Free Agency-Packers Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-9-1)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: LB Clay Matthews, WR Randall Cobb, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, LB Jake Ryan, CB Bashaud Breeland, CB Davon House, TE Lance Kendricks, TE...
Packers sign rookie CB Tony Brown to active roster
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have signed rookie cornerback Tony Brown to the active roster from the practice squad after placing defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson on injured reserve.
Brown had joined the Packers' practice squad after being cut by the Los Angeles Chargers following training camp. The 6-foot Brown had 89 tackles and three interceptions in 51 games at Alabama, where he also a valuable contributor on special teams.
Packers lose DL Wilkerson for season after surgery
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers lost at Washington on Sunday, and Mike Daniels lost one of his "buddies" when fellow defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson sustained a season-ending ankle injury.
"You never want to see anybody go down. You don't want to see your worst enemy go down out there," Daniels said Monday. "When you see one of your buddies go down, that makes it even worse. Mo and I are pretty close. He sits right next to me on the plane. I'm like, fudge. It's just all bad."
Jets Preview Capsule
NEW YORK JETS (5-11)
New faces: Rookie QB Sam Darnold, CB Trumaine Johnson, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR Terrelle Pryor, LB Avery Williamson, C Spencer Long, DE Henry Anderson, S J.J. Wilcox, K Jason Myers, rookie DE Nathan Shepherd, rookie TE Chris Herndon.
Key losses: DE Muhammad Wilkerson, LB Demario Davis, RB Matt Forte, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DE Kony Ealy, C Wesley Johnson, K Chandler Catanzaro.
Packers Preview Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)
New faces: GM Brian Gutekunst, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Marcedes Lewis, QB DeShone Kizer, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, rookie ILB Oren Burks, ILB Antonio Morrison, CB Tramon Williams, rookie CBs Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, P JK Scott.
Packers Training Camp Capsule
GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-9)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Green Bay, Wisconsin
LAST YEAR: Finished under .500 and out of playoffs for first time since 2008. Offense struggled with QB Aaron Rodgers sidelined for seven games with broken collarbone. Defense plagued by porous secondary and lack of consistent pass rush. Injuries ravaged cornerback position again.
Vikings 2018 schedule: Game-by-game analysis of one of the NFL’s toughest schedules
These Vikings will be tested early.
Trips to Green Bay, Los Angeles and Philadelphia to play the Packers, Rams and Eagles will be strong measuring sticks for Kirk Cousins and the Vikings within the first five games of the season.
Muhammad Wilkerson hopes right ‘fit’ with Packers makes him ‘dominant’ again
GREEN BAY — Mike Pettine and Muhammad Wilkerson weren’t together with the New York Jets during Wilkerson’s most productive seasons, but the Green Bay Packers’ new defensive end believes playing for Pettine his first two seasons set him up to become a Pro Bowl player.
Now, Wilkerson hopes reconnecting with Pettine — hired as the Packers’ new defensive coordinator in January — will lead to a career rebirth.
As Morgan Burnett departs, Packers’ secondary becomes primary concern
GREEN BAY — The depletion of the Green Bay Packers’ defensive backfield continues. At least this time, the team has an obvious replacement.
Veteran safety Morgan Burnett signed a three-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, after the Packers made little effort to bring back the eight-year veteran.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Packers have signed free agent defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and also acquired quarterback DeShone Kizer.
The team announced the moves a day after the opening of free agency.
Kizer was acquired in a trade with the Browns for cornerback Damarious Randall with drafts picks also involved.
Packers add Jimmy Graham, Muhammad Wilkerson as big-ticket free agents
GREEN BAY — At one point during his Tuesday evening news conference, Brian Gutekunst issued a subtle reminder that, technically, NFL free agency hadn’t even started yet.
“Nothing starts until tomorrow,” the Green Bay Packers first-year general manager said, referring to the league year officially kicking off at 3 p.m.
