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Texans LB Clowney hopes to return in a few weeks
Houston Texans No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks, the teams’ official website reports.
Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday after an appearance at a local middle school.
“Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than everyone expects,” he said.
Clowney was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and coach Bill O’Brien said at the time that he would miss 4-6 weeks. Clowney said he is encouraged by the progress he has made since the surgery and is eager to return.
“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I miss playing football. I miss being out there with my teammates practicing and everything. So I’m just ready to get back.”
Clowney has recently started running and he hasn’t had any problems with that. He was hurt when he jumped up to try and bat down a pass. He put his hand to his right knee and began limping after he landed. There was some speculation that has was injured because his foot slipped between one of the 8-by-8-foot palettes of real grass that make up Houston’s field, but he dismissed that notion on Tuesday.
“I think it’s just how I came down on it wrong,” he said.
This is the third injury for the former South Carolina standout since he was drafted in May. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp. He said it’s been difficult to have to sit out and he’s focused on doing everything he can to return as soon as possible.
 

Texans LB Clowney hopes to return in a few weeks

Houston Texans No. 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee is going well and he hopes to return for the Houston Texans in a few weeks, the teams’ official website reports.

Clowney spoke to reporters on Tuesday after an appearance at a local middle school.

“Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than everyone expects,” he said.

Clowney was injured in the season-opener on Sept. 7 and coach Bill O’Brien said at the time that he would miss 4-6 weeks. Clowney said he is encouraged by the progress he has made since the surgery and is eager to return.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “I miss playing football. I miss being out there with my teammates practicing and everything. So I’m just ready to get back.”

Clowney has recently started running and he hasn’t had any problems with that. He was hurt when he jumped up to try and bat down a pass. He put his hand to his right knee and began limping after he landed. There was some speculation that has was injured because his foot slipped between one of the 8-by-8-foot palettes of real grass that make up Houston’s field, but he dismissed that notion on Tuesday.

“I think it’s just how I came down on it wrong,” he said.

This is the third injury for the former South Carolina standout since he was drafted in May. He had sports hernia surgery in the offseason and suffered a concussion during training camp. He said it’s been difficult to have to sit out and he’s focused on doing everything he can to return as soon as possible.

 

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WEEK FIVE
RANK TEAM REC LAST GAME TOT PTS PRV RANK
 1 Cincinnati Bengals 3-0 Bye Week 190 1
 2 Arizona Cardinals 3-0 Bye Week 170 4 
3 Seattle Seahawks 2-1 Bye Week 177 2 
4 San Diego Chargers 3-1 Won 33-14 vs. JAC 173 6
 5 Denver Broncos 2-1 Bye Week 165 5 
6 Baltimore Ravens 3-1 Won 38-10 vs. CAR 163 8
 7 Detroit Lions 3-1 Won 24-17 at NYJ 159 10 
8 Philadelphia Eagles 3-1 Lost 26-21 at SF 157 3 
9 Indianapolis Colts 2-2 Won 41-17 vs. TEN 143 16 
10 Dallas Cowboys 3-1 Won 38-17 vs. NO 134 19 
11 Green Bay Packers 2-2 Won 38-17 at CHI 133 17 
12 San Francisco 49ers 2-2 Won 26-21 vs. PHI 129 18 
13 Kansas City Chiefs 2-2 Won 41-14 vs. NE 113 22 
14 Chicago Bears 2-2 Lost 38-17 vs. GB 108 9
 15 Pittsburgh Steelers 2-2 Lost 27-24 vs. TB 103 11 
16 Houston Texans 3-1 Won 23-17 vs. BUF 96 19 
17 New York Giants 2-2 Won 45-14 at WAS 95 25 
18 New England Patriots 2-2 Lost 41-14 at KC 93 7
 19 Atlanta Falcons 2-2 Lost 41-28 at MIN 85 12
 20 Carolina Panthers 2-2 Lost 38-10 at BAL 84 13
21 Miami Dolphins 2-2 Won 38-14 at OAK 83 26 
22 New Orleans Saints 1-3 Lost 38-17 at DAL 70 14
 23 Buffalo Bills 2-2 Lost 23-17 at HOU 61 15
 24 Minnesota Vikings 2-2 Won 41-28 vs. ATL 60 28 
25 Cleveland Browns 1-2 Bye Week 54 24
 26 New York Jets 1-3 Lost 24-17 vs. DET 44 21 
27 Washington Redskins 1-3 Lost 45-14 vs. NYG 33 26
 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3 Won 27-24 at PIT 32 30
 29 St. Louis Rams 1-2 Bye Week 28 29 .
30 Tennessee Titans 1-3 Lost 41-17 at IND 18 27 
31 Jacksonville Jaguars 0-4 Lost 33-14 at SD 14 32 

32 Oakland Raiders 0-4 Lost 38-14 vs. MIA 7 31

Kickoff Coverage’s Power Rankings is determined by a simple points system based on how each voter ranks the NFL’s 32 teams. A team receives 32 points for each first place vote, 31 for second place and so on through to the 32nd team, which receives one point. The rankings are set by listing the teams’ point totals from highest to lowest.

