And now there are six.
Unless it was a bizarre fashion statement, it means that Briggs has an injured foot or ankle.
And now there are six.
Unless it was a bizarre fashion statement, it means that Briggs has an injured foot or ankle.
The Buccaneers made a wide receiver swap Saturday, promoting Freddie Martino from the practice squad and waiving Donteea Dye.
Martino has previously spent time this season on both the active roster and the practice squad. He’s played in two games.
Dye could land back on the practice squad next week.
Earlier this week the Bucs placed veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson on injured reserve.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy still may not play in Sunday’s game at Miami with a hamstring injury, but he still hasn’t been ruled out.
McCoy has made the trip to South Florida, PFT confirms. The news was first reported by Jeff Darlington of ESPN.
While it’s possible a ruse aimed at making the Dolphins think they’ll be facing McCoy, if his hamstring injury is bad enough to keep him from playing, it wouldn’t be a good idea to take him to Miami.
This doesn’t mean McCoy will definitely play. But it means that he still could.
The Jets placed veteran linebacker Erin Henderson on the non-football injury/illness list Saturday.
Henderson had started four games this season and led the team in tackles in each of the last two games.
The Jets promoted two linebackers from the practice squad Saturday, Julian Stanford and Victor Ochi. Stanford has already played in three games for the Jets this season. Ochi is an undrafted rookie outside linebacker who spent the offseason with the Ravens before landing on the practice squad with the Jets.
The Jets also placed tight end Braedon Bowman on injured reserve.
The 49ers have promoted Harris to the active roster. To create space for him, the team waived defensive tackle Taylor Hart.
In two games late last season, Harris generated 140 rushing yards and 97 receiving yards. He was inactive for the first two games of 2016, waived on October 1, and signed to the practice squad on October 3.
Davis, a fourth-round pick in 2015, had more snaps than Draughn a week ago. Davis has a career average of 1.7 yards per carry.
As the Broncos prepare to return to prime time, 11 days after a Week Six loss to the Chargers, two of the team’s players await final clearance to return from concussions.
Tackle Russell Okung and receiver Cody Latimer are both listed as questionable for Monday night’s game against the Texans. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak told reporters on Saturday that the next step for each player is official and final medical clearance.
“They both practiced today and are doing well and obviously they have to be cleared,” Kubiak said. “That’s the key there.”
The clearance will come on Saturday, if at all.
Meanwhile, linebacker DeMarcus Ware continues to be out with a forearm injury. Kubiak said that a recent CT scan was encouraging, and that Ware is expected to return to practice this week.
We previously passed along a report about a supposed 80 percent increase in TV viewership for NFL games in the United Kingdom this season. But it turns out that report was spinning the NFL’s UK ratings in a more positive light than is warranted.
A reader who tracks NFL viewership on UK television at NFLUK.com contacted us to point out that the numbers being used to peddle a narrative of a significant ratings increase in the UK are misleading. Those ratings refer to the cumulative total number of viewers who watched all NFL programming in the UK this season as opposed to last season — but this season there’s more NFL programming available in the UK than there was last year, thanks to new highlight shows on BBC. So it’s no surprise that the cumulative total viewership is higher.
A better apples-to-apples comparison for TV viewership in the UK is how this year’s first London game, Colts-Jaguars, fared on BBC2 compared to last year’s Bills-Jaguars game in London. And on that score, the NFL isn’t growing in London: The Colts-Jaguars game drew 351,000 viewers on BBC2, a decrease compared to the 381,000 viewers for Bills-Jaguars last year on BBC2. This year’s Colts-Jaguars game did draw a larger audience than last year’s other early London game on BBC2, Jets-Dolphins, although that game’s ratings were lower because it aired at the same time as the Rugby World Cup.
Whether the NFL ever becomes appointment viewing for large numbers of UK fans remains to be seen. Right now, in a country of about 65 million people, less than 1 percent watch a typical NFL game.
Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson has been placed on injured reserve.
Johnson, the Texans’ first-round draft pick last season, suffered a broken foot on Sunday against the Colts.
