Panthers HC Ron Rivera is holding out hope that Jonathan Stewart will take his place after missing Sunday's loss to the Ravens with a knee injury, per ESPN's Ed Werder. Even if he plays, look for Stewart to share time with a combination of Darrin Reaves, Fozzy Whittaker and the newly signed Chris Ogbonnaya.
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Brown, 32, has rushed for 5,332 yards and 38 touchdowns for his career.
Whisenhunt said on his radio show on 104.5-FM on Tuesday that Sankey – the top overall running back selected in the draft last May – will likely get more reps against the Browns than he has so far this season.
"You will see (more reps for Sankey). That's coming," Whisenhunt said on the show. "And I think you'll see more of that earlier in the game this week.
He was a 4for4 favorite this summer so we're sure many of our subscribers are also Sankey owners. After a couple of games leading the Tennessee running backs in snaps, touches and yards (as a reserve), it sounds like Sankey will get more touches earlier in the game against the Browns, who are #30 in RB aFPA.
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McKnight became the third Chiefs player to tear his Achilles tendon when he was hurt in practice last week. He was coming off a two-touchdown game in a win in Miami.
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It was the second time in four games this season that Starks failed to carry the ball.
"James Starks should touch the football every single game," McCarthy said Tuesday. "That will not happen again."
Expect Starks to have some kind of role in Thursday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Considering he has averaged 5.0 yards per carry on his limited (15) attempts this season, perhaps that could jump-start a running game that has sputtered through the first four games. Lacy did score a TD last week but carried 17 times for only 48 yards. His schedule starts to ease a little so now looks to be the time for Lacy to step up.
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The deal Tuesday came after James was released Sept. 8 by the San Francisco 49ers, who took him in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Browns tight end Jordan Cameron acknowledged on Tuesday that his banged-up shoulder hasn't fully healed.
Despite telling reporters, "I feel good. I feel healthy," Cameron admitted that his sprained AC joint is likely to be an issue all season, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Pegged for a monster campaign in Kyle Shanahan's offense, the fourth-year pass-catcher has struggled to make an impact this season. Three games into last year, Cameron had 26 catches for 269 yards and four touchdowns en route to an 80-catch campaign and a Pro Bowl berth. Over two appearances in 2014, the former college basketball player has just three grabs for 70 yards. It sounds like Cameron will try to play through it, but it's something that could limit his production.
Bucs WR Louis Murphy made the most of his opportunity on Sunday, and he’s likely to have more chances in the future. Rookie starter Mike Evans has a groin injury that’s expected to keep him out two to four weeks. Murphy should get some of Evans’ playing time.
“It’s a big opportunity,’’ Murphy said. “I’m going to take full advantage of it. That’s part of football, if one guy goes down the next guy has to step up. That’s been happening across the board for the entire team. Guys have been stepping into roles that they’re not used to. I’m ready for this and prepared for it.’’
Murphy was with the team in camp and preseason before getting cut and then coming back. He had a huge day last week against the Steelers, including a big catch-and-run on the final drive that set up the game-winning TD. QB Mike Glennon seems to have sparked this offense a bit so Murphy could have deeper league value at least.
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Redskins coach Jay Gruden has been impressed with the way quarterback Robert Griffin III has worked to rehab his injured ankle but a little over two weeks after the injury Gruden still doesn’t have a good idea of when Griffin might be able to play again.
“He’s doing a great job. For whatever injury he has, he’s probably going to recover quicker than the normal human being, faster than anyone, probably,” said Gruden. “So it won’t surprise me when he comes back, I’m sure he’ll be quicker than normal. He’s doing everything he can to get right but what that timetable is, I have no idea. Only his body will know and the trainers.”
Playing behind a patch-work offensive line, Eagles QB Nick Foles has taken plenty of hits these past two weeks, and it is now a common occurrence for him to be seen stretching out his left shoulder between plays and on the sideline.
When asked on Tuesday if the shoulder was bothering him, or affecting his accuracy, Foles wouldn't go into detail on how much his shoulder was actually bothering him.
"You get hit a couple times, there is definitely some soreness," Foles said. "You are going to get hit, you are going to have soreness, but I feel good.
