FLM All 32: Team-by-team NFL notes

FLM All 32: Team-by-team NFL notes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: The Bills remain in flux in their secondary, just days before their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach Sean McDermott said he wasn’t prepared to name the starters at outside corner or nickel corner. At outside corner, it’s Phillip Gaines or Vontae Davis. At nickel, it’s Gaines or rookie Taron Johnson. “Yeah, that’s one of the things we’re looking at right now, whether it’s going to be Phillip or Taron on the inside or Phillip outside. … We’ve got a little bit of flexibility there so we’ll just see how that comes out,” he said.

Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill is set at starting quarterback, but his backup is undetermined. Journeyman Brock Osweiler is one of four quarterbacks on the roster and said he welcomes the chance to compete. “I think every player in this league is very motivated to prove things on a weekly basis,” Osweiler said. “This is a league that someone is always coming for your job and you’re always trying to keep your job. That’s what makes this league so special is because the competition is always so high. I think we’re all constantly trying to prove something.”

New England Patriots: In the epilogue to his Facebook series “Tom vs. Time,” quarterback Tom Brady talked about ways he’s grown weary of football the past few years. “The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren’t enjoyable when they should’ve been,” Brady, 41, said. “Some of it was my approach. I think any time you’re together with people for a long period of time, relationships ebb and flow. And I think people are just looking for something to write, talk about. … They want to talk about a lot of drama. I’m sure a lot of teams have things like that. But ours is just to the 10th degree. ”

New York Jets: A day after rookie Sam Darnold was named the starting quarterback, veteran Josh McCown said he was “personally bummed” he wouldn’t be the starter but understands the decision. McCown, 39, will mentor Darnold, selected by the team as the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. “Obviously, as a competitor, you’d love to play, but I kind of understood which direction it was headed,” McCown, entering his 16th season, told reporters. “I’m excited for our team and excited for the future… We’re backing it 100 percent.”

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Joe Flacco essentially missed training camp last summer because of a back injury and was physically limited by the time the regular season began. This summer was different. Flacco logged double time and led extra sessions with new weapons on offense, including wide receivers Willie Snead, John Brown and expected No. 1 target Michael Crabtree. “I definitely feel a lot better, but I don’t think that has anything to do with the confidence that we have as an offense and that I have as a quarterback in this offense,” Flacco said. “Really, the confidence just comes from a good hard offseason, a good preseason and just belief that we have guys up front, outside, behind me, that can make plays.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Only five offensive players logged more snaps for the Bengals than tight end Tyler Kroft did last season. Having Kroft, who had 42 receptions in 2017, alleviates some of the pressure on Tyler Eifert to push himself after a season lost to injuries. Eifert said the Bengals are not placing him on a “pitch count,” per se, but “being smart.” “But you don’t want to have tendencies where it’s obvious in that situation what you’re doing,” he added. “Just being smart about it. I’m sure some games might be different than others where snaps might be higher, but yeah, I think there’s something to that.”

Cleveland Browns: The hamstring issue that limited wide receiver Josh Gordon last week is behind him, he said Wednesday, adding that he’s “100 percent, and I will be 100 percent on Sunday.” Gordon is not expected to start against the Steelers, and head coach Hue Jackson clarified further Wednesday. “I do not think that Josh is going to play the whole game,” Jackson said. “He has not played in a preseason game. He has been in practice. I do not know how many plays a guy can play that has not done as much as everybody else.” Rather than giving Gordon “too much,” the Browns will utilize him in a rotation at “X” receiver with rookie Antonio Callaway, who is expected to start.

Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner is the purported starter at running back in Week 1 with Le’Veon Bell absent, and the Steelers are not selling the sub as a step down. Conner, in fact, was the highest-rated running back in preseason according to Pro Football Focus grades. Head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers are more confident in the running back room this season solely because of Conner. Offensive guard Ramon Foster credited Conner’s work ethic as the reason for the heavy dose of support. “Conner has busted his (butt),” Foster said. “When you’re ready, you’re ready. He’s ready.” Foster did not hold back his thoughts on Bell’s holdout.”What do you do?” Foster asked. “Here’s a guy who doesn’t give a damn, I guess, so we’ll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this.”

AFC South

Houston Texans: Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt is hoping for better fortunes after being limited to just eight games over the past two seasons due to back and leg injuries. Watt feels like it has been a long time since he played in a game and understands why outsiders have doubts that he can play a full season. “I’m sure there are a lot of people that are cautiously optimistic,” Watt said. “I’m just looking forward to going out there and playing football, letting it loose, having fun and letting the chips fall where they may. It’s been a long road. It’s been a grind, a lot of ups and downs the last two years. I love this game.” Watt’s first game in 11 months comes against the New England Patriots.

Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck returns to game action for the first time in 20 months. His passing shoulder is feeling fine but Luck also thinks he will be a better quarterback when he steps on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. “Personally, I feel like I’ve gotten better,” Luck said. “Been on the right arc, the right path. I think this team’s been on the right arc.” New coach Frank Reich will have a first-hand look at Luck in game action for the first time. “What’s exciting for our team and our fans is we get him for 60 minutes,” Reich said. “The longer a guy like that is on the field, the better.”

Jacksonville Jaguars: Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in danger of missing Sunday’s opener against the New York Giants due to a core muscle injury. “We’re just going to be smart about it,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “I feel like he’ll play, but you never know. That’s me saying it — not him or the doctors.” The Jaguars signed the fifth-year pro as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and he has been running first string ahead of James O’Shaughnessy and Niles Paul. Asked about signing another tight end, Marrone said: “I don’t know if we’re at that point yet in our process.”

