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Posted on: June 10, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.10.11: Getting it (not) right



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The Eagle-Tribune, a small newspaper in Massachusetts, reported Thursday that the lockout was over (the linked story, BTW, has been amended). The Internet quickly poo-poo’d that report, though. Even NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted a Yogi Berra reference (It’s not over ‘til it’s over). I think it’d be great if the Eagle-Tribune actually was the media outlet which broke the lockout-is-over news. In fact, if it can’t be us here at CBSSports.com, I’m rooting for the E-T to be the ones leading this story. Go get ‘em, boys.
  • CBSSports.com’s own Mike Freeman explores how NFL players are talking trash about LeBron James on their Twitter accounts.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Bulaga getting the hang of his new role

B. Bulaga has steadily gotten better this season. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

IRVING, Texas – Though he was a 2010 first-round draft pick, Packers fans probably didn’t expect to see T Bryan Bulaga have to play such an immediate role in the Green Bay offense.

But when RT Mark Tauscher’s shoulder forced him to the sidelines in October (and eventually to the Injured Reserve list), Bulaga was pressed into action – and a new role.

A left tackle for his career, Bulaga suddenly had to shift into the starting role on the other side of the offensive line. Without much preparation, he was thrown into his new assignment, and after a rough start, he’s finally gotten more comfortable in his new position.

“Just going to the right side was tough, because I had never played there,” Bulaga said. “That made it a little hard. But as the games went on, I got more comfortable over there, and I feel like I was playing pretty good football toward the end.”

He’s right, and he’s played a supporting role in Aaron Rodgers’ ascent to the top of the NFL quarterback universe while helping him win his first postseason games. But it wasn’t easy for Bulaga either.

“It was a little bit of a transition for him,” Packers OL coach James Campen said. “It was his stance going from left to right and that type of thing. Every game he’s seen a different look, a different pressure and a different situation, but he very rarely makes the same mistake twice. That’s a tribute to him, especially for a young guy. He’s a 21-year-old player that’s certainly dropped that rookie tag at this point. He’s gotten better and better.”

For that, Bulaga partially can thank LT Chad Clifton, the 11-year veteran whose eventual replacement likely will be Bulaga.

“He’s been tremendous,” Bulaga said. “You can look to him for anything. He’s been an absolute big help so far.”

But Campen really saw the improvement in Bulaga during the NFC championship game. Already, the Packers had faced the Bears twice, and that third time, Campen saw how much better Bulaga was playing.

“It’s because of his attention to detail,” Campen said. “Bryan Bulaga just doesn’t want to be good, he wants to touch greatness at some point in his career. He’s certainly on the right track with that.”

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:02 pm
 

Is Tauscher finished in Green Bay?

M. Tauscher was placed on IR today. His career in Green Bay is in question at this point (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With today's news that Packers placed RT Mark Tauscher on the IR list, ending his season, there is one big question moving forward for the 11-year veteran (all in Green Bay):

Is his career finished?

Certainly, Tauscher has been injury prone the past half-decade. He’s played in 16 games only once in the past five seasons (in 2007), and this year, bothered by a bad shoulder, he only managed to participate in four contests.

Since he was injured Oct. 3, the Packers have inserted rookie first-round pick Bryan Bulaga into the starting lineup. The results have been mixed. Early on, he struggled, particularly against Miami’s Cameron Wake, but Bulaga has continued to improve the more he’s been on the field.

Lately, he’s showed he’s more than capable of replacing Tauscher. Not bad for a guy who was slated to play LT originally.

Going back to the original question, it’s hard to say if Tauscher is done playing in the NFL. I'd lean toward probably not. But despite the fact he signed a two-year contract in the offseason, it looks like his time in Green Bay might be over, especially with the way Bulaga has progressed.

“Despite long odds, Mark has been battling this shoulder injury in an effort to get back on the field,” Packers GM Ted Thompson said in a statement released by the team today. “His work ethic and motivation have been tremendous but the injury has been too severe to overcome. He is a team leader and will be an important part of our team as we go through the stretch run of our season.”

Nothing, of course, was said about next season.

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Posted on: November 6, 2010 11:50 pm
 

Week 9 injury report analysis Part IV

Posted by Andy Benoit

Colts @ Eagles
D. Jackson (US Presswire)
These days, it’s almost easier to list which Colts players are NOT injured. Actually, there’s only one that needs to be mentioned: Peyton Manning. He’s fine, so the Colts are fine.

