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Raiders RT Tony Pashos was forced from Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a groin injury, and is doubtful to return.

The hits keep on coming for the Raiders' offensive line. Oakland is already down fill-in C Andre Gurode. Second-year pro Matt McCants is now in the game at right tackle.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 03:08:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Wes Welker's four-game suspension will start this week.

There was some chatter that Welker may be able to play Week 1, and have his suspension pushed back a week because the league didn't announce the ban early enough. That rumor lasted an hour. Welker will miss the opener against the Colts in addition to Denver's next three games. He'll be back Week 6. Andre Caldwell and/or Cody Latimer will see additional snaps in three-wide sets.
Sep 2 - 10:13 PM

NFL suspended Broncos WR Wes Welker four games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Welker's positive test was the result of amphetamines. That's different than the typical PED excuse, "Adderall." Welker won't be reinstated until Week 6, as the Broncos are on bye in Week 4. It means Emmanuel Sanders is now locked in as the Broncos' No. 2 receiver opposite Demaryius Thomas, and that second-rounder Cody Latimer has bench-stash appeal as a WR5. Sanders should see significant time in the slot, with Latimer getting some run outside. It's worth noting that Latimer was behind veteran Andre Caldwell on the depth chart this preseason.
Sep 2 - 6:56 PM

Saints re-signed K Shayne Graham.

Graham and Derek Dimke were both cut loose over the weekend, but the Saints couldn't find a better option on the open market. Graham is likely returning for slightly less than the $955,000 he was originally scheduled to make. A career 85.5-percent field-goal kicker, Graham will be a weekly K1 for the Saints' high-powered offense.
Sep 2 - 6:01 PM

Panthers signed WR Stephen Hill to the practice squad.

It's a good landing spot for the ex-Jet, though going by the words of Hill's agent following his release, he likely thought he'd land on someone's 53-man roster. Instead, it's the next best thing, as the Panthers' receiver corps is perhaps the thinnest in the league. Stone-handed and prone to nicks and bruises, there's no guarantee Hill gets the call this season.
Sep 2 - 5:09 PM

Bears placed WR Marquess Wilson (broken collarbone) on injured reserve/designated to return.

Wilson will be eligible to return in Week 10, as the Bears are on bye in Week 9. That would be a best-case scenario after Wilson was given a 12-14 week timeline upon going down on August 4. Wilson had been shaping up as an intriguing sleeper, but is unlikely to come into any re-draft value after the Bears signed Santonio Holmes to take his place behind Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. Unless Holmes proves to have nothing left, Wilson will be returning as the No. 4 receiver.
Sep 2 - 4:42 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are considering free agent DE Michael Sam for their practice squad.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Sam "will be a Cowboy" as long as he passes his physical. As a 4-3 defense in desperate need of edge rushers, the Cowboys would be an excellent landing spot for Sam after he was a victim of the numbers game along the Rams' loaded line. It's almost beyond belief that Sam has yet to find a practice-squad spot after notching three preseason sacks in four games.
Sep 2 - 4:27 PM

Kyle Orton's deal with the Bills is for two years and $11 million.

It includes a $3 million signing bonus, while the second year is voidable. It's a huge chunk of change for a "backup," one that suggests the Bills fully expect Orton to make starts this season. E.J. Manuel is going to have to show something in September to keep his starting gig. If/when Orton takes over, he'll be asked to manage games as the Bills employ one of the league's run-heaviest offenses.
Sep 2 - 4:15 PM

NFL suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay six games and fined him $500,000 after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence.

Irsay is not only banned from club and league functions, but social media, as well. It's a stiff penalty for a first-time offense, especially since Irsay ultimately only admitted to one misdemeanor. Prone to heavy-handed dealings with players, Roger Goodell shouldn't be accused of hypocrisy with his Irsay ruling.
Sep 2 - 2:31 PM

The Jaguars' "unofficial" Week 1 depth chart has Denard Robinson listed as the No. 2 running back ahead of Jordan Todman.

The move comes after Robinson's strong preseason. Shoelace rushed 21 times for 94 yards (4.47 YPC) and a score, adding two catches for 24 yards. Todman was far-less effective, rushing 29 times for only 63 yards (2.17 YPA) and a TD. He was 12/107/0 as a receiver. It appears Shoelace will operate as the Jags' primary change-of-pace back behind Toby Gerhart, but he'd be in a committee with Todman, and perhaps Storm Johnson, were Gerhart to go down. Robinson is not a re-draft consideration outside of exceptionally-deep PPR leagues.
Sep 2 - 2:06 PM

Steven Jackson (hamstring) confirmed he's ready for Sunday's opener.

Jackson sat out the entire preseason, but could have played in the finale. "I'm extremely excited for Week 1," Jackson said. "It's been a training camp that I missed the majority of the time, but I've been working hard physically and mentally to prepare for this coming Sunday; I feel good about it." Jackson could be on a snap count against the Saints after missing so much time in August, but will be a borderline RB2 for what could be a shootout.
Sep 2 - 1:26 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick says the team hasn't made a final decision about Rob Gronkowski's (knee) Week 1 status.

"I'm glad that Rob's optimistic about this situation," Belichick said of Gronk's Monday pronouncement that he'll be playing. "With all due respect to Rob — I'm glad he feels the way he does — but, in the end, we'll have to make the decision we feel like is best for the team and we'll do that as we go through the week." It's perhaps the least-surprising development of the week that Belichick is trying to confuse the situation, but it's highly doubtful Gronk would have gone on the record unless he was sure he was suiting up. We expect him to be out there against the Dolphins.
Sep 2 - 1:21 PM




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