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02/14/15 Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw was charged with marijuana possession last week
Although information is scarce, WDTN 2 news in Dayton, Ohio reported Friday via local court records that Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw was charged last week for marijuana possession and following too close. The charge came Feb. 5 following a traffic stop. Bradshaw's passenger was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession. The former Giant will be in court on Tuesday, Feb. 17.... [Read More]
02/13/15 Broncos QB Peyton Manning expected to officially announce next week that he will play in 2015
Two weeks ago, it was reported that Peyton Manning was going to make his plans for 2015 known by the following week. Nothing happened. So now, ESPN's Chris Mortensen is saying an official decision will come next week. For reals this time. Mortensen said Friday on ESPN that he would be "surprised" if Manning hadn't gone public with his chosen path by next week some time. And that path will lead ... [Read More]
02/13/15 Lions DT Nick Fairley found not guilty of DUI
Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley got some good news on the third and final day of his DUI trial Friday: The jury found him not guilty of driving under the influence when he was arrested in May 2012. It did, however, find him guilty of reckless driving. Fairley will become a free agent March 10.... [Read More]
02/13/15 Surprise: Bills HC Rex Ryan wants team to run the ball ... a lot
Oh, "Ground 'n' Pound." How we fell in love with thee. It wasn't flashy, but it sure worked for the Jets back in 2009 and 2010. Their head coach, Rex Ryan, stressed being physical on both sides of the ball, but that was a necessity more than anything else. With Mark Sanchez under center, the Jets sported one of the most impotent passing attacks in the league. Those squads got as far as they did be... [Read More]
02/13/15 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is ahead of schedule in knee rehab
In an article mostly about Larry Fitzgerald's contract situation, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim also told the team's official website that injured quarterback Carson Palmer looked "fantastic" when he stopped by team headquarters Thursday. Keim said Palmer has put on some muscle and is ahead of schedule in his rehab after tearing the ACL in his left knee Nov. 9. He underwent surgery Nov. 18.... [Read More]
02/12/15 Vikings would welcome back RB Adrian Peterson 'with open arms'
Kevin Warren. Why should that name matter to you? He's just the latest in a growing line of Vikings executives and decision-makers who have said publicly that they want running back Adrian Peterson to return to the team next season. Speaking on a conference call Thursday, Warren, the Vikings' chief operating officer, said he has great respect for Peterson as a player and a person. "He's part of ... [Read More]
02/12/15 QB Peyton Manning meets with Broncos brass; no decision on 2015 status yet
We understand that quarterback Peyton Manning probably wants to play next season. But do the Broncos want him and his $19 million salary to come back? That's a question that's been up for debate lately, and it may have been asked Thursday when Manning met with team executives. According to the Denver Post, Manning met with general manager John Elway and team president Joe Ellis, and wasn't ready ... [Read More]
02/12/15 Report: Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith prefers Jameis Winston over Marcus Mariota
You could see this coming. About two weeks after a report stating that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were focused on drafting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas has "heard" that head coach Lovie Smith would rather have Florida State's Jameis Winston. In fact, Yasinskas says Smith's love for Winston is one reason why he decided to go with Dirk Koetter instead of Marc Trestman... [Read More]
02/12/15 Raiders RB Latavius Murray is a 'candidate' to start
Jack Del Rio has been the head coach of the Oakland Raiders for less than a month. Although he's done this thing before, he knows it's too early to start throwing your weight behind one young, somewhat unproven player at the risk of alienating others. You want to preach competition and spout off a bunch of cliches even if you don't really mean them. That's probably want when into his words Thursda... [Read More]
02/12/15 Report: Steelers expect RB Le'Veon Bell to be suspended for two games
Although the legal process regarding Le'Veon Bell's marijuana possession charge from August has played out -- he was given 15 months probation and had his license suspended for 60 days -- the Steelers and their star running back are still waiting for the NFL to levy its penalty. Bell can be suspended for as many as two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and sources have told ... [Read More]
02/06/15 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell placed on probation; could miss up to two games in 2015
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell was admitted into an accelerated rehabilitative disposition on Friday, stemming from his August arrest for DUI and possession of marijuana. Since he is a first-time offender, if he can complete this program successfully, the marijuana charges could be dropped. The 15-month probationary program will require Bell to abstain from drugs and alcohol, comp... [Read More]
02/06/15 Vikings RB Adrian Peterson emerges from hearing optimistic
"I got a fair hearing, for once". That is what Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson had to say after a hearing in which he sat and heard NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler argue, on his behalf, that Peterson's suspension which he was forced to serve should not have been handed down as it was. Due to the fact that the league's new personal conduct policy, in regards to alleged child abuse, was not put in pla... [Read More]
