Jets sign OLB Attaochu, place RB McGuire on IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and placed running back Eli McGuire on injured reserve.

Attaochu was the Chargers’ second-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech in 2014. He had 10 sacks and 68 tackles in four seasons before signing this spring with San Francisco, which released him Saturday.

McGuire broke a foot early in training camp. The second-year running back, who ran for 315 yards and had 17 catches as a rookie, will be eligible to return to the team in Week 9 with an IR-return designation.

The Jets also filled out their 10-man practice squad on Monday by signing wide receiver Deontay Burnett and center Nico Falah — both teammates of starting quarterback Sam Darnold at USC — running back De’Angelo Henderson, offensive tackle Dieugot Joseph, defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi and quarterback John Wolford.

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NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the

NFL notebook: Packers address coaching search

Team president Mark Murphy and general manager Brian Gutekunst addressed the firing of Mike McCarthy on Monday, saying the move was made to get a head start on the coaching search.

“Knowing we were going to make the change, it was better to do it now rather than make it in the offseason,” Murphy said.

While Murphy will run the coaching search, he said Gutekunst will be “actively involved” and he will not hire “a coach Brian’s not comfortable with.”

Murphy said Aaron Rodgers will be “free to add input,” but Murphy and Gutekunst both emphasized the quarterback will not be involved in the process of hiring the next head coach.

–After sitting out three games with a strained foot, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold could start Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Todd Bowles said Darnold’s return “remains to be seen,” adding, “I expect him to be out there. We’ll evaluate him as he goes out there.”

According to Bowles, Darnold was healthy enough to play against Tennessee on Sunday, but he started Josh McCown because of concern the rookie would have “rust” issues after a four-week layoff.

–Kareem Hunt went unclaimed on waivers and is officially a free agent.

Hunt, released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list and would not have been eligible to play if claimed before the 4 p.m. ET deadline Monday.

Not long before time ran out on waiver wire claims, a new report surfaced alleging Hunt and others — including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson — beat a man to the point of unconsciousness at a nightclub in Kansas City on Jan. 11.

–The Chiefs re-signed former running back Charcandrick West.

The team chose West — who played for K.C. from 2014 until his release in August — over C.J. Anderson due to his familiarity with the playbook and experience on special teams.

–Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his right big toe and will have season-ending surgery, ESPN reported.

Per the report, Green’s recovery will take three to four months, but he should recover fully and be ready for organized team activities in May. Green was seen in a walking boot on Monday at the Bengals’ facility, but head coach Marvin Lewis declined to update his status.

–Following their fourth consecutive loss, the Carolina Panthers fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura.

The Panthers also announced that head coach Ron Rivera will handle defensive play-calling duties. Eric Washington will oversee the defensive front seven, Sam Mills III will lead the defensive line and Rivera will work with Richard Rodgers in the secondary.

–The New York Giants will start quarterback Eli Manning again in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins, head coach Pat Shurmur said.

Shurmur added there’s a “good chance” that rookie fourth-rounder Kyle Lauletta remains the backup on Sunday, a week after he dressed ahead of Alex Tanney for the first time this season.

–The Denver Broncos won’t put cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve after he suffered a small break in his right leg Sunday.

Harris told reporters he’s targeting the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 30 for a return, though he said trainers have told him that might be one week too early.

–After missing two games with a stinger, Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith said he expects to play Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

Meanwhile, executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan that center Travis Frederick is doubtful to play again this year, though Frederick expects to make a full recovery from Guillain-Barre syndrome.

–Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is “ready to go” this week after the NFL reinstated him from an eight-week suspension.

The 28-year-old Kendricks drew the lengthy suspension after he pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges.

–San Francisco running back Matt Breida will sit out the 49ers’ home game this week against the Broncos.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said it will be the first time Breida, who aggravated the ankle in pregame warmups on Sunday, misses a game since he was a freshman in high school.

–The Arizona Cardinals placed rookie receiver Christian Kirk and offensive lineman Mike Iupati on injured reserve.

Both were injured Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Kirk suffered a broken foot, and Iupati has an MCL injury.

–The Los Angeles Chargers released right tackle Joe Barksdale, after he missed Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers due to personal reasons.

Barksdale started 42 games for the Chargers from 2015-17, but he hurt his knee in Week 1 and lost the starting job to Sam Tevi.

–Buffalo Bills center Russell Bodine had surgery to repair a broken left fibula and is done for the season.

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Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads

Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks'

Seahawks undrafted rookie DT Ford turns heads

Arizona Cardinals: Steve Wilks’ team got a rare chance to celebrate on Sunday, topping the Green Bay Packers in the snow at Lambeau Field, but they lost two more starters to injury, guard Mike Iupati (knee) and wide receiver Christian Kirk. However, Kirk’s season-ending broken foot shouldn’t put a damper on his rookie season, which he capped with 54 yards on three catches and a 23-yard rush on Sunday. “His playmaking ability, I thought we saw that throughout the year, whether it was vertical down the field, on the perimeter, the screen game, the reverse,” Wilks said Monday. “And the things you don’t see, like his preparation. This guy is a pro’s pro. The future is very bright with him.” The second-round pick saved 60 of his total yards for what proved to be the Cardinals’ game-winning drive in Green Bay.

Los Angeles Rams: Forget back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards — Aaron Donald’s latest gem of a game against the Detroit Lions has many suggesting he should be considered in the NFL MVP race. Donald notched multiple sacks for the fifth time in his past six games and now leads the NFL in sacks (16.5) by four and QB hits (32) by seven. His second takedown of Matthew Stafford came after Donald beat a double team, and he jarred the ball free to set up a critical touchdown for a 10-point lead. The last defensive player to get serious consideration for MVP was J.J. Watt, who finished second, 13 votes behind Aaron Rodgers (31), after totaling 20.5 sacks in 2015. Alan Page (1971) and Lawrence Taylor (1986) are the only defensive players ever to win the award.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers fell to 2-10 and were officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Seahawks, but Kyle Shanahan was impressed by running back Jeff Wilson Jr., an undrafted rookie from North Texas who had 15 carries for 61 yards and eight catches for 73 yards in his second NFL game. “Jeff played very well,” Shanahan said. “He earned that last week, how he played, but it got stronger, especially having (starter Matt) Breida (hurt) in pregame warmups. We were going to give Jeff a lot anyways.” Wilson performed despite battling through a foot injury on Sunday and could get another big opportunity this week with Breida (ankle) already ruled out against the Denver Broncos.

