Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dec 1 update; NFL, MLB


Shaun Chapas, FB, Dallas Cowboys
The Chapas Plan
Shaun Chapas will likely handle special teams work as much or more than fullback when the Cowboys play Arizona. The Cowboys need to fill in for Phillip Tanner on special teams. Tanner hurt his hamstring against Miami and has missed Monday’s and Wednesday’s practices. (Players were off Tuesday.)
Chapas, a seventh-round pick out of Georgia in April, was signed from the practice squad Wednesday. He has not played a game yet.
“He’s done a nice job with scout team work throughout the season,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s grown as a player. Certainly, he’ll have the responsibility of learning the fullback stuff, and he’ll be a contributor on special teams, as well.”
The Cowboys released Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to make room for Chapas.
Dallas has been without a true fullback the past two games. Tony Fiammetta will miss at least one more game with an unknown illness. He said Wednesday he hopes to return against the Giants next week.  Taken from
this article.

Justin Houston, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
The play of rookie outside linebacker Justin Houston in last week’s loss to Pittsburgh should be encouraging to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Houston played his best game of the season, particularly against the rush but also getting some pressure on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  Read more

Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford admitted his right index finger isn't quite 100 percent, but said "it's getting there."
Stafford is practicing without a splint or gloves this week for the first time since fracturing the finger in Week 8. Additionally, three of the Lions' next four games are in a dome. Stafford is set up to get on a roll. Source: Detroit Free Press

Guess Matthew's still lifting kegs for helpless young ladies....

Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Preparation of Steelers’ Hines Ward hasn’t changed. 
Good article on Hines' career winding down.  Clik here


Gordon Beckham, Infield, Chicago White Sox
Sit down with White Sox GM Kenny Williams to discuss SP Gavin Floyd and 2B Gordon Beckham.
Both Floyd and Beckham are reportedly available and would fill needs on the Jays. Just 28, Floyd has won at least 10 games and pitched no less than 187 innings in each of the past four seasons. His contract includes a modest $7-million US salary in 2012 and a $9.5-million team option for 2013.
Finishing with a career-low .296 on-base percentage, Beckham endured his worst big-league season in 2012. But many baseball pundits still believe the 25-year-old has all-star potential. Not eligible for free agency until 2016, Beckham would be a promising and inexpensive second baseman for the Jays.
The White Sox and Jays do have some recent trade history (Edwin Jackson for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart last July) and it's well known that Williams is looking to shed payroll. The White Sox would seek prospects in a deal.  Source CBC Sports, link here

Go Dawgs!

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