Brady is back! After finally serving his four-game suspension for DeflateGate, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was officially activated for Sunday’s game against the Browns, becoming one of 14 NFL players to come off suspension this week. Brady reportedly won’t push the DeftlateGate matter any further, meaning that the issue appears to be finally concluded. One of the quarterbacks that helped out in Brady’s absence — third round-rookie Jacoby Brissett — is no longer on the active 53, as he’s been placed on injured reserve after undergoing thumb surgery.
Quarterback changes coming? 49ers head coach Chip Kelly left open the possibility of benching Blaine Gabbert after his putrid performance against the Cardinals on Thursday night. While some Niners players reportedly want Christian Ponder to start in Week 6, San Francisco will also consider Colin Kaepernick, who is apparently close to restructuring his contract with the club. Meanwhile, the Bears could opt to go with Brian Hoyer even after Jay Cutler returns from his thumb injury, as Cutler has fallen out of favor with Chicago coaches.
Big play Bene is no more. Just days after Julio Jones torched the Panthers for 300 yards, the club made a somewhat drastic move, waiving cornerback Bene Benwikere. Last year, Benwikere appeared in 13 games (four starts) before a broken leg shut him down for the season. In total, the cornerback had 59 tackles, nine pass deflections, and one sack on the year last year. This year, he had ten tackles and four passes defensed before being bounced by Carolina.
Ravens say goodbye to Forsett — for real this time. Baltimore had already released running back Justin Forsett prior to the season, but that was a procedural move that didn’t cost the veteran any money. This time around, however, Forsett is gone for good, as the Ravens’ running game is being turned over to Terrance West and rookie Kenneth Dixon. Forsett will meet with the Lions on Monday as he hunts for a new gig.
Rams and Cardinals admit mistakes. Just four games into a three-year contract, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh earned his walking papers from Los Angeles. Sensabaugh never graded highly in any advanced metrics, and his multi-year pact with the Rams was curious from the get-go, and the club ended up paying him $5.5MM for a quarter-season. Meanwhile, the Patriots cut bait with guard Jonathan Cooper, whom they acquired along with a second-round pick in exchange for edge rusher Chandler Jones.
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