Gutekunst and the Packers are already off to quite the start, having agreed to terms with free agent tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
In the wake of big deals, Packers’ biggest need is at cornerback
GREEN BAY — Amid the buzz he created with two significant free agent additions as the NFL market was opening — tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, whose deals were set to become official on Wednesday — Brian Gutekunst remained acutely aware of the gaping hole that remained in the Green Bay Packers’ roster:
On the same day they hosted him on a visit, the Redskins lost out on defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson.
Wilkerson agreed to join the Green Bay Packers, ESPN reported.
The Redskins eyed Wilkerson in an attempt to upgrade their defensive line. Wilkerson, 28, was on the market after the New York Jets released him in February. He is capable of playing multiple spots up front, and most likely would have helped improved the Redskins' porous run defense.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Allen Robinson among free agents to watch for Redskins
Even though the Washington Redskins will have $31 million in salary cap space, they won't necessarily swing for the fences when the negotiating window for free agency opens Monday.
History has shown the Redskins are willing to tackle the market in different ways. In January, Redskins coach Jay Gruden revealed Washington went after defensive lineman Calais Campbell last season, but settled for linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain.
Could Packers resurrect ex-Jets defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson’s career?
GREEN BAY — Brian Gutekunst made it clear during last week’s NFL scouting combine that being “aggressive” in free agency doesn’t necessarily mean his Green Bay Packers will sign a plethora of players.
Rather, the first-year general manager simply wants to be in more conversations than the team was under his predecessor and mentor, Ted Thompson.
Matt Forte spent the past few weeks weighing his difficult decision -- to continue a terrific playing career or walk away from the game he loves.
On Wednesday, one of the NFL's most versatile running backs carried the ball for the final time.
The 32-year-old Forte announced his retirement from playing after 10 NFL seasons.
Forte's 9,796 yards rushing rank him 33rd on the NFL's career list. He also had 554 receptions, including setting the league record for running backs with 102 catches in 2014.
No Mo’ Mo: Jets release DE Wilkerson after 7 seasons
NEW YORK (AP) — The Jets decided it was time for Mo to go.
Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was released by New York on Wednesday, ending the one-time Pro Bowl selection's stint with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2011.
Jets’ Shell has concussion, won’t play against Patriots
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets right tackle Brandon Shell will not play in the season finale against the New England Patriots because of a concussion.
Shell was injured while making a tackle on Keenan Allen's interception of Bryce Petty's Hail Mary toss that ended the first half of New York's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last Sunday.
Jets’ Winters out; Williams out of concussion protocol
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets right guard Brian Winters will not play against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday because of an abdominal injury.
Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that either Dakota Dozier or Brent Qvale will replace Winters.
Defensive end Leonard Williams completed the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured last Sunday at New Orleans and was a full participant at practice.
Wilkerson practices for Jets, playing status uncertain
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson was back on the field with the New York Jets.
His playing status, however, remains uncertain. As does his future with the franchise.
Wilkerson’s status with Jets still uncertain after benching
NEW YORK (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson might have played his final snap for the New York Jets.
The star defensive end's status with the team remained uncertain Monday after he was benched for the Jets' game at New Orleans on Sunday .
No Mo: Jets bench Muhammad Wilkerson for Saints game
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — There will be no Mo in New Orleans.
The New York Jets have benched defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson for the game against the Saints on Sunday, the latest in what has become a string of discipline issues involving the franchise's highest-paid player.
Coach Todd Bowles announced Friday that Wilkerson will not travel with the team— just two weeks after the 2011 first-round draft pick was benched for most of the first quarter against Kansas City.
Forte limited, questionable for Jets vs. Panthers
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Matt Forte will be a game-time decision to play against the Carolina Panthers because of his ailing right knee.
Forte returned to practice Friday on a limited basis, which marked slight progress after he had not practiced or played since running for a season-high 77 yards against Buffalo on Nov. 2.
Jets’ Forte sits out practice again, uncertain to play Bucs
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Matt Forte sat out practice for the second straight day with swelling in his surgically repaired right knee.
