Skip to content

75-man roster tracker

NFL teams have until 4 PM EDT on Monday, August 27 to cut their rosters from 90 players to 75 players. We’ll track all the moves that every team makes to get down to 75 players right here.

Arizona Cardinals: Got down to the 75-player limit on Friday by putting LT Levi Brown on injured reserve, waiving fullback Jared Crank and running back Thomas Clayton with the waived-injured designation, and releasing DE Landon Cohen, WR Gino Crump, S Eddie Elder, WR Tre Gray, CB Marshay Green, WR Jaymar Johnson, FB Reagan Maui’a, LB Marcus McGraw, LB Zack Nash, CB James Nixon, K/P Ricky Schmitt and LB Paul Vassalo.

Atlanta Falcons: Got down to the 75-player limit on Saturday by putting tackle Will Svitek on injured reserve, waiving tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, receiver Kenny Stafford and tight end Aron White and reaching injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.  The Falcons also waived quarterback John Parker Wilson and placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Baltimore RavensCut nine on Sunday, including kicker Billy Cundiff, tight end Davon Drew, receiver Devin Goda, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, cornerback Jordan Maybin, center Cecil Newton (brother of Cam), long snapper Patrick Scales, quarterback Chester Stewart, and receiver Patrick Williams. Finished things up on Monday by placing linebacker Terrell Suggs and wide receiver David Reed on reserve/PUP and placing linebacker Stevie Baggs, linebacker Darryl Blackstock, safety Emanuel Cook and defensive tackle Ryan McBean on injured reserve.

Buffalo Bills: Made 10 moves Sunday to get to the limit. They placed tight end Mike Caussin on reserve/PUP, and released nine players: Wide receiver David Clowney, cornerback Prince Miller, linebacker Danny Batten, defensive end Sean Ferguson, tight end Fendi Onobun, defensive tackle Jay Ross, wide receiver Derek Session, defensive back Nick Sukay and guard Jake Vermiglio.  Batten was waived with the designation “failure to disclose physical condition.”

Carolina Panthers: Started the process of getting down to 75 by cutting their veteran punter and their veteran kicker, Nick Harris and Olindo Mare. They also put promising wide receiver David Gettis on reserve/PUP list, and cornerback Brandon Hogan on IR, and waived wide receivers Darvin Adams, Michael Avila, Brenton Bersin and Rico Wallace (with injury settlement), running backs Josh Vaughan and Lyndon Rowells, tight end Greg Smith, guards Roger Allen and Will Blackwell and linebacker-defensive end Eric Norwood.

Chicago Bears: Made 12 moves Sunday, getting the roster to 76 the day before the deadline. They placed safety Brandon Hardin on IR, receiver Johnny Knox on reserve/PUP, and released veteran defensive tackle John McCargo. They also waived linebacker K.C. Asiodu, quarterback Matt Blanchard, safety Trevor Coston, receiver Terriun Crump, receiver Chris Summers, defensive end Derek Walker, and defensive end Thaddeus Gibson.  They also waived/injured linebacker Adrien Cole and guard Nick Pieschel. The Bears’ final move was cutting former supplemental draft pick Harvey Unga, which got them down to 75.

Cincinnati Bengals: Got down to 76 players on Friday by putting cornerback Brandon Ghee, cornerback Shaun Prater, receiver/cornerback Taveon Rodgers, safety Robert Sands, and guard Travelle Wharton on injured reserve, and releasing defensive end Luke Black, running back Aaron Brown, quarterback Tyler Hansen, and guard Matt Murphy. Wide receiver Kashif Moore was waived on Monday to complete the cuts.

Cleveland BrownsMoved to 80 on Sunday by waiving offensive lineman Jake Anderson, offensive lineman Matt Cleveland, defensive back Emanuel Davis, linebacker JoJo Dickson, punter Spencer Lanning, receiver Carlton Mitchell, receiver Bert Reed, receiver Jermaine Saffold, and receiver Owen SpencerGot to 75 on Monday by waiving with the “injured” designation defensive lineman Marcus Benard, defensive lineman Auston English, and defensive back Antwuan Reed,  placing linebacker Chris Gocong and sixth-round rookie linebacker Emmanuel Acho on injured reserve, and converting defensive lineman Phil Taylor from the active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the reserve/PUP list.

