Giants Place Geoff Schwartz On IR

The Giants announced that they have placed Geoff Schwartz on injured reserve. As previously reported, the Giants will be adding guard Adam Gettis to the active roster off of the Raiders’ taxi squad.

The entire Giants offensive line has been finding it difficult to stay on the field this season. Former first-round pick Justin Pugh was ruled out for Sunday’s contest with a concussion, his second-straight game missed with that injury. Center Weston Richburg was also sidelined on Sunday with a high ankle sprain. John Jerry, Dallas Reynolds, and rookie Bobby Hart have been seeing unexpected playing time because of the rash of injuries to the interior of the offensive line.

Schwartz struggled with injury for the Giants last year, when he played in only two games after signing a decent-sized free agent contract the previous offseason. The team has yet to get a return on investment for the four-year deal worth $16.8MM and $6.2MM guaranteed. Now, it’s fair to wonder what Schwartz’ future will be with Big Blue beyond 2015.

Chris Johnson Suffers Fractured Tibia

TUESDAY, 3:08pm: The Cardinals are evaluating all of their options when it comes to Johnson, as Darren Urban of reports (Twitter links). The Cards could keep CJ on the roster, place him on IR, or use the temporary IR for him. With the temporary IR, Somers believes that the soonest he could return would be for a possible NFL title game. Johnson’s injury, he adds, is a chip fracture near the top of tibia and close to knee, rather than the traditional broken leg a“tibia fracture” would suggest.

Meanwhile, backup Andre Ellington was diagnosed with a sprained toe after tests, Ian Rapoport of tweets. He’s day-to-day and his status for Sunday is in doubt.

9:02am: Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 (Twitter link) hears that Johnson is expected to miss six to eight weeks, noting that the club could promote Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to help replenish the backfield in Johnson’s absence. The timeline suggested by Jurecki would put Johnson on track for a possible return in the postseason, though there’s no guarantee he’d be healthy in time for Arizona’s first playoff game.

MONDAY, 5:23pm: The Cardinals have learned that star running back Chris Johnson suffered a fractured tibia on Sunday, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Johnson will be be out for an extended period of time, but it’s not immediately clear exactly how long he will be sidelined. As Arizona looks ahead to Week 13, one has to imagine that Johnson’s regular season could be over and that could spill over into postseason territory as well.

Early reports on Sunday indicated that suffered a left knee injury, but it turns out that his injury happened below the knee. So far in 2015, the 30-year-old has enjoyed a resurgence that few imagined could be possible over the offseason. In 11 games (9 starts) for the Cards, Johnson has rushed for 814 yards and three scores off of 196 carries.

Last season for the Jets, Johnson ran for just 663 yards, the first time in his career he recorded fewer than 1,000 yards in a season. However, he averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry for Gang Green in 2014. Meanwhile, the ground game was a weak spot in Arizona last season, as the team’s leading rusher, Andre Ellington, totaled just 660 yards, averaging 3.3 yards per carry.

In October, the Cardinals went on record saying that they would look into an extension for CJ2K.

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/1/15

Here are Tuesday’s minor signings, cuts, and other moves from around the NFL, with the latest moves added to the top of the list throughout the day:

  • The Broncos waived tight end Richard Gordon and promoted safety Josh Bush from the taxi squad, as Troy Renck of The Denver Post tweets.
  • The Patriots are expected to sign return specialist Damaris Johnson, according to Mike Reiss of (on Twitter).

Earlier Updates:

  • The Bills created two openings on their 53-man roster with a pair of Monday moves, and opened up a third vacancy by officially placing Kyle Williams on IR today, tweets Mike Rodak of The move had been expected since last week.
  • To fill those three spots on their roster, the Bills signed defensive end Lavar Edwards off the Cowboys‘ practice squad, defensive lineman T.J. Barnes off the Jets‘ practice squad, and linebacker Kevin Reddick via free agency, per Rodak (all Twitter links). The series of signings helps the team fortify its banged-up defensive line, while also re-adding Reddick, who was cut prior to the regular season.
  • The Dolphins have re-signed center/guard Jacques McClendon to their 53-man squad as an insurance policy for Mike Pouncey, the team announced today (via Twitter). Pouncey is dealing with a minor foot sprain and is considered day to day for now. Miami waived linebacker James-Michael Johnson in a corresponding move.

