In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said RB Joseph Randle was not benched after almost fumbling at the goal line.
"We did not bench him," Jones said. "We just wanted McFadden in there at that time. Seriously, it was not a bench." Coach Jason Garrett said otherwise on Monday. Either way, Jones said the play will not "impact who starts out the game" Week 5 against the Patriots. Randle should remain the lead back, but hold on the starting job is tenuous.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said RB Latavius Murray was not benched following a fourth-quarter fumble Week 4 against the Bears.
Murray was clearly benched, but the good news is Del Rio expressed confidence in the young back. "I remain confident," Del Rio said. "None of us are perfect. We all are capable of making mistakes. I think the sooner you own up to mistakes, the quicker you can put them behind you and move forward." Murray should remain the workhorse moving forward.
The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane reported it "will be a stretch" for Eagles ILB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) to play Week 5.
Kendricks aggravated his hamstring injury early in the first quarter Week 4 against the Redskins. McLane reported the aggravation knocked Kendricks' hamstring "back to where it was two weeks ago." Rookie Jordan Hicks has 23 tackles and an interception filling in for Kendricks over the last three weeks.
Newsday's Bob Glauber reports the Giants are hopeful Jason-Pierre Paul (hand) can return for the final four games of the season.
"If he gets back for four games, that would be good. If it's more, that would be a bonus," a source said. "It's still possible he doesn't come back [this year]." Bleacher Report's Jason Cole said Pierre-Paul plans to report to the Giants in the next two weeks.
Bills GM Doug Whaley said Sammy Watkins' calf injury is not a "long-term" concern.
"Everything points to that it’s not that severe," said Whaley. "We’re hoping to see how he responds this week. We have our fingers crossed that he may be in this week." Watkins is at best questionable for Week 5, but it sounds like he should be back in the next couple weeks. The Bills' passing offense struggled with Watkins sidelined against the Giants.
Free agent RB Trent Richardson is working out for the Bills on Tuesday.
The Bills are dealing with injuries to both LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Karlos Williams (concussion). Richardson was predictably terrible for the Raiders this preseason, but the Bills are desperate. Richardson would play behind Boobie Dixon and probably even Cierre Wood even if he signs. Buffalo are also brining in Boom Herron and Alfonso Smith.
Bucs signed K Connor Barth to a two-year deal.
Barth was released in favor of Kyle Brindza at final cuts. The Bucs have reversed the transaction a month later. Barth has converted 85.3 percent of his field goals across seven seasons including an 84.3 rate in five seasons with Tampa Bay. The Bucs also worked out Randy Bullock, Kai Forbath and Billy Cundiff before settling on Barth.
In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (broken foot) has a chance to return following the team's Week 6 bye.
Stephen Jones said the same thing two weeks ago. Reports on Bryant's timeline have varied wildly, but Dallas choosing not to place Bryant on injured reserve-designated for return suggests he should be back by early November. Terrance Williams has managed seven catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns in three games as the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver with Bryant sidelined.