Mike McCoy: We followed procedure

October, 24, 2014
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[+] EnlargeRonnie Hillman, Jahleel Addae, Eric Weddle
Tim Rasmussen/The Denver PostJahleel Addae (37) said after Thursday's game that he passed the NFL's concussion test, but the Chargers won't confirm that Addae suffered no head trauma.

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers followed proper medical procedure after safety Jahleel Addae had two scary reactions following hits in Thursday night's 35-21 loss at Denver, coach Mike McCoy said.

Addae immediately fell to the ground after a hit on the first play of the game. Late in the third quarter, he convulsed while remaining on his feet after a hit. He led with his left shoulder both times.

Addae said after the game that he passed the NFL's concussion test. He was not in the locker room when it was open to the media Friday afternoon. A member of the team's public relations staff said Addae went home before the locker room was opened.

"Like every player regardless of what the injury is, you monitor them throughout the game," McCoy said. "The first time he was checked out."

Addae's reaction to the second hit caused a stir on Twitter. Some compared it to when Chargers guard Kris Dielman was staggered after sustaining a career-ending concussion in a game in 2011.

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The San Diego Chargers have several players at different stages of working their way back to the field. Head coach Mike McCoy did not provide reporters at his Friday afternoon news conference much clarity on when any of those players will return.

After watching film on Friday, the Chargers will take the weekend off before returning to the practice field Monday.

After sitting out the loss to Denver on Thursday with a concussion, cornerback Brandon Flowers has a chance to clear the NFL protocol process and get back on the field at Miami.

Running back Donald Brown missed the past three weeks because he has not cleared the NFL protocol process for returning to the field from a concussion.

Fellow running back Ryan Mathews missed six games with an MCL knee sprain, but was seen running sprints during pregame workouts in Denver, and appears close to a return to the field.

Initial reports had Mathews returning in four to six weeks from his knee issue.

Inside linebacker Manti Te’o, out for the past five games with a broken foot, is walking without a limp and working with trainers on the field.

Fellow linebacker Melvin Ingram is on the injured reserve/designated to return with a hip issue. The earliest Ingram can return to the field is after the bye week against Oakland on Nov. 16. Ingram appears on track to meet that goal.

And rookie edge rusher Jeremiah Attaochu missed four games this season with a lingering hamstring injury, but with more rest and rehabilitation should be closer to being fully healthy.

The Chargers play just one game in the next 23 days, giving McCoy the prospect of having a healthier team down the back stretch of the season as his Chargers try to stop a two-game losing streak.

“I think the past couple weeks we just haven’t played well enough to win against two good football teams,” McCoy said. “Give Kansas City and Denver all of the credit. They beat us. We didn’t play good enough to win. But I think we’ll bounce back. We’ll have a great week of practice next week. We’ll put together a great plan and find a way to go down to Miami and win.”

McCoy addressed safety Jahleel Addae’s injury concerns from Thursday night’s game again on Friday. Addae twice went down during the Denver game with what appeared to be a shoulder stinger. McCoy confirmed that Addae suffered a stinger, not a concussion.

Addae said he went through a concussion test during the game and passed. McCoy said the team’s training staff and doctors monitored Addae throughout the game and believed there were no safety issues with the hard-hitting safety returning to the field.

“Like every player, regardless of what the injury is, you monitor him throughout the game,” McCoy said. “And that’s exactly what they did with Jahleel. From the first injury he was checked out and throughout the game, like every player. When something happens, every time you come to the sideline, there’s certain things.

“There’s a number of people in the medical fields, not just our training staff and our doctors. There’s someone up in the press box watching everything. There’s someone on our sideline that evaluates everybody. So he did like every other player does during the game.”

McCoy would not say if Addae will be healthy enough to play against Miami on Nov. 2.

McCoy also said he has not met with the training staff, so could not provide an update on the status of cornerback Jason Verrett. The former TCU standout re-injured a shoulder injury he suffered against the Raiders, and watched from the sidelines in the second half.

Verrett was questionable heading into the Denver game, but wound up starting. McCoy was asked if it was a mistake to play Verrett because of his shoulder issue.

“If he wasn’t ready to go, we wouldn’t have put him in there,” McCoy said. “So the answer is he was ready to go.”
TEMPE, Ariz. – If it was up to Calais Campbell, he would be playing Sunday against Philadelphia.

But Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians will be the one who makes that call, and Arians said Friday that that status of his 6-foot-8 defensive end will be a game-time decision.

“When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go,” Arians said.

Campbell was listed as limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but said he pushed himself hard this week to see how his right sprained MCL will respond.

“I feel explosive and everything, so it depends on what you consider limited,” Campbell said. “In my opinion, I feel like I can play football and help the team win.”

