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NFL cutdown weekend: Cowboys sign Sanchez after release by Broncos

NFL cutdown weekend: Cowboys sign Sanchez after release by Broncos

The deadline for teams to cut their rosters down to 53 has come and gone, and some notable cuts were made. Check back here for a running list of notable cuts made around the league.

Cowboys: Ink Mark Sanchez to one-year deal
Mark Sanchez wasn't a free agent for long. Shortly after being cut by the Broncos, the Cowboys quickly scooped up former Eagle Mark Sanchez. The Eagles were slotted to receive a conditional 7th-round pick when they traded Sanchez to the Broncos in March, but with Sanchez's release the Broncos keep the pick, leaving the Eagles empty-handed. 

Sanchez provides the Cowboys with a veteran presence with rookie Dak Prescott slated to start the year under center after Tony Romo suffered a back injury during the preseason. 

Redskins: Cut DL Cullen Jenkins, former Temple DL Matt Ioannidis
The Washington Redskins have released veteran defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and waived fifth-round pick Matt Ioannidis to cut down to their initial 53-man roster.

The team announced the moves after the 4 p.m. Saturday deadline.

Washington opted to keep rookie Nate Sudfeld, a sixth-round draft pick out of Indiana, as its third quarterback. Sudfeld is a long-term project, but on the day the Minnesota Vikings sent a first- and a conditional fourth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford, the Redskins didn't risk trying to put him on the practice squad.

Jenkins was released five days after the Redskins signed him. The 35-year-old played in the preseason finale Wednesday at Tampa Bay.

Ravens: Cut former Pro Bowl RB Justin Forsett
Former Pro Bowl running back Justin Forsett and Navy star Keenan Reynolds have been released by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens also cut linebacker Arthur Brown, safety Terrence Brooks and receiver Jeremy Butler on Saturday to reduce their roster to the NFL-mandated 53 players.

Forsett was an alternate in the 2014 Pro Bowl after running for a career-high 1,266 yards with Baltimore. He returned as the starter last year and rushed for 641 yards in 10 games before breaking his arm in Week 11.

He was used sparingly in the preseason, and now it appears the Ravens will use Terrance West as their starter on Sept. 11 against Buffalo.

The 30-year-old Forsett was slated to receive $3 million this season.

Packers: Release three-time Pro Bowl OL Josh Sitton
The Green Bay Packers have released three-time Pro Bowler Josh Sitton, making an unexpected change on their offensive line.

The 30-year-old Sitton had started 112 of 121 regular-season games since being drafted in the fourth round in 2008 out of Central Florida. He was one of the leaders on a front five that protected quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Sitton played through injuries, including a torn ligament in his left big toe in 2014. But the Packers have financial decisions to make up front, with the contracts of left tackle David Bakhtiari and left guard T.J. Lang expiring after this season.

Sitton was entering the last year of a five-year, $33.75 million extension signed after the 2011 season. He was due to count $6.85 million against the cap this year.

Titans: RB Sankey, WR Hunter out
Running back Bishop Sankey and wide receiver Justin Hunter have been cut by Tennessee, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That makes it three straight second-round picks the Titans have gotten rid of this summer.

The Titans traded last year's second-rounder, Dorial Green-Beckham, to the Eagles for backup offensive lineman Dennis Kelly. So far, the trade looks like a steal for the Birds.

Sankey was their second-round pick in 2014, and Hunter was their second-rounder in 2013. All three skill players fell victim to the numbers game. The Titans traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry, making Sankey expendable. They signed Andre Johnson and have been impressed by rookie WR Tajae Sharpe (who's become a trendy fantasy football sleeper), which pushed Green-Beckham and Hunter down on the depth chart.

Bills: Veteran LB Manny Lawson cut
The Bills announced their cuts, which include veteran linebackers Manny Lawson and Kroy Biermann.

The decision further depletes Buffalo's depth at outside linebacker and comes at a time when the NFL is investigating Lawson for potentially violating the league's personal conduct policy. Lawson said he's done nothing wrong, and the NFL has not revealed what it is investigating.

Buffalo also released WR Jarrett Boykin and longtime NFL fullback Jerome Felton.

