Bears looking to snap skid as banged-up Jets visit

Bears looking to snap skid as banged-up Jets visit

Chicago Bears first-year coach Matt Nagy already has a three-game winning streak on his brief resume.

Now, Nagy will try to avoid adding his first career three-game losing streak.

Chicago (3-3) will attempt to snap a two-game skid when it welcomes the New York Jets (3-4) on Sunday afternoon. This marks the first meeting between the teams since 2014 and the first matchup in Chicago since 2010.

The Bears are coming off a pair of single-digit losses against the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, the Jets are coming off a 20-point loss to the Minnesota Vikings after winning their previous two.

“We just keep pushing along,” Nagy told reporters this week in comments published by the Chicago Tribune. “Adversity strikes and you’ve got to be prepared to (go through) peaks and valleys. We’re in a valley right now. So we’ve got to get out of the valley.”

To do so, the Bears will rely on Mitchell Trubisky’s right arm — while hoping the best for linebacker Khalil Mack’s right ankle.

Trubisky is going for his fourth start in a row with 300-plus passing yards. But the second-year signal-caller remains a work in progress following a two-interception performance against the Patriots.

Nagy spent part of this week defending Trubisky, who has an impressive 97.1 passer rating on the season.

“He played a better game than most people think he played,” Nagy said.

Jordan Howard (311 rushing yards, two TDs) and Taylor Gabriel (329 receiving yards, two TDs) represent the Bears’ statistical leaders on the ground and through the air, respectively. The team’s top playmaker on defense is Mack, but a sprained ankle has placed doubt on his availability and potential effectiveness.

The Jets are no stranger to injuries, either.

New York placed running back Bilal Powell (neck) and safety Doug Middleton (pectoral muscle) on season-ending injured reserve this week. The absence of Powell likely will increase pressure on running back Isaiah Crowell, who is playing despite soreness in his foot and ankle.

The Jets bolstered their roster this week by signing Rishard Matthews, a former Tennessee Titans wide receiver. Matthews has 228 receptions for 3,147 yards and 21 touchdowns in 82 career games.

“He’s actually a phenomenal player,” Jets linebacker Avery Williamson said during an interview with WFAN-AM. “I played with him in Tennessee for two years. He’s a passionate player and talented, very talented.

“He can add some great things to the receiving corps. Great hands and he can make something out of nothing. I’ve seen him make some phenomenal catches.”

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Eagles’ Darby out for season with torn ACL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

Darby was injured in the second half of Philadelphia's 27-20 loss to Dallas on Sunday night.

The Eagles already lost safety Rodney McLeod to a season-ending knee injury. Starting cornerback Jalen Mills and starting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season.

Darby was injured in the second half of Philadelphia’s 27-20 loss to Dallas on Sunday night.

The Eagles already lost safety Rodney McLeod to a season-ending knee injury. Starting cornerback Jalen Mills and starting nickel cornerback Sidney Jones didn’t play against the Cowboys because of injuries.

Mills isn’t expected to return this week, but Jones is a possibility.

The Eagles (4-5) visit New Orleans (8-1) next.

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Saints add receiver Brandon Marshall after Dez Bryant injury

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says the Saints have signed veteran receiver Brandon Marshall.

Marshall's addition adds depth to an offense that already leads the NFL in scoring with 36.7 points per game and ranks in the top five in yards per game with 413.9.

Last week, the Saints signed

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says the Saints have signed veteran receiver Brandon Marshall.

Marshall’s addition adds depth to an offense that already leads the NFL in scoring with 36.7 points per game and ranks in the top five in yards per game with 413.9.

Last week, the Saints signed receiver Dez Bryant, but he tore his Achilles in only his second practice and never played a game for New Orleans.

The Seattle Seahawks released Marshall on Oct. 30 after he’d appeared in Seattle’s first seven games this season, catching 11 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. But his involvement in the offense dropped after Week 3 and he had just two catches for 16 yards in his last four games.

Seattle was the sixth NFL team for the 34-year-old Marshall, who has eight 1,000-plus-yard seasons in his career. His best season, statistically, came with the New York Jets in 2015, when he caught 109 passes for 1,502 yards and 14 touchdowns. Marshall entered this season trying to come back from an ankle injury and toe surgery that cost him the majority of the 2017 season with the New York Giants.

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Sean Payton says Bengals will be paid for broken fire alarm

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he broke a blaring fire alarm in visitor's locker room at Cincinnati's Paul Brown stadium and that he intends to ensure the repairs are paid for.

Payton says it would be "a little sensationalist" to say he "destroyed" the fire alarm and that the

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says he broke a blaring fire alarm in visitor’s locker room at Cincinnati’s Paul Brown stadium and that he intends to ensure the repairs are paid for.

Payton says it would be “a little sensationalist” to say he “destroyed” the fire alarm and that the act was not intended as a motivational ploy.

Rather, Payton says the alarm had been blaring for what seemed to him like 10 minutes and that he “needed the noise to stop” as he prepared his team to play against the Bengals.

The Saints beat the Bengals 51-14 for their eighth straight victory.

Payton says he considers the Brown family, the Bengals organization and coach Marvin Lewis to be close allies for whom he has a lot of respect.

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Bengals fire defensive coordinator after rout by Saints

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, a day after their historically bad performance in a 51-14 loss to the Saints.

New Orleans scored on every possession except the last one — when it took a knee in field-goal range — during its rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

The

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, a day after their historically bad performance in a 51-14 loss to the Saints.

