Bus carrying U of Washington band rolls onto side on highway

GEORGE, Washington (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says one of three charter buses carrying members of the University of Washington marching band to a football showdown at Washington State University rolled onto its side Thursday on Interstate 90, the Seattle Times reports.

Trooper John Bryant tells that Times that no serious injuries had been reported from the accident that was reported at 5:26 p.m. Bryant says troopers, paramedics and deputies from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.

Bryant says the accident took place on eastbound I-90 at mile post 146, about 3 miles west of George.

The trooper told the Times that road conditions were extremely slippery and icy in spots.

The charter buses were headed to the Apple Cup in Pullman.

The trooper says school officials were attempting to load students and equipment from the crashed bus onto the two other charter buses traveling together to continue the trip to Pullman.

Texans get rematch with Colts in AFC South showdown

Texans get rematch with Colts in AFC South showdown

Texans get rematch with Colts in AFC South showdown

With four victories in their previous five games and coming out of a bye week, the Houston Texans appeared primed for their Nov. 17 showdown in Baltimore against the Ravens.

The result was an embarrassing 41-7 defeat that proved sobering for the Texans, who will host the Indianapolis Colts (6-4) on Thursday with first place in the AFC South on the line. The Texans (6-4), who have been trying to mute chatter of whether they’re a legitimate playoff contender, now must rebuild with haste in a short week.

“I actually think that’s probably a good thing,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. “I think that these guys, we have a resilient locker room. These guys will be ready. They’ll be very focused. They’re a great group to coach. They realize that in the NFL, it’s a week-to-week business and we’ve got to do a much better job this week, obviously.”

As expected, the Colts received a boost from the return of quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who passed for 148 yards and a touchdown in Indianapolis’ 33-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. A knee injury sidelined Brissett for the bulk of two games, both Colts losses, and with Indianapolis needing positive momentum, Brissett gave an effort that left his teammates applauding.

“Well, there’s no doubt he played a really good football game,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “I don’t know where it would (rank) — I think he’s played a bunch of good games this year, but he made some critical plays. I remember one drive in particular, when you run the ball the way we did and it got to a third-and-long and he completes a ball over the middle to Chester Rogers on a third-and-10 after we had gotten in a bad position.

“Obviously he makes an incredible play on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 that probably only a handful of guys make, the way he avoided and kept his balance and extended the play. So, there were some big-time plays he made in that game for sure,” added Reich, referring to Brissett buying time until he could find Marcus Johnson for a touchdown pass in the third quarter.

But as integral as Brissett was in the victory over the Jaguars and in his team’s first meeting with the Texans, a 30-23 Colts’ win in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, his team’s effectiveness running the ball remains paramount.

Houston entered its matchup with the Ravens ranked among the best defenses in the league at stopping the run. The Ravens responded to that challenge by amassing 263 yards, on a whopping 7.3 yards per rush and including a 63-yard touchdown run by Gus Edwards touchdown.

That result should signal opportunity for Indianapolis, even without running back Marlon Mack (hand), whose 862 rushing yards rank fifth in the NFL. Jonathan Williams filled in for Mack against the Jaguars with 116 yards on 13 carries, confirming the Colts’ run-blocking prowess.

“This is a great offensive line,” Williams said. “All five of them are dominant. Every day they come in here day in and day out and they work hard so it’s great running behind them.”

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NFL notebook: Gronk hints at eventual return

NFL notebook: Gronk hints at eventual return

Rob Gronkowski still has football on his mind, though the retired

NFL notebook: Gronk hints at eventual return

Rob Gronkowski still has football on his mind, though the retired All-Pro tight end has no immediate plans to return to the game.

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

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

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

–Former New England wide receiver Antonio Brown apologized on social media to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for all “the drama” surrounding his brief tenure with the team.

“Mr. Kraft I apologize sincerely to you and your organization! All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama ! Thank you sincerely AB,” Brown posted to his 3.7 million followers on Instagram.

