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53-man roster tracker

NFL teams have until 9 PM EDT on Friday, August 31 to cut their rosters from 75 players to 53 players. We’ll track all the moves that every team makes to get down to 53 players right here.

Arizona Cardinals: Waived wide receivers DeMarco Sampson and Isaiah Williams, cornerback Crezdon Butler, linebackers Antonio Coleman, Clark Haggans, Colin Parker, and Quan Sturdivant, safety Blake Gideon, guard Russ Hochstein, defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin, cornerback Larry Parker, tight end Stephen Skelton, running back Alfonso Smith, defensive end Ronald Talley, defensive end Everrette Thompson, tight end Martell Webb, center Scott Wedige, and tackle D.J. Young. The Cardinals also waived/injured linebacker Brandon Williams and wide receiver Stephen Williams, and placed running back Javarris James and quarterback Richard Bartel on injured reserve.

Atlanta Falcons: Cornerback Dominique Franks and long snapper Joe Zelenka highlighted the Falcons full list of cuts. They also released fullback Mike Cox and placed safety Shann Schillinger on injured reserve, waived-injured wide receiver Kerry Meier and reached injury settlements with tight end Lamark Brown and guard Andrew Jackson. They waived the following players: linebacker Spencer Adkins, linebacker Rico Council, wide receiver Drew Davis, cornerback Dominique Franks, tackle Bryce Harris, linebacker Jerrell Harris, center Tyler Horn, wide receiver Marcus Jackson, cornerback Marty Markett, running back Dimitri Nance, defensive tackle Conrad Obi, defensive tackle Micanor Regis, wide receiver James Rodgers, linebacker Pat Schiller, cornerback Peyton Thompson, and safety Suaesi Tuimaunei.

Baltimore Ravens: Waived running back Anthony Allen, safety Omar Brown, linebacker Josh Bynes, linebacker Nigel Carr, guard Jack Cornell, receiver Dorian Graham, guard Cord Howard, nose tackle Nicholas Jean-Baptiste, nose tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, guard Antoine McClain, defensive end Terrence Moore, quarterback Curtis Painter, receiver Logan Payne, safety Cyhl Quarles, linebacker Chavis Williams and guard Tony Wragge. Placed tight end Matt Balasavage, running back Damien Berry, guard Justin Boren, linebacker Ricky Brown, tight end Bruce Figgins and receiver Tommy Streeter on injured reserve.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills announced the following moves: Waived wide receiver Kamar Aiken, offensive lineman Mark Asper, tight end Kevin Brock, running back Zach Brown, linebacker Tank Carder, offensive lineman James Carmon, wide receiver Marcus Easley, defensive end Robert Eddins, defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, defensive back Isaiah Green, wide receiver Derek Hagan, defensive tackle Kellen Heard, wide receiver Ruvell Martin, linebacker Scott McKillop, punter Shawn Powell, wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt, defensive back Nick Saenz, offensive lineman David Snow, running back Johnny White, offensive lineman Keith Williams and placed offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders on injured reserve.

Carolina Panthers: Waived wide receivers Seyi Ajirotutu and Jared Green, running back Tauren Poole, offensive tackle Matt Reynolds, defensive tackles Ogemdi Nwagbuo and Ryan Van Bergen, along with linebackers Kion Wilson and David Nixon and cornerbacks Darius Butler and R.J. Stanford. The last of the Panthers’ cuts: Safeties Jonathan Nelson, Jordan Pugh, and Reggie Smith, tight ends Nelson Rosario and Joe Jon Finley, running back Armond Smith, guards Zackary Williams, Bryant Browning, and Justin Wells, defensive tackle Nate Chandler, and linebacker Jason Williams.

Chicago Bears: Got down to 53 by releasing quarterback Josh McCown, running back Armando Allen, linebacker Xavier Adibi, defensive end Chauncey Davis, receiver Rashied Davis and cornerback Jonathan Wilhite. Also waived receivers Joe Anderson, Terriun Crump and Brittan Golden; tackles Cory Brandon, James Brown and A.J. Greene; cornerbacks Cornelius Brown, Isaiah Frey and Greg McCoy; guard Ricky Henry; safety Mark LeGree; defensive tackle Jordan Miller; tight end Brandon Venson; defensive end Aston Whiteside; and linebacker Jabara Williams. Defensive tackle Nate Collins is on the reserve/suspended list.

Cincinnati Bengals: Waived quarterback Zac Robinson, running back Daniel Herron, fullback James Develin, fullback Jourdan Brooks, tight end Colin Cochart, wide receiver Vidal Hazelton, tackle Matt O’Donnell, guard Otis Hudson, center Reggie Stephens, defensive end Micah Johnson, defensive end DeQuin Evans, defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga, linebacker Grant Hunter, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, cornerback T.J. Heath, cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris and linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy. Waived-injured defensive tackle Nick Hayden. Placed defensive tackle Pat Sims on PUP list and safety Tony Dye on injured reserve. Placed linebacker Dontay Moch on suspended list.