02/05/15 Seahawks S Earl Thomas needs shoulder surgery, out 6 to 8 months
After he dislocated a shoulder during the NFC Championship game, Earl Thomas didn't express any concern about his ability to play in the Super Bowl. Likewise, head coach Pete Carroll declared Thomas' shoulder injury "over" in the week leading up to the big game. Although Thomas played Sunday, his injury is not over by a long shot. Thomas needs surgery on that shoulder to fix a torn labrum and is... [Read More]
02/05/15 Rams name Frank Cignetti offensive coordinator
The Rams have filled their offensive coordinator vacancy from the inside. On Thursday, they promoted quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to OC. Cignetti, 49, has been with the team since 2012, coaching up the likes of Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Austin Davis and Kellen Clemens. Before that, his only pro jobs came with the Chiefs as a quality control coach (1999) and as a QBs coach with the Saints (200... [Read More]
02/04/15 Report: Browns will give 'very strong consideration' to trading up in draft to pick a top QB
Last year, the Browns traded up in the first round of the NFL Draft, from 26th to 22nd, to select a quarterback. How'd that work out? So well that the Browns are thinking about doing it again this spring. Sources inside the organization have told Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that there will be "very strong consideration" given toward moving up to the top of the board to pick a quarterback. "They... [Read More]
02/04/15 Lions expecting more from TE Eric Ebron in his second season
Not all rookie pass-catchers were successful in 2014. It just seems that way. Lions first-year tight end Eric Ebron fought through many valleys this season despite being the 10th pick in May's draft. He caught 25 passes for 248 yards and just a single score in 13 games. So it should come as no surprise to hear that the Lions are expecting a bigger contribution from the North Carolina product next ... [Read More]
02/04/15 Falcons HC Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones on his team for long haul
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is headed into the final year on his rookie contract. So, it's at least realistic to think of 2015 as possibly being Jones' last in Atlanta. Moreover, the Falcons might choose to trade him before he hits free agency. But that's not a realistic scenario if you ask new head coach Dan Quinn, who said Tuesday that he "absolutely" wants Jones on his team for years to c... [Read More]
02/04/15 49ers figure to use more read-option in 2015
According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, "A significant change" to the 49ers' offense for next season "figures to be a return to the read-option." Barrows adds that he doesn't know how much the read-option will be used, but head coach Jim Tomsula and CEO Jed York have recently mentioned a desire to get more out of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's legs. Kaepernick ran for a career-high 639 y... [Read More]
02/04/15 Report: TE Jordan Cameron is not interested in re-signing with Browns
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has been told by sources that Browns tight end Jordan Cameron 'is not interested in returning to Cleveland.' Cameron is slated to become a free agent next month. After a breakout 2013 season in which he caught 80 passes and gained more than 900 yards, Cameron's numbers in those two categories fell to 24 and 424, respectively. He also missed six games because of a shoul... [Read More]
02/04/15 Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested on drug charge
Joseph Randle may be the successor to DeMarco Murray in the Cowboys' backfield. But he's not doing himself any favor with his off-field actions. Randle was arrested early Wednesday morning after police responded to a call regarding domestic violence with a weapon at a Wichita, Kan. hotel. Upon arrival, police were told by a woman in the room that she and Randle had been arguing. Officers found mar... [Read More]
02/03/15 NFL makes Browns WR Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension official
What was assumed to be official last week is now officially official: Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon won't be playing in the NFL until at least 2016. "Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has been suspended without pay for at least one year for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Gordon's suspension begins immediately," the league's official statement read Tuesday. Gor... [Read More]
02/02/15 WR Eric Decker has been 'pushing' Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas to join Jets
We still have about five weeks remaining until Demaryius Thomas officially hits the open market. Chances are the Broncos won't allow him to get there, either via a big contract or the franchise tag. But Jets wide receiver Eric Decker has been trying to sell his old teammate on why they should re-join forces in New York. "I've been pushing for the entire year now," Decker said of his efforts to re... [Read More]
02/02/15 Bengals WR Marvin Jones, TE Tyler Eifert 'progressing well' from injuries
The Bengals finished this season ranked 15th in points and yards gained. They were good enough to get to the playoffs, but there's little doubt that offense would have been better if wide receiver Marvin Jones and tight end Tyler Eifert had been physically able to play in more than a combined total of one game. The good news is those two players are "progressing well" from their season-ending inju... [Read More]
02/02/15 Seahawks CB Richard Sherman needs Tommy John surgery
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will undergo surgery to repair the torn ligaments in his left elbow. Specifically, he requires Tommy John surgery, which is common among baseball pitchers and involves replacing the elbow's ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon from elsewhere in the body, most often the forearm. Sherman tore that ligament, among others, during the NFC Championship game versus ... [Read More]
