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NFL Notes: Bills, Browns, Cardinals & Texans

Bills

Bills WR Sammy Watkins told reports Monday that he “definitely” plans on playing in Week 2, despite reports that he’s dealing a great deal of discomfort in his surgically repaired foot.

I’m definitely going to be out there playing and get prepared for this week to go up against a great defense,” Watkins said, per Chris Brown.

Browns

Browns HC Hue Jackson mentioned that they won’t be in the trade market for quarterback help after they officially placed Robert Griffin III on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

“I learned not to trade,” Jackson said, referencing the trade he was a part of with the Raiders for QB Carson Palmer. “Don’t do that.”

Regarding the Palmer trade, Jackson said he learned a value lesson.

I learned a valuable lesson in that situation, but I was just having a little fun right there,” Jackson said. “I learned that if the team has been around the guy, who has a chance to be a quarterback, you’re better off keeping the guy you have … just because there’s continuity. The guys know what to expect from that player and how he’s going to perform and what he’s going to do. That was the biggest teacher for me.

Jackson said that veteran QB Josh McCown is a “very capable” option for them moving forward.

“I hate to compare,” Jackson said, “but we have a very capable backup here, a guy who has played in the National Football League for a lot of years and knows how to play and understands the lay of the land here and what needs to be done and I’m excited about that.”

Cardinals

  • According to Cardinals HC Bruce Arians, they are still awaiting the results of G Evan Mathis‘ MRI. (Mike Jurecki)
  • Arians confirmed that DL Frostee Rucker has a sprained MCL that should cost him two-three weeks. (Kent Somers)
  • Arians mentioned that P Drew Butler suffered a “severely sprained” ankle during Sunday night’s game, but was still able to finish the game. (Darren Urban)

Texans 

Texans HC Bill O’Brien said that he expects LB Brian Cushing to be back “sooner rather than later.”

I think Brian [Cushing] will be back sooner rather than later,” O’Brien said, per Aaron Wilson. “He knows exactly what’s wrong.”

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