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Vikings LB Greenway has broken hand
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway broke his left hand in last weekend’s game against the New England Patriots and is questionable for the game on Sunday at New Orleans.
Coach Mike Zimmer announced on Wednesday that Greenway had the injury. The veteran linebacker did not practice on Wednesday and said later that he was not sure if he would be able to play.
Greenway was wearing a plastic brace on his arm and said it was a different kind of injury than the right wrist problem that bothered him last season.
The Vikings are particularly thin at linebacker and can ill afford to lose Greenway for too long. If he can’t go, second-year man Gerald Hodges could see more playing time in his place. (Photo: Associated Press)

Vikings LB Greenway has broken hand

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway broke his left hand in last weekend’s game against the New England Patriots and is questionable for the game on Sunday at New Orleans.

Coach Mike Zimmer announced on Wednesday that Greenway had the injury. The veteran linebacker did not practice on Wednesday and said later that he was not sure if he would be able to play.

Greenway was wearing a plastic brace on his arm and said it was a different kind of injury than the right wrist problem that bothered him last season.

The Vikings are particularly thin at linebacker and can ill afford to lose Greenway for too long. If he can’t go, second-year man Gerald Hodges could see more playing time in his place. (Photo: Associated Press)

Bush explains comment about disciplining daughter
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush tried Wednesday to clarify remarks he made on a radio show about how he might discipline his 1-year-old daughter.
Bush told WFAN on Tuesday he “definitely will discipline her harshly” and indicated he would consider spanking his child, although it was not clear if Bush meant he was already using that form of discipline — or that he might do so when his daughter is older.
He spoke with reporters in Detroit’s locker room Wednesday.
“Obviously, I’m not going to be spanking a 1-year-old girl, but we do discipline her a little bit,” Bush said via the Detroit Free Press. “She does this thing now where if she doesn’t like something, or if you say something to her that she doesn’t like, then she kind of like, swings at you. So, we’re already starting to implement little things, just like talking to her, like, ‘Hey, that’s not OK.’ Stuff like that. I think obviously people took it too far, and thought that I had said that I was doing much worse, and that’s not the case.”
Corporal punishment has been under scrutiny after Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was indicted on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. Bush was discussing that on WFAN when he talked about his own views as a parent.
“I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her,” Bush said on the radio. “Obviously every person is different. I definitely will use my best judgment to discipline her depending on the situation, on what happens. I definitely will try to, will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her, but I definitely will discipline her harshly, depending on what the situation is.”
Moments later, Bush indicated he might use physical punishment.
“I’m going to use my best judgment,” he said. “I’m not going to say I’m not going to spank her. Hopefully she won’t do anything bad enough to where I have to, but also at the same time, kids are going to be kids. Whatever discipline I give her, it’s always out of love, and it’s always because I want the best for her.”

On Wednesday, he said he should have kept his thoughts on disciplining his daughter private. The 29-year-old Bush said his mother would spank him when he was growing up near San Diego. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bush explains comment about disciplining daughter

Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush tried Wednesday to clarify remarks he made on a radio show about how he might discipline his 1-year-old daughter.

Bush told WFAN on Tuesday he “definitely will discipline her harshly” and indicated he would consider spanking his child, although it was not clear if Bush meant he was already using that form of discipline — or that he might do so when his daughter is older.

He spoke with reporters in Detroit’s locker room Wednesday.

“Obviously, I’m not going to be spanking a 1-year-old girl, but we do discipline her a little bit,” Bush said via the Detroit Free Press. “She does this thing now where if she doesn’t like something, or if you say something to her that she doesn’t like, then she kind of like, swings at you. So, we’re already starting to implement little things, just like talking to her, like, ‘Hey, that’s not OK.’ Stuff like that. I think obviously people took it too far, and thought that I had said that I was doing much worse, and that’s not the case.”

Corporal punishment has been under scrutiny after Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson was indicted on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. Bush was discussing that on WFAN when he talked about his own views as a parent.

“I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I discipline her,” Bush said on the radio. “Obviously every person is different. I definitely will use my best judgment to discipline her depending on the situation, on what happens. I definitely will try to, will obviously not leave bruises or anything like that on her, but I definitely will discipline her harshly, depending on what the situation is.”

Moments later, Bush indicated he might use physical punishment.

“I’m going to use my best judgment,” he said. “I’m not going to say I’m not going to spank her. Hopefully she won’t do anything bad enough to where I have to, but also at the same time, kids are going to be kids. Whatever discipline I give her, it’s always out of love, and it’s always because I want the best for her.”

