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01/17/15 WR Mike Wallace's future with Dolphins unsure
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was noncommittal when asked if WR Mike Wallace would return to the team in 2015. When pressed Ross simply stated, "I don't think anybody really knows that." Since moving to Miami, Wallace has been the Dolphins' most productive receiver. Rumors that he asked to be benched in Week 17, however, have called his commitment and work ethic into question.... [Read More]
01/16/15 Saints WR Brandin Cooks resumes weight training and catching passes
Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks of the New Orleans Saints has resumed catching passes and lifting weights after missing the last six games of the season with a thumb injury. Cooks finished his rookie season with 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns. He proved to be a reliable target for QB Drew Brees and is looking forward to returning next season and making an even bigger impact. "I'... [Read More]
01/16/15 Ravens WR Steve Smith instructed to take three weeks to mull future
After declaring his intention to return to the Ravens in 2015, WR Steve Smith has been told by Baltimore's general manager, Ozzie Newsome, to "take three weeks" before committing to next season. Head coach John Harbaugh said he'd like to keep the 35-year-old receiver in Baltimore but seemed to agree with Newsome's advice, saying it "made a lot of sense." Smith just closed out his best statistical ... [Read More]
01/15/15 Bengals stick by QB Andy Dalton
In the four years he's been under center in Cincinnati, QB Andy Dalton has yet to win any of his four playoff games. Despite this fact, the Bengals' organization appears to be sticking with the TCU product. Via the team's official website, editor Geoff Hobson admitted he didn't expect the Bengals to draft a QB this spring or bring in any competition for their current signal-caller. Hobson went on ... [Read More]
01/15/15 Colts CB Vontae Davis (knee) returns to practice on Thursday
After sitting out Wednesday, Colts cornerback Vontae Davis returned to practice on Thursday. Davis was able to get in a limited session and is expected to play on Sunday against the Patriots. The sixth-season vet is having a career year, earning 42 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles throughout the regular season.... [Read More]
01/15/15 Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gets nervous about RB Eddie Lacy's knee
Beat writer Tom Silverstein live-blogged Packers head coach Mike McCarthy's press conference Thursday in which the coach said he was "just nervous" about running back Lacy's knee being sore, so he pulled him from the day's practice. McCarthy admitted he was being conservative with his star RB and that he should be ready to play come Sunday.... [Read More]
01/15/15 Ravens TE Owen Daniels not retiring, hopes to play 'couple more years'
Ravens tight end Owen Daniels is scheduled to become a free agent in March, but he doesn't believe he will be free for long and would like to stay in Baltimore. "I think I got a couple more [years] in me, at least," Daniels said. "... I train my butt off during the offseason, so I'll be ready to go and hopefully I'll be back." There are some concerns that Daniels is slowing down as he turns 33 i... [Read More]
01/15/15 Report: Scott Linehan agrees to stay as Cowboys' play-caller
According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys and Scott Linehan have agreed to a new contract for the team's play-caller. Terms were not immediately available. Officially working under the title of passing game coordinator, Linehan's first year in Dallas was a smashing success. The Cowboys' offense finished among the top 10 in yards and points per game. Linehan leaned on running back DeMar... [Read More]
01/14/15 Ravens 'cautiously optimistic' TE Dennis Pitta will play next season
Dennis Pitta is determined to continue his NFL career after fracturing and dislocating his right hip in back-to-back seasons. Whether he will be able to accomplish his goal remains to be seen, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that he is "cautiously optimistic" that Pitta will play again. "We want to make sure he's going to be totally healthy, totally safe as much is as reasonable ... [Read More]
01/14/15 Oregon QB Marcus Mariota ducks senior year, enters NFL Draft
Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior year and head to the NFL. This season, Mariota led the Ducks to a 13-2 record and an appearance in the national title game, where Oregon lost to Ohio St. In three seasons at Oregon, Mariota threw for 10,796 yards, 105 touchdowns and just 14 interceptions.... [Read More]
01/14/15 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers goes through practice Wednesday
When asked today how his damaged left calf muscle feels, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said: "About the same as last week." On this day last week, Rodgers wasn't practicing. Not that his playing status for the divisional round was ever in jeopardy, but he was still sidelined by his injury. One week later, Rodgers is practicing as Green Bay prepares for the NFC Championship Game at Seattle. R... [Read More]
01/14/15 49ers promote Jim Tomsula to head coach
The 49ers stayed in-house for their replacement to Jim Harbaugh. On Wednesday, they hired Jim Tomsula to be their next head coach. San Francisco is the only team the 46-year-old Tomsula has known in the NFL, and he had spent the past eight seasons as its defensive line coach. He was also the team's interim head coach for the final game of the 2010 season after Mike Singletary was fired. He won tha... [Read More]
01/14/15 Jack Del Rio hired as Raiders' new head coach
Oakland has hired its new head coach, and he comes by way of a divisional foe. Former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has accepted the head coaching position for the Raiders. Del Rio has head-coaching experience, having guided the Jacksonville Jaguars for nine years. The Jags were 68-71 under Del Rio, making two playoff appearances. He had been the defensive coordinator for Denv... [Read More]
01/14/15 Report: Cowboys have offered RB DeMarco Murray a contract: 4 years, $16 million
What do you give the man who just logged the second-most regular-season carries since 2006 and broke the Cowboys' single-season rushing record? If you're the Cowboys, not a whole lot, relatively. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys have extended a contract offer to soon-to-be free-agent RB DeMarco Murray. Rapoport says the deal is worth slightly more than $16 million over four ye... [Read More]
01/14/15 Todd Bowles hired as Jets' new HC
Edging out both Doug Marrone and Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles has secured the Jets' head-coaching job. Arizona's now-former defensive coordinator, Bowles is a New Jersey native who was a defensive backs coach for Gang Green in 2000. He is expected to tap Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator.... [Read More]
01/14/15 Bears reach out to John Fox, schedule interview for head coaching position
The Bears have yet to fill their head coaching vacancy, but according to reports, John Fox is the current front-runner for the position. Less than 24 hours after Fox and the Broncos parted ways, the Bears reached out to the veteran HC and scheduled an interview. For his part, Fox also appears interested in taking up residence in the Windy City.... [Read More]
01/13/15 Broncos GM John Elway says QB Peyton Manning will be involved in team's coaching search
Will Peyton Manning retire? If not, will he be content to play somewhere other than Denver next year. Broncos general manager John Elway said Tuesday that he would like for Manning to return and that he will have a say in who is the franchise's next head coach. "Peyton's going to be involved," Elway said. "I'm going to talk to Peyton as we go through the process. But there is no timetable." Elwa... [Read More]
01/13/15 Cowboys, HC Jason Garrett agree to 5-year, $30 million contract
After being on the hot seat for what seemed like his entire tenure as the Cowboys' head coach, Jason Garrett finally has a healthy amount of job security. Garrett, whose previous contract expired after Dallas lost its playoff game versus the Packers on Sunday, has agreed to a five-year deal worth $30 million to stay in Big D. Garrett went 8-8 in his first three campaigns at the helm, fueling spec... [Read More]
01/12/15 OC Gary Kubiak decides to remain with Ravens
Gary Kubiak has been sought-after by a few teams with head coaching vacancies, but he isn't going anywhere. He said Sunday night that he will stick as the Ravens' offensive coordinator for a second season. "It is flattering and humbling to be invited to interview for a number of NFL head coaching positions, and I greatly appreciate these opportunities," Kubiak said in a statement. "But I have dec... [Read More]
01/12/15 Seahawks WR Paul Richardson placed on injured reserve due to torn ACL
As first reported by FOX Sports on Sunday, Seahawks rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Saturday's divisional round win over the Panthers. Today, Seattle officially placed the rookie on injured reserve and added quarterback B.J. Daniels. Richardson caught 29 passes for 271 yards in his first year as a pro. Daniels will back up Russell Wilson and Travar... [Read More]
01/12/15 Bills name Rex Ryan head coach, hire Greg Roman to be OC
Two coaches who know a little something about running the ball and riding with a good defense have joined forces in Western New York. The Buffalo Bills announced Monday that Rex Ryan is their newest head coach after the sides agreed to a five-year deal over the weekend. Ryan, a great defensive mind, takes over the team that had the league's fourth-best defense in 2014. However, Jim Schwartz is ex... [Read More]
01/12/15 UPDATE: Broncos part ways with HC John Fox; other Denver coaches also likely out
Update No. 2: More from Lombardi: "From a longtime Broncos assistant: 'We haven't been told anything. But when the head coach loses his job, we're not guaranteed a job.' Perhaps not every coach is out in Denver just yet, but it has also been reported by multiple sources that all of Denver's coaches have been told they can look for positions with other teams. Update: Shortly after word came that ... [Read More]
01/12/15 Report: Broncos QB Peyton Manning played through 2 injured quadriceps
We've known for some time that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been playing hurt. Specifically, he played for the past handful of weeks with an strained quad. But the severity of his injury -- or injuries -- no matter whom you believe, seems to be much worse than initially thought. It was reported Monday morning that Manning actually suffered a completely torn right quadriceps muscle durin... [Read More]
01/10/15 Jets RB Chris Johnson arrested in Florida
On Friday night, Jets RB Chris Johnson was arrested on a weapons charge. The Orlando native was allegedly pulled over by police after rolling through a stop sign. Upon approaching the car, the officers reportedly spotted Johnson's gun under his seat rather than locked away somewhere else inside of the vehicle. While the Jet does have a license for the firearm, he does not have a license to open ca... [Read More]
01/10/15 Chargers sign WR Austin Pettis
Reportedly released by the Rams for being late to a team meeting after Week 7, wide receiver Austin Pettis has been signed by the Chargers. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound possession receiver was selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2011 draft. He will now compete for a roster spot in San Diego.... [Read More]
01/10/15 Packers list QB Aaron Rodgers as probable, say his injured calf will not change their offense
The Packers didn't practice Friday, but they were still required to publicize an official injury designation for all of their banged-up stars heading into this weekend's playoff game versus Dallas. They listed quarterback Aaron Rodgers as probable with his calf injury and stated that he would have gone through a limited session if the team were required to be on the field. The Packers will officia... [Read More]
01/10/15 Bengals TE Kevin Brock to remain with the team in 2015
The Bengals re-signed tight end Kevin Brock on Friday. The 6-foot-5 and 264-pound TE played in 15 games this season, recording five catches for 21 yards. Despite not having much success as a pass-catcher, Brock did excel as a blocker. He was cut by the team in late August but was brought back after TE Alex Smith (biceps) was placed on injured reserve.... [Read More]
01/09/15 Bears hire Ryan Pace as new GM
At 37 years old, the Bears' Ryan Pace is now the youngest general manager in the NFL. Shortly after graduating from Eastern Illinois University, Pace began his career working in the Saints' front office. Over his 14-year tenure in New Orleans, Pace is said to have earned the trust of GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton. As director of pro personnel, Pace helped to acquire QB Drew Brees in ... [Read More]
01/09/15 Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) listed as probable
After being concussed in Week 15, wide receiver Julian Edelman appears to be back to full health and is listed as "probable" on the Patriots' injury report. Edelman practiced on a limited basis earlier in the week but hasn't completed a full practice since mid-December.... [Read More]
01/09/15 Niners could unload TE Vernon Davis before next season
After nine seasons in San Francisco, tight end Vernon Davis' roster spot could be "in jeopardy," according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Davis, whose 31st birthday is three weeks away, is scheduled to receive a $4.95 million salary in 2015. Coming off of the least productive year of his career, Davis may be considered too expensive by the team's incoming regime.... [Read More]
01/09/15 Former Falcons OC Dirk Koetter jumps ship to Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found the man to mentor their young offense in their own division. The Bucs hired Dirk Koetter on Thursday to be their offensive coordinator, a job he held with the Atlanta Falcons from 2012 through 2014. During those three years, the Falcons finished among the top 10 in yards per game twice.... [Read More]
01/09/15 Vikings OC Norv Turner calls WR Cordarrelle Patterson's year 'frustrating'
Expected by many analysts to break out in 2014, WR Cordarrelle Patterson didn't start a game after the Vikings' Week 10 bye. Finishing the season with fewer receptions than RB Matt Asiata, Patterson was one of the biggest busts of the year. OC Norv Turner called the 2013 first-round draft pick's lack of progression "frustrating" and added that "he's got to put the work in." In total, Patterson ca... [Read More]
01/09/15 Ravens WR Steve Smith expected to be covered by Patriots CB Darrelle Revis
Because New England's secondary plays on assigned "sides," left cornerback Darrelle Revis is expected to shadow right wide receiver Steve Smith while right cornerback Brandon Browner should follow left wide receiver Torrey Smith in this weekend's playoff game. Playing on a one-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots, Revis has nothing but respect for the elder Smith, calling him an "electrifying ... [Read More]
01/08/15 Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) practicing in full
Broncos TE Julius Thomas rolled his left ankle nearly two months ago when Denver lost its third game of the season at St. Louis. He returned for Weeks 15 through 17 but was a shell of his former self, catching just three balls for 63 yards. While the 6-foot-5 and 250-pound tight end has practiced in full all week, there is concern that his ankle is still not at 100 percent. The former college bask... [Read More]
01/08/15 Chiefs sign QB Terrelle Pryor, WR Da'Rick Rogers
On Wednesday, the Chiefs added a couple of intriguing athletes to their roster: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor and wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers. Pryor spent this past season with the Seahawks. He hasn't appeared in a game since 2013 while with the Oakland Raiders. By adding him, the Chiefs currently have five quarterbacks. Rogers didn't play in 2014 after the Colts cut him in late September followin... [Read More]
01/08/15 Report: Alabama WR Amari Cooper, RB T.J. Yeldon are going pro
A couple of playmakers, wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon, are reportedly taking their talents from the University of Alabama to the NFL. Both will forgo their senior season. Cooper, who is expected to be the first wideout drafted in April, caught 124 passes for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season, setting a host of single-season and career records for an Alabama recei... [Read More]
01/08/15 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers goes through limited practice despite reported calf tear
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers went through team drills during Thursday's practice, taking 50-60 percent of the reps, according to head coach Mike McCarthy. McCarthy also said Rodgers' mobility looked good during the session. Rodgers' mobility has been under much scrutiny for the past few weeks due to his calf injury, which he aggravated in Week 17. That scrutiny ramped up today following a re... [Read More]
01/08/15 Colts RB Trent Richardson now working on special teams
Trent Richardson, the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is No. 3 once again. It appears he's the Colts' third running back. That's what you can draw from a sight during the Colts' practice Thursday: Richardson working on the punt-coverage team.... [Read More]
01/08/15 Steelers extend OC Todd Haley through 2016
Todd Haley has earned a two-year extension from the Steelers after coordinating an offense that ranked second in 2014. He is now under contract through 2016. Under Haley's guidance, the Steelers finished in the top 10 in points and yards per game for the first time since 2002.... [Read More]
01/08/15 Browns part ways with OC Kyle Shanahan, fire QBs coach Dowell Loggains
The Browns' offense was an abject mess during the final month of this season, and a large part of the blame can be placed upon the quarterback play. It will be the job of two new voices to turn that unit around in 2015. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains are no longer a part of the Browns as of Thursday. Shanahan reportedly asked for his release, which was g... [Read More]
01/07/15 Brian Schottenheimer vacates Rams' OC position for same gig at University of Georgia
The Rams are now looking for their fourth offensive coordinator since the start of 2010. That's because former OC Brian Schottenheimer has agreed to fulfill the same role with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Schottenheimer's move comes a week after head coach Jeff Fisher praised his play-calling and said he didn't expect any changes to his staff. Schottenheimer spent three seasons as the OC i... [Read More]
01/07/15 QB Jameis Winston declares for NFL Draft
Is Jameis Winston's future home as a professional a mere four hours south of his home as a collegiate? We'll find out in a few months, but such a scenario is now a distinct possibility. Winston officially declared for the 2015 NFL Draft on Wednesday, forgoing his junior and senior seasons at Florida State. Winston recorded a 26-1 record in his two years under center for the Seminoles. Those years... [Read More]
01/07/15 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers misses Wednesday's practice, guarantees he'll play Sunday
Aaron Rodgers wasn't expected to practice Wednesday because of his calf injury. and he didn't. However, he is expected to play Sunday against the Cowboys, and he guaranteed that he will. "I'm going on Sunday," Rodgers said today. "It's just a matter of how." Rodgers might practice Thursday, but regardless, head coach Mike McCarthy said "everything points in the direction of him playing."... [Read More]
01/06/15 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger may need offseason surgery
Ben Roethlisberger always takes a ton of hits every season. Now with the Steelers' season over, Big Ben needs to repair the damage he sustained in 2014 before preparing for 2015. Some of that damage is in his knee, which may require an offseason cleanup surgery, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Roethlisberger just finished the most productive season of his 11 as a pro. He set or tied career-h... [Read More]
01/06/15 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to train with Kurt Warner in offseason
Coming off a less-than-stellar 2014 season in which he threw fewer touchdowns and more interceptions than the previous season, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has committed himself to improving this offseason. Word is out that he intends to do so with the help of former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner. Kaepernick has enlisted the help of Warner and quarterback coach Dennis Gile. The three wi... [Read More]
01/06/15 Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse ready to return from hamstring injury
The Seahawks will have their second-leading receiver on the field this weekend. After missing Week 17 due to a hamstring injury, wideout Jermaine Kearse will practice this week and is ready to play, according to head coach Pete Carroll. With 38 catches and 537 receiving yards, Kearse trails only Doug Baldwin among all Seahawks in those categories.... [Read More]
01/06/15 Lions want to keep DT Ndamukong Suh
Lions DT Ndamukong Suh was a prodigious key to Detroit's defensive potency this season. Over 17 weeks of play, Suh racked up a total of 10.5 sacks. Noting the 28-year-old's dominance, head coach Jim Caldwell announced on Monday that one of the team's "highest priorities" is to re-sign the impending free agent. Suh has made clear that while he'd like to stay in Detroit, ultimately he'll go where th... [Read More]
01/05/15 'Rumblings continue to indicate' WR Dwayne Bowe isn't likely to remain with Chiefs
Less than two years ago, the Chiefs signed Dwayne Bowe to a five-year contract worth $56 million. It sounds like they are already regretting that deal. At least, that's what it sounds like Nick Athan of Warpaint Illustrated. "Rumblings continue to indicate the #Chiefs might be willing to part with ... WR Dwayne Bowe before [free agency] begins in March!" Athan tweeted Monday.... [Read More]
01/05/15 Despite fumbles, Colts praise, will stick with RB Dan Herron
Colts third-year running back Dan Herron sat on the bench for short stretches after each of his two fumbles during Sunday's playoff win. But don't expect any further punishment for who it seems head coach Chuck Pagano knows is his best runner. "He's gaining confidence," Pagano said of Herron following the beating of the Bengals. "Obviously there's some plays out there that he'd like to have back ... [Read More]
01/04/15 Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham out for Sunday's Wild Card Game at Indianapolis
Tight end Jermaine Gresham, who injured his back in the Bengals' Week 17 game versus Pittsburgh, will not play Sunday when Cincinnati takes on the Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card Round. Gresham missed practice most of the week, but he was limited on Friday, leading to optimism that he'd play today. However, he was unable to get it loose enough in pregame, warm-ups and the team has officially ... [Read More]
01/03/15 Bengals WR A.J. Green downgraded to out for Sunday
As expected, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green won't play in Sunday's playoff game versus the Colts. On Saturday, the Bengals made it official. Green ended the week with very little practice time and listed as doubtful on the injury report because of the concussion he sustained during last week's loss to the Steelers.... [Read More]
01/03/15 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) misses Saturday practice
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (calf) did not practice on Saturday. While Green Bay would like to get their star quarterback on the field as soon as possible, head coach Mike McCarthy said he didn't expect Rodgers to get "on the practice field till Thursday, probably at the earliest." According to the Associated Press, Rodgers admitted "the calf is slowly progressing" and that he hoped to "get on th... [Read More]
01/03/15 Cardinals QB Drew Stanton to have knee examined next week
Cardinals QB Drew Stanton suffered sprains to the ACL and MCL in his right knee at St. Louis in Week 15. Initially expected to sit out four weeks, Arizona's backup signal-caller is reportedly scheduled to have the recently scoped knee re-examined this coming week. The Cardinals have yet to win a game since losing Stanton to the injury. Third-string QB Ryan Lindley started opposite the Panthers in ... [Read More]
01/03/15 Rex Ryan expected to interview for Falcons' head-coaching job next week
Black Monday victim Rex Ryan is expected to meet with Falcons owner Arthur Blank on Tuesday to discuss the team's head-coaching vacancy. Ryan was interviewed by Blank back in 2009 but accepted the Jets' offer instead. Six years later, Atlanta is re-visiting the possibility of a Ryan-led franchise.... [Read More]
01/03/15 Bengals WR A.J Green misses practice, deemed doubtful for playoff game
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green took a step backward Friday in his recovery from a Week 17 concussion. After going through limited practice on Thursday, he showed up to Friday's session in sweatpants and didn't participate. Shortly after practice ended, the Bengals listed Green as doubtful on their official injury report. They will visit the Colts on Sunday.... [Read More]
01/03/15 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell ruled out for Wild Card Weekend
As much as running back Le'Veon Bell would like to suit up for Saturday's playoff game, the fact is he won't. The Steelers officially ruled him out Friday. Bell didn't practice all week after suffering a hyperextended right knee in Week 17. He hasn't even tried running at full speed yet. Undrafted rookie Josh Harris is the next man up in Pittsburgh's backfield. Fellow rookie Dri Archer and recentl... [Read More]
01/02/15 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart to remain Carolina's workhorse in Week 18
As of Friday, Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) was listed as "probable" on the team's injury report. After missing the last four games, Williams is apparently good to go against the Cardinals on Saturday. While the 31-year-old back was sidelined with a broken finger, RB Jonathan Stewart served as Carolina's workhorse and rushed for more than 400 yards. It is likely that Williams will see some ... [Read More]
01/02/15 Colts RB Trent Richardson questionable for Sunday
Colts RB Trent Richardson (illness) did not practice on Friday. He is questionable to start versus the Bengals on Sunday. If the former Brown does not recovered in time, Indianapolis will look to second-year RB Dan Herron and rookie Zurlon Tipton to carry the load against Cincinnati's 20th-ranked run defense.... [Read More]
01/01/15 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell doesn't practice Thursday
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell stayed off of the practice field for the second consecutive day in order to get more treatment on his injured right knee. Bell told NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala that he feels good but isn't ready to try running on that knee yet. Rookie Josh Harris will start Saturday's playoff game versus Baltimore if Bell can't go.... [Read More]
01/01/15 WR Reggie Wayne says he will play next season if Colts want him back
Reggie Wayne is 36 years old. And if he can keep that horseshoe on the side of his helmet, he'd like to play through his age-37 season. As Wayne prepares for what may be his final home game, he said on his weekly radio show Tuesday that he will play in 2015 "If the Colts want me. Because I'm not playing for nobody else." Wayne is scheduled to become a free agent after the season. He has struggled... [Read More]
01/01/15 Bengals WR A.J. Green returns to practice, not yet cleared to play
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green practiced in limited fashion Thursday, a good sign for his odds of being active in Sunday's playoff game at Indianapolis. Green hasn't been officially cleared to play, but if everything goes according to plan, he will be given the green light following visits to independent doctors on Friday and Saturday.... [Read More]
01/01/15 HC Doug Marrone leaves Bills, will interview with Jets, Falcons, Bears
Doug Marrone opted out of his contract as head coach of the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night after two years at the helm. He compiled a 15-17 record with no playoff appearances. The Jets, for whom Marrone coached the offensive line from 2002-05, reportedly have strong interest in hiring Marrone to be their head coach. They will interview him this weekend, but he will also interview for the head-co... [Read More]
12/31/14 Jaguars view WR Justin Blackmon's possible return as a 'luxury'
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is currently under indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. Will the 2012 first-rounder play for the Jags ever again? No one really knows for sure. Heck, the team isn't even sure when Blackmon can file for reinstatement. "I'm hoping [to know] by the time the draft rolls around so we can play accordingly," general m... [Read More]
12/31/14 Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams is 'ready to roll'
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is all set to play in his first game since Week 13. That's when Williams broke the middle finger on his right hand. Head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Williams is "ready to roll." The Memphis product could have played in last Sunday's NFC South title game at Atlanta, but the team held him out due to concerns regarding his ability to pass protect. Of c... [Read More]
12/31/14 Rams HC Jeff Fisher says using WR Tavon Austin more will be a priority next season
After severely underutilizing 2013 first-round pick Tavon Austin during his rookie year, the versatile wide receiver's numbers actually declined in 2014. Although he saw much more action as a runner, all of his receiving stats -- receptions, receiving yards, yards per catch, touchdowns -- all slumped. Head coach Jeff Fisher noticed this and wants to rectify it next year. "I think as a staff we pl... [Read More]
12/31/14 Broncos TE Julius Thomas concedes ankle injury is still an issue
Broncos TE Julius Thomas sprained his left ankle at St. Louis in Week 11. While he took the field in Weeks 15-17, the 6-foot-5 and 250-pound tight end admitted that the injury has lingered. Hauling in only three receptions over the final three weeks of the season, Thomas said he "definitely needed this bye." The record-breaking tight end added that he hoped the extra rest would have him "looking l... [Read More]
12/31/14 Colts TE Dwayne Allen, WR Reggie Wayne practice Wednesday
It looks like the Colts' pass attack will have everyone up for Sunday's playoff game versus Cincinnati. Tight end Dwayne Allen practiced Wednesday after missing Week 17 due to a knee injury. He was joined on the practice field by wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who suffered a minor groin injury during that win over the Titans.... [Read More]
12/31/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell says he feels 'great,' but doesn't say much about playing status
Less than three days after sustaining a hyperextended right knee, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell met the media Wednesday without a set of crutches or even a noticeable limp. "I feel great," Bell told the throng of reporters twice. So, is he ready to guarantee that he will play Saturday versus the Ravens? "Obviously, I'm taking it day by day," he said.... [Read More]
12/31/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green remains in concussion protocol, won't practice today
Bengals.com editor Geoff Hobson tweeted this morning that wide receiver A.J. Green is still going through the league's concussion protocol, and he gets the sense that Green won't practice today. The stud wideout, who was concussed Sunday night against the Steelers, is trying to get cleared in time for Sunday's playoff game at Indianapolis.... [Read More]
12/31/14 Giants will prepare as if WR Victor Cruz doesn't return to previous form in 2015
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee back in October. He is progressing in his long rehab -- he has been cleared to run on a treadmill. However, Giants general manager Jerry Reese admitted Tuesday that while he remains "hopeful" Cruz can return to full strength next season, he's not just blindly expecting it. "Any guy who has a significant injury — and... [Read More]
12/31/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers plans to use bye week to get healthy
After tweaking his left leg in Week 16, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers fell to the ground with a calf injury this past Sunday. Despite being carted to the locker room for further observation, Rodgers returned in the third quarter of the NFC North showdown versus Detroit. Completing 17 of 22 passes for 226 yards and two TDs in addition to rushing twice for 14 yards and a score, the Packers' signal-caller... [Read More]
12/30/14 Titans unlikely to use first-round draft pick on a QB
After finishing 2014 with a 2-14 record, the Titans have secured the second pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Tennessee began the season with QB Jake Locker under center but eventually handed over the reigns to rookie Zach Mettenberger in Week 8. Mettenberger remained the team's starter until his season ended in Week 14 due to a right shoulder injury. The Titans then closed out the last three weeks of t... [Read More]
12/30/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon may be done in Cleveland
In the wake of Josh Gordon's most recent transgression, word out of Cleveland is that the franchise is tired of dealing with the oft-suspended receiver and will be seeking a trade this coming spring. Whispers among league executives and members of the Browns organization echo a sentiment of aggravation and worry that Gordon will not be able to stay out of trouble. It was also reported that Gordon'... [Read More]
12/30/14 Lions DT Ndamukong Suh wins appeal, will play at Dallas on Sunday
After reviewing Ndamukong Suh's appeal, the NFL has reversed his one-game suspension. The Lions' defensive tackle will suit up against the Cowboys on Sunday. Suh was initially suspended for intentionally stepping on the leg of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in Week 17. Rather than sit out the first week of the postseason, the four-time Pro Bowler will instead pay a $70,000 fine.... [Read More]
12/30/14 Steelers sign RB Ben Tate
Ben Tate is moving on to his fourth team within a calendar year, and he will join his new squad in the playoffs. The Steelers signed Tate today after working him out earlier this morning. The Steelers are in need of running back depth as Le'Veon Bell appears unlikely to play in Saturday's playoff showdown with the Ravens due to a hyperextended right knee. The other RBs on Pittsburgh's roster are r... [Read More]
12/30/14 Jaguars fire OC Jedd Fisch, may be interested in Marc Trestman as replacement
After overseeing arguibly the worst offense in football over the past two years, Jedd Fisch's two-season stint as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator is over. He was fired Tuesday. And that void may be filled by former (as of yesterday) Bears head coach Marc Trestman, according to Jaguars beat writer Ryan O'Halloran. "Gus has become close with former Bears coach Marc Trestman in recent years, so I... [Read More]
12/30/14 Jaguars likely to let WR Cecil Shorts walk
Wide receiver Cecil Shorts has likely played his last game in a Jacksonville Jaguars uniform. General manager Dave Caldwell, when asked about Shorts' future, would only offer, "I'll have to talk to the coaches." Jags beat writer Hays Carlyon speculates that's enough of a sign that Shorts won't be back. Shorts finished this season with 53 catches for 557 yards and just one touchdown.... [Read More]
12/30/14 Browns HC Mike Pettine: WR Josh Gordon is at 'a crossroads with us'
Will Josh Gordon be wearing a Browns uniform next season? According to head coach Mike Pettine, that's really up to the player himself. "We want to take care of our own, but at the same time we're going to hold our guys accountable," Pettine said Monday. "I think everybody recognizes the talent that's there, but this isn't an individual sport. "You have to be accountable to your coaching staff, ... [Read More]
12/30/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell likely to miss first playoff game
CBS' Jason La Canfora has reported that it's likely running back Le'Veon Bell, who suffered a hyperextension of his right knee in Sunday's regular-season finale, will miss the Steelers' Wild Card round game with divisional foe Baltimore on Saturday night. The team planned to bring in Ben Tate for a workout today, which supports the report. The report on Monday was that the injury wasn't significa... [Read More]
12/29/14 Falcons get rid of HC Mike Smith
Following a thudding end to their 2014 season, the Falcons fired head coach Mike Smith on Monday. He had been at the helm since 2008. Smith's ouster had been expected for some time but became all but guaranteed after Atlanta lost Sunday's NFC South title game at home to the Panthers, 34-3. Smith's first five years in Atlanta included a tremendous 56-24 regular-season record. But Atlanta claimed j... [Read More]
12/29/14 Jets fire HC Rex Ryan after 6 years; GM John Idzik also ousted
One of the league's most entertaining head coaches found himself out of work on this year's edition of Black Monday. The Jets fired Rex Ryan after six years on the job. They also let go of general manager John Idzik. Ryan compiled a 50-52 record in New York, including a 4-2 postseason mark. Ryan's first two seasons with the Jets were smashing successes as the team reached the conference champions... [Read More]
12/29/14 WR Mike Wallace denies quitting on Dolphins during Sunday's game
For fantasy purposes, wide receiver Mike Wallace just wrapped up his most productive season since 2011 and his best as a Dolphin. But it ended in rather peculiar fashion as Wallace didn't catch a pass during Sunday's loss to the Jets. Why? Because he didn't play in the second half. And why? Well, according to reports Sunday night, he quit. Late in the first half, Wallace reportedly told head coa... [Read More]
12/29/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green has a concussion
Le'Veon Bell wasn't the only big-name skill-position player to get injured Sunday night. Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a concussion after getting hit by Steelers safety Mike Mitchell in the fourth quarter. The four-time Pro Bowler is currently in the league's concussion protocol. The Bengals will visit the Colts this Sunday in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.... [Read More]
12/29/14 HC Jim Harbaugh parts ways with 49ers
Black Monday got started early in a wholly expected move Sunday night as Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers made what the team insisted was a mutual decision to part ways. "For the last four seasons, I have had the great privilege to coach one of the storied franchises in the history of football," Harbaugh said in a statement following Sunday's win over the Cardinals. "We accomplished man... [Read More]
12/29/14 Browns QB Johnny Manziel vows to 'stop looking like a jackass'
The tumultuous rookie season of Browns' media lightning rod quarterback Johnny Manziel has come to a close, but it didn't happen without another controversial moment to kind of summarize his pro career to-date. Manziel, who showed up late to a scheduled session of treatment on his ailing hamstring Saturday, was questioned about the rumor that he'd had a party Friday night. Even though he denied su... [Read More]
12/29/14 Bills QB Kyle Orton announces retirement
The Buffalo Bills could be in the market for a quarterback this offseason as 10-year veteran Kyle Orton has announced that he will retire. "I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," Orton said. While this is the second time that Orton has retired, there doesn't seem to be any Brett Favre-ish waffling i... [Read More]
12/29/14 Lions DT Ndamukong Suh suspended for playoff game, pending appeal
The NFL has suspended Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh one game for his actions during Sunday's loss to the Packers. Specifically, Suh could be seen stepping on the left leg of Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback lie on the ground after a play. Suh is appealing the suspension in order to play in this weekend's Wild Card playoff game versus the Cowboys.... [Read More]
12/29/14 Bears clean house, fire HC Marc Trestman, GM Phil Emery, OC Aaron Kromer
As of today, Jay Cutler is still a quarterback for the Chicago Bears. But his head coach, the general manager who signed him to a $127 million contract in January, and the offensive coordinator who admitted earlier this month to anonymously criticizing Cutler to the media are no longer employed at Halas Hall. Marc Trestman, Phil Emery and Aaron Kromer were all fired Monday, one day after the Bears... [Read More]
12/29/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell can 'barely walk'
The good news out of Pittsburgh this morning is that Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell doesn't have any major structural damage in his hyperextended right knee. However, according to Dale Lolley of Steel City Insider, Bell could "barely walk" at the team's facility this morning. Bell suffered the injury when he took a low but legal hit from Bengals safety Reggie Nelson.on Sunday night.... [Read More]
12/28/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 17?
Why are we here? That's not meant to be read as some cheap existentialism. If you play season-long fantasy football, why are we here? It's Week 17, and teams such as the Patriots, Cowboys and Colts have little reason to push their stars. Thus, the likes of Rob Gronkowski, DeMarco Murray and T.Y. Hilton may see very limited playing time today. But playing in a season-long fantasy league in Week 17,... [Read More]
12/28/14 Browns RB Terrance West to start vs. Ravens
Terrance West wasn't present for a single snap in Week 16. Now he'll get the first one of Week 17. The rookie will start for Cleveland today in Baltimore. West, a Baltimore native, will be backed up by Isaiah Crowell, who had started four of the Browns' previous six games. Overall, West has compiled 579 rushing yards, 3.8 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 13 games this season.... [Read More]
12/28/14 Report: Falcons WR Julio Jones will play today, RB Steven Jackson will not
NFL Network's Albert Breer has been told that Julio Jones will play this afternoon against the Panthers. Meanwhile, he's also been told that running back Steven Jackson will be inactive for today's NFC South championship game. Jones hardly practiced with the oblique injury that he's dealt with since Week 14. Jackson suffered a quadriceps injury last Sunday and missed the entire practice week. Both... [Read More]
12/27/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski expected to rest in Week 17
The New England Patriots have clinched the AFC East as well as home-field advantage throughout the postseason. With one more regular-season game to play, the Patriots are expected to keep TE Rob Gronkowski sidelined for the majority of the game. In his first season back from ACL and MCL surgery, Gronkowski has put up his best numbers since 2011. Over the past 16 weeks, the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tigh... [Read More]
12/27/14 Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (illness) out for Week 17
Despite practicing in full on Thursday and Friday, Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain will not travel with the team to Washington for Sunday's game. According to the team's website, McClain is dealing with an illness. The former Raider has had a bounce-back season, racking up 81 combined tackles. After having clinched the NFC East, it makes sense that Dallas would want to rest the linebacke... [Read More]
12/27/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended
Announced via a press release distributed by the team, the Cleveland Browns have suspended WR Josh Gordon for Sunday's game against the Ravens. The only explanation given for the benching was that the third-year receiver violated team rules. Ohio University product WR Phil Bates has been called up from the Browns' practice squad and is expected to start in Gordon's place.... [Read More]
12/27/14 Chiefs QB Alex Smith out (spleen) in Week 17
In the Chiefs' Week 16 loss to the Steelers, QB Alex Smith was sacked six times. He was understandably banged up but able to finish the game and even practiced earlier in the week. However, after reporting some discomfort, it was discovered that Smith had a lacerated spleen. Kansas City's signal-caller has been ruled out for Week 17. Career backup Chase Daniel will start versus San Diego in Smith'... [Read More]
12/26/14 Browns rookie QB Connor Shaw to start in Week 17
This Sunday, the Browns will turn to undrafted free agent rookie QB Connor Shaw. With Johnny Manziel recovering from a hamstring injury, and Brian Hoyer sidelined due to shoulder and biceps pains, Cleveland will head to Baltimore with the UDFA starting under center. Signed to the Browns' practice squad in May, Shaw went 27–5 as a starter for South Carolina. He also outplayed Manziel in the p... [Read More]
12/26/14 Falcons RB Steven Jackson (quad) likely to sit in Week 17
Atlanta's No. 1 RB, Steven Jackson, injured his quadriceps in the second quarter of the Falcons' 16-point victory over the Saints in Week 16. The injury forced Jackson from the game. Having missed two practices this week, it is believed the veteran back will sit out the Falcons' final regular-season game against the Carolina Panthers this Sunday.... [Read More]
12/26/14 Bucs sign WR Louis Murphy to multi-year contract extension
On Friday, the Buccaneers announced they had agreed to a multi-year deal with veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy. The deal is believed to be for three years, keeping the 27-year-old wideout in Tampa Bay through 2017. After playing for the Raiders, the Panthers and the Giants, the Florida native appears to have found a more permanent gig.... [Read More]
12/26/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton likely to start in Week 17
After sitting out of Week 16 due to a hamstring injury, Colts WR T.Y. Hilton practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. When asked if Hilton would play at Tennessee on Sunday, head coach Chuck Pagano answered, "Yes." With a 10-5 record, Indianapolis has clinched the AFC South.... [Read More]
12/26/14 Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams (hand) practicing in full
For the first time since breaking his right middle finger in Week 13, Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams practiced in full Wednesday. Previous to his injury, Williams and committee member Jonathan Stewart had been splitting carries evenly. Since Week 14, however, Stewart has been the beneficiary of at least 20 carries per game. Williams is expected to play in Week 17 at Atlanta.... [Read More]
12/22/14 Broncos QB Peyton Manning, WR Emmanuel Sanders active for MNF
As expected, Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders are active and will be on the field tonight versus the Bengals as Denver tries to lock up a first-round bye. Both players were listed as questionable on the Broncos' injury report. Manning nursed a thigh injury during the week while Sanders had to miss some practice time because of the flu. Running back Juwan Thompson is also active despite knee an... [Read More]
12/22/14 Bears QB Jimmy Clausen out for Week 17; Jay Cutler to start
Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen has been diagnosed with a concussion and will sit out the Bears' final game of the 2014 regular season. After being drilled by the Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah in the fourth quarter, Clausen was examined by Chicago's medical staff and showed no signs of a concussion. However, later in the evening, the backup quarterback contacted the team's athletic trainers and ... [Read More]
12/22/14 Chargers QB Philip Rivers has bulging disk in back, may need offseason surgery
The remarkable effort that Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers gave to bring his team back from a three-score deficit Saturday night was made even more remarkable by what we found out about Rivers' health Sunday morning. Rivers has been playing with a bulging disk in his lower back for the past few weeks, an injury that may require surgery. However, Rivers is expected to play his normal role next S... [Read More]
12/21/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has strained calf
Here is an injury story we'll be tracking throughout the week. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers strained a calf muscle in the early stages of Sunday's win over the Buccaneers. Rodgers played through the injury and compiled 31 completions on 40 attempts for 318 yards and one touchdown. "It got really tight about halftime," Rodgers said about his calf. "Came in and got a little treatment and it lo... [Read More]
12/21/14 Colts sit QB Andrew Luck in third quarter of blowout loss; foreshadowing for Week 17?
