NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/18/18

We’ll keep track of today’s practice squad moves here:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Signed: CB Jonathan Moxie

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Signed: S Chris Cooper

Cleveland Browns

  • Signed: OL Kyle Friend

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Signed: DE Farrington Huguenin

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 12/18/18

Here is the latest from the workout circuit, all links going to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio’s Twitter account (unless otherwise noted).

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Chargers

  • DE Avery Ellis (link)

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/18/18

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Buffalo Bills

Cincinnati Bengals

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Miami Dolphins

New York Giants

New York Jets

  • Signed off Patriots’ practice squad: T Eric Smith

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Cowboys Pass On Signing Barry Church

While the Cowboys are not ruling out a potential future Barry Church re-signing, the NFC East leaders are not planning to bring him back at this point, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The longtime Dallas safety, waived by Jacksonville last week, surfaced as a possible option for a return to Texas. However, the Cowboys will stick with their current back-line defenders for the time being.

Cowboys officials discussed re-signing Church because of his knowledge of Rod Marinelli’s system, Moore notes, but the team plans to hold off on a reunion. Rookie Ronnie Harrison supplanted Church in the Jaguars’ starting lineup, and the 30-year-old defender cleared waivers.

Safety resided as a rumored priority for months in Dallas, with the team eventually upping its Earl Thomas offer to a second-round pick. The Seahawks didn’t budge, and the Cowboys stuck with their incumbents. Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath remain the first-stringers in Dallas.

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Packers To Place DL Kenny Clark On IR

Kenny Clark emerged to become one of the league’s top interior linemen this season, but the third-year Packer’s slate will conclude early.

Green Bay plans to place Clark on IR, Tom Pelissero of tweets. The Packers’ nose tackle is dealing with an elbow injury, but Pelissero adds that malady will not require surgery. But with the Packers set to miss the playoffs for a second straight year, they will shut down one of their top young talents.

Clark’s year will close with a career-high six sacks, to go along with two fumble recoveries. Pro Football Focus graded Clark’s 13-game 2018 work sample as the ninth-best thus far by an interior lineman.

The Packers seemingly have an easy decision on Clark’s fifth-year option in May. That would extend his rookie contract through the 2020 season.

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Rams Waive Return Man Pharoh Cooper

When last year’s Pro Bowl rosters were unveiled, Pharoh Cooper was honored as the NFC’s return specialist. When the latest batch of Pro Bowl invites are announced Tuesday night, Cooper will be without a team.

The Rams cut the 2017 All-Pro return man today, sending him to the waiver wire. Cooper’s accolades would make him an intriguing waiver claim, but his 2018 season has not gone as expected.

A Week 1 injury sent Cooper to IR, but the Rams used the first of their two IR-boomerang slots on him last month. But Cooper did not get his punt-return job back, only returning kicks. This cut also comes after new punt returner Jojo Natson fumbled to impede a Rams comeback bid Sunday night.

A 2016 fourth-round pick, Cooper averaged 12.5 yards per punt return last season and returned a kick for a score. He struggled during Los Angeles’ playoff loss but was still prioritized by the NFC West champions this season. Now, another team could pick up Cooper’s through-2019 contract.

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Redskins S Montae Nicholson Arrested

A 13-game starter for the Redskins over the past two seasons at safety, Montae Nicholson was arrested Tuesday morning on an assault and battery charge, Trevor Baratko of the Loudoun (Va.) Times reports.

Authorities allege Nicholson and a female, Sydney Maggiore, assaulted two people — a man and a woman. Nicholson allegedly assaulted the male victim, while Maggiore struck both, according to police. Nicholson was also hit with a drunk in public charge, while Maggiore is facing malicious wounding and assault and battery charges. The two victims were hospitalized with serious injuries, though they were not considered life-threatening, Baratko reports.

This incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m., and began when either Nicholson or Maggiore honked a horn at the victims. Verbal and physical confrontations followed, per authorities. The 23-year-old Nicholson was released from Loudoun County Adult Detention Center today.

Washington drafted Nicholson in the 2017 fourth round out of Michigan State. The defensive back started six games as a rookie and the Redskins’ first seven this year. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix replaced Nicholson in the Redskins’ starting lineup midseason, but the second-year player has played in each of Washington’s 14 games, making 41 tackles.

Bucs Work Out QBs Jones, Peterman

The Buccaneers have three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, but none of their passers’ statuses with the team are guaranteed beyond this season.

Tampa Bay worked out Landry Jones and Nathan Peterman on Tuesday, Sirius XM Radio’s Adam Caplan tweets. Wide receivers Devin Smith and Bradley Marquez were also among the players who took part in Tuesday’s tryout.

The first day teams can sign players to reserve/futures contracts is New Year’s Eve, so teams will be looking for possible adds. While Jones would not profile as a developmental project, having been a backup for several years, Peterman would.

Despite his struggles when called upon in a two-year career, Peterman has now worked out for three teams. Prior to his Bucs audition, the Lions and Broncos brought him in. Other teams may have their eye on Peterman for a futures deal, with The Athletic’s Greg Auman noting (via Twitter) the former fifth-round pick has other workouts scheduled.

Ben Roethlisberger‘s backup for a few seasons, Jones saw the Steelers go with Joshua Dobbs and rookie Mason Rudolph this year. Jones landed with the Jaguars, but the stay was brief. He also worked out for the Redskins, Bills, 49ers, Patriots and Cowboys this year.

Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s contract expires at season’s end, and the Bucs can part ways with Jameis Winston free of charge as long as he passes the fifth-year option physical. It’s not certain Tampa Bay will jettison Winston, but the expected new coaching staff may not be too keen on the embattled and often erratic passer being around on a $20MM salary. Third-stringer Ryan Griffin is also a free agent at season’s end.

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Jets Move Rishard Matthews To IR

Rishard Matthews‘ rough 2018 season will conclude early. The Jets placed the veteran wide receiver on IR on Tuesday.

This ends what has been been the most disappointing campaign of Matthews’ career. The former Dolphins and Titans starter will wrap up his seventh NFL season with just five receptions for 24 yards.

No longer attached to his Titans extension, with Tennessee having released him and Gang Green then signing him for the league minimum, Matthews will be a free agent at season’s end.

Going into this season, Matthews had been the Titans’ No. 1 wideout for two years and enjoyed a solid contract year with the Dolphins to earn him that Tennessee deal. He signed a one-year Tennessee extension in August. A knee surgery this offseason looks to have damaged Matthews’ value.

The former seventh-round pick stands to enter the market in March at 29 and hoping a team will view him as a bounce-back candidate. In 2017, Matthews caught 65 passes for 945 yards and nine touchdowns.

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Raiders To Place G Gabe Jackson On IR

Gabe Jackson‘s fifth NFL season will come to a close early. The Raiders will place the veteran guard on IR, Field Yates of tweets.

Battling an elbow injury, Jackson missed last week’s Raiders game and will now miss their final two. Prior to last week, Jackson had only missed four games in five seasons.

The former second-round pick-turned-interior-line anchor joins tackle Donald Penn on IR. Both players comprised what was long the Raiders’ best unit, with Jackson (signed to a five-year, $55MM contract) being a key component of Oakland’s front, despite not receiving the Pro Bowl accolades Penn, Rodney Hudson and Kelechi Osemele have.

Reggie McKenzie‘s method of structuring contracts leaves the Raiders an out if the now-Jon Gruden-led organization would like to move on from another of the since-fired GM’s deals. However, the 27-year-old blocker would not seem like a release candidate — even for a franchise that has gutted most of the previous regime’s work. Four years remain on Jackson’s deal.

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