Dolphins WRs Wilson, Stills to miss time

Dolphins WRs Wilson, Stills to miss time

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson will be out some time and perhaps for the season due to a right hip injury, his agent said Monday.

“The best case scenario is that he would miss a few weeks,” Drew Rosenhaus told WSVN Fox7 in Miami, adding that the injury could keep Wilson out for the whole season.

NFL Network reported Wilson has a significant labrum issue and will see a hip specialist before a timeline for his recovery is determined. The network also reported wideout Kenny Stills will have an MRI exam Monday after straining his groin late in Sunday’s game, which will likely keep him out for at least Thursday’s game at Houston.

The injuries will likely open up playing time for DeVante Parker, a 2015 first-round pick who was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

“We don’t have any more receivers, so I’m pretty sure he’s going to play,” head coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday of Parker. Asked if he expects Parker to play well, Gase replied, “Yeah, I’ve seen him do it before.”

Parker’s agent, Jimmy Gould, slammed Gase on Sunday, saying Parker was healthy and not held out due to injury.

“Coach Gase is incompetent period and not telling the truth when it comes to DeVante, who is totally healthy and was needed big time today,” Gould said in a statement. “This is the third game he has done this to DeVante this year. It’s sickening and a grossly unfair characterization of my client.”

Gase countered after the game and said Parker, who missed two games with a quadriceps injury earlier this season, wasn’t 100 percent healthy for Sunday.

Asked about the situation with Parker on Monday, Gase told reporters, “It’s fine. I saw him this morning and we talked a little bit.”

Parker, 25, is reportedly a possible trade candidate before the Oct. 30 deadline. He has just two catches for 40 yards this season after posting 139 grabs for 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns over his first three seasons.

Wilson, 26, has 26 catches for a team-high 391 yards and four scores (tied with Stills for the team lead) this season. He joined Miami on a three-year, $24 million contract in March.

Stills, 26, has 16 grabs for 281 yards and four touchdowns in his fourth season with the Dolphins.

Also, quarterback Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) will miss his third straight contest when Miami visits the Texans.

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NFL will play game in Mexico City in 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will return to Mexico City with a regular-season game next year.

Less than a week after the league moved the high-profile Chiefs-Rams matchup from Azteca Stadium to Los Angeles because of the poor playing condition at the Mexico venue, the NFL and Mexico's president-elect confirmed the 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL will return to Mexico City with a regular-season game next year.

Less than a week after the league moved the high-profile Chiefs-Rams matchup from Azteca Stadium to Los Angeles because of the poor playing condition at the Mexico venue, the NFL and Mexico’s president-elect confirmed the 2019 game. It will be the third match of a contract signed in 2016.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and Mexico’s President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met before making the announcement Monday.

The date of the game and participating teams won’t be known until the NFL’s 2019 schedule is released in the spring.

The game between the Chiefs and Rams, both 9-1, has been one of the most anticipated this season, and would have been a showcase for Mexico with a likely huge television audience. But in a news release last Tuesday, the league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”

The league consulted with the players’ association and local officials before deciding it couldn’t risk the players’ health on a damaged field.

Mark Waller, the NFL’s executive vice president of international, traveled to Mexico City last week following the move of the game to Los Angeles.

Azteca officials changed the playing surface from natural grass to a hybrid in May, but the turf hasn’t been ideal for several months. Heavy use for soccer and concerts did serious damage to the grass.

Azteca hosted the first regular-season game ever held outside the U.S. in 2005 when Arizona beat San Francisco. The stadium has hosted several NFL exhibitions, and the Oakland Raiders, Houston Texans and New England Patriots all played regular-season games there over the past two years.

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Redskins bring in quarterbacks, turn to McCoy as starter

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins will turn to Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback and brought in veterans Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Josh Johnson as potential backup candidates after Alex Smith's season-ending injury.

McCoy is in line to start Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys. The team

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins will turn to Colt McCoy as their starting quarterback and brought in veterans Mark Sanchez, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates, EJ Manuel and Josh Johnson as potential backup candidates after Alex Smith’s season-ending injury.

McCoy is in line to start Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys. The team is expected to sign one of the five quarterbacks brought in to take Smith’s spot on the roster.

Smith broke his right fibula and tibia on a sack in a two-point loss to Houston on Sunday. Facing a short week before the Thanksgiving Day game against the NFC East-rival Cowboys, the priority is on someone who can quickly learn the offense.

Sanchez and Clemens know offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh from their time with the New York Jets. Johnson played for Cincinnati in 2013 when coach Jay Gruden was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

McCoy threw for a touchdown Sunday in his first pass in a regular-season game since 2015. His last start came in 2014, the same season he beat Dallas on the road on Monday night.

