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Packers' WR Jennings out vs Texans

Packers' WR Jennings out vs Texans

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Jermichael Finley has little doubt about his playing status this weekend.

``I'm feeling good about Sunday,'' the Green Bay Packers tight end said Friday.

The outlook for some of Finley's teammates is not so rosy.

Green Bay (2-3), which has been rocked by injuries early in the season, will be missing another starter when it faces the unbeaten Texans (5-0) on Sunday night in Houston. The Packers ruled out receiver Greg Jennings on their injury report Friday.

Jennings, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has been sidelined since aggravating a groin injury in Green Bay's win over New Orleans on Sept. 30.

``We feel that he's probably at the spot where he was before he played against the Saints,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. ``So we're going to go probably another six days before we even attempt to test him, is our plan.''

Running back Cedric Benson also won't play against the Texans. The Packers placed him on the new injured reserve/designated to return list this week after he injured his left foot in a loss at Indianapolis last Sunday.

Two other key players for Green Bay left that game with injuries: Finley (shoulder) and nose tackle B.J. Raji (ankle). Finley and Raji are questionable for the upcoming game.

Raji didn't practice this week. McCarthy said Finley and tight end D.J. Williams, who injured a hamstring in practice Wednesday and was out Thursday, jumped in for the last half of practice Friday.

``We got 'em as many reps as we possibly could, and we'll see how both of those guys are in the morning,'' McCarthy said.

Williams also is questionable for the matchup with the Texans.

The Packers weren't in pads for practice Friday. But McCarthy indicated the training staff tested Finley's injured right shoulder with contact in rehab work using a blocking sled before Finley rejoined the team for practice.

Finley said this week he had a partially dislocated AC joint in the shoulder.

With regard to getting Finley and also Williams possibly ready to play Sunday, McCarthy said: ``We've done the best we can as far as the physical part.''

``Now it's just about seeing how they are in the morning treatment and possibly maybe work both of those guys out before the game,'' McCarthy added.

Finley insisted earlier in the week he would play on Sunday, and remained positive following practice Friday.

``I'm glad I'm going to go, hopefully,'' Finley said. ``Coach has got me as questionable. I went from doubtful to questionable. So it's looking good.''

Finley doesn't foresee having any limitations with the bum shoulder, though he acknowledged his tolerance for contact in a game situation is an unknown variable.

``Catching the ball is the easy part with the shoulder,'' Finley said. ``Now it's just dipping (the shoulder) and taking that hit and landing right. It's going to be a big challenge come Sunday, but I'm up for it and ready to go.''

Playing with a little extra adrenaline also could help Finley, who is returning to his native Texas.

Finley grew up in a small town about 100 miles from Houston. He said he bought tickets for more than 30 family members and friends to attend the game.

``It's going to be humid and hot, so I'll be revved up and ready to go,'' Finley said. ``I won't even think about the shoulder unless it gets pounded pretty hard.''

Green Bay could be without one of its top run stoppers in the matchup with Arian Foster. The Texans' star running back leads the league with five rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 532 yards rushing.

McCarthy said Raji was further behind Finley and Williams in his recovery from an ankle sprain, but the Packers aren't ruling out the Pro Bowl lineman.

``We've had to prepare all week to go without B.J.,'' McCarthy said. ``That's the way you have to approach it from a coach's perspective. (But) B.J. is definitely at the point in his career if he's ready to go then we'll give him the opportunity to do that.''

NOTES: Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers said Friday CB Davon House is ``getting closer'' to playing for the first time this season. House, a starting candidate early in training camp, dislocated a shoulder in the first preseason game. House has practiced on a full-time basis the last two weeks but is questionable to play Sunday. ``Obviously, when he went down with his injury, we thought a lot of him,'' Capers said. ``But like any young guy, when you miss time, it takes you time to get back in that groove.'' . The Packers will play their first game at Houston since they beat the Texans 16-13 on a last-second field goal by Ryan Longwell in 2004. Capers was in his third season as the first head coach for the expansion Texans that year. He isn't getting sentimental about returning to Reliant Stadium on Sunday. ``I spent five years there, so obviously I spent a lot of time in that stadium getting things started,'' Capers said. ``But once things are over, you kind of close the book on that chapter and you move on. It means a lot more to me going down (there) trying to get a win for the Green Bay Packers.''

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

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10 Training Camp Questions: How dangerous is the Brandon Scherff contract situation?

The Redskins report to training camp on July 24th, and for the next 10 days, JP Finlay will count down the 10 biggest questions the Redskins face going into the 2019 season.

10) Will the Redskins develop depth on the D-line?

9) Can the Redskins count on Montae Nicholson?

8) Want better offense? Get more out of the tight ends 

7) Will Jimmy Moreland actually win the slot CB job from Fabian Moreau?

6) After losing Reuben Foster, how's the Redskins LB situation?

5) Will potential match production for Redskins WRs?

When a team picks in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, folks around the NFL expect that player to become a Pro Bowler. For Washington, that exact scenario unfolded with right guard Brandon Scherff. 

Mostly. 

Selected fifth overall in 2015, the Redskins took Scherff to play right tackle and anchor the offensive line opposite Trent Williams. That idea quickly faded, helped by the emergence of Morgan Moses, and Scherff moved inside to play guard. For four years, it's worked out great, with Pro Bowl selections in 2016 and 2017. 

Scherff is a mauler in the best sense of the word. He has great footwork and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has called the former Iowa Hawkeye the best pulling guard in the NFL. Scherff is strong and nasty, words that won't win beauty pageants but absolutely win in the trenches of the NFL. 

Considering all of that, a contract extension for Scherff should be easy. Right?

Wrong. 

Currently in the final year of his rookie deal, multiple reports stretching over the last six weeks indicate that the organization is way off in their extension offers to Scherff. He might not command the biggest contract in the league, but he will get paid like a top three guard. In 2019, that means a lot of money.

Cowboys guard Zach Martin makes $14 million a year. Jaguars guard Andrew Norwell makes $13.3 million a year. Scherff might not get to Martin's salary, but he will probably get to Norwell, whether Washington pays it or not.

That means the Redskins need to pony up the cash now because as each day passes, the team is approaching an ugly set of options. Scherff and his representatives might continue to negotiate during the season, but it doesn't make a lot of sense. Once free agency becomes in view, players tend to wait for it. Just ask Kirk Cousins. 

In fact, the situation between Scherff and the Redskins has some resemblance to the Cousins saga from a few years ago. 

In that case, Washington low-balled their homegrown quarterback in their first set of negotiations. From there, things went sideways, and the team used consecutive franchise tags on Cousins before he finally left via free agency. 

If the Redskins can't get a deal done with Scherff, the team could use a franchise tag in 2020. But that's a dangerous game of roulette. 

The time to get a deal done with Scherff is now, if not last month. Redskins team president has said in the past that deadlines drive deals, but with Scherff, there is no exact deadline. He can decide to stop working on a contract extension at any moment, particularly once the pads come on at training camp. 

The Trent Williams holdout might be complicating things a bit, if Williams only wants more cash and the issue isn't about much more than that. The truth is a Scherff extension would actually free up cap space in the short term, as his signing bonus would be spread out over the life of the contract, and some of that salary cap relief could go to Williams right away. 

Williams' status isn't the hold up between Scherff and the Redskins. Whatever is the actual holdup best be resolved soon. or the Redskins are beginning down an all too familiar franchise path.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

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Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.

Injuries:

C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld

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