is a major blow to the offense. Last season Crabtree was by far the 49ers’ top weapon in the passing game, with 85 catches for 1,105 yards. No one else on the 49ers had even half that many catches or receiving yards.

With Crabtree out for most of the season, the 49ers will need the newly acquired Anquan Boldin and last year’s No. 2 receiver, Mario Manningham, to step up. They’ll also need some production out of last year’s first-round draft pick, A.J. Jenkins, who did nothing as a rookie, and from this year’s fourth-round draft pick, Quinton Patton.

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Rob Gronkowski needs back surgery, likely to miss start of camp
Posted by Michael David Smith on May 29, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

When we last checked in on the health status of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, we noted that things were looking good regarding his surgically repaired broken arm, but that he was probably going to need back surgery. Now it looks like we can take “probably” out of that sentence.

Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Gronkowski will need back surgery, which is expected to take place in mid-June. He’ll likely miss at least the start of training camp.

The Patriots have been expecting Gronkowski to have the back surgery, so this will not come as a surprise. And New England is very deep at tight end, with Aaron Hernandez, Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells all playing the position as well. So it’s far from time to panic.

Still, it’s reasonable to be concerned that the injury-prone label Gronkowski had heading into the 2010 NFL draft is coming to fruition. An offseason of arm surgery and back surgery is not the kind of offseason the Patriots would like from Tom Brady’s top weapon.

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Jammer signs with Broncos
Posted by Mike Florio on May 29, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

Veteran cornerback Quentin Jammer, a top-10 pick in 2002 who spent 11 seasons with the Chargers, is staying in the AFC West.

Jammer has signed a one-year deal with the Broncos, per a source with knowledge.

Details aren’t currently available, but the contract is believed to be worth more than the veteran minimum salary.

Earlier this offseason, the Broncos added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, another former first-round pick.  And the cornerstone of the secondary continues to be cornerback Champ Bailey, a first-rounder of the Redskins in 1999.

Speaking of the Redskins, they had interest in Jammer, but only via the minimum-salary benefit.

Jammer’s arrival surely will spark speculation that the Broncos are considering sliding Bailey to safety, despite an insistence that they won’t.  Or maybe that’s where Jammer will end up.

Either way, the Broncos have taken significant steps to improve the back end of their defense in 2013.

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Steelers’ Mike Adams recovering after stabbing
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 1, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

Steelers offensive tackle Mike Adams has been hospitalized in Pittsburgh after he was stabbed early this morning.

According to a statement released by the team, Adams was the victim of an apparent robbery attempt on Pittsburgh’s South Side.

“We are aware of the situation regarding Mike Adams being stabbed earlier this morning,” Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said. “We are in direct communication with both Mike and his family. Mike is expected to make a full recovery.”

No other details about the stabbing have been released. Adams wrote on Twitter that he feels fortunate to have made it out of the incident alive.

“I had an angel lookin out for me! Ill be ok just gotta fight to get back harder then ever,” Adams wrote.

The 23-year-old Adams was the Steelers’ second-round draft pick last year and started six games as a rookie.

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49ers hire Eric Mangini as a consultant
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 1, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

Eric Mangini is back in the NFL, having taken a job with the 49ers.

We noted a couple weeks ago that Mangini becoming a consultant with the 49ers was a possibility, and now Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that it’s official: Mangini is taking a job in San Francisco with a title of Senior Offensive Consultant.

The 42-year-old Mangini has been out of the NFL since he was fired as the Browns’ head coach following the 2010 season. He has most recently been working as an analyst on ESPN.

Before taking over the Browns in 2009, Mangini was the coach of the Jets from 2006 to 2008. He was an assistant to Bill Belichick in New England from 2000 to 2005 and has also been an assistant for the Jets and Ravens.

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Giants put Pierre-Paul’s recovery time at 12 weeks
Posted by Darin Gantt on June 4, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

The Giants have confirmed our report from this morning about defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s back surgery, and they’ve pegged his recovery time at around 12 weeks.

In a story posted at the team’s official website, Pierre-Paul said efforts to manage the problem weren’t working, so the decision was made to have surgery.

“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” Pierre-Paul said. “The treatment I’ve been doing has helped manage the issue, but this procedure is going to get me fully healthy and there should be no more pain. I’m going to do everything the doctors tell me to do during my rehab so I can be back playing the game I love at a high level as quickly as possible.”

The microdiscetomy (which we’re told went well, with a complete recovery expected) was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins, the same doctor who will perform surgery on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

“Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months,” said Ronnie Barnes, Giants senior vice president of medical dervices. “He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises. Last week, he was examined by Drs. Russell Warren and Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. Dr. Watkins, after examining Jason yesterday, agreed. We expect a full and complete recovery.”

Now that everyone agrees a full recovery is expected, the timeline becomes a concern, since 12 weeks puts him close to the start of the regular season.

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Bears ship Carimi to Bucs
Posted by Mike Florio on June 9, 2013, 8:43 PM EDT

Bears G.M. Phil Emery had said that offensive lineman Gabe Carimi, who boycotted voluntary offseason workouts, will be welcomed back with open arms.  Instead, Carimi is getting a foot in the butt.

And he’s probably happy about that.

According to Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Carimi has been traded by the Bears to Tampa.  The compensation sent by the Bucs to Chicago isn’t known.

It may or may not involve a bowl of soup.

Carimi, a first-round pick of the Bears in 2011, has had his career derailed by injuries and ineffectiveness.  He had planned to show up for this week’s mandatory minicamp.

Emery’s predecessor, Jerry Angelo, had drafted Carimi.  With Carimi’s trade, the Bears have no first-round picks on the roster from Angelo’s 11 seasons with the team.

UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET:  Per multiple reports, the Bears will get a sixth-round pick.  And presumably that bowl of soup.  A league source points out the trade is final pending a physical.  Which usually is perfunctory but every once in a while it kills the deal.

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The Broncos released veteran running back Willis McGahee.

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Well that certainly didn't last very long.



from cbssports.com:

The Cowboys released defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove on Thursday, one month after signing him. Hargrove, who spent 2009-2010 in New Orleans, missed the 2012 season after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for his role in the Saints bounty scandal.
Hargrove was added to the Cowboys' roster in part because third-year player Josh Brent could face a league suspension due to a DUI arrest. But one team executive told CBSDFW.com's Mike Fisher that Hargrove was let go because "his body didn't bounce back from a year away from football.

“He just didn't have the old burst back,'' the Cowboys source continued. “He's almost 30. It's not easy to start all over again.''

A team source added: “It's got nothing to do with him personally. He's a good guy.''

Hargrove, 29, last played in an NFL game in December 2011.

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Lions sign DL Israel Idonije
Posted by Mike Wilkening on June 25, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

The Lions have added more depth to a defensive line that already has a good deal of starpower, signing Israel Idonije to a one-year contact, a league source told PFT’s Mike Florio on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Idonije looks like a solid fit for Detroit. He made starts at left end and defensive tackle for Chicago in 2012, and such flexibility will suit him well playing for Lions DL coach Jim Washburn, a proponent of rotating linemen to keep them fresh.

The 32-year-old Idonije notched 48 tackles and 7.5 sacks for the Bears a season ago, making 11 starts. Per Pro Football Focus, he played 514 snaps at end and 212 snaps at tackle in 2012.

The Lions have a different look at defensive end after losing Cliff Avril in free agency and releasing Kyle Vanden Bosch. However, they have restocked the ranks at the position. Ex-Seahawk Jason Jones, like Idonije, can play end and tackle. Also, rookie Ezekiel Ansah, the No. 5 overall pick, is a young rush prospect with promise.

Now, after wrapping up their offseason work, the Lions have brought in Idonije, who strengthens their hand at both line positions.

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Cruz’s deal breaks down to $15.6 million over two years, four one-year deals
Posted by Mike Florio on July 8, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

More details are trickling in regarding the contract to be signed today or on Tuesday by Giants receiver Victor Cruz.

As a practical matter, the deal pays Cruz the fully-guaranteed amount of $15.6 million in 2013 and 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the terms.  Then, come 2015, the contract converts to a series of four one-year deals.

The money is paid over the first two years via a $9.5 million signing bonus, a $630,000 base salary in 2013, a $1.5 million roster bonus due in 2014, and a $4 million base salary in 2014.  All of those payments are guaranteed.

The base salaries beyond Year Two are $6.15 million in 2015, $7.9 million in 2016, $7.4 million in 2017, and $8.4 million in 2018.

Though the salaries beyond 2014 aren’t guaranteed, a decision to cut or trade Cruz after two seasons would have a cap consequence in excess of $6 million.  That number will reduce with each passing year.  Still, after two years it essentially becomes a year-to-year arrangement.

Nevertheless, Cruz has received a guaranteed pay day far bigger than anything he surely ever dreamed he’d receive, and for at least the next two years — and likely a lot longer — he’ll be a member of the Giants.

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Sanchez: “Not a big deal” Geno not at his camp
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 12, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

We mentioned yesterday that Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith wasn’t going to be attending Mark Sanchez’s little sleepover.

But Sanchez said Friday there’s no problem with the fact Smith decided not to come to his Jets West camp in California, a weekend team-building event for quarterbacks and skill position players.

Sanchez told the NFL Network’s Michelle Beisner that Smith was invited.

“Everyone was invited,” Sanchez said. “I sent out an email to everybody, some guys got back quicker than the others, but everybody was invited. It’s not a big deal that he is not here.”

In fairness, Sanchez shouldn’t encourage it. If he wants to make the team his own, he should want exclusive access to the players within it.

But whether Smith stays in Florida to work out or hangs out with the cool kids won’t matter if one outplays the other in the preseason.

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Cowboys cut Lawrence Vickers, their only fullback
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 12, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

In another sign that the NFL fullback is going the way of the dodo, the Dallas Cowboys have just released the only fullback on their roster.

Lawrence Vickers, who played in all 16 games last season and started six of them, was waived on Friday afternoon.

The move suggests that the Cowboys are planning more two-tight end formations this season. Dallas drafted tight end Gavin Escobar in the second round to go along with tight end Jason Witten.

Vickers, who had back surgery this offseason, was scheduled to make $1.2 million this year. Before signing with the Cowboys last year, Vickers played one season in Houston and five seasons in Cleveland.

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Broncos, Ryan Clady agree to five-year contract extension
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 14, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

Ryan Clady and the Broncos have a deal.

A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that Clady, the team’s franchise left tackle, has agreed to a five-year contract extension with a base value of $52.5 million and a maximum value of $57.5 million. Clady will need to be an All-Pro twice during the next five years to earn the maximum incentives.

The contract includes $33 million guaranteed, meaning about 63 percent of the base value is guaranteed.

Monday at 4 p.m. Eastern is the deadline for franchise players to sign long-term contract extensions, so assuming everyone’s fax machines are in proper working order, this deal will get sent into the league office with several hours to spare. And Clady will be handsomely rewarded for developing into one of the league’s top left tackles, while Peyton Manning will know who’s protecting his blind side for years to come.

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Veteran backup Sage Rosenfels retires
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 15, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

While it seems the NFL made the call for him, Sage Rosenfels made his retirement official this weekend.

Rosenfels announced the decision Sunday night on his Facebook page, via Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com.

He’s been out of the game since the Vikings released him last fall, opting to go with all young quarterbacks.

He started 12 games over 10 seasons with the Dolphins, Texans, Vikings and Giants. A reliable backup, he finished his career with as many wins as losses (6-6), and more touchdowns than interceptions (30-29). It was a good run for the former fourth-rounder from Iowa State.

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Bucs sign Lawrence Tynes, will place Connor Barth on NFI list
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 17, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

Buccaneers placekicker Connor Barth will miss the 2013 season with an Achilles injury suffered while taking part in a charity basketball game, the club said Wednesday.

The club also announced it was placing Barth on the reserve / non-football injury list instead of injured reserve. The Bucs said Barth suffered the injury Friday.

To replace Barth, the Buccaneers tabbed one of the top veteran placekickers left in free agency, adding former Giant Lawrence Tynes.

The 35-year-old Tynes connected on a career-best 33 field goals in 39 attempts in 2012 for New York, which signed kicker Josh Brown in March.

“We are disappointed to lose a productive player like Connor, but are very fortunate to be able to sign an experienced kicker at this time of year,” Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik said, according to the club.

Barth, 27, connected on 28-of-33 field goals in 2012. He signed a four-year, $13.2 million contract last May, per Rotoworld data.

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Lions release concussion-plagued Jahvid Best
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 17, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

No one questioned running back Jahvid Best’s ability when he was well. But the Lions could no longer wait on that to happen.

The team announced they were cutting the 2010 first-round pick Wednesday, putting a sad end to a career cut short by concussions.

One of the Lions biggest on-field problems last year was putting too much faith in Best’s ability to return from those problems. He was effectively replaced this offseason when they signed Reggie Bush, and while they kept holding out hope he could return, that clearance never came.

“I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League,” Best said in a statement released by the team. “My time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. I’ll always be a Lion.”

Best played in just 22 NFL games, and none since October 2011.

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Jerry Jones: Tony Romo cleared to practice
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 18, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

When the Cowboys show up for training camp this weekend, they’ll have their quarterback back with them.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday  that Tony Romo has been cleared to begin practice when the Cowboys open camp Sunday.

“He feels good. He looks good,” Jones said, via ESPNDallas. “He’s uniquely out running mountains right now in the West, so he’s getting himself physically in shape.

“He’s never thrown a lot in the offseason. This is a time where he rests his arm. I’m confident his weight is right and feel he’ll be in shape and let it go.”

Romo had surgery to remove a cyst in his back in April, which kept him off the field for most of the offseason. He did some light throwing in June, but has otherwise watched backup Kyle Orton take all the work.

Once he’s back, his next challenge will be learning the ways of a new play-caller, as Bill Callahan takes that duty from coach Jason Garrett, marking the first time since 2007 Romo’s had someone else in his ear.

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Colts TE Weslye Saunders suspended 8 games for PEDs
Phillip B. Wilson, USA TODAY Sports 8:57 p.m. EDT July 18, 2013

The Indianapolis Colts' offseason of discontent continued Thursday with the NFL handing down an eight-game suspension to tight end Weslye Saunders, according to an NFL spokesman. It was his second violation of the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Previously, second-year wide receiver LaVon Brazill was suspended four games for his second violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Third-year safety Joe Lefeged was arrested on gun-related charges after a traffic stop in Washington, D.C. The case has been continued.

Saunders, 24, of Gary, Ind., joined the Colts last season just five days after being released by Pittsburgh. The Steelers cut him after he had been suspended four games for testing positive for the stimulant drug adderall.

The blocking tight end appeared in six games for the Colts and caught two passes for 15 yards. Saunders, who is about to enter his third NFL season, spoke of his mistake when he joined the Colts on Oct. 17, 2012.

"It's something that was unfortunate, probably led to my dismissal in Pittsburgh," he said at the time. "It was a mistake that I made, taking adderall, something obviously a lot of people are objecting about right now. But I don't have anything to say about it right now because my suspension is over. I served my suspension and I'm ready to get back it now."

He said the drug helped him focus when feeling drowsy, and that his younger brother took it.

"When you hear performance-enhancing drugs, automatically you kind of think of some guy in the corner shooting up whatever into his veins," he said. "It was nothing like that. A one-time thing. I learned from it and am ready to roll now."

Saunders can participate in preseason, but considering the severity of his suspension and the fact he's a reserve player, his roster spot is tenuous at best.

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Will Witherspoon returns to the Rams
Posted by Josh Alper on July 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

On Thursday morning, word out of St. Louis was that the Rams were nearing a deal with veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon.

There’s no extended wait in store for that deal to get done. Witherspoon tweeted late Thursday night that he was on his way back to St. Louis, where he played from 2006 to 2009, and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the agreement is in place on a contract.

Witherspoon joins a linebacking corps that has James Laurinaitis, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and first-round pick Alec Ogletree pencilled into the starting lineup. Witherspoon is likely to spend training camp as insurance against injury or a slow transition to the NFL for Ogletree and will give the team their only experienced depth amid a sea of green options behind the starters.

Witherspoon played 14 games for the Titans last season, starting five times and winding up with 47 tackles and an interception return for a touchdown. It was the first time since his rookie season that Witherspoon wasn’t primarily a starter, which should make adjusting to a reserve role in St. Louis fairly easy.

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Patriots plan to release Donald Jones
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 19, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

The Patriots spent the offseason collecting receivers in bulk, but have apparently decided in advance of camp to thin the herd.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots are releasing Donald Jones. He was signed to a three-year deal this offseason after his time with the Bills, but it didn’t take them nearly that long to decide his fate.

The move clears the decks for draft picks Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce to earn time alongside veteran Danny Amendola.

They also brought Michael Jenkins and Lavelle Hawkins in this offseason. Other than Amendola, there’s not a lot standing in the way of the rookies having a chance.

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Bucs trade Eric Wright to 49ers
Posted by Josh Alper on July 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

If the world wants to find out whether cornerback Eric Wright is the exceptional player he says he is, they’ll need to watch 49ers games this season.

The Buccaneers announced Friday afternoon that they have traded Wright to the 49ers in exchange for a conditional 2014 draft pick. The trade comes at the tail end of an offseason that started with speculation that the Bucs would cut Wright after his 2012 performance-enhancing drug suspension wiped out the remaining guaranteed money on his deal.

Wright wound up taking a one-year, $1.5 million deal to stick with Tampa. The 49ers will be responsible for paying that salary now. The trade’s been met with some immediate disapproval from Wright’s former teammate Donald Penn, who tweeted that he “can’t believe this trade and I’m going to leave it at that.”

With Wright gone, second-round pick Johnthan Banks is a good bet to start across from Darrelle Revis on the Bucs defense. The 49ers have a large group of corners competing for roles this season — Nnamdi Asomugha, Carlos Rogers, Tarrell Brown, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox are among the names — so Wright’s arrival might presage other moves as the team starts tweaking its roster during training camp.

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Bucs trade Eric Wright to 49ers
Posted by Josh Alper on July 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

If the world wants to find out whether cornerback Eric Wright is the exceptional player he says he is, they’ll need to watch 49ers games this season.

The Buccaneers announced Friday afternoon that they have traded Wright to the 49ers in exchange for a conditional 2014 draft pick. The trade comes at the tail end of an offseason that started with speculation that the Bucs would cut Wright after his 2012 performance-enhancing drug suspension wiped out the remaining guaranteed money on his deal.

Wright wound up taking a one-year, $1.5 million deal to stick with Tampa. The 49ers will be responsible for paying that salary now. The trade’s been met with some immediate disapproval from Wright’s former teammate Donald Penn, who tweeted that he “can’t believe this trade and I’m going to leave it at that.”

With Wright gone, second-round pick Johnthan Banks is a good bet to start across from Darrelle Revis on the Bucs defense. The 49ers have a large group of corners competing for roles this season — Nnamdi Asomugha, Carlos Rogers, Tarrell Brown, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox are among the names — so Wright’s arrival might presage other moves as the team starts tweaking its roster during training camp.


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Report: Eric Wright arrested on misdemeanor charge on July 12
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 19, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

Cornerback Eric Wright, whom the Buccaneers traded to San Francisco on Friday, was arrested July 12 on a misdemeanor charge in Los Angeles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported.

According to the Times, Wright was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.

A search of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking search webpage shows that an Eric Andrew Wright with a July 24, 1985 birthdate was charged with a misdemeanor on July 12. The specific misdemeanor is not cited, however.

Wright, 27, is entering his seventh NFL season. He made 10 starts for the Buccaneers in 2012.  A DUI charge made him against him last year was eventually dropped.

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Packers make Morgan Burnett signing official
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 19, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

The Packers announced the signing of strong safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension on Friday.

News of Burnett’s new four-year pact surfaced on Monday. Burnett, 24, notched a career-high 123 tackles in 2012, starting all 16 games for the second consecutive season.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Burnett received a four-year, $24.75 million deal with $8.25 million guaranteed.

In other Packers news Friday, the club waived undrafted rookie wide receiver Terrell Sinkfield. The club had signed him on June 11 after the Dolphins waived him May 28.

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Giants have a standing offer to Vonta Leach
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 20, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

It has become clear that there’s a market for fullback Vonta Leach.

But it’s equally clear that the market does not match his expectations.

According to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, the Giants have a standing offer to the Pro Bowl fullback, but it’s believed to be a one-year deal for near the veteran minimum.

The Giants are looking for some cover for the injured Henry Hynoski, but they’ve seemed to be on the fringes of this deal from the start.

The Dolphins put out word they were ready to move on without him recently, and if Leach decides he wants to play, he may come to realize the offer the Ravens have on the table might be the best he can do.

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Giants’ Will Hill suspended again
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 20, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

Giants safety Will Hill has now hit the daily double.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Hill has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse.

In 2012, Hill was suspended four games for violating the performance enhancing substances policy, a suspension he (like many others) blamed on Adderall.

While a suspension under the PED policy comes automatically with one positive test, a suspension under the substance-abuse policy (which covers recreations substances like marijuana) contemplates multiple violations.

This suspension will cost him the first four regular season games. He’ll still be able to participate in training camp and preseason games.

With the departure of Kenny Phillips, the Giants were counting on Hill playing a larger role this season.

But now, they have to wonder if they can count on him at all.

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Cowboys worried Tyrone Crawford has torn Achilles
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 21, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

The Cowboys believe second-year defensive end Tyrone Crawford may have suffered a torn Achilles, director of player personnel Stephen Jones indicated Sunday, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

MRI results will be needed to confirm Crawford’s injury, per MacMahon. A torn Achilles could conceivably threaten to end his 2013 season. Crawford was injured on Sunday, the first day of training camp practices for Dallas.

The 23-year-old Crawford appeared in all 16 games in 2012 for Dallas, recording 20 tackles. Were he lost for the season, the Cowboys’ D-line depth behind starters DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer would be thinned.

According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, Jones indicated Sunday that the club could look to add a defensive lineman. The Cowboys currently have 89 players on their roster.

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Robert Griffin III: “Doctors cleared me to practice”
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 22, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

Six months after major reconstructive knee surgery, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he’s good to go for the start of training camp.

Griffin wrote on Twitter on Monday morning that doctors have cleared him to practice. He added that the Redskins’ coaching staff will ease him in, a point that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has reiterated several times this offseason, as he has been criticized in many quarters for leaving Griffin in the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks after it was clear that Griffin’s knee was hurt.

    Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond
    Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 22, 2013


Just how much practice the doctors and the Redskins’ coaches want Griffin to participate in remains to be seen, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising if early in training camp and in the preseason, we see more of Kirk Cousins than we see of Griffin.

But after every report about Griffin’s knee all offseason long said that he was doing as well as could possibly be expected for an athlete with a torn ACL, this is the most optimistic report yet. Griffin appears to be good to go.

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Report: Von Miller facing a four-game suspension
Posted by Mike Florio on July 22, 2013, 11:29 AM EDT

The Broncos may need to sign John Abraham, after all.

With sack specialist Elvis Dumervil already gone for Baltimore, sack specialist Von Miller may not be available for the Broncos, for at least the first four games of the 2013 season.

According to ESPN, Miller currently is facing a four-game suspension for violating league policy.  The suspension currently is under appeal.

If it’s the PED policy, it means Miller had one violation.  If it’s the substance-abuse policy, it means he’s had multiple violations.

Either way, it means that someone has been blabbing, in direct violation of the NFL’s requirement that unresolved suspensions remain strictly confidential.

It happened last year to Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who now carries in some minds the stigma of cheater, even though he won his appeal and avoided a suspension.  And it now will happen to Miller, even if he prevails.

That said, it’s still not clear whether Miller allegedly violated the policy regarding performance-enhancing substances, or whether he violated multiple times the policy regarding recreational drugs — one of which is now legal to use in the state where the Broncos play their home games.

The appeal could be resolved before the start of the regular season, or it could linger.  Much of it depends on the complexity of the case, which possibly includes a defense based on Miller claiming his result was skewed by breathing chicken-coop fumes.

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Jets sign QB Geno Smith to 4-year deal
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 26 minutes ago

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets signed quarterback Geno Smith, their second-round draft pick, on Monday to a four-year contract that is worth about $5 million.

Smith, drafted 39th overall after an unexpected slide out of the first round in April, is competing with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job. The signing was announced by the team, which still has its two first-round picks - cornerback Dee Milliner and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson - unsigned.

The Jets' veteran players report for training camp in Cortland, N.Y., on Thursday, but rookies were reporting Monday at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Smith and Sanchez are competing in what has been called by team officials an ''open competition,'' and neither noticeably outperformed the other in minicamp last month. But both appear to be confident about their chances.

Sanchez, at his recent annual ''Jets West'' camp in Southern California, said he ''absolutely'' expects to remain the Jets' starting quarterback. Meanwhile, Smith - who raised some eyebrows when he chose to not attend Sanchez's camp but said the quarterbacks are ''cool'' - told the Charleston Gazette over the weekend that feels ''like I have a great shot'' at winning the job.

The competition could go deep into camp as both quarterbacks try to show they have picked up and mastered offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's West Coast-style system.

It has been a somewhat tumultuous offseason for Smith, who set a slew of records at West Virginia and established himself as one of college football's most exciting players. He was projected as a possible top-10 pick in the draft, but questions by some about his overall abilities and commitment caused him to slide in the draft. Smith was at the draft site at Radio City Music Hall, but went unselected on the first day and appeared frustrated and embarrassed at being passed over.

The Jets, wanting competition for Sanchez, jumped at the chance to bring in Smith on the draft's second day. Smith fired his original agents shortly after the draft, and signed with hip-hop artist Jay-Z's new Roc Nation Sports to represent him. The decision prompted the NFL Players Association to look into Jay-Z's role in getting Smith to sign with his agency, and if the league's ''runner rule'' was violated.

Agents not certified by the NFLPA can't recruit players to sign with certified agents; Smith's representative Kimberly Miale is certified.

Smith later caused some confusion when he responded with a ''no comment'' when asked if he would attend Sanchez's camp. He later explained he hadn't heard of ''Jets West'' and didn't understand what he was being asked about. Sanchez said everyone is always invited, but Smith chose to work out on his own in Florida. While it appeared to be a possible snub to Sanchez, both insisted said there are ''no hard feelings'' between the two.

Smith threw for 11,662 yards - including back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons - with 98 touchdowns and only 21 interceptions in four years at West Virginia.

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Bucs trade Eric Wright to 49ers
Posted by Josh Alper on July 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

If the world wants to find out whether cornerback Eric Wright is the exceptional player he says he is, they’ll need to watch 49ers games this season.

The Buccaneers announced Friday afternoon that they have traded Wright to the 49ers in exchange for a conditional 2014 draft pick. The trade comes at the tail end of an offseason that started with speculation that the Bucs would cut Wright after his 2012 performance-enhancing drug suspension wiped out the remaining guaranteed money on his deal.

Wright wound up taking a one-year, $1.5 million deal to stick with Tampa. The 49ers will be responsible for paying that salary now. The trade’s been met with some immediate disapproval from Wright’s former teammate Donald Penn, who tweeted that he “can’t believe this trade and I’m going to leave it at that.”

With Wright gone, second-round pick Johnthan Banks is a good bet to start across from Darrelle Revis on the Bucs defense. The 49ers have a large group of corners competing for roles this season — Nnamdi Asomugha, Carlos Rogers, Tarrell Brown, Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox are among the names — so Wright’s arrival might presage other moves as the team starts tweaking its roster during training camp.


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Report: Eric Wright arrested on misdemeanor charge on July 12
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 19, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

Cornerback Eric Wright, whom the Buccaneers traded to San Francisco on Friday, was arrested July 12 on a misdemeanor charge in Los Angeles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported.

According to the Times, Wright was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.

A search of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department booking search webpage shows that an Eric Andrew Wright with a July 24, 1985 birthdate was charged with a misdemeanor on July 12. The specific misdemeanor is not cited, however.

Wright, 27, is entering his seventh NFL season. He made 10 starts for the Buccaneers in 2012.  A DUI charge made him against him last year was eventually dropped.


The latest in the saga of Eric Wright.

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Report: Eric Wright fails 49ers physical, cut by Bucs
Posted by Josh Alper on July 22, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

The strange tale of cornerback Eric Wright has taken another turn.

