Cowboys DL Irving injures ankle during practice

Cowboys DL Irving injures ankle during practice

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving was carted off the field with an ankle injury during Thursday’s practice.

X-rays were negative and Irving was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain after undergoing further testing.

Irving was added to the team’s injury report, and it remains possible that he could play in Monday night’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Irving has played in just two games this season. He was suspended for the first four due to a violation of the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse and then missed a game due to a personal issue.

Irving has four tackles and one sack this season. He has 12.5 career sacks in 37 games.

Tight end Geoff Swaim (knee) and defensive end Randy Gregory (knee) were expected to work off to the side during Thursday’s practice. Guard Zack Martin (knee) also didn’t participate in practice but is expected to start against the Titans.

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NFL roundup: Saints pummel Eagles

NFL roundup: Saints pummel Eagles

NFL roundup: Saints pummel Eagles

Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints rolled up 546 yards in total offense and 28 first downs to rout the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 48-7 Sunday.

The Saints (9-1) took a three-game lead in the NFC South over the second-place Carolina Panthers while handing the Eagles the largest margin of defeat ever sustained by a defending Super Bowl champion.

The Saints have scored 144 points in their past three games — the most in franchise history for three consecutive games, a 48-point average — and least 30 points in seven of their last eight games. The injury-ravaged Eagles (4-6) have lost five of their past seven.

New Orleans picked off Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz three times while limiting him to 19-of-33 passing for 156 yards.

Steelers 20, Jaguars 16

Ben Roethlisberger stretched to score on a keeper from about a foot out with eight seconds left as Pittsburgh came back to beat host Jacksonville, extending the Steelers’ winning streak to six games and the Jaguars’ losing streak to six games.

Roethlisberger passed for 314 yards with three interceptions and touchdowns to Antonio Brown and Vance McDonald for the Steelers (7-2-1). An 11-yard strike to McDonald closing Pittsburgh within 16-13 with 2:28 left.

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey — who in an offseason interview with GQ called Roethlisberger “decent at best” — had two interceptions for Jacksonville (3-7), which led 16-0 in the third quarter and 16-6 entering the fourth. Josh Lambo kicked three field goals, Leonard Fournette rushed for 95 yards and touchdown, and Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles passed for 104 yards.

Broncos 23, Chargers 22

Brandon McManus kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired, and Denver ended host Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak.

The Broncos handed the Chargers (7-3) their first loss since Sept. 23. Case Keenum completed all five of his passes for 86 yards on the Broncos’ game-winning drive. Keenum finished with 205 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay, who entered leading all NFL rookies in rushing, gained 79 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns. The Broncos (4-6) were able to overcome a 401-yard passing day from Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, who threw two touchdown passes.

Texans 23, Redskins 21

Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 54-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter lifted Houston over host Washington for its seventh straight victory.

The Redskins (6-4) took over on their 35 with 52 seconds left after a Fairbairn miss from 45 yards out and drove to the Houston 45, but kicker Dustin Hopkins came up short on a 63-yard attempt with three seconds left.

The Texans (7-3) tied an NFL record (1925 Giants) for the longest winning streak after losing the first three games. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith left the game in the third quarter with what coach Jay Gruden said after the game was a broken tibia and fibula on his right leg. Gruden said Smith would need surgery.

Cowboys 22, Falcons 19

Brett Maher, who had missed an extra point, kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give Dallas the win over host Atlanta and keep the Cowboys’ playoff hopes alive.

Dallas (5-5) took a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons (4-6) tied the game on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones with 1:52 remaining.

Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 23-yard run and accounted for 201 yards from scrimmage, rushing 23 times for 122 and catching seven passes for 79 more. Ryan completed 24 of 34 passes for 291 yards, but he threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter as the Falcons’ playoff hopes all but vanished.

Bears 25, Vikings 20

Mitchell Trubisky completed 20 of 31 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and Chicago held on to beat visiting Minnesota.

Anthony Miller hauled in a touchdown for Chicago (7-3), which won its fourth consecutive game to remain atop the NFC North. The Bears forced three turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by Eddie Jackson in the fourth quarter, increasing their league-high total to 27 takeaways.

Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 46 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Diggs caught 13 passes for 126 yards. The Vikings (5-4-1) also forced three turnovers.

Colts 38, Titans 10

Andrew Luck threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns to lead host Indianapolis to an easy win over Tennessee in a battle for second place in the AFC South.

T.Y. Hilton caught two of Luck’s touchdown passes and totaled 155 receiving yards to tie Marvin Harrison for the most 150-yard games (11) in Colts history.

Indianapolis (5-5) scored on four of five first-half drives and dominated the first 30 minutes, scoring 24 points, the most points the Titans (5-5) had allowed in an entire game this season.

Lions 20, Panthers 19

Matthew Stafford connected with Kenny Golladay on a go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown pass, and host Detroit hung on for a victory over Carolina.

