According to Kara Henderson on NFL Network, Fred Jackson's season has come to an end. With a broken bone is his lower leg, the Bills have been forced to place him on injured reserve.
CJ Spiller and Tashard Choice should be the guys to fill in for Jackson.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 23, 2011, 4:53 PM EST
Tashard Choice has his third team this season: The Buffalo Bills.
The Bills claimed Choice off waivers from the Redskins today. Choice was waived yesterdayafter three weeks in Washington, whichclaimed him off waivers from Dallas.
For the Bills, adding Choice makes sense for a couple of reasons. First, Bills running backFred Jackson has suffered a leg injury and might miss the rest of the season. Second, Bills coach Chan Gailey coached Choice for three years at Georgia Tech, so they know each other well.
Choice has had an extremely disappointing, injury-plagued season. In six games with the Cowboys he had 28 carries for 75 yards. In one game with the Redskins he had six carries for seven yards.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 5:26 PM
Posted by Michael David Smith on November 23, 2011, 4:12 PM EST
Kyle Orton is heading to Kansas City.
Orton, the quarterback who was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, was picked up by the Chiefs today, according to multiple reports. With Matt Cassel out for the season, Orton shouldn’t need much time to move ahead of Tyler Palko on the depth chart and become the starter in Kansas City.
The development is bad news for the Bears, who reportedly wanted to bring Orton in after Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb. The Bears will now go with Caleb Hanie until Cutler is healthy.
We don’t yet know how many teams put in claims for Orton. It could make sense for teams competing with the Bears for a wild-card berth — like the Lions, Falcons, Cowboys and Giants — to put in a claim on Orton just to block him from going to the Bears. But that’s now a moot point: The team that took Orton is a team that desperately needs to improve at the quarterback position in a hurry.
Despite reports that Orton didn’t want to go to the Chiefs, he won’t have much choice: The Chiefs own his rights. Now we’ll see whether he can get things going in Kansas City in time to help them compete for the AFC West — including a big game in Denver in Week 17.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 5:24 PM
Posted by Mike Florio on November 23, 2011, 2:58 PM EST
The decision to give backup quarterback Mark Brunell some snaps with the first-team offense appears to be yet another “I’ll turn this car around right now” threat from coach Rex Ryan to quarterback Mark Sanchez. We know this because Rex reportedly has said at his Wednesday press availability that he can’t envision taking Sanchez out of a game.
Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, however, Rex also said it’s not inconceivable that he’d replace Sanchez for a series.
And perhaps that would be the next step in Rex’s second annual effort to get Sanchez’s attention. As Rex explains at pages 258-59 of his book, Play Like You Mean It, he gave Brunell practice time with the starting offense in 2010 because “our quarterback was struggling . . . . I mean, he was shitty” and because “some defensive guys [were] complaining about the offense.”
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 3:05 PM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 23, 2011, 12:53 PM EST
A number of teams could place a claim on Kyle Orton by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, but most of the focus remains on the Bears and Chiefs.
Multiple Chicago reports say the Bears will claim Orton. But will he get there?
ESPN’s John Clayton said onSportsCenter Wednesday that Orton is “trying to get word out” that he may not report to the Chiefs if Kansas City claims him.
(Presumably, part of getting the word out is telling Clayton to go on ESPN to talk about it.)
A report by NFL.com said earlier Thursday that the Chiefs are “considering” placing a claim on Orton, which is no surprise. It’s clear Orton wants to play for the Bears. That’s why he pushed for his release.
We’d like to thank the Broncos and Orton for spicing up an otherwise quiet Wednesday.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 1:08 PM
Posted by Mike Florio on November 23, 2011, 11:35 AM EST
Several of you have asked for an explanation of the procedure for securing the rights to a player on waivers. Since it doesn’t take much time, thought, or effort, I decided to do it.
First, priority is determined based on record. Per a league source, here’s the current list: (1) Colts; (2) Panthers; (3) Rams; (4) Vikings; (5) Cardinals; (6) Redskins; (7) Jaguars; (8) Dolphins; (9) Chiefs; (10) Browns; (11) Eagles; (12) Chargers; (13) Seahawks; (14) Buccaneers; (15) Titans; (16) Bills; (17) Jets; (18) Broncos; (19) Giants; (20) Raider; (21) Bengals; (22) Cowboys; (23) Falcons; (24) Saints; (25) Texans; (26) Ravens; (27) Steelers; (28) Patriots; (29) Lions; (30) Bears; (31) 49ers; and (32) Packers.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 12:38 PM
Current record 95-51 (65%)
Last Week 10-4
Packers at Lions - Many people are fascinated with this game, and rightfully so. However I keep hearing everyone saying that this week we will get to learn a lot about the Lions. I agree to an extent, but more importantly I think this is the week that we learn about the Packers. Yes, the 10-0 Packers. This year they have been excellent as their record suggests, but they do have some flaws that other teams simply have not been able to expose enough. Their defense has been a huge disappointment this year, but what do you expect when you lose Cullen Jenkins and Nick Collins? Their other major weakness is still
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 9:02 AM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 22, 2011, 6:29 PM EST
There was a lot of fanfare regarding Tashard Choicemoving to the Redskins. Well, at least for a running back.
There will likely be less fanfare for Choice’s release just a few weeks later.
The Redskins waived the former Cowboys running back on Tuesday after only one game where Choice was active. Dallas held Choice to nine yards on seven touches, and Mike Shanahan decided he had seen enough.
The team activated rookie Evan Royster from the practice squad to take Choice’s place. We’re sure this move will usher in an era of productivity and predictability in the Redskins backfield.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 7:13 AM
Posted by Mike Florio on November 22, 2011, 10:13 PM EST
It’s a nice, feel-good Thanksgiving week story. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler breaks a thumb. The Broncos have cut a former Bears quarterback who’d like to play in Chicago again. And there’s nothing more natural than a homecoming on the fourth Thursday in November.
The only problem? At least 22 teams can provide the flight delay and/or the traffic jam that prevents Kyle Orton from scarfing down sausage with the Superfans.
After the trading deadline, all players who are released must pass through waivers. Priority is determined by record. And so every team higher than the Bears in the pecking order will have dibs on Orton, if they choose to exercise it.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 7:11 AM