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Bond lowered for Cardinals RB Dwyer
A Phoenix court has lowered the bond used to release Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer from jail after he was arrested on charges that he assaulted his wife during arguments at their apartment.
Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Jeffrey Rueter on Monday reduced Dwyer’s bond from $25,000 to $10,000 and removed a requirement that the player wear an ankle monitoring bracelet. But Rueter declined a request by the player’s attorney to secure his release without a bond.
Dwyer has been out of jail since posting bail hours after his Sept. 17 arrest.
Investigators have said Dwyer broke his wife’s nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument, and the next day punched her and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn’t injured. Dwyer was initially booked on suspicion of aggravated assault against his son but was not indicted on that allegation.
His wife told authorities the first assault occurred after she learned about Dwyer’s recent phone contact with another woman.
Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault.
Robert Feinberg, one of Dwyer’s attorneys, argued his client should be released on his own recognizance because Dwyer has no prior criminal history and stands zero chance of fleeing from authorities.
“He wants to prove his innocence,” Feinberg said, adding that Dwyer’s wife told police on a few occasions that she doesn’t want the case prosecuted.
Feinberg read to Rueter a glowing letter written by one of Dwyer’s former teachers and pointed out that the player has strong family support.
“Where was that support when he was violently going after this victim?” asked prosecutor Jay Rademacher, arguing that the $25,000 bond was appropriate.
Dwyer was arrested last month as the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell came under fire amid a series of off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.
The day after his arrest, the Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can’t play for Arizona again this season.
 

Bond lowered for Cardinals RB Dwyer

A Phoenix court has lowered the bond used to release Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer from jail after he was arrested on charges that he assaulted his wife during arguments at their apartment.

Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Jeffrey Rueter on Monday reduced Dwyer’s bond from $25,000 to $10,000 and removed a requirement that the player wear an ankle monitoring bracelet. But Rueter declined a request by the player’s attorney to secure his release without a bond.

Dwyer has been out of jail since posting bail hours after his Sept. 17 arrest.

Investigators have said Dwyer broke his wife’s nose with a head-butt during a July 21 argument, and the next day punched her and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son, who wasn’t injured. Dwyer was initially booked on suspicion of aggravated assault against his son but was not indicted on that allegation.

His wife told authorities the first assault occurred after she learned about Dwyer’s recent phone contact with another woman.

Dwyer has pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated assault and eight misdemeanors, including assault.

Robert Feinberg, one of Dwyer’s attorneys, argued his client should be released on his own recognizance because Dwyer has no prior criminal history and stands zero chance of fleeing from authorities.

“He wants to prove his innocence,” Feinberg said, adding that Dwyer’s wife told police on a few occasions that she doesn’t want the case prosecuted.

Feinberg read to Rueter a glowing letter written by one of Dwyer’s former teachers and pointed out that the player has strong family support.

“Where was that support when he was violently going after this victim?” asked prosecutor Jay Rademacher, arguing that the $25,000 bond was appropriate.

Dwyer was arrested last month as the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell came under fire amid a series of off-the-field encounters involving some marquee players, including Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.

The day after his arrest, the Cardinals placed Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can’t play for Arizona again this season.

 

Jaguars LB Posluszny out for season with chest injury 
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without leading tackler Paul Posluszny for the rest of the season.
Posluszny tore a pectoral muscle in his chest during Sunday’s 24-6 win against Cleveland and will be placed on injured reserve.
Posluszny sustained the injury while making a sack early in the fourth quarter, but stayed in the game. He finished with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. The eighth-year pro leads the team with 69 tackles and has been the team’s top tackler the previous three years.
The Jaguars (1-6) plan to replace him by moving fourth-year pro J.T. Thomas from outside to middle linebacker. Dekoda Watson will take over for Thomas.
Jacksonville doesn’t expect to sign anyone off the street since it has seven linebackers, including Posluszny, on the roster. Rookie Jeremiah George, who was signed off the New York Jets practice squad, will serve as Thomas’ backup.
Jacksonville also will be without defensive end Andre Branch, who is expected to miss six weeks with a groin injury. Branch has 13 tackles and three sacks this season.
Losing Posluszny and Branch could be a significant setback for a defense that has played its best the last three weeks. The Jaguars have allowed two touchdowns and an average of 310 yards over the last three games.
With Branch sidelined, rookie Chris Smith, a fifth-round draft pick from Arkansas, could be promoted from the practice squad to replace Posluszny on the 53-man roster.
 

