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Vikings trade Gerald Hodges to 49ers for Nick Easton and a pick

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The Vikings and 49ers opened up the season against each other and they got back in touch on Tuesday to make a trade.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman announced that the team sent linebacker Gerald Hodges to the Niners in exchange for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick.

Hodges started three of the first four games for Minnesota this season, making 20 tackles, and played in 25 other games since being selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. Spielman said, via Ben Goessling of, that the team likes what they’ve seen from 2015 second-round pick Eric Kendricks and decided to use their depth at linebacker to shore up another spot.

Minnesota’s starting center John Sullivan is on injured reserve with the designation to return, leaving Joe Berger to start the first four games of the season. Easton, who was acquired in a trade with the Ravens in early September, gives them another option at that spot.

Hodges started at middle linebacker for the Vikings and joins an inside linebacking group with the Niners that includes Navorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite, Shayne Skov and Nick Bellore.

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Andrew Luck: I’m preparing to start

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Andrew Luck wasn’t on the field during the portion of Colts practice open to the media on Tuesday, but his absence came to an end once the media left the scene.

Coach Chuck Pagano said that Luck, who is dealing with a right shoulder injury, was a limited participant in practice and that he threw passes while taking most of the first team reps during the session. Matt Hasselbeck, who started in place of Luck against the Jaguars last weekend, didn’t practice because of an illness.

Pagano offered little insight into Luck’s chances of playing by repeating his standard refrain that the quarterback is trending in the right direction. Luck also met the media and said that he’s operating under the assumption that he’ll be in the lineup against Houston on Thursday night.

“I’m preparing to start, and to play,” Luck said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. “I think I’ve gotten better every day. I don’t think I’m necessarily where I’d want to be today in a perfect, perfect world.”

Wednesday will bring another practice and the release of the team’s final injury report before facing the Texans.

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Rams bring back Jo-Lonn Dunbar

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The Rams are holding off on making any injured reserve moves with linebacker Alec Ogletree until after he has surgery on his broken fibula, but they know that they’re going to need some help at the position in the coming weeks.

They brought back a familiar face to provide some of it on Tuesday. The team announced that they have signed veteran linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. There was no need for a corresponding move since the Rams had an open roster spot after trading wide receiver Chris Givens to Baltimore.

Dunbar spent the last three seasons with the Rams before being released before the start of this season. Dunbar started 36 games over those three years and recorded 190 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Akeem Ayers and James Laurinaitis started the first four games with Ogletree, leaving Dunbar, Daren Bates, Bryce Hager and Cameron Lynch as the other options at linebacker in the near future.

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Byron Maxwell “can’t really run,” but expects to play this week

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Cornerback Byron Maxwell was forced out early in Sunday’s loss because of a quad injury and he provided an update on his condition on Tuesday.

Maxwell said that he has a quad contusion that is feeling better as more time passes since the injury, leaving him to believe that he’ll be able to play when his 1-3 team takes on the 1-3 Saints in Week Five. That confidence is undermined a bit by Maxwell’s description of his condition at the moment

“It feels a little better,” Maxwell said, via “But I still can’t really run, and slowing down is hard.”

Maxwell’s first year with Philly after signing a six-year contract as a free agent hasn’t gotten off to a good start for him individually or for the team, something that he’ll try to change against Drew Brees if he gets the green light to play.

The Eagles also saw linebacker Mychal Kendricks leave against the Redskins and Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that it will be “a stretch” for his hamstring to be ready this week.

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No sign of Andrew Luck during open portion of Colts practice

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is scheduled to meet with the media on Tuesday afternoon and we’ll have to wait until he does for some word on what he did during Tuesday’s practice.

Neither Luck nor Matt Hasselbeck was on the field for the portion of practice open to the media. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star reports that they were likely warming up inside the team’s facility while their teammates stretched and went through special teams drills.

Luck was listed as a limited participant in Monday’s practice because of the right shoulder injury that kept him out of Week Four and Hasselbeck said after the session that he does not expect to make another start this weekend.

Cornerback Vontae Davis was sitting out of practice for a second straight day because of a foot injury. His absence would leave the Colts without their top cornerback and likely create some opportunities for Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins on Thursday night. Defensive tackle Henry Anderson, linebacker Bjoern Werner and cornerback Jalil Brown were also on the sideline during Tuesday’s session.