Sunday's matchup between the Colts and the Cowboys was projected to be a shootout, but only one team was able to fire. Dallas won, 42-7, and the game's result was no longer in doubt with less than 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. That's when the Colts decided to end Andrew Luck's afternoon and insert Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback. Luck really struggled against the Cowboys and actually t... [Read More]
12/21/14 Browns QB Johnny Manziel exits early due to strained hamstring
For those who thought Johnny Manziel would rebound from an awful debut as an NFL starter, well, his body didn't give him much of a chance. Manziel was injured on a rush late in the first half of Sunday's loss to the Panthers. He strained a hamstring and did not return. Granted, it's not like Manziel was on his way to a big day prior to the injury. He completed three of eight throws for 32 yards. ... [Read More]
12/21/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 16?
Some of you will be playing for fantasy titles in Week 17, but for the majority of us, this is the end. Championship Sunday is here, and it's time to be what this day is all about in fantasy football: A champion. Good luck to you all. To help your efforts, we'll be tracking this morning's game-time decisions and giving you the latest as the official inactives reports come out around 11:30 a.m. Eas... [Read More]
12/21/14 Report: Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is 'longshot' to play today
We won't know T.Y. Hilton's official playing status today for another handful of hours. Since many fantasy owners can't afford to wait that long to decide whether or not he should stay in their lineups, this is critical information from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Asked this morning on Twitter about Hilton's chances of suiting up against the Cowboys in Dallas, Rapoport said Hilton will try to play bu... [Read More]
12/20/14 Chargers-49ers injury report: RB Frank Gore, QB Philip Rivers active
The second half of this Saturday NFL doubleheader contains a lot of notable injuries. The two most important players for fantasy purposes who were considered questionable coming into tonight's game are both active. 49ers running back Frank Gore and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers have both been given the green light. Gore suffered a concussion in Week 15, but he has been cleared and will start... [Read More]
12/20/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray expects to suit up vs. Colts
We are less than 24 hours away from kickoff in Dallas between the Colts and the Cowboys. And right now, DeMarco Murray expects to be ready for that moment. NFL.com's Desmond Purnell reported Saturday that Murray "plans" to be in the Cowboys' lineup tomorrow. Murray underwent surgery Monday night to fix a broken bone in his left hand, an injury he sustained late in Dallas' Week 15 win at Philadelph... [Read More]
12/20/14 Report: Patriots WR Julian Edelman will not play Sunday
It's not a very long trip from the New England area to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, but the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe has been told by a couple of sources that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman didn't make that trip with his teammates on Saturday. Edelman suffered a concussion at some point in the past week, possibly during practice. Although he was still able to practice in limited fashion ... [Read More]
12/20/14 49ers RB Carlos Hyde out, Frank Gore questionable for Saturday night
The San Francisco 49ers will be without rookie running back Carlos Hyde, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Frank Gore, who's trying to get clearance to play after suffering a concussion in Week 15, is listed as questionable after getting in a limited practice Friday. If Gore can get cleared by doctors, he's expected to suit up tonight when the 49ers host the Chargers.... [Read More]
12/19/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton's Week 16 status in question
Mike Chappell, who has been covering the Colts for decades, tweeted Friday that wide receiver T.Y. Hilton is unlikely to play when the Colts visit Dallas to take on the Cowboys this weekend. Hilton missed practice again Friday and hasn't practiced all week after injuring his hamstring in Week 15. Hilton has 82 catches for 1,345 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014. He is listed as questionable on t... [Read More]
12/18/14 Jaguars QB Blake Bortles will start tonight
It was reported Monday that Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles had been diagnosed with a mid-foot sprain after Sunday's game against Baltimore. It's clear now that was obviously false as Bortles will start on a short week tonight versus the Titans. The rookie has thrown 17 interceptions and just 10 touchdowns in 11 starts.... [Read More]
12/18/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson a full participant at Thursday practice, good to go
The Detroit Lions' top receiver, Calvin Johnson, was a full participant at Thursday's practice and expects zero limitations Sunday against the Bears. The star receiver has been battling a sore ankle for much of the season, but it appears that it's completely healed.... [Read More]
12/18/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray limited in Thursday practice, optimism mounting
Running back DeMarco Murray got in a limited practice session for Dallas on Thursday, taking handoffs and catching passes with his surgically repaired left hand wrapped for protection. After news broke Monday that he needed surgery, the automatic assumption was that he'd be unable to play for the Cowboys when they host the Colts in Week 16. Now, that assumption is not so clear. He'll still likely... [Read More]
12/18/14 Chargers TE Ladarius Green returns to practice from concussion
Tight end Ladarius Green returned to practice for San Diego on Thursday and is likely to play this weekend. He missed the team's Week 15 loss to Denver after suffering a concussion in Week 14 against New England. Green practiced the Friday leading up to last Sunday's game but was unable to clear the concussion protocol prior to kickoff.... [Read More]
12/17/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton returns to practice
Cam Newton is officially on the comeback trail following last week's car accident. Newton practiced Wednesday for the first time since the wreck and split first-team reps with backup Derek Anderson. Newton didn't play in Week 15 due to the two broken bones in his back that were a result of the accident on Dec. 9. The Panthers will host the Browns in Week 16.... [Read More]
12/17/14 Falcons HC confirms WR Julio Jones will be a game-time decision
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said earlier this week that he expects Julio Jones to play in Week 16. Today, he kind of backtracked from that proclamation. He told the media that he will make a decision as to whether or not his star wideout will play against the Saints at 10:30 a.m. Central on Sunday.... [Read More]
12/17/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray goes through individual drills Wednesday
The Cowboys listed running back DeMarco Murray as "DNP" for Wednesday's practice. But don't let that fool you; he did more than nothing. Murray went through individual drills with a large wrap and some padding covering his surgically-repaired left hand. He even caught passes one-handed.... [Read More]
12/17/14 Bears bench QB Jay Cutler; Jimmy Clausen to start Sunday
Big news out of the Windy City earlier this afternoon: The Chicago Bears have benched their $126.7 million quarterback, Jay Cutler, for Sunday's game versus the Lions. Jimmy Clausen will get the start instead. Clausen, a 2010 second-round pick of the Panthers', hasn't started a game since his rookie year and has a 3:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio.... [Read More]
12/16/14 Texans optimistic WR Andre Johnson will play Sunday
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson couldn't gain clearance following his Week 14 concussion to play last Sunday against the Colts. But head coach Bill O'Brien thinks he will have his future Hall of Fame wideout on the field for the team's upcoming game against Baltimore. "I think [Johnson] feels better today," O'Brien said Monday. "Looks like we would have Andre Johnson back for Sunday."... [Read More]
12/16/14 49ers RBs Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde don't practice Tuesday
The 49ers are preparing for the Chargers this Saturday, so they are practicing on a short week. And they were short two running backs during Tuesday's session. Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde did not practice. Gore sustained a concussion in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. However, head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Gore is "feeling good." Hyde suffered back and ankle injuries Sunday. The severity... [Read More]
12/16/14 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: RB DeMarco Murray could be game-time decision, can play without practice
To the many fantasy owners waiting for official word on the Week 16 availability of Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray: You'll probably have to wait until 90 minutes prior to Sunday's kickoff against the Colts. "I don't think we'd need to see [Murray] practice," team owner Jerry Jones told the media Tuesday. "I think it's more a question of the condition of the hand at game time and what we can ... [Read More]
12/16/14 Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro placed on IR with sprained foot
Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was placed on season-ending injured reserve by Baltimore on Tuesday due to a sprained foot. The Ravens' runner had a small amount of success for the team that cut lead running back Ray Rice in September amid the media firestorm created by the domestic violence case involving him and his then-fiancee and now wife, Janay. Taliaferro played in 13 games. He took... [Read More]
12/16/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones' Week 16 status unclear
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12/16/14 Chargers WR Keenan Allen diagnosed with broken collarbone, likely done for 2014
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen's season could be over as he was diagnosed Tuesday with a broken collarbone. The team has yet to make an official move or announcement, but he will likely end up on season-ending injured reserve as he's unlikely to heal in time to play again this season, barring a deep playoff run by the Chargers. They would need help just to get into the playoffs. The... [Read More]
12/16/14 Redskins send QB Colt McCoy (neck) to IR
The Washington Redskins have sent QB Colt McCoy to injured reserve, ending his 2014 season. In five games (four starts) for the Redskins this season, McCoy completed 71.1 percent of his passes with a 4:3 TD-to-INT ratio. QB Robert Griffin III is expected to start the final two games of the season while being backed up by Kirk Cousins. Normal 0 false false false EN-US ... [Read More]
12/16/14 Titans QB Jake Locker's shoulder injury lands him on season-ending IR
The season and likely Titans career of quarterback Jake Locker is apparently coming to an end. According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt, Tennessee placed the much-maligned Locker on season-ending injured reserve Monday due to him needing surgery on his injured left shoulder. The injury was sustained in the second quarter of Sunday's game with the New York Jets.... [Read More]
12/15/14 Falcons expect WR Julio Jones to play in next game
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Monday that he expects star wide receiver Julio Jones to play Sunday against the Saints. Smith said Jones, who was held out of Week 15 due to a hip injury, has been recovering well and improving since initially suffering the injury during his 259-yard effort in Green Bay the week prior. Jones has 1,428 yards in 13 games this season.... [Read More]
12/15/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III expected to start in Week 16
Robert Griffin III couldn't have expected to play a full game Sunday against the Giants, but that's pretty much what happened after starter Colt McCoy aggravated his neck injury during the Redskins' first drive. Griffin came in and kept Washington competitive for most of the day, racking up 282 total yards (46 on the ground) and one touchdown. Sixty minutes of Griffin is the plan for this weekend... [Read More]
12/15/14 After MRI, Colts WR T.Y. Hilton's hamstring checks out OK
Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton caught only four passes for 50 yards in Week 15 versus Houston. But it wasn't the Texans' defense that slowed him; Hilton suffered a hamstring tweak during the game. He played a normal amount of snaps but left the field after the win with his left hamstring wrapped. However, head coach Chuck Pagano said Monday that Hilton's MRI came back negative, and he hopes his ... [Read More]
12/15/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray to undergo surgery for broken hand, not yet ruled out for Week 16
As fantasy owners prepare for championship week, one of the game's top players is getting set for surgery. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray broke a bone in his left hand during last night's win over the Eagles. He will undergo surgery today, but team executive Stephen Jones said in a radio interview that Murray has not been ruled out for Week 16's showdown versus the Colts. Specifically, Murra... [Read More]
12/14/14 Giants RB Rashad Jennings re-injures ankle after 1 play
Fantasy owners knew Giants running back Rashad Jennings would be limited by his injured ankle last week in Tennessee. Surely enough, he carried the ball only three times in that game. But there weren't any worries heading into Sunday's game versus Washington -- other than a less-than-favorable matchup. Jennings had even been removed from the Giants' injury report. Jennings got the start versus th... [Read More]
12/14/14 Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick breaks leg; backup QB Tom Savage injures knee
Could Thad Lewis be the Texans' starting quarterback in Week 16. That's a legitimate question after what happened Sunday in Indianapolis. Starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lasted a little more than a quarter before breaking his left leg. He was carted to the locker room, and his season is obviously over. Fourth-round rookie Tom Savage replaced Fitzpatrick and completed 10 of his 19 passes for 127 yard... [Read More]
12/14/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 15?
Nervous yet? Week 15 represents the semifinals in most leagues. Today is for a chance to play for that brass ring. As such, many owners probably spent a lot of hours this week parsing over every bit of information available, dissecting matchups and breaking down statistical trends. A response: Don't overthink it. That's a difficult concept to comprehend with so much on the line, but the reality... [Read More]
12/14/14 UPDATE: Falcons WR Julio Jones runs at practice Saturday; game-time decision
Updating yesterday's report, Jeff Darlington is reporting that Falcons WR Julio Jones ran at practice Saturday and will test his hip out Sunday during warm-ups. He's a true game-time decision for the Falcons game with Pittsburgh.... [Read More]
12/13/14 Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry to see a lot of DB Darrelle Revis in Week 15
ESPN Boston writer Mike Reiss reports that the Patriots plan to use All-Pro defensive back Darrelle Revis to shadow Dolphins' rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry a lot when the two teams square off in Week 15. Brandon Browner is expected to cover Landry's teammate Mike Wallace primarily.... [Read More]
12/13/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones unlikely to play Week 15
Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter reports that it's unlikely Julio Jones plays in Week 15 and that if he did, he'd just be a decoy. Jones injured his hip late in the Falcons loss to Green Bay in Week 14. Jones was in the midst of an all-time great receiving game, with 11 catches for 259 yards and a touchdown prior to the injury.... [Read More]
12/13/14 Packers RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks to split carries Week 15
According to Packers' ESPN reporter Mike Demovsky, Green Bay could implement a 50-50 split on carries between running backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks in the team's Week 15 game at Buffalo. Lacy is dealing with a hip injury that he sustained in the Packers' Week 14 win against Atlanta. Starks handled 10 carries in the game against the Falcons, racking up 75 yards and a touchdown. He added two c... [Read More]
12/13/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball placed on season-ending IR
Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve Saturday. He has been unable to overcome the groin injury that has hampered him and kept him sidelined the majority of the season. Ball finished the 2014 campaign with 55 carries for 172 yards and one touchdown.... [Read More]
12/12/14 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews misses full week of practice
It's looking like Ryan Mathews' impact in this Sunday's showdown versus the Broncos will match what he did during the practice week: nil. Mathews didn't practice Friday, his third consecutive practice missed because of an ankle injury. The Chargers have yet to rule him out for Week 15. ... [Read More]
12/12/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles returns to practice
As expected, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice on Thursday, albeit in limited fashion. Charles sat out Wednesday's session because of knee and ankle pain, but he's fully expected his handle his normal workload Sunday versus the Raiders.... [Read More]
12/12/14 Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams 'probably' won't play Sunday
Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams practiced Thursday for the first time since breaking his right middle finger in Week 13. But it may not do him any good in regards to this weekend's game versus the Buccaneers. Head coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Williams will "probably" miss his second consecutive contest due to the injury.... [Read More]
12/12/14 Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas practice Thursday
As the Broncos' passing game looks to get back on track after a couple of so-so performances, it looks like they will have their full complement of weapons ready to roll this weekend in San Diego. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas went through limited practice Thursday. Demaryius has been playing through an ankle injury while Julius' own ankle injury has kept him sidelined... [Read More]
12/11/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson a full participant at Thursday practice
After spending much of the season nursing an ankle injury, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson appears to be back to his old self. Johnson was a full participant at Thursday's practice and doesn't expect to be held back in any capacity when the Lions play Minnesota on Sunday.... [Read More]
12/11/14 Packers RB Eddie Lacy limited Thursday, could miss Week 15
When asked about his status for Week 15, Packers running back Eddie Lacy said that he "still has hurdles to clear" and that he won't "put the team at a disadvantage if he can't play effectively." Despite going through limited practice on Wednesday and Thursday, it's safe to say Lacy is extremely questionable for the Packers' game at Buffalo this weekend.... [Read More]
12/10/14 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews misses Wednesday practice with ankle injury, status unknown
Chargers RB Ryan Mathews missed practice Wednesday with an ankle injury he sustained in Week 14. His status is currently unknown for Sunday's game against Denver. If Mathews is ruled out, Donald Brown will likely get the start at running back, with Branden Oliver backing him up.... [Read More]
12/10/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson misses practice Wednesday due to concussion, currently day-to-day
The Houston Texans could be without wide receiver Andre Johnson when they face divisional foe the Indianapolis Colts, in Week 14. Johnson was knocked out of the team's 27-13 win at Jacksonville on a second quarter hit by Jaguars' LB Telvin Smith and has yet to practice this week. When asked about Johnson's status after the missed practice, head coach Bill O'Brien was mum, not saying whether Johnso... [Read More]
12/10/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) misses practice
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles missed Wednesday practice due to swelling in his knee and ankle soreness. Charles sustained the knee injury in Week 13's loss to the Broncos, but he has remained on the field without seeing a decrease in work over the past two weeks. When asked about Charles' status for Week 15, head coach Andy Reid said, "I think he'll be OK, but he's going to go through treatment. We'll ... [Read More]
12/10/14 Jaguars RB Denard Robinson out for the season due to mid-foot sprain
Jaguars RB Denard Robinson suffered a sprain in his right foot during Sunday's loss against the Houston Texans. Specifically, it's a mid-foot sprain, and the injury will cause him to miss the remainder of the season as the Jaguars announced today that the second-year RB will be placed on the injured reserve. "I got tackled on like the third play of the game," Robinson said. "I came in [Tuesday] a... [Read More]
12/10/14 Giants RB Rashad Jennings to see full workload in Week 15
One week after being limited to three touches due to an ankle injury Giants RB Rashad Jennings is not listed on the Week 15 injury report. When asked about Jennings' status, head coach Tom Coughlin said his lead running back should be able to handle a full workload in Sunday's divisional matchup against the Redskins. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ... [Read More]
12/10/14 Panthers QB Derek Anderson will draw the start Sunday
Following Cam Newton's car accident Tuesday, which resulted in two fractured transverse processes in his back, the Panthers have announced that QB Derek Anderson will start Sunday versus Tampa Bay. The team has referred to Newton's status as day-to-day, leaving open the possibility that he will return in Week 16. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ... [Read More]
12/07/14 Report: Cardinals will shut down RB Andre Ellington for rest of season
The Cardinals notched their 10th victory of the season Sunday and currently sit with the No. 1 seed in the NFC. If they want to hold onto their lofty perch, they will have to do so without their leading rusher. According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 AM in Arizona, Ellington will be placed on injured reserve because of hip and groin injuries. Jurecki reports that Ellington will visit a special... [Read More]
12/07/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 14?
You know what time it is. To help you survive and advance today, this post will provide all of the information regarding this morning's actives and inactives. Among the names we'll be tracking this morning are Isaiah Crowell, Rashad Jennings, Justin Forsett, DeSean Jackson and Greg Olsen, to name a few. Follow along with this post and refresh it consistently starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern for a... [Read More]
12/06/14 Falcons WR Roddy White returns to practice, officially questionable for MNF
Falcons wide receiver Roddy White practiced for the first time in two weeks Saturday, increasing the odds that he will play Monday night in Green Bay. White was inactive in Week 13 due to his ankle injury. That game followed a practice week that contained no participation from White. This week, he got one day of work in. He is officially listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.... [Read More]
12/06/14 A 'real chance' Colts WR Reggie Wayne retires after 2014 season
A report by Indianapolis' RTV Channel 6 is indicating that Colts receiver Reggie Wayne may be seriously considering retirement at the end of this season. The No. 1 reason? Family. Wayne has three young sons and missing what they're doing apparently is starting to take its toll on the 36-year-old veteran. "Thirty-six, man," Wayne said. "Kids growing up. It's time for family decisions. They're 11, ... [Read More]
12/06/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson not likely to play Week 14
Dianna Marie Russini, host of "Redskins Showtime," is reporting that Washington is planning to play without wide receiver DeSean Jackson in their Week 14 game with the St. Louis Rams. Jackson is dealing with a bruised fibula that has kept him out of practice all week.... [Read More]
12/06/14 Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon placed on season-ending IR due to back injury
Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon of the Minnesota Vikings has been placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a back injury sustained in Week 12. McKinnon missed last week's game and has been unable to practice since sustaining the injury. McKinnon had emerged as the Vikings' best running back after starter Adrian Peterson was suspended early in the season, rushing for 538 yards on 113 car... [Read More]
12/06/14 Broncos TE Julius Thomas (ankle) GTD for Sunday
The Denver Post reports that Broncos TE Julius Thomas' status for Sunday's game versus the Bills "won't be determined until a couple of hours before the game." When asked about his thoughts on his own status, Thomas said he was "not sure yet" if he would be ready to play. Fellow TE Jacob Tamme is also listed as questionable due to a rib injury, and he was unable to practice at all this week. ... [Read More]
12/05/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ribs, lung) done for the season
Bears WR Brandon Marshall remains hospitalized after suffering two fractured ribs and a lung injury during Thursday night's loss versus the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears have confirmed that he will not play again this season. The injury occurred in the second quarter when Marshall received a hit from Cowboys safety Barry Church. Specifically, Church's knee hit Marshall flush in the lower back. Mars... [Read More]
12/05/14 Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor set to start Sunday
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12/03/14 Bears K Robbie Gould unlikely to play Thursday; team signs veteran Jay Feely
Chicago kicker Robbie Gould, who is dealing with an injured quad muscle, is not expected to play Thursday night when the Bears host the Dallas Cowboys. In light of the injury, the team signed 38 year-old, free agent kicker Jay Feely Wednesday. Feely played for Arizona last season and made 30 of 36 field goals.... [Read More]
12/03/14 Raiders RB Latavius Murray clears concussion protocol; expected to play Sunday
After missing the team's Week 13 drubbing at the hands of the St. Louis Rams with a concussion he sustained in Week 12 , Oakland running back Latavius Murray should return to game action this week against San Francisco. He has only seen 14 carries on the season, gaining 166 yards and scoring two touchdowns.... [Read More]
12/02/14 Titans WR Justin Hunter to miss rest of season with spleen injury
Wide receiver Justin Hunter of the Tennessee Titans is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a lacerated spleen he suffered in the Titans' 45-21 drubbing at the hands of the Houston Texans on Sunday. Hunter finishes his 2014 season with 28 catches for 498 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver duties for the Titans will fall mainly to Kendall Wright and Nate Washington.... [Read More]
12/01/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson may not practice due to bruised fibula, expected to play this week
Despite the fact that Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson could barely walk off of the field and out of Lucas Oil Stadium after Sunday's loss to the Colts, it would seem like the deep threat is a long shot to play in Week 14. Not so, according to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington. She reported Monday that Jackson "probably won't practice this week, but he should play Sunday" when the R... [Read More]
12/01/14 Browns RB Terrance West criticized by head coach for fumbling
Browns head coach Mike Pettine criticized rookie running back Terrance West after Sunday's loss in Buffalo. His ire was focused on one play when the Browns were trailing 7-3 in the third quarter. West fumbled the football, allowing Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes to return it for a touchdown. "You can't be that loose with the football, it's inexcusable," Pettine said. "West really changed the wh... [Read More]
12/01/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles not expected to miss any time due to knee swelling
In Monday's press conference, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said running back Jamaal Charles dealt with swelling in his knee during Sunday night's loss to the Denver Broncos. When asked about the status of Charles, Reid stated, "I think he'll be OK this week." Charles received 14 touches for 59 total yards, including a 12-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Normal 0 ... [Read More]
12/01/14 UPDATE: Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has broken finger
Update: Williams has been officially diagnosed with a broken right middle finger. He is listed as day-to-day for now. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Monday he believes that running back DeAngelo Williams broke his right hand in Sunday's 31-13 loss to Minnesota. Williams finished the game but was ineffective... [Read More]
12/01/14 Titans WR Justin Hunter remains hospitalized with lacerated spleen
Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter remains in a Houston hospital after being admitted following Sunday's game against the Texans with a lacerated spleen. Hunter was injured on a hit by Texans DB Danieal Manning early in the first quarter. He returned to the game, but exited again shortly thereafter and did not return. Hunter is likely to remain in the hospital for the next couple of days and is in... [Read More]
12/01/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's hip injury not serious, could play in Week 14
After exiting in the second quarter and not returning to Sunday's 29-18 loss to Atlanta, running back Andre Ellington was diagnosed with a hip pointer. Early reports on Monday state that the injury isn't as serious as it could be and that he could potentially return for the team's Week 14 game against Kansas City. Ellington has run for 660 yards on the season, caught 46 balls for an additional 39... [Read More]
11/30/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 13?
It's Week 13, and that means this its "do or die" time for many of you. The playoffs are just a week away in many leagues. Are you on the outside looking in? We hope to help you this morning by bringing you the latest on the early-game actives and inactives. Frankly, there aren't many players worth watching, but if Arian Foster reinjures his groin during pregame warmups, we'll let y... [Read More]
11/30/14 Texans RB Arian Foster expected to play today
Reports from NFL insiders and words from Texans head coach Bill O'Brien have gotten everyone's hopes up in each of the past two weeks that running back Arian Foster will make his return to the field after suffering a groin injury in Week 9. Except he didn't in either week. Foster missed games against the Browns and Bengals, but it looks like he will finally be active today against the Titans. He p... [Read More]
11/30/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon will be 'full go' today versus Bills
After his eight-catch, 120-yard debut last week, the reins are going to come off of Josh Gordon today against the Buffalo Bills. That's what NFL.com's Albert Breer said this morning. He added that the Browns' dominant No. 1 wide receiver will be "full go" this afternoon.... [Read More]
11/30/14 Report: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch might retire after this season
There were reports last summer that Marshawn Lynch was considering retirement. Obviously, he decided to stick around for 2014, but perhaps no longer? NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, citing sources familiar with Lynch's thinking, that the workhorse back "is weighing the possibility of retiring after this year." However, Rapoport adds that Lynch might stay in the league if Seattle's off... [Read More]
11/28/14 Former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice wins appeal
Free agent running back Ray Rice has won the appeal of his suspension and has officially been reinstated to the NFL. Rice is now eligible to sign with any team. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ... [Read More]
11/26/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham (back) a full participant at Wednesday practice
Giants rookie wide receiver, Odell Beckham was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He had been injured after taking a knee to the back in Sunday night's loss to Dallas. Beckham missed the first four games of the season, but has become the most dangerous weapon in the Giants' passing attack. Through his first seven NFL games, he is averaging just fewer than seven catches and 90 yards per g... [Read More]
11/26/14 Jets to go back to Geno Smith at QB; Michael Vick benched
The New York Jets reported, via their Twitter feed, that Geno Smith will get the start over Michael Vick at quarterback when they face the Miami Dolphins in their divisional, Monday Night Football matchup in Week 13. It was reported just yesterday that the Jets intended to stick with Vick at QB. Apparently, that changes like the weather in New York. Neither quarterback has been effective this sea... [Read More]
11/26/14 Redskins benching QB Robert Griffin III; Colt McCoy to start
NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Washington Redskins will start Colt McCoy at quarterback in their Week 13 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. In three games since returning from an ankle injury which had sidelined him since Week 2, Griffin has been less than effective. In those games, Griffin has averaged just 188 yards passing, thrown just two touchdowns and turned the ball over ... [Read More]
11/25/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) limited Tuesday; expected to play Thursday
Bears all-pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall was again limited in practice Tuesday, nursing a sore ankle. He should still be a full go when Chicago takes on Detroit in the first of Thursday's Thanksgiving Day triple-header. Marshall has put together an atypical season, hauling in just 52 passes for 618 yards and eight touchdowns.... [Read More]
11/25/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush (ankle/back) limited Tuesday
Lions running back Reggie Bush was limited in practice again Tuesday, nursing injuries to both his ankle and his back. Bush has missed three of the Lions past four games and four games on the season. He's been largely ineffective when he does play, rushing for just 191 yards and one touchdown on 53 carries. He's contributed just 26 receptions for 169 yards in the passing game.... [Read More]
11/25/14 Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (broken finger) limited in practice; expected to play Thursday
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams, who suffered a broken fingertip in Sunday's win over the New York Giants, was limited in practice on Tuesday. He is still expected to play in the Cowboys Thanksgiving afternoon showdown with the Eagles, likely wearing a splint on the finger. Williams has 28 catches for 444 yards, with six touchdowns, on the season.... [Read More]
11/25/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron expected to return in Week 13
According to ESPN Cleveland's Browns analyst Tony Grossi, "all signs look like a go", for tight end Jordan Cameron in Week 13. Cameron has missed the past four games due to a concussion. The 26 year-old from USC has caught just 13 passes for 250 yards and one touchdown on the season.... [Read More]
11/23/14 'It would take a miracle' for Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald to play today
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald didn't practice at all this week, and he is unlikely to play this afternoon in Seattle. Specifically, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that "it would take a miracle" for Fitzgerald to be active. Fitz suffered a fairly serious MCL sprain in his knee last week.... [Read More]
11/23/14 Report: Dolphins RB Lamar Miller will suit up vs. Broncos
Despite being limited in practice and suffering a knee injury during the week, Dolphins running back Lamar Miller will play this afternoon against the Broncos. That's what a source has confirmed to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. Miller played through his shoulder sprain against the Bills in Week 11, gaining 98 yards on 17 touches.... [Read More]
11/23/14 Newly acquired Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount to split carries with Jonas Gray
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has reported that running back Patriots LeGarrette Blount, who was cut by Pittsburgh on Tuesday and signed by New England on Thursday, will be active for the team's Week 12 game and will see action. It is expected that he'll split carries with Jonas Gray. At this time, it's unclear how that split will break down.... [Read More]
11/23/14 Patriots RB Jonas Gray expected to split carries after oversleeping and missing Friday practice
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that Patriots running back Jonas Gray is expected to play in Week 12 after being sent home from Friday's practice for disciplinary reasons. Gray overslept, showed up at the team's practice facility late and was promptly sent home by the coaching staff. Gray reportedly reached out to teammates to apologize. Rapoport adds that Gray will split carries with the ne... [Read More]
11/23/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 12?
With the bye weeks wrapping up after this week, that means there will be more teams, players and, yes, injuries to consider every Sunday from here on out. With only two teams on bye today, we've got plenty of injured stars to keep track of this morning, including Arian Foster, Reggie Bush, Greg Jennings, Justin Hunter and Buccaneers running backs Charles Sims and Doug Martin. Starting at about 11:... [Read More]
11/23/14 Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon will play 20-30 snaps today
Josh Gordon is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. He was the most productive WR in fantasy last season. He is the Browns' best offensive weapon by far, and he will be making his season debut today versus the Falcons as his 10-game suspension has ended. But if you believe ESPN's Adam Schefter and his sources, Gordon's talents won't be unleashed to the fullest extent this afternoon. Schefter... [Read More]
11/23/14 Report: Lions RB Reggie Bush unlikely to play Sunday, aiming for Thanksgiving return
Reggie Bush said earlier this week that he would play against the Patriots, but it sounds like he has pushed his ETA back a bit. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said Saturday that he's "hearing" Bush will be a "no-go" for Week 12 in New England. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported soon afterward that Bush actually has his eyes set on playing on Thanksgiving versus the Bears. Bush has been bothe... [Read More]
11/23/14 Bills planning on RB Fred Jackson playing versus Jets
Bills running back Fred Jackson didn't play in Week 11, but that was a function of a cramped schedule more than anything else. Head coach Doug Marrone said after the loss to Miami that the four days in between Buffalo's two most recent games didn't give Jackson enough time to recover following his Week 10 return from a fairly serious groin injury. However, time is on Jackson's side this week. Whe... [Read More]
11/23/14 Texans RB Arian Foster's chances of playing Sunday are 'very, very low'
ESPN's Texans reporter Tania Ganguli was asked Friday via Twitter what the chances are that running back Arian Foster will play Sunday against the Bengals. Her response: "Very, very low." As such, Foster, who has not played since Week 9 due to a groin injury, will likely be replaced in the starting lineup once again by Alfred Blue. The rookie did most of the heavy lifting for Houston out of its ba... [Read More]
11/21/14 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders expected to play Week 12; TE Julius Thomas a game-time decision
It's looking like Broncos QB Peyton Manning will have at least one of his main receiving threats back on Sunday, and possibly two. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice Friday and is looking like he'll be good to go for the team's Week 12 game versus Miami after recovering from a Week 11 concussion. Tight end Julius Thomas barely practiced this week because of his sprained ankle and ... [Read More]
11/21/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron returns to practice, will not play in Week 12
Pat McManamon, who covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPN.com, says tight end Jordan Cameron will not play Sunday, but he did return to practice on Friday. It was his first practice since Week 8. Cameron has missed the past three games due to concussion-related issues. He has posted 13 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown in six games this year. With Cameron out again, Jim Dray and Gary Bar... [Read More]
11/20/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas returns to practice
New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas returned to practice Thursday after missing more than four weeks with a shoulder injury he sustained in Week 7. It is unclear if Thomas will be able to play in Week 12, but this is definitely a good sign for the Saints' top backfield receiving threat.... [Read More]
11/20/14 Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) to be game-time decision in Week 12
Houston Texans beat writer Brian T. Smith reported Thursday that head coach Bill O'Brien is considering running back Arian Foster (groin) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with Cincinnati. After being listed as "limited" in Wednesday's practice, Foster missed Thursday session. Foster missed last week's game as well. Alfred Blue filled in for Foster, running for 156 yards on 36 carries. Shoul... [Read More]
11/19/14 Vikings land free agent RB Ben Tate off waivers
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11/18/14 Saints WR Brandin Cooks placed on IR
The Saints officially placed rookie WR Brandin Cooks on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday because of his broken thumb. The Saints initially gave Cooks a 4-6-week time frame to return following the injury sustained in the Week 11 loss to the Bengals, but now have opted to end the rookie's season after he underwent surgery. The No. 20 overall pick of May's draft, Cooks' season ends with a 53-550... [Read More]
11/18/14 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw placed on season-ending injured reserve
The Indianapolis Colts have placed RB Ahmad Bradshaw on season-ending IR Tuesday due to a fractured fibula suffered in Sunday's loss against the Patriots. The veteran RB is set to become a free agent in the offseason. The injury leaves the Colts' RB depth chart with Trent Richardson and Dan Herron. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ... [Read More]
11/18/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson suspended for remainder of season, to remain on exempt list
On a day of ups and downs in the saga of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, the final piece of news on the matter today seems to be just that -- final. Or, at least it's final for this season. Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports reports that arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled that the NFL can keep Peterson on its exempt list, in essence all but assuring he will not see the field again in 2014. From ... [Read More]
11/18/14 Steelers cut ties with RB LeGarrette Blount
Per their official Twitter feed, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday that they have released running back LeGarrette Blount. There had been multiple reports of Blount's attitude being an issue, with several players pushing the team to let him go. He reportedly left the field early on Monday as a show of frustration over not getting any carries. With Blount gone, Le'Veon Bell will continue t... [Read More]
11/18/14 Browns release RB Ben Tate
The Cleveland Browns have released running back Ben Tate according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Tate was brought to Cleveland in the off-season to be their starting running back. The emergence of rookies Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West as viable NFL running backs made it a little easier for the team to not put up with his vocalizing of his frustration over his role. Tate had run for 333 ya... [Read More]
11/17/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball, TE Julius Thomas, and WR Emmanuel Sanders all injured in Week 11
It was a bad day all around for the Denver Broncos. Running back Montee Ball (groin), tight end Julius Thomas (ankle) and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (consussion) all left the team's 22-7 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams early on Sunday. Early in the first quarter, Ball reaggravated a groin injury he'd been dealing with for the better part of the season. He went to the sideline, receive... [Read More]
11/17/14 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw believed to have broken ankle; tests coming Monday
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that it is likely Indianapolis Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a broken ankle in the team's 42-20 loss to New England on Sunday night. Bradshaw has compiled a total of 725 rushing and receiving yards, with 38 receptions and eight total touchdowns.... [Read More]
11/17/14 Colts TE Dwayne Allen suffers what's believed to be high ankle sprain
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Indianapolis Colts could be without their starting tight end for a while, as it's believed that Dwayne Allen suffered a high ankle sprain in the Colts Sunday night dismantling at the hands of the New England Patriots. In his absence, TE Coby Fleener filled in nicely, catching seven balls for 144 yards.... [Read More]
11/17/14 UPDATE: Saints WR Brandin Cooks breaks thumb; expected to miss four to six weeks
Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is expected to miss four to six weeks after emerging from the team's 27-10 loss to Cincinnati Week 11. Cooks did not miss time in the game, finishing with five catches for 50 yards on seven targets. Original reports were that it would only be two to four weeks. Cooks has been having a solid rookie campaign, on pace... [Read More]
11/16/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 11?