Dallas Cowboys: Dallas got down to 76 players after releasing tackle Levy Adcock, punter Delbert Alvarado, tight end Harry Flaherty, receiver David Little, tackle Tyrone Novikoff, receiver Raymond Radway, running back Javarris Williams and cornerback C.J. Wilson. They also waived/injured receiver Donavon Kemp and linebacker Caleb McSurdy, and put guard/center Kevin Kowalski on the physically unable to perform list. They got to 75 by releasing long snapper Charley Hughlett, who had a partially guaranteed contract.

Denver Broncos: Got down to 75 by cutting veteran long snapper Lonnie Paxton, putting defensive end Jason Hunter on injured reserve and waiving linebacker Elliot Coffey, wide receiver Mark Dell, wide receiver Cameron Kenney, tight end Anthony Miller, defensive end Cyril Obiozor, running back Xavier Omon, safety Anthony Perkins, tackle Mike Remmers, cornerback Ramzee Robinson, fullback Austin Sylvester and guard Austin Wuebbels.

Detroit Lions: The Lions got down to 80 players after waiving fullback James Bryant, receiver Jarett Dillard, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guard Jacques McClendon, linebacker Slade Norris (injured), guard J.C. Oram, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner, kicker Derek Dimke and receiver Terrence Toliver. Running back Jahvid Best’s slow recovery from a concussion landed him on the PUP list where he’ll join cornerback Chris Greenwood. Offensive linemen Jonathan Scott and Bill Nagy were placed on injured reserve and wide receiver Dominique Curry and wide receiver Isaac Madison were released.  Also, an injury settlement was reached with defensive back Don Carey, who had been on injured reserve.

Green Bay Packers: Got down to 75 on Monday by placing linebacker Desmond Bishop, running back Du’ane Bennett, tight end DeMarco Cosby, guard Ray Dominguez, defensive end Johnny Jones and receiver Shaky Smithson on injured reserve. Tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Frank Zombo were placed on reserve/physically unable to perform. The Packers also released fullback Jon Hoese and defensive end Jarius Wynn. Green Bay began the cuts on Friday by releasing DE Anthony Hargrove, WR Andrew Brewer, S Micah Pellerin, T Herb Taylor and CB Dion Turner.

Houston Texans: Made their moves Sunday, cutting veteran LB Omar Gaither and WR Bryant Johnson among others. They also put rookie kicker Randy Bullock on injured reserve, and waived-injured nose tackle Sunny Harris and linebacker Greg William. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton was placed on reserve-PUP, and they released the following: Tackle Nick Mondek, center Thomas Austin, punter Brett Hartmann, receiver Mario Lewis, running back Davin Meggett, defensive end Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, fullback Derrell Smith, guard Kasey Studdard and cornerback Torri Williams.

Indianapolis Colts: Got the ball rolling on Sunday by waiving cornerback Chris Rucker, cornerback Cameron Chism, cornerback Terrence Johnson, cornerback Antonio Fenelus, safety Matt Merletti, safety David Caldwell, linebacker Mike Balogun, wide receiver Quan Cosby, running back Alvester Alexander, guard Jason Foster and punter Brian Stahovich. They got to the limit Monday by placing defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and offensive tackle George Foster were placed on injured reserve, along with wide receiver Griff Whalen. Rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman and guard Justin Anderson were placed on the reserve/PUP list, which will keep them on the shelf for at least the first six weeks.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cut eight players on Saturday: cornerback Ashton Youboty, quarterback Nathan Enderle, receiver Chastin West, linebacker Nate Bussey, running back DuJuan Harris, cornerback Mike Holmes, tackle Dan Hoch, and linebacker Donovan Richard.  Finished the move to 75 on Monday by placing guard John Estes, guard Drew Nowak, guard/center Jason Spitz, and tight end Matt Veldman on injured reserve.  Also, fullback Brock Bolen was waived with the injured designation, and defensive end John Chick and linebacker Clint Session were shifted from the active/PUP list to the reserve/PUP list.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs cut 14 players Sunday to get to the limit. They released second-year wideout Jeremy Horne, who had yet to record a regular season catch, as well as former Army linebacker Caleb Campbell. Also released were: Fullback Shane Bannon, tight end Tim Biere, wide receivers Brandon Kinnie, Zeke Markshausen and Aaron Weaver, offensive linemen Justin Cheadle and Cam Hollland, defensive end Ethan Johnson (waived for failure to disclose physical condition), linebacker Dexter Heyman, defensive backs Dominique Ellis and Jean Fanor and kicker Matt Szymanski.

