Teams pass on chance to squat on 160 UFAs


The labor deal has a little-known provision that gives teams that ability to squat on unrestricted free agents who haven’t signed elsewhere by June 1.  As of June 1, the player’s most recent team can offer a contract worth 110 percent of his prior year’s base salary (if it was a rookie contract that expired) or 110 percent of his total compensation from the prior season (for non-rookie deals).

With those tenders, the unrestricted free agents become essentially the exclusive property of their prior teams if not signed by a new team before July 22.  From July 22 through Week 10 of the regular season, the no-longer-unrestricted free agents may sign only with their prior teams.

June 1 has come and gone, and the list of players who are now completely free and clear has been released by the NFL.

The list contains 160 names, including Cardinals defensive end Vonnie Holliday, Falcons defensive back Chris Hope, Ravens nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu, Bills defensive tackle Spencer Johnson, Panthers linebacker Antwan Applewhite, Bears defensive end Isreal Idonije, Bengals cornerback Nate Clements, Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown, Cowboys guard Derrick Dockery, Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley and linebacker Keith Brooking, Lions kicker Jason Hanson and running back Kevin Smith, Packers running backs Cedric Benson and Ryan Grant, Texans nose tackle Shaun Cody, Colts tackle Winston Justice and receiver Austin Collie, Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith and cornerback Rashean Mathis, Chiefs safety Abram Elam and running back Peyton Hillis, Vikings receiver Devin Aromashodu, Patriots receiver Donte’ Stallworth, Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and receiver Devery Henderon, Giants defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, Jets receiver Braylon Edwards and guard Brandon “Butt Fumble” Moore, Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour, Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, nose tackle Casey Hampton, and center Doug Legursky, Chargers running back Jackie Battle, 49ers receiver Randy Moss and guard Leonard Davis, Seahawks linebacker LeRoy Hill, Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark, Titans running back Javon Ringer, and Redskins safety Madieu Williams and tackle Jammal Brown.

All will remain free and clear, able to sign with any team at any time from now through the end of the 2013 season, and beyond.

Jeremy Trueblood visit shows the spot Redskins are in


With the free agent market more active than lucrative, the one aspect we’ve been missing this year is the traditional drunken-sailor spending by the Redskins.

While salary cap penalties levied by the league caused that restraint, they arer trying to make a move or two.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the Redskins will bring in Buccaneers tackle Jeremy Trueblood for a visit this weekend.

The Redskins recently added Tony Pashos, but with Jordan Black, Jammal Brown and Tyler Polumbus all free agents, they’re looking for someone at right tackle.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen was in Tampa when Trueblood was drafted, and knows him well. Trueblood battled shoulder problems last year, but has been a capable player when well.

Redskins aren’t making a play for Eric Winston


The Redskins have a potential opening at right tackle and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was in Houston at the same time as Eric Winston, but there doesn’t appear to be anything happening in terms of bringing Winston to Washington.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins “don’t appear to be serious suitors” for Winston, who became a free agent last week when the Chiefs released him after one year with the team. There has been “little to no contact” between the team and Winston’s representatives at this point.

If not Winston, the Redskins will be looking for a new right tackle if they don’t bring Tyler Polumbus back before or after the start of free agency. Jammal Brown, who missed all of 2012 with a hip injury, had his contract void last month and his chronic injury issues make him an unlikely choice to return to Washington on a different deal.

As with any other questions regarding Washington’s activity this offseason, one imagines that their ongoing fight with the league over the cap penalties handed down last year is coloring the team’s decisions. Their feelings about Winston may have nothing to do with that issue, but there’s little doubt that the lost cap space and attempt to get it back will dictate much of what the Redskins can do this offseason.

NFC East potential free agents

Giants: QB David Carr; RB Andre Brown (RFA); RB Kregg Lumpkin; RB Ryan Torain (RFA); WR Victor Cruz (RFA); WR Domenik Hixon; WR Ramses Barden; TE Travis Beckum; TE Martellus Bennett; OT Will Beatty; OT Sean Locklear; OG Kevin Boothe; C Jim Cordle (exclusive rights); DL Osi Umenyiora; DL Rocky Bernard; DL Adrian Tracy (exclusive rights); DL Justin Trattou (exclusive rights); LB Chase Blackburn; LB Keith Rivers; DB Kenny Phillips; DB Justin Tryon; DB Stevie Brown (RFA); DB Bruce Johnson; DB Brian Witherspoon; K Lawrence Tynes.

