Recovering Amendola angling to play against Patriots

Recovering Amendola angling to play against Patriots

Buffalo Bills: Head coach Sean McDermott told reporters Wednesday that the team released veteran wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin because the player-team pairing “obviously didn’t work.” He added: “The important (thing) … for us, is that we continue to take swings and we did. You step up to the plate and you take a swing and some of those are going to work and some aren’t.” All but out of the playoff picture at 4-8, the Bills will look at younger players and start building for 2009. “We’ve got some younger receives that have stepped up and showed some signs of their potential and flashed,” McDermott said. “Our commitment to them is to give them more opportunities and to see them build a relationship with Josh (Allen) to see them continue to develop and that’s important moving forward.”

Miami Dolphins: Receiver Danny Amendola missed last Sunday’s game against the Bills but practiced Wednesday. Head coach Adam Gase said he was unsure of Amendola’s status for their upcoming game, although the wideout is eager to meet his former teammates and the New England Patriots. “He wants to play in this game as bad as anybody,” Gase said. “I’m trying to give him a little bit of the ability to show that he can go, but at the same time just try to make sure that we get through the week the right way. We don’t [want to] lose him for any longer than we already have.” Amendola left the Patriots after the 2017 season, lured by a two-year contract that can be worth as much as $12 million. He had two catches for 21 yards in a Week 4 game at New England.

New England Patriots: As NFL teams look to fill head-coach openings (Cleveland, Green Bay) and other teams anticipate coaching vacancies, the name of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is being thrown around. He accepted the Indianapolis Colts’ job after last season but backed out at the last minute. Owner Robert Kraft didn’t sound worried about the possibility of McDaniels leaving New England again, after he left the Patriots before the 2009 season to coach the Denver Broncos and returned in 2012. “I care about winning Sunday. That’s what really what I care about,” Kraft told the Boston Herald. “Whatever happens … you know, we have good people. I’m actually flattered that people are after our people.”

New York Jets: Safety Jamal Adams is just in his second year but has become a vocal team leader. And this week, he talked about the seeming inevitability that head coach Todd Bowles will be fired after the season ends. Adams said on his regular weekly interview on WFAN that Bowles isn’t the problem with the Jets (3-9). “There are other problems in that building,” Adams said. “I feel for him. I really do. It’s not his problems that are going on right now. Hopefully, it’s going to change next year. We’ve got to change it. It needs to be changed, because to me, we’re running out of time.”

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Bengals’ Lewis not seeking job assurances

Bengals' Lewis not seeking job assurances

Baltimore Ravens: Rookie offensive

Bengals’ Lewis not seeking job assurances

Baltimore Ravens: Rookie offensive tackle Orlando Brown has become a stabilizer up front for the Ravens during the switch from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson. While Brown was playing well in November as coach John Harbaugh assessed, his mentality is making him a great fit for a more grinding approach from Baltimore. On Wednesday, Ravens left tackle Ronnie Stanley said Brown has been nothing short of “great.” Harbaugh explained previously: “Brown has a real mentality about him – a real right-tackle mentality. He’s like his dad, and that’s the greatest compliment that I or anybody else could give him.”

Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Lewis reportedly has an option in his contract for the 2019 season and media speculation on his status is picking up as the Bengals slip behind AFC North leaders and out of the playoff hunt. Has Lewis received any front-office assurance on his status for next season? “No,” Lewis said. “I wouldn’t expect any or ask for any. My job is to coach the football team.”

Cleveland Browns: Rookie cornerback Denzel Ward did not practice Wednesday due to a concussion, but cornerback Terrance Mitchell is set to return after missing eight weeks with a wrist injury. Head coach Gregg Williams said Ward has improved his tackling technique but is still prone to abandoning technique in heat of the battle. “It is one of those things that at that corner position, especially him, you have to be down,” Williams said. Mitchell has practiced the past two weeks.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers haven’t won in Oakland since 1995 and while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the venue is “cool,” he also said it’s not an easy place to play because of the challenges that come with it. “The environment, the team, the travel. A little bit of everything,” he said. The Steelers, cognizant of the recent trend, are shifting travel to California for the first time in Roethlisberger’s career to arrive early in the day Friday. “I guess we are trying something different,” he said.