Miami Dolphins: Cut Hard Knocks star Les Brown as well as defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, cornerback Marcus Brown, safety Tyrell Johnson, cornerback Trenton Hughes, linebacker Josh Linam, running back Jerome Messam, defensive end Jacquies Smith and cornerback Jonathan Wade. Placed running back Jonas Gray on the physically unable to perform list.

Minnesota Vikings: Got down to 75 players on Saturday by waiving guard Bridger Buche, running back Derrick Coleman, guard Grant Cook, linebacker Soloman Elimimian, defensive back Corey Gatewood, tackle Levi Horn, defensive end Anthony Jacobs, receiver Kamar Jorden, receiver A.J. Love, linebacker Tyler Nielsen, defensive end Ernest Owusu, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, cornerback Chris Stroud, receiver Kerry Taylor, and receiver Bryan Walters. The Vikings previously waived rookie receiver Greg Childs and rookie defensive back Nicholas Taylor, both of whom reverted to the team’s injured reserve list.

New England Patriots: Cleared out some veteran receivers, including Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney. They also released were defensive linemen Gerard Warren and Tim Bulman and safety Ross Ventrone. Defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen were placed on injured reserve, and tight end Jake Ballard and defensive lineman Myron Pryor were placed on the reserve-PUP. Rookie offensive lineman Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve-Non Football Injury list. The Patriots also claimed first-year WR Kerry Taylor off waivers from the Vikings.

New Orleans Saints: Beat the storm and made their cuts Monday, releasing veteran defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and quarterback Luke McCown. The Saints also waived the following players: Tight end Jake Byrne (who had a partially guaranteed contract), wide receivers Marques Clark, Kevin Hardy and Derek Moye, offensive linemen Hutch Eckerson, Paul Fenaroli and Brian Folkerts, defensive end Donavan Robinson, defensive tackle Swanson Miller, linebacker Aaron Tevis, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Cord Parks and safety Johnny Thomas (who had a partially guaranteed contract).

New York Giants: Reached the 75-man limit on Monday by placing tight end Travis Beckum and defensive tackle Chris Canty on reserve/PUP, placing offensive lineman Brandon Mosley on injured reserve, releasing cornerback Antwaun Molden and waiving tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive tackle Carlton Powell, defensive back Chris Horton, wide receiver Julian Talley, wide receiver Brandon Collins, tight end Christian Hopkins, defensive back Brandon Bing, defensive back Jojo Nicolas, running back Joe Martinek, tackle Joel Reinders and defensive tackle Oren Wilson.

New York Jets: Got down to 80 players on Saturday by cutting receiver Dexter Jackson, guard Terrence Campbell, long snapper Derek Chard, defensive tackle Matt Hardison, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, safety Marcus Lott, and receiver Raymond WebberCut to 74 Monday by dumping linebacker Ambrose Damario, receiver Stanley Aruke, receiver Wes Kemp, running back Jeremy Stewart, and kicker Josh Brown, and by waiving fullback/tight end Josh Baker with the “injured” designation.

Oakland Raiders: Made 12 moves Monday to get to the limit. They waived linebacker Korey Bosworth (nephew Brian) along with the following players: Defensive ends Mason Brodine and Wayne Dorsey, safeties Aaron Henry and Chaz Powell, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receivers Thomas Mayo and DeAundre Muhammad, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and fullback Manase Tonga. They also waived-injured fullback Rashawn Jackson and offensive lineman Ed Wang.

Pittsburgh SteelersMoved to 75 on Monday by releasing linebacker Ryan Baker, defensive tackle Mike Blanc, wide receiver Paul Cox, cornerback Andre Freeman, kicker Daniel Hrapmann, offensive lineman Kyle Jolly, long snapper Matt Katula, tight end Jamie McCoy, cornerback Walter McFadden, tight end Justin Peelle, safety Myron Rolle, wide receiver Juamorris Stewart, defensive tackle Kade Weston, and wide receiver Jimmy Young. Also waived linebacker Mortty Ivy with the “injured” designation.  (They’ve since reached an injury settlement with Ivy.)

Philadelphia EaglesCut to 80 on Saturday by releasing receiver Elvis Akpla, safety Wade Bonner, defensive end Xavier Brown, receiver Brian Hernandez (injured), receiver McKay Jacobson, receiver Tiger Jones, guard Alfred McCullough, safety Tom Nelson (injured), cornerback Kevin Thomas, and tackle Thomas Welch.  On Sunday, the Eagles moved to 79, by releasing former Oregon All-American cornerback Cliff Harris. They got down to 75 by placing tackle Jason Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list, defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the reserve/non-football illness list, guard Mike Gibson on injured reserve and waiving wide receiver Jamel Hamler.