Brown began the season with the Oakland Raiders but was cut on Sept. 7. He signed with the Patriots and played in one game, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 43-0 win at Miami on Sept. 15. The Patriots released him five days later.

–Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg issued a statement through the team, denying a claim this week that he wanted to move quarterback Lamar Jackson to wide receiver.

Mornhinweg was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator during Jackson’s rookie season last year when the first-round pick made seven starts at QB while appearing in all 16 games. On The GM Shuffle podcast episode released Monday, former Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi said Mornhinweg asked the coaching staff when Jackson was going to be moved to wide receiver.

“My thoughts before the draft, and even more when we started working with Lamar, was that this young man was going to be a special quarterback,” Mornhinweg said in his statement. “Very early we saw that along with all of his throwing and escape abilities, he reads the field as well as any young quarterback I ever worked with.”

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

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

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

–Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will have an MRI on his hamstring in “the next day or so,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported.

Hill played just seven offensive snaps before pulling up lame on a downfield route in Monday night’s 24-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City. He did not make a catch.

The testing should clarify a timetable for Hill’s return. The timing is favorable, as the Chiefs have a bye this week and don’t play again until Dec. 1 against the Oakland Raiders.

–The Denver Broncos signed well-traveled tight end Orson Charles and placed fullback Andy Janovich on injured reserve after he dislocated his right elbow during Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Charles, 28, has five years of experience with four teams. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals to start his career in 2012-13, while also playing for the Detroit Lions, Chiefs and Browns.

Janovich, a sixth-round draft pick by the Broncos in 2016 out of Nebraska, had five receptions for 42 yards this season and ran the ball one time for a 1-yard touchdown.

–Running back Mark Walton was released by the Miami Dolphins after his most recent arrest.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the 22-year-old was arrested after allegedly hitting the expectant mother of his child. The woman is five weeks pregnant, according to the report.

Walton was in the midst of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct and substance abuse policies. He would have been eligible to return Dec. 8 at the New York Jets.

–The Patriots offensive line got a boost when left tackle Isaiah Wynn was activated off injured reserve.

In a corresponding move, New England placed wide receiver Gunner Olszewski on IR with hamstring and ankle injuries.

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Patriots activate OL Wynn (toe) from IR

Patriots activate OL Wynn (toe) from IR

The New

Patriots activate OL Wynn (toe) from IR

The New England offensive line got a boost Tuesday as the Patriots activated left tackle Isaiah Wynn off injured reserve.

The 2018 first-round pick started the first two games this season but sustained a turf-toe injury during a 43-0 victory at Miami in Week 2.

Wynn sat out the entire 2018 season on injured reserve with a torn Achilles suffered in the preseason.

The Patriots lead the AFC with a 9-1 record, but they have struggled at times to run the football (24th in the NFL at 91.0 yards per game).

In a corresponding move, New England placed wide receiver Gunner Olszewski on IR with hamstring and ankle injuries.

The 22-year-old undrafted rookie caught two passes for 34 yards and returned 20 punts for 179 yards in eight games this season.

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Golf Glance: 60 players chase LPGA’s richest prize

Golf Glance: 60 players chase LPGA's richest prize

Golf Glance: 60 players chase LPGA’s richest prize

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

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Mayakoba Golf Classic (Brendon Todd)

THIS WEEK: The RSM Classic, Nov. 21-24

Sea Island GC (Seaside), Sea Island, Ga. (Par 70, 7,005 yards)

Purse: $6.4 million (Winner: $1.15 M)

Defending Champion: Charles Howell III

FedEx Cup leader: Todd

TV: Thursday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. ET; Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).

NOTES: Originally opened as a nine-hole course in 1929, Tom Fazio redesigned the course in 1999 to bring two nine-hole courses together. … All players will play one of their first two rounds on the Plantation Course, which was redesigned this year by Davis Love III and his brother Mark. … Howell led wire-to-wire last year, but needed to birdie three of his final four holes on Sunday and then birdied the second playoff hole to beat Patrick Rodgers. … This is the final leg of the 11-tournament Fall swing, and the final opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions. … A popular destination for touring professionals, local residents in the field include Patton Kizzire, Zach Johnson, Harris English, Hudson Swafford, Jonathan Byrd and J.T. Poston. No Sea Island resident has won the event.

