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NFL Network premieres Ricky Williams, ‘A Football Life’ Friday, October 31 at 9:00 PM ET

Ricky Williams with Dolphins (2009 photo by Chris J. Nelson via wikipedia commons)

 

“I decide what it’s like for me, not other people. You can be whatever you’d like to be. You just have to choose it.” – Ricky Williams

The image of who Ricky Williams is varies for different people and places.

For the state of Texas and fans of the University of Texas, the image is of a Heisman Trophy-winning running back who displayed legendary feats on the football field. For the city of New Orleans and Saints fans, the image is of someone who was supposed to be an icon and example of what a professional football player should be. For many football fans, the image is of someone who cared more about off the field pursuits than football, and a great player who didn’t live up to his potential.

 

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, October 31 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Williams. In the one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary, Williams provides an all-encompassing image of who he truly is in his own words, told through five new interviews with Williams and five archived interviews from NFL Films’ library. NFL Films followed Williams to Sweden, Amsterdam and across Texas for the documentary. Additionally, Ricky Williams: A Football Life features former University of Texas All-American linebacker Emmanuel Acho performing with the Keystone State Boychoir, as well as never-before-seen sound from Mike Ditka in New Orleans.

Ricky Williams: A Football Life marks the first time in which only the subject was interviewed for the documentary.

Among the topics Williams discusses in the show are:

  • The trade that Mike Ditka and the New Orleans Saints made to move up to draft him with the fifth overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft
  • The contract he signed as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints
  • Winning the Heisman Trophy at the University of Texas and his relationship with Doak Walker
  • His career with the Miami Dolphins and the reason why he retired one week before training camp in 2004
  • A series of text message exchanges with Bill Parcells following the 2011 season with the Baltimore Ravens
  • His experience in coaching and other off the field pursuits
  • His email address at the University of Texas

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Provided below are some select quotes from Ricky Williams: A Football Life:

- “Depending on their fondest memory of you, most people hold on so tightly to their fondest memory they don’t usually let you be anything greater than that. And that’s one of the things I think I allowed myself to be a victim of earlier in my career. What I learned as I got older is I decide. I decide what it’s like for me, not other people. You can be whatever you’d like to be. You just have to choose it.” – Ricky Williams

- “It used to be irritating just because someone can meet you and before they would get a chance to get to know you, they’ll go find someone else’s story about who I am. For me personally, I just always think it’s more interesting to get to know the person myself.” – Ricky Williams

- “It was really my coming out party; ran for over 160 yards and it really set the tempo for the rest of my career and my initiation to being an unofficial Texan.” – Ricky Williams on the game against Texas A&M his freshman year

- “After I won the Heisman Trophy, it just was OK, I’m supposed to go to the NFL and so that’s what I did. I didn’t really have any expectations and I didn’t really understand how things worked.” – Ricky Williams

- “One of the worst days in my life. I thought I deserved to be the first pick, especially after the kind of career I had. And then as the draft started to go on, I wasn’t even the first running back. But actually, the trade made it better. It’s a cool story. I mean, people are still talking about the trade.” – Ricky Williams on the 1999 NFL Draft

- “The contract that he negotiated for me would have made me the highest paid rookie in the history of the NFL. I said no to that. I said, ‘Give me all that you can get me right now, let me earn the rest.’ I’d always hear fans say that athletes were overpaid and all they care about is the money. So I saw a perfect opportunity to show people that not all athletes are like that.” – Ricky Williams on his rookie contract with the New Orleans Saints

- “I can look back at it now as definitely like an initiation into adulthood. Almost overnight in the NFL, I was put on a pedestal and I was supposed to be this icon or this image of what a professional athlete was supposed to be. I felt like I just got stuck trying to be someone else and I forgot who I actually was.” – Ricky Williams on his time with the New Orleans Saints

- “I led the NFL in attempts the past two years and they really didn’t go out and get a quarterback to help me so I knew it’s going to be all on me again. I could see my mortality as a football player, that I’m not going to be able to do this much longer. It just became obvious to me that playing football for me is not going to be fun, not something I’m going to enjoy and it’s time for me to do something different.” – Ricky Williams on his time with the Miami Dolphins

- “Everywhere I go, people hear Ricky Williams and the next thing they think is marijuana or wasted talent.” – Ricky Williams

