Tag:Hot Routes
Posted on: September 29, 2010 9:53 am
 

Hot Routes 09.29.10: Questionable injury lists

B. Wells gains extra yards against Oakland (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

-Although coach Ken Whisenhunt completely misled everybody not in the Arizona Cardinals locker room regarding the health of running back Beanie Wells’ knee – he said it was a bone bruise when, in actuality, Wells had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus – Whisenhunt said he didn’t use the weekly injury report to his advantage. In the first two games Wells missed, he was listed as questionable.

-At least one 49ers player was excited by the ascension of Mike Johnson to the offensive coordinator position to replace the fired Jimmy Raye. And by excited I mean pumped. That’d be tight end Vernon Davis.

-Suddenly, Bears coach Lovie Smith is holding accountable – in very public ways – some of his team’s top players. If they’re not good enough to play – a la Tommie Harristhey’re simply not going to be on the field. With a 3-0 record, who’s to say Smith is wrong about this?

-The Green Bay Press-Gazette writes that tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are starting to look a little old. After watching Monday night’s game vs. the Bears, I was surprised with some of the mistakes made by Clifton (I didn’t notice Tauscher as much, though he had his fair share), especially with the penalties.

-Apparently nobody seems bothered by Ravens RB Ray Rice’s injured knee. It was not mentioned by anybody – not by coach John Harbaugh, not by radio host Gerry Sandusky, not by any callers – during Harbaugh’s weekly radio show.

-After watching the Dolphins lose 18 yards on eight attempts using the Wildcat formation, Sun Sentinel columnist Ethan Skolnick says Miami might want to dial it down a little. Skolnick calls the Dolphins victims of their own success and says the Wildcat has become rather predictable.

-The Jaguars re-signed S Gerald Alexander a few weeks after cutting him, and Alexander is happy to be employed once again. He said he wasn’t surprised by Jacksonville releasing him. In fact, he said he didn’t deserve to make the team, and he’s surprised he’s been re-signed.

-You might be wondering what’s up with Dolphins LB Ikaika Alama-Francis and why he hasn’t played this year (and subsequently allowed Koa Misi to have a big impact at that position). The answer is that Alama-Francis has been ill and has lost 15-20 pounds.

-Giants S Michael Johnson has been placed on IR with a herniated disc in his back.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:04 am
 

Hot Routes 09.21.10: Don't touch me there

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- You can’t like it when a dude grabs your junk in the middle of a football game. Yet, that's exactly what Cleveland C Alex Mack says his former teammate, Chiefs DL Shaun Smith, did during Sunday’s game. “Not cool,” says the all the world’s men. “Not cool at all.” Smith said he didn’t recall doing anything like that.

- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t a fan of the way Jets DB Eric Smith hit New England WR Wes Welker in the head during Sunday’s game. “I don’t think that’s really what the league is looking for with those kind of plays,” Belichick said. “I can’t imagine that they are. We’ll see what they want to do about it.”

- Titans coach Jeff Fisher expects Vince Young to respond to his benching last Sunday by returning next week and playing better. Fisher said Young doesn’t have to look over his shoulder at backup Kerry Collins, but then again, Fisher showed why Young should look over his shoulder if he plays poorly in a game.

- A little less high profile than Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest this morning, but still important to know nonetheless. Ravens assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller is facing drunken driving charges again. He was stopped just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with the same offense in May but ultimately was acquitted.

-`At this point, it doesn’t seem like Ken Whisenhunt knows too much about Arizona’s football team. Which is strange because … you know … he’s the coach.

- Raiders coach Tom Cable seems to know who will start at quarterback – either Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski – for Oakland next Sunday. But he said he’s not going to inform the world until Wednesday.

