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The Redskins know that safety DeAngelo Hall won’t be back in the lineup this season due to the torn ACL he suffered against the Giants and they may be without one of their other starters in the secondary for a bit.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland went for an MRI on the ankle he hurt in Sunday’s victory and coach Jay Gruden said Monday, via the Washington Post, that Breeland is dealing with a “moderate” high-ankle strain. The plan is for Breeland to be evaluated on a week-to-week basis, which suggests that he’ll likely miss Week Four’s game against the Browns.
The Redskins also lost a pair of offensive linemen during the game. Gruden used “moderate” to describe center Kory Lichtensteiger’s calf strain and left guard Shawn Lauvao’s ankle sprain as well. Left tackle Trent Williams moved to guard to replace Lauvao, but Gruden said the team hasn’t decided how they’d proceed without the two players this week.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase is demanding accountability, and he is more than prepared to bench guys to prove his point.
The latest was right tackle Ja’Wuan James, who was pulled after allowing a strip-sack fumble near the end of regulation, which would have been costly if the Browns could hit field goals.
“I’m over discussing any of this stuff with players,” Gase said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald. “We’re either going to start getting the job done, or we’re going to make changes.”
Gase didn’t promise that James would return to the starting lineup Thursday night against the Bengals, and was generally displeased with the protection being offered to quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has been hit 19 times in 132 dropbacks.
“We just want guys to do it right,” Gase said. “Whoever wants to do it right, those are the guys that we’re going to put out there. Talent’s irrelevant at this point. . . .
”It’s hard to throw a ball with any kind of timing where they pressure and we get it picked up, but we get beat so fast that the quarterback doesn’t even have a chance.”
Gase is clearly protective of Tannehill, knowing that’s his best chance to be successful in the short term there. But if he’s not upright, he can’t do that.
Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has made a great impact on his teammates, and not just because of his ability to throw a football. On Monday, tight end Kyle Rudolph became the most recent Vikings to praise Bradford’s ability to take a hit.
“I think the biggest thing that I’ve learned about Sam is just how tough he is,” Rudolph said on PFT Live. “The way that he stood in there not only yesterday but also last week taking hit after hit after hit and still making throws downfield. A couple throws come to mind against Green Bay last week to [Stephon] Diggs and you don’t really see it until you go back and watch the tape. He’s got a lot of guts and a lot of grit and he stands in there and throws the ball downfield knowing he’s gonna take a hit.”
The passing game has become more important given the knee injury suffered by running back Adrian Peterson.
“Anytime you lose a player of that magnitude it has an effect,” Rudolph said of Peterson. “We kind of went through it with Teddy [Bridgewater] a little under a month ago and you can never replace a player of that caliber. They’re just irreplaceable but it was kind of the message when Teddy went down and it’s been the message unfortunately throughout the early part of our season. Each guy on the team has to do one more thing better and get a little better each day and try to make up that ground that we’re missing when you lose a great player.”
Even without a couple of great players, the Vikings could be on the verge of becoming great.
“For us it’s about getting better each and every week,” Rudolph said. “Obviously, we think we have a ton of talent. We wouldn’t have traded a first-round pick for a quarterback at the beginning of the season if our organization didn’t believe that we can win now and believe in the talent that we have in that locker room but for us it’s about sticking to what we do. Playing complimentary football, playing smart football and winning the game in the fourth quarter.”
They’ve done it for three straight Sundays, getting better as the game unfolds. The next chance comes Monday night, against the Giants.
Matt Ryan was able to flash a thumb’s up last night, and said any issue with his thumb during the game was not a problem moving forward.
According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Ryan appeared to hurt his left (non-throwing) thumb during last night’s win over the Saints.
After being sacked by Nick Fairley in the fourth quarter, he went to the sideline and was getting checked by athletic trainers. When he returned to the game, he was wearing a glove on his left hand.
