Tag:Lito Sheppard
Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Raiders sign Lito Sheppard

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Raiders signed veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard Friday, according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Eric Gilmore. Sheppard, the Eagles' 2002 first-round pick and a 10-year NFL veteran, adds depth to Oakland's secondary. Starting cornerback Chris Johnson recently had an undisclosed surgery, and rookie third-rounder DeMarcus Van Dyke missed the last two practices with an undisclosed injury, according to the Oakland Tribune's Jerry McDonald.

Sheppard spent the first seven years of his career in Philadelphia where he was a two-time Pro Bowler. During that time he teamed with Sheldon Brown, Brian Dawkins and Michael Lewis to form one of the league's best secondaries. But as often happens, age and wear and tear have caught up to Sheppard, now 30. He started nine games for the Jets in 2009 but saw that number fall to two last year in Minnesota.

Sheppard has 19 career interceptions, 10 of which came in 2005 and 2006, his two Pro Bowl seasons.

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Week 8 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Vikings @ Patriots

You may have heard that there is some question as to whether Brett Favre will play on his fractured ankle. With the exception of a few limited drills on Friday, Favre did not practice all week. But he expects to play. The only other Vikings who are classified as anything worse than “probable” are CB Lito Sheppard and G Chris DeGeare. But nobody cares about either of those guys because they’re not Brett Favre.

Read into the Patriots injury report what you will. RB Fred Taylor (toe) and S Jarrad Page (calf) are both out. WR Deion Branch (hamstring), S Patrick Chung (knee) and DE Mike Wright (knee) are questionable. Expect Branch and Chung to play. Also, in true Patriot spirit, QB Tom Brady is probable with a right shoulder.

Seahawks @ Raiders

Five of Seattle’s questionable players did not participate in practice: OT Russell Okung (ankle), CB Kelly Jennings (hamstring), DT Brandon Mebane (calf), RB Michael Robinson (hamstring) and CB Walter Thurmond (head). The Jennings and Thurmond injuries catch your eye because it could mean Seattle has to rely heavily on undrafted second-year pros Roy Lewis and Nate Ness. Expect backup safety Jordan Babineaux to get work at corner (Babineaux has been very effective in this role before).

The injuries at cornerback may actually be offset by Oakland’s injuries at wide receiver. Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) are both out. Backup wideout Nick Miller (ankle) and go-to guy Zach Miller are also questionable (foot). Both were limited in practice this week. The man in charge of throwing these players the ball, QB Bruce Gradkowski, is questionable with the shoulder problem that has sidelined him the past few weeks.

Steelers @ Saints

Saints running backs Reggie Bush (fibula) and Pierre Thomas (ankle) are both out. Both players are frustrated, as they originally expected to be back by now. An X-ray last.

Saturday revealed that Bush’s fibula still had a visible fracture; Thomas is currently on crutches.

The Saints do not expect to get star cornerback Jabari Greer back this week. He’s listed as doubtful after sitting out Week 7 with a shoulder injury. The good news is No. 2 corner Tracy Porter IS expected to return after missing the last three games with a knee injury.
Aside from starting defensive ends Brett Keisel (hamstring) and Aaron Smith (triceps), the Steelers are healthy. Keisel and Smith may not be household names, but they’re significant pieces in Dick LeBeau’s defense. This will be the first time that Pittsburgh truly leans on first-round pick Ziggy Hood.

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 8:17 am
 

Cedric Griffin in action tonight?

Posted by Andy Benoit

When Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the NFC Championship loss at New Orleans, no one would have imagined that he’d be playing his next game on that same Superdome field. But such appears to be the case. C. Griffin (US Presswire)

Griffin, Minnesota’s top corner, has been listed as questionable all week. But with rookie Chris Cook now out with his own knee injury, Pro Football Talk says Griffin will be in the lineup Thursday night.

Cook was expected to start opposite veteran Antoine Winfield. Don’t expect Griffin to start. The Vikings will likely go with Pro Bowler turned journeyman Lito Sheppard, a veteran in the Cover 2 scheme but also somewhat of a training camp disappointment. Asher Allen could fill the nickel duties (which he did a few times as a third-round rookie last season).

The Saints, of course, willingly employ four-receiver sets, so even if Griffin is only the No. 4 corner, expect him to see a fair amount of action.

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