Bengals’ Kirkpatrick & Falcons’ Jones resume Alabama rivalry

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick got to see receiver Julio Jones’ rare abilities during practice at Alabama.

They’ve never gone head-to-head in the NFL, which is about to change on Sunday in Atlanta when they’re paired again in a nostalgic rematch.

The Falcons made Jones the sixth overall pick in 2011, when he left Alabama after his junior season. Kirkpatrick was a year behind him at Alabama, giving him a chance to cover him in practice. The Bengals took Kirkpatrick with the 17th overall pick in 2012.

The Falcons (1-2) and Bengals (2-1) have played once while they were both in the NFL. The Bengals won 24-10 at Paul Brown Stadium during the 2014 season, when Kirkpatrick was on special teams only. Jones caught seven passes for 88 yards and a touchdown.

Kirkpatrick won’t be assigned to Jones on Sunday, but he’ll likely wind up covering him on some plays, allowing them to renew their one-on-one history.

“I just know that competitive nature me and him had when I was down there,” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s like me and A.J. (Green). Sometimes me and A.J. are about to kill each other in practice.”

The Bengals have given up a lot of yards in their first three games, facing offenses that aren’t as highly ranked as Atlanta’s. Andrew Luck and Joe Flacco threw for more than 300 yards each in the Bengals’ opening wins — late turnovers made the difference.

Christian McCaffrey ran for 184 yards and Cam Newton ran for a pair of touchdowns in Carolina’s 31-21 victory on Sunday that left Cincinnati ranked 26th in the league in defense. The Bengals are last in third downs, allowing opponents to convert 52 percent.

The defense is still adapting to a new coordinator, two new position coaches, and the influx of young players over the past two seasons. The Bengals have their youngest team in coach Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons.

“We’ve got a lot of new, but you’ve got to get it right,” Lewis said Wednesday. “We do a lot of things really good. We’re fifth or sixth in the league on first down. We’ve got to put it all together.”

The cornerbacks are a strength of the unit, featuring three first-round picks — Kirkpatrick, Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson. They’ll get their biggest test yet on Sunday, with three former Alabama players figuring prominently.

Falcons rookie receiver Calvin Ridley was the 26th overall pick out of Alabama. Ridley had seven catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns in Atlanta’s 43-37 overtime loss to New Orleans on Sunday.

“Bragging rights and everything,” Kirkpatrick said. “I’m looking forward to it. A great challenge. Julio is still my guy win, lose or draw. This week I feel like it’s going to be a little extra something.”


The Bengals put second-year defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow on injured reserve with a torn ACL suffered in Sunday’s game. They signed defensive tackle Adolphus Washington off the Cowboys’ practice squad. The Cincinnati native and former Ohio State player was drafted by the Bills in the third round in 2016 and played 31 games for Buffalo. He was waived on Sept. 11 and signed by the Cowboys. It’s unclear whether he’ll learn the defense enough to be able to blend into the Bengals’ line rotation on Sunday.

“It’s a matter of how much he can absorb, given he landed at 7:30 last night,” Lewis said.


Receiver A.J. Green had a limited practice Wednesday. He sat out the second half at Carolina with a groin/hip injury. Also limited were running back Giovani Bernard (thigh), Kirkpatrick (groin), Dennard (calf), linebacker Preston Brown (ankle), left tackle Cordy Glenn (knee) and defensive end Michael Johnson (knee).


Running back Joe Mixon and rookie center Billy Price will miss their second game with injuries, but Lewis said Wednesday they’re making progress and could be back within a few weeks. Mixon had knee surgery to remove torn cartilage, and Price has a sprained foot.


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Reports: Bengals RB Anderson has torn ACL

Reports: Bengals RB Anderson has torn ACL

Cincinnati rookie running back Rodney Anderson is

Reports: Bengals RB Anderson has torn ACL

Cincinnati rookie running back Rodney Anderson is believed to have torn his right ACL on Thursday night in the Bengals’ final preseason game, according to multiple reports.

The reports added he likely will miss the season. He left the game, a 13-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, in the first quarter after a four-yard run.