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Packers WR Adams wanted better for McCarthy

Packers WR Adams wanted better for McCarthy

Packers WR Adams wanted better for McCarthy

Chicago Bears: Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said scoring a rushing touchdown was “super fun” having seen it several times from the other side of the ball. “I’m framing that. First time ever in my career. I’ve been playing defensive tackle since I was 15 years old,” Hicks said of his 1-yard plunge against the Giants. “I’m not a big celebration guy. I just like to get the job done.” Hicks said he will accept the label of “The Freezer” if it sticks, an homage for William “The Refrigerator” Perry. “I hope The Fridge is sitting at home and he can see me put one in the end zone, can see that and says ‘I did that and I did it better.'”

Detroit Lions: Given the first rookie quarterback on the schedule – Sam Darnold — put up a 116.8 rating and 48 points in Week 1 for the Jets, defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni will stress to his defense there are no rookies in the NFL this time of year. The Lions draw first-round QBs in Josh Rosen (Sunday vs. Arizona) and Josh Allen (Week 15 vs. Buffalo) the next two games. Darnold completed 76 percent of his passes in the surprising Week 1 blowout. Head coach Matt Patricia said Rosen is benefiting from a polished supporting cast. “They’ve got a lot of good players, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, they just give him an opportunity to get the ball to those guys in different ways, to allow him to control it,” Patricia said. “He’s obviously learning and going through the process right now.”

Green Bay Packers: Asking wide receiver Davante Adams how he feels about a fresh start on the heels of a coaching change brought a thoughtful, emotional response. “It’s tough. That insinuates I’m in favor of him being fired. There’s obviously a negative stigma lately. You mention Mike McCarthy’s name in a public setting and I’m sure it carries a negative connotation. Same time, he’s done amazing things for this town and obviously the football team, he’s been able to contribute a lot to us as men individually. It’s sad to see him gone. Like I said, I have a lot of respect for him. It’s sad to see him gone. … Hopefully things get better from here on out, and things get better for him as well.”

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are passing the ball more than 67 percent of their offensive plays and head coach Mike Zimmer repeated Sunday his desire for offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to call more running plays. But with many insinuating there is a growing rift between the coaches, Zimmer tried Wednesday to diffuse that theory. ”I think Flip is doing a good job,” Zimmer said. ”We talk all the time. We talk about things, what I think are important, and I think he tries to do those.”

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Bears QB Trubisky ‘close to 100 percent’

Bears QB Trubisky 'close to 100 percent'

Rest has restored Chicago Bears quarterback

Bears QB Trubisky ‘close to 100 percent’

Rest has restored Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who said Wednesday he is “really close” to 100 percent.

Trubisky is expected to return to the lineup Sunday for the NFC showdown at Soldier Field against the Los Angeles Rams. He missed the past two games with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, the result of a hit from Vikings safety Harrison Smith in Chicago’s primetime win over Minnesota on Nov. 18.

“Arm feels really good. Just throwing as much as they’ll let me and taking care of it,” Trubisky said. “I’m just making sure I’m 100 percent when I get back out there.”

Trubisky remains on the injury report but practiced without limitation Wednesday for the first time since his injury. Chase Daniel, 1-1 in Trubisky’s stead, worked with the second team.

If he’s on the field for the Bears, he’ll be staring down his summer roommate, Rams quarterback Jared Goff, in what sets up as an exciting, offense-heavy affair. They trained together in Southern California over the offseason.

Trubisky said Wednesday he viewed Goff as a reason to believe in himself. Both struggled as rookies, but Goff found his footing last season and is having an MVP-caliber campaign in Year 3. Goff was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016.

“It was fun,” Trubisky said. “It was a good time. We were just out there relaxing in the offseason. Training a little bit. Got to know him. We are pretty tight, good friends. He’s an awesome dude. We pushed each other in the offseason. We work with the same quarterback coach out there and trainer. Just getting better in the offseason and enjoying some downtime. Just enjoying each other’s company.

Goff tossed 28 touchdowns in his second season; Trubisky has 20 touchdowns in his first year with head coach Matt Nagy.

“It just shows me anything is possible,” Trubisky said. “Just because everybody writes you off one year doesn’t mean you can’t come out and have a really good year the next year. Especially with a great coach coming here and helping this organization. Just being a lot different on offense as far as scheme and philosophy. I think it gives you a lot of confidence as a quarterback. You can never dwell too much on the past, especially if you have a bad year before. You just have to work hard in the offseason, come back, believe in the plan, believe in yourself and just go out there and play ball like you know how.”