Cowboys: RB Felix Jones; WR Kevin Ogletree; TE John Phillips; OG Derrick Dockery; C Phil Costa (RFA); DL Kenyon Coleman; DL L.P. Ladouceur; DL Brian Schaefering (exclusive rights); LB Anthony Spencer; LB Victor Butler; LB Brady Poppinga; LB Ernie Sims; DB Mike Jenkins; DB Charlie Peprah; DB Michael Coe; DB Eric Frampton; DB Danny McCray (RFA); P Brian Moorman.

Eagles:  OG Jake Scott; C Jon Dorenbos; DL Darryl Tapp; DL Derek Landri; LB Akeem Jordan; DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie; DB Colt Anderson (RFA).

Redskins: QB Rex Grossman; RB Darrel Young (RFA); WR Brandon Banks (RFA); TE Fred Davis; TE Chris Cooley; TE Logan Paulsen (RFA); OT Jordan Black; OT Jammal Brown; OT Tyler Polumbus; C Nick Sundberg (RFA); LB Lorenzo Alexander; LB Rob Jackson (RFA); LB Bryan Kehl; LB Chris Wilson; DL Kedric Golston; DL Kentwan Balmer; DL Chris Baker (RFA); DB Madieu Williams; DB Cedric Griffin; DB Tanard Jackson; P Sav Rocca; OG Kory Lichtensteiger.


Jammal Brown officially shut down for season


The Redskins can stop waiting for right tackle Jammal Brown to return to the lineup.

The team announced Wednesday that Brown will not be activated from the physically unable to perform list. This week is the deadline to activate players from the list, so Brown will not play at all for the team this year. Tyler Polumbus will continue in Brown’s place on the right side of the offensive line.

Brown was well enough to start practicing earlier this month, but he suffered a setback with the hip injury that required surgery before the season and has bothered Brown since last season. That makes Wednesday’s announcement something less than a surprise and probably isn’t even much of a disappointment for a team that’s gotten used to playing without Brown this season.

Brown will end the year having played in just 27 games over the last four years, which could spell the end of his time in Washington. He’s due $3.5 million next year and it will be hard for the Redskins to commit to paying that without having more assurance that Brown will be on the field to earn it.

Jammal Brown expected to go on IR today


The Redskins have to make a decision today on right tackle Jammal Brown, and it appears that decisions will be to place him on injured reserve.

He missed yet another practice Monday because of ongoing hip problems, which preseason surgery apparently didn’t fix, or didn’t fix soon enough. He was cleared to practice two weeks ago, but had a setback on Nov. 15 and hasn’t practice since.

I’ve got a feeling what direction we’re going,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

The Redskins haven’t gotten much out of Brown since trading for him and giving him a $20.25 million contract. When he’s well, he’s an upgrade over what they have, but he’s shown little indication he’s going to stay that way.

Saturday morning one-liners

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South Korean rapper Psy will go Gangnam Style when the Bills host the Seahawks next month.  (Maybe Reggie Bush will show up to help sing the “Hey, sexy lady!” part.)

Jets CB Darrelle Revis says “[t]his week has been a tough week for the team. . . .  A team like this with what’s been going on this week, a team will fold.”

Assessing the tenure of Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland, who’s sliding back toward the hot seat as the team sinks.

His Patriots teammates are praising CB Aqib Talib.  (Maybe they just don’t want to get hit in the face with a helmet.)

Rookie C Trevor Robinson has performed well for the Bengals in the absence of Kyle Cook.

Browns OL John Greco has been playing well in place of Jason Pinkston, who is out for the season after a blood clot was found in his lung last month.

The recent rash of quarterback injuries underscores how durable Ravens QB Joe Flacco has been.

Steelers S Ryan Clark has had two concussions in the last three weeks — and he’d never had any before that.

Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says his team is “going to stay the course.”  (When headed for the Bermuda Triangle, why turn around?)

Last Monday was the first Monday that Titans QB Jake Locker didn’t receive an MRI on his shoulder since September 30.

Colts QB Andrew Luck and WR Reggie Wayne appeared at a leukemia benefit on Friday night.