Following the premiere of Ricky Williams: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the November episodes:

  • November 7 – Earl Campbell
  • November 14 – Csonka, Kiick & Morris
  • November 21 – Lyle Alzado
  • November 28 – Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFL NETWORK, NFLmedia.com

NFL Week 9 Injury Report for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

 

 

WEEK 9 INJURY REPORT – WEDNESDAY

 

 
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at CAROLINA PANTHERS on Thursday night
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
(New Orleans did not practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
  OUT LB David Hawthorne (hand), RB Austin Johnson (knee), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)
 
  QUESTIONABLE C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder), LB Kyle Knox (ankle), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm)
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday LB David Hawthorne (hand), RB Austin Johnson (knee), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)
  Tuesday LB David Hawthorne (hand), RB Austin Johnson (knee), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)
  Wednesday LB David Hawthorne (hand), RB Austin Johnson (knee), RB Khiry Robinson (forearm), RB Pierre Thomas (rib, shoulder)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder), LB Kyle Knox (ankle)
  Tuesday C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder), LB Kyle Knox (ankle)
  Wednesday C Jonathan Goodwin (knee, ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder), LB Kyle Knox (ankle)
 
CAROLINA PANTHERS
(Carolina conducted a walk-through on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
Status Report
  OUT T Byron Bell (knee, elbow), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), WR Corey Brown (concussion), G Amini Silatolu (calf), G Trai Turner (knee), RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh)
 
  QUESTIONABLE S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (ankle)
 
  PROBABLE T Nate Chandler (thigh), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle), LB Jason Williams (hip)
Practice Report
  OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
  Wednesday T Byron Bell (knee, elbow), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), WR Corey Brown (concussion), G Amini Silatolu (calf), G Trai Turner (knee), RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh)
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Monday T Byron Bell (knee, elbow), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), LB Chase Blackburn (knee), WR Corey Brown (concussion), S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), G Amini Silatolu (calf), G Trai Turner (knee), RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh)
  Tuesday T Byron Bell (knee, elbow), CB Bene’ Benwikere (ankle), WR Corey Brown (concussion), S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), G Amini Silatolu (calf), G Trai Turner (knee), RB Fozzy Whittaker (thigh)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Monday T Nate Chandler (thigh), DT Kawann Short (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle), LB Jason Williams (hip)
  Tuesday T Nate Chandler (thigh), DT Kawann Short (ankle), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle), LB Jason Williams (hip)
  Wednesday S Thomas DeCoud (hamstring), DT Kawann Short (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Nate Chandler (thigh), RB DeAngelo Williams (ankle), LB Jason Williams (hip)

 

 

 

 
ARIZONA CARDINALS at DALLAS COWBOYS
ARIZONA CARDINALS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete
 
DALLAS COWBOYS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Doug Free (foot), G Ronald Leary (groin), LB Rolando McClain (shoulder), QB Tony Romo (back)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Jack Crawford (calf), DE Anthony Spencer (knee, foot)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Brandon Carr (hamstring), LB Bruce Carter (thigh), T Jermey Parnell (chest)

 

 

 
DENVER BRONCOS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DENVER BRONCOS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Montee Ball (groin), LB Lamin Barrow (concussion), S Quinton Carter (hamstring), G Louis Vasquez (illness)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Omar Bolden (concussion), RB Ronnie Hillman (shoulder), LB Steven Johnson (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Chris Harris (knee), K Brandon McManus (right groin), RB Juwan Thompson (knee)
 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Chandler Jones (hip)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Dominique Easley (knee), S Nate Ebner (finger), T Cameron Fleming (finger), WR Matt Slater (shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Tom Brady (ankle), CB Brandon Browner (ankle), LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)

 

 

 

 
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at CINCINNATI BENGALS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Will Blackmon (finger), DE Andre Branch (groin), T Luke Joeckel (concussion)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Dwayne Gratz (groin), WR Allen Hurns (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Cecil Shorts (groin)
 
CINCINNATI BENGALS
 
Practice Report
  OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
  Wednesday LB Vontaze Burfict (knee)
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Giovani Bernard (hip), CB Darqueze Dennard (hamstring), DE Carlos Dunlap (illness), LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), DT Domata Peko (toe), G Mike Pollak (knee), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR A.J. Green (toe), CB Terence Newman (back), T Andre Smith (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Jayson DiManche (shoulder), DT Brandon Thompson (knee)

