NFL news: Around the league in 32 plays

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Kansas City Chiefs:  The Chiefs should be applauded for helping to set an example when it comes to player health.  Despite passing NFL concussion protocols, and even practicing during the week, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was held out of last Sunday’s game because head coach Andy Reid and athletic trainer Rick Burkholder did not feel that he was ready to play.

New York Giants:  The Giants leadership met with Jason Pierre-Paul to discuss the future, with the intention of re-signing him to a new one-year contract if he passed a physical.  JPP passed and was signed to a new deal.  The deal is for one year and saves the Giants some cap space which mitigates the fact they signed him to a contract without having seen him play a down post-hand destroying fireworks incident.

Are the Eagles going with the wrong running back? Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles:  The Eagles may be in the middle of a running back controversy.  A couple of weeks ago, there was a clear disconnect between Demarco Murray and the organization regarding his use.  Now he has become their feature back.  However, this past week Ryan Mathews looked to be the better option until the Eagles sidelined him.  Chip Kelly reported that Mathews was dealing with a groin injury, but the Philly media has been quick to point out that this story doesn’t match what the cameras show.  Only in Philadelphia.

San Diego Chargers:  The Chargers are bringing in veteran linebacker Joe Mays to help bolster what has been a very poor defense this year, and is now suffering losses of both Manti Te’o and Denzel Perryman at the inside linebacker spot.

Chiefs’ take

: Mays was a bit of a bust for the Chiefs as a free agent, largely due to his injury.  However, I was a little apprehensive when they let the veteran walk in the offseason.  Though that has turned out to not be a problem thanks to the emergence of Ramik Wilson.

Could Vernon Davis be wearing a different shade of Red n’ Gold soon?

San Francisco 49ers:  The rumor mill is circulating Vernon Davis as a trade possibility.  The 49ers are a mess, and getting a mid round pick for a guy they are unlikely to re-sign seems like a solid investment at this point.  They have a lot of re-tooling to do.

  • Chiefs’ take: I’ve said for a while now that the Chiefs need a veteran presence at tight end.  Davis would be the ideal guy for that job given his history with Alex Smith.  The Chiefs offense would certainly see an added dynamic with him on the field.

St. Louis Rams:  While the Rams are in the thick of the move to LA, the NFL is at least giving fans a chance to speak out.  Whether that means anything is up for debate, but it will be interesting to see how it compares to the open forums in Oakland and San Diego.

That’s it for this week, Addicts.  I again apologize for leaving anything out, but circumstances were beyond my control this week.  I’ll do better next time.