Tennessee Titans: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews is expected to be full-go for the contest against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday after recovering from a knee injury suffered early in training camp. Matthews has been highly productive in two seasons with the Titans by catching 118 passes for 1,740 yards and 13 touchdowns in 30 games. “I’m excited,” Matthews said. “And I think I am as good as I am going to be right now. I’m ready to go in there and contribute wherever they need me.” Quarterback Marcus Mariota is pleased to see Matthews running well. “I’m happy to have him out there,” Mariota said. “He’s another weapon for us and somebody that can go out there and make plays.”

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Dozens of eulogies were written this offseason for the Seahawks’ defense — which said goodbye to longtime stars Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor — but Broncos head coach Vance Joseph isn’t taking the unit lightly. “On defense, they’ve lost some frontliners, but when you watch the tape, they look like Seattle,” Joseph said. As for whether or not the presence of Earl Thomas — who ended his holdout Wednesday and reported to the team — will affect the Broncos’ preparation, Joseph said it won’t. “You’re studying their defense, not just one player,” he said, before praising Tedric Thompson as Thomas’ replacement during preseason.

Kansas City Chiefs: After overhauling their secondary this offseason, the Chiefs will be counting heavily on a familiar face who was brought back just a few days ago. Veteran safety Ron Parker, who was released by K.C. in March but re-signed earlier this week following his release from the Falcons, is expected to start Sunday against the Chargers. With Eric Berry (heel) uncertain to play and a slew of new pieces at cornerback — Kendall Fuller, Orlando Scandrick, Tremon Smith, Charvarius Ward — Parker is already taking on a major role. “When I came in the building the very first day, I had the young guys already asking me questions about the defense,” Parker told the team’s website with a laugh.

Los Angeles Chargers: How much can the Chargers expect from veteran Antonio Gates in Week 1 against the Chiefs? The 38-year-old practiced Wednesday after re-signing with the team on Sunday, and there should be targets available to him with Hunter Henry out for the season, assuming he gets on the field. “I want to know where he’s at conditioning-wise,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “He’s practicing today and we’ll see.” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid isn’t ruling out Gates — who has more catches (115), yards (1,431) and touchdowns (17) against Kansas City than any other team he’s faced — impacting Sunday’s opener. “He knows how to take care of himself,” Reid told Los Angeles media on a conference call.

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden’s first game back as the head coach of the Raiders won’t just come on “Monday Night Football” — where he was an analyst for nine years — but also against a former protege of his in the Rams’ Sean McVay. Gruden, 55, gave McVay, now 32, his start as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Bucs in 2008, Gruden’s last season in the NFL. The wunderkind then worked on Jay Gruden’s staff in Washington for seven seasons before flying out of the gates as a rookie head coach in 2017, leading the Rams to an 11-5 record. “We gotta slow that rise,” Jon Gruden told reporters of McVay, who has often been compared to Gruden for his mannerisms and youthful offensive mind. “He’s been on fire. We have to douse those flames.”

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, promoting his new children’s book in Dallas, had much to say about the Cowboys heading into the season. He has real worries in one area. “Behind Ezekiel Elliott and that offensive line, there are a lot of things to like about Dallas. My concern for the Cowboys is, who is going to replace Jason Witten? Who is going to replace Dez Bryant? Their defense looks to be very solid, but the concern I think you’d have to have for the Cowboys is their young group of receivers. They lost a lot in those two guys and replacing them isn’t going to be easy to fill that void.”

New York Giants: Drafted as the heir apparent to quarterback Eli Manning, Davis Webb heard late last week he might be traded. Unable to make a trade, the Giants released Webb over the weekend and he awaits his next NFL chance on the practice squad of the New York Jets. Webb addressed the situation with reporters. “They made a decision,” Webb said. “I didn’t agree with it. Not many people did, especially my teammates. At the same time, I’ve moved on. I wish them nothing but the best.”

Philadelphia Eagles: On the eve of the season opener for the Super Bowl champion Eagles, Bud Light unveiled a 9-foot statue outside Lincoln Financial Field. It depicts head coach Doug Pederson at the moment quarterback Nick Foles asked in Super Bowl LII, “You want Philly, Philly?” That was the gutsy reverse pass call that went for a touchdown on fourth and goal to increase the Philadelphia lead to 22-12 over New England. Foles will start the season opener in place of Carson Wentz, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered last December.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins released their unofficial depth chart on Wednesday. The defensive line is filled with youngsters, thanks to the back-to-back draft picks at the position in the first round: Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne. The only member of the group older than age 25 is 31-year-old Ziggy Hood

“I mean, I think it’s a good thing that everybody can grow together but I also think it’s good because they have a guy like Ziggy Hood in the room,” Caleb Brantley 24, said. “I can go to him and ask him about stuff that I might be having trouble with in my career or that I might necessarily don’t now how to do, so he’s been there and he’s a vet and so it’s cool to learn from him.”

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Two players with potential to bring the biggest impact to the Bears’ defense have limited reps with the first team. Linebacker Khalil Mack, acquired from the Oakland Raiders eight days before the opener at Green Bay, is expected to play in certain packages, coach Matt Nagy indicated. Rookie first-round pick Roquan Smith has “a good chance” of being on the field, but might also get work in only certain packages until he’s fully up to speed. “Whether it’s him playing all the game or whether it’s playing in packages, our coaches will balance that out and they’ll know where he fits within the scheme and what he does best. It’ll probably be a game-by-game thing,” Nagy said.

Detroit Lions: First-time head coach Matt Patricia entered his initial “Regular Season Wednesday” hoping to complete installation of his gameplan for the New York Jets. Patricia said the Jets are “very familiar” after his run as Patriots defensive coordinator. One area of the offense jumped off the film for Patricia besides the “stretch and cut” running game is rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s effectiveness rolling out. “They can get (Darnold) out either way,” Patricia said. “He’s real effective rolling out to his left and his right — that’s unusual. To be as effective as he is to both sides complements the run game better.”