Cleveland Browns:  Released tight end Dan Gronkowski, quarterback Seneca Wallace, tight end Evan Moore, linebacker Ben Jacobs, defensive tackle Brian Schaefering, cornerback James Dockery, wide receiver Rod Windsor, defensive end William Green, guard Jarrod Shaw, defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron, wide receiver Josh Cooper, linebacker Quinton Spears, running back Adonis Thomas, defensive tackle Kiante Tripp, fullback Brad Smelley, receiver Josh Cooper, guard Stanley Daniels, center Garth Gerhart, defensive end Ernest Owusu, guard Dominic Alford, defensive tackle Brian Schaefering, guard Jarrod Shaw, tackle J.B. Shugarts. Placed linebacker Scott Fujita on reserve/suspended list.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys announced that they have waived defensive end Ben Bass, cornerback Lionel Smith, linebacker Orie Lemon, linebacker Adrian Hamilton, defensive end Clifton Geathers, safety Eddie Whitley, cornerback Teddy Williams, cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, defensive tackle Robert Calloway, wide receiver Saalim Hakim, wide receiver Danny Coale, running back Lance Dunbar, wide receiver Tim Benford, running back Jamize Olawale, quarterback Rudy Carpenter, tight end Andrew Szczerba, tackle Jeff Adams, offensive lineman Pat McQuistan and fullback Shaun Chapas. Guard Daniel Loper was waived-injured.

Denver Broncos: Got to the 53-man limit with the following moves: They placed linebacker D.J. Williams and tight end Virgil Green on the reserve/suspended list. Defensive end Jeremy Beal was placed on injured reserve. They also waived the following players: Defensive end Jamie Blatnick, safety Rafael Bush, cornerback Drayton Florence, linebacker Jerry Franklin, defensive tackle Ben Garland, guard Adam Grant, tackle Ryan Harris, wide receiver Jason Hill, guard Tony Hills, safety Duke Ihenacho, tight end Cornelius Ingram, running back Jeremiah Johnson, linebacker Mike Mohamed, wide receiver Greg Orton, wide receiver Gerell Robinson, nose tackle Sealver Siliga, cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson, guard Wayne Tribue and quarterback Adam Weber.

Detroit Lions:  Waived punter Ryan Donahue, guard Pat Boyle, defensive end Ugo Chinasa, tight end Alex Gottlieb, wide receiver Nate Hughes, defensive tackle Edmon McClam, linebacker Carmen Messina, wide receiver Wallace Miles, defensive tackle Tracy Robertson, cornerback Ross Weaver, tight end Austin Wells, cornerback Alphonso Smith, receiver Patrick Edwards, guard Dan Gerberry, guard Rodney Austin, defensive end Everette Brown, safety Reshard Langford, receiver Lance Long, receiver Maurice Stovall and cornerback Justin Miller. Running back Mikel Leshoure is on the reserve/suspended list.

Green Bay Packers: Placed tackle Derek Sherrod on reserve/PUP and linebacker Vic So’oto on injured reserve. They also released tackle Shea Allard, wide receiver Diondre Borel, tight end Brandon Bostick, quarterback B.J. Coleman, fullback Nic Cooper, tackle Andrew Datko, guard Tommie Draheim, guard Sampson Genus, wide receiver Curenski Gilleylen, wide receiver Tori Gurley, defensive end Lawrence Guy, safety Anthony Levine, cornerback Otis Merrill, wide receiver Dale Moss, defensive tackle Daniel Muir, running back Marc Tyler, guard Greg Van Roten and guard Reggie Wells.

Houston Texans: Announced the following cuts: quarterback Case Keenum, safety Troy Nolan, center Cody Wallace, fullback Moran Norris, linebacker Shawn Loiseau, tight end Logan Brock, defensive end Keith Browner, defensive end David Hunter, receiver Juaquin Iglesias, defensive end Mitch King, offensive tackle Nate Menkin, linebacker Rennie Moore, tight end Phillip Supernaw, center Cody Wallace, guard Cody White, linebacker D.J. Bryant, nose tackle Loni Fangupo, running back Jonathan Grimes, receiver Jeff Maehl, fullback Moran Norris and safety Eddie Pleasant. Wide receiver Jerrell Jackson said on Twitter that he had been cut. Offensive lineman Rashad Butler is heading for injured reserve.

Indianapolis Colts: Announced the following roster moves: Waived wide receiver Jeremy Ross, running back Darren Evans, tight end Andre Smith, tackle Mike Tepper, center Zane Taylor, tackle Steven Baker, defensive tackle Jason Shirley, linebacker Greg Lloyd, tight end Kyle Miller, guard Hayworth Hicks, linebacker Jerry Brown,  safety Latarrius Thomas, defensive tackle Chigbo Anunoby, wide receiver Kashif Moore and long snapper Justin Snow. They waived-injured running back Deji Karim, defensive end James Aiono, linebacker Tim Fugger, cornerback Brandon King and safety Mike Newton. Placed wide receiver Jabin Sambrano and cornerback Korey Lindsey on injured reserve and released tackle George Foster from IR.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Waived quarterback Jordan Palmer, tight end Colin Cloherty, running back Richard Murphy, cornerbacks Rod Issac and Trumaine McBride, defensive end Odrick Ray, linebacker J.K. Schaffer, offensive tackles Will Robinson and Lee Barbiasz, safety Courtney Greene, defensive lineman Corvey Irvin, cornerback Leigh Torrence, wide receiver Demetrius Williams, offensive lineman Daniel Baldridge, defensive lineman Kendrick Adams, wide receiver Mike Brown, defensive end Ryan Davis, cornerback Antonio Dennard, guard D.J. Hall, linebacker Joshua Jones, and fullback Will Ta’ufo’ou.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs waived wide receiver Junior Hemingway, defensive lineman Jerome Long, defensive end Brandon Bair, cornerback Mikail Baker, wide receiver Josh Bellamy, center Rob Bruggeman, fullback Patrick DiMarco, cornerback Chandler Fenner, guard Darryl Harris, linebacker Gabe Miller, tackle David Mims, wide receiver Jamar Newsome, safety Terrance Parks, center Lucas Patterson, guard Rich Ranglin, cornerback Neiko Thorpe and defensive back Donald Washington. They placed safety Da’Quan Menzie and quarterback Alex Tanney on injured reserve and released defensive lineman Amon Gordon and linebacker Leon Williams.

