Brady, Patriots searching for answers after another loss

DETROIT (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t the type to panic over a couple early losses.

He’s also not making any promises about where New England’s season could go from here.

Brady was held to 133 yards passing Sunday night, part of an abysmal performance by the Patriots in a 26-10 loss to previously winless Detroit. New England barely mustered 200 yards of total offense, and Brady spent most of the game on the sideline as the Lions ran up a huge advantage in time of possession.

There’s certainly plenty of time for the Patriots (1-2) to snap out of their funk, but even a team with their track record isn’t guaranteed anything.

“We’ll see,” Brady said. “I’m not going to make predictions. It’s about hard work, it’s about commitment, it’s about being disciplined, it’s about doing the right thing. Obviously, we’re not doing a great job of that.”

After a loss to Jacksonville the previous weekend, the Patriots came out flat against Detroit. With 4:58 left in the second quarter, the Lions led 13-0, and that didn’t do justice to Detroit’s domination. At that point, the Lions had massive statistical edges in first downs (14-0), yards (196-13) and time of possession (20:46-4:16).

New England scored the next 10 points to pull within three, but Matthew Stafford’s 33-yard scoring pass to Marvin Jones in the third quarter made it 20-10.

Brady was held to his fewest yards passing since Dec. 28, 2014, when he threw for only 80 in a loss to Buffalo. Brady split time with Jimmy Garoppolo in that game, after the Patriots had already wrapped up the division.

On Sunday, New England went three-and-out on its first two possessions, and Detroit (1-2) was able to establish its long-dormant running game, keeping Brady off the field. Rookie Kerryon Johnson ran for 101 yards for the Lions, their first 100-yard rusher since Nov. 28, 2013.

“There’s no magic play you can call. It just comes down to execution — throwing and catching, and converting on third down,” Brady said. “It’s not one thing, it’s everything that we need to do a better job of.”

With Josh Gordon inactive and Julian Edelman still suspended, Brady didn’t seem to have enough targets. On one play in the fourth quarter, he threw a deep pass over the middle and no New England player was anywhere near the ball. That apparent miscommunication led to an intentional grounding flag that helped derail another possession.

It was the first time the Patriots lost back-to-back games by double digits since December 2002, according to ESPN Stats & Info. New England had a bumpy start to last season as well, dropping two of its first four games. The Patriots recovered well enough to make it to the Super Bowl, but right now they’re searching for answers once again.

“We’re not scoring enough points. We’re not executing well enough on a down-by-down basis,” Brady said. “There’s been a lot of talk about it in practice, and we’re going through it and watching film and correcting stuff. It’s just not getting done on the field.”

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NFL notebook: Giants’ Beckham (quad) to miss game

NFL notebook: Giants' Beckham (quad) to miss game

NFL notebook: Giants’ Beckham (quad) to miss game

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins as he recovers from a bruised quadriceps, the team announced on Saturday.

Beckham practiced on a limited basis this week and was evaluated Saturday morning before the team ruled him out.

It’s unclear when Beckham was injured, but he first showed up on the injury report on Friday.

Beckham, 26, has 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games this season.

–Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs will play through a knee injury, while cornerback Trae Waynes was ruled out with a concussion for Monday night’s game at the Seattle Seahawks.

Diggs was limited to a season-low 47 snaps (77 percent) against the New England Patriots last week, finishing with five catches for 49 yards in the 24-10 loss. He has been limited in practice this week but avoided the questionable tag for Monday’s game.

Waynes suffered his second concussion of the year early in Sunday’s loss and has yet to clear protocol. He previously was concussed in Week 4 and missed the team’s Week 5 game 10 days later.

–The Philadelphia Eagles placed cornerback Jalen Mills on injured reserve with a foot injury, ending his season.

There was hope that Mills, who has been out since the Week 8 game in London, would return at some point this season. He joins defensive backs Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod on injured reserve.

Mills, 24, finishes with 42 tackles and nine passes defensed in eight games, all starts. He had three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) in 15 starts last season.