News that Wright was traded by the Buccaneers to the 49ers for a conditional draft pick broke on Friday just before we also learned that Wright had been arrested and charged with misdemeanor DUI earlier in July. The 49ers reportedly knew about the arrest when they made the deal, but it doesn’t look like Wright will be joining the cornerback competition in San Francisco.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that the 49ers failed Wright on his physical which causes his rights to revert back to the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers will subsequently release Wright, which is what they were reportedly planning to do if they were unable to make a trade involving Wright in the first place.

There’s no reason given for the failed physical, which Mike Florio suggested as a possible out for the 49ers if they decided they didn’t want to move forward with the deal, but coach Jim Harbaugh is set to meet the media later on Monday.

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Anthony Spencer may need surgery
Updated: July 23, 2013, 2:35 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer said there's a "possibility" he will need surgery to repair a balky left knee.

"I want it to be better," said Spencer after a practice Monday that he didn't participate in. "Being injured is discouraging."

Spencer said if he undergoes surgery he will be out from two-to-three weeks. Team officials are still monitoring Spencer's health and haven't made a final determination regarding surgery.

Spencer aggravated a bone bruise in his left knee that kept him out of parts of organized team activities and minicamp and the last hour of Sunday's practice and the entire Monday session.

Spencer said the pain started in Saturday's conditioning run. He went through the early part of Sunday's practice but did not take part in any team drills. He had an MRI on Sunday night, which confirmed the bruise.

"We don't think it's severe," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We'll just come up with what we think is the best option here in the next few days."

Any prolonged absence for Spencer would hurt a defensive line that lost end Tyrone Crawford for the season with a torn Achilles suffered Sunday. Crawford will return to Dallas for surgery later this week. Because of league rules, he will not be placed on injured reserve until Aug. 27, when teams cut rosters to 75 players.

The Cowboys have an open roster spot with Josh Brent's recent retirement, but will look internally before going out for any free-agent help.

Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is on the active/physically unable to perform list with a strained hamstring and is not practicing.

"At some point we need to reload a little, but on the defensive line," Garrett said.

Crawford suffered the injury in non-contact pass-rush drills, collapsing to the ground as he went through a line of dummies. Teammates expressed disappointment for the second-year defensive end, whom the Cowboys were viewing as a top-end rotational player in their new scheme.

Without Crawford and Spencer, Kyle Wilber, who did not play much last season as a rookie, started opposite DeMarcus Ware on Monday. The second-team defensive ends were Monte Taylor and Cameron Sheffield.

"It hurts," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said of Crawford. "He's like a little brother to me, came over to the house, hung out, picked my brain, asked questions. When a young guy like that goes down like that that's close to you it hurts. At the same time we know what's at stake. We've got to keep playing and get there for him."

Tight end James Hanna did not take part in the morning walk-through because of a sore hamstring. Wide receiver Danny Coale, recovering from a torn ACL suffered last December, also sat out.

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Anthony Spencer may need surgery
Updated: July 23, 2013, 2:35 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer said there's a "possibility" he will need surgery to repair a balky left knee.

"I want it to be better," said Spencer after a practice Monday that he didn't participate in. "Being injured is discouraging."

Spencer said if he undergoes surgery he will be out from two-to-three weeks. Team officials are still monitoring Spencer's health and haven't made a final determination regarding surgery.

Spencer aggravated a bone bruise in his left knee that kept him out of parts of organized team activities and minicamp and the last hour of Sunday's practice and the entire Monday session.

Spencer said the pain started in Saturday's conditioning run. He went through the early part of Sunday's practice but did not take part in any team drills. He had an MRI on Sunday night, which confirmed the bruise.

"We don't think it's severe," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We'll just come up with what we think is the best option here in the next few days."

Any prolonged absence for Spencer would hurt a defensive line that lost end Tyrone Crawford for the season with a torn Achilles suffered Sunday. Crawford will return to Dallas for surgery later this week. Because of league rules, he will not be placed on injured reserve until Aug. 27, when teams cut rosters to 75 players.

The Cowboys have an open roster spot with Josh Brent's recent retirement, but will look internally before going out for any free-agent help.

Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is on the active/physically unable to perform list with a strained hamstring and is not practicing.

"At some point we need to reload a little, but on the defensive line," Garrett said.

Crawford suffered the injury in non-contact pass-rush drills, collapsing to the ground as he went through a line of dummies. Teammates expressed disappointment for the second-year defensive end, whom the Cowboys were viewing as a top-end rotational player in their new scheme.

Without Crawford and Spencer, Kyle Wilber, who did not play much last season as a rookie, started opposite DeMarcus Ware on Monday. The second-team defensive ends were Monte Taylor and Cameron Sheffield.

"It hurts," defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said of Crawford. "He's like a little brother to me, came over to the house, hung out, picked my brain, asked questions. When a young guy like that goes down like that that's close to you it hurts. At the same time we know what's at stake. We've got to keep playing and get there for him."

Tight end James Hanna did not take part in the morning walk-through because of a sore hamstring. Wide receiver Danny Coale, recovering from a torn ACL suffered last December, also sat out.

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Anthony Spencer will have knee surgery
Posted by Josh Alper on July 23, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

There’s more bad news for the Cowboys defense.

They’ve already lost defensive end Tyrone Crawford for the season and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff for the indefinite future and now they’ll also be without defensive end Anthony Spencer for a while. Spencer aggravated a bone bruise in his left knee as the Cowboys opened up training camp, an injury that the Cowboys didn’t think was severe although Spencer admitted surgery was a possibility.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that it is more than just a possibility. Archer reports that Spencer will have surgery on the knee later this week. The recovery time is expected to be between two-to-four weeks for the player who has received the Cowboys’ franchise tag in each of the last two seasons.

That’s obviously enough time for Spencer to get well without missing any of the regular season, but that’s probably a limited amount of relief for a team that saw their defense totally gutted by injuries last season. With three players expected to be major parts of the defensive line already ailing, the Cowboys will likely be keeping their fingers crossed that everyone heals as quickly as possible and that they can go a few days this summer without anyone joining the already injured in the trainer’s room.

UPDATE 2:56 p.m. ET: Nick Eatman of the team’s website confirms Spencer will have surgery and pegs the recovery time at three weeks.

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Jets sign Billy Cundiff
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 23, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

There’s another kicker in Jets camp.

Billy Cundiff, the 33-year-old veteran who has been with nearly half the teams in the league at one time or another, has signed with the Jets a day after working out for them.

That means the Jets’ training camp will feature a kicking competition between Cundiff and Nick Folk. That competition will probably get slightly less media attention than the quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.

To make room for Cundiff on the roster, the Jets have released undrafted rookie kicker Brett Maher.

The Jets are the 12th team Cundiff has signed with in his career. He has played in games for the Cowboys, Saints, Browns, Ravens and Redskins, and also been on the roster of (but never actually played for) the Buccaneers, Packers, Falcons, Chiefs, Lions and 49ers.

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Jones-Drew ready for training camp
Posted by Mike Florio on July 23, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

Lost in the laundry list of Jaguars who’ll start training camp on the PUP list is the reality that running back Maurice Jones-Drew won’t.

A year after he skipped all of camp in a contract holdout, Jones-Drew will be ready to tackle a contract year after rehabbing a foot injury that required offseason surgery.

“Now it’s back to football.  It’s a long time coming,” Jones-Drew told reporters Tuesday, via CBSSports.com.  He added that the team  ”will bring him along slowly” as he prepares for a season that will determine whether the Jaguars or someone else will pay him big money in 2014.

Jones-Drew also said that an incident from Memorial Day weekend that nearly resulted in assault charges is “totally behind me.”  Implied in that remark could be a concession that Jones-Drew reached a civil settlement with the man he allegedly punched, since the man made it clear he intended to sue.

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Bills cut Mark Anderson
Posted by Josh Alper on July 23, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

The Bills brought in a pair of free agent defensive ends to anchor their pass rush last season and neither move worked out exactly as planned.

Mario Williams was hampered by an injury to his wrist, although he still managed 10.5 sacks, and Mark Anderson was limited to just five games and one sack because of a knee injury. Williams will have a chance to improve on his 2012 results in Buffalo this season, but Anderson will have to do it elsewhere.

The Bills announced Tuesday that they have released Anderson, ending his tenure with the team abruptly and without much to show for his time in Buffalo other than the $7.9 million in guaranteed money he took home as part of the four-year deal he signed as a free agent. Williams was due to make $2.4 million in salary this season and had $1.6 million in bonuses. The Bills will face a cap charge of $4.5 million for Anderson overall thanks to the proration of his signing bonus, but that was obviously something the new regime in Buffalo was willing to swallow in order to walk away from a player they didn’t think could help them.

With Anderson gone, the Bills will now rely on Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson as edge players along with Williams in the multiple fronts employed by new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Anderson will now look for work that’s likely to put him back into the situational pass rusher role he played well for the Patriots in 2011.

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Mike Williams, Bucs agree on contract extension through 2018
Posted by Josh Alper on July 24, 2013, 7:54 AM EDT

Over the weekend, there was a report out of Tampa that the Buccaneers and wide receiver Mike Williams were talking about a contract extension without making any tangible progress.

The last couple of days must have been particularly fruitful because Williams has landed his extension. The Buccaneers announced the deal on Wednesday morning. The Bucs announced it as a six-year deal running through 2018, but it extends Williams’ stay in Tampa for five years since he has a year left on his old deal.

The Bucs also made the unusual step of announcing the terms. It’s $40.25 million over six years for Williams, but we’ll have to wait on details involving guarantees and the like.

“We are pleased to have Mike signed to a long-term contract that ensures he will continue to be part of the exciting young core of players we are building around,” Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik said in a release. “Mike has earned this contract through his hard work and production the past three seasons and we are looking forward to seeing him continue that career development as a Buccaneer.”

Whatever the specifics, the key is that the Bucs have wrapped up a key offensive piece ahead of camp so that Williams can concentrate on football first and foremost all season. That’s good news for quarterback Josh Freeman as he makes the case for an extension that has him throwing passes to Williams well beyond the 2013 season.

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Report: More surgery for Adam Carriker
Posted by Josh Alper on July 24, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker said in June that he expected to start training camp on the PUP list and that looks like a prediction that will come true.

When he might get off that list is the subject of considerably less clarity. Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com reports that Carriker needs to have another surgery on his right leg and he remains without a timetable for a return to the field.

It’s been a long time in these straits for Carriker. He tore his quadriceps early last season, missed the rest of the year has already had two other surgeries in hopes of improving the situation. When he spoke about his outlook in June, Carriker was still without the necessary range of motion in his leg to even start thinking about a return to practice and this new round of surgery presumably won’t send him skyrocketing to that point all that quickly.

Carriker’s a good bet to remain on PUP into the regular season, missing at least the first six games of the year before he’d be eligible to start playing. Stephen Bowen, Jarvis Jenkins and Kedric Golston will be seeing the majority of the snaps at defensive end for the Redskins until Carriker returns to health.

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Titans reach deals with RB Jackie Battle, TE DeMarco Cosby
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 24, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

The Titans bolstered their running back depth on Wednesday, signing former Chargers tailback Jackie Battle.

Battle (6-2, 240) will compete for a depth chart spot behind Chris Johnson and Shonn Greene. Veterans Jalen Parmele and Darius Reynaud are the Titans’ other backs.

The 29-year-old Battle rushed for 311 yards and three TDs on 72 carries for San Diego in 2012. He also caught a career-best 15 passes for 108 yards and a score. Before joining the Chargers a season ago, Battle spent five seasons with Kansas City.

The Titans also announced the singing of tight end DeMarco Cosby, who was on the Chiefs’ practice squad for a portion of last season. His addition gives the Titans seven tight ends on the roster.

With Battle and Cosby arriving, the Titans waived quarterback Nathan Enderle and running back Alvester Alexander.

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Braylon Edwards returning for third tour with Jets
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 24, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

Free agent wide receiver Braylon Edwards intends to sign with the Jets, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday night.

According to Schefter, Edwards will sign a one-year contract.

This will be Edwards’ third stint with the Jets in the last four seasons. They traded for Edwards early in the 2009 season, then brought him back late in 2012 after almost two full seasons away.

The 30-year-old Edwards caught 18 passes for 199 yards and one TD in 2012 in 13 games — 10 with the Seahawks, then three with the Jets, who have again turned to him in the hopes he can give their receiving corps a lift.

The Jets’ top receiver, Santonio Holmes, is on the mend from a 2012 foot injury. Moreover, reliable tight end Dustin Keller departed in free agency. Beyond the quick Jeremy Kerley, who comes off a 56- catch campaign, the Jets’ receiving options do not inspire much confidence.

In short, Edwards could have every chance to prove he’s got something left. The same can be said for Edwards’ old Browns teammate, Kellen Winslow, who’s also trying to jump-start his career with New York.

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Eric Winston will sign one-year deal with Cardinals today
Posted by Mike Florio on July 25, 2013, 7:47 AM EDT

After being surprisingly cut after the 2011 season by the Texans and then after the 2012 season by the Chiefs, Eric Winston won’t be cut after the 2013 season by the Cardinals.  That’s because Winston will sign only a one-year deal with the Cardinals.

PFT has confirmed that Winston will travel to Arizona today, sign the deal, and join the team.

Winston instantly improves an offensive line that is not good.  He’ll help block for veteran newcomers Rashard Mendenhall and Carson Palmer as a team that went to the Super Bowl only five years ago tries desperately to remain within shouting distance of the 49ers, Seahawks, and Rams in the NFC West.

First-round pick Jonathan Cooper also will improve the offensive line, if/when he signs his rookie deal.

Winston made several visits after being cut earlier in the offseason, and the Cardinals were a late arrival on the scene.

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Harvin’s hip injury could require surgery
Posted by Mike Florio on July 25, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

For plenty of players who land on the physically unable to perform list, it’s a short-term stay that has no lasting impact on the player or the team.

For Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin, that may not be the case.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that his hip injury could result in surgery.  As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported (and as PFT has confirmed), Harvin has a “slight tear” in the labrum.  We’re told that the injury was spotted in an MRI performed on Thursday.

The team wants Harvin to try to practice and play with the injury (along with non-surgical treatment, of course).  Harvin intends to exercise his right to a second opinion, and arrangements currently are being made for Harvin to be evaluated by a top expert in the field.  (Why do we have a feeling that the names “James” and “Andrews” eventually will emerge in connection with this story?)

Depending on the second opinion, Harvin may ultimately have surgery.

It’s not bad news yet for the Seahawks.  But it eventually could be.

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Falcons, Matt Ryan work out five-year extension
Posted by Mike Florio on July 25, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

The next domino has fallen in the ongoing game of quarterback jackpot.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan have completed a long-term deal that puts Ryan under contract for six years.

The five-year extension pays $20.75 million per year, giving Ryan the second highest annual new-money average, ahead of Joe Flacco’s $20.1 million and behind Aaron Rodgers’ $22 million.

Also, Ryan gets $59 million guaranteed, and $63 million over the first three years.  (Flacco, whose contract likely was the benchmark for Ryan, got $52 million guaranteed and $62 million over the first three years.)

Factoring in Ryan’s 2013 base salary of $10 million, it’s a six-year, $113.75 million package.

That’s a lot of money, but if could have been even more if Ryan had made it through the 2013 season unscathed, forcing the Falcons to resolve at that point the Flacco trilemma of:  (1) paying market value; (2) using the non-exclusive franchise tag and risk another team making an offer the Falcons can’t match; or (3) using the exclusive tag and embarking on a path of potentially paying Ryan nearly $80 million over three one-year franchise tenders.

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Bears sign Jamaal Anderson
Posted by Josh Alper on July 25, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

The Bears lost one former first-round pick on Thursday when defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis told the team that he’s retiring and they replaced him on the roster with another first-round selection later in the day.

The team announced that they have signed defensive end Jamaal Anderson, who the Falcons made the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft, to a one-year deal. Anderson spent the 2012 season with the Bengals, playing just two games before tearing his quadriceps, and was released earlier this month.

Bears General Manager Phil Emery was Atlanta’s director of college scouting when Anderson was drafted, so he reached out to a familiar face to help shore up the depth after Ellis’ departure.

Anderson has been a better run defender than pass rusher over his career, which also featured a one-year stop in Indianapolis for the 2011 season. That wasn’t what the Falcons expected when they spent such a high pick on Anderson way back when, but it’s a skill that could earn him a spot in the Bears’ defensive line rotation for the upcoming season.

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Cardinals make a deal with John Abraham
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 25, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

While many wondered if the Broncos were going to make a run at him to cover a possible pass-rush deficit, it was the Cardinals who made the first move on veteran pass-rusher John Abraham.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Abraham finalized the deal with the Cardinals today.

Abraham’s been playing in a 4-3 defense, but he’ll most likely be used as a pass-rusher only, which limits the transition.

He has 122.0 career sacks (more than any active player), and has been consistently  productive, with at least 9.5 sacks in five of his last six seasons.

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Bryant McKinnie not practicing because he’s too heavy
Posted by Josh Alper on July 25, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

A little more than a month ago, Ravens coach John Harbaugh praised Bryant McKinnie’s conditioning and said that presumptive left tackle on Baltimore’s offensive line was in his best shape in years.

McKinnie agreed with that assessment, but something happened between June and McKinnie’s arrival at training camp. And that something was the expansion of McKinnie’s waistline.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that coach John Harbaugh said that McKinnie “is too heavy right now” and the team didn’t feel comfortable having him out on the practice field.

“I’m not sure who’s more disappointed Bryant or I,” Harbaugh said. “There’s an issue but we’re going to get it fixed.”

Harbaugh might be disappointed, but he can’t be too surprised even if McKinnie was in better shape last month. It’s not the first time that conditioning has been a problem for McKinnie. He struggled to pass the team’s conditioning test when he arrived at camp last year and he’s had a problem keeping his weight down dating back to his days with the Vikings.

There’s no word on when the Ravens think McKinnie might be svelte enough to get on the field, but they surely prefer sooner rather than later after watching McKinnie’s work in the postseason last year.

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Marvin Lewis indicates A.J. Green’s knee injury isn’t serious
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 25, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green’s left knee injury suffered during practice Thursday does not appear to be serious.

“I think he’s fine,” Lewis said, per Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “They went inside just to take a look,  “but I think he’s fine.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a photo of Green’s left leg twisting on an incomplete pass during a drill.

On Twitter, former Bengals defensive back Artrell Hawkins, now a Fox radio host, said that Green told him that the injury reminded him of the knee injury he suffered in 2011 vs. Pittsburgh catching a TD pass. He would miss the following week’s game at Baltimore but return after missing just one game.

“Spoke w AJ says he believes he’ll be ok,” Hawkins tweeted. (A nod to the Enquirer for pointing this out.)

Green, 24, caught 97 passes for 1,350 yards and 11 TDs in 2012 for Cincinnati, earning Pro Bowl honors for the second in as many NFL seasons.

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Report: Redskins lose Keenan Robinson for season to torn pectoral
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on July 26, 2013, 1:05 AM EDT

Washington Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson saw his rookie season come to an abrupt end last November when he suffered a torn pectoral on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys.

A torn pectoral will now cost him his sophomore season as well.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Robinson suffered a torn pectoral during Thursday’s practice and will miss the entire season. It’s the other pectoral he injured this time around.

Robinson played in 11 games with the Redskins as a rookie after being selected in the fourth round of last year’s draft out of the University of Texas. He recorded 11 tackles in limited duty last season.

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Brandon Browner gets pay raise from Seahawks
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on July 26, 2013, 2:59 AM EDT

Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is entering the final year of the three-year contract he signed with Seattle in 2011 after four years in the Canadian Football League.

Despite blossoming into a Pro Bowl selection in his first season back in the NFL, Browner has been stuck with the league-minimum contract he originally signed with the Seahawks two seasons ago.

As training camp opened for Seattle on Thursday, Browner was given a bump in pay by the Seahawks for the final year of his contract. Terms of the increase were not disclosed. The deal was only noted as an adjustment/pay raise by a team spokesperson.

Browner lost $109,411 in base salary in 2012 due to a four-game suspension for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy and was also fined $7,875 for a personal four against Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers in Week 3.

The pay raise for Browner could act as a pseudo-reimbursement for some of the lost pay from last season and as a reward for out playing the value of the contract he originally signed with the team. Browner was scheduled to make $555,000 in base salary this season.

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Rex Ryan wants to pick Jets’ QB sooner rather than later
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 26, 2013, 7:00 AM EDT

Rex Ryan hopes the Jets’ quarterback competition doesn’t drag out through the entire preseason.

Ryan said as the Jets opened camp that he needs to give both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith time to show what they can do, but he doesn’t want to drag out the process of picking his starter.

“That’s something you want to do sooner rather than later,” Ryan said, “but I think the big thing is to make sure that there’s fair competition and you feel good about the decision. When I make that decision, clearly I’ll feel great about it. And not just me, but I’ll lean on several other people. But, it has to be the right decision.”

Ryan also suggested that preseason performances will be particularly important.

“I think you’ve got to get them in live situations to really feel good about it and certainly we’ll do that,” Ryan said.

Most likely, Sanchez and Smith will each get an opportunity to start in the Jets’ first two preseason games, and then the guy who starts the third preseason game will be the starter for Week One.

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Harvin’s hip injury could require surgery
Posted by Mike Florio on July 25, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

For plenty of players who land on the physically unable to perform list, it’s a short-term stay that has no lasting impact on the player or the team.

For Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin, that may not be the case.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that his hip injury could result in surgery.  As NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported (and as PFT has confirmed), Harvin has a “slight tear” in the labrum.  We’re told that the injury was spotted in an MRI performed on Thursday.

The team wants Harvin to try to practice and play with the injury (along with non-surgical treatment, of course).  Harvin intends to exercise his right to a second opinion, and arrangements currently are being made for Harvin to be evaluated by a top expert in the field.  (Why do we have a feeling that the names “James” and “Andrews” eventually will emerge in connection with this story?)

Depending on the second opinion, Harvin may ultimately have surgery.

It’s not bad news yet for the Seahawks.  But it eventually could be.


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Report: Percy Harvin seeing doctor in NY Tuesday about hip
Posted by Josh Alper on July 26, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

On Thursday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that the team needed more information about the state of wide receiver Percy Harvin’s hip before they could determine how long Harvin would be out of action.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that they’ll get some more insight on Tuesday. According to Schefter, Harvin is going to travel to New York to get a second opinion from Dr. Bryan Kelly. Kelly specializes in hip injuries and performed surgery on New York Yankees pariah Alex Rodriguez’s torn labrum earlier this year among many other operations.

Harvin reportedly has a “slight” tear in his labrum and Schefter reports that both player and team want a second opinion to determine if surgery is necessary to correct the problem. If he does have surgery, Harvin will likely be out for a considerable amount of time and the Seahawks will be scrambling to replace the player who was the centerpiece of their offseason machinations before he plays a single snap for the team.

It’s not advisable for anyone to hold their breath over four days, but some in Seattle may be doing just that while waiting for word on Harvin’s outlook for the 2013 season.

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A.J. Green out at least three days with knee bruise
Posted by Josh Alper on July 26, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

On Thursday, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis seemed fairly unconcerned about the knee injury that wide receiver A.J. Green suffered in practice.

Green had an MRI on the knee and there wasn’t much change in the overall outlook when the team updated his status on Friday. Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Lewis called the injury a bruise and that Green would miss the next three days of practice to recover.

Green could wind up missing a bit more time than that, but he didn’t seem particularly worried either. Green said the injury was less severe than the hyperextended knee he suffered in a November 2011 game against the Steelers that wound up keeping him out for about 10 days.

“A little off balance, just an awkward landing,” Green said of how the injury occured. “Good the injury happened now, get time to rest.”

While the Bengals probably would prefer if the injury didn’t happen at all, it is indeed difficult to imagine a better time for it to happen than the first days of training camp. Green should and likely will take as much time as he needs to feel 100 percent because the Bengals offense won’t be going anywhere if he’s not threatening defenses on the outside.

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Santonio Holmes can’t say if he’ll play this season
Posted by Josh Alper on July 26, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes‘ recovery from last season’s Lisfranc injury continues on the side while his teammates practice at training camp and it doesn’t sound like Holmes will be joining them on the field anytime soon.

And he wasn’t able to rule out the possibility that he won’t join them on the field at all. Holmes was asked Friday if he was sure that he’d be able to play at some point in the 2013 season, the wideout answered that he couldn’t answer that question.

“I want to, but I have to do what the foot says to do,” Holmes said, via Brian Costello of the New York Post. “If it’s not ready to roll, it’s not ready to roll.”

Holmes didn’t make it sound like the foot would be ready to roll anytime in the near future. He said he and the training staff are taking each step “as slow as possible” to avoid any setbacks in the future. Holmes is on the PUP list right now and the slow pace of recovery suggests he might be staying there to start the season.

That would mean at least six games without Holmes in the lineup, which would leave the winner of the Jets quarterback competition with the kind of receiving corps that makes you wonder if the word winner is really the right word to use.

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Chargers ILB Jonas Mouton tears ACL
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 26, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

Chargers inside linebacker Jonas Mouton suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Thursday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported today.

The injury will end Mouton’s season, Gehlken reported. Mouton was practicing as a backup in camp, the Union-Tribune said.

The 25-year-old Mouton appeared in three games as a reserve in 2012. A second-round pick out of Michigan in 2011, Mouton (6-2, 240) missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder injury.

UPDATE 8:20 p.m. EST: Chargers coach Mike McCoy provided confirmation of Mouton’s ACL tear, per the club’s official Twitter feed.

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Raiders sign offensive lineman Andre Gurode
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 26, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

The Raiders have signed veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode, the club said Friday night.

The 34-year-old Gurode, who starred at center earlier in his career but can also play guard, will work again with Raiders assistant head coach / offensive line coach Tony Sparano, who was Dallas’ OL coach from 2005 through 2007. Gurode gives the Raiders some veteran depth along the interior line, where the Raiders trend young save for guard Mike Brisiel.

Gurode (6-4, 318) dressed but did not play in two games with Chicago late last season. The Bears released him in December.

Gurode’s best seasons came with Dallas (2002-2010), for whom he was a five-time Pro Bowler. He moved on to Baltimore for the 2011 season.

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Chiefs reach 5-year deal with overall No. 1 pick
By DAVE SKRETTA (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 10 hours ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Eric Fisher started the long drive from his family's home in Michigan to join the Kansas City Chiefs in training camp a couple of days ago. The only problem: He hadn't signed a contract.

So he hung out in a motel somewhere in Iowa - he wouldn't say where - while his agent put the finishing touches on his deal. On Friday, Fisher finally got the go-ahead to join his new team at Missouri Western State University for the official start to his professional career.

The No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Fisher reached agreement on a five-year contract in the range of $22 million, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms were not disclosed.

''I'm happy to be here and happy to get to work,'' said Fisher, who arrived at training camp in time to pass a conditioning test and participate in the first full-squad workout.

''I just wanted to get the deal done,'' he said.

Fisher was diligent in attending the Chiefs' entire offseason program, even though he hadn't signed a contract. But he was absent from three days of rookie practice in St. Joseph, Mo., before joining the rest of the team in camp for Friday's public workout.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he wasn't concerned that Fisher wouldn't get to camp, but still expressed a sense of relief to have the big offensive tackle in the fold.

''I think it worked out well for Fish, and at the same time, it's good for our organization,'' Reid said. ''Heck, he's a good football player, and we wanted him in here. We didn't want him to miss any reps, and he was able to do that.

''Until the fish is in the boat, you don't count it caught, right? That's how it works.''

Fisher and another tackle, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, were widely considered the top offensive linemen available in this year's draft. The Chiefs opted to nab Fisher with the first No. 1 pick in franchise history, securing a bookend tackle for new quarterback Alex Smith.

While he may not be as polished as Joeckel, who went second overall to Jacksonville, Fisher is considered to be more athletic and the Chiefs believe he has a greater upside.

''When you're the No. 1 pick, you're signing for more than one year, and you want both sides to be happy and content,'' said Smith, who was the No. 1 overall pick of San Francisco in 2005.

''It's also important to get in here,'' Smith said. ''When you're the No. 1 pick, you're probably not going to be sitting for long, you know? In Eric's case, he's not at all.''

Most scouts project Fisher as a future left tackle, but the 6-foot-7, 306-pounder will start off on the right side because the Chiefs opted to give veteran Branden Albert the franchise tag.

Albert will play this season under a one-year deal worth about $9.3 million, but his future beyond that is uncertain. The Chiefs have expressed interest in signing him to a long-term deal, but the two sides have so far been unable to close a wide gap in negotiations.

