-For all the painful cuts of this past Labor Day weekend, none of them can hold a candle (of pain) to Jasper Brinkley's Labor Day. Ironically, it ended with Brinkley's labor no longer being needed by the Dallas Cowboys. Rather, the Cowboys decided to take a flier on recently-cut tackle Jordan Mills, who got his walking papers from the Chicago Bears. It had been reported all pre-season that Jasper Brinkley was on the bubble in camp, but it's wild to think that he was literally the last player to have made the team, yet that also made him the most expendable.
-Someone who is very much not expendable for the injury-riddled Houston Texans is Jadeveon Clowney. While it's been known for a while that Clowney likely be ready for week one, head coach Bill O'Brien just revealed that while Clowney may be playing, he will be on a rep-limit. It's a no-brainer decision given Clowney has had three injuries in the past twelve months, if you include the latest sidelining injury in the pre-season. Still, it's never exciting to temper expectations, but if it gives us all at least sixteen games of Clowney, I'll gladly write about him sipping Gatorade on the sidelines every other series. I hear his favorite flavor is lemon-lime. So cool.
-Alshon Jeffery, who has been injured throughout the preseason with an undisclosed calf injury, was virtually absent from practice with the Chicago Bears today, and was made unavailable to the press during the scheduled 20 minutes for questions. In a stranger turn, when Jeffery was finally spotted during open room, team officials kept the press far away from the Pro Bowl wideout. The concern to me isn't necessarily that Chicago is being quiet about the injury. It's that they're cordoning off Jeffery from the public and preventing him from talking about anything at all.
+ = Injured Player
* = Practice Squad