Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:08pm
The Jets’ top two quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Geno Smith, are both dealing with aches, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see third-stringer Matt Simms in Sunday’s home game against the Steelers.
Vick will start the game, and should be good to go, barring any setbacks this week to his lingering foot injury that had him limping after Sunday’s loss at the Chiefs – his first start with the Jets. Vick left the game for a series after banging his head on the turf, but he returned once he was cleared by the NFL’s concussion examination procedures.
“He had a foot injury that I think we’re more concerned with than the other (head injury),” Ryan said. “He passed the concussion protocol and all that. If anything, he’s got a foot that keeps getting stepped on. I think that’s the biggest concern right now.”
Monday, November 3, 2014, 8:07pm
The team announced Monday afternoon the signing of Kendall Hunter to a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season.
Hunter, a fourth-round pick of the Niners in 2011 out of Oklahoma State, tore the ACL in his right knee on the second day of training camp this summer. He has played in 43 games and has rushed for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns on 262 carries.
Jerick McKinnon is resigned to the fact that Matt Asiata will continue to be Minnesota's short-yardage back. Asiata ran for three TDs on Sunday for the second time this season and third time since last December.
McKinnon, though, will remain the starter. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had nothing but praise Monday for his rookie runner and was excited to hear he's striving for more consistency.
"I've been extremely impressed with him, with everything,'' Zimmer said. "His pass protection is getting better. He got beat once yesterday, but he's doing some great things running the football. I think Jerick has a very bright future in everything that he's doing. I'm glad that his expectations are always high. That makes me happy."
McKinnon is still looking for his first TD, but appears to have taken over as the guy who will get a majority of carries with Asiata the short yardage guy. The TDs should come, but the whole RB situation could become muddied if Adrian Peterson does return to the team. So far it's only been speculation, but it's something that would disrupt the current RB situation.
Jennings was ruled out a few days ago so this shouldn't come as a surprise for owners. News items over the weekend and Monday indicated it's possible Jennings isn't back until Week 11. Andre Williams gets the start in his place in a decent matchup against a Colts D that's 15th in allowing fantasy points to RBs. The Giants D is going to have to keep this close so the offense can stay with the running game.
Jalil Brown DB
Khaled Holmes C
Arthur Jones DE
Josh McNary OLB
Jamon Meredith T
Kelcy Quarles DT
Erik Walden OLB
As expected, WR Reggie Wayne (elbow) is ACTIVE but it's a tough matchup against the Giants who are ranked 4th in allowing fantasy points to WRs. While we had a news item Saturday that said Wayne won't be limited, he has a combined 8 catches for 50 yards his last two games (Weeks 6 and 7, he was inactive Week 8). Donte Moncrief exploded on to the scene last week in his place, and could steal some targets.
Johnson has missed three straight games with a high ankle sprain, while Bush has missed two of the past three games with ankle issues of his own.
Coach Mike Zimmer did not reveal trade secrets Monday when asked about Patterson being targeted seven times but only hauling in one catch in Minnesota's 29-26 victory over Washington.
The dude clearly is not on the same page.
"Yes. I'll leave it at that," Zimmer said.
Bridgewater zipped a short pass high through Patterson's hands on the first drive, then overthrew him the next series on a deep ball that would have resulted in an easy touchdown had they been in sync.
"It's nothing between the two; it's they're not precise enough," Zimmer added. "We'd love for (Patterson) to be involved but ... guys have to make sure that they're in the right places more."
It's been a frustrating season for Patterson owners who likely spent a pretty nice draft pick on Patterson back in summer. Patterson and Bridgewater have a chance to become a formidable duo, but there's still a bit of a question as to when that will be. Patterson has begun to hit the waiver wire and while he showed some signs of life Week 7 and 8, in Week 9 vs. Washington he had just one catch for nine yards.
There's been a lot of adversity facing the offense over the first half of the season, but there's always been tight end Greg Olsen.
Or there had always been Olsen – until the other challenges curtailing the offense made it more difficult to keep Olsen involved.
"It's been hard on him," head coach Ron Rivera said. "Greg is a playmaker for us. We've got to get the ball in his hands."
It isn't that Olsen's level of play has slipped. It's that with everything else going on, he's had to slip into other roles as well.
"He's had to help more with the protection," Rivera said. "With the different things that we do, he's not in the route immediately, so that takes away from his visibility to the quarterback."
In the Panthers' first seven games, Olsen averaged almost six catches and was targeted more than eight times per game. In the last two games, home losses in which the offense has scored just one touchdown, Olsen has caught four passes and been targeted a total of seven times the story pointed out. Hopefully "soon" for owners means Week 10 in Philly on Monday night. The story went on to say with several starters likely to return from injury when the Panthers play again in nine days, the offense will have a shot at playing better football. It's still a good ways out, but Rivera sounded confident that starting tackle Byron Bell and guard Amini Silatolu would be back for Carolina's visit to Philadelphia for Monday Night Football.
When the Vikings put Adrian Peterson on the Exempt List and his attorney, Rusty Hardin, made it clear the superstar running back intended to go to trial, it appeared Peterson's season had ended early.