On Wednesday, he said he should have kept his thoughts on disciplining his daughter private. The 29-year-old Bush said his mother would spank him when he was growing up near San Diego. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Peyton only 3 away from joining Farve in 500 TD club
 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is only three touchdown throws shy of 500 for his career and a dozen short of surpassing Brett Favre for the most in NFL history.
Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison caught the most (112), and 12 players have caught one TD pass from the five-time MVP.
Mitch Unrein is among the current Broncos who have caught touchdown passes from Manning, a group that features Demaryius Thomas (25), Julius Thomas (16), Wes Welker (10), Jacob Tamme (8) and Bubba Caldwell (3).
Unrein’s is probably the most unlikely name of all.

The Broncos defensive tackle lined up at fullback on Dec. 2, 2012, slipped into the left flat on first-and-goal from the 1 and hauled in Manning’s floater to help the Broncos beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23. (Photo: Associated Press)

Peyton only 3 away from joining Farve in 500 TD club

 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is only three touchdown throws shy of 500 for his career and a dozen short of surpassing Brett Favre for the most in NFL history.

Former Indianapolis Colts receiver Marvin Harrison caught the most (112), and 12 players have caught one TD pass from the five-time MVP.

Mitch Unrein is among the current Broncos who have caught touchdown passes from Manning, a group that features Demaryius Thomas (25), Julius Thomas (16), Wes Welker (10), Jacob Tamme (8) and Bubba Caldwell (3).

Unrein’s is probably the most unlikely name of all.

The Broncos defensive tackle lined up at fullback on Dec. 2, 2012, slipped into the left flat on first-and-goal from the 1 and hauled in Manning’s floater to help the Broncos beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-23. (Photo: Associated Press)

Kaepernick fined $11K for inappropriate language, will appeal 
 
Colin Kaepernick has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL for using inappropriate language following a fourth-quarter interception in Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Bears. But the 49ers quarterback says he plans to appeal the fine.
Kaepernick reiterated that he did nothing wrong when he and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston went at it — and Kaepernick points to Houston’s comments that the quarterback didn’t say anything offensive or out of line. Kaepernick shoved Houston.
“It will be appealed,” Kaepernick said. “I didn’t say anything. Lamarr Houston said I didn’t say anything. We’re going to leave it at that.”
Side judge Laird Hayes threw the flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Houston told the Chicago Tribune after the game that he hadn’t heard anything from Kaepernick and that he had said something to the quarterback after the first of two late interceptions by rookie Kyle Fuller that helped rally the Bears.
“I said, ‘Nice pass,’” Houston said.
Because of Houston’s comments, Kaepernick believes he has a case for an appeal.
“The player that I supposedly said something to has been quoted saying that I didn’t say anything, and I don’t know him, so it’s not like he would have a reason to just randomly stick up for me,” Kaepernick said.

In the letter from the league informing him of the fine, Kaepernick said there was no explanation as to what Hayes claims the quarterback said. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Kaepernick fined $11K for inappropriate language, will appeal

 

Colin Kaepernick has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL for using inappropriate language following a fourth-quarter interception in Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Bears. But the 49ers quarterback says he plans to appeal the fine.

Kaepernick reiterated that he did nothing wrong when he and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston went at it — and Kaepernick points to Houston’s comments that the quarterback didn’t say anything offensive or out of line. Kaepernick shoved Houston.

“It will be appealed,” Kaepernick said. “I didn’t say anything. Lamarr Houston said I didn’t say anything. We’re going to leave it at that.”

Side judge Laird Hayes threw the flag for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Houston told the Chicago Tribune after the game that he hadn’t heard anything from Kaepernick and that he had said something to the quarterback after the first of two late interceptions by rookie Kyle Fuller that helped rally the Bears.

“I said, ‘Nice pass,’” Houston said.

Because of Houston’s comments, Kaepernick believes he has a case for an appeal.

“The player that I supposedly said something to has been quoted saying that I didn’t say anything, and I don’t know him, so it’s not like he would have a reason to just randomly stick up for me,” Kaepernick said.