The Panthers (6-4) pulled within one on Cam Newton’s 8-yard touchdown pass to DJ Moore with 1:07 remaining. Carolina coach Ron Rivera decided to go for a two-point conversion, but Newton’s pass fell incomplete. Newton completed 25 of 37 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns while getting intercepted once.

Stafford completed 23 of 37 passes for 220 yards. Golladay made eight catches for 113 yards, and recently signed Bruce Ellington made six receptions for 52 yards for the Lions (4-6). Detroit rookie Kerryon Johnson rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown but was forced out of the game due to a knee injury.

Ravens 24, Bengals 21

Host Baltimore overcame the absence of injured quarterback Joe Flacco by rushing for 265 yards against Cincinnati.

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals, and Flacco’s replacement — rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson — and Gus Williams each topped 100 yards rushing as the Ravens improved to 5-5. The Bengals, who had just 48 rushing yards, fell to 5-5.

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis took over as defensive coordinator after firing Teryl Austin earlier this week in the wake of the Bengals allowing 500 yards in three consecutive games, an NFL worst in the Super Bowl era. The Bengals showed marginal improvement, allowing 403 yards, but they couldn’t slow down the Ravens’ running game.

Giants 38, Buccaneers 35

Eli Manning recorded a near-perfect passer rating while Saquon Barkley rushed for 142 yards and scored three touchdowns as New York outlasted Tampa Bay in East Rutherford, N.J.

Manning completed 17 of 18 passes against the helpless Tampa Bay secondary for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, finishing with a 155.8 passer rating, only 2.5 points off a perfect score. Barkley ran for two scores and caught a touchdown pass as New York (3-7) won its second straight game.

Jameis Winston relieved an ineffective Ryan Fitzpatrick and completed 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in about a quarter and a half for Tampa Bay (3-7). However, Winston also threw the game-clinching interception with 23 seconds left, the Buccaneers’ fourth of the day.

Raiders 23, Cardinals 21

Daniel Carlson kicked a 35-yard field goal, his third of the day, on the final play of the game, rallying Oakland (2-8) past Arizona (2-8) in Glendale, Ariz.

Derek Carr drove the Raiders 63 yards to the Arizona 17, featuring a 32-yard hook-up with Marcell Ateman and a 20-yarder with Seth Roberts to set up a spike to stop the clock with two seconds left.

Josh Rosen threw a season-best three touchdown passes, two to Larry Fitzgerald, to give the Cardinals a late lead. Arizona’s David Johnson was the game’s leading rusher with 25 carries for 137 yards, his first 100-yard effort of the season.

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Luck throws 3 TDs as Colts crush Titans

Luck throws 3 TDs as Colts crush Titans

Andrew Luck threw

Luck throws 3 TDs as Colts crush Titans

Andrew Luck threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns to lead Indianapolis to an easy 38-10 win over the visiting Tennessee Titans in a battle for second-place in the AFC South at Lucas Oil Stadium.

T.Y. Hilton caught two of Luck’s touchdown passes and totaled 155 yards to tie Marvin Harrison for the most 150-yard games (11) in Colts history.

Indianapolis scored on four of five first-half drives and dominated the first 30 minutes, scoring 24 points, the most points the Titans had allowed in an entire game this season.

Luck has thrown a touchdown pass in 33 straight games. He was 12 of 17 for 195 yards and one touchdown toss in the first half. His day ended with just over nine minutes left as the Colts brought in backup Jacoby Brissett.

The Titans played with a pall cast over the team as defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken from the stadium to an Indianapolis hospital in the first quarter after suffering what Tennessee said was a “medical issue.”

Quarterback Marcus Mariota also was knocked out of the game late the first half. The Titans said Mariota suffered an elbow injury. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert, who was largely ineffective.

Early in the third quarter, Gabbert was picked off by Darius Leonard. Three plays later, Luck found Hilton from 14 yards out and Colts had a 31-3 lead.

On a day when former Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor, Indianapolis (5-5) won for the fourth straight time. In the three previous wins, Luck and the Colts averaged 35 points and more than 400 yards per game.

On Sunday, the Colts outgained the Titans 397 yards to 263 yards.

Tennessee fell to 5-5 and saw its modest two-game win streak snapped.

After punting on their first possession, the Colts broke through first with Marlon Mack rumbling off left tackle for the game’s first score.

Quincy Wilson intercepted Mariota on the Titans’ next possession. The Colts converted the turnover into an Adam Vinatieri 22-yard field goal and 10-0 lead.

After a Tennessee punt, the Colts extended the lead to 17-0.

With the running game working, Hilton ran a post and Luck completed the longest passing play of the season for Indianapolis, a 68-yard strike, and the Colts had the league’s No. 1 scoring defense reeling.

The Colts had four sacks in their past five games and recorded four in the first half on Sunday. Mariota was shaken after the fourth sack near the end of the first half.

Gabbert replaced Mariota and completed a short pass to Jonnu Smith, which appeared to be the last play of the half. But a penalty on George Odum gave Tennessee the ball on the 24-yard line with three seconds left in the half.

