August 2021 - Football Wiretap

Brian Flores Backs Tua Tagovailoa As 'Our Quarterback'

Aug 31, 2021 9:09 PM

Brian Flores addressed recent reports tying the Miami Dolphins to a potential trade for Deshaun Watson, telling his players and staff that Tua Tagovailoa is "our quarterback" in a brief but poignant message.

Steve Ross has not shown any interest in trading for Watson, contrary to other reports Tuesday.

The Dolphins selected Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft.

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Tags: Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Urban Meyer Admits Jaguars Considered Vaccine Status With Cuts

Aug 31, 2021 9:04 PM

The NFLPA will open an investigation after Urban Meyer admitted that vaccination status played a role in roster cuts made by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Meyer said Tuesday that it was considered because of the more stringent COVID-19 protocols imposed on unvaccinated players who test positive or are identified as high-risk close contacts compared with the protocols for vaccinated players.

Rosters were cut to 53 players Tuesday.

"Everyone was considered," Meyer said. "That was part of the [considerations such as] production, let's start talking about this, and also is he vaccinated or not? Can I say that that was a decision maker? It was certainly in consideration."

Unvaccinated players are tested daily, and those who test positive must miss 10 days, and there is then a three-day return-to-play protocol.

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars

Saints Place Michael Thomas On PUP List

Aug 31, 2021 1:55 PM

The New Orleans Saints have placed Michael Thomas on the physically unable to perform list and he'll miss at least the first six weeks of the season.

Thomas has been sidelined since he underwent ankle surgery in June.

The late timing of Thomas' surgery was a point of consternation with the team. Sean Payton said at the beginning of training camp, "Obviously we would've liked that to happen earlier than later. And quite honestly, it should've."

Thomas finished with 40 catches for 438 yards in seven regular-season games last season and didn't catch his first touchdown pass until the playoffs.

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Tags: New Orleans Saints, Fantasy, Injury

Packers Place David Bakhtiari On PUP List

Aug 31, 2021 1:44 PM

The Green Bay Packers have placed David Bakhtiari on the physically unable to perform list and will miss the first six weeks of the season.

Bakhtiari, who tore the ACL in his left knee in practice on Dec. 31, would be first eligible to play on Oct. 24 against the Washington Football Team.

Bakhtiari signed a four-year, $103.5 million contract extension last November that made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time.

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Tags: Green Bay Packers, Injury

Stephon Gilmore Placed On PUP List

Aug 31, 2021 11:07 AM

Stephon Gilmore has been placed by the New England Patriots on the Physically Unable to Perform List, which means he will miss at least the first six games of the season.

Gilmore is recovering from quad surgery at the end of last season.

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Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Patriots Release Cam Newton

Aug 31, 2021 10:17 AM

The New England Patriots have released Cam Newton.

Mac Jones will begin the season as the starting quarterback for the Patriots.

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

Seahawks Acquire CB Sidney Jones From Jaguars

Aug 31, 2021 9:29 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded cornerback Sidney Jones to the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle sent Jacksonville a 2022 sixth-round pick in the deal.

The Seahawks also traded for cornerback John Reid from the Houston Texans recently. In that deal, they sent out a conditional seventh-rounder.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Trey Lance Has Small 'Chip' In Finger

Aug 31, 2021 9:23 AM

San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance has a small "chip" in a finger. Kyle Shanahan wouldn't specify which hand the injury is on.

Shanahan expects Lance to miss about seven days while the injury heals.

The 49ers open the season on Sept. 12 against the Detroit Lions.

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Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Injury

Buccaneers Working To Restructure Mike Evans' Contract

Aug 31, 2021 9:20 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are working to restructure the contract of Mike Evans, according to sources.

Tampa Bay wants to create more cap space.

Evans has the highest cap hit on the team at $16.637 million. The 28-year-old has three years left on a five-year, $82.5 million extension.

The latest NFL Players Association salary-cap report lists the Buccaneers with $270,339 in cap space.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

NFLPA OKs Proposal For More COVID Testing

Aug 31, 2021 9:16 AM

The NFL Players Association has accepted the NFL's proposal to increase COVID-19 testing for fully vaccinated players amid the ongoing Delta variant surge.

Increased testing was one of several tweaks the sides made Monday to their joint protocols as the regular season approaches.

Fully vaccinated players will now be tested at least once every seven days, up from once every 14 days. They will be offered the option of testing twice a week.

The NFLPA has been pushing for daily testing for all players since the start of training camp.

As of late last week, 93% of players on training camp rosters were at least partially vaccinated.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

Saints Unlikely To Return To New Orleans This Week

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Carson Wentz Placed On Reserve/COVID-19 List

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ESPN Hopes Mannings Increase Overall MNF Viewership 3-5 Percent

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Harrison Smith, Vikings Agree To Four-Year Extension

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Brian Flores: No Comment On Watson, 'Very Confident' In Tua Tagovailoa

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Lions Release Breshad Perriman

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Patriots Undecided On QB After Preseason Finale

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Jets Acquire Shaq Lawson From Texans

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Ravens' J.K. Dobbins Out For Season With Torn ACL

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Saints Expected To Name Jameis Winston As Starting QB

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Aaron Rodgers: We All Know It's 'Championship Or Disappointment'

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Some Jaguars Players 'Aren't Thrilled' With Urban Meyer

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Sony Michel 'Surprised' By Trade To Rams

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NFL Proposes Increased COVID Testing Amid Virus Surge

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Bill Belichick Says Cam Newton 'Didn't Violate Team Rules'

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Unvaccinated NFL Personnel Testing Positive 7X Higher Than Vaccinated

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Panthers Trade Denzel Perryman To Raiders

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Kyle Shanahan Has 'Pretty Good Idea' On Week 1 Starter

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Jets' Vinny Curry To Miss Season Due To Blood Disorder

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Bruce Arians Implementing Own COVID Rules For Buccaneers' Trips

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