Miami Dolphins: Terminated the contract of veteran linebacker Gary Guyton and waived the following 18 players: Cornerbacks Vincent Agnew, Quinten Lawrence and Anderson Russell, offensive tackles Will Barker, Rey Feinga, Andrew McDonald and Lydon Murtha, defensive tackles Ryan Baker and Isaako Aaitui, defensive end Jamaal Westerman, linebackers Cameron Collins and Shelly Lyons, wide receivers B.J. Cunningham, Jeff Fuller, Clyde Gates, Chris Hogan and Roberto Wallace and guard Chandler Burden. Rookie defensive end Jarrell Root was waived/injured, cornerback Kevyn Scott was waived with an injury settlement and offensive lineman Ryan Cook was traded to the Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed 2013 draft pick.

Minnesota Vikings: Released veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels as part of their final moves. They also terminated the contracts of veteran defensive end Jeff Charleston, cornerback Chris Carr and safety Eric Frampton. They waived wide receiver Manny Arceneaux, defensive tackle Chase Baker, guard Chris DeGeare, fullback Ryan D’Imperio, cornerback Bobby Felder, defensive tackle Trevor Guyton, running back Lex Hilliard, guard Tyler Holmes, cornerback Reggie Jones, tackle Kevin Murphy, linebacker Corey Paredes, guard Austin Pasztor, defensive end Nick Reed, center Quentin Saulsberry, tight end Mickey Shuler and running back Jordan Todman. They also placed tackle DeMarcus Love on injured reserve.

New England Patriots: Rookie running back Jeff Demps was placed on IR, and they cut 22 players to get to the limit. They released wide receiver Deion Branch, quarterback Brian Hoyer, safety Sergio Brown, defensive lineman Marcus Harrison, wide receiver Jesse Holley, safety James Ihedigbo, offensive lineman Matt Kopa, center Dan Koppen, linebacker Niko Koutouvides, safety Derrick Martin, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and safety Malcolm Williams. They also waived fullback Eric Kettani, defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias, tight end Alex Silvestro and wide receiver Kerry Taylor, along with 2012 seventh-round wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and rookie free agent tight end Tyler Urban and offensive linemen Derek Dennis, Dustin Waldron, Jeremiah Warren and Darrion Weems.

New Orleans Saints: Released kicker John Kasay, wide receiver Greg Camarillo and tight end Derek Schouman to get to the 53-man limit, along with the following moves: They waived linebacker Kadarron Anderson, defensivse end Braylon Broughton, linebacker Ezra Butler, quarterback Sean Canfield, defensive end Alex Daniels, tight end Michael Higgins, cornerback Nick Hixson, safety Jerico Nelson, guard DeOnt’ae Pannell, tackle Aderious Simmons, wide receiver Andy Tanner, guard Matt Tennant and linebacker Lawrence Wilson. They placed running back Joe Banyard, safety Jose Gumbs, cornerback Marquis Johnson and wide receiver Nick Toon on injured reserve, and linebacker Ramon Humber and defensive end Will Smith on the reserve/suspended list.

New York Giants: The Giants have announced the following moves: They waived/injured cornerback Bruce Johnson and cut wide receivers David Douglas, Dan DePalma and Isiah Stanback, defensive ends Craig Marshall and Matt Broha, defensive tackles Marcus Thomas and Dwayne Hendricks, linebacker Jake Muasau, tight end Larry Donnell, offensive linemen Chris White, Matt McCants, Selvish Capers and Stephen Goodin, defensive backs Laron Scott and Dante Hughes and quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. Cornerback Terrell Thomas and defensive tackle Shaun Rogers were placed on injured reserve.

New York Jets: Released the following 22 players to get to the 53-man limit: Running back Terrance Ganaway, wide receivers Royce Pollard and Jordan White, tight end Hayden Smith, offensive lineman Paul Cornick, linebacker Ricky Sapp, defensive back Donnie Fletcher, quarterback Matt Simms, wide receivers Joseph Collins and Eron Riley, offensive linemen Robert Griffin, Fred Koloto and Matt Kroul, tight end Tarren Lloyd, defensive linemen Jay Richardson and Martin Tevaseu, linebackers Marcus Dowtin and Brett Roy, defensive backs LeQuan Lewis, D’Anton Lynn and Julian Posey and punter Spencer Lanning.

