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Bears, Rams try to salvage season on Sunday night

Bears, Rams try to salvage season on Sunday night

Two teams left

Bears, Rams try to salvage season on Sunday night

Two teams left wondering how everything has gone wrong this season will clash Sunday night in Los Angeles, with both trying to revamp their offenses behind quarterbacks under some heavy scrutiny.

The Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams will meet in a night game for the second consecutive season, but under far different circumstances this time around.

Last season at Chicago, the Rams were the NFL’s hot team in early December with just one loss and an offense that churned out points in bunches before the Bears put on the defensive show of the NFL season in a 15-6 victory.

Less than a year later, the Rams no longer are mass-producing points and the Bears aren’t getting the same kind of play as a team, although it did all come together for Chicago last Sunday in a 20-13 victory over the Detroit Lions that ended a four-game losing streak.

Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdowns against the Lions and at least quieted the criticism of his rough season for one week. Trubisky enters Week 11 ranked 26th in the NFL with 1,390 yards passing and 21st with a 63.6 completion percentage. His eight touchdown passes are tied for 28th.

“When you go through a stretch like we did, it’s tough,” said Trubisky, who reportedly had televisions turned off at the Bears’ practice facility the week before the Lions game to quiet criticism of the team. “… You appreciate (victories) a little bit more, just getting back to that good feeling of winning. We’ve got to just build off that and definitely not take it for granted.”

The Rams are the team now taking the heat after a sluggish offensive performance at Pittsburgh on Sunday led to a 17-12 defeat. The offense delivered just a field goal, with the defense scoring a touchdown and getting a safety. Cooper Kupp, the Rams’ leading receiver this season, did not have a reception.

That game looked similar to the Rams’ 20-7 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 13.

What the 49ers and Steelers defeats had in common was a relentless pass rush from the opposing defense that forced quick decisions from quarterback Jared Goff. The results? Goff had just 78 yards passing against the 49ers with two interceptions and had a fumble that was returned for a touchdown against Pittsburgh.

Those games looked awfully familiar to what the Bears did against Rams last year when Goff threw for 180 yards and four interceptions.

Personnel changes and injuries on the line have put the Rams’ chances of an offensive revival in jeopardy. Center Brian Allen joined tackle Joe Noteboom with season-ending knee injuries. Tackle Rob Havenstein (knee) will not play against the Bears.

There are issues at tight end as well with Tyler Higbee (knee) not practicing Wednesday and Gerald Everett (wrist) limited.

“When you don’t have guys with game experience … there’s a lot of things you have to go over and teach and almost kind of thinking back of all the things that come up when a guy gets in for the first time and goes through certain situations,” tackle Andrew Whitworth said. “You almost can’t possibly go through all of them. There’s going to be some growing pains there.”

Bears injuries included linebacker Danny Trevathan (elbow), linebacker Isaiah Irving (quadriceps) and tight end Trey Burton (calf) not practicing Wednesday. Running back David Montgomery (ankle) was limited.

–Field Level Media

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After upset loss, Saints begin vital stretch vs. Bucs

After upset loss, Saints begin vital stretch vs. Bucs

After upset loss, Saints begin vital stretch vs. Bucs

The New Orleans Saints came out of their bye week with an opportunity to take command of the NFC South.

They were all alone in first place with a 7-1 record and approaching four consecutive games against division opponents.

But their six-game winning streak came to an end with a 26-9 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday.

Now they go on the road to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“These are defining games obviously,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “Because not only do you put yourself in a position to win one, but you put someone in your division in that position to lose one. Right? That is why we always say, in a lot of cases these are worth two (games). These are important games.”

New Orleans still holds a two-game lead over second-place Carolina, which it hosts next week in Week 12, and a four-game lead over the Buccaneers, whom it defeated last month. The Falcons, who host the Saints on Thanksgiving night, are five games back.

“Look at this division,” Brees said. “Throw the records out the door, OK. No matter who’s playing, where they are playing, these games always seem to be very close and can be very hard-fought.”

The Saints didn’t score a touchdown against the Falcons, had a season-low in rushing yards (52) and Brees was sacked six times by a defense that had seven sacks in its previous eight games.

“You turn the page,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “Quickly, you turn the page to this opponent and it’s attention to detail from all of us. Coaches, making sure we put a plan in place and get ready to bounce back and play (a) good football game.

“I think we have got good leadership here. I think these guys understand the process. They understand the importance of the workweek relative to how you win in this league. They’ve been in big moments. They’ve experienced postseason play and they recognize the importance of winning in the regular season.

“You lean on your leadership and these guys will work on getting it corrected. Coaches as well. We’ve got to be better and then you focus on the next challenge.”

When these teams last met, Brees was in the midst of a five-game absence due to thumb surgery and Teddy Bridgewater led New Orleans to a 31-24 victory on Oct. 6.

“It’s the same offense,” Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said. “That’s the beauty of having a guy like Teddy. He can do it. I think he might be a little more mobile, but I don’t see them doing anything differently. They’re still feeding the same three or four guys.”

The Bucs defense will look different Sunday after releasing safety Vernon Hargreaves from the NFL’s lowest-rated passing defense and scoring defense.

Arians didn’t explain why the Bucs released Hargreaves, a former No. 1 draft choice and a key player on their defense, but he did say, “There’s two things you can control. You can control your attitude and your effort.”

Tampa Bay’s secondary already was short-handed because of injuries to cornerbacks Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart.

–Field Level Media

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49ers look to fix mistakes, rebound vs. Cardinals

49ers look to fix mistakes, rebound vs. Cardinals

The San

49ers look to fix mistakes, rebound vs. Cardinals

The San Francisco 49ers will face a new challenge against a very recent challenger Sunday.

After suffering their first loss of the season to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, the 49ers have a short week to prepare for this Sunday’s visit by the Arizona Cardinals, who were within a field goal of hanging that first loss on San Francisco on Halloween.

San Francisco has a lot to polish up after committing three turnovers, dropping a handful of passes, giving up five sacks and missing a potential game-winning field goal in overtime of the heartbreaking 27-24 loss to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.

The 49ers (8-1) could look at it as a minor blip, however. They will bring the best record, the stingiest defense and the greatest point differential in the NFC into the home game against the Cardinals (3-6-1), who are on their second three-game losing streak of the season.

“It was a little like a gut check,” 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner said.

Buckner scored one of the 49ers’ two touchdowns against Seattle on a rare off night by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who completed 24-of-46 passes for 248 yards, although his stat line was greatly compromised by receiver drops in key situations.

“We just didn’t have the consistency,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Garoppolo will look to bounce back against the Cardinals after posting his best game of the season in a 28-25 victory in Arizona on Oct. 31, when he completed 28 of 37 passes for a season-high 317 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes.

The 49ers had 411 total yards and a nine-minute advantage in time of possession that night, and after squandering 11 points of a 28-14 lead, ran out the final 4:59 by converting three third-down runs. The Cardinals had won the previous eight in the series.

The Cardinals continue to struggle on defense. They have given up 412.5 yards per game (31st in the NFL), and failed to hold a 27-23 lead at Tampa Bay last week when the Buccaneers went 92 yards on six plays and two pass interference penalties for a 30-27 lead with 1:43 remaining.

Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray, who has thrown for 2,553 yards and 12 touchdowns, threw his first interception in 212 attempts to set up the Bucs’ go-ahead drive. His streak of 211 without a pick set an NFL rookie record.

The Cardinals found a weapon in wideout Christian Kirk, who had 138 yards receiving and three touchdowns, but the offense sputtered while converting only 1-of-10 third-down opportunities.

“I don’t think we’ve hit a plateau,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “I think we have to do the little things better.

“Given ourselves a chance at the end of every game, but the margin of error is so small in this league that if you are having those penalties and having the missed opportunities … you are not going to win those games.”

San Francisco wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suffered a rib injury in the first quarter of the Seattle game and was called “day-to-day” by Shanahan. George Kittle (ankle, knee) did not play against Seattle and, like Matt Breida (ankle), is doubtful. Offensive tackle Joe Staley will miss at least a couple of weeks with a broken finger.

Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, who suffered a calf injury late against Tampa Bay and was not on the field for the Buccaneers’ winning drive, is questionable. Halfback Chase Edmonds (hamstring) remains out.

–Field Level Media

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Rising Raiders intend to keep Bengals winless

Rising Raiders intend to keep Bengals winless

Two teams that

Rising Raiders intend to keep Bengals winless

Two teams that have demonstrated the impact turnovers can have on a football season go head to head Sunday afternoon when the winless Cincinnati Bengals visit the playoff-contending Oakland Raiders.

The surprising Raiders (5-4), a four-win club a year ago, have used consecutive error-free games to vault into the thick of the AFC playoff chase and onto the heels of the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) in the AFC West.

After a brutal early schedule in which they didn’t see their home field for a remarkable 48 straight days, the Raiders used a 2-0 turnover advantage to edge Detroit 31-24 and a 3-0 advantage to knock off the Los Angeles Chargers to open a three-game homestand.

Now Oakland, which has the fourth-fewest giveaways in the NFL with eight, goes up against a Bengals squad that has the fourth-most turnovers in the league (18) and the fourth-worst takeaway/giveaway ratio (minus-11).

Cincinnati (0-9) is coming off a game in which it dominated Baltimore in time of possession, keeping the ball for 36:11, and accumulated more first downs than its AFC North rival (21-20). But three turnovers helped produce one of the least competitive games of the NFL season, a 49-13 Ravens runaway.

No doubt, Raiders coach Jon Gruden, whose team had last weekend off after a Thursday date with the Chargers, caught a bit of the Bengals’ disaster at Baltimore while NFL channel-surfing. But he also saw what happened in New Orleans and Indianapolis, and he has used that as a warning for his guys this week.

“I just watched the (Atlanta) Falcons go to New Orleans and beat them — and beat them bad,” he told this week. “Miami goes on the road and beats Indianapolis; no one really expected that would happen …

“I know Cincinnati. I know those players. I know those coaches — two of them were on my staff last year. We’re going to get their best shot, and we better be ready to go or else.”

The Raiders know they can expect nothing less from Bengals star running back Joe Mixon, a former prep star from about 40 miles northeast of Oakland in Oakley, Calif.

The five-star recruit, who chose Oklahoma, will be making his first Oakland homecoming.

The Raiders are quite aware of his talents, however, as he ran through them for a career-high 129 yards on 27 carries in a 30-16 Bengals home win last December.

Mixon went for a season-best 114 yards last week in the loss to Baltimore, then shared the credit with his offensive line after the game.

“I’m definitely proud of how them boys fought out there,” he said. “We take pride in the run game, and (the offensive linemen) did their thing.”

So has Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, the leader of Oakland’s ball-protecting offense. He’s gone three consecutive games without an interception and has just four all season while firing 14 touchdown passes.

Sunday will mark nearly the 10th anniversary of the Raiders’ last win over the Bengals, a 20-17 decision in Oakland on Nov. 22, 2009.