That means that Fisher could eventually replace Albert in protecting Smith's blind side.

''I just try to play football. I know how to play football, and do what I've done the last four years, because that's what has gotten me here,'' Fisher said during offseason workouts.

''I'm just trying to play offensive line,'' he said. ''I really love everything that comes with it. It's a different territory in there. It's a very similar system to what I ran in college.''

Notes: WR Dwayne Bowe did not participate in practice due to a virus. Reid wouldn't say when Bowe will participate, but he doesn't believe the setback will have much impact. ''I think he's going to be back pretty quick,'' Reid said. ... The Chiefs signed CB Conroy Black, who was an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Oakland Raiders in May 2012. He was added to the Detroit Lions practice squad roster last fall, and released in May. ... The team has now signed all eight draft selections from the 2013 draft class.

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Dennis Pitta out at least six weeks, will miss opener at Denver
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 27, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip at practice today and has already been ruled out for the regular-season opener.

The Ravens announced after Pitta was carted off the field that the injury is serious enough that they can already say Pitta won’t be able to play when the defending Super Bowl champions have their Thursday night opener at Denver. That means it’s at least a six-week injury.

Pitta was a very important part of the Ravens’ offense last year and was expected to be an even more important part of the Ravens’ offense this year, with the departure of leading receiver Anquan Boldin. Pitta is one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, especially in the red zone, and he caught seven touchdown passes in the regular season last year and followed that up with three touchdowns in the postseason.

Pitta was hurt in a collision with safety James Ihedigbo when they both jumped for a ball in the back of the end zone.

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Ryan Miller awake, alert, has movement in extremities
Posted by Mike Florio on July 27, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

The player taken from the practice field in Berea, Ohio on Saturday was Browns offensive lineman Ryan Miller.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Miller was awake, alert, and had movement in his extremities.

Acquired in the 2011 draft with the sixth-round pick that came to Cleveland with running back Peyton Hillis for quarterback Brady Quinn, Miller played in eight games last season.

He was taken to the Cleveland Clinic main campus for further evaluation.

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The Eagles announced on Saturday that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will miss the 2013 season after suffering a torn ACL in his right knee during practice on Saturday. Maclin was injured during the non-contact portion of a 7-on-7 drill and then carted off the field.

"He just came off the line of scrimmage and his knee buckled a little bit," DeSean Jackson said, via the Eagles website. "It's an unfortunate situation."

Maclin's injury is potentially a blow to the Philadelphia offense. The fifth-year receiver led the team in receptions (69), yards (857) and touchdown catches (7) in 2012. Maclin has led the team in at least one of the three categories in every season dating back to 2010.

The Eagles 19th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Maclin was going into the final year of a five-year deal that he signed as a rookie.

The 25-year-old had preliminary discussions about a new deal with the Eagles, but the two sides hadn't agreed anything before the injury. Maclin felt like his stock was going to go up in 2013, "I think I can only get better," Maclin said in June. "I think it will be good for me to go out there and just play ball and let everything else take care of itself."

Maclin becomes the third player league-wide to tear an ACL during training camp following Aaron Berry of the Jets and linebacker Jonas Mouton of the Chargers.

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Dennis Pitta out at least six weeks, will miss opener at Denver
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 27, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a dislocated hip at practice today and has already been ruled out for the regular-season opener.

The Ravens announced after Pitta was carted off the field that the injury is serious enough that they can already say Pitta won’t be able to play when the defending Super Bowl champions have their Thursday night opener at Denver. That means it’s at least a six-week injury.

Pitta was a very important part of the Ravens’ offense last year and was expected to be an even more important part of the Ravens’ offense this year, with the departure of leading receiver Anquan Boldin. Pitta is one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets, especially in the red zone, and he caught seven touchdown passes in the regular season last year and followed that up with three touchdowns in the postseason.

Pitta was hurt in a collision with safety James Ihedigbo when they both jumped for a ball in the back of the end zone.

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Report: Pitta is done for the year
Posted by Mike Florio on July 27, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

From Philly to Baltimore, it’s officially “Sh-t Sandwich Saturday.”

Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin tore an ACL earlier in the day. Now, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will miss the entire season with a dislocated hip. The bigger question, as we pointed out moments ago, is whether the dislocated hip will result in avascular necrosis and, eventually, a hip replacement.

If Schefter’s report is accurate, Pitta undoubtedly will land on injured reserve. He’ll earn $2.023 million this year, and he’ll become a free agent in March. The Ravens could still work out a long-term deal or apply the franchise tag, but that will require a leap of faith premised on a clean bill of health.

The mantra for Ravens fans during an offseason of turmoil was “In Ozzie We Trust.”  It’s now time for the Hall of Fame tight end who also would make it to Canton as a General Manager to earn it, again.

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Redskins move into tie for PED suspension lead
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 28, 2013, 6:42 AM EDT

The Redskins have moved into a tie for first with the Seahawks.

Not for crowd noise, or preseason hype.

But for PED suspensions.

When defensive end Jarvis Jenkins joined linebacker Rob Jackson in receiving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances this offseason, it gave the Redskins five players who have violated the policy since 2011, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

When you include violations of the substance abuse policy, the Redskins have had eight players suspended by the league since the beginning of the 2011 season.

“Eight is a lot,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “I didn’t know that. I wasn’t really paying attention. But I’ll tell you what, they’ll get it right. It’s their career at stake, their livelihood. They’ll wake up and smell the roses.”

The list of players suspended over the last three seasons includes three who violated the substance abuse policy: Left tackle Trent Williams, tight end Fred Davis, and safety Tanard Jackson, who is serving an indefinite suspension.

Cornerbacks Phillip Buchanon and Cedric Griffin and tackle Jordan Black were suspended for violating the PED policy.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “Obviously one suspension is too many. I think the organization does a good job of letting us know what we can and can’t do, what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable.

“Guys have to take ownership and responsibility for their actions. You’re not going to be with somebody 24 hours a day, holding their hand.”

Perhaps, but when violations are concentrated (like DUIs from Broncos), it’s obviously going to raise awareness, and needs to raise a response from the organization.

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Cardinals, Cooper agree to terms
Posted by Mike Florio on July 28, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

And then there were two.

The Cardinals have announced that a deal has been struck with guard Jonathan Cooper, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft.

Per a source with knowledge of the terms, Cooper will have offset language in the contract.  In exchange, the structure of the deal will mirror those of the contracts signed by Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill in 2012 and by Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher, Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, and Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo this year.

Cooper also will receive the full amount of his signing bonus by early October.  Specifically, he gets $3.4 million within 10 days, $3 million on September 15, and $2.56 million on October 15.

The deal leaves Jets cornerback Dee Milliner and Titans guard Chance Warmack as the only two unsigned draft picks.  Coincidentally (or not), the coaches of both teams are believed to be on the hot seat, giving the players a bit more leverage than usual.

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Ravens add tight end depth with Visanthe Shiancoe
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 28, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

A day after losing starting tight end Dennis Pitta, Baltimore added veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

The Ravens announced on Sunday afternoon that Shiancoe has agreed to a one-year contract.

The move was widely expected, and the Ravens were interested in Shiancoe even before Pitta got hurt. But while Shiancoe should provide some solid depth at the position, he’s no replacement for Pitta. Last year Pitta had 61 catches for 669 yards. The 33-year-old Shiancoe has never reached 60 catches or 600 yards in any season of his 10-year NFL career, and last year Shiancoe appeared in just four games with the Patriots and didn’t catch a single pass.

Pitta suffered a dislocated hip at Saturday’s practice and is expected to miss the entire season.

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Report: Dan Koppen tore his ACL
Posted by Josh Alper on July 28, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

The Broncos may be in the market for some offensive line help.

As reported earlier, center Dan Koppen had to be carted off the field with an injury to his leg during Sunday’s practice.  Koppen was taken for an MRI right after getting hurt and Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post reports that Koppen tore his ACL.

It’s a big blow for the Broncos, who re-signed with the team in June after center J.D. Walton had surgery on the ankle he broke in 2012. Koppen stepped in for Walton last year, making 12 starts, and was expected to do so again this year, but it would appear that we won’t be seeing him on the field until next season.

Manny Ramirez took over for Koppen on Sunday and he’s the only experienced option currently on the roster. Phillip Blake, a fourth-round choice in 2012, also plays center, but he missed almost all of his rookie season with a thumb injury. Complicating matters on the interior for the Broncos is the ongoing ankle and leg trouble that guard Chris Kuper has been experiencing since breaking his leg late in the 2011 season.

With protecting Peyton Manning as important as ever in Denver, the Broncos will likely be scouring the market for bodies to help them get through camp and beyond without further losses on the line.

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Bills sign some experienced linemen
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 28, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley initially said he might not fill his two available roster spots, but those spots were filled today.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, the Bills signed veteran offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell and Tony Hills.

Caldwell spent four years with the Texans, starting six games last year, and made the workout rounds this offseason before finding a job.

Hills has played in eight games with the Steelers, Broncos and Colts, with one start.

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Chargers add CB William Middleton
Posted by Mike Wilkening on July 28, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

The Chargers added some experienced depth to their secondary Sunday, signing former Jaguars cornerback William Middleton, the club said.

Middleton (5-10, 190) made 12 regular-season starts in four NFL seasons with Jacksonville.  In 2012, he appeared in 10 games (three starts), notching 20 tackles. Middleton turns 28 on Monday.

The Chargers signed another Jaguars cornerback, Derek Cox, early in free agency. Cox is slated to start in a San Diego secondary that will have two new first-team cornerbacks after Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason signed elsewhere in free agency. Middleton figures to compete for a reserve role.

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Jets, Milliner agree to terms
Posted by Mike Florio on July 28, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

Like Darrelle Revis, cornerback Dee Milliner held out of his rookie training camp. The Jets hope the similarities will continue.

According to the team’s official website, the Jets have agreed to terms with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft.

The delay resulted directly from the offset issue. The player wanted to secure the ability to double dip if he’s cut. The team wanted credit for any money the player earns elsewhere, if he’s terminated at any point during his four-year guaranteed deal.

It’s unknown for now whether the Jets or Milliner blinked. For now, our guess would be that the deal includes offset language.

Regardless, there’s now only one team who hasn’t signed: Titans guard Chance Warmack, the 10th overall pick in the draft.

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Wilson hurt, Saints run short on pass-rushers
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 29, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

The Saints lost perhaps their best hope for a 3-4 pass-rusher when Victor Butler tore his ACL in OTAs.

Now, the problem may be getting worse.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, outside linebacker Martez Wilson was injured in practice today, and walked off the field with a trainer holding his left arm.

Butler was a backup in Dallas with coordinator Rex Ryan, but was expected to start and produce, since some of the Saints’ existing parts (i.e. defensive end turned outside linebacker Will Smith) weren’t good fits for the 3-4.

After he went down, Wilson and Junior Galette fell into the next-man-up roles, and losing Wilson would be a blow.

UPDATE 12:51 p.m. ET: Saints coach Sean Payton said Wilson injured his elbow, but didn’t anticipate it being serious. Of course, Payton also downplayed it when Butler blew his knee out, so that’s not necessarily a medically sound diagnosis.

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Robert Griffin III will wear a knee brace all year
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 29, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III says he will wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee for the entire 2013 season.

Griffin was asked after practice today whether he’ll protect his knee with a brace for the rest of his career, and although he said he hasn’t decided that, he has already decided to wear a brace for at least this year.

“I don’t know if I’ll wear it forever. I know I’ll wear it for the rest of the season,” Griffin said.

Griffin also wore a brace throughout the 2010 season at Baylor after tearing his ACL in 2009. But he took the brace off for his Heisman Trophy-winning 2011 season.

“After the first time I had the injury I wore it for a year and I thought I’d wear it for the rest of my life,” Griffin said. “The next year came around and I took it off, won a Heisman and did a whole lot of other things. It just depends on how the leg feels. I don’t plan on wearing it past this season, but it all depends on what happens.”

The brace may slow Griffin down slightly, but if it prevents him from tearing his ACL a third time, wearing it is the right decision.

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Warmack deal done
Posted by Mike Florio on July 29, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

Chance Warmack had the leverage to hold out for the removal of offset language from his contract. But he decided that it was time to get to work.

Warmack, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, has agreed to terms with the Titans. He’s the last 2013 draft pick to sign.

Per Schefter, Warmack blinked on the issue of offset language. Thus, if he’s cut at any point in the next four years, the Titans will get a dollar-for-dollar offset based on anything he earns elsewhere.

Either way, Warmack will make $12.16 million over the next four years, with a $5 million check being cut at the time of signing.

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Report: Geno Smith looks out of shape at Jets camp
Posted by Michael David Smith on July 29, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

In the race to become the Jets’ starting quarterback, Geno Smith is lagging behind Mark Sanchez in at least one respect: Physical conditioning.

That’s the word from Brian Baldinger of NFL Network, who was at Jets camp on Sunday and said Smith looked out of shape during wind sprints following practice. According to Baldinger, Smith couldn’t keep up with Sanchez or anyone else in the group of players doing conditioning drills together.

“He looked good yesterday until they ran gassers at the end of practice, and Geno Smith looked like he had done no conditioning,” Baldinger said of Smith. “It was actually embarrassing to see how far behind he was behind Sanchez, [Matt] Simms and everybody else that’s there.”

Smith is a faster runner than Sanchez (Smith ran the 40-yard dash in the 4.6-second range at the Scouting Combine, while Sanchez was in the 4.9-second range), so if Sanchez is beating Smith in wind sprints, that suggests that Sanchez has taken his conditioning much more seriously this offseason. That would seem to be a point in Sanchez’s favor as Rex Ryan, John Idzik and others make the “group effort” to pick the starter.

But much more important than wind sprints is the ability to run the offense, and Baldinger said in that respect, Smith looked good on the practice field.

“He did look good getting in and out of the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage, getting the ball out of his hands quickly,” Baldinger said.

That’s what really matters to playing quarterback. But it would be nice to see Smith get himself into shape.

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Report: Texans sign Joe Mays
Updated: July 29, 2013, 7:17 PM ET

Linebacker Joe Mays hit Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub so hard in a game last season that Schaub lost a small chunk of his ear. Now the two players reportedly are teammates.

The Texans signed Mays to a one-year deal Monday after hosting him for a tryout, The Houston Chronicle reported. The Denver Broncos released Mays last week.

The middle linebacker was suspended one game and fined $50,000 for the blindside helmet-to-helmet hit on Schaub in late September last season. He later apologized to the quarterback for his hit and said it wasn't intentional.

Schaub said earlier Monday that he'd have no problems with the Texans adding Mays.

"We're way past that. That was gone as soon as we walked off the football field that day," Schaub said. "It's just a physical, hard-nosed game and he's a physical player and that's just part of football. I don't fault him for that ... He's a good player and a good guy so it's definitely water under the bridge."

Mays, 28, was limited to six games last season with the Broncos after breaking his left leg in late October.

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Mario Williams leaves Bills camp to get foot examined
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on July 29, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

The evening practice for the Buffalo Bills on Monday took place with defensive end Mario Williams on the grounds.

According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Williams left the Bills’ training camp facility at St. John Fisher College to get his sore foot looked at “off campus.” Williams was in uniform but did not take part in the team’s morning workout on Monday.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone confirmed that Williams was experiencing soreness in his foot but offered few additional details about the nature of the injury.

“His foot was sore,” Marrone said. “We’re not going to make any mistakes about it. We’re going to make sure that everything’s fine. Our doctor’s are evaluating him. Where he is or where he goes, I’m not going to talk about that.”

Marrone said the injury wasn’t detected in Williams’ physical prior to the start of training camp and wouldn’t say whether the examination was by team doctors or a physician not employed by the team.

A league source told PFT’s Mike Florio that Williams has soreness in the foot but there isn’t much concern over the injury at this time.

Still, the Bills would prefer to see their highest paid player on the field. Until that time comes, Marrone says he’s only worrying about the guys who are practicing.

“I don’t really try to concentrate on all that,” Marrone said. “…You guys have to remember and I hope you appreciate where I am. My focus is on the players that are on the field.”

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DeAngelo Hall in a walking boot after rolling ankle
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 30, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

Veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall was wearing a walking boot and watching during Tuesday morning’s Redskins walkthrough, after rolling his right ankle yesterday.

According to CSNWashington.com, Hall had X-rays, but the tests were inconclusive, and Hall is expected to miss the next few days of camp.

Yesterday, Hall said “if it was a game, I would have tried to get back out there, but they told me to just sit down.”

While he’s out, rookie David Amerson is working with the starters.

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Harvin will have surgery Thursday, return late in the season
Posted by Mike Florio on July 30, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

Now that Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin has decided to have surgery to repair the slight tear in the labrum in his hip, he’s wasting no time to get it fixed.

Per a league source, Harvin will have surgery on Thursday in New York.

While one of Harvin’s tweets could be read to imply he won’t play at all in 2013, we’re told that Harvin is expected back late in the season.

Since Harvin is on the physically unable to perform list, the Seahawks likely will shift him to the reserve/PUP list before the start of the regular season.  He’ll then have to be activated for practice purposes between Week Six and Week Nine.  Once he begins to practice, the Seahawks will have three weeks to shift him to the active roster or shut him down for the season.

And so the arms race in the NFC West has seen the two best teams lose their top receivers for a large chunk of the coming season, opening the door for the Rams and Cardinals to close the gap a bit.

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On an NFL-related theme, my kids sent me to Kroger tonight for ice cream. On the way out, I end up talking to a guy in Giants shirt/hat and we have a great conversation about the upcoming season. Gives me his card and tells me to go watch a game with them. He's one of the founding members of the Sugar Hill Gang (i had to look them up)and said that they were asked to play the nostalgia role with Springsteen, Bon Jovi, etc...at this year's Super Bowl. Don't know about that, but he's a nice guy.

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Very cool. So was it Wonder Mike, Big Bank Hank or Master Gee (this is where George Wells got the name)?

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Carlos Dunlap out of practice after suffering concussion
Posted by Josh Alper on July 31, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

The Bengals just signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a long-term extension, which is a sign of how much they want him on the field in 2013 and beyond.

For now, though, Dunlap is just an observer at practice. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Dunlap is not practicing with the rest of the team on Wednesday because of a concussion he suffered in practice this week.

There’s no word on his prognosis beyond being out “for now,” but, as we’ve learned over the last few years, there isn’t much more of a prognosis to give. Dunlap will need to stay on the sideline until he’s no longer having symptoms and is cleared by doctors, something that can’t be rushed in the heart of a season. So it certainly won’t be rushed in the summer when the Bengals are more than a month away from their first meaningful game.

Once he is back, Dunlap will get to work on making the Bengals look good for giving him that aforementioned six-year, $40 million deal.

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High ankle sprain for Rodgers-Cromartie
Posted by Darin Gantt on July 31, 2013, 3:14 PM EDT

The Broncos got another scare in practice today, as cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was hauled off on a cart.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Rodgers-Cromartie suffered (only) a high ankle sprain.

While that would still keep him off the field for a bit, it’s not the big bad news such as they received on Dan Koppen, who tore his ACL earlier in camp.

High ankle sprains are typically multiple-week injuries, so the next question will be whether he’s able to return for the opener against the Ravens.

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Patrick Willis injures right hand
Posted by Mike Florio on August 1, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

The injury bug has been ping-ponging back and forth between San Francisco and Seattle.

A day after the Seahawks learned that receiver Percy Harvin will have hip surgery, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis exited practice with a right hand injury.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Willis apparently injured the hand during a blitz pickup drill, colliding with fullback Bruce Miller.  Willis, per Maiocco, then spent most of the practice with a large wrap on his right hand.

Willis remained on the field for the rest of the practice session, declining to sign autographs after practice by pointing to his hand.

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“Kickalicious” showing well early in Lions’ camp
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 1, 2013, 2:29 AM EDT

Is it possible that a YouTube kicking sensation can find his way onto an NFL roster with no prior football experience?

It appears that Havard Rugland, a.k.a Kickalicious, is giving it his best shot in hopes of making the Detroit Lions this fall.

According to Larry Lage of the Associated Press, Rugland made all 11 of his field goal attempts over a three-day span including a 58-yarder. He’s been impressive enough for teammates to take notice.

“That big boot? He’s legit,” receiver Nate Burleson said. ‘”Kickalicious is for real. He isn’t just an Internet sensation.”

Rugland has still not played in a single NFL game. His first opportunity to do so will be against the New York Jets in just over a week’s time. General manager Martin Mayhew isn’t ready to get too excited about Rugland until he can prove he can play in a live game. Rugland has an uphill climb to find his way into a roster spot. He will have to supplant veteran kicker in David Akers to stick with the Lions.

Ultimately, if Rugland can consistently kick a football between the uprights people will have to him look as something more than just “that YouTube guy.” Even if he doesn’t stick with the Lions, a strong performance in the preseason could land him a job elsewhere and show he’s capable of playing in the league.

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All indications are Willis will be fine
Posted by Mike Florio on August 1, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

Yes, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis has a slight fracture in his right hand. No, it’s not a concern for the team or the player.

Per a league source, all current indications are that Willis will be fine, despite the reported discovery of a fracture in his hand during Thursday X-rays. Willis injured the hand on Wednesday, during practice.

“Fine” may not mean “able to play in the preseason,” but that’s not a huge blow. Especially since it ensures Willis won’t get injured in any meaningless games.

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Harvin surgery goes “very well,” Seahawks “hopeful” he returns this season
Posted by Josh Alper on August 1, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin had surgery on his ailing hip and nothing doctors found forced the team to change its belief that Harvin will be able to help the team at some point this season.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters that Harvin’s surgery went “very well” and that the team is “hopeful” that he’ll be able to return to the team later this season.

“There’s a long rehab process coming up,” Carroll said, via Curtis Crabtree of PFT and 950 KJR in Seattle. “He’s gonna be in NY for a couple of weeks to start of the rehab and then we’ll have him back here in due time. We don’t have any dates or timelines or that kind of stuff, but we’re gonna be very optimistic and hope he’ll be back as soon as possible.”

If the Seahawks follow through on their plan to keep Harvin on the PUP list into the regular season, as soon as possible would be for the seventh game of the season. Most reports indicate a longer absence for Harvin, however, with late November being frequently mentioned as a realistic possibility for his return to the lineup.

There’s a lot of time between now and then and a lot of rehab for Harvin to do, so there’s not much point in projecting a return date at this point. For now, the possibility of a return will have to be enough for the Seahawks.

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Coughlin: Nicks injury frustrating, but I’ve got to control myself
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 1, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

When Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks skipped voluntary Organized Team Activities in May, coach Tom Coughlin said he wasn’t happy about it. Now Nicks is sitting out practice at training camp with a groin injury, and Coughlin is refraining from saying he isn’t happy about it.

Coughlin acknowledged today that it’s not exactly a great thing to have Nicks on the sideline. But Coughlin also added that he knows he can’t just yell at Nicks to get back in there, and that the team has to give Nicks the time he needs to recover.

“Certainly I want to see him on the field, and he wants to be on the field,” Coughlin said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “It’s frustrating, but I’ve got to learn to control myself when it comes to that as well and just realize he’s trying like heck to get out here and he knows he needs to practice and work at it. He came in excited about being able to go but he had this little groin injury which I hope is not going to set him back for very long. But obviously, we’re taking all the necessary precautions.”

So while Coughlin might insist that Nicks get to the training room five minutes early every day, he’s not going to tell Nicks to practice until Nicks is ready.

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Mike Wallace has a groin injury, says it’s not serious
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 1, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

As Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace sat out practice today, the team was mum about the reason. But now Wallace has revealed that it’s the result of a minor groin injury.

Wallace confirmed to the Miami Herald that his groin injury is the reason he was held out of practice today, but Wallace said he’s hoping to play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game.

“It feels pretty good,” Wallace said. “I feel like it’s getting there.”

If Wallace’s groin is anything less than 100 percent healthy, the Dolphins will likely hold him out on Sunday: There’s no reason to risk aggravating an injury in a preseason game. But it’s good news that Wallace thinks he can play, if the team will let him.

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Greg Toler out with concussion
Posted by Mike Florio on August 1, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

The Colts quietly pieced together a solid class of free agents, aimed at complementing a strong, young nucleus of talented players.

One of the new arrivals will be missing some time, at least for now.

Former Cardinals cornerback Greg Toler, an underrated defender and hard-nosed tackler, missed practice Thursday with a concussion sustained late in Wednesday’s.

“It’s not real serious,” coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Thursday. “Again, it is one of those deals where you have to go through the protocol so I think he was tested today and they will do some treadmill running and things like that. They will go through the proper protocol, test him again tomorrow and then we just wait until they release him just like when it happens during the season, you still got to go through the normal protocol.”

The normal protocol includes ultimately being cleared by an independent neurologist.

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After rocky start, DHB drawing praise in Indy
Posted by Mike Florio on August 1, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

During free agency, Colts owner Jim Irsay generated intrigue via a series of tweets suggesting that the team was targeting a big-name receiver. It turned out to be Darrius Heyward-Bey, a top-10 draft pick who never really lived up to his potential and hype in Oakland.

That could be changing. Heyward-Bey is drawing strong reviews in Indy, despite reportedly having five drops in his first two days of Colts camp.

“He had two back-to-back really good days,” coach Chuck Pagano told reporters on Thursday, “so I think like anything else, you make a catch here, you make a catch there and yesterday opened with a big play and so I think from there he is just starting to obviously feel more comfortable in the offense terminology-wise, all the play calls, things like that and then he’s making plays whether it is big plays down the field, underneath, so I think from a confidence standpoint, a mental standpoint he is just getting more comfortable and obviously the chemistry is starting to grow between him and [Andrew] Luck.”

Heyward-Bey made six catches in practice on Thursday, and quarterback Andrew Luck says repetition is the key to getting the level of comfort necessary between himself and Heyward-Bey.

“You can throw in the summer and no one’s covering and those are important, too, but the more reps you can get in team and seven-on-sevens and one-on-ones, I think it’s just so vital to an offensive timing and rhythm and I think DHB with Reggie [Wayne] and T.Y [Hilton] knowing those guys for a year now, it’s been fun to get to go out and throw with them and really take that next step with those guys and hopefully keep on progressing with the wide receivers and all of them,” Luck said.

Heyward-Bey seemed to be on the verge of a breakout after gaining 975 receiving yards in 2011, his third NFL season. Last year, however, his catches and yards dipped significantly, and the Raiders opted to get out from under the final portion of the pre-rookie wage scale contract he received as the seventh overall pick in 2009.

With Wayne, Hilton, and tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, Heyward-Bey gives the Colts a potent group of pass catches for Luck. While Indy may still have a way to go to duplicate the days of Marvin Harrison, Wayne, Dallas Clark, and Marcus Pollard, having Luck throw the new guys the ball could help the new guys be viewed in the same light as the old guys.

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Jaguars limiting Denard Robinson’s role
Posted by Mike Florio on August 2, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

The label “offensive weapon” still applies to Jaguars rookie Denard Robinson. But he won’t be used as broadly as previously believed.

“We did take less off of him,” coach Gus Bradley said Thursday, via the Associated Press. “We’ve got him more towards kickoff returns, some of the things he’s doing offensively.  We’re taking some things off of his plate to see if that just frees up his mind a little bit more.”

The problem, per the AP, is ball security. Robinson, with an excessive number of roles, was making too many mistakes with the ball.

So instead of playing running back, receiver, quarterback, punt returner, and kick returner, Robinson has focused on running back, Wildcat quarterback, and kickoff returns. Ultimately, he may be limited to 10 touches per game.

“However it goes, I want to be an offensive weapon,” Robinson said. “I want to be somebody that can get the ball and make something happen from anywhere in the backfield. I’m taking on that one. I just got to keep working and get better at everything.”

There’s one specific thing at which he needs to get better.

“He’s got to be able to take care of the ball,” Bradley said. “If we can’t have ball security and feel confident in that, then you may not see it. [He's getting] better, but not where we want it.”

With a defense focused on creating turnovers, the last thing Bradley needs is to be giving them away on offense or special teams.

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Brian Cushing works in 7-on-7 drills for Texans
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 2, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing saw his 2012 season come to a premature end when he suffered a torn ACL in a Week 5 game against the New York Jets.

Cushing is still working his way back to full strength but he was able to take another positive step forward in his rehab process on Thursday.