Texan RB Arian Foster and DE J.J. Watt are the leading vote-getters so far at their respective positions in AFC Pro Bowl balloting.

Raiders RB Darren McFadden ran on his sprained ankle for the first time, but he still isn’t ready to practice.

Broncos LB D.J. Williams will be added to the 53-man roster this weekend, which means that someone else will be getting cut or placed on IR.

Chiefs fans are planning a blackout for Sunday’s game against the Bengals.

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews says his neck has “loosened up” after that violent collision with Bucs LB Quincy Black last Sunday.

When it comes to Eagles QB Nick Foles, one unnamed scout is saying great things (unlike most unnamed scouts, who typically crap on guys).

Redskins OT Jammal Brown has suffered a setback, which will delay his return from a hip injury.

Cowboys OL Mackenzy Bernadeau is ready to slide over to center, if Ryan Cook can’t go due to a knee injury.

Giants receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride thinks rookie Reuben Randle is getting to where he needs to be.

Lions RB Mikel Leshoure hopes to become more decisive.

Vikings P Chris Kluwe got so good at the Guitar Hero video game that the screen told him to buy a guitar . . . so he did . . . and now he’s in a band.

The Bears know they need to do something against the 49ers that they didn’t do against the Texans:  Stop the run.

With Clay Matthews (hamstring) out and Nick Perry (wrist) on IR, the Packers will be counting on Dezman Moses and Erik Walden in Detroit on Sunday.

Bucs FB Erik Lorig is getting plenty of praise from the Bucs coaching staff.

Get to know the guy who’s running the Panthers in the absence of a General Manager.

Hall of Fame S Ronnie Lott remains conflicted about the Saints bounty scandal.

Next week, Falcons RB Michael Turner and G Justin Blalock will provide a fully-catered Thanksgiving lunch for more than 100 wounded and senior military veterans and their families.

Cardinals safeties Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes got a huge compliment from one of the greatest tight ends to ever wear a helmet.

The Rams are considering new uniforms, with the old blue and white Roman Gabriel configuration in play for a return.

49ers RB Frank Gore practiced Friday without the splint he’s been wearing on his wrist.

The Seahawks’ stadium, named for a high-speed Internet company, still doesn’t have Wi-Fi.

Jammal Brown practices, wants to play this year


The Redskins have two weeks to make a decision on whether to activate right tackle Jammal Brown.

But while he said he was encouraged by his first practice after hip surgery, he also sounds unsure if he’s going to be ready in time.

I feel a lot looser, could move a lot more,” Brown said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “I’ll know better after a week or so, how it feels. But I feel good. It was a great day for me.”

Brown missed the entire 2009 season after surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip, and has been bothered by problems there ever since. His surgery was to repair a torn ligament, and he’s been on the physically unable to perform list ever since. Monday was his first practice, and they reported no setbacks or conditioning problems. Now it’s a matter of getting back into a football groove.

“As soon as possible … The Redskins are trying to be cautious, but I hope they’re not too cautious,” Brown said. “I want to get out there as soon as possible. Help my team.”

“It’s a little bit of discomfort because of the surgery feeling, that type of soreness. But in due time, that should go away. Breathing, I feel good. It’s more of the hip conditioning. It gets a little tiring some times, and I can’t get my kick step back as far, but that’s something I’ll work on. . . . I’m lucky to be in this situation with this injury that coaches didn’t stop believing in me.”

Brown’s an upgrade if he’s well, but he hasn’t proven to be able to stay that way, so the next two weeks will be significant for them and him long-term.

Jammal Brown finally ready to practice again

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The Redskins haven’t had much good news lately, but they may be closer to getting a key piece back.

Right tackle Jammal Brown, who has spent the year on the physically unable to perform list, has been cleared to resume practicing, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

Brown was bothered by hip injuries in the past, and had arthroscopic surgery in August.

They now have three weeks to decide to activate him.

Tyler Polumbus has started in his place, but Brown, when well, is a clear upgrade.

Redskins make first roster cuts


The last bits of info regarding the first wave of roster cuts are trickling in.  The Redskins are the latest to announce the moves that they made to get to 75 players.

As previously reported, kicker Neil Rackers lost the kicking competition to Graham Gano.  The Redskins also released veteran offensive linemen Tony Moll (pictured) and James Lee.