–The NFL fined Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes $53,482 for yelling at an official after last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Hughes was caught on video yelling at umpire Roy Ellison in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and heard bellowing, “I’ll catch you.” Hughes was also heard accusing Ellison of calling him an expletive.

As another player and a Bills official directed Hughes toward the locker room, Hughes was heard saying, “I’m going to knock his … out when I see him. I’m going to hurry up and get dressed. He called me a (expletive).” The NFL earlier in the week placed Ellison on administrative leave while it investigated the run-in with Hughes.

–Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin will be a game-day decision against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, head coach Pete Carroll said.

Baldwin is officially listed as questionable after missing practice all week with a hip injury. Carroll said the injury is related to but a bit different from the groin issue Baldwin has played through the last two weeks.

Baldwin, 30, has seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in those games while playing 110 of 120 snaps. He also battled injuries to both knees earlier this season, missing two games.

–The Houston Texans placed linebacker Brennan Scarlett on injured reserve and promoted Roderick Johnson from the practice squad.

Scarlett had been listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report with an ankle injury after being a limited participant at practice this week. The third-year pro finishes his season with 18 tackles, three passes defensed and an interception.

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NFL fines Bills DE Hughes $53K for yelling at official

NFL fines Bills DE Hughes $53K for yelling at official

NFL fines Bills DE Hughes $53K for yelling at official

The NFL on Saturday fined Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes $53,482 for yelling at an official after last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Hughes was caught on video yelling at umpire Roy Ellison in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and heard bellowing, “I’ll catch you.” Hughes was also heard accusing Ellison of calling him an expletive.

As another player and a Bills official directed Hughes toward the locker room, Hughes was heard saying, “I’m going to knock his … out when I see him. I’m going to hurry up and get dressed. He called me a (expletive).”

The NFL earlier in the week placed Ellison on administrative leave while it investigated the run-in with Hughes.

Ellison, a full-time umpire in his 16th season, was suspended for one game in 2013 for using abusive language aimed at Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams.

Hughes, a nine-year veteran and former first-round pick, has 6.0 sacks this season and 45.5 for his career. He has twice been fined for abusive language directed at officials, in 2014 and 2015.

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Seahawks WR Baldwin game-day decision vs. Vikings

Seahawks WR Baldwin game-day decision vs. Vikings

Seahawks WR Baldwin game-day decision vs. Vikings

Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin will be a game-day decision against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, head coach Pete Carroll said Saturday.

Baldwin is officially listed as questionable after missing practice all week with a hip injury. Carroll said the injury is related to but a bit different from the groin issue Baldwin has played through the last two weeks.

Baldwin, 30, has seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in those games while playing 110 of 120 snaps. He also battled injuries to both knees earlier this season, missing two games.

Also questionable for Seattle are running backs Rashaad Penny (ankle) and Tre Madden (chest), while right guard D.J. Fluker is doubtful with a hamstring issue that is expected to keep him out for a few weeks.

The Seahawks will remain without linebacker K.J. Wright (knee) for the fourth consecutive game, but Mychal Kendricks will return from an eight-game suspension.

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Eagles place CB Mills (foot) on IR

Eagles place CB Mills (foot) on IR

The Philadelphia Eagles placed cornerback Jalen

Eagles place CB Mills (foot) on IR

The Philadelphia Eagles placed cornerback Jalen Mills on injured reserve Saturday with a foot injury, ending his season.

There was hope that Mills, who has been out since the Week 8 game in London, would return at some point this season, but reports Saturday morning suggested that was unlikely.

Mills, 24, finishes with 42 tackles and nine passes defensed in eight games, all starts. He had three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) in 15 starts last season.

Mills joins defensive backs Ronald Darby and Rodney McLeod on injured reserve. Cornerbacks Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas also have battled injuries, forcing Philadelphia to rely on undrafted rookies De’Vante Bausby, Chandon Sullivan and Cre’Von LeBlanc. Jones and Douglas are not on the injury report this week and expected to start on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

To fill Mills’ roster spot, the Eagles promoted undrafted rookie defensive lineman Bruce Hector from the practice squad. Hector has played six games this season, posting a half sack, while spending the rest of the year on the practice squad.

