Football Wiretap

Teddy Bridgewater Suffers Apparent Serious Injury At Practice

Aug 30, 2016 4:08 PM

Teddy Bridgewater went down with a non-contact injury during the Minnesota Vikings' practice on Tuesday.

Bridgewater was reportedly grabbing his left knee as teammates prayed around the quarterback.

Bridgewater is entering his third season in the NFL and the Vikings were counting on him to take some major steps forward after a promising start to his career. 

Shaun Hill is currently the primary backup at quarterback for the Vikings.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Injury

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Blacks Represent 70 Percent Of NFL Players, Fan Base 83 Percent White

Aug 30, 2016 4:30 PM

Seventy percent of African-American men comprise NFL rosters despite representing only six percent of the United States' population.

While the majority of NFL players are black, the NFL fan base is 83 percent white and 64 percent male.

The NFL has no African-Americans who are a majority owner of a team and no African-American CEOs or Presidents.

Colin Kaepernick has received criticism from many of his fellow NFL players and fans for his protest of the treatment of people of color in the United States by not standing for the national anthem.

 

Morgan Jerkins/Rolling Stone

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

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Cowboys Getting Calls About Darren McFadden

Aug 30, 2016 4:11 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have been receiving calls from teams interested in Darren McFadden, according to a source.

Dallas wants to keep McFadden despite having Alfred Morris and first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott on the roster.

Ian Rapoport/NFL

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Trade Rumor

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Russell Wilson Hoping Seahawks Use 'Empty' Sets More In 2016

Aug 30, 2016 1:37 PM

Russell Wilson had success in college with 'empty' sets and the Seattle Seahawks used the formation to great success last season.

According to ESPN Stats & Information data, Wilson averaged 10.3 passing yards per attempt when the Seahawks were in empty last year. 

"I think we've done a great job of that, really for a while now of being in empty," Wilson said. "Kind of reviewing at the halfway point last year, especially. We were like, 'That's something that we do really well and we want to be in that, it's a good thing for us.' Then obviously when Marshawn [Lynch] and [Thomas] Rawls went down, OK, let's capitalize on that even more and got the playmakers out in the flanks that can make those plays.

"We have so many guys that can do so many different things, and when you have that option, it makes it tough on the defense to try to figure out what we're doing. I've been in empty since I was a young kid myself, so I've played in it a lot -- NC State, even Wisconsin, we kind of changed it up there and went a little empty there. I like spreading it out."

Sheil Kapadia/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks

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Tom Brady Working On Plan To Stay Sharp During Suspension

Aug 30, 2016 12:56 PM

Tom Brady said he will aim to stay sharp during his four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season.

"I have ideas of what I need to do based on all the practices we've had and the limited playing time I've had," Brady said Tuesday. "My goal is to come back and be the best I can be, just like every other year and every other offseason. I'm going to do the best I can do over these next however many days, 30 days or so, to do the same thing.

"I think I still have a good day of practice [Tuesday]; I've tried to look at all these days of practice as ways to get better. I have access to the fields [until the suspension], throwing to my receivers, trying to use those days as best I could as I always would. Hopefully I have another opportunity to play Thursday night [in the preseason finale], be with the team Friday and then try to do the best I can over the next month to stay sharp. ... That part, I think will be very challenging, watching those games in September, but I'll find ways to preoccupy my mind."

Brady said he has "tried to just find different ways to be positive," before adding, "it is what it is at this point; we'll do the best we can do."

Brady also discussed his relationship with backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

"I love being with Jimmy. I've enjoyed every day that we've spent with him," Brady said. "I wish him the very best, obviously, for our team, for him personally.

"When you see people that it means a lot to, you always want them to succeed as well. It will be tough to watch, but I'll be excited to watch and excited to learn and hopefully when I come back in October I'll be a better player than I am today."

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots

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Zach Mettenberger To Be Released By Chargers

Aug 30, 2016 12:40 PM

Zach Mettenberger will be released by the San Diego Chargers.

Mettenberger had been outplayed by Mike Bercovici who is an undrafted rookie.

The Chargers claimed Mettenberger off waivers after the Tennessee Titans released him in May. Mettenberger had a relationship with Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt from his time serving as head coach of the Titans.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Broncos Shopping Mark Sanchez To Cowboys

Aug 30, 2016 8:11 AM

The Denver Broncos are shopping Mark Sanchez to the Dallas Cowboys.

Dak Prescott is expected to start for the Cowboys, but they are looking for a veteran to serve as his backup.

Dallas, however, isn't interested in Sanchez at his current $4.5 million salary.