 

 

 

 
NEW YORK JETS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
NEW YORK JETS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Jeremy Kerley (illness), CB Darrin Walls (calf, knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), G Willie Colon (knee), LB David Harris (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Phillip Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (finger, shoulder), LB Demario Davis (finger), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist)
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Practice Report
  OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
  Wednesday WR Donnie Avery (groin)
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Jamell Fleming (hamstring), LB Josh Martin (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Eric Berry (ankle), TE Travis Kelce (ribs), CB Christopher Owens (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Jamaal Charles (back), TE Anthony Fasano (shoulder), CB Phillip Gaines (quadricep), RB Cyrus Gray (hand), WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring), G Mike McGlynn (foot), QB Alex Smith (right shoulder), CB Sean Smith (groin)

 

 

 

 
OAKLAND RAIDERS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
OAKLAND RAIDERS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

 

 

 

 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at HOUSTON TEXANS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Nate Allen (hamstring), CB Brandon Boykin (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Brad Smith (groin)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Todd Herremans (biceps), C Jason Kelce (hernia), LB Mychal Kendricks (calf), WR Jeff Maehl (foot), LB DeMeco Ryans (groin), RB Darren Sproles (knee), CB Jaylen Watkins (wrist)
 
HOUSTON TEXANS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee), LB Brian Cushing (knee), RB Arian Foster (knee), WR Andre Johnson (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (knee), LB Brooks Reed (groin), LB Jeff Tarpinian (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Alfred Blue (ankle), CB Darryl Morris (ankle), LB John Simon (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Tim Jamison (groin), LB Whitney Mercilus (shoulder)

 

 

 

 
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at MIAMI DOLPHINS
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Jahleel Addae (concussion), LB Jeremiah Attaochu (hamstring), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion), LB Dwight Freeney (knee), RB Ryan Mathews (knee), G Rich Ohrnberger (back), LB Manti Te’o (foot), CB Jason Verrett (shoulder)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Reggie Walker (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Donald Brown (concussion), CB Steve Williams (groin)
 
MIAMI DOLPHINS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Daryn Colledge (illness), TE Dion Sims (toe)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Charles Clay (knee), T Nate Garner (neck), LB Chris McCain (foot), LB Koa Misi (ankle), C Mike Pouncey (hip), S Jimmy Wilson (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LS John Denney (knee), CB Cortland Finnegan (neck)

 

 

 

 
ST. LOUIS RAMS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
ST. LOUIS RAMS
(St. Louis conducted a walk-through on Wednesday. The Wednesday practice report is an estimation.)

 

Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Cody Davis (concussion), DT Aaron Donald (shoulder), LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar (toe), DE William Hayes (foot), CB Janoris Jenkins (knee), S Rodney McLeod (knee), T Rodger Saffold (shoulder), C Scott Wells (elbow)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday C Tim Barnes (shoulder), WR Kenny Britt (hip), CB Trumaine Johnson (knee), S Lamarcus Joyner (hip), CB Marcus Roberson (ankle)
 
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
 
Practice Report
  Wednesday Practice Not Complete

 

 

 

 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at CLEVELAND BROWNS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Anthony Collins (foot), LB Brandon Magee (knee), RB Doug Martin (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday C Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), WR Vincent Jackson (rib), DE Michael Johnson (hand)
 
CLEVELAND BROWNS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Jordan Cameron (concussion), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring), DE Phillip Taylor (knee), T Joe Thomas (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), S Jim Leonhard (ankle), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), CB K’Waun Williams (shoulder, neck), DE Billy Winn (quadricep)

 

 

 

 
WASHINGTON REDSKINS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS
WASHINGTON REDSKINS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Ryan Clark (ankle, shoulder), T Trent Williams (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday QB Robert Griffin (ankle), LB Ryan Kerrigan (wrist), LB Trent Murphy (knee), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring), LB Perry Riley (knee), LB Keenan Robinson (shoulder)
 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Jabari Price (hamstring), DE Brian Robison (glute), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Antone Exum (ankle, shoulder), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle, knee), TE Chase Ford (foot), LB Gerald Hodges (hamstring), CB Josh Robinson (ankle)

