NFL Nation: Elbert Mack

Houston Texans release Elbert Mack

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans didn't make any trades at the trade deadline, but announced some shuffling Tuesday at the bottom of the roster.

Houston released cornerback Elbert Mack off the active roster and cornerback Kendall James off the practice squad.

Mack's primary role was on special teams, an area where Texans coach Bill O'Brien has said he wants to see improvement.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle and Mark Berman of Houston's Fox 26, the corresponding moves to these included adding linebacker Zac Diles, a 2007 draft pick for the Texans, and running back Ben Malena to the practice squad.

W2W4: Houston Texans

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DENVER -- The Houston Texans (1-1) and Denver Broncos (2-0) face each other in their third preseason game Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Here's what to watch for:

1. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick: He recovered in a big way from his uninspiring debut this preseason. Two scoring drives showed a marked improvement last weekend compared to his performance in the Texans' preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals. The Fitzpatrick who appeared against the Falcons is much closer to the quarterback I've seen in practices lately than the one who could barely stay on the field in Arizona. His improvement needs to be a trend, though. Fitzpatrick needs to be more consistent, especially outside of two-minute drills.

2. The slot receivers: The position is a competitive these days. Mike Thomas was the early leader, and he has still looked excellent in practices, but don't count out Keshawn Martin. This week's game will be important for both. Thomas sat out last weekend against Atlanta after getting knocked in his helmet during the week of practices against the Falcons. Martin and undrafted rookie Travis Labhart really took advantage of his absence.

3. The secondary: The Texans' depth at defensive back grew before our eyes from Week 1 to Week 2. I don't expect starting cornerback Johnathan Joseph to play tonight, which means another serious look at those guys against the best passing game in the NFL. We'll couch this by saying preseason games involve a pared down playbook and little game-planning. But the Texans will still learn a lot by watching cornerbacks such as A.J. Bouye, Elbert Mack and Andre Hal, who have all had promising moments this preseason. Mack, especially, had a strong week against the Broncos in practice. He could fight his way onto the roster in the next two weeks.

Reviewing NFC South free agents

March, 7, 2013
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We’ve shown you the lists of potential NFC South free agents before. But let’s do it again because there have been some minor moves and the free-agency period is getting ready to start Tuesday.

Here’s the list of potential free agents for all four NFC South teams:

Atlanta Falcons. Tony Gonzalez, Brent Grimes, Sam Baker, William Moore, Will Svitek, Mike Cox, Todd McClure, Luke McCown, Christopher Owens, Mike Peterson, Garrett Reynolds, Lawrence Sidbury and Vance Walker all can become unrestricted free agents. Michael Palmer can become a restricted free agent.

Carolina Panthers. The potential unrestricted free agents are Derek Anderson, Antwan Applewhite, Gary Barnidge, Dwan Edwards, Ben Hartsock, Sherrod Martin, Captain Munnerlyn, Louis Murphy and Mike Pollak. Richie Brockel can become an exclusive-rights free agent. Andre Neblett, Nate Ness and Jason Phillips are scheduled to become restricted free agents.

New Orleans Saints. Jermon Bushrod, Jonathan Casillas, Chase Daniel, Sedrick Ellis, Devery Henderson, Ramon Humber, Elbert Mack, Turk McBride, Will Robinson, Courtney Roby and Scott Shanle can become unrestricted free agents. Brian De La Puente, Justin Drescher, Junior Galette and Chris Ivory are scheduled to become restricted free agents. Eric Olsen and Michael Higgins can become exclusive-rights free agents.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ronde Barber, Dallas Clark, Michael Bennett, E.J. Biggers, Andrew Economos, Geno Hayes, Roy Miller, Roscoe Parrish, Sammie Stroughter and Jeremy Trueblood can become unrestricted free agents. LeGarrette Blount, Jacob Cutrera, Corvey Irvin and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim are scheduled to become restricted free agents.

Looking at New Orleans' free agents

February, 11, 2013
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Time to continue our look at the NFC South’s potential free agents with the New Orleans Saints.