According to Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, Cushing was able to work through 7-on-7 passing drills with the Texans during Thursday’s practice. While he still isn’t being thrown into full team workouts, Cushing is getting closer to being ready.

“It felt great,” Cushing said. “I’ve been telling guys this feels right. I’m playing football, making plays. It was a long offseason, but there’s really been no residual (problems) or anything holding me back. It’s been pretty much 100 percent and full-go.”

Cushing racked up 114 tackles and four sacks with two interceptions and two forced fumbles for the Texans in his last full season in 2011.

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Bryant McKinnie shedding some pounds
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 2, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT

In what has become an annual rite of summer, Bryant McKinnie shows up to training camp large, then gradually becomes less large.

It’s no different this year, as the Ravens left tackle has dropped a few pounds since showing up over his prescribed weight of 346 pounds.

That kept him off the field earlier in camp, but after several days of intense cardio work, he’s moving better now, and can actually complete a practice.

“I’m better this year,” McKinnie said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “The first day, I was inside. I did cardio the whole time. I was kind of drained the second day. I was kind of catching up. That kind of set me right. I’m good now.”

McKinnie said he’s also lifting fewer weights, saying strength isn’t his problem. He didn’t have to take the conditioning test because he completed a high percentage of the offseason workouts.

“Bryant is just too heavy right now,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said earlier in camp. “He needs to lose weight. He’s in good shape and he has good cardiovascular fitness, and I can tell he’s worked hard, but I wasn’t real comfortable putting him out there at that weight.

“Yeah, we’re both disappointed. I’m not sure who’s more disappointed, Bryant or I, because he was pretty darn disappointed, but I was feeling pretty disappointed myself. We had a long talk about it.”

And now begins the long, annual process of managing his weight until he’s effective again.

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Stevie Johnson hurts hamstring at Bills practice
Posted by Josh Alper on August 2, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

The Bills came into training camp set with Stevie Johnson as one of their starting receivers and little other certainty in the receiving corps, so he’s not a player they want to see dealing with an injury.

That’s where they find themselves as of Friday morning, however. Chris Brown of the Bills website reports that Johnson pulled up in the middle of a route during practice and grabbed the back of his left leg. He left the field with the team’s training staff and coach Doug Marrone confirmed that Johnson has a a hamstring injury and will undergo further evaluation.

“We’ll see what the doctors say,” Marrone said when asked about his level of concern, via the team.

Johnson hasn’t missed a game in the last three seasons despite a variety of aches and pains that have landed him on the injury report. He also dealt with a back injury this spring, but had been healthy in camp until leaving practice on Friday.

There’s a little more than a week until the Bills open up their preseason schedule against the Colts and any absence for Johnson at practice in the next few days could put his availability for even a cameo appearance in that game at risk.

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Sebastian Janikowski signs four-year extension
Posted by Josh Alper on August 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Since taking over as the Raiders’ General Manager, Reggie McKenzie has spent a lot of time clearing the roster of players left over from the final days of Al Davis’ long reign atop the franchise.

The team isn’t ready to wipe their hands of all of those players, however. The Raiders tweeted out a picture of kicker Sebastian Janikowski signing a four-year contract extension on Friday, which means that the 17th overall pick of the 2000 draft is now under contract to the team through the 2017 season.

Janikowski recently said that it was his preference to remain with the Raiders beyond the 2013 season, the final year of a four-year, $16 million deal he signed with the team in 2010. He also said that he wanted to play seven or eight more years in the NFL, so this may not be the final time he puts pen to paper on a contract.

He’s coming off a year where he made 91.2 percent of his field goal tries, including all 24 from within 50 yards. For his career, Janikowski has made 80.6 percent of his field goal tries.

The Raiders didn’t tweet out a picture of the contract itself and made no announcement about the compensation that Janikowski will receive. He’s set to make $3.8 million in base salary this year.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. ET: Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that the deal, which includes this year’s salary, has a total value of $19 million with $8 million guaranteed in the first two years.

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver suffers torn ACL, done for the season

By Steve Corkran and Cam Inman

SANTA CLARA -- The pain and tears that washed over cornerback Chris Culliver's face Thursday were different from that of his miserable Super Bowl week in New Orleans. And it signified a growing list of physical challenges for a 49ers team striving to return to the title game.

Culliver sustained a left-knee injury -- a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to a league source -- a day after All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis fractured his right hand. It's been a growing theme for the 49ers since leading receiver Michael Crabtree tore his right Achilles on May 21.

"There've been some nicks, and we try to dodge bullets," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Sometimes you don't dodge them all. What it means now is guys are getting an opportunity to show what they can do."

While Willis likely will return in time for the season opener from what was termed a "slight fracture" -- the third time in seven seasons he's broken the right hand -- Culliver's third season is done before it starts. An MRI at Stanford Hospital revealed a torn ACL, and he will be placed on the injured-reserve list, a league source confirmed.

Culliver appeared distraught as he climbed onto a cart that took him to the locker room, and general manager Trent Baalke consoled Culliver at one point.

"We wish him the best of luck," said Perrish Cox, who was the punt returner when Culliver got hurt making a seemingly routine cut as the coverage team's gunner.

Culliver was the team's nickel back last season, playing behind starters Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers. Culliver also left Wednesday's practice early, because of an apparent upper-body injury.

Culliver was unavailable for comment, and he hasn't granted any interview requests this training camp. He drew scorn during Super Bowl week for homophobic comments, and he later struggled in the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

After Culliver's injury Thursday, Tramaine Brock moved up to the first-string defense and played left cornerback when Rogers shifted into the slot, with Brown at right cornerback.

"He's quick, aggressive, a tough player, feisty," Harbaugh said of Brock, who has two interceptions in 30 career games.

Nnamdi Asomugha remained the second-string right cornerback and put together another impressive practice, including a goal-line pass defense of a Scott Tolzien throw toward Chad Hall.

"He did have some eye-popping plays, especially yesterday," Harbaugh said of Asomugha. "He has good grasp on the defense, he's in shape and doing a nice job."

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Justin Pugh out indefinitely with concussion
Posted by Mike Florio on August 2, 2013, 5:20 PM EDT

First-round rookie Justin Pugh has yet to crack the starting lineup with the Giants.  His effort to climb that mountain in his first season has gotten a bit more complicated.

Coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Friday that Pugh “took a shot in the head” at practice on Thursday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.  Pugh has sustained a concussion, and Coughlin said the former Syracuse left tackle is having headaches.

He’s currently out until he progresses through the concussion protocol, which mandates clearance by an independent neurologist.

Pugh is battling veteran David Diehl for the starting right tackle position.

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Austin Collie lands job with the Niners
Posted by Josh Alper on August 2, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

The 49ers had a slew of veteran receivers in for workouts on Friday as they tried to find some help for a receiving corps that’s been thinned out by injury and Austin Collie was the last man standing in a group that also included Lavelle Hawkins and Laurent Robinson.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports that it’s a “done deal” between the Niners and the former Colts receiver. Collie, who was working out for the Niners for a second time, is coming back from a ruptured patellar tendon that ended his 2012 season after just one game, although that’s just part of the medical baggage that he brings with him to San Francisco.

Collie also has a long history of concussions that threatened to halt his career in its tracks even before his knee blew up last season. Before the injuries got in the way, Collie had turned into a frequent and productive target for the Colts, catching 172 passes and 16 touchdowns between the 2009-2011 season. With no Michael Crabtree and questions about the health of several other wideouts, that kind of production would be welcome on the 49ers offense.

They only have a chance of getting it if Collie can remain healthy, of course, and there’s no way to know that until Collie gets on the field.

UPDATE 6:20 p.m. ET: Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports that Hawkins will also be signing with the Niners.

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Report: 49ers expected to sign WR Lavelle Hawkins
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 2, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

The 49ers appear ready to add yet another veteran pass catcher to their receiving corps.

The club is expected to sign former Patriots and Titans wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reported Friday. The Pats released Hawkins earlier this week.

Hawkins, like Austin Collie, worked out for San Francisco on Friday, and now, both look like they will compete for roster spots in San Francisco, which has some uncertainty beyond Anquan Boldin at wide receiver.

Hawkins, 27, played for the Titans from 2008 through 2012 before joining New England this offseason. His most productive season was in 2011, when he caught 47 passes for 470 yards and one touchdown.

A Cal product, the 5-foot-11, 194-pound Hawkins has caught 71 passes for 771 yards and one TD in his NFL career.

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Seahawks agree to terms with WR Early Doucet
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 2, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

The Seahawks strengthened their veteran wideout depth on Friday, agreeing on a deal with ex-Cardinal Early Doucet, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

According to Rapoport, Doucet will receive a one-year contract.

Doucet, 27, caught 28 passes for 207 yards in 12 games (three starts) for Arizona in 2012. The previous season, Doucet set career highs in catches (54), yards (689) and touchdowns (five) for the Cardinals.

Doucet (6-0, 212) was a third-round pick of Arizona in 2008 out of LSU and spent five seasons with the Cards, catching 139 passes for 1,491 yards and seven touchdowns. Arizona released him in March.

In Seattle, Doucet will vie for a complementary role behind starters Golden Tate and Sidney Rice. Moreover, Doug Baldwin is likely to be the third receiver, leaving Doucet to compete for a spot further down the depth chart. The Seahawks will be without Percy Harvin (hip) to begin the regular season, which helps Doucet’s chances of sticking on the roster.

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Browns hold Richardson out of practice with shin injury
Posted by Mike Florio on August 2, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

Browns running back Trent Richardson seems, at any given moment, to be trying to overcome an injury or waiting for his next one.

His next one came on Thursday.  According to coach Rob Chudzinski, Richardson suffered a shin injury during practice.

As a result, Richardson didn’t practice Friday.  Chudzinski downplayed the absence.

“It looks like yesterday he got kicked so we decided to hold him out,” Chudzinski said of Richardson, in quotes distributed by the team. ”He should be OK. We feel good about it. We are not worried about it. It is part of the plan we have for him. We will continue to keep him healthy and rested and get him ready for the season.”

Chudzinski said the injury happened to the same leg that created concerns in the offseason.

It’s smart that the Browns are being careful with Richardson. But he plays a position that, once the games begin, isn’t conducive to being careful. The player is going to get hit, and he needs to be sufficiently durable to not get hurt.  Or able to find a way to keep going if he is.

Richardson started 15 games last year, so he’s clearly willing to play through injury. The key to maximizing his talents will be to find a way to avoid injury altogether.

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Bucs will wait until after the season to address Freeman contract
Posted by Mike Florio on August 3, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman soon will begin the final season of his rookie contract.  If he gets off to a great start during the 2013 season, he’ll still have to finish his rookie contract.

G.M. Mark Dominik told WDAE-AM on Saturday (via JoeBucsFan.com) that the team will wait until the season is over before addressing Freeman’s status.

“I think there’s just a comfort level that everybody understands where Josh Freeman’s going,” Dominik said.  “Let’s focus on this season, and then, we’ll go after the season’s over.”

If Freeman has a huge year, the Bucs will have a problem.  They’ll have to decide whether to pay Freeman what he wants, whether to risk another team trying to sign him in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks via the non-exclusive franchise tender, or whether to start down a path that could cost $80 million over three years via the exclusive franchise tag.

It’s a risk the Bucs are willing to take, possibly because they believe that Freeman won’t play so well that it backs the franchise into a corner.  And possibly because they believe in rookie Mike Glennon.

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Kolb hurts knee in off-field slip at camp
By JOHN WAWROW (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 4 hours ago

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Quarterback Kevin Kolb's chances of earning the Buffalo Bills starting job were nearly upended by a wet and slippery rubber mat.

Kolb, who is locked in a competition with rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel, avoided serious injury to his left knee when he slipped and stumbled awkwardly while switching fields between practice drills Saturday.

Coach Doug Marrone said the injury does not appear to be serious. He called it ''a bump,'' and listed Kolb ''day by day.''

Marrone also provided an update on the status of Stevie Johnson, saying the team's No. 1 receiver will miss at least a week with a pulled left hamstring. Johnson was hurt in practice Friday.

Kolb wasn't available for comment, but showed frustration by angrily tossing his helmet to the ground before being examined by head trainer Bud Carpenter. After a few minutes, Kolb got up got up on his own and was escorted to the locker room.

Kolb was joining the quarterbacks and receivers in making their way through a tunnel to work out on an adjoining field. He slipped on a mat laid down over the concrete, and immediately began hobbling in pain. Kolb then put his arm around Carpenter's shoulder for support.

It was a freak accident that happened about 50 minutes into practice at Bills training camp in suburban Rochester.

When wet, the mats provide very little traction, especially for players wearing cleats. Shortly after Kolb slipped, several camp volunteers arrived with brooms to sweep away any remaining water from the mats.

Manuel took the extra precaution the next time he went through the tunnel by walking mostly on the concrete.

This is but the latest in a series of setbacks for Kolb, who is entering his seventh NFL season and seeking a fresh start in Buffalo after signing a two-year contract in April.

Selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2007 draft, Kolb was sidelined by a concussion in losing the Eagles' starting job to Michael Vick to open the 2009 season. Kolb then spent the past two seasons in Arizona, where he failed to secure the starting job because of an assortment of injuries.

Marrone said it's unfair to label Kolb injury-prone.

''The one thing I do know about Kevin is that he is a tough son of a gun,'' Marrone said. ''He'll get back out there quickly if it's up to him.''

In the meantime, Manuel will be getting more practice time with the starters. That's a significant step up after Kolb spent much of the first week of camp getting most of the work with the starters.

Marrone had been increasing Manuel's responsibilities over the past week, with the two quarterbacks nearly evenly splitting snaps by Friday. Marrone liked how Manuel responded after Kolb was hurt by not letting the injury affect him or the offense.

''It was a very smooth transition,'' Marrone said. ''It can affect the team. And I didn't see it affect the two guys behind him, so that's positive.''

It's too early to determine whether Kolb's injury will affect the quarterback rotation for the Bills preseason opener at Indianapolis on Aug. 11.

Manuel has shown improvement with each day of practice. On Saturday, he hit Marcus Easley on a deep route, and also showed off his speed in taking off on quarterback sweeps.

Manuel was selected 16th overall out of Florida State, and the only quarterback taken in the first round of the draft.

The Bills have only one other quarterback at camp, Jeff Tuel, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Washington State.

As for Stevie Johnson, the receiver was disappointed to be sidelined once again by injury. He missed most of the team's spring practices with a sore back. He's also had a history of groin problems that have cropped up during camp.

Johnson said he felt something pop just as he was pushing off his left leg to make a cut. He expects to be ready for the start of the season.

''The season's where the money's made, man,'' Johnson said. ''I'll be out there to play.''

NOTES: With WR Kevin Elliott (right shoulder) also out, the Bills signed undrafted rookie WR Terrell Sinkfield on Saturday. The Northern Iowa product has already been cut twice this offseason, by Miami and Green Bay. ... Reserve TE Mike Caussin, who hurt his hip Friday, will have the injury evaluated next week to determine how much time he'll miss, Marrone said. ... DE Mario Williams took part in on-field individual drills for the first time since complaining of a sore foot before the first training camp practice.

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Kolb not at practice after injuring knee on Saturday
Posted by Mike Florio on August 4, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

On Saturday, Bills coach Doug Marrone described quarterback Kevin Kolb, who injured his knee while slipping on a rubber mat on the way to the practice field, as “day to day.”

Sunday isn’t the day Kolb will return.

Via multiple reports, Kolb isn’t present for Sunday’s practice. While Marrone said the injury isn’t significant, every injury that causes a player to miss practice time can become significant, because it can give the other guy competing for the job greater opportunities to take it.

In Kolb’s case, he’s trying to hold off rookie EJ Manuel.

Manuel surely wasn’t drafted sixteenth overall to be a backup. It’s just a matter of time, then, before he starts, whether because he beats out Kolb or because the oft-injured Kolb is once again injured.

For now, the oft-injured Kolb’s most recent injury gives Manuel an opportunity to take the job and run with it.

Preferably not on a rubber mat.

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Raiders sign LS Jon Condo to three-year extension
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 4, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

The Raiders and Pro Bowl long-snapper Jon Condo have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension, the club said Sunday.

Condo, 31, has been the Raiders’ snapper since 2007.  A season ago, he notched five tackles on special teams and earned Pro Bowl honors for the second time in his career, Also, he made a key fumble recovery on a punt in a win at Kansas City.

In 2012, Condo’s teammates voted him the winner of the club’s “Commitment to Excellence Award” for his work on and off the field.

News of Condo’s new contract comes two days after Oakland signed PK Sebastian Janikowski to a four-year extension.

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Darrius Heyward-Bey sprains knee in practice
Posted by Josh Alper on August 4, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey’s work in Colts camp earned him some praise from coach Chuck Pagano recently, especially when it came to the growing connection that the new member of the team was making with quarterback Andrew Luck.

That progress may be on hold for a little bit. Craig Kelley of the Colts website passes along word that Heyward-Bey sprained his left knee at the team’s practice on Sunday. There’s nothing more about the extent of the injury or possible timetables for return at this point, but it’s a good bet that Heyward-Bey will see some time on the sideline and miss next weekend’s preseason opener against the Bills next Sunday.

Pagano’s positive words accompany ones from offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, via Adam Caplan of ESPN, that have Heyward-Bey as the very fast receiver with frustratingly inconsistent hands that he was in Oakland. The Colts see him as one of their top three receivers along with Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so they’ll be hoping that those hands hold onto more balls.

The answer to that wish and other issues regarding Heyward-Bey’s role in the offense will have to wait until there’s an update about his health, though.

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Source: Bulaga has torn ACL
Posted by Mike Florio on August 4, 2013, 11:52 PM EDT

We’re still several days away from the first full weekend of preseason action, and yet another player is done for the duration.

Per a league source, Packers left tackle Bryan Bulaga has indeed suffered a torn ACL in his knee.

The injury happened during Saturday night’s intra-squad scrimmage. Bulaga didn’t miss a rep, but he complained about a problem with the knee after the practice.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported that Bulaga has a knee injury, and that the team feared it could end his season.

A first-round pick in 2010, Bulaga was moved from right tackle to left tackle during the offseason as the Packers try to improve an offensive line that allowed 51 sacks of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in 2012.

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Ed Dickson’s hamstring leaves Ravens thin
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 5, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

Injuries happen in training camp, that part is unavoidable.

But when they start piling up at certain positions, a bad situation becomes worse.

The Ravens, already without starting tight end Dennis Pitta for the season, watched replacement Ed Dickson leave practice early Sunday with a hamstring strain.

“Ed Dickson, his hamstring grabbed a little bit, so we pulled him out for precautionary reasons,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “We’ll take a look at it and see how it looks.”

Even if it looks good, being without the top two names on your depth chart at any position is tough. For a team that figured to lean on its tight ends more after trading away wide receiver Anquan Boldin, getting Dickson healthy and finding him some help is key.

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J.J. Watt will go back to the elbow brace
Posted by Josh Alper on August 5, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

As mentioned on Sunday, defensive end J.J. Watt missed Texans practice because of a sore elbow.

It was a precautionary more because Sunday’s practice was heavy on contact and coach Gary Kubiak said that Watt should return to practice on Monday. When he does, he’ll have a familiar piece of equipment on his left arm. Watt said that the soreness in his elbow has convinced him that he needs to wear the brace he wore last season after dislocating the elbow during camp.

“Cosmetically, I’m just not a huge fan of the way it looks but it never really bothered me from a playing standpoint so I don’t see it being an issue whatsoever. It’s just something I have to play with and that’s it,” Watt said, via ESPN.com. “I just want to be smart with it. I put [the elbow] through a lot of work over the last week. It’s done a lot of work without the brace for the first time in a long time, so I’m bringing the brace back just as kind of a security measure, you know, to make sure it stays secure and it stays safe.”

The brace and Watt went together well enough for 20.5 sacks and a Defensive Player of the Year award last season, which makes it easy to understand Watt’s decision that it is better to play and feel good than look good.

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Revis “almost certain” to be back for opener
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 5, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

There’s obvious motivation for Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis to get back for the opener, since it’s against his old team, the Jets.

But the Bucs are being careful with his rehab from last year’s knee surgery, and they’re encouraged their prize acquisition should be fine.

Bucs General Manager Mark Dominik told Peter King of TheMMQB.com that he was “almost certain” Revis would be able to go in five weeks.

Revis himself tapped the brakes lightly, which is probably a defense mechanism as much as anything.

“At this time,’’ Revis said, “I can’t tell you. But it is my goal to be ready for the first game, and it’s coming along well.’’

Revis hasn’t had any setbacks as he’s worked gradually back into action, and they’re going to hold him out of at least the first two preseason games, if not the entire exhibition slate. There’s no point in risking him then, really, considering what the Bucs invested in him.

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Report: Patrick Willis had hand surgery
Posted by Josh Alper on August 5, 2013, 3:16 PM EDT

49ers linebacker Patrick Willis suffered a slight fracture in his right hand last week, an injury that was not expected to force him to miss any time in the regular season.

At the time, there was no word about what kind of rehab process Willis would have to undergo in order to return to the field, but the picture got a little clearer on Monday. Mike Sando of ESPN.com reports that Willis underwent surgery on his hand to help repair the injury.

There’s no change to the timeline for his return as he’s still expected to miss a few weeks before returning in time to play in the season opener. He may not wind up playing in any preseason games, although that probably was the case without any surgery given how meaningless the games are for a veteran as meaningful to the Niners defense as Willis, who has played with broken bones in his hand in the past.

As long as the prognosis remains the same for Willis, there’s a good chance no one even remembers the injury by the time October rolls around.

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Packers signing Vince Young to one-year deal
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 5, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

The Packers might not have a left tackle at the moment, but they’re adding a quarterback.

Former first-rounder Vince Young worked out for the Packers today, and it apparently went well.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the Packers were “impressed,” by Young’s workout and “will attempt to sign” him. Moments later, ESPN colleague Josina Anderson reported a one-year deal would be signed.

Werder also noted that the Packers’ first two games were against the 49ers and Redskins, implying that Young’s presence will make it easier somehow to prepare for those two.

Without seeing Young play, it’s hard to know if he’s good enough to replicate Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III closely enough for them to benefit.

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Packers signing Vince Young to one-year deal
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 5, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

The Packers might not have a left tackle at the moment, but they’re adding a quarterback.

Former first-rounder Vince Young worked out for the Packers today, and it apparently went well.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the Packers were “impressed,” by Young’s workout and “will attempt to sign” him. Moments later, ESPN colleague Josina Anderson reported a one-year deal would be signed.

Werder also noted that the Packers’ first two games were against the 49ers and Redskins, implying that Young’s presence will make it easier somehow to prepare for those two.

Without seeing Young play, it’s hard to know if he’s good enough to replicate Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III closely enough for them to benefit.





As a Packers fan I'm not sure if I'm more disappointed in Bulaga's injury or the Young signing.

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Bulaga's injury is a big deal. He's their starting Left Tackle. Aaron Rodgers needs to be protected at all costs.

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Report: Sean Weatherspoon suffers dislocated finger
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 6, 2013, 3:06 AM EDT

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon left the team’s joint practice with the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday after suffering an apparent injury to his hand.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, Weatherspoon badly dislocated a finger but didn’t suffer any broken bones.

Any time Weatherspoon may miss because of the injury aren’t yet clear. For a linebacker, a dislocated finger isn’t nearly the hindrance the same injury would be for a wide receiver. Weatherspoon could likely play through the injury for the Falcons’ preseason opener against the Bengals on Thursday night. However, with real games still being a month away, there seems to be no reason for the Falcons to rush him back onto the field.

Weatherspoon started 13 games for the Falcons last season and recorded 95 tackles with three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble.

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Injuries muddle Saints receiving corps
Posted by Mike Florio on August 6, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

As long as the Saints have coach Sean Payton running the show and quarterback Drew Brees throwing the passes, they’ll have a potent passing attack. But the receiver position has produced plenty of question marks in training camp, due in large part to injury.

The good news is that Marques Colston finally emerged from the physically unable to perform list on Monday, after missing 10 days of camp with a foot injury. The bad news is that up-and-comer Joe Morgan injured a knee during Saturday’s scrimmage, and his status is murky.

Payton didn’t disclose much about Morgan on Monday, but Morgan will be getting a second opinion.

Also injured is Andy Tanner, with a shoulder problem.

The situation has resulted in the Saints getting two new receivers, with the arrival of veteran Steve Breaston and the return of Brent Leonard, who was cut last Tuesday.

For now, the Saints need enough bodies to get through the reps of camp and the snaps of the preseason. Eventually, a Week One depth chart will have to shake out. While Colston and Lance Moore remain the likely starters, Morgan’s potential absence throws a wrench into the No. 3 position, and some guys without recognizable names will need to step up.

Or maybe they’ll just use Jimmy Graham more as a wideout. Which could put him on track for the receiver franchise tag in 2014.  Which makes it even more prudent to sign him to a long-term deal now.

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Bulaga's injury is a big deal. He's their starting Left Tackle. Aaron Rodgers needs to be protected at all costs.

He might be seeing a lot of Justin and Aldon Smith in game one

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Packers signing Vince Young to one-year deal
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 5, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

The Packers might not have a left tackle at the moment, but they’re adding a quarterback.

Former first-rounder Vince Young worked out for the Packers today, and it apparently went well.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the Packers were “impressed,” by Young’s workout and “will attempt to sign” him. Moments later, ESPN colleague Josina Anderson reported a one-year deal would be signed.

Werder also noted that the Packers’ first two games were against the 49ers and Redskins, implying that Young’s presence will make it easier somehow to prepare for those two.

Without seeing Young play, it’s hard to know if he’s good enough to replicate Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III closely enough for them to benefit.





As a Packers fan I'm not sure if I'm more disappointed in Bulaga's injury or the Young signing.



The Young signing is odd for sure. Wouldn't have called that one in a million years. Wonder who they are giving up on. Harrell or Coleman?

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Randall Cobb leaves practice field
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 6, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

The Packers have the most important piece in place for a good offense, but are having trouble keeping the rest of them on the field.

According to Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com, Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb left the field, took off his pads and was meeting with a trainer, and hasn’t returned to practice since. Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette pointed out that Cobb had a bag of ice on his shoulder.

While there’s no word on the seriousness of the problem, or if there is a major problem, the Packers can ill afford to be without Cobb.

They’ve already lost left tackle Bryan Bulaga for the season with a torn ACL, forcing them to shuffle their offensive line again.

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Jordy Nelson has knee surgery, out rest of camp
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 6, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

Add another one to the list.

The Packers just wrapped up practice, and coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that wide receiver Jordy Nelson would miss the rest of training camp after having knee surgery.

He was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage, and wasn’t on the field today.

The hope is that Nelson will be able to return for the regular season opener, however.

This comes after wide receiver Randall Cobb left practice today with what McCarthy referred to as a biceps injury.

The Packers lost veterans Greg Jennings in free agency and Donald Driver to retirement. Being without Nelson will force the Packers to look at a group of young receivers, and one of them will have to step up.

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Falcons tackle Mike Johnson hurts leg, leaves facility in ambulance
Posted by Josh Alper on August 6, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

The Falcons cut Tyson Clabo this spring and left the right tackle job open for a competition between Mike Johnson and Lamar Holmes.

Holmes is currently listed second on the depth chart, but he may be moving up to the top spot after Johnson was injured in Tuesday’s practice. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Johnson suffered an injury to his left leg during 9-on-7 run drills in the team’s joint practice with the Bengals. The injury was serious enough to force Johnson to be carted off the field and he later left the team’s practice facility in an ambulance.

We’ll be on the lookout for updates as to Johnson’s condition, but nothing about that description sounds good. If his absence is a long one, the Falcons may need to dip into their cap space for some help on the line because they’re awfully thin at tackle after Holmes and left tackle Sam Baker.

Johnson, a third-round pick in 2010, played all 16 games and started once for Atlanta last season.

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Eagles: Arrelious Benn has torn ACL
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 6, 2013, 7:19 PM EDT

Eagles wide receiver Arrelious Benn sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday, the club said.

The injury would seem likely to end Benn’s season, considering the usual timetable to recover from such an injury.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the ACL tear is in Benn’s left knee.  He suffered a similar injury to the same knee late in the 2010 regular season with Tampa Bay.

The Eagles acquired Benn from the Buccaneers in the offseason. He’s caught 59 passes for 862 yards and five TDs since entering the league as a second-round pick from Illinois in 2010.