WEEK FIVE

RANK TEAM REC LAST GAME TOT PTS PRV RANK

 1 Cincinnati Bengals 3-0 Bye Week 190 1

 2 Arizona Cardinals 3-0 Bye Week 170 4 

3 Seattle Seahawks 2-1 Bye Week 177 2 

4 San Diego Chargers 3-1 Won 33-14 vs. JAC 173 6

 5 Denver Broncos 2-1 Bye Week 165 5 

6 Baltimore Ravens 3-1 Won 38-10 vs. CAR 163 8

 7 Detroit Lions 3-1 Won 24-17 at NYJ 159 10 

8 Philadelphia Eagles 3-1 Lost 26-21 at SF 157 3 

9 Indianapolis Colts 2-2 Won 41-17 vs. TEN 143 16 

10 Dallas Cowboys 3-1 Won 38-17 vs. NO 134 19 

11 Green Bay Packers 2-2 Won 38-17 at CHI 133 17 

12 San Francisco 49ers 2-2 Won 26-21 vs. PHI 129 18 

13 Kansas City Chiefs 2-2 Won 41-14 vs. NE 113 22 

14 Chicago Bears 2-2 Lost 38-17 vs. GB 108 9

 15 Pittsburgh Steelers 2-2 Lost 27-24 vs. TB 103 11 

16 Houston Texans 3-1 Won 23-17 vs. BUF 96 19 

17 New York Giants 2-2 Won 45-14 at WAS 95 25 

18 New England Patriots 2-2 Lost 41-14 at KC 93 7

 19 Atlanta Falcons 2-2 Lost 41-28 at MIN 85 12

 20 Carolina Panthers 2-2 Lost 38-10 at BAL 84 13

21 Miami Dolphins 2-2 Won 38-14 at OAK 83 26 

22 New Orleans Saints 1-3 Lost 38-17 at DAL 70 14

 23 Buffalo Bills 2-2 Lost 23-17 at HOU 61 15

 24 Minnesota Vikings 2-2 Won 41-28 vs. ATL 60 28 

25 Cleveland Browns 1-2 Bye Week 54 24

 26 New York Jets 1-3 Lost 24-17 vs. DET 44 21 

27 Washington Redskins 1-3 Lost 45-14 vs. NYG 33 26

 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-3 Won 27-24 at PIT 32 30

 29 St. Louis Rams 1-2 Bye Week 28 29 .

30 Tennessee Titans 1-3 Lost 41-17 at IND 18 27 

31 Jacksonville Jaguars 0-4 Lost 33-14 at SD 14 32 

32 Oakland Raiders 0-4 Lost 38-14 vs. MIA 7 31

Dolphins agree to terms with RB LaMichael James
Running back and kick returner LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad.
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.
The Dolphins have five other running backs under contract, including Knowshon Moreno, who has missed the past two games because of an elbow injury.
James was frustrated by his lack of playing time with the 49ers and has 41 career carries while averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He was used mostly on returns, averaging 10.9 yards on punt returns and 28.4 on kickoffs.
James finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at Oregon.
 

Dolphins agree to terms with RB LaMichael James

Running back and kick returner LaMichael James agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins to join their practice squad.

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.

The Dolphins have five other running backs under contract, including Knowshon Moreno, who has missed the past two games because of an elbow injury.

James was frustrated by his lack of playing time with the 49ers and has 41 career carries while averaging 4.5 yards per attempt. He was used mostly on returns, averaging 10.9 yards on punt returns and 28.4 on kickoffs.

James finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2010 and 10th in 2011 at Oregon.