New Orleans scored on every possession except the last one — when it took a knee in field-goal range — during its rout at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals (5-4) have given up 500 yards in three straight games — a first in the Super Bowl era — and are on pace to give up an NFL record for yards in a season.

It’s the second straight year the Bengals have fired a coordinator during the season. Last year, the Bengals fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese after an 0-2 start last year. Coach Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension after the 2017 season.

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Ex-Detroit Lion Barney accuses pizza chain of discrimination

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Lem Barney and his wife are suing a Detroit-area pizza chain for racial discrimination after being refused service.

The lawsuit filed in Detroit's federal court Monday says Lem and Jacqueline Barney went to Happy's Pizza in Commerce Township Nov. 2. The lawsuit says that

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Lem Barney and his wife are suing a Detroit-area pizza chain for racial discrimination after being refused service.

The lawsuit filed in Detroit’s federal court Monday says Lem and Jacqueline Barney went to Happy’s Pizza in Commerce Township Nov. 2. The lawsuit says that when they tried to order, the manager told them to go to Happy’s Southfield location because “they would be more at home there.”

The Barneys are black. Southfield has a majority black population and Commerce Township is mostly white.

The lawsuit says the Barneys called the police. The restaurant manager told an officer that the Barneys were denied service because workers were preparing for a corporate catering event.

The Associated Press left a message Monday seeking comment from Happy’s Pizza.

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Column: Ugly performances by Jets, Bucs and Raiders

To say the Jets , Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole.

To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate.

There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. In the New York and Tampa Bay areas, much of the chatter

To say the Jets , Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole.

To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate.

There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. In the New York and Tampa Bay areas, much of the chatter will be about removing Todd Bowles and Dirk Koetter as head coaches of their respective outfits. At least Jon Gruden won’t be worrying about job security with a Raiders team he has torn asunder, and he has the job security to rebuild.

Bowles got it right at the New Jersey Meadowlands by saying following a 41-10 embarrassment at the hands of the previously-inept-on-offense Buffalo: “We stunk it up as coaches, we stunk it up as players.”

His team certainly represented what used to be swamp land quite well Sunday.

The Jets (3-7, losers of four in a row) were blitzed from the beginning by a quarterback, Matt Barkley, who was unemployed a few days ago, and has been a journeyman for almost his entire NFL stint; this was his 12th game since 2013. They were overrun by LeSean McCoy, which is fine except when you consider he was in a horrendous slump and hadn’t scored all season.

Worst, they seemed apathetic and disinterested from the start, a strong indictment of the players and the coaches.

“They just came in and just straight, flat out, beat us,” said Jets receiver Jermaine Kearse, who has had to adjust to lots of losing in New York after lots of winning while he was with the Seahawks. “I wish I could give you an explanation. It’s frustrating for all of us, but they just came in here and straight beat us.”

Maybe because the Bills were trying a whole lot harder?

“Nobody’s quit on anybody,” Kearse added. “We win together, we lose together and that’s everybody’s mindset right now. We’re all not perfect, we’re out here trying to figure it out and find ways to improve this situation like anybody else. So, I would think that’s far from the truth.”

The Jets have never fired a coach during the season since the Johnson family bought the franchise in 2000. At least Bowles seems to have that going for him.

Koetter is in his third season in charge in Tampa, and he’s supposedly an offensive mastermind. Until being manhandled by Washington, the Bucs were tearing it up when they had the ball. Maybe somebody tore up all the play sheets that worked previously because they scored a mere three points against a team struggling with injuries.

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken had been calling plays, but Koetter took over against the Redskins. He wouldn’t explain why, but clearly it was a bogus decision.

“We weren’t good enough as a team, and that starts with me,” Koetter said. “To move the ball like that and come up with three points, you’re just not going to win that way.”

Tampa (3-6) has the second-longest playoff drought, 10 seasons, and Koetter’s chances of breaking that string are diminishing rapidly.

No such worries for Gruden, whose return to Oakland has been a fiasco so far. Give him credit for all the high draft picks the Raiders will have in April, and maybe for the high prospects they will carry into Las Vegas when they move in 2020.

For now, though, well — pardon us on this one — they’ve fallen into a Black Hole.

“This will be a year that a lot of us will never forget,” Gruden said of his 1-8 team that has been outscored 75-9 in the past nine quarters in what has quickly become a lost season. “It’s painful. It’s really hard. It’s painful. It’s going to be hard to sleep again, hard to get up in the morning.”

When Gruden gets up, he’ll perhaps look at others to get rid of as he retools the roster already missing Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and Amari Cooper. He’s got that wildly lucrative 10-year contract, virtual total control of personnel and no qualms about doing pretty much anything.

What must hurt fans of these three teams that got hammered Sunday is that the effort from other losing clubs — Arizona, which tested powerful Kansas City; Cleveland, which stunned Atlanta; and, of course, Buffalo — was so strong, so admirable. Perhaps the worst sign for a struggling team is when it looks lost, lethargic and lacking skill on the field.

In New Jersey and the Tampa and Oakland bay areas, that’s exactly what the fans saw in Week 10.

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ICYMI in NFL Week 10: Bowles’ Jets bad; Norman knocks fans

Time to start the "Which coaches are on the way out?" watch in the NFL, and all eyes are on Todd Bowles of the New York Jets at the moment.

How quickly it all fell apart for them.

After going 10-6 in his first season there, the Jets are 13-29, a .310 winning

Time to start the “Which coaches are on the way out?” watch in the NFL, and all eyes are on Todd Bowles of the New York Jets at the moment.

How quickly it all fell apart for them.

After going 10-6 in his first season there, the Jets are 13-29, a .310 winning percentage.

