NFL Gamecock Roundup: Clowney's Back, Brinkley's Not

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-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. 

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Player Team Pos. #
Antonio Allen+ New York Jets S 48
Rory Anderson+ San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley Dallas Cowboys LB 54
Damiere Byrd* Carolina Panthers WR 18
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Mike Davis San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Alshon Jeffery+ Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw+ Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Clifton Geathers+ Pittsburgh Steelers DE 98
Dylan Thompson* San Francisco 49ers QB 13

+ = Injured Player
* = Practice Squad