Routt garnering immediate attention

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Routt garnering immediate attention

Stanford Routt, who was released by the Raiders Thursday, might not stay unemployed for long. A day later, the seven-year NFL veteran has trips planned to visit the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans, according to a report by ESPN.

Routt's agent William Vann McElroy was quoted saying, "Buffalo has him flying in on Sunday for a Monday visit."

In the aftermath of GM Reggie McKenzie saying the Raiders possessed a number of "out of whack" contracts, he made a bold move to cut the high-paid cornerback, who would have earned a guaranteed 5 million if he was on the roster Friday.

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Routt, 28, was the most penalized player in the NFL, drawing 17 flags. His burn rate rose from among the league's best at 39.4 in 2011 to a pedestrian 47.4.

Vann McElroy took no time attempting to deflect reasons for the dismissal, claiming what he thinks what "happened is you have a guy who is determined to make this team his own now. Stanford was an Al Davis guy. He loved the kid. The only reason why this came at this point is because Stanford would have had 5 million in guaranteed salary if he was on the roster Friday. Trust me there will be other quality guys cut too, but whatever you think, Stanford is a great bump-and-run cornerback with great speed."

Routt's addition to the free agent cornerbacks makes it a deep field. Tennessee's Cortland Finnegan, Atlanta's Brent Grimes, Kansas City's Brandon Carr, New Orleans' Tracy Porter and the 49ers' Carlos Rogers are among the top tier, followed by New York Giant's Terrell Thomas, Detroit's Eric Wright, and New York Giants' Aaron Ross.

Edwards Jr. 'foaming at the mouth' to return to Raiders lineup

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Edwards Jr. 'foaming at the mouth' to return to Raiders lineup

ALAMEDA – Mario Edwards Jr. hasn’t played football in a long, long time. His last go round came back on Aug. 12, during the Raiders’ preseason opener at Arizona.

He suffered a hip injury and hasn’t been back since. That’s nearly four months now, too long a drought for the young, versatile defensive lineman.

That’s why Monday meant so much. It was just a walk-through practice, nothing to physical, but the act of practicing meant something special after his extended absence.

“It felt good just to get out there with those guys,” Edwards Jr. said Monday evening. “My last time with them was against the Cardinals in the preseason. Even just to get out there in a practice and enjoy the camaraderie definitely was nice.”

Edwards Jr.’s rehab has been slower than originally expected, which has kept him on injured reserve well after he was eligible to practice in Week 7 and play in Week 9. Edwards Jr. wanted to make sure his hip, which he called “a freaky thing,” healed right and was free of setbacks.

While he took a mature approach to his rehab, Sundays proved hard to bear. Watching Raiders games were difficult, even with the team sitting pretty at 10-2 after Sunday’s victory over Buffalo.

That was especially true when the Raiders came back to beat the Carolina Panthers. Defense sealed that victory, with Khalil Mack’s strip sack of Cam Newton and the recovery of his own forced fumble. That proved too much to take. Edwards Jr. started itching to get back on the field.

Now that he’s ever so close to a return, Edwards Jr. has let himself ponder lining up with Mack and Bruce Irvin on third and long, ready to get after the quarterback.

“I’ve been dreaming of that, especially after watching Mack strip Cam and things like that,” Edwards Jr. said. “I just wanted to be out there and be a part of it. I’ve been foaming at the mouth ever since then.”

Edwards Jr. must’ve known he was close to getting back on the field. He was running well on the treadmill prior to that game, and was out on the field shortly after the Panthers win.

The Raiders hope Edwards Jr. can be back in time to play the Chargers in San Diego on Dec. 18. That would give him three regular-season games to ramp up and be fully immersed in the defense should the Raiders make the postseason.

Edwards Jr., however, player doesn’t have a set timetable to return.

“I’m a little different, so I don’t really know,” Edwards Jr. said. “We don’t have a date on it. It’s more about how I’m feeling each day and how I’m healing.”

