The Jaguars doubled down on kicker additions Monday.
Reports early in the day had them signing Stephen Hauschka to the active roster ad the team confirmed that move in an announcement on Monday afternoon. They also announced that they have signed former Giant Aldrick Rosas to their practice squad.
The Jaguars place Josh Lambo on injured reserve before last Thursday’s loss to the Dolphins and saw Brandon Wright suffer a groin injury in that game. Rosas was released by the Giants after being arrested for leaving the scene of a car accident. He recently pleaded no contest to three charges and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Wright was waived with an injury designation in one of a series of other moves the Jags made on Monday. They also placed linebacker Leon Jacobs on injured reserve and released defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan. Jernigan had one tackle while playing 54 snaps in three games and Jacobs suffered a knee injury last Thursday.
Jacksonville promoted defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale to the active roster, so they have one more spot on their 53-man roster to fill.
While the Cowboys had an NFL-high 21,000 fans at their home opener, the Texans played their first home game without fans. Both teams will have fans Sunday.
Harris County officials granted the Texans approval for up to 15,000 fans at NRG Stadium for the team’s game against the Vikings, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
COVID-19 protocols mandated by the NFL and local and state officials remain in effect. Face coverings and social distancing are among the requirements.
The Texans submitted an Infectious Disease Emergency Response plan, which was audited by the NFL, to city and county officials for approval.
Texans team president Jamey Rootes previously expressed optimism that the team would gain approval for limited fans.
“We’ve followed the league’s protocols that have proven in this kind of environment to be incredibly successful,” Rootes said, via Wilson. “We know it’s not just about a football game. This has got to go well for our community to feel comfortable that we can get back to some sense of normalcy. We do feel an incredible responsibility to get it right. Our hope is in the not too distant future that we’re all aligned and that we absolutely can do this, we can do it safe and it will be a wonderful experience for our fans and quite frankly, for our football team.”
In the weeks leading up to the draft, there was a lot of discussion about the versatile skill set that Isaiah Simmons would bring to his team after playing multiple positions at Clemson.
The Cardinals have started Simmons out at linebacker, but they may be shifting his responsibilities in the near future. Budda Baker is set to miss time after having thumb surgery and Chris Banjo has a hamstring injury, which has left the Cardinals short on safeties at the moment.
As a result, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Monday, via Darren Urban of the team’s website, that “we may have to look into” giving Simmons time at safety to help alleviate the shortage.
Simmons may not be the only option under consideration. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 reports that the team will have veteran Tony Jefferson in for a visit and workout. He spent the first four years of his career with the Cardinals before moving on to Baltimore. He tore his ACL five games into the 2019 season and was released in February.
Broncos coach Vic Fangio confirmed the bad news: Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey is out for the year with a torn biceps.
It is yet another hit for the Broncos, who now have players with 15 Pro Bowls among them on IR, per Jeff Legwold of ESPN.
“Injuries are part of the NFL,” Fangio said. “We’ve just got to keep moving on. Next guy up will have to go in there and play good, and the rest of the team will have to play good around everybody else. We’ll find the guys are going to go out there and I’m confident they will play hard and give us every effort they have.”
Casey played through the injury, seeing action on 48 of 68 snaps. He had four tackles, a quarterback hit and a tackle for loss against the Bucs.
“Watching the film last night, I saw the play kind of where it happened,” Fangio said. “You could see him reach for his hand or his arm. I believe that was the play. It was some point there in the second half, I believe. With a lot of injuries, they don’t seem as bad as they end up being and guys are able to finish a al Bradly Chubb who finished the game when he tore his ACL.”
The loss of Casey comes a week after the Broncos saw defensive linemen Dre'Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker head to injured reserve. Linebackers Von Miller and Mark Barron and cornerback A.J. Bouye are also out of action on the Denver defense.
Receiver Courtland Sutton, quarterback Drew Lock and running back Phillip Lindsay were out on the offensive side in Week Three.
The Broncos aren’t sure who will start at quarterback in Thursday night’s fall classic against the Jets.
Except it won’t be Blake Bortles.
Via Andrew Mason of TheDnvr.com, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said he’d either go with Jeff Driskel or Brett Rypien this week.
“To expect him to play on a short week where practice will be limited would be unrealistic,” Fangio said of Bortles, who was signed last Thursday after the injury to Drew Lock.
Driskel was benched late in yesterday’s loss to the Buccaneers, and Rypien played somewhat better, though it’s hard to isolate any one particular player for blame for the winless Broncos. They just promoted Rypien from the practice squad last week.
The Broncos have resisted putting Lock on IR with his shoulder injury, so it’s unclear how long they’re anticipating him to be out.
Cornerback Jeff Okudah hasn’t been a member of the Lions for a long time, but he knows the dim view that many people have of the team.
That view existed before the season started and no one changed their mind after Detroit lost the first two games of this season despite holding double-digit leads in both contests. Sunday’s win over the Cardinals might have shifted some opinions, though.
Okudah had one of three interceptions of Kyler Murray and shut out the Arizona offense in the fourth quarter while they went from being down 23-20 to winning the game 26-23.
“I was tired of being disrespected by everyone,” Okudah said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I think the whole defense was tired of being disrespected — the whole team was tired of being disrespected.”
Okudah had a rough time against Davante Adams in Week Two and DeAndre Hopkins posted 10 catches for 137 yards, so the rookie still has some work to do if the Lions are going to make winning a regular occurrence. Such climbs have to start somewhere, though, and Sunday marked the best day yet for the first-round pick and the team.
The Titans were without defensive play-caller Shane Bowen in Sunday’s victory over the Vikings, Paul Kuharsky of A to Z Sports reports.
