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Gronk: Football ‘always an option,’ but not in ’19

Gronk: Football 'always an option,' but not in '19

Rob Gronkowski still has football on his mind, but

Gronk: Football ‘always an option,’ but not in ’19

Rob Gronkowski still has football on his mind, but the retired All-Pro tight end has no immediate plans to get back in the game.

“I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,'” Gronkowski said Tuesday in an announcement he teased earlier via social media. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I’m feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off, man. It’s always an option in the back of my head. It’s not like I’m not staying in shape and not doing anything. I’m never stressed over it.”

Gronkowski retired in March, but New England Patriots’ fans remain hopeful he will come back. Gronkowski would need to file the appropriate paperwork by Nov. 30 to play this season, and he reiterated Tuesday — while formally announcing his Super Bowl party plans in Florida — that football isn’t a priority at the moment.

“What’s better, me playing or me hitting this party?” Gronkowski chuckled.

Gronkowski said the beach music festival would be the place to be Super Bowl week.

“I’m bringing the FIESTA to Miami with GRONK BEACH BIG GAME WEEKEND presented by @MonsterEnergy! Prepare for my personal over the top oceanfront music festival featuring my friends @diplo | @kaskade| @RickRoss | @official_flo | @djcarnage | @3LAU http://www.GronkBeach.com.”

–Field Level Media

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Browns place S Burnett on IR, ending his season

Browns place S Burnett on IR, ending his season

Browns place S Burnett on IR, ending his season

The Cleveland Browns placed safety Morgan Burnett on injured reserve with a torn Achilles, ending the veteran’s season after eight games played.

Burnett was injured in Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers not long after he returned an interception 43 yards. He came up limping late in the first half after a non-contact play.

Not only is Burnett’s 2019 season finished, but the injury is expected to complicate his 2020 season as well.

In addition to his interception, Burnett made five first-half tackles in Thursday’s game. In his 10th season in the NFL — his first in Cleveland — the 30-year old had 41 tackles and two sacks.

A third-round draft pick by the Packers in 2010, Burnett played his first eight seasons in Green Bay before spending 2018 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns picked him up in April when the Steelers released him.

The 30-year-old has 788 career tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and 10 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

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Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers

Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers

Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers

Patrick Mahomes overcame a slow start to pass for 182 yards and one touchdown, and added a career-high 59 yards on the ground, as the Kansas City Chiefs stopped the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 at Mexico City on Monday night.

The Chargers reached the Chiefs’ 14-yard line with 24 seconds remaining, thanks in large part to a 50-yard bomb a leaping Mike Williams caught from Philip Rivers to move from the Los Angeles 25 to the Kansas City 25.

On second down, however, Rivers threw his fourth interception of the game when Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen snagged in the end zone to secure the win.

The victory enabled the Chiefs (7-4) to retain a half-game lead over the Oakland Raiders in the AFC West. It marked the 24th win in the last 26 games for Kansas City against division rivals.

Playing without his big-play threat, Tyreek Hill, who suffered a hamstring injury on the first series, Mahomes led the Chiefs to touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half.

That gave them a 24-9 lead, achieved with a 6-yard rush by Darrel Williams and a 23-yard strike to tight end Travis Kelce, who led Kansas City receivers with seven catches for 92 yards.

Rivers passed for 353 yards and a touchdown but it was all undone by the four interceptions.

Melvin Gordon rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries, while Austin Ekeler led the Los Angeles pass-catchers with eight catches for 108 yards.

Los Angeles ran 20 more first-half plays and outgained Kansas City in yardage, 312-109, but trailed 10-9 at halftime. A missed field goal and two interceptions hurt the Chargers, who crossed into Chiefs territory on all but one of their six first-half drives.

Micheal Badgley made field goals of 27, 26 and 49 yards, and missed from 40. The 49-yarder ended the half.

Down 6-0, Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Rivers with nine minutes left in the first half and returned it 35 yards to the Chargers’ 6. LeSean McCoy ran it in on the next play to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead. After Badgley’s second field goal, Harrison Butker tacked on a 41-yard field goal to make it 10-6 Chiefs.

Mahomes finished the half with a pedestrian 64 yards passing with one interception.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Browns’ Garrett to appeal

NFL notebook: Browns' Garrett to appeal

NFL notebook: Browns’ Garrett to appeal

Suspended Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett plans to appeal his indefinite suspension at a hearing with James Thrash on Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Garrett intends to argue he was provoked by a shot to the groin from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett was suspended Friday by the NFL, a ban that spans the rest of the regular season plus the postseason. In Cleveland’s Thursday win over Pittsburgh, Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off of the quarterback’s head. As the confrontation continued, Rudolph lunged at Garrett. Garrett reared back and, using Rudolph’s helmet, struck Rudolph atop the unprotected head.

Thrash is expected to render his decision on the appeal the same day, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and Garrett plans to plead his case in person. Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said Garrett was in self-defense mode on Thursday. Rudolph was fined, not suspended, for his role in escalating the incident.

–The Indianapolis Colts won’t have running back Marlon Mack or safety Khari Willis for their Thursday night AFC South clash with the Houston Texans.

Both starters were injured Sunday during Indianapolis’ 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Mack sustained a broken right hand during the third quarter after rushing 14 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He had surgery Monday, and there is no timetable for his return.

Willis developed concussion symptoms after the game and was placed in the league’s concussion protocol, coach Frank Reich confirmed. The 2019 fourth-round pick ranks seventh among rookies with 44 tackles through 10 games. He also has two tackles for loss and one pass defensed.

–Lamar Jackson’s latest jaw-dropping performance did more than just extend Baltimore’s winning streak to six and move the Ravens closer to a first-round playoff bye. It also made Jackson the odds-on favorite to win NFL MVP for the first time this season.

According ESPN, Caesars Sportsbook in Las Vegas has Jackson at +140 (or 7-5 odds), followed by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at +200 (2-1).

From there, the field — with the top six all quarterbacks — takes a sharp drop with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers third at +900 (9-1), followed by Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (+1000, 10-1), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (+1500, 15-1) and Houston’s Deshaun Watson (+2000, 20-1).

–Chicago coach Matt Nagy insisted that pulling quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from the Bears’ Sunday night game had “zero to do with his play.”

Nagy said Trubisky has a right hip pointer injury that occurred near the end of the second quarter of Chicago’s 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Trubisky completed 24 of 43 passes for 190 yards with one touchdown and one interception before being removed in favor of Chase Daniel. Nagy was seen chatting with Trubisky shortly before the 25-year-old was pulled.

–An AFC West showdown at Arrowhead Stadium was bumped into the featured spot in the NFL Week 13 game lineup.

The league announced that the Dec. 1 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders was moved to the 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on CBS. Both teams were 6-4 ahead of the Chiefs’ game in Mexico City on Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bumped from that slot on CBS, the Cleveland Browns-Pittsburgh Steelers game will be played at 1 p.m. ET. Kansas City beat the Raiders 28-10 in their first meeting of the season in Week 2.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran tight end Nick O’Leary, according to his agents.

O’Leary, 27, was released by the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 29. The Jaguars were short-handed at the position after rookie tight end Josh Oliver left the team’s loss at Indianapolis on Sunday with a back injury. Seth DeValve missed the game with an injured oblique.

O’Leary caught four passes for 37 yards in seven games (two starts) with Miami this season. He has 44 catches for 596 yards and three touchdowns in 54 games (21 starts) with the Dolphins (2018-19) and Buffalo Bills (2015-17).

–Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown will undergo season-ending triceps surgery, coach Jason Garrett announced.

Brown was injured in Dallas’ 35-27 road victory against the Detroit Lions Sunday. Eligible to become a unrestricted free agent, Brown may have played his last game for the Cowboys. The 25-year-old has 17 tackles (11 solo) and no interceptions in nine games (four starts) this season.

Also, Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins has a left knee injury. Garrett said the injury was similar to one Collins had earlier this season that caused him to miss one game.

–Field Level Media

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Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season

Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown

Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown will undergo season-ending triceps surgery, coach Jason Garrett announced Monday.

Brown was injured in Sunday’s 35-27 road victory against the Detroit Lions.

Eligible to become a unrestricted free agent, Brown may have played his last game for the Cowboys.

The 25-year-old Brown has 17 tackles (11 solo) and no interceptions in nine games (four starts) this season. Overall, he has 172 tackles and four interceptions in 56 games in four seasons with Dallas.

Also, Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins has a left knee injury. Garrett said the injury was similar to one Collins had earlier this season that caused him to miss one game.

–Field Level Media

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Bears’ Nagy: Pulling Trubisky ‘zero to do’ with performance

Bears' Nagy: Pulling Trubisky 'zero to do' with performance

Bears’ Nagy: Pulling Trubisky ‘zero to do’ with performance

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted Monday that pulling quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from Sunday night’s game had “zero to do with his play.”

Nagy said Trubisky has a right hip pointer injury that occurred near the end of the second quarter of Chicago’s 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

“It was completely based off the injury that he had last night and where he’s at,” Nagy said at a press conference.

Trubisky was 24-of-43 passing for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception before being removed in favor of Chase Daniel.

Nagy was seen chatting with Trubisky shortly before the 25-year-old was pulled.

“I wanted him to know, coming from me, that he needs to be brutally honest with me in regards to his pain and where he’s at,” Nagy said. “I sat there and I told him, ‘Listen, we appreciate your toughness, we appreciate you being as tough as you can possibly can be and wanting to stay in the game, but I need to be able to make a decision.'”

Nagy said Trubisky’s hip stiffened up in the second half. He said it got to the point where the quarterback couldn’t even sit on the bench.

Nagy said he sometimes has to protect Trubisky from himself due to the player’s toughness.

Told there was skepticism surrounding Trubisky’s injury and subsequent removal, Nagy reiterated it was a health issue that prompted the change in quarterbacks.

Nagy said Trubisky will start Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants if he’s healthy.

Trubisky has passed for 1,580 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He was the second overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Daniel was 1-of-4 passing for nine yards after replacing Trubisky.

–Field Level Media

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Browns’ Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense

Browns' Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense

Browns’ Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense

Suspended Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett plans to appeal his indefinite suspension at a hearing with James Thrash on Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Garrett intends to argue he was provoked by a shot to the groin from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett was suspended Friday by the NFL, a ban that spans the postseason and set a new standard for punishment stemming from in-game conduct. In Thursday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Garrett ripped Rudolph’s helmet off of the quarterback’s head. As the confrontation continued, Rudolph lunged at Garrett. Garrett reared back and, using Rudolph’s helmet, struck Rudolph atop the unprotected head.