How soon could Bowles be gone? Consider that the Jets now head into a bye week. So that might make sense as a time to make a change for a club that had zero fight in it during a 41-10 loss Sunday against the visiting Buffalo Bills and quarterback Matt Barkley, of all people.

“We stunk it up as coaches,” Bowles said. “We stunk it up as players.”

All true.

Here’s another comment that was rather telling: “That’s the first time I felt like somebody really smacked us,” Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne said, “and we didn’t do nothing about it.”

Keep in mind that the Bills are nothing special. Barkley is worse than that — a has-been who never was, nearly two years removed from his most recent NFL start. But defensive guru Bowles couldn’t come up with anything to stop the guy.

Now the Jets are 3-7 and heading in the wrong direction, losers of four straight games.

Bowles shouldn’t stand alone in terms of questions about how much longer he will — or should — last in his current job.

As embarrassing as the Jets suddenly are, Bowles is hardly the only coach whose club is looking unprepared and unable to compete lately:

— Doug Marrone’s Jacksonville Jaguars somehow immediately went from AFC runners-up to also-rans, dropping five consecutive games to fall to 3-6 after a 29-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts;

— Dirk Koetter’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers somehow beat the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles in Weeks 1 and 2 but have lost six of seven games since to sit at 3-6 after a 16-3 setback against the visiting Washington Redskins;

— Jon Gruden is not going anywhere anytime soon, of course, but his Oakland Raiders are as bad as it gets right now, going to 1-8 after losing five games in a row by at least 14 points each, the latest a 20-6 defeat at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.

“This will be a year that a lot of us will never forget,” Gruden said. “It’s painful.”

Jets fans probably feel the same way about their season.

In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 10th Sunday:

ROAD, SWEET ROAD

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman celebrated a road victory by blasting the NFC East leaders’ home fans, saying it seems like they “just don’t really care; they just boo everything and aren’t really behind us.” Washington is 3-1 in away games, 3-2 at home. “We can play all the games on the road, if you ask me,” said Norman, who had an acrobatic interception early, one of four turnovers forced by Washington’s defense against the Bucs. Later, Norman sent out a tweet encouraging spectators to be more supportive and enthusiastic at home. After all, with a 6-3 record, a two-game division lead over the surprisingly so-so Super Bowl champion Eagles and the Cowboys (both 4-5 after Dallas beat Philadelphia 27-20 with the help of a hurdle by Ezekiel Elliott) and an easy schedule the rest of the way, the Redskins would host a playoff game if they avoid a collapse.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

This week’s most original TD celebration — remember when the league tried to discourage all of those with penalties and fines? — came courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs speedster Tyreek Hill. After catching one of Patrick Mahomes’ two TD passes in KC’s 26-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Hills hopped into the stands and grabbed ahold of a TV camera, managing to record images of some teammates whooping it up, as well as the flag he earned for unsportsmanlike conduct. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was not exactly thrilled by that aspect of the charade. “That was too much,” Reid said. “I’m all into the ‘personality’ thing, but he was … out of character there.”

BETTER THAN OMAHA

Give Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff for directing a potent offense that’s helped his team get off to a 9-1 start. Give him credit, too, for quite an audible in LA’s 36-31 victory against the Seattle Seahawks, name-checking Oscar winner Halle Berry.

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AP Pro Football Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in East Rutherford, N.J., and Josh Dubow in Oakland, Calif., contributed to this report.

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Ugly performances by Jets, Bucs and Raiders on Sunday

To say the Jets , Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole.

To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate.

There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. In the New York and Tampa Bay areas, much of the chatter

To say the Jets , Raiders and Bucs have quit would be hyperbole.

To say their fans are ready to quit watching them would be more accurate.

There was little to nothing worth mentioning about their performances Sunday in one-sided defeats. In the New York and Tampa Bay areas, much of the chatter will be about removing Todd Bowles and Dirk Koetter as head coaches of their respective outfits. At least Jon Gruden won’t be worrying about job security with a Raiders team he has torn asunder, and he has the job security to rebuild.

Bowles got it right at the Jersey Meadowlands by saying following a 41-10 embarrassment at the hands of the previously inept on offense Bills: “We stunk it up as coaches, we stunk it up as players.”

His team certainly represented what used to be swamp land quite well Sunday.

The Jets (3-7, losers of four in a row) were blitzed from the beginning by a quarterback, Matt Barkley, who was unemployed a few days ago, and has been a journeyman for almost his entire NFL stint; this was his 12th game since 2013. They were overrun by LeSean McCoy, which is fine except when you consider he was in a horrendous slump and hadn’t scored all season.

Worst, they seemed apathetic and disinterested from the start, a strong indictment of the players and of the coaches.

“They just came in and just straight, flat out, beat us,” said Jets receiver Jermaine Kearse, who has had to adjust to lots of losing in New York after lots of winning while he was with the Seahawks. “I wish I could give you an explanation. It’s frustrating for all of us but they just came in here and straight beat us.”

Maybe because the Bills were trying a whole lot harder?

“Nobody’s quit on anybody,” Kearse added. “We win together, we lose together and that’s everybody’s mindset right now. We’re all not perfect, we’re out here trying to figure it out and find ways to improve this situation like anybody else. So, I would think that’s far from the truth.”

The Jets have never fired a coach during the season since the Johnson family bought the franchise in 2000. At least Bowles seems to have that going for him.

Koetter is in his third season in charge in Tampa, and he’s supposedly an offensive mastermind. Until being manhandled by Washington, the Bucs were tearing it up when they had the ball. Maybe somebody tore up all the play sheets that worked previously because they scored a mere three points against a team struggling with injuries.

