Update: Badgers head coach Gary Andersen told reporters after this story was published that Stave is still out indefinitely, but not because of an injury. Read our update on that news conference and stay tuned for more developments of Stave’s condition and Wisconsin football coverage.Update: Stave out indefinitely but not injuredThe Wisconsin football quarterback situation took another confusing turn Monday afternoon following practice, with Joel Stave remaining out indefinitely, but Read…The Wisconsin football team’s quarterback situation just got that much more interesting with some oddly timed injury news.After stating in his press conference Monday afternoon that the top two quarterbacks, Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave, would play, head coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday that Stave has had lingering shoulder problems and will sit out for an undetermined amount of time.“Joel has been dealing with some issues with his throwing shoulder for the last couple of weeks and we have come to a decision, after talking with Joel, that the best thing for him right now is to shut it down and give him some rest,” Andersen said in an injury update Tuesday morning. “It was a tough decision because Joel is a great competitor and has a tremendous desire to help this team. We will continue to monitor his progress but we’re not putting a timetable on his return at this time.”Stave originally injured his throwing shoulder during UW’s New Year’s Day loss to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl and still has yet to make a full recovery. With Andersen’s description of the injury, Stave’s health very well might have decided the quarterback job.The announcement comes as part two of a confusing sequence of events related to injuries. Following Saturday night’s 28-24 loss to LSU both Andersen and star running back Melvin Gordon confirmed that Gordon was healthy and the lack of second half carries was due to a coach’s decision. Then Monday afternoon in his press conference, Andersen said Gordon suffered a hip pointer and the staff was just trying to keep him fresh during the second half of play.As far as what Stave’s injury means for Wisconsin, Tanner McEvoy will still start Saturday’s game as planned. However, instead of the possibility of using Stave should McEvoy run into trouble, McEvoy will be the starter for the foreseeable future until Stave recuperates his shoulder. Bart Houston is currently the third string quarterback, but the redshirt sophomore has yet to see significant playing time in a game in his career.
The Patriots agreed to terms on a one-year deal with 29-year-old running back Lamar Miller on Monday, according to ESPN — a move that adds to their already crowded backfield.Miller is the type of player New England loves: inexpensive, multi-dimensional and capable of proving the rest of the league should not have cast him aside. Miller, coming off a torn ACL, will need to show he’s physically up to par in order to crack coach Bill Belichick’s rotation of running backs. But in terms of what he looks like near his peak, he’s miles ahead of everyone the Patriots have outside of James White, who plays a different backfield role. It should also be noted that 2018 first-round draft pick Sony Michel is out indefinitely with a foot injury.So how might Belichick use Miller in an offense led by Cam Newton, not Tom Brady? There are several possibilities, assuming he resembles where he was two years ago, when he averaged 4.6 yards per carry with the Texans and racked up 1,136 all-purpose yards.MORE: List of 2020 NFL opt-outsFor a team that’s losing a significant chunk of players to coronavirus-related opt-outs, the addition of Miller represents a rare boost.Here’s a look at what fans should take from the Patriots’ move:What does Lamar Miller’s contract look like?ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal is for one year and is still pending a physical. The exact value of the contract is not yet known.Former Texans’ RB Lamar Miller and the Patriots reached agreement on a one-year deal, pending a physical, per @RosenhausSports.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 10, 2020What does signing Lamar Miller mean for Sony Michel?Michel has been a disappointment since New England used a first-round pick on him in 2018. After an injury-shortened rookie campaign in which he showed promise, he averaged 3.7 yards per carry last year and was considered average to below-average by more advanced metrics. Offseason foot surgery will limit the time he has on the field this year.Still, Miller’s presence probably shouldn’t be seen as a threat to Michel. Miller is at the back end of his career and coming in on a one-year deal. Michel is 25 and under contract beyond 2020. While Michel needs to step up following his return to action, Miller at this point isn’t really relevant to him. Will Lamar Miller ever start for the Patriots?It would be useless to attempt to decipher what Belichick is thinking at any given moment, but it wouldn’t be surprising for Miller to have multiple games with at least a dozen carries. Outside of 2016, he has been a lead back averaging no more than 16 or 17 touches per contest, meaning he would never be used in an old-school workhorse role. As the run-oriented half of a pairing with a receiving back, though, he could certainly be designated the starter in 2020.Why did the Patriots sign Lamar Miller?Miller is a low-risk veteran presence who could compete for a significant role with a team in transition after the departure of Tom Brady. It might not work out, but there’s no real downside here.Does Lamar Miller fit with James White?James White fits with everyone, really, and his presence as a receiving back has no bearing on what Miller will provide. That said, Miller does give the Patriots a second super shifty option to attack defenses.