 

 

 
BALTIMORE RAVENS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS on Sunday night
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Michael Campanaro (thigh), RB Justin Forsett (ankle), DT Haloti Ngata (shin), CB Jimmy Smith (foot), LB Terrell Suggs (neck), CB Lardarius Webb (not injury related), G Marshal Yanda (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Owen Daniels (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Chris Canty (wrist)
 
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), S Michael Mitchell (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (not injury related), TE Matt Spaeth (hamstring), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Ivan Taylor (forearm)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (concussion), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (knee), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL Transactions for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

 

The following are official NFL transactions for Wednesday, October 29. Transactions will be published each day after they are circulated to NFL clubs. This public version will include waiver requests, assignments via waivers, terminations, free agent signings, reserve list and practice squad additions and deletions, and trades. It will not include waiver claims, tryouts, suspensions, etc

 

 

 

PERSONNEL NOTICE

DATE: Wednesday, 10/29/2014

 

WAIVER SYSTEM TRANSACTIONS

 
WAIVER REQUESTS (All are NO RECALL)
 
NEW ENGLAND
Skinner, Deontae LB Mississippi State      
 
ST. LOUIS
Thomas, Jemea DB Georgia Tech      

CLAIMING DEADLINE: 4:00 p.m., N.Y. Time, Thursday, 10/30/14

 
TERMINATIONS VIA WAIVER SYSTEM
 
ATLANTA
Baker, Sean DB Ball State  
 
CAROLINA
Reaves, Darrin RB Alabama-Birmingham  
 
DENVER
Latta, Greg DE Purdue  
 
NEW ENGLAND
Barker, Chris G Nevada  
 
NEW YORK JETS
Edds, A.J. LB Iowa  
OAKLAND
Filimoeatu, Bojay LB Utah State  
 
ST. LOUIS
Keenum, Case QB Houston  
 
SEATTLE
Bates, Phil WR Ohio  
Brackett, Brett TE Penn State  
 

ACTIVE LIST ADDITIONS

 
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
 
DALLAS
Dobbins, Tim LB Iowa State  
 
HOUSTON
Diles, Zach LB Kansas State  
 
JACKSONVILLE
Campbell, Tommie DB California, Pa.  
 
NEW ENGLAND
Branch, Alan DT Michigan  
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
Harris, Mike DB Florida State  
From Detroit Practice Squad
 
NEW YORK JETS
Williams, Marcus DB North Dakota State  
From New York Jets Practice Squad
 
OAKLAND
Asante, Larry DB Nebraska  
 
ST. LOUIS
Washington, Brandon G Miami  
From St. Louis Practice Squad
Williams, Damian WR Southern California  
 
SEATTLE
Fort, L.J. LB Northern Iowa  
From Seattle Practice Squad
Tukuafu, Will RB Oregon  
 

 

RESERVE LIST ADDITIONS

 
DALLAS
Durant, Justin LB Hampton  
Reserve/Injured
 
JACKSONVILLE
Ball, Alan DB Illinois  
Reserve/Injured
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
Beason, Jon LB Miami  
Reserve/Injured
 
ST. LOUIS
Quick, Brian WR Appalachian State  
Reserve/Injured
 

PRACTICE SQUAD TRANSACTIONS

 
ADDITIONS
 
CLEVELAND
Cromartie, Marcus DB Wisconsin  
 
DALLAS
Smith, Will LB Texas Tech  
 
DENVER
McNeil, Douglas WR Bowie State  
HOUSTON
Malena, Ben RB Texas A&M  
 
NEW YORK JETS
Young, Chris LB Arizona State  
 
ST. LOUIS
Baker, Steven T East Carolina  
Blake, Emory WR Auburn  
Bond, Travis T North Carolina  
Cunningham, Justice TE South Carolina  
SEATTLE
Milton, Keavon TE Louisiana-Monroe  
 
TAMPA BAY
Kafka, Mike QB Northwestern  
Exception
 
PRACTICE SQUAD; INJURED
 
DALLAS
Davis, Troy LB Central Florida  
Does Not Count on Practice Squad
 
CONTRACT TERMINATED BY CLUB
 
ST. LOUIS
Boone, Kadron WR Louisiana State  
 
CONTRACTS TERMINATED BY PLAYER
 
DETROIT
Harris, Mike DB Florida State  
(Also see ACTIVE LIST ADDITIONS)
 
