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Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather underwent an MRI on his left knee Sunday after suffering an injury in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Saturday. The test showed no significant damage. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that there is no timetable yet for when Meriweather will return.
Meriweather's good injury news is the second of the day for the Redskins, who found out that pass rushing linebacker Brian Orakpo would likely be back for the season opener after leaving Saturday's Bears game with a left shoulder injury.
This is Meriweather's first season with Washington after spending the previous season with the Bears, in which he recorded 19 total tackles and two passes defensed in eleven games. Meriweather was a ball hawk earlier in his career with the New England Patriots, snaring 12 interceptions in his four seasons in Foxboro.
It may still be the preseason, but that didn't stop Romeo Crennel from giving a harsh assessment of his team's performance after a 31-17 loss to the Rams on Saturday night.
Crennel was particularly dismayed by the defense, which gave up two quick touchdowns. Rams QB Sam Bradford, who said he didn't think he was touched once, went 6-for-9 for 102 yards and hit on two touchdown passes in the first five minutes of the game.
After the game, Crennel was blunt and direct about the showing on both sides of the ball, but specifically said the defense "couldn't stop anybody." Via Joel Thorman at Arrowhead Pride:
"Not very good tonight," Crennel said. "And that's being a little generous to say that. We didn't coach well enough [and] we didn't play well enough so the results were bad. The offense tried to come on a litlte bit and give us a little lift and scored making it a seven point game but then we turned it over. Couldn't stop anybody on defense so that opened up the drain. It just wasn't good. Not enough focus, not enough concentration on the week when you're breaking camp and doing all those things. It just shows we're not mature enough yet."
Crennel, who was known as a player's coach in Cleveland, certainly knows when a hard critique is warranted. While the game was far from a catastrophe, he didn't see the need for much positive spin.
By half time, the Dallas Cowboys were ahead 10-0. The San Diego Chargers first team, lead by quarterback Phillip Rivers, were unable to get in the end-zone. Dallas was about to face the rest of the Chargers in the second half, and if it was anything like the first, they were on their way to win. Yet It would be on the back of San Diego's backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, that the Chargers would go on to score 28 points in the second half of the game - 21 of which came in the fourth-quarter alone - stunning the Cowboys 28-20.
Whitehurst took over the game going 7-for-12 and throwing for 122 yards. One of Whitehurst's two touchdowns came at a price. Sophomore wide receiver Vincent Brown leaped into the air to catch an 18-yard pass in the end-zone from Whitehurst. Brown appeared to fall awkwardly on his ankle as he landed and had to be carted off the field. Following the game, the team reported that Brown has a broken ankle and will be undergoing surgery on Sunday. Following surgery, Brown will likely be out eight weeks, if not more.
Earlier in the week, Dallas had learned that tight end Jason Witten had a spleen injury suffered in a game against Oakland that will leave him out of the lineup, at the very least, until the Cowboys season opener versus the New York Giants. Being one of quarterback Tony Romo's favorite targets, the absence of Witten leaves uncertainty. Romo went 9-for-13 tonight with zero touchdowns.
Dallas had a parade of quarterbacks during the game. Following Romo came Rudy Carpenter, Kyle Orton, and Stephen McGee. Of those four, only one, the undrafted Rudy Carpenter, was able to get the sole touchdown for Dallas. With 0:53 seconds left, Carpenter connected on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris bringing Dallas within eight after the PAT. It just was too little, too late for Dallas.
Tavaris Jackson, who? For a second straight game, the $4 million dollar-a-year quarterback was left off the game night roster by head coach Pete Carroll. Although Carroll maintains that he has three quarterbacks competing for the starting job, it would seem that three has become two as Matt Flynn and rookie quarterback Russell Wilson lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 30-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.
With a few amazing games while backing up Aaron Rogers on the Green Bay Packers, Matt Flynn became a highly sought after free agent in the off-season. Once signing with Seattle, Flynn was touted as the likely candidate for the starting job. After a below average game going 6-for-13 and 31 yards, Flynn was replaced by the rookie out of Wisconsin, Russell Wilson. Wilson went on to score two touchdowns and going 10-for-15 for 177 yards. Making his return to football was Terrell Owens. Owens was unable to get in sync with Flynn and went 0-for-5.
