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Week Three injury report roundup

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Over the course of the week, there are a lot of posts about the most prominent of those players but we know that you might not see all of them. As a result, we’ll comb through all the injury reports every Friday afternoon so that there’s one stop for all the news from every team playing on Sunday.

Cardinals at Saints

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (toe) are both questionable for the Cardinals and indications out of Arizona are that both will be in the lineup. Linebacker Kevin Minter (hamstring) is out and tight end Rob Housler (ankle) is set to make his 2013 debut after being listed as probable. Safeties Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle) and Roman Harper (knee) are both out for New Orleans and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (calf), guard Jahri Evans (hamstring), defensive end Glenn Foster (ankle), running back Mark Ingram (toe), defensive end Tom Johnson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker (knee) are all questionable.

Falcons at Dolphins

The Falcons will be without tackle Sam Baker (knee, foot) and running back Steven Jackson (hamstring). Wide receivers Julio Jones (hamstring) and Roddy White (ankle) are both questionable, as is cornerback Asante Samuel (thigh). Miami will be missing cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) and defensive tackle Paul Soliai (knee), while safety Chris Clemons (hamstring), linebacker Koa Misi (knee), center Mike Pouncey (ankle) and wide receiver Mike Wallace (groin) are questionable for the home team.

Bills at Jets

Bills safety Jairus Byrd’s foot has improved enough for him to be listed as questionable. Cornerback Ron Brooks (foot), cornerback Stephon Gilmore (wrist), wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (hand) and kicker Dustin Hopkins (right groin) remain out. The only Jet ruled out is tackle Oday Aboushi (knee) and it looks like defensive end/linebacker Quinton Coples (ankle) and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley (concussion) will return after being listed as probable.

Browns at Vikings

Quarterback Brandon Weeden’s thumb will keep him out of the Browns lineup and linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle) has been ruled out as well. Guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is doubtful and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) is questionable. Tight end Rhett Ellison (knee) is out for Minnesota, but everyone else on the list is probable.

Lions at Redskins

The Lions are optimistic that running back Reggie Bush (knee) and defensive tackle Nick Fairley (shoulder) will play after being listed as questionable. The outlook isn’t so good for tackle Jason Fox (groin), who is doubtful, and wide receiver Patrick Edwards, who has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee), kicker Kai Forbath (right groin), defensive end Kedric Golston (abdomen), wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (hamstring, hip) and safety Brandon Meriweather (concussion) are all questionable for Washington.

Packers at Bengals

The Packers will be without safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), cornerback Jarrett Bush (hamstring) and cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) in the secondary and running back Eddie Lacy has yet to be cleared after last week’s concussion. The Bengals ruled out defensive end Robert Geathers (elbow) and cornerback Brandon Ghee (concussion) and listed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) and guard Mike Pollak (knee) as doubtful. Running back Giovani Bernard (hamstring) is probable.

Texans at Ravens

Tackle Duane Brown (toe) and safety Ed Reed (hip) are both set to be game-time decisions for the Texans. The Ravens listed linebacker Arthur Brown (chest), defensive end Chris Canty (thigh), running back Ray Rice (hip), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) and defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe) as doubtful, although coach John Harbaugh contradicted that by calling Canty and Rice game-time decisions.

Colts at 49ers

The Colts ruled out safety LaRon Landry with an ankle injury and listed linebacker Pat Angerer (knee) as doubtful. Wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs), T.Y. Hilton (groin) and Reggie Wayne (shoulder) are all probable for Indy. Tight end Vernon Davis (hamstring), running back LaMichael James (knee), defensive tackle Ray McDonald (ankle) and safety Eric Reid (concussion) are all questionable for San Francisco.

Jaguars at Seahawks

The Jaguars will figure out if running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s ankle is healed enough for him to play over the weekend, but they have already ruled out wide receiver Mike Brown (back), quarterback Blaine Gabbert (right hand), cornerback Dwayne Gratz (ankle) and tight end Marcedes Lewis (calf). The Seahawks plan to have cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring) and defensive end Chris Clemons (knee) in the lineup for the first time this season. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps) won’t be joining them after being ruled out.