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Vrabel says Mariota suffered ‘stinger,’ not injury to elbow

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says Marcus Mariota suffered a "stinger" and that is what knocked the quarterback out of their loss against the Colts, not an injury to his elbow.

The Titans announced during the 38-10 loss that Mariota had hurt his elbow, the same injury that knocked him

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Vrabel says Marcus Mariota suffered a “stinger” and that is what knocked the quarterback out of their loss against the Colts, not an injury to his elbow.

The Titans announced during the 38-10 loss that Mariota had hurt his elbow, the same injury that knocked him out of the opener. Mariota didn’t return after being sacked for the fourth time in the final seconds of the first half.

Vrabel said Monday that the injury was a stinger with Mariota evaluated by an independent neurologist. The coach says now they need to see how Mariota is with a second opinion possible but are hopeful Mariota feels good enough to play Monday night in Houston.

Tennessee defensive coordinator Dean Pees also is returning to Nashville on Monday after spending a night in an Indianapolis hospital. Vrabel says all tests on Pees, 69, came back positively without saying what issue caused the coordinator to be taken to a hospital early in the game.

Vrabel says Pees will rejoin the team after taking Monday off and will work “bankers’ hours.”

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Tannehill making progress, but timing of return uncertain

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has made progress in his rehabilitation from a throwing shoulder injury, but the timing of his return remains uncertain.

Coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn't know whether Tannehill will participate fully in practice this week. Gase hasn't ruled out Tannehill returning Sunday at

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has made progress in his rehabilitation from a throwing shoulder injury, but the timing of his return remains uncertain.

Coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn’t know whether Tannehill will participate fully in practice this week. Gase hasn’t ruled out Tannehill returning Sunday at Indianapolis, but that appears to be a long shot.

While Tannehill is now throwing the ball 50 yards in side sessions, his shoulder stamina is still a concern, and the Dolphins are trying to avoid any setbacks.

Brock Osweiler has gone 2-3 starting for Tannehill. The Dolphins are 5-5 and had a bye last week.

Miami will place receiver Jakeem Grant on injured reserve with a lower leg injury. Grant ranks second in the NFL in both kickoff returns and punt returns.

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Cowboys rookie Gallup away from team after brother’s suicide

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup is away from the team after being told following a victory in Atlanta that his brother had died by suicide.

Coach Jason Garrett said on his radio show Monday that Gallup received the news after the Cowboys' 22-19 victory over the Falcons. Gallup

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup is away from the team after being told following a victory in Atlanta that his brother had died by suicide.

Coach Jason Garrett said on his radio show Monday that Gallup received the news after the Cowboys’ 22-19 victory over the Falcons. Gallup didn’t return to Dallas with the team, instead staying in Georgia with his family. His status for Thursday’s game against Washington is unknown.

Sunday’s game in Atlanta was something of a homecoming for Gallup, who was born and raised in Georgia. His only catch was a 10-yarder for a third-down conversion early in the winning drive. Brett Maher kicked a field goal as time expired.

Gallup was the first receiver drafted by the Cowboys after they released franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant in the offseason. A third-round pick out of Colorado State, Gallup has 16 catches for 285 yards and a touchdown.

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Injured Jets QB Darnold misses Monday practice

Injured Jets QB Darnold misses Monday practice

Quarterback Sam Darnold did not

Injured Jets QB Darnold misses Monday practice

Quarterback Sam Darnold did not participate Monday when the New York Jets returned to practice following their bye week.

The rookie injured his right foot during the Jets’ Nov. 4 loss against the Miami Dolphins and did not play in the Nov. 11 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was replaced in the lineup by 39-year-old Josh McCown.

Darnold is reportedly no longer wearing a protective boot, but his status for this Sunday’s home game against the New England Patriots is uncertain.

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has a 3-6 record in nine starts. He has completed 55.0 percent of his passes for 1,934 yards with 11 touchdowns and a league-high 14 interceptions.

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Dolphins QB Tannehill could return Sunday at Colts

Dolphins QB Tannehill could return Sunday at Colts

Miami

Dolphins QB Tannehill could return Sunday at Colts

Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will not rule out playing Ryan Tannehill at quarterback this week.

Tannehill, out with a right shoulder capsule injury since Oct. 7, is picking up the intensity in his throwing program and Gase said the Dolphins consider him day-to-day.

“I’m not going to rule him out,” Gase said. “If he comes to me and says he feels great …”

Tannehill is throwing the ball at distances approaching 50 yards and is will test his strength with consecutive workouts later in the week.

Gase said it will be on Tannehill to be honest with his status Wednesday. If he can go all out, he will likely get the call at Indianapolis on Sunday.