Cincinnati has captured the past three meetings — and none has been close. The Bengals won 34-10 at home in 2012 and 33-13 at Oakland in 2015, leading into last year’s triumph in Cincinnati.

–Field Level Media

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Patriots stand in way of Eagles extending win streak

Patriots stand in way of Eagles extending win streak

The Philadelphia Eagles will be

Patriots stand in way of Eagles extending win streak

The Philadelphia Eagles will be searching for their third consecutive victory when they host the New England Patriots on Sunday.

After falling below .500 at 3-4 after an ugly loss at Dallas, the Eagles have responded with wins over the Buffalo Bills on the road and at home against the Chicago Bears. As a result, the Eagles have pulled into a tie for first place with the Cowboys in the NFC East.

The Eagles added wide receiver Jordan Matthews this week for his third stint with the franchise since deep threat DeSean Jackson was placed on injured reserve after undergoing abdominal surgery. The offense has been inconsistent, as evidenced by rolling up a 19-0 lead over the Bears before struggling the rest of the way in a 22-14 victory.

“Obviously he’s (Jackson) unique, so it isn’t going to be just one guy that does that,” Eagles offensive coordinator Mike Groh said. “We have plenty of good players that are out there in the huddle with (quarterback) Carson (Wentz) and we have to find ways to create those explosive plays that you talk about, get guys open, and help them get open and then make the plays when the plays are there to be made.”

But outside of tight end Zach Ertz (46 receptions, tied for fourth in NFL among tight ends), Wentz has been unable to move the ball downfield with his wide receiving corps consisting mostly of Nelson Agholor, Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins. Agholor and Jeffery have continued to drop passes throughout the first nine games.

Head coach Doug Pederson doesn’t believe it’s a huge problem.

“The ball is going to find the open guy,” he said matter-of-factly.

Pederson confirmed that left tackle Jason Peters had recent arthroscopic surgery on his knee, but was at practice on Wednesday.

For the first time this season, the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots will be entering a game following a loss, 37-20 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens.

Actually, that loss snapped a 13-game winning streak, which had included three playoff games during the team’s Super Bowl run a season ago.

Since 2002, the Patriots are 44-8 following a loss.

New England was uncharacteristically sloppy against the Ravens with two costly turnovers, including a rare interception by quarterback Tom Brady. But the Patriots still stayed close late in the game until two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Baltimore.

“Hopefully, it will be a great second half of the season,” said Brady, who has 14 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. “But it’s really up to us to earn it, the people that are in the locker room. We’ve got to show up to work every day with a great sense of determination, commitment to doing our best for each other and for the team. We’ll try to go get a win and it starts this week in Philly.”

The Patriots’ defense has 32 sacks this season (fourth in NFL), and putting pressure on Wentz will be paramount if New England is able to start a new winning streak with a road win in a difficult environment.

Conversely, the Patriots realize the importance of putting points up early and often.

“Anytime you play a defense like that, you know they’re not going to beat themselves,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “You know they’re not going to make a bunch of simple mistakes and give you easy yards and opportunities.”

–Field Level Media

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MVP candidates clash as Texans visit Ravens

MVP candidates clash as Texans visit Ravens

For all

MVP candidates clash as Texans visit Ravens

For all the razzle-dazzle that Baltimore Ravens second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson brings to the table, one factor that acolytes and critics alike tend to overlook is his ability to steward an efficient ship.

Jackson has passed and dashed his way near the top of the NFL Most Valuable Player leaderboard while helming an offense that leads the NFL in rushing (197.2 yards per game) and ranks ninth in passing efficiency (101.3 rating). The latter is aided by the former, and the Ravens’ ability to run the ball with impunity is derived from their consistency in scoring touchdowns on opening possessions.

Baltimore (7-2), set to host the Houston Texans (6-3) on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, has scored on eight of nine opening possessions this season, including six touchdowns. Establishing early advantages feeds into the Ravens’ ability to commit to their punishing rushing attack.

“(It is) really important,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We talk about starting sharp. We want to be on point. We want to be focused. It’s both sides of the ball. Obviously, anytime you can get the lead, that’s an advantage. We want to get the lead. We want to keep the lead and extend the lead, if we can. So, I really think our guys have done a good job of that.

“It kind of goes (back to) what I said before, with the guys and the preparation, being on point and coming out and being ready to play. That’s really important.”

The Texans, sixth in the NFL in yards per play (6.08), aim to strike a similar run-pass balance despite star quarterback Deshaun Watson at the controls. Central to the Texans’ efficiency is ball security, and Watson has an interception rate (1.7) that ranks 15th among 34 qualified signal-callers.

Watson continues to advance by executing the finer points of his job. In consecutive wins over the Raiders and Jaguars, Watson passed for 480 yards and five touchdowns while completing 73.1 percent of his attempts and without tossing an interception. An offensive line beset by injuries surrendered just four sacks over 67 passing attempts, enabling Watson to establish a rhythm.

Of course, finer details aren’t driving the MVP conversation for either Jackson or Watson. Both have amassed enough dynamic plays to bloat any highlight reel, and whoever performs best on Sunday could carve an advantage over the signal-caller stewarding the losing team.

“It’s cool, I guess,” Watson said of the MVP chatter. “The only thing I can really control is performing on the field, and then everything else is to the voters and whoever decides on that decision. I don’t get too much caught up in that. My ultimate goal is trying to win as many games as I can to get to that ultimate goal.

“That MVP stuff is going to take care of itself. If it’s deserving for me, then I’ll do it, but if not, then best to whoever wins that award.”

At this stage, Watson, like Jackson, is certainly deserving of consideration. Fans, NFL media and players recognize everything both Jackson and Watson offer as exceptional talents. The hype is real.

“He dope,” Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters said of Watson. “He’s an excellent quarterback. You’ve got to give him respect.”

Both teams made mid-week additions. The Ravens added veteran D-linemen Justin Ellis and Domata Peko to reinforce an injured group up front, while the Texans claimed former first-round cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off waivers from Tampa Bay.

–Field Level Media

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Foles, Brissett to return as Jaguars battle Colts

Foles, Brissett to return as Jaguars battle Colts

Foles, Brissett to return as Jaguars battle Colts

Welcome back, Nick Foles. You too, Jacoby Brissett.

The return of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ and Indianapolis Colts’ starting quarterbacks injects extra juice into Sunday’s AFC South battle at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Foles will make his first start since Week 1, when he sustained a broken clavicle while throwing a touchdown pass in the first quarter of a loss to Kansas City. Brissett is back after missing last week’s 16-12 home loss to Miami with a knee injury suffered during a 28-26 defeat Nov. 3 in Pittsburgh.

Without Foles, Jacksonville (4-5) at least managed to tread water. Rookie Gardner Minshew threw 13 touchdown passes and just four interceptions after Foles’ injury, establishing himself as a viable option for the long run, whether that’s in north Florida or somewhere else.

While the Jaguars are occupants of the division cellar, they still possess playoff hopes. And no one knows better than Foles the meaning of having a chance. After all, he did take Philadelphia on a surprise Super Bowl run after Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury two years ago, and helped rally the Eagles by going 5-1 down the stretch in 2018 and won a wild-card game last year at Chicago.

“To be back in a situation where we have an opportunity to make a run, that’s all we can ever ask. I’m grateful and happy to be back with those guys,” Foles said.

Besides getting its veteran starter back under center, Jacksonville has had a week off to get healthy after enduring a 26-3 beating from Houston on Nov. 3 in London. The addition of Foles gives a team with a powerful running back in Leonard Fournette, as well as developing young receivers, a veteran who knows about winning big games.

“More is on the line,” Foles said of playing in November and December. “Offenses and teams and cultures have been developed. Each year a team develops a culture. That’s the biggest challenge of stepping back in there and just playing football.”

By that standard, Brissett should have an easier time finding a rhythm. All he’s missed is a game and a half. But that was enough time for the Colts to fall behind Houston in the division race.

Last week’s defeat to Miami was one of the most puzzling results of the year in the NFL. Even with backup Brian Hoyer under center, Indianapolis (5-4) was a double-digit favorite. But Hoyer’s first start in two years was an unmitigated disaster, as he was just 18 of 39 for 204 yards with three crushing interceptions.

Brissett, who through eight games is completing a career-best 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,649 yards with a 14-3 touchdown-interception ratio, was a full participant at Wednesday’s practice. That’s a threshold that second-year coach Frank Reich said he would have to pass in order to play this week.

“I know his knee feels a lot better today than it did five days ago,” Reich said.

Not as certain is the status of wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, the team’s leading pass catcher with 32 receptions. Hilton (calf) has missed the last two games and wasn’t able to practice on Wednesday.

This is the teams’ first meeting of the year. They will play again in the season finale at Jacksonville.

–Field Level Media

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Panthers ready for visit from improved Falcons

Panthers ready for visit from improved Falcons

After what the

Panthers ready for visit from improved Falcons

After what the Carolina Panthers knew would be a challenging stretch, their return to NFC South competition is going to bring its own obstacles.

That’s because the Atlanta Falcons, who are fresh off a surprising result, are visiting for Sunday afternoon’s game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

“They’re coming off a big win,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “They’ve struggled this year. They’ve found their footing.”

That came when Atlanta went on the road and stunned NFC South leader New Orleans 26-9 last week.

The Panthers (5-4) hold second place in the division, and they need to make the most of a rash of games against division opponents, two each against Atlanta and New Orleans.

“We’ve got seven games left. In those seven games, we play our divisional rivals (four times),” Rivera said. “We have the opportunity to control our own destiny as we go forward.”

Now the Falcons (2-7) have a rare good vibe after snapping a six-game losing streak.

“It has been a while since we’ve had a lead,” coach Dan Quinn said. “For us, it was the best example of all three phases staying connected. … I was pleased to see the aggressiveness. I was pleased to see the toughness of the team.”

With Cam Newton deemed out for the rest of the season, the Panthers have been able to turn more decisively to Kyle Allen at quarterback. He has made eight career starts, including the last seven games this year.

“He’s young, let’s not forget,” Rivera said. “We’re going to go through some growing pains. He’s going to give us everything he can.”

Rivera said Allen generally has done good things, though there might have been situations last week at Green Bay where he tried to do too much in a 24-16 defeat.

There is a growing comfort level and familiarity with Allen taking snaps.

“The biggest thing is his decision-making has started to speed up,” Rivera said. “That’s a benefit to the offense.”

Quinn said it appears that Allen is capable of making all the throws and shows a willingness to put the ball in tough spots. Some of Allen’s receiving targets have emerged with more production, so the Falcons are cognizant of DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel.

“They’ve really added speed,” Quinn said. “These guys can make a ton of plays.”

The Falcons aren’t sure about the status of running back Devonta Freeman and tight end Austin Hooper because of injuries, with Quinn saying it would be a long shot for either to play. Brian Hill could fill in for Freeman.

