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Posted on: August 16, 2010 9:31 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 11:46 am
 

Hot Routes 8.16.10: Media wants Tebow's autograph

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Unsurprisingly, the comments on my "Tebow was impressive" article were all like "WHAT GAME DID YOU WATCH?!? HE PLAYED AGAINST SECOND- AND THIRD-STRINGERS!" That's true. But you know what? Tebow is so freaking amazing that he's inspiring media members to ask him for autographs -- according to Alex Marvez on Twitter , two members of the press walked up to Tebow after the game and asked for his signature. That's a big no-no (doi), because not only do you immediately shred any sense of objectivity about the person you're covering, but it's a clear-cut case of abusing the access that press members have. Next thing you know, they'll start serving us delicious food at games too! No, but seriously, this is embarrassing; a quick Twitter-poll reveals that most people agree what they did was quite annoying, etc.
  • Of course, all the Tebow love in the world won't change the top spot on the Broncos' depth chart -- Dave Krieger of the Denver Post writes that "it's not close" when it comes to how far ahead Kyle Orton is. That's true, but as a I mentioned last night, it would be somewhat surprising if Tebow didn't hop Brady Quinn for the No. 2 spot in Denver.
  • There were three No. 1 overall quarterbacks involved in the San Francisco - Indy tilt, with David Carr, Peyton Manning and Alex Smith all getting action during the game. That may be a fact that interests only me. (And it only interests me because I have a weird obsession with Carr, aka "Mister Mittens." )
  • Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News has a handy "10 things to watch" list for the Jets preseason opener. You'll never believe it, but a Darrelle Revis-less defense's play is near the top. On a fairly random note, my girlfriend (who does NOT care for football) watched "Hard Knocks" and freaking loved it. Downside: she asked if it was okay to cheer for the Jets in 2010. I begrudgingly said yes.
  • Kent Somers notes that Larry Fitzgerald -- he of the recently sprained MCL -- was prepping to have his best season ever as a pro and wants people to not "write him off." Geez, Larry. That's a lot to ask. From what I hear, he's going undrafted in almost every fantasy league after this injury.
  • Chicago Breaking Sports has video of Jay Cutler stating that the Bears were just "a few blocks away from some big runs." Yeah, and I'm just "a few hundred thousand dollars away from being a millionaire." (10 to be exact.)

Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 8:29 pm
 

Larry Fitzgerald's MRI reveals sprained knee

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald left Saturday night's preseason game against the Texans early and was seen icing his knee on the sideline after taking a shot while reeling in a 16-yard catch from Matt Leinart.

There's nothing abnormal about Fitzgerald leaving a preseason game early, but there is something disconcerting about the (arguably) best wideout in the NFL having to have an MRI for a swollen knee. Which is precisely what Fitzgerald is doing, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic on Twitter .

Somers reports that Fitzgerald underwent the MRI Sunday morning and that the Cardinals "are hoping it's only a slight sprain."

Clearly, that's an ideal scenario -- the really problematic thing is that it might something much worse than "slight." There's no team in the NFL that wouldn't be hurt by the loss of a player of Fitzgerald's caliber, but the Cardinals in particular would be devastated, with Anquan Boldin gone and Matt Leinart under center.

Don't expect to see Fitzgerald hit the field for the rest of the preseason regardless, though.

Update: (6:00): Turns out, the results of the MRI were "good" -- it's just a knee sprain and Fitzgerald says he'll be "conservative with it for a few weeks." It's pretty safe to assume that Fitzy won't be helping your preseason fantasy teams.

Update (8:29): Turns out it's actually a sprained MCL, according to the Cards' official blog .

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 6:27 pm
 

Tate requires surgery, done for the year?

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Tate suffered a nasty ankle injury during the Texans Saturday, and there were rumors late in the evening that the injury could force Tate, the highest running back ever taken by the franchise, to miss his entire rookie year.

According to the Texans' website, Tate will indeed have surgery, and it could happen as early as Tuesday.

Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he would know more details relating to Tate's injury come Monday, but he called it "very significant."

It certainly sounds like Tate could miss all of 2010, and that, as mentioned last night, is highly problematic for a Texans team that really wanted to establish a better running game in the coming year.

Steve Slaton and Arian Foster can still provide some punch, but Tate was believed to be "the guy" who could really take the Texans' offense to another level. If his injury is as serious as it sounds, clearly, he won't be, at least this year.