The Eagles also disclosed Tuesday that they have waived wide receiver David Ball, who played for coach Chip Kelly at New Hampshire.

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Jared Allen has ankle injury
Posted by Mike Florio on August 6, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

As Vikings defensive end Jared Allen enters his contract year, the perennial Pro Bowl has a problem. Unless he doesn’t.

Per multiple reports, Allen suffered an ankle injury during practice on Tuesday. He left the practice field limping, with the ankle wrapped.

“We’ll look it over and determine whether or not we need to do an MRI,” coach Leslie Frazier said, via Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Allen, who we just realized looks a little like the guy who plays Wilfred in Wilfred, wasn’t going to play in the preseason opener against the Texans even if he were healthy.

The Vikings have every reason to protect Allen.  He carries a cap number of more than $17 million, with 2013 compensation in excess of $14 million.

The team has shown no inclination to extend Allen’s contract, which could dramatically reduce his current-year cap charge.

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Chargers WR Danario Alexander sustains right ACL tear
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 6, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander, who revitalized his career in 2012 with San Diego, has again suffered a serious injury.

The Chargers said Tuesday that Alexander has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that would seem likely to end his season, given its severity.

Alexander, 24, caught 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012 for the Chargers, who signed him in October. He had spent the previous two seasons with the Rams, hauling in 46 passes for 737 yards and three scores for St. Louis.

However, durability has long been the concern with Alexander. In St. Louis, he missed time both with knee and hamstring ailments with the Rams, and his left knee has been operated upon multiple times since his days at Missouri.

Vincent Brown would seem the most likely replacement for Alexander in the Chargers’ starting lineup, with Robert Meachem and Keenan Allen also moving up in the rotation, too. However, this is a blow to their offense, given Alexander’s talent.

Most of all, it’s a tough, sad setback for Alexander, who’s endured so much to make it this far.

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Chargers WR Danario Alexander sustains right ACL tear
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 6, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Danario Alexander, who revitalized his career in 2012 with San Diego, has again suffered a serious injury.



This sucks. That guy was actually a fantasy stud despite having a shitty QB and worse team. He's a good WR. Hope he makes it back next year.

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Brandon Moore agrees to deal with Cowboys
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 7, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

The Dallas Cowboys have a new guard to add to their offensive line depth.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com, the Cowboys have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore.

Moore started every game in each of the last eight seasons for the Jets at right guard before finding himself on the free agent market this offseason, Moore was one of just two remaining players from PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 list still looking for work. Only defensive end Richard Seymour remains unsigned.

Moore adds depth to a position group that is fairly thin for the Cowboys, Nate Livings will miss two-to-four weeks after another surgery on his right knee and Mackenzy Bernadeau is just returning to practice after missing time with a hamstring injury.

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Lance Dunbar, Ernie Sims fight at Cowboys camp
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 7, 2013, 7:21 AM EDT

Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar says that in training camp, once he’s been wrapped up by a linebacker, the linebacker should let go. Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims says that when he’s got a chance to take a ball carrier to the ground, he’s going to do it.

So it was only a matter of time before Sims took Dunbar to the ground, and a fight broke out.

“It was the second time today doing that,’’ Dunbar told the Dallas Morning News. “It’s been happening all camp and I’ve been letting it slide. I got tired of it.”

Sims believes his job is to tackle.

“That’s the name of the game,” Sims said several days ago. “The position I play is to hit people. That’s what I like doing. I like running, I like hitting. That’s what you should expect out of me.”

And Sims should expect Dunbar to take exception to getting tackled.

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Brandon Moore agrees to deal with Cowboys
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 7, 2013, 1:04 AM EDT

The Dallas Cowboys have a new guard to add to their offensive line depth.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOXSports.com, the Cowboys have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore.

Moore started every game in each of the last eight seasons for the Jets at right guard before finding himself on the free agent market this offseason, Moore was one of just two remaining players from PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100 list still looking for work. Only defensive end Richard Seymour remains unsigned.

Moore adds depth to a position group that is fairly thin for the Cowboys, Nate Livings will miss two-to-four weeks after another surgery on his right knee and Mackenzy Bernadeau is just returning to practice after missing time with a hamstring injury.


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Brandon Moore’s Cowboy career: One night
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

Maybe it was all just a bad dream.

Because after sleeping on it, veteran guard Brandon Moore has already cut short his comeback after agreeing to a deal with Dallas last night.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Moore has decided to retire instead of joining the Cowboys.

“I’m a man of my word. I hated letting Bill [Callahan] down,” Moore said of the Cowboys offensive coordinator, who worked with Moore with the Jets.

That’s an abrupt move for the 33-year-old guard, who could have probably walked into a starting job for a team with injuries up front.

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More injuries for Saints pass-rushers
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

If this keeps up, the Saints may be calling Rickey Jackson in soon.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, outside linebacker Junior Galette left practice with a trainer.

This might not be so big a deal if the Saints hadn’t already lost projected starter Victor Butler for the season with a torn ACL, and replacement Martez Wilson for several weeks with an elbow injury.

That had the Saints running former Raiders starter Jay Richardson, who was out of football last year, in Galette’s spot with the first defense.

If Galette’s out any amount of time, the Saints will have to add some reinforcements, if only to get through practice.

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More injuries for Saints pass-rushers
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

If this keeps up, the Saints may be calling Rickey Jackson in soon.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, outside linebacker Junior Galette left practice with a trainer.

This might not be so big a deal if the Saints hadn’t already lost projected starter Victor Butler for the season with a torn ACL, and replacement Martez Wilson for several weeks with an elbow injury.

That had the Saints running former Raiders starter Jay Richardson, who was out of football last year, in Galette’s spot with the first defense.

If Galette’s out any amount of time, the Saints will have to add some reinforcements, if only to get through practice.



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Saints lose Joe Morgan, Kenyon Coleman for season
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

The Saints need to change their gris-gris or something.

According to Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, an already injury plagued team got more bad news Wednesday, as wide receiver Joe Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman will be lost for the season.

Coleman has a pectoral tear, and Morgan has a torn meniscus and a partially torn ACL, and will undergo surgery today.

Coleman’s loss is tough for a front seven that wasn’t deep to begin with, as he was brought in to help stabilize things during the transition to coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4.

Morgan was working with the starters while Marques Colston was on PUP, and was being counted on as a third receiver this year.

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Finley throws haymakers in Packers fight
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

As we mentioned yesterday when the Panthers had their own “small melee,” the  second-week-of-training-camp practice fight is one of the traditions of early August.

The Packers had their version today, with video evidence to prove it.

As shown by Fox 11 in Wisconsin, there were several scuffles, with tight end Jermichael Finley throwing wild punches at helmeted teammate Jarvis Reed.

At the rate Packers receivers are falling by the wayside, Finley should probably concentrate on keeping his hands on the passes that are coming his way.

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Mike Wallace returns to the practice field
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

The Dolphins offense was admittedly sloppy in the Hall of Fame Game, and may be getting closer to a big step toward fixing that.

According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, wide receiver Mike Wallace is practicing today for the first time in nearly two weeks.

Wallace has been bothered by a groin injury, but he showed his speed by hauling in a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill during practice.

While it wouldn’t be expected to play him Friday at Jacksonville after such a long layoff, the fact Wallace is back and running full speed is a good sign for having him around when they actually need him.

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Vincent Brown out for preseason opener
Posted by Josh Alper on August 7, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

The receivers on the lower rungs of the Chargers depth chart should get plenty of time to show the team’s coaches their worth against the Seahawks on Thursday night.

Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that Vincent Brown will be held out of the preseason opener because of a hamstring injury that kept him out of seven practices before returning to work on Tuesday. Brown is expected to make his preseason debut next week when the Chargers face the Bears.

When he does, it’s likely that he’ll be in the starting lineup with Malcolm Floyd. Danario Alexander’s torn ACL opened up that spot and, in turn, it will open up spots for other receivers to earn more time.

That will give Robert Meachem a chance to show that it was an aberration that he “sucked” last year and it will give rookie Keenan Allen a chance to make an impression in his first season. Chargers coach Mike McCoy told the team’s website recently that Allen had “a long way to go,” so an extra helping of playing time on Thursday will probably work just fine for him.

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Seahawks release Early Doucet
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 7, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

When Seahawks fans look back on the Early Doucet era, it will be hard to pick out just one favorite memory.

That is, in part, because it’s already over.

The Seahawks announced they had released the veteran wideout Wednesday, after signing him last Friday.

He only practiced once as a Seahawk, on Sunday, and was apparently struggling with some injury. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters: “He’s been banged up and he’s got some issues that we’re still working with right now.”

Now, he has another issue: The need for a new job.

The Seahawks could still use some help at an injury thinned position, but apparently need someone better able to help now.

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Kidney disease forces Donald Jones to retire
Posted by Josh Alper on August 7, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

Wide receiver Donald Jones scheduled a few visits with other teams after his release by the Patriots last month, but he won’t be joining any of them for the 2013 season.

Jones announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will be retiring from the NFL because of a kidney disease that he has had for his entire life.

“As some of you may know, I have been suffering from a kidney disease throughout my entire life,” Jones wrote. “As a result of recent advances in my disease, I am no longer able to pursue my career in the National Football League. Playing in the NFL was a lifelong dream of mine, and though I have the opportunity to continue my career, stepping away from the game is absolute best decision for my family and for my health.”

Jones signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2010 and caught 82 passes for 887 yards and six touchdowns during his three years with the team. He signed a three-year deal with the Patriots as a free agent, but his stay was a brief one that turned out to be his final days in an NFL uniform. We hope Jones is able to enjoy a long, happy and healthy life and wish him the best in his fight against the disease.

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Giants “toying” with Justin Tuck as a linebacker
Posted by Josh Alper on August 8, 2013, 7:51 AM EDT

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has been experimenting with standing up as a linebacker at camp after signing with the Falcons as a free agent this offseason, but that might have been in his future even if he stayed with the Giants.

The Giants have been doing their own experiments at camp and one of them features Justin Tuck without his hand in the dirt. Tuck called it something the team is “toying around” with in hopes of increasing their versatility on defense. Mathias Kiwanuka, who is back at defensive end after years of moving between end and linebacker, thinks Tuck can handle the responsibilities of the new gig but Tuck says there’s an adjustment.

“It is weird,” Tuck said, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s something I did in high school and college more, but eight years of putting your hand in the dirt — it’s a little different. But like I said, I’ll do whatever the coaching staff feels will help this defense out.”

The Giants have long been a team that looked to their front four to generate pass rush, with their main wrinkle coming via the “NASCAR” package of four defensive ends on the field at the same time. That didn’t work for them last season, though, and the maneuvering with Tuck shows they’re at least open to trying some different things in order to get their defense back to the desired level.

Coach Tom Coughlin said that they are toying around with players with the second and third teams as well, so there’s a chance you’ll be seeing some of this new look during the preseason.

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49ers sign Eric Wright
Posted by Josh Alper on August 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

At long last, cornerback Eric Wright has officially become a member of the 49ers.

Wright looked like he was headed to San Francisco last month when the 49ers agreed to a trade with the Buccaneers for Wright in exchange for a conditional draft pick, but the Niners failed him on his physical and Wright wound up getting cut in Tampa. Now, after Chris Culliver tore his ACL, the 49ers have circled back and signed Wright to a one-year deal. The team also announced that Wright was placed on the non-football injury list upon signing.

“We are pleased to welcome Eric to the 49ers organization and look forward to his contributions,” General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement from the team. “Eric is currently tending to a personal matter and he will join the team as soon as possible.”

The writing for this move started going on the wall even before the Niners lost Culliver as Baalke said that Wright joining the team remained a possibility shortly after the 49ers rescinded the trade. Things heated up once Culliver went down and now Wright is a 49er.

He’ll join Tramaine Brock, Nnamdi Asomugha, and Perrish Cox in a competition for playing time behind Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. They waived cornerback Lowell Rose, who was waived the first time it looked like Wright was coming to town and then re-signed, to make room for Wright on the roster.

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Plaxico Burress reportedly tears rotator cuff, season (and maybe career?) might be over
By Frank Schwab | Shutdown Corner – 35 minutes ago

Plaxico Burress, who turns 36 on Aug. 12, might be finished for this season and perhaps more than that.

Burress has a torn rotator cuff, ESPN reported. That could be a season-ending injury for the veteran Steelers receiver.

And it's fair to wonder if it might end the career of a player who is best known for either catching a game-winning touchdown in the final minute of Super Bowl XLII or for serving nearly two years in prison on a gun charge after shooting himself at a New York nightclub.



    Talked to Burress in the spring. He thought this season would be his last, no matter what. We'll see if he tries to not go out this way.

    — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 9, 2013


Burress hurt himself in practice Thursday. He went up for a pass and came down on his shoulder, Jim Wexell of the Uniontown Herald-Standard reported. He was carted off the field.

Burress had just 42 receiving yards in four games last season, as his controversial and sometimes spectacular career winds down.

Although it's a little too early to say if his season and 11-year career are done, it's a tough blow for a player who was reportedly considering retiring after one final season.

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Tarvaris Jackson makes his case to backup Russell Wilson
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 9, 2013, 1:40 AM EDT

The battle for the Seattle Seahawks backup quarterback job will likely extend through the entire preseason, but Tarvaris Jackson made a case for winning the job against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night.

Jackson entered the game in the third quarter and led the Seahawks on three consecutive touchdown scoring drives, each of 50 yards or more. He looked completely comfortable back in the offense he piloted as the Seahawks starter in 2011. Jackson finished the game 8 of 9 for 128 yards and two touchdowns, including a perfect 42-yard strike to receiver Stephen Williams for a score, and finished with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

Quinn played decently but wasn’t as strong as Jackson. Quinn replaced starter Russell Wilson in the second quarter and led the Seahawks to 10 points in four drives. However, his only touchdown drive was setup by a Byron Maxwell interception of Charlie Whitehurst that gave Seattle the ball at the Chargers 14-yard line. Three plays later Quinn hit Jermaine Kearse for an 11-yard score.

Jackson was re-signed by Seattle in June after being released by the Buffalo Bills. Jackson entered training camp with Seattle in 2012 as the team’s number one quarterback before being beat out by Wilson and Matt Flynn for the job. He was traded to Buffalo late in training camp and didn’t see game action last season.

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Colt McCoy to have MRI on neck/shoulder
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 9, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

Colt McCoy will have an MRI after leaving the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener against the Denver Broncos late in the first half.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, McCoy described the injury as a stinger in his right neck and shoulder. He sustained the injury when rushing for a 1-yard loss late in the second quarter. He remained in the game for three more plays before being intercepted by Mike Adams on a pass intended for A.J. Jenkins.

McCoy didn’t believe the injury was serious and characterized the MRI as precautionary. He said it wasn’t close to the severity of the shoulder injury he suffered when playing in the BCS Championship game for Texas against Alabama in 2010.

“These things are always different when you’re dealing with nerves and stingers and stuff,” McCoy said. “You never know.”

McCoy was 3 of 7 for 41 yards and an interception in limited duty. He’s battling Scott Tolzien for the 49ers backup quarterback job.

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Bernard Pollard gets personal foul 5 minutes into the preseason
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 9, 2013, 7:09 AM EDT

It took Bernard Pollard only five minutes into the preseason to get his first personal foul as a Tennessee Titan.

Early in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins hit receiver Aldrick Robinson for 15 yards along the sideline. Pollard ran up to Robinson, lowered his head, and drilled him in the back just as he was stepping out of bounds. He was flagged for unnecessary roughness and the Titans were penalized 15 yards.

The hit was, indeed, unnecessary: Pollard didn’t need to hit Robinson at all, as Robinson’s momentum was already taking him out of bounds. And even if Pollard felt that he needed to make absolutely certain that Robinson was going out of bounds, Pollard could have done that by shoving Robinson with his hands, rather than lowering his head.

The bad news for Pollard is that even though the paychecks are a lot smaller in the preseason, the fines are the same. And Pollard, an outspoken opponent of many of the NFL’s efforts to make the game safer, will be fined.

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Packers counting on rookie David Bakhtiari
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 9, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

The Packers built an entire offseason plan around protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers better, only to see that plan go up in smoke when the guy they moved to left tackle, Bryan Bulaga, tore his ACL in last weekend’s scrimmage.

Now, they’re trusting the whole process to rookie David Bakhtiari, holding their breath and hoping their latest attempt to fix on the fly works.

“We felt that we needed to get to where our best players were on the left side, the ability to shut down one side of the line and do things on the other,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “Now, we’ve got to shift gears. We’re kind of back to the thought process that we’ve been in some other years where we’ve had injuries. That’s the NFL.”

Asked if Bakhtiari was the best option, McCarthy said: “He has to answer that question.”

He’ll get his first chance tonight against the Cardinals, and the fourth-round pick from Colorado said his goals for the first time out are simple.

“Hopefully, I start all [16] weeks, on to the playoffs,” Bakhtiari said. “And yeah, that’d be a great thing to look back on. But right now, at this point, I’m a here-now kind of guy and I’ve got to focus on [doing the job].

“I’ve got to protect the blind side. I’ve got to be fundamentally sound and come in fast and aggressive, . . . The biggest thing is just you’ve got to go 110% every play just to not get embarrassed.”

It helps that he has Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton beside him, and the Packers could always move Marshall Newhouse back to the left tackle spot. But they moved Newhouse to the right as part of an effort to prevent another league-high 51 sacks, so for the moment, they’re hoping Bakhtiari holds up.

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Rodger Saffold may miss a preseason game or two
Posted by Josh Alper on August 9, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

The Rams lost right tackle Rodger Saffold to a left shoulder injury a couple of plays into Thursday night’s game and it sounds like they’ll be playing without him for the next little while.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said after the game that he didn’t think it was a particularly serious injury and that x-rays came back negative. He provided a bit more of an update on Friday, saying that Saffold was still being evaluated but that the expectation was that he’d be sidelined for a while with a dislocated shoulder.

“We’re still doing tests. He’s a little sore. He’s going to miss some time. He may miss a preseason game or two,” Fisher said at a press conference.

Any missed time could affect Saffold’s transition to the right side of the line after spending the last three years as a left tackle before giving way to Jake Long. Fisher said Friday that Saffold’s “doing well” in a move the coach thinks is mostly about “footwork.”

Joe Barksdale and Ty Nsekhe are the next two tackles on the depth chart and will likely fill in until Saffold’s ready to return.

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Geno Smith fails to impress before limping off the field
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 9, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

Although Mark Sanchez threw a pick-six on the Jets’ first possession of the preseason, he’s still probably ahead of Geno Smith in the race to be the Jets’ starting quarterback.

Smith did not play particularly well after replacing Sanchez in Detroit, failing to get much of anything going while directing the Jets’ offense. Although his numbers look decent — he completed six of seven passes for 47 yards — he was throwing mostly short and safe passes, and after Smith hit Clyde Gates for 15 yards on his first pass, the Jets never got another first down with Smith on the field. Every possession Smith played ended with a punt.

On his final play Smith attempted to run, but he fell down untouched, appeared to roll his ankle and limped off the field. He was replaced by third-string quarterback Greg McElroy.

The ankle injury did not appear to be serious, but it was a disappointing showing for Smith. And despite Sanchez’s interception on his first series, Sanchez actually played pretty well, completing 10 of 13 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. At the moment, Sanchez appears to be the leader in the Jets’ quarterback competition.

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Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos leaves with injury
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 9, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos left Friday’s preseason game vs. New England with a head injury, the club said tonight.

Dorenbos, 33, has been Philadelphia’s long-snapper since late in the 2006 season. He was helped off the field in the first half and was later transported inside on a cart.

Were Dorenbos to miss any time, the Eagles would have to sign someone to replace him. Tight end Brett Celek stepped in as the snapper for Philadelphia in Dorebos’ absence. A low Celek snap was a factor in a late first-half field goal never getting off the ground, with holder Donnie Jones being stopped for a loss.

The Eagles also lost two reserve inside linebackers to injury. Jamar Chaney sustained a shoulder injury, while Casey Matthews hurt his left knee, the club said.

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Eagles’ offense shows promise in preseason opener
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 10, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

With one preseason game in the books, we can safely say the Eagles have the potential to play some very entertaining games this season.

The Eagles’ offense started the preseason in sharp form. Quarterbacks Michael Vick and Nick Foles each played two series, and each led the Eagles to a touchdown in Philadelphia’s 31-22 home loss to New England Friday night.

Vick displayed excellent arm strength, accuracy and touch when hitting DeSean Jackson deep downfield for a 47-yard first-quarter touchdown. When Vick departed in the first quarter, he had compiled a perfect QB rating of 158.3.

Foles lost a fumble on his first drive under pass-rush pressure, but he responded well, leading a 10-play, 66-yard drive punctuated by an eight-yard Bryce Brown TD run. The Eagles operated without a huddle and with a fairly quick pace for much of the drive, with Foles twice completing third-down passes to move the chains.

Foles connected on 5-of-6 throws for 43 yards, with Vick completing 4-of-5 passes for 94 yards. Less than 20 minutes into the game, both were done for the night.

“I thought they both did a good job,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of Vick and Foles after the game, according to the Associated Press.

The Eagles play the Panthers in Carolina in six days, and Foles gets his shot to start. Some quarterback competitions can be dreadful to watch, but not this one. Vick’s long TD pass was a nice reminder of his gifts, and Foles’ TD drive was a reminder that good offense played at a good clip is fun viewing.

The bad news for the Eagles on Friday night? Their defense looked vulnerable, surrendering 248 rushing yards to New England, with 167 allowed in the first half.

With the Eagles changing schemes on both sides of the ball, there could be some rough patches in the summer. This is the time to go through them. Indeed, the defense did so Friday night. But there were some good moments on the other side of the ball, some flashes that suggest the Eagles can hang in some games — and in style, too — even when under some duress.

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Tyrann Mathieu has big game in preseason debut
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 10, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

Through one preseason game of his NFL career, Cardinals rookie defensive back Tyrann Mathieu looks like the same kind of playmaker he was at LSU, before off-field issues cut short his promising college career.

In the first quarter of the Cardinals’ preseason opener against the Packers, Mathieu had a hit that caused an incomplete pass. In the second quarter, he had a tackle on a kickoff. In the third quarter, he had back-to-back plays on which he made a tackle at the line of scrimmage and then dove to the ground, grabbed Packers quarterback Graham Harrell by the ankles and sacked him for a loss of 12 yards. In the fourth quarter, Mathieu had a punt return for 24 yards, and another tackle on a kickoff.

After the game, Mathieu’s mentor and teammate Patrick Peterson made a point of going on Twitter to sing Mathieu’s praises.

Proud of my baby boy @Mathieu_Era doing great thing in his first @nfl game. Can't wait till Sept 8 coming soon 👀 out.
Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) August 10, 2013


It is, of course, just one preseason game. But Mathieu looks like a very good draft pick for the Cardinals.

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Steelers getting thin at tight end
Posted by Mike Florio on August 10, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

With a pair of tight ends still on the physically unable to perform list and veteran Matt Spaeth reportedly gone 8-10 weeks with a foot sprain, the Steelers are getting thin at tight end.

Heath Miller and David Johnson have not yet been cleared to practice, leaving the team with a gaggle of inexperience like Jamie McCoy, Nathan Overbay, Michael Palmer, David Paulson, and Peter Tuitupou.

Palmer arrived recently on waivers from the Seahawks, with John Rabe in turn being dropped.

At some point, the Steelers will need to look for veterans on whom they can rely until Miller, Johnson, and/or Spaeth return.

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Report: Ravens to sign receiver Brandon Stokley
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 10, 2013, 8:04 PM EDT

Brandon Stokley caught three passes for 52 yards and a 38-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trent Dilfer in helping lead the Baltimore Ravens to their first Super Bowl victory in a 34-7 win over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.

Thirteen years later, Stokley is returning to the place where his career began.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Ravens plan to sign Stokley to a contract that will bring their former fourth-round draft pick in 1999 back to the organization.

Stokley caught 45 passes for 544 yards and five touchdowns last season for the Denver Broncos. However, Stokley became a redundant piece for Denver following the signing of Wes Welker.

Stokley should add some veteran stability to a largely unproven group of receivers for Baltimore behind Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones.

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Report: Geno Smith has mild ankle sprain
Posted by Mike Florio on August 10, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

On Friday night, Jets quarterback Geno Smith rolled his ankle.

It’s a sprain, but according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com it’s minor.

Smith, who said himself after the preseason game against the Lions that the injury wasn’t serious, isn’t expected to miss much time.

The rookie from West Virginia University completed six of seven passes for 47 yards before twisting his ankle in the third quarter of Friday night’s game.

Mark Sanchez got the start. Smith was expected to start the next preseason game; it’s unclear whether the injury will affect it.

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Giants lose receiver Kris Adams to fractured leg
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 10, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

The New York Giants lost wide receiver Kris Adams to injury early in the second half of their preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night.

On the second play from scrimmage of the third quarter, Adams slipped on a pass thrown to him by quarterback Curtis Painter. Adams was being covered by Steelers’ cornerback Josh Victorian on the play. His right foot landed on the left foot of Victorian instead of the turf. It caused him to lose his footing and his left leg caught awkwardly underneath him as a result. Adams clutched at his ankle area on the ground and needed to be carted off the field.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants announced Adams suffered a fractured leg.

Adams was targeted on three passes during the game but didn’t record a catch before leaving with the injury. Adams appeared in three games with the Indianapolis Colts last season and caught two passes for 26 yards.

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E.J. Manuel makes plays with legs, arm in preseason debut
Posted by Josh Alper on August 11, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

E.J. Manuel's first taste of game action in the NFL didn’t result in a performance good enough to call for an immediate end to the quarterback competition in Buffalo, but it didn’t do much to hurt his chances either.

Manuel ran the offense for six series and led the Bills to a pair of field goals before exiting the game with a touchdown to close the half. The Bills offense played at the faster pace that’s been anticipated since Doug Marrone became the head coach, but they didn’t ask Manuel to take too many chances down the field. They fed C.J. Spiller the ball early and often, which was another expected development even if Spiller’s fumble wasn’t particularly appreciated, and Manuel threw almost only short passes during his stint.

Manuel’s biggest play of the day came on the ground.  He flashed his running ability on a play where the Colts got some quick pressure and turned a potential loss into a 24-yard gain. His passing wasn’t quite as impressive, outside of a two-minute drill at the end of the first half against Colts backups that saw Manuel complete all nine passes culminating with an 17-yard touchdown pass to Dorin Dickerson.

He wound up 16-for-21 for 107 yards with a couple of poor throws keeping the completion percentage from being even higher. One incompletion came on a play when Manuel rolled out and threw the ball out the back of the end zone when he couldn’t find an open receiver. While that’s not the ideal result, it’s better than the pick that can come when a quarterback doesn’t realize that the best choice is to settle for the field goal.

Kevin Kolb won’t get a chance to answer in Sunday’s game since he didn’t dress after missing practice time after slipping on a rubber mat early last week and then leaving camp to deal with a death in the family. When he does play, he’ll have an idea of the bar he’ll need to clear to jump ahead of Manuel in the pecking order. It’s not particularly high, but it may have been enough of a jumping off point, especially with Manuel’s play improving as the game went along, to make it difficult for Kolb to win the job.

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Sharrif Floyd will have MRI on left knee
Posted by Josh Alper on August 11, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

One of the Vikings’ three first-round picks is heading for a date with an MRI machine.

Coach Leslie Frazier announced that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd will have an MRI on his left knee Sunday after reporting increased soreness after falling on the knee during the team’s preseason opener on Friday.

“We’re not overly concerned,” Frazier said, via Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “From what I’ve been told, he’s just sore. So we just want to err on the side of caution. He fell on the knee. He’s pretty sore this morning. The fact that he’s sorer than he was yesterday makes us decide to make sure there’s nothing else going on. Other than the fact it’s sore, we’re not overly concerned.”

The lack of serious concern is generally positive, although there have been plenty of players over the years to head into an MRI thinking all was well and then getting bad news when the results of the test come back. The Vikings are deep enough on the defensive line that they should be okay if Floyd does wind up missing time, but there’s no reason not to wait for the results before speculating about what they mean for Minnesota.

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“Mutual interest” between Ravens and Clark
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 11, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

It wasn’t a stretch to link the Ravens when veteran tight end Dallas Clark made it known he’s interested in playing again.

And it didn’t take much time for that link to become more substantive.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, there is “mutual interest” between the team and the free agent.