- It’s shocking that a team that kept just two running backs on the initial 53-man roster – and three fullbacks! – is having problems running the ball. Yet, after Ryan Grant’s season-ending injury, that’s exactly where Green Bay finds itself.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:33 am
 

Hot Routes 9.16.10: Video killed the NFL star

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  • We've been discussing how "locker room spies" are beneficial to their new team (although Eric Winston told me he doesn't think Kyle Shanahan will make that big of a difference) and the Giants have the best one of all in Jim Sorgi, who was Peyton Manning's backup for quite a while. (Of course they also have, you know, his brother Eli Manning, but he doesn't know the Colts offense.) Sorgi, however, doesn't think it'll matter. Because it's Peyton.
  • One of Brian Bassett's readers noticed that Kris Jenkins had a tough time making it up the stairs at Cortland. Provided this account is true, well, it kind of makes it seem like he shouldn't have even been on the field for Week 1. Or we should have seen another injury coming.
Posted on: September 15, 2010 3:57 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.15.10: The Backpack Boys

Hot Routes are late today -- I apologize but it was unavoidable. (Things happened, and I did a Facebook chat. If you missed it, you should go back and check it out now .)

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  • Steve Breaston is part of a group of Arizona Cardinals called the "Backpack Boys." This isn't -- as I hoped -- because they were part of an awkward boy band on the side. It's because Adrian Wilson (High Point, represent!) named them that when they carried book bags around. And apparently, they just "make plays."
  • Rhys Lloyd is now offically back with the Panthers . This is a good thing for Carolina because a) Lloyd is hysterical, b) he plays lots of golf with Matt Moore and surely Matt Moore needs something good in his life right now and c) if John Kasay had to handle kickoff duty, his arthritis would really kick in.
  • Chad Ochocinco and Willis McGahee are involved a Twitter war leading up to the Cincinnati - Baltimore game this Sunday. I know it sounds crazy to say this, but this is the least shocking development of Week 2 in the NFL. I'm not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing for the world we live in, but it's something.
  • DeJuan Morgan has signed on with the Colts to help replace Bob Sanders. Obviously he can't do that entirely, but Morgan's a heck of a player and has plenty of talent, so he'll at least help.
  • Pretty cool shirt designed by the NFLPA to help raise money to fight concussions. Er, to benefit concussion/traumatic brain injury anyway. (Fighting concussions is kind of silly -- really only awareness can do that.)
Posted on: September 9, 2010 12:27 am
 

Hot Routes 9.9.10: AFC Week 1 injury rundown

Posted by Andy Benoit

Filling you in on some of the noteworthy midweek injury news.

Fred Jackson will play after missing the preseason with a hand injury. He’ll wear some sort of protective padding on it (not sure yet exactly what). Jackson just wishes he could be starting.


Channing Crowder has had a mysterious abdomen injury that leaves his status for Sunday up in the air. He hasn’t been practicing. On the brighter side, left tackle Jake Long is good to go.


Hard to find news on Patriot injuries. Hmmm…wonder why that is.

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb’s status remains up in the air . Webb is coming off a late ’09 season ACL injury.


Charlie Johnson’s health (foot) is a big concern for the Colts at left tackle.


Billy Volek has a minor knee injury, leaving San Diego thin at quarterback for Week 1 .


Shawne Merriman has returned to practice for the first time in three weeks after sitting out with an Achilles injury.


Ryan Clady is back, but Broncos right tackle Ryan Harris missed Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury .

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Posted on: September 7, 2010 12:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 9.7.10 priming for Week 1

Posted by Andy Benoit

With Johnathan Casillas on Injured Reserve (foot), the Saints are trying to figure out who to start at weakside linebacker.

The Ravens aren’t sure who will be available at right tackle against the Jets on Monday. Top option Jared Gaither has been battling back problems; backup Oniel Cousins is still recovering from a concussion.

This is the time of year where quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan usually latches on with a new team. This year, he chose the Chargers. This is O’Sullivan’s ninth different team in the past nine years.


Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens have joined forces for a reality show on Versus. They both had shows on VH1 that recently came to a close.

If, by chance, you care about a bunch of low-level Bronco players getting new jersey numbers, then click here.

Mike McCarthy is willing to use his starters on special teams this season. He must have watched the ’09 Steelers closely. (Most notable starter on special teams: cornerback Tramon Williams, who will be returning punts.)