As for Denver, Peyton Manning had an average night (for Peyton Manning) against Seattle going 16-for-23 for 177 yards, with two interceptions. The two interceptions aside, Denver fans breathed a sigh of relief after seeing Manning take his first big hit after returning from neck surgery. Towards the end of the first half, Manning was knocked to the ground by defensive end Bruce Irving. He popped right back up and completed a 22-yard play to Brandon Stokely. Manning's backup, rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler, was unable to spark the Broncos offense, and neither quarterback scored a touchdown.
Per Kevin Acee, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown will be out approximately eight weeks after breaking his ankle in Saturday night's game 28-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys. He will undergo surgery tomorrow.
Brown appeared to land awkwardly on his ankle after catching an 18-yard pass from QB Charlie Whitehurst. With his foot elevated, Brown was carted off the field. Prior to his injury, Brown had 2 catches for 32 yards on the night.
After a strong college career at San Diego State, Brown was drafted by the Charges in the third round of the 2011 draft. In the 2011 season, he played in 14 games for the Bolts and amassed 329 yards on 19 receptions.
Going into training camp, he was expected to take the place of former Charger Vincent Jackson and was thought to be out-playing current veteran WR Robert Meachem. Coach Norv Turner was quoted as saying, "He’s in the middle of having an outstanding training camp, and he obviously is a playmaker, so he’s a guy that’s going to figure real strongly in what we do."
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Orakpo was attempting to make a tackle in the first quarter before hurting himself and staying down for several moments. Eventually, he left the field with the training staff and didn't return to the game at any point.
The injury is worrisome especially because it occurred to the same pectoral muscle that required surgery following last years season finale.
Orakpo is a major part of the Redskins defense coming into his fourth season with the team. In his first three campaigns, Orakpo has 28.5 sacks to lead the team in that time-frame. Any time without him on the field would be a serious hit to the Redskins and their dreams for 2012.
LaMichael James, rookie running back for the San Francisco 49ers, says he will not miss any practice time despite an injured ankle suffered Saturday night against the Houston Texans, according to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Network.
James was injured when he was caught in a pileup late in the fourth quarter and had his left ankle severely twisted, having to be helped off the field before being carted to the locker room. it was the second injury of the game for the 49ers, with expected starter Brandon Jacobs injuring his knee in the first quarter.
A second round pick for the 49ers int he 2012 NFL Draft, James had put up 19 yards on four carries before being injured.
The 49ers lost the game 20-9 to the Texans.
A furious fourth quarter rally led by Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins fell just short Saturday night, as the Redskins lost 33-31 in a preseason matchup with the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Cousins entered the second half for the Redskins down 20-10 and quickly found himself down 30-10 before tossing three fourth quarter touchdowns to three different receivers, including a 49-yard scoring strike to Aldrick Robinson and a 20-yard touchdown to Dezmon Briscoe four seconds prior to the two-minute warning.
Cousins' performance overshadowed that of fellow rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who had an uneven game playing behind an overmatched offensive line. Griffin was sacked three times and finished 5-for-8 for 49 yards passing, but he also flashed his speed with 17 yards on three carries.
Both teams scored special teams touchdowns, the Redskins on a 91-yard punt return by Brandon Banks in the second quarter and the Bears on a 105-yard kickoff return by Lorenzo Booker to begin the second half.
RB Brandon Jacobs was helped off the field after injuring his knee in San Fransisco's loss 20-to-9 loss to the Houston Texans. At the end of Jacobs' only rush of the game, Texans CB Kareem Jackson made direct contact with Jacobs' leg, causing the player to remain on the ground for a few minutes. Once returning to the sidelines, Jacobs was unable to put any weight on his leg as he made his way to the lockeroom.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter's twitter feed, x-rays on Jacobs' knee were negative; however, he will have an MRI on Sunday. Matt Maiocco of CSN reported that 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has confirmed Jacobs leg/knee injury, but does not consider it to be season-ending; however the RB will be out of the lineup for an unspecified amount of time.