The Redskins have waived running back Antwon Bailey, offensive lineman Chris Campbell, running back Lennon Creer, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, receiver Samuel Kirkland, linebacker Monte Lewis, guard Nick Martinez, and tight end Beau Reliford.

Receiver Lance Lewis was waived with the injured designation.  If unclaimed, he reverts to Washington’s injured reserve list.  Also, cornerback Morgan Trent was waived with an injury settlement; if unclaimed, he won’t be back.

Cornerback Kevin Barnes has been traded to the Lions.

Finally, right tackle Jammal Brown was shifted from active/PUP to reserve/PUP.  He’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

Jammal Brown has hip surgery, expected to start year on PUP list


It’s a good thing the Redskins got some practice playing without right tackle Jammal Brown during the preseason because it looks like they’ll be without him come the start of the regular season as well.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that Brown had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hip last week. Brown is expected to miss four-to-six weeks as a result of the operation and, per Jones, should start the year on the physically-unable-to-perform list. That would take Brown out of the equation for at least the first six Redskins games of the season.

Brown hurt his hip while doing some running just before training camp, but it has been a problem for several years. Brown had surgery to repair a torn labrum in the hip in 2009 and has dealt with recurring issues over the last two seasons. The team hoped a variety of different therapies over the offseason would result in better health, but that’s fallen by the wayside.

Tyler Polumbus has replaced Brown at right tackle in the preseason and presumably will be there when the Redskins kick off the regular season.

75-man roster tracker

NFL teams have until 4 PM EDT on Monday, August 27 to cut their rosters from 90 players to 75 players. We’ll track all the moves that every team makes to get down to 75 players right here.

Arizona Cardinals: Got down to the 75-player limit on Friday by putting LT Levi Brown on injured reserve, waiving fullback Jared Crank and running back Thomas Clayton with the waived-injured designation, and releasing DE Landon Cohen, WR Gino Crump, S Eddie Elder, WR Tre Gray, CB Marshay Green, WR Jaymar Johnson, FB Reagan Maui’a, LB Marcus McGraw, LB Zack Nash, CB James Nixon, K/P Ricky Schmitt and LB Paul Vassalo.

Atlanta Falcons: Got down to the 75-player limit on Saturday by putting tackle Will Svitek on injured reserve, waiving tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, receiver Kenny Stafford and tight end Aron White and reaching injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.  The Falcons also waived quarterback John Parker Wilson and placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list.

Baltimore RavensCut nine on Sunday, including kicker Billy Cundiff, tight end Davon Drew, receiver Devin Goda, offensive lineman Addison Lawrence, cornerback Jordan Maybin, center Cecil Newton (brother of Cam), long snapper Patrick Scales, quarterback Chester Stewart, and receiver Patrick Williams. Finished things up on Monday by placing linebacker Terrell Suggs and wide receiver David Reed on reserve/PUP and placing linebacker Stevie Baggs, linebacker Darryl Blackstock, safety Emanuel Cook and defensive tackle Ryan McBean on injured reserve.

Buffalo Bills: Made 10 moves Sunday to get to the limit. They placed tight end Mike Caussin on reserve/PUP, and released nine players: Wide receiver David Clowney, cornerback Prince Miller, linebacker Danny Batten, defensive end Sean Ferguson, tight end Fendi Onobun, defensive tackle Jay Ross, wide receiver Derek Session, defensive back Nick Sukay and guard Jake Vermiglio.  Batten was waived with the designation “failure to disclose physical condition.”

Carolina Panthers: Started the process of getting down to 75 by cutting their veteran punter and their veteran kicker, Nick Harris and Olindo Mare. They also put promising wide receiver David Gettis on reserve/PUP list, and cornerback Brandon Hogan on IR, and waived wide receivers Darvin Adams, Michael Avila, Brenton Bersin and Rico Wallace (with injury settlement), running backs Josh Vaughan and Lyndon Rowells, tight end Greg Smith, guards Roger Allen and Will Blackwell and linebacker-defensive end Eric Norwood.