 

Eagles get much needed O-line help with Lane’s return 
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson was at his first practice on Tuesday after being allowed to rejoin the team following a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And the timing couldn’t be any better as he gives a struggling O-line a much-needed boost going into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.
Johnson wasn’t allowed to communicate with coaches during his suspension, but stayed in contact with teammates. He stayed in shape by working out at Athletes Performance Institute in Frisco, Texas. But during that time he watched the Eagles lose one offensive lineman after another.
The Eagles lost All-Pro left guard Evan Mathis for two months in the season opener. Allen Barbre, who replaced Johnson, suffered a season-ending ankle injury in that game. Center Jason Kelce is out indefinitely after sports hernia surgery last week.
With a makeshift line, the Eagles haven’t had much success running the ball. LeSean McCoy, an All-Pro last year, is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. Coach Chip Kelly’s lack of confidence in the line was evident when he had Nick Foles throw twice from the 1 with the game on the line in a 26-21 loss at San Francisco.
Johnson’s return allows Todd Herremans to return to right guard, giving the Eagles three starters at their regular positions. Matt Tobin remains in Mathis’ spot and David Molk is filling for Kelce.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he had no reservations about putting Johnson right back into the lineup despite his absence the past month. Johnson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft, started 17 games last year, including the playoffs. He helped pave the way for McCoy to set a franchise record in yards rushing.
 

Eagles get much needed O-line help with Lane’s return 

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson was at his first practice on Tuesday after being allowed to rejoin the team following a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And the timing couldn’t be any better as he gives a struggling O-line a much-needed boost going into Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

Johnson wasn’t allowed to communicate with coaches during his suspension, but stayed in contact with teammates. He stayed in shape by working out at Athletes Performance Institute in Frisco, Texas. But during that time he watched the Eagles lose one offensive lineman after another.

The Eagles lost All-Pro left guard Evan Mathis for two months in the season opener. Allen Barbre, who replaced Johnson, suffered a season-ending ankle injury in that game. Center Jason Kelce is out indefinitely after sports hernia surgery last week.

With a makeshift line, the Eagles haven’t had much success running the ball. LeSean McCoy, an All-Pro last year, is averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. Coach Chip Kelly’s lack of confidence in the line was evident when he had Nick Foles throw twice from the 1 with the game on the line in a 26-21 loss at San Francisco.

Johnson’s return allows Todd Herremans to return to right guard, giving the Eagles three starters at their regular positions. Matt Tobin remains in Mathis’ spot and David Molk is filling for Kelce.

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he had no reservations about putting Johnson right back into the lineup despite his absence the past month. Johnson, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 draft, started 17 games last year, including the playoffs. He helped pave the way for McCoy to set a franchise record in yards rushing.

 

Chiefs place RB Joe McKnight on IR
The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.
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.
Stephenson was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. That suspension ended with Monday night’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said earlier Tuesday that he would wait to see Stephenson practice on Wednesday before he begins to decide whether he’ll go back in the starting lineup.
 

Chiefs place RB Joe McKnight on IR

The Kansas City Chiefs have created space on their roster for the return of right tackle Donald Stephenson by placing running back Joe McKnight on injured reserve.

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.

Stephenson was suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. That suspension ended with Monday night’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said earlier Tuesday that he would wait to see Stephenson practice on Wednesday before he begins to decide whether he’ll go back in the starting lineup.

 

NFL says Abdullah shouldn’t have been penalized
The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.
The league’s rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the “officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.”
The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night led to criticism on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players such as former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.
Abdullah is a devout Muslim who took a year off from football to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. He said after Monday’s game that he knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady.
After he slid to the grass in Arrowhead Stadium, yellow flags came flying from the officials.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties and advocacy organization, issued a statement early Tuesday asking that the NFL take steps in response to the penalty.
“To prevent the appearance of a double standard, we urge league officials to clarify the policy on prayer and recognize that the official made a mistake in this case,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t agree with the penalty, but he also didn’t make much of it.
“When you go to Mecca,” he said, referring to the end zone, “you should have the privilege to slide anywhere you want to slide. We have two priests in here. I think they will vouch for me.”
Indeed, there were two pastors sitting in Reid’s postgame news conference.
Abdullah is in his second year with the Chiefs after spending an entire season away from the game. He decided that, in the prime of his career, he would join his brother Hamza — who also was playing in the NFL at the time — to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Fifth Pillar of Islam is The Hajj, the pilgrimage that all Muslims are supposed to make once in their lifetime.
 

NFL says Abdullah shouldn’t have been penalized

The NFL said Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when he dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception.

The league’s rule book prohibits players from celebrating while on the ground, but spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email Tuesday that the “officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.”

The flag thrown in the fourth quarter of Kansas City’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots on Monday night led to criticism on social media, with many wondering how it was different from players such as former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow dropping to one knee in Christian prayer.

Abdullah is a devout Muslim who took a year off from football to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. He said after Monday’s game that he knew before he even reached the end zone he would drop to his knees in thankful prayer after intercepting Tom Brady.