His addition provides depth with defensive tackle Tim Jernigan (back) questionable for Sunday.

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Vikings’ Diggs to play, Waynes out for MNF

Vikings' Diggs to play, Waynes out for MNF

Minnesota

Vikings’ Diggs to play, Waynes out for MNF

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs will play through a knee injury, while cornerback Trae Waynes was ruled out with a concussion for Monday night’s game at the Seattle Seahawks.

Diggs was limited to a season-low 47 snaps (77 percent) against the New England Patriots last week, finishing with five catches for 49 yards in the 24-10 loss. He has been limited in practice this week but avoided the questionable tag for Monday’s game.

Waynes suffered his second concussion of the year early in Sunday’s loss and has yet to clear protocol. He previously was concussed in Week 4 and missed the team’s Week 5 game 10 days later.

Undrafted rookie Holton Hill will make his second career start in Waynes’ place. He played a season-high 57 snaps last week. The Vikings also relied on veteran Marcus Sherels — who normally plays only special teams — last week with Xavier Rhodes (hamstring) ailing, but Rhodes practiced in full this week.

Linebacker Eric Kendricks (rib) is questionable to face the Seahawks, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he expects him to play.

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Former NFL player, USC star Rossovich dies at 72

Former NFL player, USC star Rossovich dies at 72

Former NFL player, USC star Rossovich dies at 72

Former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker and Southern California All-American Tim Rossovich has died, USC revealed. He was 72.

Rossovich died Thursday in Sacramento after battling a long illness, according to the school.

Rossovich spent more than two decades as a Hollywood actor and stunt man after his football career ended.

He was already doing eccentric things during a football career that included 88 NFL games. Rossovich would chew on glass and light bulbs, jump off rooftops and set himself on fire, among other things.

One of the times he set himself on fire was for a Sports Illustrated photo shoot in 1971.

On the football field, he emerged as a star defensive end for the Trojans from 1965-67 and was co-captain of the school’s 1967 national championship team that was led by running back O.J. Simpson.

He was the 14th overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1968 draft. He spent four seasons with the team and made the Pro Bowl in his second campaign.

Rossovich was traded to the then-San Diego Chargers and spent two seasons (1972-73) with that franchise. He then jumped to the World Football League and played with the Philadelphia Bell (1974-75) until the league folded before finishing his football career with the NFL’s Houston Oilers in 1976.

He had three interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries during his NFL career.

In his acting career, Rossovich appeared in several movies and more than a dozen television shows. His TV credits include “MacGyver,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Hunter,” “Baywatch,” “The Love Boat,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

Rossovich was inducted into USC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Giants rule out Beckham (quad) vs. Redskins

Giants rule out Beckham (quad) vs. Redskins

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Giants rule out Beckham (quad) vs. Redskins

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins as he recovers from a bruised quadriceps, the team announced on Saturday.

Beckham practiced on a limited basis this week and was evaluated Saturday morning before the team ruled him out.

It’s unclear when Beckham was injured, but he first showed up on the injury report on Friday.

Beckham, 26, has 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games this season.

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Report: Titans OL Lewan fined for ripping officials

Report: Titans OL Lewan fined for ripping officials

Report: Titans OL Lewan fined for ripping officials

Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan has been hit with a hefty fine for bashing officials after a win over the New York Jets, according to Nashville radio host Paul Kuharsky.

The league fined Lewan $26,739 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he brazenly bashed the officiating crew after the Dec. 2 game.

“It’s frustrating with some of those calls. . . .There were just some absolutely ridiculous calls,” said Lewan, who also used an expletive to describe the calls and later told his wife he expected to get fined.

Lewan might want to keep the checkbook handy, given his antics on Thursday night.

