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Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:37 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 11:51 am
 

Week 12 AFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, here are the players who ARE active today: Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Browns WR Joshua Cribbs, Titans K Rob Bironas, Bills LB Aaron Maybin.

And the players who are NOT:

Eugene Monroe, T, Jaguars:
Not a surprise, but still, QB David Garrard can't love the fact Monroe will be absent. In his place, expect Guy Whimper to face off against Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.

Brett Keisel, DE, Steelers:
It's not the hamstring that's kept him out the past four games that's bothering him. That injury apparently is healed. Now, he's dealing with a calf injury.

Dave Bell, DE, Titans:
Tennessee will him because of the seven sacks he's produced this season.

Colt McCoy, QB, Browns: It's official. Jake Delhomme will start for Cleveland vs. the Panthers.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: He wasn't expected to play, but it's OK. Fred Jackson has been awesome the past two games (both Buffalo wins) as the No. 1 RB.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 11:43 am
 

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part I

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jaguars at Giants

Two of Jacksonville’s most important offensive players, WR Mike Sims-Walker and RB Maurice Jones-Drew, are questionable because of an ankle and an abdomen, respectively. Sims-Walker didn’t play last week because of his high ankle sprain, so it’s a bit surprising that he practiced at all this week (high ankle sprains tend to keep players out at least three to four weeks). Sims-Walker was limited Thursday and Friday, which tells us one of two things – either he’s an unbelievably fast healer or coach Jack Del Rio is using a bit of gamesmanship to keep New York guessing.

Jones-Drew has been on fire recently – he’s accumulated 368 yards and three touchdowns in his past three games (he’s also added 123 receiving yards) – and he’s more likely to play than not. If not, look for Rashad Jennings to get more opportunities.

Though he’s been awfully entertaining on his Twitter account since he was admitted to the hospital with back pain (he was released from the hospital Saturday morning), New York G Shawn Andrews is doubtful (Will Beatty will take his place). CB Will Blackmon is questionable with a chest injury.

Steelers at Bills


Once again, LB Shawne Merriman (who still hasn’t played a game since signing with Buffalo) is out with an Achilles tendon injury. RB C.J. Spiller is questionable, but considering Fred Jackson (249 yards, three touchdowns) has been so good the past two games, Spiller’s absence shouldn’t have a huge impact on the offense (special teams might be a different story, though). The team doesn’t want to play Spiller until he’s 100 percent healthy, which he almost surely is not.

Pittsburgh only has four players on the injury report – WR Antonio Brown and DE Aaron Smith are out, TE Matt Spaeth (concussion) is doubtful and S Troy Polamalu (ankle) is questionable. Polamalu most likely will play. He played last week despite the injury, and the Steelers plan was to rest him early in the week and let him play Sunday (he was limited Wednesday and Thursday but had full participation in practice Friday).

Titans at Texans

If you formed a flag football team just out of the players that are listed as probable on Houston’s injury report, you’d have a pretty good chance to win an intramural title. Those players include QB Matt Schaub, WR Andre Johnson, LB Brian Cushing and DE Mario Williams. Unfortunately for your beer-league dream team, all will be playing NFL football Sunday.

For Tennessee, Randy Moss still isn’t listed on the injury report, which confuses me. If he’s active and playing, how come nobody is throwing him the ball? If he was hurt, then it would make sense. Speaking of players who don’t throw the ball to Moss, backup QB Kerry Collins – who will be the starter once again at some point – is questionable. But rookie Rusty Smith still is slated to the start at QB.

Also for the Titans, DT Jason Jones is questionable with a knee injury. DT Tony Brown (knee) also is questionable, but he’s more likely to play.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:47 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 12:01 pm
 

AFC Inactives, Week 11

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, those who ARE active: Steelers TE Zach Miller, Bengals RB Cedric Benson, Texans QB Matt Schaub.

And here are those who are NOT active:

Dexter McCluster, Chiefs, WR/KR: With his bad ankle, this will be the fourth-straight game the explosive McCluster will miss. It won’t help Kansas City that TE Tony Moeaki won’t be in action either.

Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars, WR:
He hurt his ankle in the second quarter of last week’s game, but he returned to the game. Despite practicing Friday, he’s just not ready to go today. Tiquan Underwood will take Sims-Walker’s place.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills:
Luckily for Buffalo, RB Fred Jackson is coming off a 25-carry, 133-yard, one TD performance vs. the Lions.