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken had been calling plays, but Koetter took over against the Redskins. He wouldn’t explain why, but clearly it was a bogus decision.

“We weren’t good enough as a team, and that starts with me,” Koetter said. “To move the ball like that and come up with three points, you’re just not going to win that way.”

Tampa (3-6) has the second-longest playoff drought, 10 seasons, and Koetter’s chances of breaking that string are diminishing rapidly.

No such worries for Gruden, whose return to Oakland has been a fiasco so far. Give him credit for all the high draft picks the Raiders will have in April, and maybe for the high prospects they will carry into Las Vegas when they move in 2020.

For now, though, well — pardon us on this one — they’ve fallen into a Black Hole.

“This will be a year that a lot of us will never forget,” Gruden said of his 1-8 team that has been outscored 75-9 in the past nine quarters in what has quickly become a lost season. “It’s painful. It’s really hard. It’s painful. It’s going to be hard to sleep again, hard to get up in the morning.”

When Gruden gets up, he’ll perhaps look at others to get rid of as he retools the roster already missing Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and Amari Cooper. He’s got that wildly lucrative 10-year contract, virtual total control of personnel, and no qualms about doing pretty much anything.

What must hurt fans of these three teams that got hammered Sunday is that the effort from other losing clubs — Arizona, which tested powerful Kansas City; Cleveland, which stunned Atlanta; and, of course, Buffalo — was so strong, so admirable. Perhaps the worst sign for a struggling team is when it looks lost, lethargic and lacking skill on the field.

In New Jersey and the Tampa and Oakland bay areas, that’s exactly what the fans saw in Week 10.

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Elliott takes giant leap needed to lift Cowboys past Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott took one giant leap that may have saved Dallas' season.

But it was Elliott's go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that helped the Cowboys finally hurdle the Super Bowl champs.

The Cowboys showed a second-half spark — and cooled the hot seat for coach Jason Garrett

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott took one giant leap that may have saved Dallas’ season.

But it was Elliott’s go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that helped the Cowboys finally hurdle the Super Bowl champs.

The Cowboys showed a second-half spark — and cooled the hot seat for coach Jason Garrett a few degrees — in a 27-20 win over the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones burst into the locker room and channeled his inner Ric Flair with a “Wooo!” that perked up the winners. Jones hit the locker room like a politician stumping for votes, shaking hands with anyone within reach.

“Now that was a win, I’ll tell you right now,” he said to a small circle of Cowboys.

The Cowboys are just 4-5 but the victory steadied a franchise that saw Garrett again under fire and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman call for major organizational changes for a franchise in decline.

Elliott and Dak Prescott quieted the doubters after a dazzling Sunday that had the champion Eagles on the ropes.

“You can imagine the way Jason Garrett, his resolve before the game,” Jones said. “I asked him before the game, ‘You feeling any pressure?’ (Garrett replied) ‘It just makes me want to go out and do more to turn this thing.'”

Elliott made highlight reels and kept the Dallas’ NFC East title hopes alive when he extended a play in the first half. The Cowboys tried a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from their 31 and Jeff Heath took a direct snap and ran three yards. A few plays later, Elliott hurdled Tre Sullivan on a 32-yard run to the Eagles 8. Michael Bennett sacked Prescott on third down and Brett Maher kicked a 31-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead.

Was it Elliott’s best bound over a defender?

“I’ll leave that up to you guys to decide,” Elliott said.

Jones was positive it was Elliott’s best.

“We’ve seen him make that move before,” Jones said. “But I don’t know when I’ve ever seen him totally clear it.”

While the Super Bowl champions are reeling, the Cowboys didn’t exactly look a serious threat to the NFC East crown. Prescott had 270 yards passing, tossed for one touchdown and also ran for a score. Elliott also had a TD reception, against an Eagles secondary depleted by injury. The Cowboys will need a win at Atlanta (4-5) next week and then a win Nov. 22 against division-leading Washington to really establish themselves as a playoff contender. It’s a leap of faith larger than anything attempted by Elliott that Cowboys can wrest their way into the NFC playoff picture.

But for a night, it was enough.

“We had no choice but to win,” said Elliott, who cupped his hand to his ear as he walked off the field to boos.

Garrett, who has yet to lead Dallas to even an NFC title game, knew the magnitude of the rivalry game.

“We were in a challenging situation,” he said. “We had to come up here and win a football game.”

Both teams felt the pressure even before former President George W. Bush performed the coin flip. The Cowboys and Eagles got into a small pregame scuffle that ended on the sideline before they were ushered back into the tunnel.

Dallas took a 10-3 lead into the half before Elliott and Prescott got rolling. Elliott ran in from the 1 to give Dallas a 27-20 lead after Prescott completed passes of 24 yards to Amari Cooper and 23 yards to Allen Hurns on the drive.

It was the kind of drive that might have impressed Aikman. Aikman, who won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys, said this week “there has to be a complete overhaul of the entire organization.”

The Cowboys just shrugged it off as just another controversy that didn’t concern them.

“We’re Dallas Cowboys. You guys love to talk about us, you guys love to make stories,” Elliott said. “We’re used to ignoring all the extra stuff and focusing on us.”

Eagles fans were spotted transporting a Cowboys coffin into Lincoln Financial Field, perhaps as a symbol of some sort of burial of Dallas’ season.

Don’t hold those last playoff rites for the Cowboys just yet.