Lewan was spotted flipping off the skycam while being tended to by medical staff during the Thursday night win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Eagles LB apologizes for saying Cowboys ‘choke’

Eagles LB apologizes for saying Cowboys 'choke'

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill issued a partial apology

Eagles LB apologizes for saying Cowboys ‘choke’

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill issued a partial apology Friday for saying earlier in the week that the Dallas Cowboys “always choke.”

Grugier-Hill said he was sorry for the distraction he caused to his team, as Eagles coach Doug Pederson decried the original remarks.

The Eagles (6-6) visit the Cowboys (7-5) on Sunday in a key NFC East clash.

Grugier-Hill said Friday, “It’s a rivalry game. I didn’t think too much about it. Obviously, I didn’t mean to disrespect this organization or Doug Pederson. I’ve just got a lot of confidence in our guys, confidence in myself, going into this game and we’re ready to play.”

On Wednesday, Grugier-Hill had told NBC Sports Philadelphia, “I mean, you look at Dallas’ history, they always choke, so we’ll go down there and make them choke.”

Pederson said Friday that he spoke with Grugier-Hill about the provocative quote.

The coach added, “It’s unfortunate that the comments were made. I talk to the team a lot about how we don’t need to post anything that can be used on (an opponent’s) website or bulletin board. It’s unfortunate that happened. We still have to go play. They have to play. It’s going to be a good football game.”

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott responded to Grugier-Hill’s “choke” comment: “Coach (Jason) Garrett has a great saying, and I don’t know where he got it from, but, ‘Winners worry about winning and losers worry about winners.’ We’re focused on ourselves in this locker room, about what we need to do to get better in each and every phase of this game to be ready for this week. We’re not worried about he say, she say.”

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Chiefs waive DE Jenkins to make room for Benjamin

Chiefs waive DE Jenkins to make room for Benjamin

The Kansas City

Chiefs waive DE Jenkins to make room for Benjamin

The Kansas City Chiefs waived defensive end Jarvis Jenkins to add wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the roster, the team announced Friday.

Jenkins, 30, has been with the Chiefs the last three seasons and was a rotational player for them. He’s totaled 20 tackles and one sack in 30 career games (one start) with the Chiefs.

With the trade deadline past, Jenkins is subject to waivers. If he’s not picked up in the next 24 hours, he’ll be free to sign with any club.

Benjamin, who was released by the Buffalo Bills earlier this week after two seasons, practiced with the team Friday but is not expected to play on Sunday.

His signing, which was reported Thursday, comes amid reports that wideout Sammy Watkins could miss four to six weeks after tweaking his foot in Thursday’s practice.

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NFL notebook: Flacco questionable, could be backup

NFL notebook: Flacco questionable, could be backup

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe

NFL notebook: Flacco questionable, could be backup

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a full participant in Friday’s practice for the first time since injuring his hip in Week 9, but he is officially questionable Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Flacco has not been cleared yet to play a game, but that could happen before Sunday.

Rookie Lamar Jackson, who has won all three starts since Flacco went down, is expected to start again, but head coach John Harbaugh declined to confirm as much. Harbaugh acknowledged it’s possible Flacco could be the backup against the Chiefs, but he did not address who will be the team’s starter over the rest of the season.

“I’m not getting into all that,” Harbaugh told reporters. “… It’s not something that we’re going to talk about. I’m not trying to be coy or clever. We’re just rolling. We’re just going to play the games. We don’t feel like we owe any explanations to anybody. We’re going to put our best team out there and try to go play some football.”

–The Chiefs will be without wide receiver Sammy Watkins for four to six weeks, according to a Kansas City Star report.

Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury and reportedly re-injured the foot in Thursday’s practice. He’s officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Ravens and will be evaluated week-to-week after that.

Free agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was signed on Thursday, two days after being waived by the Buffalo Bills, though he is not expected to play Sunday.

