Welcome to Pigskin Stew, your weekly recap of injury related news around the NFL that you might have missed while inundated with news that the Denver Broncos plowed over too much horse feed for Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward. I think John Elway would sell his soul to the Devil below if he thought it would win the Orange Horses a NFL Championship.
So sit back, relax, pop the cap, tip her back, and join me every Sunday afternoon up until the start of the 2014 preseason for your injury related news that flew under your radar.
Miami Dolphins sign free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan
The Miami Dolphins signed free agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan this week to a two-year contract. Finnegan, 30, was recently told by the St. Louis Rams to "agitate the gravel" is projected to play opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.
Finnegan had 27 tackles and one interception last season with the horned sheep while battling multiple injuries. Finnegan, who dealt with a hamstring injury, also suffered a fractured orbital bone in a September 26 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Finnegan tried to play through the injury appearing in seven games but ultimately landed on the injured reserve list. The busted eye socket required surgery.
In other related Dolphins-Rams news, the Fish signed former Ram offensive guard Shelley Smith. The two-year deal is worth $5.5 million with $1.5 million guaranteed.
Finnegan begins again with the Dolphins, represented himself in the negotiations and all eyes will be on South Beach as the Miami faithful look through their Costa Del Mars to see if the Dolphins are AFC East contenders or just wayward porpoises caught in the New England Patriots' net.
Brandon Spikes signs with Bills
Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills this week. The deal is worth a reported $3.25 million. It was a likely landing spot for the hard-hitting LB as former Patriots' linebackers coach and friend, Pepper Johnson, is now on the Bills' staff.
Spikes, who dealt with a knee injury for most of the season, was placed on the injured reserve list before the Patriots AFC divisional round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Reports surfaced that Spikes missed a team meeting in preparation for the AFC divisional round playoff game with Spikes claiming at the time it was due to snowy weather. Maybe Spikes thinks that it is always sunny in Buffalo.
Regardless of how many "snow days" the Bills will allow Spikes to take, Spikes was happy to be gone from Route 1, proclaiming his feelings on his official Twitter account:
Free at last, free at last. I thank God I’m free at last. Free at last, Free at last !!!!!! #LetsGetIt #PoWwWwW
— brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) March 15, 2014
Yes, you are free Brandon, free to start losing.
Bears re-sign D.J. Williams
The Chicago Bears resigned linebacker D.J. Williams this week. Williams landed on the injured reserve list in 2013 after suffering a pectoral tear in Week 6.
In six starts, Williams finished the season with 39 tackles, including three and a half sacks and four and a half tackles for loss.
Williams is projected to start ahead of LB Jon Bostic. Bostic filled in for Williams for ten games last season.
Williams should stabilize the middle part of the Bears' defense, which was at the bottom of a pothole on Lake Shore Drive against the run in 2013.
Check back next Sunday for another bowl of Pigskin Stew, until then stay thirsty my friends.
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