“He has earned that respect and trust (of teammates),” Quinn said of Hill. “… If it goes to that, he’s definitely ready.”

Another option at running back could be Kenjon Barner — whose career includes two stints with the Panthers — though he has only two carries this season.

Atlanta will want to see what can be produced in the rushing attack because Carolina ranks 29th in the NFL by giving up 136.7 yards per game on the ground, and dead last with 5.17 yards per carry permitted. On the flip side, the Panthers have posted a league-high 36 sacks.

“Probably the biggest thing we’re looking for is that everyone is where they need to be,” Rivera said of stopping the running game.

The Panthers could have issues in the secondary, as their top three cornerbacks — James Bradberry (groin), Donte Jackson (hip) and Ross Cockrell (quad) — all sat out Wednesday’s practice.

Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan missed Wednesday’s practice as he continues to work to 100 percent after an ankle injury a few weeks ago, but he is expected to practice later in the week and play Sunday.

The Falcons have won the last three meetings and six out of seven against Carolina. This is Atlanta’s second game of five in a row against NFC South opponents.

–Field Level Media

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Texans claim former Bucs CB Hargreaves

Texans claim former Bucs CB Hargreaves

The Houston Texans claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves

Texans claim former Bucs CB Hargreaves

The Houston Texans claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off waivers on Wednesday, the team announced.

The former first-round pick (11th overall in 2016) was waived by the Bucs on Tuesday, two days after he was benched for what head coach Bruce Arians deemed a lack of hustle on a long catch-and-run by the Arizona Cardinals.

Hagreaves, 24, led all Buccaneers cornerbacks in defensive snaps (582, 92.2 percent) this season before being let go. He had four pass breakups and one interception — returned for a touchdown — in nine games, all starts.

A Florida product in his fourth season, Hargreaves battled injuries the last two seasons, being limited to 10 total games (eight starts) from 2017-18. In 35 career games (33 starts), he has 19 pass breakups and two interceptions.

In the spring, the Buccaneers picked up Hargreaves’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would be worth $9.954 million in 2020. That remains intact, although the money is guaranteed only for injury.

Houston released cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun to make room on the roster. The 26-year-old played in one game for the club and had a sack and forced fumble.

The Texans have been in flux at the cornerback position much of the season.

They released slot man Aaron Colvin in September after just one game in his second year of a four-year, $34 million contract. Starter Bradley Roby hasn’t played since Week 6 due to a hamstring injury, and the team traded a third-round pick to Oakland in October for Gareon Conley, who has started both games since arriving in Houston.

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NFL notebook: Gase’s job safe for 2020

NFL notebook: Gase's job safe for 2020

New York Jets CEO

NFL notebook: Gase’s job safe for 2020

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is sticking with Adam Gase as head coach for the 2020 season.

Johnson said Wednesday he informed the team last week that the franchise had already decided to enter next season with Gase as its head coach. The Jets are 2-7 and in last place in the AFC East.

Gase was hired as head coach prior to the season after being fired by the Miami Dolphins.

–Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett will return from a knee injury to start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, barring a setback.

Brissett practiced in full Wednesday after being limited all three days last week and sitting out the Colts’ 16-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

–The Dolphins plan to have a representative in attendance for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s workout this weekend, coach Brian Flores announced.

The Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons also will be represented, and the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys reportedly will have someone in attendance.

–San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that starting left tackle Joe Staley will miss at least a couple of weeks with a broken finger and that the likelihood of tight end George Kittle playing Sunday against Arizona seems slim.

In addition, running back Matt Breida will reportedly miss one to two weeks because of a sprained ankle.

–Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen sat out practice due to a hamstring injury that has hampered him for three weeks.

Thielen didn’t play Oct. 24 against the Washington Redskins and last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. In between, he started against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 3 but appeared in just seven plays and didn’t catch the lone ball that was thrown his way.

–Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was scheduled to return to Seattle on Wednesday after spending two nights in a Bay Area hospital, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Team owner Jody Allen provided a plane to fly Lockett back to Washington, Schefter said.

Lockett was taken to Stanford Medical Center on Monday night after a contusion on his shin swelled up, leading Seattle’s’ medical staff to fear he had sustained a more serious injury. He was injured during the Seahawks’ overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers.

–Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice as the Lions began preparing for a Sunday visit from the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford was held out of last weekend’s game in Chicago after tests on his ailing back revealed that his injury was more serious than previously thought.

–Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper is expected to be out “about a month” with an MCL sprain in his knee, NFL Network reported. Coach Dan Quinn told the media that Hooper is a “long shot” to play Sunday at Carolina.

–Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross was cleared to practice and designated to return from injured reserve. He has been sidelined with a shoulder injury he sustained Sept. 30.

–The Houston Texans claimed former Tampa Bay cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off waivers. The former first-round pick (11th overall in 2016) was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, two days after he was benched for what coach Bruce Arians deemed a lack of hustle.

–The New Orleans Saints will be without starting left guard Andrus Peat for six weeks after he had surgery on his broken arm, ESPN reported.

–Cleveland defensive end Olivier Vernon was ruled out of the Browns’ Thursday game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. Vernon, 29, is nursing a knee injury that also forced him to miss last week’s game.

–The Browns signed defensive end Bryan Cox, the son of the former three-time Pro Bowl selection by the same name. Linebacker Malik Jefferson was waived to make room on the roster.

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Colts’ Brissett expected to start vs. Jaguars

Colts' Brissett expected to start vs. Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett will return

Colts’ Brissett expected to start vs. Jaguars

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett will return from a knee injury to start Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, barring a setback.

“Jacoby, we’re anticipating, will practice full today,” head coach Frank Reich told reporters before practice Wednesday. “And as long as he practices full today and gets through today the way we expect, then he’ll be starting in the game.”

Brissett indeed practiced in full after being limited all three days last week and sitting out the Colts’ 16-12 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Reich said he would follow up with the quarterback to make sure everything felt all right.

“We’ll check that box and say barring any setbacks the rest of the week he’ll be the starter,” Reich said. “I know his knee feels a lot better today than it did five days ago.”

Brissett, who was hurt in Week 9 at Pittsburgh, has 1,649 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in eight starts this year. Fill-in starter Brian Hoyer threw three interceptions in the loss to the Dolphins.

Meanwhile, Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton remained out of practice with a calf injury. He has not played since Week 8 against Denver.

Rookie receiver Parris Campbell (hand) also remains out, but veteran Devin Funchess (clavicle) returned to practice for the first time since landing on injured reserve following Week 1.

Funchess wore a no-contact jersey and has not been fully cleared yet, per Reich. The team has three weeks to either activate him to the 53-man roster or keep him on IR for the rest of the season.

The 25-year-old had three catches for 32 yards in the opener before getting hurt. He joined the Colts on a one-year, $13 million contract in free agency in March.

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49ers likely down 3 offensive starters this weekend

49ers likely down 3 offensive starters this weekend

49ers likely down 3 offensive starters this weekend

Suddenly, the losses just keep coming for the San Francisco 49ers.

Two days after his team suffered its first loss of the season to Seattle on Monday night, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday told reporters that starting left tackle Joe Staley will miss at least a couple of weeks with a broken finger and that the likelihood of tight end George Kittle playing Sunday against Arizona seems slim.

In addition, running back Matt Breida will reportedly miss 1-2 weeks with a sprained ankle.

Staley broke his leg in Week 2 and missed the 49ers’ next six games. He returned to the field on Monday but fractured and dislocated a finger in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Seahawks. According to Shanahan, Staley underwent surgery on the finger and will “probably be out a couple weeks.”

After playing in all 16 games for five consecutive seasons from 2011-15, Staley has missed at least one game in three of the last four seasons — sitting out 10 games over that span.

As for Kittle, the knee and ankle injuries that kept him out of the Seattle game look like they will keep him off the field in Santa Clara, Calif., again this weekend. Kittle originally sustained the injuries on Halloween, against the Cardinals in Arizona.

The third-year tight end has 46 grabs for 541 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season, after setting a single-season NFL record for tight ends with 1,377 yards last season.

It was originally reported that Shanahan confirmed to Arizona media that Kittle would not play, but the 49ers later clarified Shanahan’s statement to indicate there is a plan in place should the tight end miss the game, but the 49ers are not yet ruling him out.

Breida sustained his injury Monday night. In nine games this season, Breida has 542 yards on 109 carries with a touchdown both rushing and receiving. Raheem Mostert will likely see more work in Breida’s absence.

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Surprising Dolphins set for rematch with Bills

Surprising Dolphins set for rematch with Bills

Sunday's matchup between the

Surprising Dolphins set for rematch with Bills

Sunday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills (6-3) and the host Miami Dolphins (2-7) should be easy to decipher.

After all, the Bills beat the Dolphins 31-21 in Buffalo on Oct. 20, and they are favored by a touchdown to do it again on Sunday — while sitting four games better in the standings.

But it’s not quite that simple. While Dolphins management signaled a rebuilding season by selling off current assets for future draft picks, Miami’s players certainly have not given up.

That has been evident the past two weeks, as the Dolphins defeated the New York Jets 26-18 on Nov. 3 and the Indianapolis Colts 16-12 on the road this past Sunday.

“We are starting to come together,” first-year head coach Brian Flores said of Miami’s surprising two-game win streak after an 0-7 start. “Being able to overcome adversity is part of playing in the NFL, and we’re doing that at a higher level now.”

The Dolphins are also getting healthier, starting with standout safety Reshad Jones, who has missed four straight games due to cracked ribs. Jones was limited in practice this week but said he expects to play on Sunday.

Jones should provide a big boost to a secondary that has taken two big blows this year — the trade of safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the season-ending knee injury sustained by cornerback Xavien Howard, a 2018 Pro Bowler who tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions last season.

Miami’s revival has been led by graybeard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who turns 37 on Nov. 24. He was Buffalo’s starter from 2009 to 2012, posting a 20-33 record during those years.

Fitzpatrick began this year as Miami’s starter and got benched in favor of Josh Rosen, only to regain his position. Since returning as Miami’s starter, Fitzpatrick has tossed six touchdowns with four interceptions and a 2-2 record.

Buffalo counters with a quarterback on the other side of the NFL age scale — 23-year-old Josh Allen, who was the Bills’ first-round pick (seventh overall) last year.

Allen is 11-9 in two years as Buffalo’s starter, completing 56.1 percent of his passes. He has thrown 20 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions, including 10 and seven, respectively, this season.

Allen has boosted his completion percentage from 52.8 as a rookie to 59.9 in his second season, but the offense hasn’t been clicking on all cylinders.

The Bills rank 25th in the NFL in scoring average (19.3), and, despite Allen’s strong arm, he has failed to complete a pass that traveled at least 30 yards in the air.

“If I could pinpoint the problem, I would probably be hitting (deep passes),” Allen said. “I don’t know if I’m super anxious about underthrowing the ball and risking an interception. The ball comes out, it feels good, and it carries a bit further than I think. It’s something I will continue to try to improve.”