Shawne Merriman, LB, Bills:
Well, this signing has worked out quite well so far, eh?

Joshua Cribbs, WR, Browns:
You know how Cribbs broke all the toes on his right foot except for the big one? Yeah, that will keep him out this week.

Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Raiders: You think this is good news for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger? I bet Roethlisberger would emphatically say yes.

Brett Keisel, DE, Steelers:
You think this is good news for Raiders RB Darren McFadden? I bet McFadden would emphatically say yes.

Chris Chester, G, Ravens: Baltimore's starter still is being bothered by a skin condition. Tony Moll will take his place at right guard.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:20 am
 

F&R NFL Approval Matrix, Week 10

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: October 15, 2010 8:31 am
 

What's the deal with 'players only meetings'?

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Buffalo Bills might somehow be even worse than their 0-5 record suggests. Two days removed from a home loss to the Jaguars and heading into what will be their first non-losing Sunday of the season (their bye week), linebacker Reggie Torbor called one of those “players only” meetings we hear so much about.

A few things here…

1. You know how players only meetings go: whatever is said doesn’t leave the room. So, that in mind, take a look at the blue box below. Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News asked some players about the meeting. None of them said anything of substance (of course). But look how long their responses were! Gaughan actually took the time to type it all out. That’s admirable considering he had to have known he was getting “say nothing” quotes. The least we can do is reward the hard work (if you are so inclined to read the quotes, take a look at the blue box below).

2. Instead of “players only meetings”, how about we start calling them “No coaches allowed meetings”? Just to change it up.

3. Can you imagine the hyperbole and nonsense that must go on in these players only meetings? They’re always called out of desperation, and you can bet they’re a fantastic opportunity for veteran players to showcase their wisdom and passion for the game. And how about the clichés? An estimated 99.9 percent of players only meetings center around the theme of “us against the world” or “chip on our shoulder”.

4. Just once it’d be great to see a team broadcast its players only meeting live. A worthless 3-11 team could do it as a publicity stunt sometime. They could take the LeBron approach and put on a charitable front while scoring a primetime ESPN broadcast.

5. Finally, teams should have to report their players only meetings to the NFL so that the league can keep official statistics on how well players perform after having these meetings. Wouldn’t that be interesting? (Or at least kind of interesting?)

Said Torbor: "As far as specifics, I'd rather keep it between us. I think some things don't need to be put on display. It kind of loses its meaning once it goes from something that was heartfelt to something that was for publicity. And I don't want it to turn into that. But I will say it was something that I felt I'm one of the older guys here, and for the first time in my career we don't have those. Michael Strahans and Jason Taylors. I kind of woke up this morning and, whoa, I'm one of those guys now. I've been fortunate enough in my career to play with Hall of Fame guys and guys who have done things the right way. I'm not even talking about on the field. I'm talking about off the field. I've learned from them and just relayed some of those messages that I've learned over the years to them about just being a professional. Coming to work every day and not taking this for granted. Everybody thinks they'll play 10 years in this league coming out of college and it just doesn't work that way. You never know what day is gonna be your last. ... So having a young team I thought that was important."

Said RB Fred Jackson: "We did have a team meeting where it was just players only. We kinda talked amongst ourselves on what we needed to do to get things turned around. I don't think it's negative around here. We're not happy with where we are. But I think we're focused on trying to turn that around. ... Reggie Torbor was one of the main guys talking. He was just talking about being on that team with the Giants and how they had to turn that around. A lot of guys took a lot out of it. This being the bye week I think we'll get some good work in. ... It wasn't just a negative meeting. It was a positive meeting, too. ... We have to prepare even this week like it's a game week."

Said QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: "We had a couple of the older guys step up and get some stuff off their chest. I think it was good just to clear the air a little bit. We've got a bye week. We've got to refocus and re-evaluate where we are right now. ... It's one thing to listen to the coaches talk but to hear some of your peers talk and really from the heart. Guys that have been around it for a while, kind of pouring out their feelings and what they think it's gonna take to turn the thing around."


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Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Gailey says Marshawn Lynch will 'play a lot'

Posted by Will Brinson

Oh, Chan Gailey. You fickle son of a gun, you.

Before the season started, Gailey named rookie C.J. Spiller his starter. Hence, he got most of the carries early. But then the Packers got really interested in acquiring a running back Spiller didn't play so well and suddenly Marshawn Lynch was the Week 2 starter who got most of the carries for the Bills.