"It's a shield. It takes a beating. You gotta be able to put it up when someone is coming in, and you are delivering a ball. I can't throw a football very well with my left arm, but you have to have it to defend defenders and deliver the ball."
It hasn't helped Foles that RB LeSean McCoy has been non-existent the past two weeks. He's had to throw more and is taking a beating as a result. The good news is Lane Johnson, the team's RT, returned this week from suspension and will start, but could be rusty. Foles was clear that the soreness he is experiencing is "not at all" responsible for his decline in play, a decline that has been a steep one from last season.
The Minnesota Vikings have not committed to Teddy Bridgewater playing at Green Bay on his sprained left ankle. Two days after his injury, however, the quarterback is ''doing much better,'' according to coach Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer said Bridgewater's participation in practice Tuesday would be more mental than physical. The team planned to have Bridgewater try running on the ankle he hurt against Atlanta in his first career start. Bridgewater said he had yet throw the football.
The Packers have said they're preparing for Bridgewater to play Thursday.
Zimmer said he doesn't have doubt about Bridgewater's availability, but he also said he's taking the rookie's status ''one day at a time.''
It sounds like Bridgewater will be ready to play but will he be prepared is another story. The rookie would be making just his second start, coming off an ankle injury on a short week no less.
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The NFL wants to “Protect Football on Free TV.” The FCC did just that on Tuesday, voting unanimously to abandon the blackout rule.
“This is a historic day for sports fans,” Sports Fans Coalition chairman David Goodriend said in a release. “Since 1975, the federal government has propped up the NFL’s obnoxious practice of blacking out a game from local TV if the stadium did not sell out. Today’s FCC action makes clear: if leagues want to mistreat fans, they will have to do so without Uncle Sam’s help.”
It doesn’t mean the blackout rule has died; the NFL and broadcast networks can agree to abide by its terms. Today’s decision means only that the NFL can’t insist on network blackouts via an FCC policy that previously gave the NFL the ability to pull the plug.
Since 1975, the NFL has blocked local broadcasts of games in which the home team failed to sell all non-premium tickets at least 72 hours before kickoff.
The tight end wore pads and a helmet during Tuesday’s practice—the team’s first session since Thursday’s lopsided loss to the Giants—and participated in individual drills. In previous weeks, Reed had worked off to the side with the Redskins’ other rehabbing players.
Reed’s official status for the practice—out, limited or full—might not be known until later today, the story said, though the team does not have to disclose that information until Thursday's practice. Reporters, meantime, were only allowed to view the opening 30 minutes of Tuesday’s session. Another news item from CSN Washignton said the team had two empty roster spots and didn't fill one with a TE, indicating that either Niles Paul or Reed could be a go Week 5. Paul is recovering from a concussion from a nasty hit, and wasn't in pads today the story said. It's looking like Reed could be back in what is actually a decent matchup against the Seahawks who have given up points to TEs.
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We should get a status update Tuesday from Coach Jay Gruden and possibly Niles Paul himself. But if you read between the lines, roster moves provided us with a hint. The Redskins had two vacant roster spots. They signed a cornerback and a safety. If there was serious doubt about Paul, they probably would have signed a tight end. Because if Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Paul are both sidelined against the Seahawks, that would leave them with Logan Paulsen as their only healthy tight end.
Reed was back at practice Tuesday and wearing pads while Paul was not, CSN Washington reported in another item. Paul took a nasty hit against the Giants, and it's hard to imagine he would be back on the field as quick as this week. Looks like Reed may be porgressing enough to play Week 5.
Browns starting running back Ben Tate has returned to practice after missing Cleveland's past two games with a sprained right knee.
Wearing a brace, Tate was on the practice field Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 5 as the Browns returned from their bye week. Tate made hard cuts on his knee and looked quick during the portion of practice open to the media. He was injured in the first half of the Sept. 7 opener in Pittsburgh.
The story said Tate could return to the lineup this week against Tennessee. This news definitely muddies the RB picture in Cleveland. While Tate was out, rookie Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell filled in and performed well. West has rushed for 209 yards and Crowell has scored three touchdowns and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry. The team really pumped up Tate in the offseason, calling him a three-down back. If Tate plays, owners of all three backs may want to take a wait-and-see approach this week and let this all sort out.