Sunday’s game will be a homecoming for a couple of Bills starters who played for the University of Miami: running back Frank Gore and right guard Jon Feliciano. Gore and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips are former Dolphins, and rookie running back Devin Singletary played at nearby Florida Atlantic University.

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Jets, Redskins meet, looking for elusive win

Jets, Redskins meet, looking for elusive win

The Washington Redskins and New York

Jets, Redskins meet, looking for elusive win

The Washington Redskins and New York Jets are going nowhere fast. But at least they both have some idea as to who will be leading them for the foreseeable future.

A pair of teams angling for a top-10 draft pick will meet Sunday afternoon, when the Redskins host the Jets in a nonconference matchup.

The Jets snapped a three-game losing streak last Sunday with a 34-27 win over the New York Giants in the quadrennial battle between the Big Apple area’s football teams. The Redskins were off last week following their third straight defeat, a 24-9 loss to the Bills in Buffalo on Nov. 3.

The win over their co-MetLife Stadium tenants improved the Jets to 2-7 and eased the heat up a bit on embattled first-year head coach Adam Gase. The club’s slow start “earned” Gase comparisons to the standard for poor Jets coaches, Rich Kotite, who went 4-28 in his two years with the team in 1995-96.

On Wednesday, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson made it clear he will not make a coaching change, either during this season or afterward.

“I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here,” Johnson told reporters. “Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of (quarterback) Sam (Darnold). He has (general manager) Joe (Douglas’) trust. He has my trust. He’s a good man, he’s a good coach.”

Even before Johnson’s comments, the Redskins (1-8) were far more likely of the two teams to be looking for a new coach. Jay Gruden was fired following an 0-5 start, and interim head coach Bill Callahan, who is occupying the top position for the first time since 2003, is not expected to be a serious candidate for the full-time position.

But Callahan answered one burning question in the nation’s capital Monday, when he said rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins will remain the team’s starter for the remainder of the season.

“I’m really excited,” Haskins said Wednesday. “I’ve worked really hard to get to this point.”

Haskins made his first start against the Bills in place of Case Keenum, who was sidelined with a concussion. His task Sunday will be the same as it was in Buffalo: To somehow get the Redskins into the end zone.

The Redskins haven’t scored a touchdown in their last three games, the longest drought in the franchise’s 88-year history. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin has Washington’s most recent touchdown, a 33-yard catch from Keenum in the second quarter of a 17-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 13.

After a 9-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 20, the Redskins were limited to three Dustin Hopkins field goals in each of the losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Bills.

The Jets may be limited on offense, as well, Sunday. Running back Le’Veon Bell, who has been battling rib and knee ailments, did not practice Wednesday due to an illness and wide receiver Robby Anderson, the top deep threat for Darnold, was limited due to back and shoulder injuries. Linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) did not practice and is expected to miss his eighth game of the season.

Redskins wide receiver Paul Richardson (hamstring) and running back Chris Thompson (toe) were both sidelined Wednesday. Thompson will likely miss his fourth straight game.

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Vikings’ Thielen (hamstring) misses practice

Vikings' Thielen (hamstring) misses practice

Vikings’ Thielen (hamstring) misses practice

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen sat out practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury that has hampered him for three weeks.

Thielen didn’t play Oct. 24 against the Washington Redskins and last Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. In between, he started against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 3 but appeared in just seven plays and didn’t catch the lone ball that was thrown his way.

The Vikings are preparing for a home game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, and then Minnesota will have its bye the following week. Even so, coach Mike Zimmer said he isn’t giving consideration to resting any of his injured players this week with the intention of getting them an extended break.

“When guys are healthy, they play,” Zimmer told reporters.

Thielen, 29, has 27 catches for 391 yards and six touchdowns this year. He was selected to the Pro Bowl each of the past two years, topping 1,200 receiving yards both seasons.

Vikings guard Josh Kline (concussion), defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee) and nose tackle Linval Joseph (knee) also were non-participants in practice Wednesday. Safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), cornerback Trae Waynes (ankle), and center Brett Jones (knee) were limited practice participants.

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Stafford remains uncertain as Cowboys visit Lions

Stafford remains uncertain as Cowboys visit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys have become

Stafford remains uncertain as Cowboys visit Lions

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

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

The Detroit Lions also have an accomplished quarterback having a career season in Matthew Stafford, but his status looks shaky at best as the Lions prepare to host the Cowboys on Sunday. Stafford’s streak of 136 consecutive starts ended when he sat out a 20-13 loss at Chicago last weekend due to broken bones in his back.

Stafford did not practice on Wednesday, and it’s unclear if he will do so later in the week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detroit’s offense can be dynamic when its top players are healthy, but that’s not the case. Not only is Stafford injured, but top running back Kerryon Johnson is on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ty Johnson sustained a concussion against the Bears, which leaves the Lions with the combination of Paul Perkins and J.D. McKissic in the backfield.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the Cowboys, the offensive line is banged up. Three starters missed Wednesday’s practice — guards Zack Martin (back, ankle, elbow) and Connor Williams (knee) and right tackle La’el Collins (knee, back). Williams underwent minor knee surgery and won’t play Sunday.

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Reports: Texans claim former Bucs CB Hargreaves

Reports: Texans claim former Bucs CB Hargreaves

The Houston Texans claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon

Reports: Texans claim former Bucs CB Hargreaves

The Houston Texans claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off waivers on Wednesday, the team announced.

The former first-round pick (11th overall in 2016) was waived by the Bucs on Tuesday, two days after he was benched for what head coach Bruce Arians deemed a lack of hustle on a long catch-and-run by the Arizona Cardinals.

Hagreaves, 24, led all Buccaneers cornerbacks in defensive snaps (582, 92.2 percent) this season before being let go. He had four pass breakups and one interception — returned for a touchdown — in nine games, all starts.

A Florida product in his fourth season, Hargreaves battled injuries the last two seasons, being limited to 10 total games (eight starts) from 2017-18. In 35 career games (33 starts), he has 19 pass breakups and two interceptions.

In the spring, the Buccaneers picked up Hargreaves’ fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would be worth $9.954 million in 2020. That remains intact, although the money is guaranteed only for injury.

Houston released cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun to make room on the roster. The 26-year-old played in one game for the club and had a sack and forced fumble.

The Texans have been in flux at the cornerback position much of the season.

They released slot man Aaron Colvin in September after just one game in his second year of a four-year, $34 million contract. Starter Bradley Roby hasn’t played since Week 6 due to a hamstring injury, and the team traded a third-round pick to Oakland in October for Gareon Conley, who has started both games since arriving in Houston.

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Report: Saints LG Peat out 6 weeks

Report: Saints LG Peat out 6 weeks

Report: Saints LG Peat out 6 weeks

The New Orleans Saints will be without starting left guard Andrus Peat for six weeks after he had surgery Wednesday on his broken arm, ESPN reported.

Peat left Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons shortly before halftime, holding his right arm at his side. He was replaced by Will Clapp, who — along with the rest of the Saints’ offensive line — struggled to protect Drew Brees.

The Falcons racked up six sacks after entering with just seven all season. Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett had 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hits.

Peat, 26, had started all nine games this season entering Sunday, allowing two sacks and committing three penalties, per Stats Perform.

He missed three regular-season games last year and then broke his fibula in the postseason. Nonetheless, he was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2018. Now in his fifth year after being drafted 13th overall in 2015, Peat has yet to play all 16 games in a season.

Clapp has two starts this season, but only as a sixth offensive lineman. He has played 161 snaps overall, allowing 1.5 sacks and committing two penalties.

The Saints have started the same five offensive linemen for all nine games this season.

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Report: Falcons TE Hooper out a month

Report: Falcons TE Hooper out a month

Report: Falcons TE Hooper out a month

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper is expected to be out “about a month” with an MCL sprain in his knee, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

Asked about the report, head coach Dan Quinn told the media that belief was “not from our building,” but he did say Hooper is a “long shot” to play Sunday at Carolina.

Hooper was hurt late in Sunday’s win at New Orleans, after catching four passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. It was his fourth straight game with a score, giving him six on the season and tying him for the league lead among tight ends with Houston’s Darren Fells.

Hooper, 25, is also tied with Kansas City’s Travis Kelce for the most receptions (56) among tight ends. His yardage total (608) ranks second, behind only Kelce.

A third-round pick out of Stanford in 2016, Hooper is in the final year of his rookie contract and drew some buzz as a possible trade target before the October deadline.

In his fourth season, he has 195 catches for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns in 55 games (26 starts).

Quinn also said running back Devonta Freeman is a longshot to play on Sunday. NFL Network reported on Monday that Freeman will miss two weeks with a foot sprain.

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Lions QB Stafford (back) not practicing

Lions QB Stafford (back) not practicing

Detroit quarterback

Lions QB Stafford (back) not practicing

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice on Wednesday as the Lions began preparing for Sunday’s visit from the Dallas Cowboys.

Stafford was held out of last weekend’s game in Chicago after tests on his ailing back revealed that his injury was more serious than previously thought.

Stafford attended Wednesday’s practice, which was held indoors due to heavy snowfall in the area. He “lightly tossed a few footballs” but was not in shells when practice began, according to mlive.com. He was officially listed as a non-participant, with hip and back ailments, on the team’s injury report.

Jeff Driskel worked with the first-team offense Wednesday and would likely make his second straight start if Stafford is unavailable.

Driskel completed 27 of 46 passes for 269 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Bears at Soldier Field.

Stafford, 31, said on Monday he’s not considering being shut down for the rest of 2019 and felt he made the best decision he could on his status for last week.

“I think I made the right decision,” he said. “… My thinking is to try and be out there as soon as I possibly can to help us win.”

Stafford had started every game under center for the Lions since the start of the 2011 season, a string of 136 consecutive starts. This year, he has passed for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games.

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Report: Seahawks’ Lockett leaves hospital, returns to Seattle

Report: Seahawks' Lockett leaves hospital, returns to Seattle

Seahawks

Report: Seahawks’ Lockett leaves hospital, returns to Seattle

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was scheduled to return to Seattle on Wednesday after spending two nights in a Bay Area hospital, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Team owner Jody Allen provided a plane to fly Lockett back to Washington, Schefter said.

Lockett was taken to Stanford Medical Center on Monday night after a contusion on his shin swelled up, leading Seattle’s’ medical staff to fear he had sustained a more serious injury. He was injured during the Seahawks’ overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers.

It is unclear when the injury occurred. Lockett received the kickoff in the final seconds of the game and took a knee. He did not play in overtime and was carted off the field during the extra period.

He is expected to take part in the Seahawks’ next game on Nov. 24 at Philadelphia. The Seahawks (8-2) have a bye this weekend.

Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday that Lockett would spend a second night in the hospital for “precautionary reasons.”.

“He’s better than he was (Monday night), and our people think that he’s going to be fine to play next week.”