In the letter from the league informing him of the fine, Kaepernick said there was no explanation as to what Hayes claims the quarterback said. (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Cards Dwyer arrested on charges of aggravated assault 
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dywer was arrested in Arizona on Wednesday on charges related to domestic violence. According to the CBS Evening News, Dwyer is facing charges of aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911.
Tyler Baldwin of Arizona’s 3TV reports a source informed him that Dwyer was in the locker room Wednesday during media availability. He was pulled from practice to answer police questions. Afterwards he was taken to the station to answer more questions and later arrested.
According to Baldwin, police arrested Dwyer because of an alleged fight with his wife, Kayla, from a while ago. She saved the records of her injuries, and just now reported the attack to the authorities.
The Associated Press reports that the counts “aggravated assault causing a fracture” was against a 27-year-old victim on July 21.
Neighbors heard the fight and called police, who showed up at the residence. Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left. The next day, Crump said Dwyer snatched the woman’s cellphone and threw it from the second floor of their home to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.
The woman came forward last week, providing police with information about her injuries and text messages that indicated Dwyer “was going to harm himself because of what had been going on,” police said.
The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities including this weeks’ game against the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy.
Dwyer’s arrest comes on the same day that the Panthers placed defensive end Greg Hardy on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list. Hardy, who’s awaiting a jury trial on domestic violence charges, won’t be able to participate in any team activities until his legal issues are resolved.

The arrest also comes less than 24 hours after the NFL announced that it would be hiring four women to serve as advisers to Roger Goodell to help shape the NFL’s stance on domestic violence (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

Cards Dwyer arrested on charges of aggravated assault

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dywer was arrested in Arizona on Wednesday on charges related to domestic violence. According to the CBS Evening News, Dwyer is facing charges of aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911.

Tyler Baldwin of Arizona’s 3TV reports a source informed him that Dwyer was in the locker room Wednesday during media availability. He was pulled from practice to answer police questions. Afterwards he was taken to the station to answer more questions and later arrested.

According to Baldwin, police arrested Dwyer because of an alleged fight with his wife, Kayla, from a while ago. She saved the records of her injuries, and just now reported the attack to the authorities.

The Associated Press reports that the counts “aggravated assault causing a fracture” was against a 27-year-old victim on July 21.

Neighbors heard the fight and called police, who showed up at the residence. Police Sgt. Trent Crump said Dwyer hid in the bathroom until police left. The next day, Crump said Dwyer snatched the woman’s cellphone and threw it from the second floor of their home to prevent her from calling police about another dispute.

The woman came forward last week, providing police with information about her injuries and text messages that indicated Dwyer “was going to harm himself because of what had been going on,” police said.

The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities including this weeks’ game against the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Dwyer’s arrest comes on the same day that the Panthers placed defensive end Greg Hardy on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list. Hardy, who’s awaiting a jury trial on domestic violence charges, won’t be able to participate in any team activities until his legal issues are resolved.

The arrest also comes less than 24 hours after the NFL announced that it would be hiring four women to serve as advisers to Roger Goodell to help shape the NFL’s stance on domestic violence (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports)

New PED policy allows suspended players to return
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is one of three NFL players to have his suspension lifted by the NFL after the league and the NFL Players’ Association announced a revised policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Welker, along with the Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and St Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, initially had a four game suspension that has now been lifted, with two of those games already served.
A positive test for a banned amphetamine will now be considered under the substance abuse policy and not result in an immediate four-game suspension.
In an email sent to the Denver Post earlier this month, Welker protested his innocence stating he “never knowingly” took anything and said that the procedures are “clearly flawed”.(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)
The NFL and Union is also expected to announce changes to the substance abuse policy which will result in reduced time off for Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon and former Indianapolis Colts receiver LaVon Brazill.

 

New PED policy allows suspended players to return

Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker is one of three NFL players to have his suspension lifted by the NFL after the league and the NFL Players’ Association announced a revised policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Welker, along with the Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick and St Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, initially had a four game suspension that has now been lifted, with two of those games already served.

A positive test for a banned amphetamine will now be considered under the substance abuse policy and not result in an immediate four-game suspension.

In an email sent to the Denver Post earlier this month, Welker protested his innocence stating he “never knowingly” took anything and said that the procedures are “clearly flawed”.(Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL and Union is also expected to announce changes to the substance abuse policy which will result in reduced time off for Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon and former Indianapolis Colts receiver LaVon Brazill.

 

Jaguars make changes, but Henne remains starter
The Jacksonville Jaguars are making changes — just not the one many of their fans want to see.
The Jaguars announced Wednesday that rookie Luke Bowanko will start at center against Indianapolis on Sunday and veteran Sam Young will start at right tackle. Chad Henne, however, remains the starting quarterback ahead of rookie Blake Bortles.
Bowanko replaces journeyman Jacques McClendon. Young replaces Cam Bradfield, who was waived Tuesday.
Coach Gus Bradley made the moves after one of the worst offensive performances in team history. Jacksonville allowed a franchise-record 10 sacks and managed just 148 yards — including a 63-yard, busted-coverage touchdown pass from Henne to tight end Marcedes Lewis — in a 41-10 loss at Washington.

