NFC West News and Rumors
Smith, the star linebacker, violated the N.F.L.’s substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies, the league said.Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 14 hours agoA notable ex-Steeler doesn’t appear to be headed to Pittsburgh West. Free agent outside linebacker James Harrison isn’t likely to sign with the Arizona Cardinals at this time, Harrison’s agent, Bill Parise, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Parise told Kent So…Upvote Share Tweet
Tyrann Mathieu will tackle in practice this weekprofootballtalk.com 14 hours agoThe Cardinals activated safety Tyrann Mathieu from the PUP list on August 19, leaving the date of his regular season debut as the biggest question left to answer in Mathieu’s return from a torn ACL. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he wanted to see Mat…Upvote Share TweetMichael Sam survived a round of cuts by the St. Louis Rams on Friday, sources told ESPN.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 14 hours agoThe Seattle Seahawks had seven plays in the preseason of 40 yards or longer -- two rushing, one passing, two on special teams and two on defense. Here’s the list: Earl Thomas: 59-yard punt return against Chicago. Thomas got a hard time from his teammate…Upvote Share Tweet
Suspension exacerbates issues for NinersESPN.com 15 hours agoMost of the handwringing over the San Francisco 49ers this preseason has been about the feeble showing of the first-team offense, which did not score a touchdown in seven exhibition series. But now with the suspension of All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon…Upvote Share Tweet
Bolts bounce cornerback Crezdon Butlerprofootballtalk.com 16 hours agoCornerback Crezdon Butler was believed to be on the roster bubble in San Diego. He was. Per a league source, the Chargers have released Butler. A fifth-round pick of the Steelers in 2010, Butler has played for the Cardinals (2011), Washington (2012), Ca…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 17 hours agoOne of the higher-profile hits from Week Three of the preseason didn’t draw a flag. One of the lesser-known hits did. On a first-quarter punt fielded by Cardinals receiver Ted Ginn, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick lowered the boom. The helmet-to-helm…Upvote Share Tweet
#NFLRank: No. 6 Robert QuinnESPN.com 17 hours agoEARTH CITY, Mo. -- The annual #NFLRank project got underway last week as a panel of 85 NFL analysts across ESPN's many platforms went through the process of ranking the Top 100 players in the league on each side of the ball. Though Thursday, three St. L…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 18 hours agoWith cuts looming hours away, at least 22 players are wondering if they’ll have a job by time Saturday night rolls around. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been firm that five or six players were fighting for spots on the roster Thursday night. …Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 18 hours agoIf Patrick Willis has lost a step, it’s one that precious few other players in the NFL had anyway. The San Francisco 49ers' five-time All-Pro inside linebacker checks in at No. 7 among all defensive players in the ESPN.com Top 100 players project a year…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com 19 hours agoEven though Thursday night was the last time rookie quarterback Logan Thomas would be playing for a while this season -- pending any injuries to either Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton -- the expectations were still high. Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Aria…Upvote Share Tweet
Cautious move was right one for FisherESPN.com 19 hours agoEARTH CITY, Mo. -- St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher often talks about his preferred preseason method of bringing his starters along with a gradual build of snaps during the exhibition season. In the past, Fisher sometimes has even opted to play his star…Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Mundy considering legal action against Schutt after cut to headprofootballtalk.com 21 hours agoBears safety Ryan Mundy suffered a cut to his head that required stitches during the team’s preseason game against the Seahawks and he’s considering legal action against the helmet manufacturer as a result. Mundy was wearing a Schutt helmet when he coll…Upvote Share TweetExamining the St. Louis Rams' roster: (Note: WR Stedman Bailey is expected to make the team but is suspended for the first four games of the season and will not count on the initial 53-man roster.) QUARTERBACKS (3) Shaun Hill Austin Davis Garrett Gilber…Upvote Share TweetExamining the Seattle Seahawks' roster: QUARTERBACKS (3) Russell Wilson Tarvaris Jackson Terrelle Pryor Whether or not to keep Pryor may be the most difficult decision the Seahawks have because keeping a third QB means they will have to cut someone else…Upvote Share Tweet
San Francisco 49ers' projected rosterExamining the San Francisco 49ers' roster: QUARTERBACKS (2) Colin Kaepernick Blaine Gabbert Did Josh Johnson give the 49ers something to think about, especially with another uneven performance by Gabbert, who also took a hard hit Thursday night? RUNNING…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh wants to keep three QBs, but that’s not his callprofootballtalk.com Aug 29 (yesterday)Even though the 49ers and coach Jim Harbaugh have tabled contract talks for now — which he called “refreshing” — it’s still interesting to watch the push-pull of the organization from afar. So while roster spots for backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert an…Upvote Share Tweet
Rams Cut 17 Players; Sam Still On RosterAug 29John Clayton discusses Michael Sam remaining on the Rams roster after St. Louis cut 17 players.
What will happen to the San Francisco 49ers defense?Aug 29The "NFL Total Access" crew discusses how the suspension of linebacker Aldon Smith will affect the defense and why quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the offense must step up and help out.
NFL Sends Message With Smith SuspensionAug 29Jeff Saturday and Darren Woodson react to the news that 49ers LB Aldon Smith has been suspended nine games for violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Aldon Smith Suspended Nine GamesAug 29John Clayton reacts to the news that 49ers LB Aldon Smith has been suspended nine games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Gerald McCoy, What Makes You a Great Fit in Lovie Smith’s System?Aug 29. Can’t Get Enough Football? Check out The MMQB’s 2014 training camp hub for analysis and reporting on all 32 teams
‘I want people to say, Man, I would have loved to play with that guy.’Aug 28Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/The MMQB Drew Brees is 35, but he is still a little kid. Or he…
Luke Kuechly, What Do You Say to Critics Predicting Doom for Carolina?Aug 28. Can’t Get Enough Football? Check out The MMQB’s 2014 training camp hub for analysis and reporting on all 32 teams
Matt Ryan, How Do You Replace the Best Tight End of All Time?Aug 27. Can’t Get Enough Football? Check out The MMQB’s 2014 training camp hub for analysis and reporting on all 32 teams