Well, the good news is there aren't a lot of true game-time decisions to watch this morning. The bad news -- and part of the reason for that previous sentence -- is that many players have already been ruled out for today's action. You can read more about those guys at the bottom of this page. This field will be spent updating you on the injured stars who may or may not suit up for the 1 p.m. Easte... [Read More]
11/16/14 Report: Lions RB Reggie Bush is out for Week 11
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passes along the word that the Lions will be without running back Reggie Bush this afternoon in Arizona. Bush has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past month and re-aggravated it during last week's win over the Dolphins. He didn't practice at all this week, but Rapoport's source says Bush should return in Week 12.... [Read More]
11/15/14 Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph may be on 'pitch count' in first game since hernia surgery
Kyle Rudolph is getting set to play in his first game since Week 3. But a major question remains: How much will he play? Rudolph has been inactive since suffering a groin injury that required sports hernia surgery in late September. And considering that Rudolph, whom the Vikings signed to a six-year, $37 million contract during the summer, has missed 14 of the team's last 25 games due to injury, t... [Read More]
11/15/14 Titans TE Delanie Walker practices Saturday, still needs clearance to play
Titans tight end Delanie Walker cleared a major hurdle on Saturday in his effort to play in Week 11. But ultimate clearance still eludes him. Walker practiced in limited fashion today. It was the first time he's practiced since sustaining a concussion last week versus the Ravens. He is listed as questionable for Monday night's showdown with the Steelers, but Walker's availability will hinge on th... [Read More]
11/15/14 Report: The 'sense is' Lions RB Reggie Bush won't play Sunday
ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted Saturday morning that his "sense is" Lions running back Reggie Bush won't play in Week 11 because of his lingering ankle sprain. Bush played last week but was admittedly limited against the Dolphins after reinjuring his ankle in the early stages. He is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Arizona, but he didn't practice during the week.... [Read More]
11/15/14 UPDATE: Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) out for Week 11
Updating a previous story, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster has been officially downgraded to out for Week 11 with a groin injury. Foster was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's game with the Browns, but now won't make the trip to Cleveland. Rookie RB Alfred Blue will shoulder the load in Foster's absence.... [Read More]
11/15/14 49ers LB Patrick Willis (toe) placed on injured reserve
The 49ers announced this week that linebacker Patrick Willis will be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to a toe injury suffered in Week 6. The team captain and seven-time Pro Bowler was replaced by rookie LB Chris Borland. Borland has played well since stepping in for the injured veteran, recording 43 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery the past three games. Normal 0 ... [Read More]
11/15/14 UPDATE: Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner ruled out due to hamstring injury
Update: Alterraun Verner has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Redskins. He will be replaced in the Bucs' lineup by journeyman cornerback Crezdon Butler. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Buccaneers' defense could be without cornerback Alterraun Verner again due to a hamstring injury in Week 11. Verner, who missed Week ... [Read More]
11/15/14 Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (knee) questionable for Week 11
Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano did not participate at all in practice this week due to a bruised knee. Head coach Andy Reid, when asked about Fasano's availability, said he "might play" in Week 11 against the Seahawks. Fasano will be a game-time decision for the 1 p.m. Eastern kickoff. Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE ... [Read More]
11/15/14 Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (knee) a full participant in Friday practice
Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins returned to practice Friday and was listed as a full participant. He is currently listed as probable for Sunday's game with Houston. Hawkins is the Browns' leader in receptions (39) and receiving yards (504). After missing the team's Week 10 game against divisional foe Cincinnati due to thigh and knee injuries, it's looking like Hawkins will be good to go ... [Read More]
11/14/14 Bills CB Leodis McKelvin (ankle) likely to miss the remainder of season
Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a fractured ankle suffered in the Thursday night loss to the Miami Dolphins. "We'll have to see what we're going to do with that," head coach Doug Marrone said Friday. "We're in discussions there, meaning the roster spot and what goes on and where we put him as far as IR and things like that." McKelvin f... [Read More]
11/14/14 Texans RB Arian Foster (groin) unlikely to play in Week 11
Texans RB Arian Foster is unlikely to play this Sunday versus the Browns due to the groin injury he suffered in Week 9. Head coach Bill O'Brien is calling Foster a game-time decision after the stud running back did some work on the side during Friday's practice, but most NFL insiders and reporters around the team expect Foster to sit.... [Read More]
11/14/14 Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) misses Friday practice, Week 11 status in doubt
Titans tight end Delanie Walker missed practice again on Friday as he continues to suffer from issues related to the concussion he sustained in Week 10. It's looking less and less likely that he'll play in Week 11 versus Pittsburgh. Walker leads the team in receiving yards (512), touchdowns (four) and is second on the team in receptions (38).... [Read More]
11/13/14 UPDATE: Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) OUT for TNF; Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon to shoulder load
Update: Fred Jackson broke the news on his own Twitter feed tonight, stating that he is "not able to take the field" against the Dolphins. He'll have 10 more days to recover for next week's game versus the Jets. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tim Graham of the Buffalo News is reporting that it's looking less and less likely that lead running ba... [Read More]
11/12/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball (groin) practices in full Wednesday
Denver Broncos beat writer Mike Klis reports that running back Montee Ball practiced in full Wednesday and is on track to return to the field when the Broncos play at St. Louis in Week 11. Ball has been out since injuring his groin in the Broncos' Week 5 game with Arizona. With RB Ronnie Hillman set to miss at least the next two weeks, Ball and C.J. Anderson will handle the bulk of the backfield ... [Read More]
11/12/14 Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph returns to practice, plans to play Week 11
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was on the practice field Wednesday. Rudolph was listed as limited, but it's a promising sign that he could return to the Vikings' lineup for their Week 11 game at Chicago. Rudolph has been out since suffering a sports hernia that required surgery in Week 3.... [Read More]
11/12/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard not expected to play Week 11
The NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals are expecting to be without running back Giovani Bernard again when they play at New Orleans this weekend. Bernard, the Bengals' leading rusher with 446 yards and five touchdowns, has missed the past two games. In his absence, rookie Jeremy Hill would get his third straight start and see the bulk of the carries.... [Read More]
11/12/14 Rams bench QB Austin Davis; Shaun Hill to start
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, pulling a complete 180-degree turn, said Wednesday that quarterback Austin Davis has been benched, and Shaun Hill will get the start when the Rams host the Denver Broncos in Week 11. Davis has been largely ineffective the past four weeks, averaging just 159 passing yards per game. He has five touchdowns and five interceptions in that span.... [Read More]
11/12/14 Buccaneers RB Charles Sims to see more work
Greg Auman, who covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Tampa Bay Times, tweeted Wednesday that he expects to see rookie running back Charles Sims' role in the Bucs' offense expand as the rest of the season plays out. Sims saw his first action of the 2014 season in Week 10, rushing for 23 yards on eight carries. He added two catches for 17 yards in the passing game. However, he also lost a fumble.... [Read More]
11/11/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) still not practicing
Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron missed practice again Tuesday as he's still trying to get back on the playing field after suffering a concussion in the team's Week 8 game against Oakland. As long as Cameron is out, Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge will continue to get the snaps at tight end for the Browns. Cameron has just 13 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown in six games this season.... [Read More]
11/11/14 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) to miss two to three weeks
Apparently, Broncos head coach John Fox's original prognosis that running back Ronnie Hillman would be day-to-day with his left foot injury wasn't quite right. The more likely scenario, per the Denver Post's Mike Klis, is that Hillman will miss at least two weeks with the injury that forced him out of Sunday's blowout win versus Oakland. Specifically, Hillman is dealing with a mid-foot sprain. ... [Read More]
11/11/14 Jaguars rookie WR Allen Robinson (foot) done for the year
The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost their top receiver to a broken foot. Rookie Allen Robinson suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to Dallas in London. Robinson had emerged as QB Blake Bortles' favorite target and most reliable receiver. Robinson has 48 receptions, 548 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With the loss of Robinson, the Jaguars will likely insert fellow rookie Marqise Lee into the line... [Read More]
11/10/14 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman removed from Week 10 game early as a precaution
Running back Ronnie Hillman of the Denver Broncos was removed from the team's lopsided win over Oakland on Sunday due to his sore ankle, but it was only as a precaution. With the team on its way to a 41-17 win, there was no need to risk him injuring it further, especially with running back C.J. Anderson putting together a career day. Anderson ended the day with 163 yards from scrimmage and a touc... [Read More]
11/10/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall injures ankle, expects to play Week 11
Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall injured his left ankle in the fourth quarter of Bears' 55-14 dismantling at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. He was seen limping off the field and did not return to the game. After the game, Marshall told reporters that he could've continued playing if the game was closer, and he fully expects to play in Week 11 versus Minnesota. He did admit that he... [Read More]
11/09/14 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer feared to have torn ACL, tests planned for Monday
Just days removed from inking a new three-year, $50 million deal, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is believed to have torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the team's 31-14 Week 10 win over the St. Louis Rams, according to team sources. The 34 year-old Palmer was injured early in the fourth quarter when he was sacked on a third-and-7 play. The team said tests will... [Read More]
11/09/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 10?
Play time is over. We've reached the double-digit weeks. The sands in the hourglass are draining quickly. The fantasy playoffs are just a month away. Now is the time to make your move if you are 4-5 or 5-4. Now is the time to pull away from the pack if you are 7-2 or 6-3. And the results are going to become even more important as we dig deeper into November. To assist you in your voyage for a "W"... [Read More]
11/09/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball loses 12 pounds, impresses during Week 10 practice
The potential for Broncos running back Montee Ball to get back to being involved and potentially even regain his starting role is present as the team seems happy with the work he's done to get in better shape while he's been out. He is expected to be active for the team's Week 10 game versus the Raiders. Ball has lost 12 pounds while he's been out nursing a groin injury since Week 5. Head coach Jo... [Read More]
11/09/14 Dolphins RB Lamar Miller to be limited in Week 10 if he plays
Miami Dolphins' reporter Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported Saturday, via his Twitter feed, that lead running back Lamar Miller (shoulder) is expected to be active but will likely be limited in the Dolphins' Week 10 game versus Detroit. Miller leads the Dolphins in rushing yards on the season with 518 and has added five touchdowns. Daniel Thomas and Damien Williams will likely get an incre... [Read More]
11/07/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins misses practice again Friday, Week 10 status uncertain
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins missed his second straight practice on Friday. He left practice early Wednesday after aggravating a groin injury, but all of the talk coming out of Buffalo made it seem minor. He underwent what at the time was called a "precautionary" MRI. However, both Watkins and head coach Doug Marrone said after the day's practice that they won't know if he can play against th... [Read More]
11/07/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo officially listed as probable, expected to play Sunday
Dallas Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill reported Friday that quarterback Tony Romo (back) took part in Friday's practice and is officially listed as probable and is fully expected to play Sunday. This supports what owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Thursday. In Romo's absence last week, QB Brandon Weeden took over and was not effective at all. Romo, on the other hand, was on pace for 4,... [Read More]
11/07/14 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts practices Friday, probable for London game versus Dallas
According to Jacksonville Jaguars beat writer Hays Carlyon, after missing Thursday's practice with his ever-ailing hamstring issues, wide receiver Cecil Shorts returned to the practice field Friday and is probable for the overseas battle with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in London. Shorts has missed three games already this year but is a valuable part of the Jaguars passing attack when healthy. H... [Read More]
11/06/14 TNF injury report: Browns WR Andrew Hawkins inactive; Bengals RB Giovani Bernard out, as expected
A small surprise on the injury report heading into tonight's game between the Browns and Bengals. Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is inactive due to a knee/thigh injury that kept him sidelined in practice until he got a limited session in on Wednesday. Despite that activity, he won't suit up tonight. Taylor Gabriel and Miles Austin are expected to start out wide for Cleveland. Tight end Jorda... [Read More]
11/06/14 QB Ryan Mallett to take over for Texans; Ryan Fitzpatrick benched
The Houston Texans have made a change at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been benched in favor of Ryan Mallett. Mallett, the New England Patriots' third-round pick in 2011, will get his first career start after serving as a backup for Tom Brady the first three years of his career. He has thrown four career passes: one completion, two incompletions and one interception. The Texans are on bye in... [Read More]
11/06/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo limited at practice; owner Jerry Jones expects him to play
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo practiced for the first time this week Thursday and is getting talked up by owner and general manager Jerry Jones. "I'm anticipating him playing,'' Jones said of Romo's chances to play in London Sunday against Jacksonville. "I have no reason to think that he won't. Anytime he can play, we want him to play. We're a better team, to be trite, with him playing. T... [Read More]
11/06/14 Browns WR Andrew Hawkins to be game-time decision Thursday night
According to Cleveland Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich, WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh/knee) will be a game-time decision for the team's Thursday night game with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hawkins leads the team in receptions (39) and receiving yards (504). If he is unable to play, Taylor Gabriel and Miles Austin would see the bulk of the action at wide receiver.... [Read More]
11/06/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard to miss second straight game
NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Cincinnati Bengals all-everything running back Giovani Bernard (hip) will be out for the team's Thursday night game with their divisional adversary, the Cleveland Browns. Head coach Marvin Lewis confirmed this to Sirius XM NFL Radio's Ross Tucker. Through the first seven games of the season, Bernard has rushed for 446 yards and five touchdowns, while ad... [Read More]
11/05/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) ruled OUT for second straight game
When the Cleveland Browns take the field against divisional foe Cincinnati on Thursday night, it will be without tight end Jordan Cameron. According to ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter Pat McManamon, Cameron will miss his second straight game due to a concussion he sustained in the team's Week 8 game. This will be the fourth game Cameron will miss due to injury. He missed two games earlier in the s... [Read More]
11/05/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin) exits Wednesday practice early;precautionary MRI planned
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Buffalo Bills super-rookie Sammy Watkins is scheduled to undergo an MRI after leaving Wednesday's practice early with a groin injury. Schefter reports that the MRI is precautionary only and that the Bills No. 1 receiver should be ready for the team's game with Kansas City in Week 10. Watkins has 38 catches for 590 yards and five touchdowns through the ... [Read More]
11/04/14 Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon benched; team turns back to Josh McCown
The Mike Glennon era in Tampa Bay is over - again. After filling in for an injured and turnover-prone Josh McCown from Week 3 through Week 9, QB Mike Glennon has been benched and the Bucs will be going back to McCown in Week 10. McCown started the first three games of the year, the third of which he injured his thumb in. He's been sidelined since, in favor of Glennon. In his two complete games, Mc... [Read More]
11/03/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger throws 6 TDs for second consecutive game
Yeah, Ben Roethlisberger was historically great in Week 8 versus the Colts. But that was last week. You just can't go on expecting Big Ben to put up six touchdowns again, especially in Week 9 against the Ravens. Well, guess what. Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns Sunday night, setting an NFL record with 12 touchdown passes over the span of two games. After throwing for 522 yards last time out,... [Read More]
11/02/14 Texans RB Arian Foster suffers groin injury, MRI upcoming
Arian Foster and the words "soft-tissue injury" are unfortunately united once again. The fantasy stud went down untouched during a carry late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Foster was able to limp off of the field and chucked his helmet into the ground in vehement disgust in the process. He did not return, and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said after the game that Foster ha... [Read More]
11/02/14 Eagles QB Nick Foles has broken collarbone
Get used to seeing Mark Sanchez under center again. A league source has informed Derrick Gunn of CSN Philadelphia that Eagles quarterback Nick Foles suffered a broken collarbone during Sunday's win over the Texans. The injury occurred on the final play of the first quarter as Texans linebacker Whitney Mercilus sacked and landed on Foles, driving his left shoulder into the NRG Stadium turf. Foles ... [Read More]
11/02/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 9?
This is where good fantasy managers separate from those who just had a fortunate draft. With six teams on bye in Weeks 9 and 10, have you stocked up with enough depth to carry you through this thin time? That's how you'll earn your money in these two weeks. Of course, some teams are even more short-handed due to injuries. In a related matter, keep refreshing this post, starting at about 11:30 a... [Read More]
11/02/14 Report: Cowboys QB Tony Romo won't play today, may rest through Week 11 bye
NFL Network's Desmond Purnell broke the news earlier this morning via a source: Tony Romo will not play today versus the Arizona Cardinals. Romo is dealing with a back injury, one that was thought to be only a deep bruise but is actually a couple of small fractures. NFLN's Ian Rapoport adds that he's heard that Romo was the one who made the call. He told his coaches last night that he couldn't pl... [Read More]
11/01/14 Eagles TE Zach Ertz wants more targets, especially in red zone
Zach Ertz wants the same things that any NFL player wants: to score and to win. The Eagles are 5-2, so the winning hasn't been a huge problem. But scoring in the red zone has been a team-wide issue. The Eagles rank last in the NFL with a red-zone touchdown percentage of 34.8. Put another way, they have reached the end zone on just eight of their 23 trips inside the 20. Ertz says he can definitely ... [Read More]
11/01/14 Buccaneers officially activate RB Charles Sims from injured reserve
As expected, the Buccaneers activated rookie running back Charles Sims from short-term injured reserve Saturday, and he will be available to play Sunday against Cleveland. He has been out of action since undergoing ankle surgery in August and resumed practicing last week. With Doug Martin listed as doubtful, Sims may assume a backup role behind Bobby Rainey in Week 9.... [Read More]
11/01/14 Report: Cowboys QB Tony Romo has multiple fractures in back
Sources have told ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has two fractured transverse processes in his back. However, those sources also say Romo still has a chance to play Sunday against the Cardinals. Transverse processes are small bones that stick out from the side of the body of the spine. This is an injury unrelated to the disc issue Romo had last season that required su... [Read More]
11/01/14 Chargers RB Donald Brown listed as probable; Ryan Mathews practices for first time since Week 2
The Chargers' RB corps is getting healthier. Donald Brown is expected to play for the first time in four weeks after finally gaining clearance following a Week 5 concussion. Also, Ryan Mathews practiced on Friday, the first time he's gone that since spraining the MCL in his right knee back in Week 2. However, Mathews will not play this Sunday versus the Dolphins. Undrafted rookie Branden Oliver wi... [Read More]
11/01/14 UPDATE: Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) to participate in Saturday walkthrough
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com has reported via Twitter that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will participate in Saturday's walkthrough. Romo hasn't practiced all week due to his back contusion. The Cowboys will gauge how he feels at that time, but it is still unlikely that they will announce any decision until tomorrow morning when inactives become required. Part of this is gamesmanship on the part of the... [Read More]
10/31/14 Ravens TE Owen Daniels might play 1 week after undergoing knee scope
Ravens tight end Owen Daniels will be a game-time decision Sunday night, a pretty remarkable feat since he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery just one week ago. Daniels is officially listed as questionable and was able to go through limited practice twice this week. According to the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, Daniels "moved well" during Friday's session. If Daniels is ruled out on Sunday, he ... [Read More]
10/31/14 Buccaneers list RB Doug Martin as doubtful, expected to activate RB Charles Sims on Saturday
Buccaneers running back Doug Martin hasn't done much of anything this season for his fantasy owners, and it's almost guaranteed that he will do exactly nothing in Week 9. Martin is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Browns due to an ankle injury that forced him to miss the entire practice week and had him sporting a walking boot until Thursday. Bobby Rainey is expected to get the ... [Read More]
10/31/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo will be a game-time decision; Brandon Weeden preparing to start vs. Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is looking less and less likely to play Sunday when the Cowboys square off with the NFC-leading Arizona Cardinals. In an interview with 105.3 the Fan in Dallas on Friday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones wouldn't completely rule Romo out but also didn't paint an optimistic picture. "We have to make that decision at game time, when it's day-to-day," Jones ... [Read More]
10/31/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne practices in full Friday, looks good for Week 9
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts returned to practice in full Friday and is on track to play Monday night versus the New York Giants. Wayne missed the team's Week 8 game against Pittsburgh due to an elbow injury. Wayne is second on the team in receptions (38) and yards (434). He has one touchdown on the year.... [Read More]
10/31/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) officially ruled OUT
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron will not play in Week 9 due to a concussion sustained last week against Oakland. Due to the quick turnaround to play again on Thursday night, Cameron is in jeopardy of missing more than just one game. Cameron missed a game earlier in the season due to a shoulder injury, and it's very much worth noting that he has now suffered three concussions in two seasons. He's p... [Read More]
10/31/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green practices Friday, on pace to play Sunday
Bengals All-Pro wide receiver A.J. Green practiced Friday and appears on track to get back on the field for Cincinnati's game against the Jaguars at Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday. Green has missed the last three games with a toe injury that has bothered him for the bulk of the season. He was available for each practice this week. Before the injury, Green posted 17 catches for 314 yards and two t... [Read More]
10/31/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard officially OUT for Week 9; Jeremy Hill to start
The Cincinnati Bengals' leading rusher, Giovanni Bernard, will miss the team's Week 9 game. He's recovering from an injured clavicle as well as a hip pointer and a case of sore ribs. He was officially ruled out Friday. Bernard has compiled 446 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He's also contributed 22 receptions for 179 yards. With Bernard out, rookie Jeremy Hill will get the start versus the Ja... [Read More]
10/30/14 Saints RBs Khiry Robinson, Pierre Thomas inactive for TNF
As expected, the Saints will be without running backs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas tonight versus the Panthers. Both are officially inactive. Neither player practiced during the short week and will be missing his second consecutive game. Thomas has a shoulder injury while Robinson has a forearm injury.... [Read More]
10/29/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson ready to return after Week 9 bye
With their bye week on tap for Week 9, the Detroit Lions will use the time off to rest and heal, specifically star WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson said Wednesday that he plans to be ready to go for the team's Week 10 game with Miami. "Definitely expect to play," Johnson said. "I'm looking forward to the game, playing some old teammates. That makes it all that much better." Johnson has missed the past ... [Read More]
10/29/14 Report: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III to start Week 9
According to "Redskins Showtime" host, Dianna Marie Russini, the Redskins have decided to turn to Robert Griffin III at quarterback for their Week 9 game with the Minnesota Vikings. Griffin has been battling back from an ankle injury he sustained in Week 2. Griffin practiced in full Wednesday, splitting first-team reps with Colt McCoy. McCoy filled in admirably for the Redskins in their Monday ni... [Read More]
10/29/14 Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams to start Thursday versus Saints
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that running back DeAngelo Williams, who is coming off of an ankle injury, will start when the team hosts divisional rival New Orleans on Thursday night. The 31-year-old Williams has played in only two games this season, with his last action coming in Week 4 versus Baltimore. He has run for 106 yards on 25 carries overall.... [Read More]
10/29/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) nearing return
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday that Robert Griffin III is nearing a return to action. "I think Robert is very, very, very close and we just have to decide if he's ready," Gruden said. "Physically I think he'll be ready to go. Doctors are feeling pretty good about it, they still want to feel around this week until we make the final determination. I just want to make sure... [Read More]
10/29/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo has back contusion, likely questionable for Week 9
Ian Fitzsimmons of ESPN Radio in Dallas reports that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who suffered a back injury in the team's Week 8 loss to the Washington Redskins, is likely to be "questionable, at best" when the Cowboys face off with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9. He has been diagnosed with a muscle contusion in his back, but the team has not revealed the results of his Tuesday MRI. Romo left ... [Read More]
10/28/14 Jets choose QB Michael Vick over Geno Smith for Week 9
Apparently, posting a quarterback rating equal to Blutarsky's GPA is a good way to lose your starting gig in the NFL. Well, at least for one week. Jets head coach Rex Ryan announced Monday that Michael Vick will start this Sunday's game in Kansas City, and Geno Smith will be his backup. However, Ryan said Smith could start again at some point this season. That, of course, will depend on how Vick ... [Read More]
10/27/14 Rams WR Brian Quick needs shoulder surgery, out for season
Not much is going right for the St. Louis Rams, losers of three of their last four games, and now they've lost their best wide receiver for the duration. Brian Quick suffered a left shoulder injury during the second quarter of Sunday's defeat in Kansas City. Head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Monday that Quick suffered a dislocation and a torn labrum to that shoulder and needs season-ending surgery.... [Read More]
10/26/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 8?
Are you enjoying your breakfast football? If you started Matt Ryan, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" [UPDATE: Second half, not so much.] If you are facing Ryan, don't fear; there is still plenty of time to forge a comeback today. To that end, we'll be here to give you the latest on this morning's injured stars. There aren't many game-time decisions to track in the early games -- A.J. Green, Shane... [Read More]
10/25/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III questionable for Monday night
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (ankle) is nearing a return to the job that was Kirk Cousins' for a brief time, and that Colt McCoy may never actually get to call his. The team has officially listed Griffin as questionable for Week 8, leaving the door ever-so-slightly open that he could play this week when the Redskins take on divisional foe Dallas. The team has been preparing ... [Read More]
10/25/14 Ravens TE Owen Daniels (knee surgery) to miss at least one game
A second Baltimore Ravens tight end will miss time in 2014 due to injury. After losing Dennis Pitta for a second straight year to a hip injury, the Ravens have now lost backup Owen Daniels for at least a week after he underwent an arthroscopic procedure to clean his knee out on Friday. Head coach John Harbaugh was optimistic that Daniels may not miss much time at all after the surgery. "After that... [Read More]
10/25/14 Titans RB Shonn Greene arrested for fleeing a parking ticket
Tennessee Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt reports that running back Shonn Greene was arrested Friday night for refusing to stop for a police officer. The officer was issuing Greene a ticket for parking in a handicap parking spot, and Greene got in his car and left the scene. He was later arrested, booked and photographed for his mug shot. Greene has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.... [Read More]
10/25/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson (hamstring) likely a game-time decision
Colts running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) has not practiced all week and is a likely game-time decision for the team's Week 8 game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Richardson is unable to play, RB Ahmad Bradshaw would see the bulk of the work at running back, with Dan Herron serving as his backup. Richardson had arguably his best game of the season in Week 7 against Cincinnati. Despite not ... [Read More]
10/25/14 Patriots RB Shane Vereen (illness) questionable, likely to play
Patriots running back Shane Vereen missed Friday's practice and landed on the Week 8 injury report with an undisclosed illness. He is, however, still fully expected to play in the team's Week 8 game against the Chicago Bears. With RB Stevan Ridley out for the season, Vereen had a breakout game in Week 7, posting a stat line of 43 rushing yards, five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns. If Ver... [Read More]
10/25/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) unlikely to play Week 8
NFL Media's Albert Breer reported on Twitter Saturday morning that Bengals star wide receiver A.J. Green, who is dealing with a toe injury, is unlikely to play Sunday in the team's divisional showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. Green is trying to recover from ligament damage underneath his big toe. Green has missed the past two weeks. In Week 6, the Bengals still put up 37 points against Carolina... [Read More]
10/25/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham questionable, likely to play
According to New Orleans Saints beat writer Mike Triplett, tight end Jimmy Graham (shoulder) is officially listed as questionable but is likely to pad-up and take the field Sunday night when the Saints welcome the Green Bay Packers to town for a prime-time showdown. After getting a week off while the Saints were on bye Week 6, Graham was active last week but did not catch a pass. He was targeted o... [Read More]
10/25/14 Saints RBs Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas out for Week 8
New Orleans beat writer Mike Triplett tweeted Friday that running backs Pierre Thomas (rib/shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (forearm) will both miss Sunday night's tilt with the Green Bay Packers. With the RB tandem sidelined, the Saints will turn to Mark Ingram and Travaris Cadet to shoulder the rushing load. Ingram returned from a hand injury in Week 7 and was the lead back. However, he got stuffed ... [Read More]
10/25/14 Lions stars Reggie Bush (doubtful), Calvin Johnson (game-time decision) on injury report
Two of the Detroit Lions biggest offensive threats are both on the injury report for their Sunday matchup with the Atlanta Falcons in London. Running back Reggie Bush is officially listed as doubtful and is unlikely to play. Star receiver Calvin Johnson is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision. Bush is second on the team in rushing yards with 171 and in receptions with 25. He ha... [Read More]
10/23/14 Rookie QB Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans; Jake Locker's future with team in doubt
The Tennessee Titans are moving to their third quarterback of the season in Week 8. Rookie Zach Mettenberger will be under center for Tennessee when the Titans face off with the Houston Texans Sunday. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt made the announcement Thursday. "We're going with Zach," Whisenhunt emphasized, "and we're going to stay with Zach." This likely spells the end for QB Jake Locker in Tennes... [Read More]
10/21/14 Bills RB Anthony Dixon is ready for his close-up
It took only 10 minutes of game time Sunday for the injury bug to tear down Buffalo's running game. Now the Bills will spend the next few weeks trying to build it back up, at least until Fred Jackson comes back from his groin injury. C.J. Spiller and his broken collarbone may never come back. Fifth-year running back Anthony Dixon hopes that the team calls upon him first in its effort to replace t... [Read More]
10/21/14 Report: Saints RB Pierre Thomas will be out for 2-3 weeks
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted Tuesday morning that, according to a source, Saints running back Pierre Thomas will miss the next 2-3 weeks because of the shoulder injury that forced out of Sunday's loss to the Lions in the third quarter.... [Read More]
10/21/14 Report: Colts WR Reggie Wayne might miss 1-2 games due to elbow injury
Mike Chappell of ABC 6 in Indianapolis has been told by a knowledgeable source that wide receiver Reggie Wayne could be out for a week or two because of his elbow injury. Wayne suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Cincinnati. He played through it and ended up catching four passes but for only 15 yards and he dropped at least two other targets. On Monday, Wayne underwen... [Read More]
10/21/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green admits he may not be healthy for rest of the season
Whether Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green plays this weekend is still unknown -- he specifically said Tuesday that he "hopes" to play, but "it's still up in the air." If he is given the green light after missing the past two games due to a stubborn toe injury, fantasy owners should know that they won't be getting a fully healthy Green for this week and perhaps for the rest of the season. "It's pro... [Read More]
10/20/14 Broncos QB Peyton Manning becomes NFL's all-time passing TDs leader
Those who tuned in to see if Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would become the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes Sunday night didn't have to wait that long. Manning threw three first-half scores against the 49ers, the last of which was the record-breaker to Demaryius Thomas. In all, Manning threw four touchdowns on the night and now has 510 passing touchdowns in his career, two more than... [Read More]
10/20/14 Report: Bills RB Fred Jackson will not play in Week 8 due to groin injury
Updating a previous post, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday night that Bills running back Fred Jackson won't play next week against the Jets because of his groin injury. Specifically, La Canfora tweeted that Jackson will be out for "at least two weeks" and will undergo an MRI on Monday. The Bills then have a bye in Week 9, and La Canfora said it's "possible" Jackson will play in Week 1... [Read More]
10/19/14 UPDATE: Bills RB C.J. Spiller to undergo season-ending surgery on collarbone
Following up an earlier report, it has been confirmed that the Buffalo Bills' explosive running back, C.J. Spiller, will have season-ending surgery to repair his broken collarbone. Spiller sustained the injury in the first half of the team's 17-16 come-from-behind win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. With Spiller out, RB Fred Jackson, who also sustained a groin injury in the game that could for... [Read More]
10/19/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray posts seventh 100-yard game to start season, sets all-time record
The list is now one. DeMarco Murray is the only running back in the history of the NFL to start a season with seven straight games of over 100 yards rushing. His 128-yard, one-touchdown game was the perfect balance to keep the Cowboys passing game on the attack, with QB Tony Romo throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Murray also added a catch for 4 yards. Murray did roll his ankle in the f... [Read More]
10/19/14 RB Jerick McKinnon hits century mark for Vikings
Minnesota running back Jerick McKinnon made the most of his opportunity Sunday. In the Vikings 17-16 loss to Buffalo, McKinnon got the start over RB Matt Asiata and posted his second career 100-plus yard rushing game. The rookie from Georgia Southern gained 103 yards on 19 carries, for an average of 5.4 yards per tote. Running mate Matt Asiata only gained 24 yards on six carries. Barring somethin... [Read More]
10/19/14 RB Denard Robinson shines in Jaguars' first win
With RB Toby Gerhart still sidelined, Jacksonville's much-maligned running game got a huge effort from RB Denard Robinson in Week 7, as the Jaguars got their first win of the season in a lop-sided 24-6 home win over the Cleveland Browns. On the day, Robinson ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. In true Michigan fashion, the former Wolverine didn't pass on the opportunity to take a jab ... [Read More]
10/19/14 WR Sammy Watkins goes off, QB Kyle Orton leads Bills to comeback win
The Buffalo Bills rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins showed why they took him with the 4th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Watkins posted career highs in catches (9), yards (122), and touchdowns (2) in the Bills 17-16 comeback win against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. QB Kyle Orton, who put up a solid stat line of 283 yards and two touchdowns on the day, took the ball with 3:16 left in the gam... [Read More]
10/19/14 Bills RBs C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson injured
The Buffalo Bills top two running backs, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller were both injured in the first half of their team's 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Both players left the game on a cart and neither returned to action. At the time of injury, Jackson had run for 12 yards on three carries, and caught three passes for 16 yards. Spiller had caught one pass for three yards and peeled... [Read More]
10/19/14 QB Colt McCoy replaces Kirk Cousins for Redskins, leads team to comeback win
QB Colt McCoy took over for Kirk Cousins in the second half of the Washington Redskins game with Tennessee Sunday. Cousins was 10-of-16 in the first half for 139 yards, but threw an interception and lost a fumble, leading to a 10-6 deficit heading into the locker room. McCoy immediately hooked up with WR Pierre Garcon on a 70-yard touchdown pass and proceeded to complete 11-of-12 passes for 128 y... [Read More]
10/19/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 7?
It's Week 7 -- the halfway point of the fantasy regular season for most leagues. Is your team living up to expectations? Have you been plagued by injuries and underperforming players? Either way, remember that seven weeks still remain until the fantasy playoffs. A lot will change between now and then. Your fate is far from sealed. As usual, we'll be here all morning long giving you the latest inf... [Read More]
10/18/14 Report: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch almost didn't get on team bus after hearing of Percy Harvin trade
The initial emotion conveyed by the football world upon hearing word of the Percy Harvin trade was largely shock. The initial emotion of those inside the Seahawks' locker room had to be largely the same. Running back Marshawn Lynch was certainly shocked. And very, very angry. A source told the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta that Harvin's newly former teammates were told about the deal as they ... [Read More]
10/18/14 Rams will go with 'hot hand' backfield
Few things frustrate fantasy owners more than a team deploying a running back-by-committee approach. The Rams confirmed Friday that's exactly what they want to do. "Early in the game, we try to get guys multiple touches (and) then we try to go with the hot hand late in the game," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "Most places that I've been that have really good running games, they... [Read More]
10/18/14 Saints release TE Tom Crabtree. A good sign for Jimmy Graham?
The Saints have cut tight end Tom Crabtree. They signed the former Packer before their Week 6 bye and two days after Jimmy Graham suffered a sprained right shoulder against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Oct. 5. He considers himself to be a game-time decision.... [Read More]
10/18/14 'All signs point to' Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin playing Sunday
Panthers rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin made the team flight to Green Bay for Sunday's game versus the Packers, and according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, "all signs point to" him playing in that game. Benjamin suffered a concussion in Week 6 and is listed as questionable for this weekend. He was able to go through a full practice Friday and reportedly looked good.... [Read More]
10/18/14 Bills OC says he wants to continue 'feeding' RB C.J. Spiller
Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said Friday that running back C.J. Spiller isn't doing a good enough job of taking what the defense gives him and is trying to "do too much" on his rushes. However, he also expressed his support for Spiller and said he wants to continue "feeding" him the ball. After averaging 6 yards per carry in 2012 and 4.6 yards per last season, Spiller's YPC avera... [Read More]
10/17/14 Despite desire to get Matt Asiata more involved, RB Jerick McKinnon remains Vikings' starter
Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon will get his second start for the Minnesota Vikings when they head to Buffalo to take on the Bills in Week 7. RB Matt Asiata, who took over for Adrian Peterson in Week 2, after the Vikings star landed in legal trouble over alleged child abuse, leads the team with 226 rushing yards on the season. However, McKinnon has run for 206 yards on 23 fewer carries. Bo... [Read More]
10/17/14 With Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart out, backfield to be full-fledged committee
Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley confirmed Friday that RB Toby Gerhart will miss his second straight game on Sunday when the Jaguars face-off with the Cleveland Browns. With Gerhart out, Bradley said that their running game will be split between RBs Storm Johnson, Denard Robinson, and Jordan Todman. Gerhart leads the team with 123 rushing yards, while averaging an anemic 2.6 yards per carry. R... [Read More]
10/17/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham admits he doesn't know if he'll play in Week 7
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham went through limited practice on Thursday and Friday and is questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Lions because of a shoulder injury. He will be a true game-time decision for the coaches ... and for himself as Graham said Friday that he doesn't know right now if he can play.... [Read More]
10/17/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) doubtful for Week 7; HC Marvin Lewis uncertain of return
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said on Friday that there is not a set timetable for the return of all-pro wide receiver A.J. Green. Green missed most of the Bengals game in Week 2 with the injury before returning to play in Week 3 and again in Week 5 after the team's bye. However, after suffering a setback, Green missed the team's Week 6 game with Carolina, which ended in a 37-37 tie. ... [Read More]
10/17/14 Redskins want to give more touches to WR Pierre Garcon
Pierre Garcon is seeing a predictable drop in targets and catches after the Redskins added wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts during the offseason. But Garcon has fallen further than probably anyone expected. He has seen six or fewer targets and has caught four or fewer passes in all but two games this season. As such, the man who gained more than 1,350 yards last year has been left w... [Read More]
10/17/14 Lions news: WR Calvin Johnson needs a 'miracle'; TE Eric Ebron doubtful; RB Reggie Bush probable
Calvin Johnson has turned in miraculous plays with regularity during his career. Now it will take a miracle for him just to play Sunday. That's exactly what Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said Friday -- it would take a 'miracle' for the dominant wide receiver to be active against New Orleans. Johnson is listed as questionable, but he didn't practice for the second week in a row because of a high an... [Read More]
10/17/14 Panthers news: WR Kelvin Benjamin questionable with concussion; RB Jonathan Stewart to start
Vontaze Burfict tried his best to sideline basically the entire Panthers passing game last week, but it looks like those who came away injured on Carolina's side during the Week 6 tie will tentatively be able to play this Sunday versus the Packers. Rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is the most questionable among the offensive players hurt, figuratively and literally. He sustained a concussion ... [Read More]
10/17/14 Breaking: Seahawks trade WR Percy Harvin to Jets
According to Jay Glazer via twitter, the Seattle Seahawks have traded Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick(s). The sixth-year receiver has 225 total yards from scrimmage and only one touchdown on the season so far.... [Read More]
10/17/14 Titans media expect QB Charlie Whitehurst to start again Sunday
Jake Locker's thumb injury is healing -- at least he practiced somewhat this week -- but a couple of top Titans beat reporters don't think it will well enough to allow Locker to start Sunday versus the Redskins. The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt and Titan Insider's Terry McCormick both tweeted Friday that they expect Charlie Whitehurst to get his second consecutive start under center. Locker was officia... [Read More]
10/16/14 Report: Titans RB Shonn Greene will miss 2nd consecutive game
ESPN's Adam Caplan has been told by a league source that Titans running back Shonn Greene will not play against the Redskins this weekend due to his injured hamstring. Greene didn't play in Week 6 and hasn't practiced since last Wednesday. With him sidelined against the Jaguars, the Titans gave rookie Bishop Sankey 18 carries with which he gained 61 yards. Sankey is expected to get another start i... [Read More]
10/16/14 Saints TE Jimmy Graham goes through limited practice Thursday
Don't rule out Jimmy Graham for Week 7 just yet. Although it was reported last weekend that Graham would miss 2-3 games due to his shoulder injury, he was able to make it through limited practice Thursday. Earlier in the day, head coach Sean Payton said he was "optimistic" about Graham's chances of playing Sunday against the Lions.... [Read More]
10/15/14 Vikings would like to give RB Matt Asiata more touches at the expense of RB Jerick McKinnon
The Vikings are coming off an embarrassing 17-3 loss in which they gained 212 total yards and committed three turnovers. However, rookie Jerick McKinnon doesn't deserve much of the blame; he accounted for 38.6 percent of the offense with 82 yards on 17 touches. His supposed timeshare mate, Matt Asiata, got the ball only three times, including two carries that resulted in -5 yards. It was clear wh... [Read More]
10/15/14 Saints RB Mark Ingram is 'full go'
Mark Ingram says he's "full go" and will play in Week 7, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett via Twitter. Ingram missed the Saints' last three games after breaking his hand in Week 2. He had screws surgically inserted into his hand to repair the fracture. Ingram returned to practice Wednesday and took "all his normal reps." He will return to a Saints backfield led by Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas... [Read More]
10/14/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady: 'Rob Gronkowski is back. Absolutely'
Rob Gronkowski has scored in three of his past four games. He averaged 97 yards and 6.5 receptions in his past two. His snap percentage has not decreased in a month. Yeah, you could say he is back. That's what Tom Brady said after the Patriots' 37-22 victory over the Bills on Sunday. "Oh yeah, [Gronkowski] is back," Brady told the media. "Absolutely." ... [Read More]
10/14/14 Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested for shoplifting cologne, underwear
Beating the Seahawks in Seattle is a huge accomplishment in the NFL. That doesn't mean you are now allowed to steal stuff from a department store. According to police in Frisco, Texas, that's what Cowboys backup running back Joseph Randle attempted to do Monday night. He allegedly tried to steal a tester bottle of cologne and two pairs of underwear from a Dillard's. He was arrested and charged wi... [Read More]
10/14/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones out for the season due to ankle injury
The Bengals placed wide receiver Marvin Jones on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season before he even played a down. The 24-year-old Jones had a bunch of bad injury luck this year that prevented him from playing in any game, exhibition or otherwise. He suffered an ankle injury prior to training camp which kept him out of action until early August. Then he broke his foot soon he was activated... [Read More]
10/14/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno placed on IR, done for season
Knowshon Moreno has been placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Dolphins after he sustained an ACL injury in Sunday's game against the Packers. Moreno had previously missed time with an elbow injury. Moreno has a one-year contract, and will be heading for free agency in March. In Moreno's absence, Lamar Miller will lead the Dolphins backfield, followed by Damien Williams.... [Read More]
10/13/14 UPDATE: Eagles RB Darren Sproles diagnosed with sprained MCL, reportedly out at least 1 game
Updating a post from earlier today, Eagles running back Darren Sproles has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is expected to miss at least one game after the Eagles come out of their Week 7 bye. Sproles was injured during the third quarter of Sunday night's 27-0 victory over the Giants.... [Read More]
10/13/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green has 'a shot' to play in Week 7
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green doesn't expect to play next Sunday against Indianapolis, but head coach Marvin Lewis isn't quite ready to rule out his No. 1 wideout. He said Monday that Green has "a shot" to be active against the Colts. Green was inactive yesterday after aggravating a lingering toe injury earlier in the week.... [Read More]
10/13/14 Lions might sit WR Calvin Johnson through Week 9 bye
When Lions head coach Jim Caldwell was asked Monday if he would consider sidelining star wideout Calvin Johnson until after the team's Week 9 to allow his injured ankle to completely heal, well, he didn't say no. "The fact of the matter is I leave it up to the doctors," Caldwell said. "Those are the professionals. They know exactly what it takes, what can be done. "Them, in conjunction with Calv... [Read More]
10/13/14 UPDATE: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has torn ACL, MCL, is done for the season
Updating a post from yesterday, Patriots running back Stevan Ridley will be lost for the rest of the season with a knee injury that is worse than what the team initially feared: Ridley has a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, a source has told Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston.... [Read More]
10/13/14 Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon leads team in rushes, receptions
Jerick McKinnon led the Vikings on Sunday with 11 carries for 40 yards and six catches for 42 yards. McKinnon started at RB over Matt Asiata, who had previously been the Vikings' feature back. McKinnon has now recorded 46 touches in the last three games, for 280 total yards. Asiata recorded just three touches for 13 yards in the game.... [Read More]
10/13/14 Eagles RB Darren Sproles suffers knee injury in SNF win
Darren Sproles sustained a knee injury in the Eagles' 27-0 blowout win over the Giants on Sunday Night Football. Sproles left the game in the fourth quarter, and was evaluated by trainers before walking to the locker room with a slight limp. The trainers were concerned about "the stability of [Sproles'] left ACL and MCL." For his part, Sproles told a report he'd "be all right" in a brief postgame... [Read More]
10/13/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush guarantees he will play next week
Lions running back Reggie Bush missed Sunday's game against the Vikings due to a sprained ankle. And that's the only game he plans to miss. Bush said after the win that there is a '100 percent' chance he plays in Week 7 versus the Saints.... [Read More]
10/12/14 Patriots fear RB Stevan Ridley has torn ACL, MRI on Monday
Patriots running back Stevan Ridley left Sunday's game versus Buffalo in the third quarter due to a right knee injury, and it may be much more than your simple bruise or sprain. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the Patriots fear Ridley has torn his ACL. An official diagnosis will come once Ridley undergoes an MRI on Monday.... [Read More]
10/12/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo hints at rib injury
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was efficient and effective Sunday, throwing for 250 yards and two scores as Dallas upset the reigning Super Bowl champions in Seattle. Romo's performance is even more impressive when you consider he probably did it with some sort of rib cartilage injury. He hinted at such an injury while talking to reporters after the game. Romo took a shot to the chest from Seahawk... [Read More]
10/12/14 Giants WR Victor Cruz suffers torn patellar tendon
A really bad game for the Giants got much, much worse in the third quarter when wide receiver Victor Cruz went down in a heap in the end zone after a potential touchdown catch hit off his hands. Cruz didn't catch the ball because he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee just before going up for the pass. He remained on the ground for a few minutes before being lifted onto a cart and driven to... [Read More]
10/12/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green says he doesn't expect to play in Week 7
In the hours and days after wide receiver A.J. Green re-aggravated his toe injury on Wednesday, it was reported that the issue could cost him multiple games. It looks like that timetable will bear out for the Bengal. Green, who was inactive today, told ESPN's Bob Holtzman on Sunday afternoon that he doesn't expect to play in Week 7 against the Colts. He also said he won't require surgery but will... [Read More]
10/12/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 6?
