Uber driver says “let’s hit the road” when Shareece Wright requested ride

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When Uber driver Hadi Abdollahian first heard Shareece Wright wanted to go to Buffalo, he thought the Bills cornerback meant Buffalo Wild Wings. Abdollahian didn’t blink, though, driving Wright the 547 miles from Chicago O’Hare Airport to the Bills’ facility.

I promised him on the phone,” Abdollahian said via Marissa Payne of The Washington Post, “so I said, ‘let’s hit the road.’”

Wright became stranded at the airport Monday night with Bills’ organized team activities scheduled for Tuesday morning. Wright, who signed as a free agent in May, opted for the eight-hour car ride with Abdollahian, and the pair made it to the team facility just before 7 a.m.

Abdollahian, who arrived in the U.S. from Turkey four years ago, told the Post he didn’t know Wright was a football player until Wright told him. The two have become fast friends.

“I loved his company,” Abdollahian said. “We had a great time.”

The fare came to $632.08, and Wright added a $300 tip. Abdollahian didn’t waste any time in getting home, driving straight back to Chicago after dropping off Wright.

Shareece Wright took an Uber from Chicago to Buffalo for Bills practice

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Green Bay Packers safety Davon House wasn’t the only NFL player utilizing alternative transportation methods to get to practice Monday night.

Buffalo Bills cornerback Shareece Wright found himself stranded at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Monday night. Instead of crowd-sourcing a ride via Twitter like House did, Wright just grabbed an Uber instead.

According to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Wright hopped in an Uber for the 550-mile journey from O’Hare to Bills headquarters in Orchard Park, N.Y. Wright’s agent – Tamerat Berhe – said the total cost of the trip came out to $932.08 ($632.08 for the fare, $300 for a tip).

While OTAs are voluntary practices, Wright is in his first season with the Bills after signing with the team in May. With new teammates and a new defense to absorb, it’s more important for Wright to be taking part in practices and getting a jump-start on adjusting to the new surroundings.

Bills claim Charles James off waivers

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The Bills added a rookie cornerback at the end of the first round of the draft when they selected Tre’Davious White, signed veteran Shareece Wright on Monday and they went another route to bring another corner onto the roster on Tuesday.

The team announced that they have claimed Charles James off of waivers from the Colts. James was dropped by Indianapolis on Monday along with nine other players.

James first broke into the NFL with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and got some fame during the Texans’ run on Hard Knocks in 2015. He played 21 games for Houston in 2015 and 2016 before ending last season with the Colts.

James, White and Wright join Ronald Darby, Leonard Johnson, Kevon Seymour and Marcus Cromartie as the group of corners that the Bills will be working with this offseason.

Bills keep adding to secondary, sign Shareece Wright

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The Bills used their first-round draft pick on cornerback Tre’Davious White, but they’re not done making additions at the position.

Veteran cornerback Shareece Wright officially signed with the Bills today.

Wright visited the Bills last month. Buffalo has been looking at bolstering the cornerback position since losing Stephon Gilmore in free agency and releasing Nickell Robey-Coleman.

The 30-year-old Wright played for the Ravens last year and started nine games. He has previously played for the 49ers and Chargers.

Shareece Wright visited Bills

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The Bills took a break from scouting quarterbacks from this year’s draft class to meet with a veteran on the other side of the ball on Wednesday.

The team announced that cornerback Shareece Wright visited with them in Buffalo.

Wright was released by the Ravens in March after spending most of the last two seasons in Baltimore. Wright started 16-of-23 games for the Ravens over the last two seasons and recorded 92 tackles to go with 11 passes defensed. He spent the first four years of his career with the Chargers.

The Bills lost Stephon Gilmore as a free agent when he signed with the Patriots and released Nickell Robey-Coleman earlier this offseason. They’ve brought in Leonard Johnson and Marcus Cromartie to go with Ronald Darby and Kevon Seymour at corner.

Ravens release Kendrick Lewis, Shareece Wright

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The Ravens announced Tuesday that they have terminated the contracts of safety Kendrick Lewis and cornerback Shareece Wright.

Lewis, 28, has played seven NFL seasons with the Chiefs, Texans and Ravens. He started 15 games for the Ravens in 2015 but was a backup last season.

Wright, 29, also spent the last two seasons with the Ravens and started 15 games in that time. Wright, who previously played with the Chargers, has one career interception in 67 games.

Jimmy Smith out, Steve Smith questionable for Ravens

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The two most prominent players on the Ravens’ injury report for Sunday’s AFC North slugfest with the Steelers share the same last name.

Their outlooks for Sunday are quite different, however. Cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury while wide receiver Steve Smith is listed as questionable to play due to a thigh injury that cropped up during the week.

The good news for Steve Smith is that he went from being limited in practice on Thursday to being a full participant on Friday. That bodes well for his presence on Sunday, which may lead to sparks with his long-running sparring partner Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.