Doctors had just cleared Anderson to play three weeks ago, and he has a history of serious injuries.

Anderson, a sixth-round draft selection, sustained the same injury last season with Oklahoma.

In 2015, his first season with the Sooners, he sustained a broken leg. The following year, he broke a bone in his neck, and last season, the torn ACL ended his campaign in Week 2.

He played in just 17 games in four years in Oklahoma. In 2017, he played in 13 games, gaining 1,442 yards from scrimmage and scoring 21 touchdowns.

The Bengals drafted him to back up running backs Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon, the latter his former Sooners teammate. In the third preseason game, he had four catches for 51 yards.

The Bengals also drafted Trayveon Williams from Texas A&M in the sixth round of the 2019 draft.

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Hall of Fame C Langer dies at 71

Hall of Fame C Langer dies at 71

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Langer, who played every offensive snap at

Hall of Fame C Langer dies at 71

Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Langer, who played every offensive snap at center for the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins, died Thursday, the team announced Friday. He was 71.

Langer spent 10 years with the Dolphins, from 1970 to 1979, earning first-team All-Pro honors four times and six selections to the Pro Bowl. He finished his career with two seasons with his home-state Minnesota Vikings.

Considered one of the greatest centers of all-time, Langer was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987, becoming the fourth Dolphins player to make it in his first season of eligibility. The others are quarterback Dan Marino, receiver Paul Warfield and defensive end Jason Taylor.

Langer was a middle linebacker at South Dakota State and went undrafted in 1970, signing with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent before being cut during training camp. The Dolphins picked him up and he played in the final five games of the 1970 season, mostly on special teams.

“I never thought I’d make it,” he told The Athletic last week. “All you do is put one foot in front of the other and fight like hell. You gotta learn to do whatever it takes to get the job done, no matter who is looking, no matter who is there, no matter what.”

After serving as the backup center in Miami in 1971, he become a first-teamer in 1972 and started 109 consecutive games until he was sidelined by a knee injury in 1979.

“I would not do anything differently. No question. You can step off the curb and get hit by a drunk driver,” he said in a 2017 interview with the Miami Herald.

“Hurt or not, we wanted to be on the field. That’s the way we played. I’m going up against Dick Butkus, Alan Page, Joe Greene. That’s a battle that appealed to me. There was nothing that could compare to that competition after I retired from football.”

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Jets president Glat steps down

Jets president Glat steps down

Jets president Glat steps down

New York Jets president Neil Glat has resigned from his role and will become a senior adviser, the team announced Friday.

Glat oversaw the Jets’ off-field activities for the past seven years. His duties included redesigning the uniforms, signing a gaming deal with MGM and expanding fan interactions.

“Neil spearheaded the implementation of many successful new initiatives and fan-friendly offerings during his time with us,” said Christopher Johnson, the team’s chairman and CEO. “He also worked tirelessly on behalf of the organization and for the fans.”

The Jets said they would announce other organizational steps at a later time.

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Raiders’ Hudson signs extension, reportedly becomes top-paid center

Raiders' Hudson signs extension, reportedly becomes top-paid center

The Oakland Raiders

Raiders’ Hudson signs extension, reportedly becomes top-paid center

The Oakland Raiders signed center Rodney Hudson to a multiyear contract extension on Friday. And while the team didn’t announce terms, a published report said the deal will make him the NFL’s highest-paid center.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Hudson agreed to a three-year, $33.75 million contract extension, with $24.4 million in guaranteed money.

The average annual salary of $11.25 million is the most for any center in the NFL.

Hudson signed a five-year, $44.5 million deal with the Raiders as a free agent in 2015. The 30-year-old made the Pro Bowl in both 2016 and 2017 and has started every game over the past three seasons.

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49ers RB McKinnon headed to IR

49ers RB McKinnon headed to IR

49ers RB McKinnon headed to IR

San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon will be placed on injured reserve and is expected to require an additional procedure on his surgically repaired knee.

McKinnon, 27, missed all of last season recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee in August 2018. He had signed as a free agent from the Minnesota Vikings and expected to be the starting running back in San Francisco.

