- Ed Werder reports that the Vikings still believe Teddy Bridgewater will be able to make a full recovery and resume his NFL career, despite the very serious knee injury he sustained last week.
- Werder adds that Bridgewater scheduled to have surgery on his torn ACL and other structural damage in his left knee Thursday.
In an interview with Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, Browns CEO Paul DePodesta explained that they didn’t view Carson Wentz as one of the top 20 quarterbacks in the league.
“We have to make judgments on the individual players and we’re not always going to be right,” DePodesta told Grossi. “But in this particular case, we just didn’t feel it was necessarily the right bet to make for us at this time. Again, it comes down to individual evaluation of a player. We will not always be right on those type of things.
“I think the hardest part, and where we have to stay the most disciplined, as much as you want a player, you can’t invent him if he doesn’t exist. In a given year, there may be two or three NFL-ready quarterbacks at the college level. In another year, there literally may be zero. There just may be not be anybody in that year who’s good enough to be a top-20 quarterback in the NFL.
“Even though you have a desperate need for one, you have to resist the temptation of taking that guy just because you have a need if you don’t believe he’s one of those 20 guys at the end of the day. I think that’s the hardest part, just maintaining your discipline because you have the need. That’s what we did this year.”
Browns HC Hue Jackson explained that they didn’t stay at No. 2 overall and draft Wentz because they just didn’t believe he was the right fit for their team.
“We didn’t draft Carson Wentz because we didn’t think it was the right fit for our team at this time,” Jackson told Pro Football Talk Live. “There’s nothing more to it. Obviously, that will make for great debate in the media, and that’s fine. Our singular focus right now is just preparing to face the Eagles.”
- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was asked during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan if QB Tony Romo is going to be placed on injured reserve and Jones responded, “not really.” (Todd Archer)
- Jones explained that the 53rd player on the roster would not be more valuable than what the return of Romo could mean for the team.
- Jones also did not rule out Romo returning from a compression fracture in his back before their Oct. 30 game against the Eagles.