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Tue, 30 Dec 2003 06:09:19 -0800
Clarence E. Hill Jr., of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reports Dallas Cowboys KR Michael Bates, who saw his first action with the Cowboys in Week 17, will likely remain the team's kick returner. Bates could also be added to the team's kickoff and punt coverage teams for Saturday's, Jan. 3, game against the Carolina Panthers.
Fri, 26 Dec 2003 12:24:52 -0800
The Dallas Cowboys have claimed ST/KR Michael Bates (Jets) off waivers from the New York Jets.
Tue, 23 Dec 2003 14:43:28 -0800
The New York Jets have announced the team has waived RB/KR Michael Bates (hand) from the injured reserve list.
Tue, 11 Nov 2003 10:46:38 -0800
The New York Jets have announced the team has placed RB/KR Michael Bates (hand) on injured reserve.
Thu, 06 Nov 2003 15:26:02 -0800
The Bergen Record's Randy Lange reports New York Jets KR Michael Bates (hand) is probable despite two broken metacarpals in his right hand suffered last week. He will wear a soft cast in Week 10 and won't return kickoffs but should cover and block on kickoffs.
Mon, 03 Nov 2003 14:35:19 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets WR Jonathan Carter got his first "touches" in a year and a half as a Jet during the Sunday, Nov. 2, game against the New York Giants, but it wasn't at wide receiver. He came in after Michael Bates broke his hand in the second quarter and returned the last four kickoffs for 95 yards.
Mon, 03 Nov 2003 14:34:17 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB/KR Michael Bates (hand) broke two metacarpals in his right hand and will not be able to return kicks, but will play on special teams. Jets head coach Herman Edwards said Bates is likely to try to play Sunday, Nov. 9, game against the Oakland Raiders wearing a cast.
Mon, 03 Nov 2003 06:56:48 -0800
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB Michael Bates (hand) injured his hand on a first-half kickoff return in Week 9. He returned later in the game but only played on kickoff coverage.
Wed, 24 Sep 2003 23:10:04 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB/KR Michael Bates (knee) was not listed on the injury report. Jets head coach Herman Edwards said Monday, Sept. 22, that Bates would be probable. However, Bates practiced Wednesday, Sept. 24, and is expected to play Sunday, Sept. 28, against the New York Jets.
Wed, 24 Sep 2003 20:15:37 -0700
The New York Jets return game has Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells concerned because of the big-play ability of WR Santana Moss and RB Michael Bates. So far the coverage units have been decent, but they need to be better for the Sunday, Sept. 28 game against the Cowboys.
Mon, 22 Sep 2003 22:12:03 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports New York Jets RB/KR Michael Bates (knee) slightly sprained his knee on a kickoff return Sunday, Sept. 21, against the New England Patriots. Bates is listed as probable for the Sunday, Sept. 28, game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Mon, 22 Sep 2003 11:49:38 -0700
Updating previous reports, the New York Jets announced RB Michael Bates (knee) is listed as probable for their Week 4 game.
Wed, 10 Sep 2003 08:08:15 -0700
Randy Lange, of the Bergen Record, reports the New York Jets have signed free agent KR Michael Bates (Carolina).
Sun, 31 Aug 2003 20:38:00 -0700
The Carolina Panthers have announced the team has released RB Michael Bates.
Fri, 29 Aug 2003 14:28:06 -0700
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers RB Michael Bates, WR Karl Hankton, FS Damien Richardson and SS Jarrod Cooper are excellent special teams players, but one or more could be on the bubble because they're not big contributors on offense or defense.
Tue, 19 Aug 2003 08:18:01 -0700
Updating previous reports, the Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers RB Michael Bates was acquitted of charges of driving while impaired on Monday, Aug. 18. Mecklenburg District Judge Hugh Lewis ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove Bates was driving while drunk.
