NFL rumors roundup

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Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, Oct. 13:

  • As if the Buffalo Bills' offense didn't have enough injury issues already, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports that quarterback Tyrod Taylor "could miss multiple games with an MCL sprain" and that the team is preparing to start EJ Manuel on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Rex Ryan said Monday that Taylor is "beat up" and "sore" and "hasn't been 100 percent all season," but it's a surprise to hear that Taylor could be in danger of missing significant time. The Bills traded Matt Cassel to the Dallas Cowboys a few weeks ago, leaving Manuel as the primary backup. The 2013 first-round pick had his moments in the preseason, but his overall body of work suggests the Bills would struggle without Taylor. For more depth at the position, Buffalo signed Josh Johnson on Tuesday.

  • Ben Roethlisberger is still sidelined with a knee injury, but he helped the Pittsburgh Steelers in a big way during Monday night's win over the San Diego Chargers. Backup QB Michael Vick told NFL Network's Alex Flanagan that his 72-yard TD bomb to receiver Markus Wheaton -- which tied the game with less than eight minutes remaining -- was a play that Roethlisberger drew up on the sideline. "Based on what he's seeing -- I was struggling -- Ben put the play together, we executed, and now I see why he's a great one," Vick told Flanagan. It's just another illustration of how well Roethlisberger understands the game at this point in his career, which has a lot to do with how high Big Ben's level of play has been in recent years. The Steelers will obviously hope for Roethlisberger to return sooner than later, but it's encouraging that his guidance from the sideline helped Vick deliver one of the game's biggest plays.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles suffered a sprained throwing shoulder in Week 5, but there isn't much doubt about his availability for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. That makes sense, considering Bortles played through the injury and threw a career-high four touchdown passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union offered a bit more clarity on the situation. O'Halloran spoke with orthopedic surgeon Brian Schulz, who said "it's definitely possible" for Bortles to play through the injury, although pain and tenderness should be expected. Schulz doesn't think Bortles would be at serious risk of further injury by playing, but he noted the Jags QB would be better off getting hit as little as possible. Overall, it appears to be good news for the Jaguars, who would certainly like to see Bortles build off of what was probably his best performance yet as a pro. The young QB will need to be on his toes, however -- he was sacked nine times in two meetings with the Texans a year ago.

  • A day after placing cornerback Will Davis on injured reserve, the Baltimore Ravens appear to have found more depth at the position. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports the Ravens will sign Shareece Wright, who was recently granted his release by the San Francisco 49ers. Wright offers Baltimore another body at the position, but he's by no means a quick fix for the Ravens' defense. Despite signing a free-agent deal with the Niners in March, Wright was inactive in Weeks 1-4 before being released. Pro Football Focus graded him as its 103rd-ranked cornerback out of 108 qualifiers at the position in 2014. The Ravens also activated a pair of cornerbacks from their practice squad on Tuesday, promoting Asa Jackson and Hard Knocks-star Charles James.

  • Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that he's "way ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a dislocated shoulder suffered in Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons. Wilson suggests Shorts could return this week to play against his former team, the Jaguars. Even after showing some life with Brian Hoyer at the helm Thursday against the Indianapolis Colts, the Texans' offense could use all the help it can get. Perhaps with Arian Foster further removed from injury and Shorts back in the fold, Houston could get something going in Jacksonville on Sunday.