Seattle Seahawks: There were several standout performances for the Seahawks on Sunday, but one came from a particularly unheralded player: undrafted rookie nose tackle Poona Ford. “Poona did a really good job, he played really, really well,” coach Pete Carroll said Monday, adding the team credited Ford with six tackles compared to the four in the official box score. “That’s a lot of production for the nose tackle, but it was because he was running and chasing the football so well. And he’s a really instinctive football player. … We’re really encouraged about that. Love to see that he has that much mobility and can go sideline to sideline.”

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Veterans praise Mayfield’s magnetic leadership

Veterans praise Mayfield's magnetic leadership

Baltimore Ravens:

Veterans praise Mayfield’s magnetic leadership

Baltimore Ravens: Quarterback Lamar Jackson is growing with each situation, which coach John Harbaugh pointed to as a benefit to having the rookie on the field. “He’s getting better. Football is like that. Especially at that position. There’s a lot of things that can happen in football, crazy scenarios, impossible to predict. You learn by experiencing them. … These are things he continues to experience and learn from.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver A.J. Green will have season-ending surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right big toe, ESPN reported Monday. Green was in the locker room Monday wearing a walking boot, a day after he was in tears in the tunnel following a cart ride from the field. Green was returning Sunday after missing three games. He has 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games this year, with all but the touchdown total marking career lows. Cincinnati has four games left in the regular season (Chargers, Raiders, Brown, Steelers).

Cleveland Browns: Center J.C. Tretter said it is beyond evident rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield has earned the respect of the locker room and the title of team leader. “His leadership — especially as a rookie coming in — it’s so genuine,” Tretter said. “People want to be around him; people gravitate toward him. And that’s big because you gotta take a big step being a rookie in the locker room as well as leading older, veteran players. It’s one of those things if you push too hard, if you are deemed fake, then people are gonna push back on you. But Baker’s such a natural leader, such a genuine good person, it’s made it easy to have older guys kinda gravitate toward him, work with and be excited to play with him.”

Pittsburgh Steelers: When running back James Conner was helped off the field and had his left ankle examined, his season seemed to be in peril on Sunday night. However, coach Mike Tomlin said the second-year back has a leg contusion, and NFL Network reported the team was treating Conner’s injury as a bruise. Swelling could dictate the plan for Conner the rest of the week. Jaylen Samuels replaced Conner on Sunday night and would be in line for a bigger workload if Conner is held out for the Week 14 game at Oakland.

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Seahawks 3-game streak is fueling a push to playoff berth

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — After four straight weeks of playing tight, one-score games decided in the fourth quarter, Pete Carroll enjoyed spending a Monday reviewing a rare comfortable victory.

"It was a little different than the games we've been playing in," Carroll said. "It was nice to see us get out ahead and

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — After four straight weeks of playing tight, one-score games decided in the fourth quarter, Pete Carroll enjoyed spending a Monday reviewing a rare comfortable victory.

“It was a little different than the games we’ve been playing in,” Carroll said. “It was nice to see us get out ahead and hang onto it and work with the lead and play in that fashion.”

Seattle’s blowout win over San Francisco on Sunday only strengthened what is becoming another late playoff push by the Seahawks, and after a day in which they got results that helped in trying to get back to the playoffs after missing last season. Seattle is currently in command of one of the wild-card spots in the NFC and its hopes were strengthened by Carolina and Minnesota suffering losses. Seattle holds the tiebreaker over Carolina and can have that in place over Minnesota with a win at home next Monday night against the Vikings.

The only teams Seattle (7-5) could end up in wild-card contention with that it won’t face head-to-head are Washington and Philadelphia. But if the Seahawks continue winning, it won’t matter. They’ll be in the postseason.

“These are must-win games for us. Every week, we approach it like that,” Seattle left tackle Duane Brown said after the win. “We approach every week like a playoff game and that’s the kind of intensity guys came out with from kickoff on.”

Seattle’s current roll is reviving memories of 2015, when it was 4-5 after nine games. But this time, success is coming a different way. That season, the Seahawks leaned on the passing arm of quarterback Russell Wilson as he threw for 24 touchdowns and just one interception over the final seven games as Seattle went 6-1 down the stretch and made the postseason. Wilson averaged 272 yards passing and 31 pass attempts per game during that stretch.

So far, it’s been balance and efficiency that’s defined Seattle’s offensive performance during its current three-game win streak, although his overall numbers aren’t that dissimilar. Wilson has eight touchdown passes and no interceptions during the stretch, averaging about 250 yards passing. But there’s been no fall-off with Seattle’s run game of late, meaning Wilson isn’t being forced to carry the offense.

In Sunday’s 43-16 win over San Francisco, Wilson attempted just six passes in the first half. He threw for touchdowns on three of them. Seattle will take that kind of efficiency — even with reduced numbers — all the time.

“I think that the development of the pass protection has been really obvious and Russ has taken advantage of that,” Carroll said, noting Wilson’s movement on a 52-yard TD pass to Tyler Lockett on Sunday. “That’s why he’s been able to be more effective getting the second looks and sliding up in the pocket and hitting Tyler on the big play was a perfect example of that. Really good protection, he gets to move to give one more beat to get Tyler a chance to get behind him and deliver the throw. I just think it’s connected with what’s going on up front, but his overall command of what we’re trying to get done communication-wise has really helped the other guys play well.”