Although it’s possible that Johnson could return in eight weeks, he is likely done for the season.
Johnson also suffered a foot injury as a rookie last year, although he was able to play through it and finish the season before having offseason surgery.
This year Johnson was beginning to emerge as one of the most important pieces in the Texans’ secondary, and he played every snap but one against the Colts despite the injury. Now the Texans will have to reconfigure their secondary without him.
Fans at a London rugby stadium could be treated to a different kind of scrum on Sunday, when the Rams and Giants play there.
With the often-chippy Odell Beckham Jr. squaring off against the usually-chippy L.A. defense, Nigel and his mates may learn a lot more about American football than they previously had known. After all, a game in December 2014 between the two teams featured a late hit on Beckham, a brawl that led to three ejections, and thousands in fines.
Beckham emerged from the melee with a $10,000 penalty for kicking at linebacker Alec Ogletree.
That happened a year before Beckham’s outburst against the Panthers resulted in a suspension. Now, only a few weeks after Beckham once again proved that he has skin thinner than a late-night-tweeting politician, the Rams get another chance to light his stubby fuse.
Surprisingly, coach Jeff Fisher says that won’t happen.
“We’re going to play between the snap and the whistle, and that’s it,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher told reporters, via ESPN.com. “No, we’re not going there. Our guys are going to play hard and play fast, tackle, and have been instructed not to hurt the football team.”
It’s one thing to not do anything that would draw a flag. It’s quite another to constantly try to rattle and harass Beckham. The players are smart enough to know there’s a benefit to doing that — and Fisher is smart to stake out his “I ordered them not to touch Private William Santiago” territory before kickoff.
In other words, bollocks.
The NFL hasn’t seen much good news on the television ratings front this season, with far fewer people watching this year than last year. But there is one place where NFL TV ratings are up.
According to the New York Daily News, TV ratings on Sky Sports and BBC networks in the United Kingdom are up 80 percent from last year.
There’s a feeling in some league circles that the NFL is already as popular as it’s ever going to get in the United States, and if the league is going to continue to grow it will have to do so overseas. London has been the focal point of the NFL’s international growth efforts, and those television numbers would suggest that the league is making inroads.
What remains to be seen is whether the league can become a consistently popular sport in London, and not just a passing fad. The NFL is committed to playing at least three games a year in London, which suggests that the league believes there are real opportunities for growth across the pond, at the same time as the NFL’s ratings tumble in the United States.
UPDATE 3:58 p.m. ET: It turns out that those TV ratings gains in the UK were overstated.
Why is Colts owner Jim Irsay standing by G.M. Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano despite the team’s 2-4 record? Because he doesn’t think they’re as bad as 2-4 suggests.
According to Irsay, the Colts could easily have won every game this season if only they had caught a few breaks.
“We could be 6-0 right now if the ball bounced our way,” Irsay told USA Today.
It’s true that the Colts have lost some close games: Three of their four losses were one-score games, and even their 34-20 loss to the Broncos was a one-score game until the final minute. Of course, the Colts’ two wins were one-score games as well. By Irsay’s logic, they’re only a couple good bounces from being 0-6.
The reality is that basically every bad team in the NFL can say it’s a few good bounces away from having a good season. The good teams are the ones that find a way to win even when the bounces don’t go their way.
The Dolphins will use a couple of little-known tight ends on Sunday.
The Colts have been trying to build a dominant defense for five years — and failing.
A collection of paintings and artifacts previously owned by deceased Titans founder Bud Adams will be displayed in Indianapolis on November 12.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid will work his 300th game on Sunday.
A blend of rookies and free agents is making it harder for the Raiders defense to excel.
Washington’s defense knows it will have its hands full against Detroit.
The Falcons offense is getting better and better under Kyle Shanahan.
Chancellor Lee Adams, the son that former Panthers WR Rae Carruth hoped would be killed along with his mother, will be waiting outside the prison the day Carruth is released.
Former Tulane DE Royce LaFrance hopes to make the most of his latest chance with the Saints’ practice squad.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was healthy enough to participate in the weekly bucket challenge, which likely means he’ll be healthy enough to play.
