Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Belichick mum on QB plans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick isn't ready to rule out injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for Thursday night's game against the Texans. The Patriots coach also isn't interested in sharing any contingency plan he might have.

Garoppolo was limited in practice Tuesday as he continues to recover from the right shoulder injury he sustained late the first half of New England's win on Sunday over Miami. The third-year quarterback sat out Monday's practice.

The Patriots have yet to add another quarterback to the roster, increasing the possibility that rookie Jacoby Brissett could make his first career start against Houston if Garoppolo can't go. In that situation receiver Julian Edelman, who played quarterback in college at Kent State, would be the emergency option.

It didn't stop an onslaught of Garoppolo-related health questions on Tuesday. It drove Belichick to the point of agitation as he was pressed about Garoppolo's status.

As inquiries persisted, he made it clear that whatever is going on with Garoppolo, what was best for his health would take precedence.

"I'm a football coach. I'm not a doctor," Belichick said.

Fired-up Eagles: A 2-0 start in Philadelphia has some comparing Carson Wentz to Peyton Manning and Doug Pederson to Vince Lombardi.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz deserves some credit, too.

Wentz has exceeded expectations. After Monday's 29-15 win at Chicago, in which he threw for 190 yards and a touchdown, Wentz is the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first two starts and not commit a turnover. Pederson has pushed all the right buttons, showing strong leadership and excellent playcalling.

Meanwhile, Schwartz has taken a defense that ranked among the worst each of the past three seasons and turned it into a stingy unit. They're ranked fourth in yards allowed (286 per game) and have allowed the second-fewest points (24, and that includes a punt return for a score).

"I like the way it's coming together," middle linebacker Jordan Hicks said. "We're playing stout, pretty strong and aggressive. That's what this defense is. I'm excited. The sky is the limit with this defense. We have a lot to improve and it's a long season, but we've started out pretty well."

Schwartz, a former head coach in Detroit, returned to coaching after sitting out the 2015 season. He has brought an aggressive, 4-3 scheme to the Eagles. They held the Bears to 284 total yards and one offensive touchdown.

After beating the 0-2 Browns and Bears, a bigger test awaits Sunday as the unbeaten Steelers visit Philadelphia.

McCluster signs: The Chargers signed running back Dexter McCluster, a former Largo High standout and six-year NFL veteran, to replace the injured Danny Woodhead. McCluster has played with Kansas City and Tennessee.

Giants mull protest: All of the Giants stood at attention on the sideline for the national anthem during the first two games of the season. That might change. After police in Tulsa, Okla., shot and killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, on Friday night, a handful of Giants told Newsday that they were considering some form of protest. "As of right now we're not doing anything different, but that could change," linebacker Keenan Robinson said.

Bears banged up: The Bears, coming off their loss at home to the Eagles, might have to get by without quarterback Jay Cutler. Coach John Fox said Cutler has a sprained right thumb that does not appear to require surgery; he would not rule Cutler out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. If Cutler is out, Brian Hoyer will start. Also, outside linebacker Lamarr Houston suffered a season-ending torn left ACL and nose tackle Eddie Goldman is expected to miss at least four weeks with a high left ankle sprain, the Chicago Tribune reported.

McCoy suit: Bills running back LeSean McCoy was sued over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that injured two off-duty police officers. The civil suit claims McCoy beat and kicked one officer and punched another in the eye. The suit was filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and seeks money damages from McCoy, two other men and the club. McCoy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment. McCoy's attorney has said he was only trying to break up a fight on Feb. 7.

Browns: They signed former USF center Austin Reiter and waived linebacker Scooby Wright and defensive lineman John Hughes.

Belichick mum on QB plans 09/20/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Anthem protest, the latest: Jerry Jones joins Cowboys on field in show of solidarity

    Bucs

    As President Donald Trump continued tweeting Monday about his displeasure with NFL players for staging demonstrations during the national anthem, the Cowboys took a knee on the field just before the anthem was performed on Monday Night Football. Dallas players were joined by owner Jerry Jones, and they quickly …

    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, center, joins the team in taking a knee before the national anthem Monday night. They stood and linked arms for the anthem.
  2. Bucs journal: Gerald McCoy says players who kneel have team's support

    Sports

    TAMPA — Receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson were the only Bucs players kneeling during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Vikings, but DT Gerald McCoy said the team supports their protest "100 percent."

    Bucs tight end Cameron Brate pulls in a touchdown catch as Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo (34) hits him in the back of the head.
  3. Rays at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, New York

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Yankees

    7:05, Yankee Stadium, New York

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell poses for a picture during the team's photo day at baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Luke Del Rio regains UF starting job, for now

    College

    GAINESVILLE — Luke Del Rio is once again the starting quarterback for No. 21 Florida.

    Luke Del Rio provided a needed spark when he replaced starter Feleipe Franks and rallied Florida past Kentucky.
  5. Four questions the Lightning still has to answer

    Lightning Strikes

    FORT LAUDERDALE — The Lightning made its biggest round of cuts Monday, with some of the big-name prospects heading out.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos (91) looks on from the bench during a shift change at Lightning hockey training camp in Brandon on Monday (09/18/17). In background on right is Nikita Kucherov (86). DIRK SHADD   |   Times