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Cardinals put LT Humphries on injured reserve

Cardinals put LT Humphries on injured reserve

The Arizona Cardinals put left tackle

Cardinals put LT Humphries on injured reserve

The Arizona Cardinals put left tackle D.J. Humphries on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Humphries has been battling a right knee injury since it swelled during the Cardinals’ loss at Kansas City on Nov. 11 and missed the last three games.

Last week, coach Steve Wilks said he was “very hopeful” that Humphries would play Sunday in Green Bay, but the 24-year-old suffered a setback that made him inactive.

With Humphries out, Arizona (3-9) is down all five members of the offensive line who started the season: left guard Mike Iupati (knee), right guard Justin Pugh (knee) and starting center A.Q. Shipley (knee) are on IR, and right tackle Andre Smith was released last week for poor performance.

Joe Barksdale, who was released by the Los Angeles Chargers this week, will replace Humphries on the roster. The Cardinals also signed offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo off the Colts’ practice squad Wednesday.

Rookie Korey Cunningham will remain at left tackle. He has played in Humphries’ place the past three games.

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Reports: Broncos WR Sanders has torn Achilles

Reports: Broncos WR Sanders has torn Achilles

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tore his

Reports: Broncos WR Sanders has torn Achilles

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tore his left Achilles during Wednesday’s practice, according to multiple reports.

Sanders was helped off the field and appeared to be in significant pain after going down while running a route versus air. Head coach Vance Joseph told reporters after practice Sanders was being evaluated for an Achilles injury, with an MRI coming shortly.

Per multiple reports, the MRI confirmed a torn Achilles, and Sanders will be placed on injured reserve. The Broncos reportedly claimed wide receiver Andre Holmes, who was cut on Tuesday by the Buffalo Bills, to take Sanders’ place on the roster.

Holmes, 30, had 12 catches for 157 yards in 12 games (three starts) with Buffalo this season. He played for Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave from 2015-16 with the Oakland Raiders.

Much of the receiving burden will be placed on rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton this week against the San Francisco 49ers and cornerback Richard Sherman. Demaryius Thomas was traded at the deadline in late October.

Sanders, 31, was on pace for his fourth career 1,000-yard season with 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He has one year and $10.25 million remaining on his contract.

It is the third season-ending injury to a Broncos starter that occurred in practice this year, after tight end Jake Butt and guard Max Garcia each tore ACLs in practice. Joseph said Sanders’ injury was unrelated to a heel injury he battled last week.

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Agent Cook accused of funding McNair at Alcorn State

Agent Cook accused of funding McNair at Alcorn State

Agent Cook accused of funding McNair at Alcorn State

Steve McNair became a Heisman Trophy candidate at Alcorn State and was drafted in the first round by the Houston Oilers in 1995, who later relocated to Tennessee, where he was represented by agent Bus Cook.

According to multiple college teammates, McNair was being paid well by Cook even in college.

In the latest episode of Sports Illustrated’s series on McNair’s life, which ended in July 2009 when he was shot in a condo in Nashville, teammates detailed payments Cook made to McNair during his college playing days.

Cook represents several well-known players, including Russell Wilson and Cam Newton and was the primary sports agent for Brett Favre, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Calvin Johnson, Jay Cutler and McNair.

McNair’s backup at Alcorn State, Jerry Fletcher, said they visited Cook once a month for payment.

“Me and Steve used to disappear all the time and we’d just go to Bus Cook[‘s] office, all the time. You know? He’d pick up a little, some money or whatever, and then we used to leave and come on back to Alcorn. We did that numerous occasions,” Fletcher told SI. “[W]hen me and him was going down there he was getting exactly $5,000.”

Cook denied the allegations.

However, another Alcorn teammate who went on to hire Cook, told Sports Illustrated the claim was accurate.

Marcus Hinton was asked by SI’s Tim Rohan: “Was Bus giving Steve money, or … or you know, helping him out financially, back then?”

“I don’t know if he was in high school,” Hinton said. “But I mean in college, I mean he was all looking out for us, and doing stuff for us.”

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Dolphins CB Howard week-to-week

Dolphins CB Howard week-to-week

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien

Dolphins CB Howard week-to-week

Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is week-to-week with a knee injury.

The third-year cornerback has seven interceptions, including a pair against the Buffalo Bills, this season. Howard was hurt on his second interception of Bills quarterback Josh Allen according to coach Adam Gase, and didn’t practice Wednesday.

“He’s one of our best players, if not our best player on that side of the ball,” Gase said Wednesday.

