Roundup: McCarthy: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to get week to get ready
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer isn't buying it.
The Green Bay Packers can say all they want that quarterback Aaron Rodgers is day to day with a knee injury. The two-time NFL MVP will be given the whole week to get ready for Sunday's game against Minnesota, coach Mike McCarthy said.
"Yeah, well, you know he walks on water, so I'm sure he's going to play," Zimmer said Wednesday in a conference call.
Green Bay returned to the practice field on Wednesday, though Rodgers did not participate and stayed at Lambeau Field to rehab. Asked at his locker if it was accurate to say his injury was a sprained knee, Rodgers said, "Sure ... say sprained knee."
Wearing a brace could be an option, depending on how the quarterback feels later in the week. If he can't go, the Packers would turn to backup DeShone Kizer, who accounted for two turnovers after coming in when Rodgers got hurt in the second quarter last week against the Bears.
Foles to start for Eagles vs Bucs; Wentz not cleared to play
PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles made the right choice when he picked the Eagles over the Buccaneers last season.
Foles has a Super Bowl MVP award to show for a tough decision that came down to familiarity. Now he'll get a chance to play against Tampa Bay on Sunday because Carson Wentz still isn't ready to return from knee surgery.
"It was close," Foles said about choosing to return to Philadelphia to play behind Wentz instead of going to the Buccaneers to be the backup for Jameis Winston. "My wife and I were weighing all options. She was pregnant. We decided Philly was our home once before, we loved it, we loved the people, we loved the city, and what better place to bring our daughter into the world."
Foles had committed to Arizona State in high school when Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter was the coach of the Sun Devils. But the Philly connection won out.
He is 6-1 filling in since Wentz tore two knee ligaments in Week 14 last year. That record includes playoffs and the final regular-season game, in which Foles played only one quarter.
Foles was 19 of 34 for 117 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Philadelphia's 18-12 win over Atlanta last Thursday.
Wentz had surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL last Dec. 13 and hasn't been medically cleared to play.
Broncos re-sign special teams ace Shamarko Thomas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos filled their roster vacancy Tuesday by re-signing safety Shamarko Thomas, who was with them in training camp.
After spending his first four seasons in Pittsburgh, Thomas led the Buffalo Bills with nine special teams tackles in 12 games last season.
Following his release from the Colts during the preseason, Thomas signed with the Broncos, who had just placed safety Jamal Carter on IR with a torn hamstring. But Thomas didn't make the initial 53-man roster.
Thomas, who has 38 career special teams stops, replaced wide receiver/kick returner Isaiah McKenzie, who was released Monday.
The Broncos also made some practice squad moves, signing defensive lineman Niles Scott and releasing nose tackle Kyle Peko and defensive end DeShawn Williams.
Scott is a rookie from Frostburg (Maryland) State who competed in training camp with the 49ers.
The Broncos (1-0) host the Raiders (0-1) on Sunday at Mile High Stadium.
Redskins re-sign WR Brian Quick amid flurry of moves
ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins have re-signed wide receiver Brian Quick.
The team announced the signing Tuesday in a flurry of roster moves that included putting rookie receiver Cam Sims on injured reserve. Quick spent last season with Washington and was released Sept. 1.
Bringing back Quick makes sense after the Redskins lost Sims and and Trey Quinn and Cam Sims to high-ankle sprains in a season-opening victory at Arizona on Sunday.
Quick dressed in 11 games last season, making six catches for 76 yards. He's a favorite of Gruden's and was on the bubble to make the roster out of training camp.
Washington also elevated defensive back Kenny Ladler to the active roster from the practice squad and waived linebacker Josh Keyes.