Free Agency-Texans Capsule
HOUSTON TEXANS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Kareem Jackson, FS Tyrann Mathieu, CB Kayvon Webster, QB Joe Webb, CB Shareece Wright, ILB Brian Peters, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Alfred Blue,...
Rams dealing with first major wave of injuries
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams managed to avoid significant injuries during their 7-2 start, but their luck turned in a 24-7 loss at the Minnesota Vikings.
The Rams lost their top wide receiver Robert Woods for several weeks with a shoulder injury, but injuries to cornerbacks Kayvon Webster and Nickell Robey-Coleman could be even more damaging with the New Orleans Saints on deck this Sunday.
Depth, preparation paying off for Rams secondary
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — It doesn't matter who is in the game, the Los Angeles Rams' secondary keeps making plays.
That knack will be tested Sunday by the Dallas Cowboys and star wide receiver Dez Bryant but the Rams could have starting cornerback Kayvon Webster back from a shoulder injury.
Safeties Tartt, Ward active for 49ers vs. Rams
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward are active for the San Francisco 49ers despite being listed as questionable on the injury report.
Tartt is dealing with a neck injury and Ward has been bothered by a hamstring injury, but both will play against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday night. Starting strong safety Eric Reid is out with a knee injury.
Rams Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-12)
New faces: Coach Sean McVay, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Robert Woods, LT Andrew Whitworth, LB Connor Barwin, C John Sullivan, CB Kayvon Webster.
Key losses: WR Kenny Britt, TE Lance Kendricks, OL Greg Robinson, WR Brian Quick, S T.J. McDonald, DL William Hayes, DL Dominique Easley (injury), QB Case Keenum.
Kayvon Webster filling many roles for Rams
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams needed a cornerback. In Kayvon Webster, they got a starter, a valuable special teams contributor, and a key conduit in helping explain what new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wants to do.
"Unless something changes, he's starting and he's been very important to us," Rams head coach Sean McVay said. "I love the way that he works and he has been a joy to be around."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have signed six-year veteran cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris and waived cornerback Taurean Nixon 24 hours after his pick-6 of Paxton Lynch at the team's mandatory minicamp.
Lewis-Harris spent four full seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before splitting last season between the Bengals and Baltimore Ravens.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have signed defensive back Kayvon Webster and re-signed kicker Greg Zuerlein.
The Rams also signed free-agent running back Lance Dunbar on Thursday.
Webster has been a key special-teams contributor for the Denver Broncos for the past four years. He hopes to play more as a defensive back under Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who ran Denver's defense for the past two years.
Broncos: DeMarcus Ware needs season-ending back surgery
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — DeMarcus Ware needs season-ending back surgery that could spell the end of his NFL career.
The Denver Broncos placed Ware on injured reserve Wednesday along with cornerback Kayvon Webster, who sustained a concussion last weekend at Kansas City.
The Broncos (8-7) elevated nose tackle Kyle Peko and cornerback Taurean Nixon from the practice squad to take their places on the roster for the season finale against the Raiders (12-3).
Broncos’ Kayvon Webster taken off field on cart after hit
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster was taken from the field on a cart after getting hurt while covering a touchback in the second quarter Sunday night against the Chiefs.
Webster was running downfield when he was hit high by Chiefs linebacker Terrance Smith, snapping his head back. He lay motionless on the turf for several minutes as both teams were ordered to their sidelines and a stretcher was taken onto the field.
CB Sean Smith out for Raiders for showdown vs. Broncos
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith is inactive for the game against the Denver Broncos with an injured left shoulder.
Smith left last week's game with the injury and was limited during the week before being declared inactive on Sunday night. The other players inactive for Oakland are quarterback Connor Cook; cornerback Antonio Hamilton; offensive linemen Matt McCants and Vadal Alexander; tight end Ryan O'Malley; and defensive tackle Stacy McGee.
Broncos promote CB Taurean Nixon from practice squad
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — With Aqib Talib and Kayvon Webster both ruled out for Denver's Sunday night showdown at Oakland, the Broncos promoted cornerback Taurean Nixon from their practice squad Saturday.
To make room, they released veteran tight end John Phillips.
Talib had a cortisone injection in his lower back this week and will miss his second straight game when the Broncos (6-2) visit the Raiders (6-2) .
Broncos send Aqib Talib for second opinion on back
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos sent star cornerback Aqib Talib to California on Thursday to seek a second opinion about his ailing lower back. Coach Gary Kubiak said he "got good vibes ... from the visit."
Talib missed the Broncos' 27-19 win over San Diego on Sunday after his back stiffened up during the team's Saturday walkthrough.
Doss makes most of his chance in Denver’s ‘No Fly Zone’
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Meet Lorenzo Doss, the newest member of the "No Fly Zone."
The speedy second-year cornerback has been buried deep in Denver's depth chart. But the fifth-round draft pick out of Tulane in 2015 had a terrific training camp and came up huge against San Diego on Sunday when Aqib Talib and Kayvon Webster were injured.
"He's been making plays all year," safety Darian Stewart said. "Doss is a playmaker, and that's what people don't know about him."
Not handing ball to Gordon big mistake for Chargers’ McCoy
DENVER (AP) — Mike McCoy refused to second-guess himself for not putting the ball in Melvin Gordon's hands on four snaps from the Denver 2 in one of the worst decisions in Week 8.
We'll do the second-guessing for him.
Gordon leads the league with 10 touchdowns. He was the first running back to top 100 yards against Denver this season. He averaged 4.8 yards a carry.