Dolphins placed CB R.J. Stanford on injured reserve with a broken leg, ending his season.
A reserve corner and special teamer, Stanford had played just 26 snaps on defense this season. An impending free agent, he should be healthy by the time teams start OTAs.
Cardinals placed DB Tyrann Mathieu on injured reserve with a torn left ACL and LCL, ending his season.
S Curtis Taylor was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. It's a bitterly disappointing end to what had been a revelatory rookie campaign from the third-round pick. Seeing time at both free safety and nickel back, Mathieu was a playmaking machine for the Cardinals, racking up 68 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack. He was playing essentially every down. Now the Honey Badger will likely miss the majority of next summer's training camp, and is highly questionable for Week 1. A pint-sized 5-foot-9, 186 pounds, Mathieu can't afford to lose any explosion.
Dolphins signed CB Justin Rogers.
Dolphins placed CB Dimitri Patterson (groin) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Patterson has been bothered by this groin issue since Week 1. He managed to gut out 19 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups in six games, but his latest setback proved too much to overcome. Due $5.3 million in 2014 base salary, the Dolphins should be moving on from Patterson.
A.J. Jenkins played just three snaps in Week 14 while Junior Hemingway played 33.
The Chiefs were absolutely throttling the Redskins from the jump, so it looked like a good spot to get Jenkins some extra reps. Instead, those chances went to Hemingway. It's yet another shot across the bow of the 49ers' 2012 first-round pick.
Jerricho Cotchery is on the injury report with a shoulder contusion this week.
A contusion is just a bruise, so Cotchery should be fine for Sunday's game against the Bengals. However, the Steelers could use this as an excuse to get rookie Markus Wheaton more playing time as they look toward 2014. Cotchery has been excellent this season, but he's 31 years old and in the final year of his contract.
Coach Andy Reid said the coaching staff is gaining more trust in Knile Davis.
"I just think it's a matter of reps under his belt and production," Reid said. "It's getting used to the NFL, protections in particular. I think everybody's got quite a bit of trust in him to go out there and do a good job." Davis was a fumbler at Arkansas, but hasn't lost a single one on 40 NFL touches so far. He's a must-own handcuff for Jamaal Charles owners heading into the final two weeks of the fantasy season.
The severity of Toby Gerhart's hamstring strain is unknown.
Gerhart tweaked his hammy during a 41-yard touchdown run late in the loss at Baltimore last week. It didn't appear to be too bad of a pull, but we'll find out for sure when the Vikings resume practicing this week. Gerhart is still worth an add while we wait to see how his injury and Adrian Peterson's foot issue shake out. We suspect Gerhart is far more likely to suit up than AP. Matt Asiata is the Vikings' third-string back.