On his road back to the field, McKinnon has encountered multiple setbacks.

He was activated from the physically unable to perform list in August only to be lost before the end of the same week due to discomfort in his knee. Last week, he was back on the practice field only briefly before another issue in the same knee.

NFL Network reported the 49ers had not yet determined Friday whether McKinnon would be eligible to return from IR or be shut down for the entire 2019 season.

At that point, he would stand to make $16 million over two seasons without taking a snap, based on the structure of his contract.

In four years with the Vikings, McKinnon ran the ball 474 times for 1,918 yards (4.0 avg) and seven touchdowns. He added 142 catches for 984 yards and five scores.

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Reports: NFL reinstates LB McClain

Reports: NFL reinstates LB McClain


Reports: NFL reinstates LB McClain

The NFL conditionally reinstated linebacker Rolando McClain, a former No. 8 overall pick who hasn’t played in three seasons, according to multiple reports on Friday.

Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2010, McClain was suspended indefinitely in 2016 after he repeatedly failed drug tests. He last played in 2015 with the Dallas Cowboys, who hold his rights.

McClain, who played collegiately at Alabama, told in July that he wanted to play again and was fit after undergoing hip surgery on 2016.

“I’m nowhere near satisfied with how my professional career has gone,” McClain said at the time. “That’s for myself. That’s me looking in the mirror and talking to my boys. Nah, that’s not the taste I want to leave in my mouth.”

McClain, now 30, spent three seasons with the Raiders. The Raiders released him because he didn’t perform on the field as expected and because he found himself in legal trouble.

The Baltimore Ravens signed McClain in 2013 but he decided to retire, returning with Dallas in 2014.

In five NFL seasons, McClain has played in 65 games (61 starts). He has 412 tackles, 9.5 sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles to his credit.

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Report: Patriots’ Edelman (hand) expected to be fine

Report: Patriots' Edelman (hand) expected to be fine

New England Patriots

Report: Patriots’ Edelman (hand) expected to be fine

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is expected to be fine after initially injuring his hand during the team’s final preseason game, per a published report Friday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Edelman is expected to be no worse for wear after landing awkwardly on his left hand following a 20-yard reception early in Thursday’s preseason 31-29 loss versus the New York Giants.

Edelman was seen consulting with trainers while sitting out the remainder of the game.

The left hand is a focal point for the 33-year-old Edelman, who began training camp on the non-football injury list with a broken left thumb sustained this offseason.

“#Patriots WR Julian Edelman left last night’s preseason game earlier than planned, but my understanding is he did not re-injure his thumb,” Rapoport posted on Twitter. “And his hand, the one he landed on, is fine. A minor scare for Edelman, but nothing major.”

Edelman caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns in the 2018 regular season and was the MVP of the Super Bowl LIII win against the Los Angeles Rams.

In May, the Patriots finalized a two-year extension worth $21 million for Edelman.

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Chargers OT Okung out at least Week 1

Chargers OT Okung out at least Week 1

Chargers OT Okung out at least Week 1

Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung will not play in the season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco announced the Week 1 status of Okung on Thursday, per ESPN.

Okung has been limited to off-field conditioning work this summer due to a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. The 31-year-old Okung is on the non-football illness list.

Telesco added that the Chargers will have a deeper grasp of the status of Okung in the coming weeks.

Trent Scott, who has been at left tackle in Okung’s place, played 125 snaps on offense last season as an undrafted rookie out of Grambling State.

Okung, responding to reports of his absence from training camp, said he experienced abnormal discomfort in his chest on June 1 and went to urgent care out of “an abundance of caution.”

The two-time Pro Bowl selection is entering his third year with the Chargers after six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2010-15) and one with the Denver Broncos (2016).

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Chargers GM on Gordon contract: ‘I haven’t solved this one yet’

Chargers GM on Gordon contract: 'I haven't solved this one yet'

Chargers GM on Gordon contract: ‘I haven’t solved this one yet’

Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said the team is prepared to enter the season without running back Melvin Gordon, who is holding out in hopes of a new contract.