Chicago Bears: Made 12 moves Sunday, getting the roster to 76 the day before the deadline. They placed safety Brandon Hardin on IR, receiver Johnny Knox on reserve/PUP, and released veteran defensive tackle John McCargo. They also waived linebacker K.C. Asiodu, quarterback Matt Blanchard, safety Trevor Coston, receiver Terriun Crump, receiver Chris Summers, defensive end Derek Walker, and defensive end Thaddeus Gibson.  They also waived/injured linebacker Adrien Cole and guard Nick Pieschel. The Bears’ final move was cutting former supplemental draft pick Harvey Unga, which got them down to 75.

Cincinnati Bengals: Got down to 76 players on Friday by putting cornerback Brandon Ghee, cornerback Shaun Prater, receiver/cornerback Taveon Rodgers, safety Robert Sands, and guard Travelle Wharton on injured reserve, and releasing defensive end Luke Black, running back Aaron Brown, quarterback Tyler Hansen, and guard Matt Murphy. Wide receiver Kashif Moore was waived on Monday to complete the cuts.

Cleveland BrownsMoved to 80 on Sunday by waiving offensive lineman Jake Anderson, offensive lineman Matt Cleveland, defensive back Emanuel Davis, linebacker JoJo Dickson, punter Spencer Lanning, receiver Carlton Mitchell, receiver Bert Reed, receiver Jermaine Saffold, and receiver Owen Spencer.  Got to 75 on Monday by waiving with the “injured” designation defensive lineman Marcus Benard, defensive lineman Auston English, and defensive back Antwuan Reed,  placing linebacker Chris Gocong and sixth-round rookie linebacker Emmanuel Acho on injured reserve, and converting defensive lineman Phil Taylor from the active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the reserve/PUP list.

Dallas Cowboys: Dallas got down to 76 players after releasing tackle Levy Adcock, punter Delbert Alvarado, tight end Harry Flaherty, receiver David Little, tackle Tyrone Novikoff, receiver Raymond Radway, running back Javarris Williams and cornerback C.J. Wilson. They also waived/injured receiver Donavon Kemp and linebacker Caleb McSurdy, and put guard/center Kevin Kowalski on the physically unable to perform list. They got to 75 by releasing long snapper Charley Hughlett, who had a partially guaranteed contract.

Denver Broncos: Got down to 75 by cutting veteran long snapper Lonnie Paxton, putting defensive end Jason Hunter on injured reserve and waiving linebacker Elliot Coffey, wide receiver Mark Dell, wide receiver Cameron Kenney, tight end Anthony Miller, defensive end Cyril Obiozor, running back Xavier Omon, safety Anthony Perkins, tackle Mike Remmers, cornerback Ramzee Robinson, fullback Austin Sylvester and guard Austin Wuebbels.

Detroit Lions: The Lions got down to 80 players after waiving fullback James Bryant, receiver Jarett Dillard, running back Stephfon Green, safety Sean Jones, guard Jacques McClendon, linebacker Slade Norris (injured), guard J.C. Oram, defensive tackle Bobby Skinner, kicker Derek Dimke and receiver Terrence Toliver. Running back Jahvid Best’s slow recovery from a concussion landed him on the PUP list where he’ll join cornerback Chris Greenwood. Offensive linemen Jonathan Scott and Bill Nagy were placed on injured reserve and wide receiver Dominique Curry and wide receiver Isaac Madison were released.  Also, an injury settlement was reached with defensive back Don Carey, who had been on injured reserve.

Green Bay Packers: Got down to 75 on Monday by placing linebacker Desmond Bishop, running back Du’ane Bennett, tight end DeMarco Cosby, guard Ray Dominguez, defensive end Johnny Jones and receiver Shaky Smithson on injured reserve. Tight end Andrew Quarless and linebacker Frank Zombo were placed on reserve/physically unable to perform. The Packers also released fullback Jon Hoese and defensive end Jarius Wynn. Green Bay began the cuts on Friday by releasing DE Anthony Hargrove, WR Andrew Brewer, S Micah Pellerin, T Herb Taylor and CB Dion Turner.

Houston Texans: Made their moves Sunday, cutting veteran LB Omar Gaither and WR Bryant Johnson among others. They also put rookie kicker Randy Bullock on injured reserve, and waived-injured nose tackle Sunny Harris and linebacker Greg William. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton was placed on reserve-PUP, and they released the following: Tackle Nick Mondek, center Thomas Austin, punter Brett Hartmann, receiver Mario Lewis, running back Davin Meggett, defensive end Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, fullback Derrell Smith, guard Kasey Studdard and cornerback Torri Williams.