The Ravens will need to find other sparring partners for wide receiver Antonio Brown among their cornerbacks. Shareece Wright, Tavon Young and Jerraud Powers could all get chances at keeping Brown from celebrating touchdowns and a division title along with whatever Santa leaves under his tree earlier in the day.

Ravens rule Jimmy Smith out

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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith has been ruled out of Sunday’s game vs. the Eagles.

Smith, the team’s top cornerback, did not practice this week after injuring his ankle while making a tackle near the goal line in last Monday’s loss at New England. It’s uncertain if Smith will be able to return for a crucial Week 16 game at Pittsburgh.

Ravens cornerback Jerraud Powers, who’s listed behind Smith on the team’s unofficial depth chart, is listed as questionable for Sunday due to a concussion. Even if Powers plays, Smith’s absence will mean more snaps for Shareece Wright and Chris Lewis-Harris.

The Ravens are hoping to get tight end Crockett Gillmore and guard Alex Lewis back from extended absences. Both are listed as questionable.

Jimmy Smith back at practice for Ravens

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Cornerback Jimmy Smith has missed the last two games for the Ravens while he deals with a back injury, but they may get him back for this Sunday’s date with the Dolphins.

According to multiple reports from the Ravens facility, Smith was on the practice field with the team on Wednesday as they began their on-field preparations for Miami. Smith appeared to be a limited participant, but that’s a step in the right direction for a player that cornerback Shareece Wright says makes the team the best it can be.

“He’s the No. 1 corner on this team,” Wright said, via the Baltimore Sun. “He is Jimmy Smith. So whenever he’s not on the field, his presence is felt. He’s a physical guy, and he matches up well against certain guys. He has an advantage that a lot of guys don’t have. We’re a lot better when Jimmy’s on the field.”

The Ravens head into this weekend with a 6-5 record and their defense has been the main driver of a record that has the team at the top of the AFC North. Having Smith back healthy would be a plus toward ensuring the unit continues to perform at a high level as they try to secure a playoff berth.

Dez Bryant active, Ravens won’t have Jimmy Smith

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The Cowboys added wide receiver Dez Bryant to their injury report with a questionable designation after Bryant was a limited participant in Friday’s practice due to a back issue.

The feeling around the team was that Bryant would be able to play against the Ravens on Sunday afternoon in Dallas and that’s proven to be correct. Bryant is in the lineup for Dallas as they try for a ninth straight victory.

The Ravens won’t have cornerback Jimmy Smith on hand to slow him down, however. Smith was also dealing with a back problem this week and worked in a limited fashion on Friday, but he missed two practices earlier in the week and was listed as doubtful. Shareece Wright is active after being listed as questionable and will man the corner spot along with Tavon Young, Jerraud Powers and Chris Lewis-Harris.

Guard Marshal Yanda, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and linebacker C.J. Mosley are also active after being listed as questionable. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil is inactive once again after expressing some optimism about his chances of playing early in the week.

The other notable and well-covered news in the Cowboys lineup is that Tony Romo is active for the first time this season as the No. 2 quarterback with Mark Sanchez relegated to the inactive list.

Week 11 injury report roundup

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Week 11 kicked off on Thursday night with a Panthers win and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

Questionable players are uncertain to play, doubtful players are unlikely to play and out should be self-explanatory. Players who are on active rosters and don’t appear below should be considered in the lineup barring any announcements on Saturday. The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Bills at Bengals

The Bills won’t have DT Corbin Bryant (shoulder), but hope DT Marcell Dareus (groin, questionable) can return to action. LB Jerry Hughes (hand), WR Justin Hunter (groin), WR Walter Powell (hip) and WR Robert Woods (foot) are also listed as questionable.

Bengals TE C.J. Uzomah (calf) is doubtful and DE Wallace Gilberry (calf) is questionable on a short injury report.

Steelers at Browns

DE Cam Heyward (pectoral) is listed as out by the Steelers, but may be headed for injured reserve after announcing he’s done for the season. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot), S Shamarko Thomas (groin), WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) and RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) are also out. S Jordan Dangerfield (groin) and TE Xavier Grimble (quadricep) are listed as questionable.

The Browns may not have a win, but they’re pretty healthy. CB Tramon Williams (knee) is questionable and the only player with an injury designation this week.

Ravens at Cowboys

The Ravens ruled out TE Crockett Gillmore (thigh) and T Alex Lewis (ankle) with LB Elvis Dumervil (foot), CB Jimmy Smith (back) and RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) likely to join them on the inactive list after being listed as doubtful. LB Kamalei Correa (thigh), DT Timmy Jernigan (shoulder), LB C.J. Mosley (thigh), CB Shareece Wright (thigh) and G Marshal Yanda (shoulder) are all listed as questionable.