Thrash is expected to render his decision on the appeal the same day, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and Garrett plans to plead his case in person.

Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said Garrett was definitely in self-defense mode on Thursday. Rudolph was fined, not suspended, for his role in escalating the incident.

“Of course he was,” Richardson said of Garrett defending himelf. “If a guy scratching at your face, what you going to? The helmet is overboard, let’s get that clear. But defending yourself, I don’t blame him for defending (himself) at all.”

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said the Browns “stand by” Garrett despite the poor decision.

“There’s no excuse for that to happen on a football field,” Kitchens said. “I know that. Myles knows that. All the players in the locker room know that. That’s it. There’s no excuse. But, in saying that, we’re going to support Myles Garrett going forward in any way that he needs support.”

According to multiple reports, at least 10 players — including some who left the bench area to join the fracas — have been issued fines.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for kicking and punching Garrett after the helmet was used to hammer Rudolph. Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game. His appeal was heard Monday.

–Field Level Media

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Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday

Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday

Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday

The Indianapolis Colts won’t have running back Marlon Mack or safety Khari Willis for Thursday night’s key AFC South clash with the Houston Texans.

Both starters were injured during Sunday’s 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Mack suffered a broken right hand during the third quarter after rushing 14 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He had surgery Monday but there is no timetable for his return.

Mack, 23, ranks fifth in the NFL with 862 rushing yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry with four scores in 10 games.

Willis developed concussion symptoms after the game and is now in the league’s concussion protocol, coach Frank Reich confirmed.

The 2019 fourth-round pick ranks seventh among rookies with 44 tackles through 10 games. He also has two tackles for loss and one pass defensed.

The Colts (6-4) and Texans (6-4) are tied for the division lead entering Thursday’s game in Houston. Indianapolis won the first meeting, 30-23, in Week 7.

–Field Level Media

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Ravens QB Jackson now MVP favorite in Vegas

Ravens QB Jackson now MVP favorite in Vegas

Lamar Jackson's latest

Ravens QB Jackson now MVP favorite in Vegas

Lamar Jackson’s latest jaw-dropping performance did more than just extend Baltimore’s winning streak to six and move the Ravens closer to a first-round playoff bye.

It also made Jackson the odds-on favorite to win NFL MVP for the first time this season.

According ESPN, Caesars Sportsbook in Las Vegas has Jackson at +140 (or 7-5 odds), followed by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at +200 (2-1).

From there, the field — with the top six all quarterbacks — takes a sharp drop with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers third at +900 (9-1), followed by Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (+1000, 10-1), Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (+1500, 15-1) and Houston’s Deshaun Watson (+2000, 20-1).

DraftKings has similar numbers, with Jackson in the lead at +170 (17-10) and Wilson at +200. Rodgers (+900), Watson (+900) and Mahomes (+1200) round out the top five there. A pair of running backs — Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey and the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook — come in better than 30-1 at +2000 and +2500, respectively, at DraftKings.

The Ravens thrashed the Texans on Sunday, 41-7, in what was supposed to be a matchup of Super Bowl contenders with similarly dynamic quarterbacks in Jackson and Watson. Instead, Jackson threw for 222 yards and four touchdowns while adding another 86 yards on the ground.

Watson, on the other hand, threw for 169 yards with no scores and an interception, and the Texans didn’t get on the board until they were down 34-0 halfway through the fourth quarter.

The win moved the Ravens to 8-2 while dropping the Texans to 6-4 and into a first-place tie with Indianapolis in the AFC South.

Jackson opened the NFL regular season at 100-1 to win the award, even odds with Chicago outside linebacker Khalil Mack and Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott at Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas.

–Field Level Media

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NFL adjusts Week 13 schedule, Raiders-Chiefs into spotlight slot

NFL adjusts Week 13 schedule, Raiders-Chiefs into spotlight slot

NFL adjusts Week 13 schedule, Raiders-Chiefs into spotlight slot

An AFC West showdown at Arrowhead Stadium was bumped into the featured spot in the NFL Week 13 game lineup.

The league announced Monday that the Dec. 1 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders was moved to the 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on CBS. Both teams are 6-4 entering the Chiefs’ game in Mexico City on Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Bumped from that slot on CBS, the Cleveland Browns-Pittsburgh Steelers game will be played at 1 p.m. ET.

Week 13 includes three Thursday games on Thanksgiving, starting with the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Buffalo Bills in the afternoon game and a primetime pairing between the host Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

Kansas City beat the Raiders 28-10 in their first meeting of the season in Week 2.

–Field Level Media

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Film Study: Did Raiders find future star in DE Crosby?

Film Study: Did Raiders find future star in DE Crosby?

Film Study: Did Raiders find future star in DE Crosby?

After piling up four sacks Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby has 6.5 this season, all since Week 5.

That’s tied — with Joey Bosa — for sixth in the NFL over that span.

A fourth-round pick from Eastern Michigan, Crosby is certainly outplaying his draft status. Let’s dig into the tape to explore what he’s done, and what he could become.

–Sunday’s four-pack

Four-sack games inherently require some luck, but Crosby’s quartet was no fluke. His third sack was easy (he was unblocked off a Bengals bootleg) but the others were earned with nifty moves.

First, Crosby cross-chopped past Bengals left tackle John Jerry, using his left (inside) hand to “chop” Jerry’s left (outside) arm downward. That made Jerry lurch forward and cleared the edge for Crosby to dip around it.

Interior pressure caused Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley to fade and drift to his right, making Crosby’s angle easier, and he maximized the opportunity by stripping Finley.

Two plays into the fourth quarter, Crosby victimized Jerry in a different way. Jerry helped briefly on interior rusher Dion Jordan, then kicked out to Crosby, who exploited the late movement. Crosby bull-rushed to maintain Jerry’s momentum upfield — getting Jerry hopping on one foot — before shedding inside to wrap up Finley.

Crosby’s final sack was ad-libbed on the Bengals’ second-to-last play. Lined up opposite Jerry, Crosby saw running back Giovani Bernard aligned to chip him outside. When Bernard did, Crosby quickly redirected inside, looping around defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and coming free to snare Finley’s legs.

This wasn’t a planned stunt (or “game”) — Hurst’s rush was traditional — but rather a “natural game” that gave Jerry no chance. Crosby’s rush would have been picked up if the center slid his way, and Finley could have escaped left (Crosby’s responsibility to contain). But the sudden, instinctive move paid off.

Crosby disrupted four other dropbacks — two with hand-swipe-to-rip moves outside where Finley stepped up and away; one bull rush into a club-rip move outside to get a hand on Finley; and a bull rush that flushed Finley before the game-sealing interception.

–Recognition in run defense

Despite the sacks, Crosby was exploited at times by the Bengals’ ground game, which entered ranked 29th in yards per carry (3.33).

Most came on perimeter runs. On three pitches/sweeps, Crosby recognized late and was pinned inside, including a 30-yard run — the Bengals’ longest rush all season. Likewise, he was slow off the snap and late recognizing an 18-yard jet sweep his way.

Crosby also way overpursued from the backside of Joe Mixon’s 3-yard touchdown run, loping down the line instead of closing Mixon’s angle. He should have had a tackle for loss but instead lost contain.

These mistakes are common for rookies, but not the norm for Crosby. Given his shakiness as a run defender in college, he’s actually impressed in that area in the pros.

–Physical and technical development

Perhaps most surprising about Crosby’s rookie season is how quickly he’s changed his body.

Crosby said he finished his final college season at 240 pounds, and it showed in his limited play strength, both as a bull rusher and run defender. He was up to 255 by the combine — and still shined in testing (more on that later) — and 266 by training camp.

That sort of transformation is exceedingly rare for a rookie, especially from a smaller school. It’s much more common after a player has had a full offseason in an NFL strength and conditioning program.

The fact that it’s already happened for Crosby is huge, accelerating his development in other areas. He has an improved anchor and is throwing his body around, rag-dolling tight ends at times and creating havoc when he’s the aggressor.

Crosby has also shown improved hand usage, regularly swatting O-linemen’s arms and repositioning for leverage, unlike most rookies.

–What can he become?

Crosby dominated the combine, testing in the 90th-plus percentile in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jumps, 3-cone drill and 20- and 60-yard shuttles. His weight — since boosted — was his biggest concern, and his wingspan (81″) made up for relatively short arms (32 7/8″).

Those numbers show up on tape, though not as traditionally as you’d expect. Crosby isn’t exactly twitchy — he’s actually a bit clunky, a long-strider with build-up speed. He’s not cat-quick laterally, but he’s very smooth redirecting, with good balance and bend.

Crosby’s wingspan also pops off the tape. Despite shorter arms, he shows a wide radius for snagging ball carriers, and his reach can ward off O-linemen’s arms or get into their chest first.

Given the physical tools and sharp development curve, it’s tempting to say Crosby is destined for stardom. That’s not out of the question, but it’s also important to maintain context.

All of his pressure Sunday came against either Jerry — a career-long guard playing left tackle — or Bobby Hart, who allowed 11.5 sacks in 2018. Those two made up 40 percent of the New York Giants’ disastrous O-line from 2015-17.

Likewise, Crosby’s standout Week 10 performance — half-sack, three QB hits, one pass defensed and one interception forced– came against the Los Angeles Chargers’ woeful tackles. He’ll face tougher tests in the Chiefs and Titans in Weeks 13 and 14 (though he also gets the Jets, Chargers and Broncos down the stretch).

Crosby may develop into a threat against top opponents down the line. For now, it’s clear the Raiders have something, which is much more than they’ve been able to say since Khalil Mack was traded.

–By David DeChant (@DavidDeChant), Field Level Media

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Jaguars sign veteran TE O’Leary

Jaguars sign veteran TE O'Leary

Jaguars sign veteran TE O’Leary

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran tight end Nick O’Leary on Monday, according to his agents.

O’Leary, 27, was released by the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 29.

The Jaguars were short-handed at the position after rookie tight end Josh Oliver left Sunday’s 33-13 loss at Indianapolis with a back injury. Seth DeValve missed the game with an injured oblique.

O’Leary caught four passes for 37 yards in seven games (two starts) with Miami this season. He has 44 catches for 596 yards and three touchdowns in 54 games (21 starts) with the Dolphins (2018-19) and Buffalo Bills (2015-17).

Oliver, 22, suffered small fractures in his back and could be out for several weeks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The third-round pick from San Jose State has three receptions for 15 yards in four games.

