Free Agency-Bills Capsule
BUFFALO BILLS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Deonte Thompson, OGs Ryan Groy and John Miller, OT Jordan Mills, RB Taiwan Jones, DT Kyle Williams (retired), CB Vontae Davis...
Bills sign OL Long to 3-year contract week after cut by Jets
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have begun addressing their offensive line needs by signing Spencer Long to a three-year contract.
The addition made on Tuesday comes a week after the New York Jets cut Long to free up nearly $6.5 million from next season's salary cap.
The 28-year-old Long has 44 starts in 53 career games over five seasons. He spent his first four seasons in Washington, which selected him in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Nebraska.
Jets release guard/center Spencer Long after 1 season
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets released offensive lineman Spencer Long on Tuesday, saving the team almost $6.5 million on next season's salary cap.
Long was due a $3 million roster bonus that would have become guaranteed Wednesday if he remained with the team. The Jets opted instead to cut him after he struggled with injuries and consistency at center before moving to left guard.
Jets’ Long redeems himself at guard after center struggles
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Spencer Long was frustrated, angry and thoroughly embarrassed.
He had gone from being the leader of the New York Jets' offensive line to an unexpected punchline.
Long was all over the blooper reels and social media — the center who simply couldn't snap the football.
"It was a tough, challenging time that I don't think a lot of people knew exactly what was going on," Long told The Associated Press on Friday. "My reputation was on the line."
Jets place RT Brandon Shell on IR with knee injury
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets placed right tackle Brandon Shell on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury.
Shell was hurt last Saturday in the Jets' loss to Houston. He was carted off the field in the third quarter after left guard Spencer Long rolled into his left leg. Shell immediately grabbed at his knee as trainers ran onto the field to check on him.
The Latest: Jets, on 5-game skid, lead Titans at halftime
The Latest from Week 13 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):
The New York Jets are halfway to possibly ending a five-game losing streak.
The Jets lead the Tennessee Titans 16-6 at halftime thanks to three field goals from Jason Myers and a 31-yard interception return by Trumaine Johnson.
New York blocked a punt to set up one of Myers' field goals, and Henry Anderson blocked an extra point attempt inside in the final minute of the first half.
Jets place left guard James Carpenter on season-ending IR
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list Wednesday with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team's most reliable players.
Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York's 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday.
For Jets on Sunday, trouble started with the snap
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Snapping the ball was a challenge Sunday for the New York Jets, and things didn't get any better after that.
Center Spencer Long reinjured a finger and had half-dozen off-target shotgun hikes, which compounded problems for quarterback Sam Darnold. He threw four interceptions — including a pick-six after he snared a high snap — and the Jets never reached the end zone in a 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Big guys lined up in front of Darnold a huge key for Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — All eyes will be on Sam Darnold when the New York Jets open their season against the Detroit Lions.
But the five big guys lined up in front of him will play a major role in the success — or failure — of the rookie quarterback and his offense Monday night.
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.
At the NFL scouting combine last month, Notre Dame product Quenton Nelson made his case for why teams should use a top-five pick on a guard a position, historically, taken in the later rounds.
He rattled off Aaron Donald and Geno Atkins: two destructive forces that wreak havoc on a weekly basis. They are both defensive tackles, and defenses are having increasing success up the middle.
Jets re-sign OLs Dozier, Qvale
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have re-signed offensive lineman Dakota Dozier.
The Jets also announced Friday that offensive lineman Brent Qvale has signed his restricted free agent tender, worth $1.907 million this year.
Both Dozier and Qvale add depth and versatility to an offensive line that includes newcomers Spencer Long and Travis Swanson.
Former Husker offensive lineman Spencer Long is now a New York Jet after signing a four-year deal worth $28 million according to the Lincoln Journal Star.
Former Husker offensive lineman Spencer Long is now a New York Jet after singing a four-year deal worth $28 million.
A third-round NFL Draft pick in 2014, Long started his professional career in Washington, starting 31 games. The 6-foot-5, 318-pounder played at center in 2016 and 2017, a spot where the Jets are likely to play him.
Long's 2017 was cut short because of knee tendinitis.
Zach Brown returns to Washington Redskins on three-year deal: Reports
The Washington Redskins have re-signed leading tackler Zach Brown to a three-year contract worth a maximum of $24 million, according to reports.
Brown, an inside linebacker, played 2017 on a one-year contract worth just $2.3 million in his first year in Washington. He started his NFL career with four seasons in Tennessee and one in Buffalo.
Trent Murphy, Niles Paul highlight Redskins exits in Day 3 of free agency
The Alex Smith trade became official Wednesday, but the departures for the Redskins' own free agents continued.
The Redskins saw three players linebacker Trent Murphy, center Spencer Long and tight end Niles Paul sign new contracts with other teams in free agency. The deals come a day after Kirk Cousins, Bashaud Breeland and Ryan Grant moved on.
Former Washington Redskins center Spencer Long will sign with the New York Jets, according to multiple reports.
Long, a 2014 third-round pick, spent the last four years in Washington, starting 31 of his 40 games. The Nebraska product played the majority of those games as center, but filled in at left guard during the 2015 season.
When the Washington Redskins drafted Spencer Long in 2014, they got a reliable offensive lineman capable of playing either guard or center. Selected with the 78th overall pick, Long eventually started 31 of 40 games first at left guard, then at center.
Skins LT Trent Williams, Giants WR Sterling Shepard inactive
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams is inactive for the Washington Redskins against the New York Giants because of an injured right knee.
The Thanksgiving night game is the third time in the past five weeks that Williams has been sidelined by the knee. His absence means Washington is missing three-fifths of its starting offensive line, because left guard Shawn Lauvao and center Spencer Long went on injured reserve this week.
