Cowboys won’t IR Dak Prescott, Eagles steal Vikings rusher pass, Colts waive kicker
With week 1 done and complete, NFL teams are looking to rework their rosters, address injury issues and map out their plans for Week 2 matchups. Typically, a regular season Tuesday is one of the busiest trading days of the week.
That’s why Pro Football Network likes to consolidate today’s NFL news and events into a notebook for the convenience of fans.
NFL news roundup Tuesday: Cowboys won’t place Dak Prescott on injured reserve
While Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects QB Dak Prescott to miss 4-6 weeks after thumb surgery, Dallas won’t place him on injured reserve. Avoiding IR will allow Prescott to return at his own pace, as he can participate in training while recovering from surgery.
If Prescott managed to recover quickly, he could return at any time. But this decision makes sense regardless, as Prescott can still lead the team behind the scenes and participate in practices whenever he sees fit.
The Cowboys are expected to use Cooper Rush as a backup after Prescott’s injury. Will Grier, a former Carolina Panthers third-round draft pick, is currently on the practice squad and could be elevated to the main roster for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Eagles place Derek Barnett on IR, sign Vikings practice squad passer
The Philadelphia Eagles lost defensive end Derek Barnett to a torn ACL in Week 1. He was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday.
Barnett, a former first-round draft pick, was the Eagles’ third defensive end in their heavy rotation. With Barnett out, Philadelphia will likely rely on Tarron Jackson to fill their void behind Josh Sweat and Brandon Graham.
“I know that happens in football – it’s difficult because he’s one of my favorites – and what he brings to the team, in terms of tenacity, responsibility, the way what he plays, being a pro, leadership,” defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said of Barnett. . “We’re all going to have to step up and do our job to replace a player like him.”
With the roster spot open, the Eagles decided to sign defensive end Janarius Robinson from the Minnesota Vikings practice squad. Robinson will line up behind Sweat, Graham and Jackson on the depth chart. There could also be some play in that move, as the Eagles host the Vikings on Monday Night Football in Week 2.
Robinson, a Florida State alum, was a Vikings fourth-round pick last year. He spent his entire rookie season on IR. Robinson is listed as 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds.
Colts cut Rodrigo Blankenship, sign two kickers for practice
The The Indianapolis Colts have decided to leave longtime kicker Rodrigo Blankenship tuesday. Blankenship missed a 42-yard field goal in overtime on Sunday, leading to a 20-20 tie for the Colts against the Houston Texans. Blankenship will now be subject to derogations. He made 83.3% of his field goal attempts during his 22-game tenure with Indianapolis.
To cover the position, Indianapolis signed kickers Chase McLaughlin and Lucas Havrisik to the practice squad. The two will square off throughout practice week to determine who will serve as the Colts’ kicker this weekend.
According to Joel Erickson of the Indianapolis Star, the Colts also worked on kicker Josh Lambo. Lambo is best known for being a whistleblower for former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer. He claimed Meyer kicked him during warm-ups ahead of a pre-season game.
Lambo made 128 of 147 field goal attempts (87.1%) during his NFL career, which included saves in Jacksonville and with the Los Angeles Chargers. Former Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright tried all of them for the team, according to Erickson.
- On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs placed cornerback Trent McDuffie on IR. He will miss at least four games after suffering a hamstring injury against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The Chiefs also promoted linebackers Jack Cochrane and Elijah Lee from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
- The Carolina Panthers placed WR/KR Andre Roberts on IR with a knee injury. Roberts was injured in the Panthers’ home opener against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. A source told PFN that Roberts had a PCL sprain and would not need surgery. Roberts could return later in the season, according to the source. Shi Smith is likely to take on returning duties with Roberts sidelined.
- The Browns will have a new midfield image at FirstEnergy Stadium this season. Instead of the traditional helmet logo, the Browns will use their alternate elf logo – brownie the elf – in midfield.
- With reigning Defensive Player of the Year TJ Watt set to miss six games with a torn pectoral muscle – according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter –The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former second-round pick Ryan Anderson. The passing thrower spent the last offseason with the Giants, having spent his first four years in Washington. Anderson was suspended the first six games of last season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He produced 86 tackles, six sacks and five forced fumbles during his career.
- The Atlanta Falcons have promoted practice squad TE Anthony Firkser to the 53-man roster. Firkser, a vested veteran, would have had his entire 2022 salary guaranteed had he been on the Week 1 roster. Instead, the Falcons put him on the practice squad and elevated him after the Sunday’s loss to the Saints. Firkser has already played four seasons with the Titans, the first three seasons under Falcons head coach Arthur Smith. He caught 106 passes for 1,107 yards and five touchdowns during his career.