Though if you MUST know more details, Anthony Gonzalez went on IR with a knee, but Austin Collie (finger) could be back this week, so it’s all a wash. Joseph Addai (shoulder) is doubtful; Mike Hart is unavaila nble after not practicing on a bad ankle all week. Cornerbacks Jerraud Powers and Justin Tryon did not practice either, due to foot injuries (or would it be feet injury?). LB Clint Session, who deserves serious Pro Bowl consideration, was hoping he could fight through a dislocated elbow and fractured forearm, but he’s out Sunday.

The Eagles have Michael Vick 100 percent healthy now that his rib injury has healed. The hope is that Vick’s favorite target, DeSean Jackson, will be able to return from his Week 6 concussion. Jackson practiced and is probable. LT King Dunlap is out with a knee, but fortunately, the man Dunlap was filling in for, Jason Peters, is back from his own knee injury. No Ellis Hobbs (hip) for Philly, which is crucial because he has always killed the Colts as a return man.

Chiefs @ Raiders

Dexter McCluster was limited in practice for the Chiefs with a high ankle sprain. The rookie did not play last week and it would probably behoove the team to be safe and sit him one more game.

Speaking of ankle sprains, Raiders superstar Nnamdi Asomugha has one. He sat out practice all week and is doubtful. It’s actually amazing Asomugha’s status is even that hopeful; on Monday, speculation was he’d miss about a month. Tight end Zach Miller was on crutches during the week and is doubtful (i.e. 99 percent certain to be out) with a foot injury.

Wideouts Louis Murphy (chest) and Chaz Schilens (knee) remain sidelined. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski’s shoulder is still not 100 percent, which is why Jason Campbell gets the nod. Most people believe the hot-handed Campbell should keep the job anyway. This gives us a chance to pass along this tidbit from Mike Tanier, arguably the funniest football expert in the biz:

“Of course, leave it to Oakland to get stage fright after a two-game winning streak: the team was considering benching Jason Campbell in favor of Bruce Gradkowski, generating a quarterback controversy for its own sake. The Raiders ultimately decided to go with Campbell, but have said Gradkowski will return as the starter when healthy. With decisions like these, they’ll be back to punchline status by Thanksgiving.”


Cowboys @ Packers

Does anyone care who plays and doesn’t play for the Cowboys at this point? (Included in that “anyone” are the 53 Cowboys themselves.) Out of principle, we’re going to skip right ahead to the Packers.

For only the second time in a little over six years, the Packers will take the field without wide receiver Donald Driver. The veteran was ineffective the past two games trying to fight through a quad injury. Defensive lineman Ryan Pickett will once again test his injured ankle. RT Mark Tauscher remains questionable with a shoulder injury (first-round rookie Bryan Bulaga has started in place of him the past four weeks). Both starting linemen on the left side, T Chad Clifton (hamstring) and G Daryn Colledge (back), are probable. Despite constantly battling for his job, Colledge actually has a 72-game consecutive starts streak that he’s continuing to build on.

Steelers @ Bengals

DE Aaron Smith (out, triceps) is the only Steeler listed on the injury report. The Bengals’ injury report reads like the first string of the defensive depth chart. S Roy Williams, CB Johnathan Joseph, DT Tank Johnson, LB Keith Rivers, S Chinedum Ndukwe, DE Jonathan Fanene and DE Frostee Rucker are all banged up. Their status for Monday night has not yet been declared.

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 11:58 am
 

NFC Inactives, Week 8

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s who IS active in the NFC: Packers DL Cullen Jenkins, Bears TE Chris Cooley, LB Brian Orakpo, 49ers TE Vernon Davis, Rams RB Steven Jackson

And here’s who is out:

Alex Smith, QB, 49ers: We, of course, knew this already since Smith suffered a separated shoulder last week. It’s officially official. Troy Smith will start for San Francisco.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Panthers:
Jonathan Stewart will get a chance to improve upon what has been a surprisingly weak season for him.

Mark Tauscher, OT, Packers: Once again, rookie Bryan Bulaga will get the start in Tauscher's place.

Danario Alexander, WR, Cardinals: We know this already - Alexander will miss two to four weeks with a knee injury, but his loss further underscores how thin St. Louis' WR corps is.

Jason Smith, RT, Cardinals:
He suffered a concussion this week during practice when he banged heads with Chris Long. Renardo Fisher will start in place of him, and that's not a good thing for QB Sam Bradford.