NEW YORK JETS
Williams, Marcus DB North Dakota State  
(Also see ACTIVE LIST ADDITIONS)
 

ST. LOUIS

Washington, Brandon G Miami  
(Also see ACTIVE LIST ADDITIONS)
 
SEATTLE
Fort, L.J. LB Northern Iowa  
(Also see ACTIVE LIST ADDITIONS)

OTHER TRANSACTIONS/COMMENTS

 
RETURNED TO PRACTICE
 
JACKSONVILLE
Lewis, Marcedes TE UCLA  
Remains on Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
 
KANSAS CITY
Mays, Joe LB North Dakota State  
Remains on Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return
 
SAN FRANCISCO
Lattimore, Marcus RB South Carolina  
Remains on Reserve/Non-Football Injury
 
 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

What to look for in Week 9 of the NFL

Press release written by NFL Communications; courtesy NFLmedia.com

(courtesy Free-Extras.com)

STILL IN THE MIX: History shows that a losing record at this point in the season does not negate a team’s chances of making the playoffs. Since 2000, 34 teams have reached the halfway point of their season with a .500 or below winning percentage and proceeded to the playoffs, including at least one in each season.

Of those 34 clubs, five have advanced to the Conference Championship Game, including the 2001 New England Patriots, who won Super Bowl XXXVI.

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MANNING-BRADY XVI: For the 16th time of their storied careers including the postseason, quarterbacks TOM BRADY and PEYTON MANNING will face off as New England hosts Denver on Sunday afternoon.

Brady (129.1) & Manning (127.4) ranked ranked first and second, respectively, among NFL quarterbacks in passer rating for October, as each player threw 14 touchdowns apiece, marking the first calendar month in NFL history in which two different players passed for at least 14 touchdowns.

Brady, who will make his 200th career regular-season start this week, has already won more games (154) than any other starting quarterback in NFL history through his first 200 starts.

The most wins by starting quarterbacks through 200 regular-season starts in NFL history:

 

QUARTERBACK WINS THROUGH 200 STARTS
Tom Brady 154*
Peyton Manning 136
Brett Favre 132
Dan Marino 125
John Elway 124
* 199 career starts

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NOVEMBER MADNESS: The NFL season enters November on Sunday and three active quarterbacks – Dallas’ TONY ROMO, New England’s TOM BRADY and Baltimore’s JOE FLACCOare among the best in November in terms of winning percentages for the month amongst starting QBs in the Super Bowl era (since 1966, minimum 20 starts).

Romo, who ranks first among the group with an .828 November winning percentage, and the Cowboys will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Brady’s (.761) and Flacco’s (.741) November winning percentages currently rank fourth and fifth, respectively. Brady will aim to improve his November mark on Sunday afternoon against Denver. Flacco and the Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

The quarterbacks with the best records in November in the Super Bowl era (minimum 20 starts):

PLAYER RECORD IN NOVEMBER WIN PCT.
Tony Romo* 24-5 .828
Daryle Lamonica 19-4-2 .826
Jim McMahon 18-5 .783
Tom Brady* 35-11 .761
Joe Flacco* 20-7 .741
*Active

Note: Ties prior to 1972 did not count in winning percentage.

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GOOD LUCK: Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK has passed for at least 300 yards in each of his past six games, surpassing PEYTON MANNING (five games in 2009) for the longest streak in Colts history.

With at least 300 passing yards against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, Luck can tie Manning, who passed for 300+ yards in seven consecutive games with Denver in 2012-13, for the third-longest such streak in NFL history.

The players with the most consecutive 300-yard passing games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR(S) CONSECUTIVE 300-YARD GAMES
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011-12 9
Drew Brees New Orleans 2013 9
Peyton Manning Denver 2012-13 7
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 6*
Steve Young San Francisco 1998 6
Kurt Warner St. Louis 2000 6
Rich Gannon Oakland 2002 6
* Active streak

Luck leads the NFL with 2,731 passing yards this season. With at least 269 passing yards on Monday night, Luck can join TOM BRADY, DREW BREES (twice) and Manning as the only players in NFL history with at least 3,000 passing yards in their team’s first nine games to begin a season.