But reports from ESPN and Pro Football Talk this weekend said that Peterson may reach a plea bargain as early as Tuesday and that the agreement would reduce the pending felony child-abuse charges to a misdemeanor.
If that's the case, it's not unthinkable that Peterson could return and play for the Vikings this season.
Here's what head coach Mike Zimmer had to say Monday when a reporter asked him about the situation:
"You sound like a coach with all those 'what ifs' in there," Zimmer said. "You know, I only go by what I see. Adrian has always been great with me. He's been top-notch, first-class, did everything I asked him to do. I'm not going to speculate on what happens, 'if' and 'when' and all this. When and if it happens then I'll be glad to talk to you about it."
ESPN's Chris Mortensen said it's "very possible" Peterson plays again with the Vikings this season, though he'll have to be reinstated by the league and the team would have to welcome him back. According to Mortensen, the team has been "softening" its stance towards their controversial running back. We still believe it's unlikely that Peterson plays, but owners with room on the bench may want to stash Peterson in case the chips fall into place. Remember, Mortensen isn't infallible. While the Josh Gordon saga was going on, he said that the chances of Gordon being fully reinstated were "100 percent." That obviously didn't happen.
Monday, November 3, 2014, 4:33pm
The Green Bay Packers have signed Head Coach Mike McCarthy to a new multi-year contract, team Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson announced Monday.
McCarthy, who is in his ninth season as head coach, has guided the Packers to six playoff appearances, four division titles, an NFC championship and a Super Bowl title. He has recorded 93 wins overall to rank third in franchise history behind Curly Lambeau (212) and Vince Lombardi (98).
The MRI results are back for Lamar Miller. They reveal he has an AC joint sprain. He is day to day.
An AC joint sprain is also more commonly known as a shoulder separation. An AC joint sprain is a relatively common sporting injury affecting the shoulder and is characterized by tearing of the connective tissue and ligaments of the Acromio-Clavicular joint.
The AC joint is responsible for connecting the shoulder blade with the clavicle and allows for some shoulder movement. During certain activities, stretching forces are placed on the AC joint. When these forces are excessive and beyond what the AC joint can withstand, tearing of the ligaments and connective tissue of the AC joint may occur. This condition is known as an AC joint sprain.
The Detroit Lions used their off week to rest and try to heal their many, many injured players, but there is not complete clarity as to whether any of them we'll be back Sunday against Miami.
"We'll have to wait and see, to be honest with you," Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. "And it'll be just like every week, it'll be a day-to-day thing."
Johnson has not played since Week 5 against Buffalo, when he aggravated his high right ankle sprain. Bush has dealt with an ankle sprain the past three weeks. The Lions rested last week in the hopes of getting those players back for the second half of the season.
Johnson told reporters last week he expects to play against Miami on Sunday, the story said, but right now the Lions are treating this as a day-to-day thing. The Dolphins are at Detroit and it's an early afternoon game. Hopefully some light will be shed with the Wednesday injury report, but if not we'll know in advance who is active in case it comes down to a game-time decision.
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim isn’t concerned about his star running back being overworked.
On his weekly Monday radio appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Keim said he’s not worried about Andre Ellington's health being impacted by wear and tear because he "plays smart."
"There’s some self-preservation when you watch him on tape, whether he gets out of bounds (or) he gets down," Keim said. "But just watching the tape again this morning, he’s the guy that makes this thing go offensively. He’s such a dynamic runner."
Ellington had 25 touches in Sunday’s 28-17 win against the Dallas Cowboys, his fourth straight game of 25 or more. He seems to be over his foot injury that slowed him down in the beginning of the season. Reports said he needed rest and couldn't do any more damage. Since the Week 4 bye, Ellington's touches are slightly up per game. While the schedule gets more difficult, Ellington seems to be one of those back where the matchup doesn't matter a whole lot, especially thanks to his role in the passing game.
Kyle Rudolph is ramping up his rehabilitation from hernia surgery and targeting the team's next game, Nov. 16 at Chicago, for his return.
"That's my goal," Rudolph said after Sunday's 29-26 victory over Washington. "I've got to get myself in football shape. In my mind, I have two weeks to get ready so I'm going to do everything I can to get out there then."
Regaining the former Pro Bowler can only help Minnesota's offense and rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Surgeons on Sept. 25 re-attached Rudolph's abdominal muscles to his pelvic bone after he aggravated a nagging core injury in a Week 3 loss at New Orleans, the story said. The injury started bothering him the first week of training camp in early August. Rudolph and the training staff tried managing the initial tear to avoid surgery. Rudolph was drafted as a low-end TE1 but never really took off likely due to the injury. It will remain to be seen if he can get back to that value.
It's a short week so the game is Thursday night at home against Cleveland. It's shaping up to be a great matchup and if Dehner's reply about Bernard is true, it may be another huge week for Jeremy Hill, who would again fill in for Bernard. Coming into Week 9, Cleveland was ranked 28th in allowing fantasy points to RBs.