Dare Ogunbowale

NFC South Notes: Cam, Bucs, Saints

Cam Newton has had surgery to repair a lisfranc injury on his left foot, and the former MVP has been resting in Atlanta after what interim head coach Perry Fewell called “successful surgery” Monday, relays ESPN’s David Newton. Cam would also confirm this himself via his Instagram page on Thursday. There is currently no timeline for his recovery.

Last week, it was reported that Newton would have foot surgery since he was not going to return to the team this year. Now that he has had the procedure done, Newton will be out of action for at least two months, but should certainly be ready to go once the offseason workouts begin.

Despite reports indicating that the Panthers will indeed shop Newton during the offseason, last month, Newton’s quotes made it seem like he wanted to remain with the only organization he has ever known when discussing his future.

“Charlotte is home,” Newton said. “Charlotte is a place I know people know me. They’re not just assuming. They know how I am. They know my energy. They know what I like and what I don’t like. For me to have that type of presence, it just reminds me that … it’s right.”

The former No. 1 overall pick is owed $18.6 million in 2020. He will be a free agent in 2021 barring a contract extension.

Let’s check out some more developments around the NFC South:

  • Despite being a “cut candidate”The Athletic’s Greg Auman opines that he would be very surprised if Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones was not part of their future. The former second-round draft pick has had an up and down season for the Bucs this year, rushing for 518 yards and five touchdowns as of this morning. He also states that running back Dare Ogunbowale is inexpensive and serves multiple roles, and that there is a strong chance he’s back to at least compete for the same jobs, while impending free agent running back to be Peyton Barber could sign elsewhere or come back on a modest deal.
  • ESPN’s Mike Triplett relays that Sean Payton said the Saints expect tight end Jared Cook to play and be ready Monday night when they take on the Colts in New Orleans. Cook returned to a full practice Friday after suffering a concussion last week against the 49ers. Cook has had a nice year for the Saints thus far and has proven to be a reliable receiving option for Drew Brees. On the season, Cook has 34 receptions for 523 yards and six touchdowns, and is known to be very difficult to defend in the end zone due to his massive frame.
  • Saints’ cornerback Marcus Williams was fined for his costly facemask penalty on 49ers tight end George Kittle last week. Williams’ penalty set up Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal as time expired in the 49ers’ 48-46 victory over the Saints last week. San Francisco cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and New Orleans safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson were also fined after being penalized in that game. Witherspoon’s hit on Jared Cook knocked him out of the game with a concussion, and he was penalized for an unnecessary hit to the neck and head area.

 

NFC South Injury Notes: Cappa, Little, Lindstrom, Logan

The Buccaneers will be without starting right guard Alex Cappa this week, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN. Cappa sustained an elbow injury in Tampa Bay’s game against the Jaguars this past Sunday. Head coach Bruce Arians removed Cappa from the game in hopes that the precaution could allow Cappa to play this week, but unfortunately the injury is just too severe.

Veteran offensive lineman Earl Watford is behind Cappa on the depth chart and is expected to start in his place against the Colts. A six-year veteran, Watford has played all across the line, but is primarily an interior lineman. An injury earlier in the year forced Watford to start in place of Cappa for two games, so this will not be entirely unfamiliar territory for Tampa’s o-line.

Here’s some more injury notes from the NFC South:

  • Panthers tackle Greg Little was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Falcons with an ankle injury, per Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. While Little was selected with the 37th pick in this year’s draft by Carolina to immediately jump into their rotation along the line, injuries have limited him to only four appearances on the season. Little can play either tackle spot, but was listed as the team’s top left tackle on the depth chart. Fellow rookie Dennis Daley will likely return to the starting lineup in his place.
  • Rookie offensive guard Chris Lindstrom will return to the field for the first time since Week 1 for the Falcons. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta is activating Lindstrom from the injured reserve to start this week against the Panthers. The Falcons focused on solidifying their offensive line through the draft last offseason, selecting Lindstrom with the 14th overall pick and tackle Kaleb McGary later in the first round. Lindstrom, however, has been out since injuring his foot in the season opener and the offensive line has struggled mightily, allowing 38 sacks on the season.
  • Buccaneers running back T.J. Logan broke his thumb during practice and will be out for the remainder of the season, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. Logan has played a couple dozen offensive snaps on the season, accruing 23 yards from scrimmage. His primary role though, is as the team’s punt and kickoff returner. This season, Logan averaged 9.5 yards per return on 13 punt returns and 20.8 yards per return on 13 kick returns. Jenna Laine of ESPN reports that Justin Watson and Sean Murphy-Bunting will share punt return duties while Dare Ogunbowale handles kick returns in Logan’s absence.

NFL Reserve/Futures Contracts: 12/31/18

New Year’s Eve marks the first day eliminated teams can sign players to reserve/futures contracts. Here is the first wave of those decisions:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

New York Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/4/18

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

Arizona Cardinals

Carolina Panthers

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

Pittsburgh Steelers

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 12/3/18

Here are Monday’s practice squad decisions:

Denver Broncos

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Minor NFL Transactions: 12/2/18

Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Los Angeles Rams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Minor NFL Transactions: 11/13/18

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Miami Dolphins

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/30/18

Here are Tuesday’s practice squad moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns

Green Bay Packers

Houston Texans

Miami Dolphins

Minnesota Vikings

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ravens Work Out RB Jamaal Charles

The Ravens tried out running back Jamaal Charles, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). He was one of five backs to try out on Friday, along with Charcandrick West, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Akrum Wadley, and Dare Ogunbowale

After Charles was quickly add/dropped by the Jaguars earlier this month, he said that he was “probably” done with football. As it turns out, football may not be done with him just yet. Charles will turn 32 in December and hasn’t played a full season as a starter since 2014, but the Ravens are curious to see what he could offer as a reserve.

The Ravens’ offense has been inconsistent this year and running back Alex Collins has not had the breakout campaign that many expected. For now, Collins is backstopped by only Buck Allen and Gus Edwards as Kenneth Dixon works his way back from IR. It’s not clear whether the Ravens are updating their lists in case Dixon’s rehab stalls or if they’re considering one of these five backs as an interim option.

West, a former teammate of Charles, was cut by the Chiefs and failed to stick with the Jets this offseason. The 27-year-old’s most productive campaign came in 2015, when he managed 160 carries for 634 yards and four touchdowns, but his rushing role with Kansas City declined in the last couple of seasons. While he played more than 500 offensive snaps from 2016-17, West handled only 106 total carries, including just 18 last year.

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Practice Squad Updates: 10/16/18

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

Cleveland Browns

  • Signed: OL Jake Eldrenkamp, WR Blake Jackson

Green Bay Packers

  • Cut: WR DeAngelo Yancey

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Seattle Seahawks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers