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NFL Workout Updates: 12/12/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Kansas City Chiefs

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Colts Work Out Four Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck will not practice this week, Chuck Pagano said. This marks three straight weeks the previously progressing passer has been shelved because of the setback he encountered.

And the Colts are operating accordingly, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets, noting the team is working out Connor Shaw, Matt McGloin, Matt Barkley and Josh Johnson on Tuesday.

Luck will see multiple specialists for further evaluation on his troublesome throwing shoulder, and it’s possible he could redshirt this season. The Colts have Scott Tolzien as a Jacoby Brissett backup but could be looking for a third quarterback in case they end up placing Luck on IR.

McGloin and Barkley have been summoned for workouts together previously this season, and Johnson was previously affiliated with the Colts. This is the veteran’s first known workout since the Giants parted ways with him.

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NFL Workout Updates: 10/10/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minor NFL Transactions: 9/8/17

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

  • Released from IR: WR Dez Stewart

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Bears Make Cuts, Reach 53

The Bears took time to announce their 53-man roster, but they got it done before the deadline. Here’s how:

Released:

Officially Placed On IR:

Waived:

Waived/Injured:

Bears Reverse Course, Won’t Waive QB Connor Shaw

The Bears announced earlier today that they had waived quarterback Connor Shaw in order to create a roster spot for wide receiver Victor Cruz. However, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets that fellow quarterback Mark Sanchez suffered a knee injury today, and the team subsequently rescinded the waiver."<strong

Chicago, of course, has revamped its quarterback room this offseason: not only did the Bears sign two free agent signal-callers in Mike Glennon and Sanchez, but they moved up in the draft to select North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky at No. 2 overall. With Glennon and Trubisky set to take most of the practice reps over the next few months, the Bears likely didn’t see the need to carry a fourth quarterback on the roster.

The Bears originally acquired the 25-year-old Shaw off waivers from the Browns last summer. Shaw, who has one career start under his belt, subsequently broke his leg during the preseason and spent the entire 2016 campaign on injured reserve.

Shaw will now see third-string reps during OTAs as Sanchez recovers from his injury. Sanchez has only appeared in 15 games over the past three seasons, including a pair of appearances with the Cowboys in 2016. Over that span, the 30-year-old veteran has completed almost 64-percent of his passes for 3,127 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions. Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times reports (via Twitter) that Sanchez is expected to be ready for training camp.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 3/4/17

Here are today’s minor moves:

  • Former Utah quarterback Travis Wilson signed with the Rams, Howard Balzer of BalzerFootball.com reports (on Twitter). The 23-year-old Wilson, though, will switch positions upon going to Los Angeles. The Rams added the four-year Utes contributor as a tight end.
  • The Bears have re-signed quarterback Connor Shaw as well as long snapper Patrick Scales, as Patrick Finley and Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times write. Shaw was doing quite well in preseason last year before suffering a broken left leg in the team’s third exhibition contest. Recently, GM Ryan Pace said Shaw is doing “very well” in his rehab.
  • The Eagles announced they’ve agreed to terms on a one-year deal with safety Jaylen Watkins.

Bears Reach 75 Man Limit

The Bears have reached the 75-man roster limit in advance of the 3pm CT deadline. The full list of today’s moves is below

Placed on IR:

Waived:

  • LB Jarrett Grace

Waived/Injured:

Placed On NFI list:

  • OLB Roy Robertson-Harris

Shaw left Soldier Field in an ambulance over the weekend after breaking his right leg. Prior to the injury, he was fighting for the team’s third-string quarterback job behind Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer. David Fales and Matt Blanchard will now duke it out for the third-string QB job.

Grasu, a second-year center, tore his ACL earlier this month, robbing the Bears of one of their most important offensive linemen.

Bears’ Connor Shaw Breaks Leg

Connor Shaw left Soldier Field in an ambulance today after breaking his right leg, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Shaw suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of the Bears-Chiefs game.

Vying for the Bears’ third-string quarterback job behind Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer, Shaw could now be an IR candidate. Although, Rapoport notes Shaw suffered the break above the ankle and did not sustain any ligament damage, so he could return this season if Chicago saw him as valuable enough to keep on the active roster.

But Shaw missed all of the 2015 season with a thumb injury and spent the year on the Browns’ IR. This latest development certainly points to another lost season for the former South Carolina passer whom the Bears claimed on waivers from the Browns last month.

Chicago has 2014 sixth-round pick David Fales on its roster, so keeping him as the third-stringer would be logical despite the third-year passer not having any game experience. The team also houses 27-year-old backup Matt Blanchard, who has also never played in a regular-season game.

The 24-year-old Shaw came to Cleveland as a UDFA in 2014 and started a game that season for the Browns. Despite cutting Johnny Manziel as well this offseason, the Hue Jackson-led team parted ways with Shaw as well, leading him to Chicago. The Seahawks also tried to claim Shaw this summer but sat behind the Bears in the waiver-priority hierarchy.

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Seahawks Tried To Claim QB Connor Shaw

The Bears and Saints weren’t the only clubs that attempted to claim quarterback Connor Shaw off waivers from the Browns, according to Nick Underhill of the Advocate, who reports that the Seahawks also placed a claim on Shaw. Chicago ultimately ended up with Shaw after New Orleans inadvertently emailed every NFL team — instead of only the league office — and accidentally tipped off other clubs about their plans to acquire Shaw.Connor Shaw (Vertical)

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Seattle doesn’t boast much in the way of experience behind starter Russell Wilson, and longtime backup Tarvaris Jackson doesn’t figure to be re-signed after being arrested following a domestic violence incident earlier this week. Undrafted rookie free agent Trevone Boykin — who is dealing with legal issues of his own — is competing with Jake Heaps to act as the club’s backup quarterback, and neither of the pair have ever appeared in an NFL game.

The Seahawks’ lack of options at reserve quarterback led me to list Seattle as one of several clubs that could have interest in acquiring Rams signal-caller Nick Foles, though I did note that it wasn’t clear whether Los Angeles would be willing to deal Foles to a division rival. But clearly, the Seahawks are looking to add another arm before training camp begins. Jackson was probably the most qualified of the remaining quarterbacks on the market, but Michael Vick, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, and Josh Freeman are still out there as well.

Shaw, who will be 25 years old during the upcoming season, has just one career NFL appearance to his name. He started the final game of the 2014 season for the Browns, completing 14-of-28 pass attempts for 177 yards and one touchdown in a loss to the division rival Ravens. Expected to compete for Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback job in 2015, Shaw suffered a thumb injury prior to the regular season, and was placed on injured reserve.

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