Their list includes left tackle Jermon Bushrod, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, backup quarterback Chase Daniel, defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, receiver Devery Henderson, linebacker Ramon Humber, cornerback Elbert Mack, defensive end Turk McBride, tackle Will Robinson, receiver Courtney Roby and linebacker Scott Shanle. Center Brian De La Puente, center Justin Drescher, defensive end Junior Galette and running back Chris Ivory can be restricted free agents. Safety Rafael Bush, guard Eric Olsen and tight end Michael Higgins can be exclusive-rights free agents.

The big names are Bushrod, who has made himself into a Pro Bowler, and Ellis, a former first-round pick. Although the Saints have major salary-cap issues, they are likely to at least make an attempt to keep Bushrod. But it’s important to remember the Saints aren’t like most other teams when it comes to their philosophy on paying offensive linemen. They have a history of paying more to guards (see Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs) than they do to tackles and Bushrod could get big money on the open market.

Ellis never has lived up to his draft status and, with the Saints switching to a 3-4 defense, I’m not sure he’s a good fit for the scheme.

Henderson and Shanle used to be key players. But age started to catch up to them last season and I don’t see the Saints making a big push to keep them.

Saints may have to start rookie tackle

November, 23, 2012
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It’s looking like the New Orleans Saints may have to start rookie Bryce Harris against San Francisco’s strong pass rush Sunday.

Zach Strief, the regular starter, is listed as questionable and practiced only on a limited basis all week. Charles Brown, who had been starting in Strief’s place, has been declared out with a knee injury. Cornerbacks Corey White (knee) Elbert Mack (concussion) and defensive end Junior Galette (ankle) also have been declared out for Sunday.

Without Mack and White, the Saints have only three healthy cornerbacks and might be forced to use safety Malcolm Jenkins there if there are any more injuries.

On a positive note, running back Darren Sproles is listed as probable and likely will get his first action since breaking his hand on Oct. 28 against the Broncos.

The Carolina Panthers don’t have to hand in a final injury report until Saturday because they play Monday night at Philadelphia. We previously updated the injury situations for Atlanta and Tampa Bay.

Saints, Falcons without injured starters

November, 11, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS -- No surprises on the lists of inactive players for the Saints and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

As expected, injured Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon will miss his second straight game. Mike Peterson is expected to start in his place with Akeem Dent also picking up some of Weatherspoon’s snaps.

The other inactives for Atlanta are quarterback Dominique Davis, receiver Kevin Cone, safety Charles Mitchell, offensive lineman Phillipkeith Manley, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes and defensive tackle Travian Robertson.

The Saints also will be without several injured players. Running back Darren Sproles, receiver/return man Courtney Roby, linebacker Scott Shanle, offensive tackle Zach Strief and defensive end Junior Galette are inactive. The other inactives for the Saints are defensive back Elbert Mack and defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker.

Inactives for the Saints

October, 21, 2012
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The New Orleans Saints just announced their inactives for Sunday’s game with the Buccaneers.

No major surprises. Injured tight end Jimmy Graham and linebacker David Hawthorne are out.

The other inactives are running back Chris Ivory, cornerback Elbert Mack, defensive end Turk McBride, offensive tackle Bryce Harris and defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker.

I'll be back with inactives for the Bucs in a few moments.