02/02/15 Report: Broncos QB Peyton Manning will 'almost certainly' play next season
It has been reported that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning could make his decision about whether to play in 2015 this week. NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt says playing will most likely indeed be Manning's choice. Brandt tweeted Monday that he's "hearing Peyton Manning almost certainly will return for 18th season." Manning was on his way to another amazing statistical year before a December q... [Read More]
02/02/15 Patriots QB Tom Brady: 'I've got a lot of football left'
Tom Brady just won his fourth Super Bowl title. So, what's he going to do next? Well, he's not going to Disneyland; that trip has been booked for Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler. And Brady is also not going to retire. After last night's dramatic win, Brady was asked if he's thought about what this latest achievement means for his NFL legacy. The 37-year-old Brady responded, "No. I've got a lot ... [Read More]
02/02/15 As expected, Falcons hire Dan Quinn to be head coach
An official announcement may not come until tomorrow, but the Falcons have hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to be their head coach. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, via sources, the two sides agreed in principle to a five-year contract overnight. Quinn helped turn Seattle's defense into the league's best during his two seasons employed in the Pacific Northwest.... [Read More]
02/02/15 Browns QB Johnny Manziel has entered rehab facility
The party-boy image of Johnny Manziel may have veiled a deeper, darker issue. The Browns announced today that their first-round quarterback entered a treatment facility last week. The exact reason for treatment or how long he will be in the facility is unknown. "We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process," Browns general manager Ray Farmer s... [Read More]
02/01/15 Report: Seahawks have offered RB Marshawn Lynch a 'monster contract extension'
Will today's Super Bowl mark Marshawn Lynch's final game as a Seahawk? Not if he takes what's reportedly waiting on the table. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Seattle has extended a "monster contract extension" to Lynch that would keep him in a Seahawks uniform for the rest of his career. The deal is thought to make Lynch the league's second-richest running back in terms of annual average val... [Read More]
02/01/15 NFL Honors: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers wins MVP; Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray named OPOY
The NFL celebrated its own on Saturday night, honoring those who really stood out in 2014. And the list of award winners doesn't provide any surprises. The top award of the night, Most Valuable Player, went to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the second time in four years. Mr. R-E-L-A-X posted a ridiculous 38:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio to help Green Bay win 11 of its final 13 regular-... [Read More]
01/31/15 HC Bruce Arians 'definitely, desperately' wants WR Larry Fitzgerald to stay with Cardinals
Some day, Larry Fitzgerald might find himself enshrined in Canton, Ohio as an Arizona Cardinal. But in present day, Fitzgerald's time in the desert may be ending. The 31-year-old wideout is coming off of what's arguably the worst season of his 11-year career, and he is scheduled to count $23.6 million against the cap in 2015. He is due an $8 million salary next season as well as an $8 million sign... [Read More]
01/31/15 QB Nick Foles, WR Jeremy Maclin expect to play for Eagles next season
Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin share something in common other than the fact that they are both current Philadelphia Eagles. Both think they will still be playing for the Eagles in 2015. Foles is entering the final year of his contract, and rumors regarding his future NFL home have been swirling. One of the latest has him possibly being traded to St. Louis. Following a breakout 2013 season in whi... [Read More]
01/31/15 Panthers TE Greg Olsen expected to receive contract extension
After churning out a career year, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is expected to receive a contract extension before the regular season begins. Set to become a free agent after 2015, the 29-year-old said after last Sunday's Pro Bowl, "I would love to finish my career [in Carolina]. I'd love to be able to get something done going into this season and know that I'll be a part of the team for a while."... [Read More]
01/31/15 Report: Falcons will name Seahawks DC Dan Quinn head coach next week
Dan Quinn has basically been the Falcons' head coach in-waiting for the past few weeks. An official announcement can't be made until his duties as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator are done. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the wait will be over very soon. Florio wrote Saturday that, per sources, Quinn will officially become Atlanta's HC on Tuesday. He has served as Seattle's defens... [Read More]
01/31/15 Cowboys lock up RB Ryan Williams for two years
At least one running back in Dallas is under contract. While DeMarco Murray's future may be up in the air, former practice-squad RB Ryan Williams has signed a two-year deal with America's Team. Selected in the second round of the 2011 draft by Arizona, Williams will receive a $240,000 signing bonus and a yearly salary of $750,000 from the Cowboys. Williams had a lot of heat coming out of Virginia ... [Read More]
01/30/15 Saints TE Jimmy Graham says he will not undergo shoulder surgery