Indianapolis Colts: Got the ball rolling on Sunday by waiving cornerback Chris Rucker, cornerback Cameron Chism, cornerback Terrence Johnson, cornerback Antonio Fenelus, safety Matt Merletti, safety David Caldwell, linebacker Mike Balogun, wide receiver Quan Cosby, running back Alvester Alexander, guard Jason Foster and punter Brian Stahovich. They got to the limit Monday by placing defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and offensive tackle George Foster were placed on injured reserve, along with wide receiver Griff Whalen. Rookie defensive tackle Josh Chapman and guard Justin Anderson were placed on the reserve/PUP list, which will keep them on the shelf for at least the first six weeks.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cut eight players on Saturday: cornerback Ashton Youboty, quarterback Nathan Enderle, receiver Chastin West, linebacker Nate Bussey, running back DuJuan Harris, cornerback Mike Holmes, tackle Dan Hoch, and linebacker Donovan Richard.  Finished the move to 75 on Monday by placing guard John Estes, guard Drew Nowak, guard/center Jason Spitz, and tight end Matt Veldman on injured reserve.  Also, fullback Brock Bolen was waived with the injured designation, and defensive end John Chick and linebacker Clint Session were shifted from the active/PUP list to the reserve/PUP list.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs cut 14 players Sunday to get to the limit. They released second-year wideout Jeremy Horne, who had yet to record a regular season catch, as well as former Army linebacker Caleb Campbell. Also released were: Fullback Shane Bannon, tight end Tim Biere, wide receivers Brandon Kinnie, Zeke Markshausen and Aaron Weaver, offensive linemen Justin Cheadle and Cam Hollland, defensive end Ethan Johnson (waived for failure to disclose physical condition), linebacker Dexter Heyman, defensive backs Dominique Ellis and Jean Fanor and kicker Matt Szymanski.

Miami Dolphins: Cut Hard Knocks star Les Brown as well as defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, cornerback Marcus Brown, safety Tyrell Johnson, cornerback Trenton Hughes, linebacker Josh Linam, running back Jerome Messam, defensive end Jacquies Smith and cornerback Jonathan Wade. Placed running back Jonas Gray on the physically unable to perform list.

Minnesota Vikings: Got down to 75 players on Saturday by waiving guard Bridger Buche, running back Derrick Coleman, guard Grant Cook, linebacker Soloman Elimimian, defensive back Corey Gatewood, tackle Levi Horn, defensive end Anthony Jacobs, receiver Kamar Jorden, receiver A.J. Love, linebacker Tyler Nielsen, defensive end Ernest Owusu, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, cornerback Chris Stroud, receiver Kerry Taylor, and receiver Bryan Walters. The Vikings previously waived rookie receiver Greg Childs and rookie defensive back Nicholas Taylor, both of whom reverted to the team’s injured reserve list.

New England Patriots: Cleared out some veteran receivers, including Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney. They also released were defensive linemen Gerard Warren and Tim Bulman and safety Ross Ventrone. Defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen were placed on injured reserve, and tight end Jake Ballard and defensive lineman Myron Pryor were placed on the reserve-PUP. Rookie offensive lineman Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve-Non Football Injury list. The Patriots also claimed first-year WR Kerry Taylor off waivers from the Vikings.

New Orleans Saints: Beat the storm and made their cuts Monday, releasing veteran defensive tackle Remi Ayodele and quarterback Luke McCown. The Saints also waived the following players: Tight end Jake Byrne (who had a partially guaranteed contract), wide receivers Marques Clark, Kevin Hardy and Derek Moye, offensive linemen Hutch Eckerson, Paul Fenaroli and Brian Folkerts, defensive end Donavan Robinson, defensive tackle Swanson Miller, linebacker Aaron Tevis, cornerbacks Kamaal McIlwain and Cord Parks and safety Johnny Thomas (who had a partially guaranteed contract).

New York Giants: Reached the 75-man limit on Monday by placing tight end Travis Beckum and defensive tackle Chris Canty on reserve/PUP, placing offensive lineman Brandon Mosley on injured reserve, releasing cornerback Antwaun Molden and waiving tight end Ryan Purvis, defensive tackle Carlton Powell, defensive back Chris Horton, wide receiver Julian Talley, wide receiver Brandon Collins, tight end Christian Hopkins, defensive back Brandon Bing, defensive back Jojo Nicolas, running back Joe Martinek, tackle Joel Reinders and defensive tackle Oren Wilson.