Update (6:26): Nightmare for the Texans, if the Houston Chronicle 's report is correct, because Tate is headed to injured reserve, and will miss the entire season.

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Posted on: August 14, 2010 10:59 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 12:42 am
 

Ben Tate done for the season? (UPDATED)

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Tate, the Texans second-rounder in this past draft, was expected to compete for touches with Steve Slaton and Arien Foster this season.

However, for now he'll have to settle with getting healthy -- Tate was carted off from the Texans-Cardinals game with just over 12 minutes remaining the third quarter.

I went back and looked at the injury -- Tate made a nice rush off the left tackle, bursting through the hole and slicing through a couple defenders for 12 yards before being tackled at his ankles by Daryl Washington.

(Aside: it would have been easier to see exactly what happened if the Arizona play-by-play guys hadn't decided that they needed to interview "Captain Coyote" who apparently is some NHL player, forcing me to check the Texans feed on NFL.com.)

It appeared that Tate, while tackled, banged his knee against the ground in pretty painful fashion before dragging it cross the ground.

Tate lay on the ground for some time, being examined by trainers before being helped off the field and then eventually carted off.

More on the injury as soon as we hear it -- follow us on Twitter for updates on the Tate injury.

Update (12:16): John McClain of the Houston Chronicle notes via Twitter that "I think RB Ben Tate ... is done for the year with a broken ankle. We'll find out Sunday."

If that's true, it's obviously a tremendously tough blow for a Texans team in need of backfield help. Not to mention an organization that invested a second-rounder in the kid. Obviously it stings the most for Tate, though, especially considering how explosive he looked early on in the game.

There's also a report, via our always excellent Fantasy News section , from the sports director of KILT-AM in Houston who called it a high ankle sprain. Clearly, everyone hopes it's the latter.
Posted on: August 14, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2010 7:35 pm
 

What to Watch For: Saturday Preseason Games

Saturday features a pretty good slate of preseason games, each with some interesting storylines. You can follow all the action on our NFL Scoreboard, but for now, let's take a quick walk through the schedule and let you know what we're looking for; hit us with what you're watching in the comments or on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • Miami v. Tampa Bay : Easily the biggest story here will be the performance of the Bucs' youngsters. While it's unlikely Tampa Bay will be contending for anything in 2010, how Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Josh Freeman, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price perform during the season will probably determine the length that Raheem Morris keeps his job. For the Dolphins, seeing how Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne click will be interesting -- their being on the same page is paramount for the Fins success.
  • Pittsburgh v. Detroit : It's all about Ben Roethlisberger. (Will he start? Will he get booed?) At least for Pittsburgh, anyway. For Detroit, I'm focusing on how Jahvid Best runs and what kind of coverage Calvin Johnson sees with additional weapons on the offensive side of the ball, as well as how much disruption Ndamukong Suh can cause.
  • Arizona v. Houston : For the Cardinals, the passing game is going to be crucial -- how will Matt Leinart perform in his first opportunity to make an in-game impression following the Kurt Warner era? The Texans are set as far as the passing game goes, but the running game is a whole different issue: out of Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton, someone has to emerge who can carry the load.
  • Green Bay v. Cleveland : Yikes -- the Packers are fun and all, but this shouldn't be a thriller. I suppose it's worth checking out my man Jake Delhomme to see if he can make Cleveland relevant. Rookie Joe Haden will start too, and he gets quite the test against Aaron Rodgers. Andy and I discussed the man-crushing on Jermichael Finley Friday as well, so it'll be interesting to see if Rodgers looks his way first chance he gets. Bryan Bulaga's probably the only other potentially big surprise for the Pack.
  • St. Louis v. Minnesota : I, for one, am stoked to see how Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley compare. Also, Mardy Gilyard is stupid good on Madden '11 (I know, I know) but unfortunately, he's not supposed to play. For Minnesota, the focus is going to be on the quarterback position as well -- if Brett Favre doesn't come back, can Tavaris Jackson at least look good against what shouldn't be dangerous defense? (Or, alternately, can the Rams' D manage to make the Favre-less Vikes O look bad?)
  • San Diego v. Chicago : With Shawn Merriman now in camp, the biggest issue facing the Chargers is the absence of Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil -- can Malcolm Floyd/Buster Davis and a patchwork group of left tackles fill the respective holes on the offense? For the Bears, Julius Peppers' performance will be interesting to watch, but more important will be the offensive line play and Jay Cutler's ability to adapt to Mike Martz' system.
  • Seattle v. Tennessee : I'll be scoping out Golden Tate's action, as I think he could be a difference maker this year. I also happen to love Justin Forsett for some reason -- Charlie Whitehurst will get some action to prove why he's such a highly paid backup. Vince Young's ability to perform at the same level he maintained during the second half is imperative for the Titans to succeed. Tonight we get to see if he can get off on the right foot.
So, what about you -- what are you looking for tonight?

