Monthly Archives: September 2016

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski ‘satisfied’ with how injured hamstring is healing

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski stopped short Tuesday of making any declarative statements about the health of his injured hamstring or his availability for Thursday night’s home game against the Houston Texans, saying only that he felt “decent.”

“We’ll see,” he said. “It will definitely be a coach’s decision, a trainer’s decision. We’ll all come together.

“I’m just doing everything I can right now to be as healthy as I can be. I’m improving every single day. Basically, day by day right now. бн Obviously, you just don’t wake up and you’re 100 percent, but I’m satisfied with the improvements.”

Gronkowski was a limited participant in Tuesday’s practice, showing up in full pads for the walkthrough session. He explained that he wore the full pads to get a feel for them, and that it’s also part of his recovery and training regimen.

“You just want to get a feel for your shoulder pads when you haven’t been in them,” he said.

Yes, he is. It’ll be interesting to see the Redskins’ approach Sunday. The fourth quarter switch came as a surprise, given defensive coordinator Joe Barry’s response last week explaining his reluctance to not only adopt this strategy but also to make such a change in-game. Both corners said they did not practice this during the week.

In the process, McCarthy has created a homogeneous offense that leaves little to the imagination. In two games, he’s used a three-receiver set on 95 of 123 offensive snaps, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s 77.2 percent of their plays with three receivers on the field. Of those 95 snaps, all but 11 featured that same trio of receivers.

What’s more, 86 of those 123 snaps featured the exact same personnel group: three receivers, one tight end and one running back. That’s 69.9 percent of their offense with the same look that most teams call their “11” package.

The Packers’ offensive struggles have surprisingly carried over from last season even though Nelson, a Pro Bowl receiver in 2014 before he blew out his knee last year and missed all of 2015, and free-agent tight end Jared Cook were expected to change the dynamic.

Instead, two games into the season the same questions that dogged McCarthy last season remain on the table for the asking.

Elvis Dumervil says he’s not playing in Ravens’ opener after setback

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil said Wednesday that he will not play in the season opener against the Buffalo Bills.

Dumervil acknowledged he had a minor setback in his recovery from an offseason procedure in the foot area. He was the only Ravens starter who was not practicing Wednesday.

Since 2006, Dumervil ranks second among active players with 96 sacks. His 31 multiple-sack games leads all players in the past 10 seasons. Dumervil has been one of the most durable defenders in the NFL since joining the Ravens in 2013. He’s only missed one game and has played in 35 straight games.

“It’s one of those things where your body kind of tells you when it’s ready,” Dumervil said. “So we’re all pushing. We wanted it to be Week 1, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

“The big thing for both of them, they might try to play mind games with each other,” Roethlisberger said in preparation for the Sept. 12 opener at FedEx Field. “I’ll talk to my guy and makes sure he keeps a level head.”

Norman, who became the richest cornerback in the league after signing a five-year deal with the Washington Redskins this offseason, never backs down from a verbal confrontation, most famously scrapping with New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham last year.

Brown’s passion was on display in the preseason when an official in a preseason scrimmage issued an ejection warning after Brown complained ferociously about the lack of holding calls on Detroit Lions corners.

There’s a healthy respect between Norman and Brown. At the least, though, they will engage in some healthy debate about what happens downfield.

Roethlisberger isn’t sure whether Norman will shadow Brown, as he’s “traditionally been a one-spot kind of guy” but sometimes moves around. “We’ll be ready for anything,” Roethlisberger said. “[Norman’s] one of the best, if not the best in the business.”

At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Norman has size on his side against the 5-foot-10 Brown. But save the 6-3 Richard Sherman holding Brown to six catches and 51 yards last season, Brown typically toasts all comers. Brown averaged 10 catches a game with Roethlisberger in the lineup.