Philadelphia Eagles: Released cornerback Joselio Hanson, quarterback Mike Kafka, wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, tight end Chase Ford, linebacker Keenan Clayton, guard Brandon Washington, safety Phillip Thomas, wide receivers Chad Hall and Marvin McNutt, guard/center Steve Vallos, tight end Brett Brackett, defensive tackle Landon Cohen, fullback Emil Igwenagu, tackle D.J. Jones, linebacker Adrian Moten, defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu, linebacker Ryan Rau, defensive end Monte Taylor, defensive tackle Frank Trotter, punter Mat McBriar, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon.

Oakland Raiders: Waived LB Kaelin Burnett, K Eddy Carmona, WR Derek Carrier, WR Brandon Carswell, DE Hall Davis, TE Kyle Efaw, DL Dominique Hamilton, OL Kevin Haslam, OL Nick Howell, LB Chad Kilgore, OL Dan Knapp, WR Eddie McGee, C Colin Miller, RB Lonyae Miller, WR Roscoe Parrish, WR Travionte Session, LB Nathan Stupar and S Curtis Taylor. Placed LB Aaron Curry on PUP and TE Tory Humphrey, P Marquette King and S Brandon Underwood on IR.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Placed linebacker Sean Spence on injured reserve, and released 21 other players to get to the 53-man roster limit. They cut veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex and waived-injured punter Jeremy Kapinos. They also released the following 19 players: Defensive backs Damon Cromartie-Smith, Terrence Frederick and Josh Victorian, linebackers Brandon Hicks and Marshall McFadden, defensive linemen Corbin Bryant, Igbinosun Ikponmwosa and Jake Stoller, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, running back DuJuan Harris, wide receivers Tyler Beiler, Toney Clemons, David Gilreath, Marquis Maze and Derrick Williams, and offensive linemen Ryan Lee, John Malecki and Chris Scott.

San Diego Chargers: Terminated the contracts of veterans Jacques Cesaire, Anthony Davis, Mario Henderson, Jacob Hester and Nick Novak. Waived Edwin Baker, Colin Baxter, Bront Bird, Charlie Bryant, Ricky Elmore, Daryl Gamble, Gregory Gatson, Logan Harrell, Arthur Hobbs, Robert Malone, DeAndre Presley, Damik Scafe, Stephen Schilling, Kory Sperry and Mike Willie. Safety Sean Cattouse was placed on injured reserve.

San Francisco 49ers: Traded safety Colin Jones to the Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick, and released the following 21 players to get to the limit of 53: linebacker Ikaika Alama-Francis, linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, running back Rock Cartwright, tackle Derek Hall, linebacker Joe Holland, defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie, linebacker Cam Johnson, quarterback Josh Johnson, defenfsive tackle Matthew Masifilo, cornerback Anthony Mosley, tight end Kyle Nelson, tackle Al Netter, wide receiver Chris Owusu, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, tackle Mike Person, tight end Konrad Reuland, linebacker Kenny Rowe, wide receiver Brett Swain, safety Michael Thomas, tackle Kenny Wiggins, linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

 St. Louis Rams: Released the following players, via the Post-Dispatch: quarterback Tom Brandstater, fullback Ovie Mughelli, running backs Ben Guidugli and Chase Reynolds, receiver Nick Johnson, tight end Deangelo Peterson, offensive linemen Tim Barnes, T-Bob Hebert, Joe Long and Bryan Mattison, defensive linemen Mason Brodine and Vernon Gholston, linebacker Sammy Brown and defensive back Kendric Burney. Receiver Austin Pettis has been placed on the reserve/suspended list. More Rams cuts: Defensive tackle Cornell Banks, center Tim Barnes, defensive end Jamaar Jarrett, linebacker Aaron Brown, tight end Cory Harkey, defensive end Scott Smith, and guard Jose Valdez.Seattle Seahawks: Waived wide receiver Kris Durham, wide receiver Deon Butler, quarterback Josh Portis, defensive back Phillip Adams, defensive end Pierre Allen, linebacker Allen Bradford, guard Paul Fanaika, guard Rishaw Johnson, wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, linebacker Kyle Knox, wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, tight end Sean McGrath, center Kris O’Dowd, defensive back DeShawn Shead, linebacker Korey Toomer and wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei. Linebacker Matt McCoy was placed on injured reserve and tight end Cooper Helfet and running back Vai Taua were waived-injured. Cornerback Walter Thurmond was placed on the PUP list and guard Allen Barbre is serving a four-game suspension.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Released running back Mossis Madu, defensive tackle Frank Okam, safety Larry Asante and defensive back Keith Tandy, per Pewter Report. They’ve also released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who is headed back to Chicago, per the Chicago Sun-Times. The rest of the Buccaneers’ 2012 cuts: Wide receivers Tiquan Underwood, Jordan Shipley, and Landon Cox, defensive backs James Rogers and Sean Baker, linebackers Rennie Curran and Jacob Cutrera, tight ends Drake Dunsmore and Zack Pianalto, kicker Kai Forbath, offensive linemen Jermarcus Hardrick, Moe Petrus, and Desmond Wynn (injured), running back Robert Hughes, fullback Cody Johnson, defensive linemen E.J. Wilson, Teryl White, and Jordan Nix, and quarterback Brett Ratliff.