–Cam Newton cut the ball loose in Friday’s practice and received the all-clear from head coach Ron Rivera for the Carolina Panthers’ game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Newton missed practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury after throwing four interceptions in defeat last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rivera said Friday that Newton was able to display touch and arm strength on throws to every level, including down the field.

–After making it through the week with no setbacks, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is officially set to return to the starting lineup Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

“He put together three really good days in practice,” head coach Matt Nagy told reporters of Trubisky, who missed the last two games with a right (throwing) shoulder injury. “The velocity on his throws was good. His decision-making, just getting in and out of the huddle, that part was easy.

“The main thing was really seeing, conditioning-wise, can he hold up? And he did well.”

–New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee has been suspended without pay for the final four games of the season for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the league announced.

Lee’s suspension begins with Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills and will cost him approximately $325,000.

Lee, a 2016 first-round pick, had 74 tackles and three interceptions this season, returning one of the picks for a score. The team must decide this offseason whether to pick up his fifth-year option for 2020.

–Tight end Jonnu Smith suffered a season-ending MCL injury in the Tennessee Titans’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, ESPN reported.

Smith hurt his knee while blocking on running back Derrick Henry’s historic 99-yard touchdown run.

Taking over for injured starter Delanie Walker, Smith has 20 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns this season.

–Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith was was fined $26,739 by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara in a Nov. 29 game.

Smith, who was not penalized on the play, plans to appeal the fine, per ESPN.

–Former Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro signed with the Panthers, as starter Graham Gano will sit out Sunday’s game against the Browns with a balky left knee.

Gano first appeared on the injury report last Friday with a knee injury, though he made all three of his attempts (one field goal, two extra points) Sunday against Tampa Bay.

–Former NFL star linebacker Isiah “Butch” Robertson was killed in a car crash on Thursday night, nfl.com reported. He was 69.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Robertson died in a three-car crash near the town of Mabank, which is approximately 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

Robertson, a six-time Pro Bowl selection with the Los Angeles Rams in the 1970s, was driving a limousine at an unsafe speed around a curve, Lt. Lonny Haschel of the public safety office told nfl.com.

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Bears’ Trubisky officially starting vs. Rams

Bears' Trubisky officially starting vs. Rams

After making it through the week with

Bears’ Trubisky officially starting vs. Rams

After making it through the week with no setbacks, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is officially set to return to the starting lineup Sunday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

“He put together three really good days in practice,” head coach Matt Nagy told reporters Friday of Trubisky, who missed the last two games with a right (throwing) shoulder injury. “The velocity on his throws was good. His decision-making, just getting in and out of the huddle, that part was easy.

“The main thing was really seeing, conditioning-wise, can he hold up? And he did well.”

Trubisky practiced in full all week after being limited all of last week. He told reporters on Wednesday that his “arm feels really good.”

“Just throwing as much as they’ll let me and taking care of it,” Trubisky said. “I’m just making sure I’m 100 percent when I get back out there.”

The Bears went 1-1 with veteran Chase Daniel starting in Trubisky’s absence. Trubisky is 7-3 as a starter this season while throwing for 2,469 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Meanwhile, safety Eddie Jackson (shin) and rookie defensive tackle Bilal Nichols (knee) are questionable to face the Rams. Nagy told reporters Jackson sat out Friday’s practice to get some rest as the team worked on artificial turf.

Safety Deon Bush (hamstring) is doubtful after missing practice all week.

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Cowboys LB Smith fined $26K for hit on Saints’ Kamara

Cowboys LB Smith fined $26K for hit on Saints’ Kamara

Cowboys LB Smith fined $26K for hit on Saints’ Kamara

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith wasn’t penalized for a crunching helmet-to-helmet hit to New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara in a Nov. 29 game, but he didn’t avoid punishment from the NFL office.

Smith was fined $26,739 by the league on Friday for the hit that dazed Kamara, who went to the sideline, then briefly to the locker room, needing smelling salts after the collision.

After the game, neither Kamara nor Saints coach Sean Payton, who is on the league’s competition committee that helped develop a new rule against lowering the helmet to contact an opponent, complained about the non-call.

