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Wed, 11 Jun 2003 20:48:18 -0700
The Houston Texans have released TE Rod Rutledge, according to HoustonTexans.com.
Wed, 27 Nov 2002 00:23:36 -0800
Houston Texans.com reports the Houston Texans have placed TE Rod Rutledge (foot) on IR.
Sun, 17 Nov 2002 09:15:34 -0800
The Houston Texans have announced CB DeMarcus Faggins, S Ramon Walker, G Milford Brown, TE Rod Rutledge, WR Avion Black and DT Willie Blade as inactive for week 11. Mike Quinn will be the team's No. 3 QB.
Sat, 02 Nov 2002 07:24:32 -0800
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Texans TE Rod Rutledge (foot/ankle/knee) was able to practice this week and will be active for Sunday’s game.
Sun, 27 Oct 2002 12:16:30 -0800
The Houston Texans have announced TE Jabari Holloway will start in place of TE Rod Rutledge.
Sat, 26 Oct 2002 07:53:28 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Texans starting TE Rod Rutledge (foot/ankle/knee) may not play Sunday. That would create playing opportunities for backup TE Jabari Holloway.
Fri, 26 Jul 2002 01:29:36 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Texans TE Rod Rutledge has experienced inflammation in his left ankle since Monday and is not expected to return until early next week. Coach Dom Capers does not consider the injury serious. "I'm definitely feeling better. I'm hoping to be back real soon," Rutledge said. "It's been a big disappointment."
Tue, 02 Jul 2002 18:58:23 -0700
Carter Toole reports for HoustonTexans.com TE Rod Rutledge is currently leading the battle to be the starting TE for the Houston Texans. "Rod gives us a big, physical player that we think can be a good run-blocking tight end," coach Dom Capers said. "We’re going to need a guy that can fill that role for us."
Tue, 04 Jun 2002 21:26:26 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Texans TE Billy Miller is seeking a second chance with his NFL career. He spent his first two seasons in the NFL with Denver. He has impressed the Texans coaching staff this offseason with his passing-catching ability, improved blocking skills and dedication in the weight room. Right now he and Rod Rutledge top the team's depth chart at TE. "I think coming to Houston everybody has a great opportunity at every position," said Miller. "He's improved. He's worked very hard in the weight room. He's gotten a lot stronger," coach Dom Capers said.
Fri, 26 Apr 2002 22:46:58 -0700
The Houston Chronicle reports Houston Texans S Leomont Evans and TEs Johnny Huggins and Rod Rutledge injured left ankles during Friday's mini-camp practice. LB Brian Allen was slowed by a calf injury.
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 22:49:04 -0700
Updating an earlier story, the Houston Chronicle reports the contract signed by TE Rod Rutledge with the Houston Texans is a two-year, $1.105 million deal.
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 16:11:17 -0700
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have signed TE Rod Rutledge. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Wed, 13 Mar 2002 18:24:27 -0800
As expected, Houston Texans.com reports the team visited with free agent OT Spencer Folau (Dolphins), G Frank Middleton (Raiders), C Kendyl Jacox (Chargers) and TE Rod Rutledge (Patriots).
Tue, 12 Mar 2002 21:20:34 -0800
The Houston Chronicle reports the Houston Texans will visit with free agent OT Spencer Folau (Miami), C/G Kendyl Jacox (San Diego), G Frank Middleton (Raiders) and TE Rod Rutledge (Patriots) on Wednesday.
Fri, 22 Feb 2002 13:31:06 -0800
Patriots.com reports the tight end position is an obvious need for the New England Patriots this year because TE Rod Rutledge is an unrestricted free agent and TE Jermaine Wiggins is the only other TE on roster with experience. The Patriots drafted too rookie TEs last year -- Jabari Holloway and Arther Love -- but neither saw action on the field.
Fri, 09 Nov 2001 13:42:48 -0800
Patriots.com reports the team has upgraded DE Willie McGinest (leg), DT Richard Seymour (leg), TE Rod Rutledge (ankle) and S Antwan Harris (ankle) from questionable to probable on the team's injury report. DL Anthony Pleasant is still questionable with the flu.
Sun, 04 Nov 2001 09:21:44 -0800
The New England Patriots have named Drew Bledsoe their third QB. WR Terry Glenn, CB Antwan Harris, OL Matt Light, TE Rod Rutledge and LB T.J. Turner have been declared inactive.
Sun, 28 Oct 2001 07:30:33 -0800
The Boston Globe reports New England Patriots TE Rod Rutledge (leg) was limited in practice this week but it appears he may play today.
Wed, 24 Oct 2001 21:00:24 -0700
Paul Kenyon reports for the Providence Journal New England Patriots WR Terry Glenn (hamstring), S Antwan Harris (sprained ankle), TE Rod Rutledge (sprained ankle) and DL Richard Seymour (leg injury) are all listed as questionable for this week's game with Denver.
Sat, 13 Oct 2001 10:51:45 -0700
The Boston Herald reports New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hasn't been happy with TEs Jermaine Wiggins and Rod Rutledge so far. He said neither has been able to get open enough to warrant plays designed for them.