DeValve, 26, has six catches for 68 yards in nine games (five starts) in his first season with the Jaguars. He spent the previous three years with the Cleveland Browns, catching 48 passes for 596 yards and four scores in 41 games (10 starts).

–Field Level Media

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Todd wins at Mayakoba for second straight victory

Todd wins at Mayakoba for second straight victory

Todd wins at Mayakoba for second straight victory

Brendon Todd won the Mayakoba Golf Classic by one stroke on Monday to become the PGA Tour’s first back-to-back winner since Bryson DeChambeau in 2018.

Todd carded a 3-under 68 in the final round to finish at 20-under (264), one better than Vaughn Taylor, Adam Long and Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz.

Play had been suspended due to darkness Sunday night with 12 players remaining on the El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

By following up his victory at the Bermuda Championship (Oct. 31-Nov. 3), the 34-year-old Todd climbed to No. 1 in the FedExCup standings.

“It’s incredible,” Todd told Golfweek. “I’m just overcome with emotion right now. The whole final round was much more nerve-wracking than Bermuda.”

A year ago, Todd had missed 37 of 41 cuts on the PGA Tour and was contemplating a career change.

“It is so surreal,” Todd said. “I’m enjoying it and I’m just going to keep grinding.”

Todd and Taylor were tied at 20 under through 14 holes when play was suspended. Todd took the lead with a birdie at the par-3 15th hole. Both players bogeyed the par-4 16th and parred the last two holes, posting identical rounds of 68.

Long and Ortiz both finished with rounds of 5-under 66. Long played a bogey-free final round, while Ortiz overcame a double bogey on the first hole.

Harris English, attempting to become the event’s first two-time champion (2014), double-bogeyed the par-4 16th to finish with a 1-under 70 and a solo fifth-place showing at 17 under.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 eighth hole Sunday en route to a 9-under 62. He finished in a tie for 14th at 12 under.

After rain and thunderstorms wiped out Thursday’s opening round, tournament organizers attempted to play the final two rounds Sunday, with threesomes teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10. The last Monday finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was in 2015, when Graeme McDowell beat Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event this year, with the final tournament later this week at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

–Field Level Media

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Bears QB Trubisky leaves late with hip injury

Bears QB Trubisky leaves late with hip injury

Bears QB Trubisky leaves late with hip injury

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was pulled late in the fourth quarter Sunday night because of what the team described as a hip injury.

“He just wasn’t feeling right,” Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters. “His hip was hurting him.”

Trubisky finished 24 of 43 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was replaced by Chase Daniel, who completed one of four passes for nine yards in the Bears’ 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The quarterback change prompted speculation that Nagy had benched Trubisky, particularly after cameras showed the two men huddled closely in conversation. Trubisky never was shown meeting with medical personnel, and he stood on the sideline for the remainder of the game before walking on the field afterward to shake hands with Rams players before heading to the locker room.

Nagy said Trubisky was injured several series before being pulled from the game, but he tried to play through the pain.

“He had an earlier deal where he landed on it,” Nagy said.

The injury affected Trubisky’s ability to throw, particularly on passing plays to the left, the coach said.

“I finally pulled him aside,” Nagy said. “I said, ‘Listen, here’s the deal. We’ve got to know. You’ve got to be honest with us about where you’re at.'”

At that point, Nagy said, Trubisky acknowledged his hip was bothering him.

Nagy said it was too soon to know how Trubisky’s injury would affect his status for next week.

–Field Level Media

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Gurley, Rams outlast Bears in defensive battle

Gurley, Rams outlast Bears in defensive battle

Gurley, Rams outlast Bears in defensive battle

Todd Gurley matched a season high with 97 yards rushing and scored a touchdown, Malcom Brown added a score, and the Los Angeles Rams returned home to earn a 17-7 victory Sunday in a defensive tussle against the Chicago Bears.

The elite Rams defense, behind tackle Aaron Donald, held the Bears scoreless in the first half and kept Chicago to 193 yards passing and 74 yards rushing. The Bears missed field goals on two of their first three possessions.

Jared Goff passed for 173 yards but it was enough for the Rams (6-4) to win for the third time in their past four games following a three-game losing streak.

Mitchell Trubisky passed for 190 yards as the Bears (4-6) lost for the fifth time in their past six games. Chase Daniel took over at quarterback for the Bears with just over three minutes remaining, moving the team just 6 yards on its final possession. The Bears later announced that Trubisky had a hip injury.

Playing in their first game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since Oct. 13, the Rams showed flashes of a revived running game behind a makeshift offensive line that included rookies David Edwards and Bobby Evans. The Rams were missing three starters on the line because of injuries.

Scoring chances still were hard to come by as the Rams took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 38-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein.

Los Angeles finally ended a touchdown-scoring drought in the second quarter when Gurley reached the end zone on a 1-yard run after a 50-yard pass from Goff to Cooper Kupp that took the ball to the 1-yard line. The Rams had gone 23 consecutive possessions without a TD.

Behind their own dominating defense, the Bears finally reached the end zone midway through the third quarter when Trubisky hit Tarik Cohen on a 14-yard scoring strike to cut their deficit to 10-7.

The Rams held on despite gaining just one first down in their first five possessions of the second half and having a 51-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter wiped out because of a penalty for an improper formation.

The Rams put the game away when Brown scored on a 5-yard run with 3:35 remaining to cap a 76-yard drive.

The Rams were without starting wide receivers Brandin Cooks (concussion) and Robert Woods (personal issue).

–Field Level Media

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NFL roundup: Vikings survive Broncos on 20-point rally

NFL roundup: Vikings survive Broncos on 20-point rally

NFL roundup: Vikings survive Broncos on 20-point rally

The Minnesota Vikings made up for three bad quarters of football with a dominant one on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins was 29-of-35 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a come-from-behind 27-23 home win over the Denver Broncos.

The Vikings (8-3) trailed 20-0 at halftime and 23-7 after three quarters, but scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally and win for the sixth time in their past seven games. Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 6:01 remaining to give the Vikings a 27-23 lead, their first of the game.

Denver (3-7) took the ball and put together a 19-play drive to the Minnesota 4-yard line in the final seconds, but the Broncos couldn’t connect on three consecutive passing plays before time ran out.

Patriots 17, Eagles 10

Wide receiver Julian Edelman threw a touchdown pass, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and visiting New England scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Philadelphia in their first meeting since the Eagles won Super Bowl LII.

The win clinched the 19th consecutive winning season for the Patriots (9-1), one behind the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time record of 20 from 1966-85. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished 26 of 47 for 216 yards.

Quarterback Carson Wentz was 20 of 40 for 214 yards and a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert, but the Eagles dropped back to .500 at 5-5 and had their two-game winning streak snapped.

Ravens 41, Texans 7

Lamar Jackson passed for four touchdowns and produced 308 total yards as Baltimore turned a high-profile matchup with Houston into a rout at home.

Though the Ravens (8-2) failed to score on their opening drive for just the second time this season, Jackson caught fire with two long second-quarter scoring drives that provided Baltimore a 14-0 halftime lead, en route to its sixth consecutive win. The Ravens’ top-ranked rushing offense finished with 263 yards on 7.3 yards per carry.

Deshaun Watson passed for 169 yards and was sacked six times. Carlos Hyde scampered 41 yards for a score with 7:10 remaining in the game to help Houston avoid the shutout.

49ers 36, Cardinals 26

Jimmy Garoppolo passed for a career-high 424 yards and tied a career high with four touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard score to Jeff Wilson Jr. with 31 seconds remaining, as host San Francisco rallied past Arizona in Santa Clara, Calif.

The 49ers overcame a 16-point deficit, beating the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks. San Francisco (9-1) rebounded from its only loss on Monday night to take a one-game lead over idle Seattle (8-2) in the NFC West.

Larry Fitzgerald and Pharoh Cooper had touchdown receptions for the Cardinals (3-7-1), who have lost a season-high four in a row entering a bye week.

Cowboys 35, Lions 27

Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns, while Ezekiel Elliott added a pair of TDs as visiting Dallas notched a victory over short-handed Detroit.

Prescott completed 29 of 46 passes, while surpassing 400 yards for the third time this season, and Michael Gallup caught nine passes for 148 yards as the Cowboys (6-4) remained in first place in the NFC East.

The Cowboys have won three of their last four games since a three-game losing streak, rebounding from a defeat at home against the Vikings last Sunday.

Saints 34, Buccaneers 17

Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes, and visiting New Orleans recorded four interceptions of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.

Brees completed 28 of 35 passes for 228 yards. Michael Thomas, the leading receiver in the NFL, caught eight of Brees’ passes for 114 yards and a touchdown that helped the Saints (8-2) build a 20-0 lead.

The Buccaneers (3-7) pulled within 20-10 when Matt Gay kicked a 55-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half, but Brees responded on the ensuing possession with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr.

Colts 33, Jaguars 13

Jonathan Williams rushed for 116 yards, and Marlon Mack ran for 109 yards and a touchdown as Indianapolis beat visiting Jacksonville to move into a first-place tie in the AFC South with Houston.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett ran and threw for a touchdown in the third quarter in a successful return from a knee injury that forced him to sit out last week’s 16-12 loss to Miami. Brissett completed 15 of 24 passes for 148 yards for the Colts (6-4).

It wasn’t quite as nice a return for quarterback Nick Foles, making his first start for Jacksonville (4-6) since suffering a broken clavicle in a Week 1 loss to Kansas City. Foles hit on 33 of 47 passes for 296 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Falcons 29, Panthers 3

Atlanta intercepted four passes and defeated a second NFC South rival in as many weeks, clobbering host Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and the Falcons took advantage of some stellar work on special teams, including a 78-yard punt-return touchdown by Kenjon Barner.

A week after knocking off the New Orleans Saints on the road, the Falcons (3-7) didn’t give Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen many open looks. Allen, who had never lost at home when starting for the Panthers, finished 31 of 50 for 325 yards with four interceptions.

Raiders 17, Bengals 10

Derek Carr threw one touchdown pass and ran for a second score as Oakland used a strong defensive performance to hold off visiting Cincinnati.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards on 23 carries. The Raiders’ defense limited the Bengals to a total of 246 yards en route to a third consecutive win that completed a homestand hat trick after a rough travel start to the season.

Carr finished 25 of 29 for 292 yards with the one score and one interception. The interception, by the Bengals’ Jessie Bates III, was the first thrown by Carr in his last four games.

Bills 37, Dolphins 20

Josh Allen passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Buffalo defeated host Miami.