Wed, 06 Aug 2003 12:08:51 -0700
Stan Olson, of the Charlotte Observer, reports in the absence of Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith (hamstring), Panthers RB Michael Bates is slotted as the team's kickoff return man.
Tue, 29 Jul 2003 06:56:57 -0700
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith has handled the bulk of the punt and kickoff returns the past two seasons, but the Panthers have made no secret it would like to lighten the load of Smith. One scenario would be to let Smith continue to handle punt returns with new acquisition WR/KR Terrence Wilkins and RB Michael Bates handling kickoff returns. "Kickoff returns sometimes put me in the tank a little bit in the fourth quarter," Smith said. "We've talked about it briefly. It may help. But being the person I am, I like to have the ball as much as possible. We've got to look at the situation and see how it benefits the team as a whole."
Sun, 11 May 2003 10:02:39 -0700
The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers KR Michael Bates was charged with drunken driving Saturday night. He was released on $1,000 bail and is set to appear in court May 27.
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 13:48:07 -0800
Updating an earlier story, Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the deal WR/KR Michael Bates signed with the Carolina Panthers was a one-year contract worth $655,000. A workout bonus of $25,000 was also included. Bates will only count $475,000 against the 2003 cap.
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 07:01:04 -0800
The Carolina Panthers have re-signed KR/RB Michael Bates. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 05:34:24 -0800
Updating previous reports, Steve Reed reports for the Gaston Gazette the contract KR Michael Bates has all but agreed to with the Carolina Panthers will be a one-year, $750,000 deal. In addition, he will probably receive a $25,000 signing bonus. Bates would only cost $475,000 against the salary cap under the new rule put into place last year by the league.
Tue, 18 Mar 2003 04:54:49 -0800
Updating previous reports, the Charlotte Observer reports the Carolina Panthers are on the verge of re-signing KR Michael Bates. “We’re real close to getting a one-year deal with Michael done,” said Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. “We’ve basically agreed to it, so we’ll just get it tightened up.”
Tue, 14 Jan 2003 06:26:05 -0800
Pat Yasinskas, of the Charlotte Observer, reports the Carolina Panthers appear to want ST Michael Bates to return next year despite him missing this past season with a broken ankle. Bates is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next month. Yasinskas spoke with his agent, Jim Steiner, at the Senior Bowl on Monday and Steiner said he recently spoke with the Panthers about a new deal. He added Bates would like to remain with the team and hopes to continue negotiations.
Mon, 26 Aug 2002 09:44:15 -0700
As expected, Panthers.com reports the Carolina Panthers have placed RB Michael Bates (ankle) on IR.
Wed, 21 Aug 2002 12:45:45 -0700
The Charlotte Observer reports Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith has had an excellent camp and is pushing for a starting spot as a WR. With the injury to KR Michael Bates (ankle), Smith will also play a big role in special teams, so the team has to balance his playing time. "It probably means we're going to have to give him some rest," wide receivers coach Richard Williamson said. "He can't go out there and play 60 snaps in the ball game and another 15 or 20 with special teams, that's an awful lot of football."
Tue, 20 Aug 2002 07:15:59 -0700
The Gaston Gazette reports Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox does not believe the hit on KR Michael Bates (ankle) that ended his season was malicious and intended to hurt him. "It was just the matter of a guy trying to block him," Fox said. "The first guy that tried to block him went low and ended up tackling him by his feet, and then the second guy hit him. They got a high-low out of it." However, he does believe the play should have been penalized. Fox said the team has turned the video tape of the hit into the league for them to review.
Mon, 19 Aug 2002 07:05:13 -0700
As an update to previous reports, the Charlotte Observer reports the Carolina Panthers confirmed KR Michael Bates (ankle) will be out for the year after undergoing surgery Sunday to repair his broken ankle. He is expected to be placed on injured reserve. The team was not very happy with the way the injury went down, though. Reports out of Panthers’ camp say Bates was injured on an illegal hit.
