Oct 6 (The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco 49ers acquired linebacker Gerald Hodges in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings that sent center Nick Easton and a sixth-round draft pick to the Vikings, the teams announced. Hodges started three of the first four games for Minnesota this season and made 20 tackles. - - NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network that a penalty should have been called on Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. ...
Jeff Brubach takes a look at fantasy defenses and kickers for Week 5.
The Buffalo Bills signed free agent running back Dan Herron to address an injury-depleted backfield that could be down yet another player. Herron signed on Tuesday after being one of several running backs to work out try out for the job at the team's facility. Buffalo is suddenly short on running backs after general manager Doug Whaley announced rookie Karlos Williams' status is uncertain after he sustained a concussion in a 24-10 loss to the New York Giants.
Chris Boswell didn't watch the end of Josh Scobee's brief tenure kicking for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Scobee's shaky start devolved into a full-out collapse late in a 23-20 loss last week to the Baltimore Ravens. The 12-year veteran missed a pair of kicks in the final minutes, either of which would have given the Steelers a 6-point lead.
The New York Giants are taking all precautions after one of their players was found to have the staph infection MRSA. Tight end Daniel Fells was being treated for a chronic ankle condition when MRSA was discovered; the treatment Fells will require is extensive enough that New York placed him on season-ending injured reserve. Though there are no concerns that the infection, which is contagious and can be fatal, has spread to any other members of the team, the Giants are not taking any chances.  "We are working with infectious disease specialists, and we have defined protocols that we are following in consultation with the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network and local infectious disease specialists," team spokesman Pat Hanlon said. "Those protocols are being followed carefully." That has included scrubbing the locker room, training room, and all meeting rooms as a precaution. Fells is expected to be alright once he finishes his course of treatment. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Three members of the Buccaneers dealt with MRSA in 2013: All-Pro guard Carl Nicks, kicker Lawrence Tynes, and cornerback Johnthan Banks. The infection ended Nicks' and Tynes' careers; Banks is still playing for Tampa Bay.
Buffalo Bills players told the Buffalo News that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. threw multiple punches after the whistle in Sunday's Giants victory. Several Bills players called out Beckham and had some pointed words for his actions. [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] Cornerback Stephon Gilmore intercepted an Eli Manning pass late in the fourth quarter, and on the play (pictured in the video above) you can see Beckham appearing to get up after being blocked and throwing a punch at safety Duke Williams. “I don’t know what’s up with him," Gilmore said. "He acts like nobody’s supposed to hit him and you’re supposed to let him catch the ball. He’s weird. He gets mad when you play physical with him. He’s weird. “He’s different. It’s kind of like you’re playing your little brother and he gets mad at you for being too physical with him — throwing a tantrum. I’m like, ‘Man, we’re playing football. It’s a physical game. ... He’s a prima donna. He feels like he’s on top of the world and nobody’s supposed to do anything to him." Williams added his thoughts on Beckham and the play in question. “A guy like that," Williams said, "you expect him to be a stand-up guy but I guess it is a part of his game. He likes to throw cheap shots here and there and gets away with it. I guess it’s his thing. ...Right in front of the referee and he threw a jab at me and ran behind his teammates. He ran away. I’m just like, ‘Wow. That’s crazy.’” No penalty was called on that play. “I just put my hands up like, ‘You’re not going to call the foul?'" Williams said. "He didn’t call anything.” Added Gilmore: "What’s the reason to do that? I think he got mad Duke blocked him and that’s what he’s supposed to do.” On a different play, linebacker Preston Brown was flagged 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct — one of 17 penalties in the game by the Bills on Sunday — in retaliation of Beckham's initial punch. “They were doing everything in the book they could to try to get a free 15 [yards]," Brown said. "They would say anything they thought would rile us up. Words usually don’t do anything, but when they start swinging at you — they did that a lot. They were throwing a lot of cheap shots.” The public image of Beckham is of the player who has taken the league by storm with his insane catches — those that count and even those that don't . But the Bills have suggested that not only was Beckham guilty of dirty plays in their game in Week 4 but in prior contests they had seen when studying the tape. “That’s what he does. He’ll get away with it," Brown said. "He’s the ‘golden boy’ of the league. He’s on the cover of 'Madden.' Sometimes, you get away with stuff like that.” Gilmore said he studies receivers the league round, but that Beckham — whom the Bills held to five catches for 38 yards on 12 targets — is not all he's cracked up to be, despite the best first 16-game production for a receiver in NFL history . "His world is based on hype and that one catch," Gilmore said. "Everybody sees that, everybody knows him for that and people don’t really look at the film and watch him and really don’t know what type of player he is." - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Raymond Summerlin discusses Ronnie Hillman, Nelson Agholor and the other top waiver adds for Week 5.
By knocking the ball free from Calvin Johnson, Chancellor may have created a wild swing in where the Seattle Seahawks will finish this season and provided another bit of officiating controversy on a Monday night in Seattle. To have him make that play was pretty cool,'' Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson said. Chancellor punched the ball free as Johnson was about to score, the saving play in Seattle's 13-10 win over the Detroit Lions on Monday night.
The new Miami Dolphins coach says talent is not their problem. Dan Campbell thinks the Dolphins need a more aggressive, intense, competitive environment, and he plans to provide it. Campbell was promoted Monday from his job as an assistant when the Dolphins fired Joe Philbin four games into his fourth season.
DENVER (AP) -- Imagine this: Taking Devonta Freeman with one of your top picks. And then grabbing Larry Fitzgerald with another.

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