San Diego Chargers: Released wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, placed guard Johnnie Troutman on reserve/non-football injury list, placed offensive lineman Brandyn Dombrowski on reserve/non-football illness list and waived wide receivers Jason Barnes, Taylor Embree and Phillip Payne, defensive tackle Eddie Brown, long snapper Nick Guess, running back Michael Hayes, tight end Brad Taylor and offensive tackle Phil Trautwein. The Chargers also reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Garrett Brown and tackle Michael Toudouze to get to 75 players.

San Francisco 49ers: Got to 75 players on Monday by placing linebacker Darius Fleming on the PUP list and running back Jewel Hampton on the reserve/non-football injury list. They also waived tackle Jason Slowey, running back Cameron Bell, linebacker Kourtnei Brown (injured), wide receiver Brian Tyms, safety Cory Nelms, wide receiver Joe Hastings (injured), wide receiver Ben Hannula, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, defensive tackle Matt Masifilo, cornerback Deante’ Purvis , tight end Joe Sawyer and defensive tackle Patrick Butrym.

St. Louis Rams: Got down to 80 players on Monday by waiving defensive lineman John Gill, linebacker Noah Keller, fullback Todd Anderson, kicker Garrett Lindholm, running back Nicholas Schweiger, wide receiver Charles Gilbert, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, offensive lineman Kevin Hughes, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis and running back Calvin Middleton. The Rams got to 75 by waiving-injured wide receiver Danario Alexander, placing defensive tackle Trevor Laws on injured reserve and waiving tight end Brody Eldridge, offensive lineman Ryan McKee and long snapper Travis Tripucka.

Seattle Seahawks: Released on Sunday receiver Terrell Owens, guard Deuce Lutui, tackle Alex Barron, receiver Phil Bates, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Donny Lisowski, cornerback Ron Parker, and running back Tyrell Sutton. Also waived the following players with the “injured” designation: linebacker Jameson Konz, defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston, cornerback Roy Lewis, and tight end Cameron Morrah.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:   Reduced to 75 on Monday by waiving running back De’Anthony Curtis, long snapper Andrew DePaola, receiver Greg Ellingson, tight end Collin Franklin, receiver Ed Gant, punter Eric Guthrie, tackle Mike Ingersoll (injury settlement), linebacker Brian Smith, safety Tramain Thomas, and cornerback Marquese Wheaton.  Also placed guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve and shifted defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to reserve/PUP list.

Tennessee Titans: Got the to 75-man limit Sunday by placing receiver Marc Mariani on IR, safety Markelle Martin on reserve/PUP, and releasing the following players: running back Herb Donaldson, center William Vlachos, quarterback Nick Stephens, kicker Will Batson, tight end Joey Haynos, offensive linemen George Bias and Jonathan Palmer, safety Christian Scott, and receivers Chase Deadder, LaQuinton Evans, and Marcus Harris.

Washington Redskins: Kicker Neil Rackers was let go after losing kicking competition to Graham Gano.  The Redskins also released veteran offensive linemen Tony Moll and James Lee; waived running back Antwon Bailey, offensive lineman Chris Campbell, running back Lennon Creer, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, receiver Samuel Kirkland, linebacker Monte Lewis, guard Nick Martinez, and tight end Beau Reliford; waived receiver Lance Lewis with the injured designation; waived cornerback Morgan Trent with an injury settlement; traded cornerback Kevin Barnes to the Lions; and placed right tackle Jammal Brown on reserve/PUP.

Permalink 5 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Features

Sunday night wrap-up: Jay Cutler leads the Bears back to win

Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers Getty Images

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn’t really look like much until it looked like the 49ers collapsed his lungs.

But after taking that helmet-to-sternum shot from 49ers defensive end Quinton Dial just before halftime, Cutler actually looked sharper than before.

Cutler led the Bears back to a 28-20 win over the 49ers, after they trailed 17-0 in the second quarter.

He only threw for 176 yards, but that was as much game plan as anything (they wanted to run and feature the tight ends early), as the four touchdown passes made up for that.

It’s clear that wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery weren’t 100 percent because of injuries which forced roster moves late in the week.