New York Jets: Got down to 80 players on Saturday by cutting receiver Dexter Jackson, guard Terrence Campbell, long snapper Derek Chard, defensive tackle Matt Hardison, cornerback LeQuan Lewis, safety Marcus Lott, and receiver Raymond Webber.  Cut to 74 Monday by dumping linebacker Ambrose Damario, receiver Stanley Aruke, receiver Wes Kemp, running back Jeremy Stewart, and kicker Josh Brown, and by waiving fullback/tight end Josh Baker with the “injured” designation.

Oakland Raiders: Made 12 moves Monday to get to the limit. They waived linebacker Korey Bosworth (nephew Brian) along with the following players: Defensive ends Mason Brodine and Wayne Dorsey, safeties Aaron Henry and Chaz Powell, cornerback Terrail Lambert, wide receivers Thomas Mayo and DeAundre Muhammad, quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero and fullback Manase Tonga. They also waived-injured fullback Rashawn Jackson and offensive lineman Ed Wang.

Pittsburgh SteelersMoved to 75 on Monday by releasing linebacker Ryan Baker, defensive tackle Mike Blanc, wide receiver Paul Cox, cornerback Andre Freeman, kicker Daniel Hrapmann, offensive lineman Kyle Jolly, long snapper Matt Katula, tight end Jamie McCoy, cornerback Walter McFadden, tight end Justin Peelle, safety Myron Rolle, wide receiver Juamorris Stewart, defensive tackle Kade Weston, and wide receiver Jimmy Young. Also waived linebacker Mortty Ivy with the “injured” designation.  (They’ve since reached an injury settlement with Ivy.)

Philadelphia EaglesCut to 80 on Saturday by releasing receiver Elvis Akpla, safety Wade Bonner, defensive end Xavier Brown, receiver Brian Hernandez (injured), receiver McKay Jacobson, receiver Tiger Jones, guard Alfred McCullough, safety Tom Nelson (injured), cornerback Kevin Thomas, and tackle Thomas Welch.  On Sunday, the Eagles moved to 79, by releasing former Oregon All-American cornerback Cliff Harris. They got down to 75 by placing tackle Jason Peters on the reserve/non-football injury list, defensive tackle Mike Patterson on the reserve/non-football illness list, guard Mike Gibson on injured reserve and waiving wide receiver Jamel Hamler.

San Diego Chargers: Released wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, placed guard Johnnie Troutman on reserve/non-football injury list, placed offensive lineman Brandyn Dombrowski on reserve/non-football illness list and waived wide receivers Jason Barnes, Taylor Embree and Phillip Payne, defensive tackle Eddie Brown, long snapper Nick Guess, running back Michael Hayes, tight end Brad Taylor and offensive tackle Phil Trautwein. The Chargers also reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Garrett Brown and tackle Michael Toudouze to get to 75 players.

San Francisco 49ers: Got to 75 players on Monday by placing linebacker Darius Fleming on the PUP list and running back Jewel Hampton on the reserve/non-football injury list. They also waived tackle Jason Slowey, running back Cameron Bell, linebacker Kourtnei Brown (injured), wide receiver Brian Tyms, safety Cory Nelms, wide receiver Joe Hastings (injured), wide receiver Ben Hannula, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, defensive tackle Matt Masifilo, cornerback Deante’ Purvis , tight end Joe Sawyer and defensive tackle Patrick Butrym.

St. Louis Rams: Got down to 80 players on Monday by waiving defensive lineman John Gill, linebacker Noah Keller, fullback Todd Anderson, kicker Garrett Lindholm, running back Nicholas Schweiger, wide receiver Charles Gilbert, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, offensive lineman Kevin Hughes, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis and running back Calvin Middleton. The Rams got to 75 by waiving-injured wide receiver Danario Alexander, placing defensive tackle Trevor Laws on injured reserve and waiving tight end Brody Eldridge, offensive lineman Ryan McKee and long snapper Travis Tripucka.