Howard is fourth in the NFL with 12 passes defended and on Wednesday was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Dolphins (6-6) remain alive in the playoff chase and face the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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Raiders WR Bryant placed on IR

Raiders WR Bryant placed on IR

Wide receiver Martavis Bryant's

Raiders WR Bryant placed on IR

Wide receiver Martavis Bryant’s rocky season with the Oakland Raiders came to an end Wednesday.

Bryant was placed on injured reserve with a posterior cruciate ligament injury after missing the previous three games. The Raiders also placed linebacker Shilique Calhoun (neck) on IR.

Bryant was acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2018 NFL Draft.

He caught 19 passes for 266 yards and no touchdowns.

Bryant struggled to stay on the field, starting with migraine headaches in training camp that forced him off the field, before his knee injury.

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Reports: Broncos fear WR Sanders ruptured Achilles

Reports: Broncos fear WR Sanders ruptured Achilles

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was helped

Reports: Broncos fear WR Sanders ruptured Achilles

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was helped off the field Wednesday with what the team fears is a ruptured Achilles.

According to multiple reports, Sanders was in significant pain and was taken for tests on the injury.

The Broncos would place more of the receiving burden on rookie Courtland Sutton without Sanders this week against the San Francisco 49ers and cornerback Richard Sherman.

Sanders, 31, was on pace for his fourth career 1,000-yard season with 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

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Panthers QB Newton limited with shoulder injury

Panthers QB Newton limited with shoulder injury

Carolina Panthers quarterback

Panthers QB Newton limited with shoulder injury

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was limited due to a shoulder injury on Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday.

Head coach Ron Rivera provided few details on the injury, only briefly summarizing by saying “we’ll see what the doctors say.”

Newton threw four interceptions in a Week 13 loss at Tampa Bay to the Buccaneers that puts the Panthers’ playoff hopes in peril. If Newton is hurt, the offense would change radically.

At 6-6, the Panthers are four games behind the division-leading New Orleans Saints.

Newton has seven touchdowns and six interceptions in the past three games.

NFL Network reported Newton expects to deal with the shoulder injury for the remainder of the season.

The Panthers face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday before two games with the Saints, split by a date with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Redskins sign QB Johnson, put three on IR

Redskins sign QB Johnson, put three on IR

Redskins sign QB Johnson, put three on IR

The Washington Redskins made a slew of moves on Wednesday, including placing three players on injured reserve and signing veteran quarterback Josh Johnson.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar (shin), wideout Trey Quinn (ankle) and guard Jonathan Cooper (biceps) are all out for the rest of the season after landing on injured reserve.

Quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during Washington’s 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, ending his season and pushing the Redskins to sign Johnson. The Redskins lost starter Alex Smith to a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.

McCoy’s injury leaves veteran Mark Sanchez as the starter.

Johnson was a fifth-round pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 and played in 26 games there, five of them starts. He also had stints with the Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, but was rarely used.

Johnson, 32, last played in 2013 and has an 0-5 career record as a starter, completing 96 of 177 passes for 1,042 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

The Redskins also signed three other free agents: defensive end Marcus Smith, guard Zac Kerin and center Demetrius Rhaney to replace the trio placed on the IR Wednesday.

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Giants S Collins likely needs shoulder surgery

Giants S Collins likely needs shoulder surgery

Giants S Collins likely needs shoulder surgery

Already ruled out by the Giants this week, safety Landon Collins is likely headed to injured reserve with a shoulder injury that is expected to require surgery.

ESPN reported Wednesday that Collins would be placed on injured reserve and surgery was imminent. Head coach Pat Shurmur denied any decision was made.

“Landon Collins has a shoulder injury that will most likely require surgery. It’s not final yet. We’ve been getting it evaluated for the past couple of days,” Shurmur said.

Collins was injured Sunday in the Giants’ overtime win over the Chicago Bears.

“In a sport where toughness is required, Landon Collins has a lot of it,” Shurmur said.

Scheduled to become a free agent in March, Collins could opt to shut it down for 2018, especially if surgery is a foregone conclusion.

“We’ll obviously miss Landon, but it’s an opportunity for young guys to step up,” Giants safety Michael Thomas said. “There’s no replacing a Landon Collins though, he’s a Pro Bowl player. He leaves it all out on the field.”

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Bengals put WR Green on injured reserve

Bengals put WR Green on injured reserve

Bengals put WR Green on injured reserve

Cincinnati wideout A.J. Green is done for the season.