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Pete Carroll: I didn’t know batted ball rule

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Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said he didn’t know that he should have been penalized for batting Calvin Johnson’s fumble out of the end zone on Monday night and he wasn’t alone on that front.

Coach Pete Carroll said that it was “unfortunate” that the officials didn’t apply the rule correctly after the game and on Tuesday admitted that he would have been taken aback if they had thrown a flag and returned the ball to the Lions. Carroll said that his staff tells players to knock loose balls out of bounds, but wasn’t aware that it’s against the rules to do that in the end zone.

“I would have done the exact same thing. I would have done the exact same thing,” Carroll said on 710 ESPN. “I didn’t know that rule either. I’ve never even seen it come up and I’ve been coaching for — I don’t even know how many years it is and how many games it could possibly be — I don’t know how anybody would have know that one. If they did, they did.”

Carroll probably should have known about the rule since the Seahawks were guilty of breaking another section of it in a 2013 game against the 49ers. In addition to barring players from batting the ball out of the end zone, the rule also makes it a penalty to bat a loose ball toward the opposing end zone as Seahawks safety Chris Maragos did with a blocked punt in that game.

Monday night’s play came in a bigger spot so there shouldn’t be too many people around the league unaware of the rule thanks to the attention generated by the non-call.

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Forte on trade talk: I don’t think I’m going anywhere

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The Bears made a pair of trades last week after losing their first three games of the season, which led to a lot of talk about more moves to come as the Bears try to put together a better team under new coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace.

One of the players whose names came up in that talk was running back Matt Forte. Forte’s contract is up after this season and there hasn’t been much sign that the Bears are clamoring to bring him back in 2016, which made it easy to speculate that a backfield-needy team might make a run at bringing him to their offense.

During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, Forte said he doesn’t think that’s going to happen.

“I don’t worry about those things,” Forte said. “A lot of it is media speculation, just like in the offseason they were like ‘the Bears could trade Matt.’ Everybody was talking about me getting traded then and it didn’t happen. Now after one guy gets traded, it all comes back again. I can’t control that either. They can trade me if they want to. I don’t think I’m going anywhere, but I can only control how I play on the football field and that’s what I do.”

Forte said that he wants to be on a winning team, but that he’d like the Bears to be that team. That looks like a tall order to pull off in 2015, so things would have to change on the contract front for Forte to reach that goal.

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Giants scrub facility after Daniel Fells diagnosed with staph infection

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The Giants placed tight end Daniel Fells on injured reserve Monday after doctors discovered he had a staph infection while treating him for an ankle problem.

Fells needed surgery and remains hospitalized with what several reports say is a MRSA infection. MRSA can be particularly difficult to treat because it is resistant to many types of antibiotics.

The Buccaneers dealt with an outbreak of MRSA in their team facilities a couple of years ago and face a lawsuit from former kicker Lawrence Tynes related to the infection that ended his career. Guard Carl Nicks also saw his career come to an early end after contracting MRSA around the same time.

To avoid anything similar happening in their facility, the Giants announced Tuesday that they have scrubbed their locker room, meeting areas and training rooms under the supervision of infectious disease specialists.

“We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said. “Those protocols are being followed carefully.”

Dan Graziano of ESPN reports that Fells is expected to recover and there have been no other reported cases of MRSA among Giants players.

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Report: MRI on Eric Ebron’s knee shows no structural damage

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The Lions went into Monday night’s game against the Seahawks with one injured tight end and they added another one before the first half was over.

Eric Ebron got rolled up from behind in the first half and the team ruled him out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that an MRI taken of the injury on Tuesday showed “no structural damage.”

Whether that means he’ll be able to play against the Cardinals in Week Five or not has yet to be determined. Ebron had two catches for 22 yards before getting hurt and has 15 catches for 179 yards on the season. Brandon Pettigrew missed a third straight game with a hamstring injury, which left Tim Wright as the only healthy tight end for most of Monday’s game.

The Lions also saw starting defensive tackles Haloti Ngata and Tyrunn Walker leave with injuries during the loss. Ngata has a calf injury that he said felt OK after the game, but Walker suffered a nasty leg injury that coach Jim Caldwell indicated would sideline him for a long period of time.

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PFT Live: Tony Dungy, Jeff Darlington, Jim Daopoulos

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The 2015 NFL season claimed its first head coach on Monday when the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin a day after dropping to 1-3 with an uninspired performance against the Jets in London.

