Terrance West was benched against Jaguars
Terrance West | CLE
(October 21, 2014 9:45 AM EDT)
Terrance West was benched after failing to pick up a first down on a pair of second-quarter carries in Sunday's loss at Jacksonville.
West was actually playing ahead of Isaiah Crowell to open the game. He had room to run in both critical short-yardage situations, but tried to do too much. "I missed it," he said. "Wish I could get it back. ... I know I've got limited reps. So I know when I'm in a game, I'm trying to get a big play." On Monday, coach Mike Pettine lamented trying to get three running backs into the rotations. We wouldn't be surprised if West goes back to healthy scratch status this week, leaving Crowell to pick up all the work behind Ben Tate against the Raiders.
Akron Beacon-Journal
Lewis expected to practice Oct. 28
Marcedes Lewis | JAC
(October 21, 2014 9:28 AM EDT)
Marcedes Lewis (ankle) is expected to resume practicing Oct. 28.
Lewis is on short-term IR and eligible to return Week 12. It appears he's on that path. Athletic Clay Harbor will hold solid TE2 value until then.
Florida Times Union
49ers C Daniel Kilgore done for year
Daniel Kilgore | SF
(October 21, 2014 9:08 AM EDT)
49ers C Daniel Kilgore (leg) is out for the season.
Kilgore broke a bone in his left leg during Sunday night's loss at Denver. The first-year starter had been holding up well as he replaced Jonathan Goodwin, earning a top-12 grade from PFF. The 49ers will try to rush third-round rookie Marcus Martin (knee) into the starting lineup following the bye.
Austin Pettis was late for a team activity
Austin Pettis | FA
(October 21, 2014 9:05 AM EDT)
Austin Pettis was late for a Rams team activity over the weekend.
Pettis and practice squad WR Emory Blake were both late, and both have since been cut. But that was likely just the straw that broke the camel's back on Pettis. The former third-round pick had already agreed to a paycut and somehow averaged just 9.66 yards per reception in his NFL career. Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens are better prospects.
Rey Maualuga isn't expected back for weeks
Rey Maualuga | CIN
(October 21, 2014 9:02 AM EDT)
Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga (hamstring) is not expected back for a few more weeks.
Maualuga suffered a severe pull in Week 6 against the Panthers, adding to the Bengals' decimation at linebacker. Backup Vinny Rey had 16 tackles against the Colts in Week 7.
Aldon Smith's suspension could be reduced
Aldon Smith | SF
(October 21, 2014 8:58 AM EDT)
49ers OLB Aldon Smith's nine-game suspension could be reduced for good behavior.
As of right now, Smith isn't eligible to return until Week 11 against the Giants. But the league office is considering lowering the ban by one or two games, which surely would infuriate the Rams (Week 9 opponent) and Saints (Week 10). There is a precedent for reducing suspensions, namely in the form of Ben Roethlisberger and Brandon Marshall. The 49ers are on a bye this week.
Calvin Johnson has resumed running
Calvin Johnson | DET
(October 21, 2014 8:52 AM EDT)
Calvin Johnson (ankle) has resumed running.
Johnson is in London with his teammates as they get ready for a game against the 2-5 Falcons. We're tentatively expecting him to sit that one out and then take the Week 9 bye to get truly back to 100 percent. Megatron's ability to get some running in on his severe sprain is great news for his outlook upon return -- he's an excellent buy if anyone is selling.
Whaley thought Brown had star potential
Bryce Brown | BUF
(October 21, 2014 8:43 AM EDT)
Bills GM Doug Whaley traded for Bryce Brown because he felt the former Eagle had the potential to be a star.
Whaley gave up a fourth-round pick to get Brown this summer, relatively steep compensation by NFL standards. Note that Brown was the unquestioned No. 1 high school player in the country coming out, getting compared to Reggie Bush by Lane Kiffin. He has 4.48 speed at 6'0/220 and is excellent in the pass game. As the Buffalo News speculates, Brown will at worst be a "co-feature back" with Anthony Dixon while Fred Jackson (groin) is out. He's a plug-n-play RB2 with potential to stick in the C.J. Spiller role even once F-Jax returns. Just note that the Bills face the Jets' rugged run defense this week and then have a bye in Week 9.
Buffalo News
It's not Johnny Football time quite yet
Johnny Manziel | CLE
(October 21, 2014 8:35 AM EDT)
Coach Mike Pettine said Brian Hoyer is "still firmly our starter."
Hoyer laid an egg in a loss to the previously winless Jaguars in Week 7, looking uncomfortable in the pocket and displaying concerning inaccuracy. But he earned enough leash early in the year to get another start, this time against the 0-6 Raiders. If Hoyer loses that game, the calls for Johnny Manziel will become deafening.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mike Glennon fully expected to start Sunday
Mike Glennon | TB
(October 21, 2014 8:31 AM EDT)
Mike Glennon is expected to start Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Josh McCown (thumb) has resumed practicing, but Glennon has outperformed the veteran badly this season. Over the last three games, Glennon has gone 1-2 with two 300-yard games and a 6:3 TD-to-INT ratio. He'll be a two-QB league option against a very burnable Vikings secondary this week.
Tampa Bay Times