The players with the most passing yards through their team’s first nine games to begin a season:

PLAYER TEAM YEAR PASSING YARDS THROUGH 9 GAMES
Peyton Manning Denver 2013 3,249
Drew Brees New Orleans 2013 3,064
Tom Brady New England 2011 3,032
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 3,004
Drew Brees New Orleans 2008 2,985
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 2,731*

* Through eight games

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TIGHTEN UP I: Since entering the NFL in 2010, New England tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI leads all NFL players with 49 touchdown catches during that span.

Gronkowski, who will play in his 59th career game on Sunday, needs one touchdown reception against Denver to tie RANDY MOSS for the second-fewest games to reach 50 career TD catches in NFL history. Pro Football Hall of Famer LANCE ALWORTH (54 games) is the fastest player in NFL annals to reach the milestone.

Gronkowski can also far surpass the record for fewest games by a tight end to reach 50 career touchdown catches, (ANTONIO GATES, 92 games).

The players to reach 50 touchdown catches in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER NO. OF GAMES TO REACH 50 TD REC.
Lance Alworth 54
Randy Moss 59
Jerry Rice 61
Tommy McDonald 63
Bob Hayes 66
Rob Gronkowski 58*
* 49 career TD catches

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TIGHTEN UP II: A pair of AFC tight ends – San Diego’s ANTONIO GATES and Denver’s JULIUS THOMAS – are currently tied for the NFL lead in total touchdowns with nine TD catches apiece this season.

With one touchdown catch against Miami on Sunday, Gates can become the first tight end in NFL history with four seasons with at least 10 TD receptions. He is currently tied with TONY GONZALEZ (three) and New England’s ROB GRONKOWSKI (three) for the most such seasons by a tight end in NFL annals.

Thomas, whose Broncos travel to New England on Sunday, needs one more touchdown to join Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (1996, 1998) as the only tight ends in franchise history with multiple 10-touchdown seasons. He would be the ninth tight end in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

The tight ends with the most seasons with at least 10 receiving touchdowns:

TIGHT END YEAR(S) SEASONS WITH 10+ TD REC.
Antonio Gates* 2004-05, 2010 3
Tony Gonzalez 1999, 2003, 2008 3
Rob Gronkowski 2010-12 3
Dallas Clark 2007, 2009 2
Vernon Davis 2009, 2013 2
Jimmy Graham 2011, 2013 2
Shannon Sharpe 1996, 1998 2
Wesley Walls 1996, 1999 2
Julius Thomas* 2013 1
* Nine TD catches in 2014

NFL NFC Players of the Week: Cardinals’ Fitzgerald, Vikings’ Barr, Redskins’ Forbath recognized for Week 8 heroics

 

Wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD of the Arizona Cardinals, rookie linebacker ANTHONY BARR of the Minnesota Vikings and kicker KAI FORBATH of the Washington Redskins are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the eighth week of the 2014 season (October 23, 26-27), the NFL announced today.

OFFENSE: WR LARRY FITZGERALD, ARIZONA CARDINALS

  • Fitzgerald caught seven passes for 160 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals’ 24-20 win over Philadelphia.
  • His 80-yard touchdown was the longest reception of his career and his fifth 70+ yard catch.
  • The performance marked the ninth 150-yard game of his career, including the playoffs.
  • Fitzgerald’s 160 receiving yards are his fourth-most in a game (including the postseason) and his most in a game since January 10, 2009, when he had 166 yards in a Divisional Playoff victory at Carolina.
  • In seven career games against the Eagles (including the playoffs), Fitzgerald has 11 touchdowns, including at least one in every game. He has 47 catches for 802 yards (114.6 per game) in those seven meetings.
  • Fitzgerald has 41 career 100-yard games (including the postseason), the most in franchise history.
  • In his 11th season from Pittsburgh, this is Fitzgerald’s third career Player of the Week Award. He was previously honored in Week 10, 2011 and Week 3, 2012. All three of his Player of the Week Awards have come for his performances against the Eagles.
  • In the past five seasons, Fitzgerald and Detroit’s CALVIN JOHNSON are tied for the most Offensive Player of the Week Awards by a wide receiver with three.