We’ll be talking about that decision on Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live. Jeff Darlington of NFL Media was in London for that game and will join Mike Florio to talk about the move, what interim coach Dan Campbell brings to the team and what the impact will be on quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Tony Dungy of Football Night in America will also be a guest on the show. He and Florio will discuss Philbin’s dismissal along with other big stories from around the league in Week Four.

Monday night brought another of those big stories when officials in Seattle botched what should have been a penalty for illegally batting the ball out of the end zone on Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright. Former NFL official Jim Daopoulos will break down what went wrong.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle rounds out Tuesday’s guest list for a chat about the Texans’ decision to stick with quarterback Ryan Mallett.

As always, we also want to hear what PFT Planet thinks. Email questions at any time or get in touch on Twitter at @ProFootballTalk to let us know what’s on your mind.

It all gets started at noon ET and you can listen to all three hours live via the various NBC Sports Radio affiliates, through the links at PFT, or with the NBC Sports Radio app. You can also watch a simulcast of the first hour by clicking right here.

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Del Rio: We haven’t lost confidence in Latavius Murray

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When the Raiders were trying to pull out a win in Chicago in the fourth quarter over the weekend, they went with Roy Helu as their running back rather than Latavius Murray.

Murray had a rough day against the Bears up to that point. He gained 49 yards on 16 carries, lost a fumble and couldn’t reel in a pass that wound up being intercepted, but coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that Murray wasn’t benched. Del Rio chalked it up to “different plays that we run with different players at different times of the game” and said the team’s confidence in Murray remained high.

“I remain confident,” Del Rio said. “We have some good young players. None of us our perfect. We all are capable of making mistakes. I think the sooner you own up to mistakes, the quicker you can put them behind you and move forward.”

Murray didn’t waste much time owning up to his errors on Sunday.

“Me having those two turnovers hurt us a lot,” Murray said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “We’ve just got to find a way to win the tight games. I’ll play better.”

Murray should get his chance to do that against Denver this week as the Raiders try for their first AFC West win of the season.

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Roddy White wants more catches, but will “bear with it”

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 04: Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans in the first half at the Georgia Dome on October 4, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

Eagles running back DeMarco Murray isn’t the only player who wants to have the ball in his hands more often.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White currently ranks fifth on the team in receptions with six catches through the first four weeks of the season. White, who went without a catch in Weeks Two and Three, averaged more than 76 catches a year coming into this season, so it’s been an adjustment to see his role change in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s scheme.

“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White said, via Vaughn McClure of “I’m not out here just f—ing around just to sit around to just block f—ing people all day. It’s not what I want to do. I’ve contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don’t catch any balls in a game because it hasn’t happened in so long.”

White said he’s been open, but that quarterback Matt Ryan follows progressions that don’t lead him to White. He was quick to add that he’s not trying to make waves, calling good that Ryan doesn’t go off script and adding that he’ll “bear with it” in hopes that more balls come his way in the coming weeks.

Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie said White has to set his “pride aside” and realize his job is to be part of an offense built around Julio Jones because that’s going to help him get the Super Bowl ring that’s missing from his resume. White says that’s his mindset, even if he wouldn’t mind having the ball a bit more on the road to that goal.

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Report: Giants “cautiously optimistic” JPP can play at least final four games

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We haven’t heard much about Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul since he visited with the team in early September for the first time since suffering severe injuries to his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident.

The Giants didn’t feel Pierre-Paul was ready to play and reports pegged the time before they’d revisit a Pierre-Paul return at five or six weeks, although pictures of that right hand that surfaced a little bit later cast further doubt on his ability to make it back to the field this season. It’s not something the Giants are ruling out, however.

Bob Glauber of Newsday reports that the team is “cautiously optimistic” that Pierre-Paul can return for at least the final four games of the regular season and what the Giants hope will be a playoff run. Pierre-Paul has until November 17 to sign the franchise tender extended by the team if he is going to play at all this season.

The Giants will have played 10 games before that date on the calendar and wins the last two weeks have raised hopes that those final weeks of the season will find the team contending for a postseason spot that Pierre-Paul may be helping them earn if all goes well with his rehab.