Jane Slater/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Redskins-Buccaneers Preseason Game Moved Due To Weather

Aug 30, 2016 8:07 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that this week's preseason finale against the Washington Redskins has been moved up to Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather.

The game was scheduled to be played on Thursday, but Tropical Depression Nine could have been a factor.

"This decision was made by both teams in conjunction with the National Football League and local authorities in an effort to ensure the safety of our fans, players and stadium staff," the Buccaneers said in a statement.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

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Barkevious Mingo Finds 'Culture Shock' Between Patriots, Browns

Aug 30, 2016 8:03 AM

Barkevious Mingo has already found some significant differences between the New England Patriots and the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland traded Mingo to New England late last week.

"It's a huge culture shock," he said. "I felt like the winning spirit was making its way into Cleveland with those new coaches, but it's definitely been established here for a long time, and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Adam Kurkjian/Boston Herald

Tags: New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns

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Players Remained In Locker Room During National Anthem Until 2009

Aug 29, 2016 11:03 PM

Players and coaches remained in the locker room during the national anthem until the 2009 NFL season.

The topic of national anthems have come up over the past few days with Colin Kaepernick taking a social protest by not standing.

Kaepernick has drawn attention to the treatment of African-Americans.

Amy Trask/CBS

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

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James Jones Released By Chargers
James Jones never seemed to become comfortable in the Chargers' offense.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Early Rounds Of Fantasy Football Now Dominated By Wide Receivers
NFL teams are throwing the ball more and there's also been an increase in fantasy football leagues using Point-Per-Reception scoring.

Michael Salfino/Wall Street Journal

Browns Trade Punter Andy Lee To Panthers
The Browns have traded Andy Lee and a 2017 seventh-round draft pick to the Panthers for Kasey Redfern and a fourth-round pick in 2018.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Bryan Stork Fails Physical With Washington
Bryan Stork has failed his physical with Washington, the latest in a lengthy drama.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Joey Bosa, Chargers Finally Agree Upon Four-Year Deal
Joey Bosa was the third overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft and has been expected to play a key role in the Chargers' defense.

AP

Mark Sanchez Likely To Be Traded Or Released By Broncos
Mark Sanchez could be released if they are unable to trade him as it would save $3.5 million in both money and cap space.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Broncos Name Trevor Siemian Starting QB
Trevor Siemian won the job over Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch as they move on from Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler.

RealGM Staff Report

Browns Release Pass Rusher Paul Kruger
The Browns have released Paul Kruger, according to a report.

Conor Orr/NFL

Cullen Jenkins To Work Out For Washington
Washington is looking for depth along the defensive line and they will reportedly work out Cullen Jenkins.

Chris Cooley/ESPN 980

Cowboys Haven't Ruled Out Dak Prescott Remaining Starting QB
The Cowboys haven't shut the door on Dak Prescott remaining the starting quarterback even when Tony Romo's back is healthy enough for him to play.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Eric Berry Signs Franchise Tender With Chiefs
Eric Berry earned the 2015 AP Comeback Player of the Year Award following the 2015 season after returning to the starting lineup in Week 1 after a battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

RealGM Staff Report

Colts Sign Stevan Ridley
Stevan Ridley played in eight games for the Jets in 2015, rushing 36 times for 90 yards and four receptions.

RealGM Staff Report

Broncos Appear Likely To Name Trevor Siemian Starting QB
Trevor Siemian looked composed and comfortable running the team as he finished a workmanlike 10-of-17 for 122 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tony Romo Out 6-10 Weeks With Broken Bone In Back
Tony Romo underwent an MRI on Friday.

RealGM Staff Report

Jared Cook Establishing Rapport With Aaron Rodgers
The Packers gave Jared Cook a $2.75 million in a one-year contract because they think he can add a down-the-field dimension to their offense

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Kaepernick Declines To Stand For Anthem To Protest Racial Oppression
Colin Kaepernick sat on the team's bench Friday night during the anthem.

AP

Browns Sought 2nd Round Pick For Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon said Tuesday he doesn't want to be traded.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Browns Trade Barkevious Mingo To Patriots
The Browns have traded Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots for a fifth-round draft pick in 2017.

Conor Orr/NFL

Antonio Gates: Chargers Will Welcome Joey Bosa Back 'With Open Arms'
The Chargers and Joey Bosa remain engaged in a contract standoff, but that doesn't mean the rookie's teammates don't want to see him on the field.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tom Brady Will Reportedly Play In Friday's Preseason Game
It is unknown if Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo will start the game at this point.

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