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham had kept the possibility of offseason shoulder surgery open. He first wanted to see how he felt during the Pro Bowl. Apparently, Graham felt pretty darn good in last Sunday's game, because he said during a Friday radio interview that he has chosen rest and rehab over surgery. "I'm just going to do rehab, strengthen the area," Graham said. "That's what's best -- not h... [Read More]
01/30/15 The final Seahawks-Patriots injury report: Not a lot to see here
The Patriots and Seahawks will head into Super Bowl XLIX pretty healthy. Or at least as healthy as you'd expect two teams to be after playing 18 NFL games. The Patriots have the only player in the matchup listed as questionable -- center Bryan Stork. He was a limited participant in practice all week. He didn't play in the AFC Championship game because of a right knee injury. Six other Patriots are... [Read More]
01/30/15 Bears keep WRs coach Mike Groh in Chicago
Former NFL QB Mike Groh will continue to oversee the Bears' wide receivers in 2015. After more than 10 years of college coaching experience, Groh became Chicago's receivers coach in February of 2013. Under Groh, Alshon Jeffery has blossomed, breaking 1,000 receiving yards in back-to-back seasons. Star wideout Brandon Marshall has also continued to produce on the elite level but hit a plateau this ... [Read More]
01/30/15 Wade Phillips tapped as Broncos' new DC
Once again joining forces with newly hired head coach Gary Kubiak, Wade Phillips has been tapped to oversee the Broncos' defense. With 38 years of NFL coaching experience -- the bulk of them spent as a defensive coordinator -- Phillips will probably roll out a 3-4 defense in Denver. The 67-year-old coach has a history with Denver and GM John Elway, having served as the team's DC from 1989-92 and h... [Read More]
01/30/15 Eagles RB LeSean McCoy not open to taking pay cut
While being interviewed at Super Bowl Radio Row on Thursday, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy said he didn't "want to take less money" in order to keep the current team together. At $11.95 million for 2015, McCoy's cap number will be the second-highest of any running back in the league. Philadelphia is expected to retain the stud back, but the organization would save $7.55 million if he was released. Unders... [Read More]
01/29/15 Redskins QB Robert Griffin III: 'I wasn't healthy and it sucked'
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 this season. He missed the next six games to get healthy, but that never happened. Even after Griffin returned in Week 9, he felt the effects of the injury. RGIII admitted as much in a Wednesday radio interview. "Last year, I wasn't healthy, and it sucked," Griffin said. "There's no other way to say it other than that." ... [Read More]
01/29/15 Report: Buccaneers have their 'sights set' on QB Marcus Mariota
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "there's a real sense that Tampa Bay has its sights set on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota." Of course, the Bucs have the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft. They are fully expected to take a quarterback at the top, either Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston.... [Read More]
01/29/15 Browns WR Josh Gordon: 'I failed myself'
In a 2,000-word, first-person account presented Thursday on Medium.com, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon took blame for his mistakes, slammed some of his more famous detractors and presented details of his life history and substance use. The 2013 All-Pro is facing another league-imposed suspension, one at least a year long, after failing a drug test for alcohol shortly after the Browns' 2014 seas... [Read More]
01/28/15 Packers WR Jarrett Boykin unlikely to stay in Green Bay
According to a report via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packers WR Jarrett Boykin is not expected to return to Green Bay for a fourth season. Set to become a free agent, the 6-foot-2 and 218-pound receiver is unlikely to get an offer from the Pack. Having been plagued by inconsistent hands for the bulk of his career, the 25-year-old wideout began 2014 as the Packers' No. 3 receiver. Rookie Davan... [Read More]
01/28/15 Bills QB E.J. Manuel may start under new OC Greg Roman
Admitting that he has yet to begin the evaluation process, the Bills' new offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, did offer that he thinks quarterback E.J. Manuel has some "good traits," but that the team needs to "get his level of consistency a little greater." Roman then added, "Once we get through this evaluation process, he and every player is going to have a clean slate. What they might have been ... [Read More]
01/28/15 Colts re-sign Rob Chudzinski, promote him to associate head coach
On the day Rob Chudzinski became eligible to talk to other teams about new work opportunities, he decided that he's fine right where he is. He agreed Tuesday to stay on the Colts' coaching staff for another year and has been promoted to associate head coach. Chudzinski served as a special assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano in 2014. "We're excited to keep Chud in our family," Pagano said in a te... [Read More]
01/27/15 Seahawks CB Richard Sherman dealing with torn elbow ligaments
The face of Seattle's defense, cornerback Richard Sherman, made it known today that he has been receiving treatment for torn ligaments in his left elbow, but that his treatment is complete and the injury won't hold him back at all in Sunday's Super Bowl. He has continued to practice in full this week. Sherman injured the elbow in the NFC Championship against Green Bay. He played through the pain ... [Read More]
01/27/15 Colts sign WR Duron Carter
It's been rumored that as many as 15 teams have been interested in acquiring CFL wide receiver Duron Carter. The son of Hall of Fame wideout Cris Carter, Duron has reportedly signed with the Colts. Boasting impressive size, speed and pedigree, Carter adds upside to Indy's already crowded corps of receivers.... [Read More]
01/26/15 Could Eagles QB Nick Foles be headed to the Rams?