LINCOLN — Nebraska senior captain and inside linebacker Chris Weber is the latest in a line of Elkhorn High School graduates who joined NU’s team as walk-ons and earned scholarships by their final seasons. Spencer Long, Jake Long, Trevor Roach and Graham Nabity were others. Weber, knowing he’s another successful Antler, credited Elkhorn’s coaching staff, including Mark Wortman and John Bacus.
Reed, McClain, Roullier, Nicholson out for Skins vs. Giants
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Tight end Jordan Reed, defensive lineman Terrell McClain, center Chase Roullier and safety Montae Nicholson will miss the Washington Redskins' game against the New York Giants.
There might be other Redskins sidelined, too.
Coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that seven or eight players will be game-time decisions Thursday night, indicating that left tackle Trent Williams is among that group.
This will be Reed's fourth consecutive game out with a hamstring injury.
‘It sets us back’: Redskins put 2 starting o-linemen on IR
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Add left guard Shawn Lauvao and center Spencer Long to the ever-growing list of Washington Redskins done for the season because they're hurt.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Tuesday that Long needs surgery on a quadriceps tendon and will be headed to injured reserve.
Later in the day, the team issued a news release saying that Lauvao would join him there because of a stinger, leaving Washington (4-6) without two-fifths of its starting offensive line.
Redskins will be missing 3 starting offensive linemen
The Washington Redskins will be without three of their five starting offensive linemen Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Redskins center Spencer Long (knee), guard Shaun Lauvao (stinger) and tackle Trent Williams (knee) are inactive for Sunday's game. Washington also won't have starting wide receiver Jamison Crowder (hamstring), tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) and defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (hand).
Washington's offensive line will be as thin as feared Sunday when it plays the Seattle Seahawks in CenturyLink Field.
Left tackle Trent Williams, center Spencer Long and left guard Shawn Lauvao are out. Right guard Brandon Scherff is active, though how much he will play, and if he will start, remains in question. Morgan Moses, who sprained both ankles last week, is the "healthiest" Redskins offensive lineman.
SEATTLE -- A clarification came Saturday: Wide receiver Jamison Crowder did not travel with the Redskins to Seattle because of his hamstring injury. He is out for Sunday's game against the surging Seahawks, just another name on the list of Washington injuries.
A few things to note early Sunday morning in the cool, damp and raw Pacific Northwest:
Jamison Crowder tweaked hamstring chasing down Kirk Cousins interception
ASHBURN Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder isn't sure whether he'll be able to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. He was officially listed as questionable Friday, but hasn't practiced all week with a hamstring injury.
Crowder said his hamstring feels good at times, but then starts to feel different when he goes to work out. The wide receiver has rehabbed to the side at practice.
LANDOVER With rain pouring down at FedEx Field near the end of the third quarter, Kirk Cousins went to drop back and within seconds, a swarm of Dallas Cowboys pass rushers met the Redskins quarterback behind the line of scrimmage dragging him down.
It was a familiar sight for the Redskins all evening. Cousins, behind a banged-up offensive line, just didn't have the time to make plays.
LANDOVER The Washington Redskins will be without three significant pieces of their offensive line Sunday when they take on the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field.
Left tackle Trent Williams (knee soreness) and right guard Brandon Scherff (MCL) were announced out after being listed as questionable. Center Spencer Long (quad tendinitis) was ruled out on Friday.
Redskins put linebacker Mason Foster on injured reserve
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins will be without center Spencer Long against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, and without linebacker Mason Foster for longer than that.
Long has a knee injury, and Foster is set to have surgery on his right shoulder. On Saturday, the Redskins placed Foster on injured reserve and waived running back Mack Brown, signing offensive linemen Orlando Franklin and Arie Kouandjio.
Spencer Long out as Redskins adjusting to banged up offensive line
ASHBURN Jay Gruden couldn't help but laugh. After naming guard Tyler Catalina as the Redskins' contingency plan in case Brandon Scherff (knee) misses Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Washington Redskins coach laughed while adding an important caveat.
"If he can go," Gruden said, referencing Catalina recovering from a concussion.
The Redskins offensive line is banged up with four of their five starters missing practice throughout the week.
Banged-up Redskins face short week before game vs Cowboys
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Redskins' injury situation is so bad that coach Jay Gruden would rather give players an extra day off than practice and possibly make it worse.
Redskins C Lichtensteiger comes off IR; DL Francis waived
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Center Kory Lichtensteiger has been activated by the Washington Redskins from their injured reserve list, the one player the team will be allowed to designate for return this season.
The move was made Saturday, when the Redskins opened up a roster spot by waiving defensive lineman A.J. Francis.
Banged-up Redskins get Williams back at critical juncture
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Trent Williams was glad to be talking about practice. He was happy to back on the football field.
Washington's left tackle is back after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and his return could not have come at a more opportune time for the banged-up Redskins (6-5-1). Washington faces a crucial stretch beginning Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles and can use the boost on its offensive line.
Redskins’ Blackmon, Long in NFL’s concussion protocol
Washington Redskins safety Will Blackmon and center Spencer Long are going through the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured in a loss Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals.
Coach Jay Gruden announced the player updates on a conference call Monday.
Blackmon's departure from Washington's 31-23 loss at Arizona meant more duty for Duke Ihenacho in the secondary. Long's injury opened the door for the debut of Redskins veteran center John Sullivan.
Redskins RB Matt Jones misses practice with knee injury
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones was held out of practice Wednesday with a knee injury.
Coach Jay Gruden says Jones reported soreness while moving laterally and pain when cutting. It's unclear how the injury will affect Jones' availability for the Redskins' game Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals in London.