Clark caught 47 passes for the Bucs last year, the first time he had played 16 games since 2009. Of course, he caught 100 passes that year for the Colts, so he’s obviously a different player.

The 34-year-old isn’t much of a downfield threat anymore, but he is a serviceable veteran, which isn’t something the Ravens are overflowing with at the moment.

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“Mutual interest” between Ravens and Clark
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 11, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

It wasn’t a stretch to link the Ravens when veteran tight end Dallas Clark made it known he’s interested in playing again.

And it didn’t take much time for that link to become more substantive.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, there is “mutual interest” between the team and the free agent.

Clark caught 47 passes for the Bucs last year, the first time he had played 16 games since 2009. Of course, he caught 100 passes that year for the Colts, so he’s obviously a different player.

The 34-year-old isn’t much of a downfield threat anymore, but he is a serviceable veteran, which isn’t something the Ravens are overflowing with at the moment.

Done deal.

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Ravens, Dallas Clark agree to terms
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 11, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

The Ravens have added yet another veteran pass catcher, agreeing to terms with tight end Dallas Clark on Sunday, the club announced.

The 34-year-old Clark improves the Ravens’ depth at a position where they have lost Dennis Pitta (hip) for the season and are without Ed Dickson (hamstring) in the short term.

An 11th-year pro, Clark has caught 474 passes for 5,322 yards and 50 touchdowns, with his best seasons coming with Indianapolis, for whom he played from 2003 through 2011. Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was the head coach in Indianapolis for Clark’s final three seasons with the club.

Clark (6-3, 252) caught 47 passes for 435 yards and four TDs for the Buccaneers in 2012, playing all 16 games.

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Carroll: Cliff Avril could be out two more weeks
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 11, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril has been out for the bulk of training camp with a hamstring injury, and he could miss two more weeks, head coach Pete Carroll said Sunday.

However, Carroll indicated that both Avril and tight end Zach Miller (foot) are healing well, and that the club is going to take a “conservative” approach in advance of the season.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of this week they’re doing more and getting closer to the practice field,” Carroll said of Miller and Avril.

The Seahawks added Avril, one of the top free agents available this offseason, to an already strong defense, and Carroll is eager to see him on the field.

“It would be great to have him out there just for the continuity of everybody involved,” Carroll said.

Carroll, per PFT’s and KJR-AM’s Curtis Crabtree, indicated Sunday that left guard James Carpenter is “couple of weeks away from being back on the field” with a foot injury.

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MRI shows no damage to Floyd’s knee
Posted by Mike Florio on August 11, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

The Vikings weren’t overly concerned about rookie defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd’s knee. Their lack of concern was justified.

According to the Associated Press, Floyd said an MRI revealed no damage. He also said he’s ready to play whenever the medical staff lets him.

“No worries on my part,” Floyd said. “At the end of the day, it’s [coach Leslie Frazier's] call, not mine.”

Floyd had lingering soreness in his knee on Sunday, two mornings after his preseason debut in a game against the Texans.

The first-round pick who unexpectedly slid into the 20s currently isn’t expected to start for the Vikings, but he’s expected to contribute to the rotation.

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Anthony Spencer needs 2-3 more weeks of rehab
Posted by Josh Alper on August 12, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

Jay Ratliff might not be the only Cowboys defensive lineman to miss all or most of the team’s work this summer.

Defensive end Anthony Spencer is also looking like he’ll be recovering an injury all the way up to the start of the regular season. Spencer had surgery on his knee in late July and said Sunday that he needs two or three weeks more of rehab before he’s ready to resume a full schedule.

“I’m just focused on getting healthy,” Spencer said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I still can’t do a lot of running around and stuff, the stuff that I want to do, so I don’t feel very encouraged right now. I’ve still got a little bit of time, so I’m working on getting healthy.”

Spencer said that he hopes to play in the preseason, but says he’ll be ready for the season opener against the Giants whether or not that happens. Based on the timeline he set out on Sunday, he’d only be ready to play in the fourth exhibition game and that’s normally not a game played by players ticketed for Spencer’s role. More likely than not, then, the next time we see Spencer play in a game will be in Week One.

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Jamaal Charles carted off from Chiefs practice
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 12, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

Any time the cart is invoked in regards to a training camp injury, it causes people to fear the worst. But in certain cases, with certain players, the panic might be justified.

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles just left the field on a cart after huddling with trainers.

While the Chiefs aren’t going to be a ground-and-pound team as long as Andy Reid’s the coach, Charles’ open-field ability is going to get him plenty of action as a receiver out of the backfield.

And their margin of error this year is so slim that any injury to one of their top players is cause for concern.

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Saints continue to look for receiving help
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 12, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

The Saints continue to look high and low for some help at wide receiver.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have added former Cowboys and Chargers wideout Patrick Crayton, who was at practice this morning.

This was after they brought in veteran Steve Breaston when they lost Joe Morgan for the year with a torn ACL.

Starters Marques Colston and Lance Moore are intact, and having a fleet of complementary backs and tight end Jimmy Graham mitigates the panic.

But dragging in veterans might also indicate that they’re not quite ready to trust either Kenny Stills or Nick Toon with a bigger role.

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Jamaal Charles carted off from Chiefs practice
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 12, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

Any time the cart is invoked in regards to a training camp injury, it causes people to fear the worst. But in certain cases, with certain players, the panic might be justified.

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles just left the field on a cart after huddling with trainers.

While the Chiefs aren’t going to be a ground-and-pound team as long as Andy Reid’s the coach, Charles’ open-field ability is going to get him plenty of action as a receiver out of the backfield.

And their margin of error this year is so slim that any injury to one of their top players is cause for concern.


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Foot sprain for Charles could still be a problem
Posted by Mike Florio on August 12, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

Yes, X-rays were negative on Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles‘ foot. But that doesn’t guarantee he’ll be back at practice tomorrow.

Publicly, the Chiefs are calling the injury a foot strain. Privately, per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s regarded as a foot sprain.

At this point, the extent of the foot sprain isn’t known. It could, in theory, be a Lisfranc-style injury involving the midfoot.  Often, potentially serious Lisfranc injuries don’t show up on an X-ray.

It’s too early to know whether Charles does or doesn’t have a Lisfranc injury. But a foot sprain generating negative X-rays doesn’t mean Charles is fine or will be back quickly.

That said, coach Andy Reid told reporters Charles could be back at practice on Tuesday. If he is, that would be the time for Chiefs fans to exhale.

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Antrel Rolle carted off, MRI scheduled
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

The Giants are waiting to see the condition of one of their key defensive players, after safety Antrell Rolle was carted off the practice field this afternoon.

According to the multiple reports, Rolle got tangled up with tight end Bear Pascoe, and had trouble putting weight on his right foot when he got up.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after practice he didn’t have much of an update on Rolle, other than that he would have an MRI on his ankle.

Rolle has been a steady presence for the Giants, as he hasn’t missed a game in three seasons and led them in tackles the last two years.

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Antrel Rolle carted off, MRI scheduled
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 12, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

The Giants are waiting to see the condition of one of their key defensive players, after safety Antrell Rolle was carted off the practice field this afternoon.

According to the multiple reports, Rolle got tangled up with tight end Bear Pascoe, and had trouble putting weight on his right foot when he got up.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after practice he didn’t have much of an update on Rolle, other than that he would have an MRI on his ankle.

Rolle has been a steady presence for the Giants, as he hasn’t missed a game in three seasons and led them in tackles the last two years.

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Antrel Rolle has a sprained ankle
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 12, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

Giants safety Antrel Rolle sprained his ankle in today’s practice.

Rolle was carted off the field this morning, and a league source tells PFT that a sprained ankle is the diagnosis. There’s no word yet on how long Rolle will be out.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after practice that he hadn’t heard anything yet.

“The guy got up and left the field, that’s all I know,” Coughlin said. “Hopefully, it’ll be quick.”

Rolle and tight end Bear Pascoe got their feet tangled when they both went up to try to grab a high pass, and Rolle came down awkwardly on Pascoe’s foot.

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Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd carted off
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 12, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd left Monday’s training camp practice on a cart, multiple media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported.

Per multiple reports, the club’s medical staff was focusing on Floyd’s right knee.

According to Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press, Floyd fell after running into cornerback Shareece Wright.

The 31-year-old Floyd led the Chargers in receptions (56) and receiving yards (814) in 2012. He is one of the Chargers’ starting receivers.

Danario Alexander, the club’s other first-string wideout entering camp, suffered a season-ending ACL tear last week.

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Burress has surgery, done for season
Posted by Mike Florio on August 12, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

On Monday, Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress turned 36. He also had surgery that ended his football season before it began.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Burress is done for the year after undergoing an operation to repair a torn rotator cuff.

The injury happened when Burress dove to catch a pass last Thursday at practice. Many coaches tell players not to go to the ground during training camp to prevent injuries like torn rotator cuffs.

Burress signed with the Steelers late in the 2012 football season after surprisingly receiving little interest following a strong 2011 with the Jets. He re-signed with the team that drafted him in 2000 early in the offseason.

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Veteran kicker Ryan Longwell retires
Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports 5:46 p.m. EDT August 12, 2013

Ryan Longwell isn't holding out for one last kick in the NFL. The longtime Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings kicker is retiring at age 38.

The Packers, who cut Longwell in 2006 after nine seasons, made the announcement Monday afternoon. Longwell also spent six seasons with the Vikings and kicked in one game during January's playoffs for the Seattle Seahawks.

Undrafted out of California in 1997, Longwell signed with the San Francisco 49ers, got cut a few months later and was claimed by Green Bay, where he beat out third-round draft pick Brett Conway for the job and held it for almost a decade.

In 240 regular-season games over 15 NFL seasons, Longwell made 361 of 434 field-goal attempts (83.2%) with a long of 55 yards. He converted 604 of 613 extra points (98.5%).

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Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd carted off
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 12, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd left Monday’s training camp practice on a cart, multiple media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported.

Per multiple reports, the club’s medical staff was focusing on Floyd’s right knee.

According to Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press, Floyd fell after running into cornerback Shareece Wright.

The 31-year-old Floyd led the Chargers in receptions (56) and receiving yards (814) in 2012. He is one of the Chargers’ starting receivers.

Danario Alexander, the club’s other first-string wideout entering camp, suffered a season-ending ACL tear last week.


The Chargers are now 100% in "don't draft" land for fantasy purposes. Danario Alexander is a really good receiver and somebody I wanted to steal in the later rounds but he's done for the year. Now Malcom Floyd, far-better paid but far less productive yet still the best weapon they had is done. With Antonio Gates being maybe the 15th best TE in the league and Rivers regressing to near 22nd-best QB, the mighty have really fallen in SD. Sorry TBolt.

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Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd carted off
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 12, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd left Monday’s training camp practice on a cart, multiple media outlets, including the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported.

Per multiple reports, the club’s medical staff was focusing on Floyd’s right knee.

According to Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press, Floyd fell after running into cornerback Shareece Wright.

The 31-year-old Floyd led the Chargers in receptions (56) and receiving yards (814) in 2012. He is one of the Chargers’ starting receivers.

Danario Alexander, the club’s other first-string wideout entering camp, suffered a season-ending ACL tear last week.

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Chargers say Malcom Floyd has knee strain
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 13, 2013, 12:53 AM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd has a strained knee, the club said on its website Monday night.

Per Chargers.com, there wasn’t any other information on the injury.

A strain is an injury to a tendon or muscle, not a ligament.

The Chargers’ top wide receiver in 2012, the 31-year-old Floyd was injured in practice earlier on Monday and was taken off the field via cart.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Floyd has been a field-stretching threat in San Diego’s offense in recent seasons. He’s had at least 12 catches of 20 yards or more in the last four campaigns.

In 2012, Floyd started a career-best 14 games, catching 56 passes for 814 yards and five touchdowns.

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Hugh Douglas out at ESPN
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 13, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

Former NFL player Hugh Douglas has lost his job as an ESPN analyst after a confrontation with one of his co-workers.

“He no longer works for us effective today,” an ESPN spokesperson told Richard Deitsch of SI.com.

According to The Big Lead, Douglas threatened to beat up Michael Smith, who appeared with Douglas on Numbers Never Lie. The report also said Douglas used racial slurs toward Smith.

Douglas put a short statement on Twitter, saying he is disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about the incident in the future. He did not apologize to Smith, ESPN or anyone else.

    I am very disappointed to be leaving ESPN and will have more to say about this situation and my future at the appropriate time
    
    Hugh Douglas (@Bighugh53) August 13, 2013


A first-round draft pick of the Jets, Douglas was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1995 and later was traded to Philadelphia and became a three-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles.

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Tyrann Mathieu likely to start on Saturday
Posted by Josh Alper on August 13, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu’s first game in almost two years was a big success and it looks like he’ll be getting a chance to get on the field even earlier against the Cowboys this weekend.

Darren Urban of the Cardinals website reports that free safety Rashad Johnson sprained his MCL and ankle while breaking up a pass in Monday’s practice and isn’t likely to be in the lineup against Dallas as a result. That would mean Mathieu moves from the second team to the first team as the starting free safety.

“It just gives me an opportunity to go help my team,” Mathieu said. “Of course I wish Rashad a speedy recovery because he was one of those guys who showed me the ropes from a safety standpoint. But it gives me the opportunity to go out there and be there for my teammates.”

One good preseason outing doesn’t win you a starting job, especially when Johnson signed a three-year extension with Arizona this offseason. Mathieu flashed the kind of talent in college that makes it impossible to rule out a longer lasting move up the depth chart at some point this season, however, and Saturday will be the team’s first chance to see how Mathieu handles life in the starting lineup.

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Randall Cobb balancing being smart and tough
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 13, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is trying to work, but he’s approaching the point where it’s reasonable to wonder if he’s able to do so effectively.

Cobb was visibly in pain during practice Tuesday, the first signs of the right biceps injury which has cost him some practice time and kept him out of the preseason opener.

“I have some pain,” Cobb said, via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m dealing with that. The hardest part for me is that I’m a tough guy. I don’t like missing practice. I’m trying to be smart and tough and that’s a little bit difficult for me. I understand I have some limitations and have to be smart about it, but it’s difficult.”

Cobb said one part of it will be talking with the coaches and training staff about his condition, so they can determine whether he’s best served by rest or pushing through.

“There’s a line between being tough and being smart, and I think us collectively together, between the coaching staff, myself and the training staff, we have to figure out what that line is,” he said. “We’re playing with it right now. I’ve got to take it upon myself personally to be smarter with my communication with the coaching staff.”

Cobb emerged as a trusted receiver last year, and it’s admirable that he wants to keep working after going through some drops. But he also has take the long view of this, and the fact the Packers are counting on him more heavily matters now.

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Colts’ Coby Fleener sidelined with concussion
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 13, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

Colts tight end Coby Fleener is sidelined after suffering a concussion.

The Colts have confirmed that Fleener is going through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

With Fleener out and Dwayne Allen missing a few weeks because of a foot injury, the Colts are missing their top two tight ends at the moment. Dominique Jones and Justice Cunningham are working with the first-string offense while Fleener and Allen are out.

A second-round pick out of Stanford last year, Fleener started 10 games as a rookie and caught 26 passes for 281 yards.

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Is it me or  is there more injuries this preseason than previous yrs.

Seems like there are more "name" players going down

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Jets coach Rex Ryan says rookie QB Geno Smith has 'brutal' day, worst of camp

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.  AP Sports Writer
August 14, 2013 - 2:06 pm EDT

CORTLAND, New York — Rex Ryan says Geno Smith had his "worst" day of training camp, calling the New York Jets rookie quarterback's performance "brutal."

Smith, competing with Mark Sanchez for the starting job, was intercepted four times Wednesday, including three in 11-on-11 team drills. Smith says his sprained right ankle feels "progressively better," but Ryan says the rookie has been affected a bit this week because of the injury.

The Jets have still not decided on a starter for the team's preseason game Saturday night against Jacksonville, but Sanchez has outperformed the hobbled Smith this week. When asked if he wants to start Saturday, Smith said: "No comment."

Ryan acknowledges that it's a "possibility" Smith won't play against the Jaguars but adds that there's still plenty of time for the injury to heal.

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Benlen wrote: Seems like there are more "name" players going down

Here's a BIG NAME.

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Brady leaves practice, looking at knee
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 14, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

Every heart in New England just skipped a beat.

According to multiple reports, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just felt something in his left knee in practice, and then  left the field after consulting with coach Bill Belichick.

During their joint practice with the Buccaneers, Brady grabbed his left knee, limped off, but then rejoined practice a play later. But that didn’t last long, and he ended up heading out again with a trainer.

The left is the same knee as the torn ACL that ended his 2008 season.

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Jared Veldheer has torn triceps, needs surgery
Posted by Josh Alper on August 14, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

The results of the MRI are in and they aren’t good for Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen announced Wednesday that Veldheer has a torn left triceps that will need to be surgically repaired. There’s no exact timetable for his return, although Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com reports that the plan is for Veldheer to go on injured reserve with the designation to return which suggests the Raiders are holding out hope that he’ll be able to help the team at some point this season.

To say this is a major blow to the Raiders is an understatement akin to saying that Anthony Weiner needs a little more self-control on social media. Veldheer is the Raiders’ best offensive lineman and perhaps their best offensive player and his loss will leave an already iffy looking offense even more vulnerable.

It might be easier to swallow if second-round pick Menelik Watson were close to ready, but he just came off the non-football injury list last week and wound up leaving his first practice early after re-injuring his calf. That leaves the Raiders without much choice other than starting journeyman Alex Barron, who is better known for a propensity for penalties than he is for bulldozing opposing defenders.

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Jonathan Vilma getting second opinion on something
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 14, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

While the Saints are getting closer to getting some of their edge-rushers healthy again, they’re missing the man in the middle of their defense.

According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma flew to Philadelphia Wednesday to get a second opinion on an unspecified injury.

Vilma has been in and out of practice, missing six of the last eight, but the team hasn’t said what’s bothering him. He didn’t play against the Chiefs in the preseason opener.

Vilma missed six games with knee problems last year, and had to take a pay cut just to hang around this year.

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clawmaster wrote: Benlen wrote: Seems like there are more "name" players going down

Here's a BIG NAME.

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Brady leaves practice, looking at knee
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 14, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

Every heart in New England just skipped a beat.

According to multiple reports, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just felt something in his left knee in practice, and then  left the field after consulting with coach Bill Belichick.

During their joint practice with the Buccaneers, Brady grabbed his left knee, limped off, but then rejoined practice a play later. But that didn’t last long, and he ended up heading out again with a trainer.

The left is the same knee as the torn ACL that ended his 2008 season.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/patriots/2013/08/14/quarterback-tom-brady-injures-knee-in-practice/2656829/

Patriots' worst nightmare: QB Tom Brady injures knee
AP 4:57 p.m. EDT August 14, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady limped off the practice field after appearing to hurt his left leg while throwing a pass.

Brady had left tackle Nate Solder pushed into him by a defender after throwing a fade to rookie Aaron Dobson that fell incomplete, and the former league MVP ended up on the ground holding his leg.

He took a few more snaps before talking with coach Bill Belichick and walking off gingerly but without assistance.

He was met by a member of the team's athletic training staff and walked to the adjacent indoor practice facility. He had not returned to the field after about 30 minutes.

Brady tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a game in 2008 and missed most of that season.

The Patriots were holding a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Mallett replaced Brady at quarterback.

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Mallett is a legit talent and would be starting on many teams (Oakland, SD, AZ, TB, TENN, JETS, MINN, CLEV come to mind) in my opinion.

That article is wrong, I believe. Brady got injured in the beginning of week 1 and missed the entire season except for one or two series.

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MRI on Brady's knee was negative. He's day to day just like the rest of us.

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Report: Brady likely to practice Thursday
Posted by Josh Alper on August 14, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

Everyone with an interest in seeing the Patriots win games this season held their breath a little bit when word of Tom Brady’s knee injury broke, but the exhalations that started with news of a clean MRI can continue unabated.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Brady will be re-examined in the morning by doctors and that he is likely to practice on Thursday if the diagnosis remains unchanged from Wednesday.

There’s no mention of Brady’s status for Friday night’s game against the Buccaneers. The more time that Brady has to work with a new group of receivers the better, although any benefit would have to outweigh a potential aggravation of the injury. Should Brady practice with the team on Thursday, it would seem to be a pretty good signal about his availability for the second preseason game.

And it would be an excellent signal for the start of the regular season, which is far more important given the fears that briefly rolled across New England on Wednesday afternoon.

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Dolphins cut Dan Carpenter
Posted by Josh Alper on August 14, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

It looks like fifth-round pick Caleb Sturgis will be the Dolphins kicker this season.

The Dolphins announced Wednesday afternoon that they have released veteran kicker Dan Carpenter, who was competing with Sturgis for the job in Miami this season. It’s not a huge surprise since teams don’t tend to draft kickers without plans to give them the job once the regular season rolls around.

Carpenter spent the last five years with the Dolphins, connecting on 81.9 percent of his field goal tries over that time and going to the Pro Bowl after the 2009 season. He made both field goals he tried in the Hall of Fame Game, but didn’t try any kicks during the Dolphins’ second preseason game against the Jaguars. The Dolphins will save $2.675 million by cutting Carpenter.

Carpenter has struggled with accuracy at points during his career, but he’s still likely to be on the list of veteran kickers called by teams in search of kicking help this season.

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Vikings fullback Jerome Felton has emergency appendectomy
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 14, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton was taken to a Minneapolis area hospital Wednesday afternoon for an emergency appendectomy that will likely force him to miss the remainder of the preseason.

According to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Felton attended the Vikings’ morning walk-through on Wednesday before being absent for the afternoon’s practice. The operation was successful and the recovery is expected time is expected to be approximately two weeks.

Per Tom Pelissero of the USA Today, Felton’s appendix had not burst. If it had, it could have led to infection and an extended recovery time.

Felton earned Pro Bowl honors last season leading the way for Adrian Peterson’s 2,097 rushing yards.

The Vikings open the regular season with a trip to face the Detroit Lions on Sept, 8.

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Report: Nate Garner out indefinitely for Dolphins
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 14, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

The Miami Dolphins are already thin at the right guard position with John Jerry still working his way back from a knee injury. Now one of the guys that has been taking his place could miss significant time as well.

According to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network, Garner badly injured his shoulder during practice on Monday and is out indefinitely.

With Lance Louis still isn’t able to work in team drills as he recovers from a torn ACL last season, it’s left the Dolphins scrambling for options. According to Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Josh Samuda had been working at right guard before having a poor showing against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and getting moved back to center. Now with the injury to Garner, Samuda is back at right guard.

Until Jerry or Louis can return, the Dolphins will be working with a patchwork solution on the right side of their line. If Samuda can’t hold up this week against the Houston Texans, Miami may need to explore options out of the organization to fill the hole.

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Cliff Avril returns to practice for Seahawks
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 15, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

The Seattle Seahawks saw defensive end Cliff Avril return to the practice field for the first time in over two weeks after battling a hamstring injury suffered early in training camp.

Avril did not participate in team drills and only went through individual workouts for the Seahawks on Wednesday. Head coach Pete Carroll said it’s “not very likely” that Avril will be able to play Saturday against the Denver Broncos. However, Avril’s return to the practice field is a welcome sight as he’s been held out for most of the offseason.

Avril sat out most of the offseason program with a foot injury but was able to return for the start of training camp. His presence on the practice fields lasted just a few days before being sidelined with the hamstring injury.

“Definitely not how I wanted to start. You know, it’s part of football, things happen,” Avril said.

With Chris Clemons’ status for the start of the regular season still uncertain and Bruce Irvin set to miss the first four games to suspension, the Seahawks could really use a healthy Avril ready for their opener against the Carolina Panthers. Avril wants to get some game action in before the lights turn on for real against the Panthers on Sept. 8.

“I definitely would like to get out there for one of these three games,” Avril said. “It’s a little bit different from practicing. When it’s out there, the games are a lot quicker and a lot more physical. So you definitely would like to get a feel for it before the season starts for sure.”

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Patriots release Michael Jenkins
Posted by Josh Alper on August 15, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

The Patriots are continuing to make it clear that they’re very happy with the young receivers on their roster.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has released veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins on Thursday. Jenkins has been hampered by a hamstring injury recently, which didn’t do him any favors in a battle for snaps against rookies Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins.

Jenkins was a 2004 first-round pick by the Falcons and spent the first seven years of his career in Atlanta before jumping to the Vikings for the last two seasons. Jenkins used his height, he stands 6-foot-4, to help him to 354 catches over those nine years, but his experience didn’t wind up doing him any favors in New England. That’s not much of a surprise when you add Danny Amendola to the list of receivers who have locked up jobs and Julian Edelman to those running ahead of Jenkins in the pecking order.

Jenkins joins the now-retired Donald Jones and Lavelle Hawkins as veteran receivers let go by the Patriots well ahead of the cutdown date to 53 players. That will give him time to latch on somewhere else, as Hawkins did in San Francisco, although his relative lack of speed may limit his options since it’s been several years since he threatened defenses down the field.

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Ravens cut Jameel McClain’s pay in half
Posted by Josh Alper on August 15, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain still hasn’t been cleared to return from the spinal cord contusion he suffered late last season, which calls his availability for the regular season into question.

It also means that his $3 million salary was too high for the Ravens’ liking, so the team approached McClain about a pay cut and were able to reach agreement on a lower salary for the coming season. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that his base salary has been sliced in half to $1.5 million and that his cap number will drop from $4.2 million to $2.7 million. McClain has one year left at a non-guaranteed $3.2 million on the three-year deal he signed before last season.

According to Wilson, McClain remains on the PUP list because doctors still find evidence of the bruise on his spinal cord on x-rays and he won’t be cleared to play football until those tests return clean. If that doesn’t happen, McClain could remain on the PUP list into the regular season and could conceivably wind up missing the entire year.

That’s obviously not an ideal scenario for the Ravens, who will go with Daryl Smith, Arthur Brown and others at inside linebacker as long as McClain is out, but at least it won’t cost them quite as much.

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Barkevious Mingo suffers bruised lung, Dion Lewis breaks fibula
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 15, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

Browns rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo suffered a bruised lung in Thursday’s exhibition win vs. Detroit, head coach Rob Chudzinski said after the game, per multiple media reports.

Mingo was to spend the night in the hospital, per multiple reports.

Chudzinski also announced that reserve running back Dion Lewis had suffered a broken fibula, according to multiple reports. Lewis had played well during the summer and was competing for the top backup role behind starter Trent Richardson.

With Lewis hurt Thursday and Montario Hardesty recovering from knee surgery, the Browns’ running back depth is somewhat thin at the halfway point of the preseason.

The same can be said for the Browns’ guard depth. Jason Pinkston, who started at right guard vs. Detroit, suffered an ankle injury, and he was in a walking boot after the game, according to Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland.

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Roddy White hurt his ankle on Thursday night
Posted by Josh Alper on August 16, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Thursday night’s game against the Ravens was a mostly positive one for the Falcons first-teamers, but any smiles will be premature until they get a diagnosis on wide receiver Roddy White.

White left the game in the first quarter after injuring his ankle. The initial reports during the game were that he was questionable to return to the contest, but White never got back on the field. Coach Mike Smith didn’t have much information right after the game.

“I have not had a chance to speak in depth with Roddy,” Smith said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We made a decision that Roddy was not going to come back in the ball game. When we have [more] information on that we’ll give it to you. But until we get more information, I don’t want to speak to it.”

White didn’t have any catches before leaving the game. An extended absence wouldn’t be a total disaster for the Falcons as they have several other offensive threats, but it would certainly threaten tight end Tony Gonzalez’s hope that the team will have the “perfect” offense in 2013.

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Dolphins, long snapper John Denney agree to extension
Posted by Josh Alper on August 16, 2013, 8:48 AM EDT

John Denney is the longest-tenured member of the Dolphins and it looks like the long snapper will be holding onto that title for a few more years.

Denney’s agent tweeted out a shot of Denney signing a contract extension with the Dolphins on Thursday that agent Ian Greengross said makes Denney the best-paid long snapper in the NFL. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the three-year deal, which kicks in after the season, averages out at a little bit more than $1.15 million per season.

Denney signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2005 and promptly won the snapping job. He has played in all 128 regular season games that the Dolphins have played since he joined the team and played well enough to earn two Pro Bowl selections as the AFC’s best long snapper.

If Denney were to continue his consecutive games streak through the life of the contract, he’d be at 192 games played as a Dolphin. That would rank him fourth in franchise history behind Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Bob Kuchenberg.