“I took a hit on it in the game, but I’m fine,” Ryan said. “Put a glove on just to make sure I’d get a good grip afterwards. But I’m fine. I feel pretty good.”
Whatever degree of issue it was, Falcons coach Dan Quinn wasn’t even aware of it after the game, so it’s reasonable to think it’s no big deal.
Ryan’s been among the most durable quarterbacks in the league, not missing a game since 2009 when a turf toe injury sidelined him.
Cardinals receiver Michael Floyd hit his head hard on the turf when he was tackled during Sunday’s game against the Bills, but he was checked by the medical staff on the sideline and cleared to return.
On Monday, however, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Floyd was reporting headaches and has now entered the concussion protocol.
That points to one of the inherent flaws in the NFL’s procedures on game days: Even if a player isn’t exhibiting any symptoms of a concussion immediately after he takes a hit to the head, it’s possible that he did suffer a concussion and will only show symptoms later.
Floyd, who is second among the Cardinals’ wide receivers with nine catches this season, will not be able to play Sunday against the Rams unless he is cleared through the league’s concussion evaluation process.
Packers tight end Jared Cook is expected to miss some time with a high ankle sprain.
Although there’s been no official word from the team and the Packers are on their bye this week, a high ankle sprain usually takes several weeks to heal, so it’s unlikely that he’d be on the field when they return in Week Five against the Giants.
Cook was seen in the Packers’ locker room on crutches and wearing a protective boot.
Through three games, Cook is fourth on the team with six catches.
While Cook is out, Richard Rodgers and Justin Perillo will get more playing time at tight end. Devon Cajuste could be called up from the practice squad if the Packers think they need a third healthy tight end on the roster.
The Jaguars got the ball twice in Baltimore territory following Joe Flacco interceptions and saw the drives end with a Blake Bortles interception and a blocked field goal. They ran twice for no gain before the interception and ran on first down on the second drive before a completed pass and sack of Bortles led to the field goal attempt.
On Monday, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said he had no problem with how offensive coordinator Greg Olson called the plays.
“You look at the four-minute situation, there are a lot of time management discussions,” Bradley said, via the Florida Times-Union. “They had three timeouts. We talked about that in OTAs and training camp: We’ve got to be able to run it when they know we’re going to run it. We didn’t get that done yesterday. You have to do [run it well] so they use their timeouts and we were looking to get a first down. That’s not to say you won’t throw it on third down, but we really wanted to strain our guys and [say], ‘This is a must time. You have to be able to run the ball here.'”
The Jaguars haven’t been able to run the ball when defenses don’t know they’re going to run it, so it’s no great shock that they failed to do it when the Ravens were waiting for Chris Ivory. The sack and interception make it clear that passing the ball wasn’t necessarily going to be a silver bullet for the Jaguars, but zigging when the Ravens were expecting a zag might have been a good way to go with a chance to take a commanding lead late in the game.
Losing close games leads to that kind of Monday morning quarterbacking and the Jags have done a fair amount of it under Bradley over the last three-plus years. The word from owner Shad Khan this offseason was that it was time for that to change, but the song has remained the same so far this season.
The Bills defense was more aggressive against the Cardinals.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said there may be lineup changes coming.
A look at why the Jets passed so much in the red zone.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said that his team has put last week’s loss behind them.
What’s the problem with the Jaguars running game?
Nine rookies saw time for the Raiders in their Week Three win.
Said Chargers coach Mike McCoy of Achilles injuries suffered by his players, “We’re going to do all the research we can definitely to figure out, is there something we can do to help the players, but we do that every year.”
Said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett of QB Dak Prescott, “We haven’t just put the handcuffs on him, if you will. We let him play. He’s seen a lot of different fronts, a lot of different covers, a lot of different pressures.”
Coach Jay Gruden may have revived the Redskins again.
The Bears aren’t generating much pass rush.
Coach Mike Zimmer says that a strong Vikings defense is the product of a team effort.