We got a bit of a respite in Week 5, but the injuries returned with a vengeance in Week 6. Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson, Fred Jackson, Eric Decker -- that's just a sampling of the names we're tracking this morning. That doesn't even include the players who have already been ruled out (more on those guys below). So, this is going to be a pretty long post. Keep... [Read More]
10/12/14 Report: Cardinals QB Carson Palmer 'most likely' starter vs. Redskins
We'll know in about five hours who will indeed be the Arizona Cardinals' starting quaterback against the Redskins. Drew Stanton seemed likely, but Adam Schefter reported this morning, via team sources, that Carson Palmer is "most likely" to get the nod. Palmer hasn't played since Week 1 due to a stubborn nerve that wouldn't fire in his throwing shoulder. But this week saw Palmer make noticeable p... [Read More]
10/12/14 Report: Saints TE Jimmy Graham to miss 2-3 weeks after bye due to shoulder injury
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints won't have Jimmy Graham available when they return to the field in Week 7. Rapoport said Sunday morning that he's been told Graham will not return right away from the shoulder injury he suffered in Week 5 and will likely be out for two or three weeks. Head coach Sean Payton indicated earlier this week that Graham's injury was not serious and that... [Read More]
10/11/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones ruled out; WR A.J. Green questionable
Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones was downgraded to OUT on Saturday. The third-year player who scored 10 touchdowns last year hasn't played all season due to a previously broken foot and a current ankle injury. This follows Friday's designation of questionable for A.J. Green. He re-aggravated a toe injury during practice Wednesday and is considered week-to-week.... [Read More]
10/11/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis: I don't feel like I'm where I need to be physically
After Vernon Davis made it through limited practice throughout the week, those who cover the team for a living surmised that the tight end would be active Monday versus the Rams. One problem: Davis doesn't feel like he could play right now. "I don't feel like I'm where I need to be at the moment, but I'm getting there," Davis said Saturday via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. "... I'm definite... [Read More]
10/11/14 Rams RB Zac Stacy listed as probable
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said at the beginning of the week that he expected running back Zac Stacy to play Monday night against the 49ers. Turns out, he is probably correct. Stacy was able to complete full practices on Friday and Saturday and is officially probable for Week 6.... [Read More]
10/11/14 Drew Stanton cleared to play, but who will be the Cardinals' starting QB in Week 6?
It's nice to hear some honesty out of NFL head coaches every now and then. But Cardinals fans probably didn't want to hear what head coach Bruce Arians said Friday when asked whom his starting quarterback will be Sunday against the Redskins. "Honest to God, for the first time in 20 years, I really don't know who's starting," he said. While Arians may still not have a real answer to that question... [Read More]
10/11/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush unlikely to play Sunday; RB Joique Bell fully cleared
Last week, the Lions needed Reggie Bush to pick up the slack for an injured and inactive Joique Bell. This week, it looks like the roles will be reversed. Bush didn't practice at all this week because of his sprained ankle and although he said Friday that he is hoping to play, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website writes that "it actually seems likely Bush will not be available." Meanwhile... [Read More]
10/10/14 Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson returns to practice Friday
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) returned to practice for the Tampa Buccaneers on Friday and appears ready to go for Week 6. The Buccaneers will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Jackson leads the Tampa Bay receiving corps in receptions (21), yards (278), touchdowns (2) and targets (47). The Ravens boast a stingy pass defense that has allowed a league-low four passing touchdowns through fi... [Read More]
10/10/14 Chargers WR Keenan Allen gets in full practice Friday, officially probable
Beat writer Michael Gehlken, via his Twitter account, reported that San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (groin) was a full participant in Friday's practice. It appears he'll be good to go for the team's Week 6 game at Oakland. Allen has team-high 25 catches for 269 yards on a team-high 35 targets. He has yet to find the end zone in 2014.... [Read More]
10/10/14 Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson misses practice again; WR Mike Evans returns
The Buccaneers have welcomed one starting wide receiver back to practice while seeing another one sit out. On the positive side, rookie wideout Mike Evans practiced in limited fashion on Wednesday and Thursday. He was originally scheduled to miss 2-3 games after suffering a groin injury in Week 4, but he's on track to play this weekend after missing only one contest. However, Vincent Jackson hasn... [Read More]
10/09/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin pops up on injury report Thursday, doesn't practice
Percy Harvin has been a major injury concern for the past few years, but up until now, he has been able to stay healthy in 2014. Key words: "Until now." Harvin didn't practice on Thursday and was listed with a thigh injury. He went through a full practice Wednesday.... [Read More]
10/09/14 Jets QB Michael Vick wasn't ready to lead
Much has been made about Michael Vick going 8-of-19 for 47 yards after he was brought in for Geno Smith to start the second half of the Jets' blowout loss to the San Diego Chargers. Vick said Wednesday: "Maybe I didn't prepare or I wasn't prepared, but I'll tell you what, it won't happen again. "That left a bitter taste in my mouth that I wasn't able to go out and put points on the board or even ... [Read More]
10/09/14 Broncos backfield to be run by committee, with Ronnie Hillman leading
With Montee Ball set to miss multiple weeks due to a groin injury, ESPN's Jeff Legwold estimates based off previous usage under Peyton Manning that Ronnie Hillman should get about "50 to 55 percent or so of the carries to go with 55 to 60 percent of the snaps." He also admits a committee is likely: "Denver will divide carries among the remaining running backs on their depth chart. ... if [Hillman]... [Read More]
10/09/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson has high ankle sprain, still hopes to play in Week 6
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson said Wednesday that he hopes to play this Sunday against the Vikings. However, that may just not be possible when you consider what he's dealing with: a high ankle sprain.... [Read More]
10/09/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green aggravates lingering toe injury, may miss 'multiple games'
There are so many injuries to players that fantasy owners need to track throughout this practice week. However, the most impactful injury of the week might be the one that occurred during Bengals practice on Wednesday. Wide receiver A.J. Green had to be carted off the field after aggravating the problem in his right big toe. Geoff Hobson, editor of the team's official website wrote Wednesday night... [Read More]
10/08/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed expects to play Week 6
Jordan Reed says he thinks there's a "good chance" he'll play in Week 6, according to ESPN's John Keim. Reed has been out since Week 1 with a hamstring injury. Reed was a game-day scratch in Week 5 as the Redskins hosted the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, but the prospects this week are more promising. Reed will have two weeks of practice under his belt going into Sunday's game, and is a good... [Read More]
10/08/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial is tentatively set for Dec. 1
Yahoo's Charles Robinson brings word that Adrian Peterson's trial date has been tentatively set for Dec. 1. His child abuse case has the potential to be moved up into November if an earlier case falls off the court's docket.... [Read More]
10/08/14 Falcons OC praises Antone Smith, backfield will remain four-headed monster
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was able to interview Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter in which he praised Antone Smith for making the most of his opportunities. "Antone is on a hot streak with the ball in his hands," Koetter said. "I've never seen a guy on a streak where a guy is making this many big plays based on percentage of time he's in there. Antone is improving in all areas ... [Read More]
10/08/14 Cowboys will focus on toning down RB DeMarco Murray's heavy workload
What Jerry Jones wants, Jerry Jones gets. the Cowboys' owner said last week that he would like to see the team's backup running backs get a little more playing time. He surely had the ear of head coach Jason Garrett, who admitted that giving DeMarco Murray 31 carries in Dallas' overtime victory against the Texans on Sunday was a bit excessive. "[Murray] ended up with 31 (carries) so we'd like to... [Read More]
10/08/14 Third kicker's a charm? Lions sign Matt Prater
First, the Lions tried seventh-round rookie Nate Freese as their kicker. He missed four of seven attempts and was released after Week 3. Then they turned to former Eagles kicker Alex Henery, who missed four of his five chances, including all three in Detroit's three-point loss to the Bills this past Sunday. In total, that duo went 0-for-6 in attempts from between 40-49 yards away. Lions hope the... [Read More]
10/07/14 Texans RB Arian Foster expected to play Thursday
When asked Tuesday if RB Arian Foster would be ready to go for Thursday's matchup against the Colts, Texans head coach Bill O'Brien replied: "Oh yeah."... [Read More]
10/07/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will plead not guilty on Wednesday
Adrian Peterson will reportedly contest charges that he abused his 4-year-old son if the court asks for a plea at Wednesday's arraignment hearing. This move will likely force a trial that would not occur until next year despite efforts to expedite the process.... [Read More]
10/07/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson may sit Week 6
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he will "strongly" consider sitting wide receiver Calvin Johnson this week against the Minnesota Vikings to rest his injured right ankle. Johnson went down after taking a hit early in the second half, ending his Sunday afternoon with just one catch. Johnson has just three receptions for 19 yards while playing through the sprained ankle in the last two w... [Read More]
10/07/14 Lions RB Joique Bell unsure if he'll be cleared for contact this week
Joique Bell suffered a concussion while making a block during the third quarter of the Lions' Week 4 matchup against the New York Jets. He didn't play in Week 5 and said Monday he isn't sure if he will be cleared for contact drills this week. However, he remains hopeful. "Yeah, I'm feeling real good," Bell said.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Rams expect RB Zac Stacy (strained calf) to play in Week 6
It didn't take long for the Rams to rule out running back Zac Stacy once he went down with a calf strain in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Fortunately, it also shouldn't take long for Stacy to get back on the field. Head coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that while Stacy will probably miss some practice time, he thinks the second-year back will be available for this Sunday's contest... [Read More]
10/06/14 Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart suffered foot sprain Sunday
Week 5 wasn't just another dud in a season full of them for Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart. Yes, he gained only 9 yards on only four carries, but there is a good reason for that other than general poor play by him and his offensive line. According to ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco, Gerhart sprained his foot on his second carry versus Pittsburgh. DiRocco said that injury and... [Read More]
10/06/14 Report: Saints TE Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury not considered serious
A bye week is coming at the right time for Jimmy Graham. The league's best tight end had his Sunday shortened by a sprained shoulder late in the first quarter. However, a source tells ProFootballTalk.com that the injury isn't believed to be serious. The Saints don't play again until Oct. 19 against the Lions.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Bears want WR Brandon Marshall to get more touches
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been accused in the past of having tunnel vision for Brandon Marshall, sometimes to the detriment of him and his team. Now he's not looking for his All-Pro wideout enough, according to head coach Marc Trestman. Trestman said Monday that Marshall needs to get more touches. He caught three of five targets for 44 yards against the Panthers yesterday.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Lions RB Reggie Bush says he's day-to-day with sprained ankle
With Calvin Johnson in need of some R&R and Joique Bell still making his way back from a concussion, the Lions can ill-afford to lose another offensive playmaker. So they and crowds of fantasy owners will be keeping tabs on running back Reggie Bush this week. Bush suffered a sprained ankle during the fourth quarter of Detroit's loss to the Bills on Sunday. He called himself "day-to-day" on Mo... [Read More]
10/06/14 UPDATE: Giants RB Rashad Jennings diagnosed with sprained MCL
Updating a post from earlier today, Giants running back Rashad Jennings has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Head coach Tom Coughlin wouldn't put a time frame on how long Jennings will be sidelined and said Monday that he will consider Jennings' status from day to day until told otherwise.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball does not need surgery, could miss just two weeks
Montee Ball does not need surgery to repair a groin injury suffered in Sunday's game versus the Cardinals, according to the Denver Post. The Post had previously reported that the injury could keep Ball out "for a while." But after undergoing an MRI on Monday, the concerns about Ball's condition were downplayed, and it now seems likely that he'll miss less than a month of action.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno may return in Week 6
Knowshon Moreno "hopes" to return to the Dolphins' lineup in Week 6, according to the Miami Herald. Moreno dislocated his elbow in Miami's Week 2 contest at Buffalo and only recently returned to practice. Last week, Moreno raised some eyebrows when he indicated that he could be out for another month. Moreno's initial timetable was four weeks, which originally pegged him for a Week 6 return.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews likely to miss another two weeks
Ryan Mathews will likely miss two more weeks as he recovers from a sprained MCL. Mathews has been out since Week 2. In his absence, the Chargers' rushing game has been spearheaded by Donald Brown and more recently by undrafted rookie Branden Oliver. Mathews is apparently targeting the Chargers' Week 8 game against the Broncos as a return date.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Giants RB Rashad Jennings might have sprained knee, may miss a few weeks
Ralph Vacchiano of the NY Daily News says "the early word" is Rashad Jennings suffered a sprained left knee. He will get a MRI today, but it's worth mentioning Vacchiano says "it could keep him out a week or two". We'll have more updates as they come out.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed not expected to play MNF
ESPN Washington Redskins reporter John Keim is predicting TE Jordan Reed won't be able to play Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks because of his hamstring injury. Although Keim mentions it's a downgrade for the Redskins, he specifically mentions Niles Paul that has shown he can "play and produce," which may lead to the Redskins implementing more two-tight end sets when Reed does return.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson aggravates ankle injury, could miss two games
Calvin Johnson aggravated his ankle injury in Sunday's home loss to the Bills, and could miss "a week or two," according to SI's Peter King. Johnson had been limited in Week 4 and throughout practice leading up to Week 5. He was not considered at full strength for the game, operating primarily as a decoy. It now appears that Johnson's injury has worsened to the point that he'll need to miss time.... [Read More]
10/06/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball will miss time with groin injury
Montee Ball is likely to miss games after suffering a groin injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game versus the Cardinals, according to the Denver Post. Ball will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the injjury. A source told the Denver Post that Ball will be out "for a while." In Ball's stead, RB Ronnie Hillman totaled 15 carries for 64 yards.... [Read More]
10/05/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 5?
Finally, a Sunday morning when we aren't being absolutely bombarded with a slew of injury concerns for the early games. Sure, there are a few notables -- Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster -- but we've had it a lot worse in recent weeks. We'll know their official playing statuses at about 11:30 a.m. Eastern, when the inactives lists come out. Keep visiting this post throughout... [Read More]
10/04/14 Texans expect WR Andre Johnson to play versus Cowboys; RB Arian Foster probable
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is listed as questionable on the injury report and is considered a game-time decision due to an ankle injury. Head coach Bill O'Brien will have a say in that decision, and he said Saturday he expects Johnson to suit up against the Cowboys, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. Via Werder, O'Brien thinks Johnson will be active "unless something unexpected develops betwe... [Read More]
10/04/14 Lions RBs Joique Bell and Theo Riddick OUT for Week 5; Reggie Bush to shoulder load
The Detroit Lions have officially declared running backs Joique Bell (concussion) and Theo Riddick (hamstring) as OUT for the team's Week 5 game versus Buffalo. This figures to mean Reggie Bush will take the majority of the snaps in the backfield this week. George Winn will serve as his backup. Bell has led the Lions in rushing yards through four games with 152 while adding nine catches for 73 ya... [Read More]
10/04/14 Titans WR Justin Hunter improving, could move into No. 2 role
ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan reported Friday that Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter could be taking over as the team's No. 2 wide receiver soon. "While #Titans WR Justin Hunter has been inconsistent, don't be surprised to see him start over Nate Washington soon at the "X" position," Caplan said on his Twitter feed. While Washington has seen more snaps (228) than Hunter (186), Hunter st... [Read More]
10/04/14 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants backup RBs more involved
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones made reference to the fact that Dallas has some decent backup running backs who probably need to be a little more involved in the offense, specifically Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar. "The biggest threat probably to DeMarco's stats is Joseph Randle," the ever-involved Jones said Friday on a show with 105.3 The Fan. "Frankly, I don't want to leave Dunba... [Read More]
10/02/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater inactive for Thursday Night
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is officially inactive for tonight's game against the Green Bay Packers. Bridgewater is still recovering from a sprained ankle he suffered last week against the Falcons. Christian Ponder will be starting in his place.... [Read More]
10/02/14 Chiefs WR Donnie Avery to have sports hernia surgery
Chiefs beat writer Terez Paylor is reporting Donnie Avery is in need of surgery for a sports hernia. Avery will likely be out between 2-8 weeks while a combination of Junior Hemingway and A.J. Jenkins fill in for him opposite Dwayne Bowe. ... [Read More]
10/02/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins praises Kyle Orton
Or maybe it's better described as subtle shots at benched QB E.J. Manuel. Sammy Watkins said of new starter Kyle Orton "We just had a different approach to practice. [Orton] demands what he wants out of us. He's more of a veteran guy. The way he talked, the way he handles business, the way he looks at plays and breaks down defenses, it's kind of different than E.J.. He reads it quicker, the ball i... [Read More]
10/02/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington limited in Wednesday practice
Andre Ellington was limited in the Cardinals' practice Wednesday. Ellington had previously been sitting out Wednesday practice as he continues to recover from a foot injury. He appears set to continue his lead RB role in Week 5's game against the Broncos.... [Read More]
10/01/14 Rams WR Tavon Austin returns to practice
Rams beat writer Jim Thomas is reporting Tavon Austin has returned to practice in a limited role. It's encouraging news after Austin hurt his knee in Week 2 and hasn't played since.... [Read More]
10/01/14 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon in treatment center
Suspended Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon is in a voluntary treatment facility for substance abuse and is 'doing well,' the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Blackmon entered himself into the 90-day program and is about halfway through. Head coach Gus Bradley took notice, saying "[Blackmon's] doing very well and he's learning a lot. He's healing and taking time for himself. The great thing is he has... [Read More]
10/01/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones tweaks ankle, doesn't practice Wednesday
There must be some sort of mysterious, invisible force that doesn't want Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to play football this season. First, an ankle injury forced him to miss the start of training camp. Then, a few days after being given the green light to practice, Jones broke his left foot, which required surgery. At long last, he was expected to make his season debut this Sunday night aga... [Read More]
10/01/14 Texans RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson miss Wednesday's practice
After spending most of the past couple of weeks limited in practice, Arian Foster and Andre Johnson took a step back Wednesday. Perhaps it was a step with a bit of a limp. Both players missed the day's entire session. Foster has been nagged by a hamstring injury for the better part of two months and was sidelined in Week 3. He played Sunday against Buffalo but admittedly wasn't 100 percent and rus... [Read More]
10/01/14 Bills WRs give vote of confidence to new QB Kyle Orton
Wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods both had positive remarks about their newly appointed quarterback, Kyle Orton, on Wednesday, pointing out the different vibe that the veteran signal-caller brings to the huddle. "We just had a different approach to practice," Watkins noted. "Orton demands what he wants out of us. He's more of a veteran guy. The way he talked, the way he handles busi... [Read More]
10/01/14 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer not practicing Wednesday, seeks second opinion
Quarterback Carson Palmer was absent from Cardinals practice on Wednesday, the day head coach Bruce Arians said was critical in determining if their signal-caller would be able to play against the Denver Broncos in Week 5. After throwing a little bit towards the end of last week, and with Arizona's Week 4 bye, it was looking like Palmer would likely return this week. However, he was visibly uncom... [Read More]
10/01/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will be a game-time decision Thursday
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was limited in today's practice, his first practice participation of the week, and is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Packers. Bridgewater suffered an ankle injury during the fourth quarter of his first career start last week. Although he was carted off to the locker room, multiple tests didn't reveal anything serious. Bridg... [Read More]
10/01/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall practices fully Wednesday
It seems like Brandon Marshall has turned a corner with the ankle injury that has been bothering him since Week 1. Specifically, he went through full practice today, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune.... [Read More]
10/01/14 Titans HC Ken Whisenhunt: RB Bishop Sankey will get more reps, play earlier
Titans rookie Bishop Sankey has led the team's running backs in snaps in each of the past two weeks. Although he wasn't on the field for more than 30 plays in either game, no other Tennessee RB -- Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster -- was on the field for more than 20. Sankey also paced the team in carries in Week 4 against the Colts and scored his first career touchdown. More snaps and carries, it'... [Read More]
10/01/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson 'definitely' feeling better than last week
Despite positive reports regarding how he looked in pregame warmups, Calvin Johnson was clearly a decoy and played only 37 offensive snaps Sunday against the Jets. He caught two passes for 12 yards, a line that is probably led to losses for many of his fantasy owners. If those owners can take solace in anything, it's that Johnson didn't make his injured ankle any worse in Week 4. According to Dave... [Read More]
09/30/14 Dennis Allen out, Tony Sparano in as Raiders interim head coach
Dennis Allen has been fired after the Oakland Raiders have started the 2014 season 0-4, including their most recent loss in a 38-14 blowout by the Miami Dolphins. Assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tony Sparano has been named the interim head coach going forward.... [Read More]
09/30/14 Redskins TE Niles Paul still not cleared to play
After suffering a devastating hit by two Giants defenders in Week 4, TE Niles Paul is still battling a concussion and did not practice on Tuesday. It's a bit concerning because it has been five days since the blow, but there is some reason to be optimistic as he has four more days to get ready. With Jordan Reed still having a hamstring issue, TE Logan Paulsen would start for Washington if both ... [Read More]
09/30/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron says he'll play through shoulder issues
Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich reported on his Twitter feed Tuesday that tight end Jordan Cameron admits that his shoulder (AC joint) is something that's probably going to affect him all season, but that the team's Week 4 bye was good for the injury. "I feel good. I feel healthy," Cameron was quoted as saying. Cameron has just three catches for 70 yards and has yet to reach the end zone in 2014.... [Read More]
09/30/14 Packers WR Jarrett Boykin misses Tuesday's practice; Davante Adams to continue as No. 3 WR
Green Bay Packers beat writer Tyler Dunne reported via his Twitter feed that wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who is working through knee and groin issues, missed Tuesday's practice. His status for Thursday night's game with Minnesota is in doubt. Boykin has only caught two balls for 17 yards on seven targets so far in 2014.... [Read More]
09/30/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater doesn't practice Tuesday
Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported via his Twitter feed that Minnesota rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) was still not practicing on Tuesday. The hope is that Bridgewater can participate in Wednesday's walk-through and go from there. Bridgewater hasn't committed himself to being ready for Thursday night's game at Green Bay. Bridgewater was 19-of-30 for 317 yards pass... [Read More]
09/30/14 Browns RB Ben Tate returns to practice Tuesday
Ben Tate returned to Browns practice on Tuesday after missing two games with a right knee sprain. Tate had previously suggested a Week 5 return was in order, and now that seems very likely. In Tate's absence, Browns RBs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell split carries. ... [Read More]
09/30/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones expected to play Sunday
Marvin Jones is expected to make his 2014 season debut in Week 5 against the Patriots, according to Bengals' beat reporter Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Jones missed training camp with an ankle injury before breaking his foot in early August. He returned to practice for the first time last Tuesday. In 2013, Jones caught 51 passes for 712 yards and ten touchdowns.... [Read More]
09/30/14 Jets WR Eric Decker making progress with hamstring injury
Jets head coach Rex Ryan said on Monday that Eric Decker's hamstring injury is getting better. "He feels better today than he did this time last week," Ryan said. After catching just one ball for 19 yards in Week 3 before taking himself out of the game, Decker played nearly 80 percent of the Jets' snaps in Week 4 and managed four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.... [Read More]
09/29/14 Bills bench QB E.J. Manuel for Kyle Orton
Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will be the team's starting quarterback going forward. Marrone said he came to the decision to bench 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel in favor of the 31-year-old Orton this afternoon. According to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News, Marrone didn't declare Orton will be the starter for the rest of the season but "indicates it's not a one-... [Read More]
09/29/14 Colts WR Da'Rick Rogers arrested for DUI, waived by team
Colts WR Da'Rick Rogers was arrested early this morning for DUI, according to Colts beat writer Charly Arnolt. Shortly after the news became public, Rogers was released by the team.... [Read More]
09/29/14 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts suffers hamstring aggravation
After missing the first two games of 2014 with a hamstring injury, Cecil Shorts suffered a setback on Sunday. Shorts was forced out of the Jaguars' Week 4 matchup in the third quarter after recording two catches for 25 yards on four targets. Shorts is set to undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of the damage.... [Read More]
09/29/14 Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams suffers ankle sprain in loss
DeAngelo Williams sustained an ankle sprain in the second quarter of the Panthers' 38-10 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. Williams was spotted leaving the stadium in a walking boot. He had missed the previous two games with a hamstring injury. The Panthers entered Week 4 without RBs Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker, all of whom were out due to injury. Williams' sprain is being evalu... [Read More]
09/28/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis suffers back injury on 8-yard day
Vernon Davis returned from his one-week absence due to an ankle injury only to leave Sunday's game against the Eagles early because of a back problem. Davis took a hit to his lower back area in the third quarter that forced him to take a trip to the locker room. He was quickly ruled out, although X-rays were negative. After the game, Davis said he was experiencing back spasms. He finished the day ... [Read More]
09/28/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater leaves first start with ankle injury, MRI tonight
Teddy Bridgewater performed very well in his first career start Sunday, picking apart the Falcons' defense on his way to a 317-yard passing day with 27 more yards on the ground and a rushing score. And it could have been even better if Bridgewater didn't miss most of the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury. X-rays were negative, but more will be known about his injury following an MRI, which is ... [Read More]
09/28/14 UPDATE: 49ers TE Vernon Davis 'good to go' for Week 4
Updating a previous item which listed TE Vernon Davis as a likely game-time decision, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is saying Davis is "good to go" after being asked about the player's status through Twitter. All signs are pointing up that Davis will be starting this week as he was able to return to practice Wednesday in a limited capacity, and head coach Jim Harbaugh expressed optimism Davis would see p... [Read More]
09/28/14 Jets WR Eric Decker expected to play as 'situational player'
ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini is reporting WR Eric Decker will be active today, but is expected to be a situational player. Cimini writes "i.e. on 3rd down and 3-receiver packages." Decker has been battling a hamstring issue the past couple of weeks which caused him to pull himself out of the game last week after playing only 12 snaps.... [Read More]
09/28/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 4?
The injury report heading into Week 3 was overwhelming simply due to the towering list of players who were dealing with ailments. The list isn't as long heading into Week 4, but the players who are worth tracking this morning are some of the league's best -- Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Arian Foster. Updates on those players and many others will start pouring in around 11:30 a.m. Eastern w... [Read More]
09/28/14 Report: Texans RB Arian Foster to expected to play vs. Bills
Texans running back Arian Foster was limited for every practice last week and ended up not playing on Sunday. This week, he went through the same routine Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. But his Sunday will be much different. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Foster is expected play today against the Bills. Rapoport adds that while Foster will test out his hamstring during pregame warmups, ... [Read More]
09/28/14 Report: Titans will start QB Charlie Whitehurst; TE Delanie Walker expected to play
Jake Locker's injured wrist won't allow him to start versus the Colts, so the Titans are turning to Charlie Whitehurst to make his first start since 2011. According to numerous reports, Whitehurst will start in place of Locker and should have tight end Delanie Walker available to him. Walker was limited throughout the practice week because of a shoulder injury.... [Read More]
09/28/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall expected to play
Apparently, Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall doesn't need to practice to play. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Marshall is expected to play through his ankle injury against the Packers. Marshall has been nursing and playing through the injury since Week 1. He aggravated it during Monday's win over the Jets and was held out of the entire practice week.... [Read More]
09/28/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson will be active in Week 4
Calvin Johnson, who was limited in practice this week with an ankle injury, will be active in today's game versus the Jets, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter. Johnson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited Friday.... [Read More]
09/27/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles listed as probable for Week 4
It looks like the No. 1 overall pick in many fantasy drafts this summer will be back on the field after a one-week absence. The Chiefs have listed running back Jamaal Charles as probable to play Monday night against the Patriots. In Week 2, the All-Pro suffered what was initially thought to be a high ankle sprain that would sideline him for at least a few games. That call was clearly incorrect as... [Read More]
09/27/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin expected to receive 'bulk of the carries'
ESPN.com Bucs beat reporter Pat Yasinskas expects RB Doug Martin to take the "bulk of the carries" in Sunday's contest at Pittsburgh. Yasinskas points out that RB Bobby Rainey fumbled twice when starting in Martin's place last week and points to those mistakes as the main reason he thinks Martin will carry the load.... [Read More]
09/27/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis will be game-time decision
Vernon Davis is uncertain of his status for Sunday's game versus the Eagles and will likely be a game-time decision. The 49ers' TE sprained an ankle in Week 2 and missed most of that game as well as Week 3's contest. Davis was able to get in some limited work at practice this week, and head coach Jim Harbaugh said he's "optimistic" that Davis will take the field. If he's unable to play, Vance McDo... [Read More]
09/27/14 Jets WR Eric Decker will 'probably be limited' Sunday
Jets head coach Rex Ryan told reporters Friday that WR Eric Decker will "probably be limited a little bit" in Sunday's game against the Lions. Decker practiced Friday for just the second time since suffering his hamstring injury in Week 2. He played In Week 3 versus the Bears but was on the field for only 12 snaps before removing himself due to reinjury.... [Read More]
09/25/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall misses another practice Thursday
Brandon Marshall missed practice again Thursday with an ankle issue. Marshall suffered the injury in Week 1 but managed to play through it for two consecutive weeks. In Week 2, he caught three touchdown passes, but in Week 3, Marshall aggravated the injury and managed just one catch for 6 yards. He will likely be listed as questionable on the Bears' final injury report tomorrow.... [Read More]
09/25/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin says he's '100 percent'
Doug Martin told reporters Thursday that he's "100 percent" and expects to play Week 4. Martin was held out of the Bucs' last two games due to a knee injury but returned to full practice this week. With Martin out, Bobby Rainey carried the rushing load for the team. When Martin returns, the two backs will likely split carries. On Sunday, the Bucs face a Steelers team that has allowed 130 rushing y... [Read More]
09/25/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles expected to play versus Patriots
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he expects Jamaal Charles to play against the Patriots on Monday night. Charles was officially limited in practice Thursday. Charles was a game-time scratch for Kansas City's Week 3 matchup against the Dolphins. If he is unable to play, backup RB Knile Davis will likely carry the load again for the Chiefs.... [Read More]
09/25/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson expected to play Thursday night
DeSean Jackson is expected to play in the Redskins' Thursday night matchup against the Giants. Jackson has been dealing with a sprained shoulder but was able to play in Week 3 versus the Eagles. Jackson managed five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown against his former club. ... [Read More]
09/25/14 49ers TE Vernon Davis back at practice Wednesday
Vernon Davis returned to limited practice on Wednesday. Davis missed the 49ers' Week 3 matchup with an ankle injury. He'll try to return to the field in Week 4 for the 49ers' home showdown against the Eagles. Derek Carrier stepped in for Davis last Sunday and recorded just one catch for 23 yards. He'll likely get the go-ahead again if Davis has a setback this week.... [Read More]
09/24/14 Texans RB Arian Foster remains limited in practice
Texans running back Arian Foster didn't play in Week 3 despite practicing in limited fashion every possible day leading up to the Giants game. If fantasy owners were hoping that clarity would shine through one week later, they will have to wait a little bit longer. Foster's status remains foggy after he went through limited practice again Wednesday. He continues to be nagged by a hamstring injury ... [Read More]
09/24/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin, WR Vincent Jackson practicing in full
As the Buccaneers try to recover from their own demolition at the hands the Falcons, a couple of their top offensive weapons look good to go for Week 4. Running back Doug Martin and wide receiver Vincent Jackson are practicing fully this week despite some injury concerns. Martin didn't play in Atlanta due to a knee injury while Jackson suffered a slight wrist fracture in the early stages of the g... [Read More]
09/24/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson has ankle injury, could be limited in practice
We're finding out again that the only thing that can stop Calvin Johnson is Calvin Johnson. The all-everything wideout suffered an ankle during the Lions' Week 3 win over the Packers. While Johnson was able to finish the game and said Wednesday he is not concerned about his ankle, he may have his practice snaps scaled back in order to keep him as healthy as possible for game days. The Lions trav... [Read More]
09/24/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew expects to play this week
After missing two games following hand surgery, Maurice Jones-Drew has returned to practice and is ready to play Sunday. When asked if he will play Sunday against the Dolphins, he said, "Yeah, definitely, It's not up to me but I feel like I'll be able to play." If given clearance, he'll return to split carries with Darren McFadden.... [Read More]
09/24/14 Jets WR Eric Decker sits out practice
Jets WR Eric Decker missed practice Wednesday as he continues to battle a hamstring injury. This comes after he missed multiple days of practice last week with the injury and then aggravated it after only 12 snaps Monday. The Jets host the Lions in Week 4.... [Read More]
09/24/14 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will start Sunday
Ryan Tannehill will start for the Dolphins again on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington. This follows a Monday report that the Dolphins' coaching staff had met with Tannehill to discuss his starting role. Tannehill took every rep with the first-team offense during Tuesday's practice... [Read More]
09/24/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno aiming for Week 6 return
Knowshon Moreno is targeting the Dolphins' Week 6 matchup with the Packers as his return date from a dislocated elbow, which he suffered in Week 2. Moreno's original timetable was set at four-to-eight weeks, and a Week 6 return would put him at the very early end of that estimate. In Moreno's absence, Lamar Miller carried the load for the Dolphins in Week 3, racking up 132 total yards on 19 touche... [Read More]
09/24/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed out for Week 4, doubtful for Week 5
Jordan Reed will not be playing in the Redskins' Thursday night game in Week 4, according to the Washington Post's Mike Jones via Twitter. Additionally, Jones said that Reed "sounded sketchy" about his availability for the Redskins' Week 5 Monday night game versus the Seahawks. Reed has been out since Week 1 with a hamstring pull. In his stead, TE Niles Paul has accumulated 18 catches for 253 yard... [Read More]
09/23/14 Texans RB Arian Foster's hamstring injury dates to preseason
Arian Foster's hamstring injury is the same issue that hampered his participation in training camp, according to the Houston Chronicle. Foster missed Sunday's game against the Giants with the ailment and recently told members of the media he considers himself "day to day." In Foster's absence, RB Alfred Blue carried most of the rushing load for the Texans with Jonathan Grimes and Ronnie Brown chip... [Read More]
09/22/14 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin posts second big game
Rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin had his second big game for the Panthers on Sunday, reeling in eight catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Benjamin now has 16 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns in three games. His final catch of the game was a 35-yard touchdown pass thrown by backup Panthers QB Derek Anderson.... [Read More]
09/22/14 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart's injury not thought to be serious
Jonathan Stewart left Sunday night's game against the Steelers with a leg injury, but it's not thought to be a serious condition, according to ESPN.com. Stewart left the game in the third quarter with what is reportedly a right knee contusion. RB Mike Tolbert briefly filled in for Stewart before leaving with an injury of his own. Stewart ended up with five carries for 31 yards and three catches fo... [Read More]
09/22/14 Colts don't think T.Y. Hilton's ankle injury is 'too severe'
T.Y. Hilton, after two disappointing weeks to begin the season, was on his way to a monster Week 3 in Jacksonville before his body got in the way. Hilton caught five passes for 80 yards in less than two quarters, but also suffered an ankle injury before the half that forced him to sit out the rest of the Colts' 44-17 romp over the Jaguars. Head coach Chuck Pagano said after the game that he doesn'... [Read More]
09/22/14 Blake Bortles is Jaguars' starting QB
Unlike with Teddy Bridgewater in Minnesota, the Jaguars didn't wait for an injury to get their first-round quarterback on the field; they had just seen enough of Chad Henne. After a 33-yard first half, Henne was benched in favor of No. 3 overall pick Blake Bortles. Bortles entered the game against the Colts with the Jags trailing, 30-0. He played the entire second half and completed 14 of 24 pass... [Read More]
09/21/14 Vikings QB Matt Cassel breaks foot; TE Kyle Rudolph injures groin
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel suffered what head coach Mike Zimmer called "several broken bones" in his foot Sunday. Cassel left the game in the second quarter of the team's 20-9 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Cassel was 5-of-10 for 53 yards at the time of the injury. A prognosis has not been stated yet, but it's likely that Cassel will be done for a while, possibly the ... [Read More]
09/21/14 Chargers RB Danny Woodhead suffers injuries to ankle, fibula; team fears season lost
The San Diego Chargers' backfield took another hit Sunday. Running back Danny Woodhead was injured on the team's first possession of the game and did not return. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the versatile Woodhead injured his ankle as well as his fibula. The fear is that the fibula injury may be a fracture. Woodhead was quiet in Week 1, but provided the Chargers with 60 combined yards... [Read More]
09/21/14 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta suffers hip injury, likely done for year
The Baltimore Ravens won their game Sunday but suffered a big loss in the process. Tight end Dennis Pitta, one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets, dislocated his right hip in the game and is likely done for the season. Pitta suffered the injury in the second quarter. He had three catches for 12 yards prior to the injury. He will undergo tests Monday to determine if there is also a fractu... [Read More]
09/21/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 3?
