NFL news: Case Keenum to start, Larry Fitzgerald not on the trade block

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

A pair of quarterbacks will hold onto starting duties for at least another week while Arizona's general manager denied discussing trading Larry Fitzgerald.

Matt Schaub is healthy enough to play, but the Texans quarterback won't regain his starting job just yet. Houston head coach Gary Kubiak said Case Keenum, and not Schaub, would start for the Texans in Week 9 against Indianapolis.

Schaub has torn ligaments in his ankle and may not be 100 percent healthy for the rest of the season as a result. The injury forced him out of the lineup in Week 7, but the decision to start Keenum against the Colts is not based on Schaub's injury, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.

Keenun played well in relief duty against Kansas City and Battle Red Blog said it was the right decision to give him another start.

In any event, this is the right call whether Schaub is too injured to play or not. Keenum earned another start with his play in Kansas City. Now we'll see how he fares under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football at Reliant Stadium.

Cardinals GM denies Larry Fitzgerald trade rumors

Larry Fitzgerald's name has been floated in trade rumors recently, but Arizona general manager Steve Keim said he has not had any conversations about trading the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

The rumors sparked after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported multiple league executives expect Arizona to discuss trading Fitzgerald during the offseason. Fitzgerald is scheduled to count $18 million against the salary cap next season and trading him would save the Cardinals $8 million.

The NFL's trade deadline is on Tuesday and while Schefter said it's unlikely for a deal to happen before then, there have been several unexpected trades this season.

Jason Campbell will start again for Cleveland

Jason Campbell made his first start of the season on Sunday and although the Browns lost to Kansas City, Campbell played well enough to earn at least one more start. Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski said Campbell will start in Week 9 against Baltimore.

Campbell completed 22-of-36 passes for 293 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature said Campbell's strong performance should give Browns fans some hope going forward.

Cleveland has dropped to 3-5, but the play of Campbell this week has to be commended. He was light years better than Brandon Weeden, and fans should have some optimism restored for their Week 9 battle at home with the Ravens next Sunday.

Sebastian Vollmer will have surgery on his broken leg

New England has already lost several starters for the rest of the season due to injury and the Patriots may have to add offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer to that list. Vollmer suffered a broken leg on Sunday and will now have surgery to repair the injury.

Recovery time for a broken leg can range from a few weeks to a few months. New England hasn't placed Vollmer on injured reserve yet, so it's still unknown if he could possibly return this season. Marcus Cannon replaced Vollmer on Sunday and Richard Hill of Pats Pulpit expects Cannon to take over at right tackle.

Buccaneers place Mike Williams on injured reserve

A rough season in Tampa Bay got even worse on Monday with Mike Williams landing on injured reserve. The wide receiver tore his hamstring on Thursday and will now officially miss the rest of the season. Williams played through a hamstring injury for several weeks before re-injuring it on Thursday.

While Williams wasn't having a big statistical season, Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation wrote Tampa Bay will still struggle to replace him:

With Williams out the Bucs will turn to Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu to fill his role, which will likely be a problem for the rest of the season.The team's downfield passing attack relied heavily on the ability of Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson to consistently win contested catches, and neither Owusu nor Underwood appear to be as skilled as Williams in that area.

Brandon Gibson out for the season

Brandon Gibson will miss the rest of the season after the Miami wide receiver suffered a torn patellar tendon on Sunday. The 26-year-old Gibson jumped for a pass and immediately grabbed at his knee when he landed. He limped to the sideline and was carted to the locker room.

Gibson was having a solid year prior to the injury with 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns in seven games. Without him, Miami has only three wide receivers on the active roster. The Dolphins could add a free agent, or pursue a trade before Tuesday's deadline. Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider lists Hakeem Nicks, Josh Gordon and Kenny Britt as possible trade targets.

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