There don’t appear to be any easy answers for the Saints defense.
Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is talking about the need for a winning culture.
The Cardinals are trying to get back on track this week.
How did the Rams deal with Sunday’s extended weather delay?
Five takeaways from the 49ers’ loss in Week Three.
The Jets are pushing all kinds of buttons at the moment, including taking a look at some veteran players who could help them now.
The former Bills first-rounder has worked out for the Packers since being released by the Saints, so it’s unclear if teams think he’s physically ready to contribute.
It’s early enough in the season that we don’t quite know exactly what some teams will turn out to be come the final weeks of the year and the Jets have to hope that they wind up looking more like the team that won in Buffalo in Week Two than the one that lost in Kansas City in Week Three.
They don’t have much time to ruminate on the topic before the Seahawks are in town and then it is on to road games in Pittsburgh and Arizona with the 1-2 Jets’ margin for error slimmer after their eight-turnover disaster against the Chiefs. Of course, a margin for error won’t matter much at all if that outing turns out to be who the Jets are this season.
That wouldn’t be a good look for coach Todd Bowles, who started off this week with a speech to his team that tried to get them moving forward after a bad loss.
“Every time you lose like that, you have to have a come-to-Jesus meeting,” Bowles said in comments distributed by the team. “We talked about accountability and just understanding where we are in the season and who we are and what we need to be, pretty much. … Throughout the course of the season, there will be a bunch of turning points. It’s not going to be the last time we face adversity. There are going to be several times down the road where we face adversity. We just have to learn from our mistakes.”
Bowles didn’t delve into specifics about what the Jets might do differently moving forward, but the broad strokes are obvious enough for a team that has looked pretty good over the last two seasons when they aren’t handing the ball to the opposition.
Not only was Ravens coach John Harbaugh caught in the middle of the conversation between Steve Smith and Jaguars rookie cornerback Jalen Ramsey, it’s clear that’s where he wanted to be.
Harbaugh said he enjoyed seeing his veteran wide receiver send a little back Ramsey’s way in the post-game.
“I got caught in the middle of that,” Harbaugh said, via Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun. “It was kind of fun, it was fun. I thought Steve Smith had a heck of a game. If that’s how he responds to whatever challenge put before him out there, I’m for it. I’m for that happening every week. I thought he responded quite well.”
Smith had just logged his best game of the year, with a team-high eight catches for 87 yards, so a little jawing back and forth (in person and on Twitter, where Smith eviscerated the kid) from a 37-year-old coming off a torn Achilles was a good sign.
“He’s looked good to me from Day 1,” Harbaugh said. “I saw a bunch of plays made yesterday, I saw a lot of competitive fire, and he was critical for us. He made some huge chunk plays when we needed him the most. So I haven’t had any concerns about Steve at all really, all year. I’m sure glad he’s on our side, and I’m looking forward to seeing how he plays this week.”
And he’s probably also looking forward to the next clash with some poor corner, which you know is inevitable.
The Saints kept Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in check on Monday night as Jones had just one catch for 16 yards.
There wasn’t much other good news for them to report, however. The Falcons ran wild on the ground, avoided turnovers and benefitted from three by the Saints in a 45-32 win that dropped the Saints to 0-3 on the season. The issues that plagued them in the Superdome on Monday were similar to the ones that dogged them in the first two weeks, but quarterback Drew Brees didn’t sound like he expects the same issues to plague the team all season.
“We’re not saying it’s easy, but at some point it turns,” Brees said after the game. “We don’t know when that’s going to be. Hope it’s this week. That’s why you go out and get the type of guys that we have in the locker room. You don’t get guys that are going to turn on one another or cash in if times get tough. You go out and get tough, competitive guys that love the game of football, love to compete, love to play for one another. Look at any team throughout the course of a year, any team that has gone on and done great things. There are moments of adversity. There are moments and times where it would have been easy to throw it in or not approach it in a positive way and I feel like we have the right type of guys to turn this thing around and when we do, look out.”