“It is what it is,” Kamara said when asked if he was expecting a penalty. “It don’t matter what I was expecting.”

According to ESPN, Smith plans to appeal the fine, believing he did nothing wrong.

“It’s the last gladiator sport,” Smith told Dallas media members Thursday. “As I was going to tackle him, he turned his body at the last second and I hit him. I hit him. I put my arms out to hit him and there was some contact. But, like I said, it’s the game that we love and definitely no intentions to play the game the wrong way. I’ve been taught well.”

After a flurry of calls for lowering the helmet during the preseason, the NFL has called very few during the regular season. ESPN reported last month that the league has instead emphasized fining players for such violations as a form of warning.

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Jets LB Lee suspended for final four games

Jets LB Lee suspended for final four games

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Jets LB Lee suspended for final four games

New York Jets linebacker Darron Lee has been suspended without pay for the final four games of the season for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, the league announced Friday.

Lee’s suspension begins with Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. The suspension will cost him approximately $325,000.

Lee is eligible to be reinstated to the active roster on Dec. 31, one day following the Jets’ season finale against the New England Patriots.

Lee had 74 tackles and three interceptions this season. He returned one of the picks for a score.

The third-year-pro has 241 tackles in 40 games with the Jets.

Lee was the 20th overall selection in 2016 out of Ohio State.

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Flacco questionable vs. Chiefs, could be backup

Flacco questionable vs. Chiefs, could be backup

Baltimore Ravens quarterback

Flacco questionable vs. Chiefs, could be backup

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was a full participant in Friday’s practice for the first time since injuring his hip in Week 9, but he is officially questionable Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Flacco has not been cleared yet to play a game, but that could happen before Sunday.

Rookie Lamar Jackson, who has won all three starts since Flacco went down, is expected to start again, but head coach John Harbaugh declined to confirm as much. Harbaugh acknowledged it’s possible Flacco could be the backup against the Chiefs, but he did not address who will be the team’s starter over the rest of the season.

“I’m not getting into all that,” Harbaugh told reporters.. “… It’s not something that we’re going to talk about. I’m not trying to be coy or clever. We’re just rolling. We’re just going to play the games. We don’t feel like we owe any explanations to anybody. We’re going to put our best team out there and try to go play some football.”

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was asked if there could be chances for both quarterbacks to play during different parts of the game.

“Certainly could be,” he replied.

Flacco has been dealing with a right hip injury since Nov. 4. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, although Harbaugh said Flacco was “almost full” in Thursday’s session.

Jackson has completed 46 of 77 passes for 540 yards and two scores this season. He’s also rushed 80 times for 404 yards and three touchdowns.

Flacco, the Ravens’ starter since 2008, is 4-5 this season and has thrown for 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has never dressed in a game as a backup.

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Reports: Chiefs WR Watkins out until playoffs

Reports: Chiefs WR Watkins out until playoffs

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Reports: Chiefs WR Watkins out until playoffs

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without wide receiver Sammy Watkins for four to six weeks, according to a Kansas City Star report on Friday.

Watkins has missed three of the last four games with a foot injury and reportedly re-injured the foot in Thursday’s practice. He’s officially listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens and will be evaluated week-to-week after that.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Watkins is likely out until the start of the playoffs.

In 10 games this season, Watkins has 40 catches for 519 yards and three scores.

Free-agent wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was signed on Thursday, two days after being waived by the Buffalo Bills, though he is not expected to play Sunday against the Ravens.

Kansas City leads the NFL in scoring (37 points per game) and yards per play (7.03). Tyreek Hill leads all Chiefs receivers with 1,119 yards and has scored 11 touchdowns.

Benjamin, a first-round pick in 2014, was released after struggling to fit in with the Bills, making just 39 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns in 18 total games with the club. He has 23 catches for 354 yards and one score in 12 games this season.

Benjamin was drafted by the Carolina Panthers and had 1,008 yards as a rookie and 941 in 2015. He was traded to Buffalo midway through the 2017 campaign.

