Each week, we break down the NFL’s big transactions and what they mean going forward. Here’s the wrapup between Weeks 3 and 4.
Titans (put WR Kenny Britt on IR, add WR Donnie Avery) – Britt was emerging as a game-breaking wide receiver, among the best in the league at his position, when he tore his ACL in Week 3. Avery, the former Rams starter, adds depth, but the Titans won’t be able to replace Britt.
Texans (cut RB Steve Slaton, promote RB Chris Ogbonyanna) – Slaton was a 1,000-yard rusher as a rookie two years ago, but he fell down the depth chart and lost his job. The Dolphins claimed Slaton to back up Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush. Ogbonyanna is a developing back who looked strong in the preseason.
Colts (put LB Gary Brackett and S Melvin Bullitt on IR, add QB Dan Orlovsky and LB A.J. Edds) – The Colts lost two more starters to injury in Brackett and Bullitt. Orlovsky adds depth given Kerry Collins’ concussion issues. Edds, who was on the Patriots’ practice squad, could become a developmental prospect in Indy.
Buccaneers (put S Cody Grimm on IR) – We discussed the impact of Grimm’s injury in this post.
Chargers (put S Bob Sanders on IR, add DE Tommie Harris) – Sanders never returned to full health after his litany of injuries. In his place, the Bolts add Harris, a former impact defensive tackle who’s now just a rotation player.
Saints (put PK Garrett Hartley on IR) – Hartley, fighting an offseason injury, ran out of time to come back when injuries elsewhere forced the Saints to use his roster spot. John Kasay will now serve as the kicker for the Saints for the rest of the season.
Patriots (bring back DT Gerard Warren) – Warren, a veteran who spent last year with the Patriots, returns to add defensive line depth.
Jets (bring back OLB Aaron Maybin) – The Jets brought back Maybin, the former Bills bust.
Rams (add CB Rod Hood) – St. Louis seeks to add CB depth with Hood, a veteran who has bounced around a lot since starting for the Cardinals’ Super Bowl squad.
Ravens (put CB Domonique Foxworth on IR, bring back LB Prescott Burgess) – Foxworth never got back to full strength after his 2010 knee injury. Burgess has bounced on and off the Ravens’ roster in recent years.
Lions (put LB Isaiah Ekebiuja on IR, add CB Anthony Madison) – Ekebiuja was a key special-teamer for the Lions.