Green Bay Packers: If the offensive line was not a concern entering the season, seeing the Chicago Bears acquire outside linebacker Khalil Mack on Saturday hit the Packers like a punch in the heart. Injuries decimated the front five during training camp. To prepare for the potential matchup with Mack, who didn’t participate in on-field workouts all offseason with the Oakland Raiders, the Packers spent part of Sunday reviewing film of the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. “Excellent addition,” coach Mike McCarthy said of Mack. As for protecting Aaron Rodgers from a defense with the potential to put three top-10 picks on the field at linebacker (Mack, Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith), McCarthy said, “Hopefully, the good Lord has touched us, and we have our injury phase out of the way.”

Minnesota Vikings: Head coach Mike Zimmer has developed several players who developed first on special teams, including wide receiver Adam Thielen and safety Andrew Sendejo. New rules designed to make kickoffs safer are in place, but Zimmer has his doubts players can be protected from high-speed collisions. “I don’t think it will (be safer). Just one man’s opinion,” Zimmer said, adding that eliminating the kickoff is not a great option. “I don’t foresee that either. I think they’ll keep tweaking it and try and figure out a way to do it. I hope it’s safer. Guys are still running back and guys are running forward, they get back there and hitting guys full speed … I don’t care if they start at the 40-yard line or 30-yard line.”

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: The club has ruled out guard Ben Garland (calf) and cornerbacks Isaiah Oliver (ankle) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (shoulder) from playing in Thursday night’s opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Perhaps just as concerning is that long snapper Josh Harris (hip) is questionable, but practice squad snapper Jeff Overbaugh received plenty of work this week in case the Falcons need to activate him on game day. Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Ryan is looking forward to getting another chance versus the defending Super Bowl champions, who eliminated Atlanta earlier last postseason. “Once [the hype] settles, it comes down to us, our 11 on the field against their 11,” Ryan said. “It’s a good football team for sure and we are too, so it’s going to be a good, fun game on Thursday.”

Carolina Panthers: Quarterback Cam Newton is opening with a game at home for just the second time in his eight NFL seasons when the Panthers clash with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Newton’s only previous time opening a season at home was disappointing, as Carolina suffered a 12-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. Newton also is opening the season with the third offensive coordinator of his career in veteran Norv Turner. “All in all, the transition has been extremely smooth, and I’m excited about what’s to come for this team,” Newton said. “I’m extremely comfortable and extremely optimistic as far as Sunday and pretty much everybody firing on all cylinders. Hopefully we can be in midseason form.”

New Orleans Saints: The team has just two running backs on the 53-man roster after releasing sixth-round pick Boston Scott on Wednesday. Alvin Kamara and recently signed Mike Gillislee will surely be kept busy in the opening portion of the season with Mark Ingram serving a four-game suspension. It is possible that New Orleans will add another running back prior to game day, or the Saints could promote either Jonathan Williams or Dwayne Washington from the practice squad. There is no uncertainty at quarterback, where Drew Brees is set to begin his 18th NFL season and 13th with the Saints. “I have not seen change,” New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. “I would imagine if I was looking at a time lapse, a series of pictures, maybe there’s certain things.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Fitzpatrick is at the controls of the offense with usual starting quarterback Jameis Winston serving a three-game suspension. Fitzpatrick faces a tough task with the Buccaneers opening at New Orleans and following up with home games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter expresses confidence in Fitzpatrick but also knows he’d prefer to have Winston on the field. “I’m not sure it’s beneficial for any team to be missing their starting quarterback, but you know it is what it is,” he said. “We knew about it. We prepared for it. And that’s that. So, it doesn’t really matter when it was, it happened and we’re going to deal with it.” The Bucs also hope to get left tackle Donovan Smith (knee), who hasn’t missed a game in three NFL seasons, back against the Saints.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: Starting quarterback Sam Bradford said his knee feels “as good as it has in a long time” as the Cardinals prepare for Sunday’s opener, but he also understands the stigma against his durability after he missed almost all of 2017 with a knee issue despite not suffering a new injury. “I think at this point I understand it,” Bradford said. “It just kind of comes with it.” He added he’s thrilled to be back in a position to start and play every week, and he won’t have any regrets if injury strikes again. “If something happens and it doesn’t hold up, I’m going to hold my head high knowing that I put my body and myself in the best possible position to succeed,” he said.

Los Angeles Rams: Though the Rams loaded up at cornerback (Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib) and defensive tackle (Ndamukong Suh) this offseason, many questioned their outside pass rush after they traded Robert Quinn. One candidate to be a surprise contributor off the edge is Dominique Easley, a former defensive tackle listed at 6-foot-2, 273 pounds who the team put at Will linebacker on its official depth chart. Easley missed all of last season with a torn ACL but had 3.5 sacks as a reserve in 2016, and he totaled 10 quarterback hits in 11 games with the Patriots in 2015. Matt Longacre and Samson Ebukam remain the starters, but Easley and rookie Obo Okoronkwo (currently on the physically unable to perform list) could be key factors down the line.

San Francisco 49ers: Entering his fifth NFL season and his first as a full-time starter, Jimmy Garoppolo will open against a team who he thought could have drafted him in 2014. Asked Wednesday if he thought the Vikings might take him back then, Garoppolo replied, “For a little bit, yeah. … I mean we did a bunch of meetings and everything, they came and worked me out, but things didn’t work out that way.” Mike Zimmer told San Francisco media on a conference call that the Vikings did indeed look closely at Garoppolo, before opting for Teddy Bridgewater via a trade up to No. 32 overall. Garoppolo wound up going 30 picks later to the Patriots, who ultimately facilitated his path to San Francisco with last season’s trade.

Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas is back in the building after holding out through the preseason, but will he play in the season opener? Asked on a conference call with Denver media if Thomas will suit up, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll laughed and replied, “We’ll let you know.” Carroll said “there’s all kinds of stuff” he’ll need to see to decide if Thomas will play, adding, “I don’t know what kind of shape he’s in. We’ll figure it out.” For comparison, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor played in a game four days after he reported to the team following a two-game holdout in 2015. Carroll also expressed confidence in 2017 fourth-round safety Tedric Thompson — who played in nine games as a reserve last season — calling him the “highlight guy” from training camp.

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Giants WR Beckham misses practice Wednesday

Giants WR Beckham misses practice Wednesday

Giants WR Beckham misses practice Wednesday

Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not practice Wednesday due to the quadriceps strain that forced him to miss New York’s win over the Washington Redskins last week.

Beckham caught a touchdown pass and threw another against the Chicago Bears in the Giants’ overtime win in Week 13. New York won without him, 40-16, over the Redskins last Sunday when Beckham was ruled out due to the leg muscle issue.

“We’ll try and get him back as quickly as possible,” Shurmur said Wednesday on a conference call with Tennessee media. “He is feeling better each day. I don’t think he is going to practice today, but we’ll see as the week progresses.”

Beckham has 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, a bounceback year from his injury-shortened 2017 season during which he played four games and recorded 25 catches due to an ankle injury.

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Bills’ RB McCoy misses practice Wednesday

Bills' RB McCoy misses practice Wednesday

Bills’ RB McCoy misses practice Wednesday

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy won’t practice Wednesday and his status is uncertain for Sunday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.

“We’ll just take it one day at a time right now,” said head coach Sean McDermott when asked if he expects McCoy will be able to practice this week.

McCoy hurt his hamstring in Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the New York Jets. The 30-year-old running back left the game after nine plays — he had one yard on two carries — on Buffalo’s opening drive and has struggled with leg muscle strains in recent seasons.

Chris Ivory served as the Bills’ primary ballcarrier and finished the game with 42 yards on 12 carries.

McDermott said Ivory will practice Wednesday, and also the team signed running back Keith Ford from the practice squad, indicating the Bills aren’t certain whether McCoy will see action Sunday.

“Keith, for a rookie, has worked extremely hard since Day 1. He continues to earn the right,” said McDermott.

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Eagles QB Wentz won’t practice Wednesday, could miss Rams matchup

Eagles QB Wentz won't practice Wednesday, could miss Rams matchup

The Philadelphia

Eagles QB Wentz won’t practice Wednesday, could miss Rams matchup

The Philadelphia Eagles could be without quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday when they travel to face the Los Angeles Rams.

Head coach Doug Pederson announced Wednesday morning that Wentz would miss practice due to back soreness.

“Sometimes he just gets a little sore, a little tight, so we’re just going to rest him today and evaluate him further,” said Pederson. “Nothing game-related. He’s dealt with it so we’re just going to evaluate him further.”

Pederson did not confirm if Wentz would play Sunday at Los Angeles.

“Again, we’re going to focus on today, get through today, and see where he’s at at the end of the day,” he said.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wentz is not likely to play Sunday and may not play again in 2018 as the team continues to gather information on his health.

Without Wentz, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles would take over for the 6-7 Eagles. Foles started the first two games of the season as Wentz recovered from ACL surgery. He completed 65 percent of his passes with one touchdown and one interception in the Eagles’ 1-1 start.

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Flacco returns, Ravens stick with QB Jackson

Flacco returns, Ravens stick with QB Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

Flacco returns, Ravens stick with QB Jackson

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that quarterback Lamar Jackson will be the starter vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, with veteran starter Joe Flacco dressing as his backup.

“The starting quarterback will be Lamar (Jackson). Joe (Flacco) will be the No. 2 quarterback,” Harbaugh said Wednesday.

Jackson missed the final two plays of Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after hurting his ankle but X-rays taken at the stadium postgame were negative.

“My brain, and my heart, and my experience says this is the way to go,” Harbaugh said.

Robert Griffin III was the backup and finished out the game as Flacco was inactive, but Harbaugh said afterward that Flacco was medically cleared from his hip injury and could have played.

Harbaugh has been cagey about his plans at quarterback once Flacco is healthy enough and prepared to play. He has repeatedly declined to answer questions about who will start moving forward, though he has not ruled out the possibility of Flacco and Jackson playing for stretches.

For his part, Flacco has been supportive of Jackson and said Wednesday he would embrace the role of backup. Flacco declined to delve further into his future plans, or what this decision means for him or the Ravens.

“I thought Lamar has done a great job,” Flacco said.

Sunday’s game will be the first time Flacco has ever dressed as the backup for an NFL game.

Jackson finished 13 of 24 for 147 yards and two scores while rushing 13 times for 71 yards in Sunday’s loss.

He is now 59 of 101 for 687 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions this season in four starts and other scattered snaps, while rushing 95 times for 475 yards and three scores on the ground.

However, Jackson has fumbled eight times (six as a rusher), including a strip-sack that set up the Chiefs for a would-be game-winning field goal late in regulation Sunday. Harrison Butker missed from 43 yards, leading to overtime.

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Raiders owner responds to city’s lawsuit

Raiders owner responds to city's lawsuit

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis called

Raiders owner responds to city’s lawsuit

Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis called a lawsuit filed against the team by the city of Oakland, Calif., “meritless and malicious” at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday night, according to ESPN.

The federal lawsuit, announced by Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker, alleges antitrust violations and breach of contract, and names the Raiders, the NFL and every other team in the league.

While the city does not demand that the Raiders be forced to remain in Oakland, the seven-count filing in district court does seek restitution in the form of lost revenue, remaining debt on renovations to the Oakland Coliseum, court costs and fees, plus punitive damages.

“The City will seek a resolution for the maximum amount of damages available,” Parker said in a news release shortly before filing the lawsuit. “The lawsuit will not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas or keep the team in Oakland.”

