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Jon Gruden to Raiders rumors surface, Dolphins sign LaMichael James and more

Jon Gruden leads the list of potential long-term coaching options for the Raiders.

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Jon Gruden could be 'long-term choice' for Raiders

Less than 24 hours after firing head coach Dennis Allen, the Oakland Raiders tabbed Tony Sparano as interim head coach on Tuesday afternoon, but the rumors have already begun to swirl about who will lead the team on a permanent basis.

Ian Rapoport of reports that the Raiders are looking for a "superstar coach who can not just win on the field, but in every single aspect." Based on that criteria, Jon Gruden appears to be an obvious first choice for Oakland, which employed Gruden as head coach from 1998-2001. There is no indication that Gruden wants to leave broadcasting or that he would return to the team if general manager Reggie McKenzie is in place, but he seems like an ideal fit for the organization. The Raiders went 38-24 in Gruden's four seasons as head coach, reaching the playoffs in 2000 and 2001.

Bridgewater expected to practice Wednesday

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to participate in Wednesday's "jog-through," just a few days after suffering an ankle injury against the Atlanta Falcons. Bridgewater's MRI on Monday came back clean, but the short week of preparation for the Thursday night matchup against the Packers leaves doubt about how effective Bridgewater will be in the NFC North rivalry game. If Bridgewater is not able to play, backup Christian Ponder would be under center for Minnesota. Ponder has yet to throw a pass this season.

Jordan Cameron better after bye week

The bye week seems to have done some good for Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, who suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 1. Cameron expects the pain to linger throughout the season, but said that his shoulder is feeling better after a week of rest and that he is feeling "good" and "healthy" now.

The Browns tight end has been mostly ineffective since the injury. Cameron missed the second game of the season and had just one catch in the Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He had a breakout season last year, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns.

Mario Manningham released by Giants

The New York Giants released wide receiver Mario Manningham, who was on injured reserve. Manningham was drafted by the team in 2008 and spent four seasons in New York before signing a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers prior to 2012.  He returned to the Giants this offseason, but a calf injury limited his reps in training camp and he failed to make the team at the start of the season.

Falcons deal with injuries

The Atlanta Falcons made three key moves on Tuesday, placing starting offensive linemen Joe Hawley (knee) and Lamar Holmes (foot) on injured reserve and starting safety William Moore on IR with designation to return. These losses in the trenches will certainly hurt a Falcons ground game that was averaging 4.7 yards per rush (8th in NFL), and the loss of Moore depletes a secondary that already was allowing the second-highest yards per attempt in the league through four games.

Colts sign Mathis to 1-year extension

Robert Mathis won't play a down for the Indianapolis Colts this season, but that didn't stop the team from ensuring that the veteran pass rusher will be around through the 2016 season. The Colts have reportedly signed him to a one-year extension worth $6 million, according to's Albert Breer.

Mathis' four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs ended this week, but he is out for the year after tearing his Achilles tendon earlier this month. Mathis led the NFL with 19.5 sacks in 2013, and his 111 career sacks are the third-most by any player since his rookie season in 2003.

Dolphins sign RB LaMichael James

The Miami Dolphins added LaMichael James on Tuesday in an effort to bolster their running back corps. James was waived by the San Francisco 49ers after playing just two offensive snaps in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. The former second-round pick from Oregon is more of a receiving threat out of the backfield than a pure running back, and has also been a dynamic punt and kick returner during his two-plus seasons in the NFL (averaged 10.9 yards per punt return and 28.4 yards per kickoff return).