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Stevan Ridley was forced from the AFC Championship Game with a head injury, and will not return.

Taking the rock from the Patriots' 39-yard-line early in the fourth quarter, Ridley got destroyed by Ravens SS Bernard Pollard, losing a fumble on a (legal) helmet-to-helmet hit. He's almost certainly concussed. Ridley was doing his best to move the chains against an inspired Ravens D before departing, rushing 18 times for 70 yards. Although Ridley's latest lost fumble may have Dynasty-league owners fretting, it would be cruel of coach Bill Belichick to hold it against him, as Pollard's hit would have jarred the ball loose from almost any rusher.
Sun, Jan 20, 2013 09:18:00 PM

Raiders DE Mario Edwards (hip) is a candidate for the reserve/PUP list.

Edwards has been sidelined since Oakland's preseason opener. He was given a 4-6 week timetable, but hasn't progressed as expected. Stashing Edwards on PUP would allow the Raiders to free a roster spot for the first six games. Jihad Ward and Denico Autry project to replace Edwards opposite Khalil Mack.
Aug 31 - 6:01 PM

Steelers claimed QB Zach Mettenberger off waivers from the Chargers.

Mettenberger struggled in limited preseason snaps with San Diego, failing to play in either of the last two games. He was reportedly shopped to Dallas before getting cut. The Steelers are desperate for an upgrade behind Ben Roethlisberger, but Mettenberger isn't more than a rehab project. He'll be the No. 3 quarterback behind Landry Jones.
Aug 31 - 4:24 PM

Waiver claim CB K'Waun Williams failed his physical with the Bears and is a free agent.

Williams needed ankle surgery two weeks ago, and he's not yet healthy. Once he is, it's possible the Bears revisit Williams, but their search for cornerback help will move forward. Williams was expected to cover the slot.
Aug 31 - 3:49 PM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe is "still not convinced" Tyler Gaffney will make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

We won't find out for sure until this weekend, and even after that it's possible Gaffney could be cut for a waiver claim. "I could also see a scenario where Gaffney makes the initial 53 but Pats like someone better on the waiver wire and make a midweek change," wrote Howe. Gaffney worked with the first-team offense in the regular season dress rehearsal, but his skills are somewhat redundant with LeGarrette Blount's. Howe seems to think Gaffney is the 52nd or 53rd player on the Patriots' roster.
Aug 31 - 2:33 PM

The NFL has cleared James Harrison, Julius Peppers, and Clay Matthews of any wrongdoing as a result of the Al Jazeera report.

The three players, along with free agent DE Mike Neal, were linked to PEDs last year. Players from the MLB were also mentioned in the flimsy report, but MLB cleared them a while back. Harrison, Matthews, and Peppers completed interviews with the league last week and can carry on with their lives.
Aug 31 - 2:19 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the Browns won't part with Josh McCown unless a team is willing to give up a "high pick."

That price tag is rumored to be in the third round, although it's perhaps gotten steeper with multiple NFL teams losing quarterbacks recently. Ultimately, the Plain Dealer says the Browns are "unlikely" to part with McCown. As the Plain Dealer notes, McCown may be needed to make starts this year if Robert Griffin III gets hurt. (Griffin was sacked five times in one half of the Browns' third preseason game.) The Browns also view McCown as a valuable "mentor" to rehab project Griffin and third-round rookie Cody Kessler.
Aug 31 - 2:16 PM

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

Saints signed OLB Paul Kruger, formerly of the Browns.

The Saints were the runners-up to sign Kruger back in 2013 when he picked the Browns. Now 30, Kruger will come in to try and help Cameron Jordan and Nick Fairley get after the quarterback after New Orleans lost Hau'oli Kikaha to a season-ending knee injury. Kruger received high marks from Pro Football Focus for his pass rush last season, even if the pressures only netted him three sacks.
Aug 31 - 9:05 AM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports Jamaal Charles "hasn’t regained the role -- full-time featured back -- he had before last season’s torn ACL."

Teicher reports Spencer Ware is handling most of Kansas City's first-team running back reps in practice. Specifically, Teicher wrote that Ware "generally gets a lot of the starter’s snaps in practice. Charcandrick West gets some. Sometimes there are a few left for Charles, too." On Tuesday, coach Andy Reid said Tamba Hali (knee) is "a little further along than what Jamaal is right now," in their respective recoveries. At this point, it's unclear what Charles' role will be in Week 1 against the Chargers. An early-year RBBC appears likely. Due to their backfield depth, Teicher suggests the Chiefs "can afford to take the longer view with Charles."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 30 - 8:26 PM

The Vikings announced Teddy Bridgewater suffered a completely torn ACL and dislocated knee at Tuesday's practice.

This was the fear. Bridgewater also suffered "other structural damage," and he's obviously done for the season. The Vikings expect Bridgewater to make a full recovery, but when exactly he'll be healed is anybody's guess. It's going to be a long, lonely rehab for the 24-year-old (in November). Minnesota's playoff chances take a big hit, even if Bridgewater isn't scaring many defenses with his arm. He showed tangible signs of progress the past year. Veteran backup Shaun Hill is a big downgrade. Adrian Peterson will be relied on even more.
Aug 30 - 8:22 PM

Packers released P Tim Masthay.

Masthay has been the Pack's punter since 2010, but they'll move forward with Jake Schum, who was claimed off waivers on Tuesday. Masthay was due $1.2 million after coming in 14th in net-punting average last season. He'll get calls whenever someone needs a punter.
Aug 30 - 6:04 PM




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