The shoulder injury sustained by No. 3 receiver Pharoh Cooper, who is expected to miss at least the first regular-season game, has created some uncertainty beyond Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin and Cooper.
Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez said Tuesday that he’d like to stay with the Broncos even though he did not win the team’s starting job and intends to keep working as if he will be with the team, at least until he is told he is not.
Coach Gary Kubiak formally named Trevor Siemian the Broncos’ starting quarterback Monday and now has to decide who the team’s No. 2 quarterback will be -- rookie Paxton Lynch or Sanchez. That leaves Sanchez, who did not play in this past Saturday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and will not play Thursday night in Arizona unless Lynch needs to come out of the preseason finale for some reason, with an uncertain future after he had arrived in Denver calling his place with the Broncos "an opportunity of a lifetime."
Needless to say, Sanchez's fate is in limbo, the story said. There have been reports the team is offering him up in trade talks, specifically to the Cowboys. He's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Teddy Bridgewater suffered a “significant (left) knee injury” in Tuesday’s practice at Winter Park, according to Mike Zimmer, but the coach said the team did not yet know the extent of the injury suffered by the quarterback.
Bridgewater reportedly did not take a hit before falling to the ground after he dropped back to pass and planted his foot. Players gathered around Bridgewater and some began to pray. An ambulance was brought in to transport the third-year quarterback to the hospital.
ESPN reported that trainers rushed to Bridgewater’s side and began inflating an aircast, as Bridgewater held his leg. Zimmer said Bridgewater was sedated and was undergoing an MRI as he spoke at a press conference around 5 p.m. eastern time. We'll continue to update.
There was no setback, but Charles wasn’t ready for the start of camp. He hasn’t regained the role – full-time featured back – he had before last season’s torn ACL.
Charles was back and a playing full time by this point of his return from his previous ACL tear, in 2012. But he was four years younger then
“I’m happy where I’m at,’’ Charles said. “Every time is always different than the first time. I can’t treat it like when I had the first ACL. I’ve got to treat it different.
“The first time I tore it the second game (of the season). This time I tore it the fifth game. So it’s totally different. The doctor told me when I had (this injury), ‘Don’t do it like you did the first one because it’s totally different.’ Every knee is different.’’
In the meantime, Spencer Ware generally gets a lot of the starter’s snaps in practice. Charcandrick West gets some. Sometimes there are a few left for Charles, too, the story said. Ware and West proved to be more than capable NFL backs last season filling in for Charles. So even if Charles can play Week 1, owners have to wonder just how many snaps he'll get. He'll likely be eased back in - at best. It's possible his workload is reduced even if he's back to full strength.
Cobb was one of two players released on Tuesday as the team got down to the league-mandated 75 players.
Cobb had a disappointing rookie season in 2015. He spent the first half of last season on injured reserve with a calf injury. During the second half of the year, he had limited success carrying the football. The Titans have a pretty deep backfield, trading for DeMarco Murray and drafting Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. The team also has running backs Dexter McCluster, Antonio Andrews, Bishop Sankey and David Fluellen.
Running back Carlos Hyde, who sustained a concussion Friday night in the 49ers’ exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers, has cleared his baseline level of signs and symptoms and has started non-football activity.
Hyde will not play Thursday night in the 49ers’ exhibition finale against the San Diego Chargers, but he appears to be on pace to return to practice next week for the 49ers’ regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Sept. 12.
Hyde, and all players returning from a concussion, must remain symptom-free after light aerobic exercise, strength training , football-specific activities and full clearance to return to practice. Hyde was on a side field on Tuesday going through non-football activity, the story said. Keep in mind this is a Monday night game so Hyde's status hopefully isn't in question leading up to the game.
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Wright has missed the entire preseason with a left hamstring injury that he re-injured Monday during his first practice back. Afterward, he said he planned to be ready to play in the season opener Sept. 11 against the Vikings.
“It’s not in doubt,” Wright said. “I think I’ll be able to play in it.”
Ladarius Green will continue to sit out.
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Tuesday they placed the tight end on the physically unable to perform list to start the season.
The move doesn't come as a surprise. Green hasn't participated in workouts after signing a four-year, $20 million contract this offseason.
NFL Media's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported earlier this month that Green was dealing with recurring headaches after suffering multiple concussions during his four years in San Diego.