“When you’re feeling low and you see the Grim Reaper,” Jones said, “and then you come in and have your team perform the way these guys did, I promise you, it is a special feeling.”

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Prescott, Elliott propel Cowboys past Eagles

Prescott, Elliott propel Cowboys past Eagles

Prescott, Elliott propel Cowboys past Eagles

Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for one touchdown and rushed for another as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the host Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 Sunday night.

Ezekiel Elliott caught the touchdown pass and also rushed for one as the Cowboys (4-5) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Prescott was 26 of 36 for 270 yards, while Elliott rushed 19 times for 151 yards.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who was 32 of 44 for 360 yards, tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Zach Ertz, but the Eagles fell to 4-5. Ertz had 14 catches for 145 yards.

The Eagles began the game without a pair of key injured players in right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Darren Sproles.

The Cowboys struck first when Brett Maher kicked a 25-yard field goal, set up by the first career interception from Leighton Vander Esch against Wentz.

Dallas went ahead 6-0 with 3:41 remaining in the second on a 31-yard field goal by Maher. The 14-play, 64-yard drive stalled after taking up more than eight minutes and Prescott was sacked by Michael Bennett.

Jake Elliott nailed a 56-yard field goal with 1:33 left in the second to get the Eagles within 6-3.

Prescott scored from the 1-yard line with 19 seconds left before halftime and the Cowboys took a 13-3 lead into the locker room.

Elliott’s 26-yard field goal early in the third quarter pulled the Eagles to within 13-6, and they tied the game at 13 when Wentz connected with Ertz on a 15-yard touchdown with 2:08 remaining in the third.

The Cowboys responded on their next drive and took a 20-13 lead when Elliott caught a 7-yard touchdown from Prescott with 11:42 left in the fourth.

Wentz connected with Nelson Agholor on a 51-yard strike and later threw the second touchdown of the game to Ertz, this time from 1 yard out to quickly tie the game at 20.

Dallas came back and drove 75 yards in eight plays, with Elliott plunging in from the 1 for a 27-20 advantage with 3:19 remaining.

The Eagles had one last chance with 40 seconds left, but their drive came up 6 yards short as time expired.

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Mayfield’s sizzling start leads Browns over Falcons

Mayfield's sizzling start leads Browns over Falcons

Mayfield’s sizzling start leads Browns over Falcons

Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes and fellow rookie Nick Chubb set a record for the longest touchdown run in team history as the Browns defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-16 on Sunday in Cleveland.

Chubb’s 92-yard run in the third quarter gave the Browns a 28-10 lead and broke Bobby Mitchell’s 90-yard record that had stood since 1959. Chubb finished with 176 rushing yards and also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Mayfield.

Mayfield completed his first 14 pass attempts and finished the day 17-for-20 for 216 yards. He did not throw an interception as the Browns (3-6-1) snapped a four-game skid and gave Gregg Williams his first win since taking over for Hue Jackson.

The Cleveland defense was stellar in the fourth quarter. Up 28-10 and with the Falcons knocking on the door, the Cleveland defense stopped Atlanta three straight times inside the Browns’ 1-yard line.

Atlanta (4-5) had a three-game winning streak snapped.

The Falcons were scoreless in the second half until Matt Ryan’s desperation heave with 4:24 left was caught by Austin Hooper, cutting the Browns’ lead to 28-16. Ryan was sacked on the two-point conversion try.

Ryan finished the day 38-for-52 for 330 yards and two scores.

Mayfield got the Browns on the board first when he scrambled and found Rashard Higgins from 28 yards out as the Browns scored a first-quarter touchdown for the first time this season.

Atlanta took the lead in the second quarter with Giorgio Tavecchio’s 40-yard field goal and Ryan’s short touchdown pass to Julio Jones. On the drive, Jones caught a 30-yard reception and passed Detroit’s Calvin Johnson to become the fastest to reach 10,000 yards. He did it in 104 games, 11 fewer than Johnson.

Mayfield got the ball back and drove the Browns 80 yards in eight plays. He hooked up with Chubb to put the Browns up 14-10 at the half.

Mayfield was a perfect 12-for-12 in the first half for 165 yards and two scores.

The opportunistic Browns defense struck on the Falcons’ first possession of the third quarter when T.J. Carrie forced a Mohamed Sanu fumble.

Mayfield made the Falcons pay for the turnover, finding Duke Johnson out of the backfield for an 11-yard touchdown and a 21-10 Browns lead.

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Cowboys G Martin returns after knee injury

Cowboys G Martin returns after knee injury

Cowboys G Martin returns after knee injury

Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin left Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a knee injury in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room, but returned early in the second quarter.

Martin hurt his left knee when he was rolled up on by teammate La’el Collins at the end of a play. He looked to be in significant pain and received attention from trainers for a few minutes before limping off under his own power. After getting evaluated in the sideline medical tent, Martin limped back to the locker room.

The four-time Pro Bowler hyperextended the same knee during the preseason and sprained his MCL before the team’s bye week, but he has not missed any regular-season action. He has been wearing a brace on the knee for extra protection.

The Cowboys’ offensive line was already without center Travis Frederick — who was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome during training camp — and rookie left guard Connor Williams, who is out for a week or two following a knee scope.

Alex Redmond, who was claimed off waivers in early September, stepped in at right guard after Martin went down. He had competed with Xavier Su’a-Filo this week, with Su’a-Filo winning the starting job in place of Williams. Joe Looney has been filling in for Frederick at center.

Martin, who turns 28 on Nov. 20, has started all 72 games through four and a half NFL seasons. The two-time All-Pro became the highest-paid guard in NFL history in June when he signed a six-year, $84 million deal.