Tennessee Titans:  Released receiver James Kirkendoll, per Cut offensive lineman Kyle DeVan, tight end Brandon Barden, offensive lineman Michael Jasper, defensive end Malcolm Sheppard, defensive tackle Lamar Divens, tight end Cameron Graham, and wide receiver D.J. Woods, per the Tennessean. The Titans also cut defensive tackle Zach Clayton, wide receivers Devin Aguilar and Michael Preston, safeties Aaron Francisco and Tracy Wilson, cornerback Chris Hawkins, fullback Collin Mooney, and center Chris Morris. They placed on injured reserve defensive end Dave Ball, cornerback Terrence Wheatley, defensive tackle Leger Douzable, guard Ryan Durand, and linebacker Kevin Malast.

Washington Redskins: Released running back Tim Hightower, cornerbacks David Jones, Brandyn Thompson, and Travon Bellamy, defensive linemen Doug Worthington, Marlon Favorite, and Delvon Johnson, linebackers Donnell Holt, Bryan Kehl, and Brian McNally, wide receiver Terrence Austin, offensive linemen Erik Cook, Willie Smith, Tom Compton, and Grant Garner, running back Tristan Davis, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, receiver Anthony Armstrong, fullback Dorson Boyce, nose tackle Delvin Johnson, tight end Richard Quinn, linebacker Markus White, defensive lineman Darrion Scott. Defensive end Kentwan Balmer was placed on reserve/left squad, and safety Tanard Jackson was placed on reserve/suspended.

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Cowboys’ run of success could create scheduling conflict with NCAA title game

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A return to Glory Days comes with a potential price.

As the Cowboys rocket toward the postseason and the possibility of home playoff games, the success has created a separate concern in the stadium where they play.

As recently explained by Jeff Mosier of the Dallas Morning News, the possibility of Cowboys playoff games in January could create a logistical issue at AT&T Stadium, where the first ever college football playoff championship game will be played on January 12.

With the NFL’s divisional round set for January 10 and 11, the turnaround from the NFL playoff game to the NCAA title game could be as short as one day.  The plans initially called for the NCAA playoff apparatus to take control of the stadium on January 2, one day after the Cotton Bowl.  Now the 10 days for preparing could shrink, considerably.

Stadiums routinely host a college game and an NFL game only a day or two apart.  But in Dallas, where one of the most embarrassing incidents in recent NFL history unfolded when the league was unable to install temporary seats for which tickets had been sold, it’s probably unwise to assume that everything will go smoothly.

At a minimum, an expedite turnaround will result in extra costs.  If incurring those costs means that Jerry Jones’ team will be hosting a divisional round game, he’ll probably write the check, happily.

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PFT Live: Bears talk with John Mullin, Coaching hot seat

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The Bears disappointed on the field against the Dolphins last Sunday and then vented their frustrations in the locker room to touch off a few days of discussion about well the ship is being steered by coach Marc Trestman in his second season.

John Mullin of CSN Chicago will join Mike Florio on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live to discuss what’s going on in Chicago right now. They’ll discuss wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s comments, the play of quarterback Jay Cutler and the ongoing search for defensive answers during Mullin’s visit to the program.

Florio will then take his weekly look at which of the league’s coaches are starting to feel uncomfortable about their job security. Will Trestman be on that list? There’s only one way to find out.

That’s by joining us when things get underway at noon ET. You can watch it all happen live by clicking right here.

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Julio Jones: Offensive turnaround “starts with me”

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The Falcons are in London for a date with a very stingy Lions defense, which is hardly what the doctor ordered after Atlanta managed to score just two touchdowns in the last two weeks.

That’s not going to cut it for a team that isn’t very good on the defensive side of the ball and wide receiver Julio Jones says that the team’s turnaround has to begin with him because his play has not been up to snuff through the first seven weeks of the season.

“It starts with me,” Jones said, via the NFL Network. “I got to go out there and make plays when they are presented to me. I got to go out there and catch the ball, be more of a deep threat. … We are out there misreading or dropping balls. We have to fix that. It’s nothing that the defense is doing, we have to fix that here.”

Jones has had too many drops, as has Roddy White, but anyone who has watched the Falcons offense sputter for the last year-plus knows that Jones isn’t the main culprit when the team fails to get into gear. It’s the injury-plagued offensive line that has let the Falcons down time and again, limiting their chances to get the ball to their playmakers and leaving quarterback Matt Ryan exposed far too often.

The Lions are well-equipped to take advantage of that weakness, which could mean the Falcons are taking a long trip to have a long day.

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Telvin Smith is the AFC defensive player of the week

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Wednesday’s announcement of the league’s players of the week features some big names in Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning, but not every recipient is a regular visitor to the headlines.

Take Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith, for example. Smith is a fifth-round rookie who has only started one game for the Jaguars this season and that start didn’t even come in Week Seven, but he is still this week’s choice as the AFC defensive player of the week.

