November 2015 - Football Wiretap

Patriots Waive Chris Harper After Muffed Punt

Nov 30, 2015 7:33 PM

The New England Patriots have waived Chris Harper, who muffed a critical punt in the fourth quarter of their loss at the Denver Broncos.

Harper is an undrafted rookie out of Cal and will likely return to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

The Patriots are thin at receiver due to injuries to Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (knee), as the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Harper served as the No. 3 option against the Broncos.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Rob Gronkowski Only Suffered Minor Knee Strain

Nov 30, 2015 3:24 PM

Rob Gronkowski escaped serious injury during Sunday's loss by the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski suffered a "minor knee strain" and the timeframe is "a week or two most likely."

Gronkowski's 2013 season ended with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

Peyton Manning Won't Return 'Anytime Soon'

Nov 30, 2015 3:21 PM

Peyton Manning won't be playing "anytime soon", according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Gary Kubiak has said Manning will only return to the Broncos when he's 100 percent.

Manning is still in a walking cast and is expected to wear it until at least Friday of this week.

Manning will still need to further rehab a partially-torn plantar fascia tendon. 

Brock Osweiler is starting for the Broncos with Manning injured.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Denver Broncos, Injury

Adrian Peterson: 2014 Was Blessing In Disguise

Nov 30, 2015 12:34 PM

Adrian Peterson is able to look at his 2014 away from football on the commissioner's exempt list as a blessing in hindsight.

“A blessing in disguise,” said Peterson. “I was able to rest my body. And sometimes you’ve got to be humbled. There were things I was doing that God didn’t want me to do. I think it’s a good thing I was able to sit back and get my life in order.”

Peterson has also been motivated by turning 30 in March.

“People on the outside all say, ‘You’re 30, you’re 30, you’re 30,” Peterson said. “It’s too old for a running back. I heard it over and over and over. That’s not the only thing that motivates me, but it helps when everyone tells you that you can’t do something, and you know you can do it.”

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Minnesota Vikings

Ben Roethlisberger Placed Himself In Concussion Protocol

Nov 30, 2015 11:39 AM

Ben Roethlisberger placed himself in the concussion protocol toward the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss at the Seattle Seahawks.

It has not yet been determined if Roethlisberger actually suffered a concussion.

Landry Jones finished the game at quarterback for the Steelers.

Ian Rapoport/

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Injury

Dolphins Fire Bill Lazor As Offensive Coordinator

Nov 30, 2015 11:25 AM

The Miami Dolphins have fired Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator.

Zac Taylor will serve as the Dolphins' play caller and remain as quarterbacks coach.

Joe Philbin was fired as head coach in October.

Shalise Manza Young/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor

Patriots Optimistic Rob Gronkowski Escaped Serious Injury

Nov 30, 2015 11:04 AM

The New England Patriots are optimistic Rob Gronkowski may have escaped serious injury to his right knee.

Gronkowski was carted off the field and he was walking from the X-ray room with a slight limp.

"We think he is going to be OK," the source said.

Gronkowski's presence in the locker room immediately after the game was viewed by some players as an encouraging sign.

Gronkowski suffered the injury with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Denver defensive back Darian Stewart hit him low on an incomplete pass.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Fantasy, Injury

USC Permanently Hires Clay Helton As Head Coach

Nov 30, 2015 11:02 AM

USC has hired Clay Helton as their permanent head coach.

Helton was named interim head coach when Steve Sarkisian was fired.

Chip Kelly and Jeff Fisher have been linked to the USC vacancy.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, NCAA

Jimmy Graham Out For Season With Torn Patellar Tendon

Nov 29, 2015 9:57 PM

Jimmy Graham is out for the rest of the season after tearing the patellar tendon in his right knee.

"We're gonna miss the heck out of him for the rest of the season," Pete Carroll said.

The injury will require surgery, Carroll said.

The training staff put an air cast on Graham's right leg before he was carted off the field.

Graham had four catches for 75 yards on the day. 


Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Fantasy, Injury

Jets Decided To Release Quinton Coples Following Plane Incident

Nov 29, 2015 2:45 PM

The New York Jets decided to release Quinton Coples following an incident on the team's return flight from Houston last Sunday.

The exact specifics of the incident are unknown, but they didn't sit well with the Jets' hierarchy.

Coples played a season-low five snaps on defense in the loss to the Houston Texans.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets

Stan Kroenke Could Look To London, Denver If Rams Stuck In St. Louis
Stan Kroenke owns Arsenal, while Colorado serves as his base as he owns the Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Rams To Start Nick Foles With Case Keenum Out With Concussion
Nick Foles began the season as the Rams' starting quarterback but lost his job to Keenum.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Aqib Talib: Triple-Team Needed To Stop Gronkowski
Aqib Talib and Rob Gronkowski were teammates for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Aaron Rodgers Lost Feeling In 'Couple Of Fingers'
Aaron Rodgers had to use his right hand on all hand-offs.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Danny Amendola Out For Week 12 Against Broncos
Bill Belichick will likely feature more two tight end sets featuring Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler.

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Devonta Freeman Ruled Out For Week 12
Devonta Freeman has been in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Browns Demoted Johnny Manziel For Lying About Video Timeline
Johnny Manziel might have kept his job had he told the truth.

Pat McManamon/ESPN

Tony Romo Done For Season
Tony Romo is "done for the season" after reinjuring his left collarbone.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Devonta Freeman Remains In Concussion Protocol
Devonta Freeman is fifth in the NFL with 764 rushing yards and leads all runners with nine touchdowns.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Washington Could Play Two Straight Weeks In London
Washington will face the Bengals on Oct. 30th at Wembley Stadium and could also face the Rams a week earlier.

Chris Lehourites/AP

Marshawn Lynch Undergoing Surgery For Sports Hernia
The timeline makes it possible for Marshawn Lynch to return this season, especially if the Seahawks make the playoffs.

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Rams' Stedman Bailey Shot In Head
The Rams believe Stedman Bailey's injuries are not life-threatening.


Peyton Manning Out At Least Two Weeks, Fit For Walking Boot
Peyton Manning sought a second opinion from renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

Arnie Stapleton/AP

Marshawn Lynch To Wait On Surgery Decision
Marshawn Lynch "needs a couple of weeks to see how he does" and "to see if he can recover" from his abdominal injury.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Colin Kaepernick Had 'Extensive' Tear In Labrum
Colin Kaepernick’s recovery is expected to last four to six months.

Matt Barrows/Sacramento Bee

Johnny Manziel Demoted To Third-String QB
The Browns have demoted Johnny Manziel to their third string quarterback following his decision to party during their bye week.


Quinton Coples Claimed By Dolphins
Mike Tannenbaum was general manager of the Jets when Quinton Coples was drafted.

Mike Garafolo/FoxSports

Peyton Manning 'Incensed' By 2016 Reports
Peyton Manning may permanently lose his job as starting quarterback of the Broncos to Brock Osweiler.

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Les Miles' Future At LSU Likely Decided After Saturday's Game
Les Miles is under contract through 2019 with a 2015 buyout figure of $15 million.

Joe Schad/ESPN

Browns May Not Start Johnny Manziel After Nightclub Images Surface
Johnny Manziel went to rehab last offseason to address alcohol issues.