Edwards Jr. called his absence bittersweet – he hasn’t played a regular season game since Dec. 20, when he suffered a neck injury versus Green Bay – but remains forward thinking even missing the season to this point.

“It sucked, but everything happened for a reason,” Edwards Jr. said. “I’m healing up great, and I’m looking forward to coming back and playing.”

Broncos claim former Cal star running back: 'We're dropping like flies'

Broncos claim former Cal star running back: 'We're dropping like flies'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.  — Justin Forsett and Gary Kubiak are back together and both are counting on their reunion in Denver leading to a revival.

The Broncos claimed the 31-year-old running back off waivers from Detroit to replace Kapri Bibbs, who went on IR with a high left ankle sprain he suffered in the Broncos' 20-10 win at Jacksonville.

"We're dropping like flies, so it'll be great to have him and I can't wait to meet him," said rookie running back Devontae Booker, who had his worst game of the season Sunday, gaining just 35 yards on 18 carries.

The Broncos were down to Booker and Juwan Thompson in their backfield after the first-half injury to Bibbs, who became the third Denver running back to go on IR. He joined starter C.J. Anderson (knee) and rookie fullback Andy Janovich, who had season-ending ankle surgery a week ago.

"We hate to lose Kapri," Kubiak said on his Sirius XM show Monday afternoon. "(Forsett) was out there. He played really well in Baltimore with us and knows what he's doing."

Over his career, Forsett has averaged 5.5 yards a carry in Kubiak's offenses and 4.4 yards elsewhere.

With Kubiak as his offensive coordinator, Forsett set career highs with 235 carries for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. He averaged a career-best 5.9 yards a carry for Kubiak in Houston in 2012.

Forsett averaged 3.1 yards per carry in five games this season, three with the Ravens and two with the Lions.

That's better than Booker's 2.8-yard average since Anderson got hurt on Oct. 24.

His longest run Sunday was a 6-yard TD in which left tackle Russell Okung pulled him across the goal line.

Bibbs had 49 yards on just five carries against the Jaguars but a defender rolled up on him in the second quarter, ending his day, and ultimately, his season.

"I thought it was going to be a good game for me," said Bibbs, who also figured he'd be back this month to help the Broncos (8-4) in their playoff push against a foursome of teams with a combined record of 35-13.

Bibbs said an MRI on Monday revealed no broken bones or instability and he vowed to get round-the-clock treatment if necessary so that he could get back as soon as possible.

Then, the Broncos decided to put him on IR rather than waive one of their eight receivers or two long snappers, one of whom is hurt.

A third-year pro who spent most of the last two seasons on Denver's practice squad, Bibbs' 4.4-yard average on 29 carries this season was better than both Anderson (4.0) and Booker (3.5). Bibbs also had two catches for 75 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown against Oakland a month ago.

With no ground game to ease the pressure and facing one of the league's best pass defenses, rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch had a rough day Sunday, completing just half of his 24 passes for 104 yards with no TDs and no interceptions.

"He was in way too much distress back there. We didn't protect him the way we should have," Bibbs said. "I feel sorry for him. But we're going to fix that."

Kubiak expressed faith in Lynch's development while also projecting hope that Trevor Siemian returns from a sprained left foot this weekend at Tennessee (6-6).

He noted that Siemian wasn't in the walking boot all weekend and was walking around without a limp.

With Bibbs, the Broncos' sweeps and misdirection runs worked well, but that ended when he went out. In the second half, Denver managed just 28 yards on 14 carries.

Bibbs said that "some guys (are) hearing different calls or going the wrong way and when it comes to offense, everyone has to be on point at all times and everyone has to be on the same page. And if one person is out of whack, it throws the whole play off."

Bibbs made his comments before being placed on IR. But he did say, "I'm willing to do whatever for this team, so if me trying to play hurt is going to hurt this team, then I don't want to do that."