This is a tough break for running back who was looking to revive his career in San Francisco after five seasons with the New York Giants. The loss, whether it be short or long-term, will not have a devistating impact on the 49ers. In addition to Jacobs, SF has Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter to pick up the carries.
Both teams struggled offensively, each failing to rack up 300 total yards. The 49ers only went 3-for-13 on third downs, and the Texans weren’t much better at 5-for-13. Neither team committed a turnover, but they combined for 16 penalties.
Though their offense struggled as a whole, the Texans stars got the job done. Schaub looked good against the Niners’ vaunted defense, completing 11-of-14 passes for 128 yards and one touchdown. Arian Foster also had a good showing with 46 yards on 10 carries. Andre Johnson only caught two passes, but one went for 43 yards. Second-year quarterback T.J. Yates and rookie signal-caller Case Keenum both had nondescript outings.
Niners starting quarterback Alex Smith went 5-for-9 passing for 49 yards while starting tailback Frank Gore only rushed twice for 12 yards. Kendall Hunter rushed for 46 yards on six carries, but two other 49ers running backs did not finish the game on high notes.
Brandon Jacobs, who signed with San Fran in the offseason after seven seasons with the New York Giants, went down with what appeared to be a serious knee injury after making his first carry of the game, an eight-yard gain with 2:44 remaining in the first quarter.
Jacobs remained down on the field for several minutes after being hit by Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson. While putting all of his weight on his right leg, Jacobs was eventually able to hobble to the sideline, from where he was carted back to the locker room.
Then, late in the fourth quarter, rookie back LaMichael James had to be helped off the field after twisting his ankle in a pileup. He too was carted off to the locker room.
Want to know how to make a team as a backup tight end with questionable pass-catching skills? You do what Anthony McCoy did in the second half of Saturday's matchup between the Seahawks and Broncos. This is how you seal off an edge and take the one man who can make a play out of the picture.
Engage, hold the block, pancake. Pretty effective.
The St. Louis Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 31-17 on Saturday night in the second preseason game for both teams.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was 6-of-9 for 102 yards and two touchdowns, easing concerns about his injured ankle, while Steven Jackson would add 49 yards on the ground on seven carries.
Matt Cassel, under new coordinator Brian Daboll, looked just as sharp in the first half, as he went 13-of-18 for 142 yards. The Chiefs were sabotaged by early mistakes, including a fumble on the offense's second play of the game, before pulling to within 17-10 at the half behind a Peyton Hillis one-yard touchdown run and a late field goal drive by Cassel.
The Rams would add two rushing touchdowns by Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson to take a 31-10 lead in the second half.
Brady Quinn, fighting for the backup spot behind Cassel for the Chiefs, was 5-of-6 for 70 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter of the second preseason game of the year for the San Francisco 49ers, rookie running back LaMichael James went down with an ankle injury that required him to be helped from the field. James was caught in a pileup that twisted his left ankle and was eventually carted to the locker room.
James was a second round pick of the 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft after a productive collegiate career that included being unanimously named to the 2010 All-American Team.
The injury was the second in the game to 49ers running backs, as starting back Brandon Jacobs was unable to return after a knee injury ended his night in the first quarter.
At the time of the injury, the 49ers trailed the Houston Texans 20-9.
The second year receiver out of San Diego State had his left foot elevated while on the cart, according to CBS' Clark Judge. It appeared that Brown got his foot caught under a tackler on the play in question.
Brown is currently being evaluated by the Chargers medical staff and is out for the remainder of the game.Before his injury, Brown had two catches for 31 yards on the night.
With Ryan Mathews already out an estimated 4-6 weeks with a broken clavicle that was suffered last week against the Green Bay Packers, this would be another big blow to the San Diego offense. Brown is expected to be a major contributor after Vincent Jackson left to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
St. Louis wide receiver Brian Quick was taken into the locker room with a back injury during the third quarter of the Rams' home game against Kansas City on Saturday night. Quick was sent to have X-rays performed to assess the damage.