Seattle did come out of the win over the 49ers with one major injury concern after guard D.J. Fluker suffered a hamstring strain. Carroll said Fluker had a “grade 1” strain and would likely miss a couple of weeks. When Fluker was unable play last month against the Rams, it was Jordan Simmons who stepped in to start.

“He seems to be moving in the right direction to be a really, really viable option for us,” Carroll said of Simmons. “He doesn’t get that much practice time, so when he does get the practice time like he did in the Rams week, he did a very good job with it. So, we’re going to count on him playing and see how that goes.”

NOTES: Seattle waived LB Emmanuel Ellerbee on Monday, clearing a roster spot for LB Mychal Kendricks after his suspension was lifted. Kendricks has been practicing with the Seahawks for the past two weeks, but next Monday against Minnesota will be the first time he’s eligible to play. He could end up moving into a prominent role with K.J. Wright still out due to knee troubles, although Austin Calitro has played well. Carroll said he believes Kendricks could play a significant amount of snaps, if needed. … Carroll expects RB Chris Carson (finger), FB Tre Madden (chest) and DT Shamar Stephen (foot) to be able to play next Monday. Carson suffered a dislocated finger in the win over San Francisco, while Madden and Stephen were both inactive.

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Redskins QB McCoy injured; Sanchez in against Eagles

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered an injury to his right leg and was replaced by Mark Sanchez in the second quarter of Monday night's game against Philadelphia.

McCoy's return was questionable. He limped off the field after completing all four passes for 50 yards and the Redskins trailing 7-3.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered an injury to his right leg and was replaced by Mark Sanchez in the second quarter of Monday night’s game against Philadelphia.

McCoy’s return was questionable. He limped off the field after completing all four passes for 50 yards and the Redskins trailing 7-3. McCoy took over and made his second straight start after the gruesome season-ending leg injury to Alex Smith. McCoy’s start in the Thanksgiving game against Dallas was his first since 2015.

Sanchez, signed two weeks ago, played for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was with Dallas.

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Back to back: Rams sight bigger goals after winning NFC West

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams seemed to come out of nowhere last season to win their first NFC West championship in 14 years.

When the Rams clinched their second straight division title Sunday, everybody in the NFL had seen it coming all year long.

The league-leading Rams (11-1) haven't

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams seemed to come out of nowhere last season to win their first NFC West championship in 14 years.

When the Rams clinched their second straight division title Sunday, everybody in the NFL had seen it coming all year long.

The league-leading Rams (11-1) haven’t surprised anybody this season, not after their remarkable 2017 transformation under rookie head coach Sean McVay.

They’re still the division champs again, this time with four games to spare and plenty of opportunities to climb even higher before the postseason.

The Rams became the first team to clinch a postseason berth by beating the Lions 30-16 last weekend, guaranteeing themselves at least one home playoff game. This franchise hadn’t won back-to-back NFC West championships since 1979, when the Rams completed a run of seven straight.

“It’s a blessing,” McVay said Monday after returning from Detroit with a raging winter cold. “You don’t take anything for granted. It’s nice to be able to still have an opportunity to accomplish some things as you continue to progress through this season, but it still feels great either way to be able to accomplish something special with people that you care about and that you love.”

The Rams put on celebratory hats at Ford Field, but the muted party was mostly forgotten Monday when they got home.

According to left tackle Andrew Whitworth, the Rams have greater expectations after they built on last season’s 11-5 record with an even more impressive campaign this fall.

“With all of us coming together for the first time (last year), it felt like you responded and rose to the occasion and achieved something,” Whitworth said. “I think this year, it feels like we expected to be a good football team. We expected to have an opportunity to win this division again, and we went out and did it. So I think you more see it as a checklist item. … You’re happy you won it, but it’s not the end goal, and it’s not really something we didn’t think or expect that we could do.”

Two straight division titles still are a notable achievement in the up-and-down history of the Rams, who have won only one NFL championship since 1951.

Los Angeles’ string of solid playoff teams in the 1980s won just one division title. The Greatest Show on Turf and its descendants in St. Louis won three division titles in five years, but never two in a row.

The Rams had missed the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons before McVay and Wade Phillips led them back last year, only to lose an opening-round home game to Atlanta.

The Rams are playoff-bound again, but they still have plenty to do in December — starting with the chance to clinch a first-round bye during their trip to Chicago on Sunday night.

A win over the Bears (8-4), who have the NFC’s third-best record behind LA and New Orleans (10-2), would guarantee an extra week of rest for the Rams in January.

The Rams also control their destiny for home-field advantage in a potential NFC championship game with the Saints, but that race could go deep into December.

“It’s a big deal,” McVay said. “To be able to earn the opportunity in your 13th game of the season to be able to, at the worst, clinch a No. 2 seed, it would mean that you’ll be able to watch that first week of the wild card round (at home). It’s a huge deal to us, so that’s certainly going to be a great challenge. That’s the next step.”

NOTES: Backup running back Malcolm Brown injured his collarbone in Detroit, and he was expected to have “a procedure that’s not necessarily a surgery” on Monday, McVay said without elaborating. The Rams didn’t know the severity of the injury. … McVay confirmed he spoke with former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury about potentially being “an extra set of eyes” for the Rams down the stretch. The offense-minded coaches are good friends, and Kingsbury spent time with the Rams during the summer. “He’s got a lot of opportunities that he’s figuring out now, so there’s really no news on that front,” McVay said. … McVay hopes to kick his cold in time for the Rams’ trip to wintry Chicago. “Even if I’m not healthy, that’s not going to hold me back,” McVay said. “I’m not out there playing, so as long as my brain isn’t too slow, then I’m going to do the best I can to get as healthy as possible and ready to go for these guys.”

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49ers RB Matt Breida out this week with ankle injury

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will be without another key offensive piece with leading rusher Matt Breida sidelined at least a week with an injured ankle.

Breida hurt himself in warmups before Sunday's 43-16 loss at Seattle that officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Breida tried to play

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will be without another key offensive piece with leading rusher Matt Breida sidelined at least a week with an injured ankle.

