Browns officially announce Za’Darius Smith trade

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Za'Darius Smith is officially a member of the Browns.

The Browns agreed to trade for Smith late last week and the they announced that the deal has been finalized on Tuesday morning. They will send a 2024 fifth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick to Minnesota as compensation for the veteran edge rusher.

Smith spent one season with the Vikings and had 10 sacks and 24 quarterback hits. He’ll try to produce at the same level while playing across from Myles Garrett on the edges of the Cleveland defense. He’ll also get a chance to mentor younger teammates on the finer points of rushing the passer.

The Browns also added Dalvin Tomlinson, Ogbo Okoronkwo, Maurice Hurst, and Trysten Hill to their defensive line and Jim Schwartz is now coordinating a defense that everyone in Cleveland hopes will be more effective than the 2022 version.

Browns cut Ben Stille

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The Browns dropped a defensive lineman from their roster on Tuesday.

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the team has waived defensive tackle Ben Stille.

Stille joined the team last November when the Browns signed him off of the Dolphins practice squad. He had three tackles in six appearances with the Browns and he also made a pair of tackles in his lone regular season action with Miami.

The Browns have several new faces at defensive tackle this year. They signed Dalvin Tomlinson, Trysten Hill, and Maurice Hurst as free agents before they drafted Siaki Ika in the third round last month. Jordan Elliott, Perrion Winfrey, and Tommy Togiai are back from last year’s group.

Browns agree to sign Trysten Hill

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The Browns are adding some depth to their defensive line.

Cleveland has agreed to a one-year deal with Trysten Hill, according to multiple Thursday reports.

Hill was a Cowboys second-round pick in 2019 but did not live up to the expectations of his draft status. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2020 and played only six games in 2021.

Dallas waived Hill in November and he was claimed by the Cardinals. He appeared in six games for Arizona, recording six total tackles, three tackles for loss, and a sack.

In all, Hill has appeared in 31 games with five starts.

Hill is the third defensive lineman the Browns have added this week, joining Dalvin Tomlinson and Maurice Hurst.

Cardinals place Budda Baker, Trysten Hill on IR

NFL: DEC 18 Cardinals at Broncos
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Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker played through a fractured shoulder Sunday, playing all 81 snaps. He won’t play anymore this season.

The Cardinals officially ended Baker’s season, placing him on injured reserve Wednesday.

He leads the team with 111 tackles and has two interceptions, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and seven passes defensed.

That was among several moves announced by the Cardinals on Wednesday.

Defensive lineman Trysten Hill (knee) also will end his season on injured reserve.

The Cardinals signed long snapper Hunter Bradley to the practice squad. He will be one of the practice squad elevations each of the last two games with long snapper Aaron Brewer (pectoral) now on injured reserve.

The team signed wide receiver Pharoh Cooper and defensive lineman Manny Jones to the 53-player roster from the practice squad.

Offensive lineman Lachavious Simmons was designated to return from the practice squad IR, and cornerback Nate Hairston was placed on the practice squad IR.

Cornerbacks Jordan Miller and Chris Wilcox also signed to the practice squad.

Report: Budda Baker has fractured shoulder that will end his season

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Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said during his news conference that he had no update on safety Budda Baker‘s shoulder injury. NFL Network provided one a few minutes later, and it’s not good news.

Baker fractured his shoulder and will miss the final two games.

He played all 81 defensive snaps Sunday night against the Bucs, refusing to leave the game after his injury.

Baker, who made his fifth Pro Bowl, finishes this season with 111 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

Kingsbury said defensive lineman Trysten Hill has an MCL sprain and a bone contusion in his knee, and long snapper Aaron Brewer is dealing with a right pec injury.

DeAndre Hopkins, Rondale Moore miss practice Thursday

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The Cardinals were short a couple of receivers at Thursday’s practice.

DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore both sat out during the team’s first on-field work ahead of Monday night’s game against the Patriots. Hopkins has an illness and Moore missed the team’s last game before their Week 13 bye with a groin injury.

There was better news for wide receiver Greg Dortch. He was out in Week 12 with a thumb injury, but was a full participant to kick off this practice week.

Offensive lineman Rashaad Coward (chest) and cornerback Byron Murphy (back) were also out of practice on Thursday.

Defensive lineman Trysten Hill (hamstring) and safety Charles Washington (chest) were the team’s only limited participants.

Budda Baker, James Conner, D.J. Humphries active for Cardinals

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The Cardinals had a few starters listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, but they’ll have all of them in the lineup for the divisional matchup.

Safety Budda Baker (ankle), running back James Conner (ribs), and left tackle D.J. Humphries (back) are all active on Sunday. Conner has missed the last three games.