Reports out of St. Louis suggest that the Rams are interested in acquiring Eagles QB Nick Foles. After head coach Jeff Fischer admitted that there would be "competition at the quarterback position" and that it would be "with somebody that's not in the building right now," it appears as though the organization is looking beyond Sam Bradford as its only option under center. Foles has one year left o... [Read More]
01/26/15 Beat writer thinks Cowboys could consider RB Mark Ingram as a replacement for RB DeMarco Murray
Bryan Broaddus of the Dallas Cowboys' official website speculates that soon-to-be free-agent running back Mark Ingram could be an option to replace running back DeMarco Murray, who is likely to seek greener pastures coming off of a career season. Ingram averaged 4.3 yards per carry on his way to 964 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in 2014.... [Read More]
01/26/15 Raiders re-sign S Charles Woodson to one-year deal
Future Hall-of-Fame safety Charles Woodson has signed a one-year contract extension with the Oakland Raiders. Woodson, who was drafted by the Raiders in 1998, spent the first eight years of his career with the Silver and Black, then shipped off to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in 2006. He spent seven years with the Packers before returning to the Raiders in 2013. Despite being a little long i... [Read More]
01/26/15 49ers TE Vernon Davis wants Rob Chudzinski to be his offensive coordinator
We're a little more than a month past Christmas, but 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is still wishing for presents. "All I want for Christmas... is to meet #robchudzinski #OC," Davis wrote Monday via Instagram. Chudzinski spent this season as an assistant coach for the Colts, but his contract expired today, and he can begin talking to possible employers Tuesday. The 49ers are reportedly interested ... [Read More]
01/26/15 Report: 'Lots of NFL folks optimistic' Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon will be back this year
Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is still suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. That's been the case since Nov. 1, 2013. But according to FOX Sports' Alex Marvez, "lots of NFL folks" are "optimistic" that Blackmon will be reinstated for the 2015 season.... [Read More]
01/26/15 Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. says he played through 2 hamstring tears
Odell Beckham Jr.'s presence during the Giants' offseason workouts and training camp was barely a rumor. The first-rounder from LSU missed most of that time, including the entire preseason and the first four weeks of the regular season, trying to get over a right hamstring injury that he initially suffered last spring. He finally debuted in Week 5, and you know what happened. Beckham went on to s... [Read More]
01/26/15 Bears QB Jay Cutler has history with new quarterbacks coach
The Bears' newly hired quarterbacks coach, Dowell Loggains, is said to have a close relationship with QB Jay Cutler. Loggains' NFL career began in 2006 with the Titans. While in Tennessee, the 34-year-old coach oversaw the quarterback position from 2010-12. Both Cutler and Loggains are close in age and have obvious Nashville-based roots as Cutler played college ball at Vanderbilt. In fact, it's ru... [Read More]
01/25/15 TE Jordan Cameron unlikely to be retained by Browns
After four years in Cleveland, Browns TE Jordan Cameron will probably have to move on in 2015. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this spring, Cameron has struggled to stay healthy since being selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. Reports from inside the organization suggest that the Browns will not attempt to re-sign the USC product.... [Read More]
01/25/15 Browns WR Josh Gordon flunks another substance test
Browns WR Josh Gordon has failed another substance test -- this time for alcohol -- and could be banned from the NFL for a full year as a result. A series of similar violations have plagued the 23-year-old receiver since his time at Baylor. Playing just five games in all of 2014, Gordon's future in Cleveland is decidedly undecided.... [Read More]
01/24/15 Eagles and WR Jeremy Maclin have trouble making deal
Following a career season, it was expected that Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin would quickly re-sign with the team. After hiring a new agent, however, the two sides appear to have hit a bit of a standstill. As this is to be the veteran wideout's first big-money contract, Maclin's representatives are seeking an aggressive deal on behalf of their star client. Last month, Maclin praised the organization and... [Read More]
01/24/15 Jets likely to release WR Percy Harvin
After relocating from one side of the country to the other, Jets WR Percy Harvin may be on the move once again. Acquired by New York after Week 7, Harvin is set to make a base salary of $10 million in 2015. According to various reports, the former Seahawk is not willing to take a pay cut. Given the Jets' recent coaching changes in tandem with more pressing offensive needs, the franchise may be for... [Read More]