The Steelers and Green insist his ankle has been the reason he's missed workouts, but the tight end's agent told Kinkhabwala the ankle is "fine."
Green was ramping up his activity, but he’ll miss at least the first six games as he continues to rehab his ankle (or deals with lingering headaches from a 2015 concussion, depending on who you believe). He has fantastic potential in this offense, so his status is worth monitoring in September and October as a possible midseason pickup. But he’s no longer worth a late-round pick in all but the deepest leagues. Jesse James takes over as the starter and is a sneaky play for the first half of the season. James has terrific size and should serve as a nice target in the red zone.
Ellington (5-9, 197) was originally selected by San Francisco in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his two seasons with the 49ers, he has appeared in 26 games and registered 19 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns to go along with seven rushing attempts for 35 yards and one touchdown. On special teams, he has returned 42 punts for 325 yards (7.7 average) and 50 kickoffs for 1,279 yards (25.6 average) throughout his career.
Ellington was shaping up as a nice sleeper, especially in PPR formats since it looked like he could lead the 49ers in receptions. The team recently traded for Jeremy Kerley, whose 56-827-2 season in 2012 seems like a lifetime ago. Still, he’s just 27 and could fill the slot in Chip Kelly’s offense, a place where Jordan Matthews stood out under Kelly with the Eagles. With Torrey Smith completely MIA in the preseason, the 49er passing game is in a bad way. Quinton Patton and DeAndre Smelter could also battle for snaps.
The Vikings just called off practice after 25 minutes, when Teddy Bridgewater went down on a non-contact play. Trainers immediately rushed to Bridgewater's side, while players dropped to one knee in prayer.
Other outlets are reporting it is a knee injury and it looks serious. If he misses extended time, it's a blow to Minnesota's Super Bowl hopes and the upside of the team's passing game, including Stefon Diggs. Shaun Hill is a capable backup, and can hold down the fort for a few weeks if Bridgewater's injury isn't season-ending. Hill has a career 62.0% completion rate, and a 49-to-30 TD-to-INT ratio. His career 6.8 YPA is a half-yard less than the league average (7.3 YPA) in 2015.
This could turn out to be a shrewd move for the Ravens. If one of Baltimore's top four running backs (Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon and Javorius Allen) goes down with an injury in mid-October, the Ravens can activate Taliaferro and get a fresh pair of legs. Taliaferro, who has averaged 4.2 yards per carry, has the potential to help out in short yardage and in the red zone.
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Unfortunately, that bid never began.
The receiver-returner injured his knee on July 30, the first day of training camp, while participating in what should've been a rudimentary punt return drill. Instead, he suffered a non-contact knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery last week, sources said. Herndon was waived-injured Tuesday, part of a cluster of roster moves the Chargers made when cutting from a 90- to 75-man roster by the NFL's 1 p.m. PT deadline.
Herndon will default to injured reserve upon clearing waivers Wednesday.
Coach Adam Gase confirmed that Stills has his back lock up. It was a scary scene as Stills was lying on his back in apparent serious pain on Monday. But one day later, Stils was jogging with little apparent discomfort. Stills has emerged as quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s second-favorite target in the preseason.
Gase didn’t say specifically what was troubling Parker, but his continuous bout with nagging and seemingly minor injuries have become frustrating for him and the team. Parker has all the physical tools to become an upper-echlon receiver, but Gase noted that his propensity for injury is starting to remind him of what Demaryius Thomas experienced early in his career in Denver.
Good news for both receivers. A report yesterday speculate that Parker's injury was a re-tweak of his hamstring but the Dolphins don't appear to be commenting on that.
Pettigrew has not been able to practice since tearing his ACL in a game against the Rams on Dec. 13. Coach Jim Caldwell has refused to answer any questions about his status, his recovery or when he's expected to return.
The Lions TE situation is a bit of a mystery. Eric Ebron has been out and his status is up in the air for Week 1. Matthew Mulligan was cut which made Pettigrew the team's best blocking option. Tim Wright is out for the year. That leaves Cole Wick as the first team option and the story said he could get the start Week 1 if Ebron isn't ready. With Pettigrew out six weeks at least, Wick should have a role even when Ebron is back.
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