Patriots acquired OLB Akeem Ayers from the Titans.
Jim Wyatt reports the deal is contingent on Ayers passing his physical. CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the sides are simply swapping seventh-round picks. In other words, the Titans are giving up on a player who was a key cog on defense in 2011-13, but has been active just twice this season. Ayers has played only 10 snaps on defense in 2014. He underwent surgery on both knees last offseason, but has been healthy enough to play. In the final year of his rookie contact, Ayers is an extra body for a Pats D that's taken big hits to its linebacker corps.
Redskins placed OLB Brian Orakpo on injured reserve with a torn right pectoral, ending his season.
OLB Everette Brown has been signed in a corresponding roster move. The torn pec is the third of Orakpo's career, though the first two were to his left side. Either way, it's an ominous way for the 28-year-old pass rusher to head into free agency. Orakpo will be an unrestricted free agent after playing under the franchise tag this season. He'll have missed 24 of his past 48 games once the season is through. It's quite possible 'Rak has played his final down for the Redskins.
Rams promoted LB Marshall McFadden from the practice squad.
He'll take the roster spot of Austin Pettis. McFadden has made five career appearances, four of which came with the Raiders last season.
Ryan Mathews (MCL) remained out of Chargers practice Thursday.
Mathews can be safely ruled out for Week 8, and isn't looking promising for Week 9, either. The Bolts will continue to roll with Branden Oliver as their bell-cow back in the interim.
Donald Brown (concussion) remained sidelined Tuesday.
It will be the Branden Oliver show in Thursday night's game against the Broncos. Brown remains week to week.
NFL suspended Bucs DL Da'Quan Bowers two games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
A suspension was about the only thing missing from the 2011 mega bust's list of NFL lowlights. Bowers has played 159 snaps this season, but failed to generate any pass-rushing heat, notching only one sack. He played just 22-of-68 snaps in the Bucs' most-recent game. He'll return in Week 10.
Cowboys waived DE Michael Sam from the practice squad.
Sam had been with the Cowboys' taxi squad since before Week 1, but never earned a promotion to the 53-man roster. The NFL's first-openly gay player will now search for more practice-squad work. Sam notched three sacks in four preseason games, but his size (6-foot-2, 261 pounds) and one dimensional pass-rushing repertoire are holding him back.
Panthers released DB Charles Godfrey.
OG Chris Scott was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. The Panthers' No. 3 safety and No. 4 cornerback, Godfrey is taking the fall for the horrid play of Carolina's secondary. A seven-year veteran, Godfrey missed 14 games in 2013 with a torn Achilles' tendon. The injury apparently took with it a good deal of Godfrey's effectiveness, as he had been getting smoked both at safety and in the slot. A month shy of his 29th birthday, Godfrey will search for reserve work.