On the heels of yet another poor offensive outing, the St. Louis Rams could have a different starting quarterback next Sunday for the third consecutive week.
With Case Keenum still dealing with a concussion that rendered him inactive for Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher turned back to Nick Foles to start at quarterback. Foles didn't fare much better than he did in the weeks before he was benched and Fisher made it clear that once Keenum is healthy again, he'll be back in the starting spot.
After a one-week hiatus, Foles stepped back into the starting lineup as Keenum was limited in practice during the week but never completely cleared the concussion protocol to get back to starting. Foles finished 30-of-46 for 228 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns for a passer rating of 49.9.
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 12:36pm
Rookie running back Raheem Mostert was the only alternative to fellow first-year player Buck Allen after Justin Forsett’s broken right arm last Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. But Mostert isn’t discouraged that he didn’t play an offensive snap as the Ravens deployed him exclusively as a kick returner.
“They feel a certain way about me,” Mostert said. “I’ve just got to be patient; whatever the case may be. I’m not really too worried about getting out there on offense, because I know my main focus right now is special teams.
"Talking to [running backs] coach Thomas [Hammock] and stuff like that, he’s telling me that’s part of the reason why I’m here. I’ve just got to focus on special teams, and then get into the playbook more. But I’m doing good right now.”
Mostert has had four return opportunities this year, averaging 35.3 yards a return with a long of 50 yards. That average would lead the NFL if he had enough returns to qualify. He’s played one offensive snap in four games since the Ravens claimed him off waivers from the Miami Dolphins. He looked pretty in good in preseason with the Eagles before they let him go.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Rams K Greg Zuerlein (right groin, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 12. Keep an eye on this. Zuerlein may not be able to kick this weekend.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car Tuesday evening, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. His injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to NFL Media's Mike Silver.
Bailey was shot while serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 8:18pm
Fisher said Keenum, injured late in Sunday's loss at Baltimore when the back of his helmet banged into the turf after a hit, was at Rams Park studying film and participating in meetings on Tuesday.
"We're hopeful tomorrow he'll be ready to do some things outside," Fisher said. "So he's feeling pretty well, actually."
The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed when Keenum was injured. Fisher didn't learn Keenum had sustained a concussion until after his postgame news conference. Fisher is a member of the Competition Committee, but said that was irrelevant in this situation. It sounds like if Keenum is cleared he'll play in Week 12. Nick Foles would start if Keenum can't get on the field.
The 2014 Pro Bowl running back appeared to be on his way to a great performance when St. Louis Rams star defensive tackle Aaron Donald threw him to the ground and caused his right arm to break from the impact during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 Ravens win over St. Louis.
Forsett tweeted that he was having surgery Monday afternoon, and coach John Harbaugh said that while he hasn’t been given a prognosis, he doesn’t expect Forsett to miss more than this season.
"My assumption is that … bones heal pretty quickly, so I’m sure he’ll be back in the offseason lifting weights and training,” Harbaugh said. “I would expect Justin back next year full-speed, ready to go. He’s under contract, and a big part of what we’re doing going forward.”
A season ago, Forsett emerged from being a training camp afterthought to rush for a league-high 5.4 yards per carry (235 carries for 1,266 yards) and make his first Pro Bowl. The Ravens rewarded him with a three-year, $9 million contract this offseason, though most of the guaranteed money comes in 2015. The Ravens have struggled to run the ball this year. Javorius Allen will get a chance to show his stuff with what should be a big part of the workload for the rest of the season.
"It's just the nature of the game, man," Flacco said after the game. "Stuff like this happens. So you've just got to stand tall and get through it."
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
The Chicago Bears used the seventh-overall pick in this year's draft to select wide receiver Kevin White, a 6-foot-3 West Virginia product with the ability to stretch the field. Originally expected to make an immediate impact, he has spent his rookie season languishing on the physically unable to perform list instead.
White, who suffered a stress fracture in his left shin and underwent a surgical procedure in August, will learn his fate soon enough. The Bears have until Tuesday, Nov. 24, to either activate him or declare him out for the rest of the season, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
"I am not sure," White said, per the Tribune. "I don’t know. When I know, that is when you guys will know. It’s day-by-day. I guess we’ll see."
Most thought the Bears would have White just sit out the season, but the team is creeping back into the playoff picture. The Bears have won back-to-back games and are clinging to life with a 4-5 record. With the team heating up and a very winnable slate ahead, Chicago will certainly want White in the mix if there's a legitimate chance to make a push for the playoffs. In fantasy terms, he's a very risky, but possibly sneaky add if he's sitting out there on your wire. Roster spots are valuable this time of year and White would likely need some time to get up to speed but sounds like potential owners would know by next week at this time.
“I need more production and it starts with that position,” Fisher said. “As I told Case, he doesn’t have a short leash. We’re going to let him play. We’re going to use his legs and let him make some plays.”
But while the leash isn’t short, there’s apparently still a leash.
“Nick also understands that he eventually will be under center for us again,” Fisher said. “But this is my decision based on what I think is best for this team offensively is to go this direction.”
Like all decisions, this one is still subject to change.
The Rams have some nice pieces with RB Todd Gurley and emerging WR Tavon Austin. But Foles has only gone over 200 yards once this season - that was Week 1 where he threw for 297 yards. He has just one TD pass in his last four games, that coming in Week 8, although his only INT in that span was this past week. But clearly, the offense in struggling and needs the threat of a passing game or teams will start to really key on Gurley.
Monday, November 16, 2015, 12:07pm
Hawkins was admitted to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Sunday after taking a blow to the head late in his team's 30-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He had been cleared to return for the Pittsburgh game and recorded seven receptions for 69 yards before the injury.
Hawkins' brother Artrell Hawkins Jr. posted on Facebook that Andrew "has no memory of what happened and is very confused," the story said.
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