CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have traded rookie quarterback David Blough to the Detroit Lions, who got a firsthand look at him Thursday night.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have leaned heavily on Matthew Stafford since selecting him No. 1 overall in the 2009 draft.
Stafford has started since he was a rookie, and after injuries...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Luis Perez and cut quarterback David Fales, giving them another option behind Matthew Stafford.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Jermaine Kearse checked several boxes for the Detroit Lions when they brought in the wide receiver as a free agent during mini-camp in June.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback David Fales and waived quarterback Connor Cook.
Detroit also added offensive lineman Luke Bowanko and released safety David...
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed quarterback Tom Savage.
Detroit made the move Tuesday, giving the team another backup option behind Matthew Stafford. The Lions also...
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is doubtful to play Sunday in the 49ers' game at Tampa Bay, having been excused to handle a personal matter.
The team made the announcement Saturday that Goodwin had left the team. San Francisco (2-8) also promoted running back Jeff Wilson Jr. from the practice squad to the active roster while waiving quarterback Tom Savage.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have promoted running Matthew Dayes to the active roster from the practice squad and waived defensive back Tyvis Powell.
Dayes was active for Monday night's game against the New York Giants in place of the injured Raheem Mostert.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers free safety Adrian Colbert likely will miss the rest of the season with a high ankle sprain he suffered Sunday.
The 49ers placed Colbert on injured reserve Monday and signed quarterback Tom Savage to a one-year contract to take his roster spot.
Coach Kyle Shanahan estimated Colbert would be sidelined for six to eight weeks. He would be eligible to come off IR for the 49ers' second-to-last game, at home against the Chicago Bears on Dec. 23.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell from the practice squad to the active roster and waived quarterback Tom Savage.
The move Saturday makes Powell available to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. San Francisco has three cornerbacks listed as questionable: Richard Sherman (calf), Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) and K'Waun Williams (shoulder).
Powell played two games this season with one special teams tackle.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have placed tight end Michael Hoomanawanui and veteran running back Shane Vereen on injured reserve, and cut veteran reserve quarterback Tom Savage while trimming their roster down to the regular-season maximum.
The Saints, who announced the moves Saturday, also traded defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence to Cleveland for "future considerations" and waived four draft choices from the past two years.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick on Wednesday.
While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-12)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CBs Johnathan Joseph and Marcus Williams; RBs Alfred Blue, Andre Ellington and Jordan Todman; OTs Chris Clark and Breno Giacomini; Ss Marcus Gilchrist and Eddie Pleasant; G Xavier Su'a-Filo; QBs Tom Savage, Josh Johnson and T.J. Yates; OLB Jelani Jenkins; WR Bruce Ellington.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: ILBs Ben Heeney and Brian Peters; DE Angelo Blackson; WR Cobi Hamilton; C Greg Mancz.
HOUSTON (AP) — The NFL and the players' union announced a series of changes Friday to the way potential concussions are handled during games following an ugly incident in which Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to return to the field after a hit left him on the ground, arms shaking.
Monday, Dec. 25
Pittsburgh at Houston, 4:30 EST. The Steelers (11-3) have won three of their past four over the Texans. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has six touchdown passes and one interception in four games against the Texans. Houston (4-10) has lost four straight and seven of eight. QB T.J. Yates will make his second straight start with Tom Savage on IR with a concussion.
HOUSTON (AP) — Third-string quarterback T.J. Yates will get his first start this season for Houston on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars with Deshaun Watson out for the season with a knee injury and backup Tom Savage recovering from a concussion.
But Yates already has plenty of history with the Texans, starting nine games for them including leading the franchise to its first playoff win in the 2011 season.
Bill O'Brien takes a lot of heat in Houston for his quarterback decisions. He shouldn't be blamed for allowing Tom Savage to go back into the game after a hard hit from Elvis Dumervil left him dazed and his hands visibly quivering, leading fans to fear he'd suffered not only a concussion but a seizure.
HOUSTON (AP) — Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that he wouldn't have let Tom Savage re-enter Sunday's game after an alarming hit that gave him a concussion and left the quarterback's hands shaking if he had seen the video of the hit.
Savage was injured with about nine minutes remaining in the second quarter of Houston's 26-16 loss to San Francisco when he was driven to the ground on a hit by Elvis Dumervil.
The NFL is checking whether concussion protocol was properly followed Sunday when Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage was allowed to briefly return to action after a hard hit in the end zone that left him dazed and with his hands quivering.
