Friday, April 20, 2018
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Santonio Holmes signs with Bears

CHICAGO — Receiver Santonio Holmes signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Saturday.

The team also announced receiver and 29-year-old kick returner Eric Weems was released.

The Bears are looking for a third receiver behind stars Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Marquess Wilson was battling for that job when he broke his collarbone last week.

A first-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2006, Holmes was the Super Bowl MVP in his third year. He had his best season statistically the following year in 2009 with 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns.

He was traded to the Jets the next offseason after the Steelers tired of his legal troubles.

As part of a salary-cap purge, the Jets released the 30-year-old Holmes in March after he had 23 catches — the second-lowest total of his career — for 456 yards in 11 games. He missed five games midway through the season with a hamstring injury.

Holmes was limited to just four games in 2012 and was sidelined for several months after suffering a career-threatening foot injury.

Bills: Receiver Sammy Watkins, the No. 4 overall pick out of Clemson, left Saturday night's game in Pittsburgh in the first quarter with a rib injury. He walked off the field clutching his side during Buffalo's initial drive after linebacker Ryan Shazier went over his back during a pass play. Watkins spent a few minutes on the sideline before being taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

Falcons: Starting left tackle Sam Baker, who missed a good part of last season with a knee injury, was carted off the field in the second quarter in Houston. The medical staff attended to his right knee as he covered his eyes in obvious pain. He could not put pressure on his leg after he was helped off the ground. Baker had a patella repair in his left knee last season, causing him to miss 12 games.

Raiders: Quarterback Derek Carr, a second-round pick out of Fresno State, avoided a serious rib injury from a hard hit that knocked him out of Friday's 27-26 win against the Lions in Oakland. Coach Dennis Allen said Saturday that X-rays on Carr's ribs were negative. Carr also suffered a concussion on the hit by Larry Webster and must pass the league protocols before he can return to practice this week.

rams: Coach Jeff Fisher said running back Isaiah Pead will likely miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. "It appears that we've lost Isaiah with an ACL (tear)," Fisher said. "We'll have to talk to our doctors. It's unlikely that he has not torn his ACL, which is very tough for him. … It's unfortunate that happened. So we'll just hope for the best as far as that's concerned." Pead, a second-round pick in 2012 out of Cincinnati, was hurt returning a kickoff in a loss to Green Bay Saturday. His knee buckled. He was not touched.

Quarterback Sam Bradford, making his first start since a season-ending left knee injury in November, was 9-for-12 for 101 yards and an 11-yard touchdown to tight end Lance Kendricks in the Rams' 21-7 loss. "It felt great there," Bradford said. "No surprises. It felt really good."

Ravens: Two starters left the field in Arlington, Texas, with injuries in the first half Saturday night. Cornerback Jimmy Smith bruised his chest on the opening series, and running back Ray Rice injured his shoulder. X-rays to Smith's chest were reportedly negative. X-rays on Rice's shoulder were also negative.

Titans: Running back Shonn Greene left Friday night's loss in New Orleans with a knee injury, reportedly a mild hyperextension. Saturday, coach Ken Whisenhunt said Greene was walking around well and should be fine.

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