NFC Notes: Buccaneers, 49ers, Rams

     

Buccaneers

  • Per NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the civil case against Buccaneers WR Antonio Brown has been scheduled to start December 6, 2021. Brown’s former trainer is suing him and alleging rape and sexual assault. 
  • The NFL left open the possibility of more discipline depending on what comes to light from this case so this means Brown should be available for a while. 

49ers

49ers TE George Kittle may experience his fair share of nicks and bruises. But he’s shown an ability to heal pretty quickly and his latest injury is no different. Originally projected to miss the second half of the regular season, Kittle now appears to be nearing a return from a broken foot sooner than expected. 

“They said eight weeks; I said six,” Kittle said via NBC Sports’ Matt Maiocco. “And I’m excited. These last couple days have definitely progressed forward and made me very optimistic about returning to the field of play. When I first got hurt, my mindset was that I’ll be back. And I’m going to continue to keep that mindset because I definitely feel like I’m going to be on the field here sooner than later.”

Kittle says he fractured the cuboid bone in his foot, which connects the foot to the ankle and is outside the pinky toe.

“All I ever really learned was that it’s the hardest bone in your foot to break, and you basically have to do it intentionally or in a car accident,” Kittle said. “So I don’t know if that means I’m unlucky or if I need to slow down every once in a while. The good news is it’s apparently the easiest bone to heal in your foot, and it’s definitely doing a good job of that. Thankfully, I have great trainers and great [physical therapy] guys. They’re the ones that are getting me back and healthy. And I think we’re doing a fantastic job of that so far.”

Rams

Rams CB Jalen Ramsey wasn’t listed on the injury report this week but ended up only playing 50 of 72 snaps on defense against the 49ers on Sunday. Rams HC Sean McVay reveals Ramsey had a hip issue that flared up during warmups. 

“In warm-ups he had a little bit of a hip thing that was bothering him, but he was able to step up, he played 50 of the 75, or however exactly, snaps it was,” McVay said via Pro Football Talk. “That was kind of something that we were surprised about it in warm-ups. He did a great job with the reps that he had and I do expect him to be feeling good and he came out of there and checked off with [Vice President, Sports Medicine and Performance] Reggie [Scott] and the training staff in good shape, but that was the only reason why he wasn’t out there every single snap. You want one of your best players and a guy like him out there as much as possible.”

  • Rams LT Andrew Whitworth believes he’s on track to return as he’s already back to walking as he rehabs from a knee injury: “We’ve kicked some butt so far.” (Jourdan Rodrigue)
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