Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Eagles cut Pro Bowl defensive end Babin

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles started what could sweeping personnel changes by releasing former Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin on Tuesday. They also placed top receiver DeSean Jackson on injured reserve after Jackson suffered multiple fractured ribs on Monday night, ending his season.

One person not going anywhere yet is Andy Reid, who will coach Sunday against Dallas, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Babin, 32, was a starter and 2011 Pro Bowl pick who led the team last season with 18 sacks and this season with 51/2 sacks. The Eagles will distribute his playing time to young players including Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham.

"We have an abundance of defensive linemen, and we have some young guys that I think are energy givers and deserve an opportunity to play," Reid said. "The thing I can tell you about Jason is, Jason came to work every day. He works his tail off in practice and games."

BEARS: They signed offensive lineman Andre Gurode, a five-time Pro Bowl selection with the Cowboys.

CHARGERS: Strong safety Atari Bigby was placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a groin injury. The team signed linebacker Bront Bird.

49ERS: The team and inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman agreed on a five-year contract extension through the 2018 season — a deal worth $45.25 million, with $25.5 million guaranteed. … Running back Kendall Hunter (ankle) is out for the season. He was hurt on the same play that ended the season for receiver/returner Kyle Williams (torn ACL, left knee).

GIANTS: They signed former Redskins running back Ryan Torain, CBSsports.com said.

LIONS: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who has had a series of traffic incidents over the past year, was given a citation Nov. 15 for driving without due care and caution. Coach Jim Schwartz was asked if Suh could benefit from having a driver. "You know, honestly, I think it would be best for every single player in the NFL to have a driver," Schwartz said. "I don't know if that's always feasible and things like that."

PANTHERS: Starting defensive tackle Ron Edwards (dislocated left elbow) went on injured reserve.

SAINTS: Rookie right tackle Bryce Harris went on season-ending IR with a broken bone in his right leg. … Defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma plan to be present Friday when their lawyers cross examine former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in Washington at a hearing involving the league's bounty case.

STEELERS: All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu (right calf) and receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) could play Sunday against Baltimore. Coach Mike Tomlin also said there's "a chance" for Ben Roethlisberger after the quarterback threw a few passes with his sprained right shoulder.

PARDEE ILLNESS: Jack Pardee, a five-time All-Pro linebacker and an NFL coach, has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has six to nine months to live, his family said. Pardee coached the Bears, Redskins and Houston Oilers. His cancer has spread to other organs and Pardee, 77, plans to move to a Denver hospice where his wife, Phyllis, has been since having a stroke, their daughter Anne Pardee said.

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