Punter Andy Lee is also active. He was added to the injury report as questionable with an illness on Saturday.

Punter Nolan Cooney, quarterback Trace McSorley, cornerback Christian Matthew, linebacker Dennis Gardeck, center Rodney Hudson, guard Max Garcia, and defensive lineman Trysten Hill are inactive.

The Seahawks ruled linebacker Darrell Taylor and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin out on Friday. Running back Tony Jones, safety Joey Blount, tackle Jake Curhan, and defensive tackle Myles Adams are also inactive.

Cardinals claim Trysten Hill off waivers, place Darrel Williams on IR

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The Cardinals claimed defensive lineman Trysten Hill off waivers from the Cowboys on Wednesday, the team announced.

They placed running back Darrel Williams (hip) on injured reserve in a corresponding move.

Dallas made Hill a second-round choice in 2019, but he never lived up to their expectations. He played only 25 games with five starts.

He had a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of 2020 and played only six games last season. Hill had played seven of eight games this season, sitting out Sunday as a healthy scratch.

His Cowboys’ career ended with 36 tackles and a half-sack.

Cowboys cut Trysten Hill

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The Cowboys waived defensive tackle Trysten Hill, the team announced Tuesday. The fourth-year veteran was a healthy scratch in Sunday’s game against the Bears, although he had played in the first seven games of the season.

The Cowboys likely shopped Hill before the trade deadline, and when they didn’t get an offer, decided to move on.

Dallas made Hill a second-round choice in 2019, but he never lived up to their expectations. He played only 25 games with five starts.

He had a season-ending knee injury in Week 5 of 2020 and played only six games last season.

His Cowboys’ career ends with 36 tackles and a half-sack.

Running back Tony Pollard (fourth round), left guard Connor McGovern (third) and safety Donovan Wilson (sixth) remain from the Class of 2019.

NFL 2022 Week 8 early inactives: Darren Waller out for Raiders

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

The Raiders are going to be without tight end Darren Waller again this week.

Waller missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, but raised hopes he would return by taking part in practice all week as a limited participant. The team put him on their inactive list in New Orleans on Sunday, however, and he will miss his second straight game.

The Raiders will have wide receiver Davante Adams, who missed two days of practice this week with an illness. The Saints will be missing wide receiver Jarvis Landry, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and wide receiver Michael Thomas due to injuries.

Raiders at Saints

Raiders: TE Darren Waller, RB Brittain Brown, T Jackson Barton, DT Matthew Butler, DE Tashawn Bower

Saints: WR Jarvis Landry, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Michael Thomas, OL Wyatt Davis, TE Adam Trautman, DL Carl Granderson

Bears at Cowboys

Bears: DB Lamar Jackson, TE Jake Tonges, T Larry Borom, WR Isaiah Coulter.

Cowboys: WR Noah Brown, LB Jabril Cox, RB Ezekiel Elliott, QB Will Grier, DL Trysten Hill, S Malik Hooker, DE Sam Williams

Patriots at Jets

Patriots: C David Andrews, DT Christian Barmore, S Kyle Dugger, DT Sam Roberts, RB Kevin Harris, CB Shaun Wade

Jets: QB Joe Flacco, QB Chris Streveler, WR Corey Davis, DE Jermaine Johnson, CB Bryce Hall, S Tony Adams, RB Zonovan Knight

Cardinals at Vikings

Cardinals: RB James Conner, T D.J. Humphries, OL Max Garcia, C Rodney Hudson, LB Dennis Gardeck, CB Christian Matthew, QB Trace McSorley

Vikings: DL Jonathan Bullard, OL Chris Reed, T Vederian Lowe, DL Esezi Otomewo, LB Luiji Vilain, LB Benton Whitley

Panthers at Falcons

Panthers: WR Rashard Higgins, RB Chuba Hubbard, LB Arron Mosby, DT Daviyon Nixon, T Larnel Coleman

Falcons: CB AJ Terrell, S Jaylinn Hawkins, TE Anthony Firkser, LB Nathan Landman, LB Quinton Bell, OL Chuma Edoga, DL Matt Dickerson

Dolphins at Lions

Dolphins: RB Myles Gaskin, WR Erik Ezukanma, QB Skylar Thompson, S Eric Rowe, WR River Cracraft

Lions: S DeShon Elliott, DE Charles Harris, CB Mike Hughes, CB Chase Lucas, S Ifeatu Melifonwu, T Matt Nelson, DL Michael Brockers

Steelers at Eagles

Steelers: QB Mason Rudolph, K Chris Boswell, CB Josh Jackson, CB Levi Wallace, G Kendrick Green, LB Mark Robinson, DT Larry Ogunjobi

Eagles: QB Ian Book, CB Josh Jobe, S Reed Blankenship, RB Trey Sermon, G Josh Sills

Cowboys add Micah Parsons, Sam Williams to practice report

NFL: OCT 23 Lions at Cowboys
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The Cowboys added linebacker Micah Parsons and defensive end Sam Williams to their practice report Thursday. Parsons was limited with a shoulder injury, and Williams has a knee injury that kept him out.