Giants at Panthers

The Giants could be without cornerback Corey Webster (hip) after listing him as doubtful and tackle David Diehl (finger) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) are both out. Running back Kenjon Barner (foot), safety Quintin Mikell (ankle), cornerback D.J. Moore (knee) and cornerback Josh Thomas (concussion) are all out for Carolina while cornerback James Dockery (thumb, shoulder) and defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (thigh) are questionable.

Chargers at Titans

Wide receiver Malcom Floyd (neck) won’t play for San Diego and linebacker Manti Te’o (foot) probably won’t. Linebacker Donald Butler (groin), tackle D.J. Fluker (concussion) and cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring) are questionable. Running back Shonn Greene (knee) and defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (ankle) are out for Tennessee and tackle David Stewart (calf) is questionable.

Rams at Cowboys

The Rams signed tackle Max Starks this week because Rodger Saffold (knee) was heading toward being ruled out. The Cowboys will have wide receiver Dez Bryant (back) in the lineup barring anything unforeseen and defensive end Anthony Spencer (knee) is questionable once again.

Buccaneers at Patriots

The Bucs hope to have guard Carl Nicks (MRSA) on the right side of a game-time decision, especially with his backup Gabe Carimi ruled out because of illness. The Patriots listed tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) as questionable, an improvement on his previous doubtful status, but wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) is likely to miss his second straight game.

Bears at Steelers

Cornerback Charles Tillman (knee) is questionable, but it is all systems go for wide receiver Brandon Marshall after he was listed as probable a day after leaving Bears practice early with back stiffness. Cornerback Cortez Allen (ankle) is out for Pittsburgh, but running back Le’Veon Bell (foot) has improved enough for a questionable designation and tight end Heath Miller (knee) is probable.

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Browns releasing Chris Ogbonnaya

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The Browns are set to part ways with a recent mainstay in their RB corps.

The club will release tailback Chris Ogbonnaya, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

PFT has confirmed Ogbonnaya’s departure.

A fifth-year pro, the 28-year-old Ogbonnaya has appeared in 42 regular season games since joining Cleveland in 2011, rushing for 604 yards on 130 carries (4.6 yards per rush) and catching 95 passes for 695 yards and two TDs (7.3 yards per catch). Ogbonnaya (6-0, 225) has played fullback and tailback and can contribute in the passing game, all of which could help him garner interest elsewhere.

With Ogbonnaya and Dion Lewis set to be released, the Browns could be ready to keep rookie Isaiah Crowell as their third back behind Ben Tate and Terrance West.

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Aldon Smith apologizes for his suspension

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On Friday, the NFL announced the nine-game suspension that has been imposed on 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, for multiple violations of the personal-conduct policy and substance-abuse policy.  On Saturday, the NFLPA issued a statement on Smith’s behalf.

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks,” Smith said.  “Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I’’m working hard to grow from my experiences. I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me.””

Smith largely has stayed out of trouble since his September 2013 DUI incident, but for that whole fake bomb threat thing at LAX.  He’ll need to stay out of trouble going forward, or he’ll get suspended again — possibly even longer than nine games.

Speaking of nine games, we (or at least I) continue to believe that, with good behavior and given that Smith apparently waived his appeal rights under both policies, he possibly will be reinstated in fewer than nine games, if he can stay out of trouble and otherwise do what is expected of him.

It’ll be much easier for Smith to do that, given that he’s permitted to be around the team.  The outcome remains confusing, since if he’d been suspended only under the personal-conduct policy, he would have been frozen out.  Again, the apparent waiver of his appeal rights may have had something to do with that decision.

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Report: Packers expected to keep just one backup for Rodgers

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The Packers are looking likely to enter the season with just one backup for Aaron Rodgers.

The club isn’t expected to keep both Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn on the 53-player roster, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reported Saturday. In short, the Packers are likely to decide between Flynn and Tolzien.

The 26-year-old Tolzien would be subject to waivers. He has practice squad eligibility. Flynn, 29, would be free to immediately sign elsewhere if released.