Nice story here: Dolphins CB Sean Smith reunited with his sisters after 14 years.

Vikings CB Cedric Griffin is ahead of schedule on his ACL recovery and could play against the Saints. Griffin tore his ACL in the NFC Championship game. With Wes Welker and Jamaal Jackson returning, as well, it’s time to reexamine the way we view ACL injuries.

The Jaguars avoided a blackout for their season opener. (The Broncos are coming to town; the Tebow factor?)


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Posted on: September 5, 2010 10:21 am
 

Hot Routes 9.5.10: The day after cut day ...

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

... Which means that the Sunday before the regular season begins should give us a nice respite before the craziness truly begins.

- Cleveland delivered some good news by activating DL Shaun Rogers off the Physically Unable to Play list. Rogers missed the final five games of last season with a leg injury, and he missed the entire Cleveland preseason.

- I feel compelled to bring you this news story, though, in reality, there’s isn’t too much news contained inside. Jets GM Mark Tannenbaum says the team is ready to play without CB Darrelle Revis. Of course, he’d feel a lot better if Revis was actually with his teammates.

- Giants rookie WR Victor Cruz, to whom you were introduced when he caught three TD passes against the Jets in the preseason, said he would cry if he made the team. He did, and he did.

- Wes Welker can play, but he knows he’s not going to be 100 percent when the Patriots open their season. He admits he doesn’t feel the same as last year.

- Jonathan Casillas was placed on the IR list for the Saints with a foot injury, meaning he’ll miss the entire season. You might remember him for recovering the onside kick to open the second half of last season’s Super Bowl.

- In a non-surprising move, the Chiefs shipped S Jarrad Page away from Kansas City in a trade with New England for a draft pick. Page and coach Todd Haley didn’t get along, and ultimately, Page got what he wanted – a ticket out of Missouri. The Kansas City Star’s Kent Babb has some thoughts on his Twitter page.

- Just for the record, Jarrad Page has no hard feelings for Kansas City, writing on his Twitter page, “Jus (sic) wanted to say to the kc fans that stood by me, this was never personal I love kc for giving me a great first 4yrs of my NFL career”

- An interesting story here about the Oakland Raiders Saturday saga with safeties Stevie Brown and Mike Mitchell. Sounds like somebody frigged something up.

- One more Raiders note. Rookie C Jared Veldheer, a 6-foot-8 behemoth, beat out returner starter Samson Satele for the right to snap the football to Jason Campbell.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:55 am
 

Hot Routes 9.4.10 nobody getting cut in this post

Posted by Andy Benoit

How in the world does Ndamukong Suh get fined only a $7,500 for that assault on Jake Delhomme? If you haven’t seen the video yet, click here.

Along these lines, Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has a brilliant idea: start fining players a percentage of their salary. $7,500 is chump change for Suh. But for an undrafted free agent (like, say, Erin Henderson?), it can be a blow.

Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and won’t be ready for Week 1. In fact, Week 2 might be iffy at this point, as well.

Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini had a meeting beforehand to discuss how best to use Montario Hardesty in Cleveland’s preseason finale Thursday night. They decided that, because Hardesty had missed so much time, a heavy workload was best. Obviously, if they knew then what they know now, they wouldn’t have given Hardesty any workload that night.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall was the victim of a small prank in the team’s preseason finale Thursday night.

Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant shook hands and made amends prior to the Dolphins-Cowboys game Thursday night.

The Washington Redskins apparently gave John Beck the Kellen Clemens treatment. Sounds like he took a pay cut.

Are we really supposed to believe that the Rams still haven’t made a decision about their Opening Day starting quarterback?

Josh Freeman appears to be on target for a Week 1 return.

Titans outside linebacker David Thornton will start the season on PUP. He’s lucky – a few months ago, speculation was he wouldn’t even make the team.

Eagles center Jamaal Jackson says there is a 99.9 percent chance he’ll play in the Season Opener. That’s remarkable. Jackson tore his ACL in Week 16 last year.


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