The calls for rookie, first-round pick Bortles have been loud following a 0-2 start for Jacksonville. (Photo: Associated Press)

Jaguars make changes, but Henne remains starter

The Jacksonville Jaguars are making changes — just not the one many of their fans want to see.

The Jaguars announced Wednesday that rookie Luke Bowanko will start at center against Indianapolis on Sunday and veteran Sam Young will start at right tackle. Chad Henne, however, remains the starting quarterback ahead of rookie Blake Bortles.

Bowanko replaces journeyman Jacques McClendon. Young replaces Cam Bradfield, who was waived Tuesday.

Coach Gus Bradley made the moves after one of the worst offensive performances in team history. Jacksonville allowed a franchise-record 10 sacks and managed just 148 yards — including a 63-yard, busted-coverage touchdown pass from Henne to tight end Marcedes Lewis — in a 41-10 loss at Washington.

The calls for rookie, first-round pick Bortles have been loud following a 0-2 start for Jacksonville. (Photo: Associated Press)

Browns TE Cameron, LB Mingo return to practice
Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron and starting linebacker Barkevious Mingo both returned to practice after missing last week with shoulder injuries.
Cameron and Mingo sat out Sunday’s home win over New Orleans. They took part in the early stages of Wednesday’s practice while the media were allowed to watch.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Cameron and Mingo would be limited and doesn’t know if they’ll play this week against Baltimore.
Pettine expects running back Ben Tate (sprained right knee) to miss his second straight game. Tate was on a stationary bike as his teammates worked out. He got hurt in the season opener at Pittsburgh.
Cameron initially injured his shoulder during training camp and then aggravated it after he fell following a 47-yard reception against the Steelers. (Photo: Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

 

Browns TE Cameron, LB Mingo return to practice

Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron and starting linebacker Barkevious Mingo both returned to practice after missing last week with shoulder injuries.

Cameron and Mingo sat out Sunday’s home win over New Orleans. They took part in the early stages of Wednesday’s practice while the media were allowed to watch.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Cameron and Mingo would be limited and doesn’t know if they’ll play this week against Baltimore.

Pettine expects running back Ben Tate (sprained right knee) to miss his second straight game. Tate was on a stationary bike as his teammates worked out. He got hurt in the season opener at Pittsburgh.

Cameron initially injured his shoulder during training camp and then aggravated it after he fell following a 47-yard reception against the Steelers. (Photo: Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

 

DeSean Jackson expects to play against Eagles
Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he expects to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports. It’s Jackson’s first return to Philly since he was released by the Eagles in March.
“I don’t plan on missing this game,” Jackson said.
Jackson has a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder from the Redskins’ win over Jacksonville, but he said Wednesday that the swelling and soreness have gone down and he’s getting back to full strength and full motion in the arm.

The three-time Pro Bowl wideout was abruptly cut by the Eagles and signed by the Redskins a few days later. (Photo: Associated Press)

DeSean Jackson expects to play against Eagles

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson says he expects to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports. It’s Jackson’s first return to Philly since he was released by the Eagles in March.

“I don’t plan on missing this game,” Jackson said.

Jackson has a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder from the Redskins’ win over Jacksonville, but he said Wednesday that the swelling and soreness have gone down and he’s getting back to full strength and full motion in the arm.

The three-time Pro Bowl wideout was abruptly cut by the Eagles and signed by the Redskins a few days later. (Photo: Associated Press)

NFL finance committee approves Pegula’s bid to buy Bills 
Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are closer to completing their purchase of the Buffalo Bills after their $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league’s finance committee Wednesday, the New York Daily News reports.
NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman announced the result of the vote shortly after it was taken in New York. The approval clears the way for NFL owners to formally approve the sale at league meetings next month. The Pegulas will require three-quarters majority approval from the 32 owners, including the trust overseeing late Bills owner Ralph Wilson’s estate.
Terry Pegula made a brief statement confirming the committee’s approval, but declined to go into detail.
“As far as I can say, we’re not NFL owners until that vote is approved, and we’ll have no further comments,” he said.
The finance committee’s approval comes a little over a week after Wilson’s estate reached a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to the Pegulas. The agreement was reached a day after the Pegulas were among at least three prospective ownership candidates submitted formal bids.