Quick had three receptions for 20 yards as part of the Rams' sudden explosion of offense in the Edward Jones Dome before leaving with the injury. Early in the fourth quarter, the Rams lead the Chiefs 31-10 on the strength of quarterback efficiency and ball safety.
Rams quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Kellen Clemens and Austin Davis have combined to go 19/26 for 222 yards and two touchdowns on the night to lead the offense. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have lost three fumbles on top of an interception thrown by Ricky Stanzi.
Stephen Jackson rushed for 49 yards on seven carries early in the game for the Rams before departing to the bench for the night.
Another game, another touchdown return for Trindon Hollday.
So which one was better? I gotta go with the one last week.
The Giants were hardly prolific offensively, racking up only 232 yards, but they had short fields to work with all night thanks to an even more anemic Jets offense that racked up only 148 yards. Both teams were woeful on third downs, going a combined 3-for-25, and each completed 14-of-25 passing attempts.
Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes went 4-for-4 on field goals, cornerback Jayron Hosley returned a Sanchez interception 77 yards for a touchdown with 2:03 remaining in the first half and third-string quarterback Ryan Perrilloux tossed a 14-yard touchdown to running back Joe Martinek with 6:41 left in the game.
Josh Brown scored the Jets' lone points with a 30-yard field goal with 3:26 left in the third quarter.
Sanchez was accurate (9-for-11 passing) but only threw for 59 yards and took three sacks in addition to his pick-six. Tebow didn't contribute much with his arm or legs, completing only 5-of-14 passes for 69 yards while gaining five yards on two rushing attempts. He was sacked four times.
Hardin would stay down on the field for a while and had to be removed on a stretcher. He raised his arms on the stretcher, eliciting cheers from the crowd.
Hardin was taken by the Bears in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft despite missing the entirety of his senior season at Oregon State in 2011. He had 47 tackles and a sack for the Beavers as a junior in 2010.
There is no further update on Hardin's condition at this time.
You don't hear very much about Chicago Bears' return men outside of Devin Hester, the greatest return man in history. But they do have other players that get on the field in preseason and they're apparently just as dangerous as Hester.
Watch where the Redskins defendes are when he starts his return. It looks like there's no chance for a lengthy return. But somehow he jukes at least three Redskins defenders to break free.
He didn't get both feet in, but whatever. This catch by Dez Bryant is pretty damn cool. And by pretty damn cool, I mean it's amazing.
That's one hand and a neat contortion to try and tap the toes. Seriously, it's incredible.
The football gods are funny beings. Weird things happen during games -- even preseason -- that are just too ironic to pass up. Like Will Hill sacking Tim Tebow. Gator on Gator crime has never been so funny.
So, so #Sour.
Despite our love affair with Robert Griffin III, we'll see an occasional reminder that he is indeed human and does make mistakes. Like Saturday night in Chicago where the Redskins offense couldn't do much of anything in six drives outside of a field goal. RGIII dropped the ball (literally) on Saturday night when the Bears defense collapsed the pocket on the Redskins offensive line causing him to scramble.
That large man with his hands in the air is Red Bryant. He's about 323 pounds. He's also incredibly athletic.
On a play that turned into a touchdown for the Chicago Bears as Michael Bush ran 8 yards into the end zone for his second score of the day, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was helped off the field by two people after an injury to his left knee.
The Redskins later announced via Twitter that the injury would end the safety's night as he would not be returning to Saturday's game at any point in time. According to an on-air report from CSN Washington, it was a sprained knee for Meriweather, although the severity of the sprain is not yet known.
Meriweather was a 2007 first round selection of the New England Patriots before being released by the team just prior to the 2011 season. He spent the 2011 year with the Chicago Bears before signing a two-year, $6 million contract with the Redskins in March 2012.