Dolphins Waive C.J. Mosley

The Dolphins have waived/injured veteran defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, according to James Walker of (on Twitter). Mosley signed a one-year, minimum salary deal with Miami in June. In his place, the Dolphins will sign defensive tackle Robert Thomas off the Patriots’ practice squad, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald writes.

By signing with Miami this summer, Mosley reunited with former teammate Ndamukong Suh, the offseason’s No. 1 free agent who signed with the club much earlier in the offseason. Although he wasn’t as coveted a free agent as his ex-Lions teammate, Mosley was a solid contributor in Detroit last season as well. Pro Football Focus’ grades ranked him 26th out of 81 qualified defensive tackles, viewing him as slightly above average against both the pass and the run.

This year, however, Mosley was not as effective as the Dolphins hoped he would be. A calf issue had Mosley listed as questionable for Sunday against the Ravens and that injury will probably be listed as the formal reason for his departure.

Mike Tannenbaum, the Dolphins’ executive vice president of football operations, was the general manager in New York when Mosley played for the Jets from 2006 to 2008.

Workout Notes: Raiders, Colts, Packers

Today’s workouts from around the league:

Josh McCown Out For Season

Browns quarterback Josh McCown is done for the season with a fractured collarbone, coach Mike Pettine told reporters (Twitter link via Ian Rapoport of When asked about who will start the team’s upcoming game, Pettine indicated that things are still up in the air.

McCown finishes the year with fairly respectable numbers. The Browns only won one of his eight starts, but he completed 63.7% of his passes, throwing for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. Having signed a three-year contract with Cleveland, McCown still has some guaranteed money left on his deal in 2016, so he’s a good bet to return either as the starter or backup.

Now, the question becomes whether Pettine will install Johnny Manziel or Austin Davis as the starting quarterback going forward in 2015. After Manziel was removed from the starting job, he was moved down to No. 3 on Cleveland’s depth chart behind Davis. Technically speaking, that would put Davis in line for the temporary starting role, but the organization ostensibly would want to see what they have in Manziel rather that Davis, whose ceiling is likely as a backup in the NFL.

NFL May Shorten Legal Tampering Window

At this week’s NFL meetings in Dallas, team owners will vote on whether to shorten the league’s “legal tampering” window during free agency from three days to two days, tweets Ian Rapoport of

The legal tampering period refers to the three days in March when clubs can talk to agents and negotiate possible deals for free agents from other teams, but aren’t yet allowed to officially sign those players. Teams and agents aren’t supposed to discuss specific year and dollar amounts or reach agreements in principle during that legal tampering window, though that rule has generally been ignored in recent years.

In March 2015, Ndamukong Suh‘s massive deal with the Dolphins was one of many instances where the exact terms of a contract agreement were reported during the legal tampering window, well before Suh was officially permitted to put pen to paper for Miami. The league investigated the Dolphins following the free agent period, but no penalties were handed out.

Reducing the legal tampering window from three days to two days could help ensure that fewer deals are agreed upon during that time, saving more of the contract drama for the first few hours and days after free agency officially opens.

Here are a few more items of interest related to this week’s league meetings:

  • Owners will also vote on whether or not teams will be allowed to trade compensatory draft picks, which has been recommended by the competition committee, tweets Rapoport. A November report indicated that this change is likely to be approved.
  • Los Angeles will be a subject of discussion this week, but there are no votes or presentations on L.A. planned for now, tweets Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
  • According to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link), the NFL will hold a special owners meeting in January. That may be the time when a vote on Los Angeles relocation takes place, though that’s not set in stone yet.

Browns To Re-Sign Terrelle Pryor

Nearly three months after cutting him, the Browns are bringing back Terrelle Pryor, reports Mary Kay Cabot of (Twitter links). According to Cabot, Pryor had been getting set to meet with the Bears today, but is now signing with the Browns instead.

