RB Branden Oliver suffered a turf toe injury against the Baltimore Ravens and hoped to get back on the field. However, the Chargers apparently needed the roster spot, placing him on the injured reserve list.
Oliver ends his second NFL season with 31 carries for 108 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and 13 catches for 112 yards. He also returned eight kickoffs for 197 yards (24.6 yards per return).
Heading into this season, Eagles TE Zach Ertz was prepared to have his best year yet. He trained day in and day out to be a difference-maker for the Eagles in 2015, but what he wasn’t expecting was to undergo surgery during Training Camp.
A core muscle injury meant Ertz would not have a preseason. His first time in a game setting with quarterback Sam Bradford and the other new faces on offense would come in Week 1 against Atlanta.
It’s been a process of learning and recovery for the third-year Eagle, but his numbers are back on the rise as he finds himself connecting with his teammates and once again fully healthy.
“I think blocking is something that I’ve improved on. The rolling the hips is kind of something that’s come along since the injury,” Ertz said. “I feel better running, that’s for sure. Breaking into my routes, I feel more comfortable and more confident in that regard. I think I’m 100 percent healthy now and I think that’s the big difference.”
Earlier in the year, the tight end struggled to recover, noting the Cowboys and Jets games were particularly difficult for him to play in. Slowly but surely, he’s begun to feel like his normal self and understand what he can and cannot do post-surgery.
In Weeks 5-7, Ertz had a combined 166 receiving yards on 14 receptions, accounting for over 60 percent of his total production this season. He feels he and Bradford are building a strong rapport on the field, something he thinks will continue to improve as the season progresses, the story said. He still needs to improve on his blocking, because despite improvement, it's something he's still struggled with at times this year, and it can keep him off the field as a result.
Vernon Davis won't have Julius Thomas' impact because he's not in the same offense. Thomas found space and mismatches in an aerial circus. Open receivers littered the field under offensive coordinator Adam Gase. It created eye-opening statistics but fell short of a championship.
Davis has regressed the last two seasons, in part, because of quarterback Colin Kaepernick's thud back to earth. That said, Davis provides a tantalizing weapon for an offense that is starting to hum. He frees coach Gary Kubiak to use two and three tight end sets. His offense works best when it runs variations off the same look with tight ends. Owen Daniels and Virgil Green produced their season's best game in the win over the Packers. Davis should only enhance the position.
The story added Davis brings unique speed, which should open the seam route that Thomas ran so well. And with a fresh start and a veteran quarterback in Peyton Manning, Davis could re-emerge as a red-zone threat. He may need some time to learn the new system, but is worth a pickup if you're looking to upgrade the position and given Manning's success throwing to the position over his career.
Ben Roethlisberger is “pretty sore” following Sunday's game against the Bengals — his first one since suffering a knee injury a month ago that kept him out of four games — but he said that his knee held up fine.
“You know what, I am pretty sore, pretty beat up, I am not going to lie,” Roethlisberger said during his weekly segment on KDKA-FM on Tuesday. “It was a rough one yesterday. I am feeling a little better today. I don't think it is no worse for the wear structurally or anything like that. I think it is just bruises and typical inflammation and pains after a physical football game. I think tomorrow I will start to feel a little better again.”
During his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin said that Roethlisberger's injury is now behind him following his performance on Sunday. It wasn't a great performance throwing the ball but things should improve for the offense which wanted to score 30 points a game this year. The loss of LeVeon Bell hurts, but the Steelers have a ton of talent at WR that will make Ben a QB1 start most weeks.
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Agholor had eight catches for 105 yards in the five games he played in, with a high of 64 yards in the loss to the Redskins.
With veteran passer Josh McCown battling a painful rib injury, NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported Tuesday that Cleveland is preparing to start Johnny Football for Thursday night's tilt with their AFC North rival, per a source briefed on the team's plans.
Manziel was given a full week to prepare for Tennessee, but Thursday's task is a tall order for the second-year passer: Rolling into Cincinnati to face an AFC heavy on a short week.
The Dallas Cowboys made another change to their backfield.
Running back Joseph Randle was waived, sources confirmed to FOX Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo.
Randle, who did not play in last Sunday's loss against the Seahawks because of a strained oblique, is facing discipline for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Randle opened the season as the team's starting running back and rushed for 315 yards, four touchdowns in six games this season.
Owner Jerry Jones expressed concern over Randle regarding mental health issues in a story we had on Monday. Darren McFadden looks like the clear-cut RB1 for now with Christine Michael assuming the backup role. Tyler Clutts is next up on the depth chart, and the team will likely have to make a move for another back. McFadden has put together two pretty good fantasy games and was especially involved in the passing game against Seattle last week.
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The Redskins’ scuffling ground game could receive a boost Sunday at New England.
“I feel good about this week,” Thompson said. “I just have to continue to get better with it. I’ve been able to run for two or three days now. So it’s more about being able to play football now. I know I can run, but I have to see if I can turn and catch, and get in and out of my breaks.”
In six games this season, Thompson has 120 yards on 19 carries (team-leading 6.3 yards per). The 25-year-old has also hauled in 23 receptions for 150 yards, a touchdown and eight first downs. Although Thompson finished the Jets game, the bruise quickly grew into a gruesome knot the size of a grapefruit, he said.
The Chargers have ended his season, placing him on IR.