Allen completed 21 of 33 passes for 256 yards with no interceptions. His top receiver was John Brown, who is from the Miami area and caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Brown also recovered a Buffalo fumble.

Jakeem Grant’s 101-yard kick-return touchdown was a highlight for the Dolphins, but it wasn’t enough as the Bills (7-3) swept their two-game season series with Miami (2-8). Grant also ran for a 7-yard touchdown and had 237 total yards.

Jets 34, Redskins 17

Sam Darnold threw a career-high four touchdown passes as visiting New York cruised past Washington to win a second consecutive game for the first time since Oct. 7-14, 2018.

The Redskins (1-9) have lost four straight but snapped a franchise-record touchdown drought of 254 minutes and 49 seconds when rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Guice in the fourth quarter.

Darnold finished 19 of 30 for 293 yards. Le’Veon Bell rushed 18 times for 59 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Jets (3-7). Safety Jamal Adams recorded three sacks.

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Taylor, Todd tied for lead as play suspended at Mayakoba Classic

Taylor, Todd tied for lead as play suspended at Mayakoba Classic

Taylor, Todd tied for lead as play suspended at Mayakoba Classic

Vaughn Taylor and Brendon Todd were tied for the lead at 20-under par on Sunday when the final round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic was suspended due to darkness.

Taylor and Todd were through 14 holes at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, when play was suspended at 6:11 p.m. local time.

Fellow American and Friday’s leader Harris English, the 2014 champion, was one shot back at 19 under and will have a putt on 15 to share the lead when play resumes at 7:30 a.m. Monday. English, 30, who posted back-to-back birdies before play was called, is aiming to become the tournament’s first repeat winner and second to win on a sponsor exemption in 2019.

Meanwhile, Todd is gunning to become the first player to record back-to-back PGA Tour wins since 2018. Todd ended a five-year win drought Nov. 3 at the Bermuda Championship for his second career PGA title. Earlier Sunday, the 34-year-old Pittsburgh native posted a 6-under 65 in the third round for his eighth straight score in the 60s.

“I feel great about my game,” Todd told The Golf Channel following play Sunday. “I feel real happy to have a chance to win this tournament coming off a win in Bermuda and I’m excited to tee it up tomorrow and see if we can get another ‘W.'”

Taylor, 43, playing in the tournament for the seventh time, had carded four birdies and no bogeys when play was called. He posted a third-round 67 earlier on Sunday and is looking for his fourth PGA tour title and first since 2016.

Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz, who recorded a third-round 65 in the morning, moved into a tie for third with Taylor at 19 under after rebounding from a double bogey at No. 1 with seven birdies and stands at 19 under through 17 holes Sunday. He will play No. 18 Monday.

“The whole point was to get in contention in the last nine holes,” Ortiz said in comments published on PGATour.com. “I’m in contention with one hole to play. So, I mean, that’s also the position I took of not finishing. I think I have a really good chance for (Monday), and I’m pretty proud the way I played.”

Defending champion Matt Kuchar posted a third-round 73 earlier in the day, but he made a substantial move on the leaderboard during his final round when he aced the par-3 eighth hole from 148 yards with a 9-iron en route to a bogey-free 62. Kuchar finished at 12-under 272 and currently stands tied for 14th. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.

After rain and thunderstorms wiped out Thursday’s opening round, tournament organizers attempted to play the final two rounds on Sunday, with threesomes teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10. The last Monday finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was in 2015, when Graeme McDowell defeated Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event this year, with the final tournament next week at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

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Patriots defeat Eagles to clinch 19th straight winning season

Patriots defeat Eagles to clinch 19th straight winning season

Patriots defeat Eagles to clinch 19th straight winning season

Wide receiver Julian Edelman threw a touchdown pass, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and the visiting New England Patriots scored 17 unanswered points to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-10 on Sunday.

The win clinched the 19th consecutive winning season for the Patriots (9-1), one behind the Dallas Cowboys’ all-time record of 20 from 1966-85.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was 26 of 47 for 216 yards.

Quarterback Carson Wentz was 20 of 40 for 214 yards and a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert but the Eagles dropped back to .500 at 5-5 and had their two-game winning streak snapped.

The Eagles went ahead 10-0 with 12:36 left in the second quarter following a 14-play, 95-yard drive that lasted 9:33. On the final play, Goedert caught what appeared to be a 5-yard touchdown pass from Wentz though the play was ruled an interception as New England’s Jonathan Jones took the ball away. Officials reviewed the play and overturned the call on the field, extending Wentz’s streak to 13 straight games with a touchdown pass.

The 95-yard drive was the longest allowed by New England in the regular season in eight years.

Folk kicked field goals of 35, 22 and 39 yards for the Patriots’ nine first-half points. Brady was 11 of 25 in the first half, setting a dubious career high for most incompletions in the first half with 14.

Philadelphia starting right tackle Lane Johnson left with a concussion and was ruled out for the remainder of the game as the Eagles took a 10-9 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Patriots took the opening kickoff of the third quarter and marched 84 yards in 10 plays, capped by a trick play as Edelman received the lateral from Brady and tossed a 15-yard touchdown to Phillip Dorsett. James White converted the two-point conversion run for a 17-10 lead.

New England’s defense stiffened and forced the Eagles to go 0-for-7 on third down as it still held its seven-point lead with 8:30 to go.

The Eagles eventually took over with 4:07 remaining at their own 6-yard line. On fourth-and-10 from the Patriots’ 26, Wentz tossed a pass into the end zone but Nelson Agholor dropped it. Philadelphia did get the ball back one final time in the waning seconds but a final Hail Mary pass was knocked down as time expired.

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49ers rally by Cardinals behind Garoppolo’s career day

49ers rally by Cardinals behind Garoppolo's career day

49ers rally by Cardinals behind Garoppolo’s career day

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed for a career-high 424 yards and tied a career high with four touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard score to Jeff Wilson Jr. with 31 seconds remaining, as the host 49ers rallied past the Arizona Cardinals 36-26 Sunday in Santa Clara, Calif.

The 49ers overcame a 16-point deficit, beating the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks.

Garoppolo completed 34 of 45 passes and set a season-best passing total for the second time against the Cardinals this season. He overcame two second-half interceptions as the 49ers (9-1) rebounded from their only loss on Monday night to take a one-game lead over idle Seattle (8-2) in the NFC West.

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel had eight receptions for 134 yards, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk had a career-high seven receptions for 63 yards for the 49ers, who had 442 yards of total offense after totaling only 30 on their first three possessions.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 67 yards on eight carries. His 22-yard touchdown run with 6:30 remaining gave the Cardinals a 26-23 advantage before the 49ers rebounded.

Garoppolo’s 2-yard scoring pass to Kendrick Bourne had given the 49ers a 23-19 lead with 12:14 remaining. A two-point conversion attempt failed.

Larry Fitzgerald and Pharoh Cooper had touchdown receptions for the Cardinals (3-7-1), who have lost a season-high four in a row entering a bye week.

49ers defensive back D.J. Reed capped the scoring with a 4-yard return for a touchdown as time expired after recovering a lateral pass as the Cardinals scrambled on the last play.

Garoppolo has passed for 741 yards and eight touchdowns against the Cardinals this season. Tight end Ross Dwelley had his first two career touchdowns against a defense that has proved vulnerable to the tight end this season. The Cardinals have given up an NFL-high 11 touchdowns to opposing tight ends.

The Cardinals led 16-0 early in the second period after Zane Gonzalez made a 26-yard field goal and Murray hit Fitzgerald and Cooper on 5-yard scores. Garoppolo threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Dwelley on the next series to break the shutout, and Chase McLaughlin’s 43-yard field goal as time expired made it 16-10 at half.

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Carr lifts Raiders past Bengals for third straight win

Carr lifts Raiders past Bengals for third straight win

Carr lifts Raiders past Bengals for third straight win

Derek Carr threw one touchdown pass and ran for a second score Sunday afternoon as the Oakland Raiders used a strong defensive performance to hold off the visiting Cincinnati Bengals 17-10.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards on 23 carries, and the Oakland defense limited the Bengals to a total of 246 yards en route to a third consecutive win that completed a homestand hat trick after a rough travel start to the season.

Seeking to move into a temporary tie with Kansas City atop the AFC West (the Chiefs face the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City on Monday night), the Raiders (6-4) had just two punts and a fumble to show for their first three drives of the game as the Bengals took a 7-0 lead.

Cincinnati’s score came at the end of a 12-play, 85-yard drive that followed a Jacobs fumble. Joe Mixon, in his first return to Oakland after having been a prep standout in nearby Oakley, Calif., opened the game’s scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run at the 3:03 mark of the first quarter.

The Raiders dominated the rest of the half, drawing even on a 2-yard pass from Carr to tight end Foster Moreau midway through the second quarter and taking a 14-7 lead into the halftime break when Carr scampered in from 3 yards out with 1:37 left in the half.

The Bengals drew within 14-10 with 7:25 left in the third quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Randy Bullock, before Oakland counterpart Daniel Carlson converted from 20 yards with 9:12 remaining in the game to make it a seven-point difference again.

Carr finished 25 of 29 for 292 yards with the one score and one interception. The interception, by the Bengals’ Jessie Bates III, was the first thrown by Carr in his last four games.

Oakland’s Tyrell Williams was the game’s leading receiver with four catches for 82 yards.

The Raiders’ three-game home sweep came against Detroit, the Chargers and Cincinnati by a total of just 16 points.

Mixon had 86 yards rushing and one catch for an additional 17 yards for the Bengals (0-10), who allowed fewer than 21 points for the first time this season.

Ryan Finley threw for just 115 yards on 13-for-31 passing with one interception.

The Raiders outgained the Bengals 386-246.

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Bengals WR Tate carted off after scary hit

Bengals WR Tate carted off after scary hit

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden

Bengals WR Tate carted off after scary hit

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit in the head while making a catch against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

Tate flashed two thumbs up from his position on the stretcher before he was taken to the locker room. His helmet remained on but the team’s medical staff cut off his facemask before strapping him on to a backboard.

The 22-year-old from Florida State was injured while making a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He absorbed a hard hit from behind by Raiders safety Curtis Riley but held on to the ball.

Players on both teams kneeled while Tate stayed down on the ground after the hit.

Tate has 30 receptions for 427 yards and one touchdown.