Smith stuffed the stat sheet during Jacksonville’s first victory of the season. He had four tackles, two pass breakups, a sack, an interception and a forced fumble to help the Jaguars defense hold the Browns to just six points.

Smith should get plenty of opportunities to build on his big day. Paul Posluszny is done for the season because of a torn pectoral muscle and the Jags could use the kind of playmaking that Smith displayed against Cleveland as they try to shorten the interval before their next victory.

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Keenan Robinson named NFC defensive player of the week

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Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson was all over the place Sunday, and was rewarded for it Wednesday.

Robinson had a career-high 14 tackles in the win over the Titans to earn NFC defensive player of the week honors.

That was part of a defensive effort that limited the Titans to 236 yards, a season-low.

He’s the first Washington player to win the defensive weekly award since DeAngelo Hall in 2011.

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Record breaking night adds to Peyton Manning’s pile of player of the week awards

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As you likely heard, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set a record last weekend.

Manning threw the 509th touchdown pass of his career, making him the NFL’s all-time leader in that category and giving the league plenty of reason to name Manning the AFC’s offensive player of the week. It’s the 27th time that Manning has been so honored, which makes him the all-time leader in that category as well.

Manning completed his night’s work against the 49ers with four touchdown passes, leaving him at 510 for his career and 19 on the season. He completed 22-of-26 passes for 318 yards to go with the touchdowns that propelled the Broncos to a 42-17 victory.

With Manning playing at as high a level as he’s ever played in the NFL, his lead in both touchdown passes and player of the week awards will likely continue to grow before the year is out.

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Blocked field goal earns Chris Jones AFC special teams honors

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Usually the special teams awards go to kickers or return men.

But this week’s AFC special teams player of the week doesn’t run fast or hit the ball with his feet.

Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones won the weekly award for his game-saving blocked field goal at the end of New England’s win over the Jets last week. He said it was the first blocked kick he had at any level, and he picked a good time.

A year ago, his penalty on another field goal attempt gave the Jets an extra chance to win in overtime, and they made that one, so last week’s gave him a bit of redemption.

And now the second-year defensive tackle from Bowling Green has some hardware to prove it.

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No Wednesday practice for Calvin Johnson

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Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has made the business trip to London.  But Lions fans will derive no pleasure from the news that Johnson still isn’t practicing.

According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Johnson has missed yet another practice with a sprained ankle that was aggravated in Week Five against the Bills.

Johnson’s absence is no surprise.  The real question is whether he’ll play against the Falcons on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.  Johnson has said he won’t play until he’s healthy.  So if he’s not healthy enough to practice, how will he be healthy enough to play?

Also absent from practice were defensive end Ziggy Ansah, tackle LaAdrian Waddle, and tight ends Eric Ebron, Brandon Pettigrew, and Joseph Fauria.

As to Johnson, the Lions have won both games he didn’t play.  Which will serve only to increase speculation that the Lions won’t be inclined to carry his $20 million-plus cap number for 2015.

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Philbin calls out kicker, punter

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The up-and-down Dolphins are currently up.  But the head coach is down on the kicker and the punter.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that coach Joe Philbin called out kicker Caleb Sturgis in a team meeting for missing a field goal against the Bears.  For the year, Sturgis has made only 78.6 percent of his kicks, putting him at 28th among all kickers.

“We told him today, we were in the team meeting today and we said we’ve got to make those field goals,” Philbin said, via Salguero.  “We kind of went through that sequence where we took a sack and knocked ourselves back, and made the field goal more difficult.

“That being said, I said to him right there in the whole team meeting, we’ve got to make those field goals.  He knows that and I suspect that he will work at it and he’ll get better at it.”

Philbin also has concerns about punter Brandon Fields.

“Early on we got the punt blocked in Buffalo,” Philbin said. “He just hasn’t looked as comfortable quite yet back there, as he has in the two years that I’ve been here, the previous two years.  I’m confident he’ll work his way through it and he’ll get back to being the outstanding punter that we all know.

“For his standards, it’s not quite what we’re used to. I think he would acknowledge that, but I’m very, very confident that he’ll get back to that soon.”

As Salgueo points out, Fields gross punting average of 43.3 yards ranks 31st among all punters.  His net of 31.8 ranks last among all NFL punters.

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Stedman Bailey runs away with NFC special teams player of the week

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There wasn’t much doubt that the NFC special teams player of the week for Week Seven was going to go to a member of the Rams.

The only question was which one. Would it be Benny Cunningham, who had a 75-yard kickoff return to set up a score and caught the pass on the fourth quarter fake punt that helped ice the game? Would punter Johnny Hekker get it for delivering that pass? Or would it be wide receiver Stedman Bailey for taking a punt 90 yards for a touchdown while the Seahawks chased Tavon Austin on the wrong side of the field? The league went with option No. 3.

Bailey, typically a blocker for Austin on returns, was all by himself on the right side of the field when Jon Ryan’s punt settled into his hands and he sprinted down the sideline for a score that lifted the Rams to a 21-3 first half lead. Most of the rest of the players were on the left side because Austin and a crew of blockers went that way while the ball was in the air and the coverage team failed to notice that the ball failed to materialize anywhere near them.

