NFL notebook — Report: Cowboys considering Foles as backup QB
Cowboys quarterback Kellen Moore suffered a fractured right lower leg in practice Tuesday, sending the team’s plans to develop him as a backup to Tony Romo this season into a tailspin.
Moore is expected to be sidelined up to two months. The injury will likely require surgery, a source said.
According to an ESPN report, the Cowboys are currently considering free agent Nick Foles, recently released by the Rams, to replace Moore. The team is also exploring trades for Browns veteran quarterback Josh McCown and Buccaneers backup Mike Glennon.
Currently, the Cowboys are left with Jameill Showers and rookie Dak Prescott as secondary options.
Also, rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott will miss a few days of training camp practice after he injured his right hamstring late in team drills Tuesday, club executive vice president Stephen Jones said.
Jones said the Cowboys will be cautious with Elliott, the fourth overall pick in the draft.
“He’s sore,” Jones said. “We’ll be obviously very conservative with that in terms of how he feels.”
Elliott was waiting his turn with the first-team behind team drills Tuesday when he quickly went to the ground. An athletic trainer came over to stretch out his leg. He never went back into team drills.
The Cowboys will be without two of their top three running backs in practice now, with Darren McFadden starting camp on the non-football injury list while recovering from a fractured right elbow.
Rams RB Mason admitted to hospital
Rams running back Tre Mason, who has been out of touch with the team for seven months, was admitted to a hospital in late July after his mother called police in South Florida.
According to a police report obtained by ESPN, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s officers arrived at his mother’s house in Lake Charleston, Fla., after Tina Mason called to report her son was “acting unusual and making irrational statements.”
The Rams have not been in contact with Mason, 22, since last season ended, despite repeated attempts to reach him.
According to the police report, Tre Mason told officers “the police were responsible for teaching al-Qaida how to fly planes” and that he needed to warn the White House that “we were all going to lose our jobs.”
In March, Mason was arrested and charged with reckless driving, marijuana possession and resisting arrest. Rams officials said Mason has changed his cell phone number multiple times, making it difficult for them to reach him. The team placed him on the reserve/did not report list.
Mason, a third-round pick out of Auburn in 2014, rushed for 207 yards and one touchdown last season.
ESPN analyst Jackson retires after 29 years
Hall of Fame broadcaster Tom Jackson is calling it quits after a 29-year career.
ESPN announced the 65-year-old NFL analyst is retiring from broadcasting. Jackson’s final assignment will be this weekend at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Jackson joined ESPN in 1987 as one of its first NFL analysts after playing 14 years for the Broncos.
Ex-Browns WR sentenced to prison
Former Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker was sentenced to 21 months in prison for stealing from two charities, a crime his attorney blamed on a gambling addiction caused by football-related brain injuries.
Rucker, 68, pleaded guilty in February to wire fraud and false statement charges after an FBI investigation found that he had stolen more than $100,000 from the two groups, with much of the money withdrawn from ATMs at casinos in Cleveland, Las Vegas and elsewhere. Rucker withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars from bank accounts he oversaw, authorities said.
Titans sign Shaw to 1-day contract
The Titans signed Tim Shaw to a one-day contract as the former NFL and Penn State linebacker continues his battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as ALS.
The Titans announced the signing on their website and called Shaw a “Titan for life.”
The 32-year-old Shaw played in the NFL for Carolina (2007), Jacksonville (2008), Chicago (2009) and Tennessee (2010-12).
Shaw, a former Titans special-teams captain, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in April 2014.
WR Thomas says grandma to be released
Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas was told President Barack Obama commuted the life sentence of Thomas’ grandmother.
Thomas was given the news after practice and he called the impending release of Minnie Pearl Thomas “a blessing.” Thomas’ grandmother, who was serving a life sentence for a drug offense, is to be released Dec. 1.
In all, Obama cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, on Wednesday.
Last year, Obama commuted the sentence of Thomas’ mother, Katina Smith, who had been due to be released in 2017.
Around the league
The Jets signed undrafted rookie free agent running back Terry Williams, a former Kutztown standout, and waived/injured defensive back Kendall James. … Veteran linebacker Danny Lansanah has signed with the Dolphins and will compete for a backup job after starting 11 games each of the past two seasons for the Buccaneers. … Quarterback Michael Vick believes he can still compete in the NFL and is hoping for one final season at age 36. The four-time Pro Bowl selection has been training four days a week in Florida with a personal trainer and a quarterbacks coach.