NFL News: Player News and Updates for 8/27/13
NFL Updates: Goodson, Gilmore, White and More
August 27, 2013
We’ve still got a couple of days to wait for the final preseason games taking place across the NFL, but in the meantime there are plenty of developing storylines to hold our interest. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there and how they’re expected to impact the upcoming regular season. Here’s the latest.
Jets Cuts: Teams around the league cut their rosters down to 75 players yesterday, the first of two major downsizings that will take place before the regular season. Most cuts made at this point are forsaken injury cases or low-level special teams players, but the Jets made a couple of unexpected trimmings yesterday. New York severed ties with kick returner and RB Joe McKnight, as well as veteran WR Braylon Edwards.
McKnight’s return numbers were strong the past couple of seasons, but he had a troubling off-season. His recent issues included a failed conditioning test, a head injury and an arrest on traffic violations. As for Edwards, he was a recent addition to the roster in an effort to provide depth at WR (Santonio Holmes is still recovering from a Lisfranc injury but could return for the opener). He’s been fighting off a leg injury and was inactive for the Jets’ last preseason game on Saturday.
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Mike Goodson, RB, New York Jets: While we’re in New York, let’s check in on Goodson, who received some news yesterday. The embattled Jets RB received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Goodson’s status with the team had been in limbo for most of the off-season, as he was arrested on drug and weapons charges this past May. He may be joining the team today, and although the team could use some more bodies at RB, he’s got a ways to go before earning the trust of his coaching staff.
Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills: The Bills can’t seem to catch a break this preseason. Still suffering the sting of QB Kevin Kolb’s concussion, the team learned yesterday that their top corner, second-year man Stephon Gilmore, would miss 6-8 weeks with a fractured wrist. He sustained the injury in the second quarter during Saturday’s preseason game against the Redskins.
Gilmore will require surgery, but won’t be moved to IR. If he were, he’d have to wait through at least eight weeks of the regular season before hitting the field again.
Ed Reed, FS, Houston Texans: There’s been a lot of speculation recently as to whether new Texans safety Ed Reed will be ready for the opener. The expectation is that he’ll still be recovering from his off-season hip surgery by then, but there’s still a remote chance that he could be ready.
Reed has been aggressive in his rehab treatments since his April surgery, and he’s reportedly been receiving injections and working with a specialist in an effort to smooth the process along. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he plans to have a good idea as to Reed’s status for the opener on Friday, after the team’s final preseason game against the Cowboys.
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Let’s take a moment to check in on White, who has been fighting off a low-ankle sprain since the team’s second preseason game. Atlanta coach Mike Smith said he expects White to be ready for the season opener, though we’d imagine he’ll sit out Thursday’s game completely.
White is coming off a 92-catch, 1351-yard season that yielded seven touchdowns as a key component of Atlanta’s high-flying offense.
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