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Report: Connor Barth returning to Buccaneers

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2: Punter Michael Koenen #9 place holds for kicker Connor Barth #10 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an extra point attempt against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Getty Images

While Kyle Brindza was missing three kicks against the Panthers on Sunday, former Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth was using his Twitter account to remind his old team that he was available.

His self-promotion has reportedly paid off. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is bringing Barth back into the organization after releasing Brindza on Monday.

Barth kicked for Tampa from 2009-2012, missed the 2013 season with an Achilles injury and was released before the start of the 2014 season. Barth made 15-of-16 field goals for the Broncos in five games later in the year, but lost a competition to Brandon McManus this summer. He landed back in Tampa for a little bit, but the Bucs opted to go with Brindza when they cut their roster down to 53 players.

Now they’re reversing course and bringing the veteran back for another tour of duty after also taking a look at Randy Bullock, Kai Forbath and Billy Cundiff.

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Lynch “ran pretty well” in pregame, Seahawks hopeful about return

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The Seahawks played without running back Marshawn Lynch on Monday night because of a hamstring injury that the team hopes will not linger into Week Five.

Lynch was ruled out of the game on Sunday after initially being listed as questionable to play against the Lions, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Lynch still went through a pregame workout on Monday night. Carroll said that workout went well and left the team hopeful they’ll have Lynch back for their game against the 4-0 Bengals.

“He wasn’t quite right,” Carroll said, via the team’s website. “His best day was today. He ran pretty well in pregame, but they did not think he could sustain through the game and come out healthy again the next week. So we’re hoping that by using patience here, that he’ll be ready to go this next week.”

If Lynch can’t play, the Seahawks may need to make a roster move before facing Cincinnati. Fred Jackson sprained his ankle during Monday’s 13-10 win, leaving Thomas Rawls as the only healthy running back on the active roster. Seattle has Rod Smith on the practice squad if they do need to bolster the group this week.

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Todd Bowles: We haven’t accomplished anything

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When the Dolphins introduced Dan Campbell as their interim head coach, he said a lot about changing the culture of the team and challenging players more than they were challenged under Joe Philbin’s tutelage.

It made for entertaining and predictable viewing as teams almost always replace a coach with someone who has opposite personality traits. You don’t need to look any further than the team that beat the Dolphins on Sunday for an example of that.

After six years of Rex Ryan’s bombast, the Jets opted for the less voluble Todd Bowles after searching for a coach this offseason. Bowles illustrated the difference between him and Ryan on Monday when discussing a 3-1 Jets start that would have likely seen Ryan making big predictions for the coming weeks while at the podium during press conferences.

“We understand we’ve only played one quarter of the season and all we did is get off to a good start,” Bowles said, via the New York Post. “We haven’t accomplished anything. We know we have a lot of work to do. Our mindset is such.”

The Jets have a bye this week and then return for games against the Redskins and Patriots. We imagine the run-up to that Patriots game will be a lot quieter than it was during the Ryan years, but that seems to be just what the Jets wanted.

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Tuesday morning one-liners

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Getting beyond the penalties for other reasons why the Bills lost to the Giants.

Said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, “I don’t believe that anybody really laid down because they didn’t care about Joe Philbin. He might not have gotten the best out of them, but that’s a different issue.”

Patriots G Josh Kline credits Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly with being mentors on the offensive line.

T D’Brickashaw Ferguson is happy about the way the Jets offensive line has started the season.

TE Crockett Gilmore and DE Chris Canty could return for the Ravens this week.

The Bengals defense doesn’t mind giving up yards if points don’t come along with them.

Should coach Mike Pettine be more involved with the Browns defense?

Debuting on Monday Night Football doesn’t worry new Steelers K Chris Boswell.

The Texans are happy to have a quick turnaround this week.

WR Andre Johnson continues to be a non-factor in the Colts offense.

The Jaguars are trying to solve their inconsistency on offense.

Titans QB Marcus Mariota feels relaxed after the team’s bye week.

The Broncos defense gets a little deeper with DE Derek Wolfe back from suspension.

RB Knile Davis has dropped down the Chiefs’ depth chart.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio wasn’t second-guessing offensive play calls after Sunday’s loss.

The Chargers reversed a roster move from last week by signing RB Donald Brown and releasing OL Michael Ola.

Is Joseph Randle falling out of favor in the Cowboys backfield?

Losing Daniel Fells leaves the Giants with a hole at tight end.