BEST BETS: No. 12 Webb Simpson (+750 by DraftKings) is the top-ranked player in the field and is using this as a final warm-up before the President’s Cup. He has competed only once during the Fall swing, a T7 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. … Kevin Kisner (+3100) won the event in 2015 and is one of the most experienced players in a field featuring a bevvy of youngsters trying to earn increased Tour status. … Four of the nine RSM Classic champions have been first-time winners on Tour, and Scottie Scheffler (+3500) has two T10s and two more T20s this fall. … South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli (+4100) isn’t a household name, but he did win the John Deer Classic and has a par of T10s this fall along with a T11 last week. … Rodgers (+14000) hasn’t finished better than T44 in his past 14 events but provides long-shot odds for someone who lost this event in a playoff 12 months ago.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Hero World Challenge, Dec. 4-7

LPGA TOUR

LAST WEEK: TOTO Japan Classic (Ai Suzuki)

THIS WEEK: CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 21-24

Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.

Purse: $5M (Winner: $1.5M)

Defending Champion: Lexi Thompson

CME Globe leader: Jin Young Ko

TV: Thursday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Sunday, 1-4 p.m. ET (NBC)

NOTES: The season-ending event features a 60-player field, with all players eligible to win the tournament and the LPGA Tour-record $1.5 million winner’s prize. … World No. 1 Ko has already secured the Player of the Year and Rolex ANNIKA Major awards. If she wins the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, which she leads entering the tournament, Ko will join Ariya Jutanugarn (2018) as the only players to win all three in a single season. … Twenty different players have won a Tour event this year. … Former World No. 1 Stacy Lewis was the last player to earn a spot in the tournament. The 34-year-old has not played since withdrawing before the Solheim Cup due to a rib injury.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, Jan. 15-19

CHAMPIONS TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: Charles Schwab Cup Championship (Jeff Maggert; Scott McCarron won Charles Schwab Cup)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: PNC Father Son Challenge, Dec. 5-8

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Broncos sign TE Charles, place FB Janovich on IR

Broncos sign TE Charles, place FB Janovich on IR

Broncos sign TE Charles, place FB Janovich on IR

The Denver Broncos signed well-traveled tight end Orson Charles on Tuesday and placed fullback Andy Janovich on injured reserve after he dislocated his right elbow during Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Charles, 28, has five years of experience with four different teams. He played for the Cincinnati Bengals to start his career in 2012 and 2013, while also playing for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. He also spent 2014 with the New Orleans Saints but did not appear in a game.

Over 49 career games (eight starts), Charles has 14 receptions for 185 yards. He was also drafted by the XFL’s DC Defenders in October.

Janovich, a sixth-round draft pick by the Broncos in 2016 out of Nebraska, had five receptions for 42 yards this season and ran the ball one time for a 1-yard touchdown. In 50 career games (19 starts), he has 22 grabs for 233 yards with one TD, and 13 rushing attempts for 51 yards and three TDs.

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All eight XFL teams to hold training camp in Houston

All eight XFL teams to hold training camp in Houston

All eight XFL teams to hold training camp in Houston

All eight XFL teams will conduct their training camps in the Houston area from Jan. 4-22, 2020.

“Everyone at the XFL is grateful to each of the area college and high school athletic directors who have helped make this a reality,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said in a statement released on Tuesday. “We are excited to welcome our teams to Houston and benefit from these world-class facilities as we prepare for kick-off on February 8, 2020.”

Teams will practice at the following facilities:

–Dallas Renegades: Darrell Tully Stadium, Spring Branch Independent School District

–DC Defenders: Rice Stadium, Rice University

–Houston Roughnecks: TDECU Stadium, University of Houston

–Los Angeles Wildcats: Alexander Durley Stadium, Texas Southern University

–New York Guardians: Husky Stadium, Houston Baptist University

–St. Louis BattleHawks: W.W. Thorne Stadium, Aldine Independent School District

–Seattle Dragons: Delmar Stadium, Houston Independent School District

–Tampa Bay Vipers: George Turner Stadium, Humble Independent School District

“Houston is a sports town,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. “We have great fans and we support our teams. … I’m confident this will generate a great deal of fan excitement and interest in the new football league.”

