Suspensions, injuries dictate roster shaping

As NFL teams made cuts over the weekend, they had to consider those starting the season on injured reserve or serving a suspension, and those names are plentiful.

The NFL’s mandated roster trimming to 53 players on the active roster put more than 700 players out of work on Saturday.

It seems like a ruthless way to do business on Labor Day weekend, but the NFL is all business these days. Players were released, some were called back to the practice squad, others were relocated to other teams, either via trades or waiver claims.

But for all the repositioning of talent around the NFL in the last three days, trades, suspensions and season-ending injury all played a part of the madness.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded QB Matt Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round draft choice, then decided to part way with QB Tim Tebow, too. In all, the NFL saw five trades – Oakland sending LB Sio Moore to the Colts; Baltimore sending C Nick Easton to the 49ers; San Diego sending T Jeremiah Sirles to the Vikings, and Kansas City sending S Kelcie McCray to the Seahawks.

But suspensions played a big role in the decision-making of NFL clubs, too.

Cardinals T Bobby Massie, Bills DT Marcell Dareus, Bears DT Jay Ratliff, Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict, Cowboys T R.J. Dill, DE Greg Hardy and LB Rolando McClain, Broncos S T.J. Ward and DE Derek Wolfe, Packers DT Letroy Guion and DE Daton Jones, Chiefs CB Sean Smith, Vikings CB Jabari Price, Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount, Jets T Oday Aboushi and DT Sheldon Richardson, Steelers RB LeVeon Bell and WR Martavis Bryant, Rams RB Trey Watts, Chargers TE Antonio Gates and G Craig Watts, 49ers WR Jerome Simpson, Bucs DT Akeem Spence, and Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland will all start the season on the suspended list. That’s a lot of talent wasting away and not contributing to their respective team’s efforts.

Plenty of other players will at least start the season on injured reserve, with most of those being lost for the season. That list includes, in part, Texans backup QB Tom Savage, Jaguars DT Ziggy Hood, Patriot WR Brandon LaFell, Jets RB Stevan Ridley (PUP), 49ers RB Kendall Hunter, Seahawks RB Robert Turbin, Bucs WR Kenny Bell and Titans LB Yawin Smallwood.

The NFL is about the “next man up,” but the suspensions and injuries provided the opportunity for more men to be the next guys up.

Here is the list of trades and players placed on reserve lists in one busy weekend.

 

TRADES 

 
PHILADELPHIA TRADES:
    Barkley, Matt QB  Southern California 
ARIZONA TRADES:
    Selection Choice--Round 7, 2016 (Conditional)
 
OAKLAND TRADES:
    Moore, Sio LB  Connecticut 
INDIANAPOLIS TRADES:
    Selection Choice--Round 6, 2016
 
BALTIMORE TRADES:
    Easton, Nick Harvard 
SAN FRANCISCO TRADES:
    Selection Choice--Round 7, 2016 (Conditional)
 
SAN DIEGO TRADES:
    Sirles, Jeremiah Nebraska 
MINNESOTA TRADES:
    Selection Choice--Round 6, 2016
 
KANSAS CITY TRADES:
    McCray, Kelcie DB  Arkansas State 
SEATTLE TRADES:
    Selection Choice--Round 5, 2016
 
 

RESERVE LIST ADDITIONS 

 
ARIZONA
    Christian, Gerald TE  Louisville 
         Reserve/Injured
    Massie, Bobby Mississippi 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
ATLANTA
    Asamoah, Jon Illinois 
         Reserve/Injured
    Howard, Travis DB  Ohio State 
         Reserve/Injured
    Mooney, Collin RB  Army 
         Reserve/Injured
 
BALTIMORE
    Thompson, Zach DE  Wake Forest 
         Reserve/Injured
 
BUFFALO
    Dareus, Marcell DT  Alabama 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
CAROLINA
    Miley, Arthur DE  Southern U. 
         Reserve/Injured
 
CHICAGO
    Jefferson, Anthony DB  UCLA 
         Reserve/Injured
    Ratliff, Jay DT  Auburn 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
CINCINNATI
    Burfict, Vontaze LB  Arizona State 
         Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
 
DALLAS
    Dill, R.J. Rutgers 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
     
     
    Hardy, Greg DE  Mississippi 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    McClain, Rolando LB  Alabama 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
DENVER
    Ward, T.J. DB  Oregon 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    Wolfe, Derek DE  Cincinnati 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
DETROIT
    Salas, Greg WR  Hawaii 
         Reserve/Injured
    Wootton, Corey DE  Northwestern 
         Reserve/Injured
 
GREEN BAY
    Guion, Letroy DT  Florida State 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    Jones, Datone DE  UCLA 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
HOUSTON
    Savage, Tom QB  Pittsburgh 
         Reserve/Injured
    Slade, Chad Auburn 
         Reserve/Injured
 
INDIANAPOLIS
    Jones, Arthur DT  Syracuse 
         Reserve/Injured
    Sylvestre, Junior LB  Toledo 
         Reserve/Injured
 
JACKSONVILLE
    Hood, Evander DT  Missouri 
         Reserve/Injured
 
KANSAS CITY
    Gordon, Richard TE  Miami 
         Reserve/Injured
    Smith, Sean DB  Utah 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
MINNESOTA
    Price, Jabari DB  North Carolina 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
NEW ENGLAND
    Blount, LeGarrette RB  Oregon 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    LaFell, Brandon WR  Louisiana State 
         Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
 
NEW YORK GIANTS
    Berhe, Nat DB  San Diego State 
         Reserve/Injured
    Jones, Brett Regina, Can. 
         Reserve/Injured
 
NEW YORK JETS
    Aboushi, Oday Virginia 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    Richardson, Sheldon DT  Missouri 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    Ridley, Stevan RB  Louisiana State 
         Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform
 
OAKLAND
    Ross, Brandian DB  Youngstown State 
         Reserve/Injured
 
PHILADELPHIA
    Maehl, Jeff WR  Oregon 
         Reserve/Injured
 
PITTSBURGH
    Bell, Le'Veon RB  Michigan State 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    Bryant, Martavis WR  Clemson 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
ST. LOUIS
    Watts, Trey RB  Tulsa 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
SAN DIEGO
    Gates, Antonio TE  Kent State 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
    Watts, Craig West Texas A&M 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
SAN FRANCISCO
    Anderson, Rory TE  South Carolina 
         Reserve/Injured
    Hunter, Kendall RB  Oklahoma State 
         Reserve/Injured
    Simpson, Jerome WR  Coastal Carolina 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
SEATTLE
    Seisay, Mohammed DB  Nebraska 
         Reserve/Injured
    Turbin, Robert RB  Utah State 
         Reserve/Injured
    Williams, Jesse DT  Alabama 
         Reserve/Non-Football Illness
 
TAMPA BAY
    Bell, Kenny WR  Nebraska 
         Reserve/Injured
    English, Larry DE  Northern Illinois 
         Reserve/Injured
    Spence, Akeem DT  Illinois 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 
 
TENNESSEE
    Gooden, Zaviar LB  Missouri 
         Reserve/Injured
     
    Smallwood, Yawin LB  Connecticut 
         Reserve/Injured
    Tavai, J.R. LB  Southern California 
         Reserve/Injured
 
WASHINGTON
    Breeland, Bashaud DB  Clemson 
         Reserve/Suspended by Commissioner-Less than One Year
 

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