Bowen was placed in COVID-19 protocol Saturday morning and did not travel with the team.
“We’ve followed all the protocols as it relates to COVID,” head coach Mike Vrabel said, via Kuharsky. “We’re not into timetables as it relates to returns to play or returns to play or coach.”
Defensive assistant Matt Edwards handled Bowen’s duties as outside linebackers coach; Vrabel called defensive plays; and special teams coach Craig Aukerman took on added responsibilities when Vrabel was tied up with the defense.
The Vikings gained 464 yards and had a 175-yard receiver and a 175-yard rusher. Dalvin Cook rushed for 181 yards, and rookie Justin Jefferson had a breakout game with seven catches for 175 yards.
The Falcons had punter Sterling Hofrichter handle the kickoffs during Sunday’s loss to the Bears and it appears they’ll be making alternate plans for the coming weeks as well.
Younghoe Koo didn’t play on kickoffs because he suffered a groin injury before the game. He was able to kick field goals and extra points, but missed one of each on the way to another painful Falcons loss.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Koo’s attempt to play through the injury was a one-time solution. The kicker is expected to miss time because of the injury.
The Falcons don’t have a kicker on the practice squad, so they’ll have to look outside the organization for a replacement.
The Broncos lost another game on Sunday and they reportedly have another addition to their list of seriously injured players as well.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that defensive tackle Jurrell Casey suffered a biceps tear in the team’s 28-10 loss to the Buccaneers. His season is likely over as a result.
Casey joined the Broncos in a trade with the Titans this offseason. He had four tackles, a quarterback hit and a tackle for loss on Sunday and 14 tackles over the course of the season’s first three weeks.
The loss of Casey comes a week after the Broncos saw defensive linemen Dre'Mont Jones and DeMarcus Walker head to injured reserve.
Linebackers Von Miller and Mark Barron and cornerback A.J. Bouye are also out of action on the Denver defense. Wide receiver Courtland Sutton, quarterback Drew Lock and running back Phillip Lindsay were out on the offensive side against Tampa.
The Jaguars have made another change at kicker.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Jaguars are signing veteran Stephen Hauschka.
The Jaguars put veteran Josh Lambo on injured reserve last week, promoting rookie Brandon Wright from the practice squad to kick last Thursday. But Wright was injured during the game against the Dolphins.
Hauschka was cut by the Bills in August after they drafted a kicker, but he’s a career 85.7 percent on field goals.
Seahawks safety Jamal Adams was limited to 53 snaps during Sunday’s win over the Cowboys and it remains to be seen how long it will take before he’s ready to resume his usual workload.
Head coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN Monday, via Lindsey Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest, that Adams has a “first degree” groin strain that was “really bothering him after the game.” He described Adams as day to day with the team’s first practice of the week a couple of days away.
The Seahawks also saw running back Chris Carson, linebacker Jordyn Brooks and guard Damien Lewis get hurt on Sunday.
Carson and Brooks both suffered knee sprains while Lewis is dealing with an ankle injury. Carroll said the team would have to see how all of them do during the week before making any calls about Week Four’s game against the Dolphins.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn’t happy with Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill. Nor should Carroll be.
He’s upset because Hill, after tackling Seattle running back Chris Carson, rolled on the ground while holding the leg in a deliberate, Mean Machine-style effort to inflict injury.
“I was really pissed about that,” Carroll said Monday on 710 ESPN, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
Carroll should be pissed, Carson (who has a sprained knee) should be pissed, all Seahawks fans should be pissed, all Cowboys fans should be pissed, all football fans should be pissed.
It was an old-school dirty hit, the kind of thing that happened before free agency made players realize that there’s a brotherhood that extends far beyond the silo that is their locker room, and before everyone became properly sensitive to the broader health and safety concerns regarding professional football players.
Hill reportedly won’t be suspended. He should be. It’s unacceptable behavior that falls squarely beyond the boundaries of permissible contact. It’s a cowardly act on par with a sucker punch, and it has no place in the modern game of football.
A fine won’t send that message. A suspension will. Even if the league is concerned that a suspension would be overturned on appeal, it’s critical that the league send an unambiguous message that this type of stuff will not be tolerated.
It’s official: Mitchell Trubisky has been benched for Nick Foles.
Bears coach Matt Nagy announced today that Foles will start this week against the Colts.
“We got up this morning and went through the tape and at the end of it we decided we’re going to go with Nick Foles as the starter,” Nagy said. “It’s never easy when you go into these types of situations. I want to credit both of those guys yesterday for being really supportive of each other.”
That news comes as a surprise to no one after Foles came off the bench for an ineffective Trubisky on Sunday and led the Bears from a 26-10 deficit to a 30-26 win.
The Bears are off to a 3-0 start despite shaky play from Trubisky. If Foles can stabilize the quarterback position, the Bears should be heading for the playoffs.
Washington’s still awaiting word on rookie defensive end Chase Young, but they’ve gotten bad news on another lineman.
Via Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis has a torn biceps and is out for the rest of the season.
The 2016 fifth-rounder has become a valuable part of a defensive front rotation that is heavily populated by first-rounders, with 34 starts in his career.
Young left yesterday’s game with a groin injury, and there hasn’t been much of an update on the second overall pick.
Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin returned to the lineup after missing Week Two with a concussion, but he didn’t make it out of the win over the Broncos unscathed.
Godwin hurt his hamstring during the third quarter of the team’s 28-10 victory over the Broncos and was quickly ruled out after suffering the injury. James Palmer of NFL Media reports that Godwin is having an MRI to determine the severity of the injury on Monday.
Sunday’s game was well in hand by the time Godwin got hurt and Tom Brady only threw one pass in the fourth quarter of the game.
Godwin had five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown before getting injured.