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Cowboys G Martin leaves with knee injury

Cowboys G Martin leaves with knee injury

Cowboys G Martin leaves with knee injury

Dallas Cowboys right guard Zack Martin left Sunday night’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a knee injury in the first quarter and was taken to the locker room.

Martin hurt his left knee when he was rolled up on by teammate La’el Collins at the end of a play. He looked to be in significant pain and received attention from trainers for a few minutes before limping off under his own power. After getting evaluated in the sideline medical tent, Martin limped back to the locker room.

The four-time Pro Bowler hyperextended the same knee during the preseason and sprained his MCL before the team’s bye week, but he has not missed any regular-season action. He has been wearing a brace on the knee for extra protection.

The Cowboys’ offensive line was already without center Travis Frederick — who was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome during training camp — and rookie left guard Connor Williams, who is out for a week or two following a knee scope.

Alex Redmond, who was claimed off waivers in early September, stepped in at right guard after Martin went down. He had competed with Xavier Su’a-Filo this week, with Su’a-Filo winning the starting job in place of Williams. Joe Looney has been filling in for Frederick at center.

Martin, who turns 28 on Nov. 20, has started all 72 games through four and a half NFL seasons. The two-time All-Pro became the highest-paid guard in NFL history in June when he signed a six-year, $84 million deal.

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Rams WR Kupp reinjures knee

Rams WR Kupp reinjures knee

Rams WR Kupp reinjures knee

Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp appeared to reinjure his left knee in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 36-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Los Angeles, and his coach said after that game that the extent of the injury “doesn’t look good.”

Kupp, the second-year player drafted in the third round in 2017 out of Eastern Washington, had five catches for 39 yards before the injury occurred, apparently on a non-contact play.

Kupp sprained the same knee when he was tackled in mid-October as the Rams beat the Broncos 23-20 in Denver. At the time of that injury, Rams coach Sean McVay called the prognosis “fortunate news.”

Kupp ended up missing two games before returning for last week’s 45-35 loss in New Orleans.

McVay was more downcast in talking about the latest injury. “Yeah, I don’t think it’s very good,” he said.

Kupp has 40 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns this season, and he has 102 receptions for 1,435 yards and 11 touchdowns for his career.

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Jones powers Packers past Dolphins, 31-12

Jones powers Packers past Dolphins, 31-12

Aaron Rodgers has carried the

Jones powers Packers past Dolphins, 31-12

Aaron Rodgers has carried the Green Bay Packers to victory after victory after victory over the years, but when they absolutely needed a win to keep their season alive on Sunday, they rode the legs of Aaron Jones.

Jones needed only 15 carries to rush for a career-high 145 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers blew out the visiting Miami Dolphins in the second half to win 31-12 at Lambeau Field.

Green Bay took a quick 14-3 lead but was clinging to a 14-12 edge early in the third quarter before finally seizing control.

On third-and-2, Rodgers hit tight end Marcedes Lewis for a gain of 30, the veteran tight end’s second catch of the year. That set the stage for Jones. After a gain of 12 yards to the 10, he exploded through a big hole and into the end zone for a 21-12 lead at 9:33 of the third.

Moments later, cornerback Bashaud Breeland intercepted Brock Osweiler and returned it to the Miami 12. After a penalty, Rodgers fired a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams to make it 28-12.

With that, the Packers moved to 4-4-1 ahead of a trip to Seattle for a Thursday night game, and then a visit to Minnesota for a key NFC North matchup.

Miami (5-5) lost for the fifth time in seven games after a 3-0 start. The bye comes at a perfect time for the Dolphins, who were without starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill and three starting offensive linemen, including tackles Laremy Tunsil and Ja’Wuan James.

Frank Gore rushed for 90 yards for the Dolphins. Osweiler threw for 213 yards, with seven catches for 72 yards by Danny Amendola. Jason Sanders accounted for all the scoring with four field goals.

A quick one-two punch by Jones gave the Packers a 14-3 lead. On the opening drive, Jones had 54 yards on four touches, with those big plays setting up Rodgers’ 7-yard touchdown pass to Adams.

After Sanders booted a field goal, Jones blew through a huge hole up the middle for a gain of 67. Two plays later, he plowed in from the 2.

Green Bay led 14-9 at halftime. A key moment came early in the third quarter, when Brandon Bolden blocked JK Scott’s punt. The Dolphins were set up at Green Bay’s 28 but couldn’t do anything with it. Sanders’ fourth field goal made it 14-12.

Rodgers was 19-of-28 passing for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Green Bay ran for 195 yards.

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Rams improve to 9-1 with victory over Seahawks

Rams improve to 9-1 with victory over Seahawks

Rams improve to 9-1 with victory over Seahawks

Todd Gurley rushed for 120 yards and scored a touchdown for the 13th consecutive game as the Los Angeles Rams overcame a sluggish first half and then held on to earn a 36-31 victory over the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

The Rams improved to an NFL-best 9-1, bouncing back from their first defeat of the season last week at New Orleans. Los Angeles has a 4 1/2-game lead in the NFC West and needs one more victory to wrap up consecutive division titles.

The Seahawks had one last chance to take the lead, but Russell Wilson threw an incomplete pass on fourth down form the Rams’ 35-yard line with 19 seconds remaining.

The Rams went out in front for good at the start of the fourth quarter when Jared Goff hit tight end Tyler Higbee on 10-yard scoring pass for a 26-21 lead. Goff was 28-of-39 for 318 yards and two touchdowns.

