The Packers signed quarterback Jerod Evans to their practice squad. He takes Joe Callahan’s spot on the practice squad after Green Bay promoted Callahan to the 53-player roster Monday to serve as Brett Hundley‘s backup.
Evans originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech on May 12. The Eagles placed him on injured reserve on May 16 and later released him.
Evans started all 14 games for the Hokies in 2016. He earned 2016 ACC Newcomer of the Year by The Associated Press after throwing for 3,546 yards and 29 touchdowns while racking up 846 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
The Colts are expected to place running back Robert Turbin on injured reserve after his nasty elbow injury Monday night.
“His season is probably over unfortunately and we’re going to miss Robert Turbin,’’ Colts coach Chuck Pagano said on “Colts Roundtable’’ on 1070 The Fan, via Mike Chappell of Fox 59. “I mean, what a heck of a teammate and football player.
“You hate to lose anybody. That’s a blow to our team, but you’ve got to move on.’’
Turbin, the team’s short-yardage back, had 23 carries for 53 yards and one touchdown and nine receptions for 56 yards. He converted all seven of his third-and-one opportunities this season.
Indianapolis will lean on Frank Gore, rookie Marlon Mack and Matt Jones more heavily in Turbin’s absence. The Colts added running back Josh Ferguson to the practice squad Tuesday.
The biggest news from the four-page order entered on Tuesday by Judge Paul A. Crotty comes from, obviously, the notion that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will be able to practice and play for up to 14 days pending further proceedings. Potentially far more important to the case filed by the NFL in a New York federal court was Judge Crotty’s assessment of the threshold position about legal challenges to player suspensions imposed by the league office.
Put simply, Judge Crotty doesn’t agree that the ultimate outcome of the Tom Brady case gives the NFL as much power as the NFL thinks it secured through the Tom Brady case.
Judge Crotty writes that the NFL “maintains that the issue of fundamental fairness is irrelevant” in Elliott’s case “because ‘there is no such thing as fundamental fairness review under the Labor Management Relations Act,'” and that the NFL “contends that the Second Circuit determined [in the Brady case] that fundamental fairness was not the appropriate standard for reviewing an arbitral order.” The NFL instead, as Judge Crotty points out, “asserts that the only relevant ‘issue is whether the Arbitrator even arguably construed or applied the contract,'” and contends that the Brady ruling “forecloses judicial review of arbitral decision[s] for fundamental fairness.”
Says Judge Crotty, point blank: “That is quite wrong.”
He adds that the Brady case “did not hold that courts cannot review arbitral decisions for fundamental fairness,” and that the Brady ruling “did not decide that issue.”
This is significant, for two reasons. First, it underscores the fact that the question of whether an NFL player is entitled to “fundamental fairness” in an internal arbitration proceeding has not been resolved by the Second Court, the appeals court with jurisdiction over New York federal litigation. Second, Judge Crotty becomes the first judge in the Elliott case to deviate from the party lines of the president who nominated him.
It means that Elliott has an opening to prevail not only as to an injunction that would let him play for the rest of the year, but also as to an eventual ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on whether he is entitled to, and whether he received, a fundamentally fair hearing.
In English, Elliott actually has a chance to defeat the suspension.
49ers linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong and Reuben Foster ran from attempted robbers early Monday morning. They escaped without being injured or losing any possessions.
Missionlocal.org first reported the attempted robbery, and the 49ers released a statement Tuesday.
“We are aware of the reports regarding the robbery and are very thankful no one was harmed,” the statement read. “Reuben and Ray-Ray have been, and will continue to be, cooperative with any further police investigation.”
The players went out to a club after Sunday’s loss to Washington and noticed a car casing the premises, per missionlocal.org. Foster said in a police report it left him feeling “like he was going to be robbed,” and he handed his watch and rings to a friend in the club before leaving.
A security guard walked the players to their car, but two hooded gunmen still attempted to rob them, prompting the players to flee on foot.
Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be back on the field with his teammates on Sunday in San Francisco after a federal judge in New York granted him a temporary restraining order.
The NFLPA filed the motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the federal lawsuit that the NFL initiated after Elliott filed the initial lawsuit in Texas. The Southern District Court of New York heard the NFLPA’s motion Tuesday before issuing its ruling.
The NFL had reinstated Elliott’s six-game suspension after it won a court battle Thursday with a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the injunction blocking the suspension.
The Cowboys had a bye last week.
And now Elliott has won . . . for now. The temporary restraining order is stayed for 14 days or until further proceedings.
The NFL has the right to seek appeal, and the league could explore and aggressively pursue an appeal to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Elliott has 105 carries for 393 yards and two touchdowns this season after leading the league in rushing last season.
The 49ers announced the roster moves they made Tuesday, signing defensive linemen Leger Douzable and Tony McDaniel to one-year deals. They placed defensive lineman Arik Armstead on injured reserve and released tight end Logan Paulsen.
Armstead fractured his hand, requiring surgery. Paulsen appeared in all six games this season.
Douzable was among the team’s final cuts of training camp.
McDaniel was a salary-cap casualty of the Seahawks in the offseason. He signed with the Saints, who cut him Sept. 1.
49ers CEO Jed York called Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL and the NFL Players Association “one of his proudest days,” crediting Colin Kaepernick for inspiring the talks.
“[Kaepernick’s] message has been lost,” York said, via multiple tweets. “That’s the disappointing part of all of this. . . . The more you sit with players and hear what they’re fighting for, it’s hard to disagree with them.”