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Lions’ Flowers, Ragnow suffer head injuries

Lions' Flowers, Ragnow suffer head injuries

Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers and center Frank

Lions’ Flowers, Ragnow suffer head injuries

Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers and center Frank Ragnow are in the NFL concussion protocol, stemming from head injuries suffered during Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Both players left during the fourth quarter. Flowers had suffered a leg injury earlier in the contest but returned before leaving for good later.

Safety Tracy Walker also went down with a knee injury. He was playing for the first time since being hurt Oct. 27 against the New York Giants.

Lions coach Matt Patricia didn’t know if Walker’s injury was a new one or an aggravation of the recent ailment.

“We had done a couple of things with him through the course of the week and just really saw everything look normal from a physical standpoint,” Patricia said afterward. “So had a couple packages that we thought would be good for him to be in.”

Punt returner Jamal Agnew (ankle) and fullback Nick Bawden (knee) also departed with injuries.

Detroit also played without quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) for the second straight game. An ESPN report says Stafford could miss another month due to fractured bones.

The Lions (3-6-1) have lost three straight games and six of their past seven.

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Vikings erase 20-point deficit to beat Broncos

Vikings erase 20-point deficit to beat Broncos

The Minnesota Vikings made

Vikings erase 20-point deficit to beat Broncos

The Minnesota Vikings made up for three bad quarters of football with a dominant one on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins was 29-of-35 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a come-from-behind 27-23 home win over the Denver Broncos.

The Vikings (8-3) trailed 20-0 at halftime and 23-7 after three quarters, but scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally and win for the sixth time in their past seven games.

Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 6:10 remaining to give the Vikings a 27-23 lead, their first of the game.

Denver (3-7) took the ball and put together a 19-play drive to the Minnesota 4-yard line in the final seconds, but the Broncos couldn’t connect on three consecutive passing plays before time ran out.

Following a 47-yard field goal by Brandon McManus, the Broncos took a 10-0 lead with 4:43 left in the first quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Allen to Troy Fumagalli, capping off a 90-yard drive in six plays.

Denver then mounted another lengthy drive, going 69 yards in 10 plays and taking a 17-0 lead with 12:281 remaining in the second quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Andy Janovich.

McManus added a 29-yard field goal with 1:10 left in the second quarter.

The Vikings responded to start the second half, driving down the field on the opening possession of the third quarter and cutting Denver’s lead to 20-7 on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Irv Smith Jr. with 11:34 left in the third.

Denver went ahead 23-7 with 4:27 left in the third quarter on a 41-yard field goal by McManus, but Minnesota cut its deficit to 23-13 with 13:30 left in the game on a 3-yard touchdown run by Dalvin Cook.

The 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Minnesota then closed within 23-20 with 10:29 remaining on a 54-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Stefon Diggs, who caught five passes for 121 yards.

Courtland Sutton caught five passes for 113 yards in defeat for Denver.

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Darnold throws 4 TDs, Jets crush Redskins

Darnold throws 4 TDs, Jets crush Redskins

Sam Darnold

Darnold throws 4 TDs, Jets crush Redskins

Sam Darnold threw a career-high four touchdown passes Sunday afternoon as the visiting New York Jets cruised past the Washington Redskins, 34-17.

The Jets (3-7) have won two straight for the first time since Oct. 7-14, 2018. New York finished the season 3-1 against the NFC East, falling only to beat the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Redskins (1-9) have lost four straight but snapped a franchise-record touchdown drought in the fourth quarter, when rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Guice.

Darnold finished 19 of 30 for 293 yards with touchdown passes to Daniel Brown in the first quarter, Robby Anderson and Ryan Griffin in the second quarter and ex-Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter. It was the first four-touchdown game by a Jets quarterback since Ryan Fitzpatrick on Nov. 29, 2015 and only the third four-touchdown game for a New York signal-caller this decade.

Le’Veon Bell rushed 18 times for 59 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Griffin had five catches for a career-high 109 yards. Safety Jamal Adams recorded three sacks.

Haskins, making his first start at home, was 19 of 35 for 214 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which was a 1-yarder to Jeremy Sprinkle with 1:11 left.

Guice’s touchdown was the Redskins’ first since Case Keenum threw a 33-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin with 9:42 left in the third quarter of a 17-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 13. Washington went 254 minutes and 49 seconds between touchdowns. The 16-quarter touchdown drought was the longest in the NFL since the Baltimore Ravens went 21 quarters between touchdowns in 2000.

Darnold’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Brown gave the Jets a touchdown on their opening possession for the fourth straight game, though kicker Sam Ficken missed the PAT. Darnold and Anderson hooked up for a 6-yard touchdown 59 seconds into the second quarter to extend New York’s lead to 13-0.

The Redskins pulled within 13-3 on Dustin Hopkins’ 44-yard field goal with 9:05 left. The Jets went ahead 20-3 with 36 seconds left in the half when Darnold and Griffin connected for a 16-yard touchdown to cap a three-play, 82-yard drive.

The Jets piled on less than a minute apart early in the fourth on Darnold’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Crowder and Bell’s scoring run, the latter of which was set up by Neville Hewitt’s interception of Haskins.

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QB Allen leads Bills to season sweep of Dolphins

QB Allen leads Bills to season sweep of Dolphins

QB Allen leads Bills to season sweep of Dolphins

Josh Allen passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Buffalo Bills defeated the host Miami Dolphins 37-20 on Sunday afternoon.

Allen completed 21 of 33 passes for 256 yards with no interceptions. His top receiver was John Brown, who is from the Miami area and caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Brown also recovered a Buffalo fumble.

Jakeem Grant’s 101-yard kick-return touchdown was a highlight for the Dolphins, but it wasn’t enough as Buffalo (7-3) swept its two-game season series with Miami (2-8). Grant also ran for a 7-yard touchdown and had 237 total yards.

The Dolphins, who started the season 0-7, had its two-game winning streak snapped. The good news for Miami was the return of two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, who missed four games due to cracked ribs.

Miami quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was Buffalo’s starter from 2009 to 2012, completed 32 of 45 passes for 323 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Buffalo scored on the game’s opening possession, getting a 51-yard Stephen Hauschka field goal. He had missed his previous five field goal tries from 50 or more.

Hauschka added a 34-yard field goal, and Buffalo stretched its lead to 13-0 with 13:09 left in the second quarter on Allen’s 40-yard strike to Brown. It is Buffalo’s longest pass play of the season.

Hauschka made a 21-yard field goal for a 16-0 lead, capping a drive that featured Allen’s 36-yard run around right end that stands as his longest of the season.

The final 3:39 of the first half featured wild plays that left the Bills holding a 23-14 lead.

First, Miami’s Kallen Ballage scored on a 3-yard run. Miami kicker Jason Sanders then successfully recovered his own onside kick.

However, Miami’s Allen Hurns fumbled at Buffalo’s 25, recovered by Bills safety Jordan Poyer.

On a Dolphins blitz, Bills tight end Dawson Knox caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Allen. Knox broke Bobby McCain’s tackle try to reach the end zone.

Grant then followed with his kickoff return score to close out the first-half scoring.

Buffalo scored on its first second-half possession as Allen scrambled for an 8-yard touchdown run, diving for the right pylon on a third-and-7 play.

Miami cut its deficit to 30-20 on Grant’s 7-yard run with 14:35 left in the fourth quarter.

Allen answered with a 9-yard touchdown to Brown on a deflected pass, crushing Miami’s comeback hopes.

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Reports: Colts RB Mack breaks hand, severity unclear

Reports: Colts RB Mack breaks hand, severity unclear

Reports: Colts RB Mack breaks hand, severity unclear

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack sustained a fracture in his right hand in Sunday’s victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports.

How long Mack will be out reportedly depends on whether or not he needs surgery, which will be determined by tests and meetings with specialists this week. At minimum, he is expected to miss Thursday night’s game at Houston, in a battle for first-place in the AFC South.

Mack hurt the hand in the third quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. He rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries before the injury.

Jonathan Williams thrived in relief, rushing for 116 yards on 13 carries, including a 48-yarder. Scatback Nyheim Hines also had a 7-yard touchdown run.

Mack’s 13-yard touchdown run, complete with a spin move, knotted the score at 7-7 with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

Mack, 23, has 862 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.

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Saints pick off Bucs’ Winston four times in easy win

Saints pick off Bucs' Winston four times in easy win

Saints pick off Bucs’ Winston four times in easy win

Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes and the visiting New Orleans Saints recorded four interceptions in a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon.

The Saints improved to 8-2 a week after a 26-9 loss to Atlanta. That loss ended a six-game winning streak in a game in which they failed to score a touchdown and Brees was sacked six times.

Against the Buccaneers (3-7), Brees completed 28 of 35 for 228 yards, he wasn’t sacked and he didn’t throw an interception.

Michael Thomas, the leading receiver in the NFL, caught eight of Brees’ passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Marcus Williams intercepted a Jameis Winston pass and returned the ball 55 yards for a touchdown to complete the scoring with 5:07 remaining.

Tampa Bay threatened to score on the next possession, but P.J. Williams intercepted Winston in the end zone.

The Saints scored the first 20 points, but Matt Gay kicked a 55-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half to pull the Buccaneers within 20-10.

Brees responded on the ensuing possession with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr.

Winston threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin to cut the Saints lead to 27-17 at the end of the quarter. Winston completed 30 of 51 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns.

After Wil Lutz kicked field goals of 44 and 26 yards on the Saints’ first two possessions, linebacker Demario Davis gave them another scoring opportunity at the Bucs’ 16-yard line when he intercepted Winston.

On the next play, Brees threw a touchdown pass to Thomas for a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Brees threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook to increase the lead to 20-0 with 5:13 left in the half.

Tampa Bay finally scored when Winston threw a third-down touchdown pass to Peyton Barber from 6 yards to cut New Orleans’ lead to 20-7 with 2:42 left in the half.

The Saints beat the Buccaneers 31-24 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last month.

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Colts run all over Jaguars in Foles’ return

Colts run all over Jaguars in Foles' return

Jonathan Williams rushed

Colts run all over Jaguars in Foles’ return

Jonathan Williams rushed for 116 yards, and Marlon Mack ran for 109 yards and a touchdown Sunday as the Indianapolis Colts stopped the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars 33-13, moving into a first-place tie in the AFC South with Houston.

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett ran and threw for a touchdown in the third quarter in a successful return from a knee injury that forced him to sit out last week’s 16-12 loss to Miami. Brissett completed 15 of 24 passes for 148 yards.

