ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills signed offensive guard Brian Winters on Thursday, five days after the seventh-year player was released by the New York Jets.
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...
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.