The injury came at a crucial moment for the Bucs, who are now 2-4 and just beginning divisional play. They play the Panthers on Sunday, followed by the New Orleans Saints.
The Seahawks agreed to terms with Freeney on a one-year deal after working him out on Tuesday, then announced the defensive end’s signing on Wednesday. Coach Pete Carroll said the plan is for Freeney to play Sunday when Seattle hosts the Houston Texans at CenturyLink Field.
“We’re going to mix him in and see how he does,” Carroll said. “He’s ready to go. He wants to go. He’s been working real hard; he’s in good shape. The workout showed that yesterday. He’s got to make it through the week and all that, but we’re expecting him to play, so you’ll see him some.”
Carroll said the deal with Freeney, 37, had been in the works for a few weeks and that Seattle’s interest in the seven-time Pro Bowl selection began in earnest when Seahawks DE Cliff Avril went down with a neck injury in Week 4. Freeney said the timing worked out perfectly, as he was one more week away from giving up on the possibility of playing this season.
There would be a void in the Jets’ secondary if Skrine isn’t able to play Sunday. He starts in the base defense and slides inside to slot in the nickel package.
The Jets don’t have an experienced replacement for the slot. Chances are, they would use Darryl Roberts or Juston Burris. They also signed cornerback Robert Nelson from their practice squad. Skrine’s backup, rookie Xavier Coleman, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Miami and might need surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Bryant, who reportedly asked for a trade weeks Liverpool Cheap Jerseys ago, was a no-show for a Discount Yankee Jerseys team meeting Monday. A teammate told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Bryant “called in sick.”