Ryan Succop connected on a 42-yard field and the Titans trailed 24-3 at intermission.

Tennessee scored its only touchdown of the game on a 1-yard pass from Gabbert to Tajae Sharpe with 1:49 left.

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Bucs QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston

Bucs QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston

For the second

Bucs QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston

For the second time in seven weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been benched for Jameis Winston.

Fitzpatrick was pulled after throwing his third interception, this one in the end zone, early in the third quarter against the New York Giants on Sunday. He was 13 for 21 for 167 yards, no touchdowns and the three picks, as the Bucs trailed 21-7.

Winston entered and led three consecutive scoring drives to cut the deficit to 31-27.

Winston, 24, was benched midway through a Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after throwing four interceptions. He missed the first three games of the season due to suspension before entering in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears, as Fitzpatrick was benched in the middle of a blowout loss.

Fitzpatrick, who turns 36 on Saturday, has 2,366 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. Winston entered the day with 1,181 passing yards, six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Winston is in the fourth year of his rookie contract since being taken No. 1 overall in 2015. Tampa Bay previously picked up his fifth-year option for 2019, which is guaranteed for injury only.

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QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston in Bucs’ loss

QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston in Bucs' loss

For

QB Fitzpatrick benched for Winston in Bucs’ loss

For the second time in seven weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched for Jameis Winston.

Fitzpatrick was pulled after throwing his third interception, this one in the end zone, early in the third quarter against the New York Giants on Sunday. He was 13 of 21 for 167 yards, no touchdowns and the three picks as the Bucs trailed 21-7.

Winston entered and led four consecutive scoring drives to cut the deficit to three on two occasions. He ended the day 12-of-16 passing for 199 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, which came on a last-ditch effort to rally with 23 seconds left.

The Giants held on to win 38-35.

Winston, 24, was benched midway through a Week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals after throwing four interceptions. He missed the first three games of the season because of an NFL suspension before entering in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears, as Fitzpatrick was benched in the middle of a blowout loss.

Fitzpatrick, who turns 36 on Saturday, has 2,366 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. Winston now has 1,380 passing yards, eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Winston is in the fourth year of his rookie contract since being taken No. 1 overall in 2015. Tampa Bay previously picked up his fifth-year option for 2019, which is guaranteed for injury only.

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Maher lifts Cowboys over Falcons at the buzzer

Maher lifts Cowboys over Falcons at the buzzer

Brett Maher, who

Maher lifts Cowboys over Falcons at the buzzer

Brett Maher, who had missed an extra point, kicked a 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the visiting Dallas Cowboys a 22-19 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Dallas (5-5) took a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Falcons (4-6) tied the game on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Julio Jones with 1:52 remaining.

Ezekiel Elliott scored on a 23-yard run and accounted for 201 yards from scrimmage, rushing 23 times for 122 and catching seven passes for 79 more.

Ryan completed 24 of 34 passes for 291 yards, but threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter and was sacked three times in the first half, two by DeMarcus Lawrence, as the Falcons’ playoff hopes all but vanished.

After five field goals accounting for all the scoring through three quarters, the Cowboys scored on a 4-yard keeper by Dak Prescott 41 seconds into the final period to climax a 75-yard drive.

Maher had his PAT go wide left to keep the Dallas lead at 12-9, but rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch intercepted Ryan — after receiver Calvin Ridley dropped the pass — on the Falcons’ third play following the TD, and Elliott scored two runs later to make it a 10-point advantage.

Matt Bryant, who had missed the past three games with a strained hamstring, made four field goals for the Falcons, hitting from 21 yards following the Elliott touchdown. He had kicks of 41 and 45 yards in the second quarter and made a 53-yarder in the third.

Maher had a 21-yard field goal in the first quarter after Cole Beasley dropped a pass in the end zone on the Cowboys’ first possession, and a 50-yarder in the third.

Prescott completed 22 of 32 passes for 208 yards and didn’t throw an interception. He was sacked twice, both times by Vic Beasley Jr.

Jones caught six passes for 118 yards and prevented a second-quarter interception with a jarring hit on Cowboys safety Jeff Heath.

Dallas hosts Washington, the leader in the NFC East, on Thanksgiving, while the Falcons visit NFC South-leader New Orleans that evening.

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Titans QB Mariota injures elbow, leaves game

Titans QB Mariota injures elbow, leaves game

Titans QB Mariota injures elbow, leaves game

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota sustained an elbow injury at the end of the first half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts and did not return.

The team ruled him questionable to return, but he did not, as backup QB Blaine Gabbert played the rest of the 38-10 loss for the Titans.

Mariota made his eighth start of the season on Sunday. He missed two starts earlier in the season with an elbow injury, which had caused nerve issues and affected his grip, forcing him to wear a two-fingered glove on his throwing hand until two weeks ago.