Sun, 18 Aug 2002 13:22:27 -0700
Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers WR/KR Steve Smith, who had a touchdown reception during Saturday's preseason game against Dallas, will have to handle all of the kick return duties now that Michael Bates (ankle) is out of action with a broken right ankle.
Sat, 17 Aug 2002 20:13:44 -0700
ESPNews reports Carolina Panthers KR/WR/RB Michael Bates (ankle) suffered a broken ankle during Saturday's exhibition game vs. Dallas.
Tue, 02 Apr 2002 11:32:29 -0800
Panthers.com reports several Carolina Panthers players sat out the first day of mini-camp Tuesday. OL Jeff Mitchell (knee) and TE Wesley Walls (knee) are still rehabbing their injuries. WR/KR/PR Steve Smith (ankle) was limited as was DL Sean Gilbert. Special teams player Michael Bates had an excused absence as did PK John Kasay.
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 10:37:19 -0800
Updating previous reports, ESPN's John Clayton reports RB/KR Michael Bates' one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers is valued at $750,000. He is expected to team with KR/WR Steve Smith to give the team an excellent return tandem. Smith was one of the league's better return specialists, but he is expected to get a little more time as the team's third receiver this season.
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 09:54:49 -0800
ESPN reports the Carolina Panthers have signed free agent KR/RB Michael Bates (Redskins) to a one-year deal. Bates, a former Panther, was released by the Washington Redskins on March 12, 2002.
Tue, 12 Mar 2002 22:47:19 -0800
The Washington Times reports several Washington Redskins players may soon join RB/KR Michael Bates as ex-Redskins. They are expected to release WR Kevin Lockett ($1.2million), long snapper Ethan Albright ($532,000) and CB Donovan Greer ($933,000) to create more cap room. By the way, the release of Bates saved the team about $750,000 against the salary cap, with $50,000 remaining as a prorated bonus.
Tue, 12 Mar 2002 15:23:12 -0800
Redskins.com's Jason Gould reports the Washington Redskins terminated the contract of RB/KR Michael Bates Tuesday.
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 19:06:15 -0800
Updating an earlier story, the Washington Post reports the Washington Redskins potential release of KR Michael Bates, WR Kevin Lockett and CB Donovan Greer, would be totally salary cap related. The team would save about $750,000 in cap space by releasing Bates, $1 million by releasing Lockett and about $640,000 by releasing Greer. Bates and Lockett were made available in the expansion draft and not selected.
Tue, 26 Feb 2002 11:11:45 -0800
The Washington Times reports the Washington Redskins are about $3 million under the 2002 salary cap, which will limit their activity in the free agent market. Because of that, the team is likely to be knocked out of the race for QB Drew Bledsoe and be forced to release more players to open additional salary cap room. The Redskins could release CB Donovan Greer, KR Michael Bates and WR Kevin Lockett as early as this week.
Tue, 22 Jan 2002 16:37:34 -0800
Redskins.com reports the Washington Redskins have placed RB/KR Michael Bates, WR Kevin Lockett, OL Matt Campbell, LS Ethan Albright and DT Jerry DeLoach on their expansion list.
Mon, 21 Jan 2002 19:58:52 -0800
The Washington Post reports the Washington Redskins have placed KR Michael Bates on their list of five players that will be available in the February NFL expansion draft. The Redskins list also reportedly includes WR Kevin Lockett, G Matt Campbell and LS Ethan Albright, according to sources. The team is also expected to put either one of two young DTs, Delbert Cowsette or Jerry DeLoach, on the list.
Wed, 02 Jan 2002 16:07:14 -0800
Redskins.com's Jason Gould reports Washington Redskins CB Champ Baily has been named a first alternate for the NFC's Pro Bowl team. RB Stephen Davis (second), ST Michael Bates (second) and DT Dan Wilkinson (third) were also named as alternates.
