It's no secret that Greg Schiano is on the hot seat as the head coach of an 0-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers team. Perhaps less surprising is serious talk that Schiano could be let go mid-season. His team's listless performance against the Carolina Panthers certainly didn't help, but perhaps even more damning are reports that Schiano has lost control of the Bucs' locker room.
Schiano has said that morale will improve as soon as the Buccaneers start winning. At this point, however, it's unclear exactly when or if the Bucs will earn a win this season.
The Seattle Seahawks will wait until Monday to determine whether wide receiver Percy Harvin is ready to come off the physically unable to perform list. The Seahawks would have needed to make a decision by Sunday if they wanted Harvin to lace up for Monday night's against the St. Louis Rams. As a result, Harvin will miss Week 8, though a Week 9 return to play the Buccaneers is possible.
The Seahawks have the luxury of not needing Harvin to return as soon as possible as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. The offense is doing just fine without him at the moment, averaging 27.3 points per game for the NFL's fifth-best scoring offense. When Harvin returns, he will make the Seahawks' offense that much deadlier.
Without context, New England Patriots fans would be right to ring alarm bells about Tom Brady's appearance on the injury report Thursday. Brady was listed as having a right shoulder injury, which happens to be his throwing shoulder. With context, however, don't expect anyone to panic in Foxborough just yet.
Brady hadn't appeared on the injury report yet this season prior to this week, but he has been a fixture in recent years. Brady's place on the report with a "questionable" tag was considered a regular bit of gamesmanship by head coach Bill Belichick. Outside of the 15 games he missed in 2008 due to a knee injury, however, Brady has not missed a game since 2001.
Belichick may be up to his old tricks. If not? Then yes, Patriots fans should panic.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers believe that Doug Martin could return before the end of the 2013 season. Martin suffered a torn labrum last week against the Atlanta Falcons, prompting many to speculate that the running back would be out for the season. That may not be the case.
The Bucs are desperate for help, and a healthy Martin would certainly be welcome. The team is now 0-7, however, so it would behoove them not to rush Martin back before he is ready, given the team's grim prospects for the rest of the season.
"I would hope not, but I'm realistic to know that it does," Turner said. "He's a young guy. He's not very experienced. He wasn't the go-to guy as a young player, so this is all a new thing for him. I think when you add those things to it, it can affect him. Obviously, we're doing our best to focus and let him understand that he's our guy, and we want him to be as good as he can get."
Gordon has been excellent for the Browns this season, but his checkered off-field tenure in the league has prompted speculation that he is on the Browns' trading block. The Browns have reportedly received several offers for Gordon, but have thus far turned them down.
Meanwhile, Gordon's numbers took a significant dip last week. Against the Green Bay Packers, he had just two receptions for 21 yards off six targets, all season lows. Fortunately for Gordon, he'll be able to focus on football again after Tuesday's trade deadline -- wherever he may be.
The Dallas Cowboys may be without starting rookie safety J.J. Wilcox when they play the Detroit Lions this weekend. Wilcox may have suffered an MCL strain during practice Thursday, which could force him to go on the mend for several weeks. The team should have a better idea of his timetable for return once they receive the results of his MRI. Fortunately for Wilcox, the injury does not appear to be season-ending.
Wilcox had been steadily improving as a starter and was coming off arguably his best game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles last week. If Wilcox sits, the Cowboys will likely turn to another rookie, Jeff Heath, to step into the starting lineup.