Breida hurt himself in warmups before Sunday’s 43-16 loss at Seattle that officially eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention. Breida tried to play through the injury but eventually couldn’t and left the game.

He finished the game with five carries for six yards and three catches for 51 yards.

Rookie Jeff Wilson fared well in just his second career game, carrying 15 times for 61 yards and adding eight catches for 73 yards. He also lost a disputed fumble near the goal line that coach Kyle Shanahan felt should have been ruled down by contact.

“He hits the hole and he runs hard,” Shanahan said. “He’s a very good zone runner. He doesn’t mess around. He sets his track. When he sees an open gap, he puts his foot down and goes for it.”

Breida has been one of the few bright spots on offense this season for the 49ers, rushing for 744 yards and ranking third in the league with an average of 5.64 yards per carry.

He got his chance because projected starter Jerick McKinnon went down with a season-ending knee injury a week before the opener. San Francisco also lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a season-ending knee injury in Week 3 and has struggled for any consistency on offense.

The Niners will get a bit of a boost this week with the expected return of speedy receiver Marquise Goodwin to the lineup. Goodwin has missed the past two games while dealing with a serious family matter but was at the facility Monday and expected to be back at practice on Wednesday.

Shanahan had challenged the Niners before their bye to come back focused for the stretch run of what has been a mostly lost season. Instead, San Francisco returned from the bye and lost 27-9 at Tampa Bay and then was hammered by the Seahawks.

The 49ers will try to avoid tying a franchise worst with a third straight loss by at least 17 points at home on Sunday against Denver. The Niners had three-game skids of losses of at least 17 points in 1963, 1999, 2005 and 2016.

“We didn’t play very well,” Shanahan said. “That doesn’t go into they didn’t respond to my challenge. You have to play very good football to win games and we haven’t done that enough consistently in all three phases throughout the year. Magic words don’t make people different. I want people to focus and worry about what they can control. We have four games left. We know we’re eliminated from the playoffs. So is this year over? This year has everything to do, for me, about next year.”

Shanahan also explained why he got so incensed at the officials after an offside call in the third quarter against Elijah Lee, who was trying to run on the field to replace Fred Warner while the Seahawks were in hurry-up mode.

Shanahan said Warner’s shoe fell off on the previous play and Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw it out of the way, forcing Warner to run and pick it up behind the line of scrimmage and Lee to try to rush on to take his place.

“I’m not saying he did that maliciously or anything. Who knows?” Shanahan said. “But it was an unusual situation and it was my tipping point.”

NOTES: Edge rusher Dekoda Watson will be placed on IR with a torn calf muscle. … S Jaquiski Tartt will miss this week’s game with a stinger.

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Colts look to rebound from dismal offensive performance

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday's shutout.

By Monday, he and the Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.

It's the same routine coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game plan for the next opponent and don't overthink what went wrong.

Naturally, one subpar

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday’s shutout.

By Monday, he and the Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.

It’s the same routine coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game plan for the next opponent and don’t overthink what went wrong.

Naturally, one subpar game won’t get Reich to change his strategy even with playoff aspirations at stake.

“Offensively, we just didn’t execute at the level and that ultimately falls on me,” Reich said during his weekly conference call. “It’s my job to put the players in the best position and we didn’t get that done yesterday. It hurts but hey we are shifting, we are moving gears to Houston.”

There were plenty of mistakes to correct Monday.

After throwing at least three touchdown passes in eight straight games, Luck couldn’t get the Colts (6-6) into the end zone even once at Jacksonville. His timing and improved accuracy were off, leading to the first shutout of Luck’s pro career.

Indy’s ground game wasn’t effective either and what had been an effective offensive line during the previous six games allowed three sacks and many more pressures Sunday without its starting center. Ryan Kelly missed his second straight game with an injured left knee.

Reich did some self-critiquing, too.

Three times with Indy in position to kick field goals, he went for it on fourth down. All three plays came up short.

“They outcoached me on that. They played a coverage they had not played in that situation. It was the answer in case they did that and we were just a little off in our execution,” Reich said, referring to the play on fourth-and-goal.

“The second (fourth-down) call, the reverse to (Eric) Ebron, it was a high risk-reward. I had envisioned that play into breaking out — not just a first down but possibly a 20 or 30-yard gain. We had a half yard to go. That would be the one that I would question myself the most on. Just run it up the middle. We had half a yard, run a quarterback sneak or just run a dive play up the middle and get the half yard. I took the risk for the big play and I was wrong.”

Those failures were compounded by a lack of potent plays, something that became a staple during the Colts’ five-game winning streak.

But for everyone inside the locker room, it was a stark reminder of just how quickly results change in the NFL.

Over those previous five games, which included two against top-six scoring defenses, Indy averaged 34.6 points. Luck played at a high level and running back Marlon Mack’s return from a hamstring injury helped keep the offense balanced.

That wasn’t the case Sunday.

“I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain,” Luck said following the loss. “(We’ve) got to improve. It’s disappointing. I am disappointed at myself, but we’ll get back to it and we’ll improve.”

Defensively, the Colts pressured quarterbacks, slowed down runners and held fast — as they also did against the Jags (4-8).

This week, they face a similar scenario against the league’s hottest team. The Texans have won nine straight since starting 0-3.

Houston’s defense is every bit as stingy and resourceful as what the Colts dealt with in Jacksonville. And yet Indy needs Luck & Co. to trade punches against a more proficient offense by fixing its flaws.

But Reich refuses to let his team make the mistake of spending too much time breaking down Sunday’s miscues at the expense of trying to rebound this week and reassert themselves in the AFC’s tight chase for the sixth and final playoff berth.

“What matters tomorrow is get better tomorrow,” Reich said. “Get better every day and then get ready to play the Houston Texans on Sunday.”

Notes: Reich only noted two injuries from the game — safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and center Evan Boehm (neck). Boehm returned from his injury and Reich expects him to be available against the Texans. He did not give a prognosis on Mitchell.