Lockett, 27, was Seattle’s third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has emerged as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver and has 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns. In his career, he’s played in 73 games (49 starts). He has 256 receptions for 3,574 yards and 25 touchdowns.

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Dolphins, others to attend Kaepernick workout

Dolphins, others to attend Kaepernick workout

Dolphins, others to attend Kaepernick workout

The Miami Dolphins plan to have a representative in attendance for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s workout this weekend, coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday.

Flores told reporters that the team still is finalizing who will attend Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday, however.

The first-year head coach also stopped short of saying whether the 32-year-old Kaepernick would have a place on the Dolphins’ roster.

“I don’t have a crystal ball. It’s hard for me to say,” Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“We like our quarterback situation right now. We’re going to do our due diligence. I would say anytime we could add a good player, we try to do that. We want to do that. But there’s a lot of moving parts to that.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 36, has thrown for 1,364 yards with eight touchdowns and as many interceptions in eight games this season for the Dolphins (2-7), who host the Bills (6-3) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in the offseason, has thrown for just 567 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions in six appearances with Miami.

As for other teams’ interest in Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during his Wednesday press conference that he was not certain if the team will be represented at Kaepernick’s workout.

“I’m not really in tuned to that situation very much,” Garrett said. “We have personnel people who evaluate all guys who have an opportunity to hopefully help our team.”

ESPN’s Ed Werder, however, cited a source as reporting that the Cowboys intend to send one representative to the workout.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Wednesday that his team would have someone on hand, while Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said the same for Kaepernick’s workout, which is being held at the Falcons’ facility.

The Washington Redskins also will be represented, a team spokesman said, while Mike Klis of KUSA reported that the Denver Broncos will have a scout at the workout.

Teams were informed by the league on Tuesday that Kaepernick will do on-field work and be available for an interview, and all 32 teams are invited. Video of both also will be made available to clubs.

In six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick appeared in 69 games and completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He added 13 rushing touchdowns.

Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, began kneeling during the national anthem before games that season as a protest of racial injustice. He opted out of his contract the following offseason to become a free agent but went unsigned.

He settled a collusion grievance against the NFL in February, with the payout reported to be worth less than $10 million.

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Browns DE Vernon ruled out vs. Steelers

Browns DE Vernon ruled out vs. Steelers

Cleveland Browns

Browns DE Vernon ruled out vs. Steelers

Cleveland Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon was ruled out of Thursday’s game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vernon, 29, is nursing a knee injury that also forced him to miss Cleveland’s 19-16 victory Sunday over the Buffalo Bills.

He has registered 23 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in eight contests for the Browns (3-6).

Safety Eric Murray will miss his third consecutive game after undergoing knee surgery.

Tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) and offensive tackle Kendall Lamm were listed as questionable after both players were elevated from limited to full practice participation on Wednesday.

As for the Steelers (5-4), fullback Roosevelt Nix (knee), running back Benny Snell (knee) and wide receiver Ryan Switzer (back) have been ruled out for Thursday’s game.

Cornerback Joe Haden (illness) is considered questionable to face his former team.

Running back James Conner wasn’t listed on the status report after missing the last two games with a right shoulder injury. He sustained that injury in the waning moments of a 27-14 victory against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28.

Without Conner in the lineup, the Steelers averaged a season-worst 1.6 yards per carry on 27 attempts in a 17-12 win against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Conner, 24, has 97 carries for 380 yards and four touchdowns in seven games this season, one year removed from reaching the Pro Bowl with 973 yards and 12 scores.

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A year later, Kuchar says he learned from caddie controversy

A year later, Kuchar says he learned from caddie controversy

A year later, Kuchar says he learned from caddie controversy

Matt Kuchar returned to Mexico this week as the defending champion of the Mayakoba Golf Classic, still defending — and explaining how he made amends for — his actions in the 2018 tournament.

As a reminder, Kuchar’s win at the Mayakoba was his first in almost four years. But he was roundly criticized when he paid local caddie David “El Tucan” Ortiz just $5,000. Tour caddies typically get 10 percent of the winner’s share of the purse, which in this case was nearly $1.3 million.

Kuchar later sent Ortiz an additional $45,000 and made donations to local charities. The golfer’s regular caddie, John Wood, was unable to make the trip to Mexico.

In the pre-tournament news conference in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Tuesday, Kuchar addressed the situation.

“I know what happened post tournament with David is something I’m not proud of, made some headlines that certainly I’m definitely not proud of, but I’ve done my best to make amends, to make things right with David, to do things right by the community,” Kuchar said, per Golf.com. “…I’ve tried to use this opportunity to learn from mistakes, to grow, to try to learn and be better.”

He and Ortiz have made up, Kuchar said.

“I’m proud of being able to make the amends like I have with David and the community, and certainly very excited to get this week started and off to hopefully a good start here,” he said.

One of the worst parts, he said, was the impact it had on his family — especially his grandmother.

“That was a tough thing on me and my family, but it was really tough when I heard from my grandmother and she’s reading headlines about her grandson,” he said. “I think I’ve always tried to make her proud. I’ve got kids of my own, you try to set a good example. I’m disappointed in myself. It’s a moment I’m not proud of.”

Kuchar, 41, is ranked No. 22 in the world. He begins his title defense at the Mayakoba on Thursday at 7:50 a.m. ET, paired with Tony Finau and Mexico’s favorite son, Abraham Ancer.

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Bengals WR Ross cleared to practice, return from IR

Bengals WR Ross cleared to practice, return from IR

Bengals WR Ross cleared to practice, return from IR

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross was cleared to practice and designated to return from injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

Ross has been sidelined with a shoulder injury he sustained during the Bengals’ 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 30.

The 23-year-old will be eligible to play against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 8.

Ross was enjoying a fast start to the season after disappointing through two years since being selected ninth overall by Cincinnati in the 2017 NFL Draft. He recorded 16 catches for 328 yards and three touchdowns in four games.

The speedster did not catch a pass in three games during his rookie season in 2017. He finished with 21 catches for 210 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

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Flores: Dolphins to attend Kaepernick workout

Flores: Dolphins to attend Kaepernick workout

Flores: Dolphins to attend Kaepernick workout

The Miami Dolphins plan to have a representative in attendance for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s workout this weekend, coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday.

Flores told reporters that the team still is finalizing who will attend Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday, however.

The first-year head coach also stopped short of saying whether the 32-year-old Kaepernick would have a place on the Dolphins’ roster.

“I don’t have a crystal ball. It’s hard for me to say,” Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“We like our quarterback situation right now. We’re going to do our due diligence. I would say anytime we could add a good player, we try to do that. We want to do that. But there’s a lot of moving parts to that.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 36, has thrown for 1,364 yards with eight touchdowns and as many interceptions in eight games this season for the Dolphins (2-7), who host the Bills (6-3) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in the offseason, has thrown for just 567 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions in six appearances with Miami.

As for other teams’ interest in Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during his Wednesday press conference that he was not certain if the team will be represented at Kaepernick’s workout.

“I’m not really in tuned to that situation very much,” Garrett said. “We have personnel people who evaluate all guys who have an opportunity to hopefully help our team.”

Teams were informed by the league on Tuesday that Kaepernick will do on-field work and be available for an interview, and all 32 teams are invited. Video of both also will be made available to clubs.

In six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick appeared in 69 games and completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He added 13 rushing touchdowns.

Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, began kneeling during the national anthem before games that season as a protest of racial injustice. He opted out of his contract the following offseason to become a free agent but went unsigned.

He settled a collusion grievance against the NFL in February, with the payout reported to be worth less than $10 million.

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Jets to stick with Gase in 2020

Jets to stick with Gase in 2020

New York

Jets to stick with Gase in 2020

New York Jets CEO Christopher Johnson is sticking with Adam Gase as head coach for the 2020 season.

Johnson said Wednesday he informed the team last week that the franchise had already decided to enter next season with Gase as its head coach. The Jets are 2-7 in 2018 and in last place in the AFC East.

“We are not where we thought we would be,” Johnson said in an impromptu press conference Wednesday. “It’s exceedingly frustrating. But I’m here watching this team, by the way every day, and coaches, every day, getting better. The thing that’s been so encouraging is there’s never been a moment of fingerpointing. There’s never been a moment where somebody casts blame on somebody else.

“With that I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches. Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam (Darnold). He has Joe’s (general manager Joe Douglas) trust. He has my trust. He’s a good man. He’s a good coach.”

Gase was hired as head coach prior to the season after being fired by the Miami Dolphins.

The Jets scored a season-high 34 points and beat the New York Giants last week.

Johnson allowed for a shift in front office structure when the general manager who hired Gase, Mike Maccagnan, was fired in May. Gase was instrumental in the team hiring professional ally Douglas as general manager.

“We’re just getting started,” Johnson said.

Several players said after beating the Giants they were happy for Gase, 41.

“He’s great,” Darnold said. “There’s no flinch in him. I think that kind of ripples throughout the team. When you’ve got a head coach that’s just going to continue to work no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what people are saying about him, that’s a really good thing.”

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Mayfield wants crowd to quiet down when Browns have ball

Mayfield wants crowd to quiet down when Browns have ball

Mayfield wants crowd to quiet down when Browns have ball

Quarterback Baker Mayfield told reporters that he wants the fans to keep quiet when the Cleveland Browns are on offense.

Mayfield’s reasoning? Well, Mayfield lamented an offside call on 4th-and-goal from the 3-yard line during the second quarter of Cleveland’s 19-16 victory over Buffalo on Sunday. Offensive tackle Chris Hubbard was whistled for a false start, causing the Browns to elect to kick a field goal instead of go for a touchdown.

“We believed we had a good call,” the 24-year-old Mayfield said on Sunday, per Cleveland.com. “It was just our crowd noise seemed to be a little loud when we needed it to be quiet, which is strange at a home game.”

Mayfield didn’t change his tune two days later, as he dismissed the notion that he was addressing Bills fans who attended the game in Cleveland.

“No, it wasn’t that,” Mayfield said. “It was just the fact that when we’re on offense, we need it to be quiet. It might’ve ruffled some feathers, once again that’s OK, but when we’re on offense on a critical down, we need to be able to have silence in our home stadium. It’s got to be an advantage for us, and then when they get the ball, it’s got to be really loud. It’s just basic football.”

Mayfield won’t have long to wait to hear how the crowd responds as the Browns (3-6) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) on Thursday (8:20 p.m. ET).

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Browns sign DE Cox, waive LB Jefferson

Browns sign DE Cox, waive LB Jefferson

The

Browns sign DE Cox, waive LB Jefferson

The Cleveland Browns signed defensive end Bryan Cox, the team announced Wednesday.

Cox is the son of the former three-time Pro Bowl selection by the same name, who also served as an assistant coach with the Browns from 2009-10.

Linebacker Malik Jefferson was waived to make room for the younger Cox, who was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2017. Cox, 25, recorded 18 tackles in 19 career games with the team before being released on Nov. 8.