And he did so well that Gailey wants to keep showcasing him for a trade making sure he gets his best back the most carries, so surprise, it's Beast Mode time again this week .

"He started last week and he’ll play a lot this week," Gailey said. "He ran the ball pretty good. You could tell he was rusty from last year not having played a ton and getting back into it this year. He didn’t play in the preseason as well, so he’s just now getting back into it and as most everybody knows you can never have enough quality running backs in this league."

Gailey also discussed Spiller's status, saying that it was "probably unfair to throw him in there" as the starter that early into his career.

He added that Spiller is "still going to be a dynamic player and he's going to make a lot of big plays for us in the future."

Just not until, you know, he can get Marshawn's value cranked up to about that of a second-rounder and ship him out of town for something worthwhile in the future.

And yeah, I realize that he keeps saying he's not going to trade Lynch and that it makes sense to hold onto a talented player who doesn't cost a ton of money, but when NFL coaches get really loud about really denying something, that's a classic case of smoke/fire.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Bills say no change on stance of trading Marshawn

Posted by Will Brinson

Yesterday, Andy wrote an excellent post regarding the possibility of Marshawn Lynch getting traded to the Green Bay Packers. There wasn't any speculation that it was going to happen -- after all, no sources have indicated any sort of discussion between the Bills and Pack -- just that it makes a ton of sense for everyone involved.

And it does: with Ryan Grant now officially out for the season and with Green Bay only having one more running back (Brandon Jackson) on their roster and with Marshawn being the odd man out in a three-headed backfield monster in Buffalo, the logical move for the Bills here is to trade Lynch and recoup something that will help the franchise in the future.

But apparently, they don't feel the same way and have not, according to the Bills' official blog , changed the way they feel about dealing Beast Mode. (Random aside: I'm currently drinking out of a "Beast Mode" coffee cup; it's my favorite bizarre NFL swag item of all-time.)

Chris Brown points out Buddy Nix's comments at the draft ("our intention is for Marshawn Lynch to be [in Buffalo]") and then notes Chan Gailey's comments as well, before pointing out that in the first preseason game, the Bills lost both Lynch and Fred Jackson to injury, which "further strengthened" the team's belief that you can't have too many good backs.

That's an absolutely valid point -- if Jackson is reinjured, the Bills would need Lynch on the roster to help provide support for C.J. Spiller. But here's the problem: the Bills are not going to contend for the playoffs this year -- they just aren't.

And therefor the logical, forward-thinking move is to take Lynch, while his value is maximized, and get something that will help the franchise grow in the future. In fact, the single most problematic part with drafting Spiller in the past year's first round was (and still "is" by the way) is that having a bunch of good running backs is only nice if you have other parts on the team that can help them succeed.

The Bills don't have that right now, but by dealing Lynch to someone like the Packers for, hypothetically, a second-rounder or a third plus a player, they would immediately bolster the team's future. And that should matter more right now than stubbornly trying to hold onto a low-salary, high-talent player that the organization gave up on without actually admitting that they did.

Update: Marshawn himself talked about the possibility of being traded and whether it affects him.

“No, because if it’s going to happen then it’s going to happen,” Lynch said. ”What will I be able to do about it? If they say I’ve got to go then what am I going to do, tell them no? If they say I’m going to stay, I’m here, if they say I’m not going nowhere then let’s continue to build on this thing and get better.”

He also made a fairly provocative comment about the Bills' rushing attack against the Dolphins on Sunday. Or, at least a reasonable one for a team with the passing "weapons" that the Bills have.

“It wasn’t what us as a group wanted it to be,” said Lynch. ”The most carries by a back I believe was seven. That’s not good for any running back to get a feel for it. I’m not saying what should’ve been done or could’ve been done. All I know is we’ve just got to do something to get on track with it.”

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 12:57 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Shawn Nelson busted

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Bills TE Shawn Nelson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violating the substance abuse policy, the league announced today.

Considering RB Fred Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch are out for the time being with injuries, this probably isn’t what coach Chan Gailey wants to hear.

At this point, Nelson was looking like the No. 2 TE on the depth chart, behind Jonathan Stupar – partially because Gailey likes Stupar’s versatility and because Nelson hadn't had a great training camp. But the organization also seems pretty high on what Nelson, in his second season, can bring to the team eventually.

TE Derek Schouman, meanwhile, injured his knee in the Bills preseason win against the Colts on Thursday, so now, depth is an issue at the position.

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