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Buccaneers starting guard carted off the field with a knee injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting guard Garrett Gilkey has been carted off the field with a left knee injury in the second quarter against Miami.  

@gregauman: Bucs guard Garrett Gilkey was carted off with a left knee injury. Will update once we know more …

Gilkey stood as he was helped onto the cart and sat up as he was driven away. He was hurt as Mike Glennon was intercepted by Will Davis.

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Falcons lose LB Brooks Reed to groin injury; Required surgery will miss 6 weeks

Atlanta announced on Thursday that linebacker Brooks Reed had groin surgery. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Reed is expected to miss six weeks, according to a source close to the player.  

According to theFalcoholic.com, Kroy Biermann will be moved to Reed’s spot:

The “tough blow” is absolutely an understatement. The Falcons have been soft in the middle of their defense for years, and losing Reed will not help. I would expect Kroy Biermann to become the new SAM linebacker until Reed is ready to play, likely until after Reed comes off of the short-term PUP list.

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NFL teams can give signing/roster bonuses, and guaranteed deals to Practice squad players now

The NFL has changed their policies after 20 years and it could shift good players released this week to sign with a team’s practice squad by offering money. 

 
This sounds crazy but now NFL teams can give a P/S player guaranteed deals, roster bonuses and signing bonuses.

@diannaESPN: Just learned from a NFL league source the NFL has reversed its 20 year policy on prohibiting non-salary items in practice squad contracts.
@diannaESPN: This means clubs can give signing bonus, salary guarantees, and roster bonuses to players on Practice Squad.

So remember this when you see a solid football player get cut. Whoever has the most bread can sign the player to their Practice Squad. This will make this interesting.

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Buccaneers have signed CB Tim Jennings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Jason Licht announced Thursday night that they’ve signed former Bears CB Tim Jennings to a contract. 

#Bucs GM @jasonrlicht announces that we have signed former #Bears CB Tim Jennings! #SiegeTheDay pic.twitter.com/buozqbk3Kt

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 4, 2015

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Giants will get Jason Pierre Paul back next week

Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports that Pierre-Paul will return to the Giants next week. Pierre-Paul has not signed the franchise tag, which pays $14.813 million, placed on him by the Giants this offseason, which means his presence hasn’t been mandatory. That hasn’t made the Giants very happy, but there isn’t much they could do about it other than rescind the franchise tag and make Pierre-Paul a free agent. 

Per Graziano, Pierre-Paul thinks he’s close to that point and that he will be able to get on the field with the team “early in the season.” The Giants, whose doctors have yet to examine Pierre-Paul, will surely have something to say about that timeline.

The Giants plan to examine Pierre-Paul’s hand and determine whether he can play, according to Graziano.

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