The move to add Cox could provide depth for Cleveland with defensive end Olivier Vernon sitting out the past two games with a knee injury.

Jefferson, 22, made one tackle in nine games with the Browns (3-6), who host the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4) on Thursday (8:20 p.m. ET).

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NFL notebook: All 32 teams invited to Kaepernick workout

NFL notebook: All 32 teams invited to Kaepernick workout

NFL notebook: All 32 teams invited to Kaepernick workout

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, will have a private workout for teams on Saturday in Atlanta.

Teams were informed by the league that the 32-year-old Kaepernick will do on-field work and be available for an interview, and all 32 teams are invited. Video of both also will be made available to clubs.

According to ESPN, the league sent a memo to the teams that read in part: “Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them.”

Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem before games in 2016 as a protest of racial injustice, settled a collusion grievance against the NFL in February, with the payout reported to be worth less than $10 million.

–The Cleveland Browns benched wide receiver Antonio Callaway on Sunday because he arrived late to the stadium, ESPN reported.

Cleveland.com reported that Callaway was tardy because he parked in a different lot than usual at FirstEnergy Stadium. The second-year wideout participated in pregame warmups, but was ruled inactive and did not play in Cleveland’s 19-16 win over the visiting Buffalo Bills.

“I don’t know if he’d gotten the message or not, but I’m not wavering,” coach Freddie Kitchens said to reporters, confirming it was a one-game benching.

–Despite having an X-ray on his shoulder after the New York Giants’ loss to the Jets on Sunday that was just another in a series of the 2-8 team’s disappointments, running back Saquon Barkley plans to keep playing despite all the rumors regarding his status.

“The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me,” Barkley said via ESPN, which cited a source for the X-ray report. “I do not agree with it, and it won’t happen. I’m going to keep going until I can’t go anymore.”

He finished with a career-low 1 yard on 13 carries against the Jets.

–The NFL revamped its schedule, moving two San Francisco 49ers games to prime time.

The first comes Nov. 24, when the 49ers’ home game against the Green Bay Packers becomes the Sunday night matchup on NBC. The other is on Dec. 21., when the Los Angeles Rams play at San Francisco in an NFC West tilt starting at 8:15 p.m. ET.

–The Baltimore Ravens made some adjustments to their defense, signing veteran free-agent defensive tackle Justin Ellis, while cutting cornerback/punt returner Cyrus Jones and placing defensive lineman Daylon Mack on injured reserve, according to two NFL Network reports.

Ellis, 28, played the last five seasons with the Oakland Raiders, but was cut by the team in October.

Jones, 25, appeared in eight games (one start) for the Ravens this season. Mack, 22, is in his first season out of Texas A&M.

–The Jets placed right guard Brian Winters and tight end Chris Herndon on injured reserve.

Winters left Sunday’s 34-27 victory against the Giants after re-dislocating his shoulder, while Herndon departed after fracturing a rib.

The team signed linebacker B.J. Bello and cornerback Kyron Brown to the active roster.

–49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sustained cartilage damage in his ribs during Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced.

“He’ll be day-to-day and probably end up being a game-time decision,” Shanahan said of Sanders, who had an MRI exam on Tuesday morning after X-rays at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night proved to be inconclusive.

Sanders tried to play through the injury sustained early in the game but went to the locker room soon after the second quarter started and did not return, finishing with two catches for 24 yards.

–With Adam Vinatieri enduring arguably the worst season of his prolific 24-year career, the Indianapolis Colts worked out four kickers.

Elliott Fry, Greg Joseph, Mike Nugent and Nick Rose participated in the workouts, according to multiple reports.

Vinatieri, 46, is the NFL’s all-time leader in scoring (2,656 points) and made field goals (596) but has missed two extra point attempts and three field goal tries in the last three games.

–The Carolina Panthers signed cornerback Corn Elder off the Giants practice squad and waived guard Bryan Witzmann.

Drafted by the Panthers in 2017, Elder spent that season on injured reserve, then played 13 games for Carolina in 2018, making three tackles.

Witzmann, 29, signed with the Panthers on Sept. 23, four days after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins.

–The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Preston Brown, who joined the Bengals in 2018 as an unrestricted free agent on a one-year deal.

Injuries limited Brown, 27, to just seven games last season, but in 2019, he started eight of nine games for the Bengals (0-9).

–The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived former first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves.

Coach Bruce Arians benched Hargreaves in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals over what he perceived as a lack of hustle on a 55-yard catch by Arizona rookie receiver Andy Isabella.

–Former NFL quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, who threw for 65 touchdown passes over a 14-year career, died at his Florida home on Monday. He was 88.

His death follows that of former Packers quarterback Bart Starr by almost six months. A member of the Packers Hall of Fame, Bratkowski was Starr’s backup during Green Bay’s glory days of the 1960s.

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NFL schedule changes: 49ers get 2 prime-time games

NFL schedule changes: 49ers get 2 prime-time games

NFL schedule changes: 49ers get 2 prime-time games

The NFL revamped its schedule on Tuesday, moving two San Francisco 49ers games to prime time.

The first comes Nov. 24, when the 49ers’ home game against the Green Bay Packers becomes the Sunday night matchup on NBC after originally being scheduled for 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX. The Seattle Seahawks’ game at the Philadelphia Eagles moves from Sunday night to 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

The NFL also announced its Week 16 schedule for the weekend of Dec. 21-22.

Saturday’s games on Dec. 21 will feature a triple-header on NFL Network, capped by the Los Angeles Rams’ game at San Francisco in an NFC West tilt, starting at 8:15 p.m. ET.

Here are the updates:

Week 12 (November 24)

–Green Bay at San Francisco moves from 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX to 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC

–Seattle at Philadelphia moves from 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC to 1 p.m. ET on FOX

–Carolina at New Orleans moves from 1 p.m. ET on FOX to 1 p.m. ET on CBS

–Miami at Cleveland moves from 1 p.m. ET on CBS to 1 p.m. ET on FOX

WEEK 16 (December 21-22)

–Houston at Tampa Bay has been scheduled for Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. ET on NFL Network

–Buffalo at New England has been scheduled for Dec. 21, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network

–Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco has been scheduled for Dec. 21, at 8:15 p.m. ET on NFL Network

–Detroit at Denver has been scheduled for Dec. 22, at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS

–Oakland at the Los Angeles Chargers has been scheduled for Dec. 22, at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS

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Panthers sign CB Elder, waive G Witzmann

Panthers sign CB Elder, waive G Witzmann

The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday

Panthers sign CB Elder, waive G Witzmann

The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday signed cornerback Corn Elder off the New York Giants practice squad and waived guard Bryan Witzmann.

Drafted by the Panthers in 2017, Elder spent that season on injured reserve, then played 13 games for Carolina in 2018, making three tackles.

Witzmann, 29, signed with the Panthers on Sept. 23, four days after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins. He played just six snaps for Carolina, five of them in an Oct. 6 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Undrafted out of South Dakota State, Witzmann has played in 39 career regular-season games, including all 16 games (13 starts) for the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs.

He also has been with the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, appearing in 10 games (seven starts) for the Bears last season.

The Panthers are expected to activate tackle Greg Little, who has been in concussion protocol but returned to practice last week.

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Golf Glance: Kuchar set to defend in Mexico

Golf Glance: Kuchar set to defend in Mexico

Golf Glance: Kuchar set to defend in Mexico

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

PGA TOUR

LAST TOURNAMENT: WGC-HSBC Champions (Rory McIlroy); Bermuda Championship (Brendon Todd)

THIS WEEK: Mayakoba Golf Classic, Nov. 14-17

El Camaleon Golf Club, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico (Par 71, 7,017 yards)

Purse: $7.2M (Winner: $1.296M)

Defending Champion: Matt Kuchar

FedEx Cup leader: Lanto Griffin

TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. ET. Saturday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. ET (Golf Channel).

NOTES: Chris Kirk makes his return to the Tour after taking a break to address alcohol abuse. … Mexico native Abraham Ancer has finished in the top 25 each of the past two years. He is one of six players from Mexico in the field. … El Camaleon will be playing host to its 13th Tour event. Nine of the previous 12 winners have been at least 33 years old. The only non-U.S.-born player to win the event was Graeme McDowell in 2015. … Griffin, Todd, Joaquin Niemann and Sebastian Munoz are seeking to become the first two-time winners on Tour this season. … Kuchar seeks to successfully defend a title for the first time on Tour.

BEST BETS: Jason Day (+2200 by DraftKings) was recently named to the International Team for next month’s Presidents Cup. He beat Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Hideki Matsuyama in the Japan Skins competition, but did not post a T20 in two events on the Asia swing. … Danny Lee (+5000) finished runner-up last year and is coming off a solo second and T10 on the Asia swing. … Billy Horschel (+2000) tied for 24th at the WGC-HSBC Champions after a T6 at the ZOZO Championship and is one of the more accomplished players in a field that lacks a top-15 player. … Viktor Hovland hasn’t secured his first Tour win, but has been remarkably consistent since turning pro last summer. He enters as one of the co-betting favorites at +2000 along with Horschel and Tony Finau, the top-ranked player in the event at No. 16.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: The RSM Classic, Sea Island, Ga.

LPGA TOUR

LAST WEEK: TOTO Japan Classic (Ai Suzuki)

THIS WEEK: OFF.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 21-24

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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49ers WR Sanders (ribs) is day-to-day

49ers WR Sanders (ribs) is day-to-day

San

49ers WR Sanders (ribs) is day-to-day

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sustained cartilage damage in his ribs during Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Tuesday.

“He’ll be day-to-day and probably end up being a game-time decision,” Shanahan said of Sanders, who had an MRI exam on Tuesday morning after X-rays at Levi’s Stadium on Monday night proved to be inconclusive.

The 49ers’ next game is Sunday at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

Sanders tried to play through the injury sustained early in the game but went to the locker room soon after the second quarter started and did not return, finishing with two catches for 24 yards.

Acquired from the Denver Broncos on Oct. 22, Sanders, 32, has 13 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns in three games with the 49ers.

Through seven games this season with the Broncos, Sanders had 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns. The 10th-year veteran spent the last five-plus seasons with the Broncos, totaling 404 receptions for 5,361 yards and 28 touchdowns across 78 games, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2014 and 2016 and winning Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season.

The 49ers (8-1) are hurting for receivers after also losing tight end George Kittle, who was a pregame inactive Monday due to knee and ankle injuries. According to Shanahan, Kittle’s status is unchanged.

“They’re our two best playmakers, so it definitely takes a toll,” Shanahan said after Monday’s loss. “We knew that coming in with George, we kind of realized that was going to happen today. And Emmanuel was out there battling, had that happen with his ribs. He tried to go a few more series longer but he had to go out. Other guys came in and some guys stepped it up at times. We just didn’t have the consistency there.”