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Report: Brady likely to practice Thursday
Posted by Josh Alper on August 14, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

Everyone with an interest in seeing the Patriots win games this season held their breath a little bit when word of Tom Brady’s knee injury broke, but the exhalations that started with news of a clean MRI can continue unabated.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Brady will be re-examined in the morning by doctors and that he is likely to practice on Thursday if the diagnosis remains unchanged from Wednesday.

There’s no mention of Brady’s status for Friday night’s game against the Buccaneers. The more time that Brady has to work with a new group of receivers the better, although any benefit would have to outweigh a potential aggravation of the injury. Should Brady practice with the team on Thursday, it would seem to be a pretty good signal about his availability for the second preseason game.

And it would be an excellent signal for the start of the regular season, which is far more important given the fears that briefly rolled across New England on Wednesday afternoon.


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FOXBOROUGH — At first, the fans in the stands and hillside surrounding the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium didn’t realize that the lanky guy in shorts and navy blue shell over his dark shirt walking toward the center of the expanse of neatly trimmed grass was Tom Brady.

Even No. 12 is hard to recognize without his jersey on.

But once he pulled his red practice jersey over his shoulders Thursday, Brady received a hero’s welcome from the crowd, likely a little more excited than usual to see the Patriots quarterback.

After Wednesday, when Brady went down for a couple of minutes after getting rolled by teammate Nate Solder and ultimately left practice early, everyone was thrilled to see him back at practice less than 24 hours later.

Wearing the bulky, hinged black knee brace he has worn in games since his severe knee injury in 2008, Brady took part in the half-speed walkthrough practice the Patriots held with the Buccaneers that marked their final public training camp session of the year.

“With Brady back out there, for us it’s a great sign,” said running back Stevan Ridley. “It was a scary moment, but with Tom, I know he’s a competitor, he’s going to do whatever to get out there, I’m just glad they took him out, checked him out, made sure he was good.

“My heart’s at peace knowing he’s OK.”

Brady appeared to take his regular number of reps with the top offensive players, making it a possibility he will play Friday night in the Patriots’ preseason game with Tampa Bay.

After practice, he spent a good deal of time playing and talking with his wife and two sons. Reporters waited patiently to see whether he would make a statement about his health, but as he walked past, Brady simply said, “See you tomorrow. Thanks, guys.”

Though there was some tense time Wednesday until news began to trickle out that Brady’s injury was not serious, Ridley said his teammates knew not long after the practice he was not facing a severe situation.

“I think you guys had more communication and more opinions than we did,” defensive back Devin McCourty joked to reporters. “We actually got to see him in the locker room and all that, so it wasn’t as crazy as the media made it seem.”

McCourty did acknowledge, “I’m sure there were a lot of fans at home pulling their hair out yesterday.”

But fans aren’t the only ones who know how important Brady is to the Patriots’ fortunes.

“That’s our leader, man,” Ridley said. “I’ll say this first and foremost: We ride with Tom Brady all the way. Any time you see somebody go down like that, everything stops in front of you. But for us, we just have to move on, hope for the best, and that’s what we did.

“We found out later in the day in team meetings that he was OK, and that’s all the news we needed to hear — that our quarterback was going to be with us and not have any major surgeries or anything. So we’re relieved.”

The question is whether Brady will play in the game. Judging by Thursday, signs point to his making an appearance, though last year when the Patriots faced Philadelphia in their second preseason game, Brady was one of 26 players not in uniform.

Two years ago, when New England faced Tampa Bay in its second exhibition game, Brady played most of the first half. Last week in the opener in Philadelphia, he played two series.

Asked if he believes Brady will play Friday night, Ridley said, “I know he’s going to be there when it counts — when the season matters the most, Tom’s going to be out there.

“I just don’t want us to rush him or anything like that; I think Tom will make the right decision and the coaches will, too.”

Shalise Manza Young can be reached at syoung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @shalisemyoung.

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Roddy White hurt his ankle on Thursday night
Posted by Josh Alper on August 16, 2013, 8:33 AM EDT

Thursday night’s game against the Ravens was a mostly positive one for the Falcons first-teamers, but any smiles will be premature until they get a diagnosis on wide receiver Roddy White.

White left the game in the first quarter after injuring his ankle. The initial reports during the game were that he was questionable to return to the contest, but White never got back on the field. Coach Mike Smith didn’t have much information right after the game.

“I have not had a chance to speak in depth with Roddy,” Smith said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We made a decision that Roddy was not going to come back in the ball game. When we have [more] information on that we’ll give it to you. But until we get more information, I don’t want to speak to it.”

White didn’t have any catches before leaving the game. An extended absence wouldn’t be a total disaster for the Falcons as they have several other offensive threats, but it would certainly threaten tight end Tony Gonzalez’s hope that the team will have the “perfect” offense in 2013.


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Roddy White’s ankle not serious
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 16, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

There’s no word as to whether Falcons wide receiver Roddy White will play in the next preseason game, but his injured ankle apparently isn’t a huge concern.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, White would play if the next one was a regular season game.

The veteran wideout has a streak of 128 straight games, and making it 129 in the regular season opener doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy.

The Falcons have plenty of offensive options, and with running back Steven Jackson playing well last night (eight carries for 42 yards), they should have ample cover for the exhibition season.

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Doug Martin leaves the field with trainers
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 16, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

The Buccaneers started without their two starting guards, and didn’t get through a quarter without losing another key piece to the offense.

Running back Doug Martin left the field with trainers after apparently taking a knee to the head while trying to pass protect.

He walked to the locker room under his own power, sans helmet.

The Bucs gave backup LeGarrette Blount away to the Patriots this offseason (actually in exchange for track guy Jeff Demps), leaving them looking for a suitable insurance policy for Martin. Backup Brian Leonard didn’t dress, leaving rookie Mike James to work with the starters while they lasted.

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Tom Brady nearly perfect for Patriots after knee injury
Doug Alden, Special for USA TODAY Sports 8:57 p.m. EDT August 16, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tom Brady's knee appeared fine and his arm even better as he started for the New England Patriots in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night.

Brady completed his first 11 passes, eight of them during an 80-yard touchdown drive to open the game. The Patriots scored on a 26-yard pass from Brady to Danny Amendola with 8:12 left in the first quarter, then added two points on a pass to Zach Sudfeld at the back of the end zone for the conversion.

Brady completed three more passes on New England's second drive before finally missing on an attempt to Amendola on third-and-7 from the Tampa Bay 43-yard line.

Brady was 11 for 12 for 107 yards in the first quarter, then replaced by Ryan Mallett early in the second.

Brady bruised his left knee on Wednesday in a collision as the Patriots practiced against the Buccaneers. He returned to practice the next day and started for the Patriots on Friday.

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Tackle that broke John Griffin’s leg gets Travis Lewis fined
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 16, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

Jets running back John Griffin’s hope of making the roster came to a swift end when he was dragged down on an illegal horse-collar tackle by Lions linebacker Travis Lewis in the preseason opener. The tackle broke Griffin’s leg and ended his season, and he’ll just have to hope he can fight for a roster spot somewhere next year.

It probably won’t come as much consolation to Griffin, but the NFL has fined Lewis $15,750.

The $15,750 fine is the standard for a horse-collar tackle, and the fact that Griffin’s leg was broken on the play isn’t considered by the NFL in handing out discipline. It has been suggested at times that players who injure opponents with illegal hits should have to sit out just as long as the player they injured, but those suggestions have never gone anywhere.

So Lewis will pay his fine and move on, while Griffin will watch the 2013 NFL season from his couch, presumably with his leg propped up on a pillow.

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Pete Carroll: “We don’t know” about Harvin’s chances of returning
Posted by Josh Alper on August 16, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

The Seahawks will continue their preseason on Saturday night against the Broncos without wide receiver Percy Harvin and it will be a little while before they know whether or not Harvin will stand a strong chance of returning to the team at any point in the regular season.

Harvin had hip surgery at the start of August and coach Pete Carroll said at the time that the team was “hopeful” that their biggest offseason acquisition would heal in time to help the offense. Carroll said Friday that he remains hopeful while acknowledging that it is soon too early to tell if a comeback is even in the cards.

“We just know that the surgeon that did the work was thrilled with the way he came back the days right after the surgery, and his ability to get range of motion and things were way ahead of schedule, so that’s a great sign,” Carroll said, via John Boyle of the Everett Herald. “We’re hopeful, whatever that means. We won’t know, it’s going to take a good month before we can figure if he’s even going to have a chance to come roaring back out of it, but it looks like all of the signs are very good. So we’ll see what that means, but we’re not putting any weeks on it. We don’t know.”

At the time of Harvin’s surgery, the Seahawks were reportedly planning to place Harvin on the PUP list at the start of the regular season. Doing that would allow for an earlier return than placing him on injured reserve with the designation to return, although, as Carroll said, at this point we don’t know if a Harvin return is anything more than a pipe dream.

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Manuel keeps making case for starting job
Posted by Mike Florio on August 16, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

A week after rookie quarterback EJ Manuel played well in one half of action with Kevin Kolb out, Manuel served as the No. 2 man in Buffalo — and played like he should be No. 1.

In the third quarter of Friday night’s preseason home opener against the Vikings, Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

On his first drive, Manuel completed all six throws as he led the Bills 80 yards to the end zone.

Starter (for tonight) Kevin Kolb completed 13 of 21 passes for 111 yards and an interception.

It’s unclear whether Kolb or Manuel will start the all-important (or least unimportant) third preseason game. It should be Manuel, both next weekend and three weeks from now.

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Tim Tebow’s numbers say it all: 1-for-7, -1 yards, 1 INT, 0.0 rating
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 17, 2013, 6:56 AM EDT

Sometimes the box score really does tell the story.

So we’ll just start by telling you what Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow’s stat line was in Friday night’s preseason game: 1 completion in 7 attempts, for -1 yards, with 0 touchdowns, 1 interception and a 0.0 passer rating.

Yes, that was negative yardage. The only pass he completed was a short toss to rookie receiver Josh Boyce, who was tackled a yard behind the line of scrimmage. Tebow’s interception was an absolutely horrible play on which he took a shotgun snap, ran a couple of steps toward the line of scrimmage, and then fired the ball way over the head of intended receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, and right into the hands of Tampa Bay cornerback Mason Robinson. He threw a couple other passes into coverage that easily could have been intercepted.

Folks, an NFL quarterback is simply not supposed to look like this.

Still, Tebow was upbeat and optimistic after the game, saying that he believes he is getting better as a quarterback and getting a better feel for the Patriots’ offense.

“I feel like I’m improving every day and you know, growing and learning, and learning the offense. That’s what it’s about – every day trying to get a little better,” Tebow said.

Unfortunately, Tebow doesn’t need to just get “a little better.” He needs to get a lot better. And he’s running out of time to do so. If Tebow doesn’t look a lot better in the last two preseason games, it’s tough to see him making the Patriots’ 53-man roster.

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Lions sign Rashean Mathis
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 17, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

The Lions have once again brought in some veteran help for their struggling defense.

Rashean Mathis, the veteran cornerback who has been looking for work since becoming a free agent in March, signed with Detroit today.

This represents the third time that the Lions have signed a veteran for their defense in the last 48 hours, coming on the heels of the signings of defensive tackle Justin Bannan and linebacker Rocky McIntosh.

The Lions’ defense has struggled in each of the team’s two preseason games. Mathis, Bannan and McIntosh all have a good chance to make the 53-man roster and provide some useful depth on a unit that needs help.

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Chargers lose fifth-round corner Steve Williams for season
Posted by Josh Alper on August 17, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

The Chargers suffered yet another injury to a member of their receiving corps when Eddie Royal went down at practice on Saturday, but that’s not the only spot on the field where they’re dealing with aches and pains.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego reports that rookie cornerback Steve Williams will miss the entire season after tearing his pectoral muscle in Thursday night’s game. Williams was the team’s fifth-round pick in April after posting an impressive combine performance following the end of his career at Cal.

Williams was one of the team’s top four cornerbacks and spent time working both inside and outside in the San Diego defense. There’s not much in the way of experienced or intriguing options behind him on the depth chart as Greg Gatson, Marcus Cromartie and William Middleton are all undrafted free agents who have played two NFL games between them.

With Derek Cox, Shareece Wright and Johnny Patrick looking like the top three corners for the Chargers, things were pretty thin to begin with at the position. Williams’ loss could lead the Chargers to keep an eye on corners who lose jobs elsewhere in the coming weeks.

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EJ Manuel to have knee surgery, miss rest of preseason
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 17, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

Bills quarterback EJ Manuel will undergo “minor” surgery on his left knee and miss the club’s final two preseason games, head coach Doug Marrone said Saturday afternoon.

“EJ Manuel had some swelling in his left knee this morning and was examined by our medical staff,” Marrone said in a statement from the club. “An MRI revealed that he will need to have a minor knee procedure and that has been scheduled. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and then be re-evaluated at that time.”

Kevin Kolb will start the Bills’ next preseason game, Marrone said.

Manuel strengthened his case for the Bills’ starting quarterback job in Buffalo’s 20-16 preseason win vs. Minnesota on Friday night, completing 10-of-12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in relief of Kolb, who started the game. However, the injury opens the door for Kolb to potentially begin the season as the starter, given the time Manuel will miss leading up to Week One.

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Early signs positive for Eddie Royal after Saturday incident
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 17, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal departed Saturday’s practice via ambulance after a post-catch fall.

The good news? A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that initial tests on Royal have all been negative.

The Chargers are awaiting more news on the sixth-year receiver from Virginia Tech.

After practice, coach Mike McCoy, in a transcript from the club, described Royal’s injury.

“Eddie (Royal) went up for a ball, caught the ball, landed on his back and felt shortness of breath,” McCoy said. “He had a little bit of a hard time breathing. We’re going to take him to the hospital and check him out. That’s all I’ve got right now. I can’t tell you anymore. I don’t know a whole lot about it.”

Royal, 27, is in his second season with San Diego. He spent his first four NFL seasons with Denver.

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Early signs positive for Eddie Royal after Saturday incident
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 17, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal departed Saturday’s practice via ambulance after a post-catch fall.

The good news? A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that initial tests on Royal have all been negative.

The Chargers are awaiting more news on the sixth-year receiver from Virginia Tech.

After practice, coach Mike McCoy, in a transcript from the club, described Royal’s injury.

“Eddie (Royal) went up for a ball, caught the ball, landed on his back and felt shortness of breath,” McCoy said. “He had a little bit of a hard time breathing. We’re going to take him to the hospital and check him out. That’s all I’ve got right now. I can’t tell you anymore. I don’t know a whole lot about it.”

Royal, 27, is in his second season with San Diego. He spent his first four NFL seasons with Denver.

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Chargers announce bruised lung, possible concussion for Eddie Royal
Posted by Josh Alper on August 17, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

The Chargers have provided an update on the condition of wide receiver Eddie Royal after he left Saturday’s practice in an ambulance after coming down hard while making a catch.

Royal went to the hospital and has been diagnosed with a bruised lung. The Chargers also announced that Royal is being evaluated for a concussion and that all subsequent tests were negative.

There’s no timeline provided for Royal’s return, but Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is expected to miss a week or two after sustaining a bruised lung on Thursday night. All injuries are different, and the concussion obviously makes this a different case, but it is a safe bet that Royal will be off the field for a while.

That leaves the Chargers without three of their projected top receivers for the time being as Danario Alexander has a torn ACL and Malcolm Floyd is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a knee injury of his own. Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen and the recently re-signed Seyi Ajirotutu will all be in line for more snaps as a result.

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Blaine Gabbert sprains thumb on throwing hand
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 17, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert got off to a good start, but he suffered a sprained thumb on his throwing hand in the second quarter of the preseason game against the Jets.

Gabbert left the game and was replaced by Chad Henne, but the Jaguars released a statement saying Henne was going to enter the game at that point in the second quarter anyway. It’s not clear whether Gabbert would have been able to continue playing.

Assuming Gabbert’s thumb is OK, he probably wrapped up the starting quarterback job in Jacksonville with his performance against the Jets: Gabbert went 13-for-16 for 165 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. This was about as good as Gabbert has looked.

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Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller carted off
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 17, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller was taken from the field on a cart in the second quarter of Saturday’s exhibition game at Houston after sustaining an apparent right leg injury.

As seen in this graphic still shot of a TV replay from Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, Keller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play in which he appeared to be injured.

The 28-year-old Keller signed with the Dolphins in the offseason after spending five seasons with the Jets. He’s expected to be a key part of a passing game that had an otherwise strong first half on Saturday night. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 10-of-15 passes for 141 yards, and wideout Mike Wallace racked up 58 receiving yards and caught a touchdown. However, if Keller were lost for an extended length of time, it could prove a material blow to Miami’s offense.

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Cowboys lose Alex Albright for entire season.



from espn.go.com:

Cowboys linebacker Alex Albright will undergo lower back surgery early next week and will miss the season, according to multiple sources.

Albright did not play in the Cowboys’ first three preseason games, including Saturday’s 12-7 loss at Arizona. He had been suffering some back issues since May, but the hope was that rest would make it better. When he did not see improvement, surgery became the logical move.

Albright was a core special teamer and can play strongside and middle linebacker. His injury opens up the battle for the backup linebacker spots for rookie Brandon Magee, Caleb McSurdy and Taylor Reed. The Cowboys moved Magee to weakside linebacker last week in practice, but he saw time Saturday at middle linebacker. McSurdy saw work on the strong side versus the Cardinals.

Albright had sports hernia surgery after last season and was limited some in the offseason.

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Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins shaken up, sidelined
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 17, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was sidelined in Saturday night’s exhibition game vs. Miami after being shaken up in the first half, head coach Gary Kubiak said at halftime on the club’s telecast of the game.

According to the Texans’ website, Hopkins has a head injury.

The Texans’ first-round pick in April, the 21-year-old Hopkins is expected to be a regular contributor in the club’s offense, which is in need of consistent playmaking threats at receiver opposite of Andre Johnson.

The Texans’ next preseason game is Sunday, August 25 vs. New Orleans. Their preseason finale is just four days later at Dallas.

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Tests negative for Derek Wolfe, set to fly home with Broncos
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 18, 2013, 3:01 AM EDT

The Denver Broncos got some good news on defensive end Derek Wolfe Saturday night.

A series of tests returned negative and Wolfe is expected to fly home with the team to Denver tonight after a hit in the first quarter of the Broncos’ game with the Seattle Seahawks led to Wolfe leaving the stadium in an ambulance.

Wolfe went down at the 9:13 mark of the first quarter. Wolfe appeared to be cut-blocked down by Seattle tight end Luke Willson and fullback Michael Robinson delivered a block to Wolfe’s head and shoulder area that left Wolfe down on the field for several minutes while being attended to by the Broncos’ training staff.

They eventually brought a backboard onto the field and tied Wolfe down before placing him into an ambulance and taking him from the field of play.  The Broncos announced that Wolfe was being evaluated for a cervical spine injury but did have movement in all of his extremities after leaving the stadium.

The news continued to get better as Wolfe was released from the hospital and free to return to Denver with the team Saturday night.

“The X-rays were fine. The CT scan was fine and they’re still evaluating the MRI,” head coach John Fox said before getting word Wolfe would be accompanying the team home. “The results of both those tests are positive as far as good news. We’ll see as it goes forward. I don’t want to jump to any conclusions just yet until it’s finalized.”

Fox also said linebacker Stewart Bradley (left wrist), receiver Wes Welker (right ankle), right guard Louis Vasquez (left knee) and cornerback Champ Bailey (left foot) also left the game with injuries.

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Report: Quinton Coples to miss 3-4 weeks with hairline ankle fracture
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 18, 2013, 3:21 AM EDT

New York Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples could miss up to a month of action after injuring his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night.

According to Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com, Coples fell awkwardly after blocking a pass from Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne late in the second quarter. He spent some time pacing up and down the sidelines with trainers before eventually being carted to the locker room for further evaluation

Per McManus, Coples could miss three to four weeks with a hairline fracture of his ankle.

Coples appeared in all 16 games for the Jets last season as a rookie with two starts and recorded 30 tackles on the year.

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Titans believe Kendall Wright suffered knee sprain, not a torn ACL
Posted by Josh Alper on August 18, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

No team wants to see one of their starting receivers go down with a knee injury.

If said player does hurt his knee, though, the team would always prefer to find out that the injury is a sprain as opposed to a torn ligament. The Titans believe that is how things have played out for Kendall Wright, who left Saturday night’s game against the Bengals in the second quarter. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that “early indications” are that Wright, who did not report hearing the telltale pop when he got hurt, avoided a torn ACL after having x-rays and an MRI taken of his right knee.

“I am pretty worried about it right now because it is stiff,” Wright said. “I tried to walk on it, but had to get on the cart. … Hopefully it won’t be bad.”

A sprain would still keep Wright out of the lineup for a while and almost certainly make him a spectator for the team’s two remaining preseason contests. That’s a far better result than all 16 regular season contests, especially since Wright projects as the top receiver for a Tennessee offense that doesn’t need to make things more difficult for itself in a big season for quarterback Jake Locker.

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Report: Heath Miller will miss at least first month of regular season
Posted by Josh Alper on August 18, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

Last week, reports out of Pittsburgh were that the Steelers were planning on activating tight end Heath Miller from the physically unable to perform list before the start of the regular season.

Doing so will allow the Steelers to get Miller, who is recovering from a torn ACL, in the lineup before the first six weeks of the season are up even if he’s unable to play when the season begins. He would be able to practice once off the PUP list, something that would be impossible if he remained there. That ability to practice might be the only benefit that the Steelers wind up realizing from activating Miller, however.

According to a report from Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Miller will miss at least the first month of the regular season and perhaps longer as he tries to get himself into game shape after such a long time on the sideline. The Steelers play four games in September, have their bye week in Week Five and then play the Jets in Week Six.

If Robinson’s report is correct, then Miller will only be back for that final game and anything more would run into the same time period that he’d be required to miss if he remains on the PUP list into the regular season. He’d still take up a roster spot, though, and that could be an issue with the Steelers thin at tight end.

With Matt Spaeth out for a couple of months and David Johnson’s health also uncertain, the Steelers would be rolling with David Paulson and inexperienced other options at tight end so one wonders if there might be a push to rethink things if Miller is indeed unable to answer the bell until the middle of October.

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Welker has “mild” ankle sprain, Bailey has foot sprain
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

After further review, the Broncos aren’t as screwed as it initially appeared.

Per a league source, receiver Wes Welker has a “mild” right ankle sprain. Though “no” right ankle sprain would be preferred, “mild” implies that he’ll be back for the regular-season opener in 18 days.

Bailey, whose MRI showed no torn ligaments in his left foot, nevertheless has a sprain of the left foot, per the same source. His status and availability moving forward aren’t known.

Still regarded as one of the best cover corners in football even at age 35, Bailey had a rough time in January with Ravens receiver Torrey Smith. It could be even rougher in Week One if Bailey’s foot isn’t 100 percent.

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Kubiak: Texans got good news on Ed Reed
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 18, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

The Texans have reasons to be optimistic that safety Ed Reed can get off the physically unable to perform list and on the field.

Houston coach Gary Kubiak said the team got good news about Reed on Saturday, after he spent time working with a hip specialist in Atlanta.

Still, the time frame for Reed’s return to the field remains unclear. And Kubiak has been sounding optimistic notes about Reed for a month, and yet the Texans still haven’t been able to get Reed on the practice field.

So while the news on Reed may be good, we still don’t know if we’re going to see what would really qualify as good news: Reed on the field for the Ravens in Denver when the regular season starts in 18 days.

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Bad Eli is on display tonight, but I can't watch because we have tornado warnings in Carroll County (50 miles away!) and they won't go back to the game. That said, no worries with Eli. He looks better or worse than everyone on any given night but is the best QB the franchise has ever had.

Aaron Ross looks just as bad as he was 2 years ago when we lucked out and didn't lose the playoff games because of him. He had a terrible Andrew Luck pass land right in his hands at the goal line. Instead of catching it, he bobbles it, knocks it up and behind, right into the grasp of Reggie Wayne. Touchdown-Colts! I'd like to see him not make the 53-man roster.

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Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller carted off
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 17, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller was taken from the field on a cart in the second quarter of Saturday’s exhibition game at Houston after sustaining an apparent right leg injury.

As seen in this graphic still shot of a TV replay from Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, Keller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play in which he appeared to be injured.

The 28-year-old Keller signed with the Dolphins in the offseason after spending five seasons with the Jets. He’s expected to be a key part of a passing game that had an otherwise strong first half on Saturday night. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill completed 10-of-15 passes for 141 yards, and wideout Mike Wallace racked up 58 receiving yards and caught a touchdown. However, if Keller were lost for an extended length of time, it could prove a material blow to Miami’s offense.


Keller is out for the SEASON.

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Keller was looking like a nice pickup for drafts too. That's terrible to hear and hope he recovers.

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That might improve her looks, which have been awful the past few years.

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Report: Quinton Coples to miss 3-4 weeks with hairline ankle fracture
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 18, 2013, 3:21 AM EDT

New York Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples could miss up to a month of action after injuring his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars Saturday night.

According to Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com, Coples fell awkwardly after blocking a pass from Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne late in the second quarter. He spent some time pacing up and down the sidelines with trainers before eventually being carted to the locker room for further evaluation

Per McManus, Coples could miss three to four weeks with a hairline fracture of his ankle.

Coples appeared in all 16 games for the Jets last season as a rookie with two starts and recorded 30 tackles on the year.

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Jets say Coples will have procedure on ankle, out indefinitely
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 18, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

The Jets have confirmed that linebacker Quinton Coples will miss some time after suffering an ankle injury in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Jaguars, but the amount of time remains unclear.

Amid reports that Coples suffered a hairline fracture in his ankle and would miss 3-4 weeks, the Jets released a statement on Sunday night that was short on specifics.

“Linebacker Quinton Coples suffered an injured right ankle Saturday night in the Jets’ 37-13 win over Jacksonville at MetLife Stadium,” the statement said. “Coples will undergo a medical procedure on Tuesday. He will miss the remainder of the preseason and is out indefinitely.”

The Jets spent the 16th overall pick in last year’s draft on Coples and got 5.5 sacks out of him as a rookie. There were hopes that he’d take a big step forward in his second season, but his 2013 season isn’t getting off to a good start.

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Welker has “mild” ankle sprain, Bailey has foot sprain
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

After further review, the Broncos aren’t as screwed as it initially appeared.

Per a league source, receiver Wes Welker has a “mild” right ankle sprain. Though “no” right ankle sprain would be preferred, “mild” implies that he’ll be back for the regular-season opener in 18 days.

Bailey, whose MRI showed no torn ligaments in his left foot, nevertheless has a sprain of the left foot, per the same source. His status and availability moving forward aren’t known.

Still regarded as one of the best cover corners in football even at age 35, Bailey had a rough time in January with Ravens receiver Torrey Smith. It could be even rougher in Week One if Bailey’s foot isn’t 100 percent.



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Report: Champ Bailey’s foot sprain could keep him out “several weeks”
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

At a time when the Broncos are worried about shoring up the last line of their defense, they now have a problem one level lower.

With cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still recovering from a high ankle sprain, future Hall of Famer Champ Bailey could miss “several weeks” with a foot sprain, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The report comes at a time when others are reporting an initial MRI showed no ligament tears in Bailey’s left foot.

Tony Carter will be expected to step up in Bailey’s absence.

The pickings are slim on the open market. Sheldon Brown and Nate Clements remain the biggest names. Others will become available as the rosters make the slide from a maximum of 90 to 75 and then to 53.

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Baas exits early for Giants with knee injury
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

Giants center David Baas started all 16 games last season, despite multiple injuries that resulted in multiple offseason surgeries. His durability may get an early test in 2013.

Baas limped to the sidelines during the team’s first drive of a preseason game against the Colts.

It has since been announced that Baas was taken to the locker room for X-rays on his knee.

Baas became the starting center in 2011, after six seasons with the 49ers. For his career, he has 119 appearances and 81 starts.

He was replaced by Jim Cordle, who appeared as a reserve in every game last season.

UPDATE 8:03 p.m. ET:  According to the game broadcast on FOX, Baas has a sprained knee. Which can mean a lot of things, given the various ligaments in the joint.

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Fleener suffers sprained knee
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 10:41 PM EDT

Many think Colts tight end Coby Fleener could have a huge sophomore season. But he first has to be able to play, and at a minimum Fleener received a scare in that regard on Sunday night.