It's a huge blow to the offense that was struggling to run the ball this season behind rookie Melvin Gordon. A lot was falling on QB Philip Rivers' shoulders, and it's likely to stay that way despite not having his top target the rest of the year. Stevie Johnson and Malcom Floyd will see increased work at receiver, but the team could now really turn to TEs Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green, with RB Danny Woodhead likely continuing to be a key part of the passing game as well. Dontrelle Inman and Jacoby Jones are next up on the depth chart at WR. Inman will play much more than Jones.
Tony Romo is expected to do some work during practice this week. Wednesday is the first day the Cowboys quarterback, who has been sidelined since fracturing his collarbone Sept. 20, is eligible to begin practicing.
He's eligible to return to the playing field Nov. 22 against the Miami Dolphins.
Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning that there's no reason to think Romo won't be ready to play by that date.
"No. There's no reason," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show [KRLD-FM]. "He's really doing well. You'd like to say ahead of schedule but who knows about that? But still, I know of no reason he won't be playing at that time.
"He's very involved. He's, of course, going to be mentally ready. He stays ready there. But he'll hopefully have the opportunity to physically get ready over these next two or three weeks. Hopefully we can get him some work in at practice and obviously will the week of the game. Hopefully we can get him some work in during these times right now."
Nov. 22 is Week 11 and the Miami trip is quickly followed by the Thanksgiving Day game against Carolina only four days later. But Jones said there's no concern about Romo playing on short rest, the story said. Romo could be worth an add to your roster if you can afford to stash him and you've been struggling at QB. Owners could potentially get a good read on him in time for upcoming fantasy playoff games.
Perhaps signaling Carlos Hyde will remain shelved by a foot injury, the 49ers added their second veteran running back in as many days, agreeing to terms Tuesday with Pierre Thomas, according to his agent.
The 49ers also needed depth at the position, preferably from experienced backs, to compensate for the potential season-ending injuries Sunday to Reggie Bush (knee) and Mike Davis (hand). Hyde suffered a stress fracture Oct. 11 and finally was kept from suiting up last game, which the 49ers lost 27-6 at St. Louis.
Thomas has had some workouts, but this is the first job he's landed for 2015. He could help the 49ers in the passing game, replacing Bush who was injured last week. With so many new pieces in place in the 9ers backfield now, it's hard to tell just how they will all be used if Hyde remains out. Given how Thomas has been a free agent for so long, it's hard to see him having a huge fantasy impact. But those struggling at the position may want to take a chance, perhaps especially in PPR leagues.
Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden promised to self-scout all areas of his team's operation trying to figure out a way to squeeze out more success. One conclusion: The Redskins are not going to make any changes in their running backs rotation.
“You’re going to see them both play a lot,” Gruden said. “They’re both going to get their touches.”
Gruden's larger point was that he's not going to just blame the running backs and view using one more than the other as the solution to fix their woes. The blocking hasn't always helped, among other factors.
Don't forget, Chris Thompson is getting healthy and although hasn't had the same amount of touches, he's been the team's most productive back when he does get the ball. He's likely to continue his role in the passing game, making this more of a three-headed monster.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the San Francisco 49ers are benching Colin Kaepernick for Gabbert, who was the Jaguars' No. 1 draft pick in 2011. Earlier on Monday, ESPN 49ers reporter Paul Gutierrez wrote that 49ers coach Jim Tomsula wasn't as definitive after Kaepernick's struggles in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. Schefter, citing a source, reported early Tuesday morning that the decision had been made.
Gabbert has played in just one game since the Jaguars traded him to San Francisco for a sixth-round pick in March 2014. The 49ers re-signed Gabbert to a two-year, $4 million contract after the 2014 season. Don't expect a big upgrade in the 49ers offense with Gabbert under center, but the hope is it at least lights a spark. Kaepernick was struggling with his confidence and is the subject of trade rumors.
The Ken Whisenhunt era is over with the Tennessee Titans.
Just 23 games into his tenure as head coach, Whisenhunt was informed on Tuesday morning the organization wants to go in a different direction.
The final decision came just two days after the Titans lost their sixth straight game, in Houston, where the team’s ownership group watched from the visiting owner’s suite at NRG Stadium.
“After thoughtful consideration, the decision has been made to relieve Ken Whisenhunt of his head coaching duties,” said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. “We have expected more progress on the field, and I felt it was time to move in a different direction. I would like to thank Ken for his efforts with our team, as he worked very hard to try to move us forward.”
Mike Mularkey, who served as assistant head coach/tight ends under Whisenhunt, will take over as interim coach. Mularkey has 20-plus years of NFL coaching experience, including three seasons as a head coach. Mularkey served two seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills (2004-05), where he went 14-18, and one season as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). In his first season with the Bills, the team went 9-7 to post their only winning season in over a decade.
Bryant only caught two passes for 12 yards, but the Cowboys were pleased with how their star receiver felt Monday.
“I think the encouraging sign for us was that he played as many snaps as he did, and afterwards, he seemed like he was good,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We anticipate him being able to practice on Wednesday and have a full week this week.”
Garrett said the coaches were monitoring Bryant closely and the receiver gave himself some rest on a few occasions, but it was not related to his foot, the story claims. Bryant has not had a full practice since Sept. 11. He went through three limited practices last week, taking team snaps in just two practices. Garrett said Bryant had some expected rust.