Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
Floyd, who was scheduled to be a free agent after the season, struggled mightily on the field all season and then was arrested on a DUI charge early Monday morning after the team had returned from a road game in Miami.
It's a surprising move, but given his status as a pending free agent and struggles on the field, it's not entirely shocking. He'll definitely get a fresh start elsewhere given his age (27), first round pedigree, and the potential and production he displayed from 2013 to 2015 (averaging 55 catches for 910 yards and 5.7 touchdowns per season). J.J. Nelson should see starter-type snaps with Floyd out of the way and John Brown still limited with his sickle-cell trait.
The status of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu may also play a role in their ultimate choice regarding WR Julio Jones. Sanu missed last Sunday with a groin injury, but HC Dan Quinn said he expects the wideout to practice on Wednesday.
The Falcons went down to the wire before making a decision on wide receiver Julio Jones‘ status for last Sunday’s game against the Rams and it looks like things could be headed down that path again this week.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Sirius XM NFL Radio that Jones will not practice with the rest of the team on Wednesday due to the toe injury that kept him out in Week 14. Quinn said that the team will see how he feels later in the week before determining his status.
I personally feel that Matt Barkley has performed well enough in his first three starts to at least be considered for the starting quarterback position next season. He’s impressed me (and the Bears) with his poise and accuracy, especially late in games. He’s also shown a real good awareness in the pocket and the ability to sidestep pressure. If not for a couple dropped passes and holding penalties, the Bears very well could be 3-0 in Barkley’s starts, not 1-2.
With that being said, there are still three games remaining and a lot could change between now and the end of the season. I’d like to see Barkley continue to improve while avoiding turnovers like he’s done in his last two games against the 49ers and Lions.
Barkley was projected as a top pick in the draft before returning to USC for his senior season, but fell to the fourth round a year later after suffering a shoulder injury. Barkley was drafted by the Eagles, but didn’t really fit into Chip Kelly’s spread offense and never really got a chance to show what he could do in Philadelphia.
The running back, who will be a free agent after this season, is still in a walking boot and using a scooter to wheel himself around Lambeau Field on the week he would have been eligible to come off injured reserve because of his left ankle injury. Two weeks ago, the Packers gave up on Lacy when they used their lone designated-to-return exemption on rookie cornerback Makinton Dorleant.
Lacy said he doesn’t expect there to be any long-term effects from his injury and he should be able to resume his regular workouts this offseason. It was those much-discussed workouts that Lacy believes allowed him to get off to the best start of his NFL career. But, his future with the Packers is in doubt. His injury came in the final year of his rookie contract. He was coming off a disappointing 2015 season and reported in better shape after an offseason that included workouts with P90X founder Tony Horton and even though he still looked big, he was clearly more effective than he was last year.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:46pm
The Ravens are parting ways with a potential future Hall of Famer.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:44pm
Wide receiver Demarcus Ayers, a seventh-round draft pick, thought he was on the verge of a promotion to the 53-man roster two weeks ago. Then, an abdominal injury to kicker Chris Boswell forced the Steelers to sign Randy Bullock, and Ayers had to wait.
With Boswell healthy again, the Steelers promoted Ayers from the practice squad Monday and released Bullock.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Ayers was promoted because “we've been leaking a little bit at the wide receiver position.”
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:41pm
Darren McFadden has officially moved back to the 53-man roster as of Tuesday afternoon.
The Cowboys activated the veteran running back from the Non-Football Injury list after a lengthy absence caused by a broken elbow. They released rookie running back Darius Jackson to make room on the roster.
The decision to release Jackson is at least mildly surprising, but the Cowboys were in a bit of a tough spot given their good overall health at this point in the season. Adding McFadden to the roster would have given them five total running backs, and Jackson had yet to appear in uniform for a regular season game.