Observation deck: Saints-Titans

August, 30, 2012
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Some quick observations from the Saints' 10-6 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Thursday night's preseason finale:
  • Assistant head coach Joe Vitt went almost exclusively with backups, which isn’t at all surprising when you consider the Saints were playing their fifth preseason game, including the Hall of Fame Game. The Saints started third-string quarterback Sean Canfield. He is a long way from being Drew Brees and even backup Chase Daniel, but Canfield looked better than I’ve ever seen him in practice and previous preseason games. Canfield did turn the ball over a couple of times, but I think he at least made a case for the Saints to keep him around.
  • I think a lot of people thought third-round defensive tackle Akiem Hicks would be a project because he played his college football in Canada. I think a lot of people might have sold Hicks short. He continues to impress. He sacked Jake Locker in the first quarter. It’s pretty obvious Hicks has earned a spot in the rotation behind starters Brodrick Bunkley and Sedrick Ellis. You could even look a year ahead and perhaps picture Hicks as a starter because Ellis’ contract is up after this season and the Saints will have a tight salary-cap situation in 2013.
  • Receiver Joseph Morgan continues to look good. I think he probably holds the edge on rookie Nick Toon for the No. 4 receiver spot (I count Courtney Roby, a return man) as the fifth receiver. That makes you wonder if the Saints will keep six receivers on the roster. My guess is they will. Toon’s a guy they were high on before his preseason got interrupted by an injury. Toon’s healthy now and I don’t think he’s a guy you want to risk losing by releasing him and hoping to get him back on the practice squad.
  • The competition for the fourth running back spot remains close between Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet. But I think Ivory might have gained a bit of ground in this game because Cadet lost a fumble.
  • A lot of people were stunned when safety Isa Abdul-Quddus made the team last year. I was one of them, but I’m starting to see why now. Quddus knocked a ball loose in the second quarter and Elbert Mack recovered the fumble. Quddus already has established a role as a special-teams player. But I think he’s turning into a solid backup at safety, and somewhere in the future he could end up starting.

Observation deck: Jaguars-Saints

August, 17, 2012
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Some quick observations on the New Orleans Saints’ 27-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:
  • After looking very good in the first two preseason games, the first-team defense didn’t have a good outing against the Jaguars. It is only the preseason and, ordinarily, you could say the Saints still are getting into Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme. But this one deserves at least a little concern. Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert looked better than he did at any point in his rookie season. Gabbert completed 13 of 16 passes for 112 yards. Plus, it wasn’t like Gabbert had Maurice Jones-Drew in the backfield. Instead, Rashad Jennings was the main ball carrier and he had 62 yards on 11 carries in the first half. The Jaguars had 101 rushing yards in the first half.
  • There were a couple of Saints' injuries that didn’t look good. Linebacker Chris Chamberlain appeared to injure his knee and receiver Andy Tanner was carted off with an apparent injury to his left leg. No details on the injuries were available immediately, but losing either player for an extended period could hurt. Tanner, who had a nice training camp and start to the preseason, is competing for a roster spot as the fourth or fifth receiver. Chamberlain, who played for Spagnuolo in St. Louis, has a shot at being a starter or key backup.
  • Drew Brees didn’t get a lot of help from his offensive line early on. Brees was sacked and lost a fumble with 9:00 left in the second quarter. But Brees bounced back and the Saints had a nice drive late in the first half to cut Jacksonville’s lead to 17-10. Brees finished the night completing 10 of 13 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown.
  • Backup quarterback Chase Daniel had a very efficient outing. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 185 yards and two touchdown. Daniel led what should have been the game-winning drive, connecting with running back Travaris Cadet on a 24-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. But Jacksonville rallied for a touchdown with 13 seconds left to keep Daniel and Cadet from being the heroes.
  • Defensive end Junior Galette continued his strong preseason, putting pressure on Gabbert several times. I think Galette could end up starting as Will Smith serves a suspension for the first four games. After that, Galette could be a regular in the rotation because he has some explosiveness as a pass-rusher.
  • Giving 110 percent, as Raheem Morris said he always did, cornerback Elbert Mack tipped a third-quarter pass that turned into an interception for Isa Abdul-Quddus. Mack, who came over from Tampa Bay, has a chance at a roster spot as a backup cornerback and special-teams player.

Saints shuffling cornerbacks

August, 2, 2012
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There’s some news out of New Orleans that is less than ideal, but it might not be disastrous if the time frame works out as expected.

Assistant head coach Joe Vitt said that cornerback Jabari Greer is having sports hernia surgery in Philadelphia. Vitt said he expects Greer to be ready for the start of the regular season.

If that ends up being the case, the Saints are fine. Greer is a proven veteran who can pop right back in after missing most of camp and the entire preseason. But, if the time table runs longer on Greer’s recovery and he’s not ready for the start of the regular season, then the Saints face a potential problem.

