Raiders tab rookie Derek Carr as starting QB (Yahoo Sports)
Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr got the nod ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been hampered by a sore elbow. Carr will be the first rookie to start the season opener at quarterback in Raiders history. Carr was a second-round pick out of Fresno State in May. He will become the 18th starting quarterback for the Raiders since the start of the 2003 season.
Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready (Yahoo Sports)
Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots' opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught the Dolphins by surprise. ''I'm super excited,'' said Gronkowski, who didn't play in any of the four preseason games as he completed his recovery from December right knee surgery. Super pumped, super excited and just preparing for the game.'' The pronouncement came as a bit of a surprise in a locker room not known for players ''breaking news.'' ''Yeah, yeah, I'm just getting it out of the way there,'' Gronkowski said.
Welker returns to practice following concussion (Yahoo Sports)
Wes Welker celebrated Labor Day by practicing for the first time since sustaining a concussion on Aug. 23. Key backups Ronnie Hillman and Kayvon Webster were limited in the early portion of practice four days after falling ill during the Broncos' exhibition finale at Dallas.
Bills WR Watkins practices after hurting ribs (Yahoo Sports)
Buffalo Bills rookie receiver Sammy Watkins is still experiencing soreness after returning to practice for the first time since aggravating a rib injury last week. The first-round draft pick practiced fully Monday, and says he is preparing to play Sunday, when Buffalo opens the season at Chicago. Watkins declined to reveal the nature of the injury except to say follow-up tests showed it is something more than bruised ribs. He was initially hurt in the first quarter of a 19-16 preseason loss at Pittsburgh on Aug. 16.
Rams announce practice squad minus Sam (Yahoo Sports)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams have signed 10 players to their practice squad. As expected, Michael Sam was not among them.
Coughlin says Beckham might be a couple weeks away (Yahoo Sports)
It might be a few weeks before New York Giants first-round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. plays in a game. Frustrated with repeated questions about the wide receiver, coach Tom Coughlin on Monday said it might be two or three weeks until Beckham gets on the field. Beckham missed almost all of training camp with a hamstring injury and did not play in any of the team's five preseason games. He did not practice Monday as the Giants began preparations for the regular-season opener at Detroit next Monday night.
Panthers QB Newton returns to practice field (Yahoo Sports)
Cam Newton is back in pads - dramatically oversized pads. The Panthers two-time Pro Bowl quarterback returned to practice Monday wearing a long, bulky flak jacket designed to provide added protection for his healing fractured ribs. Newton smiled and even stopped to pose for a picture before practice with his newly enhanced armor. Coach Ron Rivera reiterated that he expects Newton to play in the season opener Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Jerry Jones: Cowboys looking at 'uphill battle' (Yahoo Sports)
Jerry Jones opened training camp with stories about how young his Dallas Cowboys were. The Cowboys have 34-year-old quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery, and Rolando McClain possibly starting at middle linebacker just a few months after deciding to retire. Not to mention a defensive line lacking star - and possibly pass-rushing - power heading into Sunday's opener against San Francisco. ''I think there is a difference being optimistic and assessing the odds,'' Jones said after the Cowboys finished a winless preseason with a 27-3 loss to last week.
Titans go for experience at kicker in Ryan Succop (Yahoo Sports)
The Tennessee Titans preferred to go into the season with an experienced kicker, not with an undrafted rookie. They feel they got the best one still available in Ryan Succop. The Titans agreed to a one-year deal with Succop on Monday and waived rookie Travis Coons to make space. "There were a number of guys that were available or that were out there," coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Succop.
Giants MLB Jon Beason practices for first time (Yahoo Sports)
New York Giants middle linebacker Jon Beason hopes to play in the regular-season opener despite missing all of training camp with a right foot injury. ''Obviously you want to gauge where I am mentally and physically,'' Beason said. While the injury did not require surgery, it forced the Giants to place their second-leading tackler last season on the physically unable to perform list in training camp. Coach Tom Coughlin said it was good to see the 29-year-old Beason back, having fun and picking up his teammates.