S Barry Church (forearm) and CB Morris Claiborne (groin) will miss another game for the Cowboys. WR Dez Bryant (back), T Chaz Green (foot, back), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back), QB Tony Romo (back) and T Tyron Smith (back, hip) remain in play after being listed as questionable.

Jaguars at Lions

The Jaguars will play without DE Chris Smith (eye) in Detroit. Sunday will bring word on LB Dan Skuta (back), TE Neal Sterling (foot) and WR Bryan Walters (concussion) after they drew questionable tags.

LB DeAndre Levy (knee) is doubtful after returning to practice for the Lions this week. DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) and RB Theo Riddick (ankle) are more likely to play given their questionable status.

Titans at Colts

The Titans have no one with an injury designation this week.

DE Kendall Langford (knee) remains out for the Colts and the doubtful tag given to CB Patrick Robinson (groin) makes him unlikely to play. DT Arthur Jones (illness) is listed as questionable.

Buccaneers at Chiefs

Buccaneers T Kevin Pamphile (concussion), RB Jacquizz Rodgers (foot) and C Evan Smith (knee) won’t be playing in Kansas City. C Joe Hawley (knee), WR Russell Shepard (hip) and TE Luke Stocker (ankle) might be after they were listed as questionable.

WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) is out for the second straight game, but the Chiefs may get LB Justin Houston (knee) in the lineup for the first time after listing him as questionable. CB Phillip Gaines (neck) and LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring), CB Marcus Peters (hip), DT Dontari Poe (knee), LS James Winchester (not injury related) drew the same designation while DE Jaye Howard (hip) is listed as doubtful.

Cardinals at Vikings

The Cardinals listed LB Deone Bucannon (ankle), S Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder) and CB Tharold Simon (ankle) as questionable to play on Sunday. DT Corey Peters (foot) is doubtful and unlikely to play.

DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) remains out for the Vikings. LB Eric Kendricks (hip), CB Captain Munnerlyn (ankle) and CB Marcus Sherels (ankle) all drew questionable tags.

Bears at Giants

It doesn’t look good for Bears CB Deiondre’ Hall (ankle), T Bobby Massie (concussion) and DE Mitch Unrein (back) after they received doubtful designations. CB Bryce Callahan (hamstring), DT Eddie Goldman (ankle), LB Pernell McPhee (knee), CB Tracy Porter (knee), WR Eddie Royal (toe), G Josh Sitton (ankle), WR Marquess Wilson (foot) and LB Willie Young (ankle) were all listed as questionable.

The Giants will play without C Brett Jones (calf) and G Justin Pugh (knee). RB Orleans Darkwa (lower leg) and G Adam Gettis (calf) are listed as questionable.

Dolphins at Rams

The Dolphins are likely to be down two starting offensive linemen with T Branden Albert (wrist) out and C Mike Pouncey (hip) doubtful. CB Xavien Howard (knee) is also out and LB Jelani Jenkins (knee, hand) is doubtful. S Isa Abdul-Quddus (ankle), T Jermon Bushrod (shoulder), LB Mike Hull (knee), DE Jason Jones (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (shoulder), G Anthony Steen (neck), WR Kenny Stills (calf) and DE Mario Williams (ankle) got questionable designations on Friday.

The Rams listed C Tim Barnes (foot), RB Todd Gurley (thigh), CB Lamarcus Joyner (ankle), DE Robert Quinn (illness) and DE Eugene Sims (concussion) as questionable, although Barnes didn’t practice at all this week.

Eagles at Seahawks

The Eagles ruled out S Terrence Brooks (hamstring) and listed TE Zach Ertz (hamstring) and WR Jordan Matthews (back) as questionable to play.

It’s a brief injury report for the Seahawks as well. DE Michael Bennett (knee) and LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (hamstring) have been ruled out.

Patriots at 49ers

Tom Brady will be down two pass catchers with TE Rob Gronkowski (chest) and WR Chris Hogan (back) ruled out by the Patriots. Two other targets — TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) and WR Julian Edelman (foot) — are listed as questionable.

49ers LB Aaron Lynch (ankle) has been ruled out. CB Rashard Robinson (knee) and WR Torrey Smith (shoulder) are questionable.

Packers at Redskins

The Packers head to Washington without G T.J. Lang (foot), CB Damarious Randall (groin), LB Jake Ryan (ankle) and C J.C. Tretter (knee) in the lineup. TE Jared Cook (ankle) and LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) are both listed as questionable after missing multiple games.

WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder), T Morgan Moses (ankle) and LS Nick Sundberg (back) are questionable to be in the Redskins lineup on Sunday night.

Urschel likely to start in place of injured Yanda

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As expected, Ravens Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda will not play in Thursday night’s game vs. the Browns.

Yanda is dealing with a shoulder injury and missed two games earlier in the season with a shoulder injury. He had been listed as doubtful.