The Seahawks cut the lead to 26-23 on a 33-yard Sebastian Janikowski field goal with 9:52 to play, then followed with an unsuccessful onside kick.

The Rams added a 20-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein and a 9-yard TD run from Brandon Cooks from there to take a 36-24 lead.

Cooks’ TD came one play after Rams linebacker Dante Fowler stripped Wilson of the ball and recovered the fumble deep in Seattle territory.

The Rams grabbed their first lead of the game with 2:48 left in the first half when Gurley took a pitch and ran 17 yards into the end zone. Gurley not only extended his franchise-record streak for consecutive games with a touchdown, it is also the longest active TD streak in the NFL.

Gurley’s touchdown was his NFL-leading 17th of the season.

The Seahawks gained 104 rushing yards in the first quarter, their second most in the opening quarter since 2001. The Seahawks scored two first-quarter TDs, the first on Wilson’s 8-yard pass to tight end Nick Vannett and the second on an 18-yard run by Rashaad Penny.

The L.A. defense made its presence known in the second quarter as defensive tackle Aaron Donald had two sacks on Wilson. Donald’s 12 sacks in 10 games this season are already a Rams single-season record for a defensive tackle, passing D’Marco Farr’s 11.5 in 1995.

Wilson completed 17 of 26 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns. Penny carried the ball 12 times for 108 yards. The Seahawks gained a season-best 273 yards on the ground.

The Rams are 2-0 against the Seahawks this season after earning a 33-31 victory at Seattle in Week 5, and they are 4-0 against NFC West opponents.

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Elliott, Prescott lead Cowboys past Eagles 27-20

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday night.

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles fell to 4-5 with their third straight loss at home while the Cowboys improved to 4-5.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott had 151 yards rushing and his go-ahead 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped the Dallas Cowboys beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday night.

The defending Super Bowl champion Eagles fell to 4-5 with their third straight loss at home while the Cowboys improved to 4-5.

Dak Prescott had 270 yards passing, tossed for one touchdown and also ran for a score. Elliott also had a TD reception.

Carson Wentz threw a pair of TD passes to Zach Ertz, but his pass to Ertz on fourth down fell a yard short of a first down at the Cowboys 29 with 1:09 left. The Eagles got the ball back at their 32 with 40 seconds left and drove to the Cowboys 32 for the final play. Wentz completed a pass to Ertz inside the Dallas 10. Ertz lateraled to Golden Tate but he was tackled for no gain to end it.

It was a defensive battle into the third quarter before the offenses went back-and-forth.

Elliott ran in from the 1 to give Dallas a 27-20 lead after Prescott completed passes of 24 yards to Amari Cooper and 23 yards to Allen Hurns on the drive.

Coming off a bye, the Eagles were listless in the first half and trailed 13-3 before rallying to tie it on Wentz’s 15-yard TD pass to Ertz late in the third quarter. Wentz connected with Jordan Matthews for 18 yards on third-and-11 to extend the drive. He hit him again for 12 yards on the next play and found Ertz a few plays later.

Prescott tossed a 7-yard TD pass to Elliott to give Dallas a 20-13 lead on the ensuing possession. Elliott accounted for 57 of the 75 yards on the drive.

But the Eagles answered. Wentz hit Nelson Agholor, who made an excellent catch for a 51-yard gain to the Cowboys 8. Wentz found Ertz in the back of the end zone for a 1-yard TD pass to tie it at 20-20.

Prescott engineered a 75-yard drive in the final 90 seconds of the first half to send the Eagles into the locker room to a chorus of boos from a frustrated crowd.

Michael Gallup turned a screen pass on third-and-15 at the Cowboys 35 into a 25-yard gain. Prescott connected with Cole Beasley for 21 yards and hit Hurns for 17 yards to the Eagles 1. Prescott then sneaked in for the score.

After hearing it from their fans, the Eagles came out with a stop on defense and the offense drove to the Cowboys 11 before having to settle for Jake Elliott’s 26-yard field goal.

TRICKY

The Cowboys tried a fake punt on fourth-and-2 from their 31 and Jeff Heath took a direct snap and ran three yards. A few plays later, Elliott hurdled Tre Sullivan on a 32-yard run to the Eagles 8. But Michael Bennett sacked Prescott on third down and Brett Maher kicked a 31-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead.

GOLDEN’S DEBUT

New Eagles wideout Golden Tate had only two catches for 19 yards.

INJURIES

Eagles: CB Ronald Darby left the game after injuring his knee in the second half. Starters Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones already were out of the lineup.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Visit the Atlanta Falcons (4-5) on Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the New Orleans Saints (8-1) on Sunday.

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Cowboys-Eagles Stats

Dallas 3 10 0 14—27
Philadelphia 0 3 10 7—20
First Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 25, 6:59.

Second Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 31, 3:41.

Phi_FG J.Elliott 56, 1:33.

Dal_Prescott 1 run (Maher kick), :19.

Third Quarter

Phi_FG J.Elliott 26,

Dallas 3 10 0 14—27
Philadelphia 0 3 10 7—20
First Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 25, 6:59.

Second Quarter

Dal_FG Maher 31, 3:41.

Phi_FG J.Elliott 56, 1:33.

Dal_Prescott 1 run (Maher kick), :19.

Third Quarter

Phi_FG J.Elliott 26, 9:36.

Phi_Ertz 15 pass from Wentz (J.Elliott kick), 2:08.

Fourth Quarter

Dal_E.Elliott 7 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 11:42.

Phi_Ertz 1 pass from Wentz (J.Elliott kick), 7:27.

Dal_E.Elliott 1 run (Maher kick), 3:19.