Davis told ESPN he’d leave further comment to lawyers.

“My feeling is we’re 3-10 and we’re still relevant,” said Davis. “It’s a legal issue, and I’ll let the attorneys make any further comment.”

The Raiders received league approval to relocate to Las Vegas in March 2017. They are expected to begin playing in Las Vegas when a new stadium opens in 2020. The team still does not know where it will play in 2019, though it has proposed a lease to remain in the Oakland Coliseum for one more season.

One of the main cruxes of the city’s argument is that the NFL’s relocation policy is “skewed” in the favor of cities looking to get a team and biased against current host cities because each team shares a part of the moving team’s relocation fee.

The suit also alleges the NFL uses its relocation policy to in essence strong-arm host cities into ponying up money for a new stadium, threatening to move a team out of that city should the funds not be raised.

The city is seeking a jury trial but makes no specific monetary demand other than amounts to be determined at trial.

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Broncos, Browns on playoff fringe ahead of matchup

Broncos, Browns on playoff fringe ahead of matchup

Broncos, Browns on playoff fringe ahead of matchup

The Denver Broncos were high on quarterback Baker Mayfield long before he was taken first overall in the NFL draft in April.

They plan to keep him from beating them on Saturday night.

Mayfield, the brash, outspoken Cleveland Browns rookie, visits Denver for a Week 15 showdown with both teams clinging to their slim postseason hopes. The Browns (5-7-1) are having their best season in years and are coming off a 26-20 win over Carolina.

The Broncos (6-7) had their three-game winning streak ended at San Francisco on Sunday in a game they desperately needed. Denver was feeling good after getting back to .500 and into the thick of the wild-card race, but as has been the case this season, it struggled against a young quarterback.

The Broncos have lost to rookies Sam Darnold (New York Jets), Nick Mullens (49ers) and second-year star Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City). They did they beat Josh Rosen of Arizona and Jeff Driskel of Cincinnati, and they have another chance against Mayfield on Saturday.

“He’s got a neat personality,” Denver coach Vance Joseph said after practice Tuesday. “It’s kind of a — it’s loose, but it’s tight. Very, very intelligent, but a very, very confident person.”

Mayfield could find success against a banged-up secondary that will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Chris Harris Jr., who suffered a fractured left fibula against the Bengals on Dec. 2. Harris said he is improving, but he won’t be ready for Saturday.

Without him, and the status of Tramaine Brock (ribs) and Isaac Yiadom (separated right shoulder) in question, Denver is vulnerable on the back end. The Broncos signed rookie safety Trey Marshall off the practice squad Tuesday to add to the depth.

The Browns have the weapons to take advantage, with Mayfield showing plenty of poise and wide receiver Jarvis Landry running routes. They can mix things up with running back Nick Chubb.

The biggest turnaround for Cleveland has come after the firings of head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Gregg Williams is now the interim head coach, and Freddie Kitchens was promoted to offensive coordinator.

With Kitchens calling plays, Mayfield has thrown 11 touchdown passes in five games, and his quarterback rating is 114.4 compared to from 78.9 under Haley.

With the short week, both teams practiced Tuesday instead of having a regular day off. For Denver, linebacker Shaquil Barrett (hip), Harris, wide receiver Courtland Sutton (quadriceps), Yiadom and defensive tackle Derek Wolfe (concussion) did not practice.

Joseph said Sutton should play Saturday but didn’t have an update on Wolfe.

Tight end Orson Charles (ankle), tackle Austin Corbett (foot), defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (biceps), cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) and center J.C. Tretter (ankle) did not practice for Cleveland. Tretter has been dealing with the ankle injury for two months but has battled through the last seven games. He is normally held out of practice to stay ready for games.

“From a guy who barely practices all week to have the game plan down and then fight through it on Sundays for everybody else, it is great to have,” Mayfield told The Cleveland Plain Dealer after Sunday’s game. “He is a very, very important piece out there to have to be able to make calls and direct guys the right way and lead.”

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NFL notebook: Roethlisberger expects to start Sunday

NFL notebook: Roethlisberger expects to start Sunday

Pittsburgh

NFL notebook: Roethlisberger expects to start Sunday

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is banged up, but sore ribs won’t keep him out of action when the Steelers play host to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Roethlisberger required a pain-killing injection to deal with a rib injury sustained in the second quarter last week in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Oakland Raiders. He returned to the game late in the fourth quarter.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger is dealing with bruised ribs. Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio spot on Tuesday that he required X-rays in the locker room, but the tests were inconclusive.

–The Minnesota Vikings fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

The move comes after the Vikings’ 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, the team’s third defeat in its past four games. Minnesota has finished with fewer than 300 yards of total offense four times in the past five games.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been elevated to interim offensive coordinator and will take over play-calling duties.

–Injured running back Melvin Gordon is not expected to be in uniform Thursday when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL Network reported.

However, Gordon was officially limited in Tuesday’s practice, noteworthy progress considering he was unavailable entirely since the original knee injury.

NFL Network reported that Gordon and his primary backup, Austin Ekeler (neck, concussion), likely would miss the showdown at Arrowhead Stadium. Specifically, coach Anthony Lynn told the network that the team isn’t optimistic either player would suit up.

–The Titans placed right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Jonnu Smith on injured reserve due to knee injuries. Both starters were hurt during Tennessee’s 30-9 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Thursday.

Veteran Dennis Kelly is expected to replace Conklin, and Anthony Firkser will step in for Smith.

–The Detroit Lions placed veteran defensive end Ziggy Ansah on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. The team did the same with tight end Michael Roberts, who also has an injured shoulder.

To replace them on the roster, the Lions signed tight end Jerome Cunningham and offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from their practice squad.

Ansah, 29, has had a lost season while playing on the franchise tag. He hurt his shoulder after 19 snaps in Week 1 and did not play again until Week 9.