The Bills were on the market after Wilson, the Hall of Fame team founder, died in March. (Photo: Bill Wippert/Associated Press)

NFL finance committee approves Pegula’s bid to buy Bills

Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula are closer to completing their purchase of the Buffalo Bills after their $1.4 billion purchase agreement was unanimously approved by the league’s finance committee Wednesday, the New York Daily News reports.

NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman announced the result of the vote shortly after it was taken in New York. The approval clears the way for NFL owners to formally approve the sale at league meetings next month. The Pegulas will require three-quarters majority approval from the 32 owners, including the trust overseeing late Bills owner Ralph Wilson’s estate.

Terry Pegula made a brief statement confirming the committee’s approval, but declined to go into detail.

“As far as I can say, we’re not NFL owners until that vote is approved, and we’ll have no further comments,” he said.

The finance committee’s approval comes a little over a week after Wilson’s estate reached a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to the Pegulas. The agreement was reached a day after the Pegulas were among at least three prospective ownership candidates submitted formal bids.

The Bills were on the market after Wilson, the Hall of Fame team founder, died in March. (Photo: Bill Wippert/Associated Press)

Lions S Carey returns to practice
Detroit Lions safety Don Carey returned to the practice field after missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury.
If Carey can return this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, it could provide a boost to a secondary that has already lost Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson to season-ending injuries. Safety James Ihedigbo has also been out with a neck issue.
The Lions were looking for Carey to play a key role in their secondary, which has been an area of concern in recent years. In January the Lions signed him to a three-year contract extension with base salaries of $730,000 in 2014, $745,000 in 2015 and $760,000 in 2016.

The secondary is just one of Detroit’s biggest concerns, along with the team’s kicking game. The Lions don’t appear to be on the verge of changing their kicker. Rookie Nate Freese has missed all three of his attempts from at least 40 yards this season, but head coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday he expects Freese to be the team’s choice again Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Lions S Carey returns to practice

Detroit Lions safety Don Carey returned to the practice field after missing the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury.

If Carey can return this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, it could provide a boost to a secondary that has already lost Bill Bentley and Nevin Lawson to season-ending injuries. Safety James Ihedigbo has also been out with a neck issue.

The Lions were looking for Carey to play a key role in their secondary, which has been an area of concern in recent years. In January the Lions signed him to a three-year contract extension with base salaries of $730,000 in 2014, $745,000 in 2015 and $760,000 in 2016.

The secondary is just one of Detroit’s biggest concerns, along with the team’s kicking game. The Lions don’t appear to be on the verge of changing their kicker. Rookie Nate Freese has missed all three of his attempts from at least 40 yards this season, but head coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday he expects Freese to be the team’s choice again Sunday. (Photo: Tim Fuller/USA TODAY Sports)

Cowboys Romo, Bryant and McClain sit out practice
The Dallas Cowboys were without quarterback Tony Romo on the practice field Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Head coach Jason Garrett said his starting quarterback didn’t practice because of tightness in his surgically repaired back and that no exam was needed. But according to Romo, Wednesday was just a routine day of rest.
It was the first practice Romo has missed since the start of the regular season. He took several days off during training camp and the preseason.
The 34-year-old Romo had surgery to repair a herniated disk in December, eight months after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back that kept him out of the offseason last year.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant was on the practice field Wednesday but not in uniform. He injured his right shoulder in the first quarter Sunday but finished the game. He was playing catch on the side Wednesday but not practicing with the team.
Linebacker Rolando McClain wasn’t on the practice field after he hurt his groin in Sunday’s win at Tennessee.

But the Cowboys did welcome back cornerback Orlando Scandrick to practice. He rejoined the team after being suspended four games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. But after the NFLPA and the league reached an agreement on a revised policy for PED’s, Scandrick was allowed to return two weeks early. Garrett said the team would start evaluating whether he can play Sunday at St. Louis. (Photo: Associated Press)

Cowboys Romo, Bryant and McClain sit out practice

The Dallas Cowboys were without quarterback Tony Romo on the practice field Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Head coach Jason Garrett said his starting quarterback didn’t practice because of tightness in his surgically repaired back and that no exam was needed. But according to Romo, Wednesday was just a routine day of rest.

It was the first practice Romo has missed since the start of the regular season. He took several days off during training camp and the preseason.