The DC Defenders will host the Seattle Dragons in the opening game of the 2020 XFL season on Feb. 8, six days after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl in Miami.

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Bears’ Nagy passes on giving up play-calling chores

Bears' Nagy passes on giving up play-calling chores

Bears’ Nagy passes on giving up play-calling chores

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy will take a hard pass on surrendering play-calling duties.

Nagy and the Bears are mired in a slump of growing proportion and significance, and the chorus is growing louder for a shift — either at quarterback or play-caller.

Nagy called plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, a role head coach Andy Reid surrendered, before being selected as coach of the Bears.

“What I would say is this,” Nagy said, adding that if he identifies play-calling as a problem, “I’ll be the first to tell you, then we need to be better or if there’s a rhythm to something. I have zero ego and I have zero care of giving play-call duties to somebody else. I really do not care about that, and if that’s what we feel like from going through it that that’s what we need to do, then I would do that, I really would.

“But when you go through the tape and you look at things and you know schematically where we’re at and what we’re calling and when we’re calling it. … There’s without a doubt a few plays in that game that I would go back and say, ‘You know what, that’s our fault. We didn’t scheme it right,’ and that starts with me. And I need to be able to accept that and know how do I fix that. But we’ll do everything we can … we’re turning over every stone to get this thing right.”

At 4-6, the Bears are longshots to get back to the playoffs after winning the NFC North in 2018 in Nagy’s inaugural season in Chicago.

Averaging only 16.9 points per game, only the Washington Redskins are scoring less in the NFC (12.5 ppg). The Bears rank 28th in the NFL in scoring.

In last week’s 17-7 loss to the Rams, Nagy pulled quarterback Mitchell Trubisky but said his health — not performance — was the reason Chase Daniel entered the game.

“When you’re not a part of it and you don’t really know what’s going on, I’m not questioning what people are thinking,” Nagy said. “I’m just telling you exactly what happened. I can’t be more honest than that. We knew there was pain and we had to monitor that the entire second half. You’ll see it when you watch the tape, on almost every play, you’ll see where it’s affecting him.”

The Bears host the New York Giants on Sunday in Week 12, then visit the Detroit Lions for a Thanksgiving Day game four days later.

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Report: Chiefs WR Hill to have MRI on hamstring

Report: Chiefs WR Hill to have MRI on hamstring

Report: Chiefs WR Hill to have MRI on hamstring

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will have an MRI on his hamstring in “the next day or so,” NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday.

Hill played just seven offensive snaps before pulling up lame on a downfield route in Monday night’s 24-17 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.

He was targeted twice but did not make a catch.

The testing should clarify a timetable for Hill’s return. The timing is favorable, as the Chiefs have a bye this week and don’t play again until Dec. 1 against the Oakland Raiders.

Hill, 25, has 33 receptions for 543 yards and five touchdowns in seven games this season. The three-time Pro Bowl selection missed four games (Weeks 2-5) with a shoulder injury.

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Mornhinweg denies wanting to move Jackson to WR

Mornhinweg denies wanting to move Jackson to WR

Mornhinweg denies wanting to move Jackson to WR

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg issued a statement through the team Tuesday, denying a claim this week that he wanted to move quarterback Lamar Jackson to wide receiver.

Mornhinweg was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator during Jackson’s rookie season last year when the first-round pick made seven starts at QB while appearing in all 16 games.

On The GM Shuffle podcast episode released Monday, former Cleveland Browns general manager Michael Lombardi said Mornhinweg asked the coaching staff when Jackson was going to be moved to wide receiver.

Mornhinweg strongly denied that he was thinking of a position change for the former Heisman Trophy winner.

