Dose: Bad News For Bridgewater

Dose: Bad News For Bridgewater
Jeff Brubach looks at the Minnesota offense after Teddy Bridgewater's devastating injury and discusses other NFL news in Wednesday's Daily Dose.
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Panthers signed S Stevie Brown.

Brown was cut by the Chiefs last week. He joined Donte Whitner and others for a tryout with the Panthers, and apparently was the best of the bunch. It's possible Brown earns the starting gig next to SS Kurt Coleman.
Aug 31 - 11:35 AM

Rishard Matthews has been seeing increased reps in the slot with Kendall Wright (hamstring) still sidelined.

"We are going to move him inside a little bit, give him a little more playing time in there with Kendall being out. So he has a little more on his plate," coach Mike Mularkey said. "I am really happy with Rishard. ... His blocking has been very good." Matthews is playing inside and out and figures to play heavy snaps right out of the gate. He and Tajae Sharpe appear to be the top-two receivers, followed up by Andre Johnson and Harry Douglas. Wright may not have a role upon return.
Aug 31 - 11:30 AM

Saints placed CB Damian Swann on injured reserve with a core muscle injury, ending his season.

Swann missed a bunch of time as a 2015 rookie due to three concussions. This time, he's dealing with some sort of sports hernia, groin, or hip issue after visiting with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Meyers is the go-to man for sports-hernia and core-muscle operations.
Aug 31 - 11:02 AM

The Steelers and Antonio Brown agreed to a restructured contract, moving $4 million of his 2017 salary up to 2016.

Brown was originally set to earn $6.25 million this season, but will now make a little north of $10 million. It's still a massive discount for the Steelers, as Brown would likely be the league's highest-paid receiver if he hit the open market. Brown has two seasons left on his contract, but this likely means a mega-extension will be coming his way next offseason at 28 years old.
Aug 31 - 10:59 AM

Fourth-rounder Alex Lewis is emerging as the favorite to be the Ravens' starting left guard.

If he's able to win the job for Week 1, the Ravens would be the first team to start a rookie left tackle (No. 6 overall pick Ronnie Stanley) and rookie left guard (Lewis) since 1995. Lewis was a left tackle in college, but coach John Harbaugh has been "really, really impressed" by his work at left guard. John Urschel was expected to be the left guard, but he's missed multiple weeks with an injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 31 - 10:35 AM

49ers second-year DE Arik Armstead said he may need shoulder surgery in the future, but he expects to be ready Week 1 against the Rams.

It sounds like Armstead might be dealing with a rotator cuff or labrum issue. He hasn't played at all this preseason, though LT Joe Staley praised Armstead's practice efforts three weeks ago, calling him the standout player on defense. Armstead was Pro Football Focus' 13th-ranked 3-4 end last season.
Aug 31 - 10:21 AM

The Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett believes Eric Ebron (ankle) is "50-50" to play in Week 1.

Birkett did acknowledge his optimism grew when Ebron spoke to reporters recently. Many times, players who are in danger of missing significant time will be kept under wraps by teams and are discouraged from talking to the media. After missing so much of training camp, a slow start should be expected for Ebron.
Aug 31 - 10:07 AM

Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website believes WLB Sean Lee (knee) will be ready for Week 1 against the Giants.

Lee required an MRI on Monday, but tests came back negative. He's probably more day to day, but any injury for Lee is worth noting since he's missed so much time with ailments over the years. He's the key to the Dallas defense.
Aug 31 - 9:46 AM
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