Jaguars LB Posluszny out for season with chest injury 

The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without leading tackler Paul Posluszny for the rest of the season.

Posluszny tore a pectoral muscle in his chest during Sunday’s 24-6 win against Cleveland and will be placed on injured reserve.

Posluszny sustained the injury while making a sack early in the fourth quarter, but stayed in the game. He finished with 12 tackles and a fumble recovery. The eighth-year pro leads the team with 69 tackles and has been the team’s top tackler the previous three years.

The Jaguars (1-6) plan to replace him by moving fourth-year pro J.T. Thomas from outside to middle linebacker. Dekoda Watson will take over for Thomas.

Jacksonville doesn’t expect to sign anyone off the street since it has seven linebackers, including Posluszny, on the roster. Rookie Jeremiah George, who was signed off the New York Jets practice squad, will serve as Thomas’ backup.

Jacksonville also will be without defensive end Andre Branch, who is expected to miss six weeks with a groin injury. Branch has 13 tackles and three sacks this season.

Losing Posluszny and Branch could be a significant setback for a defense that has played its best the last three weeks. The Jaguars have allowed two touchdowns and an average of 310 yards over the last three games.

With Branch sidelined, rookie Chris Smith, a fifth-round draft pick from Arkansas, could be promoted from the practice squad to replace Posluszny on the 53-man roster.

 

49ers lose C Kilgore for season with ankle injury
San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday on a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night’s loss at Denver.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the injury is similar to what nose tackle Ian Williams suffered in Week 2 of the 2013 season at Seattle that required four operations and kept him sidelined until training camp this year. Kilgore, who will be placed on injured reserve, was carted off after getting hurt when linebacker Brandon Marshall inadvertently ran into his lower leg at the end of a run by Frank Gore during a 42-17 loss to the Broncos.
Marcus Martin, a 20-year-old rookie third-round draft pick, is the favorite to fill in for Kilgore on the starting offensive line. Martin recently returned to practice following a training camp knee injury.
Martin’s NFL debut would likely be Nov. 2 at home against the Rams following the Niners’ bye week.
Replacing Kilgore is a big task. But while Martin hasn’t played this season, he has ample experience at the position.
The 70th overall pick out of Southern California, he played 38 games — with 33 starts — over three seasons with the Trojans. Martin started all 13 games at center last year while helping USC rush for 2,419 yards and 29 touchdowns, and earning First-Team All-Pac-12 honors.
 

49ers lose C Kilgore for season with ankle injury

San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday on a fractured left ankle sustained in the third quarter of Sunday night’s loss at Denver.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the injury is similar to what nose tackle Ian Williams suffered in Week 2 of the 2013 season at Seattle that required four operations and kept him sidelined until training camp this year. Kilgore, who will be placed on injured reserve, was carted off after getting hurt when linebacker Brandon Marshall inadvertently ran into his lower leg at the end of a run by Frank Gore during a 42-17 loss to the Broncos.

Marcus Martin, a 20-year-old rookie third-round draft pick, is the favorite to fill in for Kilgore on the starting offensive line. Martin recently returned to practice following a training camp knee injury.

Martin’s NFL debut would likely be Nov. 2 at home against the Rams following the Niners’ bye week.

Replacing Kilgore is a big task. But while Martin hasn’t played this season, he has ample experience at the position.

The 70th overall pick out of Southern California, he played 38 games — with 33 starts — over three seasons with the Trojans. Martin started all 13 games at center last year while helping USC rush for 2,419 yards and 29 touchdowns, and earning First-Team All-Pac-12 honors.

 

Rams release WR Austin Pettis
The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Austin Pettis on Monday, two days after he was late for a team meeting, FOX Sports first reported.
Austin missed practice last Wednesday because of an ankle injury after participating in 39 snaps in the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. He returned to practice Thursday and Friday with full participation, but he was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Wide receiver Chris Givens was active Sunday after being inactive for the previous two games, and he made a 30-yard reception in the Rams’ drive for their final touchdown in St. Louis’ 28-26 win over the Seahawks.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that Pettis’ release occurred because the Rams have other needs on their roster, but he would not reveal the team’s plans.
Fisher also said wide receiver Stedman Bailey, who missed the first two games of the season because of an NFL suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, “will get more and more involved.” Bailey played just two offensive snaps against Seattle.
Pettis made 12 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown in five games this season. He had an important 27-yard catch that set up the Rams for the winning field goal in their 19-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 14, but he had two drops in the team’s final possession of a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 5.
 

