Football Wiretap

Carson Wentz Has Fractured Vertebra

Dec 13, 2018 1:23 PM

Carson Wentz has a fractured vertebra that should fully heal on its own if he's allowed time to rest.

The Philadelphia Eagles are still determining whether Wentz will continue playing at a later date this season.

Doug Pederson said Wednesday that Wentz was experiencing "soreness" and "tightness" in his back and wouldn't practice.

Nick Foles will start in place of Wentz.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury

Mark Davis: Amari Cooper Was Great Player, Didn't Work In Our System

Dec 13, 2018 9:16 AM

Mark Davis said the decision by the Oakland Raiders to trade Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys was about the fit within the system and not talent.

“He was a great, great player. We always had the fastest guy on the field no matter what,” Davis said. “It just didn’t work out in our system.”

Cooper has played extraordinarily well since his trade to the Cowboys.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders

Pat Shurmur Reminds Odell Beckham Not To Talk About Injuries

Dec 13, 2018 8:50 AM

Odell Beckham didn't practice with the New York Giants on Wednesday, a few days after missing a game with a sore quadriceps.

Pat Shurmur is hoping the receiver doesn't offer up any injury updates on his own this week.

"I think he's getting better each day, but we'll know more as the week goes on," Shurmur said. "And I encourage our players not to talk about their injuries. So hopefully that's about all you'll get out of it."

Beckham posted on social media about the injury last Friday, the first time the injury was revealed. The Giants later listed him on the injury report.

New York Daily News

Tags: New York Giants, Misc Rumor

NFL Won't Pay For Videos During Investigations

Dec 13, 2018 8:46 AM

The NFL has no plans to change its investigative procedures despite questions surrounding the probe of Kareem Hunt.

The league doesn't -- and won't start -- paying for videos or other information.

"I think that is not likely at all, for a number of reasons," NFL special counsel for conduct Todd Jones said. "Not the least of which is you all have a journalistic privilege, you all have First Amendment protections. You all can get information from sources and wrap it up in sort of like 'sources.' We don't have that luxury."

The NFL reviewed police documents and spoke with local investigators, but didn't see video of Hunt shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February until TMZ posted it online on Nov. 30.

"There is information out there in this surveillance society that we can't get when we need it, and when we get it, we act on it," Jones said.

"To become mercenary and pay for videos opens up a Pandora's box of all kinds of opportunities and things that may come to us, from not just surveillance video in public places or surveillance video in residences. You're talking about the world of social media and everybody on a smartphone, as TMZ's in the business of doing, is buying people's smartphone snippets for a fee, and the NFL's not going there."


Tags: Misc Rumor

Carson Wentz Unlikely To Play Against Rams

Dec 13, 2018 8:42 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles are concerned that Carson Wentz won't play on Sunday because of a back injury, according to a source.

Nick Foles has been told to be ready to face the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz sat out Wednesday's practice with back "soreness" and "tightness" and Doug Pederson wouldn't commit to him playing.

Monday marked the one year anniversary of Wentz tearing his left ACL and LCL against the Rams.


Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury, Misc Rumor

Derek Carr Calls Raiders' 2019 Location Uncertainty 'Weird'

Dec 12, 2018 10:46 PM

Derek Carr talked about the uncertainty facing the 2019 location of the Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders have been sued by the City of Oakland, which could lead them to play elsewhere in 2019 before moving to Las Vegas in 2020.

Mark Davis said "everything is an option."

"It's crazy, man," Carr said Wednesday. "My brother (David) warned me about stuff like this because he played for 12 years. I was like, 'No, man, when you get here it's just rainbows and butterflies because you made it to the NFL.' All of a sudden, you get new friends every year. ... I've had like 27 different people in the locker next to me in five years. It just shows you how tough this business is."

The city still has $80 million in debt remaining from renovations to the Coliseum. 

"That is crazy, and to me that seems weird," Carr said. "It just seems different to even have to think that way, because I've spent five years playing in this stadium."

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

Tags: Oakland Raiders

Saints Release Brandon Marshall

Dec 12, 2018 5:23 PM

Brandon Marshall has been released by the New Orleans Saints.

Marshall has played 178 regular season games without ever playing in the playoffs during his 13-season career.

Marshall began this season with the Seattle Seahawks, appearing in six games and catching 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown before he was released Nov. 1.

Tags: New Orleans Saints, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10

Dec 12, 2018 10:02 AM

Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection, followed by Rashan Gary of Michigan going to the San Francisco 49ers.