Newly acquired San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs went down with what appears to be a serious left knee injury in the first quarter of Saturday night's preseason game against the Houston Texans.
The injury occurred on Jacobs' first carry of the game, an eight yard run. His left knee appeared to collide with cornerback Kareem Jackson's helmet/shoulder pad area and Jacobs remained down on the field for several minutes.
The extent of the injury is unknown, although Jacobs will not return tonight and was unable to put any weight on his left leg while being escorted from the game.
Without Jacobs, the 49ers will turn to Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon to pick up additional carries.
The 49ers and Texans were tied 3-3 after the first quarter of play.
Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo will not return to Saturday night's preseason game against the Chicago Bears after suffering an apparent injury to his left shoulder while trying to make a lunging tackle on Bears wide receiver Devin Hester late in the first quarter.
— Redskins (@Redskins) August 19, 2012
#Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo's status has been downgraded to OUT for the remainder of the game. This is not a surprise in preseason action.
Doc Walker just reported that Orakpo has a left shoulder strain, from the sidelines. I believe that is what— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) August 19, 2012
#Redskins officials told him.
Hester, who had caught a pass from quarterback Jay Cutler, evaded Orakpo on the way to an 18-yard gain to Chicago's 38-yard-line with 3:50 left to play in the quarter.
Orakpo, who had offseason surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle suffered during the team's final game of the 2011 season, writhed on the field for a few moments but walked off under his own power.
This week things are different. A lot different. Sam Bradford and the Rams offense suddenly look like the 2007 Patriots and came out firing on all cylinders to take a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Bradford to Danny Amendola provided the highlight of the game so far:
The thing about it is, this isn't that big of a surprise. The Jets knew Wayne Hunter was a major liability in pass protection and Saturday night in New York is proving that.
Wayne Hunter has allowed FOUR sacks in the first half tonight. Unbelievable.— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) August 19, 2012
Mario Williams in Week 1. Steelers defense in Week 2. This can't end well.
Well, the Jets have a few problems. The thing is, all of them relate to the offense. There's Wayne Hunter, the right tackle that can't seem to block. And there's Mark Sanchez doing ... well, I have no real idea what he was doing. But the Giants were happy to take advantage and return a Sanchez pass 77 yards for a touchdown.
Let's relive all the fun, shall we?
On the plus side, we're probably pretty close to Tebow Time. So that's something, I guess.
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw exited Saturday's game against the New York Giants for x-rays on his hand, according to Mike Garafolo of NJ.com. Bradshaw exited early in the second quarter with the Giants leading the Jets 3-0.
Bradshaw, who rushed for 72 yards in the Giants' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots last season, had only three carries for two yards before leaving the game.
While the extent of Bradshaw's injury is unknown, Garafolo has also reported the following:
Ahmad Bradshaw coming out of the locker room and headed toward the bench. Nothing on his hands. -Twitter
Bradshaw's issue seems to be right around the bottom knuckle of his index finger. That's where they keep pointing. -Twitter
While offensive linemen can put a padded club over hands, it's obvious that a running-back's hands are vital to his success.
The Giants currently lead the Jets 6-0 with 10:00 left in the 2nd quarter on two field goals from Lawrence Tynes.
UPDATE: (August 18, 8:20 PM ET): X-Rays were negative
Bradshaw X-rays negative. Breathe, people.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 18, 2012
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If you were curious why the Jets were trying to make that trade, I give you Wayne Hunter. Here's the Jets right tackle, No. 78 near the top of your screen.
There was no flag on the play but it sure looks like this is Landry leading with his helmet, no? The broadcast team noted he "may have gotten away with one" there.
We'll find out what the league things when they announce fines next Friday.
The second week of the preseason cruises along with six games on Saturday night.
Previewing the battle between Tim Tebow and Eli Manning.
Previewing one of this weekend's most interesting preseason matchups.
The Dallas Cowboys look to improve on their preseason opener when they face the San Diego Chargers.
The St. Louis Rams will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 action of the NFL preseason.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will kick off on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. PST at Sports Authority Field in the second game of the preseason.
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