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Percy Harvin’s former teammates with the Seattle Seahawks were just as surprised as anyone when they learned the mercurial receiver had been dealt to the New York Jets for a conditional draft pick on Friday.
The players found out about the trade as the team was boarding buses to head to the airport for their flight to St. Louis on Friday afternoon. A Seahawks player said Friday night he found out about the trade on Twitter and wasn’t the only one.
While Harvin had altercations with Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin during his tenure in Seattle, he certainly wasn’t a universally disliked member of their locker room. Finding out one of the focal point pieces of the team’s offense through the first five games of the season had been traded as the end of a week of preparation had certainly stunned the rest of the team as well.
Head coach Pete Carroll said Monday he spent much of the flight to St. Louis Friday evening conversing with players and discussing the decision with the team so they understood what had happened.
“We had a really good talk about it and talked with guys from across the board on our team. I think it was pretty clear that it was accepted as the next thing that we had to do and we did the right thing and on we go,” Carroll said.
“They took it in stride. I think they trust our decision-making and they’ve stood by us throughout. I don’t think there is any fallout at all,” he added.
Receiver Doug Baldwin said after the game Sunday that the trade of Harvin had an effect on the players as they learned of the decision. Carroll said he understands that reaction but also believes the players didn’t let it affect them during their game against the Rams.
“Obviously, like (Baldwin) said, you’re human, you react and you have a response to it but I don’t think anybody had any problem and everybody was concerned about getting to business of playing football. So I think it was fine.” Carroll said.
Seattle’s offense in the second half looked the most productive its been in weeks. The Seahawks scored touchdowns on their final three possessions with each drive covering at least 80 yards. Maybe getting rid of a piece that clearly didn’t fit will jump-start the Seahawks offense. Or maybe they’ll miss one of the more dynamic athletes in the league. Only time will tell.
Mike Adams replaced Gilbert at right tackle for Pittsburgh, which holds a 24-13 lead at halftime.
The 26-year-old Gilbert has started all six games for the Steelers this season. He signed a contract extension with the club in August.
Gilbert will have to be cleared via the NFL’s concussion protocols to return to practice and game action.
The Texans’ defense got off to a stellar start on Monday night in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers aren’t going away without a fight.
As expected, J.J. Watt is having a big game, with a sack and a recovery of a Ben Roethlisberger fumble. That fumble was forced by Whitney Mercilus, who’s also having a big game, with two sacks in the first half. Mercilus has also knocked down a pass, and Watt has hit Roethlisberger twice.
But Brian Cushing, the linebacker once viewed as one of the best young defensive players in the league, looks like injuries have severely limited him. Cushing just can’t keep up in coverage on Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who already has 89 receiving yards, and as a result the Texans took Cushing off the field and went into a dime package late in the second quarter. That didn’t help, however, as Roethlisberger hit Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown pass.
That touchdown narrowed the score to 13-10, after the Texans had taken an early 13-0 lead. The Steelers are right back in it.
UPDATE: Then the Steelers scored two quick touchdowns to make it 24-13, Pittsburgh. Wow.
The Texans rode Arian Foster to a fast start in Pittsburgh.
Foster had five carries for 59 yards on Houston’s first drive as the Texans marched 94 yards in 10 plays to take an early 7-0 lead. The touchdown was scored by Foster’s backup, Alfred Blue, who took a short pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick and ran it in for an 11-yard score.
Foster and Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell are dueling for second place on the NFL rushing list, behind DeMarco Murray of the Cowboys. Bell entered the game leading Foster, 542 yards to 513. But after the Texans’ first drive, Foster had moved ahead of Bell. (Neither is close to Murray’s league-leading total of 913 yards.)
Now the Steelers need Bell to get going, as their defense is struggling to contain Foster.
Well, pieces of this puzzle might be starting to emerge.
According to Fox’s Mike Garafolo, Pettis was tardy to a Saturday night team meeting. The next day, Pettis was a healthy scratch for the Rams’ upset of Seattle.
The day after that, he was on waivers.
Garafolo, it should be noted, also opined that Pettis’ tardiness was certainly a contributing factor in his departure, though he didn’t believe it was the only one.
In any event, the reasoning for the release doesn’t matter. Players at Rams Park and points beyond understand being late can come at a big cost, with those outside the starting lineup most vulnerable.
We’ll know by Tuesday afternoon whether the 26-year-old Pettis has been picked up, which is quite possible. He’s making $570,000 this season, per Rotoworld data, and he is in the final year of his contract.
The Texans are still waiting for No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney to get healthy.
Clowney, the pass rusher who has been sidelined since a Week One knee injury, is inactive for tonight’s game against the Steelers. The Texans had listed Clowney as questionable, and he went onto the field for pregame warmups, but he apparently still isn’t at full speed.
That’s disappointing news: When Clowney had arthroscopic knee surgery, the Texans said he’d be out 4-6 weeks. That surgery was exactly six weeks ago, and he’s still out. So the injury appears to be more serious than the Texans originally believed.
Austin Pettis’s days in St. Louis are done.
The Rams waived Pettis, a wide receiver and 2011 third-round draft pick, today. Pettis was surprisingly left inactive on Sunday after having played in all five previous games this season.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Pettis is a good athlete who showed promise at times but never quite lived up to what the Rams thought they were getting when they drafted him. This year Pettis has 12 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown.