The Eagles are sticking with K Caleb Sturgis.

Matthew McConaughey got the Redskins fired up before their game against the Eagles.

A makeshift Bears secondary got the job done against the Raiders.

The Lions offense didn’t find much success until the game’s final drive.

The pass rush has been a strength for the Packers in the first four weeks.

Former Vikings DE Carl Eller will have some of his artwork in the team’s new stadium.

The Falcons may be without LB Justin Durant this week.

How much of the Panthers 4-0 start is a product of their schedule?

Saints rookies are moving into bigger roles on the team.

Watching the Buccaneers and thinking about Adam Sandler movies.

The Cardinals lost to the Rams, but DE Calais Campbell played well.

The Rams will be doing some shuffling in their linebacking corps.

49ers WR Torrey Smith had a frustrating day on Sunday.

S Kam Chancellor’s return has gone well for the Seahawks defense.

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Kurt Warner on Kaepernick: Don’t know if it’s regression or learning

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 04:  quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers is hit by free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

During the offseason, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out with Kurt Warner as he tried to make improvements to his ability to throw downfield out of the pocket.

Warner had some complimentary things to say about Kaepernick’s game, but acknowledged that one offseason might not be enough to make the necessary changes to “what you’ve been doing your entire career.” Warner also wondered what would happen “when bullets are flying and people are attacking you.”

The first four weeks of this season have provided some answers and they haven’t been good for Kaepernick. He’s not completing passes downfield and struggling to make quick reads against opposing pass rushes while doing less of the playmaking with his legs that made him successful earlier in his career. Warner said Kaepernick deserves a “chance to grow,” but admitted that he doesn’t know if that growth is ever going to come.

“Now that they’re not running as much and they don’t want to subject him to those kind of hits, now he’s playing more dropback quarterback,” Warner said, via “Teams are playing more zone against him, and he’s having to make more decisions, see more on the fly and be able to anticipate and make some of those throws that he hasn’t really had to make in the past. I don’t know if it’s regression or it’s just a young man that’s trying to learn. As I always say, it’s hard to learn at the best level. It’s hard to learn against the best players in the world, and that’s what we’re asking some of these spread quarterbacks to do once they move into the NFL.”

It’s possible that Kaepernick has regressed while trying to learn how to play a different style of quarterback. The teardown process has certainly been successful, now the 49ers have to show they can build him back up or they’ll have to look at other possibilities in the future.

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Saints checking out kickers and punters

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 04:  Zach Hocker #2 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after missing a field goal against the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 4, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Last weekend may not have been a historically terrible one for NFL kickers, but that’s not stopping teams from making or considering changes at the position.

The Buccaneers parted ways with Kyle Brindza on Monday and Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports that the Saints will be looking at candidates to replace Zach Hocker. Hocker missed a 30-yard field goal late in regulation that would have won the Saints’ game against the Cowboys on Sunday night without the need to go into overtime.

Hocker called the miss “unacceptable” after the game and Saints coach Sean Payton referenced the need to “clean up that operation.” Hocker has missed three kicks so far this season.

Sunday’s game also saw Hocker pitch in as a punter after Thomas Morstead hurt his leg and Marvez reports that the team will also be looking at punters during a busy week on the special teams front in New Orleans.

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Andrew Luck throws in practice, listed as limited

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck threw passes during the portion of practice open to the media on Monday and was listed as a limited participant on the team’s first practice report of the week.

Luck’s throws were described as being on the softer side by the media members in attendance as the Colts began preparing for Thursday’s game with the Texans, but coach Chuck Pagano said, via Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star, that he looked “a lot better than he was Saturday.” Pagano wouldn’t confirm the report that Luck has a partial separation of his shoulder, saying only that Luck’s shoulder was sore, and repeated his earlier feeling that Luck was trending in the right direction.

Matt Hasselbeck apparently agrees since he said that he doesn’t expect to make a second straight start this weekend.

Cornerback Vontae Davis, defensive tackle Henry Anderson and running back Frank Gore were listed with foot injuries and didn’t participate in practice. Tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle) and cornerback Greg Toler (neck) were both full participants for the Colts.

The Texans only held a walkthrough on Monday. Had they practiced, wide receiver Cecil Shorts would have been out with a shoulder injury while running back Arian Foster (groin) and left tackle Duane Brown (hand) would have been limited participants.

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