Rams release WR Austin Pettis

The St. Louis Rams released wide receiver Austin Pettis on Monday, two days after he was late for a team meeting, FOX Sports first reported.

Austin missed practice last Wednesday because of an ankle injury after participating in 39 snaps in the Monday night game against the San Francisco 49ers. He returned to practice Thursday and Friday with full participation, but he was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Wide receiver Chris Givens was active Sunday after being inactive for the previous two games, and he made a 30-yard reception in the Rams’ drive for their final touchdown in St. Louis’ 28-26 win over the Seahawks.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that Pettis’ release occurred because the Rams have other needs on their roster, but he would not reveal the team’s plans.

Fisher also said wide receiver Stedman Bailey, who missed the first two games of the season because of an NFL suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, “will get more and more involved.” Bailey played just two offensive snaps against Seattle.

Pettis made 12 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown in five games this season. He had an important 27-yard catch that set up the Rams for the winning field goal in their 19-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 14, but he had two drops in the team’s final possession of a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 5.

 

Texans self-destruct during 30-23 loss to Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.
Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight.
Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le’Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total offense and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a momentum-swinging touchdown pass in his first NFL start.
Arian Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29 over the final three quarters. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Texans were undone by three turnovers.
J.J. Watt recovered a fumble and picked up his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most of the second half.
By then, the Steelers were on their way to the win.
One frantic stretch turned the tide.
Pittsburgh was listless for the first 25 minutes, letting Foster and Fitzpatrick do whatever they wanted as the Texans raced to a 13-0 lead that seemed larger.
A 44-yard Shaun Suisham field goal with 3:08 left in the half gave the Steelers a minor boost.
A strike from Roethlisberger to Bell provided a much larger one shortly after the 2-minute warning. Roethlisberger hit the versatile back for a 43-yard gain — Pittsburgh’s longest pass play of the season — to move the ball to the Houston 35.
Roethlisberger then hit Bryant, who struggled staying healthy in the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the inactive list, with a beautiful rainbow Bryant caught at the back of the end zone to make it 13-10 with 1:27 left.
The Steelers were just getting started.
Foster fumbled deep in Houston territory two plays after Bryant’s score and the Steelers recovered. Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who has faced heavy criticism for his play-calling, went deep into his options to help the Steelers take the lead.
On first-and-goal, Roethlisberger flipped the ball to Brown, who was coming in motion. The Pro Bowl wide receiver then spun back around to his left and fired a strike to Lance Moore in the end zone.
Houston’s issues escalated on the next snap when Fitzpatrick’s throw over the middle was deflected into the arms of Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel. The 36-year-old took the second pick of his career to the Houston 8.
Roethlisberger found Brown for a 6-yard gain and then hit Bell — who was uncovered after going in motion — for a touchdown.
The turnaround left Heinz Field euphoric and the Texans and Watt stunned.
The Steelers methodically added on in the second half, extending the lead to 14 points on a pair of Suisham field goals before a late scoring pass from Fitzpatrick to Foster provided the final margin.
The end played in stark contrast to the beginning, when the Texans controlled the line of scrimmage.
Fitzpatrick found rookie running back Alfred Blue for an 11-yard touchdown pass to end a 10-play, 94-yard drive on the Texans’ opening possession before Watt went to work.
The MVP candidate recovered a Roethlisberger fumble, leading to a 39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock that gave Houston a 10-0 lead. Watt later dropped Roethlisberger for his third sack of the year.
It was the third time this season that Watt had a fumble recovery and a sack in the same game. No other player in the NFL has more than one.
The Texans played without rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who missed his sixth straight game due to a right knee injury. Houston didn’t need Clowney to get consistent pressure on Roethlisberger, disrupting the pocket whenever he dropped back to pass.
The Steelers came in staggering after falling to Cleveland by three touchdowns. Roethlisberger stressed his team was hardly ready to panic even after the franchise’s worst loss to Cleveland in 25 years.
Maybe, but it certainly looked like it after Pittsburgh fell behind by two touchdowns. Whatever button the Steelers hit — be it panic or otherwise — worked to perfection as they began a pivotal three-game homestand with a stunningly decisive victory.
 

Texans self-destruct during 30-23 loss to Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.

Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight.

Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le’Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total offense and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a momentum-swinging touchdown pass in his first NFL start.

Arian Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29 over the final three quarters. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Texans were undone by three turnovers.

J.J. Watt recovered a fumble and picked up his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most of the second half.

By then, the Steelers were on their way to the win.

One frantic stretch turned the tide.

Pittsburgh was listless for the first 25 minutes, letting Foster and Fitzpatrick do whatever they wanted as the Texans raced to a 13-0 lead that seemed larger.

A 44-yard Shaun Suisham field goal with 3:08 left in the half gave the Steelers a minor boost.

A strike from Roethlisberger to Bell provided a much larger one shortly after the 2-minute warning. Roethlisberger hit the versatile back for a 43-yard gain — Pittsburgh’s longest pass play of the season — to move the ball to the Houston 35.

Roethlisberger then hit Bryant, who struggled staying healthy in the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the inactive list, with a beautiful rainbow Bryant caught at the back of the end zone to make it 13-10 with 1:27 left.

The Steelers were just getting started.

Foster fumbled deep in Houston territory two plays after Bryant’s score and the Steelers recovered. Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who has faced heavy criticism for his play-calling, went deep into his options to help the Steelers take the lead.

On first-and-goal, Roethlisberger flipped the ball to Brown, who was coming in motion. The Pro Bowl wide receiver then spun back around to his left and fired a strike to Lance Moore in the end zone.

Houston’s issues escalated on the next snap when Fitzpatrick’s throw over the middle was deflected into the arms of Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel. The 36-year-old took the second pick of his career to the Houston 8.

Roethlisberger found Brown for a 6-yard gain and then hit Bell — who was uncovered after going in motion — for a touchdown.

The turnaround left Heinz Field euphoric and the Texans and Watt stunned.

The Steelers methodically added on in the second half, extending the lead to 14 points on a pair of Suisham field goals before a late scoring pass from Fitzpatrick to Foster provided the final margin.

The end played in stark contrast to the beginning, when the Texans controlled the line of scrimmage.

Fitzpatrick found rookie running back Alfred Blue for an 11-yard touchdown pass to end a 10-play, 94-yard drive on the Texans’ opening possession before Watt went to work.

The MVP candidate recovered a Roethlisberger fumble, leading to a 39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock that gave Houston a 10-0 lead. Watt later dropped Roethlisberger for his third sack of the year.

It was the third time this season that Watt had a fumble recovery and a sack in the same game. No other player in the NFL has more than one.

The Texans played without rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who missed his sixth straight game due to a right knee injury. Houston didn’t need Clowney to get consistent pressure on Roethlisberger, disrupting the pocket whenever he dropped back to pass.

The Steelers came in staggering after falling to Cleveland by three touchdowns. Roethlisberger stressed his team was hardly ready to panic even after the franchise’s worst loss to Cleveland in 25 years.

Maybe, but it certainly looked like it after Pittsburgh fell behind by two touchdowns. Whatever button the Steelers hit — be it panic or otherwise — worked to perfection as they began a pivotal three-game homestand with a stunningly decisive victory.

 

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS? They’ve lost an ENTIRE LINE’S WORTH of offensive linemen due to season-ending injuries this season. OUCH!!! H/T: ESPN

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE ATLANTA FALCONS? 

They’ve lost an ENTIRE LINE’S WORTH of offensive linemen due to season-ending injuries this season. OUCH!!! 

H/T: ESPN

Bills RB C.J. Spiller out indefinitely
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller underwent surgery on Monday to repair a collarbone injury, and it’s uncertain if his season is over.
Buffalo (4-3) will also be without co-starting running back, Fred Jackson, who revealed Monday during his weekly radio show on Buffalo’s WGR that he could miss up to four weeks with a groin injury.
Both were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
Coach Doug Marrone is waiting for doctors to provide a prognosis on Spiller before determining how much time the player might miss. Marrone noted “all options are on the table,” including placing Spiller on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
Under that designation, Spiller wouldn’t be eligible to return until Week 16.
The Bills play at the New York Jets (1-6) on Sunday.
 

Bills RB C.J. Spiller out indefinitely

Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller underwent surgery on Monday to repair a collarbone injury, and it’s uncertain if his season is over.

Buffalo (4-3) will also be without co-starting running back, Fred Jackson, who revealed Monday during his weekly radio show on Buffalo’s WGR that he could miss up to four weeks with a groin injury.

