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Around the NFL: John Ross to make NFL debut; Odell Beckham returns to practice

Here's a look at stories from around the league on Thursday, Sept. 14.

1. Top-10 pick John Ross will play tonight.

Bengals WR John Ross, the ninth overall pick out of Washington, will play tonight after an injury kept him out of the opener, according to NFL Networks's Ian Rapoport.

Ross suffered a knee sprain in the Bengals' final preseason game on Aug. 31, only two weeks ago. He missed much of the summer to rehab a shoulder surgery. But Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw four interceptions in their opening loss, so he might need all the support he can get.

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2. Tom Savage's agent is not happy the Texans are switching to Deshaun Watson.

The Texans have made it official that rookie QB Deshaun Watson will start tonight against the Bengals after replacing Tom Savage at halftime of their opener. Savage's agent, Neil Schwartz, strongly questioned the decision in an appearance on the ProFootballTalk Live radio show.

Savage was 7 of 13 for 62 yards in the first half. Schwartz said he had two ex-coaches go through the tape to try to find what Savage did wrong. Here's Schwartz's quote:

“I watched all 31 plays because that was the extent of what Tom saw in the first half and I can’t figure out why he’s benching Tom. I went through every single play, in fact I went even a step further. I asked two different NFL personnel people, also ex-coaches, two separate teams, to evaluate, break down and to review the film and see if I was missing something and let’s go through it. He went 7 for 13. Twelve of those 13 balls, Mike, touched the receivers hands. The only ball that didn’t was the strip sack fumble that they called incomplete. So 12 of the 13 balls that he threw touched the receivers hands. Seven were completions, five were drops.”

Asked later if he thought Savage could return to a starting role later in the season, Schwartz replied: "Well let’s put it this way, getting benched after 31 plays is incredulous to me so at this point in time nothing would surprise me."

3. OBJ returned to practice.

Giants star receiver Odell Beckahm Jr. missed their opener with an ankle injury, but could be on the way to playing in Week Two.

Beckham took individual reps in Thursday's practice, per Giants reporters. Beckham was a game-time decision in Week One and could be again in Week Two, but the Giants could surely use them. They scored only three points in their opening loss to the Cowboys.

4. Danny Woodhead placed on IR; Jeremy Langford promoted.

Ravens running back Danny Woodhead was placed on injured reserve, keeping him out at least eight weeks, and Jeremy Langford was promoted from the practice squad to fill his place.

Woodhead suffered a hamstring injury in the Ravens' opener that was initially though to keep him out 4-6 weeks. But the team decided to IR him and open a roster spot for Langford, who began last season as the Bears' starting running back before giving way to Jordan Howard after an injury.

5. Gary Barnidge to meet with Texans.

Barnidge, the free agent tight end, will reportedly meet with the Texans this week, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson. Barnidge visited with the Bills in May but the sides didn't reach an agreement.

 

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