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Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:41 pm

F&R NFL Approval Matrix Week 6

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 18, 2010 5:09 pm
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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:19 pm

Hot Routes 10.11.10 boxscore tidbits Week 5

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

LeSean McCoy, playing with cracked ribs, had 92 yards on 18 carries at San Francisco.

Michael Crabtree came into Sunday’s game with just 11 catches for 139 yards on the season. Against the Eagles, Crabtree caught nine balls for 105 yards and his first touchdown.

The Jaguars became the latest team to plaster the Bills defense with 200 yards rushing. Maurice Jones-Drew had 84 of those yards on 19 carries. Sixth-round rookie Deji Karim added 70 yards on 15 carries. Karim also had a 51-yard kick return.

The Bills have allowed at least 150 yards rushing in 13 of their last 19 games.

Marcedes Lewis caught a pair of touchdowns for the Jags. Frustrated No. 1 receiver Mike Sims-Walker also got into the end zone (his second TD on the year). Sims-Walker, who was blanked for the second time last week, finished with four receptions for 46 yards.

Derrick Harvey got half a sack for the Jags. (Is it sad that this felt necessary to report?)

Cedric Benson topped the century mark on the ground for the first time this season, rushing for 144 yards against the Bucs.

Bucs rookie wideout Mike Williams had the best game of his young career. Williams, targeted 11 times, had seven receptions for 99 yards and a score – and against a very stellar Bengals secondary.

Terrell Owens went over 100 yards for the second week in a row, while Chad Ochocinco had just 20 yards on three catches. Ochocinco has been held to three or four catches and less than 60 yards receiving in each game since the team’s Week 1 blowout loss to the Patriots.

In the Bengals-Bucs game, the starting safeties for both teams finished first and second in total tackles for their teams.

If you’re wondering who will replace Mark Clayton as the go-to guy in St. Louis…Danny Amendola was targeted 19 times against Detroit.

The Rams were awful giving up 44 points, but on the bright side, it was the first time all season that they’ve allowed more than 17 points. (For what it’s worth, the defense was technically only responsible for 30 of the points Sunday.)

Adam Vinatieri knocked in four field goals for the Colts on Sunday (none of them Super Bowl game-winners, though). It marked the 16th time in the likely future Hall of Famer’s career that he’s made at least four kicks.

Until Sunday, the Redskins had not won back-to-back games since Weeks 7 and 8 of the 2008 NFL season.

Thanks to a 71-yard scamper, Brandon Jackson needed just 10 carries to post a career-high 115 yards rushing against the Redskins.

Six different Redskins had at least 20 yards receiving Sunday. Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong and Santana Moss combined for 271.

In addition to a crucial overtime interception, LaRon Landry had a team-high 13 tackles. The fourth-year safety is having a career year playing in Jim Haslett’s scheme.

The Panthers had 62 yards net passing Sunday. That would look bad if not for the fact that the Bears had 29 yards.

Jonathan Stewart had 30 yards on eight carries. More noteworthy is that it was his second most productive game on the season.

Baltimore outrushed Denver by 194 yards.

Days after complaining about his role in the offense, T.J. Houshmandzadeh was targeted only three times. Hey, at least Anquan Boldin was only targeted three times. Housh had two catches, 24 yards. Boldin had one catch, eight yards.

Andre Johnson had five catches for 95 yards, but he was held to just one catch for most of the afternoon. His numbers game in quasi-garbage time.

Osi Umenyiora notched two more sacks. He has six on the season, five in the last two games.

The Texans had a franchise-low 24 yards rushing against the Giants. The previous franchise low was 25 yards against the Jets in 2006.

After the loss at Arizona, the Saints are just 7/19 in the red zone this season.

Saints Cardinals nearly gave us the perfect time of possession balance. Saints: 30:01; Cardinals: 29:59.

Beanie Wells got 20 carries but mustered just 35 yards.

Michael Huff had 11 tackles and a sack for the Raiders. Of course, he was also part of a secondary that yielded 431 yards through the air.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 11:40 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:17 pm

AFC Inactives, Week 5

Posted by Will Brinson and Josh Katzowitz

Some bigger name football players who are ACTIVE this week: Colts WR Austin Collie, Texans WR Andre Johnson, Texans DE Mario Williams, Ravens S Tom Zbikowski, Broncos CB Andre Goodman.

And the inactives:

Jacoby Jones, WR, Texans - Kevin Walter goes back to being the No. 2 option that he always was? Or something like that -- Jones out, Johnson in, though.
Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs - We thought he might be active today, because he practiced all week. But the knee injury he suffered in the first week is keeping him out. His first-round bust status remains intact.

Roy Williams, SS, Bengals - He's one of the more physical DBs in the league, but Cleveland RB Peyton Hillis smashed him around last week. Williams has become awfully injury prone the last few years.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos - The team was hopefuly Moreno (hamstring) could play this week, because the running game has not been good without him. Looks like they're stuck for another week with watching Laurence Maroney run the ball.

Stanley Daniels, G, Broncos - Daniels started the first four games of the season, but apparently, he's fallen out of favor with Denver's coaching staff. He's a healthy scratch.

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 4:10 pm

Texans' WRs Johnson, Jones game-time decisions?

Posted by Will Brinson

Andre Johnson sat last week and the Texans still won -- thank you very much, Arian Foster. And NFL schedulemakers. And the Oakland Raiders.

But it seems like having to play without both Johnson and Jacoby Jones, who was banged up against Oakland, versus the Giants could be a slightly bigger nightmare -- however, that's a distinct possibility, as according to the Houston Chronicle , both could be "game-time decisions."

"Andre didn't take any steps backward," Kubiak said about Johnson on Monday. "He's feeling a little better today. We'll continue to take him through the same routine we did last week. It will probably be Thursday before he works.

"Jacoby's got a pretty good calf issue. We'll probably know more about him on Wednesday."

The Texans still have Kevin Walter, David Anderson and Owen Daniels, though, so not all is lost. And, no, that trio is not mind-blowingly elite, but considering they're who's left after the top two receiving options are removed, that's a pretty solid set of players.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 2:26 pm

Andre Johnson is inactive Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

There was plenty of debate as to whether or not Andre Johnson would play Sunday for the Texans against the Raiders -- but that speculation can end, as he's on the inactive list for Houston.

It seemed reasonable to think that Johnson, who's dealing with a high ankle sprain and reportely using Platelet-Rich-Plasma therapy, would play, especially because the Raiders have Nnamdi Asomugha, and having Johnson on the field would at least allow him to serve as a decoy for one of the game's best cornerbacks.

Instead, Asomugha will likely shadow Jacoby Jones, and it'll probably be up to Arian Foster to tote the rock plenty of times against Oakland.
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Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:50 pm

Report: Andre Johnson using PRP for therapy

Posted by Will Brinson

Andre Johnson surprised plenty of people when he was able to return from a high ankle sprain one week later, even he didn't play that well.

Stephanie Stradley at FanHouse may have the answer for Johnson's quick recovery -- according to her report, Johnson (and others on the Texans roster) are using Platelet-Rich-Therapy (PRP) to rehabilitate from injuries.

PRP first gained recognition when both Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu returned in time for Super Bowl XL using the medicinal technology, and when Tiger Woods received the treatment to return from knee surgery and play in four majors.

PRP is a process that takes the body's own substances to help heal itself -- to quote Stradley, "a doctor removes blood from the patient's body, spins the blood in a special centrifuge that concentrates platelets, and then re-injects the platelets into the injured area."

One potential downside, media-wise, to the process, is that Dr. Anthony Galea (who's best known for reportedly being tied to HGH usage ) is one of the leaders in the field .

But the upside is that, clearly, it allows players to rehabilitate faster and it's not against NFL rules. Longer term effects aren't exactly known yet, which could be a concern for someone like Johnson (who just got a shiny new contract) but considering the level of play from Ward and Polamalu since their treatment, perhaps that's not something to worry about.

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 3:21 pm

Big names not practicing today, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Rams RB Steven Jackson – who strained his groin during Sunday’s win vs. Washington – didn’t practice today, and he told ESPN 101 radio (via sportsradiointerviews.com) in St. Louis this morning that he’s day to day.

“I just got split like a wishbone,” he told the radio station. “That’s pretty much the only way you could describe it. … Soft tissue injuries are day-to-day and week-to-week. Anytime around the league you see a guy having a soft tissue thing, it’s really based on that guy and how fast he recovers. The first step today, and probably will be the rest of the week, is to get the swelling out of there. That’s why you do a lot of icing still, and I’ve got to keep my leg elevated when I’m not doing something.”

Jackson doesn’t know if he’ll play this Sunday vs. Seattle, but he also said that if the game had playoff implications, he’d be on the field and give it his best shot. Let’s face it, that won’t be a problem, because St. Louis won’t play any games with playoff implications any time in the near future.

If Jackson – who rushed 10 times for 58 yards before leaving last week’s game – can’t play, expect Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston (who’s playing with a shoulder injury) to share his carries.

Other notable NFL players not practicing:

- Andre Johnson – As Rapid Reporter Matt Rybaltowski writes, the Houston WR's ankle is improving. That’s from the mouth of coach Gary Kubiak: “He didn’t do anything (today), but he didn’t do anything last Wednesday either.”

- Knowshon Moreno – It doesn’t appear likely the Broncos RB and his bum hamstring will play this weekend against Tennessee, writes the Denver Post. That means Denver will continue to use new acquisition Laurence Maroney.

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