Both were hurt in a 17-16 win over Minnesota on Sunday.

Coach Doug Marrone is waiting for doctors to provide a prognosis on Spiller before determining how much time the player might miss. Marrone noted “all options are on the table,” including placing Spiller on the injured reserve/designated to return list.

Under that designation, Spiller wouldn’t be eligible to return until Week 16.

The Bills play at the New York Jets (1-6) on Sunday.

 

If RG3 can’t go, McCoy will start for Redskins
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says that unless Robert Griffin III is 100 percent ready to return from injury, Colt McCoy will start at quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys next week.
Gruden says Monday he can’t rule out Griffin, “but he still has a way’s to go.”
Griffin has been sidelined since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 against Jacksonville.
Kirk Cousins took over as the starter, but he was benched at halftime Sunday, when McCoy came in and led Washington to a come-from-behind 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
If McCoy does begin next Monday night’s game against Dallas, it would be his first NFL start since December 2011, when he was with the Cleveland Browns.
 

If RG3 can’t go, McCoy will start for Redskins

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden says that unless Robert Griffin III is 100 percent ready to return from injury, Colt McCoy will start at quarterback against the Dallas Cowboys next week.

Gruden says Monday he can’t rule out Griffin, “but he still has a way’s to go.”

Griffin has been sidelined since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2 against Jacksonville.

Kirk Cousins took over as the starter, but he was benched at halftime Sunday, when McCoy came in and led Washington to a come-from-behind 19-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans.

If McCoy does begin next Monday night’s game against Dallas, it would be his first NFL start since December 2011, when he was with the Cleveland Browns.

 

Falcons place C Konz on season-ending IR
The Atlanta Falcons have placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury, dealing their battered offensive line another devastating blow.
Konz is Atlanta’s fourth starting offensive lineman to suffer a season-ending injury.
Konz replaced Joe Hawley after Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes suffered season-ending injuries in a loss at Minnesota on Sept. 28. Left tackle Sam Baker was lost for the year in a preseason game.
Konz hurt his knee in the Falcons’ 29-7 loss at Baltimore on Sunday.
Atlanta signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to the 53-man active roster on Monday.
Konz, a second-round pick from Wisconsin in 2012, has made 27 starts at center and right guard.
Scott has 35 career starts with the Lions, Bills, Steelers, and Bears in eight seasons.
 

Falcons place C Konz on season-ending IR

The Atlanta Falcons have placed center Peter Konz on injured reserve with a left knee injury, dealing their battered offensive line another devastating blow.

Konz is Atlanta’s fourth starting offensive lineman to suffer a season-ending injury.

Konz replaced Joe Hawley after Hawley and right tackle Lamar Holmes suffered season-ending injuries in a loss at Minnesota on Sept. 28. Left tackle Sam Baker was lost for the year in a preseason game.

Konz hurt his knee in the Falcons’ 29-7 loss at Baltimore on Sunday.

Atlanta signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to the 53-man active roster on Monday.

Konz, a second-round pick from Wisconsin in 2012, has made 27 starts at center and right guard.

Scott has 35 career starts with the Lions, Bills, Steelers, and Bears in eight seasons.

 

Congrats to Jamaal Charles becoming Chiefs all time leading rusher

Fred Jackson expects to be sidelined up to four weeks
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson says he expects to be out for about four weeks with a groin injury.
Jackson told WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning that doctors gave him that prognosis.
Jackson was injured during the Bills’ 17-16 win Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings. Fellow running back C.J. Spiller also was carted off during the game after injuring his shoulder. His injury is potentially season-ending.
The Bills will likely have a depleted offensive backfield when they face the Jets on Sunday.
Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon are expected to shoulder the workload with both Jackson and Spiller sidelined
While only time will tell how coach Doug Marrone intends to use his new backfield formation, Jackson spoke highly of Brown when asked specifically about the third-year back during the interview.
“He is an every down back,” Jackson said, via the team’s official website. “He can do it all. He’s a guy who can carry the ball 20-25 times. He’s a guy who can pass protect his butt off and run routes well out of the backfield. We won’t miss a beat with a guy like him. He’s a guy who is going to come out and can produce. We know what he’s capable of doing. I’m excited to see him get his opportunity. It comes at a time when we’ve lost a couple of guys who were valuable to the team, but that’s why we have Bryce and Boobie.
 