Greer is New Orleans’ best cornerback and I say he’s the best corner in the NFC South. Fellow starting cornerback Patrick Robinson has also missed some camp time with a minor injury. That’s given guys like Johnny Patrick, Marquis Johnson and Elbert Mack an opportunity to get more practice time in camp and that’s a silver lining. Patrick is a second-year guy who the Saints would like to use as their nickelback and this will give the coaching staff a good chance to really gauge his progress. All indications are Patrick is having a good camp.

But I don’t think he’s reached a point in his career where the Saints would be very comfortable if he has to open the season as a starter.

NFC South evening update

July, 31, 2012
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Time to take a look at the day’s headlines from around the NFC South.
  • Carolina general manager Marty Hurney said he plans to meet with offensive tackle Jeff Otah on Wednesday. The Panthers previously traded Otah to the New York Jets, but that deal was rescinded after Otah couldn’t pass a physical. The Panthers already were prepared to move on without Otah, and I don’t see them hanging onto him now. It will be tough to find another trade partner now because the fact Otah couldn’t pass a physical was made very public. I think Carolina’s only choice is to release Otah. But we’ll see if Hurney has something up his sleeve.
  • Undrafted rookie quarterback Dominique Davis drew some praise from coach Mike Smith. The coach talked about Davis’ strong arm. I can verify that. When I was at Atlanta’s camp, it clearly was evident Davis has a strong arm. But the thing that caused me a little concern was that he seemed to have only one speed -- fast. It didn’t matter if it was a screen pass or a shot over the middle to a receiver or a tight end, Davis was throwing the ball very hard, and didn’t seem to have a lot of touch.
  • Tampa Bay middle linebacker Mason Foster said he knows there are no guarantees as to how the linebacker group will be utilized in the regular season. But it’s pretty obvious the Bucs want Foster starting in the middle, with Quincy Black and rookie Lavonte David on the outside. Unless they really struggle in the preseason, I don’t think you’ll see any changes.
  • The Buccaneers got their first day off from training camp Tuesday. That’s probably a good thing. This team is off to a rough start when it comes to injuries, and a little rest can’t hurt.
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints went through two minicamp practices Tuesday. I'm working on several columns and other items for the future, but let me share some quick notes and observations from the first day of minicamp.
  • At times, quarterback Chase Daniel looked very good while working with the first team. Same for Sean Canfield, but it’s pretty obvious these guys aren’t quite on Drew Brees’ level. I’m pretty sure Tuesday was the first time I’ve seen the Saints practice and witnessed back-to-back incompletions. That basically doesn’t happen with Brees.
  • Assistant head coach Joe Vitt said it’s too early to talk about defensive linemen because they’re not hitting and they’re not in pads. But it’s pretty obvious Vitt is high on young defensive ends Greg Romeus, Junior Galette and Martez Wilson.
  • Vitt said he’s not ready to say that Wilson’s move from linebacker to defensive end is permanent. But Vitt said Wilson’s past as a linebacker gives him an advantage on the other defensive ends as they sometimes are being asked to drop into pass coverage in the new defensive scheme.
  • Although the Saints had only five draft picks this year, Vitt said he views the class as having six members. Romeus had to sit out his rookie season with a knee injury and Vitt said he’s being treated as a rookie.
  • Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo expressed the same precaution about judging defensive linemen before full contact, but he sounded very high on defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, who joined the Saints during the offseason. Spagnuolo raved about Bunkley’s fundamentals and attention to detail.
  • Tight end Jimmy Graham appears to have added some muscle in the offseason. I asked him about it and Graham said his weight is still 265, but said he’s spent a little more time in the weight room and has added some muscle.
  • The Saints added a little secondary depth just before minicamp. They signed former Tampa Bay cornerback Elbert Mack.
  • The Saints lost guard Carl Nicks to Tampa Bay in free agency, but quickly replaced him with Ben Grubbs. Nicks may be the best guard in the NFL, but Grubbs isn’t bad. In fact, he may be better than Nicks in some ways. “I think that he is probably a little better communicator on the line of scrimmage than Carl Nicks,’’ Vitt said.
  • The Saints clearly are in the experimental stages at linebacker. They opened the morning session with Curtis Lofton, Scott Shanle and David Hawthorne working with the first team. In the afternoon session, they shook things up and had free-agent pickup Chris Chamberlain working with the first team in Shanle's spot.
  • Zach Strief worked with the first team at right tackle in the morning session, but Strief wasn’t on the field in the afternoon. It wasn’t clear if Strief was injured or if there was another reason for his absence. Rookie Marcel Jones worked with the first team in the afternoon. I’m not sure that bodes well for the future of Charles Brown, who Vitt previously said was competing for a starting job.
  • Left tackle Jermon Bushrod, who was rehabbing an injury through the early part of organized team activities, was back on the field and practicing with the first team Tuesday.
  • Former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson, now the head coach at Tulane, brought his staff out to watch practice. Vitt said Johnson offered a critique after the morning session.
  • I know a lot of New Orleans fans like to criticize strong safety Roman Harper’s pass- coverage skills. But I did see Haprer coming through with a nice breakup on a deep pass in the morning session.

