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The Facts: Perriman aggravated a right knee injury during pregame warm-ups Sunday.
Diehards Line: Perriman, who had already been ruled out for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, pulled up while trying to run down a deep pass in the end zone. He limped afterward and didn't run any routes after that. There was a brief conversation with a trainer, but Perriman remained on the field and caught passes while standing still. Before Perriman tweaked the injury, he was running close to full speed. ... Stay tuned. More in coming days.
The Facts: Johnny Manziel won't be getting a chance to win his second straight game. At least not from the outset. The Browns have announced that McCown has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion 10 days ago. The Browns also have announced that McCown will start.
Diehards Line: McCown suffered a concussion on the team’s first offensive series, after completing five of eight passes for 49 yards. He also added 23 yards rushing.Manziel, in the second start of his career, completed eight of 15 passes for 175 yards, with a pair of long touchdown passes to Travis Benjamin. ... We'll see if McCown can do enough to hold onto the job.
The Facts: Fitzpatrick will remain the starting quarterback of the Jets once Geno Smith is healthy enough to re-enter the picture. HC Todd Bowles confirmed the plan during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, a day after Fitzpatrick and the Jets improved to 2-0 with a 20-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts. "Ryan will get all the first-team reps," Bowles said of the plan when Smith returns.
Diehards Line: The confirmation is hardly a shock. Smith's standing within the organization took a permanent hit when he was slugged in the jaw by former teammate IK Enemkpali, the grand culmination of a lingering dispute over $600. The ensuing controversy could have sunk the Jets' season before it started, but Fitzpatrick has proved to be a steadying force in the locker room and on the field. Smith -- who underwent surgery to repair a fractured jaw last month -- is believed to be two or three weeks away from a return. Expect Smith to be the team's primary backup, with rookie Bryce Petty remaining in a developmental role. Fitzpatrick has done a quality job over two starts, completing 37 of 58 passes (63.8 percent) for 423 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He has been sacked just once and has an above-average passer rating of 94.3.
The Facts: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Cassel has been traded to the Cowboys.
Diehards Line:The need is obvious. With Tony Romo on IR-Designated to return, the Cowboys have one experienced QB on the roster in Brandon Weeden. They promoted former Lion Kellen Moore from the practice squad earlier this afternoon after working out a handful of veteran free agents, a list that reportedly included Josh Johnson, Christian Ponder, Matt Flynn and McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Clearly none of them impressed. ... Stay tuned. We'll have more on details of the trade as more information comes to light.
The Facts: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Seferian-Jenkins suffered strained shoulder expected to sideline him four to six weeks.
Diehards Line:Schefter added the team will be getting a second opinion, but it sounds like fantasy owners should prepare for the worst. Brandon Myers will move into the starting lineup until Seferian-Jenkins returns. ... Stay tuned. We'll follow up as needed.
The Facts: According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the Cowboys are placing Romo on injured reserve/designated for return.
Diehards Line: That mean’s he’ll miss the next eight weeks, which with their bye covers seven games. He’d be eligible to play again on Nov. 22 against the Dolphins. They didn’t use the IR/DFR tag on Dez Bryant, still showing some hope he’ll be back before the reported 10 to 12 weeks. They’re working out other quarterbacks today, but are confident handing the reins to backup Brandon Weeden for the next two months.
The Facts: On Monday, PFT reported that a decision about Brees' ability to play in Week 3 against Carolina would be made later in the week. Brees had an MRI on his shoulder that showed a bruised rotator cuff and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the results would also be examined by Dr. James Andrews. Mortensen's colleague Ed Werder reports Tuesday that Andrews has taken a look and told Brees to "rehab hard" in the coming days. That's left Brees and the Saints feeling like there is a "reasonable possibility" that he will be well enough to take the field as the Saints try to avoid an 0-3 start to the season.
Diehards Line:As PFT's Mike Florio suggests, “reasonable possibility” isn’t the most optimistic language to use about a player’s chances of being in the lineup, but it’s considerably better than Monday’s report that he’d miss several weeks. HC Sean Payton called that report “inaccurate,” although it won’t be until we see this week’s practice reports that we’ll have a clear idea about just how inaccurate it might have been. ... Stay tuned.
The Facts: Graham's one-catch, 11-yard performance Sunday night in a loss in Green Bay isn't what anyone had in mind when Seattle acquired him this offseason in a blockbuster trade. Speaking on 710 ESPN radio Monday morning, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said plays were called to target the tight end, but the ball hasn't gone his way. "It's frustrating. ... We have to find our way to get that done," Carroll said.
Diehards Line: In his first two games with the Seahawks, Graham has caught a combined seven passes for 62 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets. Sunday night he saw just two targets. Since 2011, the tight end has earned two or fewer targets in only three of 63 games. The ever-positive Carroll added that he's "encouraged" Seattle will find a way to get the pass-catcher more involved in future contests. Following Sunday night's 27-17 loss in Lambeau, Graham declined to speak with reporters. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver, who was in the Seahawks' locker room, said Graham clearly wasn't thrilled with his usage. "I can't be 100 percent positive, but I strongly suspect he was avoiding an interview because he feared he might say something overly negative," Silver wrote. "Let's keep an eye on his situation going forward." And we will.