NFL

Rams leave Michael Sam off practice squad ... so what's next for him?

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — The St. Louis Rams named the 10 players they signed to their practice squad. Michael Sam was not one of them. The team made Sam one of its final cuts on Saturday and met with him the following day, but it apparently doesn't have interest at this time in signing Sam. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said...
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Patriots awarded safety Don Jones on waivers from Miami

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Six days before meeting the Dolphins in the regular season opener, the Patriots have added an ex-Miami defensive back. The Pats were awarded second-year safety Don Jones on waivers from the Dolphins on Monday, the club said. The 24-year-old Jones notched a team-best 11 special teams tackles in 2013 for Miami, according to club statistics.…
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Tedford’s status for Week One not determined yet

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford recently underwent an undisclosed medical procedure.  His return date is similarly unknown. Via JoeBucsFan.com, Tedford wasn’t at practice on Monday.  Head coach Lovie Smith said a decision regarding Tedford’s status for the regular-season opener has not yet been made. “He’s getting better,” Smith said, via Pat Yasinskas of...
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Sam Fails to Secure Spot on Rams' Practice Squad

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By REUTERS) — Defensive end Michael Sam's bid to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) looked even more remote on Monday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams' 10-man practice squad.
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Derek Carr, not Matt Schaub, to start Week 1 for Oakland Raiders

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — The Oakland Raiders reportedly have switched gears at quarterback for Week 1 against the New York Jets. Second-round pick Derek Carr will start, per Fox's Jay Glazer, confirming what many had suspected when Matt Schaub suffered by elbow tendonitis and Carr lit it up in the Raiders' preseason finale. Breaking: Raiders players have been informed that the team is making the switch at QB and...
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Raiders tab Derek Carr as starting quarterback

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — The Raiders are going with the rookie at quarterback. Fox’s Jay Glazer reports the Raiders have switched starters, with Derek Carr getting the nod over Matt Schaub. According to Glazer, players have been informed of the decision. The Raiders’ decision to go with Carr comes after the second-round pick from Fresno State completed 11-of-13 passes…
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St. Louis Rams claim former Houston Texans quarterback Case Keenum

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — The St. Louis Rams have added a quarterback to their mix, and he started eight more games last season than projected starter Shaun Hill has started in the past three seasons combined. Case Keenum, who was waived by the Houston Texans after they completed a trade with the New England Patriots for Ryan Mallett, was claimed by the Rams.  Keenum started half the season for the Texans in 2013,...
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Gronkowski’s announcement a little confusing

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Yes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has declared that he has gotten the green light to play on Sunday from his doctors, after a torn ACL derailed his 2013 season.  The bigger question could be whether he got the green light from his head coach to disclose that he got the green light from his…
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Rams claim Case Keenum off waivers from Texans

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Rams have another quarterback, just in case. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams claimed Case Keenum off waivers from the Texans. Keenum was squeezed out in Houston when the Texans traded for Ryan Mallett, and he’ll slot in with the Rams behind Shaun Hill. Austin Davis was the only other quarterback on…
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Decision on Josh Gordon lawsuit coming soon

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Five days ago, the NFL suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon for the entire 2014 season.  Within the next day or two, a decision will be made regarding whether Gordon will challenge the suspension via the court system. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Gordon’s legal team plans to reach a conclusion in the…
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Rams sign 10 to practice squad, none of them Michael Sam

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — If Michael Sam signs on a practice squad, it won’t be with the Rams. At least not this week. The Rams announced 10 signings to their practice squad, and none of them were the seventh-round pick vying to become the first openly gay player in the NFL. The team signed linebacker Denicos Allen, wide receiver Emory Blake, safety…
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Notebook : Giants’ Coughlin Asks for Patience as Beckham Heals

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By BILL PENNINGTON) — A week away from the Giants’ season opener, Coach Tom Coughlin said he was fed up with the unremitting questions about the injured receiver Odell Beckham.
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A healthy Cam Newton is a life preserver for Panthers

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is already big. But he cut an even more imposing figure Monday, wearing a heavily padded flak jacket to protect the hairline fracture in a rib that kept him out of the preseason finale. “I told him in the event of a water landing he can be used as a flotation…
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Eagles add fifth-rounder Ed Reynolds to practice squad

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Eagles didn’t have room for fifth-round safety Ed Reynolds on their initial 53-man roster, but he’ll continue to get chances to show them what he can do on the field. Reynolds was one of eight players added to the team’s practice squad. The former Stanford Cardinal defender missed a chunk of offseason work because…
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NFL Preview Week: Which teams have the toughest first four games?

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Greg Cosell) — The NFL regular season officially kicks off on Thursday when Green Bay travels to Seattle to take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Shutdown Corner will be previewing everything to come all week, capped off by our awards and Super Bowl predictions on Thursday. You can’t earn or lose a playoff spot in the first month, but you don’t want to dig a deep hole you’ll spend the last...
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