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:05 pm
 

Injuries rock Green Bay

Posted by Andy Benoit

You know things are bad when a team warrants a special Monday injury report. The Green Bay Packers, whom many picked to go to the Super Bowl, have been rocked by injuries. Given what has transpired, a voodoo doctor may not be out of the question. Here is the latest:

**Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss practice time this week and possibly Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after suffering a concussion against the Redskins.

**Tight end Jermichael Finley will be on the mend for roughly a month after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.
Finley’s backup, Donald Lee, is also out a few weeks with a shoulder injury.

**Outside linebacker Clay Matthews, the leading sacker in the NFL (8), suffered another hamstring injury Sunday. His status is up in the air, though this injury is reportedly less severe than the one Matthews suffered in training camp.

**Defensive end Ryan Pickett, a domineering run-defender, is questionable with a knee injury. (Lucky it wasn’t worse.)

**It was announced that inside linebacker Nick Barnett indeed needs surgery on his wrist, which means his 2010 season is done.

**Safety Derrick Martin suffered what could be a serious knee injury against Washington. The Packers already lost rookie safety Morgan Burnett to an ACL last week.

**There were reports last week that right tackle Mark Tauscher’s shoulder injury could be severe. No updates on Tauscher at this point, though the 11th-year veteran was inactive against the Redskins.


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Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:14 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:14 pm
 

NFC inactives, Week 5

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Steve Smith, WR, Panthers: It's not going to be easy for Jimmy Clausen when he has to throw to players like Brandon LaFell and David Clowney and David Gettis.

Jay Cutler, QB, Bears - No surprise here. But it simply confirms to Chicago fans that they're starting quarterback is, indeed, Todd Collins.

Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Giants - New York was fine without one of its best defenders last week, sacking the Bears nine times. But still, at some point, the Giants would enjoy having Kiwanuka back in the starting lineup.

Mark Tauscher, OT, Packers - This opens the door for Bryan Bulaga to get his first NFL start.

Albert Haynesworth, DL, Redskins - His half-brother died this week in a motorcycle accident, so this is not at all surprising.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 9:53 am
 

Hot Routes 09.29.10: Questionable injury lists

B. Wells gains extra yards against Oakland (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

-Although coach Ken Whisenhunt completely misled everybody not in the Arizona Cardinals locker room regarding the health of running back Beanie Wells’ knee – he said it was a bone bruise when, in actuality, Wells had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus – Whisenhunt said he didn’t use the weekly injury report to his advantage. In the first two games Wells missed, he was listed as questionable.

-At least one 49ers player was excited by the ascension of Mike Johnson to the offensive coordinator position to replace the fired Jimmy Raye. And by excited I mean pumped. That’d be tight end Vernon Davis.

-Suddenly, Bears coach Lovie Smith is holding accountable – in very public ways – some of his team’s top players. If they’re not good enough to play – a la Tommie Harristhey’re simply not going to be on the field. With a 3-0 record, who’s to say Smith is wrong about this?

-The Green Bay Press-Gazette writes that tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are starting to look a little old. After watching Monday night’s game vs. the Bears, I was surprised with some of the mistakes made by Clifton (I didn’t notice Tauscher as much, though he had his fair share), especially with the penalties.

-Apparently nobody seems bothered by Ravens RB Ray Rice’s injured knee. It was not mentioned by anybody – not by coach John Harbaugh, not by radio host Gerry Sandusky, not by any callers – during Harbaugh’s weekly radio show.

-After watching the Dolphins lose 18 yards on eight attempts using the Wildcat formation, Sun Sentinel columnist Ethan Skolnick says Miami might want to dial it down a little. Skolnick calls the Dolphins victims of their own success and says the Wildcat has become rather predictable.

-The Jaguars re-signed S Gerald Alexander a few weeks after cutting him, and Alexander is happy to be employed once again. He said he wasn’t surprised by Jacksonville releasing him. In fact, he said he didn’t deserve to make the team, and he’s surprised he’s been re-signed.

-You might be wondering what’s up with Dolphins LB Ikaika Alama-Francis and why he hasn’t played this year (and subsequently allowed Koa Misi to have a big impact at that position). The answer is that Alama-Francis has been ill and has lost 15-20 pounds.

-Giants S Michael Johnson has been placed on IR with a herniated disc in his back.

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