By Danny Cox
Injuries are filling up rosters as the NFL season starts to see its regular season come to a close. There is a lot more happening though and that includes the ruling finally coming on the bounty scandal, a 49er getting suspended after his worst season ever, and a team possibly quitting on the year.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant may need surgery on injured finger
The Dallas Cowboys are seeing their injury list grow and grow, and at the worst possible time considering they are fighting for a playoff spot in the wild NFC. Wide receiver Dez Bryant is meeting with a hand specialist to determine if surgery will be needed for his injured left index finger.
“He’s still getting checked on right now, and we’ll see what his status is as we go forward,” coach Jason Garrett said. “There’s been no definitive diagnosis as to what he has and what his availability will be. We’re just trying to figure out what it is.”
Surgery will cause Bryant to miss the rest of the season so both he and the team are hoping it isn’t that serious.
Niners suspended RB Brandon Jacobs for final three games of regular season
San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs was suspended for the final three games of the season due to a series of posts he made on social media sites recently about the year and the team. One of them discussed his lack of playing time and even said he was “on this team rotting away.”
“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said on Instagram after posting pictures of himself from his days with the New York Giants. “This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”
Jacobs has a mere seven yards on five carries this season. He’s only been active for two games and has said that this is his “worst” year in an eight-year career. The first seven were spent with the New York Giants.
Paul Tagliabue to rule on bounty case on Tuesday
It was announced that the latest round of player appeals in the Bountygate scandal will be ruled upon on Tuesday by former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Any punishment rulings, if there are any, will be delayed by about a week.
This week-long delay is to allow a player to file a motion dealing with any lawsuits. The delay will allow New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith to play on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Larry Fitzgerald’s dad says the Arizona Cardinals have quit
The Arizona Cardinals have a nine-game losing streak that was just capped off with a 58-0 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Ken Whisenhunt apologized to fans for the loss and losing streak, but Larry Fitzgerald’s father took to Twitter to say something else.
“Definition of team quitting? 9 losses n a row. 9th loss 58-0! Injuries handling of offense worst nNFL. Adrian Wilson & Darnell Dockett situations!” he tweeted.
Fitzgerald Jr. signed an eight-year, $120 million contract with the Cardinals in 2011, but is now in jeopardy of seeing his streak of 1,000-yard seasons end at five. He currently has 652 receiving yards with only three games remaining in the season. On Sunday, Fitzgerald has only one catch for two yards.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.