Pryor, 26, made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver this offseason, and impressed the Browns’ coaching staff in the preseason. However, he ended up being the 54th man on the squad heading into the regular season — he survived the initial cutdown to 53 players before being dropped when Cleveland claimed Robert Turbin off waivers, just days before the team’s Week 1 game.

Since then, Pryor has worked out for several teams across the NFL, including the Giants, Niners, Steelers, Seahawks, Jets, and Patriots. About a month ago, agent Drew Rosenhaus expressed optimism that those auditions would eventually result in a deal, telling ESPN’s Ashley Fox, “We’re confident that it’s just a matter of time until one of these teams decides to make the move.

As expected, the Browns are signing Pryor as a wide receiver rather than a quarterback, tweets Jason La Canfora of Still, it’s worth noting that starting QB Josh McCown is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a possible broken collarbone in Monday’s game against the Ravens. If McCown lands on IR, Pryor could serve as an emergency third option behind Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel.

NFC Notes: Cowboys, Seahawks, Panthers

In an appearance today on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he thinks Tony Romo has another four or five years left in him, but stressed the importance of having both a veteran backup and a young quarterback to groom behind Romo (Twitter links via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Matt Cassel isn’t under contract for the 2016 season at this point, but he looks like a candidate to return as that veteran backup, depending on how he plays down the stretch. It also sounds as if the Cowboys will likely target a QB at some point in the ’16 draft, if the team wants to get that young QB in the mix sooner rather than later.

Here’s more from around the NFC:

  • Having lost Jimmy Graham for the rest of the season, the Seahawks will likely add a tight end to the roster, per head coach Pete Carroll (Twitter link via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times). Seattle doesn’t currently have a tight end on its practice squad, but could target a player who has been with the team somewhat recently, like Rashaun Allen or Anthony McCoy.
  • The Panthers‘ signing of cornerback Cortland Finnegan on Monday was motivated by growing concern about the lack of progress Charles Tillman has made in recovering from his knee injury, a source tells Ed Werder of (Twitter link).
  • Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott figure to be head coaching candidates for other NFL teams at season’s end, but both assistants say they aren’t thinking about that possibility for now, writes Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.
  • Eagles head coach Chip Kelly may be irked by the college speculation and rumors that have followed him around, but skepticism for his denials is warranted, says Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Speaking to reporters on Monday, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said wide receiver Stedman Bailey – who underwent surgery after being shot in the head – continues to improve, as Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch details. “He’s still in intensive care recovering,” Fisher said.

Josh McCown Likely Out For Season

Josh McCown‘s return to the Browns’ starting lineup didn’t last long, as the veteran quarterback, who has been plagued by health issues all year, went down with a possible broken collarbone during Monday night’s loss to the Ravens. According to Mary Kay Cabot of, McCown will probably be out for the rest of the 2015 season.

The Browns have yet to confirm the diagnosis on McCown, and Cabot concedes that the collarbone may not be broken, but she hears from a source that the injury is likely serious enough to end the 36-year-old’s season either way. Considering the team has a league-worst 2-9 record, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be rushed back.

If McCown is officially ruled out for the year, the team will have a decision to make on his replacement. Austin Davis came on in relief on Monday night, while No. 3 quarterback Johnny Manziel sat on the bench. However, the club may ultimately decide that seeing what Manziel can do during the season’s last few weeks is too important to keep him behind Davis on the depth chart.

Manziel, of course, was removed from the starting job last week after photos surfaced of him partying at a nightclub in Austin. Reports indicated that the second-year signal-caller lied to the Browns about the photos, though the club never confirmed that.

As for McCown, if this is the end of his season, he’ll finish with fairly respectable numbers. The Browns only won one of his eight starts, but he completed 63.7% of his passes, throwing for 2,109 yards, 12 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. Having signed a three-year contract with Cleveland, McCown still has some guaranteed money left on his deal in 2016, so he’s a good bet to return either as the starter or backup.

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