Andrew Quarless

Lions Release Andrew Quarless

In August, the Lions signed Andrew Quarless with the idea that he could help the team on the other side of his two-game suspension. Oddly enough, on the week where Quarless is finally eligible to return to action, the Lions announced that they have released him. Andrew Quarless

The Lions signed Quarless at a time when they were unsure about the status of starter Eric Ebron. Fortunately, Ebron has been healthy thus far this year. The Lions will forge ahead with Ebron as their main tight end with Cole Wick, Khari Lee, and Orson Charles in support.

Quarless, 28 in October, spent most of the 2015 season on the Packers’ injured reserve. An MCL injury sidelined Quarless for about two and a half months, limiting him to five games and just four receptions for 31 yards for the season. He was probably hoping to take the field against his former team this Sunday, but he won’t get that chance now.

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NFC North Notes: Quarless, Lions, Packers

In a statement announcing the Lions’ signing of Andrew Quarless, Lions GM Bob Quinn addressed the tight end’s July 2015 gun charge.

We are aware of the upcoming NFL suspension of Andrew Quarless,” Quinn said. “We have thoroughly researched the incident that caused the suspension and have talked at length with Andrew about this. Andrew has been forthright and honest about the situation and he has gone through the process within the legal system. As an organization we are comfortable with adding Andrew to the roster and look forward to seeing him compete for the rest of the preseason.”

Quinn said in January he’d have a zero tolerance policy when it came to “domestic violence and dangerous weapons” but he has obviously softened his stance.

Here’s more out of the NFC North:

Lions Sign TE Andrew Quarless

The Lions have signed tight end Andrew Quarless, Ian Rapoport of tweets. As we recently learned, Quarless will be suspended for the first two games of the season following a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy following a misdemeanor gun charge. If he makes the team, the Lions will not get Quarless on the field until Week 3 against the Packers, giving him an opportunity to show his old team what he can do. Andrew Quarless (vertical)

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The deal is a low-risk move for Detroit as Quarless’ one-year deal includes no guaranteed cash. Over the next few weeks, Quarless will work to prove his worth to Detroit coaches and, if he cannot leapfrog ahead of UDFA Cole Wick and free agent additions Matthew Mulligan and Orson Charles, he’ll be relinquished back to the free agent pile. If all goes well, Quarless can give the Lions some additional depth at tight end in case Eric Ebron‘s ankle injury lingers.

Quarless, 28 in October, spent most of the 2015 season on the Packers’ injured reserve. An MCL injury sidelined Quarless for about two and a half months, limiting him to five games and just four receptions for 31 yards for the season.

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Andrew Quarless Suspended For 2 Games

Free agent tight end Andrew Quarless has been suspended for two games for a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, a source tells Ian Rapoport of (on Twitter). Andrew Quarless

Quarless, 28 in October, spent most of the 2015 season on the Packers’ injured reserve, though he was originally placed on IR with the designation to return. An MCL injury sidelined Quarless for about two and a half months, beginning in late September, limiting him to five games and just four receptions for 31 yards for the season.

The tight end underwent a procedure in early 2016 to drain fluid from his knee and the team subsequently shut him down for the year. While Quarless was on the shelf for most of the season, second-year tight end Richard Rodgers enjoyed a breakout campaign, hauling in 58 balls and racking up eight touchdowns.

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Packers Place Andrew Quarless On IR

FRIDAY, 9:45pm: To fill Quarless’ roster spot, the Packers promoted cornerback Robertson Daniel from their practice squad, Rob Demovsky of reports (on Twitter). Even after the team ruled out Davante Adams for Saturday’s divisional-round game against the Cardinals, the Packers opted not to bring up one of the two receivers on their practice squad. They’ll go with just four vs. Arizona.

THURSDAY, 11:08pm: In advance of their divisional playoff game against the Cardinals, the Packers will be placing tight end Andrew Quarless on the injured reserve list, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Quarless himself alluded to the move on his Instagram account earlier today."<strong

“Wanted to be the first to thank all my loyal fans who have supported me this past year,” Quarless wrote. “You all have been a blessings to my life. My season has come to an end not by choice but I will continue to trust God’s plan for my life.”

Quarless, 27, has already spent most of the season on injured reserve, though he was originally placed on IR with the designation to return. An MCL injury sidelined Quarless for about two and a half months, beginning in late September, limiting him to five games and just four receptions for 31 yards for the season.

