NFL Gamecock Roundup: Good news for Brinkley and Cunningham

-The first piece of good news about Alshon Jeffery's calf injury has finally come... in the form of a lone tweet. NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that despite Alshon's continued absence from practice, the Bears have hope that he'll play in Sunday's opening contest against the Packers.

It should be noted, however, that Rapoport had no follow-up tweet or any sort of formal report on Alshon, and this piece of information is likely coming from a member of the front office. So instead of forcing head coach John Fox to go out and give some detail-free update on Alshon, the Bears front office is feeding the NFL's own media team, and they still won't give specifics. Keep in mind: all we know is that Alshon Jeffery has a calf injury. That's it. When you start clinging to a lone tweet with unsourced information for hope, you might need to take a step back and evaluate. I'm as hopeful as anyone for Alshon to be ready by Week One, but I'll hold off on the celebration until I see number 17 on the field. Or, y'know, until Adam Schefter reports it.

-The opening edition of Sunday Night Football between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants just got a little more awkwaaaard. Free agent linebacker, cut just two days ago by the Cowboys, has signed with the Giants. Now, signing a scorned player from an upcoming opponent to get an extra scouting report isn't uncommon, but the Giants truly did lack depth at linebacker. Brinkley also visited with the Giants prior to signing with the Cowboys, and with $2 million of his contract covered by Dallas, it was a no-risk decision for New York. For those of you keeping track of the financial side of everything, Michael David Smith of Pro Football talk reminds us that Brinkley got that $2 million for playing zero games. 

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-Justice Cunningham, recently cut by the St. Louis Rams, has also found himself work... with the St. Louis Rams. Cunningham rejoins the team on the practice squad, where's he's spent the better part of the past three seasons. Head coach Jeff Fisher has kept four tight ends on the roster before, so it's likely Cunningham would get a quick call-up if a player gets hurt or isn't working out. Cunningham is also regarded as the de facto backup fullback, behind Cory Harkey.

Player Team Pos. #
Antonio Allen+ New York Jets S 48
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/FB 4
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 98
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
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
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