National Football League

NFL news: Early Friday roster cuts, injury news

One of the first moves on Friday ahead of Saturday”s roster cut deadline was the Jacksonville Jaguars releasing former first-round DT Datone Jones.

12:48pm ET

— The New England Patriots are trading a 6th round pick to the Buffalo Bills for C Russell Bodine, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Marcel Louis-Jacques.

Along with that, the Patriots have traded CB Duke Dawson and the team’s 2020 seventh-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for Denver’s 2020 sixth-rounder, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

— In a shocking move, the Oakland Raiders are terminating linebacker Brandon Marshall, per Schefter.

— The Denver Broncos released safety Su’a Cravens, per NFL Network’s Tom Pilissero.

— The Houston Texans have released RB Josh Ferguson, per Rapoport.

— The Carolina Panthers cut QB Taylor Heinicke, per Pelissero. Carolina also released 2017 5th-round DT Corn Elder, per Rapoport.


10:50am ET

All 32 NFL teams must have their rosters cut down to 53 players by 4pm ET tomorrow. But some cuts have already begun.

— The Jacksonville Jaguars have released former first-round DT Datone Jones, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Jones recorded a field goal block in the Jags’ preseason finale last night.

— The Baltimore Ravens have released K Elliott Fry, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Fry made a 48-yard FG last night, and Schefter noted that he “would be a top option out there for teams needing a kicker.”

… There is also some news on the injury front in the NFL.

— Broncos starting middle linebacker Todd Davis, who compiled 114 tackles for Denver last season, suffered a calf injury on the first day of camp and has been out ever since. Davis told NFL Network’s James Palmer last night he’ll be ready to go for their Week 1 opener vs Oakland on Monday night.

— Texans reserve QB Joe Webb, who was carted off with a foot injury last night after completing 65 percent of his passes, is expected to land on the Injured Reserve, according to Rapoport.

— Texans backup QB AJ McCarron is good to go for the season after injuring his thumb early in camp, Rapoport also reported.

— The Cleveland Browns announced last night prior to their preseason finale that RB Kareem Hunt would not play in the game, saying Hunt underwent surgery yesterday morning to repair a sports hernia injury. The Browns noted that a full recovery is anticipated prior to Hunt’s return to action in Week 10 of the regular season.

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