NFL Sunday: Latest on Brandon Lloyd, Derrick Mason, Drew Brees and in-game injuries
|10.16.11 at 4:52 pm ET|
According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Patriots are among three teams with interest in Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd. The nine-year veteran has 19 catches for 283 yards this season, but given the success of Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Deion Branch in New England, Lloyd looks more like a short-term signee rather than a marquee trade. The Patriots interest in Lloyd, however, could be a sign that New England is turning away from reliance on Chad Ochocinco, who has nine catches for 136 yards this season and has yet to make a big impact with the Patriots.
The Jets may have traded contentious receiver Derrick Mason to the Texans for nothing. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that unless Mason catches 33 passes over the course of the rest of the season, the Jets will receive nothing in return from the Texans. If Mason catches 33 or more passes, the Jets will reportedly receive a seventh-round draft pick. This reported compensation seemingly refutes Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum‘s claim that the Jets never would have traded Mason had the Texans not called about him. Mason’s relationship with the Jets grew strained once Mason publicly criticized the Jets offense and was reportedly amongst a group of receivers that went to coach Rex Ryan to complain about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Talks between the Saints and quarterback Drew Brees have reportedly stalled in recent weeks, and it is becoming more likely that the Saints will have to apply a franchise tag to Brees and negotiate a long-term contract with him in the offseason. Brees is in the final year of a six-year, $60 million contract and, given a Super Bowl championship and his status as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, it is likely that Brees will demand a significant pay-raise. Despite the slowed negotiations, however, reports still say the Brees will likely be a Saint next season.
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu was sidelined for the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-13 win over Jacksonville with concussion-like symptoms, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. Polamalu left the game after a hit on Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew and remained on the sideline with his helmet on for the rest of the game. The Steelers will host the Patriots at Heinz Field on Oct. 30.
Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell left Sunday’s game against the Browns after landing hard on his right shoulder in the second quarter. The team announced its medical staff was examining Campbell’s collarbone, and his return looks doubtful. Campbell was replaced by eight-year veteran Kyle Boller, who completed four of his first six passes for 28 yards.
In the strangest injury of the day, Saints coach Sean Payton reportedly tore his MCL and fractured his tibia when Saints tight end Jimmy Graham ran into him in the first half. Payton continued coaching during the game, calling plays from the bench with his leg elevated in the first half before moving upstairs with a headset for the second half.