NFL roundup: Hurricane alters trade deadline, team practices

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Several media outlets are reporting that the NFL has announced it is moving its trade deadline a second time to Thursday at 4 p.m. ET because of Hurricane Sandy.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello earlier confirmed to that the move was being discussed.
Several teams closed their operations Monday because of the storm. The league office is also closed. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the league will shut down Tuesday as well.
The NFL extended the original deadline two weeks ago to Tuesday to encourage more trade talks. With the hurricane complicating matters, the extension will give teams even more time to contemplate deals.

--The Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins told players and non-football personnel to stay away from team facilities Monday because of Hurricane Sandy, the NFL Network reported.
The Giants and Ravens coaches and front-office personnel reportedly showed up to work and were scheduled to work at least part of the day. The Ravens announced they cancelled a fundraising event for Goodwill, which was scheduled for Monday night.
The Jets, who are on a bye this week, were scheduled to practice Monday and Tuesday. Coach Rex Ryan, however, reportedly gave the players the week off. They were asked not to return until Nov. 5.

--Denver Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays is expected to be out for the remainder of the year with a fractured fibula near the ankle, the Denver Post reported Monday.
The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of the Broncos' 34-14 rout of the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.
Ever since signing a three-year, $12 million contract in March that pays him $4.5 million this year, things have gone downhill for Mays.
He started off the season as the Broncos starting middle linebacker, but eventually lost his job to Keith Brooking. In the last two games, he has been limited to special teams duties.

---Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is having an MRI Monday, a day after leaving the game against the New York Jets with a hyperextended left knee and deep thigh bruise.
Tannehill exited in the first quarter of Sunday's 30-9 victory after twisting the knee while getting sacked by Calvin Pace. He had an X-ray after the game. Matt Moore filled in for Tannehill the remainder of the contest.

---Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount is rumored to be on the trade block, according to CBS Sports.
The backup to Doug Martin has carried the ball sparingly this season in first-year coach Greg Schiano's offense.
Blount had a season-high eight carries for 16 yards in last Thursday's 36-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings. For the season, Blount has 33 rushes for 116 yards with two touchdowns.

---New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said in Monday's teleconference that he is sticking with Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback, but backup Tim Tebow could get a bigger role.
"I think Mark's our guy, there's no doubt about that," Ryan said via the Newark Star-Ledger.
Ryan said that Sanchez was "fairly accurate" when he got enough time to throw.
"I think Mark gives us the best chance to win, and that's how I feel," Ryan said. "Can Tim be successful? ... We'll take a hard look at how we're using him."

---Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Brady Quinn will remain the starting quarterback as long as he is healthy.
Quinn may have sustained a concussion during Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs also have a short week as they travel to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.
Otherwise, the 1-6 Chiefs will start either the recently-benched Matt Cassel or Ricky Stanzi.

---Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano told reporters in his weekly press conference Monday that cornerback Eric Wright has an Achilles tendon injury.
Wright did not practice Monday. The team played last Thursday.
Schiano would not comment on reports that Wright faces a four-game suspension for Adderall use, which violates the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.

---Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has already been ruled out this week because of a foot injury, according to the team's website.
Jones-Drew missed Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Green Bay Packers after sustaining the injury the week prior. Several media reports indicated last week that Jones-Drew would miss multiple games.

--New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz told ESPN New York on Monday that contract extension talks between his agent and the team are positive.
"I was excited to hear this weekend that contract talks are moving in the right direction," he said. "I heard there was some progress on the structure."
Cruz is in the final year of a $540,000 contract and will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season if a new deal is not completed by then.

---The Houston Texans filled a roster spot by picking up defensive tackle Terrell McClain, a former third round pick, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.
McClain was selected by the Carolina Panthers last year and released him during the summer. He was briefly with the New England Patriots this season.
Houston had placed defensive end David Hunter on injured reserve after he sustained a ligament injury in his left big toe that required surgery.

--Although Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid has not announced his decision about whether Michael Vick will remain the Eagles' starting quarterback, several reports say Vick is likely to be benched.
Reid met with his coaches following Sunday's 30-17 loss to Atlanta to discuss the quarterback situation, according to Howard Eskin, the sideline reporter for the Eagles' radio broadcasts, and Eskin also reported the coaches were scheduled to meet again on Monday morning to talk about the same issue.
Eskin reported, based on sources, that the Eagles are "likely" to replace Vick with rookie Nick Foles, a third-round draft pick.

-- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu was reinstated on Monday after being suspended for two weeks following an arrest.
Ta'amu, a fourth-round pick by the Steelers in the 21012 draft, was inactive for the first five games of the season.
Then, on Oct. 14, Ta'amu was charged with drunken driving and attempting to elude police during a car chase. He hit several vehicles while the police were in pursuit. The incident resulted in five felony charges, including aggravated assault, and 10 total charges against Ta'amu.