|National Football League|
NFL Recent Player News
|9/23/2014||Louis Murphy Jr., WR|
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed receiver Murphy and waived receiver Chris Owusu.
Analysis: Murphy spent the offseason and entire preseason with the Bucs before being released the week of the season opener. The sixth-year pro spent the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Carolina in 2012 and played for the New York Giants last season.
|9/23/2014||Ellis Lankster, CB|
|The New York Jets have released Lankster, a special teams standout, and signed cornerback Brandon Smith.
Analysis: Lankster was released by the Jets on Sept. 1, and then re-signed on Sept. 12. He had two tackles on special teams Monday night against Chicago. Lankster played the last three years with the Jets after being a seventh-round pick by Buffalo in 2009.
|9/23/2014||Geno Smith, QB|
|Rex Ryan fully supports a struggling Smith, saying he's "our quarterback" and the New York Jets believe in him.
Analysis: Smith had a rough night Monday in a 24-19 loss to the Chicago Bears, having one of his two interceptions returned for a touchdown and nearly having a few others picked off. The performance had some fans calling for the Jets to consider starting backup Michael Vick. Ryan say the Jets are happy to have Vick, but the coach sounded on Tuesday as though he has no plans to make a switch at the position.
|9/23/2014||Muhammad Wilkerson, DE|
|Wilkerson has a bruised knee.
Analysis: The injury isn't serious.
|9/23/2014||Louis Vasquez, G|
|The Broncos held Vasquez out of practice Tuesday.
Analysis: Vasquez limped off during the Seahawks game but returned to action.
|9/23/2014||Danny Trevathan, LB|
|Trevathan returned to practice last week.
Analysis: Trevathan is expected to make his 2014 debut against Arizona on Oct. 5 in a possible Super Bowl preview.
|9/23/2014||Jeremiah George, LB|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie linebacker Jeremiah George from the New York Jets' practice squad.
Analysis: George was a fifth-round draft pick by the Jets in 2014.
|9/23/2014||Cary Williams, CB|
|Williams apologized to his teammates Tuesday and admitted he made a mistake in his postgame rant after the Eagles' 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins.
Analysis: Williams questioned coach Chip Kelly's practice habits in the locker room after the game Sunday, specifically Kelly's bringing the team in for a light walkthrough early last week, one day after it played a Monday night game in Indianapolis. Williams met with Kelly on Monday, then said Tuesday he spoke "out of anger and frustration."
|9/23/2014||Matt Forte, RB|
|Forte was stymied once again Monday night, finishing with 33 yards on 13 carries in a 27-19 win over the New York Jets. He did, however, have six catches for 43 yards.
Analysis: Forte has 54 yards on 25 attempts in Chicago's back-to-back road games after gaining 82 yards on 17 carries in a home loss to Buffalo on Sept. 7. The Jets boast the league's best rushing defense, allowing 55 yards per game. The Bears' next opponent, Green Bay, has given up an average of 156 yards so he could have a better effort at Soldier Field this Sunday. Forte has 19 catches for 145 yards, but has yet to reach the end zone as either a receiver or rusher.
|9/23/2014||Geno Smith, QB|
|Smith topped 300 yards for the second time in his career with 316 but made two costly interceptions in a 27-19 defeat to Chicago on Monday night. One interception was returned for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and another was thrown into the end zone in the third quarter.
Analysis: Smith posted career highs with 26 completions and 43 attempts while finishing just shy of his 331 yards against Buffalo on Sept. 22, 2013. He had a touchdown pass for the third straight game - a 19-yarder to Jeremy Kerley in the second quarter - but has four interceptions to three TDs this season. Smith and the Jets will next face Detroit, which has the third-best pass defense and second-best rushing defense.
|9/23/2014||Chris Ivory, RB|
|Ivory was held to less than 50 yards rushing for the second straight week in Monday night's 27-19 loss to Chicago but did have four receptions for 52 yards.
Analysis: The Jets running back finished with 44 yards on 10 carries after totaling 43 on 13 attempts in a loss to Green Bay on Sept. 14. Ivory, who has 189 rushing yards in the three games, might also have some tough sledding against Detroit this week. The Lions are allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game at 63.7. Given that Ivory had one catch for three yards in the first two contests, he likely doesn't show enough potential for a start this week.
|9/23/2014||Alshon Jeffery, WR|
|Jeffery caught eight passes for a season-high 105 yards in a 27-19 win over the New York Jets on Monday night.
Analysis: Jeffery was targeted 13 times while facing the Jets' young secondary after getting thrown to a combined 12 times in the first two games. He totaled eight catches for 118 yards in those contests.
|9/23/2014||Jay Cutler, QB|
|Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett, and the Chicago Bears took advantage of some early mistakes by the New York Jets before holding on for a 27-19 victory Monday night.
Analysis: After throwing two costly interceptions in a Week 1 loss to Buffalo, Cutler has no interceptions and six TDs. He went 23 for 38 for 225 yards while boosting his TD total to eight.
|9/23/2014||James Harrison, LB|
|The 36-year-old Harrison posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday morning, writing done deal next to a photo of him signing a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Analysis: Harrison retired as a member of the Steelers less than three weeks ago after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He cited the need to be close to his sons. Playing for the Steelers takes care of that problem. Harrison lives in a northern suburb. The Steelers need pass rushing help after losing linebackers Ryan Shazier and Jarvis Jones to injury in Sunday night's win over Carolina.
|9/23/2014||Chris Conte, S|
|Conte suffered a shoulder injury Monday.
Analysis: He did not return to the game.
|9/22/2014||Mike Tolbert, RB|
|Panthers All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert will miss at least eight games with a hairline fracture in his left leg.
Analysis: Tolbert was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list Tuesday. Under that designation, Tolbert can practice after six weeks, but isn't eligible to play until Nov. 30 at Minnesota. The bruising fullback was injured on a tackle involving ex-Panthers safety Mike Mitchell in Carolina's 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Tolbert had seven rushing touchdowns last season.
|9/22/2014||Antonio Cromartie, CB|
|Cromartie suffered a knee injury in the Cardinals' 23-14 win over San Francisco on Sunday.
Analysis: The severity of the injury is unclear, but Cromartie is expected to be re-evaluated Monday.
|9/22/2014||Tramaine Brock, CB|
|Brock was inactive for the 49ers in Week 3 because of a turf-toe injury.
Analysis: Brock was injured in Week 2, and hasn't practices since.
|9/22/2014||Jarvis Jones, LB|
|Jones left the Steelers' 37-19 win at Carolina with a right wrist injury.
Analysis: Jones will be re-evaluated Monday.
|9/22/2014||Ryan Shazier, LB|
|Shazier left the Steelers' 37-19 win over Carolina with a right knee injury.
Analysis: The linebacker is expected to be re-evaluated Monday.
|More Player News >>|