September 2013 - Football Wiretap

Fox: 'Not Even Close' How Much Better Manning Is This Season

Sep 30, 2013 11:19 PM

Peyton Manning is on a historic pace this season, throwing for 1,470 yards and 16 touchdowns in the first four games.

Manning is now more than a year removed from multiple neck surgeries.

"It's not even close," said John Fox in comparing Manning this season to 2012.

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Tags: Denver Broncos, Fantasy, IQ

Freeman Responds To Report, Suggests Smear Tactics From Bucs

Sep 30, 2013 10:11 PM

In a statement issued to Pro Football Talk, Josh Freeman explains that he has a prescription for Adderall due to ADHD. Freeman says that, last year, he accidentally took Ritalin instead of Adderall, tested positive for Ritalin, and agreed to submit to unannounced and repeated testing, resulting in his placement in Stage One.

“I have agreed to take, and have PASSED 46 NFL-regulated drug tests over the last year and a half,” Freeman says.

Rumors became rampant about Freeman after his relationship with the Tampa Buccaneers deteriorated.

“Unfortunately, it appears that some people who may have noticed the testing at my workplace have made hurtful and incorrect assumptions and chosen to disseminate inaccurate and very disturbing information,” Freeman says.  “It is a shame that when times have gotten tough, people have chosen to attack the character of others, rather than supporting each other.”

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

Raiders, Chargers To Kickoff At Nearly Midnight On East Coast

Sep 30, 2013 8:16 PM

The Oakland Raiders will play the San Diego Chargers on Sunday with an 11:35 PM ET kickoff.

The game was moved to accomodate the Oakland A's playoff game on Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. Stadium employees will need that much time to configure the stadium from baseball to football.

The game will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

The proper "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers remains an 8:30 p.m. ET start on NBC.

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Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers

Josh Freeman In Stage One Drug Program

Sep 30, 2013 8:13 PM

Josh Freeman is a stage one participant in the NFL's drug program but is not one strike away from a suspension.

Freeman has obtained a temporary use exemption for a prescription drug that normally would be on the banned list, the sources said.

Freeman has not had any incidents that have placed him in jeopardy of suspension, such as a positive test of a banned street-drug substance, sources said. 

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

Mark Sanchez To Undergo Surgery, Out For Season

Sep 30, 2013 3:10 PM

Mark Sanchez will miss the entire 2013 season as he has decided to undergo shoulder surgery.

Sanchez tore his labrum in the preseason and faces a four to six month recovery time.

Sanchez has two seasons remaining on his contract, but he will likely be released in the offseason.

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Tags: New York Jets, Injury, Misc Rumor

Jets Not Considering Benching Geno Smith

Sep 30, 2013 3:08 PM

The New York Jets are not considering a change at quarterback despite the struggles of Geno Smith.

"It's not a thought at this point right now," said Rex Ryan when asked.

Smith committed four turnovers in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The Jets have Matt Simms and Brady Quinn as options.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, IQ

Eagles Yell 'Papa John's' At Peyton Manning

Sep 30, 2013 3:01 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles yelled out "Papa John's" during their 52-20 loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Manning has an endorsement deal with Papa John's.

“Well I know — I think I might have heard Papa John’s once, but I don’t know who said it, I mean that’s kind of funny,” Barwin said.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos

Dwight Freeney Suffers Torn Quad

Sep 30, 2013 11:22 AM

Dwight Freeney suffered a torn quad in Week 4.

The San Diego Chargers believe the injury is long-term, but it is unclear if it will force him out for the remainder of the season.

Jarret Johnson and Larry English will play more snaps with Freeney out.

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Tags: San Diego Chargers, Injury

Vince Wilfork Out For Season With Torn Achilles

Sep 30, 2013 10:59 AM

Vince Wilfork will miss the rest of the 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon.

Wilfork was injured in the first quarter of the New England Patriots' Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons when he appeared to step on the foot of another player.

Wilfork left the field on a cart and left the stadium with a protective boot on.

John Breech/CBS Sports

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Locker Carted Off Field With Hip Injury

Sep 29, 2013 9:28 PM

Jake Locker was carted off the field with a hip injury in Sunday's 38-13 win by the Tennessee Titans over the New York Jets.

Locker suffered the injury when hit by Muhammad Wilkerson.

Locker was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

"He said Jake was doing good, waiting to see, at the hospital getting an MRI," offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Injury

USC Fires Lane Kiffin
Lane Kiffin had a 28-15 record in four seasons at USC.


Harbaugh Okay With Kaepernick Being Motivated By Negative Energy
Colin Kaepernick had an outstanding performance in Week 1 and has been uneven in the three subsequent weeks.

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Jimmy Graham Focusing On Football, Not Contract
Jimmy Graham earned $1.9 million in his first three seasons and is scheduled to earn $1.323 million this season.

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Brady Endorses Hoyer As NFL Starter
Tom Brady has endorsed the ability of Brian Hoyer, his former backup who is now starting for the Browns.

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Gronkowski, Amendola Won't Play Week 4
Both Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola appeared likely to play earlier in the week.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Quinton Patton Suffers Fractured Foot
Quinton Patton had been listed as the 49ers' No. 2 wide receiver.

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NFL Requests Jaguars Stop Listing Denard Robinson As 'OW'
Denard Robinson has played just 12 snaps all season.

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Pryor Cleared To Play In Week 4 After Making Significant Progress
Terrelle Pryor suffered a concussion in Week 3.

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Miles Austin Ruled Out For Week 4 With Hamstring Injury
Miles Austin has dealt with the same injury multiple times over the past two seasons.

Rainer Sabin/Dallas Morning News

Gronkowski, Amendola Expected To Play In Week 4
Rob Gronkowski is coming off multiple surgeries and Danny Amendola has had issues with a groin injury.

Ben Volin/Boston Globe

Arian Foster Ready For Bigger Workload
Arian Foster had 79 rushes for 294 yards last season after the first three games.

Brian T. Smith/Houston Chronicle

Wilson Confident In Makeshift O-Line Against Watt, Texans
Paul McQuistan will start at left tackle for Russell Okung, while rookie Michael Bowie will start at right tackle.

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Tony Gonzalez Won't Request More Targets
Tony Gonzalez is second on the Falcons with 11 receptions, 16 less than Julio Jones.

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Rams Would Extend Sam Bradford's Contract Now
Sam Bradford has had an uneven NFL career, but the Rams are committed to him as their quarterback.

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Wallace: Tannehill Ahead Of Where I Expected
Mike Wallace has been impressed by the play of second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Armando Salguero/Miami Herald

Rice Practices For Second Straight Day, On Track To Play
Ray Rice missed last week with a hip flexor strain.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Mario Williams Stressed By Bills' Thin Secondary
With the Bills' secondary struggling, Mario Williams feels as though the defensive line has been under pressure to get to the quarterback.

Tim Graham/Buffalo News

EA Sports Won't Produce College Football Video Game
EA Sports will not produce their college football video games as legal battles over the use of college athletes continues.


Antoine Winfield Considering Return
Antoine Winfield was released by the Seahawks before the start of the current season.

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Josh Freeman Seeks Trade From Buccaneers
The Buccaneers' locker room reportedly did not object to Josh Freeman's removal as starter.

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