“I’m disappointed it has lasted this long. I pride myself in having solutions to problems, and I haven’t solved this one yet,” the 46-year-old Telesco said on Thursday, via ESPN.

“We know what (Gordon) means to our team, and even bigger than that what he means to our organization. But the other side is we have a big game coming up this week with the Colts, and I’m confident in the players that we have on the field right now will play well.”

Gordon, 26, has missed all of training camp and the preseason while seeking an extension. He’s entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, which will pay him $5.6 million in 2019.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport previously reported that the Chargers offered a deal worth $10 million per season and were rebuffed. The team has said it won’t trade him, despite Gordon requesting through his agent to be dealt.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Gordon has scored 38 touchdowns over the past three seasons. In 55 career games, he has gained 5,205 yards from scrimmage.

Without Gordon, the Chargers will turn to third-year man Austin Ekeler and second-year running back Justin Jackson in the backfield.

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Reports: Broncos acquire CB Dawson from Patriots

Reports: Broncos acquire CB Dawson from Patriots

Reports: Broncos acquire CB Dawson from Patriots

The Denver Broncos acquired cornerback Duke Dawson in a trade with the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.

The teams did not officially announce the trade, however ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots will send Dawson and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft to the Broncos in exchange for a sixth-round draft selection.

Dawson has yet to play in a regular-season game for the Patriots since being selected in the second round of the 2018 draft.

The 23-year-old sustained a hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve during his rookie season. He was activated to the 53-man roster later in the campaign but was on the inactive list for each remaining game.

The Patriots boast considerable depth at cornerback, with Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Keion Crossen and Joejuan Williams likely to make the roster.

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Reports: Raiders release LB Marshall

Reports: Raiders release LB Marshall

Reports: Raiders release LB Marshall

The Oakland Raiders released linebacker Brandon Marshall, according to multiple reports on Friday.

Marshall signed a one-year contract worth up to $4.1 million with the Raiders in the offseason after spending six seasons with the Denver Broncos.

The 29-year-old Marshall, who was a fifth-round pick by Jacksonville in the 2012 NFL Draft, spent one season with the Jaguars before moving on to Denver.

Marshall collected 42 tackles in 11 games last season with the Broncos. He has 419 tackles, 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions in 74 career games.

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Take 5: Intriguing 2019 NFL Prop Bets

Take 5: Intriguing 2019 NFL Prop Bets

Take 5: Intriguing 2019 NFL Prop Bets

Another season begins with the New England Patriots as the reigning champions and the oddsmakers’ choice to claim the Lombardi Trophy.

Optimism is plentiful in other markets, and investors looking to unearth this season’s underdog or team on the rise brings intrigue to the window for those playing the futures market.

With value plays in mind — read: we avoided favorites — Field Level Media analyzed 2019 prop bet odds and found these five most compelling:

–Carson Wentz, Comeback Player of the Year (+1000, PointsBet)

Wentz is fourth in line for the award and his injury history is enough to turn the light yellow for tepid investors. But Wentz, driven to prove his worth after signing a massive contract extension, is undoubtedly an upper-tier quarterback and played at an MVP level in 2017 before shredding his knee against the Rams and watching Nick Foles ascend to Super Bowl MVP two months later.

The Eagles are in the thick of a coin-flip division in the NFC East and Wentz has the skill-position support and offensive system to put up video game numbers, the kind of production it will take to garner such award notice.

Another reason to like Wentz: Consider Jets running back Le’Veon Bell (+400, PointsBet) and Devonta Freeman (+900), plus favorite Jimmy Garoppolo (+300) are ahead of Wentz in line and not true values at this point.

–Nick Chubb, NFL rushing champ (+1700, PointsBet)

Kareem Hunt looms at midseason as the only real threat to playing time to Chubb, who finished 10th in the NFL in rushing as a rookie despite averaging only 12 attempts per game. There’s some consideration to be given changes along the offensive line in Cleveland, but the majority of attention from defenses is going to be focused on stopping Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in the passing game orchestrated by Baker Mayfield.

