Lions acquire TE Tim Wright from Buccaneers
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(9:28 am ET) The Lions have reportedly made a deal with the Buccaneers to acquire tight end Timothy Wright, in exchange for rookie kicker Kyle Brindza according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport and confirmed by both teams. 

Wright had re-joined the Bucs after a season in New England in which he caught 26 passes and six touchdowns. Now, he will join a crowded tight end field in Detroit, where Joseph Fauria, Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew are in the mix. 

Redskins TE Jordan Reed returns to practice in limited capacity
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/25/2015) Redskins tight end Jordan Reed returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since Aug. 11. He has been sidelined by a strained hamstring.

Reed took part in basic passing drills, according to The Washington Post.

Bills TE Charles Clay not worried about nagging knee injury
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/25/2015) Bills tight end Charles Clay pulled out of practice Tuesday due to a nagging right knee injury, which he dealt with last season in Miami. However, Clay made sure to tell reporters after practice the knee is a non-issue.

"I'm fine," he said, per "It was just something that they wanted to look out for me a little bit. It was something that started nagging, so they decided it would be best to pull me out.

"I don't want to get much into all of that. You can ask [coach] Rex [Ryan]. I don't want to get too much into injury talk. But I'm 100 percent fine, so I'm not worried though."

Report: 49ers trade Derek Carrier to Redskins
by Shawn Krest |
(8/21/2015) The Redskins, who lost two tight ends to injury, acquired tight end Derek Carrier from the 49ers, ESPN reported. 

Washington dealt away a fifth-round pick to obtain Carrier. 

Lions place Darren Keyton on IR, release David Ausberry
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/18/2015) The Lions placed center Darren Keyton on injured reserve Tuesday due to a knee injury. The team also released tight end David Ausberry from injured reserve.

Patriots trade OL James Devey to 49ers for TE Asante Cleveland
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/18/2015) The 49ers traded tight end Asante Cleveland to the Patriots on Tuesday in exchange for offensive lineman Jordan Devey.

Cleveland appeared in six games as a rookie in 2014. He did not record a catch.

Devey, who was an undrafted free agent in 2013, appeared in seven games last season for New England. He made four starts.

Harbaugh: Ravens aiming for midseason return for Dennis Pitta
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/18/2015) Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta will not be on the 53-man roster to begin the season, coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday. Harbaugh added the team is aiming for a midseason return for Pitta, who will remain on the PUP list to begin the season.

Pitta has been limited to just seven games over the last two seasons after twice dislocating his hip.

Cardinals' Arians says C. Johnson, Gresham have to earn roster spots
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/18/2015) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday he told veteran running back Chris Johnson and tight end Jermaine Gresham that nothing has been promised to them, including a spot on the roster.

The Cardinals finalized a one-year contract with Johnson on Monday. Arizona signed Greshman to a one-year deal in late July.

Hand surgeon: Julius Thomas being ready for opener is realistic goal
by Michael Hurcomb |
(8/18/2015) The Jaguars are confident tight end Julius Thomas will be ready by the season opener (Sept. 13 vs. Carolina) after he broke his index finger in the preseason opener Friday, according to The Florida Times-Union.

Steven Shin, who is director of hand surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, said playing in the opener is a realistic goal, especially since Thomas' injury is below the bottom knuckle and should speed up his recovery.

“The blood supply to that area of the hand is pretty good and the bone in that area tends to heal very quickly,” Shin said.

Shin also believes Thomas won't have to wear any heavy protection on his hand once he returns.

“By that point, hopefully he’ll be able to not have to wear anything but the soft padding,” Shin said. “If he were to have to wear a hard cast across the knuckle joint, that would be very difficult for him to have any flexibility and catch passes.”

Report: Saints waive TE Alex Smith
by Marty Gitlin |
(8/16/2015) The Saints have released journeyman tight end Alex Smith, a source has told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Smith who signed with the Saints last week, has just three catches over the last two seasons.

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