–The Los Angeles Rams placed running back Malcolm Brown and cornerback Dominique Hatfield on injured reserve.

Brown injured his collarbone earlier this month. Hatfield, primarily a special teams player, needs surgery after injuring his left ankle Sunday.

–The Philadelphia Eagles’ pursuit of a playoff spot grew more difficult when they placed running back Corey Clement (knee) and defensive end Josh Sweat (ankle) on injured reserve.

The Eagles signed running back Boston Scott and defensive end Daeshon Hall to fill the voids on the roster, and they added cornerback Josh Hawkins to the practice squad.

–Two years after tearing both patellar tendons on the same play, former Houston Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton is back in the NFL after signing a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

Newton, 31, spent the entire 2017 season on the Texans’ physically unable to perform list and was released by Houston eight months ago after failing a physical. With the Saints, he replaces tackle Michael Ola, who went on injured reserve due to a high ankle sprain.

–The Buffalo Bills placed starting linebacker Matt Milano and rookie cornerback Taron Johnson on season-ending injured reserve. Milano had surgery Monday to repair a broken left fibula. Johnson had surgery last week for a shoulder injury that bothered him most of the season.

–The city of Oakland, Calif., filed a federal lawsuit against the Oakland Raiders, the NFL and all other teams in the league. Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker announced the suit, which alleges antitrust violations and breach of contract.

While the city does not demand that the Raiders be forced to remain in Oakland, the seven-count filing in district court does seek restitution in the form of lost revenue, remaining debt on renovations to the Oakland Coliseum, court costs and fees, plus punitive damages.

The Raiders received league approval to relocate to Las Vegas in March 2017. They are expected to begin playing in Las Vegas when a new stadium opens in 2020. The team still does not know where it will play in 2019.

–The NFL announced that the salary cap will rise to about $190 million in 2019, a jump from $177.2 million this season.

The league informed teams that the projected range is from $187 million to $191.1 million. That marks a 40 percent increase since the 2014 season ($133 million) and the sixth consecutive year the cap has climbed by at least $10 million.

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Eagles place RB Clement, DE Sweat on IR

Eagles place RB Clement, DE Sweat on IR

Eagles place RB Clement, DE Sweat on IR

The Philadelphia Eagles’ pursuit of a playoff spot grew more difficult Tuesday when they placed a pair of players on injured reserve, including running back Corey Clement.

Both Clement and defensive end Josh Sweat were injured Sunday in Philadelphia’s 29-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Clement hurt his knee, and Sweat sustained an ankle injury.

The Eagles announced that they signed running back Boston Scott and defensive end Daeshon Hall to fill the voids on the roster, and they signed cornerback Josh Hawkins to the practice squad.

Clement went from undrafted rookie to Super Bowl star last season, picking up 100 receiving yards and a touchdown grab in the title game. He has 259 yards and two touchdowns on 68 carries, along with 22 catches for 192 yards, in 11 games this season.

Sweat was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft and has one tackle in nine games as a rookie.

The New Orleans Saints drafted Scott in the sixth round this year but cut him just before the season opener. They signed him to their practice squad the following day.

Hall was a third-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2017. He played in one game last season before a knee injury ended his rookie campaign. He was cut before this season began.

The Eagles are 6-7 and two games behind the NFC East-leading Cowboys. The defending champs are still in the thick of the playoff race, however, tied with Carolina and the Washington Redskins, one-half game behind the Minnesota Vikings for the final playoff spot in the conference.

Philadelphia finishes the season with games against the Rams in Los Angeles this weekend, then at home against the Houston Texans and at the Redskins in Week 17.

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OL Newton returns to NFL with Saints

OL Newton returns to NFL with Saints

Two years after tearing both patellar

OL Newton returns to NFL with Saints

Two years after tearing both patellar tendons on the same play, former Houston Texans offensive tackle Derek Newton is back in the NFL after signing a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

Newton, 31, suffered the devastating double injury while attempting to block All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller during a game against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 24, 2016.

He spent the entire 2017 season on the Texans’ physically unable to perform list and was released by Houston eight months ago after failing a physical.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Newton started 68 of his 82 games with the Texans from 2011-16 after being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 draft out of Arkansas State.

The Saints had a roster vacancy after placing tackle Michael Ola on injured reserve Tuesday with a high-ankle sprain suffered in Sunday’s win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Bills place LB Milano, CB Johnson on injured reserve

Bills place LB Milano, CB Johnson on injured reserve

Bills place LB Milano, CB Johnson on injured reserve

The Buffalo Bills placed starting linebacker Matt Milano and rookie cornerback Taron Johnson on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday.

Milano had surgery Monday to repair a broken left fibula, suffered in the final minutes of Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the New York Jets.

The second-year player finished the season with 78 tackles, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one sack.

Johnson, a fourth-rounder in 2018, had surgery last week for a shoulder injury that bothered him most of the season. He had 42 tackles and one interception in 11 games.

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Lions put Ansah (shoulder) on IR

Lions put Ansah (shoulder) on IR

Lions put Ansah (shoulder) on IR

An injury-plagued season is now an injury-shortened season for Ziggy Ansah.

The Detroit Lions on Tuesday announced they have placed the veteran defensive end on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The team did the same with tight end Michael Roberts and his injured shoulder.

To replace them on the roster, the Lions signed tight end Jerome Cunningham and offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from their practice squad.

Ansah, 29, has had a lost season while playing on the franchise tag. He hurt his shoulder after 19 snaps in Week 1 and did not play again until Week 9, though he has been effective (four sacks, seven quarterback hits) during his seven games on the field. Ansah is scheduled to hit free agency in March.

Roberts, 24, has nine catches for 100 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season, his second since being drafted in the fourth round in 2017 out of Toledo.