After a week in which a seemingly unprecedented number of big names were fell by injury, you better believe this will be a busy morning. Stay with this post and keep refreshing it consistently as we bring you the latest regarding all of the notable actives and inactives in the early kickoffs. We'll be tracking DeSean Jackson, Arian Foster, A.J. Green, Jordan Cameron, Keenan Allen, Dez Bryant, Bern... [Read More]
09/21/14 Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas killed in car accident
Awful news out of Tennessee to pass along this morning. Longtime Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed in a car accident Saturday night. He was 36. Bironas was released by the Titans in March after spending nine seasons with them. "We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news from last night about Rob Bironas," the Titans said in a statement. "Rob made a significant impact as a player in his ni... [Read More]
09/21/14 Report: Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles not expecting to play vs. Dolphins
When doubt is expressed about a player's Sunday status, that doubt usually comes from anonymous sources or beat writers. Rarely do you see the doubt expressed by the player at the heart of the matter. But according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, that seems to be the case with Jamaal Charles. Rapoport tweeted this morning that Charles doesn't expect to play against the Dolphins this afternoon. He ... [Read More]
09/21/14 Report: Texans RB Arian Foster is a 'longshot' to play today
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted this morning that Texans running back Arian Foster is seen as a "longshot" to play today due to a hamstring injury. If he isn't active against the Giants, Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes would take over Houston's backfield. Ronnie Brown might also pitch in. Foster topped 100 rushing yards in each of first two games and is second in the league in ground yardage.... [Read More]
09/21/14 Bears WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, Jets WR Eric Decker questionable for Monday night
Bears WRs Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) as well as Jets WR Eric Decker (hamstring) are all listed as questionable for Monday night. Marshall and Jeffery were both game-time decisions in Week 2 and both played on Sunday night. Marshall got his first practice of this week in on Saturday and was limited. Jeffery was a limited participant in practice all week. Decker didn't ... [Read More]
09/20/14 49ers TEs Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald questionable; Derek Carrier likely to start
According to 49ers reporter Matt Maiocco, tight ends Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee), currently listed as questionable, are both unlikely to play Sunday versus Arizona. If the two TEs are unable to go, Derek Carrier would get the start and see the bulk of the action. Davis has seven catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns through the first two games of the season. McDonald only has... [Read More]
09/20/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew questionable; RB Darren McFadden expected to have big workload
Whether RB Maurice Jones-Drew plays Sunday or not, Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area reports that RB Darren McFadden will see a "heavy workload" in Week 3 versus the New England Patriots. Jones-Drew, coming off of a hand surgery, was limited yet again in practice Friday. McFadden ran the ball 12 times, gaining 37 yards and his first touchdown of the season in the Raiders' 30-14 loss at the hands of Hous... [Read More]
09/20/14 Titans looking for more from talented WR Justin Hunter
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told The Tennesseean on Friday that he needs to see more fight from his wide receivers, specifically singling out second-year wideout Justin Hunter. "They are going into a physical game," Whisenhunt said. "This defensive secondary plays physical with the receivers, and they have to understand they have to be disciplined in their routes, they have to battle for the bal... [Read More]
09/20/14 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer ruled out; Drew Stanton to start
Still waiting for the nerve in his right shoulder to wake up, Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer has been unable to practice this week and will not start Sunday when the Cardinals face the San Francisco 49ers. Instead, Drew Stanton will get the nod for the second straight week. Stanton was 14-of-29 for only 167 yards in Week 2 versus the New York Giants. He didn't throw a touchdown or interception... [Read More]
09/20/14 Patriots will continue to 'play it safe' with TE Rob Gronkowski
Erik Frenz of Boston.com wrote Saturday that "Rob Gronkowski probably will not play 100 percent of the snaps this week. ... Patriots may continue to play it safe with [his] health." Frenz is hinting that the Patriots know what they have in Gronk and can continue to utilize him as a red-zone threat.... [Read More]
09/20/14 Buccaneers QB Josh McCown to see hand specialist
After mashing his right hand into a defender's helmet, Buccaneers QB Josh McCown left Thursday's game with a thumb injury. Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud reported earlier today that McCown has a severely sprained thumb and will see a hand specialist. "All options remain open," said Stroud, which likely means surgery is among the possibilities.... [Read More]
09/20/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington not getting goal-line work
According to azcardinals.com writer Darren Urban, head coach Bruce Arians said running back Jalen Parmele will start to get the goal-line work for the Cardinals with running back Jonathan Dwyer dealing with assault charges that will likely keep him from playing again this season. Parmele was signed by the Cardinals on Thursday.... [Read More]
09/20/14 Texans RB Arian Foster listed as questionable with hamstring injury
Arian Foster is listed as questionable on the Texans' injury report for Week 3. Foster is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him in a limited role at practice throughout the week. Foster has a history of hamstring injuries. If he's unable to play, look for Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes to carry the load.... [Read More]
09/20/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce listed as questionable
Bernard Pierce is listed as questionable on the Ravens' injury report this week after sustaining a thigh injury during Thursday's practice. Pierce was able to get in limited practice both Thursday and Friday. If Pierce is unable to play, Justin Forsett will likely start in his place. It's worth noting Baltimore signed running back Fitzgerald Toussaint from its practice squad Saturday.... [Read More]
09/18/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones posts 161 receiving yards, two TDs in win
With Falcons WR Roddy White sitting out due to a hamstring injury, Julio Jones became Matt Ryan's primary target on Thursday night. In the most dominant performance by any WR this season, Jones was able to post nine receptions for 161 yards and two TDs.... [Read More]
09/18/14 Thursday Night Football injury report: Falcons WR Roddy White, Buccaneers RB Doug Martin inactive
Roddy White and Doug Martin are officially inactive for tonight's clash between the Falcons and Buccaneers. White didn't practice all week due to a hamstring injury. Martin did practice on Monday and Tuesday, but he has still not recovered from the knee injury he suffered in Week 1 and that forced him to miss Week 2. Bobby Rainey will fill in once against for Martin. He ran for 144 yards on 22 ca... [Read More]
09/18/14 Despite sprained ankle, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles practices Thursday
The early reports on Jamaal Charles' injury from Week 2 stated that he had a high ankle sprain. The team basically confirmed as much Monday. Maybe Andy Reid misspoke, because Charles actually practiced Thursday. He was officially limited, but Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said Charles "looked OK to me."... [Read More]
09/18/14 Falcons WR Roddy White not expected to be active tonight
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora tweeted Thursday afternoon that he doesn't expect Falcons wide receiver Roddy White to be active tonight against the Buccaneers due to his hamstring injury. White didn't practice this week, but beat reports presented no concern that he would miss Week 3, and head coach Mike Smith said the 10-year veteran didn't need to practice in order to play. We will know White's o... [Read More]
09/18/14 UPDATE: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin unlikely to play tonight
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Doug Martin is unlikely to play tonight as he recovers from a knee sprain. Martin was able to practice this week but apparently is not healthy enough to make it through Thursday night's game against the Falcons. In Martin's absence, RB Bobby Rainey should carry most of the load for the Buccaneers. Prior to this development, it was expected that Martin would ... [Read More]
09/18/14 Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey, RB Doug Martin expected to share work
Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin will share work in Thursday night's contest in Atlanta, according to Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said that he will use a committee approach in the game and declined to name a starter. Martin entered the season as the Bucs' feature back but has struggled with injuries and effectiveness. With Martin inactive in Week 2, Rainey took 22 carries for 144 yards, a... [Read More]
09/18/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green expected to play Sunday
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis expects WR A.J. Green to play Sunday versus the Titans, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Green left the Bengals' Week 2 matchup early with a strained ligament in his toe. For his part, Green told reporters that he hopes to play, but made no guarantees. "I feel good," he said. "I still have some treatment to do, but it's getting better." Sure enough, Green retu... [Read More]
09/18/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo will practice Thursday
Tony Romo will return to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice with back tightness. Romo, who had back surgery this offseason, spent Wednesday in the weight room, working out his back. His recovery held him out of some offseason workouts, but Romo has not missed a game this season and is expected to play Sunday versus the Rams.... [Read More]
09/17/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron looking like a go for Week 3
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (shoulder) returned to practice in limited fashion Wednesday. If the rest of the week goes as planned, the Pro Bowler should be ready to roll against divisional foe Baltimore on Sunday. Cameron, one of the Browns' biggest weapons in the passing game, caught 80 balls for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 despite playing with three different quarterbacks. He h... [Read More]
09/17/14 Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer arrested for aggravated assault, deactivated
Arizona Cardinals backup running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges stemming from two separate incidents involving a woman and an 18-month-old child at his home in Phoenix in late July. Dwyer was booked into Maricopa County Jail on Wednesday on one count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, one count of aggravated assault involving a minor, two counts o... [Read More]
09/17/14 Ravens QB Joe Flacco misses practice Wednesday
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed Wednesday's practice with what is being called a cold. Head coach John Harbaugh was noncommittal when asked about Flacco's status for Sunday's gave versus Cleveland. "I don't know. We'll see," Harbaugh said when asked if Flacco would return this week. Flacco threw for 166 yards and two touchdowns in the Ravens' 26-6 win over the rival Steelers in Wee... [Read More]
09/17/14 Jets hopeful WR Eric Decker will play in Week 3
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker appears optimistic about his ability to play Monday night against the Bears despite a hamstring injury. "Well, it's one day, my mentality is to take it one day at a time," Decker said. "I would love to play, so I am just making sure that we take the right steps. Don't do too much, but do enough to feel it out and make a decision once that day rolls aroun... [Read More]
09/17/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker will play Week 3
Wes Welker returned to the Broncos' practice facility Wednesday and will play in Week 3, according to USA Today. The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to a new drug policy earlier in the day that resulted in reduced and overturned suspensions for a number of players, including Welker. he was in line to serve a suspension for amphetamine use until Week 6 but will be available this weekend as a result of the... [Read More]
09/17/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to be brought back after case concludes
Adrian Peterson will be brought back by the Vikings after his legal case concludes, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Schefter tweeted that the timing of Peterson's return will "depend on when legal case is resolved." After holding Peterson out Week 2, the Vikings announced plans to reinstate him, before changing course and deactivating him pending the resolution of the child abuse case against P... [Read More]
09/17/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson put on Exempt List, might miss rest of season
Earlier reports stating that the Vikings might 'reverse course' on letting RB Adrian Peterson play in Week 3 have now been founded. Peterson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list by the organization. Peterson will be out indefinitely and "suspended from activities with the team effective immediately" until his legal proceedings are finished, which might not take place until... [Read More]
09/16/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson has sprained shoulder, intends to play vs Eagles
Robert Griffin III wasn't the only important Redskins offensive player who left Sunday's win over the Jaguars early. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson also got injured in the first quarter of that game; he's just not going to miss nearly as much time as Griffin will. Jackson has been diagnosed with a sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder. However, an MRI on Monday revealed no structural damage, ... [Read More]
09/16/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno expected to miss at least 4 weeks with dislocated elbow
Here is Knowshon Moreno's line from Sunday against the Bills: one carry, 4 yards, one dislocated left elbow. Moreno, who rushed for more than 130 yards in Week 1, will now miss at least a month because of that injury. Lamar Miller also didn't make it through the game unscathed as he injured an ankle in the fourth quarter. With the Dolphins' backfield in disarray, the team re-signed Daniel Thomas ... [Read More]
09/16/14 Saints RB Mark Ingram will miss at least 1 month with broken hand
In a weekend headlined by injuries to star offensive players who saw their Sundays shortened, one of the most notable injuries didn't become evident until the day after. Although Saints running back Mark Ingram played a full game against the Browns, but he was diagnosed with a broken hand Monday. He will miss at least a month of action, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.... [Read More]
09/15/14 Chargers RB Ryan Mathews could miss 4-5 weeks due to sprained MCL
Last season, Chargers running back Ryan Mathews shook off the "injury-prone" label by playing a full season for the first time in his four-year career. But periods of good health for NFL players are fleeting, especially for running backs. Mathews is finding that out today; he has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his right knee. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Mathews' sprain is sever... [Read More]
09/15/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has high ankle sprain
We won't be seeing last year's top fantasy running back on a football field for a while. The Chiefs confirmed Monday that Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Head coach Andy Reid didn't estimate when Charles will play again but did say that it's not a "real severe" sprain. Charles gained 12 yards on three touches before departing. He ha... [Read More]
09/15/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson reinstated, expected to play in Week 3
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was deactivated from yesterday's game after being indicted on child abuse charges Friday. His banishment ended Monday as he was officially reinstated by the team. He is expected to practice this week and play Sunday against the Saints.... [Read More]
09/15/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III dislocates left ankle, MRI coming Monday
Fantasy owners have learned in the past couple of years to always hold their breath when Robert Griffin III is on the run. On Sunday, fears were realized on Washington's second offensive series. Griffin scrambled to the right and came down awkwardly on his left foot. He had to be carted off the field and was diagnosed with a dislocated ankle. How much time he'll miss will be determined by an MRI o... [Read More]
09/14/14 Panthers deactivate DE Greg Hardy shortly before kickoff Sunday
The Panthers decided to deactivate defensive end Greg Hardy shortly before the kickoff of their game today against the Lions. The move was first reported by NFL Network's Albert Breer. Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats in July. Hardy appealed his conviction and will face a jury trial in November. He played in Week 1, recording four tackles, one sack and one f... [Read More]
09/14/14 Reports: Buccaneers RB Doug Martin won't play today vs. Rams
Despite practicing on Thursday and Friday, Buccaneers running back Doug Martin won't play this afternoon against the Rams. That's according to reports from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. Bobby Rainey is expected to start in his place. Martin missed chunks of last week's game versus the Panthers due to a knee injury. He was expected to play, but something has obviously changed.... [Read More]
09/14/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 2?
The status of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery may be the focus of the biggest injury story today, but there sure are many names to track this morning -- Jordan Cameron, Carson Palmer, DeAngelo Williams, Toby Gerhart, Cecil Shorts and more. For the latest on all of today's banged-up NFL'ers, refresh this post consistently starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern when the active/inactives reports official... [Read More]
09/14/14 Report: Bears WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery unlikely to play Sunday night
We'll cover the early-game inactives here soon, but first comes very important news about two elite wide receivers who kick off Sunday night. A source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's "75 percent sure" Bears wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery won't play against the 49ers. Marshall missed the entire practice week due to a sprained ankle. Jeffery was able to practice on Friday but o... [Read More]
09/13/14 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer has a 'nerve thing' in throwing shoulder
While much ink has been spilled regarding Andre Ellington's health, perhaps more attention should be paid to the man in front of him on most plays, Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. Palmer didn't throw much during the practice week because of what head coach Bruce Arians described as a "nerve thing" in his throwing shoulder. However, Arians did add that he thinks Palmer will be ready to play S... [Read More]
09/13/14 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts travels with team, still not expected to play Sunday
Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts was on a plane headed to Washington with his teammates today, but that doesn't mean he will be on the field with them Sunday. Shorts is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury that kept him inactive for Week 1. However, he has made the trip to our nation's capital -- well, close to it -- and the Jags will test him out before tomorrow's game to see if he can gi... [Read More]
09/13/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker will not play Sunday
Broncos WR Wes Welker will not play in Week 2, according to FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo. It was previously reported by several outlets that Welker would be in the Broncos' lineup for Sunday's game. However, the NFL and the NFLPA have yet to finalize the new drug-testing agreement that would retroactively revoke Welker's suspension.... [Read More]
09/13/14 Jaguars SS Johnathan Cyprien will not play Sunday
Jaguars SS Johnathan Cyprien has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Redskins, according to the Florida Times-Union. Cyprien suffered a concussion in the Jaguars' Week 1 matchup against the Eagles and was unable to pass the concussion protocol this week. He did not practice all week.... [Read More]
09/13/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey's role will 'gradually grow'
Titans RB Bishop Sankey should see his offensive role "gradually grow" throughout the season, according to ESPN's Titans beat reporter Paul Kuharsky. Sankey carried the ball six times for 25 yards in Sunday's season opener. Meanwhile, RB Shonn Greene took 15 carries for 71 yards. Kuharsky says that will change as the season progresses.... [Read More]
09/13/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin expected to play Sunday
Doug Martin, who injured his left knee Sunday in the Buccaneers' season opener, is expected to play in Week 2 versus the Rams. Martin missed practice Wednesday, but was on the field Thursday and Friday. He is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest. Martin rushed nine times for 9 yards and caught two passes for 7 yards in Week 1 before exiting with the injury.... [Read More]
09/12/14 Report: Browns WR Josh Gordon's suspension reduced to 10 games, pending approval of drug policy
You know it's been a tough week in the NFL when the passage of a new drug policy is considered "the good news." It was reported earlier Friday that the league and its 32 player representatives had approved the policy. Then they hadn't. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Friday night that an agreement has not been reached yet. While nothing is official, it will be soon. And when that time comes, ... [Read More]
09/12/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin goes through another practice, listed as questionable
Doug Martin is expected to have the opportunity to redeem himself after a 9-yard performance in Week 1. The knee injury he sustained against the Panthers calmed down enough to allow Martin to practice on Thursday and Friday. Martin is expected to play, but he is officially listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Tampa Bay's late-afternoon kickoff versus the Rams.... [Read More]
09/12/14 Following child abuse charges, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson deactivated for Week 2
Just two hours after Adrian Peterson was indicted by a grand jury on child abuse charges, the Vikings have announced Peterson will not play Sunday versus the Patriots. Matt Asiata will start in his place and presumably share carries with athletic rookie Jerick McKinnon.... [Read More]
09/12/14 UPDATE: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson indicted with 'reckless or negligent injury to a child'
Vikings running back Peterson has been indicted with "reckless or negligent injury to a child" in Montgomery County, Texas. Child Protective Service tells TMZ Sports that they are investigating Peterson in connection with an incident at his home in Texas involving an 11-year-old boy. Peterson missed Vikings practice on Thursday. Sources told ProFootballTalk that the indictment is related to Peters... [Read More]
09/12/14 Colts backfield to be 'equal share' between RBs Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson
Colts running back Trent Richardson had this to say when asked about the split between he and fellow running back Ahmad Bradshaw: "I think it's going to be a good, equal load. Ahmad knows that once I get tired or once I'm winded, when I look to that sideline or he looks to the sideline, we know how to complement each other. ... We work well together." Head coach Chuck Pagano said what a head co... [Read More]
09/12/14 Saints WR Kenny Stills looking like game-time decision for Week 2
According to Saints reporter Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, wide receiver Kenny Stills (quad) plans to travel to Cleveland with the team. His status for the game against the Browns remains uncertain, but he is listed as probable on the Saints' injury report. Stills did not play in Week 1 and has been limited in practice all week.... [Read More]
09/12/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne practices in full Friday
After taking the day off Thursday for what appears to be general rest, Colts WR Reggie Wayne was back at practice Friday and was listed as a full participant. Wayne had nine catches for 98 yards in the team's Week 1 loss at Denver and should be ready to go for the Colts Week 2 game against Philadelphia.... [Read More]
09/12/14 Bears WR Brandon Marshall doesn't practice Friday; WR Alshon Jeffery limited
It looks like fantasy owners may have some tough decisions to make Sunday on a couple of the game's best wide receivers. Bears wideouts Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are both listed as questionable and both will be game-time decisions for Chicago's matchup against the 49ers on Sunday night. Marshall had hoped to practice Friday, but he was unable to do anything more than some light jogging ... [Read More]
09/12/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell rushes 11 times in loss
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a rough night against the Baltimore Ravens, which was evident when Le'Veon Bell only rushed 11 times for 59 yards. The Steelers were behind for most of the game, causing Ben Roethlisberger to drop back 37 times. When he did get his chances, Bell looked as good as he ever has, but the carries weren't there with the offense playing catch-up for most of the night.... [Read More]
09/12/14 Ravens TE Owen Daniels has two-TD performance
In a strange turn of events for the Baltimore Ravens, tight end Owen Daniels was able to grab two touchdowns in Thursday's 26-6 victory. It wasn't a bad game plan for the Ravens considering Daniels stayed under the radar of the Steelers' defense and was uncovered on both end-zone catches. He finished with five receptions for 28 yards.... [Read More]
09/12/14 Ravens WR Torrey Smith held to one catch
If the first two games of the Baltimore Ravens' seasons are any indication of how they plan to use Torrey Smith, he may be in trouble. Smith was held to one catch for 10 yards on Thursday night. Last week, he had only three receptions for 50 yards. While it's worth noting that Smith was targeted twice in the end zone on two separate drives, Joe Flacco has clearly looked towards Steve Smith and ... [Read More]
09/11/14 Texans won't scale back RB Arian Foster's workload
Bill O'Brien wasn't lying. The Texans' first-year head coach said during the preseason that he was going to lean on running back Arian Foster. That's what he did in Week 1, and that's what he'll continue to do. "He said that all offseason, and (it's) not lip service," Foster said about O'Brien promising to use him as much as possible. "That's what he wants to do." Foster ran the ball 27 times a... [Read More]
09/11/14 Bengals WR A.J. Green misses Thursday's practice due to foot injury
The Bengals have already lost Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert for weeks. But this would be an absolutely crushing blow: Wide receiver A.J. Green didn't practice Thursday. This comes after he was limited during practice on Wednesday. Green supposedly has an injured foot.... [Read More]
09/11/14 Packers RB Eddie Lacy cleared to play Sunday
The three extra days Eddie Lacy had to recover from his concussion before his next game served him well. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced Thursday that Lacy has been officially cleared to play Sunday against the Jets. Green Bay's star running back went through a full practice in pads today, exactly one week after his concussion in Seattle.... [Read More]
09/10/14 Redskins HC Jay Gruden wishes he had called more running plays in Week 1
The Redskins scored six points in their season-opening loss to the Texans. The score was within one possession of separation for 58 minutes, and Washington scored its only touchdown on a four-play drive that looked like this: Run. Run. Run. Run. However, Alfred Morris carried the ball only 14 times, and the Redskins attempted passes on 70 percent of their plays in the second half. For Redskins f... [Read More]
09/10/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron day-to-day with sprained shoulder, MRI shows no structural damage
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron declared Wednesday that he is "all good" after an MRI on his sprained right shoulder showed no structural damage. "Right now, it's just a day-by-day thing," Cameron said via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Just seeing how it feels when I wake up, and we'll go from there.'' Cameron's injury, which he suffered early in the third quarter of Sunday's lo... [Read More]
09/10/14 Bears WRs Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery sit out Wednesday's practice
Here is the stuff of Jay Cutler's nightmares: The Bears without Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. That's how it was during Wednesday's practice as both players nursed injuries sustained in Week 1 Marshall has an ailing ankle that forced him to miss a handful of plays during the Bears' overtime loss to the Bills. Jeffery missed most of the second half due to a hamstring injury. However, there d... [Read More]
09/10/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew has 'procedure' on right hand, Week 2 status unclear
According to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew suffered an injury to his right hand during Sunday's loss to the Jets and underwent a procedure to fix the issue Monday. Head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that Jones-Drew had something done on the hand and said he is day-to-day. A source told Smith that the veteran "is not expected to miss much time, if any."... [Read More]
09/10/14 Robert Griffin III says Redskins TE Jordan Reed will miss Week 2
Associated Press reporter Mark Long has a quote from Robert Griffin III saying Washington will be without TE Jordan Reed for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. Reed hurt his hamstring in Week 1 while trying to hurdle a defender. He is considered week-to-week.... [Read More]
09/10/14 Bengals TE Tyler Eifert out until at least Week 10
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert suffered a gruesome dislocated elbow injury in first half of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals have decided to place him on short-term injured reserve, meaning he won't be back until at least Week 10. ESPN's Coley Harvey has the full details. "NFL teams are allowed to use the IR designation in just one case each season. Under the gui... [Read More]
09/10/14 UPDATE: Browns RB Ben Tate will 'likely' miss 2-4 weeks with knee sprain
Browns running back Ben Tate may miss 2-4 weeks with a knee sprain, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Tate aggravated the injury in Sunday's game versus the Steelers. In Tate's absence, Browns RB Terrance West took 16 carries for 100 yards, and RB Isaiah Crowell scored two red zone touchdowns.... [Read More]
09/10/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington's foot injury 'can't get worse' from playing
Andre Ellington's foot injury cannot be made worse from playing on it. That's what head Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday. Ellington has a partially torn peroneus longus, a foot muscle that assists in flexing the foot. Playing with the injury on Monday Night Football, Ellington took 18 touches for 80 total yards. Ellington was in a walking boot after the game to assist with the pain. ... [Read More]
09/10/14 Browns RB Ben Tate says knee injury is 'nothing that serious'
Following Sunday's game in Pittsburgh, Ben Tate said on Twitter that the knee injury that took him off the field is "nothing that serious." The Browns have revealed very little about Tate's status. The knee injury was a pre-existing issue that had limited Tate's participation in practice leading up to Week 1. Tate also has a history of missing games due to injury, including five games in 2012 and ... [Read More]
09/08/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington active for MNF; Chargers TE Antonio Gates also active
Despite a slightly torn tendon in his left foot, Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. He isn't expected to receive a full workload and will likely share carries with Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor. On the Chargers' side, tight end Antonio Gates is also active despite being limited by a hamstring injury.... [Read More]
09/08/14 Ravens release RB Ray Rice in light of new video of domestic assault; NFL suspends him indefinitely
The Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice. The team announced the move via Twitter on Monday. Shortly afterward, the NFL decided to suspend Rice indefinitely. Rice's release and suspension come mere hours after a video released by TMZ.com showed what happened between Rice and his then-fiance' and now-wife Janay Palmer during their domestic dispute in February. In the video,... [Read More]
09/07/14 Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney tears meniscus, could be out 4-6 weeks
Jadeveon Clowney couldn't make it through his first NFL regular-season game, and it looks like he might miss the next month or so. Clowney departed Sunday's Texans-Redskins game in the second quarter. He has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus, which will require arthroscopic surgery. According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, he could miss 4-6 weeks. Clowney recorded one tackle for a los... [Read More]
09/07/14 Bears WR Alshon Jeffery suffers hamstring injury; HC Marc Trestman not concerned
Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was on his way to a monster game against the Bills on Sunday, but his body didn't cooperate. Jeffery suffered a hamstring injury that forced him to miss most of the second half. He caught five passes for 71 yards -- all coming before the break. After the game, head coach Marc Trestman didn't express concern about Jeffery's injury. "Alshon was prepared to go in... [Read More]
09/07/14 Patriots RB James White healthy, labeled inactive for Week 1
NFL.com is listing New England Patriots RB James White as inactive for Week 1. He is a healthy scratch, which means RBs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley will not be splitting any carries with the rookie. White began the preseason splitting time with Ridley, but fizzled out at the end, which has led to him earning a bench spot.... [Read More]
09/07/14 Who's in and who's out of the early games in Week 1?
And we made it! Welcome back for another season, kids. Whether you are a defending champ or a first-timer, it's just an exciting day. It's Week 1. Today has that new-season smell. I hope you're as psyched for the action as we are. To help you out this morning, this post will be updated continuously between 11:30 a.m. Eastern and the early kickoffs with the latest news about today's injured stars.... [Read More]
09/07/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed expected to play vs. Texans
Jordan Reed's chances of playing today seem much better than the 50-50 designation that comes with his "questionable" tag on the injury report. According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, Reed will play versus the Texans barring a pregame setback with his injured thumb.... [Read More]
09/06/14 Chargers TE Antonio Gates may be out Monday night
San Diego Chargers beat writer Michael Gehlken is reporting Antonio Gates has been added to the injury report after Saturday practice, citing a tweaked hamstring injury. It's uncertain whether Gates will be ready to go in the Chargers' Monday night debut, but he's been officially slapped with the "questionable" tag, which means he's currently 50/50 to play against the Cardinals.... [Read More]
09/06/14 Cardinals HC Bruce Arians optimistic RB Andre Ellington will play Monday
And this story on Andre Ellington takes another hard turn in the opposite direction. Following Friday's reports that Ellington could miss a month or more due to a foot injury, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Saturday he is optimistic that his dynamic runner will play Monday night versus the Chargers. He is considered a game-time decision. Ellington actually went through limited practice tod... [Read More]
09/06/14 UPDATE: Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts officially out Sunday
Jaguars.com senior writer John Oehser is reporting WR Cecil Shorts has been ruled out for Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed most of preseason due to hamstring injury that he aggravated before Thursday's practice. He missed practice on Friday. Shorts was projected to be Jacksonville's No. 1 receiving option but has had a history of injury issues, and this year doesn't appear to be ... [Read More]
09/06/14 NFLPA will try to get suspensions issued to Browns WR Josh Gordon, Broncos WR Wes Welker overturned
The NFL and the Players Association are working together to agree on a new drug-testing policy. When an agreement comes, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said he wants players who are currently serving suspensions based on the old policy -- including Josh Gordon and Wes Welker -- released from their sentences. "We don't want players to suffer because the union and league couldn't get it done before th... [Read More]
09/05/14 Report: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could miss 4-6 weeks or longer
As an update to what was posted earlier today, Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki now says running back Andre Ellington may miss 4-6 weeks or more because of his foot injury. It all depends on how quickly he heals. The exact nature of the injury is becoming a little clearer but not yet known. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Friday that Ellington has a muscle injury in his left foot, but his MRI resu... [Read More]
09/05/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton goes through practice Friday, will be game-time decision
Quarterback Cam Newton practiced on Friday. Now, the Panthers will wait to see how his body responds tomorrow to the activity before making a determination on his playing status for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. Head coach Ron Rivera said after practice that Newton took all of his scheduled reps with the first-team offense and "looked pretty good" on the field. Rivera also indicated that a... [Read More]
09/05/14 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts not practicing Friday, listed as questionable
Injury-prone wideout Cecil Shorts is already hurt and may not play this Sunday against the Eagles. The Jaguars' top wideout was not on the field during the media-accessible portion of practice Friday because of his hamstring injury. He is officially listed as questionable. He will be a game-time decision. Shorts missed about a month of time in July and August because of the bad hammy. He recovere... [Read More]
09/05/14 Report: Cardinals RB Andre Ellington could miss 'extended period of time'
No official decision has been made on Andre Ellington's Week 1 status, but according to Cardinals reporter Mike Jurecki, Ellington could be out an "extended period of time" because of a foot injury. On Thursday, Ellington aggravated his foot injury, which required an MRI.... [Read More]
09/05/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington undergoes MRI on foot
Cardinals running back Andre Ellington underwent an MRI on his left foot Thursday. The second-year running back was reportedly "dealing with some discomfort" in the foot during this week's preparation for Monday's opener against the Chargers and aggravated the foot on Thursday. The Cardinals' official injury report will be released on Saturday. Jonathan Dwyer will likely get the start if Ellington... [Read More]
09/05/14 Packers RB Eddie Lacy suffers concussion
In the fourth quarter of Thursday Night's season opener, Packers RB Eddie Lacy went toe-to-toe with Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and appeared to win the battle. But after only one more play, he headed to the locker room. Multiple sources have now confirmed Lacy suffered a concussion and his timetable for return is uncertain. Before the collision, he rushed 12 times for 34 yards and shared ba... [Read More]
09/05/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch rushes for more than 100 yards, 2 TDs in win
The Seattle Seahawks' offensive domination of the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football began with RB Marshawn Lynch and ended with Lynch. He ran tough, fast and smart. Lynch carried the ball 20 times, rushing for 110 yards and two TDs. He remains a key piece of the offense and looked in midseason form.... [Read More]
09/04/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham likely out Week 1
New York Giants WR Odell Beckham hasn't practiced this week while struggling with a hamstring injury. Earlier this week, head coach Tom Coughlin said Beckham may be a few weeks away from practicing, and the lack of practice time goes to confirm that Beckham will likely miss Week 1.... [Read More]
09/04/14 QB Tom Brady misses practice, Patriots being 'cautious'
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady sat out practice Thursday. Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reported via a source that Brady has a minor calf injury. "[A] league source says Patriots are being cautious with him and his calf issue and it's not a serious situation," Young tweeted.... [Read More]
09/04/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree says he will play Sunday
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree says he's "good to go and looking forward to homecoming in Dallas" according to Mercury News' Cam Inman via Twitter. Crabtree sat out Wednesday's practice with a calf injury but returned to the practice field Thursday. Crabtree previously missed time in training camp due to a hamstring injury and the majority of the 2013 season following an Achilles' tendon tea... [Read More]
09/04/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton suggests he might not play Sunday
After being held out of throwing drills in Thursday's practice, Newton told the AP's Steve Reed he "[doesn't] want to put [the Panthers] in jeopardy" if he's not ready to play this weekend. Newton sat out Wednesday's practice after experiencing soreness due to a fractured rib. He worked out in handoff drills Thursday wearing a flak jacket. Both Newton and Panthers head coach Ron Rivera previously ... [Read More]
09/04/14 Bills RB C.J. Spiller will return kickoffs
C.J. Spiller will be the Bills' leading kickoff returner this season, according to head coach Doug Marrone. "As much as we can get our playmakers out there, whether it be punt returns or kickoff returns, we have to make sure we explore that," Marrone said. The coach added that he does not believe kickoff returners are inherently more injury-prone. Spiller averaged 28 yards per kickoff return dur... [Read More]
09/04/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will 'let it rip' in season opener
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Marshawn Lynch will "let it rip" in tonight's season opener against the Packers. Since ending his holdout early in training camp, Lynch "hasn't missed a snap or practice, hasn't missed anything," Carroll added. Lynch, who is coming off a 1,200-yard, 12-touchdown season, will face a Packers defense that ranked 25th in rushing defense last year and will be witho... [Read More]
09/03/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton misses practice Wednesday with rib injury
Cam Newton was held out of practice Wednesday with rib soreness resulting from a hairline fracture. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera remarked after practice that he still expects Newton to play Sunday versus the Buccaneers, but there was more uncertainty in his tone today than in previous remarks. "I expect him to play," said Rivera, who then added "I've been wrong before, but we'll see." Newton sai... [Read More]
09/03/14 Bears RB Ka'Deem Carey listed as No. 2 on depth chart
Rookie Ka'Deem Carey has risen to No. 2 on the Bears' RB depth chart. He surpassed 26-year-old journeyman RB Shaun Draughn in a roster update posted to the team's website Wednesday. Additionally, Bears head coach Marc Trestman has confirmed that Carey is the "direct backup" to RB Matt Forte. Carey, a fourth-round pick out of Arizona, averaged 2.7 YPC this preseason.... [Read More]
09/03/14 Seahawks RB Christine Michael will not play Week 1
Christine Michael has been ruled out for the Seahawks' season opener Thursday versus the Packers. Michael suffered a hamstring injury in Seattle's final preseason game and has not been able to practice since. Marshawn Lynch will lead the team's rushing attack, and Robert Turbin will be there to spell him and take over in the event of a Lynch injury.... [Read More]
09/03/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce clears concussion protocol
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and is in line to be the Ravens' starting RB for their season opener against Cincinnati this Sunday. Pierce will be the Ravens' starter for the first two games of the season while typical starting RB Ray Rice serves a two-game suspension. The Bengals' defense ranked fifth in the NFL last season in rushing yards allowed.... [Read More]
09/03/14 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin may see 'barrage of double coverage'
The Charlotte Observer reports that "there is a concern among some in the [Panthers'] organization that rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will face a barrage of double coverage this season" because the team lacks "another fast wideout to stretch the field." The Panthers recently landed former Jets WR Stephen Hill to address this need. Hill ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. The Panther... [Read More]
09/03/14 Raiders WR Denarius Moore 'a lot more consistent'
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has praise for WR Denarius Moore, saying, "I saw a different demeanor out of [Moore] this year and he's been a lot more consistent. I think he's beginning to take that next step, which is really a positive sign." Moore had a decent showing in preseason, notably catching two touchdown passes in the final preseason game from rookie QB Derek Carr. Moore be... [Read More]
09/03/14 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace is ready for CB Darrelle Revis in Week 1
The Miami Dolphins' schedule begins with the New England Patriots in Week 1 of the 2014 NFL regular season. That means the likely offensive matchup of WR Mike Wallace facing off against star cornerback Darrelle Revis. It will be one of the more interesting head-to-head matchups of the week, as the Miami Herald notes Revis is famous for being a shutdown corner known as "Revis Island" while "[Walla... [Read More]
09/03/14 Steelers planning for 20-25 touches per game from RB Le'Veon Bell
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will play Sunday versus the Bengals despite being charged with marijuana possession and DUI about two weeks ago. And according to head coach Mike Tomlin, he'll play quite often in that game and in every game this season. Tomlin was asked Tuesday if he could see Bell getting 20 to 25 touches per game in 2014. His response: "I think we drafted him with that in min... [Read More]
09/03/14 Texans RB Arian Foster says he has something to prove, feels 'wonderful'
Texans running back Arian Foster spent most of August trying to get over a hamstring injury, and you didn't see him get any preseason action. Don't let that be a source of worry. Foster said Tuesday that he feels "wonderful, physically." The truth is Foster has been practicing at or near full speed for at least 10 days and probably could have played in a preseason game if he really wanted to. But... [Read More]
09/03/14 Patriots HC Bill Belichick: No final decision yet on TE Rob Gronkowski's Week 1 availability
Rob Gronkowski said he will be playing Sunday against the Dolphins, but his head coach, as you might expect, wants to pump the breaks a little bit. "I'm glad that Rob's optimistic about this situation," Bill Belichick said Tuesday. "We'll go through the week of practice and take a look at everything, everybody, and see where everybody's at and try to do what we feel like is best for the team. Wit... [Read More]
09/02/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker suspended 4 games for PED violation
Here's an absolute stunner out of Denver today: Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter, who broke the news, Welker was suspended for using amphetamines. Welker had been recovering from a preseason concussion he suffered a couple of weeks ago. He had been going through prac... [Read More]
09/02/14 Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr will start Week 1
The Raiders announced Monday that the future starts now. As first reported by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer and later confirmed by the team, second-round rookie quarterback Derek Carr will start over veteran Matt Schaub on Sunday versus the Jets. The plan since the draft, at least according to head coach Dennis Allen throughout the summer, was to have Schaub start right away while Carr sits and learns.... [Read More]
09/01/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin may see more work in passing game
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has changed his opinion of running back Doug Martin as a pass catcher, according to ESPN.com. Smith, whose regime spent a third-round draft pick on RB Charles Sims in May, now believes that Martin is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. The coaching staff in Tampa Bay believes Martin "used training camp and the preseason to show his versatility." Wit... [Read More]
09/01/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will be limited in Week 1
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss quotes Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski saying, "Definitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game plan this week, will be good." It has been only eight months since Gronkowski had surgery to repair his ACL and MCL. It is expected that newly acquired TE Tim Wright will get playing time when Gronkowski is not on the field.... [Read More]
09/01/14 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton gets compared to WR Mike Wallace
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a favorable view on WR Markus Wheaton, comparing him to former Steelers and current Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace. "The split end or 'X' position is the home-run hitter, the long-ball man. Think Mike Wallace. Wheaton does not have that kind of speed, but he's fast enough and seems to be a more accomplished route-runner than Wallace was in his second season." If... [Read More]
08/30/14 Not your ordinary backup: Bills QB Kyle Orton will make $5 million this season
E.J. Manuel will open the season as the Bills' starting quarterback, but if money is a determining factor, he better not get too comfy in his role. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the one-year deal Orton signed Friday will pay him $5 million. In other words, Orton will get paid as much as the Buccaneers QB Josh McCown, who is his team's starter. Orton started in Week 17 last season for the C... [Read More]
08/30/14 End of a Hall of Fame career? (UPDATE: Not yet) Saints waive CB Champ Bailey
Update: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport asked Bailey's agent, Jack Reale, if Bailey wants to continue playing. He responded, "Definitely, and he is fully healthy now." ------------------------------------------------------------------------ NFL players who were suiting up in the 1990s are becoming extinct. We might have seen the end of the career for another one Saturday when the Saints released 15-year ... [Read More]
08/30/14 Browns show faith in young backfield, cast off RBs Dion Lewis, Chris Ogbonnaya
Browns running back Ben Tate better do something he has never done over three full seasons: stay healthy. If he doesn't, the only insurance Cleveland has for him are a couple of rookies. That's because the Browns released RBs Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya on Saturday. Ogbonnaya, who is entering his sixth season, had spent the past three years with the Browns and started 12 games. Lewis is enteri... [Read More]
08/30/14 Chargers release oft-injured WR Vincent Brown
Wide receiver Vincent Brown was a fantasy sleeper heading into the 2012 season. Unfortunately, he's still sleeping, and now he'll have to find a new city in which to get his wake-up call. The Chargers cut the 25-year-old Brown on Saturday. After posting a few solid games as a rookie in 2011, Brown's 2012 season was wiped before it even began due to a broken ankle during the preseason. He put up p... [Read More]
08/30/14 Jets get rid of 2012 second-round WR Stephen Hill
Wide receiver Stephen Hill's size and speed couldn't overcome his penchant for injuries and dropping passes. On Saturday, the Jets released Hill, the 43rd overall pick from the 2012 draft. Hill ended each of his first two seasons on injured reserve and didn't play more than 12 games in either year. His "best" season came in 2013 when he caught 24 passes for 342 yards and a touchdown. However, he ... [Read More]
08/30/14 DE Michael Sam doesn't make Rams' final roster
Despite an impressive preseason, which included three sacks in four games, rookie defensive end Michael Sam has been released by the Rams. Sam, a seventh-round pick in May, was attempting to make the roster as a situational pass rusher.... [Read More]
08/30/14 Cowboys RB Ryan Williams included in final cut
Ryan Williams has officially been released from the Dallas Cowboys in the final cutdown of preseason. He was in a battle for third-string duties with RB Joseph Randle, who Owner/GM Jerry Jones spoke highly of, saying "He's really playing outstanding. That's not an exaggeration." Williams might go to the Cowboys' practice squad, although he may eventually get picked up by another team.... [Read More]
08/30/14 Browns cut veteran WR Nate Burleson
After losing their most productive wide receiver for the entire season earlier this week, the Browns have decided to move on without the most experienced member of their receiving corps. They cut 33-year-old Nate Burleson on Saturday. He missed most of the preseason due to a hamstring injury, and Cleveland chose to go with youngsters Charles Johnson and Willie Snead over him. The Browns figure to... [Read More]
08/30/14 Dolphins waive RB Daniel Thomas
The running back who many fantasy owners thought was holding the Dolphins' ground game back is no longer a Dolphin. Daniel Thomas was released on Saturday. A second-round pick from the 2011 draft, Thomas was dogged by injures and ineffective play in his three seasons. He never gained more than 600 yards or averaged 4 yards per carry in any season. He was living on borrowed time in Miami when the ... [Read More]
08/30/14 Lions cut RB Mikel Leshoure
Running back Mikel Leshoure was cut from the Lions' roster Saturday. Leshoure was the Lions' 2011 second-round pick, but he was stuck on the depth chart behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell last year. Leshoure is just 24 years old and may be claimed by another team through waivers. Bush, Bell and Theo Riddick will make up the Lions' rushing attack in 2014.... [Read More]
08/30/14 Bills sign QB Kyle Orton as backup
Quarterback Kyle Orton agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills. He'll help QB Jeff Tuel back up second-year QB E.J. Manuel, who has struggled badly in the preseason. Orton started just one NFL game last season and was considering retirement before accepting this deal.... [Read More]
