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Footballguys #157 - 9/25 - How The Sunday Million Lineup Winner Was Built, News and Notes and More

Volume 20, #157 -- Tuesday Night, September 25th, 2018

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1. MIN - RB Dalvin Cook says "Good chance" to play Thursday

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune - Andrew Krammer

Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook (hamstring) said Tuesday, Sept. 25, his injured hamstring 'feels great at this point' and expects to play Thursday, Sept. 27, against the Los Angeles Rams. 'Yeah, there's a good chance,' Cook said. He was however, limited in practice Tuesday.

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This was expected last week after Cook missed the game against the Bills. The Rams defense is banged up but they present a great challenge for Cook and the Vikings offense. After three weeks, the Rams rush defense ranks 9th in the league allowing only an average of 96.7 yards per game. Check his Wednesday status before making a lineup decision.

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2. GB - Green Bay signing CB Bashaud Breeland

Source: NFL Network - Mike Garafolo

Free-agent CB Bashaud Breeland (Redskins) was signed to an undisclosed deal by the Green Bay Packers Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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Breeland has been looking for the right landing spot for months. He was signed by the Panthers in the spring but a failed physical designation (due to a foot injury suffered on vacation) caused his deal to be voided. Breeland gives the Packers much-needed veteran presence in the secondary.

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3. LAR - CB Aqib Talib will have surgery

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Los Angeles Rams CB Aqib Talib (ankle) will undergo surgery on his injured ankle Thursday, Sept. 25.

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High ankle sprains are tricky to deal with and recover from. The team decided that surgery was the option to get Talib back on the field quicker. The timetable for his return will be announced following the surgery.

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4. NE - QB Tom Brady struggling outside numbers

Source: NFL Network - Mike Giardi

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady was 1-for-9 for 12 yards targeting wide receivers outside the numbers during Weeks 2 and 3.

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We'll see if Brady can improve on these numbers...especially when Josh Gordon gets on the field. Gordon was inactive for Week 3 against the Lions but he should be out there against the Dolphins in Week 4. Julian Edelman is eligible to return from his four-game suspension in Week 5. Reinforcements are on the way for the Patriots passing attack.

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5. NFL - QB Matt Moore declines workouts

Source: TitanInsider.com - Terry McCormick

Free-agent QB Matt Moore (Dolphins) has chosen not to work out for the Tennessee Titans or San Francisco 49ers.

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Moore would be an upgrade for the Titans and 49ers as a veteran backup. Perhaps he doesn't like the fit with either team. There have been rumblings that Moore's arm is shot and that's why he didn't get the starting job last year in Miami when Ryan Tannehill went down with a season-ending injury.

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6. DAL - Dallas makes moves at defensive tackle

Source: The Athletic - Calvin Watkins

Free-agent DT Caraun Reid (Chargers) signed Tuesday, Sept. 25, with the Dallas Cowboys. In a corresponding move, DT Datone Jones (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Reid was picked up by the Cowboys with about 10 days to go in August. He didn't make final cuts with the Cowboys and found himself back on the street. Now Reid is back, just to be a reserve player on the defensive line.

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7. MIN - Vikings concerned about DE Everson Griffen

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Minnesota Vikings DE Everson Griffen and his agent were a sent a letter by the team Thursday, Sept. 20, stating he wasn't allowed back with the squad until he underwent a mental-health evaluation. He is expected to miss the Week 4 game.

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This issue sounds bigger than football and hopefully Griffen gets the help he needs. Vikings player development director Les Pico told local police that Griffen had not been himself for a few weeks.

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8. DET - ILB Brandon Spikes works out for Lions

Source: NFL Network - Michael Silver

Free-agent LB Brandon Spikes (Bills) worked out for the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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Spikes has been out of football for a year and he hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2014. He did play for Matt Patricia's defense when he was with the Patriots, so the Lions new head coach might be checking to see what Spikes has left in the tank.

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9. PIT - Coach not discussing Le'Veon Bell situation

Source: ESPN.com - Jeremy Fowler

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell remains away from the team, and head coach Mike Tomlin refused to discuss the situation Tuesday, Sept. 25. 'I'm not talking Le'Veon -- I'm just not,' Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. 'There's nothing new to add.'

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The last we heard about Bell was that the Jets may have interest in trading for him. If the Steelers are taking calls on Bell, one has to wonder just how much they could get in return. Sure, Bell is a superstar but any patient team can wait until next offseason to get him on the open market.

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10. DAL - Jerry Jones hopeful for OLB Sean Lee

Source: 105.3 The Fan - Mike Fisher

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (hamstring) is expected to miss time after suffering a hamstring injury for the second straight game in Week 3, but team owner Jerry Jones is hopeful his absence will be minimal. 'I hope it will be a short time, but I do think he will miss some play time,' Jones told Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

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Reports around Dallas speculate that Lee is going to miss 2-4 weeks. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks already.

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11. CIN - Cincinnati signs DT Adolphus Washington

Source: ProFootballTalk.com

Cincinnati Bengals DT Adolphus Washington (Cowboys) was signed off the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 25, and added to the Bengals' 53-man roster, per a league source.

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This is a depth move for the Bengals. Washington was a third-round pick (Bills) in the 2016 NFL draft and has failed to impress with both the Bills and the Cowboys.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J