Pettis has contributed enough, both on offense and on special teams as a punt and kickoff returner, that it wouldn’t be surprising to see some other team claim him on waivers tomorrow. But in St. Louis, he’s finished.
The Eagles have been without their preferred starting offensive line the entire season, but they are getting closer to having everyone healthy and available at the same time.
Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly reports that Mathis has been cleared to return to practice as he makes his way back from an injured MCL and that he will do so on Wednesday. That’s the first day that Mathis is eligible to practice after being placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. He won’t be eligible to play until Week 10 and plans to ramp things up accordingly.
“I won’t jump back into it full speed. There’s no rushing into it,” Mathis said. “I have three weeks of practice before I have to play.”
With right tackle Lane Johnson back from suspension, center Jason Kelce is the other missing starter. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported Monday that Kelce hasn’t been cleared for full practice yet, but has been on track for a Week 10 return as well since having sports hernia surgery.
The Colts didn’t have much stress during their shutout of the Bengals on Sunday, but they’ll have a bit of worrying to do as a few of their players head for MRIs after getting dinged on Sunday.
Wayne injured his elbow during the contest, but was able to play through it. He wound up with four catches for 15 yards, giving him eight for 50 yards over two weeks that have had him looking like he’s a 35-year-old wideout returning from a torn ACL.
Richardson shrugged off his hamstring injury as nothing serious after the game, which was one of his best as a member of the Colts. Richardson gained 77 yards on 14 carries and added 41 more yards as a receiver. Freeman hurt his hip during the game, but returned to action.
Wednesday should bring updates on all three as the Colts start preparing for their trip to Pittsburgh.
With New Jersey planning to launch sports wagering this weekend, the NFL and others have filed a lawsuit hoping to block the expansion of gambling in a state that two pro football franchises technically call home.
Via ESPN.com, the NFL, NCAA, and other sports leagues initiated a legal action on Monday. On Tuesday, a request will be made to block sports wagering while the case proceeds.
The NFL contends that the latest effort to legalize sports wagering in New Jersey attempts to circumvent federal law. The NFL previously defeated under applicable federal law an effort by New Jersey to permit wagering on sports.
If New Jersey prevails, it’s unlikely that another Super Bowl would be hosted at MetLife Stadium. Depending on how strongly the NFL feels about the issue, it’s also possible that the next Jets/Giants stadium would be built somewhere in New York.
A frustrating season has continued for Giants linebacker Jon Beason.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Beason was going to see foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson after leaving yesterday’s game against the Cowboys.
Beason’s been bothered by a toe problem all season, and may have aggravated it yesterday. He’s missed three games, and hasn’t been able to stay well this season.
If anything, there’s familiarity there, as Anderson knows Beason’s (growing thicker) medical file well since he’s the Panthers’ team doctor as well.
When Beason’s on the field, he’s a difference-maker for the Giants defense. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to this season.
It’s good that a player the caliber of Haloti Ngata is versatile, but the Ravens didn’t want to make him their full-time long-snapper.
So they found a new one today.
McDermott has played with the 49ers and Broncos in the past.
When Cox left yesterday’s game, Ngata came in to snap for a late extra point. There seemed to be some confusion on the Ravens sideline about going for two given the injury to the snapper, but the veteran defensive tackle did the job capably.
The Bears are trying to combat reports of a broken locker room after frustrations spilled over after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, something that a win next week would surely help.
Their chances of getting that win would be improved if cornerback Kyle Fuller is able to play when they take on the Patriots, but he has a break of his own to contend with this week. Coach Marc Trestman confirmed Monday that Fuller broke his right hand during the game.
Fuller’s injury might not keep him out of the game, however. Trestman said that Fuller doesn’t need to have surgery to repair the injury and could play this week, although the condition of the hip pointer he also picked up on Sunday will have a lot to do with his chances of playing.
“He went out of the game because of his hip more than his hand,” Trestman said, via CBS Chicago. “So we’ll see where he’s at. He said he felt good today. He’ll be day-to-day. I don’t know that the hand will deter him. Up to this point today, I’ve heard it to be a non-surgical issue.”
Fuller, who was the NFL’s defensive rookie of the month for September, is tied for the league lead with three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Sherrick McManis replaced him against Miami.
A week ago, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was asked about linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s string of concussions, and he effectively blamed the media for making them linger.
So maybe we shouldn’t jump to too many conclusions about his latest diagnosis.
While the problems may not be connected, Burfict clearly has issues with leading with his head. It’s caused fines in the past, but sticking the crown of his helmet into Andrew Luck left him with that sore neck.
Between the concussions and lingering effects, Burfict has finished exactly one game this season, and that’s the Panthers game in which he was fined for twisting legs.
The Buccaneers held a workout on Monday to get back in the swing of things after their bye week and one player returned to work after a much longer absence.
Quarterback Josh McCown practiced for the first time since injuring his right thumb in Week Three. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that McCown wore a wrap on his thumb, but didn’t seem to have any problem making throws during the part of practice open to the media.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith has resisted making any pronouncements about who will start at quarterback over the rest of the season since McCown has been out, but has moved closer to shifting Mike Glennon from the quarterback of the future to the quarterback of the present based on his performances over the last three games.
Smith won’t have anything to say about the plans for this week’s game against the Vikings until Wednesday, but Glennon has played better than McCown and his youth gives him the potential for greater growth than the veteran McCown provides. That should matter to a 1-5 team, although we’ll see how Tampa decides to play things.