And with neither able to run the way they normally can, it’s not a total surprise that Cutler was missing them high throughout the first half.

It’s also a surprise that Cutler survived the hit.

But after taking that shot, Cutler and Marshall found each other, and three touchdown passes later, they had the lead.

Assuming they’re all well at the same time, the Bears have the potential to have one of the league’s best passing attacks. They can’t afford slow starts like this every week, but the fact they recovered the way they did is only a good sign for the rest of the season.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Colin Kaepernick usually only looks this bad against the Seahawks.

The 49ers quarterback turned it over four times, opening the door for the unlikely Bears comeback.

Despite the contract extension this offseason, he’s still very much a work in progress as a passer.

His first read is his best friend, and Bears rookie Kyle Fuller figured that out for two picks.

Kaepernick is a remarkably talented player, but he and the 49ers need to realize he’s far from a finished product.

Coupled with the fact he drew the league’s first inappropriate language penalty, and it was a night to forget.

2. Bears veteran cornerback Charles Tillman left the game in the third quarter with a right triceps injury, and was clearly emotional on the sideline.

His season was cut short last year by an injury to the same area, though there’s no word yet on his status for the rest of the season.

The 33-year-old Tillman has been a class act for the Bears on and off the field, and the hope is that he’s able to recover.

Coupled with a shoulder injury to safety Chris Conte that knocked him out of the game, the Bears secondary was reeling by the end of the game.

But if Tillman is out for any extended time, the damage will be beyond the simple need to find another corner, as he’s the kind of cornerstone player whose value transcends covering wide receivers.

3. The 49ers keep trying to give running back Frank Gore’s job away, or at least bring in replacements.

And he keeps not letting them.

The 31-year-old doesn’t appear to be slowing down, finishing with 13 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown.

But his best run might have been the first-half touchdown which was called back on a holding penalty on Anquan Boldin. That one showed the kind of vision and ability to set up blocks that has made Gore the kind of guy who is hard to replace.

The latest kid brought in with an eye toward the future, Carlos Hyde had four carries for zero (0) yards.

Meanwhile, Gore continued to provide the real rhythm of the 49ers offense, and gives them a stable base to build on while they fiddle with Kaepernick and the passing game.

4. Maybe the Bears like flying into Santa Clara better.

They haven’t beaten the 49ers on the road since 1985, and had lost their previous eight games there by an average score of 34-6.

But this looked like a different team, after exorcising the ghosts of Candlestick.

5. The game was played on the third layer of sod in a month at Levi’s Stadium.

But this version appeared to hold up well, without the dangerous chunks of turf flying around as were the case in the preseason and during a 49ers practice when Jim Harbaugh had to pull his team off the field for their own safety.

And with Snoop Dogg playing a halftime concert, it’s clear they had the grass issues taken care of.

Permalink 46 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Seahawks assistant Pat Ruel hospitalized with irregular heartbeat

Seattle Seahawks 2011 Headshots Getty Images

Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel was hospitalized after Sunday’s game at San Diego because of an irregular heartbeat, according to multiple published reports.

According to Terry Blount of, the 63-year-old Ruel is slated to be held overnight at an area hospital for observation.

Ruel has been on the Seahawks’ coaching staff since Pete Carroll became head coach in 2010. He had previous NFL coaching stints with the Giants, Bills, Packers and Lions.

The Seahawks fell 30-21 to the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday.

Permalink 5 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Charles Tillman leaves with triceps injury

Charles Tillman AP

One of the Bears’ most experienced defensive players departed Sunday’s game at San Francisco with a potentially worrisome injury.

Cornerback Charles Tillman will miss the rest of the contest after suffering a right triceps injury on the first drive of the third quarter, NBC’s Michelle Tafoya reported.

The 33-year-old Tillman missed the final eight games of the 2013 season with a torn right triceps. He appeared emotional on the sideline after the latest injury.

A second-round pick in the 2003 draft, Tillman has spent his entire career with Chicago.

Rookie Kyle Fuller replaced Tillman in the lineup.

Permalink 9 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

NFL: Harvin touchdown was incorrectly confirmed

Percy Harvin, Richard Marshall AP

In the first quarter of Sunday’s 30-21 Chargers win over the Seahawks, Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin scored on a 51-yard touchdown run that shouldn’t have counted.

Replays showed that Harvin clearly stepped out of bounds on his way to the end zone, but it wasn’t overturned as part of the replay procedure that follows every scoring play. The NFL has confirmed that the process did not got properly during the game and that Harvin’s touchdown shouldn’t have counted.