This is the fourth time that a Saints team with Brees at quarterback has started 0-3 and none of the previous teams have made the playoffs or finished with a winning record, so how much things will turn is a matter for some debate because they probably need to go at least 9-4 the rest of the way to advance to the postseason. The Saints team we’ve seen for the first three weeks hasn’t looked good enough to reel off that kind of record.
The Cowboys are going to have to get by without their Sgt. Hulka for the next few months but there’s a chance they could get him back.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, Cowboys left guard La’El Collins is having surgery to repair the ligament damage to his right big toe suffered Monday. They’ve already placed him on injured reserve, but the team is holding out hope he can return later in the year.
(This is also where not putting Tony Romo on IR helps them, since you can only bring back one player per year from that list).
While an injury to any starter is bad, the Cowboys are covered at this spot.
Guard Ronald Leary will take over at left guard, returning to the spot he started ever game in 2013 and 2014. He asked to be traded this offseason, but the Cowboys refused to give him away, and are now glad they didn’t.
Former Cowboys and Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on Sunday after police found cocaine during a traffic stop.
Hardy was pulled over for failing to use a turn signal, police asked to search him, and he agreed, police say. When they looked in his wallet, they found 0.7 grams of cocaine.
The police report says that Hardy told the officer that he didn’t know what the substance was. Hardy said that the night before, he had passed his wallet around a party because he was paying for everyone, and someone must have put the cocaine in his wallet at the time.
Hardy was booked into jail in Richardson, Texas, and released on $5,000 bond.
Once among the best pass rushers in the NFL, Hardy was benched for 15 games by the Panthers in 2014 as a result of a domestic violence accusation. Although charges were later dropped, the NFL suspended Hardy for the start of the 2015 season. He finished 2015 playing for the Cowboys but has generated no interest as a free agent this year. His career is now likely over.
The Patriots are 3-0 without Tom Brady, and with a week to go before he comes back, he’s already trying to manage expectations — lest people expect him to be Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett, for heaven’s sake.
“I don’t think there is any benefit to watching the team play these games from a football standpoint, because it takes time to get the timing and the practice reps,” Brady said during his weekly interview on Westwood One Radio (via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com). “I’m trying to do the best I can to stay in shape and to keep the timing, and to really stay football ready. I’m hoping our team has a great week of preparation and can get to 4-0, and then I’ll have an opportunity to be back next Monday, and I’m going to work as hard as I can to be ready to go for that week.
“It’s a big week for me, and it’s a big week for our team. Every week is a big week in the NFL, but not having been out there for four weeks, there is a lot of makeup time I’m going to need and the chance to be on the field with my teammates to see what kind of rhythm I can find in a short week of practice.”
Of course, we think having 16 years of experience will somehow allow him to manage a month off, but Brady said he’s not the kind of player who can roll out of bed and be back to form.
“I don’t think you can,” he said. “I do admire some guys, like [Patriots receiver] Danny Amendola. He didn’t practice at all in training camp and he goes out there and the first week of the year [and] has a great game. The second week of the year, he has two touchdown catches. I’ve played with a lot of teammates who have been off for extended periods of time and it looks like they’re flipping the switch, but I think for me, that’s not the way I really prepare. I like to take every rep in practice. I like to practice every day.
“I’ve been able to be very healthy over the course of my career, and I think that has really helped me, and I’m going to need to find that rhythm back. It’s going to take some work and some time. Like I said before, that’s some uncharted territory, too.”
Brady said he was “in a good place,” and last week that was Italy, on a vacation with his wife, Gisele Bundchen.
“I’ve never had an opportunity in September,” he said. “Hopefully I don’t have one for a very, very long time.”
While it’s Brady, and of course he’ll start, the sterling play of his backup and their ability to win with a third string likely makes him a little more eager to get back, and show people what they’ve missed.