The decision to activate McFadden gives the Cowboys three running backs with 1,000-yard seasons on their resumes. Ezekiel Elliott is currently sitting on 1,392 yards during his rookie campaign, and Alfred Morris posted totals of 1,613, 1,275 and 1,074 during his first three years with Washington.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:39pm
Miller injured his right shoulder in Houston's Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers while attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Brock Osweiler. He had his arm in a sling in the locker room after the game and did not play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
The Texans promoted wide receiver Wendall Williams from the practice squad to take Miller's spot on the active roster.
Two days after missing his sixth field goal of the season and having a point after attempt blocked – the fourth straight game in which a PAT was missed – the Cincinnati Bengals finally ran out of patience with Mike Nugent.
On Tuesday afternoon, the club released the 12th year veteran and signed Randy Bullock.
In 13 games, Nugent converted a career-low 79.3 percent of his extra point attempts. Bullock was with the Pittsburgh Steelers from Dec. 4-12 as an injury replacement for Chris Boswell, going 3-for-3 on field goals and 1-for-1 on point after attempts. He began the year with the New York Giants, going 2-for-3 on PATs.
Related players: Troymaine Pope
Seattle was down to two healthy tailbacks at the end of the Green Bay game — Thomas Rawls and Alex Collins — after Troymaine Pope suffered what coach Pete Carroll on Monday said was “a severe” ankle sprain. It was a re-injury of an injury Pope had suffered against the Eagles on Nov. 20. Taylor is the son of former NFL back Fred Taylor.
The Dolphins plan to sign veteran quarterback T.J. Yates to serve as the backup to Matt Moore, according to an ESPN report, apparently bypassing rookie quarterback Brandon Doughty for the second-team role.
A tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Dolphins will soon sign Yates, who tore his ACL (anterior cruicate ligament) last December while playing for Houston.
Yates, a five-year veteran who hasn’t played since his injury, made two starts and four appearances for the Texans in 2015. He ended the season 28 of 57 for 370 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He had a passer rating of 80.3.
In the immediate aftermath of Dak Prescott doubling his season interception total and starting a one-game losing streak, the Cowboys were quick to insist that the rookie quarterback was still their guy.
(The fact those interceptions went from two to four and he had won 11 straight prior to that likely led to their conviction.)
But when questions cropped up in the aftermath about the possible availability of Tony Romo and what it would take for Prescott to lose his grip on the starting job, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was just as forceful.
“You can make it as simple or as complex as you want to make it,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “It’s pretty simple for us: Dak’s going to play quarterback as we go forward.”
As the story said, there’s reason to wonder, as Prescott has failed to top 200 yards in any of his last three games, and was shaky at best against the Giants Sunday night, with Dez Bryant continuing to be a bit of an afterthought in the offense (catching one pass for 10 yards against the Giants).
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said last week that he would shelve his plans to return to action this season if the Vikings lost two straight games to drop out of contention for a playoff spot, but the Vikings were able to come up with their second win in their last eight games against the Jaguars last Sunday.
As a result, he says his plans to get back on the field are moving forward. During an interview with DJ Skee on DashRadio.com, Peterson said that he intends to join the team at practice this week.
“I plan on practicing this week to really get my legs under me and get a good feel on where I’m at,” Peterson said. “So, this week is going to be big for me. My plan, and my vision, is to be back for the Green Bay game [on December 24]. That’s what I’m envisioning. Of course, the perfect scenario would be we win out and I’m able to rest up for three weeks, and be ready for the playoffs. That’s the perfect scenario. But I’ll be out there this week practicing, and I’ll go from there.”
Peterson hopes to play in Week 16, which will be the finals finals for a lot of leagues. He may not get a full workload, but could be used in the red zone making him an interesting, but risky, play for owners who have survived with him on their bench or who can pick him up off waivers. Peterson called himself a good judge of his body and said the “next couple of days” will help him figure out what he’s able to do on the field. It sounds like we’ll see Peterson on Christmas Eve if all goes well and the Vikings can do their part to make that game a big deal by running their winning streak to two against the Colts this weekend.