NFL rumors roundup

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Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Monday, Oct. 12:

  • Despite some rumblings about the Atlanta Falcons potentially trading receiver Roddy White, it appears the 33-year-old will remain in Atlanta for good. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that three teams "are mulling potential trades" for White, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter reported Sunday evening that White is not on the trading block. A "high-ranking team official" told Ledbetter "No!" when asked if White is available via trade, and White himself told Ledbetter he'll be "a Falcon for life." The rumors stemmed from White's comments last week about wanting more catches, but head coach Dan Quinn spoke with White about his role and it seems wrinkles have been smoothed over. While Julio Jones is a bonafide superstar, his nagging injuries are a cause for concern, and Atlanta's receiving corps would be quite thin without White.

  • After a blistering start to his 11th NFL season, Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware left Sunday's game in Oakland with a back injury, but the ailment isn't devastating. Pro Football Talk heard from one source that the injury was back spasms and from another that it's a strain, noting that it doesn't sound serious either way. Rapoport added that the injury should keep Ware out "about two weeks." While not ideal, that's relatively good news for Denver. The Broncos play the Cleveland Browns in Week 6 and go on bye in Week 7 before hosting the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. Their rotation at outside linebacker is quite deep -- backups Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett each collected a sack after Ware left Sunday's game, and Von Miller had a strip-sack and recovery -- but Ware is a huge piece of Wade Phillips' unit. Getting the eight-time Pro Bowler back just in time to face Aaron Rodgers & Co. seems like an ideal situation.

  • In an interesting note from Sunday morning, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is trying to cut weight and improve his speed to compensate for the porous offensive line in front of him. La Canfora also noted that Seattle might make a change at center, as Drew Nowak continues to struggle with the exchange to Wilson. Despite Wilson's incredible ability to escape pressure, the Seahawks' line has allowed a league-high 22 sacks, including four on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. They also allowed 10 QB hits on Sunday, but most of those were from the edge rather than up the middle, as left defensive end Carlos Dunlap hounded right tackle Garry Gilliam for six on his own. Seattle's line is in shambles right now, and it's not a huge surprise considering its struggles in recent years and the departure of Max Unger in the Jimmy Graham trade this offseason. A change at center likely wouldn't fix anything, but this is certainly a situation worth keeping an eye on.

  • With Jamaal Charles' injury on Sunday, it appears the Kansas City Chiefs have a debate to settle at running back. Kathleen Gier of the KC Star relays that Charcandrick West has been told he and Knile Davis will split carries moving forward. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports that head coach Andy Reid prefers West to Davis because the former's style is more similar to that of Charles, but Cole also notes that Davis has plenty of supporters in the building. As long as both backs are healthy, it's hard to see one separating from the other to appease fantasy owners at this point. Both West and Davis are worth having on your roster, but more clarity will be needed before either is worthy of a start.

  • The Dallas Cowboys' pass rush showed its potential on Sunday against the New England Patriots, picking up five first-half sacks, and it could be getting reinforcements soon. According to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, rookie second-rounder Randy Gregory has had no setbacks with his injured ankle and should return after the bye to face the New York Giants in Week 7. The talented rookie is another scary piece for Rod Marinelli to add to the mix up front, so the Cowboys' defense could certainly get better moving forward. Unfortunately, the real problems are on the other side of the ball right now.

  • The Buffalo Bills squeaked out a win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday without their top two running backs, but they may not get returns from LeSean McCoy or Karlos Williams this week. McCoy said last week that his injury typically requires a 3- to 4-week recovery, and La Canfora reported Sunday that the team "anticipates [Williams] could miss an additional game]." Tyrod Taylor had nine carries for 76 yards on Sunday, but the rest of the Bills combined for just 51 yards on 21 carries. With the red-hot Bengals up next on the schedule, Buffalo will probably need more than that from its backfield.

  • On the bright side for the Bills, wide receiver Sammy Watkins appears to be making good progress in his recovery from a calf injury. WKBW's Joe Buscaglia says "everything is trending up" for the Bills' top wideout to play in Week 6 against Cincinnati. Buffalo receivers caught all of six passes on Sunday -- and Taylor had as many catches (1) as Robert Woods -- so Watkins' return would be extremely welcome.

  • The Arizona Cardinals made some waves on Monday by agreeing to terms with pass-rusher Dwight Freeney, and it appears the signing was spurred by an injury suffered by Alex Okafor. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reports Okafor has a strained calf and will be out 2-4 weeks. Arizona's outside linebackers aren't particularly threatening -- blitzing is the team's preferred method to produce pressure anyway -- but Freeney should contribute next to LaMarr Woodley and rookie Markus Golden as a situational pass-rusher. Depending on his effectiveness, Freeney could keep his role when Okafor returns, but at the very least, he's insurance in case Okafor's injury lingers throughout the season. Bruce Arians has been able to rejuvenate Chris Johnson (age 30) and Larry Fitzgerald (32) this year, and he did so with then-35-year-old John Abraham two years ago -- don't be shocked if the 35-year-old Freeney flashes for the Cardinals.

  • Another nugget from Sunday: Terry Pluto of the The Plain Dealer noted that the Browns still view Justin Gilbert as a cornerback, despite his presence as a receiver on the scout team and growing role on special teams. After a rough rookie campaign, the No. 8 overall pick from the 2014 draft was inactive in Weeks 1 and 2 this season, and he has played just eight defensive snaps, all in Week 4. But Gilbert has suddenly seized a role on special teams, playing 47 snaps there in the past two weeks and grading out as the Browns' best special teamer by Pro Football Focus' measures. He's also returned four kicks for 125 yards (31.3 average), with three of those returns going for at least 35 yards. Pluto adds that Gilbert "has impressed the coaches with his willingness to play anywhere." Browns fans surely would rather Gilbert start producing at cornerback like a top-10 pick should, but these are promising signs for a player whose attitude and maturity level have been questioned. Gilbert certainly deserves more time to deliver on his significant potential.

  • As if the Baltimore Ravens needed more bad news, it appears newly acquired cornerback Will Davis is done for the season. The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported Sunday evening that Davis' knee injury is "pretty significant," and Rapoport confirmed Monday that Davis tore his ACL. The Ravens traded for Davis a few weeks ago to help shore up a pass defense that has struggled mightily this season, but it didn't change much, and now it appears Davis' season is over. With Terrell Suggs already lost for the season, the receiving corps battered and the Ravens sitting at 1-4, it's difficult to find much optimism in Baltimore right now.