“I don’t know how he feels,” Gase said, “he has to tell me.”

When Tannehill returns, he won’t have wide receiver Jakeem Grant. The 26-year-old Grant was expected to be placed on injured reserve Monday with a season-ending Achilles injury, the Miami Herald reported.

Grant suffered the injury during the Dolphins’ 31-12 loss at Green Bay on Nov. 11. The tendon was not ruptured and he is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp in 2019, sources told the newspaper.

In his third season with Miami, Grant appeared in 10 games and caught 21 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns.

Grant also ranks second in the NFL in both kickoff returns (29.7-yard average) and punt returns (16.3). He scored on a 102-yard kick return against the Tennessee Titans in the season opener and scored on a 71-yard punt return against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5.

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Bills QB Allen returns to practice and could start Sunday

Bills QB Allen returns to practice and could start Sunday

Bills QB Allen returns to practice and could start Sunday

Rookie quarterback Josh Allen was a full participant in Buffalo’s practice Monday and appears on track to start Sunday’s home game against Jacksonville.

Allen has not played since suffering a strained right elbow in the Bills’ Oct. 14 loss at Houston.

“I’m excited to see him back on the field,” coach Sean McDermott told reporters.

Allen, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, has appeared in six games with five starts (2-3 record) this season. He has completed 54.0 percent of his passes for 832 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 155 yards and three scores.

The Bills used three different starters — Derek Anderson, Matt Barkley and Nathan Peterman — during Allen’s four-game absence. Peterman was released last week and Anderson remained in the concussion protocol as of Monday.

McDermott said Barkley would be the backup unless Allen suffers any setbacks this week.

“We certainly like the way Matt handled things, and so at the end of the day, Josh is our starter and we’re excited to have him back,” McDermott said.

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Eagles S Jenkins flips off Saints coach during blowout

Eagles S Jenkins flips off Saints coach during blowout

Eagles S Jenkins flips off Saints coach during blowout

Cameras caught frustrated Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins giving the finger to his former coach, New Orleans’ Sean Payton, during the Saints’ 48-7 drubbing of Philadelphia on Sunday.

The incident occurred when the Saints, leading by 31 points in the fourth quarter, went for it on fourth-and-6 and got a 37-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to Alvin Kamara — with Jenkins defending on the play.

“I’m a competitor. I love Sean to death. I know what type of guy and coach he is. That was more so personal between me and him,” Jenkins, who won a Super Bowl with Payton and the Saints as a 2009 rookie, told NBC Sports Philadelphia.

“We talked after the game. It’s all good. I know Sean. They’re going to go for it. I was more so upset that it was on me.”

Jenkins, 30, played for New Orleans for five seasons from 2009-13 before signing with Philadelphia. The two-time Pro Bowler won his second Super Bowl ring with the Eagles last season.

Payton said he elected to go for the first down on the play because he wasn’t comfortable trying a field goal from that distance. He had nothing but good things to say afterward about Jenkins.

“I think the world of him. He’s a tremendous player,” Payton said. “I hate that he got out of here. That was probably as big a mistake as we’ve made here in 13 years. He’s made up of all the right things, and he’s a tremendous competitor.”

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Dolphins receiver Grant to go on IR with lower leg injury

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant will be placed on injured reserve with a lower leg injury, ending his season.

Grant ranks second in the NFL in both kickoff returns and punt returns. He was hurt in the Dolphins' loss at Green Bay a week ago, and initially the

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant will be placed on injured reserve with a lower leg injury, ending his season.

Grant ranks second in the NFL in both kickoff returns and punt returns. He was hurt in the Dolphins’ loss at Green Bay a week ago, and initially the team hoped he might return this year.

Grant ranks fourth on the Dolphins with 21 receptions, including a 52-yard touchdown. He also scored on a 102-yard kickoff return and a 71-yard punt return.

Miami lost another dynamic receiver, Albert Wilson, to a season-ending hip injury in Week 7.

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Buffalo QB Josh Allen set to return vs. Jacksonville

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will make his return to the starting lineup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coach Sean McDermott made the announcement on Monday. Allen missed four games after suffering an elbow injury in Buffalo's Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans. He returned to

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen will make his return to the starting lineup this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coach Sean McDermott made the announcement on Monday. Allen missed four games after suffering an elbow injury in Buffalo’s Week 6 loss to the Houston Texans. He returned to the practice field before the team’s Week 11 bye but didn’t play in Week 10 against the New York Jets.

Matt Barkley started for Buffalo against the Jets and provided the team with its best performance under center this season. He threw for 232 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 41-10 win on Nov. 11.

The Bills have said Allen, chosen seventh overall this spring, would return to the starting lineup once healthy.

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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

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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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