John Urschel is the No. 2 right guard on the depth chart and the expected starter in place of Yanda.

The Ravens had previously announced that four players would miss the game due to injury: linebacker Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Kamalei Correa, tight end Crockett Gillmore and cornerback Shareece Wright.

The Browns only have one player out due to injury, cornerback Jamar Taylor. Tramon Williams will start in his place.

The Browns also announced that rookie Spencer Drango will start at left guard in place of Alvin Bailey. Browns defensive end Xavier Cooper, who’s started two games, is inactive after jumping offsides twice in last week’s loss to the Cowboys.

Yanda doubtful, Taylor out for Thursday night

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The Ravens list Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda as doubtful for Thursday night’s game vs. the Browns due to a shoulder injury.

Yanda missed two games earlier in the season with a shoulder injury. The Ravens listed four players as out: tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh), linebacker Elvis Dumervil (foot), linebacker Kamalei Correa (thigh) and cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring). All four also missed last week’s game vs. the Steelers.

Ravens rookie running back Kenneth Dixon (chest) is questionable.

As expected, the Browns have ruled out starting cornerback Jamar Taylor with a groin injury. Either Tramon Williams or rookie Briean Boddy-Calhoun will start in his place.

The Browns don’t list anyone besides Taylor as doubtful or questionable.

Browns CB Taylor could miss Thursday’s game

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The Browns and Ravens were required to release estimated injury reports Monday ahead of their Thursday night game in Baltimore.

The Browns listed cornerback Jamar Taylor (groin) and left tackle Joe Thomas (knee) as non-participants if the team had held a full practice. Thomas has never missed a snap in his career and should play, but Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters Monday that Taylor “might be questionable” for Thursday.

Either Tramon Williams or rookie Briean Boddy-Calhoun would replace Williams in the starting lineup if he can’t play.

Jackson said rookie defensive Carl Nassib, who left Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys with an eye injury, should be OK. The Browns listed Nassib as a limited participant.

As expected, the Ravens listed linebacker Elvis Dumervil, linebacker Kamalei Correa, tight end Crockett Gillmore and cornerback Shareece Wright as non-participants after they all missed Sunday’s win over the Steelers. Veteran offensive lineman Marshal Yanda was also out due to a shoulder injury.

Week Nine early inactives


Every week we bring you all the inactives from the early games in one post. Here are the inactives for the six games kicking off at 1 p.m. ET this Sunday.

Cowboys at Browns

Cowboys: QB Tony Romo, CB Morris Claiborne, RB Darius Jackson, S Barry Church, LB Mark Nzeocha, DE Ryan Davis, T Chaz Green

Browns: QB Joe Callahan, QB Kevin Hogan, LB Corey Lemonier, OL Gabe Ikard, OL Jonathan Cooper, WR Jordan Payton, DL Stephen Paea

Jaguars at Chiefs

Jaguars: QB Brandon Allen, WR Rashad Greene, RB Corey Grant, DE Jared Odrick, OL Bryce Harris, TE Neal Sterling, DT Richard Ash

Chiefs: RB Spencer Ware, QB Alex Smith, TE Ross Travis, OL Mike Person, CB Terrance Mitchell, CB D.J. White, RB Bishop Sankey

Jets at Dolphins

Jets: QB Christian Hackenberg, TE Kellen Davis, LB Darron Lee, LB Bruce Carter, C Nick Mangold, Brent Qvale, TE Eric Tomlinson

Dolphins: CB Jordan Lucas, CB Xavien Howard, CB Bene Benwikere, DE Nick Williams, DE Terrence Fede, OT Sam Young, TE Dion Sims

Eagles at Giants

Eagles: LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, OL Josh Andrews, OL Dillon Gordon, OL Allen Barbre, DT Taylor Hart, DT Bennie Logan

Giants: QB Ryan Nassib, WR Tavarres King, CB Leon Hall, S Darian Thompson, LB Deonte Skinner, OT Will Beatty, DE Kerry Wynn

Lions at Vikings

Lions: CB Darius Slay, RB Justin Forsett, LB DeAndre Levy, OT Riley Reiff, OL Joe Dahl, CB Johnthan Banks, TE Khari Lee

Vikings: WR Jarius Wright, LB Eric Kendricks, G Zac Kerin, DT Sharrif Floyd, G Alex Boone, TE Mycole Pruit, TE David Morgan

Steelers at Ravens

Steelers: WR Markus Wheaton, QB Zach Mettenberger, FB Roosevelt Nix, LB L.J. Fort, T Brian Mihalik, T Marcus Gilbert, DE Leterrius Walton

Ravens: CB Shareece Wright, LB Kamalei Correa, LB Elvis Dumervil, G Vladimir Ducasse, OL Ryan Jensen, DT Willie Henry, TE Crockett Gillmore