08/30/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce back at practice
Ravens running back Bernard Pierce returned to practice Saturday after sustaining a concussion in the Ravens' third preseason game last weekend. Pierce has progressed through the concussion protocols and will be in the Ravens' lineup for their Week 1 game against the Bengals. Pierce is expected to start the first two games of the season with RB Ray Rice out due to suspension.... [Read More]
08/29/14 Bills notes: WR Sammy Watkins (ribs) should be OK; QB Kyle Orton signs 1-year deal
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins aggravated his rib injury last night versus the Lions, but he has "dodged serious injury," according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Watkins should be able to play without limitations next Sunday versus the Bears. At some point this season, Watkins may be catching passes from Buffalo's newest quarterback, Kyle Orton. The Bills and the 31-year-old QB agreed to a one-ye... [Read More]
08/29/14 Vikings WR Jerome Simpson suspended 3 games
There's another suspension to cover today. The league has suspended Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. It stems from Simpson's DUI last November. Simpson was previously suspended three games after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking charge in 2012.... [Read More]
08/29/14 49ers LB Aldon Smith suspended 9 games for violating multiple league policies
The NFL announced Friday that it has suspended 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for nine games. The long suspension stems from Smith violating the league's personal conduct policy and the substance abuse policy. Smith has already lost his appeal. He will be eligible to return for San Fran's game on Nov. 10 versus the Saints.... [Read More]
08/29/14 Bengals cut RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
Now that the last 2014 preseason games have been played, teams are in a rush to trim their rosters down to 53. On Friday, the Bengals moved closer to that number by letting go of veteran running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis had been with the Bengals since 2012 and scored 13 touchdowns in those two seasons. However, his release isn't a major surprise to anyone who has been paying attent... [Read More]
08/29/14 Chances Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr starts Week 1? 100 percent, according to team beat writer
Derek Carr has some good timing. Just a few days ago, it seemed all but certain that Matt Schaub would be the Raiders' starting quarterback on Sept. 7 versus the Jets. Then he came down with a case of elbow tendinitis that forced him to miss Oakland's preseason finale, opening the door for Carr to impress his coaches and possibly reconsider their stance of Schaub as the starter. Carr certainly di... [Read More]
08/29/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater ends preseason with five TD passes, 0 INTs
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater finished his first NFL preseason with five touchdowns passes and no interceptions. Bridgewater was the starter in the Vikings' preseason finale Thursday night and completed 4 of 9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. In total this preseason, Bridgewater has gone 30-of-49 for 283 yards, with the previously mentioned five touchdowns and zero interceptions... [Read More]
08/29/14 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill gets 26 touches in preseason finale
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill took 20 carries for 90 yards and caught six passes for 70 yards in the Bengals' Thursday night preseason finale. Hill left the game at one point with an elbow injury, but was able to return to the field. He also missed a block in pass protection that lead to a sack. Overall this preseason, Hill took 41 carries for 190 yards and caught 10 passes for 93 yards. He did... [Read More]
08/28/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins re-injures ribs
Bills rookie wideout Sammy Watkins, who had already missed one preseason game and a few days of practice due to a rib injury, suffered another injury to his ribs Thursday versus the Lions. The injury is reportedly in the same area of Watkins' previous rib injury, which he sustained on Aug. 16... [Read More]
08/28/14 Bengals RBs Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill could each see 200 carries
That headline is the sentiment shared by Geoff Hobson, the editor of the Bengals' official website. He wrote earlier this week that Hill "changed the tenor" of this backfield with his 12-touch, 47-yard preseason performance on Sunday against the Cardinals. Bernard gained only 18 yards on 12 touches in that game. Hobson added that Hill's powerful style "is going to be a boon against Pittsburgh an... [Read More]
08/28/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin's mechanics regressed in 'fundamental way'
ESPN's Ron Jaworski said says that Robert Griffin's mechanics have regressed in a "fundamental way." Jaworski, speaking on Colin Cowherd's radio show, said he believes that Griffin has gotten worse with "his throwing slot, his footwork, his inability to remain consistent." And Jaworski went on to say that he believes it's clear that Griffin needs to "learn to play from the pocket." Griffin has yet... [Read More]
08/27/14 Packers RB Eddie Lacy could lead the league in yards 'without a doubt'
In a statement made by Sam Gash, the Green Bay Packers' running back coach, he believes Eddie Lacy is, "Without a doubt," perfectly capable of leading the NFL in rushing this season. He also went on to say, "I think he's a bell cow." In the 2013 season, Lacy showed flashes of league-leading potential, racking up 1,178 rushing yards as a rookie, the eighth-most rushing yards in the NFL. He also tot... [Read More]
08/27/14 Patriots TE Tim Wright may be offense's 'new Aaron Hernandez'
Tim Wright may become the Patriots' new version of TE Aaron Hernandez, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Patriots acquired the second-year tight end and a fourth-round draft pick this week by trading LG Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers. Wright is a former college receiver who measures up at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, and has 4.65 speed. In his rookie season with the Buccaneers, Wright caught ... [Read More]
08/27/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker in 'exercise mode right now,' according to HC John Fox
Broncos head coach John Fox was asked about Wes Welker's health and responded with some positive news concerning the five-time Pro Bowler. "He's in the exercise mode right now. He won't be back out there until he's completely well," Fox told KOA-AM radio Wednesday morning, via Broncos public relations vice president Patrick Smyth.... [Read More]
08/27/14 It's official, finally: Browns WR Josh Gordon suspended for 1 year
What took so long? Josh Gordon's one-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy has been upheld on appeal. The suspension is effective immediately. He won't be able to play this year and will have to file for reinstatement to play in 2015, which will be determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.... [Read More]
08/26/14 Patriots set to acquire TE Tim Wright, send LG Logan Mankins to Buccaneers
Well, here's something to liven up a rather dull Tuesday. The Patriots and Buccaneers are on the verge of a trade with direct and indirect fantasy implications all over the place. The Patriots will acquire second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick next season from the Buccaneers in exchange for six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins. FOX Sports' Jay Glazer was the first to break t... [Read More]
08/25/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker is not considering retirement
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has not considered retirement after sustaining a concussion during Saturday night's preseason game versus the Texans. The 33-year-old Welker has now suffered three concussions in one year, but Broncos head coach John Fox says that retirement "has not been brought up at all." Welker is questionable for the Broncos' Week 1 game against the Colts.... [Read More]
08/25/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce has concussion
ESPN's Jamison Hensley is reporting RB Bernard Pierce has been diagnosed with a concussion. Although details aren't immediately available, Hensley said it was "mild", which drew the ire of some fans, as concussions are never truly mild and should be taken seriously. It's only speculation, but it seems Pierce should still be ready to go in Week 1.... [Read More]
08/25/14 Redskins TE Jordan Reed has sprained thumb
The Washington Redskins have revealed TE Jordan Reed has a sprained thumb but "should be OK for regular-season opener vs. Houston," according to the team's Twitter account. It is unclear when the injury happened, but it most likely occurred during Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. The plan is for Reed and the rest of the starters to sit out Week 5 of preseason, so he'll have a few week... [Read More]
08/25/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton has hairline fracture in rib, status for Week 1 uncertain
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may not be available for Week 1 of the regular season due to a hairline fracture in one of his ribs. Newton suffered the injury Friday night against the Patriots. Head coach Ron Rivera said Sunday that Newton is "very, very sore" and that his status for the season-opening game against the Buccaneers won't be determined until next week.... [Read More]
08/25/14 Broncos PK Matt Prater suspended 4 games
One of the most productive fantasy kickers around won't be around for the Broncos' first four games this season. Matt Prater has been suspended for that amount of time for violating the league's substance abuse policy. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the suspension is alcohol-related. Prater has been in the league's alcohol program since getting charged with DUI in August 2011. The susp... [Read More]
08/24/14 Rams QB Sam Bradford out for season with torn ACL
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford re-tore his left ACL in Saturday night's preseason game versus the Browns, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Bradford missed half of the 2013 season after tearing the same ligament. Shaun Hill is considered the team's starting QB for now.... [Read More]
08/24/14 Broncos WR Wes Welker suffers concussion
Wes Welker took a big hit to the helmet area from Texans safety D.J Swearinger during the Broncos' Saturday night preseason game. Welker left the field immediately and was taken in for further evaluations. It was later reported by head coach John Fox that Welker had suffered a concussion. This is the third time Welker has suffered a concussion in his last 10 games, including the preseason. His ava... [Read More]
08/23/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball expected to play today
Broncos running back Montee Ball is expected to make his preseason debut today against the Texans, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. He underwent an appendectomy on Aug. 4 and returned to practice Tuesday. Ball went through 11-on-11 drills and took handoffs with the first-team offense Thursday. After the practice, Ball tweeted, ""Heeeees baaaaaccckkk!" ... [Read More]
08/23/14 Rookie TE Richard Rodgers starts all three preseason games for Packers
Richard Rodgers was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft and has started all three preseason games for the Packers. As such, he may very well start in the regular season. Rodgers has lined up at tight end often in the preseason, but he has been moved around the formation to also play fullback and slot receiver. He caught two passes on three targets for 40 yards on Friday. Fellow TE An... [Read More]
08/23/14 RB Eddie Lacy finds paydirt on one-yard touchdown leap
Green Bay Packers RB Eddie Lacy played only one series Friday night versus the Raiders, rushing six times for 36 yards and notching a 1-yard leaping TD. Lacy routinely broke arm tackles and showed great burst in the impressive outing. The Packers play the Kansas City Chiefs next week, but Lacy is likely to sit out and rest up for the regular season.... [Read More]
08/23/14 Packers QB Aaron Rodgers throws for two touchdowns in win
In Friday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Aaron Rodgers went 9-of-20 for 139 yards and two TDs. He hit Jordy Nelson in the end zone on one drive and had a quick strike to TE Andrew Quarless on another passing touchdown. The stats don't do the performance justice, as Rodgers and the rest of the Packers' offense looked in midseason form, and Rodgers has looked great all preseason. ... [Read More]
08/23/14 Patriots RB Shane Vereen scores twice in preseason game
Patriots running back Shane Vereen scored two receiving touchdowns in the Patriots' 30-7 rout of the Panthers on Friday night. The first was a 40-yard catch-and-run in which Vereen took advantage of a broken Panthers defense. The second was a 6-yard reception in which Vereen dived for the pylon and was ruled down but was subsequently awarded the touchdown upon official review. In total, Vereen had... [Read More]
08/23/14 Patriots WR Julian Edelman catches eight balls for 99 yards in third preseason game
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 99 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game, a 30-7 blowout victory versus the Panthers. Edelman, who caught 105 balls in the 2013 season, was especially impressive after the catch, including on a 35-yard catch-and-run. Edelman also returned two punts for 51 yards.... [Read More]
08/22/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon will not get appeal ruling this week
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon will not get a ruling from the NFL on his suspension appeal this week, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Many parties involved in the appeal believed that a ruling would be handed down this week. The NFL's initial projection was that a ruling would come in 1-3 weeks. We are now approaching the outside range of that time frame. Expect a decision by the end of nex... [Read More]
08/22/14 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill to work with offensive starters in preseason game
Rookie running back Jeremy Hill will see reps with the Bengals' offensive starters in the team's third preseason game on Sunday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said that Hill "is worthy of playing with [the starters]" and was surprised to learn that Hill hadn't seen carries with the starting unit in the previous two exhibition games. The Bengals drafted Hil... [Read More]
08/22/14 Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is now team's 'bell cow,' according to head coach
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said Thursday that Doug Martin is now the team's "bell cow" running back after a spree of injuries have sidelined other Bucs backfield options. "With Mike James going down with an injury and Charles Sims going down, Doug is our bell cow," Smith said. That comment is a stark departure from the RBBC rhetoric Smith had been using throughout the preseason, and refle... [Read More]
08/22/14 Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will sit out third preseason game
Charles is not expected to play in the Chiefs' third preseason game versus the Vikings Saturday night, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. Charles had been sidelined recently with a foot injury, but was able to return to training camp this week. Still, the Chiefs apparently see fit to rest Charles for the game, which is often referred to as a "dress rehearsal" for the regular season.... [Read More]
08/22/14 Titans WR Justin Hunter has been 'all but unstoppable' at the goal line
Hearing Justin Hunter get compared to Randy Moss is nothing new. The Titans' young wideout has heard those refrains since his days at the University of Tennessee. Even one of his teammates said it last month. He is just that physically talented. One thing Moss was known for in his amazing career was his leaping ability. Hunter has similar hops -- he recorded a vertical leap of nearly 40 inches at... [Read More]
08/22/14 Eagles QB Nick Foles finds stride after tough start
On the first Eagles drive of preseason game No. 3, quarterback Nick Foles threw passes low, short and behind his wide receivers. He looked a bit rusty to say the least. The second drive was much better. Foles started 3-of-3 passing and capped it with a 27-yard swing pass to RB LeSean McCoy. On the third drive of the first quarter, Foles returned to his previous form and threw a bad interception to... [Read More]
08/22/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger struggles in third preseason game
The Pittsburgh Steelers would probably like to forget their third preseason game altogether versus the Philadelphia Eagles. In particular, Ben Roethlisberger struggled on several plays, notably overthrowing and underthrowing his targets throughout the night. On one pass, he underthrew running back Le'Veon Bell. The ball got swatted into the air and landed incomplete, but it could have been interce... [Read More]
08/22/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno expected to make preseason debut Saturday
Running back Knowshon Moreno is ready to make his Dolphins debut. He said so Wednesday. And sure enough, Moreno is expected to play Saturday against the Cowboys, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. Moreno missed all offseason workouts and the first two weeks of training camp while he was recovering from a June knee scope.... [Read More]
08/22/14 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy, WR Jeremy Maclin have injury scares on Thursday night
As good as the Eagles looked Thursday night against the Steelers, they came this close to two helpings of really bad news. First, star running back LeSean McCoy left during the first quarter with a thumb injury. He had the digit X-rayed and came away with no broken bones or torn ligaments. It's just a sprain, and McCoy should be fine soon. Later in the first half, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin wen... [Read More]
08/21/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and RB LeGarrette Blount won't be suspended by team
The Steelers plan to "allow the [NFL] to handle any disciplinary measures" with regards to the recent arrests of running back Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette via Twitter. Furthermore, Bouchette remarked that the league is unlikely to act on the matter during the 2014 season, which would mean that Bell and Blount could escape without suspe... [Read More]
08/21/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson 'showing no signs of rust'
CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora has said WR Andre Johnson "showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. He was showing up all over the field, making one incredible catch in the back of the end zone, staying in bounds and holding on to the ball in a red zone drill." The "time away from the team" mention relates to when Johnson held out of OTAs in hopes of a trade an... [Read More]
08/21/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson 'off to a slow start'
ESPN's Colts beat writer Mike Wells reports Trent Richardson is off to a slow start again this year, and Wells gives this notable opening line in a Wednesday post: "Look at Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson's preseason rushing statistics and you probably want to climb to the top of the nearest mountain and scream, 'Here we go again!' at the top of your lungs." It's one thing for a... [Read More]
08/20/14 Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell, LeGarette Blount arrested together, charged with pot possession
The Steelers' top two running backs, Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount, were arrested together Wednesday. According to Colin Dunlap of CBS Pittsburgh, Bell and Blount were pulled over in a black Camaro and charged with marijuana possession. Bell was also charged with driving under the influence. An unidentified female in the car was also arrested. All three parties were reportedly cooperative wi... [Read More]
08/20/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones doesn't have full confidence in his surgically repaired foot yet
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones underwent surgery last October to repair a broken bone in his right foot, the second time he has had that surgery in three years Physically, Jones is fine. He has looked explosive on the practice field. He played in last weekend's game against the Texans and is ready to get back into a normal practice routine after being limited throughout camp. It's between the... [Read More]
08/20/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree: I wasn't me last season
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree played in five games last season, but that wasn't really Michael Crabtree. The sixth-year wideout said it himself last week: "I was fast enough to be on the field. But I wasn't me." This is understandable, of course, as Crabtree was coming back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the spring. He is fully healthy now, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not... [Read More]
08/20/14 Falcons RB Steven Jackson set to play Week 1
Running back Steven Jackson will be ready to play Week 1, according to Falcons head coach Mike Smith. Jackson has been recovering from a hamstring strain suffered July 29, and he has missed the majority of the Falcons' training camp. Jackson was also hampered by a hamstring injury during the 2013 season. The 31-year-old Jackson has yet to see any preseason action, but Smith said there's a chance J... [Read More]
08/20/14 Lions want to move WR Calvin Johnson around formation
Defenses have a hard enough time trying to guard Calvin Johnson just because he is a huge human being with a ridiculous catch radius and athleticism. Now before they try their best against Megatron, defensive players will have to find him first. Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi is finding creative ways to get Johnson involved in the offense, and one particular way involves playing Johnson... [Read More]
08/20/14 Browns make it official: Brian Hoyer is their starting QB, Johnny Manziel is the backup
The Browns have decided whom their starting quarterback will be on Sept. 7 versus the Steelers. To basically no surprise, it's Brian Hoyer. Head coach Mike Pettine made it official Wednesday. "[Hoyer] was the clear leader from the beginning," Pettine said. "We've maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the mee... [Read More]
08/20/14 Eagles acquire RB Kenjon Barner from Panthers
Chip Kelly continued turning the Philadelphia Eagles into University of Oregon-East on Tuesday. The Eagles acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick, bringing the total of former Ducks on the Eagles' current roster to nine. Barner is a small-but-exciting player. He was drafted in the sixth round last year but saw only six carries in Carolina. As a ... [Read More]
08/20/14 WR Malcom Floyd regarded as MVP of Chargers camp
Tom Krasovic certainly loves himself some Malcom Floyd. The U-T San Diego writer has pinned the "MVP" tag on the 32-year-old wideout for the second time in five weeks. Krasovic wrote Tuesday that Floyd was the Most Valuable Player of Chargers training camp "in a runaway." This comes about a month after Krasovic named Floyd the team's spring MVP.... [Read More]
08/19/14 Cardinals DB Tyrann Mathieu activated from PUP list
The Cardinals have activated DB Tyrann Mathieu from the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Kent Somers via Twitter. Mathieu is coming off of an ACL/LCL tear suffered late in the 2013 season. By removing him from the PUP list, the Cardinals avoided having to keep Mathieu sidelined for the first six weeks of the season. However, Mathieu is still considered questionable to play Week 1.... [Read More]
08/19/14 Panthers TE Greg Olsen returns to practice
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen returned to the practice field Tuesday after missing a week due to a sore calf muscle, according to the Associated Press' Steve Reed. Olsen did not play in the Panthers' second preseason game last weekend. Olsen is one of the only veteran receiving options on the Panthers' roster going into 2014, as Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell both left the team in the offseason.... [Read More]
08/19/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham out for third preseason game
Rookie wideout Odell Beckham has been ruled out for the Giants' third preseason game due to a hamstring injury. Beckham appeared to re-injure the hamstring at practice on Monday, despite his coaching staff's denial of a setback with the hamstring injury that had kept Beckham out of practice for almost a month. He has not played in a preseason game. ... [Read More]
08/19/14 Saints RB Mark Ingram: 'I'm an all-purpose back. I can do everything'
Catching passes runs in the blood of Saints running back Mark Ingram. His father, Mark Sr., spent 10 years in the NFL as a wide receiver, most notably with the New York Giants. But the younger Ingram hasn't had many opportunities to showcase soft hands during his career. In 2012 and 2013, Ingram caught six and seven passes, respectively. He basically has nowhere to go but up as a receiver, and he ... [Read More]
08/19/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick played through multiple foot injuries for nearly all of last season
Colin Kaepernick ran for 502 yards in 10 starts, including the postseason, in 2012. After putting some dynamic highlights on tape in those playoffs, expectations were high and subsequently not met in 2013 as Kaepernick ran for basically the same amount of yards in 16 regular-season starts. There is a good reason for this plateau, a reason that Kaepernick has not spoken about until now. The 49ers'... [Read More]
08/19/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins already back at practice after minor rib injury
That concern you had regarding Sammy Watkins and his rib injury turned out to be a bunch of hooey. The Bills' first-round rookie practiced Tuesday. Watkins left Saturday's preseason game early due to the injury and didn't practice Monday. Head coach Doug Marrone didn't help matters with his vague words about Watkins' injury and his return timetable. It's unknown if Watkins will play this Saturday ... [Read More]
08/19/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball returns to practice
Broncos running back Montee Ball returned to non-contact practice on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jeff Legwold via Twitter. Ball underwent an appendectomy on August 4. It will likely be a few days or a week before Ball takes any contact, and he will not play in the Broncos' third preseason game.... [Read More]
08/19/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham may have re-injured hamstring
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has missed almost four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury, and now may have re-aggravated the strain. During practice Tuesday, NJ.com's Jordan Raanan reports that Beckham pulled up during 7-on-7 drills, then jogged very slowly over to the sideline and stayed there for the duration of practice. Head coach Tom Coughlin insisted that Beckham didn't suffe... [Read More]
08/19/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III bruises leg in preseason game
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took several hard hits near the end of scrambles in Monday night's preseason game against the Browns and came away with a bruised leg, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself," head coach Jay Gruden said after the game. "He's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better."... [Read More]
08/18/14 Browns QBs Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer look average in preseason game
In what is arguably the biggest quarterback competition of the 2014 preseason, Cleveland Browns QBs Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer looked average in their respective stints with the first-team offense Monday night versus the Redskins. Although Manziel didn't start the game, he completed 7 of 16 passing attempts for 65 yards with one touchdown. Notable was his lack of accuracy, throwing behind tigh... [Read More]
08/18/14 QB Matt Schaub is locked in as Raiders' Week 1 starter
Whatever type of training camp competition was taking place between Raiders quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Derek Carr, either real or perceived, is over. NFL.com Ian Rapoport said Monday that Schaub is the Raiders' starter and that the team believes he is ready to return to being the solid NFL starter he was for some time in Houston. "Make no mistake, Derek Carr is the future of the Oakland Raiders... [Read More]
08/18/14 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has 'small version of turf toe'
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy practiced Monday, but that doesn't mean he is entirely healthy. McCoy said he has a "small version of turf toe" after he injured the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice with the Patriots last week. McCoy underwent an MRI and an X-ray on the toe, which he said was "really, really hurting pretty bad" on Sunday. He also has no problem taking some time of... [Read More]
08/18/14 Bears WR Santonio Holmes might have WR3 duties in offense
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune spoke with head coach Marc Trestman about WR Santonio Holmes' history of bad behavior and if it could affect the Bears' organization. "What's in the past is in the past," Trestman said. "I think we know what we have here with the men we have in our locker room, and I think I'd just leave it at that. The guys, no matter who has come through our locker room in t... [Read More]
08/18/14 Bills WR Sammy Watkins injured, is day-to-day
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins walked off the field Saturday after sustaining an injury versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Initial reports state that Watkins has a bruised rib, and head coach Doug Marrone doesn't have a timeline for his return. "When he comes back, I don't know," Marrone said of Watkins. "Unless I know for sure, I'm not going to comment." Watkins was picked in the first round of th... [Read More]
08/18/14 Eagles WR Riley Cooper goes through first full practice in more than 2 weeks
After the past couple of weeks sidelined due to an ankle injury that had him in a walking boot for a few days, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is back at practice. He actually made his return to full activity Sunday and followed it up with another full practice Monday. Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy also went through Monday's practice despite some minor injuries. McCoy reportedly has a "small v... [Read More]
08/18/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey has 'fumbling issues'
Following up on a previous report about Bishop Sankey's ball-security problem, the Nashville Tennessean speculates that Sankey's "fumbling issues" may "cost him" this season. This is the second time the outlet has remarked on Sankey's issues with holding onto the ball, and it comes after the rookie fumbled in Friday's preseason game. He has also had a difficult time with taking handoffs cleanly in... [Read More]
08/18/14 Rams RB Tre Mason having difficulty in pass protection
Running back Tre Mason allowed two sacks after failing to pass protect in the Rams' preseason game Saturday versus the Packers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. On two consecutive plays, the rookie failed to pick up blitzes, and each resulted in a sack. Speaking after the game, head coach Jeff Fisher said Mason "needs to keep working on" his pass protection-skills. Mason is currently the ... [Read More]
08/18/14 Buccaneers RB Charles Sims out 12-14 weeks with ankle injury
Buccaneers rookie running back Charles Sims underwent surgery on Saturday for a broken ankle and will miss 12 to 14 weeks as he recovers, according to CBS Sports. Sims, the Buccaneers' third-round draft pick, was expected to see work early as part of a committee involving himself, Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Sims totaled 45 total yards in the Buccaneers' first preseason game.... [Read More]
08/18/14 Bears WR Marquess Wilson out for 12-14 weeks with broken collarbone
Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson broke his collarbone in three places and is out until at least midseason, according to USA Today. The injury occurred two weeks ago, and Wilson had surgery Aug. 5. The earliest return date for Wilson would likely be Week 10, following the Bears' Week 9 bye. In Wilson's absence, expect newly acquired WR Santonio Holmes to get a strong look as the WR3 in Chicago.... [Read More]
08/18/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski says he plans to play all 16 games
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said he plans to play in every game in 2014, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss via Twitter. Last week, several outlets reported that Gronkowski had a 50-50 chance of playing in the regular-season opener as he is experiencing a slow recovery from ACL surgery. For his part, Gronkowski believes he'll be ready to start the season but ultimately, that decision will be up ... [Read More]
08/18/14 Saints QB Drew Brees returns to practice after dealing with oblique injury
Quarterback Drew Brees has been working in head coach Sean Payton's offense since they both arrived in New Orleans in 2006. He has nothing to prove in the preseason, but if he needs a rep or two, at least he should be healthy enough now to get it. Brees returned to practice Sunday after missing about two weeks of action, including the Saints' first two preseason games, due to an oblique injury.... [Read More]
08/18/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell admits he will probably lose goal-line carries to LeGarrette Blount
Running back Le'Veon Bell is a pretty big guy at 6-foot-1, 244 pounds. But he expects the Steelers to bring in an even bigger guy when they want to run near the goal line: 250-pounder LeGarrette Blount. "They probably will [give Blount goal-line carries], that's probably what will happen," Bell told CBSSports.com on Saturday night. "He's a big, strong guy, so when they put him in, he's in. We hop... [Read More]
08/16/14 Packers RB Eddie Lacy gashes Rams defense in second preseason game
Facing an upgraded St. Louis defense, Packer RB Eddie Lacy gashed through the first-string defense multiple times, carrying five times for 25 yards and adding two receptions for 22 yards. While it was only one series, Lacy looked fast and refreshed, busting through the line and breaking multiple tackles. He will have plenty of opportunities to continue the performance this year with the high-pa... [Read More]
08/16/14 Titans RB Shonn Greene hyperextends knee
Tennessee Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt is reporting RB Shonn Greene left Friday night's preseason game with a hyperextended knee. It doesn't appear to be significant, and Greene is currently day to day, but it is worth noting it's the same knee he had two surgeries on this past offseason. Rookie RB Bishop Sankey may see an increased workload in the Titans' third preseason game as a result.... [Read More]
08/16/14 Seahawks RB Robert Turbin rushes for 81 yards and TD in blowout
The blowout win by the Seahawks over the San Diego Chargers was an equal mix of power offense, led by QB Russell Wilson, and the amazing defense. RB Robert Turbin looked good running with the first team, putting up 81 yards on 12 rushing attempts with a TD to boot. On the opening series, he noticeably got goal-line work which led to a 1-yard touchdown run. He followed that up on the second series ... [Read More]
08/16/14 Seahawks RB Christine Michael fumbles in second preseason game
In his first carry of the second preseason game, Seattle RB Christine Michael fumbled, which was recovered by the Seahawks. Turbin rushed 12 times for 81 yards and one TD while Michael had eight carries for 45 yards. It it also worth noting that Michael has run behind Robert Turbin in both preseason games. Michael looks to have third-string duties at this point and hasn't shown much of a reason wh... [Read More]
08/15/14 Patriots RB Stevan Ridley fumbles, gets benched
In the second preseason game, Patriots RB Stevan Ridley fumbled and was immediately benched by coach Bill Belichick. Ridley looked impressive throughout the night, rushing nine times for 45 yards, but it doesn't help that he was already on a short leash due to previous fumbling issues. Rookie James White is expected to be pushing Ridley for carries, but he didn't do much to impress with his snaps ... [Read More]
08/15/14 Browns TE Jordan Cameron will 'dominate' Browns passing game
With the absence of Josh Gordon at practice, the Browns' next best receiving target is Jordan Cameron. According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, after visiting Browns' camp "Gordon's absence stands out like a sore thumb." Caplan believes from what he has seen at camp that the passing game will be "dominated" by Cameron. With Gordon on the field in 2013 Cameron totaled 917 yards and seven touchdowns; he rec... [Read More]
08/15/14 Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts resuming practice
Cecil Shorts pulled his hamstring at the start of training camp and has been sidelined ever since. He missed the Jaguars' first two preseason games and valuable practice time with the first-team offense. Shorts will be returning to practice on Sunday, as reported by John Oehser. Last season, Shorts was a victim to the injury bug. Nearly every game he was affected by his groin, shoulder or hamstrin... [Read More]
08/15/14 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe suspended one game
Dwayne Bowe was arrested this past November for possession of marijuana. As a result, Bowe will miss the Chiefs' opener against the Tennessee Titans, according to Adam Schefter. Last season Bowe only totaled 673 yards and five touchdowns. Bowe's statistics have been regressing since the 2011 season, the last 1,000 yard season for the receiver.... [Read More]
08/15/14 Steelers RBs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will both 'get their share' of carries
Bell and Blount "are both going to get their share" of carries in the Steelers backfield this season, according to head coach Mike Tomlin. The second-year Bell took the vast majority of the Steelers' rushing attempts in his rookie season, but that seems set to change this year. Blount joined the Steelers after leaving the Patriots this offseason. He split carries fairly evenly with Bell in the tea... [Read More]
08/14/14 Buccaneers RB Charles Sims suffers ankle injury
Sims sustained a right ankle injury during Tuesday's practice, according to the Tampy Bay Times' beat reporter Greg Auman via Twitter. Auman posted a photo of Sims walking in a boot, but without crutches, at the Bucs facility. The Buccaneers drafted Sims with a third-round pick in this year's draft, and he's expected to see immediate work alongside RBs Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey.... [Read More]
08/14/14 Redskins RB Alfred Morris has 'mastered the one-cut style of running'
Redskins beat writer Rich Tandler has heaped praise onto RB Alfred Morris saying he has looked 'very sharp' throughout training camp and that he's "mastered the one-cut style of running". Tandler goes on to say that "it would not shock me if he has a better year than he did in 2012." This of course is a very bold prediction as Morris was a rookie who had over 300 carries, rushing for 1406 yards a... [Read More]
08/14/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch cleared of all wrongdoing in assault case
The Bellevue, WA police department released a statement Wednesday night clearing Lynch of all wrongdoing in an alleged incident of assault and property damage. The Seahawks had previously released a statement saying the claim was "bogus," and police have now corroborated that. Lynch may see his first action of the season in the Seahawks' second preseason game versus the Chargers.... [Read More]
08/14/14 Cowboys TE Jason Witten to see the ball 'in space' this season
Cowboys QB Tony Romo wants to get WItten the ball "in space" this season, according to CBS Sports. Romo believes that the Cowboys' offensive line is good enough this year to free up WItten from blocking duties. Romo wants to hit the big TE on more short and intermediate routes, and use him for his receiving more than his pass-protection talents. Last year WItten took 73 receptions for 851 yards a... [Read More]
08/14/14 Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe 'hasn't had a great camp'
ESPN's Adam Teicher says that there's "no sign yet that Bowe will bounce back" this season, and that the receiver isn't performing very well in camp. Teicher also says that Bowe has struggled with drops. Bowe turns 30 this season, and he's coming off the worst statistical performance of his career. In 2013, he took 57 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns.... [Read More]
08/14/14 49ers RB LaMichael James back at practice after elbow injury
49ers RB LaMichael James is back practicing at training camp after dislocating his elbow for the third time in his football career. Although he was in a no contact jersey, James "caught a few passes and took handoffs in team drills" on Wednesday. It's encouraging news as James will be San Francisco's third-string back if he stays healthy. ... [Read More]
08/14/14 Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson could be on roster bubble
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson could be on the roster bubble following a good camp by rookie WR Jarvis Landry. Gibson works primarily in the slot and on punt/kickoffs returns, which is the same position as Landry, and most reports indicate Landry has simply been better in those positions. Landry was also selected with a relatively high draft pick, being taken in the second round at No. 63 overa... [Read More]
08/14/14 Patriots RB James White gets time with the first-string offense
On Wednesday, rookie James White ran with the first-team offense in practice, while Stevan Ridley ran with the second team unit. There has been some discussion if Ridley is still in head coach Bill Belichick's dog house after having some fumbling issues the past two years. As recent as 2012, Ridley rushed almost 300 times for the Patriots while putting up 1263 rushing yards and 12 TDs.... [Read More]
08/14/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree returns after injury
49ers WR Michael Crabtree has returned to practice after experiencing soreness in his hamstring. He has missed about a week and a half after head coach John Harbaugh said Crabtree would miss about two weeks of practice, but wouldn't disclose the injury. There was a fear he may still not be recovered from his ACL tear last year, which caused him to miss 11 games. Crabtree should be ready to play in... [Read More]
08/13/14 Cardinals WR Michael Floyd could be team's top receiver
NFL writer Dan Pompei says that people within the organization believe that Floyd will be the Cardinals' WR1 this season, ahead of WR Larry Fitzgerald. "Michael Floyd is in for a big year," Pompei said via Twitter, confirming the opinions of many other fantasy analysts. The 6-foot-2 third-year wideout posted a 67-catch, 1,041-yard effort in 2013.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is leader of RBBC, according to head coach
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he sees Murray "as the leader of a committee," according to Jason LaCanfora via Twitter. Garrett continued his comments to say that Murray also has "bellcow traits." Murray carried the ball 217 times and caught 53 passes last year, for 1,471 total yards.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington to see 20 touches per game
The Cardinals would like to get Ellington the ball "20 or so times a game, but want to limit his carries inside the tackles," according to the Arizona Republic. The Republic beat writer believes that Ellington's major role with the team will be catching the ball out of the backfield and running around the ends. Head coach Bruce Arians has expressed a distaste for throwing to running backs in the ... [Read More]
08/13/14 Bengals RB Giovani Bernard could get 'a good share' of goal-line work
Bernard could see "a good share of goal line carries" for the Bengals this season, according to beat writer Paul Dehner Jr. Dehner also believes that Barnard is likely to see 300 touches by the end of the season. It's been speculated previously that Bernard would lose out to rookie RB Jeremy Hill for goal-line work, as Hill is the larger, more powerful runner, but Dehner sees something closer to a... [Read More]
08/13/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson returns to practice
Johnson returned to Texans practice Wednesday in pads after missing 15 days to a hamstring injury. Texans RB Arian Foster also returned to practice following a hamstring injury of his own. Johnson has a history of slight nagging injuries, but they haven't severely hampered his production. After a brief period of uncertainty surrounding his trade status before the start of training camp, Johnson i... [Read More]
08/13/14 Rams WR Tavon Austin is 'very quiet' in training camp
Former Rams WR Torry Holt says that Austin has been "very quiet" in training camp. "For a guy picked eighth overall, it's bothering me that he's been so quiet, Holt said." Holt went on to say that he thinks Austin will make his primary impact this year on special teams.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin is 'toasting' CB Darrelle Revis at joint practices
Maclin has been beating Revis consistently in 1-on-1 drills at the Eagles-Patriots joint practices this week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane. Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL, but appears fully rehabilitated and ready to play. He returns to an Eagles roster that is thin at WR, with former star WR DeSean Jackson departed to the Washington Redskins. ... [Read More]
08/13/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey 'easy to envision' as 'primary ball-carrier'
"It's easy to envision [Sankey] as the primary ball-carrier" for the Titans this year, according the the Nashville Tennessean. The paper praised the rookie RBs "all-around skills," saying it will be tough for the team to keep the young tailback off the field. Sankey had his NFL debut last weekend in the Titans' preseason opener. His highlights included a 23-yard catch-and-run and a five-yard touch... [Read More]
08/13/14 Chargers TE Antonio Gates is 'still the man' in San Diego
Chargers beat reporter Kevin Acee says that TE Antonio Gates is "still the man" in San Diego. In a live chat, Acee said that "Gates is still the one who knows how to get open and seize the moment" when questioned about TE Ladarius Green's increasing role in the Chargers offense. Acee believes that Green and Gates will both see the field "a fair amount," but that Gates is the superior option.... [Read More]
08/13/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin is 'OK' after injury scare
During the Seahawks Tuesday practice, Percy Harvin limped off the field and into the locker room. In a statement made by Pete Carroll, "He got stepped on." Caroll also mentioned, "He got stepped on the back of his heel and got scraped up pretty good. He's OK though." Harvin started in only a single regular season game in 2013 and looks to greatly improve that amount. ... [Read More]
08/12/14 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin is the 'star' of training camp
ESPN's David Newton says that WR Kelvin Benjamin is the "star of Panthers camp." The rookie receiver will be the Panthers' WR1 this year, after impressing coaches and fans in the teams first preseason game. In that game, versus the Bills, Benjamin's highlights included a 29-yard touchdown catch. The 6-foot-5 rookie will line up alongside veteran WR Jerricho Cotchery and TE Greg Olsen as the team'... [Read More]
08/12/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski questionable for Week 1
A source close to the Patriots says that TE Rob Gronkowski's chances of playing in Week 1 of the regular season are currently at 50 percent, according to ProFootballTalk. Gronkowski underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered on December 8 of last year. The tight end has been taking part in individual drills at Patriots camp, and recently was cleared to participate in 7-on-7 work, but is a "f... [Read More]
08/12/14 Redskins RB Alfred Morris working on his pass-catching
Alfred Morris is the exact definition of a work-horse back. In his first two seasons in the NFL, Morris tallied 335 rushing attempts in 2012 and 276 in 2013. He also averaged at least 4.6 yards per carry in 2013, a slightly lower mark than his 2012 season. Morris is talented in almost every aspect, except catching the ball. Jay Gruden, head coach of the Redskins does not see Morris as a player who... [Read More]
08/12/14 Eagles QB Nick Foles only looks 'decent' in camp
Nick Foles certainly did not perform to expectations in his last preseason game in which he threw two interceptions. The word out of camp is that Foles isn't shining as he was last year. Nick Foles has been reported to look only 'decent' in camp according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the Eagles and Patriots scrimmage on Tuesday, Foles' struggles continued. He's been missing wide open receivers... [Read More]
08/12/14 Texans RB Jonathan Grimes listed as 'unofficial' backup
Jonathan Grimes first appeared in the Texans preseason opener rushing 10 times for 39 yards. With Andre Brown being cut, Grimes was the favorite to take over the backup position. An unofficial depth chart was released by the Houston Texans on Tuesday indicating Grimes is 'unofficially' the backup to Arian Foster. ... [Read More]
08/12/14 Jets QB Geno Smith starting on Saturday
There is a shroud of mist hovering over the starting quarterback position for the Ney York Jets. In the spring, Michael Vick made it known that it isn't necessarily an open quarterback competition. Vick has seen a lot of work in camp, and so has Geno Smith. This past week, though, Smith took 63 of 75 first-team repititions in practice. Rex Ryan, the coach of the New York Jets, was hesitant to name... [Read More]
08/12/14 Redksins TE Jordan Reed returns to practice Tuesday
Jordan Reed returned to the practice field for warm ups on Tuesday, according to Mike Jones on Twitter. Reed had missed practice the past three days due to a stomach virus. The sophomore tight end has been impressing teammates in camp, and they are hoping to see him pick up where he left off. In 2013, Reed emerged as a fantasy viable tight end with 45 receptions, 499 yards and three touchdowns in ... [Read More]
08/12/14 Texans RB Andre Brown cut
The Texans cut RB Andre Brown from their roster Monday, according to ProFootballTalk. The move comes after Brown did not play in the Texans preseason game Saturday night, and follows reports that Brown had been relegated to fifth on the Texans' RB depth chart. With Brown gone, Texans RB Arian Foster will be backed up by RBs Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue.... [Read More]
08/11/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski takes part in 7-on-7 drills
Rob Gronkowski participated in 7-on-7 drills today, according to CSN's Tom Curran via Twitter. This is the first time Gronkowski has participated in group drills during training camp. Previously he'd been working on the sidlelines individually. Gronkowski is recovering from a combination ACL/MCL tear. He's unlikely to play this preseason, but hopes to be back for Week 1 of the regular season.... [Read More]
08/11/14 Bengals WR Marvin Jones breaks foot, may miss six weeks
On Saturday, Bengals WR Marvin Jones went down with a foot injury. It has now been confirmed he broke his foot and could potentially miss six weeks. He could also be placed on I.R./designated to return, which allows teams to place one player per season on injured reserve and then bring them back later in the season. He would have to stay on that list for eight weeks before he could return. Jones w... [Read More]
08/11/14 Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley quick to change tune on WR Marqise Lee
On Saturday, Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was critical of rookie WR Marqise Lee's effort on plays saying "Run your routes every time [as if it is] coming to you. You can't change speeds. You can't choose when and when not to." After sitting down with Lee to get an explanation of the lackluster performance, Bradley was quick to recant his previous statement on Monday, "A couple of things that cam... [Read More]
08/11/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch being investigated for 'alleged assault'
Seahawks superstar RB Marshawn Lynch is being investigated for "allegation of an assault and personal property damage" in Bellevue, Washington. In the statement, Bellevue police said "[We] are in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved. No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at thi... [Read More]
08/11/14 Raiders RB Latavius Murray required two surgeries on ankle
CSN Bay Area is reporting RB Latavius Murray required a second surgery in December. The first surgery came last year while playing as a rookie, he suffered an ankle injury in Oakland's first preseason game. The second was to "tighten things up". Head coach Dennis Johnson noticed the difference thus far in camp, "I think now that he's back to being healthy, I think we're seeing a little bit more t... [Read More]
08/11/14 Texans RB Andre Brown may be fifth on depth chart
Questions have surfaced after Texans RB Andre Brown has been healthy in preseason but didn't see a snap in Houston's first preseason game. Jonathan Grimes had started the game with RB Arian Foster sitting out due to a back injury, followed by rookie Alfred Blue and second-year player Dennis Johnson. When asked about playing time on Monday, head coach Bill O'Brien said "Andre Brown is battling but ... [Read More]
08/11/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson nearing return after injury
The Washington Post is reporting Redskins WR DeSean Jackson is healed up after suffering a mild ankle injury in an August 6th practice. The newly acquired Washington deep-threat hasn't practiced since that day, but ran full speed on Monday, catching several TD passes from quarterback Robert Griffin. Jackson is ready to go for the second preseason game versus the Cleveland Browns next week, saying... [Read More]
08/11/14 Steelers WR Martavis Bryant struggles versus Giants
Rookie WR Martavis Bryant recorded a drop, a muffed punt, and a fumble in the Steelers preseason opener versus the Giants on Saturday night. Bryant did not play a snap with the offensive starters, and only saw the field with the team's third- and fourth-string lineups. The Steelers drafted the 6-foot-5 WR in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.... [Read More]
08/11/14 Titans RB Bishop Sankey impresses head coach Ken Whisenhunt in opener
Ken Whisenhunt singled out rookie RB Bishop Sankey as a player who impressed him in the Titans' preseason opener versus Green Bay on Saturday night. Sankey carried 13 times for 37 yards, and also caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown. Among the highlights were a 23-yard catch-and-run, and a five-yard touchdown catch. Sankey has reportedly demonstrated throughout training camp that he is... [Read More]
08/11/14 Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount takes red zone carries in preseason opener
LeGarrette Blount saw red zone work with the Steelers' starting unit in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Giants. RB LeVeon Bell started for the team and took the first two carries before Blount was substituted in to handle work inside the 20-yard-line. Blount also stayed on the field for a third-down play, something that's not been a typical manner of usage in Blount's past with the ... [Read More]
08/10/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton cleared to start second preseason game
ESPN's David Newton reports that Cam Newton has been medically cleared to start next Sunday's preseason game against the Chiefs. Newton, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery, has been limited thus far in camp as he struggled with ankle pains. Newton was also cleared by doctors to run the read-option in practice. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that there will be "no limits" on Newton... [Read More]
08/10/14 Saints RB Pierre Thomas falls to third on depth chart