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Kendricks ‘ready to go’ for Seahawks, Carroll says

Kendricks 'ready to go' for Seahawks, Carroll says

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is "ready to

Kendricks ‘ready to go’ for Seahawks, Carroll says

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is “ready to go” this week after the NFL reinstated him Monday from an eight-week suspension, head coach Pete Carroll told reporters.

The 28-year-old Kendricks drew the lengthy suspension after he pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges. The Cleveland Browns released him in August after his indictment, and the Seahawks signed him shortly before his guilty plea.

Kendricks faces up to 25 years in prison at his sentencing, which is scheduled for January. He allegedly made almost $1.2 million by giving money and Philadelphia Eagles tickets to a banker friend in exchange for confidential information.

Carroll said Kendricks has done everything possible to prepare for his return, as the Seahawks remain without linebacker K.J. Wright (knee). Kendricks had two sacks and 15 tackles in three games before his suspension.

“We’re anxious to get him back out there,” Carroll said. “He’s really hungry to get out and do something to help us.”

The Seahawks will be without offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, who could miss “a couple of weeks” because of a hamstring strain, Carroll said. Jordan Simmons will start in Fluker’s place, as he did in Week 10.

Running back Chris Carson should be able to play after dislocating his finger Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, Carroll said. Fellow running back C.J. Prosise is on injured reserve because of pending surgery on his abdomen.

At 7-5, the Seahawks are in the thick of the NFC wild-card race despite the Los Angeles Rams having locked up the NFC West. Their final four games of the regular season will be at home next Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, at the San Francisco 49ers and back at home for a pair of games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals.

“We’re in a very upbeat mode about going after this end of the season,” Carroll said. “The fourth quarter is starting, so it’s time to try and finish this thing. … We know that we can win every game and we’re going out to get that done.”

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Report: Bengals’ Green to have surgery, season over

Report: Bengals' Green to have surgery, season over

Report: Bengals’ Green to have surgery, season over

Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green has torn ligaments in his right big toe and will have season-ending surgery, ESPN reported Monday.

Per the report, Green’s recovery will take three to four months, but he should recover fully and be ready for organized team activities in May.

Green was seen in a walking boot on Monday at the Bengals’ facility, but head coach Marvin Lewis declined to update his status.

The 30-year-old went down on a non-contact play in the second quarter on Sunday against the Denver Broncos, his first game back from a three-game absence due to a right big toe injury. The team quickly ruled him out Sunday with what it called a foot injury, but Green was grabbing at the toe and in apparent pain as he was carted to the locker room.

Green finishes the year with 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games, with all but the touchdown total marking career lows. It is the second time in the last three seasons his campaign has been cut short by injury, after Green missed the final six games of the 2016 season with a torn hamstring.

Taken fourth overall by Cincinnati in 2011, Green could miss out on being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his eight-year career. Before this season, he had failed to collect 1,000 yards in a season just once, when he topped out at 964 in 10 games in 2016.

Green will be entering the final year of his contract in 2019, when he is due just under $12 million.

The Bengals, who are on a four-game losing streak, were already without quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb) for the season. This week’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers will be the Bengals’ first without Dalton or Green since Green was drafted.

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49ers’ Breida (ankle) will miss Denver game

49ers' Breida (ankle) will miss Denver game

San Francisco running back Matt

49ers’ Breida (ankle) will miss Denver game

San Francisco running back Matt Breida, who was limited Sunday due to a sprained left ankle, will sit out the 49ers’ home game this week against the Denver Broncos.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday it will be the first time Breida misses a game since he was a freshman in high school.

In San Francisco’s 43-16 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Breida gained just six yards on 5 carries. He added 51 yards on three receptions. Breida was nursing an ankle ailment that first occurred Oct. 7, and he re-injured the ankle Sunday, per Shanahan.

Jeff Wilson became the primary ball-carrier, gaining 61 yards on 15 attempts despite briefly exiting the game with a left foot injury. He also had eight catches for 73 yards.

Breida ranks 13th in the NFL in rushing yards at 744 (on 132 carries). His average of 5.6 yards per attempt ranks third in the league.

Shanahan added Monday that safety Jaquiski Tartt will not play Sunday against Denver. Tartt, who missed two games in September and two in November, has a shoulder injury. He was in action against the Seahawks, notching five tackles.

The 49ers are placing defensive end/outside linebacker Dekoda Watson on injured reserve due to a torn calf, Shanahan said. Watson sat out the first half of the season due to a hamstring injury, then returned to get two sacks and a forced fumble in four games before getting hurt again Sunday.

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Broncos’ Miller, Chubb drawing everyone’s attention

Broncos' Miller, Chubb drawing everyone's attention

Broncos’ Miller, Chubb drawing everyone’s attention

Denver Broncos: With Von Miller (12.5, second in NFL) and Bradley Chubb (10, tied for ninth) racking up the sacks this season, the Broncos have seen more and more teams commit to extra protection to slow the edge rush. Head coach Vance Joseph doesn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. “I’ve seen Bradley and Von get double chipped — which is rare — but we kind of like that, especially when we’re rushing four and playing zone coverage because now we’ve got six guys over three receivers. That’s always a good deal when they’re double chipping those guys. … It works both ways for us.” Even with the extra attention, Chubb is 4.5 sacks shy of Jevon Kearse’s rookie sack record with four games to play, and Miller is six shy of his career high.

Kansas City Chiefs: Three days after the sudden release of running back Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs have quickly moved on, bringing back former back Charcandrick West, who was with Kansas City from 2014 until getting cut during training camp in August. Some of West’s contribution will come on special teams, but he’ll also have a chance to boost a running game that quietly struggled on Sunday. While the Chiefs totaled 174 yards on 30 carries against the Raiders, 89 of those yards came from quarterback Patrick Mahomes and wideout Tyreek Hill. Starting running back Spencer Ware averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 14 touches, though Damien Williams was more effective (five carries, 38 yards).