The 34-year-old Romo had surgery to repair a herniated disk in December, eight months after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back that kept him out of the offseason last year.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant was on the practice field Wednesday but not in uniform. He injured his right shoulder in the first quarter Sunday but finished the game. He was playing catch on the side Wednesday but not practicing with the team.

Linebacker Rolando McClain wasn’t on the practice field after he hurt his groin in Sunday’s win at Tennessee.

But the Cowboys did welcome back cornerback Orlando Scandrick to practice. He rejoined the team after being suspended four games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. But after the NFLPA and the league reached an agreement on a revised policy for PED’s, Scandrick was allowed to return two weeks early. Garrett said the team would start evaluating whether he can play Sunday at St. Louis. (Photo: Associated Press)

Joe Flacco misses practice with illness
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice Wednesday with an unspecified illness but is expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Flacco hasn’t missed a start since launching his career during the first week of his rookie season in 2008. He has played in 98 straight games.
It was also the first time in recent memory he missed a practice.
Coach John Harbaugh did not give any insight into Flacco’s absence, described only as “illness” on the injury report.
A team spokesman said Flacco could be back as soon as Thursday.
Coming off a week in which the Ravens released suspended running back Ray Rice, the team has dealt with one distraction after another. But the players have maintained their focus.

Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe missed practice with a sore knee. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Flacco misses practice with illness

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice Wednesday with an unspecified illness but is expected to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Flacco hasn’t missed a start since launching his career during the first week of his rookie season in 2008. He has played in 98 straight games.

It was also the first time in recent memory he missed a practice.

Coach John Harbaugh did not give any insight into Flacco’s absence, described only as “illness” on the injury report.

A team spokesman said Flacco could be back as soon as Thursday.

Coming off a week in which the Ravens released suspended running back Ray Rice, the team has dealt with one distraction after another. But the players have maintained their focus.

Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe missed practice with a sore knee. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Panthers place Greg Hardy on exempt list
The Carolina Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
The Panthers announced the decision Wednesday to place Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list just hours after the Vikings took a similar disciplinary approach with Adrian Peterson, who is addressing child abuse charges in Texas.
Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue to be paid, is allowed to be at the team facility but will not practice.
Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim claimed the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is appealing the ruling and a jury trial is set for Nov. 17.
“I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter,” Hardy said in a statement. “I am entitled to my day in court and that’s where my focus should be.
“I am disappointed to leave my teammates and the Carolina Panthers organization during our season. My decision to take a leave of absence allows me to focus on my family until the legal process has run its course.”
Hardy, who was tagged as the team’s franchise player this offseason and signed a one-year, $13.1 million deal, is Carolina’s top pass rusher.
He earns more than $770,000 each week during the regular season.
He tied a franchise record with 15 sacks last season and has 26 in in his last 32 games. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

 

Panthers place Greg Hardy on exempt list

The Carolina Panthers have removed Greg Hardy from the team’s active roster until the Pro Bowl defensive end’s domestic violence case is resolved, ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.

The Panthers announced the decision Wednesday to place Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list just hours after the Vikings took a similar disciplinary approach with Adrian Peterson, who is addressing child abuse charges in Texas.

Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said Hardy will continue to be paid, is allowed to be at the team facility but will not practice.

Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim claimed the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is appealing the ruling and a jury trial is set for Nov. 17.

“I understand that I need to step away from football right now and take care of this legal matter,” Hardy said in a statement. “I am entitled to my day in court and that’s where my focus should be.

“I am disappointed to leave my teammates and the Carolina Panthers organization during our season. My decision to take a leave of absence allows me to focus on my family until the legal process has run its course.”

Hardy, who was tagged as the team’s franchise player this offseason and signed a one-year, $13.1 million deal, is Carolina’s top pass rusher.

He earns more than $770,000 each week during the regular season.

He tied a franchise record with 15 sacks last season and has 26 in in his last 32 games. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

 

Colts promote DT Quarles from practice squad

The Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to the active roster and guard David Arkin to the practice squad.

To clear room Monday, Indianapolis released running back Dion Lewis from the active roster and guard Josh Walker from the practice squad.

The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Quarles was waived by New England on Aug. 31. The undrafted rookie originally signed with the Giants in May. He could help fill the void left by defensive lineman Arthur Jones, who sustained a high right ankle sprain in Monday night’s 30-27 loss to Philadelphia.

Arkin played in one game with Miami last season and was Dallas’ fourth-round pick in 2011.

Indy (0-2) signed Lewis last week. Walker, an undrafted rookie, was signed by the Colts in May.