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Panthers sign K Catanzaro with Gano out

Panthers sign K Catanzaro with Gano out

Panthers sign K Catanzaro with Gano out

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Chandler Catanzaro signed with the Carolina Panthers on Friday, as starter Graham Gano will sit out Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns with a balky left knee.

Gano first appeared on the injury report last Friday with a knee injury, though he made all three of his attempts (one field goal, two extra points) Sunday in Tampa Bay.

The Panthers are carrying two kickers on their 53-man roster. A spot was created for Catanzaro when guard Amini Silatolu (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

Tampa Bay released Catanzaro after he missed two kicks in a Week 10 loss against Washington. Catanzaro beat the Browns in overtime two weeks prior, drilling a 59-yard field goal for the win. It was the longest overtime field goal in NFL history.

Prior to being released, Catanzaro made 11 of 15 field goals and converted 23 of 27 extra points.

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Former NFL star Robertson killed in car crash

Former NFL star Robertson killed in car crash

Former NFL star linebacker Isiah "Butch" Robertson was killed in a car crash on Thursday night, nfl.com reported. He was 69.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Robertson died in a three-car crash near the town of Mabank, which is approximately

Former NFL star Robertson killed in car crash

Former NFL star linebacker Isiah “Butch” Robertson was killed in a car crash on Thursday night, nfl.com reported. He was 69.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Robertson died in a three-car crash near the town of Mabank, which is approximately 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

Robertson, a six-time Pro Bowl selection with the Los Angeles Rams in the 1970s, was driving a limousine at an unsafe speed around a curve, Lt. Lonny Haschel of the public safety office told nfl.com.

Robertson lost control and came to rest partially in the roadway before a truck hit the limo and sent it into the oncoming traffic lane. A car then slammed into Robertson’s vehicle.

Robertson later died at UT Health-Athens in the nearby town of Athens, according to officials.

The accident occurred shortly after Robertson spoke at a high school football banquet. It occurred just miles away from a drug and alcohol treatment center Robertson founded in Mabank.

Robertson starred for the Rams from 1971-78 before playing his final four seasons for the Buffalo Bills.

He was the 10th overall selection by the Rams in the 1971 NFL Draft and recorded 18 interceptions and recovered 11 fumbles during his eight seasons in Los Angeles. He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1971 and the Rams won six straight NFC West titles (1973-78) during his tenure.

Robertson played his final four seasons with the Bills and had seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries. The trade to Buffalo following the 1978 campaign reunited him with former Rams coach Chuck Knox.

Overall, Robertson had 25 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries in 168 career NFL games.

Robertson played college football at Southern University.

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Report: Titans TE Smith (MCL) out for year

Report: Titans TE Smith (MCL) out for year

Report: Titans TE Smith (MCL) out for year

Tight end Jonnu Smith suffered a season-ending MCL injury in the Tennessee Titans’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Smith was hurt while blocking on running back Derrick Henry’s historic 99-yard touchdown run.

Taking over for injured starter Delaney Walker, Smith has 20 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns this season.

Having caught passes in seven straight games, Smith didn’t see any passes come his way in Thursday’s 30-9 victory.

Right tackle Jack Conklin is also expected to miss time after suffering a knee injury against the Jaguars, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

–Field Level Media

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Panthers QB Newton (shoulder) to start vs. Browns

Panthers QB Newton (shoulder) to start vs. Browns

Cam Newton

Panthers QB Newton (shoulder) to start vs. Browns

Cam Newton cut the ball loose in Friday’s practice and received the all-clear from head coach Ron Rivera for the Carolina Panthers’ game Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.

Newton missed practice Wednesday with a shoulder injury after throwing four interceptions in defeat last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Rivera said Friday that Newton was able to display touch and arm strength on throws to every level, including down the field, which convinced the Panthers that Newton is ready to roll against the Browns.

“He was showing he can do it, that was the big thing,” said Rivera.

–Field Level Media

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