- Final heavy practice before Sunday game in San Francisco…Bolts offense-defensive starters likely to play into 3rd quarter…lst round pick Jason Verrett-fully recovered from labrum surgrey to shoulder-will play vs Niners….Limited contact workout in camp….First roster cut down Tuesday afternoon going from 90-players to 75.
– Thursday Night Football –
- Eagles-W-Steelers (31-21)…Eagles torch Steelers rebuilt defense…Put up (482Y) ofense…QB-Nick Foles leads 3-scoring drives-throws for (179P) TD in win….Steelers Ben Roethlisberger plagued by dropped passes-poor routes by WRs.
– Friday Night Previews –
- Cam Newton expected to play entire first half after getting limited reps last week in first game back after surgery…Tom Brady with depth at WR having strong camp.
- Annual preseason game but lots of questions to be answered. Giants lst string offense has no offensive TDs in 11-series with Eli Manning….Jets secondary full of holes-no one has stepped up to replace Antonio Cromartie.
- QB-Blake Bortels will play with lst string offense likely against Lions number 1-defense…Bortels has thrown for (117-160) in two preseason games.
- Oakland offense not impressive under QB-Matt Schaub (3-7) in first game…interception in second game…Schaub (7 series-0 TDs)….GBay rolling with Aaron Rodgers and 3RBs working behind him.
- Jay Cutler and rebuilt passing game vs Legion of Boom defense….RB-Marshawn Lynch will play with lst unit after just 2-snaps last week.
– NFL Notes –
- Sign FA-DT-Ryan McBean-former Bronco….earlier in week signed FA-DT-Ike Sopoaga-ex 49er.
- Sign FA-KR-Eric Weems-just released by Bears.
- Ravens play this weekend minus 3 of top 4-CBs.
- IR-LB-Stevenson Sylvester-season ending knee injury…Had already lost LB-Kiki Alonso for year in off season training injury.
- Sign LB-Vontaze Burfect (4Y-20M) extension…had been signed as a street free agent coming out of Arizona State.
- Browns say DE-Desmond Bryant will miss start of season-wrist surgery.
- LB-DeVonte Holloman told to retire because of serious neck injury.
- Ugly fight filled practices end with Houston…OL-Marcus Franklin-Chris Clark both involved in fights with Texans DE-JJ Watt.
- WR-Calvin Johnson-finger injury-cleared to play this weekend.
- DE-Jadeveon Clowney misses 2nd straight day of workouts with either head injury or chest injury.
- RB-Trent Richards under fire (13C-26Y) in preseason games…DE-Jerry Hughes leaves team-3 month old daughter passes away….DE-Robert Mathis will not be ready to play till October coming off surgery…DUI trial of owner JIm Irsay put off till October 30th-likely delaying NFL discipline against him.
- Coach Gus Bradley praises NFL for increasing practice squad roster to 10-means teams will have 63 players to practice during season.
- Chiefs acquire S-Kelcie McCray from Tampa Bay in trade….LB-Joe Mays undergoing wrist surgery-unknown how long he will be out..RB-Jamal Charles returns to practice after foot injury.
- Dolphins scrambling to find LG-RG….RB-Knowshon Moreno cleared to play this weekend coming off knee surgery.
- Patriots release TE-DJ Williams
- CBs Champ Bailey-Patrick Robinson both cleared to play this weekend-been out of workouts with injuries.
- TV analysts Rich Gannon-Steve Beurlein both say QB-Eli Manning looks uncomfortable in new offense…Giants lst unit no TDs in 11-possessions.
- QB-Matt Schaub stats (2G-11 completions-7 possessions-0 TDs)
- Eagles get huge scare-WR-Jeremy Maclin goes down with hyperextension of knee..did return to game.
- Steelers offense looks awful in game vs Eagles…drop passes…no rythm…no run game.
- Rams open up training facilities to high school teams from racially torn Ferguson, Missouri…football team practices in team bubble..soccer-cross country teams use grass fields.
- Officials tear up sod and install new grass after just 3-events and poor footing issues…OG-Alex Boone, due to make 1.5M says he has outplayed his contract two years in a row and deserves an upgrade now.
- KR-Bryan Walter ailing with cracked rib…LB-Horace Miller-sprained knee.
- Bucs acquire GO-Trishaw Johnson from Kansas City…..DE-Aqua Bowers-groin injury.
- NFL fines lest round pick GO-Taylor Lean $8,200 for two facemask penalties last weekend.
- Coach Jay Gruden upset NFL flagged QB-RG3 twice for illegal procedure because of head bob at line of scrimmage.