A source tells Rob Demovsky of that the tight end recently underwent a procedure to drain fluid from his knee, and it seems the Packers had concerns about his health going forward. Once the team makes the move official, there will be an open spot for Green Bay to add a player to the 53-man roster — likely someone from the practice squad.

It’s been a rough year for Quarless, whose July arrest raised doubts about whether he’d even remain with the Packers. While Green Bay did keep him around, Quarless was on the shelf for most of the season as second-year tight end Richard Rodgers enjoyed a breakout campaign, hauling in 58 balls and racking up eight touchdowns.

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Packers Activate Andrew Quarless From IR-DTR

Occupying the Packers’ IR-DTR slot since Sept. 30, Andrew Quarless could help the team down the stretch after being activated today.

Quarless will take Ty Montgomery‘s roster spot, with the Packers placed the wideout on season-ending injured reserve, Rob Demovsky of reports (on Twitter).

A sixth-year tight end, Quarless started 21 games for Green Bay during the 2013-14 campaigns but saw his stock plummet after an offseason arrest. The 27-year-old caught two passes for 14 yards in the three games he played in September.

Quarless will serve as a complementary option to improving tight end Richard Rodgers, whose 50-catch, 449-yard, seven-touchdown receiving line bests Quarless’ career high.

Montgomery hasn’t played since Week 6 after suffering a high-ankle sprain that’s lingered since. The 22-year-old receiver caught 15 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns for the receiver-depleted Packers this season.


NFC Notes: Ryan, Lynch, Giants, Quarless

The Falcons started the season 5-0 and looked like a surefire playoff team, but they’ve lost five of their last six games to drop to 6-5. Their postseason hopes are now in serious jeopardy, and one reason for their skid is the lackluster play of quarterback Matt Ryan. During their four-game losing streak, the Falcons have averaged fewer than 17 points per game and Ryan has thrown just seven touchdowns against six interceptions. Two of those picks came in a crucial 20-10 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. Afterward, owner Arthur Blank and head coach Dan Quinn expressed confidence in Ryan, a three-time Pro Bowler who has been the Falcons’ QB since they drafted him third overall in 2008.

“He’s demonstrated his abilities over eight years. He’ll be fine. He’ll be good,” Blank said, according to Vaughn McClure of

Added Quinn, who said he isn’t thinking about benching Ryan or anyone else, “He’s absolutely the competitor that I want. He’s what we look for and our team looks for the whole way.”

Here’s more from the NFC:

  • Whether he retires or the Seahawks simply decide to move on from him, there’s a good chance Marshawn Lynch is in his final year in Seattle, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports. Lynch underwent groin surgery earlier this week and it’s possible he’ll end up on season-ending IR in a month if the team decides he’s not ready to return. Regardless, from an on-field standpoint, the five-time Pro Bowler has become less essential to the Seahawks’ offense with the emergence of rookie Thomas Rawls. From a business standpoint, cutting Lynch would save Seattle $6.5MM on its cap in 2016 and $10.5MM in ’17.
  • Don’t expect Giants general manager Jerry Reese to be a fall guy if they miss the playoffs, tweets ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
  • The Packers – who are in desperate need of weapons in their passing game – are close to getting injured tight end Andrew Quarless back, per Weston Hodkiewicz of the Press-Gazette. Quarless has been on the shelf since tearing his ACL in Week 3, and head coach Mike McCarthy said he could practice in the coming week. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be active for Green Bay’s game against Detroit on Thursday, however.

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/3/15

Here are today’s minor signings, cuts and other transactions from around the NFL as 28 teams are making their final preparations for Week 4.