Jarring as it may have been to see Texans quarterback Tom Savage lying on the ground with his hands twitching after a brutal hit in the end zone, what happened moments later was every bit as disturbing: Savage came back onto the field.
It was a rough day for NFL starting quarterbacks on Sunday.
Philadelphia's Carson Wentz, Houston's Tom Savage, the Jets' Josh McCown and Buffalo's Nathan Peterman each left their respective games with injuries.
The most serious appears to be Wentz.
Two sources familiar with the injury tell The Associated Press that doctors believe Wentz has torn his left anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the rest of the season and playoffs.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston quarterback Tom Savage was cleared to re-enter Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers for one series after sustaining a concussion, raising questions about the NFL's procedure for evaluating such injuries during games.
HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Savage threw for a career-high 365 yards last week before the Houston Texans were once again done in by one of his turnovers in a loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The latest error left Savage searching for a way to limit his mistakes as the Texans (4-8) prepare to host the San Francisco 49ers (2-10) on Sunday.
"Now I'm being labeled as a fumbler and a turnover machine, which I know I'm not," Savage said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tom Savage came in without starting wide receiver Will Fuller, then the Houston quarterback lost wide receiver Bruce Ellington early with a hamstring injury followed by tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and receiver Braxton Miller with concussions.
Then running back Alfred Blue was forced out by a concussion.
Four offensive players gone, forcing the Texans to mix and match on the fly. Even Savage was evaluated for a concussion at halftime, though he didn't miss a snap.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans may not impress many people with how they're playing.
If they keep piling up victories, that's all that matters.
LeShaun Sims intercepted a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone with 1:02 left, and the Titans beat the Houston Texans 24-13 on Sunday to stay atop the AFC South.
BALTIMORE (AP) — There is little margin for error at this point in the season for the Detroit Lions, who face a team Sunday that thrives on its opponent's miscues.
The Baltimore Ravens (6-5) lead the NFL with 18 interceptions and 26 takeaways. They have three shutouts, and last Monday forced Houston quarterback Tom Savage into three turnovers in a 23-16 victory .
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans are trying to regroup and move on after another turnover-filled performance by Tom Savage on Monday night dropped them to 4-7 and made their chances of reaching the postseason slim.
Savage led Houston to a touchdown on the first drive against Baltimore, but the Texans failed to move the ball consistently for the rest of the game and were done in by three turnovers from the quarterback in the 23-16 loss.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Tom Savage understands the requirements of his job as an NFL quarterback.
Rule No. 1: Protect the football.
Playing in his 11th NFL game, Houston's former backup put up some decent numbers against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night. He completed 22 passes for 252 yards, including a beautiful 39-yarder to DeAndre Hopkins.
The problem is, Savage lost a fumble, was intercepted twice and failed to throw for a touchdown in a 23-16 defeat.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Take the ball away from the other guys, hold onto it yourself and make sure nothing happens to Justin Tucker.
That, apparently, is the formula the Baltimore Ravens intend to use to reach the playoffs.
Terrell Suggs led an aggressive defense that kept Houston out of the end zone for the final 51 minutes, and the Ravens forced two turnovers in the final 5 minutes to secure a 23-16 victory on Monday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have 13 players on injured reserve and were without their three best offensive linemen in Green Bay last weekend.
Taking advantage of the mistakes of an inexperienced quarterback, the Ravens won easily 23-0.
During an NFL season marred by injuries to key players, Baltimore (5-5) has found a way to remain in the middle of the AFC playoff hunt — in part by capitalizing on its opponent's woes.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage said he couldn't let himself get discouraged by boos growing at NRG Stadium on Sunday as the offense sputtered early against Arizona.
"When you start to hear the boo-birds a little bit, you can either fold or go out there for your team and pull a win out," Savage said. "That's really all that matters is winning."
HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Savage is tired of talking about how he's playing and what he needs to do to improve.
As the Houston Texans look to end a three-game skid when they host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, the quarterback is only worried about one thing.
"It really doesn't matter what I say right now or how I view this upcoming week," he said. "The only thing that really matters is just winning, and that's it.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans were left searching for answers about how to turn things around after their third straight loss.
One thing they won't do is switch quarterbacks, with coach Bill O'Brien saying Monday that Tom Savage will start on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Houston Texans said the right things after a 33-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, their words belied the frustration of a team that sees its season slipping away.