Tolzien had a strong preseason, completing 38-of-56 passes for 477 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. However, Flynn has risen to the occasion in relief of Rodgers throughout his career. What’s more, Flynn outplayed Tolzien in the 2013 regular season.

In all, both quarterbacks could very well end up on NFL rosters this season. But both won’t be on Green Bay’s 53-player roster, it appears.

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Panthers cut guard Chris Scott

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The Panthers’ offensive line has gone several changes in the offseason due to retirement.  On Saturday, the Panthers opted to make a change via termination of employment.

Per a league source, guard Chris Scott has been released.

In 2013, his first year with the team, Scott appeared in 10 regular-season games, with eight starts.  Rookie Trai Turner is expected to start at right guard for the Panthers in 2014.

Scott has four years of service, so he’ll instantly become a free agent.

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Browns part ways with veteran wideout Nate Burleson

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The Browns didn’t do nearly enough to fix the wide receiver position this offseason, knowing Josh Gordon would be suspended.

But it seemed that bringing in Nate Burleson was a wise move, to lend some ballast to a young group.

But the Browns apparently thought they didn’t need him, as Burleson was cut this morning, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns will be counting on Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins and a a number of young players, and you get the sense there will come a time when they wished they had a veteran in the locker room.

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Vikings set Fred Evans free

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An early surprise on 53 day comes from the land of 9,947 more lakes than that.

The Vikings have parted ways with veteran defensive lineman Fred Evans, per a league source.

Evans has served as a key member of the team’s defensive tackle rotation since 2007.  In 2013, he appeared in 14 games with three starts.

His departure should be regarded as good news in one respect.  If Linval Joseph wasn’t expected to be ready to return from getting shot in the leg after a preseason game, Evans probably wouldn’t have been cut.

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Idonije out in New York

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The Giants’ march to 53 includes a veteran defensive lineman who possibly is reaching the end of an intriguing road in professional football.

Per a league source, veteran defensive lineman Israel Idonije has been cut by the Giants.

He played at the University of Manitoba and wasn’t invited to the Scouting Combine.  So he showed up on his own, handing out tapes of his performances from a brown paper bag.

It didn’t work on draft day, but Idonije got an initial shot with the Browns before finding a nine-year home with the Bears.  Following the 2012 season, Idonije signed with the Lions for 2013.  He then re-joined the Bears earlier this year, but he was cut in June.

Idonije landed with the Giants in early August, but the Giants have moved on.  Idonije instantly becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team.  If he has the same relentlessness that earned him a spot in the NFL in the first place, Idonije may not be done yet.

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Reports: Washington cuts Zach Hocker, keeps Silas Redd

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Washington has reportedly made a decision in its kicker competition.

The club will waive rookie Zach Hocker, John Keim of ESPN.com reported Saturday morning. The seventh-round pick from Arkansas had been challenging incumbent kicker Kai Forbath.

In other Washington personnel news, undrafted rookie tailback Silas Redd is set to make the 53-player roster, Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Washington reported. The former USC and Penn State running back led Washington in rushing yards (157) and carries (34) in the preseason.

While Washington will keep Redd, it will be releasing second-year tailback Chris Thompson, Lake Lewis Jr. of SportsJourney.com reported. A Florida State product, Thompson was a fifth-round pick in 2013.

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Giants brush off Curtis Painter, keeping just two QBs

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The Giants are working (slowly, painfully) on a new offense.

And they’re only going to keep two quarterbacks to run it.

According to NJ.com, quarterback Curtis Painter is among the early cuts for the Giants.

That leaves Ryan Nassib as Eli Manning’s only backup, and frankly, with the injury problems they had up front, a third quarterback would have been a luxury.

They’ve also released defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles, defensive back Bennett Jackson, linebacker Dan Fox, fullback John Conner, offensive lineman Jamaal Johnson-Webb, tight end Kellen Davis.

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Report: Ravens release A.Q. Shipley

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The Ravens are reportedly releasing a veteran interior lineman with quite a bit of recent starting experience.