“All scoring plays are reviewed by the instant replay official, in conjunction with the NFL officiating staff in New York, and are not subject to a coach’s challenge. Following the first quarter touchdown run by Percy Harvin, the game should have been stopped for a replay review, either by the replay official or by the officiating staff in New York,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email to PFT. “The touchdown was incorrectly confirmed, and as a result, the game was not stopped. Had the game been stopped for a replay review, the touchdown would have been reversed because Harvin stepped out of bounds at the San Diego 21-yard line.”

The breakdown in communications would have made for a bigger issue had the Seahawks won the game by a slim margin, but it wound up not having much impact in a game that the Chargers led from early in the second quarter until the final whistle.

Permalink 21 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Vikings haven’t decided anything about Adrian Peterson

Peterson AP

On Friday, the Vikings decided that running back Adrian Peterson shouldn’t play on Sunday.  The team has not yet decided when and if Peterson will be playing on future Sundays.

Peter King explained during halftime of Sunday Night Football that the Vikings haven’t made any determinations about Peterson’s status.

“There’s a lot of speculation, a million rumors out there,” G.M. Rick Spielman told King.  “We haven’t decided anything yet.”

There’s no specific timetable for making a decision about Peterson.  Other than the fact that they play next Sunday in New Orleans.

Permalink 40 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Jay Cutler comes back from vicious hit to get Bears close

Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers Getty Images

It looked like Jay Cutler was going to have to come out of the game.

Instead, he got the Bears back into it.

After taking a devastating shot to the sternum from 49ers defensive end Quinton Dial, Cutler delivered a highlight-reel touchdown to Brandon Marshall to cut the 49ers lead to 17-7 at halftime.

The Bears showed little life in the first half until their final possession of the half.

After a 25-yard scramble by Cutler, he took the painful-looking shot from Dial, but stayed in to deliver a high pass which Marshall was the only person in the end zone capable of reaching.

The 49ers controlled the game otherwise, as the Bears still only have 93 yards of offense.

But with Cutler hanging tough so far, it’s hard to say they’re out of it.

Permalink 22 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Vikings reinstate Mike Priefer

mikepriefer AP

Mike Priefer, the Vikings special teams coordinator who was suspended for homophobic comments, will be back at work on Monday morning.

The Vikings announced Sunday evening that Priefer will be officially reinstated on Monday. The Vikings initially announced that Priefer would be suspended three games with the possibility to be reduced to two games if he met certain requirements including sensitivity training, so Priefer has presumably done everything asked of him.

In its announcement of Priefer’s reinstatement, the Vikings said he completed “anti-harassment, diversity and sexual orientation training” and that he “was fully and thoughtfully engaged throughout the process and successfully completed the program.”

Priefer’s suspension came after former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe accused Priefer of making homophobic comments in response to Kluwe began advocating for gay marriage. Priefer initially denied making the comments but later admitted that Kluwe’s allegations were true.

Permalink 19 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Charles Woodson on Raiders after defeat to Houston: “We suck”

Chimdi Chekwa, DeAndre Hopkins, Arian Foster, Charles Woodson AP

In their home opener Sunday vs. Houston, the Raiders committed four turnovers and didn’t score their first points until the fourth quarter in a 30-14 loss.

And afterwards, veteran safety Charles Woodson gave an unflattering assessment of Oakland’s performance.

We suck,” Woodson said, according to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area and other Raiders reporters.

Woodson said he knew the performance was a downer for Raiders fans, who haven’t seen their club make the postseason since 2002 and witnessed Oakland fall to 0-2 in a game in which it trailed by at least 14 points for three-quarters of the contest.

“Everybody’s optimistic. You know, it’s our first home game. They’re excited to see their Raiders, and what was that we put out there on the field?” Woodson said afterwards, according to a video clip posted by Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group. “That’s embarrassing. And I’m embarrassed for this team, I’m embarrassed for the fans, and the thing about is, I’m part of it. I don’t know what we need to do as a team going forward, but something’s going to have to be done. I don’t know what that is, but we’ve go to do better than we did today.”

The Raiders play the Patriots in New England next Sunday, then travel to London to face the Dolphins on Sept. 28. Their bye is in Week Five, giving them a little extra time to regroup. For now, though, the Raiders are left to adjust on the fly, for as Woodson indicated, their current level of play isn’t up to par.