The 49ers also announced Tuesday that defensive lineman Ronald Blair is out for the remainder of the season after sustaining a torn ACL in his right knee. The fifth-year player made 21 tackles and three sacks in a key reserve role over nine games.

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Woods commits to play as host of Genesis Invitational

Woods commits to play as host of Genesis Invitational

Tiger

Woods commits to play as host of Genesis Invitational

Tiger Woods is looking ahead to 2020 by committing to play in The Genesis Invitational, the Feb. 13-16 event in which he’ll serve as tournament host.

The tournament, which will be played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., near Los Angeles, is the first he has announced on his 2020 schedule. Previously known as the Genesis Open, its status has been elevated by cutting the field from 144 to 120 players with a hike in prize money from $7.4 million to $9.3 million.

The winner of the event will receive a three-year PGA Tour exemption instead of the usual two.

With the tourney’s status falling in line with events attached to two of the game’s legendary players — the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Jack Nicklaus-hosted Memorial Tournament, Woods is pleased with the distinction.

“It’s an honor for us to be in the same category as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer,” Woods said in a statement. “Those are two legends of the game. For us to have that type of elevation, all the things we want to have happen for the tournament are going to happen.”

Woods, a Southern California native, did not play in the PGA Tour’s Los Angeles-area event from 2007-2017, and he has never won at Riviera in 13 attempts. He tied for 15th last season, when J.B. Holmes erased a 4-shot deficit going into the final round to earn his fifth career PGA Tour victory.

Woods, 43, tied Sam Snead’s PGA Tour record of 82 career titles by winning the inaugural ZOZO Championship in Japan late last month. It’s not known if The Genesis Invitational will be Woods’ first chance to break the record. He often opens his PGA Tour golfing calendar at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Giants RB Barkley dismisses rumors he’ll be shut down

Giants RB Barkley dismisses rumors he'll be shut down

Despite

Giants RB Barkley dismisses rumors he’ll be shut down

Despite having an X-ray on his shoulder after the New York Giants’ loss to the Jets on Sunday that was just another in a series of the 2-8 team’s disappointments, running back Saquon Barkley plans to keep playing despite all the rumors regarding his status.

“The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me,” Barkley said Tuesday via ESPN, which cited a source for the X-ray report. “I do not agree with it, and it won’t happen. I’m going to keep going until I can’t go anymore.”

After six straight losses, the Giants have a bye week to recover before facing the Chicago Bears on the road on Nov. 24. Barkley and his teammates will have a break beginning Thursday before returning Monday. Rumors could fester during that time, so the Pro Bowl running back figured he better address them sooner rather than later.

He finished with a career-low 1 yard on 13 carries against the Jets, lowering his rushing average in four games since returning from a high ankle sprain to 2.6 yards per carry. Overall this season, he has 402 rushing yards on 101 carries (4.0 average) with only two touchdowns.

Barkley isn’t blaming his struggles on his injuries, though.

“What’s not being myself? Yes, I do feel like myself,” Barkley said. “I would love to go for 100 yards every game. I would love to be doing the things I was doing last year. Trust me. I don’t like the fact I was able to have 1 yard against a great team — respect to them — but I feel if you see me get into open space, I was still making people miss.”

Head coach Pat Shurmur also dismissed the idea of shutting down Barkley for the final six games to give him a chance to recover physically during a down season.

“Absolutely not,” Shurmur said Monday.

Barkley, who was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after gaining 2,028 total yards in 2018, figures teams are focusing on him more than ever before.

“The opportunities, I just have to take advantage of the opportunities I get,” Barkley said. “But to say I’m not healthy and this and that, those are just excuses. Everybody is banged up. Everyone is going through something. I’m not going to let that be an excuse for why I’m not having a successful season. The reason why I’m not having a successful season is because I’m not making enough plays for my team. And that’s just it.”

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Jets place RG Winters, TE Herndon on IR

Jets place RG Winters, TE Herndon on IR

Jets place RG Winters, TE Herndon on IR

The New York Jets placed right guard Brian Winters and tight end Chris Herndon on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Winters left Sunday’s 34-27 victory against the New York Giants after re-dislocating his shoulder, while Herndon departed after fracturing a rib.

The team signed linebacker B.J. Bello and cornerback Kyron Brown to the active roster.

Winters, 28, was New York’s third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He has started nine games this year and 79 of his 89 career games.

Herndon, 23, the Jets’ fourth-round pick in 2018, made his season debut Sunday and caught one pass for 7 yards. He was suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and then missed the next four games with a hamstring injury.

Herndon caught 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (12 starts) as a 2018 rookie.

Bello, 25, appeared in one game with the Jets this season, making one tackle at Miami on Nov. 3. He has nine career stops in 20 games with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Jets.

Brown, an undrafted rookie from Akron, has yet to play in an NFL game.

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Colts work out 4 kickers amid Vinatieri’s struggles

Colts work out 4 kickers amid Vinatieri's struggles

With Adam

Colts work out 4 kickers amid Vinatieri’s struggles

With Adam Vinatieri enduring arguably the worst season of his prolific 24-year career, the Indianapolis Colts worked out four kickers on Tuesday.

Elliott Fry, Greg Joseph, Mike Nugent and Nick Rose participated in the workouts, according to multiple reports.

Vinatieri is the NFL’s all-time leader in scoring (2,656 points) and made field goals (596).

But the 46-year-old has missed two extra point attempts and three field goal tries in the last three games. For the season, he has made only 14 of 20 extra points and 14 of 19 field goals.

This is the second time this season the Colts have worked out possible replacements for the three-time All-Pro and four-time Super Bowl champion.

Vinatieri missed five kicks in the first two weeks of the season, and the team auditioned six kickers, but ultimately stuck with the veteran.

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Kaepernick to work out for NFL teams on Saturday

Kaepernick to work out for NFL teams on Saturday

Kaepernick to work out for NFL teams on Saturday

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, will have a private workout for teams on Saturday in Atlanta.

Teams were informed by the league that the 32-year-old Kaepernick will do on-field work and be available for an interview, and all 32 teams are invited. Video of both also will be made available to clubs.

According to ESPN, the league sent a memo to the teams that read: “Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them. We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career.”

Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national anthem before games in 2016 as a protest of racial injustice, settled a collusion grievance against the NFL in February, with the payout reported to be worth less than $10 million.

He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season — the team reportedly was ready to release him — and has not played since.

Last month, Kaepernick’s representatives released a two-page statement “to address the false narratives” regarding his efforts to join an NFL team.

Among the details, the statement said no team has offered Kaepernick a job or brought him in for a workout since the 2016 season. It noted that the Seattle Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit, but did not work him out, and that no other team has interviewed or visited with the quarterback “despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.”

Kaepernick’s representatives said their client had been working out five days a week for three years and has not demanded a specific salary. They said at the time they had reached out to all 32 NFL organizations “with little to no response from teams about an opportunity.”

Kaepernick spent six seasons with the 49ers after being a second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in only three games as a rookie, then started 58 games over the next five seasons. He has completed 1,011 of 1,692 passes for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 69 career games.

He also has rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 scores, averaging 6.1 yards per attempt.

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Report: Browns benched WR Callaway for tardiness

Report: Browns benched WR Callaway for tardiness

The Cleveland Browns benched wide receiver

Report: Browns benched WR Callaway for tardiness

The Cleveland Browns benched wide receiver Antonio Callaway on Sunday because he arrived late to the stadium, ESPN reported Tuesday.

Cleveland.com reported that Callaway was tardy because he parked in a different lot than usual at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The second-year wideout participated in pregame warmups, but was ruled inactive and did not play in Cleveland’s 19-16 win over the visiting Buffalo Bills.

“I don’t know if he’d gotten the message or not, but I’m not wavering,” coach Freddie Kitchens said to reporters, confirming it was a one-game benching. “I always want our guys to make good choices. … I did what I felt like I needed to do, and it’s over.”

Callaway’s replacement, Rashard Higgins, caught the game-winning 7-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield with 1:48 remaining.

Callaway, 22, has eight receptions for 89 yards in four games (two starts) this season. He missed the first four games while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

A fourth-round pick out of Florida in 2018, Callaway had 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in his rookie season with the Browns.

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Former Packers QB Bratkowski dies at 88

Former Packers QB Bratkowski dies at 88

Former NFL quarterback Zeke Bratkowski,

Former Packers QB Bratkowski dies at 88

Former NFL quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, who threw for 65 touchdown passes over a 14-year career, died at his Florida home on Monday. He was 88.

His death follows that of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr by almost six months. Bratkowski was Starr’s backup during the Green Bay’s glory days of the 1960s.

A member of the Packers Hall of Fame, Bratkowski played in Green Bay from 1963-68 before returning to the team in 1971. He guided the Packers to a 13-10 overtime victory in a 1965 playoff game that moved Green Bay into a championship game matchup with the Cleveland Browns.

Bratkowski also played for the Chicago Bears (1954-60) and the Los Angeles Rams (1961-63). He threw for 10,345 yards in his career over 132 games, 49 of which were starts.

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Report: Panthers to cut G Witzmann

Report: Panthers to cut G Witzmann

The Carolina Panthers are releasing veteran

Report: Panthers to cut G Witzmann

The Carolina Panthers are releasing veteran guard Bryan Witzmann, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Witzmann, 29, signed with the Panthers on Sept. 23, four days after he was cut by the Miami Dolphins. He played just six snaps for Carolina, five of them in an Oct. 6 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Undrafted out of South Dakota State, Witzmann has played in 39 career regular-season games, including all 16 games (13 starts) for the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs.

He also has been with the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, appearing in 10 games (seven starts) for the Bears last season.

The Panthers are expected to activate tackle Greg Little, who has been in concussion protocol but returned to practice last week.

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Reports: Ravens sign veteran DT Ellis, cut CB Jones

Reports: Ravens sign veteran DT Ellis, cut CB Jones

The Baltimore Ravens made some adjustments to their

Reports: Ravens sign veteran DT Ellis, cut CB Jones

The Baltimore Ravens made some adjustments to their defense Tuesday, signing veteran free-agent defensive tackle Justin Ellis, while cutting cornerback/punt returner Cyrus Jones and placing defensive lineman Daylon Mack on injured reserve, according to a pair of NFL Network reports.

Ellis, 28, played the last five seasons with the Oakland Raiders, but was cut by the team in October. The former fourth-round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech had 119 tackles, two passes defended and a half of a sack during his time in Oakland.

Jones, 25, appeared in eight games (one start) for the Ravens this season. The former second-round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 2016 out of Alabama has played in 31 games and made two starts with the Patriots and Ravens over three seasons. He returned a punt for a touchdown with the Ravens last season and had a 9.4 average on 12 returns this season.

Mack, 22, is in his first season out of Texas A&M. The fifth-round draft pick has played just 10 snaps this season, one on special teams. He is dealing with a knee injury.

The Ravens are 7-2 and in first place in the AFC North heading into a Week 11 matchup at home Sunday against the Houston Texans.