Seattle Seahawks: Released on Sunday receiver Terrell Owens, guard Deuce Lutui, tackle Alex Barron, receiver Phil Bates, tackle Edawn Coughman, cornerback Donny Lisowski, cornerback Ron Parker, and running back Tyrell Sutton. Also waived the following players with the “injured” designation: linebacker Jameson Konz, defensive tackle Lazarius Levingston, cornerback Roy Lewis, and tight end Cameron Morrah.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:   Reduced to 75 on Monday by waiving running back De’Anthony Curtis, long snapper Andrew DePaola, receiver Greg Ellingson, tight end Collin Franklin, receiver Ed Gant, punter Eric Guthrie, tackle Mike Ingersoll (injury settlement), linebacker Brian Smith, safety Tramain Thomas, and cornerback Marquese Wheaton.  Also placed guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve and shifted defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to reserve/PUP list.

Tennessee Titans: Got the to 75-man limit Sunday by placing receiver Marc Mariani on IR, safety Markelle Martin on reserve/PUP, and releasing the following players: running back Herb Donaldson, center William Vlachos, quarterback Nick Stephens, kicker Will Batson, tight end Joey Haynos, offensive linemen George Bias and Jonathan Palmer, safety Christian Scott, and receivers Chase Deadder, LaQuinton Evans, and Marcus Harris.

Washington Redskins: Kicker Neil Rackers was let go after losing kicking competition to Graham Gano.  The Redskins also released veteran offensive linemen Tony Moll and James Lee; waived running back Antwon Bailey, offensive lineman Chris Campbell, running back Lennon Creer, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, receiver Samuel Kirkland, linebacker Monte Lewis, guard Nick Martinez, and tight end Beau Reliford; waived receiver Lance Lewis with the injured designation; waived cornerback Morgan Trent with an injury settlement; traded cornerback Kevin Barnes to the Lions; and placed right tackle Jammal Brown on reserve/PUP.

Trent Williams is day-to-day with a bone bruise


The Redskins’ starting tackles are now bookends, in a bad way.

With right tackle Jammal Brown already missing due to a hip injury, left tackle Trent Williams is out with a foot injury suffered in Buffalo on Thursday night.

“He has a bone bruise,” coach Mike Shanahan said, via comments distributed by the team.  “He’s pretty sore right now.  We’ll have to play it day-by-day.  I know it’ll be a few days.”

Shanahan said it’s “wait and see” as to whether Williams will play in the team’s second preseason game, next Saturday at Chicago.

“It’s always disappointing when somebody goes down, but it’s the nature of the game,” Shanahan said.  “That’s why you build depth.  Like we talked about at the beginning of the year, we got a few [offensive linemen] in the draft, got a couple in free agency, so we have a little bit more depth than we had a year ago.  And it’s a good thing we do.”

He’s right.  Because they have a young franchise quarterback who needs to be protected.

Timetable for Jammal Brown’s return unclear

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Jammal Brown is still listed as the Redskins’ starting right tackle.  But he hasn’t practiced yet during training camp with a hip problem, and it’s unclear precisely when he will.

For now, the team isn’t offering an estimated return date.  Instead, all coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday is that Brown has “a chance” to return, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

So how big of a chance?  A likelihood?  A probability?  A possibility?  A Jim-Carrey-in-Dumb-and-Dumber “chance”?

For now, we don’t know.  For now, the Redskins are happy that Brown’s backup has stepped up.

“The good thing that has happened is Tyler Polumbushas done a good job,” Shanahan said.

They may need him to continue to do a good job into the regular season.


Hightower gets top spot on D.C. depth chart, Helu third string


The initial Redskins depth chart has provided plenty of fodder for analysis and discussion.

But since the fantasy football crowd primarily cares about who’ll be running with the football, it makes sense to devote a blurb to the all-important tailback position.

Tim Hightower is listed as the starter, for now.  Roy Helu, whom many expected to be the first-stringer, currently sits in the three hole.

Between them is Evan Royster.

It’s still early and plenty can change, especially with Hightower recovering from a torn ACL.

As MDS pointed out earlier today, tight end Chris Cooley is the No. 2 tight end behind Fred Davis, which could prompt the Redskins eventually to visit with the veteran about a reduction in his pay.  (Converted receiver Niles Paul is the No. 3 tight end.)

Also, Jammal Brown is still listed as the starting right tackle, even though a hip injury has left him unavailable to prepare for the coming season.