NFL News: Champ Bailey out, Browns balking at offers for Josh Gordon

Justin Edmonds

The focus around the NFL has shifted to Week 8, and the Broncos will be without Champ Bailey. That and more from around the league.

Champ Bailey's return to the Denver lineup didn't last long -- after re-injuring his foot, the veteran cornerback has been ruled out of Week 8.

Bailey missed the first five games of the season after suffering the foot injury during a preseason game at Seattle. He made his 2013 regular season debut in Week 6, but re-injured his foot early in Sunday's game against Indianapolis. Denver head coach John Fox called Bailey "week-to-week" moving forward. Denver has a bye week in Week 9, giving Bailey an extra week to recover before an AFC West contest against San Diego in Week 10.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is thought to be Denver's No. 3 cornerback, but Mile High Report examined the snap counts from Sunday's game and Kayvon Webster played more.

Multiple offers on the table for Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon has been the subject of trade rumors for weeks, and if the Browns want to deal the second-year wide receiver, they reportedly have multiple offers to choose from. According to Adam Schefter, three teams currently have standing offers for Gordon, with two of the offers including a high draft pick and a player.

Thus far, Cleveland has balked at the offers and Mike Krupka of Dawgs By Nature doesn't expect a deal to be made, but he admitted there is a chance a team could come in and make Cleveland and offer it couldn't refuse, much like the Colts did with Trent Richardson.

I really don't want to see the Browns ship Josh Gordon away and I find it highly unlikely that this happens. But only time will tell if somebody offers a deal worthy of the "value" the Browns perceive Gordon to have.

Jermichael Finley has bruised spinal cord, injury not career-threatening

Jermichael Finley suffered a bruised spinal cord on Sunday, but the injury is not career-ending, according to Ed Werder of ESPN.

Finley spent Sunday in intensive care before being transferred on Monday. He tweeted that he has full feeling in his arms and legs. He suffered the injury when he took an inadvertent helmet-to-helmet while attempting to catch a pass. against the Browns. Finley will not need surgery, another positive sign in his recovery.

There have been various reports about when Finley might return to the field. As Acme Packing Company covered, some reports indicate he could be placed on injured reserve this week, while others say he could miss between four and six weeks.

Dennis Pitta could return in mid-to-late November

Dennis Pitta's recovery from a fractured and dislocated hip continues to progress and the tight end may not be far from returning to the field. According to a report, Pitta could return in mid-to-late November. Pitta stopped using crutches and resumed catching passes in early October.

Pitta suffered the injury during a training camp practice and was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return. He is eligible to return in Week 9, although based on the reported timeline, it appears he's likely to return closer to Week 12. Baltimore is currently 3-4 and two games back in the AFC North. How the Ravens play over the next few weeks could also determine when and if Pitta returns this season.

Josh Freeman will remain Minnesota's starting quarterback

Josh Freeman's Minnesota debut didn't go very well, but he'll get another chance after the team announced he will remain the starting quarterback. Freeman completed 20-of-53 passes for 190 yards against New York. While he and the receivers haven't had much time to develop a rapport, Freeman consistently overthrew receivers and was not accurate throughout the game.

The Vikings, however, signed Freeman with the idea of seeing if he could be the long-term starter, so giving him at least another chance makes sense. Minnesota's offense struggled to get anything going with Freeman under center, although Christopher Gates of Daily Norseman wrote the issues weren't entirely Freeman's fault:

I know that we've all said it before, but it's time for Bill Musgrave to go. It's been time for Bill Musgrave to go for a long time now, but tonight's "game plan". . .if we can refer to it as that. . .should erase any doubt. The New York Giants came into Monday night's game as one of the bottom rush defenses in the National Football League, allowing about 123 yards/game on average. Against such a defense, when your "game plan" calls for the best running back in football and the reigning Most Valuable Player to carry the football 13 times. . .then your "game plan" stinks. Hell, the only thing worse than that would be taking a quarterback that hasn't even been with the team two weeks and dialing up 53 passing plays.

Seahawks sign Michael Robinson

After being released by the team in training camp, fullback Michael Robinson rejoined the Seahawks on Tuesday. Seattle signed Robinson after starting fullback Derrick Coleman suffered a hamstring injury against Arizona.

Robinson spent the last three seasons in Seattle and was a team captain before being released. He had a reaction to some prescription medication during training camp, which caused him to lose 30 pounds. That issue and a large salary were part of the reason he was released.

Robinson was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and has worked well with Marshawn Lynch. He also played a key role on special teams during his previous stint with the Seahawks. If Robinson is back to full strength, his return could be a boost for Seattle's rushing rushing attack, which is currently No. 2 in the NFL.

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