DEFENSE: LB ANTHONY BARR, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

  • Barr had eight tackles, a sack and scored the game-winning touchdown in the Vikings’ 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay. On the first play from scrimmage in overtime, Barr forced a fumble which he recovered and returned 27 yards for the game-winning score.
  • It marked the fifth overtime game in NFL history – four in the regular season, one in the postseason – that was decided by a fumble-return touchdown.
  • Barr is the only player in NFL history to force a fumble, recover the ball and return it for a touchdown in overtime.
  • This season, Barr has three defensive fumble recoveries, tied with J.J. WATT for the most in the NFL. Barr’s three sacks are the most by a rookie and his 54 tackles are the most by a rookie in the NFC.
  • In his rookie year from UCLA, this is Barr’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • Barr is the sixth rookie linebacker in the past 10 seasons to be named NFC Defensive Player of the Week joining DE MARCUS WARE (Week 16, 2005), CLAY MATTHEWS (Week 13, 2009), BRIAN ORAKPO (Week 14, 2009), SEAN LEE (Week 13, 2010) and LUKE KUECHLY (Week 14, 2012).

SPECIAL TEAMS: K KAI FORBATH, WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  • · Forbath converted both field-goal attempts, including the game-winner (40 yards) in overtime, and added two PATs in the Redskins’ 20-17 win at Dallas.
  • · He scored the first points of the game on a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter and ended the scoring with his 40-yard game-winner in overtime.
  • · It marked the second consecutive week that Forbath kicked a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation or in overtime. In Week 7, he converted a 22-yard field goal as time expired to give Washington a 19-17 win against Tennessee.
  • · In his career, Forbath has now kicked two game-winning field goals in overtime. He also converted a 34-yard field goal in Washington’s 31-28 win over Baltimore on December 9, 2012.
  • · In his third season from UCLA, this is Forbath’s first career Player of the Week Award.
  • · Forbath joins SHAUN SUISHAM (Week 9, 2007) and GRAHAM GANO (Week 16, 2010) as the only kickers in franchise history to be named Player of the Week.

2014 NFC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Offense Defense Special Teams
Wk 1 QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta LB DeAndre Levy, Detroit K Matt Bryant, Atlanta
Wk 2 RB Darren Sproles, Philadelphia CB Kyle Fuller, Chicago PR Ted Ginn, Jr., Arizona
Wk 3 QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta S Kam Chancellor, Seattle PR-KR-WR Devin Hester, Atlanta
Wk 4 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay S Antoine Bethea, San Francisco PR-RB Darren Sproles, Philadelphia
Wk 5 QB Russell Wilson, Seattle LB Julius Peppers, Green Bay K Phil Dawson, San Francisco
Wk 6 T Tyron Smith, Dallas DE Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit K Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona
Wk 7 QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay LB Keenan Robinson, Washington PR Stedman Bailey, St. Louis
Wk 9 WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona LB Anthony Barr, Minnesota K Kai Forbath, Washington

Other nominees for NFC Offensive Player of Week 8 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Washington quarterback COLT MC COY, who completed 25 of 30 passes (83.3 percent) for 299 yards and rushed for a touchdown.
  • New Orleans running back MARK INGRAM, who rushed for 172 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ 44-23 win over Green Bay.
  • Detroit quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD, who passed for 325 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ 22-21 win over Atlanta in London.
  • Detroit wide receiver GOLDEN TATE, who had 7 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.

Other nominees for NFC Defensive Player of Week 8 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • Arizona cornerback ANTONIO CROMARTIE, who had two interceptions, three passes defensed and five tackles.
  • Washington safety BRANDON MERIWEATHER, who had two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and seven tackles.
  • New Orleans cornerback COREY WHITE, who had an interception, two passes defensed and four tackles.

Other nominees for NFC Special Teams Player of Week 8 as submitted by NFC clubs:

  • New Orleans kicker SHAYNE GRAHAM, who converted all three field-goal attempts and five PATs.
  • Seattle kicker STEVEN HAUSCHKA, who converted both field-goal attempts, including a 58-yarder, and one PAT.
  • Detroit kicker MATT PRATER, who converted all three-field goal attempts, including the game-winner (48 yards) as time expired.

 

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