The Lions are 5-8 and in last place in the NFC North. They play at Buffalo this Sunday before closing out the season at home against Minnesota on Dec. 23 and at Green Bay on Dec. 30.

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NFL hikes salary cap to $190 million in 2019

NFL hikes salary cap to $190 million in 2019

NFL hikes salary cap to $190 million in 2019

The NFL announced Tuesday that the salary cap will rise to about $190 million in 2019, a jump from $177.2 million this season.

The league informed teams that the projected range is from $187.0 to $191.1 million.

That marks a 40-percent increase since the 2014 season ($133.0 million) and the sixth consecutive year the cap has climbed by at least $10 million.

“Total projected player costs, including benefits, will be more than $7.3 billion in 2019,” the league said in a statement.

The exact salary cap figure will be determined before free agency opens on March 13.

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Titans place RT Conklin, TE Smith on injured reserve

Titans place RT Conklin, TE Smith on injured reserve

Titans place RT Conklin, TE Smith on injured reserve

The Tennessee Titans placed right tackle Jack Conklin and tight end Jonnu Smith on injured reserve with knee injuries on Tuesday.

Both starters were injured during the Titans’ 30-9 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars last Thursday.

Smith, who took over for injured three-time Pro Bowl selection Delanie Walker, finishes his second NFL season with 20 catches for 258 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

Conklin, the Titans’ first-round pick (eighth overall) in 2016, was limited to nine games this season after starting all 16 games in each of his first two campaigns.

Veteran Dennis Kelly is expected to replace Conklin, and Anthony Firkser will step in for Smith. Tennessee also signed free agent offensive lineman Austin Pasztor and added tight end Cole Wick from the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad.

With three games remaining, the Titans are one of four AFC teams tied at 7-6 and chasing a wild-card berth in the playoffs.

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Oakland sues Raiders, NFL over Vegas move

Oakland sues Raiders, NFL over Vegas move

Oakland sues Raiders, NFL over Vegas move

The city of Oakland, Calif., gave the Raiders a going-away present on Tuesday.

A federal lawsuit.

Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker announced the suit, which alleges antitrust violations and breach of contract, and names the Raiders, the NFL and every other team in the league.

While the city does not demand that the Raiders be forced to remain in Oakland, the seven-count filing in district court does seek restitution in the form of lost revenue, remaining debt on renovations to the Oakland Coliseum, court costs and fees, plus punitive damages.

“The City will seek a resolution for the maximum amount of damages available,” Parker said in a news release shortly before filing the lawsuit. “The lawsuit will not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas or keep the team in Oakland.”

The Raiders received league approval to relocate to Las Vegas in March 2017. They are expected to begin playing in Las Vegas when a new stadium opens in 2020. The team still does not know where it will play in 2019.

One of the main cruxes of the city’s argument is that the NFL’s relocation policy is “skewed” in the favor of cities looking to get a team and biased against current host cities because each team shares a part of the moving team’s relocation fee.

The suit also alleges the NFL uses its relocation policy to in essence strong-arm host cities into ponying up money for a new stadium, threatening to move a team out of that city should the funds not be raised.

“Threats of relocation are a central part of the NFL’s practice of demanding public financing for new stadiums, which significantly increase team revenues and ticket prices,” Parker said in the statement.

“Further, each time an NFL club moves, all NFL teams share in a ‘relocation fee.’ In the last several years, the NFL defendants have shared approximately $1.47 billion in these fees. The Raiders alone have agreed to pay over $370 million to the other NFL defendants for their ‘yes’ vote on the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas.”

The city is seeking a jury trial but makes no specific monetary demand other than amounts to be determined at trial.

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Steelers’ Roethlisberger expects to play vs. Patriots

Steelers' Roethlisberger expects to play vs. Patriots

Steelers’ Roethlisberger expects to play vs. Patriots

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is banged up, but sore ribs won’t keep him from playing when the Steelers play host to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Roethlisberger required a pain-killing injection to deal with a rib injury sustained in the second quarter last week in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Oakland Raiders. He returned to the game late in the fourth quarter.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger is dealing with bruised ribs.

Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio spot on Tuesday that he required X-rays in the locker room, but the tests were inconclusive. He said he was not confident he would be helping the team by returning but opted to play.

“Let’s see how this plays out,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday of what he told Tomlin to be allowed back in the game.

During the game, Tomlin conferred with the team’s medical staff, which told the coach and general manager Kevin Colbert that the antiquated X-ray machine produced results that couldn’t be read.

Roethlisberger said team doctors cleared him to play anyway, and his performance indicated he was fine. Roethlisberger wound up completing 25 of 29 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Asked if there’s any reason to think he wouldn’t play against the Patriots, Roethlisberger said, “No, no, I don’t think so.”

The Steelers have lost three consecutive games and at 7-5-1 hold a slim lead over the 7-6 Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North.

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Rams place RB Brown, CB Hatfield on injured reserve

Rams place RB Brown, CB Hatfield on injured reserve

Rams place RB Brown, CB Hatfield on injured reserve

The Los Angeles Rams placed running back Malcolm Brown and cornerback Dominique Hatfield on injured reserve Tuesday.

Brown injured his collarbone during the NFC West champions’ 30-16 win at Detroit earlier this month. He has rushed for 514 yards in four seasons as Todd Gurley’s backup, including 43 carries for 212 yards and five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in 2018.

Hatfield needs surgery after injuring his left ankle in Sunday’s 15-6 loss at Chicago. The second-year player and Los Angeles native saw most of his action on special teams this season.

The Rams also promoted rookie linebacker Trevon Young from the practice squad. Young, a sixth-round pick out of Louisville, has played in two games this season.

Los Angeles (11-2) hosts Philadelphia (6-7) on Sunday night.

