NFL roundup: Cowboys LB Holloman’s career likely over

Dallas Cowboys second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman has been advised Mark Barron Authentic Jersey by doctors to give up football due to a severe neck injury, coach Jason Garrett revealed Thursday. Holloman, 23, missed six games last year with a neck injury and injured his neck in Saturday’s preseason game against Baltimore. Holloman had three different medical opinions, including one in San Antonio this week. “DeVonte got information back from the doctors he visited with regarding his neck and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to play football anymore,” Garrett told reporters. “It’s in relation to the injury he had last year and he had a similar injury this year. I’ll let him speak more to that. But the information we have doesn’t look he’s going to be able to play football anymore.” Garrett said he spoke to Holloman, who was on the field in practice Thursday, although he was not dressed in uniform like his teammates. Holloman appeared in nine games (two starts) for the Cowboys in 2013, recording 26 tackles and two sacks. —Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Thursday, but both were with the team in Philadelphia for a preseason game. Bell also was charged with driving under the influence http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Mark_Barron_Jersey of marijuana, Ross Township Police detective Brian Kohlhepp said. Both charges are misdemeanors. A preliminary court date has not yet been determined, Kohlhepp said. The two players were taken into custody Wednesday after a police officer found approximately 20 grams of marijuana in their car. Bell and Blount, the team’s starter and primary backup at running back, were pulled over at about 1:30 p.m. ET Wednesday when the motorcycle officer smelled marijuana. Both admitted that the pot belonged to them. —New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on target in his recovery from a strained oblique to play Saturday in an exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts. It likely will be Brees’ first and only game action during the preseason. He’s expected to play about a half. “It is important, it is important,” Brees said. “I want to play well, I want to get out there and feel comfortable. I feel like this week has been great just to get back out and feel like I’m throwing the ball like I should. And now it’s just time to take it to the game field and go through this final dress rehearsal before the season.” The Saints also waived running back Timothy Flanders, wide receiver Tobais Palmer, tight end Je’Ron Hamm and linebacker Chidera Uzo-Diribe. —The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired guard Rishaw Johnson from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for safety Kelcie McCray. The Bucs continue to search for depth in the middle of their offensive line. Johnson (6-foot-3, 313 pounds) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. The Bucs also signed guard R.J. Mattes and waived defensive end James Ruffin. —Danger was lurking in the opinion…
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Redskins, Bucs eager to get final look at backups

Gerald McCoy’s preseason is pretty much over. Like most of the starters for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lavonte David Authentic Jersey and Washington Redskins, the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle will play little – if any -Thursday night in a final tuneup for the regular season. McCoy is entering the final year of the contract he signed as the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, And if training camp and the Bucs’ first three preseason games are any indication, he’s poised to make a splash in an improved defense that Lovie Smith is counting on to help transform the Bucs into winners. Not that the fifth-year pro is making any predictions about the team’s first season under Smith. The Bucs went 4-12 in 2013, missing missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season. ”I can’t predict the future, but I’ll tell you we have a team that day-in and day-out is coming out and putting in a lot of work to go from worst to first,” McCoy said. ”We’ve got a ‘why not us?’ mentality. We’re just going to keep that mentality and keep going to work.” The Redskins are taking a similar approach in their first training camp http://www.buccaneersshop.us.com/Lavonte_David_Jersey under coach Jay Gruden, who inherited a team that won the NFC East two years ago before regressing in 2013. Washington’s offense has struggled this preseason, raising questions about whether Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins should be the starting quarterback. The defense is reeling a bit, too, with safety Brandon Meriweather suspended for the first two games of the regular season for a hit last week on Baltimore receiver Torrey Smith. Gruden initially waffled on whether his regulars on offense, including Griffin, would play against the Buccaneers. The rookie coach decided against it, meaning Cousins will start Thursday and Griffin’s preseason ended with a sloppy performance in which he was 5 of 8 passing for 20 yards, no touchdowns, an interception and three sacks vs. the Ravens. ”I think it would be beneficial in some ways, but I don’t think it’s mandatory that he plays,” Gruden said on Monday. ”I don’t think it’s going to make or break his season whether or not he plays a quarter or a drive in a fourth preseason game.” Smith also has seen enough of McCoy, who’s been dominant during the limited stretches he’s been on the field. The coach wants evaluate backups Thursday, so most of Tampa Bay’s starters likely will sit the entire night. ”Some of our seconds didn’t play a lot last week. … We want to get a good look at them,” Smith said. With McCoy leading the way, the coach insists there’s no limit on what the Bucs can accomplish with a roster that’s been drastically overhauled since the end of last season. The one-time Tampa Bay assistant who later had a successful nine-year run as coach of the Chicago Bears has installed a version of the Tampa 2 defensive system that was once a staple…
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No defensive player

No defensive player in the NFL played more snaps last year than DeMeco Ryans. No lineman, no D-back, no other linebacker. His 1,156 plays represented 96 percent of the Eagles’ defensive snaps and was four more than Chad Greenway of the Vikings played. That number is very high. And it has to come down, Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis said Monday. “We have to take reps off him,” Davis said. “He’s a warrior and he had way more reps than he should have. “We want DeMeco for the long haul this season, and so many times when you overwork a veteran — and he takes great care of his body — but it’s a lot of games.” Ryans averaged72 snaps per game last season. Of the 45 snaps he didn’t play, 42 were at the end of blowouts — 13 vs. the Bears, a 43-point win; nine vs. the Broncos, a 32-point loss; and 20 vs. the Raiders, a 29-point win. Twelve times, including the playoff loss to the Saints, Ryans played every snap. The only NFL players on the field last year more than Ryans were eight offensive linemen and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. But Ryans, a two-time Pro Bowler with the Texans, is an inside linebacker, the most physically demanding job on the field. He turns 30 next month, and with newcomers like Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carroll now in the secondary, Davis believes the Eagles are better equipped to spell Ryans this year on some passing downs. “I think we have more depth than we had and more experience and more people who can play versatile roles in the defense,” Davis said. “I think it’ll help.” Ryans said after a recent OTA practice that he wants to stay on the field in all situations, and he said there’s been no change in practice so far this offseason in his role. “I’m a competitor,” Ryans said. “It doesn’t matter to me. I’m here to play. When it’s time to compete, it’s time to compete, but I think we’ll all help ourselves a lot defensively not by not playing more reps but by playing better, playing smarter.” He joked with a reporter who asked himabout reduced snaps, saying, “Trying to get me off the field?” He added: “I guess that’s the question everybody wants to ask, but I’m still out here playing and giving the team what I have to go out and compete.” Davis said he’s already spoken with Ryans about decreasing his snaps. “He doesn’t want to come off. But neither does Connor [Barwin], neither does Trent [Cole]. None of them want to come off. But what we do as a team and collectively, when you’re honest and explain why it is you want to do what you do, they’re fine. They’re all team players.” Ryans said head coach Chip Kelly’s sports science and emphasis on conditioning has made it possible for him to play an NFL-high 72 snaps per game without wearing down. “It helps a…
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