Browns concerned about Ben Tate?
Ben Tate | CLE
(October 25, 2014 7:39 PM EDT)
ESPN Cleveland believes that OC Kyle Shanahan has concerns about Ben Tate as the Browns' feature back.
Tate has started or led the backfield in touches in every game he's been healthy, but Shanahan's comments about wanting "one of the backs to separate" suggests the Browns aren't sold on him carrying the load. There could be a changing of the guard if Tate continues to struggle and one of Isaiah Crowell or Terrance West emerges with a hot-hand. Tate has a 2.8 YPC over the last two games. Crowell has been the most productive and could see his role increased. The Browns have the most invested in West as a third-round pick.
ESPN Cleveland
Internal pressure for Manziel has 'turned up'
Johnny Manziel | CLE
(October 25, 2014 6:58 PM EDT)
ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports that internal pressure to play Johnny Manziel has "turned up considerably."
Brian Hoyer is coming off a highly-unproductive loss to the Jaguars, leading the Browns to briefly consider going to Manziel in the second half. Hoyer has been mostly solid managing Kyle Shanahan's offense prior to last week, but his leash on the starting job is now in question. It could be only a matter of time before the Browns turn to Manziel. Hoyer is in danger of getting benched if he can't move the offense against the winless Raiders.
ESPN Cleveland
Cowboys RT Doug Free could return in Week 9
Doug Free | DAL
(October 25, 2014 6:27 PM EDT)
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett suggested RT Doug Free (foot) could return in Week 9.
Free is ahead of schedule after being given a 3-4 week timetable. He won't play on Monday night, but the Cowboys expect him to resume practicing next week. If Free avoids setbacks, he'll have a chance to return after only two games.
Dallas Morning News
Saints promote RB Edwin Baker for depth
Edwin Baker | NO
(October 25, 2014 6:10 PM EDT)
Saints promoted RB Edwin Baker from the practice squad.
Baker provides depth with Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas sidelined. The Saints waived TE Tom Crabtree.
Usama Young officially placed on I.R.
Usama Young | OAK
(October 25, 2014 5:47 PM EDT)
Raiders placed S Usama Young (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.
It's a procedural move after Young suffered tears to his ACL and MCL in Week 7. The Raiders will be forced to start Brandian Ross opposite Charles Woodson.
Marquess Wilson eligible to return Week 10
Marquess Wilson | CHI
(October 25, 2014 5:44 PM EDT)
Bears WR Marquess Wilson (broken collarbone) is eligible to return from the injured reserve-designated for return list in Week 10.
After playing the Patriots on Sunday, the Bears have a bye in Week 9. Wilson will be eligible return in the following game. Chicago has been missing a third receiver from its 2014 offense with Santonio Holmes and Josh Morgan sharing the role. A 22-year-old with huge long-term upside, Wilson should be owned in all Dynasty leagues and is worth a look for 16-team re-draft leaguers as well.
Arizona adds Soloman Patton to practice squad
Solomon Patton | ARZ
(October 25, 2014 5:34 PM EDT)
Cardinals signed WR/KR Soloman Patton to the practice squad.
Patton opened the season as the Bucs' primary return man, but was waived earlier this week. He'll be stashed on Arizona's practice squad over former Jets fourth-rounder Jalen Saunders, who was released on Saturday.
Raiders send LaMarr Woodley to I.R.
LaMarr Woodley | OAK
(October 25, 2014 5:15 PM EDT)
Raiders placed OLB LaMarr Woodley (biceps) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Woodley appeared in all six games (five starts) prior to going down, grading out negatively as a pass rusher and against the run. It's another failed move by GM Reggie McKenzie, who signed Woodley to a two-year deal in March. The Raiders will move forward with Benson Mayowa. Woodley is a candidate for offseason release.
Bilal Powell listed as probable
Bilal Powell | NYJ
(October 25, 2014 4:59 PM EDT)
Bilal Powell (foot) is listed as probable for Week 8.
Powell practiced in full throughout the week. He'll be the Jets' No. 3 running back against the Bills.
Rams CB Brandon McGee placed on I.R.
Brandon McGee | STL
(October 25, 2014 4:40 PM EDT)
Rams placed CB Brandon McGee (foot) on injured reserve, ending his season.
McGee suffered a setback with his foot injury in practice this week and will be shut down. He played 26 defensive snaps and had four tackles in two games. McGee should be fully healthy for OTAs next season.