On 192 carries, Chubb put up 996 rushing yards in 2018. If he hits 275 carries, even a conservative increase in his projected production means another 500 yards. If he produces on precise par with his rookie totals, we’re talking 431.6 additional rushing yards.

Consider Ezekiel Elliott claimed the 2018 rushing title with 1,434 yards and in 2017, Bell won with 1,291.

If Chubb hits 1,425 rushing yards, we love his chances to claim the rushing crown and cash at +1700.

On the topic of overlooked running backs, there’s every reason to like the over on Caesar’s Sportsbook offering of Raiders rookie Josh Jacobs’ rushing total of 879 1/2. If his offensive line remains sturdy, Jon Gruden will pound the rock.

–Chiefs TE Travis Kelce over 7.5 touchdowns (-110, Caesars)

Kelce can’t be covered by just any human in headgear and he finished 10th (tie) in the NFL last season with 10 TD catches.

He had four TD catches in AFC West games and that number is likely to rise with the Chargers operating minus Derwin James at safety and Oakland still trying to figure things out on the back end; Kelce had 17 catches for 270 yards and two scores against the Raiders last season.

If Patrick Mahomes is the favorite to repeat as MVP — he is, and no reason not to buy into a repeat — Kelce is sure to be on the receiving end of more than 100 of his passes again (103 last season). In an offense with West Coast roots, betting on tight end production is a no-brainer.

–Matt Nagy, NFL Coach of the Year (+1800, PointsBet)

Nine coaches are in front of Nagy in the COY futures at PointsBet and No. 1 is Frank Reich, who is presently the rudder of a team that just lost a franchise quarterback two weeks before opening kickoff. If you want to pound Reich at +1000 or his betting line equal, Browns rookie coach Freddie Kitchens, that’s your prerogative.

Consider the Bears should be in the driver’s seat in the NFC North and as reigning champions there’s every reason to believe they’ll finish first in the division, with an angle on a home game or two at Soldier Field. Coach of the Year often comes down to the underdog story, so those who aren’t ready to buy in on a Bear market could ride with Matt LaFleur (Packers, +1600) or Super Bowl coaches with longer odds in Pete Carroll of the Seahawks (+2500), John Harbaugh of the Ravens (+2500) or Panthers coach Ron Rivera (+2800).

–Jacksonville Jaguars, Super Bowl champions (+3300, PointsBet)

Remember, this is about value. As in, take on risk for higher reward. As in, why take the Patriots at +650 or the Chiefs (+800) right behind them when you can back a big dog with serious bite and five times greater odds (=payout)?

Foles has a ring to prove his worth, and that title came at the expense of the Patriots. We’re not in the Foles demigod camp but moving along from Blake Bortles could be a plus-2.5-win transaction for the Jaguars. It’s going to be up to the offense, and as much the health and motivation of running back Leonard Fournette, to play a supporting role to the championship-caliber defense already in place.

PointsBet puts the Houston Texans in the driver’s seat in the AFC South with Andrew Luck out of the picture in Indy. Jacksonville is +235 to Houston’s +140. Might as well double down, right?

Not able to bite on the men in turquoise?

We also fancy second-tier Super Bowl championship numbers for the Steelers (+2200), Ravens (+3500) and Broncos (+9000). Regarding Denver — that defense is going to be next level once again.

On the NFC side, the Rams are a reasonable play at +1100 and the Falcons (+3300) are intriguing.

–By Jeff Reynolds, Field Level Media

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Reports: Patriots acquire C Bodine from Bills

Reports: Patriots acquire C Bodine from Bills

The New England Patriots acquired center Russell Bodine from

Reports: Patriots acquire C Bodine from Bills

The New England Patriots acquired center Russell Bodine from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, according to multiple reports on Friday.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the Patriots are expected to place starting center David Andrews on injured reserve. Andrews was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs earlier this week.

Bodine will join Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor as newcomers to the Patriots offensive line. Cunningham was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals for a sixth-round draft pick on Wednesday while Eluemunor was picked up from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick.

The 27-year-old Bodine has recorded 74 career starts since being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft. He made 10 starts in his only season with the Bills in 2018.