01/24/15 Steelers President Art Rooney wants team to build pass rush in offseason
Speaking to the media this past Wednesday, Steelers team president Art Rooney II expressed his concerns over the team's inability to pressure opposing QBs in 2014. "I think that as a defense, we've got to get more sacks and put more pressure on the quarterback. That's a key piece of the puzzle we have to look at as we build this defense going into next year," said Rooney. Closing out the regular s... [Read More]
01/24/15 Pete Carroll: Seahawks S Earl Thomas' shoulder injury is 'over'
Shoulder injury? What shoulder injury? As far as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is concerned, safety Earl Thomas is ready to roll in Super Bowl XLIX after dislocating a shoulder during the NFC Championship Game "It's over," Carroll told reporters Friday. "It's over, really. It was two days of him being very uncomfortable with the setting and it's over now. He was back in action and in full fl... [Read More]
01/24/15 RB Trent Richardson will be suspended for Week 1 of 2015 season if he's still with Colts
Trent Richardson didn't play in the final two games of the Colts' 2014 season. And if he remains under contract in Indy, he won't play in the first game of the Colts' 2015 season. General manager Ryan Grigson confirmed Friday that Richardson was suspended for two games for "personal reasons" before last Sunday's loss in the AFC Championship Game. Because the Colts did not advance to the Super Bowl... [Read More]
01/24/15 Ravens RB Justin Forsett claims the team wants him back
After seven years in the league, RB Justin Forsett has played for five different teams. Closing out a revelatory season with the Ravens, the journeyman back told reporters on Friday that the team has expressed an interest in re-signing him. Having played under Gary Kubiak in Houston, Forsett has obvious familiarity with his now-former coach's zone-blocking scheme. Taking over the offensive coordin... [Read More]
01/24/15 Report: Browns sources say QB Johnny Manziel showed a 'commitment to nightlife' as a rookie
Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel struggled, to put it lightly, in his first season as a pro. And according to an ESPN report that cited nearly 20 team sources as well as league personnel, there's a good reason for that: Manziel just wasn't prepared. Manziel "showed a lack of commitment and preparation, a failure to be ready when given a chance in his first start against Cincinnati and a continue... [Read More]
01/23/15 Saints and RB Mark Ingram desire to remain married
Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram, who is set to become a free agent this offseason, has expressed a desire to remain with the New Orleans Saints. "I'm looking forward to getting a new deal," Ingram said at Thursday's Pro Bowl practice in Phoenix. "Hopefully I'm with the Saints, man. They drafted me and I'd love to be with New Orleans for my career." Apparently that feeling is mutual. "They said... [Read More]
01/22/15 49ers hire Tony Sparano on as tight ends coach
After serving as the Raiders' interim head coach, Tony Sparano has been hired by the 49ers as their tight ends coach. The bespectacled figurehead has experience instructing TEs as he oversaw the position in Washington (2001), Jacksonville (2002), and Dallas (2003-04). Rumored to have been recommended by long-time associate Bill Parcells, Sparano will be part of GM Trent Baalke's new regime.... [Read More]
01/22/15 Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) hoping to forego surgery
According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Saints TE Jimmy Graham is not planning to have surgery on the shoulder he injured in Week 5 of the regular season. When asked about his offseason considerations in relation to the injury, Graham said that surgery wasn't part of his agenda "at this point." Admittedly hobbled by the trauma for the length of 2014, Graham put up the worst statis... [Read More]
01/22/15 Former Broncos OC Adam Gase takes same job with Bears
Adam Gase is changing teams, but his new surroundings with have a distinct familiarity. Gase is joining the Bears and new head coach John Fox as the team's offensive coordinator after filling the same role on Fox's staff in Denver for the past two seasons. During that time, the Broncos fielded the league's most prolific offense. Gase was the OC behind Peyton Manning's record-breaking, MVP season o... [Read More]
01/21/15 Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) expects no restrictions for Super Bowl
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman could hardly moved his left arm for basically the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's win over the Packers. For the Super Bowl in 11 days, Sherman said he expects no such limitations. When asked Wednesday about the range of motion in his sprained elbow, Sherman said with a smile, "If I had to slap my brother, I'd be able to do it."... [Read More]