The Colts took a 24-3 lead into halftime before cruising to victory. Mariota was 10-of-13 passing for 85 yards and an interception in the first half. Gabbert finished 11-for-16 passing for 118 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

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Redskins QB Smith breaks tibia, fibula; surgery looms

Redskins QB Smith breaks tibia, fibula; surgery looms

Redskins QB Smith breaks tibia, fibula; surgery looms

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula against the Houston Texans on Sunday and will require immediate surgery, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game.

Smith was carted off the field during the third quarter, his right lower leg in an air cast, after being sacked by J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson. His right foot got caught underneath him and bent awkwardly, and he remained down for several minutes before being carted off the field.

The team announced shortly afterward that Smith would not return, calling it an ankle injury. Smith went 12-of-27 passing for 135 yards and two interceptions, including a pick-six, before departing.

Colt McCoy replaced Smith at quarterback, throwing a touchdown to Jordan Reed on his first attempt to cut Washington’s deficit to 17-14 late in the third quarter. Washington took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Adrian Peterson, but the Texans rallied for a 23-21 victory.

McCoy finished 6-of-12 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 35 yards on five carries.

Smith, 34, arrived in D.C. via trade this offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs, where he started 76 games over five seasons. He signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Redskins shortly after the trade.

Entering Sunday, McCoy had not attempted a pass since the 2015 season. He hasn’t started a game since 2014, his first year in Washington.

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Luck throws for 3 TDs as Colts crush Titans

Luck throws for 3 TDs as Colts crush Titans

Andrew Luck

Luck throws for 3 TDs as Colts crush Titans

Andrew Luck threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Indianapolis Colts to an easy 38-10 win over the visiting Tennessee Titans on Sunday in a battle for second place in the AFC South.

T.Y. Hilton caught two of Luck’s touchdown passes and totaled 155 receiving yards to tie Marvin Harrison for the most 150-yard games (11) in Colts history.

Indianapolis scored on four of five first-half drives and dominated the first 30 minutes, scoring 24 points, the most points the Titans had allowed in an entire game this season.

Luck has thrown a touchdown pass in 33 consecutive games. He was 12 of 17 for 195 yards and one touchdown toss in the first half. His day ended (23 of 29) with just over nine minutes left as the Colts brought in backup Jacoby Brissett.

The Titans played with a pall cast over the team as defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken from the stadium to an Indianapolis hospital in the first quarter after suffering what Tennessee said was a “medical issue.”

Quarterback Marcus Mariota also was knocked out of the game late the first half. The Titans said Mariota sustained an elbow injury. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert, who was largely ineffective.

Early in the third quarter, Gabbert was picked off by Darius Leonard. Three plays later, Luck found Hilton from 14 yards out, and Colts had a 31-3 lead.

On a day when former wide receiver Reggie Wayne was inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor, Indianapolis (5-5) won for the fourth straight time. In the three previous wins, Luck and the Colts averaged 35 points and more than 400 yards per game.

On Sunday, the Colts outgained the Titans 397 yards to 263 yards.

Tennessee fell to 5-5 and saw its modest two-game win streak end.

After punting on their first possession, the Colts broke through first with Marlon Mack rumbling off left tackle for 1 yard to produce the game’s first score.

Quincy Wilson intercepted Mariota on the Titans’ next possession. The Colts converted the turnover into an Adam Vinatieri 22-yard field goal and 10-0 lead.

After a Tennessee punt, the Colts extended the lead to 17-0.

With the running game working, Hilton ran a post and Luck completed the longest passing play of the season for Indianapolis, a 68-yard strike, and the Colts had the league’s No. 1 scoring defense reeling.

The Colts had four sacks in their past five games and recorded four in the first half on Sunday. Mariota was shaken after the fourth sack near the end of the half.

Gabbert replaced Mariota and completed a short pass to Jonnu Smith, which appeared to be the last play of the half. However, a penalty on Colts safety George Odum gave Tennessee the ball on the 24-yard line with three seconds left in the half.

Ryan Succop connected on a 42-yard field, and the Titans trailed 24-3 at intermission.

Tennessee scored its only touchdown of the game on a 1-yard pass from Gabbert to Tajae Sharpe with 1:49 left.

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Redskins QB Smith carted off with ankle injury

Redskins QB Smith carted off with ankle injury

Redskins QB Smith carted off with ankle injury

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was carted off the field during the third quarter against the Houston Texans on Sunday with his right ankle in an air cast.

Smith was sacked by J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson on third-and-9 with 7:56 left in the quarter, and his right foot got caught underneath him and bent awkwardly. He remained down on his back while getting medical attention before being carted off.

The team announced shortly afterward that Smith would not return. Colt McCoy replaced him at quarterback, throwing a touchdown to Jordan Reed on his first attempt to cut Washington’s deficit to 17-14 late in the third quarter.

Smith, 34, arrived in D.C. via trade this offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs, where he started 76 games over five seasons. He signed a four-year, $94 million contract with the Redskins shortly after the trade.