Linebacker Brennan Scarlett said the locker room would never point fingers. Quarterback Tom Savage took the rap for the offense's struggles. Coach Bill O'Brien assigned the blame entirely to himself.
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer and Deshaun Watson are all big-name quarterbacks out for most of or the rest of the season because of injuries.
Now, Jameis Winston is banged up, too.
The shake-up under center around the league has left the position a mish-mosh of big names, no-names, youngsters and veterans who may or may not be part of their teams' futures.
HOUSTON (AP) — Tom Savage knows he has a lot of work to do to rebound this week against the Los Angeles Rams after what he called a "cringe-worthy" performance in his first start for the Houston Texans on Sunday since Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have signed free agent quarterback Josh Johnson and released Matt McGloin.
The moves come a day after coach Bill O'Brien said they had discussed the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick in the wake of a season-ending knee injury to rookie Deshaun Watson.
Instead of adding Kaepernick, the former 49ers quarterback who began the protest movement by kneeling during the national anthem last season, Houston chose Johnson to be its third quarterback.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith have discussed signing Colin Kaepernick following the season-ending injury to quarterback Deshaun Watson.
When asked about Kaepernick on Monday, a day after Tom Savage struggled in a 20-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, O'Brien said: "We talk about the roster and what's out there every day Rick and I."
O'Brien was then pressed on whether they have specifically discussed about adding Kaepernick.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien says he and general manager Rick Smith have discussed signing Colin Kaepernick in the wake of last week's season-ending injury to Deshaun Watson.
When asked about Kaepernick on Monday, a day after Tom Savage struggled in a 20-14 loss to the Colts, O'Brien said: "We talk about the roster and what's out there every day Rick and I."
O'Brien was then pressed on whether they have specifically discussed about adding Kaepernick.
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson was on the bench in a hoodie, a knee injury having relegated the quarterback to cheering and coaching as the magic the Houston Texans offense had discovered with him in control disappeared.
The incomplete passes from his replacement Tom Savage came early and often as the boos from the home crowd grew increasingly louder with every bad play in a 20-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
HOUSTON (AP) — With Deshaun Watson's year done, the Houston Texans will look to Tom Savage to try and salvage their season.
Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that Watson was out for the season on Friday, a day after the star rookie quarterback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees during practice. O'Brien said he didn't have any other details on the injury, and wouldn't say if Watson will have surgery.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts will both start backup quarterbacks when they meet on Sunday after Deshaun Watson sustained a knee injury in practice on Thursday and is heading to injured reserve with Andrew Luck.
Watson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and is out for the season, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the injury.
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson has Houston's offense running like never before.
A 33-17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday gave them 30 or more points in four straight games for the first time in franchise history. It was Houston's fourth straight game where the offense gained 340 yards or more.
But the Texans are 3-3 entering their bye this week, leaving plenty of room for improvement in the last 10 games as they chase a third straight playoff berth.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans couldn't close out their game against New England, but Houston is encouraged by the marked improvement of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson in his second NFL start.
Watson threw for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for 41 yards in Houston's 36-33 loss to New England on Sunday.
Rarely do NFL fans focus on the offensive line, except perhaps when they see their quarterback flat on his back. By the looks of how things went for the Bengals, Texans, Giants and 49ers in particular, one must wonder if the coaching staffs were ignoring their blockers this summer, too.
HOUSTON (AP) — Deshaun Watson helped the Houston Texans to a win in his first NFL start.
Now the Texans are looking to see how he can improve before they face New England on Sept. 24.
Watson was 15 of 24 for 125 yards passing and added 67 yards rushing, highlighted by a 49-yard touchdown run in Houston's 13-9 victory over the Bengals. He got the start after taking over at halftime of Houston's season-opening loss to Jacksonville when Tom Savage was benched.
Judging by the performances of their blockers in the opening week of the season, it's fair to wonder if there will be more sacks than points in Thursday night's game between the Texans and Bengals.
Cincinnati allowed Andy Dalton to be trapped five times, half as much as Houston yielded in its loss to Jacksonville. Yes, 10 sacks.
At that rate, AJ McCarron might be on the field soon for Cincinnati because of the battering Dalton is taking.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Texans quarterback situation remains unsettled with just three days remaining until they face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Coach Bill O'Brien benched Tom Savage for rookie Deshaun Watson at halftime of Houston's 29-7 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday.
On Monday O'Brien said he hadn't decided who will start against the Bengals yet.