Los Angeles Chargers: The most telling statistic to head coach Anthony Lynn from Sunday night’s comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the Chargers’ success on third down after halftime, as L.A. went 4 for 4 while holding Pittsburgh to 0 for 4. “Converting the ball on third downs helped our running game get in a rhythm a bit,” Lynn said. “And when our running game can get in rhythm with the passing game, we can move the ball on anybody.” He added that the offense’s conversions gave the defense critical rest. The Chargers’ 39.2 percent third-down success rate ranks 16th this season, but they’ve gone 18 of 31 (58.1 percent) over the last three games (excluding a cameo by Geno Smith in Week 12).

Oakland Raiders: Despite a late rally, the Raiders lost again on Sunday to fall to 2-10 and officially be eliminated from the playoffs, but there have been a few positives in recent weeks. One is 2016 first-round safety Karl Joseph, who has started the last four games after getting just 14 defensive snaps through the season’s first seven weeks. “He’s been a really good open-field tackler,” Gruden said of Joseph. “I think he’s showing really good range. He’s recognizing plays and he’s making plays. That’s exciting. He’s getting better and better in this defense.” Meanwhile, seventh-round rookie wideout Marcell Ateman caught his first NFL touchdown in his third game. “It’s kind of neat seeing these young guys gaining confidence,” Gruden said.

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Winston becomes Bucs’ leader in career TD passes

Winston becomes Bucs' leader in career TD passes

Winston becomes Bucs’ leader in career TD passes

Atlanta Falcons: The season has bottomed out badly with four consecutive setbacks, leading to owner Arthur Blank receiving questions about the job performance of coach Dan Quinn. Turns out Blank is disappointed by the season, but Quinn has nothing to worry about when it comes to his status. “This is a difficult period for the coach,” Blank told reporters about the team’s fourth-year coach. “I think back on the years that we’ve had together and the incredible job he’s done.” Quinn, who needs a 4-0 finish to avoid his first losing season, appreciates the words from Blank. “During this time of year, especially, there’s 32 teams and 32 buildings and I’m aware that not everyone has that type of support,” Quinn said. “So I appreciate having a boss like that. I know what he stands for, and I love having that connection. It’s very important to me.”

Carolina Panthers: Four consecutive losses have hurt Carolina’s playoff chances but coach Ron Rivera made big changes on the defensive side of the ball on Monday by firing defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. Rivera kept first-year defensive coordinator Eric Washington but said he will handle the defensive playcalling the rest of the season after also handling them in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I have a bit of experience at playcalling and putting defenses together,” Rivera told reporters. “It’s an opportunity for me to work even closer with him to help him out as we go forward. Y’all got to remember your first time doing something. You weren’t perfect and somebody had to help you. That’s really what I’m here for.” There are rumblings Rivera’s job is on the line under new owner David Tepper and he bristled at questions pertaining to his future. “I am not going to address that question,” Rivera said. “Do not ask that question again, please.”

New Orleans Saints: The defense has allowed an average of 12.8 points over the last four games with the high allowed being 17. That rates as quite an improvement from earlier in the season when New Orleans allowed 35 or more three times, including 48 against Tampa Bay. The Saints play the Buccaneers again this Sunday and the unit feels like it is vastly different from when it lost to Tampa Bay in Week 1. “I feel like we’re getting to that level where we have to be recognized as one of those top defenses, but we got to keep pushing,” cornerback Marshon Lattimore told reporters. “We got to earn that. We can’t just have it come to us, so we got to earn it and keep going out there balling.” The Saints rank 12th in scoring defense at 22.4 points per game.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quarterback Jameis Winston has thrown two touchdown passes in three straight games while enjoying his best stretch of the season. He also tossed his 81st career touchdown pass in last Sunday’s win over the Panthers to become the franchise’s all-time leader in that category, surpassing Josh Freeman (2009-13). More impressive to coach Dirk Koetter is Winston avoiding interceptions in 68 pass attempts over the past two games. “Jameis’ production when we don’t turn the ball over — when he doesn’t turn the ball over — is always going to be there,” Koetter told reporters. “Jameis is a fantastic player, and sometimes that gets negated by turnovers. You could see the last two weeks when we don’t turn the ball over, we’re a lot harder to beat.” Winston has 12 touchdowns against 11 interceptions this season.

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Jets QB Darnold could start Sunday vs. Bills

Jets QB Darnold could start Sunday vs. Bills

After sitting out three

Jets QB Darnold could start Sunday vs. Bills

After sitting out three games with a strained foot, Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold could be back in the lineup Sunday when New York visits the Buffalo Bills.

Head coach Todd Bowles said in a press conference Monday that Darnold’s return “remains to be seen,” adding, “I expect him to be out there. We’ll evaluate him as he goes out there.”

According to Bowles, Darnold was healthy enough to play against Tennessee on Sunday, but he chose to start Josh McCown because of concern the rookie would have “rust” issues after a four-week layoff, counting the bye week.

“You need some time to get your timing back and everything else,” Bowles said. “So, we’ll continue to give him reps and when I think he’s ready, he’ll play.”

Darnold will be monitored in practice this week, with the first test coming Wednesday when the Jets return to work.

The Jets are 0-3 with the 39-year-old McCown as the starter. In three games he’s thrown just one touchdown pass and four interceptions — including one that clinched the Jets’ 26-22 loss to the Titans.

“I’ll just see where he is from an accuracy standpoint, a timing standpoint, (and) a rust standpoint,” Bowles said of Darnold. “He’s got to see plays and I had him only throwing three (days) last week. He did get better and everything was fine, but he’ll get better even this week and then we’ll make that determination on Sunday.”

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick from Southern California, has completed just 55 percent of his passes and leads the league with 14 interceptions. He has thrown for 1,934 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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Bills C Bodine has surgery on broken fibula

Bills C Bodine has surgery on broken fibula

Bills C Bodine has surgery on broken fibula

Buffalo Bills center Russell Bodine had surgery to repair a broken left fibula on Monday and is done for the season, head coach Sean McDermott announced.

