Bring it in for the trifecta. The third scooped article is upon us.
Detroit got some good news yesterday. Haloti Ngata was removed from the NFI list and Joique Bell was removed from the PUP list. Ngata will have 13 days to get back into football shape and work on the transition to the 4-3 defense. Joique Bell knows the system but it’s good to have their top back return. Backup SAM LB, Kyle Van Noy, also practiced after initially being diagnosed as week to week with an unknown injury.
The Lions cut Ryan Broyles among other cuts to reduce the roster to 75. Broyles asked for his release when it was clear he was below Greg Salas and Jeremy Ross on the depth chart. Two ACL injuries and an Achilles injury derailed the second round picks’ career in Detroit. Broyles had his shot the last two seasons though and couldn’t beat out Ross and Salas. Chalk this one up to injuries but Lions fans are happy Mayhew found Golden Tate in free agency (maybe Lance Moore too). Broyles was productive in college and Burleson was getting older with a rising cap number. The pick makes sense at the time but just didn’t work out after the ACL and Achilles tears.
Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb’s shoulder injury suffered in the pre-season game against Philadelphia appears to be minor. Bulaga has an ankle injury as well but both should be back by Week 1 at Chicago.
Casey Hayward has struggled in camp and this pre-season at left outside corner. The rookies (Damarius Randall, Quentin Rollins or LaDarius Gunter) may over take Hayward at left corner. Hayward could move back to the slot in place of Hyde. Speaking of Hyde, he was carted off Lambeau Field on Saturday night with a neck injury. Hopefully he is back by Week 1 for Green Bay at CB.
The Vikings put CB Josh Robinson on the PUP list. The Vikings are trying to start rookie Trae Waynes and have veteran Terrence Newman for depth. Robinson will return after Week 6 or later. It’s a little risky trotting out a rookie CB. It will be a trial by fire for Waynes if he starts over Newman. Do I smell burnt toast?
The Bears cut Tim Jennings surprisingly after the third pre-season game. Jennings has been a good corner for several years for Chicago. Veteran Alan Ball would be the new starter on the outside opposite Fuller. Sherrick McManis, Al Jean Louis and Demontre Hurst are battling for the slot CB job. The Bears lost Ryan Mundy to IR. Rookie Adrian Amos and veteran pickup Antrelle Rolle may be the Bears starting safeties. Brock Vereen could still beat out Amos. The Bears secondary is definitely in flux.