It wasn’t quite as nice a return for Jacksonville quarterback Nick Foles, making his first start since a broken clavicle in a Week 1 loss to Kansas City. Foles hit on 33 of 47 passes for 296 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Things started well for the Jaguars (4-6). On their second possession, Foles found DJ Chark over the middle for a 34-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 lead at the 6:53 mark of the first quarter. But that was it for the Jacksonville offense until garbage time.

Indianapolis (6-4) equalized with 35 seconds left in the first. Mack went up the middle, bounced off the pile and found a path to the end zone off right tackle on a 13-yard run.

Adam Vinatieri gave the Colts a 10-7 lead on a 34-yard field goal just before the midway point of the second quarter. They blew the game open in the third quarter as Brissett finished off a pair of lengthy drives.

Brissett flipped a 1-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Johnson on fourth-and-goal with 8:46 remaining, then upped the margin to 24-7 when he rushed for a 5-yard score in the final minute of the quarter.

Nyheim Hines ended the game’s competitive phase with a 7-yard touchdown run just over two minutes into the fourth quarter. Foles hit Chark with a 20-yard scoring strike with 59 seconds left, and Indianapolis’ Bobby Okereke scored a defensive two-point conversion off an interception.

The Colts travel to the Texans on Thursday night for a first-place showdown in the division.

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Prescott passes for 444 yards as Cowboys defeat Lions

Prescott passes for 444 yards as Cowboys defeat Lions

Prescott passes for 444 yards as Cowboys defeat Lions

Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns, while Ezekiel Elliott added a pair of TDs as the visiting Dallas Cowboys kept pace in the NFC East with a 35-27 victory Sunday over the short-handed Detroit Lions.

Prescott completed 29 of 46 passes, while surpassing 400 yards for the third time this season, and Michael Gallup caught nine passes for 148 yards as the Cowboys (6-4) remained in first place.

The Cowboys have won three of their last four games after a three-game losing streak, rebounding from a defeat at home against the Minnesota Vikings last Sunday.

Jeff Driskel threw for two TDs and rushed for another in his second start of the season, and Bo Scarbrough added his own TD run in his first career NFL game as the Lions (3-6-1) lost for the third consecutive week.

Detroit was playing without quarterback Matthew Stafford for the second consecutive week. Stafford reportedly will miss up to six weeks with small fractures in his upper back.

The Lions went on top 7-0 less than four minutes into the game when Scarbrough scored from 5 yards out on his third career carry. Scarbrough, who was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round in 2018, was signed from the Lions’ practice squad on Saturday.

It was yet another slow start for the Cowboys, who trailed 7-3 after one quarter and have been outscored 62-40 in the opening quarter this season. The second quarter was a different story as the Dallas offense came to life with three TDs.

Prescott hit Tony Pollard on a 21-yard TD pass and added a 19-yard TD pass to Randall Cobb just before halftime. Elliott ran for a 1-yard score in the second quarter as the Cowboys led 24-14 at the break.

Prescott hooked up with Elliott on a 17-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to give Dallas a 35-21 lead.

Driskel had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter for the Lions and hit Marvin Jones Jr. on a pair of TD passes in the second half as Detroit closed to within 35-27 with under six minutes remaining. Driskel was 15 of 26 for 209 yards, while Scarbrough rushed for 55 yards on 14 carries.

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Ex-Patriots TE Gronkowski teases ‘big announcement’

Ex-Patriots TE Gronkowski teases 'big announcement'

Ex-Patriots TE Gronkowski teases ‘big announcement’

Rob Gronkowski announced on social media that he has a “big announcement” forthcoming, but he gave no hint as to whether he’s coming out of retirement to play tight end for the New England Patriots.

“What’s up, Gronk Nation? I have a big announcement to make,” he started in a video posted to his Instagram story on Saturday night. “I can’t wait to drop it on all of you this coming Tuesday. It’s gonna be fun, it’s gonna be wild, it’s gonna be a good time.”

He said he would post his announcement on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

On Sunday morning, he followed that message with another on his Facebook page. He shared a 2016 video of quarterback Tom Brady blowing into a conch shell that was captioned, “New England Patriots RECEIVERS… ASSEMBLE!!!”

Gronkowski added his comment: “Tom Brady, do you think this thing still works?”

Gronkowski announced his retirement in March after nine seasons with the Patriots, who selected him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Reports emerged earlier this month that Patriots owner Robert Kraft told Gronkowski when he retired that the team would welcome him back for the end of the 2019 season and the postseason run. If the tight end returns, he must do so by Nov. 30 to be eligible to play this season.

The 30-year-old was a four-time first-team All-Pro and won three Super Bowls with New England. In 115 games (100 starts), he caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards with 79 touchdowns.

Despite his cryptic posts, Patriots fans shouldn’t be too excited about the prospect of seeing No. 87 back on the field. When Gronkowski teased previous announcements, he told his social media followers that he would be working with a CBD company and then as a Fox Sports analyst.

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Falcons bash Panthers with opportunistic defense

Falcons bash Panthers with opportunistic defense

Falcons bash Panthers with opportunistic defense

The Atlanta Falcons intercepted four passes and defeated a second NFC South rival in as many weeks, clobbering the host Carolina Panthers 29-3 on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and the Falcons took advantage of some stellar work on special teams.

A week after knocking off the New Orleans Saints on the road, the Falcons (3-7) didn’t give Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen many open looks.

Allen, who had never lost at home when starting for the Panthers, finished 31 of 50 for 325 yards with four interceptions.

The Panthers (5-5) have lost three of their past four games. Carolina didn’t score until Joey Slye kicked a 31-yard field goal with 13:04 left.

Ryan completed 21 of 31 passes. Calvin Ridley caught eight passes for 143 yards.

The Panthers, who trailed 20-0 at halftime, moved into Atlanta territory on the first possession of the second half before a fourth-down sack.

Atlanta then marched 53 yards, with Ryan throwing 6 yards to Ridley for a touchdown.

Carolina’s next possession ended when Christian McCaffrey was stopped on fourth-and-1 from the Panthers’ 34.

Atlanta kicker Younghoe Koo made three field goals.

Kenjon Barner returned a first-quarter punt 78 yards for a touchdown. The former Panther found a crease, cut to the left sideline and sprinted until diving into the end zone.

Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell intercepted Allen’s second pass. The Falcons failed to convert when Koo missed a 38-yard field goal attempt. He made a 38-yarder earlier to open the scoring.

Carolina drove into the red zone in the second quarter, but Allen was picked off in the end zone by cornerback Desmond Trufant.

Ryan made a 49-yard pass to Julio Jones to set up Qadree Ollison’s 2-yard run with 1:37 remaining in the first half.

Late in the first half, the Falcons called three timeouts when Carolina had the ball. The Panthers then converted a fourth-and-5 play from midfield, but Allen threw his third interception in the final seconds of the half.

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Jackson outshines Watson as Ravens rout Texans

Jackson outshines Watson as Ravens rout Texans

Lamar Jackson passed for four touchdowns

Jackson outshines Watson as Ravens rout Texans

Lamar Jackson passed for four touchdowns and produced 308 total yards as the Baltimore Ravens took the starch out of their ballyhooed matchup with the Houston Texans, rolling to a 41-7 home victory on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Following a ragged first quarter in which the Ravens (8-2) failed to score on their opening drive for just the second time this season, Jackson caught fire, engineering two long second-quarter scoring drives that provided Baltimore a 14-0 halftime lead en route to its sixth consecutive win.

Jackson capped a 10-play, 90-yard march with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 9:24 remaining in the first half to break the seal on a scoreless game. On their ensuing possession, the Ravens covered 70 yards in seven plays, with Jackson finding Mark Andrews for an 18-yard scoring strike at the 2:14 mark of the half.

The Texans (6-4) had previously squandered three trips into Baltimore territory in the first quarter before mounting a desperate march late in the first half, a foray that included a fourth-down conversion at the Houston 47. Deshaun Watson hit Kenny Stills for a 9-yard gain to keep the chains moving, but Ka’imi Fairbairn pushed his 43-yard field-goal attempt wide right just prior to the half, a foreboding development considering the Ravens were set to receive the ball first to open the third quarter.

Baltimore capitalized by marching 78 yards over six plays, with Jackson tossing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram, the first of his two scoring grabs, that pushed the lead to 21-0.

The hyped showdown between Jackson and Watson, two leading Most Valuable Player candidates, never materialized. Watson fumbled on the Texans’ opening possession after a sack by Ravens linebacker Matt Judon. Watson later tossed an unsightly interception in the third quarter that yielded the second Justin Turner field goal of that period and a 27-0 Baltimore lead.

Watson passed for 169 yards and was sacked six times. Carlos Hyde scampered 41 yards for a score with 7:10 remaining in the game to help Houston avoid the shutout.

The Ravens’ top-ranked rushing offense produced 263 yards and 7.3 yards per attempt.

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Colts RB Mack exits game with hand injury

Colts RB Mack exits game with hand injury

Colts RB Mack exits game with hand injury

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack suffered a hand injury in the third quarter Sunday and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Mack, who left with the Colts leading the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars 17-7, rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries before the injury.

His 13-yard touchdown run, complete with a spin move, knotted the score at 7-7 with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

Mack, 23, entered the game with 753 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

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Browns to receive Texans’ third-rounder in Johnson trade

Browns to receive Texans' third-rounder in Johnson trade

Browns to receive Texans’ third-rounder in Johnson trade

With Houston running back Duke Johnson active for his 10th game of the season Sunday, the Cleveland Browns will receive the Texans’ third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

The Browns traded Johnson to the Texans on Aug. 9. They would have received Houston’s fourth-round pick if Johnson had been active in fewer than 10 games.

Entering Sunday’s game at Baltimore, Johnson had rushed 54 times for 287 yards and a touchdown and added 22 receptions for 228 yards and two scores.

Johnson, 26, gained 3,456 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns in 64 games (10 starts) with the Browns from 2015-18.

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Report: Docs say Stafford has a ‘6-week injury’

Report: Docs say Stafford has a '6-week injury'

Matthew Stafford's doctors told the Detroit Lions quarterback

Report: Docs say Stafford has a ‘6-week injury’

Matthew Stafford’s doctors told the Detroit Lions quarterback that the broken bones in his back are a “six-week injury,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

“This doesn’t mean Stafford will be sidelined six games, but it does provide a glimpse into the severity of the injury that he has played through,” Schefter wrote.

Stafford is missing his second straight game Sunday against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. The Lions have not provided a timetable for his return.

