NFL Gamecocks Roundup: Injuries and Mysteries

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-Quarterback Connor Shaw of the Cleveland Browns has officially been placed on season-ending injured reserve, which is quite bittersweet. On the one hand, obviously Shaw wants to play, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s better for his career to earn a guaranteed paycheck and get to stick with a team for the whole season. Shaw is a quick developer, and somebody who will thrive from getting to learn on a daily basis.

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-The Chicago Bears continue to remain cagey on the status of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who is currently sidelined with a left calf injury. The Chicago Tribune reports that Alshon was absent from Tuesday’s practice, the final full one before prep begins for the start of the season. Head coach John Fox was quite mum on the subject. When asked why Jeffery’s recovery hadn’t produced results yet, Fox simply said “He’s injured.” As Dan Wiederer of the Tribune points out, the Bears have had issues this year when it comes to being honest.

“Rookie Kevin White was listed as ‘day to day’ when the Bears reported to training camp but eventually wound up needing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin, a procedure that will likely keep the team’s top draft pick out the entire season. Safety Ryan Mundy surfaced on the injury report with a hip injury Aug. 18, then was ultimately placed on season-ending injured reserve on Sunday.”

For his part, Jeffery hasn’t completed a practice since Aug. 11, though Fox indicated that the wide receiver has been present at Halas Hall, the Bears’ practice facility. Along with Jeffery’s and White’s injuries, the Bears have suffered injuries to Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson, though the press actually got to see those two on the sidelines on Tuesday. If it’s any comfort, Fox added “It’s not like he’s sitting there eating bonbons. So he’s conditioning.” Is not eating rich, sweet, delicious desserts the definition of conditioning? Isn’t that just dieting?

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- As the Carolina Panthers continue to pare down their group of wide receivers, Damiere Byrd finds himself safe once again, though what is surprising is who was cut instead. Jarrett Boykin, a Charlotte native, had led the Panthers in receptions this preseason with nine catches. Apparently that wasn’t enough to save the former Green Bay Packer. Dumping Boykin was a curious decision, but given that the team just traded for Kevin Norwood, it’s not necessarily that much easier of a road to the starting roster for Byrd, but it does create quite a hole for the final game of the preseason. Somebody has to lead the team in receptions, right?

Player Team Pos. #
Rory Anderson San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley Dallas Cowboys LB 54
Damiere Byrd Carolina Panthers WR 18
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Justice Cunningham St. Louis Rams TE 48
Mike Davis San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Clifton Geathers Pittsburgh Steelers DE 96
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jimmy Legree Arizona Cardinals S 46
Cliff Matthews Atlanta Falcons DE 98
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Ronald Patrick Dallas Cowboys C 78
Kelcy Quarles Indianapolis Colts DT 73
Travian Robertson Washington Redskins DT 79
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw* Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Dylan Thompson San Francisco 49ers QB 13

RECENT TRANSACTIONS (as of 9 p.m., Sept. 1, 2015)

  • Connor Shaw - Placed on injured reserve by Browns, Sept. 1
  • Spencer Lanning - Waived by Broncos, Aug. 31
  • Lemuel Jeanpierre - Released by Seahawks, Aug. 31
  • Chaz Sutton - Waived by Titans, Aug. 30
  • Antonio Allen - Waived/injured by Jets