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Saints cut Garrett Hartley, sign Shayne Graham
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:22am
Hartley was up and down this season and his downs were ugly. He was coming off a game where he missed a 26-yarder and had another kick blocked against the Rams, so this was pretty easy to see coming. Graham should get his chances to put up points and will likely be a top play the next two weeks.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 8:11pm
Cecil Shorts placed on IR
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 2:03pm
The season is over for Cecil Shorts.
One day after Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters the team was "seriously" considering shutting down the wide receiver, Jacksonville reportedly will ship Shorts to injured reserve on Tuesday, according to Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union.
It marks the end of a productive third-year campaign for Shorts, who hauled in a team-leading 66 catches for 777 yards and three scores in 13 games before a nagging groin injury sidelined him.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 10:38am
Browns running back Willis McGahee said he’s feeling “pretty good” after sustaining a concussion Dec. 8, and expects to be back this week. He was inactive Sunday and had yet to be cleared to practice after blacking out on the field after a hit in the fourth quarter against the Patriots.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:37am
Running back Zac Stacy is not expected to practice Wednesday.
The team is giving him the day off in hopes that he's ready for Week 16, a home game against the Bucs. He injured his hip early against the Saints but came back and had a huge day to upset New Orleans.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:33am
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walked to the interview room following the Ravens’ 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions with a slight limp but looking significantly better than he did after he took a helmet to his left knee about midway through the fourth quarter.
“It wasn’t really bothering me once the initial hit,” Flacco said. “I was probably more scared than anything from just what I felt and also just trying to get a couple of yards out of it. Yeah, it feels fine. It feels strong.”
Asked if he may need more testing on his left knee, Flacco said, “I have no idea. I’ll have to talk to the trainers and see what the protocol is. I’m not used to anything like this.”
Flacco took a helmet to the knee in the fourth quarter. He has started every game in his NFL career, a streak that reached 107 on Monday night, the story said. The piece also pointed out that no one around the team seemed concerned about his status for next week, a home game against the Patriots, but it's probably something to keep an eye on as Flacco should be a QB2 option.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:29am
When Saints HC Sean Payton was asked specifically about K Garrett Hartley, who missed two field goals Sunday, Payton responded with a general answer: "Listen, I think we're looking closely at every element. You know, I told the players today in the team meeting we're looking closely at each aspect of this team. And not trying to read into my answer, I just think it's important for us to do that.
"Whether it's [the kicker], the tackle position, whether it's a player on defense, the one thing I know I don't want to do is just repeat the process over and over again. So we're gonna look closely at what our options are and what gives us the best chance as we get ready to play this coming week and then obviously one week remaining."
Hartley missed an easy 26-yarder last week and had another FG blocked. Last month when Hartley was going through a rough patch, the Saints brought in five kickers for tryouts to update their emergency list -- including longtime veterans Neil Rackers and Shayne Graham. Even if Hartley plays this week in a must-have game, he's going to be risky.
Larry Fitzgerald passes baseline test
Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 9:25am
“Today I went in and saw an independent neurologist,” Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald said in a radio interview with Jim Gray. “He put me through a screening test, a baseline test, that I took in the spring time. They wanted to see if my scores were on the same level as my scores when I was fully functioning in the offseason. Those tests came back positive. I was right where I needed to be. Tomorrow I will see another neurologist to get another independent look.”
“At that point it’s just about how I feel going through the week. But right now I’m feeling good.”
Fitzgerald said he remembers watching the football bounce toward him and then being helped up by the team’s training staff, according to the story. The piece went on to say that Fitz was a “little out of it” and went through testing on the sidelines. He said he wanted to return to the game but the trainers said it would be in his best interest to sit the rest of the game out. His status is looking better than it did Sunday night and early Monday, but keep in mind it's a very tough matchup against the Seahawks on the road.
Report: Gronk could be ready for start of 2014
Monday, December 16, 2013, 8:54pm
Some positive news on the injury front. NFL Network's, and former Boston Globe leading man, Albert Breer is reporting that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has a torn ACL/MCL but not a dislocated knee.
The expected time frame for Gronk is to have surgery in two weeks once the swelling has gone down. Breer also states that the expectation is that Gronk will be ready for the start of the 2014 season.
The piece points out that had the knee been dislocated, Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor, says that surgery could have been postponed even further and that the surgery could have possibly needed two stages to complete. Instead, the recovery timeline is moved forward and the number of immediate surgeries is reduced.
MNF Inactives: Reggie Bush ACTIVE
Monday, December 16, 2013, 7:21pm
Reggie Bush (calf) is good to go for Monday Night Football and per Adam Schefter reported that Bush is expected to get his usual amount of work this week. Due to workload/injury concerns heading into Sunday, Bush was our #20 RB in standard formats. If he plays a full game, he should produce solid RB2 numbers (at a minimum). On the defensive side of the ball, the Lions are down their two starting corners, Houston and Slay, so the table is set for Joe Flacco and the Baltimore receivers.
Monday, December 16, 2013, 6:56pm
Reggie Bush expected to get his normal workload
Monday, December 16, 2013, 6:54pm
Bush was listed as questionable on the team’s final injury report last week and missed the Week 14 loss to the Eagles after aggravating a calf injury before the game, but it seems that he’s healed up well enough to get back on the field. After Bush returned to practice late in the week, word out of Detroit was that he should be in the lineup and Adam Schefter added to those reports on ESPN on Monday Schefter reported that the team expects Bush to handle his normal workload against Baltimore. Bush has averaged just under 20.5 touches a game this season.
Bush has averaged just about 20 touches a game this season, so owners should expect that to continue Monday night. The Lions defense is banged up so the team could look to the offense to run the ball and take some time off the clock to take pressure off the D. Bush looks like a safe play, but it still wouldn't hurt to check our inactives before game time, which should be released shortly.
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Silverstein thinks Cobb could practice this week. Even if he is a surprise active this week, he would likely be limited for his first game since Week 6.