  • A fixture in this space, defensive end Frank Kearse once again received notice of his being cut by Washington, Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports (on Twitter), to make room for cornerback Deshazor Everett‘s promotion from the practice squad. Initially, Washington waived Everett, an undrafted player out of Texas A&M who signed with the Bucs initially, last month. But now with Chris Culliver questionable for Sunday’s game with a knee injury, per Adam Caplan of (on Twitter), cornerback depth is needed. Kearse has played in 31 games since 2011, including 15 with Washington in 2014, but has been yo-yoing on and off the Washington roster this season.
  • The Packers activated suspended defensive tackle Letroy Guion, who will take injured tight end Andrew Quarless‘ place on the 53-man roster, according to Jason Wilde of (on Twitter). Guion missed three games due to a substance abuse-induced suspension. Green Bay placed Quarless on short-term IR with an MCL sprain.
  • The Packers also made a move to fortify their ailing receiving corps, promoting Jared Abbrederis from their practice squad, Rob Demovsky of reports. To make room for the second-year receiver from Wisconsin, Green Bay cut defensive lineman Bruce Gaston. The Packers downgraded Davante Adams from questionable to doubtful, creating a void at the position. Abbrederis has reportedly excelled as a practice-squadder thus far this season, according to the Milwauke Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein (Twitter link).
  • After punting 10 times against the Seahawks last weekend, Pat O’Donnell will miss the Bears‘ game against the Raiders with a knee injury. As a result, the Bears signed Spencer Lanning, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Browns’ punter in 2013-14 before their trade for Andy Lee, Lanning spent time with the Broncos this summer before being a preseason cut. The Bears waived defensive tackle Brandon Dunn to make room, but Finley adds he could be a practice squad candidate.
  • The Buccaneers promoted cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah to their 53-man roster and cut tackle Reid Fragel, Jenna Laine of reports (on Twitter). The longtime Bucs scribe indicates that the promotion of the undrafted rookie provides an indication as to whether regular right corner Johnthan Banks, who left the Bucs’ Week 3 game with a knee malady, will play Sunday.

Packers Place Andrew Quarless On IR-DTR

The Packers announced that they have placed tight end Andrew Quarless on injured reserve – designated to return. The designation will allow Quarless to return to the club in eight weeks.

Quarless suffered an MCL sprain in Monday night’s game against the Chiefs. Their usage of the IR-DTR spot on Quarless comes as a bit of a surprise, but the Packers view him as an important offensive weapon and they want him back on the field in 2015.

Quarless, 27 on Tuesday, hasn’t made a major offensive impact thus far in 2015. Through three games (really two games and a piece of a third), Quarless has a grand total of two catches off of two targets. In each of the previous two seasons, Quarless has hauled in ~30 catches for 300+ yards.

This offseason, many expected Quarless to compete with Richard Rodgers for the starting tight end job and possibly unseat him. However, it was Rodgers that came out with the No. 1 job after the summer competition. The Penn State alum’s offseason arrest probably didn’t help matters. Quarless reportedly fired a pair of rounds following an argument with two women at a South Beach parking garage in July. When police pursued the vehicle he was riding in, the tight end tried to hide outside a restaurant and conceal his weapon in a potted plant.

Quarless is in the second year of a two-year, $3MM pact. In the four seasons leading up to this year (he missed the 2012 season with a knee injury), Quarless has compiled 85 receptions for 909 yards few six touchdowns. In 2014, he set career highs in yards (323), touchdowns (three), and first downs (20).

NFC Notes: Panthers, Brooks, Parkey

Although defensive end Charles Johnson is expected to miss multiple games due to a hamstring injury, the Panthers aren’t considering placing him on the injured reserve list with the designation to return, tweets Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. Carolina acquired Jared Allen this week to help boost the pass rush in Johnson’s absence, and according to agent Ken Harris, the Panthers were one of five teams that he and his client identified as potential landing spots (link via David Newton of Carolina was “by far” their No. 1 choice, per Harris.

Let’s round up several more items from across the NFC….

  • 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks wasn’t present in court today, but his lawyer put in a plea of “not guilty” for his client on a misdemeanor sexual battery charge, reports Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area (Twitter link). Brooks seems likely to face discipline from the NFL sometime after the legal process plays out.
  • Cody Parkey‘s groin injury is more serious than it initially sounded, with the Eagles kicker telling reporters today that he tore three muscles in his groin. While he landed on the IR today, Parkey fully expects to be kicking again for the Eagles again in 2016 (Twitter links via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer).
  • The Bears may not be done making trades this season, but the Cowboys haven’t discussed the possibility of acquiring a player like Matt Forte or Alshon Jeffery, says Ed Werder of (via Twitter).
  • No outside free agent got a larger contract from the Saints than the $16MM deal C.J. Spiller signed this offseason, and head coach Sean Payton admits that he needs to get the running back more involved in the offense, according to Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
  • Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, who was taken out of Monday night’s game against the Chiefs, re-aggravated his high ankle sprain, a source told Ian Rapoport of (Twitter link). Adams is expected to miss some time, though it’s too early for an exact timetable. As for tight end Andrew Quarless, he has a sprained MCL, and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks, per Rapoport (Twitter link).