There’s no award for assistant coach of the week, but it’s hard to imagine giving a fictional one to anyone but Rams special teams coach John Fassel given how much value the Rams got from those units in the 28-26 win

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Aaron Rodgers wins NFC offensive player of the week

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Now it’s officially a big week for Aaron Rodgers.

Not only did he see Pearl Jam and meet lead singer Eddie Vedder Monday, he followed up by winning NFC offensive player of the week honors.

OK, that he’s done 10 times, and twice this season.

But his near-perfect game Sunday against the Panthers certainly deserved recognition. He had as many touchdown passes as incompletions (three), going 19-of-22 for 255 yards.

He pushed the Packers to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, and they cruised to an easy win.

I guess you could say the NFC couldn’t have found a “Better Man” to give the award to this week.

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Jamaal Charles: I didn’t want to go through the concussion protocol

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When Jamaal Charles scored a touchdown Sunday against San Diego, he had a violent collision with Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers, sending both of them to the turf. Flowers left the game with a concussion, but Charles kept playing.

Maybe he shouldn’t have. Charles said on ESPN Radio that he was seeing flashing lights afterward, which is one of the symptoms of a concussion.

“It definitely hurt,” Charles said. “It’s like, I woke up — I mean, like, a couple plays later I was seeing light bulbs, like, light bulbs around my eyes, and I was trying to catch them. But I was in the game so I was like, ‘Alright, let’s get the ball and run again.'”

So why wasn’t Charles removed from the game? Charles said he tried to avoid having to go through the league’s concussion protocol. Charles previously suffered a concussion in January, in the Chiefs’ playoff loss to the Colts, and his absence from the rest of that game may have been the difference between the Chiefs winning and losing in Indianapolis. As a result, Charles said he doesn’t want to go through the concussion protocol because he wants to be able to keep playing to help his team.

“I didn’t have a concussion but it definitely was a hit that shocked me. But I don’t think I had to go through the concussion protocols and all that. I didn’t want to go through that again because of what happened in the playoffs. I was definitely fine, I think I came out pretty good,” Charles said.

It’s admirable that Charles wants to help his team, but it’s worrisome that NFL players still try to avoid a concussion diagnosis. Charles may think he was “definitely fine,” but that determination should have been made by a doctor.

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Pounceys won’t be charged for birthday party brawl

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NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by a trio of plaintiffs who claim they suffered injuries as a result of a brawl that occurred at a Miami nightclub where the Pounceys were celebrating their birthday in July.

Despite a report that Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will be charged with battery, neither he nor his brother, Dolphins center/guard Mike, will face prosecution.

“As expected, the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney has determined that the Pouncey brothers should not be charged in connection with an altercation that occurred at the Cameo Nightclub on July 12, 2014,” lawyer Jeff Ostrow tells PFT.   “This confirms that the previous claim that the brothers were involved was false and fabricated by individuals seeking notoriety and monetary gain.”

The lawsuit won’t be affected by this decision, and the case will proceed with a much lower standard of proof than the one that would apply in a criminal case.

Quite often, prosecutors decide not to pursue charges due to concerns that, ultimately, the evidence won’t overcome the very high standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt.  In civil cases, responsibility is assessed based on a “preponderance of the evidence,” with the plaintiff prevailing simply by showing it’s more likely than not that the plaintiff’s version of the events if the right version.

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Patriots officially welcome Akeem Ayers to New England

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Linebacker Akeem Ayers is officially a member of the New England Patriots.

The Patriots formally announced that they have acquired Ayers in a trade with the Titans, which means that Ayers passed his physical with the team. That probably wasn’t a foregone conclusion given Ayers’s recent knee troubles, but the Pats didn’t find anything to make them rethink the deal.

Ayers arrives at a moment when the Patriots are a bit shorthanded on defense. They lost Jerod Mayo for the season and Chandler Jones is reportedly going to miss several weeks after injuring his hip against the Jets last Thursday. Ayers, who played only two games for Tennessee, has played on the outside during his career and his arrival could lead to more time inside for Dont’a Hightower.

The Patriots signaled their displeasure with their depth options at linebacker in that game by playing safety Patrick Chung as a linebacker and they released Ja’Gared Davis to make room for Ayers on the roster. The team is also reportedly planning to sign defensive lineman Alan Branch, although nothing’s been made official there.

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L.A. survey focuses on how much people will pay for PSLs, tickets

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On Tuesday, Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reported that the NFL has commissioned a survey of roughly 2,000 residents regarding the viability of the L.A. market for the relocation of a team.

Since then, PFT has obtained from a reader the screen shots of all questions asked.

Much of the survey focuses on whether folks want the NFL to return to L.A. and which teams they prefer (with the survey pointing out that “a number of NFL teams that have existing, long-term stadium leases and well-established fan bases, and are not candidates to relocate to the Los Angeles area”), many of the questions focus on the various permutations of PSLs and ticket prices.

The proposed PSLs are as high as $50,000, with payment options including 10 years at eight percent interest, or annual installments beginning three years before the stadium opens.

The survey also extends an invitation to participate in focus groups regarding seating options, pricing and potential amenities.

Perhaps most importantly, the survey asks, “Would you like to be contacted regarding various seating options you showed interest in?”

In other words, “Get your checkbook ready.”

