Monthly Archives: July 2016

Injury roundup: Arian Foster starts camp on PUP lis

Here are other injuries we are monitoring Friday:

1. Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) and wideout Marqise Lee (hamstring) did not take part in practice Friday. Yeldon was reportedly limping around the locker room Thursday because of an issue with new cleats. No better time than training camp to break those in.

2. Orlando Scandrick will soon head back to the field for the Dallas Cowboys, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Scandrick is coming off ACL and MCL injuries.

3. The Baltimore Ravens’ misfortune with tight ends might be continuing. Crockett Gilmore is headed for an MRI after injuring his hamstring in practice.

4. Julio Jones participated in individual drills, but sat out the rest of practice, the Atlanta Falcons announced. Coach Dan Quinn said Jones will be full-go in a day or so after suffering an undisclosed minor injury Thursday.

5. The Buffalo Bills placed wide receiver Marcus Easley, defensive end Shaq Lawson, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive tackle Kyle Williams on the PUP list. The Bills also moved linebacker Manny Lawson and wide receiver Kolby Listenbee to the non-football injury list. The team placed defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, defensive back Jonathan Dowling, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson and running back Karlos Williams on the non-football illness list, too.

Regarding Lawson, general manager Doug Whaley told reporters the linebacker suffered an “upper body injury” while working out prior to camp. The GM said there’s no timetable for Lawson to return at the moment.

6. Denver Broncos defensive lineman Sylvester Williams will have his shoulder examined while defensive lineman Phillip Taylor will undergo an MRI on his left knee, coach Gary Kubiak announced.

7. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson left practice early with an apparent left arm injury. Coach Mike Zimmer quelled concerns about the wideout’s health after practice: “He made a great catch and it wasn’t his left hand or wrist, I can tell you that. I don’t think it’s anything concerning, but they’re taking a look at it.”

8. The Detroit Lions announced they have moved safety Don Carey and linebacker DeAndre Levy to the non-football injury list.

9. The Oakland Raiders placed running back Roy Helu on the reserve/injured list and will be releasing him.

Bengals cornerback Adam Jones couldn’t fully enjoy his offseason — not if the team’s white-knuckle playoff loss to the Steelers was on tape somewhere near by.

“We kicked they ass the whole game; that’s all I can say,” Jones said Thursday, via ESPN.com. “And it hurt me to my heart that we let it go like that.

“(But) it’s over with. It’s in the past.”

Jones added: “We’re going to be motivated anyway because we want to get out of the first round. So whoever it’ll be, when we get there, hopefully we can take out all our frustration and anger on the field, and keep it on the field and win the game. We’ll see.”

While this won’t necessarily be a popular opinion, seeing a player like Jones so driven and committed to bringing the Bengals another round deeper into the playoffs makes us appreciate head coach Marvin Lewis even more. We ask coaches to build a culture and bring along players that other coaches could not or did not, and Jones is a shining example of what Lewis was able to over his time in Cincinnati.

Nigel Bradham arrested on suspicion of assault

Bradham surrendered to Miami Beach Police on Monday after the victim and witnesses identified him via photographic lineups, according to police.

The Eagles did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Bradham’s arrest.

Bradham, 26, signed a two-year deal with the Eagles in March. In 11 games with the Buffalo Bills last season, Bradham recorded 59 tackles and a sack.

Kurt Coleman, Panthers reach three-year extension

While defensive tackle Kawann Short remains at a contract impasse with the Carolina Panthers, veteran safety Kurt Coleman has landed a new deal.

The Panthers have agreed to terms with Coleman on a three-year extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.

Coleman is expected to sign the new deal on Wednesday, per Rapoport.

A special teamer and part-time starter in Philadelphia and Kansas City for five NFL seasons prior to his 2015 breakout campaign in Charlotte, Coleman is emblematic of general manager Dave Gettleman’s uncanny knack for identifying under-the-radar free agents.

To the credit of head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, the Panthers have been successful with a plug-and-play approach, bringing out the full potential of journeymen in the defensive backfield.

Coleman earned the raise after a breakout season featuring seven interceptions, including a stretch of picks in four consecutive games while flashing Pro Bowl form.

With veteran Roman Harper out of the picture, Coleman is poised to take over a leadership role in Carolina’s revamped secondary.

It will be a surprise if Berry, whose franchise number is $10.806 million, accepts less than Devin McCourty got when he became the NFL’s second-highest-paid safety last offseason. McCourty took a slight hometown discount to re-sign with the New England Patriots for $47.5 million over five years. His $28.5 million in guarantees are the most ever in a veteran safety deal. A longterm deal for Berry should create around $7 million of cap room, because the Chiefs typically structure their most lucrative contracts with modest first-year cap numbers.

Ray Rice: I’ll donate salary if I get another NFL chance

“The only way to fix the problem is awareness. It’s an epidemic. I know that my situation raised awareness. I’m not thankful for being that guy, but I’m thankful for the people that now are not afraid to ask for help, because I had to go get the help myself after to realize the severity of what domestic violence is.”

Well this is some news as training camps are set to open next week: Houston Texans All-Pro defensive lineman J.J. Watt underwent back surgery this week and will start camp on the physically unable to perform list.

Houston’s veterans report to camp on July 30.

The news was first reported by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Players on the PUP list for training camp can be taken off at any time.

The offseason is always a a great time to have a debate and one of the most popular NFL debates every year seems to be: Who’s the best active starting quarterback?

Now that Peyton Manning’s retired , there’s not really much of a debate: Even Rob Gronkowski and Richard Sherman agree on the answer.

During a recent interview with ESPN.com, the two were asked to name the best quarterback in the NFL and they both gave the same answer.

“Tom Brady. He just is,” Gronk said, before throwing in another name. “Russell [Wilson’s] a great quarterback, a franchise QB. Gotta give him credit.”

It’s easy to see why Gronk voted for Brady: For one, they’re teammates, and it also probably doesn’t hurt that Brady has thrown Gronk a total of 65 touchdown passes over the past six seasons. Gronk can probably also score free recipes from Brady’s $200 cookbook whenever he wants, which probably influenced his vote.

As for Sherman, he could’ve voted for Wilson, but that’s not the route he decided to go.

“Touchdown Tom,” Sherman said.