Forte had a season-high 77 yards rushing last Thursday night against Buffalo, but is uncertain to play Sunday at Tampa Bay. He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee in the offseason to repair a torn meniscus. Coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday that the knee swelled.
Jets’ Wilkerson resurgent on defense despite injuries
NEW YORK (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson's playmaking abilities have been questioned. So has his health.
The one thing the New York Jets defensive end's teammates insist has never been an issue is Wilkerson's heart.
After injuries and inconsistency rendered him a non-factor for the first few games, Wilkerson has been a force lately for the Jets' defense.
Jets save season with stifling D, strong running game
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson challenged the New York Jets' defense to hold the Buffalo Bills to 60 yards rushing. Steve McLendon thought 80 would be more realistic.
The two D-linemen compromised and settled on 70 — and then went out and got the job done.
Benjamin inactive for Bills, Claiborne out for Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Buffalo Bills newly acquired wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin will not play against the New York Jets.
Benjamin warmed up with quarterback Tyrod Taylor about two hours before kickoff Thursday night, but was among the Bills' inactives after being acquired from Carolina on Tuesday for third- and seventh-round draft picks.
Jets’ Skrine cleared; Claiborne, Wilkerson questionable
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine has cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and will be available to play against the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.
Skrine sat out last Sunday against Atlanta after being injured at Miami the previous week.
Jets place rookie TE Leggett on IR, sign DL Cooper
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have placed rookie tight end Jordan Leggett on injured reserve and signed defensive lineman Xavier Cooper.
Leggett was a fifth-round draft pick out of Clemson this year. He was inactive for the first eight games after injuring a knee during the preseason. There was some hope that Leggett might be able to return soon, but his knee swelled after a recent practice.
Jets starters Skrine, Shell out vs. Falcons with injuries
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets starting cornerback Buster Skrine and right tackle Brandon Shell won't play against the Atlanta Falcons because of injuries.
Skrine suffered a concussion last week at Miami and has been in the league's protocol for head injuries. He sat out practice all week, and coach Todd Bowles ruled him out Friday.
Jets’ Powell returns to practice, expected to play at Miami
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Bilal Powell is expected to play at Miami on Sunday after practicing fully for the first time since straining a calf muscle nearly two weeks ago.
Powell is the Jets' leading rusher with 240 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 13 catches for 72 yards out of the backfield.
He was hurt early in the Jets' win at Cleveland on Oct. 8 and hadn't fully participated in practice since. Powell was inactive for New York's loss to New England last Sunday.
Jets short on sacks, but aren’t about to panic
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The number is stunningly glaring because it's a big zero.
No sacks for Muhammad Wilkerson.
None for Leonard Williams, either.
For two of the biggest playmakers on New York's defense to have not taken down a quarterback in six games is nearly as big a surprise as the Jets' 3-3 record.
Jets’ Powell, Wilkerson, Anderson sit out practice
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Bilal Powell, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and wide receiver Robby Anderson all sat out practice with injuries.
They are uncertain to play at Miami on Sunday.
Powell missed the Jets' game against New England last Sunday with a strained calf. He wore a helmet during warmups, but coach Todd Bowles says New York's leading rusher did not participate in practice.
Dolphins’ Parker, Falcons’ Sanu inactive because of injuries
The Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons are missing starting wide receivers because of injuries.
Miami's DeVante Parker is inactive with an ankle injury after being listed as doubtful on the team's most recent update.
As expected, Mohamed Sanu is out for Atlanta with a hamstring injury. Falcons receiver Marvin Hall, signed from the practice squad this week, is in uniform.
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, on the injury report with a back problem, is active.
Powell, Wilkerson questionable for Jets vs. Patriots
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Bilal Powell and defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson are questionable to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday because of injuries.
Neither Powell nor Wilkerson practiced this week. Powell, the Jets' leading rusher, has a strained calf, while Wilkerson is dealing with a sprained shoulder and a toe injury.
Coach Todd Bowles says Friday that both players will likely be game-time decisions.