Click the “continue reading” link to see all of the questions.

“Are you a fan of the National Football League?”

“Which NFL team is your favorite?”

“Do you attend NFL games on an annual basis?”

“How would you describe your (your company’s) attitude towards an NFL team in the Los Angeles area?”

“If a current NFL team relocated to the Los Angeles area, would the identity of the team change your attitude towards a NFL team in the Los Angeles area?”

“If a new stadium is constructed in the Los Angeles area to serve as the home of an NFL team, how would you describe your (your company’s) interest in attending the team’s home football games?”

“On a scale of 1 to 7, with ‘1’ being Not Important and ‘7’ being Very Important, please indicate the importance of the following stadium features in your (your company’s) decision to attend future NFL games in the Los Angeles area.”  (Categories are:  Stadium Location, Stadium Accessibility from Freeways, Availability of On-Site Parking, Stadium Proximity to Public Transit, Stadium Proximity to Entertainment District (i.e., restaurants, bars, hotels, etc.), and Ability to Tailgate.)

“Do you have general season tickets to any professional or collegiate sports team(s) in the Los Angeles area?”

“Do you have a luxury suite for any professional or collegiate sports team(s) in the Los Angeles area?”

“How would you characterize your (or your company’s) interest in purchasing tickets at a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area?”

“Should an existing NFL team relocate to the Los Angeles area, to what degree would the identity of the team impact your interest in purchasing tickets?”

“Please specify which existing NFL team you would most prefer to relocate to the Los Angeles area  (Please note that there are a number of NFL teams that have existing, long-term stadium leases and well-established fan bases, and are not candidates to relocate to the Los Angeles area.)”

“If the relocated NFL team was not your most preferred team, how would that impact your interest in purchasing tickets?”

“If the relocated team was not your most preferred, please specify which team you would want to relocate to the Los Angeles area.”

“On a scale of ‘1’ to ‘7’ with ‘1’ being ‘Not Important’ and ‘7’ being ‘Very Important,’ how would you rate the importance of the following amenities at a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area?” (Categories are:  In-seat food/beverage service, All-inclusive food & non-alcoholic beverages, High quality food/beverage options, Close proximity parking, Premium seating options (club seats, loge boxes, luxury suites, etc.), Special ticket holder events (team meet & greet, watch practice), Option to purchase tickets to other events at the stadium.)

“Seat Location Preference” (including a seating chart with general and club seating at three levels, and a request to identify the top three preferred locations, “understanding the most prime locations would be more expensive”).

“Over the past decade, most new NFL stadiums have utilized the sale of Personal Seat Licenses (‘PSL’) to help fund construction.  Do you know what a PSL is and how it works?”

“Upper Level Sideline” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $6,500 and annual cost of $1,500 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Upper Level Sideline” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $6,500 and annual cost of $1,250 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Upper Level Sideline” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $3,250 and annual cost of $1,250 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Upper Level Sideline” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $6,500 and annual cost of $1,000 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Upper Level Sideline” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $3,250 and annual cost of $1,250 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“If you made the decision to purchase season tickets located along the sidelines of the upper level of a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area, how many would you purchase?”

“Multiple payment options could be available for Personal Seat Licenses associated with the purchase of tickers in a new stadium located in the Los Angeles area, including interest-free payment in installments for the three-year period prior to the stadium opening or financing the cost for up to 10 years with interest.  Which would you (your company) be most likely to choose?”

“Lower Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $50,000 and annual cost of $4,500 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Lower Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $25,000 and annual cost of $4,500 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Lower Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $50,000 and annual cost of $3,750 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Lower Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $25,000 and annual cost of $3,750 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Lower Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $50,000 and annual cost of $3,000 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Lower Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $25,000 and annual cost of $3,000 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Mezzanine Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $25,000 and annual cost of $4,500 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Mezzanine Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $12,500 and annual cost of $4,500 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Mezzanine Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $25,000 and annual cost of $3,750 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Mezzanine Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $12,500 and annual cost of $3,750 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Mezzanine Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $25,000 and annual cost of $3,000 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Mezzanine Level Club Seat” season-ticket interest with a suggested seat license of $12,500 and annual cost of $3,000 for season tickets and PSL financing options including three interest-free installments and 10-year financing at 8 percent interest.

“Loge Boxes” season-ticket interest, with each box holding four to eight people.

“Among all of the seating options that may be available in a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area, please choose the single option you would most likely purchase.”

“A new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area could host a variety of other events, including concerts, motorsports, other sporting events, etc.  Would you have interest in attending other events at a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area?”

“Please indicate which other events you would be interested in attending at a new NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area?” (Choices are NCAA Football, International Soccer, Concerts, Motorsports, other sporting events, religious events, and “other”.)

“What zip code is your primary residence?”

“What is your gender?”

“What is your age?”

“What is your annual household income?”

“CSL in planning to conduct a series of focus group sessions in order to gain additional insights regarding seating options, pricing and potential amenities offered in a new NFL stadium in Los Angeles.  Would you be interested in attending a focus group session?”

“Would you like to be contacted regarding various seating options you showed interest in?”

“Your input is important to us.  Please include any thoughts or suggestions that you may have about the proposed NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area, or the survey, in the space provided below.”

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