“We expect a full recovery,” McDermott told reporters. “He’ll be out for the season, but the surgery went well as planned. We’ll get him back some time this offseason.”

Bodine was hurt on the Bills’ third offensive play Sunday when Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux landed on his leg during a quarterback sneak. He appeared to be in significant pain and was quickly ruled out.

Bodine, 26, joined Buffalo on a two-year, $5 million contract in March as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals. He started all 64 games over his first four NFL seasons before starting 10 of 11 this year for the Bills.

Ryan Groy, who started at the pivot in Weeks 1 and 2, replaced Bodine on Sunday and will likely be the starter moving forward. The 28-year-old has 10 starts at center in 48 games with Buffalo over the last four years.

NFL Network reported the Bills plan to sign Dillon Day, a 2015 undrafted free agent who has yet to appear in an NFL game, for depth.

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Colts QB Luck takes blame for shutout

Colts QB Luck takes blame for shutout

Houston Texans: Safety Andre Hal intercepted Cleveland rookie

Colts QB Luck takes blame for shutout

Houston Texans: Safety Andre Hal intercepted Cleveland rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield during Sunday’s win over the Browns and it was a play that brought great joy to the defensive unit as well as coach Bill O’Brien. It was Hal’s first pick since returning from his recent battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. “It was great. Here’s a guy that has meant a lot to me, personally,” O’Brien said in a press conference. “I just speak from a personal standpoint. We drafted him late in my first year here. He was a cornerback and we moved him to safety when he got here, started out on special teams, just a special guy, very hardworking guy, excellent pro. To see him make that play and the week before he made a real big tackle on the kickoff coverage, he’s just made some solid plays for us since he’s been back.”

Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck’s streak of throwing at least three touchdown passes in eight straight games came to a halt Sunday when the Colts were blanked by the Jaguars. It was the first time Luck has been shut out during his NFL career and his long gain was just 20 yards out of 33 completions. “I didn’t quite hold up my end of the bargain as this sort of orchestrator of the offense out there on the field,” Luck told reporters. “I didn’t get the ball to the open guy enough. I didn’t do the simple things enough, but as far as the shots go, you can’t force it. You can’t force shots in this league. It doesn’t work like that. But when (opportunities) presented themselves, we were just a little off.”

Jacksonville Jaguars: Quarterback Cody Kessler got rid of the zero in his win-loss column despite passing for just 150 yards and not leading a single touchdown drive during a 6-0 win over the Colts on Sunday. But that OK with Kessler, who was 0-8 as a starter for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 prior to winning his first start the Jaguars. “Obviously it wasn’t pretty and there’s a lot I left out there, but at the end of the day it feels good,” Kessler told reporters. “Especially for me to get the first one. … It’s something as a quarterback and as a kid you dream of winning an NFL game.” Kessler became the starter when ineffective Blake Bortles was demoted. Kessler will make his second start for the team on Thursday against the Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Marcus Mariota recorded his 12th career game-winning drive after leading the Titans 86 yards on six plays for the winning score in Sunday’s 26-22 comeback win over the New York Jets. Tennessee trailed 16-0 before rallying and Mariota completed the charge with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 36 seconds remaining. “I’d rather him not have to do it, but if we have to, that has really been fun to watch,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said during a press conference. “It is exciting to have him be able to do that and keep his composure, find the guys, make plays.” Mariota said the credit goes to his teammates. “It’s the guys around me,” Mariota told reporters. “These guys find ways to make plays. I am just the guy that is distributing and allows the guys to do their thing.”

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Falcons’ Blank affirms faith in Quinn, GM Dimitroff

Falcons' Blank affirms faith in Quinn, GM Dimitroff

Falcons’ Blank affirms faith in Quinn, GM Dimitroff

After the Atlanta Falcons fell to 4-8 in an ugly loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, owner Arthur Blank reiterated his commitment to head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

“I haven’t lost any faith in Coach Quinn or Thomas,” Blank told reporters. “They’ll do the evaluations that’s needed. …They always evaluate at the end of the year. That’s what they do. Whether we’re 16-0 or 0-16, they’ll do that again.”

“…I take a long view. This is a difficult period for the coach. I think back on the years that we’ve had together and the incredible job he’s done. We’re in a difficult time now. But they’ll figure out the answers.”

Quinn, who led the team to a Super Bowl LI appearance just two years ago, told reporters Monday he’s grateful for Blank’s vote of confidence.

“During this time of year, especially, there’s 32 teams and 32 buildings and I’m aware that not everyone has that type of support,” Quinn said. “So, I appreciate having a boss like that. I know what he stands for, and I love having that connection. It’s very important to me.”

Blank also acknowledged the team’s injuries as a factor for this season’s struggles, with key starters missing time on both sides of the ball. Seven Falcons starters, including three Pro Bowl players, hit injured reserve at some point this season.

On Sunday, Atlanta got linebacker Deion Jones back from a foot injury against the Ravens for the first time since Week 1, but it was the offense that sputtered, gaining just 131 yards and failing to score an offensive touchdown.

Quinn, 48, is 33-27 in his fourth season with the Falcons, and this will be his first losing season unless the team wins out.

Dimitroff, 52, has been the team’s general manager since 2008.

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Patriots OC McDaniels reportedly interested in Packers

Patriots OC McDaniels reportedly interested in Packers

Buffalo Bills: The Dolphins saw

Patriots OC McDaniels reportedly interested in Packers

Buffalo Bills: The Dolphins saw rookie quarterback Josh Allen for the first time on Sunday — they’ll see him again in the final game of the season — and coaches and players didn’t sound as if they’re eager to see him twice a year for the coming the seasons. “I mean, Josh Allen, I feel like he’s going to be a good little quarterback in this division for a long time. He’s not sneaky athletic. He’s just athletic. He makes plays with his feet,” Dolphins cornerback Kenyan Drake said. Safety Reshad Jones said Allen has “a little Ben Roethlisberger (in him). He has a similar game, a big guy. He can run. Probably one of the strongest arms in the NFL. I think that guy is going to be good.” On the day, Allen had 231 yards on 18-of-33 passing and added 135 yards rushing on nine carries.

