Latest NFL News & Rumors: Tuesday, September 20

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) runs with the ball after a catch during the second half as New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont'a Hightower (54) defends in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign WR Cole Beasley to practice squad

  • Beasley was released by the Buffalo Bills early in the offseason in a cap-saving move after three years with the club.
  • The 10-year veteran finished with 82 receptions in each of the past two years and has proven to be one of the better slot receivers in the league. He ranked No. 1 in the NFL in yards (948) and second in PFF receiving grade (90.8) out of the slot in 2020.
  • Tampa Bay is dealing with a number of receiver issues, as Mike Evans is suspended one week while Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) both missed their Week 2 game against New Orleans. Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman were also on the injury report but ultimately were active for the game.

Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett dealing with neck injury

  • The injury is a new one for Garrett, who did not participate in practice on Tuesday. The Browns are on a short week with a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
  • Head coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters “we’ll see” when asked about Garrett’s status.
  • Garrett is tied for the league lead in total pressures so far this season with 13. His 91.9 PFF grade is second-best among all edge rushers.
  • The Browns have already ruled out DE Jadeveon Clowney for Thursday night due to an ankle injury. Pro Bowl guard Joel Bitonio also missed practice with a biceps injury.

Baltimore Ravens bring couple free agents in 

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul (workout) and LB Blake Martinez (visit) were both in the team facility today. 
  • Martinez was released by the New York Giants before the start of the regular season. He missed most of last year due to a torn ACL but has since fully recovered. In his last full season in 2020, he earned a 75.9 overall grade, 75.2 run-defense and an 81.9 tackling grade.
  • Pierre-Paul also took a visit with the Baltimore Ravens in June but no deal came to fruition. He has spent the past four years with the Buccaneers after eight seasons with the Giants
  • He dealt with a shoulder injury most of last season and earned a career-low 49.1 PFF grade. He underwent shoulder surgery in February. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Akiem Hicks to miss about a month

  • Hicks left Sunday’s game against New Orleans with a foot injury and did not return. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports he tore the plantar fascia in his foot.
  • Hicks signed with the Bucs on a one-year deal this offseason and has started both games this season. He’s earned a 48.0 PFF grade.
  • Second-round rookie Logan Hall is likely to replace Hicks in the lineup while he recovers.

Los Angeles Rams place CB Troy Hill on IR

  • Hill has started both games this season for the Rams but suffered a groin injury during Sunday’s game against Atlanta. He’ll miss at least the next four weeks.
  • The Rams acquired Hill in a trade with Cleveland this offseason, bringing him back to Los Angeles for a second time. He played 95% of the team's defensive snaps in Week 1 and recorded an interception, earning a 76.5 PFF grade.
  • Cobie Durant replaced Hill on Sunday, but he’s dealing with a hamstring injury. Sixth-round rookie Derion Kendrick and second-year DB Robert Rochell would be the next men up on the depth chart.

Washington Commanders place C Chase Roullier on IR 

  • Roullier suffered a knee injury on Sunday and will miss at least the next four weeks. 
  • Roullier has been one of the more underappreciated centers in the league over the last few years. He earned an 83.7 PFF grade last season, fourth best in the league at his position, and he earned a 76.8 grade the year before that.
  • Washington signed veteran center Nick Martin to take his roster spot. Martin spent last season with the Las Vegas Raiders and served as their primary backup. He was the Houston Texans’ starting center from 2017-2020. 

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