Buffalo starting center Mitch Morse has been cleared from concussion protocol.

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Jets eke out 6-0 win over Eagles

Jets eke out 6-0 win over Eagles

Jets eke out 6-0 win over Eagles

The New York Jets outgained the Philadelphia Eagles 338-103 en route to a 6-0 victory in East Rutherford, N.J. in Thursday night’s preseason finale.

Two former Northwestern quarterbacks started the game: Trevor Siemian for the Jets and fifth-round rookie Clayton Thorson for the Eagles. Siemian went 5 of 5 for 37 yards, while Thorson finished 12 of 26 for 84 yards and an interception.

Taylor Bertolet had the game’s only points with field goals of 23 and 39 yards.

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NFL notebook: AB reportedly good to play for Pats

NFL notebook: AB reportedly good to play for Pats

Antonio Brown will reportedly remain eligible to

NFL notebook: AB reportedly good to play for Pats

Antonio Brown will reportedly remain eligible to play Sunday when the New England Patriots visit the Miami Dolphins.

Brown, the subject of a civil suit by his former trainer alleging rape and sexual assault, was under consideration for the Commissioner’s Exempt List, according to USA Today on Friday. Commissioner Roger Goodell, however, will not enact his authority in the matter at this time, per the report.

Whether Brown will be active and on the field for the Patriots at Miami after three days of practice is up to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Multiple reports indicate the Patriots were not aware of the civil suit Saturday when they agreed to a one-year deal with Brown hours after he was released by the Oakland Raiders.

Brown, 31, inked a reported one-year, $15 million deal that includes a $9 million signing bonus and a $20 million team option for 2020.

–The Miami Dolphins, the Patriots’ opponent this weekend, have given defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick permission to seek a trade, but the club is seeking a first-round pick in return, ESPN reported.

Agent Joel Segal has had contact with a number of teams, according to the report. Fitzpatrick, the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft, is unhappy with playing cornerback, nickel cornerback and safety, the report stated. Miami, a 59-10 loser to Baltimore in Week 1, has traded left tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills and linebacker Kiko Alonso since the end of preseason.

Also on Friday, the point spread for the Patriots-Dolphins game climbed to 18.5 points. Only one team in NFL history has been a 20-point favorite in September — the New York Jets were favored by 20 over the Buffalo Bills in 1968. The Bills won the game 37-35.

–When the Washington Redskins take the field Sunday for their home opener against the Dallas Cowboys, they will do so very shorthanded. The team announced that tight end Jordan Reed will miss his second straight game because of concussion, while defensive end Jonathan Allen will sit because of a grade 1 knee sprain sustained in the season opener.

The team also put running back Derrius Guice on injured reserve after he underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee, though the team is hopeful he can return after eight weeks. He missed his rookie season in 2018 after suffering a torn left ACL in a preseason game.

Finally, the team signed cornerback Aaron Colvin one day after his release by the Houston Texans became official.

More injury news …

–San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa returned to practice but remains listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. Bosa, who aggravated an ankle injury in a 31-17 season-opening win at Tampa Bay, registered one sack and three quarterback hits during his NFL debut. … Oakland placed rookie first-round pick Johnathan Abram on injured reserve and signed defensive back Juston Burris. Abram, a safety, injured his shoulder early in the Raiders’ 24-16 season-opening victory against visiting Denver on Monday night and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

–Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue won’t play at Houston because of a hamstring injury sustained in the team’s season-opening home loss to Kansas City. … New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard won’t play against the visiting Buffalo Bills because of a concussion. He had six receptions for 42 yards in a season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

— New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell will return to practice on Saturday after sitting out two days with an ailing shoulder. The team will be without quarterback Sam Darnold (mononucleosis) against Cleveland on Monday night, while inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (ankle) are making progress but not a lock to play, head coach Adam Gase said.

Around the league …

–Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams dismissed Odell Beckham Jr.’s accusation that he told his players to injure the wide receiver during a preseason game when he was an assistant with the Browns in 2017. Beckham, now with Cleveland, told reporters on Thursday that he needed to watch out for “cheap shots” and “dirty hits” during Monday night’s game pitting the Browns against New York because Williams “likes to teach” those tactics.