Miami Dolphins: A win Sunday against Buffalo kept the Dolphins (6-6) one game out of the final AFC wild-card spot, and they’ll host the division-leading New England Patriots this weekend, who go to Florida looking to clinch another AFC East division title. Coach Adam Gase said Monday it doesn’t matter who his Dolphins are playing Sunday. Every win is crucial. “Just prepare for that week’s game,” Gase said. “That’s all we can do. Every game at this point in the season is going to be meaningful no matter who you’re playing. We have to just focus on preparing, correcting the things we need to correct and just focus on our guys doing their jobs.” He added about his team: “We have a long ways to go. I know that.”

New England Patriots: Could offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels be headed to Green Bay? A Yahoo! Sports report on Monday said McDaniels is interested in replacing fired head coach Mike McCarthy with the Packers. The report also indicated that some NFL assistant coaches want to work for McDaniels in Green Bay, with even one pulling out of contention for another position to see what happens with McDaniels. But will Green Bay have an interest in McDaniels after he spurned the Indianapolis Colts after accepting their head coaching job 10 months ago? That remains to be seen.

New York Jets: Head coach Todd Bowles has taken his lumps this season, blaming many of the defeats in this 3-9 season on himself. But after the Jets squandered a 16-point lead and lost to the Tennessee Titans 26-22 on Sunday, he placed the loss on his players — starting with the 11 penalties for 96 yards. “I don’t know how many (penalties) we had, but it felt like we had one every play. It cost us, and it’s disgusting.” On Monday, he told reporters he never will forget this game. “This game will stick with me for the rest of my life. I’ve been in about three of them. This will go right up there with those games.” In their game-winning drive, the Titans went six plays in 86 yards, helped by three penalties: face mask on Trumaine Johnson, holding on Morris Claiborne and illegal use of hands on Jordan Jenkins.

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Giants’ Manning still starter, Lauletta likely backup Sunday

Giants' Manning still starter, Lauletta likely backup Sunday

Yet to be officially

Giants’ Manning still starter, Lauletta likely backup Sunday

Yet to be officially eliminated from playoff contention, the New York Giants will start quarterback Eli Manning again in Week 14 against the Washington Redskins.

“Eli is going to start this week against the Redskins,” head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Monday. “Eli’s our starter, and we have two backups. Last week, [Kyle] Lauletta dressed as No. 2.”

Shurmur added there’s a “good chance” that Lauletta remains the backup on Sunday, a week after he dressed ahead of Alex Tanney for the first time this season. The coach didn’t offer much on why Lauletta was promoted, saying, “because I thought it was time, that’s why.”

SNY reported two weeks ago that the Giants still intend to play Lauletta at some point this season, but not before the team’s playoff hopes are officially gone. After Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears, the Giants are 4-8, three games back of the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys with four games to play. Two of the final four games are within the division: Sunday at Washington and Week 17 vs. Dallas.

Many have assumed the team will move on from Manning, who turns 38 on Jan. 3, after this season, which would make it worthwhile to assess Lauletta and gauge the rookie fourth-rounder’s progress.

However, SNY reported last week that a decision has not yet been made on Manning’s future, and the team could bring him back in 2019 depending on what other options are available.

Manning went 19-for-35 passing for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception on Sunday. He has 3,263 yards, 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season while posting his highest yards-per-attempt average (7.5) since 2011 and his highest ever completion percentage (67.9). Manning has also been sacked 41 times, a career high and 10 more than in all of 2017.

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Broncos’ Harris avoids IR, eyes Week 17 return

Broncos' Harris avoids IR, eyes Week 17 return

The Denver Broncos won't put

Broncos’ Harris avoids IR, eyes Week 17 return

The Denver Broncos won’t put cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve, head coach Vance Joseph announced Monday, a day after Harris suffered a small break in his right leg.

“It’s great news for Chris,” Joseph said of the diagnosis, which multiple reports said was a broken fibula. “He has time to hopefully recover and heal up, and hopefully we’re still playing.”

Harris told reporters Monday he’s targeting the Broncos’ Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 30 for a return, though he said trainers have told him that might be one week too early.

“He needs rest and rehab, and we’ll see how it falls in a couple weeks,” Joseph said of Harris’ timeline.

With four weeks left in the regular season, the Broncos are 6-6 and one game back of the Baltimore Ravens for the final AFC wild-card spot, although the Ravens hold the head-to-head tiebreaker by virtue of a Week 3 win over Denver. Any potential playoff game would be the first weekend in January.

With Harris staying on the active roster, Joseph said the team won’t add another cornerback for depth. However, multiple outlets reported later Monday the Broncos will sign free agent Jamar Taylor, who was released by the Arizona Cardinals two weeks ago after playing in 10 games (three starts) this season.

Denver currently has Bradley Roby and Tramaine Brock — who missed Sunday’s game with a rib injury — starting, with third-round rookie Isaac Yiadom next in line and Brendan Langley, recently promoted from the practice squad, as depth. Joseph said he is hopeful Brock will be ready to return this week.

The Broncos could also choose to play safety Justin Simmons as the third cornerback as he did on Sunday, when he moved to the slot and covered Tyler Boyd after Harris went down.

“It says a lot, for a guy to not to work nickel all week and to move there in the first quarter of the game and play 50 snaps there at a high level right away,” Joseph said Monday of Simmons’ play. “That also speaks to his physical traits, to match (wide receiver Tyler) Boyd, who was their best guy outside of A.J. Green. … He won more than he lost. That’s special.”

Meanwhile, defensive end Derek Wolfe (torn rib cartilage) and linebacker Josey Jewell (mild high-ankle sprain) are both day-to-day and could play this week, Joseph announced.

Jewell, a fourth-round rookie, has started five straight games with Brandon Marshall battling a knee injury, though Joseph said he expects Marshall to return on Sunday.

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