1. Arizona: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
3. Oakland: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. NY Jets: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Atlanta: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
6. Buffalo: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
7. Jacksonville: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
8. Tampa Bay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Detroit: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
10. NY Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati: Devin White, LB, LSU
12. Cleveland: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
13. Washington: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma
14. Carolina: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
15. Green Bay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
16. Philadelphia: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
17. Miami: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
18. Denver: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
19. Indianapolis: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
20. Tennessee: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
21. Baltimore: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
22. Minnesota: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
23. Pittsburgh: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
24. Seattle: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
25. Oakland (from Dallas): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
26. Oakland (from Chicago): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
27. Houston: Michael Deiter, C/G, Wisconsin
28. LA Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. New England: Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
30. LA Rams: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Todd McShay/ESPN

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City Of Oakland Sues Raiders, Refers To NFL As 'Cartel'

Dec 12, 2018 9:19 AM

The city of Oakland has filed a lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders and the NFL seeking damage for what it classifies as an illegal move to Las Vegas.

The city’s statement on the lawsuit referred to the NFL as a “cartel” and cited a relocation fee that required the Raiders to pay the NFL and its owners $370 million to move to Las Vegas.

The East Bay Times reports that the team and stadium authority were in the midst of negotiations for next year and potentially beyond if delays in the new Las Vegas stadium warranted an extra year in Oakland.

The Raiders have vowed to leave early if the city followed through on its threats of legal action.

“The Raiders demand language that assures them the city will not file a lawsuit against them,” Coliseum authority executive director Scott McKibben previously told the Times.

Jason Owens/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Legal

Cardinals Remain Confident In Future With Josh Rosen

Dec 12, 2018 8:20 AM

The Arizona Cardinals planned to ease Josh Rosen into the NFL, but the rookie was forced to start when Sam Bradford went down with an injury.

Rosen has been put in a tough spot as the Cardinals have suffered a number of injuries along the offensive line as well.

"He is certainly the guy we're going to ride with," Steve Keim said told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "He has shown everything to me, internally, that you would look for in a franchise quarterback."

Arizona Sports 98.7

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Mike Zimmer To Be More Involved In Vikings' Offense
Mike Zimmer plans to be more involved with the offense in the wake of the Vikings firing of offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Derek Newton Signs With Panthers
Derek Newton has signed with the Panthers, bringing him one step closer to a remarkable comeback.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Melvin Gordon Will Be Game-Time Decision Against Chiefs
Melvin Gordon has missed the last two games with a sprained right knee.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

NFL Projecting 2019 Salary Cap Between $187M-$191.1M
The cap projection marks a 40 percent increase over the five years since the 2014 season when the cap was at $133 million.

RealGM Staff Report

Jason Witten Can't Return To Cowboys At This Point In Season
Jason Witten cannot be reinstated to the Cowboys because he is on their reserve/retired list.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Vikings Fire John DeFilippo As OC, Promote Kevin Stefanski
John DeFilippo signed a two-year contract with the Vikings when he was hired from the Eagles.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Jon Gruden Claims He Didn't Know Reggie McKenzie Would Be Fired
Jon Gruden put the decision on Mark Davis, who hired him to run football operations.

Ray Ratto/CSN Bay Area

Vance Joseph Wants Case Keenum To Take More Chances
Vance Joseph wants to see Case Keenum be more aggressive as the Broncos close out the season.

Nicki Jhabvala/The Athletic

Bill Belichick Takes Blame For Final Play Against Dolphins
Bill Belichick is taking the blame for the Patriots' breakdown on the Dolphins' game-ending 69-yard touchdown Sunday.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Raiders Fire Reggie McKenzie
The Raiders were 39-70 with Reggie McKenzie as GM.


Son Of 49ers' Owners Believed To Have Committed Suicide
Tony York was the younger brother of CEO Jed York.

Curtis Pashelka, Cam Inman/San Jose Mercury News

Ezekiel Elliott Becomes First Offensive Player Called For Helmet Hit
For the first time all season, an offensive player was flagged for lowering his helmet on Sunday.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Larry Fitzgerald Passes Jerry Rice's Catch Mark
Larry Fitzgerald has passed Jerry Rice for the most catches with one team in NFL history.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Redskins To Start Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson was signed just last week after Colt McCoy suffered a season-ending injury.

John Keim/ESPN

Aaron Rodgers Sets Mark For Most Passes Without Interception
Aaron Rodgers has 23 touchdowns and just one interception this season.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Jim Harbaugh Reiterates He Won't Leave Michigan For NFL Return
Jim Harbaugh says he still has "big plans" at Michigan.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jason Garrett Has Tried To Convince Jason Witten To Return To Cowboys
Jason Witten has so far resisted those overtures and remains a color analyst with Monday Night Football.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Raiders Will Fire Reggie McKenzie As GM In Offseason
Jon Gruden has had total control over the organization since his hire last offseason.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Kareem Hunt Working With NFL On Treatment, Counseling Program
The NFL's investigation of Kareem Hunt is ongoing.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Kyler Murray Wins 2018 Heisman Trophy
Kyler Murray is the seventh player in Oklahoma history to win the Heisman.

Coley Harvey/ESPN