The club is parting ways with offensive guard A.Q. Shipley, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported Saturday. A nine-game starter for Baltimore a season ago, the 28-year-old Shipley could appeal to clubs looking for veteran line help.

The club will also waive rookie quarterback Keith Wenning and second-year offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, Wilson reported. Both are recent sixth-round picks.

Jensen and Wenning have practice squad eligibility should they clear waivers. So would rookie tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who is also being waived by the Ravens, according to the Sun.

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Welcome to 53 day

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Some call it cutdown day, referring to the fact that up to 22 players from each team will be bounced by 4:00 p.m. ET.  But why not celebrate the guys who made it?

So, at least for now (as in, until I press “publish” on this post), I’ll call it “53 day.”  Welcome to it.

We’ll be keeping up as best we can with the dizzying array of roster moves.  Here’s how it will work.

The latest breaking news that flows into PFT headquarters will be posted on our Twitter page.  We’ll post the information here immediately thereafter, and we’ll eventually (hopefully sooner than later) add the information to the official PFT roster tracker.

One last point — before any of the bubble players pops the bubbly, keep in mind that the aftershock from the flood of available players will prompt more roster moves and potentially claim the spot of a player who had made it.

In St. Louis, for example, defensive end Michael Sam could end up winning a roster spot for now — and he then could lose that spot if the Rams sign a veteran quarterback to back up Shaun Hill.

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Mike Flacco released by Chargers

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Tight end Mike Flacco may one day be elite.  But not yet.  Not yet.

Flacco, the younger brother of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, will be released by the Chargers, per a league source.  Mike, who was signed as an undrafted free agent in May, had put together a solid preseason.  He lost out in a numbers game.

“This is a great place to learn how to play tight end,” Flacco recently said, via ESPN.com.  “Unfortunately, there’s some good tight ends in front of me on the depth chart. But between the coaching and guys in front of you to watch, it’s a great place to learn.”

The 27-year-old rookie will now hit the waiver wire, and maybe another team with serious needs at tight end about which I just wrote a few minutes ago (scroll or look down) will be interested.

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Kellen Davis done in New York

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It’s still unclear who’ll emerge as the top tight end for the Giants this year.  It’s becoming more clear who won’t.

Kellen Davis is the latest to be release, joining Dickensian antagonist Xavier Grimble as former Giants tight ends.  Davis had three catches for 12 yards in five preseason games.  He previously has played for the Bears from 2008 through 2012 before winning a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks in 2013.

The Giants list Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells as the backup.  Adrien Robinson is the third tight end, for now.

Presumably, G.M. Jerry Reese and company will be watching the wire today for potential upgrades at the position, given that the three remaining players have scant NFL experience.

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Browns cut Dion Lewis

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Running back Dion Lewis emerged from Pitt in 2011, joining another former Pitt tailback (LeSean McCoy) on the roster of the Steelers.  But for Lewis, a fifth-round draft pick, the NFL thing hasn’t gone nearly as well.

Traded for the Browns for linebacker Emmanuel Acho after two seasons, 24 regular-season games, and 171 total rushing yards, Lewis broke a leg last summer, missing all of 2013.  He returned to the team determined to make a dent in the depth chart.

Per a league source, it didn’t happen.  Lewis has been cut by the Browns.

He’s got fewer than four years of service, so he’ll hit the waiver wire before becoming a free agent.

The Browns apparently will start Ben Tate at tailback, with Terrance West and Chris Ogbonnaya behind Tate.

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Texans move on from Ricardo Mathews

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After four years with the Colts, defensive lineman Ricardo Mathews joined the Texans, who were looking to replenish depth after the departure of Antonio Smith and Earl Mitchell.

The Texans have decided to rely on their defensive-line depth elsewhere.  Per a league source, Mathews has been released.

Mathews appeared in 16 regular-season games each of the last two years, with six starts.  Because he has four years of service, Mathews instantly becomes a free agent.

PFT also has confirmed that the Texans have released linebacker Chris McAllister.  Undrafted out of Baylor, McAllister joined the Texans in May.  He’ll first be exposed to waivers, and then he’ll be eligible to sign with any team or practice squad.

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