Before sitting out last week’s game in Chicago, Stafford had started 136 consecutive games — the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history.

Backup Jeff Driskel started against the Bears and was back under center Sunday against the Cowboys.

The 31-year-old Stafford has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games this season.

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Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday

Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday

Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday

The NFL is expected to rule by Wednesday on any appeals related to the suspensions handed out in the wake of Thursday’s brawl between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The NFL’s Derrick Brooks and James Thrash will hear the cases early this week and reportedly intend to make their rulings before the teams’ respective Week 12 games.

Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in the melee. The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would extend to the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL for a single-game incident.

In Garrett’s appeal, he is expected to argue that the NFL’s labor deal does not allow for indefinite suspensions for an on-field act.

Also suspended for their role in the fracas, notable for Garrett swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, was Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game and a fine) and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games and a fine.)

The Browns and Steelers organizations also were fined $250,000 each.

The NFL is also expected to make good on its statement that further discipline to players “will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area.”

According to Schefter, about 10 players will be fined for leaving the sideline to join the skirmish.

Also, Rudolph is expected to be fined $35,096 for his role in the fight.

The previous record suspension was five games in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans’ Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys’ Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches.

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Kaepernick ‘ready to play’ after working out for 8 teams

Kaepernick 'ready to play' after working out for 8 teams

Kaepernick ‘ready to play’ after working out for 8 teams

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out for 40 minutes in front of representatives from eight NFL teams on Saturday near Atlanta, then gave a short statement afterward saying he is ready to join a team and play at any time.

“I’ve been ready for three years,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here: Showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

“We’re out here. We’re ready to play. We’re ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk any team. I’ll interview with any team at any time. I’ve been ready.”

The number of teams represented was about a third of the expectation, after Kaepernick changed the time and location of the workout earlier Saturday and opened it up to the media against the NFL’s wishes.

Backed by his representatives, Kaepernick changed the time of the 3 p.m. ET workout, which was moved to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., about 60 miles from the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, where the session for 25 teams was originally scheduled to take place.

Apparently, the change in venue didn’t affect Kaepernick’s performance. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an NFL executive at the session told him Kaepernick’s arm is “elite” and that he threw the ball well. Kaepernick worked with several free agent wide receivers, including Bruce Ellington and Brice Butler, and friend and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid was there to support him for a portion of it.

Prior to the showcase, Kaepernicks’s representatives expressed that they had issues with a liability waiver the league provided the QB to sign, and wanted members of the media to be able to see the workout and also videotape it.

“Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on,” Kaepernick said afterward. “We weren’t getting that elsewhere, so we came out here. It’s important that y’all (the media) are here.”

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, were set to direct the original session, but they did not once Kaepernick’s plans changed.

After the change of plans, the NFL released a statement that read in part:

“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m. today along with the public. …

“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants — an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. …

“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.”

The lengthy statement ended with, “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”

Nalley also spoke to reporters afterward, but he wasn’t optimistic about the odds of a team signing his client.

“I hope so, but I don’t know,” Nalley said. “I’ll be honest, I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams. I’ve reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest.

“I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout. And, I’ve got to tell you what, I’ve got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed his in shape. I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it’s the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them if you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs — they said, ‘We don’t need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.'”

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

The 32-year-old has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.

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English fires 64, takes 1-shot lead after 36 holes at Mayakoba

English fires 64, takes 1-shot lead after 36 holes at Mayakoba

English fires 64, takes 1-shot lead after 36 holes at Mayakoba

Harris English shot a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

English, who won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in 2014, made birdies on his final two holes that included a chip shot into the cup at No. 18. Bidding to become the tourney’s first repeat winner, English has a 36-hole total of 13-under 129 and is seeking his third victory on the PGA Tour.

“I think I missed two greens today,” English said after his chip-in birdie. “And if you do that every day out here, you’re going to take it deep.”

One stroke back is fellow American Vaughn Taylor (66 on Saturday), who is followed by Brendon Todd (68) at 11 under and three players, Robby Shelton (66), Adam Long (69) and first-round leader Danny Lee (70) of New Zealand, at 10 under.

“I’m ready to keep going and go to one (tee) right now and start it up,” said Long, who made birdies on his last five holes.

The cut from a field of 132 players that included one amateur was made at 1-under 141.

After rain and thunderstorms wiped out Thursday’s opening round, the final two rounds will be played Sunday, with threesomes teeing off from Nos. 1 and 10. A Monday finish, resuming at 7:30 a.m. ET, is an option if play isn’t completed on Sunday.

The last Monday finish at the Mayakoba Golf Classic was in 2015, when Graeme McDowell defeated Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff.

English, 30, started his bogey-free round quickly, making three straight birdies on Nos. 2-4.

“It’s been a lot of ball-striking,” English told PGATour.com of his recent resurgence. “Starting at the Greenbrier this year, I think I was top 10 in greens in regulation and that’s been a huge stat.

“That’s what I did really well my first couple years on tour and haven’t done so well in that the past couple seasons. But really worked with my coach, Justin Parsons, back home in Sea Island and really just doing what I did back in college and my first couple years on tour.”

Taylor, 43, playing in the tournament for the seventh time, made six birdies and one bogey in his quest for a fourth PGA tour title. Todd, 34, the winner of the Bermuda Championship, shot in the 60s for his seventh straight time.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar, shot 68 on Saturday and is tied for 23th at 5 under. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.

The Mayakoba Golf Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event this year, with the final tournament next week at Sea Island on the Georgia coast.

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Kaepernick’s sudden change of plans makes NFL scramble

Kaepernick’s sudden change of plans makes NFL scramble

Kaepernick’s sudden change of plans makes NFL scramble

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick had NFL teams scrambling again Saturday when he changed the time and location of his workout and opened it up to the media without getting the league’s OK.

Backed by his representatives, Kaepernick changed the time of the 3 p.m. ET workout, which was moved to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., some 60 miles from the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex in Flowery Branch, where the session for 25 teams was originally scheduled to take place.

Apparently, the change in venue didn’t affect Kaepernick’s performance. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that an NFL executive at the session told him Kaepernick’s arm is “elite” and that he threw the ball well.

Prior to the showcase, Kaepernicks’s representatives expressed that they had issues with a liability waiver the league provided the QB to sign, and wanted members of the media to be able to see the workout and also videotape it.

On behalf of Kaepernick, representatives Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley issued an official statement to provide reasons for their decision:

“Because of recent decisions made by the NFL, the workout for Colin Kaepernick will be changing to an alternate location in Atlanta which will now start at 4 p.m. All representatives from clubs are invited to attend and will be provided the location. Further, all media will be invited to attend and upon request will be provided with the location. From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one. Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives. Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request. Based on the prior conduct by the NFL league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs today.”

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, were set to direct the original session.

The NFL on Saturday also released a statement that read in part:

“We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m. today along with the public. …

“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants — an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. …

“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.”

The lengthy statement ended with, “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

Kaepernick, 32, has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and one touchdown in that game.

The Nevada product, who was a second-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, has passed for 12,271 yards in his career with 72 TDs and 30 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 more TDs.

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Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

New York Jets center Ryan

Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

New York Jets center Ryan Kalil was placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kalil, who is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was lured out of retirement with a one-year, $8.4 million contract in the offseason.

The 34-year-old Kalil started seven games this season before sustaining a knee injury during New York’s 29-15 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 27. He missed the next two games before making his way back to practice this week, although the return was short-lived.

The Jets activated offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad to replace Kalil, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Koloamatangi was signed to the Jets’ practice squad on Oct. 30.

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Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Miami

Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, however ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the deal is worth $8 million and includes $3.27 million in guaranteed money.

Hurns, who grew up in Miami and played for the hometown Hurricanes in college, has recorded 13 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season.

The 28-year-old spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Hurns caught 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games before sustaining a dislocated left ankle and broken fibula in the NFC wild-card game against Seattle on Jan. 5.

Hurns played his first four seasons in Jacksonville (2014-17). His best year with the Jaguars came in 2015 with 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns, all career bests.

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Prescott looks to guide Cowboys past Lions

Prescott looks to guide Cowboys past Lions

The Dallas Cowboys have become

Prescott looks to guide Cowboys past Lions

The Dallas Cowboys have become increasingly reliant on the right arm of Dak Prescott, and for good reason.

Prescott is completing his throws at a career-high 68.3-percent rate. He’s averaging 308.6 yards per game and has already thrown for 18 touchdowns, five shy of his career best for a season.

The Detroit Lions also have an accomplished quarterback having a career season in Matthew Stafford, but he has been ruled out with a back injury for Sunday’s contest against the visiting Cowboys. Stafford’s streak of 136 consecutive starts ended when he sat out a 20-13 loss at Chicago last weekend due to broken bones in his back.

The Cowboys (5-4) also lost on Sunday, falling to Minnesota 28-24 despite a big game from Prescott, who passed for 397 yards and three touchdowns. It was his second consecutive three-touchdown performance.

Prescott has completed 40 passes that have gone for 20 or more yards.

“He’s playing with conviction and confidence,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re calling some of those things, trying to give those guys an opportunity to win down the field. Protection has been really good, allowing those routes to develop down the field and for Dak to see them. All of that contributes to it, and those big plays matter.”

Lions coach Matt Patricia has noticed on film that Prescott has also become a smarter quarterback.

“He’s doing a great job at the line of scrimmage,” Patricia said. “He’s changing plays, he’s making audibles, he’s making adjustments based on what he’s seeing from the defense. His post-snap read of a coverage is a lot better. He’s doing a really good job of deciphering some of those looks he’s getting and really taking advantage of the skill players he has out there.”

Top target Amari Cooper sliced through the Minnesota secondary for 11 catches, 147 yards and a touchdown. But the Cowboys didn’t have good balance, as Ezekiel Elliott was held to 47 yards on 20 carries, snapping a streak of three straight 100-yard games. Elliott, who received a record contract extension just prior to the season opener, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has scored six touchdowns.

Detroit’s offense can be dynamic when its top players are healthy, but that’s not the case. Not only is Stafford injured, but top running back Kerryon Johnson is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ty Johnson was injured against the Bears, however he was cleared from concussion protocol on Saturday.

Jeff Driskel started in place of Stafford in Chicago and passed for 269 yards and a 47-yard touchdown to Kenny Golladay. Driskel was also intercepted once, sacked twice and scrambled for 37 yards.

“I was really pleased with Jeff and the way he played in the game,” Patricia said.

Golladay has made the most of his 38 receptions, averaging 18.3 yards per catch while scoring eight touchdowns.

