5 for 5: The Top 5 NFL Stories You Need to Know In Week 7

By Alex Lawrence

1) Jets WR Eric Decker jeopardizing availability for 2017-18 Season: When the New York Jets placed Eric Decker on season ending IR, the hope was to have him back by next season. It’s now been discovered that aside from Decker’s torn rotator cuff, he also needed hip surgery. After receiving the hip surgery, his recovery time is expected to be around six months. Decker has said he won’t have rotator cuff surgery until he no longer needs crutches. Problem is, rotator cuff surgery has an expected eight month recovery frame. If Eric Decker chooses to go about his injuries in this manner then he may not suit up until December 2017. If the Jets aren’t in a position where they’d make the playoffs they won’t be rushing Decker back to suit up for meaningless games.

2) Tony Romo returning to the Cowboys as the backup QB: Statistically Tony Romo is the greatest Cowboys QB to ever wear the star. His biggest flaw over the last few years is his propensity for getting injured. Jerry Jones can’t mess this up aka make Tony Romo the back-up and let the young gun develop. You can’t argue with the success Dak Prescott has seen thus far. Romo has played in 19 games since 2014 with a 15-4 record. Looks good on paper, but he doesn’t stay on the field and is 36 years-old. Prescott has been building chemistry and earning respect, leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 record thus far. Dak is 23 and has 10 touchdowns (3 rushing TDs) to only 1 interception. This team is Prescott’s team now and the team needs to have Romo as a reliable back-up if anything were to occur where the team would need to start him.

3) Josh Brown not likely to play this season: Josh Brown has been placed on the Exempt list and will not be with the Giants this season. If the case resolves itself out I’m not sure the Giants would welcome him with open arms. I’m not sure any team will want him in lieu of the new information involving his domestic violence case. Brown will make $1.1 million this season and can appeal. Until the NFL completes their investigation Brown won’t be seeing the field anytime soon.

4) DeMarco Murray a top running back again: DeMarco Murray in his first year with the Tennessee Titans is showing why the Eagles paid so much for him in 2015. The Eagles didn’t get production out of Murray because of the system Chip Kelly ran. In fact we’re seeing an even better Murray than when he was with the Cowboys in 2014, in which he ran the ball 392 times for 1,845 yards and 13 rushing TDs. In 2015 he underperformed and had 191 rush attempts for 702 yards and 6 rushing TDs. The Titans are utilizing DeMarco both on the ground and through the air. To this point in the season he has 526 rush yards, 172 receiving yards and 4 rushing TDs. Murray is on pace to have over 1,800 all-purpose yards and 10 rushing TDs. He is playing like the elite running back he was in 2014.

5) Antonio Cromartie’s wife speaks out: On September 25th Antonio Cromartie took a knee during the national anthem while the remainder of the Colts roster and staff all stood for the anthem. October 4th, Cromartie was released from the Colts and his wife took to Twitter to speak out. She claims the Colt cut her husband because he wanted to make a statement. Cromartie posted a picture on Instagram hinting that he believes that was the reason he was released. I don’t think the Colts cut him because of that. The Colts secondary was getting healthy and they liked free agent signee Patrick Robinson as their number three corner more. At the same time, Cromartie wasn’t playing well at all and appeared washed up.

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