A_69,696.

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Dal Phi
First downs 23 23
Total Net Yards 410 421
Rushes-yards 28-171 16-71
Passing 239 350
Punt Returns 1-0 2-11
Kickoff Returns 0-0 4-93
Interceptions Ret. 1-28 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 26-36-0 32-44-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 4-31 2-10
Punts 4-40.8 2-44.0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-37 0-0
Time of Possession 33:22 26:38

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Dallas, E.Elliott 19-151, Prescott 6-9, R.Smith 2-8, Heath 1-3. Philadelphia, Adams 7-47, Clement 5-13, Wentz 2-7, Smallwood 2-4.

PASSING_Dallas, Prescott 26-36-0-270. Philadelphia, Wentz 32-44-1-360.

RECEIVING_Dallas, Cooper 6-75, E.Elliott 6-36, Beasley 4-37, Swaim 3-13, Hurns 2-40, Gallup 2-34, Schultz 2-21, R.Smith 1-14. Philadelphia, Ertz 14-145, Agholor 5-83, Jeffery 4-48, Matthews 3-40, Smallwood 3-30, Tate 2-19, Clement 1-(minus 5).

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Dallas, Maher 42.

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Seahawks’ Carroll optimistic despite 4-5 mark after loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seattle coach Pete Carroll had every reason to be frustrated after his Seahawks dropped a second straight game in the final minute.

However, Carroll wasn't sounding the alarm on his team's season after a 36-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

"We aren't slowing down. We're going

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seattle coach Pete Carroll had every reason to be frustrated after his Seahawks dropped a second straight game in the final minute.

However, Carroll wasn’t sounding the alarm on his team’s season after a 36-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

“We aren’t slowing down. We’re going to keep running the football, keep setting the tempo,” Carroll said. “I love the way we’re playing. We just have to stay alive and keep going.”

The success of the Seahawks’ running game is what has Carroll confident about his team’s hopes of contending for a playoff spot. Seattle (5-6) ran for 273 yards — the eighth most in a single game in franchise history — despite Chris Carson missing the game due to a hip injury. Rashaad Penny, who was selected in the first round of last April’s draft, had his first 100-yard game as a pro with 108 yards on 12 carries.

Penny missed most of training camp due to a broken finger before slowly working his way back into the rotation once he improved in the pass game and on pass blocking.

“I feel like I’ve grown up the last two to three weeks,” Penny said. “I told myself the whole game that I can do this and the coaches trust me.”

Russell Wilson, who was 17 of 26 for 176 yards and three touchdowns, had just 11 pass attempts going into the fourth quarter. That was the lowest number of pass attempts through three quarters in his seven-year career.

A turnover by Wilson has loomed large in both of Seattle’s recent losses. Last Sunday against the Chargers, he threw an interception in the fourth quarter that was returned for a touchdown. This week, he fumbled the ball on a strip sack by Rams linebacker Dante Fowler that was recovered at the Seahawks’ nine yard line with less than six minutes remaining. One play later, Brandon Cooks scored on a nine-yard run to give Los Angeles a 36-24 lead.

Seattle scored on its ensuing possession and got the ball back after holding the Rams to a three-and-out. Wilson got Seattle to the Rams 36 yard line with 39 seconds remaining, but three straight incompletions ended any hopes of a comeback.

The Seahawks haven’t been able to force a turnover in either loss, which has frustrated the defense.

“We just needed one tip ball or on the ground to flip the script and we didn’t come up with it,” defensive end Dion Jordan said. “We played these good teams hard twice and didn’t come up with the win. Pete doesn’t want us to get down on ourselves. This has to be turning point for us going into these last couple games.”

Seattle’s decision to call a surprise onside kick down 26-24 with under 10 minutes remaining ended up costing them. Carroll said Sebastian Janikowski hit the ball wrong, which led to an easy recovery by Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds. The short field ended up leading to a 20-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein.

“Before that play, actually, I see them talking to the ref and kind of pointing in that area. Something’s a little up. And then I saw his approach,” Reynolds said. “I used to be a kicker in high school, so I saw his approach change right when he was about to kick the ball, so I knew what it was.”

The Seahawks have five of their final seven games at home, but it is not an easy stretch drive. It starts on Thursday night against Green Bay and also includes a game at Carolina (Nov. 25) and home games against Minnesota (Dec. 10) and Kansas City (Dec. 23).

“We feel like we are a lot better than our record shows,” linebacker Bobby Wagner said. “We had some plays get away from us and we lost some games. There’s still a lot of football left. We’re confident that we’ll pull it out.”

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Man reaching for free shirt critical after fall over railing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fan reaching for a free T-shirt is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after losing his balance and falling through the awning that covers the tunnel to the Tennessee Titans' locker room.

Metro Nashville Police say Thomas Carrico Jr., 37, of Goodlettesville, Tennessee, received

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A fan reaching for a free T-shirt is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after losing his balance and falling through the awning that covers the tunnel to the Tennessee Titans’ locker room.

Metro Nashville Police say Thomas Carrico Jr., 37, of Goodlettesville, Tennessee, received medical attention at Nissan Stadium on Sunday before being taken to the hospital.

The Tennessean reported a witness saw a T-shirt land on the awning over the tunnel during the third quarter of the Titans’ 34-10 win over New England when cheerleaders were tossing out free shirts during a timeout.

The Titans confirmed the fall in a statement.

“An adult fan fell from the lower bowl seating area to the ground,” according to the statement. “The fan received attention from emergency personnel on the scene and was transported to a local hospital.”

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