(Ed. Note: Sorry, we published an un-saved version that didn't have the SD/CHI and SEA/TEN games on there. Our bad.)
Posted on: August 12, 2010 2:44 pm
 

Darnell Dockett could be in line for big payday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic recently wrote a feature piece on Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett. The outgoing star defensive lineman has grown in the public spotlight since being a third-round pick out of Florida State in 2004. Somers writes:
D. Dockett (US Presswire)
In (Ken) Whisenhunt's eyes, Dockett has matured greatly over the past year. Oh, sure, there has been the occasional transgression - taking a shower over the Internet this spring, for instance - but Dockett has never done anything malicious, never hurt anyone but himself off the field.

"Darnell was obviously a highly emotional, highly intense player," Whisenhunt said. "There is a period where you both have to gain the respect of each other. I've asked Darnell to do some things since our first year and he's done them, besides play good football.

"When you have a player who is doing things right, who is helping young players…showing up every day to practice even when he's nicked up, there are a lot of things like that that have really earned my respect for Darnell. And, in turn, it makes you want to have that player in your program for a long time."


Dockett has been pining for a new contract since 2008. He’s skipped voluntary team activities in past years but has never been a major distraction. Still, the team has refused to negotiate with Dockett on the grounds that he just signed a contract extension in 2006.

But this past offseason, Dockett finally attended team workouts and embraced all aspects of his leadership role. Now the Cardinals are willing to talk. General manager Rod Graves is holding preliminary discussions with Dockett’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

"I'm not a money; I'm not a selfish guy," Dockett said. "I care about winning. So I'm able to come to work and prepare, like I got a game tomorrow. I believe in the organization and I'm pretty sure they'll take care of it sooner than a lot of people think."

Generally, the Cardinals wait until midseason to discuss new contracts. But Somers believes they could make an exception in this case. Dockett, 29, is in the prime of his career. His tenacity and initial quickness (particularly with his hands, which might be the quickest among all NFL defensive linemen) make him the driving force behind Arizona’s front seven. The Cardinals know that Dockett would be a perennial Pro Bowler if he had a double-team commanding running mate. Instead, he is the double-team commander. A new contract would likely earn Dockett $25-30 million in guarantees.

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Beanie Wells to be limited in practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A quick update on Arizona RB Beanie Wells, who hurt his ribs Monday after taking a well-placed hit from Cardinals S Hamza Abdullah. Though there were no fractures, Wells is experiencing swelling and he’s likely to be limited in practice today.

At this point, it’s unclear whether Wells will play in the preseason opener Saturday against the Texans.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt explained what happened, and the Arizona Republic was taking notes:

Whisenhunt had no problem with Wells being hit on the play, he said.

"I don't blame Hamza because earlier in practice Beanie had come through and lowered his shoulder and knocked the (inappropriate term) out of a DB," Whisenhunt said. "And Hamza obviously wasn't going to let that happen to himself. It was a good football play; there was nothing cheap or unnecessary about it."

Wells was carrying the ball through the hole and was stepping over another player. "He was a little bit high," Whisenhunt said. "He could have dropped his shoulder and there would have been a collision but that (bruised ribs) wouldn't have happened. But that's part of practice and you have to understand that when you're in pads, that's what can happen."


Tim Hightower remains the starter at RB, but Wells was looking to take more carries this year after a decent, but not great rookie season. LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jason Wright also will take more reps if Wells is out for a while.

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 11:37 pm
 

Ben Patrick should be OK

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When you think of the term “displaced knee cap,” that would seem to imply a player who would be out of action for many weeks and many games. Apparently, that’s not true in Cardinals TE Ben Patrick’s case.

Patrick suffered the aforementioned injury in practice Wednesday, but according to the Arizona Republic , he should return to the field for the start of the regular season.

After the injury, Patrick underwent an MRI, which showed no ligament damage. Good news for a club that’s now is nursing three injured tight ends (Anthony Becht has a bad back and Jim Dray had a quadriceps muscle strain) back to health.

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