York said the four-hour discussion led to every NFL owner better understanding why players feel compelled to protest during the national anthem. He admitted being taken aback the first time Kaepernick protested during the national anthem last season, but after talking to the team’s former starting quarterback, York said he understood and offered his support.
“If we don’t care about the causes that make them tick, then what are we about?” York said.
York has continued to support his players and their right to protest.
The Bills signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson on Tuesday. Buffalo released running back Joe Banyard in a corresponding move.
Thompson, 28, worked out for the Bills earlier in the day. He was cut by the Bears last week.
He spent the past two seasons with the Bears, appearing in 28 games with nine starts. Chicago used him primarily as a kickoff returner, with 60 returns for an average of 24 yards per return.
Thompson also saw time as a reserve receiver, making 35 catches for 455 yards and three touchdowns.
He played one game with the Bills in 2014.
Wide receiver Jordan Matthews remains a question mark for Sunday’s game in his return from thumb surgery two weeks ago.
The Saints have promoted running back Daniel Lasco from the practice squad.
Lasco’s special teams play helped him make the team’s initial roster out of training camp. But needing depth in the offensive line, the Saints waived him two days before the season opener. They re-signed him to the practice squad four days later.
Lasco, a seventh-round pick in 2016, played seven games last season. He had 11 carries for 32 yards and two receptions 11 yards and six tackles.
The Saints also waived linebacker Adam Bighill and released offensive tackle Bryce Harris.
Bighill was promoted from the practice squad last week and Harris signed last week.
Michael Mauti’s agent tweeted the linebacker signed with the Saints, though it did not appear on Tuesday’s NFL transactions report.
With Dustin Hopkins headed to injured reserve with a hip injury, Washington will sign kicker Nick Rose, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.
Rose has never kicked in a regular-season game.
He has a big leg, having led the country in touchback rate in 2014 at Texas and finishing third in 2015. But Rose was inconsistent on field goals and PATs. He missed three extra points in his two years as the Longhorns’ primary place kicker and missed four field goals of less than 39 yards in his career.
Rose signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and with the 49ers during the 2017 offseason and spent the preseason in San Francisco.
Washington also worked out Andrew Franks, Marshall Koehn and Mike Nugent on Tuesday, via Field Yates of ESPN.
In the wake of protests drawing headlines across the country, the NFL asked a group of players to attend today’s owners’ meeting. But NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the owners didn’t ask the player to change their anthem stance.
Asked by Sal Paolantonio if the league asked the players to commit to stand for the anthem, Goodell said that was not the purpose of the meeting.
“We did not ask for that, Sal. No. We spent today talking about the issues that our players have been trying to bring attention to, about issues in our communities to make our communities better. I think we all agree there’s nothing more important than getting back into our communities and trying to make our communities better. That was the entire focus today,” Goodell said.
Players have asked the league to address their concerns about criminal justice issues, and the league has lent its support to a bill before Congress on reforming criminal sentencing. That, and not the national anthem, has been the focus today.
Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins will miss the rest of the season with a hip injury, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington.
Coach Jay Gruden announced the injury as a strain during his Monday press conference, as well as the team’s intent to work out kickers. It turns out Hopkins has a partially torn muscle in his hip, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported.
Hopkins made field goals of 48 and 21 yards against the 49ers but missed an extra point wide left. He was 9 of 11 field goal attempts this season.
Washington worked out kickers Andrew Franks, Marshall Koehn, Mike Nugent and Nick Rose on Tuesday, via Field Yates of ESPN.
The Giants claimed linebacker Nigel Harris off waivers from the Chargers, who released him Monday. To make room, the Giants placed defensive end Romeo Okwara on injured reserve.
The Chargers signed Harris as a rookie free agent May 1. He played in Los Angeles’ first five games, and had eight tackles on defense and three on special teams. Harris was inactive for the Chargers’ victory over the Raiders on Sunday.
Harris started 41 games at South Florida, where he made 232 tackles and eight forced fumbles.
Okwara played in the Giants’ first five games as a reserve defensive end and had three tackles. He sprained his knee in practice Thursday.
Two Black Lives Matter protesters peacefully confronted Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at the NFL owners’ meetings Tuesday, according to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal.
The protesters challenged Jones for his national anthem edict requiring Cowboys players to stand for the national anthem, per Kaplan. Jones did not respond to the protesters, who held placards.
Jones was not among the owners to meet with several players Tuesday morning, but as with every league matter, the Cowboys owner likely has an influential voice among other owners in the national anthem debate.
On Oct. 8, Jones publicly threatened Cowboys players with a benching if they protested during the national anthem. The Cowboys are one of six teams that have not had a player protest during the national anthem the past two seasons, although defensive linemen David Irving and Damontre Moore have raised fists at the conclusion of the Star Spangled Banner.
The 49ers signed another defensive lineman in addition to Tony McDaniel, agreeing to terms with veteran defensive tackle Leger Douzable, according to Adam Caplan.
Douzable was among the team’s final cuts of training camp.
The Vikings originally signed Douzable as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He has spent time with the Giants, Rams, Jaguars, Titans, Jets and Bills since. He has played in 107 games, starting 14.
For his career, Douzable has 159 tackles, 6.5 sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Neither signing appeared on today’s official NFL transactions wire. The 49ers likely place defensive lineman Arik Armstead on injured reserve with a broken hand.