“My thoughts before the draft, and even more when we started working with Lamar, was that this young man was going to be a special quarterback,” Mornhinweg said in his statement. “Very early we saw that along with all of his throwing and escape abilities, he reads the field as well as any young quarterback I ever worked with.”

Mornhinweg, who called plays last season, left the Ravens coaching staff after Greg Roman was promoted to offensive coordinator during the offseason.

“Organizationally, we were on the same page with Lamar, and I thought (former general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) and (current general manager) Eric (DeCosta) did a great job to take him where we did,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Marty was excited from the beginning to coach Lamar and was instrumental in helping him progress through his rookie season.”

Jackson has led the Ravens to an 8-2 record heading into Monday night’s game at Los Angeles against the Rams. He has passed for 2,258 yards and 19 touchdowns this season, while also rushing for 788 yards and six more scores.

The Louisville product threw for four touchdowns Sunday in a victory over the Houston Texans, one off the five TDs he threw in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins. Jackson is the first quarterback in Ravens history to throw four or more TD passes in multiple games during a season.

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Brown apologizes to Patriots’ Kraft for ‘drama’

Brown apologizes to Patriots' Kraft for 'drama'

Former New

Brown apologizes to Patriots’ Kraft for ‘drama’

Former New England wide receiver Antonio Brown apologized on social media Tuesday to Patriots owner Robert Kraft for all “the drama” surrounding his brief tenure with the team.

“Mr. Kraft I apologize sincerely to you and your organization! All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama ! Thank you sincerely AB,” Brown posted to his 3.7 million followers on Instagram.

Brown began the season with the Oakland Raiders but was cut on Sept. 7.

He signed with the Patriots and played in one game, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown in a 43-0 win at Miami on Sept. 15. The Patriots released him five days later.

The four-time All-Pro has been under investigation by the NFL under its personal conduct policy since former trainer Britney Taylor filed a lawsuit in September alleging that she was sexually assaulted on multiple occasions.

Brown reportedly met with the NFL last week to discuss those allegations, but no decision has been made about his future in the league.

Brown has filed eight grievances against the Raiders and Patriots seeking nearly $40 million in lost salary and bonuses, according to an ESPN report.

In 10 NFL seasons, nine of them with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown has 841 catches for 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns.

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Dolphins release RB Walton after another arrest

Dolphins release RB Walton after another arrest

Running back Mark Walton

Dolphins release RB Walton after another arrest

Running back Mark Walton was released by the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday after his most recent arrest.

The South Florida SunSentinel reported that the 22-year-old was arrested after allegedly hitting the expectant mother of his child. The woman is five weeks pregnant, according to the report.

“We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton. We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said in a team statement.

Walton was in the midst of a four-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct and substance abuse policies. He would have been eligible to return Dec. 8 at the New York Jets.

The Cincinnati Bengals waived Walton in April after his third arrest of 2019.

Walton surrendered to police in Florida in April on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon, along with marijuana possession and reckless driving in connection with an incident that occurred March 12 in North Miami-Dade.

On Feb. 16, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in South Florida.

He also was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in January.

The Dolphins (2-8) decided to take a chance on the second-year running back, who played collegiately for the Miami Hurricanes, after the Bengals released him. He rushed 53 times for 201 yards this season and was expected to emerge as the primary back after the Dolphins traded Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals in late October.

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

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

Rob Gronkowski still has football on his mind, but

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Browns place S Burnett on IR, ending his season

Browns place S Burnett on IR, ending his season

Browns place S Burnett on IR, ending his season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers

Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers

Chiefs pick Rivers off 4 times, edge Chargers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NFL notebook: Browns’ Garrett to appeal

NFL notebook: Browns' Garrett to appeal

NFL notebook: Browns’ Garrett to appeal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season

Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown

Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Browns’ Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense

Browns' Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense

Browns’ Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday

Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday

Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ravens QB Jackson now MVP favorite in Vegas

Ravens QB Jackson now MVP favorite in Vegas

Lamar Jackson's latest

Ravens QB Jackson now MVP favorite in Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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