Mission for Jets D vs. Patriots: Pressure Brady, stuff run
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Leonard Williams and the rest of the New York Jets' defense have studied the film and know exactly what they need to do against Tom Brady.
Get pressure on the New England Patriots quarterback. Sack him. Force him into rushing throws.
"We have noticed that Tom Brady holds onto the ball a little bit longer than he usually does," defensive end Leonard Williams said Thursday.
One for the aged: Patriots’ Brady (40) vs. Jets’ McCown (38)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles figures he'll have to continue drawing up game plans to defend against Tom Brady for years to come.
Forget the fact that the New England Patriots quarterback is already 40. Brady is still performing as if he's a spry youngster.
"Brady will probably be playing after I'm long retired at the rate he's going right now," Bowles said with a smile.
Jets’ Forte remains sidelined, appears unlikely to play
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Matt Forte remains sidelined with turf toe and a knee ailment, and could miss his second straight game.
Coach Todd Bowles says Thursday that it would be unlikely Forte will play at Cleveland on Sunday if he doesn't participate in practice on Friday. Bilal Powell started in Forte's place last weekend and ran for a career-high 163 yards in the Jets' 23-20 win over Jacksonville.
Jets starting guard Brian Winters out vs Dolphins
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets will be without starting right guard Brian Winters for their home opener Sunday against the Miami Dolphins because of an abdominal injury.
Winters was injured last Sunday at Oakland and replaced by fourth-year backup Dakota Dozier. Coach Todd Bowles says Friday that Dozier and Brent Qvale split the snaps this week during practice, but he had not yet decided on who would start.
Jets’ Bowles challenges D-line to step it up this week
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles wants to see a lot more from his defensive line.
The New York Jets coach knows the big men up front have the potential to be dominant. He also made it clear that they played below their expected standards in the season opener at Buffalo last Sunday.
Jets Preview Capsule
NEW YORK JETS (5-11)
New faces: QB Josh McCown, WR Jermaine Kearse, CB Morris Claiborne, S Jamal Adams, S Marcus Maye, OL Kelvin Beachum, LB Demario Davis, DL Kony Ealy, K Chandler Catanzaro, offensive coordinator John Morton, outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene.
Talented D-line remains big bright spot for rebuilt Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Demario Davis looks out in front of him on the football field and the middle linebacker can't help but get fired up by the big guys on the New York Jets' defensive line.
With Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson leading the way, Davis knows the rebuilt Jets still boast one of the most-imposing D-lines in the NFL.
New York Jets training camp capsule
NEW YORK JETS (5-11)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, Florham Park, New Jersey.
Jets’ Wilkerson: There was no plan for ankle entering season
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Muhammad Wilkerson knew something was wrong with his ankle early in the season.
The New York Jets defensive end wasn't his usual playmaking self, unable to move around the field the way he has for most of his career.
"It sounds like an excuse," Wilkerson said Thursday. "It's just football. It's part of the game. It's something I learned from."
Matt Forte (knee, shoulder) doubtful for Jets vs. Patriots
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Matt Forte is doubtful to play against the New England Patriots on Saturday because of knee and shoulder injuries.
Forte has a torn meniscus in his right knee, which he played through last week. He ran for 21 yards on four carries and had a 7-yard reception while spelling Bilal Powell in New York's 34-13 loss to Miami, but he also injured a shoulder during the game.
Forte questionable, Skrine out for Jets vs. Dolphins
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets running back Matt Forte is questionable to play and will be a game-time decision against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday night with a knee injury.
Forte tore the meniscus in his right knee early in New York's 23-17 overtime win at San Francisco last Sunday.
Starting cornerback Buster Skrine is out with a concussion. Rookie Juston Burris and Marcus Williams will likely see increased snaps.
Giacomini, McLendon among 6 Jets ruled out vs. 49ers
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini and defensive tackle Steve McLendon were among six players ruled out Friday for the game at San Francisco on Sunday.
Linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin, wide receiver Jalin Marshall, cornerback Antonio Allen and running back Khiry Robinson also will not play because of injuries. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson is questionable to play with an injured ankle.