01/21/15 Browns to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator
The Browns are in the process of hiring John DeFilippo to be their newest offensive coordinator, as first reported by FOX Sports' Alex Marvez. DeFilippo, 36, has been coaching in the NFL for most of the past decade. He has served as the quarterbacks coach for the Jets and the Raiders. DeFilippo established a relationship with Browns head coach Mike Pettine while both were with the Jets in 2009. ... [Read More]
01/21/15 Raiders will tailor run game to fit RB Latavius Murray
The Raiders hired Bill Musgrave to be their offensive coordinator on Monday, and he has wasted no time indicating who will be the focus of his attack. When speaking about running back Latavius Murray on Tuesday, Musgrave said he has a "very positive" impression of the young athlete. "Tremendous size and speed," Musgrave said of Murray via Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle. "Going to tailor... [Read More]
01/21/15 Report: If healthy, Broncos QB Peyton Manning will play next season
Three "trustworthy" sources have told The Denver Post's Woody Paige that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning isn't ready to call it a career just yet. The all-time great wants to keep playing for Denver as long as he passes his annual physical examination, which should take place in the next month or so. The Broncos have until March 10 to decide whether or not to fully guarantee Manning's 2015 sala... [Read More]
01/20/15 Saints WR Marques Colston open to pay cut
According to various reports, Saints WR Marques Colston has expressed a desire to stay in New Orleans and take a pay cut if necessary. The veteran wideout said he may be forced to leave, however, if the reduction in salary is too great. The Saints have very little cap space to work with so the front office will need to get creative in the offseason. Between his salary and bonuses, Colston is due $... [Read More]
01/20/15 Lions RB Joique Bell underwent clean-up procedures on knee, Achilles tendon
Last week, Lions running back Joique Bell shared a photo on Instragram of himself in a hospital, recovering after an unknown operation. The work Bell had done is unknown no longer. He underwent procedures to clean up one of his knees and an Achilles tendon. Bell sustained a knee injury early in the season, but his one absence was due to a concussion. In 15 games, Bell gained 1,182 yards from scri... [Read More]
01/20/15 Jaguars choose Greg Olson to run offense
The Jaguars have hired Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator. Olson has experience as as OC for the Lions, Rams, Buccaneers and, most recently, the Raiders. Oakland ranked last in yards gained and next to last in points scored this season. The only team that averaged fewer points per game? The Jaguars.... [Read More]
01/20/15 Jets officially hire OC Chan Gailey
The hiring that everyone thought was done a week ago is done. For real this time. The Jets have officially hired Chan Gailey to be their offensive coordinator. Gailey joins head coach Todd Bowles' staff after two years away from the game following a three-year stint as the Bills' head coach.... [Read More]
01/20/15 Report: Eagles will 'try' to trade up for QB Marcus Mariota
The Eagles have the 20th pick of the first round in April's draft. The reality of them moving up far enough to grab Oregon quarterback and Chip Kelly recruit Marcus Mariota may be a pipe dream, but let the dreaming begin in Philly. A person familiar with the Eagles' offseason plans has told Mark Eckel of NJ.com that the Eagles will at least try to get in position to draft Mariota this spring. "Fr... [Read More]
01/20/15 Broncos RB C.J. Anderson likes his prospects in HC Gary Kubiak's offense
In Gary Kubiak's past 20 years as an NFL coach, his teams have boasted a top-five rushing offense 10 times. That span included five different 1,000-yard running backs during his 11 years in Denver. Kubiak has now returned to the Broncos as their head coach, and C.J. Anderson believes he can be No. 6 with the help of Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. "I have known about his system for a while, and wh... [Read More]
01/20/15 Ravens bring in Marc Trestman as offensive coordinator
Marc Trestman flamed out in his second year as the Chicago Bears' head coach, but he is a well-respected offensive mind who gets results, especially from his quarterbacks. He made Josh McCown rich in 2013, and despite all of the drama, Jay Cutler had perhaps his most productive year as a pro in 2014. Now the Ravens are hoping Trestman can work his magic with Joe Flacco and company. Baltimore hire... [Read More]
01/19/15 Bill Musgrave rejoins Raiders as offensive coordinator
The Raiders gave Bill Musgrave his first NFL coaching job in 1997. They have turned to him again in 2015. Musgrave was hired Monday to be Oakland's offensive coordinator. He served as the team's quarterbacks coach 18 years ago. Since then, Musgrave, 47, has spent time as the OC of the Eagles, Panthers, Jaguars and Vikings. He and new Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio worked together when Del Rio was... [Read More]