–The two eldest daughters of late Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen filed a motion in a Colorado court seeking to have his trust invalidated, contending he didn’t have the mental capacity to know what he was signing when the trust was formed. In August, a judge dismissed a suit filed by Bill Bowlen, Pat’s brother, seeking to remove the Patrick D. Bowlen Trust, executed in 2009. The NFL is serving as the arbitrator in the fight over the ownership of the Broncos at request of the trust.

–Wide receiver Torrey Smith announced his retirement after eight seasons in the NFL. Smith, a 2011 second-round draft pick by Baltimore who was released by the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 1, won Super Bowls with the Ravens in his second season and Philadelphia two seasons ago.

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Jaguars’ Ramsey: No extension coming in 2019

Jaguars' Ramsey: No extension coming in 2019

Jaguars’ Ramsey: No extension coming in 2019

The Jacksonville Jaguars informed Jalen Ramsey he won’t receive a contract extension this year, the All-Pro cornerback said Tuesday at minicamp.

Ramsey said he wasn’t upset about the situation, even joking on Twitter that he planned to “ask for so much money, they have to put me on lay-away.”

“As long as I’m a part of this organization, as long as I’m a part of Duval County, I’m going to give the city and the players all I’ve got, and I think y’all know that,” Ramsey said. “I’ve fought through injuries. I’ve fought through everything, haven’t missed a game. …

“I feel like I have outplayed my rookie contract and I feel I’ve earned a new contract. But at the end of the day, it’s not the end of the world. I’m tremendously blessed. I’m so blessed. I’m not down on it or anything like that at all, but that is the circumstance. That is what I’ve been told.”

Ramsey, 24, is entering his fourth season. In April, the Jaguars exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract that will pay him $13.7 million in 2020. He will earn a base salary of $3.6 million in 2019.

Ramsey has started all 48 games since the Jags made him the No. 5 overall pick in 2016, totaling 193 tackles, nine interceptions and 44 passes defensed. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2017 and has made two straight Pro Bowls (2017-18).

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Golf Glance

Golf Glance

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly

Golf Glance

Field Level Media’s Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: Zurich Classic (Ryan Palmer/Jon Rahm)

THIS WEEK: Wells Fargo Championship, May 2-5

Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. (Par 71, 7,600 yards)

Purse: $7.9 million (Winner: $1.386 million)

Defending champion: Jason Day

FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar

Television: Thursday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS).

Tiger Woods, the 2008 event winner, is not in the field and is not expected to play until the PGA Championship in two weeks. … Rickie Fowler earned his first PGA Tour title at the 2012 event. He is paired with England’s Justin Rose and Webb Simpson, whose home is located along the course. … Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, whose first victory in America came at the Wells Fargo Championship at the age of 21 in 2010, is the only two-time winner of the event (2015). He will also turn 30 on Saturday and has seven top-10 finishes in eight starts this year. … The Wells Fargo Championship is one of seven Tour events Phil Mickelson has played at least 15 times without posting a victory. He is paired with Day and Gastonia, N.C., native Harold Varner III. … Wells Fargo announced that it has extended its partnership with the event through 2024. … Day has never successfully defended a title on the PGA Tour. … Matthew Short will make his Tour debut as one of four Monday qualifiers.

NEXT WEEK: AT&T Byron Nelson, Dallas, Texas



THIS WEEK: LPGA Mediheal Championship, May 2-5

Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, Calif. (Par 71, 6,551 yards)

Purse: $1.8 million (Winner: $270,000)

Defending champion: Lydia Ko

Race to the CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko

Television: Thursday-Sunday: 6-9 p.m. ET (All times Golf Channel)

Lydia Ko defeated Lee with an eagle on the first playoff hole last year to win the inaugural event. … Jin Young Ki leads the Tour in official money ($1.07 million), scoring average (69.00) and greens in regulation (79.9 percent). … The win by Australia’s Lee last week equaled the number of victories on Tour this season among South Korean players and those from the rest of the world (five). … Nelly Korda leads the USA Solheim Cup Team Standings with 398 points, followed by Danielle Kang (374) and Lexi Thompson (340).