Bucs make their cuts
The Tampa Bay Buccanneers acted quickly to get down to 53. None of their cuts were notable, but two former Eagles wide receivers were released: Freddie Martino and Jonathan Krause. 

Krause caught two passes for 11 yards late last season for the Birds. Martino didn't play in any games but saw time on the practice squad. 

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Eagles Injury Update: A glimpse of Mike Wallace sans boot

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Eagles Injury Update: A glimpse of Mike Wallace sans boot

Updated: 4:25 p.m.

Eagles receiver Mike Wallace is still on injured reserve after fracturing his right fibula in Week 2, but we got a glimpse of him at practice. 

Just last week, we saw Wallace in the Eagles’ locker room with a walking boot on his right leg. That walking boot is off. 

Wallace, 32, was a spectator at Thursday’s practice inside the practice bubble. He was out of that boot but still seemed to be walking with a limp. See for yourself. 

This is notable because earlier this week, the Eagles designated Richard Rodgers to return from injured reserve. That means they have just one spot remaining for either Wallace or fellow receiver Mack Hollins. Both are eligible to return now. Just last week, we saw Hollins working with trainers on a side field. So it appears Hollins is closer to returning than Wallace. 

The Eagles might have a decision to make. Is it worth getting back Hollins, who has never really been a productive receiver, but is a good special teams player? Or is it worth bringing back Wallace, who, at his best, is a big-time downfield threat? 

Here’s the full injury report from today: 

Did not practice: Ronald Darby (knee), Jalen Mills (foot), Josh Perkins (knee), Darren Sproles (hamstring)

Limited: Lane Johnson (knee), Haloti Ngata (knee)

Full: Malcolm Jenkins (wrist), Sidney Jones (hamstring) 

None of the guys who didn't practice are expected to play this weekend. Jones said he will be able to play, which will be big for the Eagles. 

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How Andy Reid stole a play from Carson Wentz

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How Andy Reid stole a play from Carson Wentz

The Chiefs ran a play on opening day last year that helped them to a 42-27 upset win over the Patriots in Foxboro, and it’s a play that would look very familiar to Carson Wentz.

Here’s why:

With the Patriots holding a 27-21 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, Andy Reid’s Chiefs had a 1st-and-10 on their own 22-yard line.

What were the Chiefs facing? The Patriots, at that point, were 105-0 at home with Tom Brady when entering the fourth quarter with a lead.

Reid called a play where Kareem Hunt — playing in his first NFL game — lined up in the backfield, just to the right to Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill was in the left slot, Travis Kelce lined up tight to the right and WR Chris Conley was wide left.

Hill went into motion to the right, drawing safety Duron Harmon down to the line of scrimmage. Cornerback Eric Rowe, the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2015, was lined up on Hill but dropped back when Harmon moved up.

Rowe then picked up Kelce as he ran a crossing pattern, leaving the middle of the field open and giving the Chiefs a great matchup of linebacker Cassius Marsh on Hunt.

Smith had tremendous protection and dropped a perfect pass to Hunt, who caught the ball just past midfield and ran in for a 78-yard touchdown. The Chiefs wound up winning by 15.

It was a perfectly designed play.

And it came right out of the Carson Wentz playbook.

In her SI.com piece, “Andy Reid is Creating Football’s Future, and Patrick Mahomes is Living It,” Jenny Vrentas explains that Reid first saw the play that resulted in that 78-yard touchdown — and which the Chiefs have had success with other times as well — while watching tape of Wentz at North Dakota State.

The Chiefs weren’t planning to draft a quarterback in 2016, but Reid always watches film of the top quarterback prospects anyway, and while watching North Dakota State film, he saw Wentz and the Bisons run that play over and over … with great success.

“We were studying Carson and kind of snuck that one,” Reid said.

According to Vrentas, North Dakota State calls the play "He-Man," and the Chiefs call it "All-Go Special Halfback Seam."

Whatever the name, it works, and it neatly connects the Eagles’ current quarterback with their former head coach.

Ironic that Reid snagged a play from Wentz, who now plays for Doug Pederson, who was Reid’s quarterback in 1999 and offensive coordinator with the Chiefs from 2013-15 and now coaches Wentz.

Do the Eagles have that play in their playbook? Probably. But they definitely don’t have a Kareem Hunt.

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