The Rams have been let down by the offense and the defense in successive weeks.
ESPN ranks all American pro sports teams, and the 49ers landed at No. 122.
Out of 122.
The Ravens activated running back Lorenzo Taliaferro from the physically unable to perform list Saturday.
Taliaferro missed all of the offseason and the start of the season while recovering from a foot injury he suffered last October. A third-year player, Taliaferro has five career rushing touchdowns. Terrance West has emerged as the Ravens’ No. 1 running back, but Taliaferro should get some opportunities.
The Ravens also announced some other moves. Cornerback Robertson Daniel was promoted from the practice squad, while tight end Daniel Brown was waived and safety Kendrick Lewis was placed on injured reserve.
Washington cornerback Josh Norman has been fined for miming the shooting of a bow and arrow during a game. He has now joked about a more literal celebration that would highlight the perceived (or actual) double standard regarding the NFL’s position on celebrations.
“I’ll say this,” Norman said this week, via USA Today. “Since they sell beer on TV while kids are watching it, I’m thinking I might open a keg on the field, and I’m going to drink it on the field. And I don’t see that being on the rule book.”
While Norman is right about the absence of any “thou shalt nots” regarding the use of a beer keg in celebrations, there is a general ban regarding the use of props. If, as his teammate Vernon Davis has learned, the ball can be regarded as a prop when simulating a basketball shot through the goalpost, a beer keg would be regarded as a prop, too.
And even if Norman were to opt for cracking a keg on the sidelines in the same way Norman’s nemesis does whatever it is he’s doing with the kicking net, that surely would draw the ire of the NFL. But it also would underscore the inherent hypocrisy regarding the NFL’s insistence that players limit their celebrations because, as Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday, “[o]ur players are role models and others look at that at the youth level, so that’s important for us to hold that standard up, and it’s part of being professional.”
If that’s the case, why does the NFL even have an “official beer“? The $1.4 billion in money-for-nothing that the league will generate through 2022 is the obvious reason. And that money will go a long way toward allowing the powers-that-be to overlook the uncomfortable reality that a full embrace of a brand of beer may cause some at the youth level to think they’re not properly following the sport without their Bose headphones plugged in to a Microsoft Surface while gobbling up Papa John’s pizza and washing it down with a Bud Light.
Gail Cogdill, a Detroit Lion who retired as the team’s all-time leading receiver, has died at the age of 79.
As the Lions’ sixth-round draft pick out of Washington State in 1960, Cogdill made an instant impact, being chosen to the Pro Bowl and winning the Rookie of the Year award. That was the first of three Pro Bowl seasons for Cogdill.
“Gail was simply a great football player, an outstanding receiver and teammate,” Hall of Fame teammate and coach Joe Schmidt told the Detroit Free Press. “Frankly, we didn’t take advantage of his ability.”
Cogdill, who also played briefly for the Colts and Falcons, finished his career with 356 catches for 5,696 yards and 34 touchdowns.
The NFL fines so many players so much money each week that it’s hard sometimes to keep the numbers straight. But two players recently fined show how little logic there is to the league’s schedule of fines.
Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox has been fined $9,115 after each of his last two games, for illegal hits on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins. Meanwhile, Giants receiver Odell Beckham was fined this week $24,309 for taking his helmet off after scoring a touchdown.
Let’s think about that for a moment: Player safety is supposedly the NFL’s highest priority, with excessive hits on quarterbacks among the plays the league most desperately wants to eliminate. And yet when Cox excessively hit two different quarterbacks in back-to-back games, he was fined a total of $18,230. Taking a helmet off after scoring a touchdown harms no one. And yet when Beckham did it once, he was fined $24,309.
If a judge fined one person $500 for jaywalking and fined another person $200 for assault, we’d say that judge’s priorities were seriously skewed. That’s what we should say about the NFL’s approach to player fines as well. These fines are collectively bargained, and so the players themselves bear some of the blame for allowing the NFL’s discipline structure to reach this point, but regardless of who’s to blame, the fines in the NFL are seriously out of whack.