Wed, 22 Aug 2001 21:20:40 -0700
According to Michael Felger of the Boston Herald, none of the New England Patriots TEs has stepped forward to become the clear cut starter. The leading candidates, Johnny McWilliams and Rod Rutledge each have two catches in the pre-season, while Jermaine Wiggins, who has been running with the first team, has just one.
Sun, 29 Jul 2001 07:47:57 -0700
The Boston Globe reports the battle to start at TE for the New England Patriots is close between Jermaine Wiggins, who has been catching everything in sight and Rod Rutledge, whose goal is to shed his "good block, no catch" image. Rutledge reported in great shape, about 15 pounds lighter than last season, and he does look quicker. Three other candidates for the job, Johnny McWilliams (hamstring) and rookies Jabari Holloway (hamstring) and Arther Love (groin) remain sidelined with injuries. Chris Eitzmann, another candidate, caught the wrath of the coaches for dropping a pass when he was wide-open.
Mon, 23 Jul 2001 12:15:14 -0700
Dan Pires, of the New Bedford Standard-Times, has informed KFFL that the New England Patriots had a good turnout today as training camp kicked off. Rookie DE Richard Seymour, the team's first-round draft choice, didn't show up. CB Ty Law (shoulder), S Lawyer Milloy (shoulder), LB Andy Katzenmoyer (neck), QB Michael Bishop (ribs), TE Rod Rutledge (knee), DL Brandon Mitchell (quadriceps) and DE Willie McGinest (back) were all in attendence; as were all of the team's QBs, including Drew Bledsoe.
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 09:40:50 -0700
Patriots.com reports the New England Patriots toughest decision in training camp may come from the tight end position. Jermaine Wiggins was able to make an impression during mini-camp and goes in as the favorite to win the starting job. However, Wiggins will have to prove to coach Bill Belichick that he can become a full time player. Belichick said the job is wide open and five players will be vying for the starting TE spot including Rod Rutledge, Johnny McWilliams, Jabari Holloway, Arther Love and Wiggins.
Sun, 24 Jun 2001 09:41:17 -0700
According to the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots have a battle for the starting tight end position ready to kick off at the start of training camp. TEs Jermaine Wiggins, who looked impressive at the end of the 2000 season, will battle with Jabari Holloway, Johnny McWilliams and Rod Rutledge. The team appears to view rookie Arther Love as a project and Chris Eitzmann has an uphill battle in front of him just to make the roster. QBs enjoyed throwing to Holloway during camps this year while McWilliams did little to impress during summer workouts.
Sat, 09 Jun 2001 13:15:35 -0700
The Boston Herald reports the New England Patriots tight ends did little to impress the team during their mini-camp action this week. As reported, TEs Jabari Holloway (hamstring) and Arther Love (groin), both rookies, were hurt and stayed out of action. TE Johnny McWilliams suffered an undisclosed injury and then got hurt, too. TE Jermaine Wiggins looked to be out of shape while Rod Rutledge failed to impress.
Sun, 29 Apr 2001 00:11:24 -0700
Michael Felger reports for the Boston Herald it appears the New England Patriots could be left with a need at TE heading into training camp. The two TEs they drafted, Jabari Holloway and Arther Love, so far are exactly as advertised: good size; good potential; rough around the edges. "We know where they are. How they fit in is the question," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The team has looked at numerous free agents, but most have signed elsewhere. That leaves the two rookie tight ends plus holdover TEs Rod Rutledge, Jermaine Wiggins and Chris Eitzmann on the roster.
Mon, 16 Apr 2001 00:10:01 -0700
The Boston Herald reports although the New England Patriots are in need of a tight end, chances are the NFL Draft will not be the place they find their answer. It's been 10 years since the Patriots took their last TE that had any impact, a guy named Ben Coates. The Patriots have pursued several veteran free agents this off-season, including Byron Chamberlain, O.J. Santiago, Luther Broughton, Johnny McWilliams and Pete Mitchell. The last three remain free agents and several vets could join them in the free agent pool after June 1. The team would like to add a veteran to team with TE Jermaine Wiggins. The team would like TE Rod Rutledge to step up, but with a $586,000 cap figure there are no guarantees he'll make it through training camp. The Patriots may look for a TE in the later rounds of the draft.
Tue, 19 Dec 2000 15:00:20 -0800
The Boston Herald reports coach Bill Belichick gave praise to rookie OT Greg Robinson-Randall and TE Rod Rutledge. Both did good jobs blocking for the running game, which was much more effective against Buffalo than it had been in many games this season. The Pats ran a season-high 47 times for a season-high 169 yards.
Sat, 16 Dec 2000 16:37:05 -0800
The Boston Herald reports the New England Patriots have named Michael Bishop as their No. 2 quarterback again this weekend. In other news, TE Rod Rutledge was fined $6,000 by the NFL for clipping Bears' DE Phillip Daniel last week. The clip cost Daniel the final two games of the season.
Tue, 12 Dec 2000 15:19:22 -0800
The Boston Herald reports the Patriots continue to carry 52 players on the roster, meaning they can add a player this week. They have declined to do so the last two weeks. The team suffered no major injuries Sunday. TE Rod Rutledge went to the Bears locker room to apologize for the clip that knocked DE Phillip Daniels out of the game, and perhaps for the rest of the season with an ankle sprain.