Neither player was on the report Wednesday.

None of the rest of the team’s report changed from Wednesday.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott remained out of practice as he rehabs a sprained knee that is expected to keep him out of Sunday’s game against the Bears.

Safety Malik Hooker (hamstring) and receiver Noah Brown (foot) also didn’t practice.

Tight end Dalton Schultz (knee), right tackle Terence Steele (neck) and linebacker Devin Harper (Achilles) were limited.

Defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (shoulder), linebacker Damone Clark (neck), defensive tackle Neville Gallimore (wrist), defensive tackle Trysten Hill (thigh) and safety Jayron Kearse (foot) were full participants.

Dak Prescott is off the practice report; Ezekiel Elliott officially a non-participant

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Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott‘s surgically repaired right thumb is fully healed. He no longer is on the practice report.

Prescott had surgery Sept. 12 and missed five games before returning to game action Sunday against the Lions.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott did not practice Wednesday. He has a knee sprain that reportedly is a Grade 2 MCL sprain that will keep him out this week.

Safety Malik Hooker (hamstring) and receiver Noah Brown (foot) also didn’t practice.

Tight end Dalton Schultz (knee), right tackle Terence Steele (neck) and linebacker Devin Harper (Achilles) were limited.

Defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (shoulder), linebacker Damone Clark (neck), defensive tackle Neville Gallimore (wrist), defensive tackle Trysten Hill (thigh) and safety Jayron Kearse (foot) were full participants.

Cowboys add Jourdan Lewis to COVID-19 reserve, rule out Tyron Smith

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The Cowboys added two more players to their COVID-19 reserve list on Friday.

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis and wide receiver Simi Fehoko are the new additions to the list. They join safety Malik Hooker, defensive tackle Trysten Hill, and practice squad running back JaQuan Hardy on the list.

Lewis has started the last eight games for Dallas and 11 overall this season. He has 53 tackles, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.

Fehoko has appeared in five games and has mostly seen action on special teams.

In addition to the COVID reserve moves, the Cowboys have also ruled out left tackle Tyron Smith with an ankle injury for the second straight week. Safety Israel Mukuamu (illness) is listed as questionable to face Washington on Sunday.

Cowboys place Trysten Hill, Osa Odighizuwa on COVID-19 reserve list

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The Cowboys won’t have two defensive tackles Sunday.

They announced they placed Osa Odighizuwa and Trysten Hill on the COVID-19 reserve list Saturday. The players tested positive for the virus, Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys activated defensive tackle Justin Hamilton and safety Darian Thompson from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements. Hamilton joins Neville Gallimore, Carlos Watkins and Quinton Bohanna in the interior of the defensive line.

Odighizuwa, a third-round choice, appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts. He has 30 tackles, two sacks and 10 quarterback hits.

Hill, a second-round choice in 2019, missed the first eight games while rehabbing a torn ACL. He appeared in three games before serving a one-game suspension for punching a Raiders player postgame. Hill returned last Sunday to play against Washington. Now, he’s out again.

The Cowboys will have receiver Cedrick Wilson, who tested positive Monday but was activated from the COVID-19 reserve list Friday.

Josh Norman not fined for slamming his fists onto Adam Thielen

NFL: NOV 28 Vikings at 49ers
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In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game between the Vikings and 49ers, San Francisco cornerback Josh Norman was seen dropping both fists aggressively onto the lower back of Minnesota receiver Adam Thielen during a scrum for a loose ball.

Norman wasn’t flagged. He also wasn’t fined, according to NFL Media.

It’s unclear why Norman wasn’t punished at all for the punch, especially in the same week when the league suspended Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill two games (reduced to one on appeal) for a post-game punch of a Raiders player.

The play in question was over but players were actively jostling for the ball. While there’s a certain amount of tolerated frenzy that occurs in those situations, Norman’s reaction seems more than a bit excessive.

It’s another reason why the league desperately needs full (or any) transparency when it comes to these decisions. Why no foul? Why no fine? The situation raises questions that never will be answered, especially not with a full day of bright shiny objects on the way.