Entering Sunday, McCoy had not attempted a pass since the 2015 season. He hasn’t started a game since 2014, his first year in Washington.

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Titans DC Pees taken to hospital during game

Titans DC Pees taken to hospital during game

Titans DC Pees taken to hospital during game

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken from Lucas Oil Stadium to a local hospital during Sunday’s game against the host Indianapolis Colts due a medical issue, the Titans announced.

The Titans said Pees was tended to by medical personnel and moved to the hospital for further observation.

Attention was called to the coaches’ box during the first quarter of the game. Pees walked out of the box under his own power, but was then asked to sit in a wheelchair in order to leave the stadium.

Pees, 69, announced his retirement at the end of 2017, but he changed his mind and joined the Titans after head coach Mike Vrabel was hired. Vrabel played for Pees from 2006-08 when the latter was the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator, and Pees’ son, Matt Pees, was hired as a quality control coach by the Titans in January.

Pees spent the previous six seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator, and the two years before that as Baltimore’s linebackers coach.

The Titans entered Sunday with the league’s top scoring defense (16.8 points allowed per game).

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Titans DC Pees hospitalized for tests

Titans DC Pees hospitalized for tests

Titans DC Pees hospitalized for tests

Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken from Lucas Oil Stadium to a local hospital during Sunday’s game against the host Indianapolis Colts due a medical issue, the Titans announced.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said after the game that Pees, 69, would remain hospitalized overnight for tests.

“I would say Dean is doing OK,” Vrabel said, per the Titans’ website. “They took him to the hospital, they evaluated him, and they are going to keep him overnight for some tests. But everything that I heard as of now has been very positive, that he should make a full recovery and be fine with whatever he had going on upstairs.”

Pees was calling plays from the press box when medical help was summoned. He walked out of the box under his own power, but was then asked to sit in a wheelchair to leave the stadium.

Vrabel said he called the defensive plays for the remainder of the game, a 38-10 loss to the Colts.

Pees previously was the defensive coordinator for six seasons in Baltimore and announced his retirement at the end of the 2017 season, but he joined the Titans after Vrabel was named head coach. Pees coached Vrabel from 2006-08 when both were with the New England Patriots, and Vrabel hired Pees’ son, Matt Pees, as a quality-control coach.

The Titans entered Sunday with the league’s top scoring defense (16.8 points allowed per game).

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Ravens outlast Bengals in Jackson’s debut

Ravens outlast Bengals in Jackson's debut

The host Baltimore Ravens

Ravens outlast Bengals in Jackson’s debut

The host Baltimore Ravens overcame the absence of injured quarterback Joe Flacco by rushing for 265 yards in a 24-21 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals, and Flacco’s replacement — rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson — and Gus Williams each topped 100 yards rushing as the Ravens improved to 5-5. The Bengals, who had just 48 rushing yards, fell to 5-5.

Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis took over as defensive coordinator after firing Teryl Austin earlier this week in the wake of the Bengals allowing 500 yards in three consecutive games, an NFL-worst in the Super Bowl era. The Bengals showed marginal improvement, allowing 403 yards, but couldn’t slow down the Ravens’ running game.

Jackson, who completed 13 of 19 for 150 yards with an interception, ran 27 times for 117 yards as Flacco was sidelined by a hip injury. Williams rushed for 115 yards on 17 carries and had a touchdown and two-point conversion that pulled Baltimore even in the third quarter.

Baltimore led 13-7 at halftime, but Andy Dalton threw touchdown passes of 4 yards to Matt Lengel and 22 yards to John Ross to give Cincinnati a 21-13 lead.

Edwards ran 11 yards for a touchdown and followed with a run for a two-point conversion to pull the Ravens even at 21 after three quarters.

Tucker’s third field goal of the game, a 24-yarder, gave Baltimore a 24-21 lead with 8:12 remaining.

The Bengals drove into scoring position but stalled at the Ravens 34, and Randy Bullock was wide right on a 52-yard field goal attempt with 4:04 left.

On the ensuing possession, Baltimore went for fourth-and-1 at the Cincinnati 49, and Edwards gained 2 yards, but the Ravens were penalized for illegal formation and punted.

The Bengals turned the ball over on downs on their final possession.

Alex Collins’ 7-yard touchdown run gave Baltimore a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.

Joe Mixon’s 1-yard run tied the score before Tucker made field goals of 28 and 56 yards to give the Ravens a 13-7 halftime lead.

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Bears win turnover-filled battle with Vikings

Bears win turnover-filled battle with Vikings

Mitchell

Bears win turnover-filled battle with Vikings

Mitchell Trubisky completed 20 of 31 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and the Chicago Bears held on for a 25-20 win over the visiting Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.

Anthony Miller hauled in a touchdown for Chicago (7-3), which won its fourth consecutive game to remain atop the NFC North. The Bears forced three turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown by safety Eddie Jackson in the fourth quarter, increasing their league-high total to 27 takeaways.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 46 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Aldrick Robinson and Stefon Diggs had touchdown catches for Minnesota (5-4-1), which also forced three turnovers. Diggs caught 13 passes for 126 yards.