Fred Jackson expects to be sidelined up to four weeks

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson says he expects to be out for about four weeks with a groin injury.

Jackson told WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning that doctors gave him that prognosis.

Jackson was injured during the Bills’ 17-16 win Sunday over the Minnesota Vikings. Fellow running back C.J. Spiller also was carted off during the game after injuring his shoulder. His injury is potentially season-ending.

The Bills will likely have a depleted offensive backfield when they face the Jets on Sunday.

Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon are expected to shoulder the workload with both Jackson and Spiller sidelined

While only time will tell how coach Doug Marrone intends to use his new backfield formation, Jackson spoke highly of Brown when asked specifically about the third-year back during the interview.

“He is an every down back,” Jackson said, via the team’s official website. “He can do it all. He’s a guy who can carry the ball 20-25 times. He’s a guy who can pass protect his butt off and run routes well out of the backfield. We won’t miss a beat with a guy like him. He’s a guy who is going to come out and can produce. We know what he’s capable of doing. I’m excited to see him get his opportunity. It comes at a time when we’ve lost a couple of guys who were valuable to the team, but that’s why we have Bryce and Boobie.

 

Brian Orakpo out for season with torn pectoral muscle 
Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans after the second play of the fourth quarter with what the team initially announced as a right shoulder injury.
But after the game, coach Jay Gruden clarified that the injury was to Orakpo’s right pectoral area. He described the injury as “significant,” but he didn’t offer further details and said that the linebacker will have an MRI exam on Monday.
Several reports then surfaced Sunday night that the Redskins feared Orakpo was lost for the season due to the injury.
And on Monday their worst fear became reality as the MRI revealed that Orakpo did suffer a torn right pectoral muscle and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Orakpo, a sixth-year veteran, already has suffered two serious pectoral muscle injuries in his career. He tore his left pectoral muscle at the end of the 2011 season, and then in Week 2 of the 2012 season, he tore the same pectoral muscle. Orakpo missed the final 14 games of the 2012 season.
Last season he returned to register double-digit sacks for the second time of his career.
With Orakpo injured, rookie Trent Murphy took over at right outside linebacker on Sunday. He finished the game with three tackles.
Washington selected Murphy in the second round out of Stanford. He previously has been used primarily to spare Orakpo and fellow outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and at times, he joins them on the field, running stunts on nickel packages.
 

Brian Orakpo out for season with torn pectoral muscle 

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo left Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans after the second play of the fourth quarter with what the team initially announced as a right shoulder injury.

But after the game, coach Jay Gruden clarified that the injury was to Orakpo’s right pectoral area. He described the injury as “significant,” but he didn’t offer further details and said that the linebacker will have an MRI exam on Monday.

Several reports then surfaced Sunday night that the Redskins feared Orakpo was lost for the season due to the injury.

And on Monday their worst fear became reality as the MRI revealed that Orakpo did suffer a torn right pectoral muscle and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Orakpo, a sixth-year veteran, already has suffered two serious pectoral muscle injuries in his career. He tore his left pectoral muscle at the end of the 2011 season, and then in Week 2 of the 2012 season, he tore the same pectoral muscle. Orakpo missed the final 14 games of the 2012 season.

Last season he returned to register double-digit sacks for the second time of his career.

With Orakpo injured, rookie Trent Murphy took over at right outside linebacker on Sunday. He finished the game with three tackles.

Washington selected Murphy in the second round out of Stanford. He previously has been used primarily to spare Orakpo and fellow outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, and at times, he joins them on the field, running stunts on nickel packages.

 

After Jamaal Charles broke the Chiefs all-time rushing record in yesterday’s win over the Chargers, do you think he is primed for another huge season?

After Jamaal Charles broke the Chiefs all-time rushing record in yesterday’s win over the Chargers, do you think he is primed for another huge season?

Which player do you think has been the biggest disappointment so far this season?

Rams use trickery to score on 90-yard punt return

Stedman Bailey owes Tavon Austin and his Rams teammates props for his 90-yard punt return.

Because of their trickery, he saw mostly turf after he caught the ball.

St. Louis pretended like the punt was going to the right side of the field, with blockers running down to protect Austin. Austin, meanwhile, called for a fair catch, but the ball never came.

Bailey had caught the ball all the way on the left side of the field, leaving the Seahawks badly out of position to tackle him.

Even the TV camera operator was tricked.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll unsuccessfully argued that Austin calling fair catch negated the rest of the play.