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Browns prep for Fitzpatrick and streaking Steelers

Browns prep for Fitzpatrick and streaking Steelers

Minkah Fitzpatrick made no secret

Browns prep for Fitzpatrick and streaking Steelers

Minkah Fitzpatrick made no secret that he wanted out of Miami.

He got his wish before Week 3 and was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first-round pick in 2020. So far, Fitzpatrick has been well worth a No. 1, as he’s collected five interceptions, four in the last three games, to help Pittsburgh win four in a row and climb back into the AFC playoff picture.

Fitzpatrick and the Steelers will try to make it five straight on a short week with a trip to Cleveland for a Thursday night game against the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The 6-1, 207-pound safety, in his second year out of Alabama, also has 18 tackles during the win streak. His play is a big reason why the Pittsburgh defense ranks in the top 10 in points per game (seventh), sacks (second) and interceptions (second).

“The ball seems to find him,” Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said of Fitzpatrick. “He is doing a good job of locating the ball, playing his assignments, and he seems to be in the right place a lot of times. He is a very good player, one of many that they have.”

The Steelers’ 17-12 win Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams was a defensive masterpiece. All their defense ceded was a third-quarter field goal — the other points came via a Los Angeles fumble recovery and a safety — and Fitzpatrick accounted for the go-ahead touchdown on a 43-yard fumble return with 1:56 left in the first half.

Pittsburgh (5-4) permitted only 306 total yards and 16 first downs to the Rams, forcing four turnovers and recording four sacks. Through nine games, the team has bagged 33 sacks and tallied 26 takeaways.

“I feel like everyone believes they can be the one to make a play,” cornerback Joe Haden said. “I think every one of the 11 people out there thinks they are going to get a strip-sack, a pick or punch the ball out.”

On paper, the Browns (3-6) figure to be an ideal foil for the Steelers. Cleveland’s parts have far exceeded their production. The Browns are 26th in scoring at just 19 points per game and have 17 turnovers.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield played a cleaner game Sunday in a 19-16 decision over Buffalo that ended the Browns’ four-game losing streak. He completed 26 of 38 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers. It was his first two-touchdown game of the year.

“He made good decisions on where to go with the ball,” Kitchens said. “He was seeing the field well from the standpoint of going through his progressions, and the ball came out of his hands for the most part. A lot of that had to do with the receiving group was pretty precise on where they were supposed to be.

“It is not all on the quarterback when he is playing bad, and it is not all on the quarterback when he is playing good.”

This is the AFC North rivals’ first meeting this year. They get together again on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh.

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Seahawks WR Lockett ‘OK’ after night in hospital

Seahawks WR Lockett 'OK' after night in hospital

Seahawks WR Lockett ‘OK’ after night in hospital

After a night in a Bay Area hospital, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett received positive news about a potentially serious leg injury suffered in Monday night’s overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.

The injury ultimately was diagnosed as a serious leg bruise with heavy swelling, according to NFL Network.

Carroll said after the game that Lockett sustained a leg contusion that swelled, and the team was concerned about the possibility of compartment syndrome. The condition can occur after a trauma, and the swelling can lead to a restriction of blood flow and oxygen levels that could require surgery.

No surgery was needed and head coach Pete Carroll said in a radio interview Tuesday morning on 710 ESPN Seattle that Lockett “should be OK.”

It is unclear when the injury occurred. Lockett received the kickoff in the final seconds of the game and took a knee. He did not play in overtime and was carted off the field during the extra period.

Lockett, 27, was Seattle’s third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has emerged as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver and has 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns. In his career, he’s played in 73 games (49 starts). He has 256 receptions for 3,574 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The Seahawks have a bye this weekend and will return to play on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 24.

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Seahawks WR Lockett hospitalized with leg injury

Seahawks WR Lockett hospitalized with leg injury

Seahawks WR Lockett hospitalized with leg injury

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett was taken to a Bay Area hospital after suffering a potentially serious leg injury in Monday night’s overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Coach Pete Carroll said after the game that Lockett sustained a leg contusion that swelled, and the team was concerned about the possibility of compartment syndrome. The condition can occur after a trauma, and the swelling can lead to a restriction of blood flow and oxygen levels.

“I can’t tell you much more about it right now. He’s out of here right now to get looked at,” Carroll said.

He added: “It’ll be OK, but it’s a pretty severe situation for right now. … We’re ahead of it, so we should be in good shape.”

NBC Sports Northwest reported Lockett spent the night in the hospital.

It is unclear when the injury occurred. Lockett received the kickoff in the final seconds of the game and took a knee. He did not play in overtime and was carted off the field during the extra period.

Lockett, 27, was Seattle’s third-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has emerged as the team’s No. 1 wide receiver and on the year, has 62 receptions for 793 yards and six touchdowns. In his career, he’s played in 73 games (49 starts). He has 256 receptions for 3,574 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The Seahawks have a bye this week and will return to play on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 24.

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Bengals waive LB Brown

Bengals waive LB Brown

Bengals waive LB Brown

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Preston Brown on Tuesday.

Brown, 27, joined the Bengals in 2018 as an unrestricted free agent on a one-year deal. In the offseason, they signed him to a three-year, $16.5 million contract that included $4.8 million in guaranteed money.

Injuries limited Brown to just seven games last season, but in 2019, he started eight of nine games for the Bengals (0-9). He made 52 tackles with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

A Cincinnati native, Brown was a third-round selection by the Buffalo Bills in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Bucs waive former first-round pick Hargreaves

Bucs waive former first-round pick Hargreaves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived former first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves

Bucs waive former first-round pick Hargreaves

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived former first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves on Tuesday.

The cornerback, a Florida product, was the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

General manager Jason Licht said in a team statement that he and coach Bruce Arians consulted on the move.

“After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, Coach Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change,” Licht said. “Decisions such as this are always difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward.”

Arians benched Hargreaves in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals over what he perceived as a lack of hustle on a 55-yard catch by Arizona rookie receiver Andy Isabella.

Hargreaves returned late in the game and was called for pass interference on a fourth-and-5 play with 30 seconds remaining.

The Bucs held on to win 30-27.

Hargreaves had been in Arians’ doghouse before. In the team’s first OTAs of the year, Arians held him out because the cornerback wasn’t ready to practice, he said.

After Sunday’s game, Hargreaves didn’t fight Arians’ assessment of his play.

“If that’s what coach saw, that’s what he saw,” Hargreaves said. “There’s no arguing it. I need to hustle, point-blank, end of discussion. And I’ll get better. I’m sure I’ll talk with him this week and we’ll get things straightened out, and we’ll see where to go from here.”

Hargreaves started the first nine games of the season for the Buccaneers (3-6) and had 40 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery and four passes defended.

In his Buccaneers career, Hargreaves played in 35 games (33 starts) and recorded 164 tackles, four tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble. He returned one interception for a touchdown.

Tampa Bay now has five cornerbacks on the active roster: Ryan Smith, Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting and M.J. Stewart.

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Seahawks still Super Bowl bargain

Seahawks still Super Bowl bargain

Seahawks still Super Bowl bargain

Seattle shocked San Francisco on Monday night, beating the 49ers on a field goal in overtime to throw the NFC playoff picture into complete chaos.

Sportsbooks are still figuring out how to reset the Super Bowl LIV odds. The Seahawks remained a consensus 30-1 shot to win the title in Miami in February according to vegasinsider.com, and Fan Duel on Tuesday morning kept San Francisco at +750, second in the NFC to the New Orleans Saints (+650). Vegasinsider’s consensus model kept the 49ers second overall to the New England Patriots.

New England was listed at 5-2, the 49ers at 9-2 and the Saints and Baltimore Ravens knotted at 6-1.

The Seahawks (now 8-2 overall this season) are idle until a run of three consecutive primetime games against playoff contenders, starting Nov. 24 at Philadelphia before hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Dec. 2. The Vikings are +2000 on Fan Duel’s futures board but ahead of the Seahawks — at 14-1 odds — according to Vegasinsider.

Seattle hosts the 49ers (8-1 record this season) on Dec. 29 to end the regular season. The Seahawks and 49ers entered training camp at +3000 to win the Super Bowl.

Vegasinsider has the Green Bay Packers (10-1 odds) and Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) among its LIV favorites.

The reigning NFC champion Rams are fading and stand at +5500 at Fan Duel.

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Seahawks’ OT field goal ends 49ers’ perfect run

Seahawks' OT field goal ends 49ers' perfect run

Seahawks’ OT field goal ends 49ers’ perfect run

Jason Myers kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired in overtime Monday night, allowing the visiting Seattle Seahawks to hand the San Francisco 49ers their first defeat of the season, 27-24.

After rookie 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin missed a potential game-winning 47-yarder in the extra session, Russell Wilson set up Myers’ heroics with an 18-yard run into San Francisco territory.

The win allowed the Seahawks (8-2), unbeaten on the road this season at 5-0, to move within a half-game of the first-place 49ers (8-1) in the NFC West.

San Francisco had been the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team.

In a mistake-filled game that featured defensive touchdowns by linemen Jadaveon Clowney of the Seahawks and DeForest Buckner of the 49ers, San Francisco’s McLaughlin, signed earlier in the week off the scrap heap to replace injured Robbie Gould, forced the overtime when he made his third field goal, a 47-yarder with one second left in regulation.

The score matched a 46-yarder by Myers to 1:45 to go.

The 49ers trailed 21-10 early in the fourth quarter before Buckner’s 12-yard fumble return, a two-point conversion pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Kendrick Bourne and a 39-yard field goal by McLaughlin produced a tie with 6:21 to play.

Buckner’s momentum-swinging play capped a wild sequence in which Wilson, in the process of being sacked by Arik Armstead and K’Waun Williams, bobbled the ball into the hands of his teammate, guard Germain Ifedi.

The offensive lineman attempted to advance the ball but was stripped by Fred Warner and fumbled, with Buckner picking it up and racing 12 yards for a touchdown with 12:12 remaining.

The 49ers then forced a punt on Seattle’s next possession, after which the NFC West leaders drove 48 yards in eight plays to set up McLaughlin’s second field goal.

Clowney’s touchdown came in a more conventional manner. He scooped up a rolling football after a sack by Jarran Reed had forced a Garoppolo fumble and took it 10 yards for Seattle’s first score with 2:51 remaining in the half.

The 49ers built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 43-yard field goal by McLaughlin and a 10-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Bourne.

Down 10-7 at the half, the Seattle grabbed a 21-10 lead in the third quarter on a 3-yard pass from Wilson to tight end Jacob Hollister and a 1-yard plunge by Chris Carson.

Wilson finished 24 of 34 for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 53 yards on six carries.

Carson was the game’s leading rusher with 89 yards on 25 attempts.

Garoppolo went 24 of 46 for 248 yards, also with one TD and one interception.

San Francisco’s Deebo Samuels had eight catches for a game-high 112 yards.

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