The Bears outgained the Vikings 148-22 on the ground.

Jackson’s interception threatened to put the game out of reach with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. He picked off an errant pass and returned it 27 yards for a score, and the Bears went ahead 22-6 after a two-point conversion.

The Vikings answered with a 74-yard drive that ended with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Robinson. Minnesota converted for two points to cut the deficit to 22-14 with 4:51 to go.

Cody Parkey drilled a 48-yard field goal to put the Bears on top 25-14 with 2:48 remaining.

Diggs capped the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown reception with 48 seconds left. Cousins threw incomplete on a two-point conversion attempt, and the Vikings tried unsuccessfully to recover an onside kick.

Chicago opened the scoring on a 33-yard field goal by Parkey on its first drive.

Minnesota marched into the red zone on the next possession before Bears linebacker Khalil Mack forced and recovered a fumble by running back Dalvin Cook. It was Mack’s league-leading fifth forced fumble.

The Bears increased their lead to 11-0 on a touchdown and two-point conversion midway through the second quarter. Trubisky rolled right and lobbed a pass to Miller for an 18-yard score.

Parkey made it 14-0 with a 41-yard field goal late in the half.

Minnesota pulled within 14-6 on a pair of field goals by Dan Bailey late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who had seven catches for 66 yards, surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the second straight season. The Minnesota native became the first receiver to tally 1,000 yards in the Vikings’ first 10 games since Randy Moss in 2003.

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Vikings LB Barr (hamstring) inactive vs. Bears

Vikings LB Barr (hamstring) inactive vs. Bears

Minnesota Vikings star linebacker

Vikings LB Barr (hamstring) inactive vs. Bears

Minnesota Vikings star linebacker Anthony Barr will miss the Sunday night NFC Central showdown with the Chicago Bears due to a right hamstring injury.

It marks the third consecutive game that the three-time Pro Bowler has missed due to the ailment.

There was optimism that Barr might be able to play after he was a limited practice participant on Thursday and Friday.

Barr sustained the injury against the New York Jets on Oct. 21.

Among the other inactives for the Vikings was safety Andrew Sendejo (groin), who is sitting out his fifth game in a row.

For the Bears, receiver Kevin White was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game. White was the seventh overall selection of the 2015 draft.

Chicago (6-3) had won three straight and held a half-game lead over the visiting Vikings (5-3-1) in the division race entering play Sunday night.

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NFL notebook: Redskins QB Smith sustains ugly injury

NFL notebook: Redskins QB Smith sustains ugly injury

NFL notebook: Redskins QB Smith sustains ugly injury

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula against the Houston Texans on Sunday and will require immediate surgery, Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters after the game.

Smith was carted off the field during the third quarter, his right lower leg in an air cast, after being sacked by J.J. Watt and Kareem Jackson. His right foot got caught underneath him and bent awkwardly.

The team announced shortly afterward that Smith would not return, calling it an ankle injury. Smith completed 12 of 27 passes for 135 yards and two interceptions, including a pick-six, before departing.

Colt McCoy replaced Smith at quarterback, throwing a touchdown to Jordan Reed on his first attempt to cut Washington’s deficit to 17-14 late in the third quarter. Washington took a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter on a touchdown run by Adrian Peterson, but the Texans rallied for a 23-21 victory.

–For the second time in seven weeks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched for Jameis Winston.

Fitzpatrick was pulled after throwing his third interception, this one in the end zone, early in the third quarter against the New York Giants. He was 13 of 21 for 167 yards, no touchdowns and the three picks as the Bucs trailed 21-7.

Winston entered and led four consecutive scoring drives to cut the deficit to three on two occasions. He ended the day 12 of 16 for 199 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, which came on a last-ditch effort to rally with 23 seconds left. The Giants held on to win 38-35.

–Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota sustained an elbow injury at the end of the first half against the Indianapolis Colts and did not return.

The team ruled him questionable to return, but he did not, as backup QB Blaine Gabbert played the rest of the Titans’ 38-10 loss.

Mariota was making his eighth start of the season. He missed two starts earlier in the year with an elbow injury, which had caused nerve issues and affected his grip, forcing him to wear a two-fingered glove on his throwing hand until two weeks ago.

–Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken from Lucas Oil Stadium to a local hospital during the game against the Colts due a medical issue.

Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel said after the game that Pees, 69, was “doing OK” but would remain hospitalized overnight for tests.

Pees was calling plays from the press box when medical help was summoned. He walked out of the box under his own power but was then asked to sit in a wheelchair to leave the stadium.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars issued a statement denying a report that they are likely to trade star defensive back Jalen Ramsey in the offseason.

The statement was in response to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a league source and an NFL general manager.

–Cleveland general manager John Dorsey denied the team has discussed interviewing former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the Browns’ head coaching job.

Dorsey issued the statement after Schefter reported the team was hoping to interview Rice.