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Mahomes’ jersey from Rams classic reportedly fetches $36K for charity

Mahomes' jersey from Rams classic reportedly fetches $36K for charity

Mahomes’ jersey from Rams classic reportedly fetches $36K for charity

Patrick Mahomes may have come out on the losing end in the Kansas Chiefs’ wild shootout with the Los Angeles Rams last month, but one move he made with some memorabilia from that game is certainly a winner.

The second-year quarterback and NFL Most Valuable Player contender sent the jersey he wore Nov. 19 in the 54-51 classic to auction, where it reportedly sold for $36,150. What’s more, according to The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, the proceeds are going to aid in California wildfire relief efforts.

Both the Rams and Chiefs honored first responders to the fires throughout the Week 11 Monday night game, with the Rams handing out more than 3,000 complimentary tickets to first responders. The two biggest November fires, the Camp Fire in Northern California and Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, are responsible for nearly 90 deaths and the loss of 100,000 structures.

Mahomes has taken the league by storm in his first season as a full-time starter. His 4,300 yards and 43 touchdowns lead the league, and he also tops the NFL in touchdown percentage (8.9) and yards per attempt (9.7).

The Chiefs are 11-2 and hold a two-game lead in the race for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. The biggest threat to Kansas City actually comes from its own division, as the Los Angeles Chargers sit at 10-3. The Chargers visit the Chiefs on Thursday night.

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Vikings fire OC DeFilippo

Vikings fire OC DeFilippo

The Minnesota Vikings fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, the team announced Tuesday.

Vikings fire OC DeFilippo

The Minnesota Vikings fired first-year offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, the team announced Tuesday.

The move comes after the Vikings’ 21-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, the team’s third defeat in its past four games. The Vikings finished the game with 276 yards of total offense, managing just 61 in the first half. It was the fourth time in the past five games that the Vikings have finished with less than 300 yards total offense.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski has been elevated to interim offensive coordinator and will take over play-calling duties for the Vikings.

The Vikings entered November with a top-10 offense but have dropped to 17th after Monday night’s loss.

Head coach Mike Zimmer had been critical of DeFilippo’s play-calling recently, saying that the Vikings have not been committed enough to the running game. Running back Dalvin Cook rushed 13 times for 55 yards against the Seahawks, just the second time this season Cook has had more than 10 carries.

The Vikings (6-6-1) are vying for a wild-card spot and play host to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Vikings hired DeFilippo in February to replace Pat Shurmur, who left to become the head coach of the New York Giants.

DeFilippo spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles and was previously offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.

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Report: Chargers RB Gordon unlikely vs. Chiefs

Report: Chargers RB Gordon unlikely vs. Chiefs

Report: Chargers RB Gordon unlikely vs. Chiefs

Injured running back Melvin Gordon is not expected to be in uniform Thursday when the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Kansas City Chiefs in a momentous AFC West matchup, the NFL Network reported.

Gordon sprained his medial collateral ligament on a hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche in Week 13 and remains sidelined.

NFL Network reported Tuesday that Gordon and his primary backup, Austin Ekeler, would likely miss the showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.

Gordon has 802 rushing yards and 44 catches for 453 receiving yards and 13 total touchdowns on the season in 10 games played.

Ekeler (neck, concussion) would be replaced by rookies Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome if he’s also unable to return.

Chiefs running back Spencer Ware did not practice Monday due to a hamstring injury. Ware replaced Kareem Hunt, who was released by the Chiefs, as Kansas City’s top back two weeks ago.

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (ankle) said he plans to play Thursday.

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Controversy surrounds Seahawks’ key FG block

Controversy surrounds Seahawks' key FG block

Controversy surrounds Seahawks’ key FG block

The Minnesota Vikings were deprived of three points Monday night when Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner apparently used illegal means to block a fourth-quarter field goal attempt.

Wagner put his hands on two teammates as he leaped over the offensive linemen en route to swatting down a 47-yard field goal try by Minnesota’s Dan Bailey.

Former NFL officiating chief Mike Pereira, now a TV analyst for FOX, tweeted, “Lots of talk about the Wagner block. The wording in the rule book is NEW this year and is clear. The new wording states, ‘May not place a hand or hands on a teammate or opponent in an attempt to jump through a gap to block an opponent’s kick or apparent kick.’ Case closed. Foul.”

Referee Brad Allen tossed a penalty flag on Wagner but subsequent changed his mind and said no foul had been committed.

Had the penalty been enforced, the Vikings could have chosen to take the three points, cutting their deficit to 6-3 with 5:46 remaining, or they could have taken a 15-yard gain on the fourth-and-9 play, giving them a first down at the Seattle 14-yard line.

Wagner didn’t admit to any wrongdoing after the game, which Seattle won 21-7.

“I tried to time it up; I got over it and made the block,” Wagner said, according to ESPN. “I’m an athlete, so I have just got to jump over people. It’s not that big of a deal.”

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said, “You’re not supposed to be able to pull guys down, if that’s what they did. Quite honestly, I didn’t see it. I didn’t see what happened. I was told what happened.”

Bailey also didn’t see Wagner’s leverage move.

“Obviously I was kind of out there in the middle of it,” Bailey said, according to the Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. “From my understanding of that rule, he can jump over, he just can’t use leverage or whatever they call it. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.

“Obviously the most disappointing thing was not getting three points there. That would’ve really helped our team. Just have to try to knock the next one through.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll praised special teams coaches Brian Schneider and Larry Izzo for Wagner’s successful block.

“They came to me and said, ‘Hey look, we think we have something,'” he said. “That was a great find by those guys. …

“We practiced all week with Bobby jumping over the guys; never touched anybody. I don’t know what happened in the game, but that’s the way he was doing (it). He was able to clear the line of scrimmage without touching anybody, and that was the plan.

“Very few people could do that, but he had pulled it off beautifully during the week, and that’s what the officials called. But I know that there’s some controversy about that.”

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