Permalink 56 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Richard Sherman refuses to speak to media after being “exposed”

Sherman Getty Images

Unlike the Packers, the Chargers decided to throw at Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.  And it worked.  And Sherman was in no mood to discuss it after San Diego’s 30-21 win over the defending NFL champions.

Via Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego (and surely others), Sherman refused to talk to the media following the game.

Per Gehlken, multiple Chargers described Sherman with the same single word:  “Exposed.”  Eventually, the NFL may describe Sherman with another single word:  “Fined.”

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. ET:  Sherman didn’t speak to the media.  But he did speak to the Twitter.  “Lmao Exposed? …. Complete 3 passes 0 touchdowns 0 explosive passes…. These guys make me laugh,” Sherman said.

Permalink 186 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Early turnover leads to Michael Crabtree TD, 49ers lead

Chicago Bears v San Francisco 49ers Getty Images

The Bears made the early mistake, and the 49ers made them pay for it.

San Francisco’s already up 7-0 over the Bears, barely over two minutes into the game.

After a Bears three-and-out to start the game, 49ers rookie linebacker Aaron Lynch blocked the Chicago punt, setting up an easy touchdown.

Michael Crabtree had to climb the ladder to snag Colin Kaepernick’s short pass, but he came down with it, giving the locals something to cheer about in the grand opening of Levi’s Stadium.

Permalink 16 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

NFLPA should launch its own investigation into Rice case

Ray Rice AP

With the NFL’s independent investigation into the Ray Rice situation not as independent as it could be or should be and with the coming Ray Rice appeal of his indefinite suspension subject to whatever procedural and evidentiary limitations the NFL may choose to apply, there’s another entity that can look into the case.

The NFL Players Association has plenty of reasons to want to know what went so wrong in this case, especially since the same mechanism that bungled the Rice situation could result in other botched investigations.  The NFLPA has done it before, including most recently in connection with the MRSA and Josh Freeman situations in Tampa.

The NFLPA should do the same thing regarding the Rice fiasco.  And don’t be surprised if the NFLPA does just that.

Making an investigation even more important is the increasingly clear battle lines that the NFL is drawing on the question of whether Rice told the truth to the Ravens and the league.  On Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports said that Rice lied to the team and lied to the league regarding what happened in the elevator, claiming that he struck Janay Palmer Rice with an open hand, and that she then hit her head and went unconscious.

As the league, which began the week tiptoeing around the question by using words like ambiguous and inconsistent, characterizes the circumstances to Glazer as outright lying, the stakes will be higher than ever when Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome repeats under oath what he already has said on the record:  Rice didn’t lie.

It’s clear that someone is lying.  And it’s clear that the NFLPA needs to join the hunt for the truth, in order to ensure that the truth doesn’t accidentally slid into the same crevice where the league’s version of the Rice video reportedly resides.

Permalink 29 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

California’s Lieutenant Governor calls for 49ers to bench Ray McDonald

McDonald AP

The 49ers, unlike the Panthers, have refused to bow to public pressure regarding a player with pending domestic violence charges.  But the pressure on the 49ers is mounting.

The media has been getting louder and louder about the team’s decision to continue to honor the age-old sports double standard that excuses are made for stars and examples are made of scrubs. The 49ers want McDonald on that field, they need McDonald on that field. So they’ve take up residence under the cover of “due process.”

The politicians are pushing the issue now, with California Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and his wife, Jen Seibel Newsom, calling on the 49ers to sit McDonald.

“The City and County of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area has long stood staunchly on the forefront of domestic violence awareness and prevention,” the Newsoms said.  “That’s why the 49ers’ continued insistence on playing Ray McDonald during his ongoing criminal investigation is a painful affront to every victim of domestic violence and sends a troubling message to our community and especially our children that ‘zero tolerance’ are empty words, not real actions.  In light of the increased public  awareness of this issue in the wake of the horrific Ray Rice assault and today’s decision by the Carolina Panthers to deactivate Greg Hardy, we strongly urge the 49er organization we grew up revering to do the right thing — right now — and bench Ray McDonald, pending the outcome of his felony domestic violence investigation by San Jose law enforcement.”

McDonald presumably will continue to play, in part because the 49ers believe he did nothing wrong. At some point, the NFL will have to investigate the case and make a decision as to whether McDonald is blameless. Otherwise, the issue could linger for months.

Permalink 76 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Texans put away mistake-prone Raiders early, secure 30-14 win

Derek Newton, Arian Foster, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin AP

For the fifth straight season, the Texans are off to a 2-0 start.