Rice also weighed in, posting on Facebook that she’s not ready to be a coach but adding that the NFL needs to work on developing a talent pool of women who could do the job.

–Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce and defensive backs Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox were injured during the first half at the New Orleans Saints.

Kelce was quickly ruled out with an elbow issue, and Maddox was also ruled out with a knee injury. Jones (ankle) returned to the game.

–Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson sustained a knee sprain against the Carolina Panthers but does not have a torn ACL, according to an NFL Network report.

Per the report, Johnson will have an MRI exam Monday. The Lions host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day.

–Colts center Ryan Kelly left the game against the Titans with a knee injury and did not return.

The severity of the injury was unclear, but Kelly will have an MRI on Monday, according to coach Frank Reich.

–Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget was carted to the locker room with a right knee injury during the game against the Denver Broncos and was ruled out.

Liuget was able to limp off the field before being carted to the locker room.

–Oakland Raiders wide receiver Brandon LaFell is believed to have ruptured his left Achilles against the Arizona Cardinals, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

LaFell was hurt on a leaping 24-yard catch in the third quarter. He was unable to put weight on the foot and was carted off the field, with the team quickly ruling him out.

The Raiders were already without wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant. Oakland entered the game with four healthy receivers, including former practice-squad rookies Marcell Ateman and Saeed Blacknall.

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Report: NFL handpicks officiating crew for Monday

Report: NFL handpicks officiating crew for Monday

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Report: NFL handpicks officiating crew for Monday

The NFL is apparently treating Monday night’s contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams as if it were a playoff matchup.

The league pulled five members from referee Clete Blakeman’s crew and replaced them with “high-performing officials from other crews,” according to a report from ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. It is a rare practice for the NFL and typically reserved only for postseason games.

The only two members of Blakeman’s crew who will work the game are umpire Ramon George and down judge Dana McKenzie. The replacements include line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Brad Freeman, back judge Tony Steratore and replay official Jim Lapetina.

The prime-time matchup initially was scheduled to take place in Mexico City before it was moved to Los Angeles because of concerns about field conditions. Both teams enter the week with a 9-1 record, and the game has been billed as a potential Super Bowl preview.

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Brees throws for 4 TDs as Saints slam Eagles

Brees throws for 4 TDs as Saints slam Eagles

Brees throws for 4 TDs as Saints slam Eagles

Continuing his torrid play, Drew Brees threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints rolled up 546 yards in total offense and 28 first downs to rout the visiting Philadelphia Eagles 48-7 Sunday.

The Saints (9-1) took a three-game lead in the NFC South over the second-place Carolina Panthers.

The Saints have scored 144 points in their past three games — the most in franchise history for three consecutive games, an 48-point average — and least 30 points in seven of their last eight games. The injury-ravaged, defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (4-6) have lost five of their past seven.

New Orleans picked off Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz three times while limiting him to 19-of-33 passing for 156 yards.

Coming off a 45-35 victory over the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago and a 51-14 road rout of the Cincinnati Bengals last week, the Saints kept their high-octane offense in full gear, jumping out to a 24-7 halftime lead over the Eagles.

Brees finished 22 of 30 and sat down shortly after throwing his fourth touchdown pass of the game, a 37-yarder on fourth down to running back Alvin Kamara that put New Orleans up 45-7 with 13:22 left.

In the first half, Brees completed 15 of 22 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, a 3-yard pass to Austin Carr on third-and-goal and a 15-yard slant to Tre’Quan Smith.

The Eagles tried to take away wide receiver Michael Thomas with consistent double coverage, so Brees simply spread it around, completing passes to seven different receivers in the first 12 minutes.

The Saints scored on Wil Lutz’s 38-yard field goal on their opening series and on Mark Ingram’s 14-yard sweep around right end, when he jogged into the end zone untouched for a 10-0 lead.

The New Orleans offense was in such high gear that punter Thomas Morstead punted for the first time in 17 possessions in the second quarter. The Saints had scored on 12 consecutive possessions before that punt, not counting a kneel-down by Brees at the end of the Cincinnati game last week.

The Eagles’ lone score came on Josh Adams’ 28-yard run midway through the second quarter.

The Saints dominated the first half, holding a 321-113 edge in total offense and a 16-7 advantage in first downs.

When Brees hit Thomas for a 23-yard touchdown over cornerback Rasul Douglas, the Saints led 31-7 early in the second half.

The Eagles went for it on fourth-and-5 from their 41-yard line with 10 minutes left in the third quarter, but Wentz bobbled the snap and threw an incompletion over the middle.

The Saints then drove 41 yards in seven plays to ice the game, 38-7, on Ingram’s 1-yard run off left guard with 5:34 left in the third quarter.

Brees’ fourth-quarter TD pass to Kamara was New Orleans’ seventh scoring drive in eight possessions.

