Tuesdays are a day for NFL teams to sort out the aftermath from the previous week. On this particular Tuesday, two teams got good news on the injury front while another will likely be without one of its top receivers for an upcoming divisional contest. Ndamukong Suh was also hit with a huge fine after drawing a penalty for a low block.
That and more of the latest headlines from around the NFL.
Suh is no stranger to NFL discipline, and his history with the league likely factored into the $100,000 punishment for a low block during the Lions' Week 1 game. This is the third time Suh has faced substantial punishment from the NFL. He was suspended two games in 2011 for stomping on an offensive lineman, and was fined $30,000 last season for kicking Matt Schaub during a play. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, the $100,000 fine is the largest fine for an on-field violation in NFL history.
Suh reportedly apologized to his teammates for the penalty and apologized to DeAndre Levy personally as the penalty negated Levy's defensive touchdown. According to Sean Yuille of Pride of Detroit, Suh has now lost $342,500 due to fines and suspensions.
Amendola continues to be hampered by a nagging groin injury. With New England playing on a short week, the wide receiver is reportedly unlikely to play on Thursday against the New York Jets. Amendola suffered the injury during the preseason and appeared to reaggravate it against Buffalo. He played through the pain however, finishing with 10 catches for 104 yards.
He was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice -- although according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, reporters did not see Amendola walk to the field for practice. If Amendola does indeed miss the Jets game, New England will likely rely on Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins. Greg Knopping of Pats Pulpit took a look at the snap chart from Week 1, noting the extensive playing time for both players:
Kenbrell Thompkins played more than any other Patriots' receiver - taking part in 96% of the snaps. This may have been due to a few factors: the high percentage of plays the Patriots ran out of the 3-WR sets, the injury to Danny Amendola, and his size on the outside. Julian Edelman, the 3rd receiver, ended up taking part in 89% of the snaps as well. Amendola, who aggravated his groin injury, finished by taking part in 56 snaps (62%).
New England will be without Vereen until at least Week 11 after it placed the running back on injured reserve with the designation to return. Vereen fractured a bone in his wrist on Sunday and had surgery on Monday. He was expected to miss several weeks, and New England opened a roster spot by placing him on IR.
Vereen will be eligible to return to practice following Week 7 and can be activated to the roster following Week 9. The Patriots have a bye week in Week 10, so the earliest Vereen could return to the field is Week 11 against Carolina. Without Vereen, many expect Stevan Ridley to play a bigger role in the Patriots' offense.
Although he suffered a foot sprain late in the game against the New York Giants, the injury isn't expected to keep Dez Bryant off the field in Week 2. The Cowboys wide receiver returned to the game and an MRI later revealed a mild foot sprain.
According to a report from Ed Werder of ESPN, the Cowboys are unsure how much Bryant will practice this week. Bryant may not be the only key Cowboy limited this week in practice. Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys recapped the complete injury situation including the latest on Bryant, Morris Claiborne and Anthony Spencer.
Washington got some good news on Tuesday after Ryan Kerrigan passed tests for a possible concussion and was cleared to return to practice. Kerrigan took a shot to the head late in the fourth quarter on Monday and had to leave the game. He was taken back to the locker room for further evaluation.
A follow up test on Tuesday revealed Kerrigan did not suffer a concussion, and Mike Shanahan said the outside linebacker could have practiced on Tuesday if it wasn't an off day. Getting Kerrigan back for a key game against Green Bay is important for the Washington. Via Hogs Haven:
Kerrigan was an immediate presence for the Redskins in their season opener, logging eight tackles, three hurries, a sack and batting a backward pass from Michael Vick that resulted in a long touchdown.
If the Redskins want to salvage any momentum from an encouraging second-half performance on Monday night, it won't hurt to have one of their top playmakers at a full-go this week. For Kerrigan, that seems like it will be the case.
Jacobs is reportedly returning to the New York Giants after more than a year away from the team. The 31-year-old spent part of last season with San Francisco before being released. He didn't draw much interest this offseason prior to working out for the Giants. In addition to Jacobs, the Giants reportedly worked out Willis McGahee and Joe McKnight.
The Giants are reportedly bringing Jacobs back partially so he can serve as a mentor to second-year running back David Wilson. Wilson fumbled twice against Dallas before being benched. Giants fans are in favor of the move with 75 percent of Big Blue View's readers saying bringing Jacobs back was the right move.