End of the line for Raheem Morris?

January, 1, 2012
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Raheem MorrisAP Photo/David GoldmanA season-ending 10-game losing streak will almost surely cost Raheem Morris his job with the Bucs.
ATLANTA -- Raheem Morris has his schedule all set for Monday.

“There will be a 10 o’clock meeting,’’ the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said. “There’ll be another 11 o’clock one. We’ll have a 12 o’clock press conference and I’ll see you there. I’ll go to the Outback Bowl in the afternoon. I’ll come back and do a radio show and be ready to deal and be ready for this offseason and be ready to attack it.’’

Sounds good, but other than the Outback Bowl, everything else on the itinerary could get disrupted. By 10 a.m. Monday, Morris might not even be the coach of the Buccaneers. His fate is in the hands of the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs. The Glazers have a reputation for moving slowly and deliberately, which means Morris still might be employed Tuesday or Wednesday. (UPDATE: Morris was canned Monday morning.)

But it’s hard to imagine him lasting much longer than that.

That’s what happens when you go out and basically lose like the Bucs did on Sunday — 45-24 to the Atlanta Falcons — 10 times in a row. When you start a season 4-2 and are in first place in the NFC South and then you go to London and never win (or really even come close) again, there are bound to be questions about your employment.

“If I was in the business of worrying about my future, I wouldn’t be coaching,’’ Morris said. “I’m going to go to work tomorrow, until they tell (me) to stop. This is not the time to talk about that type of stuff. That’s for mental midgets. For us, we’ve got to go out and play football and do what we’ve got to do.’’

The Glazers just might tell Morris to stop. It’s not what they want to do. The Glazers thought they were anointing the next great coach when they replaced Jon Gruden with Morris. The Glazers like Morris, who is a genuinely nice guy.

But what the Glazers want to do and what they need to do look like two different things.

How can they possibly bring Morris back?

In his third season, the third year of a youth movement, the Bucs took a major step back. The collapse was epic — and we’re talking about a franchise that was epically bad for most of its first three decades of existence. A season after going 10-6 with the league’s youngest roster, the Bucs finished 4-12, which was good for last place in the NFC South.

And it just kept getting worse. Over the past five games, the Bucs allowed an average of 40.6 points a game. They weren’t even in any of those games for long. That was especially true Sunday in Atlanta, where the Falcons jumped out to a 42-0 second-quarter lead and pulled quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner to rest them for the playoffs.

“I admire the moxie, guys coming out there in the second half,’’ Morris said.

Yep, the Bucs held an offense led by backup quarterback Chris Redman to a field goal in the second half and they did score 17 (meaningless) points in the third and fourth quarters. If New Orleans coach Sean Payton, who follows his own guide on running up the score, was coaching the Falcons on Sunday, Atlanta might have scored 100.

“To watch Elbert Mack go out there and give that kind of effort, that to me was outstanding,’’ Morris said.

Elbert Mack? Where did that come from? He’s a backup cornerback who was forced to play against Roddy White and Julio Jones after veteran starter Ronde Barber went out with an injury. But what about the other 52 guys? And what about the past 10 games?

