December 2018 - Football Wiretap

Alex Smith Released From Hospital With Encouraging Prognosis

Dec 16, 2018 10:25 AM

Alex Smith has been released from the hospital with an encourage prognosis after multiple surgeries on his broken leg.

There is some level of optimism that Smith may be able to return to the NFL.

The priority for now is simply recovering from a spiral leg fracture that became infected after multiple surgeries.

If Smith were unable to play, Washington would have to eat $20.4 million worth of salary-cap space next season and $21.4 million in 2020.

A financial scenario such as this would place Washington back into the same position they were in during the 2012 season when they were docked $36 million worth of cap space for illegally structuring contracts in 2010.

Adam Schefter, John Keim/ESPN

Tags: Washington Redskins, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Martavis Bryant Suspended Indefinitely By NFL

Dec 14, 2018 4:22 PM

Martavis Bryant has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating terms of his conditional reinstatement.

Bryant is currently on injured reserve and will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

The Oakland Raiders traded a third round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Bryant.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Odell Beckham Jr. Ruled Out For Week 15 With Quad Injury

Dec 14, 2018 1:31 PM

Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Titans.

Beckham is dealing with a quadriceps injury.

Beckham didn't practice Thursday and went off-site for further evaluation, saying the tests were a double-check to make sure there had been progress more than anything else.

Beckham sustained the injury on the final play of a Nov. 25 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN

Tags: New York Giants, Fantasy, Injury

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Carson Wentz Facing Three-Month Recovery Time For Stress Fracture

Dec 14, 2018 1:26 PM

Carson Wentz could need three months to heal the stress fracture in his back.

During a tense back-and-forth with the media, Doug Pederson said that it's an injury that has "evolved over time" and will not require surgery.

Wentz is being listed as questionable and will travel with the team for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz, however, is unlikely to play again this season.

The fracture was discovered as a result of a scan on Tuesday, according to Pederson.

"Until you do a scan, you don't know," he said, but added "we do a lot of testing each week on a lot of players."


Tim McManus/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Injury

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Amari Cooper: Mark Davis Made Decision To Trade Me

Dec 14, 2018 11:07 AM

Amari Cooper said it was Mark Davis that decided to trade him from the Oakland Raiders to the Dallas Cowboys, and not Jon Gruden or Reggie McKenzie.

“They were getting calls about a first for [2020], and they weren’t going to do it,” Cooper said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But when Jerry Jones called about a first for [2019], he felt he had no choice.”

In his six games in Dallas, Cooper has more receiving yards (642), first downs (23), first downs on third down (11) and receptions on third down (13) than any other receiver in the NFL has the past six games. 

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Chargers Clinch Playoff Berth

Dec 14, 2018 8:41 AM

The Los Angeles Chargers clinched a playoff berth with their comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

The Chargers went for two after scoring a touchdown with four seconds left in regulation to secure a 29-28 win on the road.

The Chiefs and Chargers are tied atop the AFC West at 11-3, but Kansas City owns the tiebreaker with a better division record.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Chris Jones Ties Mark With 10-Game Sack Streak

Dec 14, 2018 8:32 AM

Chris Jones tied an NFL record with a sack in his 10th consecutive game Thursday night.

The Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman already holds the NFL's single-season record for consecutive games with a sack.

The two other players with a sack in 10 straight games -- DeMarcus Ware and Simon Fletcher -- did so across two seasons.

Jones, 24, has 14 total sacks this season.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor, Stats

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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

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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

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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

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NFL Won't Pay For Videos During Investigations
The NFL has no plans to change its investigative procedures despite questions surrounding the probe of Kareem Hunt.

ESPN

Carson Wentz Unlikely To Play Against Rams
Nick Foles has been told to be ready to face the Rams.

ESPN

Derek Carr Calls Raiders' 2019 Location Uncertainty 'Weird'
Oakland still has $80 million in debt remaining from renovations to the Coliseum.

Paul Gutierrez/ESPN

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

Nick Bosa Headlines Latest ESPN 2019 Mock Draft, Two QBs In Top-10
Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft with Nick Bosa going to the Cardinals with the No. 1 overall selection.

Todd McShay/ESPN

City Of Oakland Sues Raiders, Refers To NFL As 'Cartel'
The suit cited a relocation fee that required the Raiders to pay the NFL and its owners $370 million to move to Las Vegas.

Jason Owens/Yahoo! Sports

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

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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.

ESPN

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