After he slid to the grass in Arrowhead Stadium, yellow flags came flying from the officials.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties and advocacy organization, issued a statement early Tuesday asking that the NFL take steps in response to the penalty.

“To prevent the appearance of a double standard, we urge league officials to clarify the policy on prayer and recognize that the official made a mistake in this case,” CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t agree with the penalty, but he also didn’t make much of it.

“When you go to Mecca,” he said, referring to the end zone, “you should have the privilege to slide anywhere you want to slide. We have two priests in here. I think they will vouch for me.”

Indeed, there were two pastors sitting in Reid’s postgame news conference.

Abdullah is in his second year with the Chiefs after spending an entire season away from the game. He decided that, in the prime of his career, he would join his brother Hamza — who also was playing in the NFL at the time — to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Fifth Pillar of Islam is The Hajj, the pilgrimage that all Muslims are supposed to make once in their lifetime.

 

Falcons lose C Hawley, OT Holmes for season, S Moore for 8 weeks -
The Atlanta Falcons have lost center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes to season-ending injuries and also will be without starting safety William Moore for eight games.
The three starters were hurt in Sunday’s 41-28 loss at Minnesota. Tuesday’s moves leave Atlanta with serious holes to fill before this week’s game at the Giants.
Hawley (knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Moore (shoulder) was placed on injured return-designated to return. He can begin practicing in six weeks.
Falcons guard Justin Blalock (back) also left Sunday’s game with an injury.
Atlanta signed safety Sean Baker, tackle Cameron Bradfield and guard Harland Gunn to the active roster. The team signed safety Kimario McFadden and guard Adam Replogle to the practice squad.
 

Falcons lose C Hawley, OT Holmes for season, S Moore for 8 weeks -

The Atlanta Falcons have lost center Joe Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes to season-ending injuries and also will be without starting safety William Moore for eight games.

The three starters were hurt in Sunday’s 41-28 loss at Minnesota. Tuesday’s moves leave Atlanta with serious holes to fill before this week’s game at the Giants.

Hawley (knee) and Holmes (foot) were placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Moore (shoulder) was placed on injured return-designated to return. He can begin practicing in six weeks.

Falcons guard Justin Blalock (back) also left Sunday’s game with an injury.

Atlanta signed safety Sean Baker, tackle Cameron Bradfield and guard Harland Gunn to the active roster. The team signed safety Kimario McFadden and guard Adam Replogle to the practice squad.

 

Raiders name Sparano interim head coach
The Oakland Raiders named offensive line coach Tony Sparano interim head coach on Tuesday, a day after firing head coach Dennis Allen.
General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move to Sparano after cutting ties to Allen four games into his third season as coach.
Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. He took over a one-win team in 2008 and led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title. That was his only winning season and he was fired with three games remaining in 2011.
Sparano has been offensive line coach in Oakland for the last two seasons.
Sparano becomes Oakland’s eighth coach in the past 12 seasons. The Raiders have not made the playoffs or had a winning record since winning the 2002 AFC championship.
The Raiders are off this week after losing 38-14 to Miami in London on Sunday for their 10th straight loss dating to last season. Oakland next plays at home against San Diego on Oct. 12.
Allen was the first head coach hired by Oakland after Al Davis’ death in October 2011. His 8-28 record is the worst for the franchise since before Davis arrived in 1963. His contract was set to run through next season.
“After thorough evaluation, we have determined to move in another direction,” McKenzie said. “We appreciate Dennis Allen’s dedication to the organization and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”
Allen is the third coach fired during the season by Oakland since Davis arrived. Mike Shanahan was fired after four games in 1989 and Lane Kiffin was let go four games into the 2008 season.
The Raiders have had 11 straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth. Oakland will now have its eighth coach since 2003.
 

Raiders name Sparano interim head coach

The Oakland Raiders named offensive line coach Tony Sparano interim head coach on Tuesday, a day after firing head coach Dennis Allen.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move to Sparano after cutting ties to Allen four games into his third season as coach.

Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. He took over a one-win team in 2008 and led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title. That was his only winning season and he was fired with three games remaining in 2011.

Sparano has been offensive line coach in Oakland for the last two seasons.

Sparano becomes Oakland’s eighth coach in the past 12 seasons. The Raiders have not made the playoffs or had a winning record since winning the 2002 AFC championship.

The Raiders are off this week after losing 38-14 to Miami in London on Sunday for their 10th straight loss dating to last season. Oakland next plays at home against San Diego on Oct. 12.

Allen was the first head coach hired by Oakland after Al Davis’ death in October 2011. His 8-28 record is the worst for the franchise since before Davis arrived in 1963. His contract was set to run through next season.