The New Orleans Times-Picayune stated Friday that Saints running backss Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson "continue to pull away" from Pierre Thomas, who has moved to third on the team's depth chart. Thomas has been taking reps with the second team during camp. The Times-Picayune also reports that Thomas was "on the trading block" this offseason. He accepted a reduced salary in order to remain with t... [Read More]
08/09/14 Giants RB Rashad Jennings scores 73-yard TD in preseason game
Rashad Jennings took five carries for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' second preseason game Saturday night, including a 73-yard scamper for a score. Jennings' first-quarter touchdown showcased his breakaway speed, as he outran the entire Steelers defense after taking a carry straight up the middle.... [Read More]
08/09/14 Jets QB Michael Vick running the Wildcat in camp
When the New York Jets signed Michael Vick they surely were looking for some quarter back competition to push Geno Smith. Aside from the competition, Vick could also bring a great change-of-pace role to the Jets' offense. Last season the Jets ran the Wildcat formation a league-high 38 times and they also just recently devoted an entire practice period to running the Wildcat. Along with Vick's scra... [Read More]
08/08/14 Falcons QB Matt Ryan goes 7-for-7 in preseason win
Falcons QB Matt Ryan had a good opening drive versus the Miami Dolphins,going 7-of-7 for 53 yards. He showed patience and chemistry, hooking up with WR Roddy White four of the seven times. Atlanta receiver Julio Jones did not play, yet WR Harry Douglas and TE Levine Toilolo filled in the gap, catching a pass each from Ryan. ... [Read More]
08/08/14 Falcons RB Devonta Freeman gets third-string duties
Playing his first preseason game Friday night with the Atlanta Falcons, rookie Devonta Freeman had third-string duties, running behind Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith. While reports have come out of camp that he's had a slow start in training camp, many expected him to be the starter with injury-prone RB Steven Jackson sitting out. Against the second and third-string defense of the Dolphins, Fre... [Read More]
08/08/14 Raiders WR Denarius Moore on 'roster bubble'
Paul Gutierrez, an ESPN reporter for the Raiders, believes that Denarius Moore's starting position is in jeopardy. Moore was listed with the third-team offense behind Andre Holmes, James Jones, Rod Streater, and Greg Little on the Raiders' initial depth chart. Moore is 25 years old and entering the last year of his rookie contract. He has shown excellent playmaking ability in his three years in th... [Read More]
08/08/14 Patriots RB James White struggles in first preseason game
James White, the rookie running back out of Wisconsin, has been the most talked about player in Patriot's training camp. He's been receiving goal-line carries, plenty of touches and has shown tremendous potential. In Thursday's preseason opener White came off the bench behind veteran Steven Ridley. He failed to impress anyone rushing four times for nine yards. Although underperforming in a single ... [Read More]
08/08/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton still experiencing sharp pains in ankle
Cam Newton underwent surgery during the offseason to repair ligaments in his ankle. The intention of the surgery was to tighten the ligaments within the ankle as they were stretched out. Newton was fully cleared for training camp, but he still feels the sharp pains and describes them akin to, "A thump from your mom when you said something that you weren't supposed to." Because of the random spurts... [Read More]
08/08/14 Broncos RB C.J. Anderson suffers concussion
C.J. Anderson suffered a concussion in the Broncos preseason opener versus the Seahawks Thursday night. SI.com reports that Anderson took a hit to the helmet from Seahawks LB Brock Coyle, and was forced to leave the game. Because of the NFL concussion protocol, he'll be forced to miss at least some practice time following the injury. Anderson is currently listed third on the Broncos RB depth char... [Read More]
08/08/14 Chiefs TE Travis Kelce shows breakaway speed on 69-yard touchdown
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Travis Kelce with the first pick in the third round of the 2013 draft. He had microfracture surgery on his knee in October and never saw regular season action last season. In the team's Thursday night pre-season opener, the 6'5" tight end out of the University of Cincinnati showed a flash of why the Chiefs thought so highly of him. The highlight is below. www.nfl.c... [Read More]
08/07/14 49ers RB Carlos Hyde carries five times for 39 yards in preseason opener
Carlos Hyde looked impressive in the first NFL action of his career, taking five carries for 39 yards in the 49ers preseason loss to the Ravens. With veteran 49ers RB Frank Gore sitting the game out, Hyde capitalized on his chance to play with the offensive starters. His attempts included a 19-yarder burst that showcased Hyde's decisiveness as a runner.... [Read More]
08/07/14 Jets RB Chris Ivory goes down with injury in preseason game
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory went down with what looked to be a rib injury versus the Indianapolis Colts in Thursday night's preseason game. After the injury he walked off the field and didn't return. It's a situation to monitor and we'll have updates as new information comes out. ... [Read More]
08/07/14 Packers WR Randall Cobb fails to impress at camp
Randall Cobb has "looked rather common" in training camp, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Bob McGinn. The beat writer says that Cobb has had difficulty getting separation in drills, has made some bad drops, and has displayed no "instances of dominating performance." McGinn goes on to say that Packers QB Aaron Rodger has been throwing more to his younger receivers than to Cobb. Cobb ... [Read More]
08/07/14 Ravens RB Bernard Pierce is the 'best running back in camp'
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08/07/14 Falcons RB Devonta Freeman 'on the right track'
The Falcons are heavily in need of a productive running back in 2014. Their passing game will be stellar this year with the return of Julio Jones and Roddy White. With Jones and White stretching the field, there will be room for Steven Jackson or Devonta Freeman to tear up the inside. According to the Falcons' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, "Freeman is coming along just fine," and, "He runs h... [Read More]
08/07/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon has yet to commence settlement talks
As days continue to tick by, the possible suspension scenario for Josh Gordon is becoming more boom or bust. If a deal has yet to be made the NFL and NFLPA they may not want to reach a settlement, indicating Gordon will either be suspended an entire year or not suspended at all. If Gordon reaches a settlement that only suspended him for 15 games, he could rejoin the team in the 2015 offseason. Ot... [Read More]
08/07/14 Giants WR Rueben Randle continues to impress
Rueben Randle has been impressive at Giants training camp, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. One play in particular was singled out, in which Randle beat Giants CB Jayron Hosley by more than a yard on a long route. Randle has been better across the middle, too, using his 6-foot-2 frame to gain separation from defenders. Randle will fill the WR2 role for the Giants this year, behind WR Victor C... [Read More]
08/07/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady will sit out preseason opener
Tom Brady will not play in the Patriots' preseason opener against the Redskins tonight, according to the Boston Herald. Backup QB Ryan Mallett will get the starting nod, followed by rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady has sat out just three preseason games since 2002. With no injuries reported, it appears he's being benched purely out of caution.... [Read More]
08/07/14 Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor listed as No. 2 RB
Stepfan Taylor is listed as the Cardinals' second running back behind Andre Ellington on the team's first depth chart of training camp. Taylor has been consistently earning No. 2 reps in camp as he battles with RB Jonathan Dwyer to be Ellington's primary backup. In 2013, Taylor took 36 carries for 115 yards, earning a 3.2 yards-per-carry average.... [Read More]
08/07/14 Steelers RB Bell lighter this season, looking to improve quickness
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers second-year running back Le'Veon Bell came to camp this season more than 10 pounds lighter than in 2013. Bell feels that's going to benefit him and the team as a whole as he looks to improve on his solid rookie season. "I wanted to be lighter; I feel like I move a little better," the former Michigan St. Spartan said. "I'm still str... [Read More]
08/07/14 Bills QB E.J. Manuel is struggling
If the Hall of Fame Game was any indication, E.J. Manuel is underperforming as of late. Manuel completed two of seven passes for only 19 yards and had three passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. The word out of training camp is not any better for the sophomore quarterback. According to Joe Buscaglia, "Manuel was apprehensive, indecisive and mostly inaccurate," throughout Wednesday's practic... [Read More]
08/06/14 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman starting in preseason opener
A backup running back's favorite friend is named opportunity. As reported by Christopher Dempsey, a reporter for The Denver Post, Ronnie Hillman will be starting in place of Montee Ball in the Broncos' preseason opener Thursday night. The Broncos' third-year back has recently impressed Eric Studesville, the Broncos' running back coach. Studesville had nothing but good things to say about Hillman. ... [Read More]
08/06/14 Jets coach Rex Ryan says backfield will run by committee
Rex Ryan says that his team's backfield will run by committee, according to the New York Post. "I definitely think it's going to be a committee approach," Ryan said. "These are guys that are all capable of beings starters themselves, so I think we'll play all of them." The "guys" Ryan is referring to include RBs Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. They will compete for touches and playing... [Read More]
08/06/14 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill may see 10 to 15 carries per game
Jeremy Hill may see 10 to 15 carries per game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner. Dehner's comments come after Hill has surpassed RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis in camp, according to many observers. With new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson calling the plays, many expect the Bengals to show a renewed focus on the running game.... [Read More]
08/06/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno taken off PUP list, ready to practice
Knowshon Moreno has been taken off the Dolphins' Physically Unable to Perform list and is ready to return to practice, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero said via Twitter. He followed up with a tweet saying there's "very little chance" for Moreno to play in the Dolphins' preseason opener on Friday. Moreno was held out of the first two weeks of camp as he recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery ... [Read More]
08/06/14 Cardinals TE Jake Ballard set to retire
After only playing four years in the NFL, Jake Ballard is retiring. He played 14 games in 2011, totaling 38 receptions for 604 yards and four touchdowns. He tore his ACL that season and although he has played in games since recovering, he's never really looked the same. Arizona will be left with John Carlson, Troy Niklas and Rob Housler competing at the position.... [Read More]
08/06/14 Eagles TE Zach Ertz could 'lead team in receiving TDs'
Eagles beat writer Sheil Kapadia said Wednesday that "[I]t would not surprise me one bit if [Zach Ertz] led the team in receiving touchdowns" this season. Kapadia goes on to note that he was previously skeptical of the sophomore TE being a "breakout candidate for 2014," but notes that Ertz "attacks the ball in the air, can box defenders out and is a precise route-runner." Depending on preseason p... [Read More]
08/06/14 Redskins WR DeSean Jackson injured in training camp
The Washington Post is reporting WR DeSean Jackson, while being covered by cornerback Darrelle Revis in a joint practice with the Patriots, "made a cut to the inside but suddenly started hopping on his right foot and made his way to the sideline unable to put pressure on his left foot." It seems to be a left ankle/foot injury which was wrapped and iced while Jackson missed the rest of practice. T... [Read More]
08/06/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer to start first preseason game
Browns beat writer Scott Petrak is reporting head coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer will get the start over rookie Johnny Manziel in the first preseason game versus the Detroit Lions. Hoyer was part of the revival of the Browns last season until he tore his ACL. Speculation has run rampant as to whom the starter will be after the Browns selected Manziel in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More]
08/06/14 Shonn Greene sits atop the Titans RB depth chart
Titans beat writer Terry McCormick has an update on the Titans' roster that indicates RB Shonn Greene is listed as the No. 1 option, with Dexter McCluster as the backup and rookie Bishop Sankey listed as the third-string back. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said it is due to experience, meaning Greene is the benefactor of being a veteran, but the new information doesn't help clear up who will be starti... [Read More]
08/06/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham almost healed up
NJ.com is reporting that Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham has been running, and catching passes off the JUGS machine during practice. "Sounds like he's getting close," said coach head coach Tom Coughlin. Beckham was selected in the first round at pick No. 12 of the NFL Draft but has been sidelined since the first day of training camp with a hamstring injury. Once he's fully healthy, he'll be fighti... [Read More]
08/05/14 Browns hoping for suspension settlement for WR Josh Gordon
The Browns are hoping that the NFL will agree to a settlement with WR Josh Gordon that will allow him to return to the team this season, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Gordon had a hearing last Friday to appeal his possible year-long suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. The Browns believe the best-case scenario is that Gordon misses just eight games in ... [Read More]
08/05/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones is progressing well, practicing every other day
Julio Jones is making good progress as he returns from foot surgery, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Jones has taken every other day off from practice to rest the foot, but he has not missed any scheduled practice time. Falcons head coach Mike Smith and his staff have not yet made a decision about whether Jones will play in the Falcons' Aug. 8 preseason opener. Smith said that Jones has "handl... [Read More]
08/05/14 Bears TE Martellus Bennett suspended from practice
According to the Chicago Bears' official Twitter account, Martellus Bennett has been suspended and fined for conduct detrimental to the team after Bennett threw first-round cornerback Kyle Fuller to the ground during Monday's practice. There is currently no word on the length of the suspension. After the incident, Bennett had a few things to say: "I come to training camp for one reason and that's ... [Read More]
08/05/14 Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry 'biggest rookie standout so far'
ESPN Miami is reporting rookie WR Jarvis Landry has been a standout in Dolphins camp. "The rookie wide receiver has displayed strong hands, solid routes and toughness," beat writer James Walker said. He adds that Landry has "made several of the most impressive catches so far of training camp." It's certainly high praise for a rookie, but most reports on Landry are positive coming out of training ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton gets paid: 6-year, $96 million extension
The Bengals may not put as much of the game on Andy Dalton's shoulders this season, but they definitely putting more money in his pockets. Dalton signed a six-year, $96 million contract extension Monday that runs through the 2020 season. Dalton received a $12 million signing bonus and will get an extra $5 million as a roster bonus in three days. Dalton will get as much as $25 million in the first... [Read More]
08/04/14 Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart missing practice with hip flexor issue
ESPN's Michael DiRocco is reporting Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is being "extra cautious" with starting runnng back Toby Gerhart. Gerhart hasn't practiced since Friday and is dealing with tightness in his hip flexor. Bradley is making sure fans know it's strictly the team's call, adding, "That [Gerhart's not practicing] is more on our part... . It's more for us, but I know that he said he felt... [Read More]
08/04/14 49ers RB Kendall Hunter gets waived by team
Following an ACL tear in camp, the 49ers have decided to waive running back Kendall Hunter. Since Hunter is a free agent after this season, the 49ers didn't stand to lose much by releasing him. They also can add another man to their 90-man roster before their preseason game with the Ravens on Thursday. Hunter has played the change-of-pace role in San Francisco behind RB Frank Gore, although that ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Bengals activate WR Marvin Jones, TE Jermaine Gresham from PUP list
The Bengals activated five players from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, two of whom are notable names in fantasy: wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Jermaine Gresham. Jones had been hampered by a bum ankle since tweaking it while working out with quarterback Andy Dalton prior to camp. Gresham spent his time recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery.... [Read More]
08/04/14 Packers TE Colt Lyerla has sprained knee, may miss 'weeks' of camp
Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press Gazette is reporting Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said TE Colt Lyerla could miss multiple weeks with a knee injury. The undrafted rookie has had a decent showing in camp but is competing with fellow TEs Richard Rodgers, Brandon Bostick and Andrew Quarless for the starting position. If he misses multiple weeks of camp, he would undoubtedly be considered for... [Read More]
08/04/14 Browns QB Johnny Manziel opens practice with starters
Johnny Manziel opened the Browns' practice Monday morning as the starting quarterback, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi. While Manziel had previously taken reps with the starters, Monday marked the first time that Manziel was the starter going into the day. Head coach Mike Pettine previously tried to quash rumors of a quarterback controversy by naming Brian Hoyer the starting entering training camp... [Read More]
08/04/14 Texans RB Arian Foster pondered retirement after back injury
Texans running back Arian Foster gave a very honest and interesting interview to ESPN's Hannah Storm recently. In it, Foster admitted that his 2013 back injury scared him, and he wasn't sure if he would return to the NFL. "Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that -- a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season -- you kind of re-evaluate your li... [Read More]
08/04/14 Giants TE Adrien Robinson had third-string duties in preseason game
Following Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game, Giants tight end Adrien Robinson wasn't targeted once in the passing game and played third-string duties. TEs Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells were swapped in with the first-team offense. They caught one pass for 13 yards and one pass for 10 yards, respectively. Robinson, a freakish athlete once dubbed the "JPP of tight ends," hasn't shown he can be a seri... [Read More]
08/04/14 Bears WR Marquess Wilson suffers fractured collarbone
Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson fractured a collarbone during Monday's practice. It's not known exactly how much time he will miss, but it's assumed that he will need anywhere between four to eight weeks to recover. "I'm extremely disappointed," head coach Marc Trestman said. "[Wilson] was continuing to ascend. That's football, unfortunately." Wilson had been impressive in camp so far. Now, ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Packers WR Jarrett Boykin having drop issues in camp
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Tom Silverstein is reporting Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin has had "too many drops in camp" after witnessing Boykin drop another pass from QB Aaron Rodgers during training camp. Boykin is the Packers' No. 3 WR behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. This is significant because the Packers drafted Fresno State WR Davante Adams in the second round, ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Giants RB David Wilson out for 2014, says he's thankful to 'literally walk away from the game'
The Giants placed RB David Wilson on sesason-ending injured reserve today, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Wilson suffered a "burner" last week as he attempted to return to Giants practice following a season-ending neck injury in 2013. Wilson experienced numbness in his hands and feet, consistent with nerve damage in the spinal cord. Team doctors advised Wilson to never return to football, an... [Read More]
08/04/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball to undergo appendectomy, expected to be ready for regular season
Broncos running back Montee Ball is reportedly having a strong training camp, but that's on hold for now. ESPN's Adam Schefter hears from a source that Ball will undergo an appendectomy today and may miss the rest of the preseason. However, Ball is fully expected to be ready for Week 1 on Sept. 7 versus the Colts.... [Read More]
08/04/14 Giants defeat Bills in preseason opener
The NFL opened its 2014 preseason schedule with the Giants defeating the Bills, 17-13, in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night in Canton, Ohio. Offensive starters for both teams saw about one quarter of playing time. Standouts included Giants RB Andre Williams and Bills WR Robert Woods, who both scored touchdowns. Highly-touted Bills WR Sammy Watkins was targeted three times but did not record a ... [Read More]
08/04/14 Ravens WR Marlon Brown impresses at camp
Ravens WR Marlon Brown has been impressing his coaches in training camp, according to the Baltimore Sun. The second-year receiver made a series of impressive catches against tight coverage Sunday. "He's made great strides," said head coach John Harbaugh. "You can use that big body. He's got a catch radius, right?" The 6-foot-5 Brown set a Ravens rookie record with seven touchdowns in 2013.... [Read More]
08/03/14 Giants RB Andre Williams scores in Hall of Fame game
Rookie Giants RB Andre Williams scored late in the first quarter of the NFL's preseason-opening Hall of Fame game Sunday night. Williams capped the Giants' drive with a 3-yard, between-the-tackles run. Williams racked up 48 yards on seven carries, including a 21-yard jaunt that set up the touchdown.... [Read More]
08/03/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton is 'clearly' team's top receiver
Colts beat writer Josh Wilson says that Hilton is 'clearly the one receiver, [Colts WR Reggie Wayne] is the two.' Wilson relegates newly-acquired Colts WR Hakeem Nicks to the WR3 role, and expects that when Nicks comes on to the field, Wayne will play the slot position - not Hilton. With Wayne on the sidelines with a knee injury in 2013, Hilton posted the highest stats of his career, catching 82 b... [Read More]
08/03/14 RB Arian Foster back out of Texans practice; WR Andre Johnson still sidelined
Texans running back Arian Foster was apparently over his hamstring issue when he practiced Wednesday after missing a couple of days. Apparently not. Foster has not practiced since. Although the exact reason for his absence hasn't been disclosed, it's believed to be about that troublesome hamstring. Wide receiver Andre Johnson is also dealing with his own hamstring injury. He suffered it on Monday... [Read More]
08/02/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham out for preseason opener
Odell Beckham did not travel with the Giants to Canton for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game, according to the New York Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel. The rookie wideout missed every practice this week with a hamstring injury. Beckham, drafted 12th overall in this year's draft, is expected to slot in as the Giants' second or third wide receiver along with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.... [Read More]
08/02/14 Chargers WR Keenan Allen is faster, a 'deep threat now'
Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune had a chance to watch second-year wide receiver Keenan Allen in training camp and came away noticing his increased speed on the field. "He trained at Prolific Athletes in Carlsbad with renown speed coach Ryan Flaherty, their results better speed in and out of Allen's breaks and, yes, an albeit subtle increased capacity to go vertical," Gehlken wrote. ... [Read More]
08/02/14 Eagles WR Jordan Matthews having troubles in camp
ESPN is reporting Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews hasn't been running with the first-team offense in practice, even with multiple injuries to Philadelphia's receiving core. Beat writer Phil Sheridan notes, "By the end of Friday's practice, quarterback Nick Foles was working with Ifeanyi Momah, Brad Smith and Arrelious Benn as his starting wide receiver groups" after Jeremy Maclin left practic... [Read More]
08/01/14 Saints backfield to run as three-way committee
The Saints will continue to use a trio of running backs in 2014, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. Saints RB Pierre Thomas will handle the third-down, pass-catching role vacated by RB Darren Sproles' departure to the Eagles, while Saints RB Mark Ingram and second-year Saints RB Khiry Robinson will handle most of the between-the-tackles running. Triplett expects "a pretty even workload" for the t... [Read More]
08/01/14 Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno could miss entire preseason
Moreno, recovering from offseason knee surgery, may be out for the entire Dolphins preseason, according to the Miami Herald. Moreno underwent knee surgery in June, and was originally projected to return to action in four or five weeks. Speaking to reporters Friday, Moreno said he wasn't sure when he'd be cleared to join the team in practice. "I don't know," he said. "I just want to take it one day... [Read More]
08/01/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree to miss 'a week or two' with undisclosed injury
Crabtree will be out "a week or two" wtih an undisclosed injury, according to CSNBayArea.com. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said that the injury was not related to Crabtree's foot or Achilles tendon, both of which have caused Crabtree to miss games in the past. Crabtree missed most of the 2013 season following an Achilles tear, but returned to the 49ers for their playoff run.... [Read More]
08/01/14 Eagles QB Foles looks 'good,' 'not great' in training camp
Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that Foles "has been good in camp" but "not great." McClane points out that Foles has struggled at times with decision making, and says that he needs to improve "in each department" of the game. Foles took over as the Eagles starter in the middle of the 2013 season, passing for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions.... [Read More]
08/01/14 Giants WR Rueben Randle seeing red zone work in camp
Randle saw "a lot of red zone looks" during Thursday's practice at Giants training camp, according to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan. Randle served as the Giants WR3 last year behind Giants WR Victor Cruz and now-Colts WR Hakeem Nicks. With Nicks gone this year, Randle is widely expected to step up to the WR2 position in offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's new scheme. Last year Randle recorded 41 catches ... [Read More]
08/01/14 Saints WR Brandin Cooks and WR Nick Toon look 'terrific'
Cooks and Toon "have looked terrific throughout camp," according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. With Saints WR Kenny Stills missing time with a quad injury, Cooks and Toon have impressed coaches with the extra reps they're seeing. Saints head coach Sean Payton identified Toon in particular as a player having a "fantastic camp." Second-year WR Stills and third-year man Toon are vying for playing time in ... [Read More]
08/01/14 Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew and RB Darren McFadden to share touches
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen says that Jones-Drew and McFadden are both "going to get an opportunity to play," according to the San Jose Mercury News. "Both of them want to be the starter," Allen said. "They wouldn't be good football players if they didn't want that."... [Read More]
08/01/14 Browns WR Josh Gordon has 'slight chance' of suspension settlement
Following reports this week that Gordon's suspsension appeal would be an "all-or-nothing" affair, a source tells ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio that in fact there is a "slight chance" that Gordon's suspension could be mitigated, rather than fully negated or upheld. Gordon and his representation have a meeting with the NFL today to appeal the hearing. Florio says he expects a ruling from the NFL "f... [Read More]
08/01/14 Giants RB Andre Williams taking first-team goal line reps
Williams has been taking the first-team goal line snaps at training camp, according to the New York Daily News. The rookie Williams was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, and looks set to contribute in the goal line package immediately. Williams is currently third in line behind starting Giants RB Rashad Jennings and RB Peyton Hillis. ... [Read More]
08/01/14 Ravens WR Steve Smith will 'catch anything thrown close to him'
ESPN Baltimore beat writer Jamison Hensley is saying after seven days of Ravens camp that WR Steve Smith "continues to prove he has the best hands of all the Ravens receivers." Hensley notes that Joe Flacco has built up a solid relationship with the WR, noting "quarterback Joe Flacco has built a trust that Smith will catch anything thrown close to him." This is good news for Smith following his t... [Read More]
08/01/14 Jets QB Michael Vick wants to play until he's 40
Jets quarterback Michael Vick is entering his age-34 season. He hasn't played in 16 games since 2006, and he's done that only once in his career. He has more turnovers than touchdowns since the beginning of 2011. Last season, he completed 54.6 percent of his passes and lost his starting job. This year, he's slated to be the backup quarterback behind a very flawed youngster in a sub-par offense. A... [Read More]
08/01/14 Buccaneers reiterate need for an RBBC attack
The Buccaneers have made it clear that Doug Martin won't be the only person getting carries this season. Head coach Lovie Smith made that even clearer on Thursday. "We've made it known that we're going to play more than one (running back)," Smith said. "You need a lot. In order for us to be a good running football team, we need to have more than one good player, and we feel like we have at least ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton out again with finger injury
Hilton missed practice Thursday with a finger injury he suffered yesterday, according to Colts beat writer Stephen Holder. Very little has been reported about the ailment, other than that Hilton had his hand wrapped during practice yesterday and was icing the finger. If it turns out that Hilton has broken a bone, he could miss three to four weeks, which would take him out of the preseason.... [Read More]
07/31/14 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy says he feels quicker, more effective
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy expects five pounds to make a big difference for him this season. The league's leader in rushing and yards from scrimmage last season said Thursday that he has lost some weight by cutting junk food out of his diet, Specifically, Doritos late at night. He estimates that he is down from 215 pounds to about 210 and is very pleased with the results so far. "At a ligh... [Read More]
07/31/14 Browns expected to go with WR-by-committee approach
The Browns will know in the next day or so if No. 1 wide receiver Josh Gordon will be available to them this season. It's likely that he will be suspended for year. But between the injury-prone Miles Austin, the undersized Andrew Hawkins and a host of unproven youngsters, the Browns really don't have an obvious candidate to fill his shoes. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan understands this, and ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts QB Andrew Luck 'will have plenty of opportunities to throw the ball'
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck finished just outside of the top 10 in pass attempts last season with 570. However, many Indy fans were left frustrated that the number wasn't greater. Instead, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton decided to stick with an ineffective running game headed by Trent Richardson and his 3.0 yards-per-carry average. However, this season should be a little different, according... [Read More]
07/31/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater continues climb toward starting job
Matt Cassel was the Vikings' No. 1 quarterback when training camp opened. Yesterday, just four days later, Cassel began splitting first-team reps in practice with rookie Teddy Bridgewater. Today, Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, who once considered Cassel starting in Week 1 to be a "slam dunk", is rethinking his position. Scoggins wrote Thursday that he "won't be surprised if Bridgew... [Read More]
07/31/14 Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch would prefer RB Toby Gerhart doesn't handle 300 carries
Most of the stuff printed about Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart this offseason has been about how he is going to absolutely dominate the touches out of Jacksonville's backfield. Three hundred carries seemed like a legitimate possibility by at least one beat writer just a few days ago. Today, offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch spoke with the media and came carrying a bucket of cold water. According... [Read More]
07/31/14 Jets WR Stephen Hill is having an 'outstanding' camp
Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill may finally be tapping into his potential after two tremendously disappointing seasons. The former second-round pick has received a lot of praise in the spring and summer, and that continued Thursday when offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg admitted that Hill is having an "outstanding" camp. Hill has caught just 45 passes through two injury-shortened seasons. Bu... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts WR Reggie Wayne feels like his old self
Perhaps "old" is the wrong word to use, because Reggie Wayne's 35-year-old body must think it's still 25. Wayne, entering his 15th season, is about nine months removed from tearing his ACL. Yet, he said Thursday that he feels no pain and hasn't experienced any setbacks. He's been running routes and "effortlessly snatching passes out of the air" in training camp, according to Mike Chappell of the ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Dolphins WR Mike Wallace out through the weekend with hamstring injury
Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace will miss the team's intrasquad scrimmage this weekend with a hamstring injury. He hasn't practiced since Tuesday and won't practice until he gets evaluated next week. His status for the team's first preseason game, Aug. 8 versus the Falcons, is in doubt. However, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote Thursday, "This is not a serious injury."... [Read More]
07/31/14 Giants RB David Wilson 'needs a miracle'
Wilson will need "a miracle" to return to football, a person familiar with Wilson's medical situation told NJ.com. Wilson said in a tweet Wednesday night that "everything is fine," but that doesn't seem to be the case, according to NJ.com's source. Wilson suffered a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year. He was cleared to participate in Giants camp, but left practice Tuesday with a "burner... [Read More]
07/31/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will end holdout
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Lynch will end his holdout by reporting to Seahawks camp within the next 24 hours. Lynch's holdout is currently in its eighth day, and the veteran RB has reportedly accrued over $500,000 in fines by not showing up for training camp. Lynch had demanded a raise on his scheduled $5.5 million 2014 paycheck, but it appears he's backed down. Lynch never had much leverage o... [Read More]
07/31/14 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell misses practice with hamstring injury
Bell missed hs second straight practice Thursday with a hamstring injury, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bell first sustained the injury during Sunday's workout. Last year, Bell missed the preseason and the first three regular season games after spraining his foot during training camp. Bell finished 15th in fantasy points among all running backs in 2013, despite playing in just 13 game... [Read More]
07/31/14 Colts OG Donald Thomas tears quad, placed on season-ending IR
Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Donald Thomas re-tore his quad Wednesday. This is the same injury he suffered back in Week 2 of the 2013 season. He has been rehabbing ever since and only recently returned to the practice field after missing OTAs. This injury will require surgery.... [Read More]
07/31/14 Broncos RB Montee Ball could see 250+ carries
ESPN Denver reporter Jeff Legwold has high praise for Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball, saying he's "shown vision in the run game, decisiveness in his cuts and consistent, quality work in the passing game." He predicts Ball's "poised for a big season and perhaps even the first 250-carry season for the Broncos since Reuben Droughns had 275 carries in 2004." This is clearly good news for Ball... [Read More]
07/31/14 Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley calls rookie WR Marqise Lee 'freakish'
Jacksonville Jaguars HC had high praise speaking of his newly drafted wide receiver calling Marqise Lee saying ""He has a chance to break one and is extremely quick. He's freakish in his skill set in some of the things he does." It's very much a confidence booster to Lee, who was drafted at No. 39 in the NFL draft. Lee is also having plenty of chances to show his talents after primary WR Cecil Sho... [Read More]
07/31/14 Lions RB Joique Bell 'showing no signs of rust' after injury
Mlive is at Lions training camp and finally getting to see Detroit RB Joique Bell practicing. Reporter Justin Rogers had praise for Bell including "[Bell] missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from knee injuries, but you wouldn't know it with the way he's started off training camp." Rogers also mentions he has 'cut and accelerated with ease' during team drills. This is good news for the Lions ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Raiders WR Rod Streater cleared for practice after concussion
Bay Area News confirmed Wednesday that Oakland WR Rob Streater has been cleared for contact following a concussion suffered from practice on Monday. He was active in warmups and drills on Wednesday but sat out of team contact drills. Streater is in a battle for WR2 duties with Greg Little and Denarius Moore, to play opposite former Packer WR James Jones. ... [Read More]
07/31/14 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick throws two INTs in camp
49ers beat writer Grant Cohn reported that QB Colin Kaepernick threw two interceptions in day six of training camp. The beneficiary of both interceptions was 49ers cornerback Perrish Cox. The first was on an underthrown ball to WR Anquan Boldin. The second pass was intended for WR Quinton Patton but Cohn noted Kaepernick 'stared down' the receiver and Cox made the diving interception.... [Read More]
07/31/14 Buccaneers rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is impressing team
NFL Network reporter Daniel Jeremiah attended Tampa Bay's training camp and had this to say about the Buccaneers rookie tight end, "Bucs are pumped about ASJ's play in camp. He's picked things up quickly and made a lot of plays." Austin Seferian-Jenkins is currently in a battle in camp with fellow TEs Tim Wright and Brandon Myers. He sports a massive 6'7/267 pound frame and was drafted in the 2nd ... [Read More]
07/31/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo struggles after day off
Following a day off for the Cowboys QB, ESPN writer Tony Archer says Tony Romo was "intercepted by cornerback Morris Claiborne, who did a nice job of going up for a slightly underthrown deep ball to wide receiver Terrance Williams." He also goes on to say Romo and star WR Dez Bryant had trouble getting on the same page, "Bryant was shallow with a route in the end zone with the throw just out of ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is over his minor foot injury
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is practicing today. The much-hyped wideout had been hampered by a foot injury for about a week. He took part in 11-on-11 drills earlier in the day.... [Read More]
07/30/14 Bills give RB Fred Jackson 1-year extension
The Bills' practice today was delayed by rain earlier. It looks like they did some business while waiting. The team has extended running back Fred Jackson through the 2015 season, as reported by Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. Jackson, 33, ran for nearly 900 yards and scored nine times last season. He is expected to play second fiddle to C.J. Spiller more often this season.... [Read More]
07/30/14 Colts WR T.Y. Hilton leaves practice with finger injury
Hilton left practice with a finger injury, and was later seen on the sidelines with ice and a hand wrap, according to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star. Hilton led Colts receivers last year with 82 catches on 138 targets for 1,083 yards. Hilton became Colts QB Andrew Luck's leading target after Colts WR Reggie Wayne was lost for the season to a knee injury. ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson returns to practice
ESPN's Mike Wells reports that Richardson is back at practice Wednesday after missing the last several workouts with a hamstring injury. Richardson comes back to head an Indianapolis backfield worn thin by the recent loss of Colts RB Vick Ballard to an Achilles tear. Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw impressed coaches while taking reps with the offensive starters during Richardson's absence. Richardson stru... [Read More]
07/30/14 Seahawks excited about rookie WR Paul Richardson
This is not a story for the re-drafters out there. Seahawks second-round rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson is penciled in as the No. 5 wideout in the most conservative offense in the league. He will probably have the ball in his hands most often as a punt returner this season. But what he has done so far is making his coaches confident that they have a future star in their hands. "He continues... [Read More]
07/30/14 GM on Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch holdout: 'Next man up'
Seahawks general manager John Schneider told the Seattle Times that the organization's philosophy with respect to Lynch's holdout is "next man up." Schneider said part of managing a team is making "tough decisions." "We've had a plan in place here for a number of years, and we can't veer from that plan for one person because [football] is the ultimate team sport," Schneider said. Lynch's holdout ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Texans RB Arian Foster returns to practice, WR Andre Johnson does not
Veteran players missing a few training camp practices is usually no big deal and not worth a write-up. But when said players who have a debilitating history of hamstring injuries, you should pay attention. Thus, it's worth noting that Texans running back Arian Foster returned to practice Wednesday after missing a few days due to a hamstring ailment. However, a similar pain is keeping wide receiver... [Read More]
07/30/14 Giants RB David Wilson to be examined by neck surgeon, out for the week
Giants running back David Wilson underwent a battery of tests last night after suffering a neck burner during Tuesday's practice. He'll have more tests done on Aug. 4 and won't practice until then at the earliest. Next week's tests will be performed by Dr. Frank Cammisa, who also performed Wilson's spinal fusion surgery during the offseason. According to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wilso... [Read More]
07/30/14 Jets TE Zach Sudfeld getting first-team reps
Sudfeld has been taking practice reps with the Jets offensive starters, according to New York Daily News' Manish Mehta via Twitter. Mehta also says that Sudfeld has earned praise from Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who says Sudfeld is "studying like nobody's business." Earlier this week there were reports that Sudfeld has been impressing coaches at training camp, and now he is being rewarded with first... [Read More]
07/30/14 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declares QB Tony Romo 100 percent healthy
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who underwent back surgery near the end of last season to fix a herniated disc, has had spotty participation in recent camp practices. But owner Jerry Jones says it is absolutely nothing to worry about, because Romo is healthy. "He is 100 percent. He's 100 percent," Jones said Tuesday. "He's just being real smart and sensitive about having come off the back surgery.... [Read More]
07/30/14 Arizona WR Michael Floyd impressing in camp
ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports that Michael Floyd has been one of the 'talks of camp.' The third year wide receiver out of Notre Dame has impressed everyone. Carson Palmer has nothing but good things to say about Floyd and how he uses his size and speed to overpower cornerbacks. Floyd reportedly scored twice in camp, once over Patrick Peterson and once over Justin Bethel. Floyd tallied in a 1,041 ya... [Read More]
07/30/14 Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor running with first team offense
Andre Ellington sat out of Wednesday's practice with a slight neck injury. ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports that Stepfan Taylor has been taking repititions with the first team offense. This is a big indicator that Taylor has a slight edge over Jonathan Dwyer in the backup race. Since the Cardinals are currently favoring a two-back set, Taylor may see some valuable playing time. The second-year back ou... [Read More]
07/30/14 Lions TE Eric Ebron dropping 'an inordinate number' of passes
The Lions were looking for someone to stretch the field and take pressure off Calvin Johnson. They believe they found their guy in Eric Ebron. The 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft has been struggling in training camp though. Reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Ebron has been dropping 'an inordinate number' of passes. Lions' coach Jim Caldwell backed-up Ebron saying, "It's tough ... [Read More]
07/30/14 Raiders RB Darren McFadden has the 'starting edge'
The Oakland Raiders went out this offseason looking for more running back talent and they found Maurice Jones-Drew. With two backs that are capable of starting, Darren McFadden and Jones-Drew, the Raiders have an interesting situation to play with. The most likely scenario involves both backs in a committee running scheme. Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko has reported, "Darren McFadden has the s... [Read More]
07/30/14 Packers TE Brandon Bostick getting first-team reps
ESPN Green Bay reporter Rob Demovsky tweeted out from camp saying TE Brandon Bostick is running with the first-team in training camp after returning from an injury. Also of note is Demovsky mentioning "I'd say he delivered" when referring to Bostick's opportunities running in the primary offense. This sheds light on a muddied TE situation for the Packers as Andrew Quarless, Richard Rodgers and Co... [Read More]
07/30/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely to sit out preseason
Gronkowski will likely sit out the entirety of the preseason schedule as he recovers from knee surgery, according to the Boston Globe. The fourth-year tight end has undergone six surgeries in the past two years, and has not played a full season since 2011. Gronkowski was cleared for training camp, but has thus far been held out of organized team drills, instead working individually on the sideline... [Read More]
07/30/14 Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar impressing at camp
The Dallas Morning News says Dunbar "continues to be impressive" at Cowboys training camp. The former undrafted free agent is heading in to his third season with the Cowboys, and has the number two running back spot secured over Cowboys RB Joseph Randle. In two NFL seasons, Dunbar has carried the ball 51 times for 225 yards. He could see a spike in his workload this year, as new offensive coordin... [Read More]
07/30/14 Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman winning backup battle
Hillman has "usually been the running back up" in Broncos camp so far, according to denverbroncos.com. With Broncos RB Montee Ball solidly positioned as the team's starter, Hillman and Broncos RB C.J. Anderson are in competition for the lead backup role. While many saw Anderson as the better player coming in to camp, it looks like Hillman has the edge at this point.... [Read More]
07/29/14 Cardinals RB Andre Ellington sidelined with neck injury
Ellington sat out Tuesday's practice with a neck injury, according to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss. Little is known about the injury, but it does not appear to be serious. Cardinals RB Stepfan Taylor took reps with the offensive starters in Ellington's absence. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has previously spoken about making Ellington a focal point of Arizona's offense, but due to durability concerns... [Read More]
07/29/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones looking like himself 'and maybe even better'
NFL.com's Jeff Darlington interviewed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on Tuesday. His first question was about wide receiver Julio Jones and how he has looked on the field in the first few days of camp. "I think he's looked great," Ryan said. "I think he handled the surgery well this offseason and the rehab. He was incredibly detailed in how he was in here going everything he needed to do in order... [Read More]
07/29/14 Lions WR Calvin Johnson taking fewer practice reps to preserve health
Much like the value of preseason football to a couple of star running backs, what good is it to put the best wide receiver in football through every play in practice? That's what Calvin Johnson has always wanted to do, but after seven years in the league and nothing to prove, Lions coaches are pulling the reins on Megatron just a bit. "I'm older now," the 28-year-old Johnson said Tuesday. "I'm no... [Read More]
07/29/14 Dolphins want to make WR Mike Wallace a complete receiver
The Dolphins did many things last year with Mike Wallace that he was already used to. Lined him up right, sent him deep. Lined him up right, sent him deep. Those days are over in Bill Lazor's offense. He wants Wallace and all of Miami's wideouts to do more. They will run a variety of routes and line up all over the formation. There will be a lot of motion and some end-arounds. That puts the onus ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Patriots WR Danny Amendola working with Tom Brady's trainer
When you have an injury history like Danny Amendola's, you'll try just about anything to stay healthy. Amendola's newest hope: Working out with Tom Brady's trainer. His name is Alex Guerrero, and he worked with Amendola this offseason, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer. Guerrero worked with Julian Edelman before last season, and he ended playing a full slate for the first time in his career and... [Read More]
07/29/14 Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch accruing fines
Marshawn Lynch has racked up $455,000 in fines related to his holdout for a new contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter via Twitter. Lynch, unhappy with his current deal that is set to pay him $5.5 million this year, has failed to report to Seahawks camp for the first six days of its duration. Lynch is being fined $30,000 per day of his holdout, plus a $275,500 penalty mandated by the NFL's c... [Read More]
07/29/14 Bears WR Marquess Wilson impressing in camp
Envision this: A 6-foot-4 wide receiver with 4.50 speed lining up in the slot. That's what the Bears have been doing with wide receiver Marquess Wilson in training camp. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside, the Bears have been trying to find ways to give Wilson consistent snaps. So, he's in the slot and reportedly taking to it well. Matt Bowen wrote for the Chicago Tribune on ... [Read More]
07/29/14 49ers WR Michael Crabtree is 'step or two quicker' this year
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said wide receiver Michael Crabtree was never fully healthy last season. The sixth-year wideout did make it back from an offseason Achilles tear on Dec. 1 and caught 19 passes for 284 yards in the final five regular-season games. But according to Kaepernick, that wasn't the real Crabtree. That guy has showed up in training camp this year. "He's a step or two qu... [Read More]
07/29/14 Falcons RB Steven Jackson out with hamstring injury
Jackson injured his hamstring during training camp on Monday, according to Falcons digital media manager Jay Adams via Twitter. Adams says that it was not the same hamstring that kept Jackson out of several games in the 2013 season. The 31-year-old Jackson has amassed 2,395 carries over his nine-year career. In 2013, his first year in Atlanta, Jackson tallied 543 rushing yards on 157 carries, fo... [Read More]
07/29/14 Lions RB Mikel Leshoure up to 242 pounds
Lions running back Mikel Leshoure didn't get much of a chance last season. He got two carries in three games. Otherwise, he was a healthy scratch. Even with Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Riddick in front of him, the former second-round pick is trying to stay positive now that a new coaching staff is in Detroit. "They give everyone a fresh start," Leshoure said. "I feel like that's what I nee... [Read More]
07/29/14 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw 'looks fantastic'
Injuries have ruled the Colts' backfield in camp. Vick Ballard is out for the season due to a torn Achilles, and Trent Richardson hasn't practiced since last week because of a soft-tissue issue. However, head coach Chuck Pagano doesn't sound worried about Richardson's status. Fortunately for this group, a man who is usually injured has stepped up: Ahmad Bradshaw. "He looks fantastic," Pagano sai... [Read More]
07/29/14 Patriots WR Aaron Dobson's foot surgery in March more significant than initially thought
When Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson went under the knife on March 10 to repair the stress fracture in his left foot, he was initially expected to miss 2-3 months. Now, more than four months later, Dobson isn't on the field. He's still working his way back and is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list. There's a reason for this delay. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, s... [Read More]
07/29/14 Giants RB David Wilson suffers setback
Wilson is undergoing tests after sustaining a "burner" in his surgically repaired neck during Tuesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones. Wilson missed 11 games last year after suffering a serious neck injury that had many questioning his ability to ever return to the field. Wilson was cleared last week to participate in camp, but only made it through a few days of practices be... [Read More]
07/29/14 Could Browns WR Josh Gordon's year-long suspension be result of dumb luck, second-hand smoke?