If Morris sounds like a man who is desperately grabbing for anything positive, that’s only because that’s exactly what he is and his options are slim.

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Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesAtlanta receiver Julio Jones has shown flashes of star potential this offseason.
There was nothing positive at all about this season. The Bucs ended up allowing a franchise-record 494 points; the last time Tampa Bay lost 10 consecutive games in a season was 1977. That was the second year of an expansion franchise.

Virtually every player that was on the roster in 2010 regressed in 2011, with the possible exception of Mack.

Quarterback Josh Freeman threw three interceptions Sunday to finish the season with 22; he threw only six last season. Freeman’s the biggest example, but there are plenty of others. Running back LeGarrette Blount, receiver Mike Williams and linebacker Quincy Black were among the other notable underachievers.

When you’ve got a fan base that’s only sold out your stadium twice in the past two years, how can you not do something dramatic? You really have no choice but to fire Morris if you want to show your fans you care at all about the product.

The Glazers have been accused of many things, particularly of being frugal. They’ve had one of the league’s lowest payrolls in recent years, so there may be some truth to that. But the Glazers really do care about winning.

Aside from the fictional owner of the Cleveland Indians in the movie “Major League’’ and former Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse, has there ever been an owner in any pro sport that didn’t want to win? The Glazers also don’t like to be embarrassed.

There’s no denying this season was an embarrassment, and much of that falls on Morris. His team often looked ill-prepared and he questioned his team’s effort on three occasions. If a team’s not prepared and isn’t giving strong effort, that’s not a good reflection on the coach.

Besides, there’s also the fact that 2012 is the final season of Morris’ contract. There’s no way the Bucs could extend him without losing their remaining fans. If they let Morris go into a lame-duck season, they run the risk of the team getting even more out of control.

Morris was still talking about next season after Sunday’s game.

“We’re talking about rededicating yourself, getting back to the lab and coming out ready to work,’’ Morris said. “The only thing you’ve got now is to plan the offseason.’’

Umm, maybe not. Let’s wait a day or two and see who the Glazers say will be planning this offseason.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have drawn a lot of criticism lately, made a very smart move Monday. They placed cornerback Aqib Talib on injured reserve.

Talib has spent most of the season playing with an injured hamstring. He returned for Saturday night’s loss to Dallas after sitting out one game, but the hamstring got worse after the first defensive series and Talib left the game.

Talib is Tampa Bay’s most talented cornerback, but there is no sense in trying to have him finish the season playing at less than 100 percent. The Bucs also could have run the risk of making the injury worse if they kept playing Talib.

The Bucs now likely will give more playing time to E.J. Biggers and Elbert Mack, opposite veteran starter Ronde Barber.

The Bucs signed defensive tackle Jovan Haye to fill Talib’s roster spot. Haye spent three seasons (2006-2008) with the Buccaneers and had most recently played with Detroit.
CHICAGO -- I just got into town and will be covering Sunday’s game between the Falcons and Bears.

The Saints already played Thursday night and we’ve now got the final injury reports from the other three teams, so let’s go ahead and check on the injuries that matter most.

The Falcons already had been saying center Todd McClure would miss the opener with a knee injury. They now have put defensive tackle Corey Peters into that same category. That should clear the way for the Falcons to move Peria Jerry into the starting lineup. If Jerry’s knee is fully healthy, he could keep the starting spot on a permanent basis.

There’s mixed news out of Carolina. The Panthers listed right tackle Jeff Otah (knee) and linebacker Jon Beason (foot) as questionable. The good news is coach Ron Rivera said Otah was just getting a day of rest and will play against Arizona. The bad news is Rivera isn’t sure about Beason. He said a decision on Beason won’t be made until the team gets to Arizona.

Tampa Bay’s only serious injury is cornerback Myron Lewis (ankle). But this isn’t a huge deal for the Bucs. Lewis is behind starters Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib and nickel back E.J. Biggers on the depth chart, and Elbert Mack gives the team additional depth at cornerback.

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