Led by an opportunistic defense, efficient play from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and strong output from tailback Arian Foster, the Texans rolled to a 30-14 victory Sunday in Oakland.

The Texans had Oakland chasing throughout, scoring on their first three possessions and building a 27-0 lead before the Raiders added a couple of fourth-quarter TDs to make the score respectable. Oakland (0-2) committed four turnovers, which resulted in 17 Houston points.

Foster exceeded 100 yards rushing for the second straight week, racking up 138 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, was 14-of-19 passing for 139 yards with two TD tosses and no turnovers.

The first of Fitzpatrick’s touchdowns went to  . . . J.J. Watt. Yes, the J.J. Watt. Lined up as an in-line tight end, the Texans’ star defensive lineman ran a pass route and scored a one-yard TD, putting Houston up 7-0 in the first quarter. Watt wasn’t credited with a single tackle on defense, but he did put a tremendous hit on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr late in the game.

Carr, for his part, was solid enough in his second NFL start, completing 27-of-42 passes for 263 yards. However, he threw two picks, and tight end Mychal Rivera and wideout James Jones lost fumbles in Houston territory.

The Texans travel to face the winless Giants next Sunday, with the Raiders now having to regroup and face the Patriots in Foxborough.

Permalink 27 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Packers take 31-24 win in wild one against the Jets

Jordy Nelson, Darrin Walls AP

Jets history is filled with all manners of painful defeats and Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Packers fits right in.

The Jets led 21-3 early in the game thanks to fine play from Geno Smith and a defense that was giving Aaron Rodgers fits, but they would up handing all of their lead back to the home team by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. It was 31-24 Packers, but the Jets were driving with time running short when they faced a fourth down from the Green Bay 36-yard line.

The offense remained on the field and Smith delivered a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley that seemed to push an already wild game to another level. That wound up happening, but not because the game was tied. The touchdown was waved off and a touchdown was charged to the Jets because of what appeared to be offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg screaming to tell Rex Ryan to call a timeout that the head coach didn’t call. The Jets converted the fourth down, but they ran out of downs a few plays later and one Packers first down iced the game.

There was also a David Harris interception deep in Packers territory negated because Damon Harrison didn’t quite make it off the field before the ball was snapped and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson’s third quarter ejection to keep Jets fans up on Sunday night. They might remember some of the bright spots for Smith and four sacks by the defense, but the pain of this loss is likely to linger for a bit.

Packers fans, meanwhile, can feel very good about their quarterback’s ability to thrive despite early adversity. Rodgers pulled himself together and wound up throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead 80-yarder to Jordy Nelson. Nelson ended the day with 209 receiving yards and outran the clearly not 100 percent Dee Milliner on the big score.

They can also feel good about a defense that was awful early before rebounding to allow 100 yards and three points in the second half of the game. That would probably have wound up being totally ignored if Kerley’s catch had remained on the board, but it didn’t and the Packers eventually made things stick. That leaves them at 1-1 heading into road dates with the Lions and Bears that will set the early pecking order in the NFC North.

Permalink 100 Comments Feed for comments Back to top

Austin Davis leads Rams to 19-17 win over Bucs

Josh McCown, Janoris Jenkins, Rodney McLeod AP

Austin Davis made his first NFL start a special one.

The Rams’ third-string quarterback, playing because of injuries to Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill, played a sharp game in the Rams’ 19-17 win over the Buccaneers Sunday.

Davis was an efficient 22-of-29 for 235 yards, and drove them to within range for Greg Zuerlein’s 38-yard game-winning field goal.

Davis spread the ball among eight receivers, and while it wasn’t a dynamic stat line, it was efficient enough for a defense that can play with anyone in the league.

The game became one of attrition, with both sides losing key pieces to injury.

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (broken hand) and linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) were forced from the game, while the Rams lost wide receiver Tavon Austin (knee).

The Bucs were still able to run, even with Doug Martin out of the game with a knee injury. Replacement Bobby Rainey had 22 carries for 144 yards. But it wasn’t enough to overcome an anemic passing game, with Josh McCown throwing for just 179 yards with an interception.

The game ended with a pass which could have gotten the Bucs into position for a field goal attempt, but Mike Evans was injured on the play with eight seconds left. With no timeouts and the required 10-second run-off, the Bucs lost that chance.

Permalink 53 Comments Feed for comments Back to top