For months now, it has felt like a year-long suspension for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is an inevitability following his latest violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, which was announced in May. Not so fast, perhaps. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Gordon's appeal, which is set to be heard on Friday, will be focused around inconsistent test results, a positive test re... [Read More]
07/29/14 Colts sign former Cowboys RB Phillip Tanner
With Colts running back Vick Ballard out for the season and the recent release of Chris Rainey, their backfield was looking sparse. They immediately went out looking for talent to fill their recently created voids. Adam Schefter has reported that the Colts signed former Cowboys running back, Phillip Tanner. ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer is 'a lot like Tom Brady'
Three seasons as a backup quarterback in New England have really rubbed off on Brian Hoyer. At least, that's the simple conclusion from Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas' words from Monday. "He's a lot like Tom Brady,'' Thomas said of Hoyer. "When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most out of everybody around him, it's no coincidence that those guys played together. (Ho... [Read More]
07/29/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice 'looking good' in training camp
Mike Preston, a Ravens insider for The Baltimore Sun reports Ray Rice is 'looking good' during training camp. Preston says, "He had two long runs Saturday where he looked like the Rice of old. He never had great speed, but his cuts were excellent." Rice had a very bad season in 2013, averaging 3.1 yards a game. Before that, however, he racked in four straight seasons of 1,100+ rushing yards. Rice ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Colts RB Chris Rainey released
It has been announced running back Chris Rainey has been released from the Colts. Coach Chuck Pagano stated that, "It's an in-house deal," giving us no indication of why the running back was released. Rainey did not record a single run in the 2013 season and was not a contributing player on special teams. In 2013 he was released by the Steelers after allegedly slapping a woman in the face. ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Browns RB Terrance West showing signs of great potential
Terrance West, a third-round draft pick out of Towson University, has been lighting it up at training camp. He's shown great receiving skills out of the backfield, outmaneuvering linebackers in the passing game. Wilbert Montgomery, the running backs coach of the Browns spoke on West, "Terrance West has some shades of Brian Westbrook. He can break you down with his right leg. He can break you down ... [Read More]
07/29/14 Jets RB Chris Ivory favorite for goal-line back
The running back coach for the New York Jets organization, Anthony Lynn, has said, "If we were playing tomorrow, Chris Ivory would be on the goal line." The Jets have one of the most crowded backfields in the NFL with the likes of Chris Johnson, Bilal Powell, Chris Ivory, Alex Green and Daryl Richardson. Ivory is one of the largest backs on the depth chart weighing in at 222 pounds and six feet ta... [Read More]
07/29/14 Bills WR T.J. Graham may not make final cut
ESPN Buffalo is reporting WR T.J Graham is having a rough camp and may not make the final 53-man roster. Mike Rodak is reporting Graham "hasn't shown to be a more reliable pass-catcher, one of his bigger problems in his first two seasons in Buffalo. He had two more drops Monday on well-targeted passes." Rookie Sammy Watkins and veteran Mike Williams were brought in during the offseason causing Gr... [Read More]
07/29/14 Raiders RB/FB Marcel Reece has lost weight, in shape for camp
ESPN Oakland beat writer Paul Gutierrez reports "Marcel Reece's physical transformation is very noticeable" noting that Reece was up to 255 pounds in the offseason and is now down to 238 pounds in camp. Gutierrez also says he should be more involved in the pass game now that he is a lighter and fitter. Reece had 46 attempts, rushing for 218 yards and 2TD's last year and is expected to take on mor... [Read More]
07/29/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson, RB Arian Foster nursing hamstring injuries
Here's something to really pay attention to: The Texans have been in camp for three days, and wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster are already hurt. Specifically, both have hamstring injuries. Johnson injured his right hamstring while diving for a pass during Monday's practice. Foster hasn't practiced since leaving Sunday's session early. Johnson said his hamstring is just "... [Read More]
07/28/14 Seahawks WR Percy Harvin healthy, says he feels 'immensely good'
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin said Friday that's it's been a while since he has been fully healthy. He certainly wasn't at this time last year. In July 2013, Harvin was days away from undergoing hip surgery that would cost him nearly all season. This year, Harvin is feeling "immensely good," and you get the sense that he is almost giddy about the upcoming season. "I don't know if any footb... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu is having a 'monster camp'
With Marvin Jones on the PUP list with a hamstring injury, Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has taken full advantage of more snaps with the first-team offense. According to Geoff Hobson of the team's official website, Sanu is "catching everything" and having a "monster camp." Hobson indicates that the coaches are using Sanu everywhere on the field and often. Sanu is "going to do everything but ... [Read More]
07/28/14 Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders motivated
On the first day of camp Emmanuel Sanders dropped a single pass. Sanders responded to the drop with, "My Grandma could have caught that pass." This moment motivated Sanders to go into the lab and closely watch the likes of Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and former Bronco receiver Eric Decker. Since the drop, Sanders has shown improvement and has caught tightly defended passes and had an amazing one-... [Read More]
07/28/14 Patriots QB Tom Brady wants team to perform like San Antonio Spurs
Pat Kirwan met with a few Patriots players post-practice and they had a few interesting things to say. The most interesting comment was from veteran Tom Brady in which he said he wants the team to perform like the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Brady simply wants everyone to perform and deliver when it's their turn. Monday's practice exuded a quiet confidence among the players said Kirwan. He als... [Read More]
07/28/14 Giants WR Odell Beckham to miss at least another week due to hamstring injury
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is already irked that rookie wide receiver Odell Bekcham hasn't been able to practice since Tuesday because of a balky hamstring. In that case, no one should tell him this: Beckham won't practice for at least another week. Beckham underwent some tests on his hamstring Monday. The good news is the tests came back negative, but according to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr... [Read More]
07/28/14 Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar lining up at wideout
Gavin Escobar is a second year tight end that has been turning some heads at Cowboys' practice. As a 6'6" tight end, he's been lining up as a wideout. In an attempt to get the sophomore tight end more involved in the offense, the Cowboys are doing everything possible. In 2013 Escobar only had nine receptions, but totaled 134 yards and two touchdowns. Escobar is still behind veteran Jason Witten, b... [Read More]
07/28/14 Raiders WR Rod Streater out due to concussion
The Raiders' receiving corps is quite shorthanded right now. The most notable absence is Rod Streater, who suffered a concussion during Sunday's practice. Wideouts Greg Little and Juron Criner are being bothered by hamstring injuries as well.... [Read More]
07/28/14 Giants list TE Larry Donnell as starter
This Sunday night the Bills and Giants will be facing each other in a head-to-head matchup. Both teams are required to release a roster and this raises some interesting questions at the tight end position for the Giants. Larry Donnell, the second year tight end out of Grambling state, only caught three balls last year. The sophomore tight end is unproven in the NFL and came onto the team as an und... [Read More]
07/28/14 Jets RB Chris Johnson lining up at WR in camp
The New York Post, a publication that never passes up an opportunity for a cheeky headline, put it perfectly: "CJ-WR?" That was atop Brian Costello's article about Johnson's first camp practice as a Jet on Thursday. Costello wrote that the most interesting aspect of Johnson's day was how often the Jets positioned him as a wide receiver. "They put him in motion and flexed him out as a wide recei... [Read More]
07/28/14 Redskins HC: Designed runs for QB Robert Griffin III might be 'few and far between'
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III. If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first. Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks dow... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bills RB Bryce Brown listed as fourth option
Earlier today the Buffalo Bills released their first official depth chart of training camp and Bryce Brown is set as the fourth string running back. This depth chart is of course not final, but it gives us a preview of what is to come. The Bills traded for the third year running back in the offseason. As an Eagle, Bryce Brown filled in for LeSean McCoy and set an Eagles rookie record with 178 rush... [Read More]
07/28/14 Saints QB Drew Brees expresses more praise of rookie WR Brandin Cooks
It seems like everyone is falling in love with wide receiver Brandin Cooks at Saints camp. Especially and perhaps most importantly quarterback Drew Brees, who hasn't been shy in setting the expectations high for Cooks in his first season. Brees said this about Cooks on Friday: "Here's a guy who's obviously extremely talented," Brees said. "But more so than that, very intelligent. You get this fee... [Read More]
07/28/14 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III feels the team is improving
During a post-practice interview Robert Griffin III said, "When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that's happening. It's not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we're coming together, and that's what you want to see throughout camp." If last year is any testament, the Redskins have a lot of room for improvement and some of it starts wit... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bengals QB Andy Dalton is improving on his decision making
Andy Dalton, the fourth year quarterback for the Bengals has always struggled with decision making. In the 2013 season, Dalton threw 20 interceptions, a career high. During the Bengals Monday afternoon practice, he brought joy to his offensive coordinator, Hue Jackson. On a goal-line exercise, Dalton rolled out of the pocket to the right and threw the football deep out of the right corner of the e... [Read More]
07/28/14 LeSean McCoy, other Eagles RBs are 'dominating in the passing game'
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski had the 411 from Eagles camp on Sunday: "Eagles running backs are dominating in the passing game in camp so far. Nobody can cover them, and they're racking up an absurd number of receptions. The question then becomes, are they dominating because they're just really good, or because the Eagles' linebackers don't have the ability to stick with them? It's probably a combin... [Read More]
07/28/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger: My arm is stronger than ever
Heavily used arms don't usually get stronger when they are attached to bodies for 30 years or more. If that was the case, you would see all MLB pitchers throwing harder than they did in their 20s. Some of them have, but the reason behind it is ... well, don't worry about that. The point is that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 32 years old, but his arm is not feeling his age. "My arm is... [Read More]
07/28/14 RB Adrian Peterson says Vikings' offense won't be as predictable
Certainly, Adrian Peterson has no problem with carrying the rock whenever his name is called. He's done it about 300 times for seven years, even when defenses knew full well what was coming. However, with playmakers such as Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the outside and with aggressive play-caller Norv Turner designing things, Peterson thinks the 2014 Vikings will be very difficult to ... [Read More]
07/28/14 Patriots rookie RB James White 'becoming one of camp's top phenoms'
Zuri Berry of Boston.com wrote Monday that running back James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie." White received the most touches of any back during Sunday's 11-on-11 drills, finishing one ahead of Stevan Ridley. Berry added that White has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran." The team is giving him "an abundance o... [Read More]
07/28/14 Giants want QB Eli Manning to complete 70 percent of his passes
The Giants aren't expecting a just bounce-back year from quarterback Eli Manning. They are setting a goal for him that most NFL quarterbacks, including his brother, have never achieved: They want Manning's completion percentage to hit 70. "It hasn't been done very often, so that's the ultimate goal," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Monday. "I think it's been done eight or nine times, mayb... [Read More]
07/28/14 Lions WR Golden Tate taken off PUP list
Lions wide receiver Golden Tate began training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List, but as expected, he didn't stay there long. The Lions activated Tate, and he took part in his first practice with his new team Monday. Tate landed on the list after landing on his shoulder awkwardly during OTAs in May.... [Read More]
07/28/14 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin day to day with bone bruise
Panthers rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin knocked knees with a teammate during practice Sunday and underwent an MRI. It revealed a bone bruise that isn't expected to keep him out for a long while. Head coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Benjamin's knee is stable but has some swelling.... [Read More]
07/28/14 Buccaneers rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is 'behind a lot'
It should come as no surprise that a rookie who missed every spring workout and practice is lagging behind the rest of his teammates in training camp. That's the position in which Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins finds himself. The second-rounder couldn't take part in OTAs and minicamp due to an NFL rule that prohibits rookies for joining their team until their college classes let out ... [Read More]
07/28/14 Bengals RB coach on Giovani Bernard: 'We'll find a way to get the ball to him'
People are so concerned with how many touches running back Giovani Bernard is going to get this season. Some say 300. Others think he will stay near last season's total of 226 because of rookie Jeremy Hill. Running backs coach Kyle Caskey doesn't feel like there needs to be a certain number in mind. He just knows the Bengals need Bernard to get the ball a lot. "I don't know if it's the workload t... [Read More]
07/28/14 Cardinals rookie WR John Brown can't be covered
A string of praise for Cardinals wide receiver John Brown that seemingly started as soon as he was drafted as a third-rounder in May continued Monday. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim confessed that so far, Arizona's defense hasn't been able to cover the speedy Brown in camp. This comes after Brown was lauded for his performance in rookie mini-camp, and a tweet from Gil Brandt in which he sai... [Read More]
07/28/14 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, 49ers RB Frank Gore unlikely to play in preseason
What does a team gain by exposing a veteran workhorse running back to punishing contact in exhibition games? If you're the VIkings or 49ers, it appears the answer is nothing. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Monday that he has "nothing to see" from Adrian Peterson in preseason games. He said Peterson may get a carry or two if he really wants them, but the team may jus... [Read More]
07/28/14 Falcons RB Steven Jackson looks 'rejuvenated'
Jackson appears to have some of his explosiveness back early in training camp, according to ESPN's Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure. Jackson suffered from nagging injury concerns, but according to McClure, Jackson "still has a good year in him if he remains healthy. The 31-year old Jackson will compete with Falcons RB Devonta Freeman for touches in 2014, as he endeavors to improve on his 3.45 yards... [Read More]
07/28/14 Browns WR Charles Johnson turning heads at camp
Johnson has impressed members of the Browns organization with his size, speed, and knowledge of the team's offense, according to ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi. Johnson was signed by the Browns last October from the Packers practice squad. The team later learned that Johnson had suffered a torn ACL. Now rehabilitated, Johnson will seek to join a Cleveland WR corps spread thin by the suspension of B... [Read More]
07/28/14 Jets TE Zach Sudfeld impresses at training camp
Sudfeld has been the best TE at Jets training camp thus far, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. Sudfeld is seekeing to unseat Jets TE Jeff Cumberland, who reported late to camp and has not stood out among the rest of the tight ends. Sudfeld moved from the Patriots to the Jets roster after just three games last season, and ultimately recorded just five catches for 63 yards on the year.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Vikings ink TE Kyle Rudolph to 5-year, $36.5 million extension
The Vikings' quarterback of the future may become their quarterback of the present. If he does, one should expect a lot of connections between Teddy Bridgewater and Kyle Rudolph this year and over the next five years. The Vikings signed the 24-year-old tight end on Sunday to a five-year contract extension through 2019. The extension is worth $36.5 million. Rudolph was limited to eight games last ... [Read More]
07/27/14 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta fully healthy after 2013 hip injury
One year ago today, Dennis Pitta's season was considered over. He fractured and dislocated his right hip during a camp practice and required surgery. The Ravens' tight end returned from surgery in time to play in the season's final four games but admitted that he was still gaining strength, trust, and flexibility in his hip. Today, Pitta is ready for the 2014 season. "I feel good," Pitta said. "... [Read More]
07/27/14 Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater already getting first-team reps
Teddy Bridgewater is making a quick ascent up the pecking order of quarterbacks in Minnesota. According to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, the rookie is already splitting first-team reps in practice with Matt Cassel, and there is "hugeeee optimism" for his future. "May not be Week 1 starter but he's definitely been more impressive than [coaches] expected," Glazer tweeted about Bridgewater on Sunday... [Read More]
07/27/14 Jets QB Geno Smith says he will be a top-5 quarterback by 2015 or 2016
Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees. Peyton Manning. Tom Brady. Geno Smith? Smith was asked Saturday for his opinion about a recent ESPN survey that ranked him as the worst QB in the NFL, No. 32. He isn't worried about it and expects a much more desired ranking after this season. "The thing about it is, you have to climb up," Smith said. "If I'm No. 32, by this time next year or the year after, I expect t... [Read More]
07/27/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson looking forward to moving around formation
Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson is trying to make up for lost time after skipping OTAs and minicamp. He has about six weeks to grasp new head coach Bill O'Brien's offense and all that it will ask of him. Johnson does have a lot to learn, and that excites him. "I think it's just gonna be fun for me, me picking up the things I need to pick up, [O'Brien] telling me that he's gonna move me around ... [Read More]
07/27/14 Browns 'shocked' by RB Terrance West's receiving skills
Although Browns running back Terrance West touched the ball 838 times in three season at Towson University, only 36 of those touches arrived through the air. It sounds like West has put a lot of work into shoring up that area of weakness. According to Tom Reed of Cleveland.com, West "made a pair of dazzling one-handed catches" on Saturday that drew some audible surprise from the fans in attendanc... [Read More]
07/27/14 Dolphins envision RB Lamar Miller as their version of LeSean McCoy
Bill Lazor, the Eagles' quarterbacks coach last season, left Philadelphia for Miami in January to become the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. He obviously couldn't bring LeSean McCoy with him, but the Dolphins think they have a player able to mimic what "Shady" has done. Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald wrote Sunday "there's a hope in Dolphins camp" that Lamar Miller can be the McCoy in Lazor'... [Read More]
07/27/14 UPDATE: 49ers RB LaMichael James has dislocated left elbow
The 49ers backfield has not caught any breaks lately. It has been reported that LaMichael James was carted off the practice field earlier today with an apparent arm injury. The injury was later to be confirmed as a dislocated elbow. It is expected that the 49ers running back will miss at least a month. ... [Read More]
07/27/14 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson nursing foot injury
Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has a foot injury that has kept him from practicing with the team during the first few days of camp so far. However, he isn't expected to be out much longer, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. "He's improving every day," Zimmer said of Patterson on Friday. Patterson injured his foot last week, but the chatty wideout offered up no comment when asked h... [Read More]
07/27/14 Seahawks RB Christine Michael leaves practice with shoulder injury
Michael left Seahawks practice with an injured shoulder on Sunday, according to ProFootballTalk. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll downplayed the severity of the injury, telling reporters "[Michael] just banged his shoulder a little bit," and saying he believes Michael will return to practice on Tuesday. With Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch holding out over a contract dispute, Michael has been taking r... [Read More]
07/27/14 Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski takes part in full-team practice
On Sunday, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski continued to make progress in his rehab from major knee surgery. NFL.com's Albert Breer reports that Gronkowski took part in an 11-on-11 practice for the first time during training camp. Breer added that the drills were run at about three-quarters speed. Gronkowski tore his right ACL and MCL in December.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Saints RB Mark Ingram opens camp as starter
The New Orleans Saints are giving running back Mark Ingram one more shot. The former first-round pick is entering a contract season. He has never surpassed more than 700 yards from scrimmage or five touchdowns in a season, but right now, he is on top of the team's running back depth chart. Ingram ran with the first-team offense during Saturday's practice while Pierre Thomas worked with the second... [Read More]
07/27/14 49ers RB LaMichael James injured
James was carted off the field during the 49ers practice Sunday, with an apparent left arm injury, according to CSNBayArea.com. James is in line with 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore and 49ers RB Carlos Hyde to serve as Frank Gore's backup and potential successor. The injury is being evaluated further, and details will be forthcoming.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Jason La Canfora: Bills could trade RB C.J. Spiller before season
Most training camps are only a few days old, and a couple of backup running backs are already down for the count. Teams such as the Colts and 49ers are looking to replace their losses and will probably come calling to teams with some running back depth. The Bills are one such team, and CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora thinks Buffalo might listen to offers for C.J. Spiller. "Buffalo has more backs tha... [Read More]
07/27/14 Steelers WR Markus Wheaton to see 'greatly increased' role
According to CBS Sports, "several Steelers people" say that Wheaton is having a "strong start to camp" and that "his role will increase greatly" in the coming year. The Steelers drafted Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 draft, but he didn't see the field much in his rookie year. The depth chart at WR has thinned out in 2014, however, and Wheaton is set to see a starting role alongside Steeler... [Read More]
07/27/14 Falcons WR Julio Jones looks 'explosive'
Jones is showing no lingering issues with his surgically repaired foot, according to ESPN's Vaughn McClure. Jones is moving well, accelerating and stopping with ease. While the Falcons are limiting his reps in camp, that is reportedly a cautionary measure, and not because of any setbacks in Jones' recovery. Jones missed 11 games in 2013 with a broken foot.... [Read More]
07/27/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get contract extension after season
Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney spoke about QB Ben Roethlisberger's contract situation saying "we intend on addressing Ben's contract situation after the season, so that we could address a number of players who were going into their last year in 2014. I think Ben understands that's our intention and the way we'd like to proceed. I think we had a good conversation." There were talks of ex... [Read More]
07/26/14 Rams QB Sam Bradford is shaking off the rust
As reported by ESPN's Nick Wagoner, Sam Bradford practiced on Friday and Saturday. This is the first time that Bradford has practiced on consecutive days since his injury in 2013. Bradford was reportedly extremely excited to practice, enough so that Jeff Fisher has to watch the quarterback carefully and throttle down the amount of throws he's taking. Bradford is coming of a 2013 season in which he... [Read More]
07/26/14 Cowboys QB Tony Romo: You'll see the best of me over next 4-5 years
Playoff failures aside, Tony Romo has been a very productive quarterback over the course of the past seven or eight seasons. But now, at the age of 34 and coming off his second back surgery in as many years, Romo says he has finally become the player he's always wanted to be. Because of that, "I think over the course of the next four or five years, you'll see the best version of me that I've had t... [Read More]
07/26/14 Saints QB Drew Brees thinks he can play at 45
Saints quarterback Drew Brees is entering his 14th year in the league. Very few players are physically able to live an NFL life for that long, but Brees' body is in good shape, and he believes that he may have 40 percent of his career still ahead of him. Speaking with NFL.com's Albert Breer on Friday, Brees said there's "no doubt" he could play into his mid-40s. "I'm not getting ahead myself, lik... [Read More]
07/26/14 Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart not concerned about his hamstring
Jonathan Stewart told reporters at Saturday's training camp, "It's definitely frustrating, but it's nothing that I'm really too concerned about considering my past and my history with my ankles." The 27 year old running back hasn't played 16 games in a season since 2011. Stewart says it's frustrating and the only thing he wants to do is contribute. The Panther's running back feels as though recove... [Read More]
07/26/14 300 carries 'not out of the question' for Jaguars RB Toby Gerhart
If you need any further proof that the Jaguars want running back Toby Gerhart to be the engine of their offense, ESPN's Michael DiRocco is here to give it to you. "The Jaguars also need [Gerhart] to be the workhorse back," DiRocco said Friday. "250 to 300 carries, 1,200 yards I think is not out of the question for Toby Gerhart." DiRocco also said Gerhart is a "first-down menace" who has the hand... [Read More]
07/26/14 Packers WR Jordy Nelson gets four-year, $39 million extension
Nelso signed an extension with the Packers that will tie him to the team through the 2018 season, and includes $14.2 million in guaranteed money. The 29-year-old Nelson has spent his entire career in Green Bay, and produced some of the highest numbers for WRs in the NFL since he joined the team in 2008. Last season, Nelson caught 85 passes for 1,314 yards and eight touchdowns.... [Read More]
07/26/14 ESPN's John Clayton predicts Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will report next week
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out of training camp because of money. ESPN's John Clayton said Friday that he expects Lynch's holdout to end rather quickly because of money. Specifically, the money he is bound to lose by staying away from the team. "My prediction is [Lynch] comes in on Tuesday, because starting Tuesday, which will be the sixth day of his holdout, he'll have alrea... [Read More]
07/26/14 UPDATE: Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts to miss 'several weeks' with hamstring strain
Update: The Jaguars have given a more specific timetable for Shorts. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts will be out for "several weeks" with a hamstring strain, head coach Gus Bradley announced Saturday. Shorts couldn't finish Friday's practice due to what was initially labeled as hamstring... [Read More]
07/26/14 49ers RB Kendall Hunter has torn ACL
The results are in from Kendall Hunter's MRI, and they show the worst-case scenario. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday's practice and will miss the entire season. Hunter was set to compete in camp to remain the team's direct backup behind Frank Gore.... [Read More]
07/26/14 Panthers QB Cam Newton still not 100% healthy
ESPN's Panthers beat writer David Newton described QB Cam Newton as 'looking rusty' on the first day of training camp. He also noted a "scary moment came when Newton walked away with a slight limp after stepping into a throw that wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery dropped." Newton is recovering from an offseason surgery to repair loose ligaments in his ankle. ... [Read More]
07/26/14 Raiders QB Matt Schaub named the starter in Oakland
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, in only the first week of training camp, confirmed that veteran QB Matt Schaub will start this season for the Raiders. When asked about who the starting quarterback would be, Allen responded "It's Matt. Matt's our quarterback" and then reiterated the statement again by saying "I'm really excited about Derek Carr, I think he's got a chance to be a top-level... [Read More]
07/25/14 Bills RB Fred Jackson injured
Jackson suffered a "lower leg injury" during practice Friday, according to ESPN's Mike Rodak. He was able to leave the field under his own power, but did not return to drills. Jackson, who is 33 years old, is coming off a 2013 season in which he tallied 1,277 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns.... [Read More]
07/25/14 49ers RB Kendall Hunter injured
Hunter sustained a right knee injury during practice Friday, according ESPN's Bill Williamson. Hunter was hurt when attempting to catch a swing pass, and was down for several minutes. He was able to walk off the field under his own power without limping, but reportedly looked upset. Hunter previously missed five games in 2012 with a torn Achilles tendon. ... [Read More]
07/25/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant confident he’s still on the rise
Dez Bryant said in a post-practice interview, "Truthfully, to be honest, I feel like, man, I'm still rising." The fifth year wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is entering a contract year and will be working as hard as ever to keep on improving himself. At 25 years old, he is the Cowboy's oldest wide receiver and is seen as role model to the other wideouts. In the 2013 season, Bryant totaled 1,2... [Read More]
07/25/14 UPDATED: Colts RB Vick Ballard has torn Achilles
Updating an article by my colleague Stephen Englert, it is now confirmed Indianapolis Colts RB Vick Ballard has a torn Achilles and is likely done for the season. This was following reports from earlier in the day that saw Ballard being carted off the field with an ankle injury. He missed 2013 after a torn ACL which required surgery. The Colts only real depth at the position is Ahmad Bradshaw.... [Read More]
07/25/14 Arizona RB Andre Ellington to be a 'bellcow'
Bruce Arians stated that Andre Ellington is ready to be a 'bellcow' in the Arizona offense, according to Darren Urban, a reporter that has covered the Arizona Cardinals for 15 years. In the offseason, it has been confirmed that Ellington has added an additional 10 pounds to his frame. Ellington became the featured back of the Arizona Cardinals after the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall earlier in ... [Read More]
07/25/14 New England TE Rob Gronkowski not 100% yet
After the Patriot's second training camp practice on Friday, Rob Gronkowski stated, "If it was 100 percent, I'd be doing ever single little thing." The New England Patriot's tight end has only been participating in individual drills. While the team drills are taking place he has been forced to watch from the sidelines. Gronkowski states that there is no timetable for him to start taking repetition... [Read More]
07/25/14 Colts RB Vick Ballard injured during camp
Ballard injured his ankle running a route during the Colts practice Friday and was carted off the field. He was unable to put any weight on the injured ankle when attempting to leave the field. Ballard is part of a Colts RB corps that also includes RB Trent Richardson and RB Ahmad Bradshaw. ... [Read More]
07/25/14 Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger will get long-term deal after 2014
Ben Roethlisberger and his agent, Ryan Tollner, have recently met with the Art Rooney in hopes of signing a new contract. Although there are still two years left to his $102 million dollar contract, Roethlisberger wants to be a Steeler for the rest of his career. Rooney has made no objections to the starting quarterback's wishes and supports his idea of retiring as a Steeler. The Steelers hope to ... [Read More]
07/25/14 Browns QB Brian Hoyer expected to be Week 1 starter
According to Bob Holtzman, an ESPN reporter, the Cleveland Browns fully expect Brian Hoyer to be the starter for Week 1. A player within the organization revealed to Holtzam, "We're all expecting Hoyer to start." This decision does not come as surprising considering earlier this week Mike Pettine, head coach of the Browns, revealed Johnny Manziel may only be a "package quarterback."... [Read More]
07/25/14 Colts RB Trent Richardson says he was playing injured last year
Richardson told ESPN's Mike Wells that he played much of last season with a chipped collar bone and a separated AC joint. "Toward the end of the season I felt more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured," Richardson said. Richardson struggled to assimilate into the Colts offense after being traded to the team by the Browns after Week 2. In total last season, Richardson took 223 touche... [Read More]
07/25/14 Texans WR Andre Johnson reported to camp today
ESPN's Adam Schefter says that Johnson arrived at the Texans facility and reported to camp on time Friday morning. Johnson and his agent are still in talks with the team about the $1 million roster bonus Johnson forwent by skipping out on team activities this spring, but those talks will apparently continue with Johnson present for training camp. Just a few weeks ago, reports surfaced that Johnso... [Read More]
07/25/14 Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has 'attention-grabbing receptions' in camp
ESPN Bengals reporter said TE Tyler Eifert had "attention-grabbing receptions" in the first day of training camp. This comes after there were some worries that Eifert wouldn't be ready to go for camp while still healing from a shoulder injury. All systems are a go for the second-year tight end with Jermaine Gresham on the PUP list due to a back injury.... [Read More]
07/24/14 Cowboys WR Dez Bryant 'not close' to new deal with team
ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon says that the Cowboys and Dez Bryant have had several contract discussions, but are 'not close' to a new deal for the receiver as training camp approaches. Bryant, now in the final year of his rookie contract, is scheduled to make $1.78 million this season. That's very low when contrasted against salaries for comparable receivers. When asked whether he was concerned by t... [Read More]
07/24/14 Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch to hold out on training camp
Star running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks told ex-teammate Michael Robinson that he plans to hold out until a new deal is had. Lynch is 28 years old and must have saw the new deal Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles recently recieved for holding out of training camp, that allowed him to become the second highest paid RB in the league behind Adrian Peterson. If there isn't a deal do... [Read More]
07/24/14 Falcons WR Roddy White gets contract extension
White and the Falcons have agreed to a three-year extension that will tie the veteran wideout to the team through the 2017 season. Reports had emerged previously that White wanted a new deal before the start of training camp, and now that has been accomplished. White caught 63 balls for 711 yards and three touchdowns last year, his lowest totals since 2006. White will look to improve on those num... [Read More]
07/24/14 Ravens RB Ray Rice to receive two-game suspension
ProFootballTalk reports that Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice will be suspended two games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Rice was caught on tape striking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator on February 15. He originally faced a felony assault charge, but enrolled in a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid jail time. Rice will miss the first t... [Read More]
07/24/14 Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon arrested for possession
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested Wednesday night after police found marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop, according to Newson6.com. Last October, Blackmon was served a one-year suspension without pay by the Jaguars for his substance abuse problems. He has now missed 14 games in his two NFL seasons due to drug-related suspensions, and it looks as though ... [Read More]