“He makes a lot of plays down the field,” Garrett said. “He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s talented, and he’s very good at going up and getting the football.”

The Lions (3-5-1) have lost five of their last six games, with all but one decided by seven points or fewer.

“These games have all been really competitive, really tough mentally and physically,” Patricia said. “Our guys are doing a great job of grinding all the way through that. There are a lot of situations where we’ve seen teams in the past that just mentally can’t do that every single week. Each game is coming down to maybe one or two plays.”

For the Cowboys, the offensive line is banged up. Right tackle La’el Collins (knee, back) was limited in Friday’s practice and is listed as questionable to face Detroit. Offensive guard Connor Williams underwent minor knee surgery and won’t play Sunday.

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Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee ‘falls squarely’ on Kitchens

Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee 'falls squarely' on Kitchens

Former Cleveland

Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee ‘falls squarely’ on Kitchens

Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley pointed the finger at the team’s current head coach Freddie Kitchens for the late-game melee that marred Thursday’s contest.

Haley told SiriusXM Radio on Friday that Kitchens’ leadership is to blame following an ugly incident in which Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay after he ripped the helmet off Mason Rudolph before hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with it.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game for shoving Rudolph in the back.

“This to me, this comes back to coaching,” the 52-year-old Haley said. “This falls squarely right on the head coach. Because the head coach talks to every assistant coach, who then talk to their groups of players. And there’s an old saying in coaching: ‘You’re either coaching it or you’re allowing it to happen.'”

Haley dismissed the notion that Thursday’s fireworks were an isolated incident.

“If you’re not coaching it, you’re allowing it to happen, and when I watch the Cleveland Browns, I see a lot of stuff being allowed to happen, whether it’s clown shoes, visors, whatever it may be,” Haley said. “Myles Garrett hitting the quarterback low, hitting the quarterback in the head, it’s happening too much.”

While Cleveland leads the NFL in penalties with 87 this season, it should also be noted that Haley has a history with the organization.

Haley was fired as the Browns offensive coordinator in October 2018 after less than one year at the position. Kitchens took over the role before being promoted to head coach after the season.

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Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Detroit

Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Detroit Lions rookie running back Ty Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is eligible to play in Sunday’s home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnson sustained a concussion during Detroit’s 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He has been removed from the injury report after initially being listed as questionable following his participation in practice on Thursday and Friday.

The 22-year-old Johnson, who has 44 carries for 153 yards this season, was elevated to the role of starter after running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve last month.

Johnson also has 13 receptions for 58 yards for the Lions (3-5-1), who could also lean on running backs J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins behind backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

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Chargers’ Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Chargers' Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Los Angeles

Chargers’ Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he plans to address his playing future … in the future.

Rivers is in the final season of his four-year, $83.25 million contract extension that he signed in August 2015. Rivers said earlier this week that plans to take some time after the season to evaluate his physical and mental health before addressing whether he’ll continue his NFL career.

Rivers, who will turn 38 on Dec. 8, previously noted that he wants to be playing in 2020 when the Chargers move into the new SoFi Stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood, Calif.

“I think that is my desire,” Rivers said, per ESPN. “But I do think that it only seems right to say, ‘All right, let’s take a deep breath and regroup.’ I kept saying, a couple years, a couple years or a handful, and then I went to the ‘one year at a time.’ And I think that’s where it is, and that only makes sense when your contract is up and you’re going to be 38 here in a few weeks.

“So I’m just going to have kind of a self and family evaluation of it all, and also know that it’s not solely my decision. … But my intention certainly is to be playing in 2020.”

Rivers, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time last season, entered play this week leading the NFL in completions (240), attempts (364) and passing yards (2,816). He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games this season for the Chargers (4-6), who “host” the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) on Monday in Mexico City.

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Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead

Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead

Lee fires first-round 62 to grab Mayakoba lead

New Zealand’s Danny Lee shot a 9-under par 62 on Friday to hold sole possession of the lead after one round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic at El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Lee, 29, was 7 under on the front nine. He played Nos. 4-8 in 6 under, with an eagle at the par-5 fifth hole. That streak is the longest birdie-eagle streak in the tournament’s 13-year history.

“I changed my swing a little bit to gain distance off the tee and I really feel this new swing is grooven into my body,” Lee told PGATour.com after the round. “I feel very comfortable with all my clubs, even my wedges. It’s been showing me at of good results.”

Brendon Todd and Adam Long are tied for second one shot back.

Fellow Americans Vaughn Taylor, Mark Hubbard, Zach Johnson and Chris Baker were tied for fourth at 7 under.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar was tied for 44th at 2-under par. After winning last year, Kuchar found himself embroiled in controversy for paying his Mexican fill-in caddie what was generally considered a paltry sum. The veteran later upped his payment to the caddie.

Cameron Tringale (2 under) and rookie Chase Seiffert (3 under), playing in back-to-back groups, each fired a hole in one at the 112-yard, par-3 fourth. Golfweek reported the last time aces were made in consecutive groups occurred in the 2004 Masters final round by Padraig Harrington and Kirk Triplett at the 16th hole.

Lee, runner-up in the Mayakoba tournament last year and tied for third in 2015, was one shot off the course record of 10-under 61 held by Roland Thatcher. According to the PGA Tour, Lee has shot 29 on the front nine twice in 18 career rounds at El Camaleon and has never broken 30 anywhere else in 666 rounds.

The first round was played under preferred lies due to heavy rain the previous few days. Thursday’s round was postponed and play Friday was delayed 30 minutes while the course was being prepared.

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49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

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49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

San Francisco 49ers standout tight end George Kittle was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report and could miss his second straight game due to knee and ankle injuries.

Kittle might end up being a game-time decision for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals after he missed Monday night’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to the ailments. He didn’t practice this week.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said he has seen improvement from Kittle over the past few days.

“He’s definitely better this week than he was last week. We’ll see how these next two days go,” Shanahan told reporters on Friday. “We’ve got him doubtful because we’d rather not. I want him to be healthy throughout this year. We’ll see what happens with the other guys.

“Kittle won’t allow us to ever rule him out until it’s right at game time because he’s done some pretty amazing things here in the last couple of years.”

Kittle leads the 49ers (8-1) with 46 receptions and 541 yards — and he isn’t the only target who is ailing.

Recently acquired receiver Emmanuel Sanders is dealing with a rib injury that he suffered on Monday and also didn’t practice all week.

“Yeah, it looks like he’s walking around better, sitting in the meetings better,” Shanahan said of Sanders.

Sanders has caught 13 passes for 161 yards in three games since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. His two touchdown catches with San Francisco ties for the team lead.

The 49ers ruled out offensive tackle Joe Staley (finger) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (groin). Staley fractured and dislocated a finger during Monday’s game and had surgery and will miss at least the next two games.

Running back Matt Breida (ankle) and kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) are listed as doubtful.

Others who are questionable are linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), running back Raheem Mostert (knee), receiver Dante Pettis (back) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps).

Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 395 yards and five touchdowns, is being prepared to be the main ball carrier with Breida (542) and Mostert (335) banged up.

Rookie Chase McLaughlin appears in line to be the kicker. He missed a 47-yard field goal in overtime that would have kept San Francisco undefeated before Seattle later won the game on its own field goal.

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Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

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Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

More than 24 NFL teams plan to attend Colin Kaepernick’s open workout in Atlanta on Saturday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Friday.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, will direct the session.

The league earlier had announced that 11 teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, and Washington — confirmed they will attend in some capacity.

NFL Network reported teams have until Saturday to submit names of people attending. Multiple outlets reported the league will not provide Kaepernick with a list of names of those attending, despite the belief the NFL had agreed to do so.

A video of the workout, along with an interview, will be prepared and sent to every head coach and general manager in the league.

NFL Network reported the receivers at the workout will be provided by the National Football Scouting Service, which is putting on the event and runs the NFL Scouting Combine each year. The receivers are expected to be mostly players who were on teams during the preseason.

Kaepernick, 32, has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and one touchdown in that game.

The Nevada product, who was a second-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, has passed for 12,271 yards in his career with 72 TDs and 30 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 more TDs.

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Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed

Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed

Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is out for the rest of the season due to a torn right hip flexor, the team announced Friday.

The Eagles signed Jay Ajayi later in the day. Ajayi gained 592 yards with four touchdowns in 11 games over the past 1 1/2 seasons with the Eagles. He has 2,516 yards and 13 career rushing TDs over four seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Eagles.

“It’s a blessing to be back in the NFL and with this team, said Ajayi, who recently had tryouts with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. “Philly is a special place for me, and to come back here is wonderful. I’m looking forward to Sunday (against the New England Patriots) and seeing what that brings.”

Ajayi suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Oct. 7, 2018 and has been working to come back from the serious injury.

As for Sproles, the 36-year-old originally suffered the hip injury in a 31-6 win over the New York Jets on Oct. 6.

He missed the next three games, but returned and had three offensive touches in a 22-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 3. Sproles didn’t report any problems after that game and returned to practice the following week, but reported the injury after Wednesday’s session.

Sproles finishes the season with 17 carries for 66 yards and six receptions for 24 yards in six games this season.

Playing in his 15th season, Sproles is now fifth all-time in career all-purpose yards with 19,696.

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Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

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Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

The Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve on Friday due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 6.

The club had held out hope Kirkpatrick could return this season but the move ends the 30-year-old’s season.

“It’s been hard to predict when he doesn’t feel ready to come back in these next couple of weeks,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters after Friday’s practice. “So I felt it was in everybody’s best interest to give him time to heal. It’s tough when you’ve got guys that you’re not quite sure what the long-term diagnosis is going to be and they keep taking a spot. We just felt like it was the best decision and it gives him a chance to get healthy.”

Kirkpatrick hyperextended his left knee against the Baltimore Ravens in the Week 6 contest.

Kirkpatrick had 33 tackles in six games. He has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati and has 10 career interceptions with 306 tackles.

Cincinnati also activated receiver Damion Willis and linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad.

Willis had nine catches for 82 yards in seven games (two starts) for the Bengals earlier this season. Nickerson made 71 tackles in 30 games (nine starts) with the club over the previous two seasons and was waived at the end of the preseason and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3.

Cincinnati had an open roster spot after releasing linebacker Preston Brown earlier this week.

Also, the Bengals declared receiver A.J. Green (ankle), guard Alex Redmond (knee/ankle) and tight end Drew Sample (ankle) as out for Sunday’s road game against the Oakland Raiders. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, has yet to play this season.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (ankle) and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (shoulder) are questionable.

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