Campbell has missed the last two games after suffering a knee injury when Denver tight end Julius Thomas illegally chop-blocked Campbell in Week 5. Without him, Arizona has continued its dominating pace against rushing offenses, ascending to the top of the NFL’s rush defense rankings.

If Campbell returns Sunday, he won’t be given a snap count, Arians said. Instead, the coach will trust Campbell to determine his own limits, leaving how many snaps Campbell plays “strictly” up to him. If he’s active, Campbell doesn’t think he’ll play the majority of the game.

“I know that no matter what, going out there having the last two weeks off, my reps won’t be as high,” Campbell said. “I’ll have to rotate, even if I’m going to be able to be out there. The big thing is giving everything I have and being honest with the training staff and my coaches and myself, and just making sure I’m doing what’s best to help the team.”

Campbell’s toughest obstacle to overcome might be the brace on his right leg.

He’s said Friday it’s more of a preventative measure than anything so he doesn’t further injure his knee. Campbell said he has “pretty good” function with the brace on, though.

“That’s different,” Campbell said. “I’ve never played with a brace on my knee before. So, I just got to get used to it. I felt explosive and I was able to play football the way I like to play football.”

If Campbell arrives at University of Phoenix Stadium feeling as well as he did after Friday’s practice, he said he’ll be good to play. But the decision will still be left to Arians.

“There’s nobody quite like him,” Arians said. “Even if he’s 90 percent, the energy he brings, just the respect that he brings, that you want him on the field.”
Kick and punt returner Bryan Walters will not play Sunday because of a concussion, one of seven Seattle Seahawks on the active roster who are out for the game in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that receivers Doug Baldwin and rookie Paul Richardson would handle the return duties this weekend.

Carroll said Baldwin wants to do both, "but he's going to do one of them." Carroll didn't say which one, but look for Baldwin to return kickoffs and Richardson to get a shot at returning punts. Richardson and cornerback Richard Sherman have been practicing punt returns all season.

Starting corner Byron Maxwell (calf strain) and starting center Max Unger (foot injury) are still are out this weekend, but Carroll hopes both will return to practice next week.

Second-year player Tharold Simon will get his second NFL start and cornerback, replacing Maxwell. Simon sprained his ankle in his first NFL start last week at St. Louis and left the game, but he practiced all this week and is ready to go.

Also out for Sunday are starting tight end Zach Miller, starting middle linebacker Bobby Wagner (turf toe), backup defensive tackle Jordan Hill (sprained ankle) and fullback Derrick Coleman, who has surgery Wednesday on his broken foot.

Running back Robert Turbin will handle the fullback duties again Sunday. Backup tight end Luke Willson will return after missing the St. Louis loss with a groin injury.
Oakland Raiders coach Tony Sparano would not commit to whether cornerback D.J. Hayden will be activated off the physically unable to perform list by Saturday, which would enable him to play Sunday at the Cleveland Browns.

However, Sparano did say Friday that Hayden is "good to go," and the Raiders are expected to make two roster moves by Saturday. Defensive end LaMarr Woodley (biceps) and safety Usama Young (knee) are expected to be put on injured reserve list so the Raiders can make two additions.

The Raiders will likely make at least one practice-squad promotion. If healthy, it makes sense that Hayden is part of the transactions.

The Raiders have 12 days to either activate Hayden or put him on injured reserve. The activation of Hayden, who broke his foot in June and returned to practice nine days ago, appears inevitable.

Meanwhile, defensive end Justin Tuck didn't practice because of a knee injury Friday and is questionable to play Sunday. He didn't play in Week 7, but he practiced the past two days. Sparano said tight end Davis Auberry (foot), receiver Vincent Brown (hamstring) and cornerback Keith McGill (groin) will not play against the Browns. None of those decisions are surprises.

Sparano wouldn't say whether Menelik Watson or Khalif Barnes starts at right tackle. Barnes is back practicing after missing two games with a quad injury. Still, Watson, a second-round draft pick last year, has played well in Barnes' absence. It would be a surprise if Watson didn't start.

Also, as part of changes under Sparano, the Raiders will not hold a walk-through practice Saturday. All of the team's Saturday work will be in meetings.

The team flew to Cleveland on Friday

Saints without Thomas, Robinson

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24

METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints running backs Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson have both been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers with injuries.

Fortunately for the Saints, Mark Ingram returned from his hand injury last week. They'll lean heavily on Ingram and third-year back Travaris Cadet, who is more of a pass-catching specialist.

Tight end Jimmy Graham, meanwhile, is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game as he continues to heal from a shoulder injury.

Graham, who was unavailable for comment this week, seems likely to play after practicing on a limited basis. But the Saints have not offered any details on whether Graham's role will be limited like it was last weekend when he had zero catches while playing 30 snaps against the Detroit Lions.