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Lions edge Panthers after failed 2-point conversion

Lions edge Panthers after failed 2-point conversion

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Lions edge Panthers after failed 2-point conversion

Matthew Stafford connected with Kenny Golladay on a go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown pass and the Detroit Lions hung on for a 20-19 victory over the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The Panthers pulled within one on Cam Newton’s 8-yard touchdown pass to DJ Moore with 1:07 remaining. Carolina coach Ron Rivera decided to go for a two-point conversion, but Newton’s pass attempt fell incomplete.

Stafford completed 23 of 37 passes for 220 yards. Golladay made eight catches for 113 yards and recently-signed Bruce Ellington made six receptions for 52 yards for the Lions (4-6).

Detroit rookie Kerryon Johnson rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown but was forced out of the game with a knee injury.

Newton completed 25 of 37 passes for 357 yards and three touchdowns while getting intercepted once. Moore caught seven passes for 157 yards for the Panthers (6-4). Christian McCaffrey rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries and caught six passes for 57 yards.

Matt Prater connected on a 32-yard field goal during the third quarter to give Detroit a 13-7 lead.

The Panthers drove 92 yards in 10 plays early in the fourth quarter and Newton found Curtis Samuel for a 12-yard scoring strike. But Graham Gano missed the extra point, leaving the score tied at 13.

The Lions regained the lead on Stafford’s 19-yard pass to Golladay. The rookie receiver made a leaping catch while falling backward into the end zone and getting pushed by cornerback James Bradberry.

The Lions held a 10-7 halftime lead.

Carolina drove 90 yards after the opening kickoff and scored on Newton’s 1-yard pass to a wide open Greg Olsen. Newton completed a 23-yard pass to Devin Funchess during that drive.

Detroit answered with a 72-yard drive the first time it had the ball. Johnson scooted around the left side for an 8-yard touchdown to cap it off.

The next five possessions in the game ended with punts before the Lions moved in front on Prater’s 54-yard field goal.

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Keenum, Broncos clip Chargers on FG at the buzzer

Keenum, Broncos clip Chargers on FG at the buzzer

Keenum, Broncos clip Chargers on FG at the buzzer

Brandon McManus connected on 34-yard field goal as time expired as the Denver Broncos ended the Los Angeles Chargers’ six-game winning streak with a 23-22 victory Sunday at Carson, Calif.

The Broncos ended their two-game losing streak, handing the Chargers their first loss since Sept. 23 to the Los Angeles Rams. Broncos quarterback Case Keenum was 5-for-5 passing for 86 yards on the Broncos’ game-winning drive, which started at their own 8-yard line with 1:51 remaining and covered 76 yards, overcoming an offensive-pass-interference penalty.

Keenum finished with 205 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions, as the Broncos (4-6) won on a day when they were outgained in yards 479-325. Denver running back Phillip Lindsay, who entered leading all NFL rookies in rushing, gained 79 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns.

Denver was able to overcome a 401-yard passing day from Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers, who threw two touchdown passes. Rivers now has multiple TD passes in every game this season as the Chargers fell to 7-3.

The Broncos were able to stay in the game Sunday by intercepting two Rivers passes, the first time the veteran quarterback had multiple interceptions in a game this season.

Denver also got sacks from Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, giving them 19 combined this year, the most from any duo in the NFL.

A Miller interception in the third quarter led to a 3-yard TD run for Broncos running back Royce Freeman that cut the Los Angeles lead to 19-14. Lindsay added a 2-yard TD run with 12:17 remaining in the game for a 20-19 lead, with Denver failing on a 2-point conversion.

The Chargers regained the lead at 22-20 when Mike Badgley connected on a 30-yard field goal with 6:47 remaining, but with two minutes left, Rivers threw an incomplete pass on third down, forcing the Chargers to give the ball back to the Broncos one last time.

Los Angeles committed 14 penalties for 120 yards. The Broncos committed seven penalties for 43 yards.

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa played for the first time this season, missing time because of a foot injury during the preseason. Bosa, who was used primarily on third-down situations, was credited with one tackle and a QB hit.

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Eagles lose Kelce and two DBs to injury

Eagles lose Kelce and two DBs to injury

Eagles lose Kelce and two DBs to injury

The Philadelphia Eagles’ injury woes continued Sunday, as center Jason Kelce and defensive backs Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox were all injured during the first half of the Eagles’ game at the New Orleans Saints.

Kelce was quickly ruled out with an elbow issue, and Maddox was also ruled out with a knee injury. Jones (ankle) returned to the game but began rotating on and off the field with fellow cornerbacks Rasul Douglas and Chandon Sullivan.

The Eagles were already banged up on the back end, with Rodney McLeod (torn MCL) and Ronald Darby (torn ACL) lost for the season and Jalen Mills (foot) out. Mills hasn’t played since a Week 8 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, while Darby went down last week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Kelce, 31, was named first-team All-Pro in 2017 and has two Pro Bowl appearances on his resume. He was replaced by Stefen Wisniewski.

Maddox, a fourth-round rookie, is a cornerback who has played more safety since McLeod went down in Week 3.

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