“After thorough evaluation, we have determined to move in another direction,” McKenzie said. “We appreciate Dennis Allen’s dedication to the organization and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”

Allen is the third coach fired during the season by Oakland since Davis arrived. Mike Shanahan was fired after four games in 1989 and Lane Kiffin was let go four games into the 2008 season.

The Raiders have had 11 straight seasons without a winning record or a playoff berth. Oakland will now have its eighth coach since 2003.

 

Eli Manning releasing ball quicker
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is averaging 2.27 seconds from the snap to his release, a substantial drop from last year’s average of 2.73 seconds, reports The Star-Ledger. In fact, only his brother, Denver’s Peyton Manning, is releasing the ball quicker (2.12 seconds) this season.
Manning averaged 1.7 seconds from snap to release on his four touchdown passes last Thursday against the Redskins.
“I thought we did a good job of getting the ball out fast,” Manning told the paper. “I thought we had a plan, I thought I had a good plan for most of the plays and where I wanted to go with the ball, getting through my progressions.
“There’s still some improvement, still some things to get better on, some things with footwork and whatnot, but definitely made strides and have to keep trying to get better each and every week,” he added.
 

Eli Manning releasing ball quicker

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is averaging 2.27 seconds from the snap to his release, a substantial drop from last year’s average of 2.73 seconds, reports The Star-Ledger. In fact, only his brother, Denver’s Peyton Manning, is releasing the ball quicker (2.12 seconds) this season.

Manning averaged 1.7 seconds from snap to release on his four touchdown passes last Thursday against the Redskins.

“I thought we did a good job of getting the ball out fast,” Manning told the paper. “I thought we had a plan, I thought I had a good plan for most of the plays and where I wanted to go with the ball, getting through my progressions.

“There’s still some improvement, still some things to get better on, some things with footwork and whatnot, but definitely made strides and have to keep trying to get better each and every week,” he added.

 

Colts sign LB Mathis to one-year extension
The Indianapolis Colts have signed Robert Mathis to a one-year contract extension that will keep the linebacker with the team through the 2016 season, the team announced on Tuesday.
Mathis is the Colts career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19½ sacks last season. He led the league in sacks last season and that effort earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
But this season has been a washout. Mathis was suspended for the first four games after violating the NFL’s the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles’ tendon during a private workout while he was away from the team. Indy (2-2) put Mathis on the reserve/non-football injury list Monday.
The Colts also signed free agent cornerback Jalil Brown and added receiver Chandler Jones and linebacker Rob Ruggiero to the practice squad.
 

Colts sign LB Mathis to one-year extension

The Indianapolis Colts have signed Robert Mathis to a one-year contract extension that will keep the linebacker with the team through the 2016 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Mathis is the Colts career leader in sacks and set a single-season franchise record with 19½ sacks last season. He led the league in sacks last season and that effort earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

But this season has been a washout. Mathis was suspended for the first four games after violating the NFL’s the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, then sustained a season-ending torn Achilles’ tendon during a private workout while he was away from the team. Indy (2-2) put Mathis on the reserve/non-football injury list Monday.

The Colts also signed free agent cornerback Jalil Brown and added receiver Chandler Jones and linebacker Rob Ruggiero to the practice squad.

 

Jets re-sign FB Connor
The New York Jets re-signed fullback John Conner Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.
Bohanon needs surgery to repair the injury that occurred during the Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Wake Forest last year and had played in every game since joining the Jets.
Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the team’s final cuts out of training camp.
 

Jets re-sign FB Connor

The New York Jets re-signed fullback John Conner Tuesday after fullback Tommy Bohanon was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list with a broken collarbone.

Bohanon needs surgery to repair the injury that occurred during the Jets’ 24-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. He was a seventh-round draft pick out of Wake Forest last year and had played in every game since joining the Jets.

Conner rejoins the team that drafted him in the fifth round out of Kentucky in 2010. He was released by New York in 2012 after dealing with injuries, but finished that season with Cincinnati. Conner played last season for the Giants, but was among the team’s final cuts out of training camp.

 

Browns RB Ben Tate returns to practice
Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate returned to practice after missing the past two games with a sprained right knee, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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.
Tate was signed as a free agent in March after three seasons with Houston. His return is a good indication he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
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.
 

Browns RB Ben Tate returns to practice

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate returned to practice after missing the past two games with a sprained right knee, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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.

Tate was signed as a free agent in March after three seasons with Houston. His return is a good indication he’ll be able to play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

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.

 

KICKOFF COVERAGE’S HIGLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: WEEK 4

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Stevie Johnson catches a 12-yard pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a touchdown.