It stands to reason that Graham's role will increase since his shoulder has had an extra week to heal and the team has had a better feel for what it can expect from him as it puts together its game plan. However, Graham's limited practice reps suggest he's not fully back to 100 percent.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- As expected, New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears. The Boston Globe reported earlier this week that Jones is expected to miss “about a month.”

Meanwhile, running back Shane Vereen's absence from practice Friday was because of an illness and he is one of seven players listed as questionable. At this point, it would be a surprise if Vereen does not play.

Offensive linemen Dan Connolly (concussion), Cameron Fleming (finger) and Bryan Stork (concussion) are also questionable, as their returns would give the Patriots a chance to have their most effective offensive line this season active for the game. That offensive line would be comprised of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Connolly, center Stork, right guard Ryan Wendell and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said WR Eric Decker and LB David Harris, although limited in Friday’s walk-through, will be able to play when the Jet face the Bills this Sunday. WR Greg Salas and LB Trevor Reilly, also limited, are questionable for the game and Ryan again expressed doubts they would play.

To the injury report:

Questionable: LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist).
Probable: T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (foot), CB Darrin Walls (knee).

Out: RB Fred Jackson (groin), LB Ty Powell (ankle).
Doubtful: WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring).
Questionable: WR Marcus Easley (knee), S Aaron Williams (neck).
Probable: CB Ron Brooks (groin), LB Brandon Spikes (ribs), WR Sammy Watkins (groin), DE Mario Williams (thumb)
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys safety Jakar Hamilton returned to practice Friday after attending the funeral of his cousin.

"Pushing through it one day at a time," Hamilton said after practice.

Hamilton hasn't played in a game after serving his four-game suspension for violating the substance abuse policy.

Defensive end Anthony Spencer was a limited participant in Friday's practice with a sprained foot. Tackle Doug Free (foot) and defensive end Jack Crawford (calf) didn't practice and won't play in Monday's game against the Washington Redskins.

Quarterback Tony Romo (back), tackle Jeremy Parnell (chest), wide receiver Dez Bryant (shoulder) and linebacker Bruce Carter (thigh) were full participants.
ASHBURN, Va. – The Redskins liked how Tyler Polumbus improved a year ago, giving them hope for this season. But Polumbus struggled and now the Redskins have made a change.

Coach Jay Gruden said they will start Tom Compton at right tackle for Monday’s game at Dallas. Compton and Polumbus alternated in the second half of Sunday’s game against Tennessee. Polumbus has been dealing with an injured knee, but the benching is centered more on his performance than his health.

Gruden also said Compton has earned the start. For most of the first six games, Compton served as a third tight end in run situations. The third-year pro has worked at both tackle spots. When he first entered the league, the book on him was good athlete, but he needed more strength. Compton has focused hard on the latter area, though at times he has issues with getting driven back. But the quickness serves him well in the zone run game.

“He’s done a good job,” Gruden said. “All throughout camp he’s been a very good swing guy for us. He played well against Tennessee in the reps he got so we’re going to give him an opportunity.”

But Gruden said they’re not sure who the other active tackle will be, Polumbus or rookie Morgan Moses. The Redskins had hoped to let Moses sit and develop this season, then perhaps become a starter in 2015.

He improved during training camp, though he had a long ways to go. Moses had a tendency to bend too much at the waist, which left him with bad footwork and struggles in one-on-one situations. He was better by the end of camp -- the coaches liked how he would fix mistakes quickly. But he has been limited to seven snaps this season. He allowed one bad pressure against Seattle when he appeared uncertain of what he should do on a play. Moses, though, clearly remains a player they want to develop into a starter at some point in the future.

Polumbus is a free agent after the season.

Miami Dolphins final injury report

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins (3-3) have another important game Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6).

 Here is the final game status for the Dolphins:

Doubtful: S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)

Questionable: LB Koa Misi (ankle)

Probable: LT Branden Albert (elbow), TE Charles Clay (knee), LS John Denney (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck), CB Brent Grimes (groin), DT Jared Odrick (neck), C Samson Satele (hamstring), TE Dion Sims (neck), LB Philip Wheeler (shoulder/thumb)

Analysis: The Dolphins only major injury concern this week was Wilson, who also missed last week’s game against the Chicago Bears. It appears he will miss his second straight week with a hamstring injury. That will open the door for backup defensive backs Michael Thomas, Jamar Taylor and/or Will Davis to get more snaps. Misi is questionable after re-tweaking his ankle. If Misi can’t go, backup linebacker Jason Trusnik most likely would fill in the middle of the defense. For the Jaguars, cornerback Alan Ball (bicep) and defensive end Andre Branch (groin) were both ruled out for Sunday’s game. Cornerback Dwayne Gratz (hip) also is listed questionable for Jacksonville’s banged-up defense.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- On the day the Baltimore Ravens announced that tight end Owen Daniels is out for Sunday's game, they essentially revealed that the starting left side of their offensive line will return.

Offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and guard Kelechi Osemele are both considered probable for the first-place battle at Cincinnati. They haven't been on the field together for the past four weeks.

Monroe and Osemele, both of whom are dealing with knee injuries, had full participation in every practice this week.

Defensive end Chris Canty, who is out for Sunday's game, has been cleared "to start training heavily," coach John Harbaugh said. "It's a matter of how fast he can get back in shape." Canty will miss his fourth straight game.

As for the Cincinnati Bengals, wide receiver A.J. Green is doubtful with a toe injury. The rest of the injury report:

Out: TE Owen Daniels (knee, did not practice Friday), DE Chris Canty (wrist, did not practice Friday).

Probable: OT Eugene Monroe (knee, full participation), G Kelechi Osemele (knee, full participation).
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- A lingering foot injury kept starting right tackle Jordan Mills off the practice field Friday -- forcing the Chicago Bears to list Mills as questionable to face the New England Patriots on Sunday.

 Mills went backwards on the injury report the entire week; downgraded to limited participation in practice on Thursday (Mills had full participation on Wednesday) before sitting out Friday's session altogether.

“It’s a problem [Mills’ foot injury] right now and we’ll have to see how it is over the course of the next couple of days,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “We’ll have to see where Jordan is. If he can’t go, then Michael [Ola] will be in his place [at right tackle].

Ola started three games at left guard and two games at left tackle earlier in the season when Matt Slauson and Jermon Bushrod were injured.

Meantime, linebackers Jon Bostic (back) and Lance Briggs (ribs) are both listed as doubtful for Week 8. Trestman said Briggs is still dealing with soreness but is making progress towards an eventual return.

In more encouraging news, rookie cornerback Kyle Fuller is probable for Sunday after suffering a broken right hand and right hip pointer injury last weekend in the loss to the Miami Dolphins. Fuller has worn a protective brace on his hand the past two days at practice, but it’s unknown if he plans to wear anything on his hand versus New England, according to Trestman.

Safety Chris Conte (shoulder), defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff (non-injury related) and tight end Martellus Bennett are also probable.

Safety Danny McCray has been ruled with a knee injury.

HOUSTON -- Brian Cushing missed practice this week with the knee that's been surgically repaired twice acting up in the past few weeks.

"People kind of tend to forget how much the knee's gone through," the Houston Texans linebacker said. "I sure haven't. I sure haven't forgotten. I'm kind of reminded about it every day."

It was an ACL surgery during the 2012 season that knocked him out, and his recovery from that injury went well. Cushing returned at the beginning of the 2013 season playing as well as he ever has. Then he suffered another injury on the same knee while being blocked in Kansas City. His ACL remain intact, but he broke his leg and tore his lateral collateral ligament.

Having had two surgeries on the same knee in the past two seasons hasn't been easy on his knee. He's dealt with some swelling, pain and the possibility that if he continues to play without some rest his knee could get worse.

"We're going to make the best decision for myself (and) the team," Cushing said. "I think we all can agree the last couple weeks I haven't really been myself. It's been really hard on me. Any time I go out there I want to put the best of myself out there to help the team win. If it's to a point where I'm really not with my play and where I am with my health, that's what we're going to do."

Cushing will travel to Nashville with the team tomorrow and work out his knee before the game. The last two times a player has done that (Arian Foster in New York and Jadeveon Clowney in Pittsburgh) the determination that they wouldn't play came even before on-field workouts. Cushing, though, says that he's felt better with the rest he's gotten this week.

"There's nothing I want more than to play," he said. "That's the objective right now. We'll see how it goes."
TAMPA, Fla. -- After a full week of practice, Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown said he’s pleased with the progress of his injured right thumb.

 McCown has been out since suffering the injury in a Week 3 loss to Atlanta. He began practicing on Monday.

“It’s just been a day-to-day thing, and every day it feels a little bit better,’’ McCown said after Friday's practice. “It was good to get a little more work in this week and get a better feel for it.’’

All indications are that Mike Glennon will start Sunday’s game against Minnesota. But the big question is if McCown will be activated as the backup. McCown said that decision is up to coach Lovie Smith. But McCown said he’d be ready at any time.

“If I were to play at any time, I’d feel confident in playing,’’ McCown said. “Whether that’s this Sunday or a couple of Sundays from now -- any time you go on the field, you better feel confident in playing.’’

McCown, who still was wearing a wrap on his right hand, said he’s had to temper his enthusiasm about getting back on the field to avoid any setbacks.

“It’s hard not to want to push the gas on it and really throw yourself all into it,’’ McCown said. “It’s different than a leg injury or something like that. You can do everything else. You can take your drops. You can do everything but the main thing for a quarterback and that’s to throw. Being able to throw a little bit more this week has been helpful.’’

In other injury news, the Bucs are relatively healthy. Linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday. Smith said all the team’s other injured players should be available.