01/19/15 Bears new head coach John Fox noncommittal on QB Jay Cutler's future with team
On Monday John Fox held a press conference, officially announcing his reign as the Bears' 18th head coach. When asked about Jay Cutler, Fox admitted that he hadn't met the team's quarterback yet, but that he was "looking forward to getting to know Jay." The nearly 60-year-old spoke a lot about winning in Monday's meeting with the media. In fact, when a reporter inquired as to what Fox wants in a s... [Read More]
01/19/15 Packers WR Randall Cobb wants to stay in Green Bay
Packers WR Randall Cobb is heading into the offseason not knowing where he'll play next year. When asked if he'd like to return to Green Bay, the 24-year-old slot man simply answered, "of course." Having lost to the Seahawks in overtime on Sunday in the Conference Championship Game, Cobb's 2014 season is officially over. He'll have to wait until March -- when free agency begins -- before making an... [Read More]
01/19/15 Seahawks might bring back RB Marshawn Lynch. Or he could retire after Super Bowl
That Marshawn Lynch is playing his final season as a Seattle Seahawk has been popular belief for at least a couple of months now. But perhaps that belief will turn out to be false after all. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Seattle's brass is open to the idea of retaining Lynch for the 2015 season when the 29-year-old would be owed $7 million in salary and bonuses. However, that's far fro... [Read More]
01/19/15 Report: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman has a sprained elbow
Updating an earlier post, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has undergone an MRI and been diagnosed with a sprained left elbow, a source has told NFL.com's Albert Breer. Breer adds that Sherman "should be able to play in the Super Bowl." Sherman played through the injury for basically the entire fourth quarter of Sunday's conference championship win.... [Read More]
01/19/15 Rick Dennison follows Gary Kubiak to Broncos as OC
The Broncos have hired Gary Kubiak to be their head coach, and he is bringing a long-time friend to be on his staff. Rick Dennison has been named the team's offensive coordinator. Kubiak and Dennison's relationship goes back to the many years they spent as teammates on the Broncos during the '80s and early '90s. They also spent parts of 16 seasons as coaches with the Broncos, Texans and last year ... [Read More]
01/19/15 Seahawks S Earl Thomas has dislocated shoulder
While we wait for more specifics on Richard Sherman's elbow injury, we can pass along that one of Sherman's Legion of Boom wingmen, Earl Thomas, has been diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. He suffered the injury during Sunday's win over the Packers and spent some time in the locker room, getting checked out. But Thomas did finish the game and is expected to play in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1 ver... [Read More]
01/19/15 Falcons to name Kyle Shanahan offensive coordinator
The Falcons will have to kill some time before they can hire their preferred head coach, but they have already found their next offensive coordinator. According to multiple reports, Kyle Shanahan has agreed to become Atlanta's OC. He resigned from his post as the Browns' offensive coordinator earlier this month amid rumors that he didn't get along with quarterback Brian Hoyer and the team's front ... [Read More]
01/18/15 Broncos tap Gary Kubiak to fill head coaching vacancy
Despite announcing that he would remain in Baltimore as the Ravens' offensive coordinator just a few days ago, Gary Kubiak has accepted an offer to become the Broncos' 15th head coach in franchise history. On Sunday morning, GM John Elway and CEO Joe Ellis, along with a cadre of other Denver executives, flew to Houston to interview Kubiak on his home ground. After several hours, the two sides agre... [Read More]
01/18/15 Seahawks CB Richard Sherman injures elbow in win over Green Bay
Seattle CB Richard Sherman suffered a hit on his left elbow while pushing Green Bay RB James Starks out of bounds in the second half of the Seahawks' overtime win over the Packers. There is suspicion that Sherman may have a pinched ulnar nerve. He will undergo a series of exams on Monday to confirm the extent of the injury. Despite holding his arm in pain for a significant portion of the contest, ... [Read More]
01/18/15 Falcons seem to be 'waiting on' Seahawks DC Dan Quinn
The Falcons have interviewed eight different prospects - three former head coaches, one offensive coordinator, three defensive coordinators and a special teams coach - for their head coaching vacancy. After sitting down with Rex Ryan, Doug Marrone, Josh McDaniels, Adam Gase, Dan Quinn, Todd Bowles, Teryl Austin and Keith Armstrong, Atlanta has yet to extend an offer to any of the interviewees. Acc... [Read More]
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]


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