Fri, 23 Nov 2001 19:17:21 -0800
According to the Washington Post, Washington Redskins RB/KR Michael Bates (hip flexor) practiced yesterday and is expected to play Sunday. Neither QB Tony Banks (concussion) nor TE Stephen Alexander (ankle) suffered any setbacks during practice today and both are still on target to play Sunday.
Thu, 22 Nov 2001 21:03:40 -0800
The Washington Post reports Washington Redskins TE Stephen Alexander (ankle) practiced today and according to coach Marty Schottenheimer he continues to make progress. The team is also hopeful KR Michael Bates (hip) will be available Sunday.
Mon, 19 Nov 2001 14:18:17 -0800
Washington Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer said OL Matt Campbell (knee) might miss a couple weeks of action with a knee injury. RB/KR Michael Bates suffered a hip flexor and is day-to-day. WR Kevin Lockett (ribs) was kind of sore on Monday after suffering a rib cartilage injury, but Lockett told Schottenheimer that he should be able to play this weekend. DE Bruce Smith (knee/head) should be okay after suffering some soreness in his knee and getting his bell rung on Sunday.
Mon, 22 Oct 2001 19:32:38 -0700
The Washington Post reports the Washington Redskins plan to audition punt returners tomorrow. The team is not that pleased with Michael Bates and Kevin Lockett, their current punt returners. The Redskins have worked out former Kansas City PR Tamarick Vanover, but coach Marty Schottenheimer said, "I want to look and evaluate who else is available."
Sat, 06 Oct 2001 07:13:31 -0700
Rick Snider reports for the Washington Times after three games, the Washington Redskins punt return team has negative yardage. The best return of this season is three yards; the other two returns lost two yards. There were also two fair catches while four other punts landed untouched. The team has been using Michael Bates and Kevin Lockett to return punts. The Redskins may now use Bates for punts near midfield when his quickness could get him into the end zone, but Lockett will handle those in Washington territory.
Fri, 05 Oct 2001 21:34:32 -0700
According to the Washington Post, Washington Redskins WR Michael Westbrook (bruised hip) practiced yesterday, and coach Marty Schottenheimer said he expects him to start Sunday. As previously reported, RB Stephen Davis also practiced and he too should start on Sunday. Schottenheimer said he also expects FB Donnell Bennett (sprained toe) and KR Michael Bates (bruised heel) to be ready. Bates and WR Kevin Lockett likely will continue to split the punt return duties.
Thu, 04 Oct 2001 15:45:38 -0700
The Associated Press reports Washington Redskins WR Michael Westbrook (hip) and RB Stephen Davis (ankle) did not practice earlier today. Davis is expected to start Sunday, but Westbrook could be limited to spot duty. KR Michael Bates (heel) and FB Donnell Bennett (toe) returned to practice today after missing Wednesday.
Thu, 04 Oct 2001 07:31:33 -0700
The Washington Times reports Washington Redskins DE Marco Coleman (elbow) likely will not play on Sunday. FB Donnell Bennett (toe), KR Michael Bates (heel), RB Stephen Davis (ankle) and WR Michael Westbrook (hip) did not practice on Wednesday. Each is expected to return in the next two days and play Sunday. DL Kenard Lang is once again expected to start at DE for Coleman, while Jerry DeLoach will start at defensive tackle. LB Antonio Pierce is also expected to start once again. LB LaVar Arrington, who sprained an MCL at Green Bay, is questionable. He ran and did some cutting while the Redskins practiced.
Mon, 01 Oct 2001 14:32:44 -0700
Washington Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer stated RB/ST Michael Bates suffered a bruised heel and FB Donnell Bennett suffered a sprained toe. DE Marco Coleman (elbow) is probably doubtful for this week's game while LB LaVar Arrington (knee) is questionable.
Mon, 03 Sep 2001 21:16:40 -0700
The Washington Post reports Washington Redskins Coach Marty Schottenheimer said earlier today rookie RB Kenny Watson will share the Redskins third-down back duties with Ki-Jana Carter and Michael Bates.