He exited the preseason game against the Colts with a knee injury. The Colts are calling it a “mild” sprain; it’s unclear at this point whether Fleener has undergone an MRI to determine the precise extent of the injury.

Fleener, a second-round pick in 2012, is one of several potent weapons that Colts have on offense. He recently missed some practice time after suffering a concussion.


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Coughlin doesn’t know severity of Cruz’s heel injury
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

The Giants got good news when X-rays on receiver Victor Cruz’s injured heel were negative. After the preseason game against the Colts, however, coach Tom Coughlin had no news.

“I don’t know,” Coughlin said regarding the potential severity of the injury, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. ”He runs to make his living and obviously has an issue with his heel.”

More tests are expected.

The Giants open the regular season in three weeks at Dallas, on Sunday Night Football.

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Baas exits early for Giants with knee injury
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

Giants center David Baas started all 16 games last season, despite multiple injuries that resulted in multiple offseason surgeries. His durability may get an early test in 2013.

Baas limped to the sidelines during the team’s first drive of a preseason game against the Colts.

It has since been announced that Baas was taken to the locker room for X-rays on his knee.

Baas became the starting center in 2011, after six seasons with the 49ers. For his career, he has 119 appearances and 81 starts.

He was replaced by Jim Cordle, who appeared as a reserve in every game last season.

UPDATE 8:03 p.m. ET:  According to the game broadcast on FOX, Baas has a sprained knee. Which can mean a lot of things, given the various ligaments in the joint.

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David Baas sprained his MCL and Justin Tuck strained his hamstring
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 8:17 AM EDT

The good news for Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is that he looked active during his first preseason action of the summer after missing the opener because of back problems.

The bad news is that he ended the night with another injury added to his collection. Tuck strained his hamstring during the loss to the Colts, which means he’s back in the familiar position of waiting for news from doctors about the severity of the injury and his availability for practice this week. Coach Tom Coughlin deemed it a “slight” strain after the game, but said the team would know more on Monday.

Tuck wasn’t the only oft-injured Giant to land back in the trainer’s room on Sunday night. Center David Baas left the game with a knee injury and multiple reports are calling it a sprained MCL. Coughlin offered no timeline or prognosis for Baas, who had several different surgeries during the offseason, after the game, but sprained MCLs typically require a  few weeks before they’re fully recovered.

A third frequent visitor to the Giants medical staff was able to make it through the game unscathed. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks clicked well with Eli Manning in his own preseason debut while steering clear of any pulls, strains, sprains or other calamities that would put his ability to continue doing so at risk.

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Bills release Rian Lindell
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

When the Dolphins cut kicker Dan Carpenter last week, we pointed out that teams don’t tend to use draft choices on kickers if they aren’t going to give them a roster spot come the regular season.

It’s second verse same as the first in Buffalo on Monday with the Bills joining their AFC East rivals by moving on from a veteran kicker to hand the job to a rookie. The Bills announced that they have released longtime kicker Rian Lindell, clearing the way for sixth-round pick Dustin Hopkins to take over the job.

Lindell spent the last 10 years doing the placekicking for the Bills, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster this summer right up until the point that the guillotine fell on Monday morning. Lindell made just over 83 percent of his field goals over that period of time and held off a challenge from another draft pick, John Potter, last season before finally getting replaced by a younger model this year.

Lindell’s name will likely pop up on the same lists as Carpenter’s when teams look to make a change at kicker in the weeks and months to come.

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Jamaal Charles not sure if he’ll play this week
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 19, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles isn’t sure when he’ll return to the starting lineup after straining his right foot last week.

In fact, he’s not even sure if his foot is bothering him anymore, or if it’s something else.

“Playing in the NFL you get weird injuries,” Charles said, via Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. “This is one of the weird injuries I’ve had. It started in my foot and it travelled all the way to the top of my foot and now it’s stuck in the middle of my right leg.

“I’m getting my treatment so I can be right.”

Charles practiced Sunday, and there’s a chance he plays Saturday against the Steelers, depending on how this week goes.

“I told [trainer Rick Burkholder] that I can’t just be waiting and waiting and waiting,” said Charles, who injured his foot in practice last Monday. “I’ve got to get the reps and continue to see how I feel, whether it’s getting better or worse.”

While the temptation to get him back on the field is real, considering all the new parts around him, they need to make sure he’s healed from whatever’s bothering him first.

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As for running back Arian Foster of the Houston Texans, he hasn't played a down yet in pre-season Football.

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Six-game suspension suggests multiple violations for Von Miller
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 19, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

On the Von Miller suspension front, the news is even worse than expected for the Denver Broncos, as Miller appears to be facing a six-game suspension, rather than the four-game suspension that was reported last month.

The news also suggests that Miller and the league are engaged in a negotiation to find some middle ground between the ordinary substance-abuse suspensions of four games (for a first suspension) or a full year (for a second suspension). If the NFL intends to suspend Miller for more than four games, then the NFL must be contending that Miller did something more than just the violation that triggered the initial reports of a four-game suspension.

Previous reports indicated that Miller was in the process of appealing the ordinary four-game suspension, but according to Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN, Miller is actually probably going to be suspended for at least six games.

So why would the previously reported four-game suspension now be bumped up to six games? One possibility is that there has been some other violation since word leaked out last month about Miller facing a four-game suspension.

Another possibility is that Miller’s violations were an attempt to cheat the league’s drug-testing system. For instance, Miller’s former teammate D.J. Williams was suspended six games last year after the league said he twice provided a substance other than human urine for his drug tests, then was seen attempting to pour something from a bottle hidden in his waist band into his urine sample. A report surfaced in late July that Miller had never actually tested positive for anything, but as Williams found out, you can be suspended for six games without testing positive for anything if the league thinks you tried to cheat the system.

Word surfaced last week that Miller had been arrested, but it seems highly unlikely that the suspension has anything to do with that: Miller’s arrest was for a failure to appear in court on a traffic violation, and that’s not the type of thing that gets players suspended for a first offense of the personal-conduct policy.

The NFL and Miller have been mum about what Miller actually did to violate the league’s substance-abuse policy. But it appears that the NFL is accusing Miller of going beyond the ordinary substance-abuse violations that typically trigger a four-game suspension.

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Chiefs, 49ers swap disappointing draft picks
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 19, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

The Chiefs were tired of waiting on Jon Baldwin, and the 49ers were tired of waiting on A.J. Jenkins.

So naturally, they traded their problems for one another.

The Chiefs announced the deal of former first-round wide receivers, with the 49ers getting the 26th overall pick in the 2011 Draft for the 30th overall pick in the 2012 Draft.

It was becoming clear that the 49ers were souring on Jenkins of late (he had one catch in the preseason, and fumbled it), and both teams are banking on the fresh start being worth something.

Baldwin was also in the doghouse for his inability to catch the football, which remains one of the prerequisites for his job.

While the new Chiefs administration didn’t draft Baldwin, giving up on Jenkins is a painful admission for the 49ers, and a reminder that in the NFL, smart guys miss too.

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Saints cut Seneca Wallace
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

A lousy preseason game has led the Saints to decide they no longer need the services of backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.

Wallace, who threw an interception and lost a fumble during his brief appearance in last week’s preseason game against the Raiders, has been released, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 33-year-old Wallace was an excellent college player at Iowa State but has never done much as an NFL quarterback. It’s entirely possible that the game against the Raiders will turn out to be the last time he wears an NFL uniform.

The Saints now have veteran Luke McCown and undrafted rookie Ryan Griffin on the depth chart behind Drew Brees.

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Carl Nicks out indefinitely with infected blister on toe
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

Earlier this summer, Buccaneers guard Carl Nicks said that the toe injury that cost him the second half of last season was one that he would have to deal with his whole life.

The implication was that Nicks and the Bucs would have to manage his workload as a result of the injury in order to keep Nicks on the field, but they’ll need to get him back on the field first. Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano announced at his press conference Monday that Nicks is out indefinitely as a result of an blister on his toes that got infected. Nicks is currently being treated by doctors, but the only sense that Schiano offered in terms of a timeframe was that playing in Week One is a realistic possibility.

While it’s not the same injury that kept Nicks out last season, it’s hardly a positive development for a player who already has enough on his plate when it comes to foot injuries.

One of the biggest reasons to expect a better offensive performance for the Bucs this season was that they would have Nicks and Davin Joseph back as their starting guards after both missed major amounts of time last season. Joseph has started ramping up his workload after the torn patellar tendon that sidelined him all last season, but Nicks’ toe issue is one that’s making it hard to count on him for 16 games this season.

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Stevie Johnson says he’s playing this week
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

Quarterback E.J. Manuel’s knee surgery means that the Bills may have to roll with Kevin Kolb as their starting quarterback come the first week of the regular season, but whoever they wind up starting will surely benefit from having wide receiver Stevie Johnson in the lineup.

Johnson has been sidelined by a hamstring injury for much of camp and he’s missed the first two preseason games, but his condition has improved enough that he said Monday that he will be in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Redskins.

“I’ll be out there,” Johnson said, via Chris Brown of the Bills website. “I’ll be out there we’ll see how I feel game speed when everything changes a little bit. The twitches are a little bit faster. I’ll be out there to see how it is and then we’ll be rolling after that.”

Johnson isn’t totally healed. He said that he still feels the hamstring on “almost every play,” but that it isn’t standing in the way of ramping things up this week in order to get back on the field. Assuming things don’t get any worse in the process, it seems like it is all systems go for the start of the regular season for Buffalo’s top receiver.

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Bruce Arians: Ryan Williams probably out for third preseason game
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 19, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

Cardinals running back Ryan Williams is running out of opportunities to show a new coaching staff what he can do before it has to start trimming the roster.

Williams, who has missed most of training camp and both exhibition games with a knee injury, is not expected to play in Saturday’s preseason game vs. San Diego, head coach Bruce Arians said Monday, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

According to Somers, Arians indicated that Williams needs to return to the field.

If Williams can’t play Saturday, this could set up an “all-in” scenario of sorts for the third-year running back in the final preseason game at Denver on August 29 — assuming he’s still on the roster.  The Cardinals must pare down their roster to 75 players two days before the preseason finale. If Williams is in the mix for a reserve spot, his play in that final preseason game could be key.

A 2011 second-round pick, Williams missed all of his rookie season with a knee injury and most of the 2012 campaign with a shoulder injury.

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Jaguars release Mohamed Massaquoi, Jason Spitz
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 19, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

As the preseason starts to wind down, more and more notable names will be pared from rosters.

The Jaguars released two players with multiple years of NFL starting experience on Monday, letting go of wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and offensive lineman Jason Spitz, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reported.

Massaquoi, 26, signed with the Jaguars in the spring after four seasons with the Browns. He started 43 games for Cleveland, catching 118 passes for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns.

The 30-year-old Spitz has 45 career starts, all with the Packers, for whom he played from 2006 through 2010. Spitz appeared in 10 games as a reserve for Jacksonville in 2011. He missed the 2012 season with a foot injury.

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Darrelle Revis says he took a huge step forward on Monday
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

You can check off another box on Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis‘ checklist for a complete recovery from a torn ACL.

Revis took part in full speed team drills on Monday, lining up across from wide receiver Vincent Jackson in man coverage and letting it all hang out. Revis said after practice that his knee felt great and that he thinks it was a major step toward being in the lineup when the Bucs face his old teammates from the Jets in the first week of the regular season.

“I think this was a huge step today, just getting out there and running, getting the calls, up-tempo type of stuff I was doing,” Revis said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “So it was a huge step for me and it was a huge day for just being out there and moving around and not having any problems, nothing, no soreness after practice or swelling. So it was a huge step for me.”

When discussing Revis’ next step last week, coach Greg Schiano said he didn’t need to see Revis play in any preseason games but he’d listen if Revis lobbied to get on the field before the end of the exhibition schedule. Revis said Monday that his goal was to play all 16 weeks in the regular season and that he was focused on doing whatever he can to avoid setbacks between now and that game against the Jets.

Based on that answer, we’d guess that Revis won’t be playing in August since all the signs for him playing in September look good right now.

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Report: Not realistic for Rob Gronkowski to play Week One
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

The Patriots are getting closer to making a decision on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s roster status for the start of the regular season and a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN adds to the intrigue about that choice.

Schefter quotes a source saying that it is “not realistic” to expect Gronkowski, who is recovering from surgeries on his back and forearm, to play against the Bills in Week One. There’s no word on what his status would be for the following weeks, but he’d have to be considered questionable at best if he’s not healthy enough to join the team on the field against Buffalo.

The Patriots will have to decide whether Gronkowski will remain on the 53-man roster or if they will leave him on the physically unable to perform list into the regular season. Doing so would mean Gronkowski misses at least the first six weeks of practice and games, but it would free up a roster spot for the Patriots to use on a player who is healthy enough to contribute right away.

There’s almost two full weeks for the Patriots to make that decision so there’s time for Gronkowski to show enough improvement that the call about the PUP list becomes a moot one. Right now, though, it has to be considered a realistic possibility in New England, perhaps even more realistic than his chances of playing all 16 games this season.

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Broncos lose Stewart Bradley for several weeks after wrist surgery
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT

The Broncos are still waiting to hear how long they will be without linebacker Von Miller this season, but their concerns at the position don’t end there.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Stewart Bradley, who has been playing with the first team at middle linebacker, will miss several weeks after having wrist surgery. It’s not known what injury the surgery was intended to repair, but it will lead to more shuffling at linebacker for the Broncos.

According to Klis, Wesley Woodyard will move from the weak side to the middle while Danny Trevathan will move from his nickel role to the starting lineup in Woodyard’s place. Miller will start on the strong side of the defense when he’s available with Nate Irving and Shaun Phillips on hand to take his place when and if Miller’s suspension officially gets handed down by the league.

Bradley’s loss is obviously not as significant as losing Miller, but it’s part of a growing number of injuries that could hinder the Broncos early in the season. Cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to be out for a while after injuring his foot over the weekend and defensive end Derek Wolfe suffered a scary looking neck injury during the game against the Seahawks, although he was able to travel home with the team on Saturday night.

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Kubiak still confident Foster will be back on time
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 19, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

The Texans keep expecting running back Arian Foster to come back at a certain time, and he keeps not coming back.

But coach Gary Kubiak said he’s still confident that Foster would be ready for the regular season opener, despite the fact he hasn’t been activated from the PUP list or taken a snap this preseason.

“I am, because I watch him work,” Kubiak said, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve been watching him — he’s basically going through practice or has been since we’ve been in camp on his own with [head trainer] Geoff [Kaplan]. And, obviously, there’s been a little setback as we try to get the soreness out of him. But from what I’ve seen, yes, because it’s not like he’s been standing around for the last three weeks.”

Asked if he had a new date for Foster’s return from calf and back issues, and Kubiak said if he did, “I’d give it you.”

“[Monday] was my date and that one didn’t work,” Kubiak said. “So we’ll just have some patience here.”

If the regular season rolls around and Foster is well and able and performs the way he has in the past, there will be no reason for concern. Until then, it seems some of the offseason concerns about his condition might have been a bigger deal than he was willing to admit.

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Saints release Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 19, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

Apparently, all those veteran receivers the Saints brought in recently weren’t in play for the third wideout job.

The Saints released Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton Monday, ending their short stints with the team.

According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints also waived five players: Defensive backs A.J. Davis and Dion Turner, linebacker Chase Thomas, wide receiver Jarred Fayson and guard Ricky Henry.

Clearing out those older wideouts is a good sign the team’s growing more comfortable with players such as Nick Toon and Kenny Stills. They’re looking for a dependable third after Joe Morgan was lost for the season to a knee injury, and Toon showed some deep play ability Friday night against the Raiders, and could take advantage.

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Coughlin doesn’t know severity of Cruz’s heel injury
Posted by Mike Florio on August 18, 2013, 10:49 PM EDT

The Giants got good news when X-rays on receiver Victor Cruz’s injured heel were negative. After the preseason game against the Colts, however, coach Tom Coughlin had no news.

“I don’t know,” Coughlin said regarding the potential severity of the injury, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. ”He runs to make his living and obviously has an issue with his heel.”

More tests are expected.

The Giants open the regular season in three weeks at Dallas, on Sunday Night Football.


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Report: Cruz won’t play until the regular season starts
Posted by Mike Florio on August 19, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

The Giants got a major scare from receiver Victor Cruz on Sunday night. For that reason, don’t expect to see Cruz again this preseason.

Per Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record, Cruz won’t play until the September 8 opener against the Cowboys, on Sunday Night Football.

Technically, Cruz has a heel contusion. He has been placed in a walking boot for now, and he won’t practice on Tuesday. While it could have been worse, missing practice is bad enough in the eyes of the man who famously called injuries a “cancer” when hired nine years ago.

“The concern is any player that misses practices is missing the opportunity to experience things and instinctively react to things,” Coughlin told reporters, via Stapleton. “That’s what you worry about with any player who misses time and misses practices because you don’t get the opportunity through repetition to learn in the multiplicity of things that can happen on any given play.  It’s important for everyone to understand that.  It is about being able to practice, it is about getting as many reps as you can so you become much more aware of the circumstances surrounding each situation.”

The circumstances for Cruz are better than initially feared; even if he doesn’t practice until the week before the game at Dallas, Coughlin should be happy that the so-called cancer of injury didn’t claim the season of one of the best slot receivers in the game.

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Le’Veon Bell leaves after one series with an injured foot
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell missed the first preseason game because of a left knee injury and then was in and out of practice last week for the same reason, but he healed up enough to make the start at running back on Monday night against the Steelers.

Bell didn’t last long before heading back to the trainers. Bell carried the ball four times on the Steelers’ first offensive drive, but Jonathan Dwyer was on the field with the offense for the Steelers’ second possession.

Bell, meanwhile, was on the bench getting looked at by trainers. The Steelers announced that Bell was done for the night because of a right foot injury a short time later, ending his first NFL game action almost as quickly as it started.

The fear for the Steelers entering the game had to be that Bell would aggravate his knee injury again. Now they’ve got something completely different to worry about in regard to the man they’ve installed at the top of their depth chart at running back.

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Kirk Cousins has a sprained right foot
Posted by Josh Alper on August 19, 2013, 10:24 PM EDT

The Redskins had an uncomfortably familiar moment Monday night in their first home game since their playoff loss to the Seahawks when their starting quarterback had to exit the game with an injury.

The starter was Kirk Cousins not Robert Griffin III, the injury was to his foot instead of his knee and it was a preseason game, but otherwise the difference is negligible.

Cousins has been diagnosed with a sprained foot and there’s no timetable yet for his recovery or return. Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that Cousins’ sprain is located in the middle of the foot, which has led to extended absences for several players in the past. Again, there’s no timetable but it seems like a good bet that Rex Grossman will be starting the team’s third and fourth preseason games.

The odds might not be as good, but there’s also a chance that Grossman’s the guy backing up Robert Griffin III when the Redskins start the regular season against the Eagles.

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Report: Barry Cofield has broken hand
Posted by Mike Wilkening on August 19, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

Redskins starting nose tackle Barry Cofield exited Monday’s exhibition game vs. Pittsburgh with an injury, the club said earlier on Monday night.

According to Redskins radio reporter Rick “Doc” Walker, and via Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington D.C., Cofield’s injury is a broken right hand. (Walker originally said it was Cofield’s left hand but later corrected his report, according to Russell, and Walker tweeted to that effect as well.)

Per Russell, who cited a report from Walker, Cofield does not believe the injury is a major one.

Cofield, 29, has started all 32 regular-season games since joining Washington in 2011. Chris Neild and Ron Brace are the next two nose tackles on the club’s depth chart.

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Anthony Spencer isn’t running yet
Posted by Josh Alper on August 20, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer is still planning to be on the field when the Cowboys open the season against the Giants on September 8, but he’s got an obstacle or two to clear before he can make his return from last month’s surgery on his left knee.

Spencer has yet to start running since the operation, something that he’ll obviously need to do before he’s going to even think about getting back on the field for a full practice let alone a game. He’s lifting, using the elliptical and doing other rehab work in an effort to stay in good shape while he waits for the chance to move to the next stage in preparation for the season.

“The more strength I build up, the more stuff I’m able to do in the weight room, it’s making me be able to walk a little stronger and feel less pain each day,” Spencer said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “So it’s getting better.”

Spencer’s absence during camp has kept him from getting accustomed to his new role on the defensive line after spending his NFL career as a linebacker up to this point. There’s not much to do other than hope that mental work takes care of enough that Spencer doesn’t struggle while doing it on the fly come the regular season.

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Three ’72 Dolphins skip White House visit for political reasons
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 20, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

President Obama is welcoming the undefeated 1972 Dolphins to the White House today, but three players won’t be there because they have a problem with the president.

Former Dolphins guard Bob Kuechenberg, center Jim Langer and defensive tackle Manny Fernandez all told Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel that they don’t want to appear alongside a president whose policies they don’t support.

“I’ll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the president’s,” Fernandez said. “Enough said. Let’s leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes.”

Added Kuechenberg, “I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don’t say anything. I don’t have anything good to say about someone.”

Langer suggested that it would be phony for him to pretend he has something to celebrate in the White House, as long as Obama is occupying the White House.

“We’ve got some real moral compass issues in Washington,” Langer said. “I don’t want to be in a room with those people and pretend I’m having a good time. I can’t do that. If that [angers] people, so be it.”

Whether it angers people or not, Hyde notes that it does feed a widespread perception that the ’72 Dolphins are a bunch of “Grumpy Old Men” who don’t take much joy in celebrating their great accomplishment but do delight in denigrating others, and toasting when the last undefeated NFL team loses each season. Obama is rightly recognizing that the ’72 Dolphins were a great team. If three players can’t put politics aside for long enough to enjoy that recognition, that’s their problem.

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Browns name Brandon Weeden their starting quarterback
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has finally stopped delaying and made the widely expected announcement: Brandon Weeden is his starting quarterback.

“Brandon has earned this job. That’s extremely important to me. He’s gained my and his teammates complete trust,” Chudzinski said, via Steve Doerschuk ‏of the Canton Repository.

The biggest question is why Chudzinski waited so long to confirm that Weeden would start ahead of Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer. Chudzinski said today that part of it was he wanted to gauge what kind of competitor Weeden is.

“Everything about this process is wanting to see how [Weeden] reacted,” Chudzinski said. “Weeden has seized the opportunity and produced.”

Weeden has played very well this preseason, completing 18 of 25 passes for 229 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

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Report: Kirk Cousins’ foot checks out okay in MRI
Posted by Josh Alper on August 20, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said that he didn’t feel like his sprained right foot was a particularly serious injury when he sustained it against the Steelers on Monday night and it appears that his impression has been proven correct.

Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the MRI done on Cousins’ foot on Tuesday came back negative for any structural injury or other problem that would keep Cousins from serving as the team’s backup quarterback this season. Cousins was diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain, which can sometimes turn out to be more once imaging reveals what’s going on inside the foot. The Redskins had just such a case earlier this month when rookie safety Phillip Thomas was lost for the year with a Lisfranc injury after initially being described as having a sprained foot.

Per Marvez, he is expected back for the season opener and may even be ready to play in the team’s final preseason game of the summer next week.

That’s obviously good news for the Redskins, even if Cousins doesn’t play in the final tune-up. The team has to feel better about heading into the regular season with their first choice insurance policy against a prolonged absence for Robert Griffin III than they would about having Rex Grossman one big hit away from leading the offense.

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Belichick on Amendola: He’s day-to-day
Posted by Josh Alper on August 20, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola missed practice on Monday, which led to questions for coach Bill Belichick on Tuesday about the status of the team’s top receiver.

Anyone expecting a detailed account of why Amendola was out of practice, when he’ll be expected to return and how he’s feeling is going to be disappointed, but they probably shouldn’t have been looking to Belichick for that kind of answer in the first place.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports that Belichick said Amendola is day-to-day while avoiding any and all specifics about the nature of the injury. Without more information, that doesn’t sound like a particularly serious concern.

The Patriots play on Thursday against the Lions in their third preseason game of the year, a contest that tends to serve as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. If Amendola’s on the field for the game, there won’t be much to worry about, even with his frequent appearances on injury reports over the course of his career.

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Jets lose Lex Hilliard for the season, rookie Bohanon apparently wins job
Posted by Mike Florio on August 21, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

One of the lingering camp battles for the Jets has been resolved, by default.

Jets fullback Lex Hilliard, who appeared in 12 games and started nine last season, has been lost for the season. He’ll have surgery to repair a broken scapula suffered on Tuesday in practice.

Hilliard’s exit opens the door for Tommy Bohanon, a seventh-round rookie from Wake Forest who had been battling Hilliard for the job.

After three seasons with the Dolphins, appearing in every game, Hilliard signed with the Vikings, who cut him prior to the start of the regular season. After two games with the Patriots, Hilliard was available again. The man who coached him in Miami, Tony Sparano, brought him to New York.

Hilliard will land on injured reserve, collecting the full amount of his $715,000 base salary.  And that may be the best news for Hilliard; if he’d lost the job to Bohanon and been cut, Hilliard may have earned roughly $715,000 less than that this season.

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Cardinals signing Dan Carpenter
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 21, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

The kicker carousel continues to spin, with one getting off in Arizona.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cardinals are signing former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter to a one-year deal.

That puts him face-to-face with veteran kicker Jay Feely, whom Carpenter once replaced in Miami.

With a number of teams in the market for kickers, these guys are going to play musical chairs for the next several weeks.

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RB Arian Foster back on field for Texans
By KRISTIE RIEKEN (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 1 hour 13 minutes ago

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston running back Arian Foster has been removed from the physically unable to perform list and has practiced with the Texans for the first time since May.

Foster strained his right calf in an offseason practice in late May and struggled with a sore back after recovering from that injury.

Coach Gary Kubiak says Foster looked good in limited work Wednesday, but he doesn't expect him to play Sunday against the Saints.

Foster rushed for 1,424 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for his third straight 1,200-yard season.

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Diehl to miss six week after thumb surgery
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 21, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

Upon further review, the Giants aren’t going to be using David Diehl at guard, at least for the next month and a half.

The Giants just announced the veteran offensive lineman will have surgery this afternoon to “repair his unstable right thumb.”

Diehl practiced Tuesday with a cast on his hand, but more tests confirmed that surgery was required. He’s expected to miss six weeks.

That throws the Giants line into flux for the start of the regular season. Center David Baas is still hoping to be back for the opener after his knee injury, but left guard Kevin Boothe is working there in the interim. First-rounder Justin Pugh was going to replace Diehl at right tackle as part of the shuffling, and will have a chance to make that job his own now.

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Colts trading Delone Carter to Ravens
Posted by Darin Gantt on August 21, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

‘Tis the season to exchange your spare parts that you were going to cut anyway, if you can get anything of value.

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts are trading running back Delone Carter to the Ravens.

Carter wasn’t going to get many touches after the Colts obtained Ahmad Bradshaw, anyway, so a change in scenery can’t hurt. He started three games for the Colts in 2011, but only got 32 rushing attempts last year.

The Colts announced moments later the swap was for Ravens wide receiver David Reed, who showed some flashes as a return man, but has caught five passes in three NFL seasons.

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Le’Veon Bell expected to miss 6-8 weeks with foot injury
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 21, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

The news isn’t great on Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, but it’s not as bad as it could have been.

Following the reports that Bell suffered a Lisfranc injury, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Bell is expected to miss six weeks. Jason La Canfora of CBS put Bell’s recovery time at six to eight weeks.

If that is indeed Bell’s recovery time, the Steelers wouldn’t exactly be happy about it, but it could be worse: The Lisfranc injury that Bell suffered can cause players to miss much longer than eight weeks.

A second-round draft pick, Bell had been expected to become a major part of the Steelers’ offense. That may still happen, but the Steelers will open the season with Bell on the sideline and Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and LaRod Stephens-Howling as their running backs.

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Report: Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill has partially torn biceps
Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 22, 2013, 1:25 AM EDT

Defensive tackle Jordan Hill was unable to finish practice with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday after suffering an apparent injury. Head coach Pete Carroll said afterward that Hill hurt his arm and they needed to wait and see the extent of the injury.

According to Jason Bristol of CBS 21 News in Harrisburg, Pa., Hill could miss 3-6 weeks with a partially torn biceps.

An MRI reportedly was negative for a complete tear and will not require surgery.

Hill was selected by the Seahawks in the third roun