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Pure Silk Championship, Williamsburg, Va., May 23-26


LAST TOURNAMENT: Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge (Scott Hoch/Tom Pernice Jr.)

THIS WEEK: Insperity Invitational, May 3-5

The Woodlands CC, Woodlands, Texas (Par 72, 7,002 yards)

Purse: $2.2 million (Winner: $330,000)

Defending Champion: Bernhard Langer

Charles Schwab Cup leader: Scott McCarron

Television: Friday, 12-2 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m. (All times Golf Channel)

Langer is a four-time event winner, including leading wire-to-wire in 2018 in winning by one shot. … Tom Watson will compete in the event for the first time since 2009, with Vijay Singh, Retief Goosen, Jose Maria Olazabal and Darren Clarke among those set to make their tournament debuts. … The 78-player field includes 33 of the top 36 players in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. … Goosen has three top-25 finishes in five starts since turning 50 on Feb. 3.

NEXT WEEK: Regions Tradition, Birmingham, Ala.

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Rodgers tries play-call wristband at Packers practice

Rodgers tries play-call wristband at Packers practice

One thing Green Bay

Rodgers tries play-call wristband at Packers practice

One thing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has yet to do in his distinguished career is wear a wristband with the play calls on it during a game.

That may change on Sunday.

After Green Bay scored 10 points in its season-opening win against the Chicago Bears on Sept. 5 in Matt LaFleur’s head coaching debut, the Packers on Friday had Rodgers try a wristband containing a cheat sheet for the play calls at practice in an effort to get the information relayed more quickly.

The team has spent the week talking about tempo being a reason for its struggles in the 10-3 win over the Bears.

“It gets (the play) out of my mouth a lot faster, I’ll tell you that much,” LaFleur told reporters Friday. “So yeah, maybe it helps me get him the play a little bit quicker.”

Though LaFleur would not say whether Rodgers will wear the wristband this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, the fact the team is trying it is noteworthy in that this is Rodgers first season since becoming a starter in 2008 that he is not in Mike McCarthy’s offense.

The Packers fired McCarthy last December.

“We do have some long calls in the plan — that’s just the way the offense is,” Rodgers said Wednesday of LaFleur’s plays. “There’s a number of checks for different plays. It’s getting that call in and repeating it and going out there and trying to execute as quickly as possible. The great thing about this offense and the communication is we had a great debrief Monday and Tuesday about everything. We made some subtle changes to hopefully help with some of that tempo.”

Rodgers threw for 203 yards and a touchdown in the win in Chicago. The Vikings also won in Week 1, adding some weight to Sunday’s game in Green Bay.

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McSorley, Ravens slide past Redskins

McSorley, Ravens slide past Redskins

Sixth-round rookie Trace McSorley threw

McSorley, Ravens slide past Redskins

Sixth-round rookie Trace McSorley threw for 171 yards and a touchdown as the visiting Baltimore Ravens beat the Washington Redskins 20-7 in Andover, M.D., in Thursday’s preseason finale.

McSorley finished 15 of 27, and his 24-yard score to Jaleel Scott in the second quarter put the Ravens ahead for good. Scott had six grabs for 87 yards.

First-round rookie Dwayne Haskins finished 10 of 17 for 104 yards and a touchdown for Washington.

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Grier overcomes turnovers as Panthers beat Steelers

Grier overcomes turnovers as Panthers beat Steelers

Grier overcomes turnovers as Panthers beat Steelers

Third-round rookie Will Grier overcame two turnovers to throw for 189 yards and a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers’ 25-19 victory Thursday night over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Charlotte, N.C.

Jayrone Elliott strip-sacked Grier — who threw an interception — and returned the fumble 88 yards for the game’s first score. But Grier hit Aldrick Robinson for a 34-yard score to retake the lead in the second quarter.

Mason Rudolph went 7 of 11 for 125 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers.

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