The Bengals placed Green on injured reserve on Wednesday, where he will join quarterback Andy Dalton (thumb).

The 30-year-old 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 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.

The team activated cornerback Davontae Harris from injured reserve in a corresponding move.

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NFL puts ref on leave over Hughes altercation

NFL puts ref on leave over Hughes altercation

NFL puts ref on leave over Hughes altercation

The NFL placed referee Roy Ellison on administrative leave as it investigates an altercation between the umpire and Buffalo defensive end Jerry Hughes after the Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins 21-17 on Sunday.

Hughes was caught on video yelling at an unidentified official in the bowels of Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., and heard bellowing, “I’ll catch you.” Hughes is also heard accusing the object of his ire of calling him an expletive.

As another player and a Bills official direct Hughes to the locker room, Hughes is heard saying, “I’m going to knock his … out when I see him. I’m going to hurry up and get dressed. He called me a (expletive).”

Asked after the game if he had confronted an official, Hughes said he did not and did “not recall” an official calling him an expletive during the game.

When told there was video of the episode, he said. “I would love to see this video.”

Ellison, a full-time umpire in his 16th season, was suspended for one game in 2013 for using abusive language aimed at Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams.

Hughes, a nine-year veteran and former first-round pick, has 6.0 sacks this season and 45.5 for his career.

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Official on leave after accusation about derogatory comment

Official on leave after accusation about derogatory comment

Official on leave after accusation about derogatory comment

The NFL has sidelined an official after a Buffalo Bills player said the official called him by a derogatory term during a confrontation after the Bills lost to the Miami Dolphins in Miami on Sunday.

Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes faced umpire Roy Ellison as he and other members of the officiating crew were in the tunnel leading from the field to locker room.

In the episode caught on video, a Bills teammate and a staff member both helped to restrain Hughes after he accused Ellison of calling him a “b—-.”

Although he denied saying it later Sunday when talking with reporters, Hughes can also be heard on the video saying, “I’ll catch you. Trust me, I’ll catch you. I’ll catch you. Guarantee it.”

On Tuesday, the NFL put Ellison on administrative leave, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

It’s not the first time Ellison has faced such an accusation.

In 2013, the league suspended him for one game for making “profane and derogatory” comments to Trent Williams, an offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins.

According to an NFL.com report at the time, Williams said that Ellison referred to him as “a garbage (expletive) disrespectful mother (expletive).”

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Packers fire asst. coach Moss over ‘hold No. 12 accountable’ tweet

Packers fire asst. coach Moss over 'hold No. 12 accountable' tweet

Packers fire asst. coach Moss over ‘hold No. 12 accountable’ tweet

Accountability went from platform to downfall for Winston Moss on Tuesday.

Moss, a longtime assistant coach under Mike McCarthy with the Green Bay Packers whose official title was associate head coach/linebackers coach, was fired Tuesday in the aftermath of a tweet that drew attention because it called for the team’s next coach to hold Aaron Rodgers accountable.

“Ponder this… what Championship teams have are great leadership! Period! It’s not the offensive guru trend, it’s not the safe trend. Find somebody that is going to hold #12 and everybody in this building to a #LombardiStandard! Period! #losingsucks!” Moss wrote.

While supporters and detractors alike flocked to the post to share their opinion, the Packers wasted little time expressing their view of Moss’ public comment.

“We thank Winston for his contributions to the Packers over the past 13 years,” said interim head coach Joe Philbin in a brief statement. “We hope for the best for Winston and his family moving forward.”

On Monday in the team’s first extended public comments, Packers officials said Rodgers had “nothing to do with” McCarthy being fired. But media scrutiny became more intense in recent weeks of the relationship behind the scenes, and Moss, of course, had a front-row seat to the player-coach interaction for the duration of McCarthy’s tenure.

Moss, a former NFL linebacker, worked with McCarthy in New Orleans, when both were assistant coaches.

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NFL notebook: Hunt suspension could go into ’19

NFL notebook: Hunt suspension could go into '19

NFL notebook: Hunt suspension could go into ’19

The NFL is mulling a multigame suspension for former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt that could last into the 2019 season, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The league is considering three different off-field incidents involving Hunt, the bombshell coming last week when TMZ released a video showing Hunt pushing and kicking a woman in Cleveland in February.

Hunt was also involved in an altercation at a restaurant last June, an incident the NFL was aware of and questioned the running back about. However, TMZ reported Monday that Hunt was involved in a violent incident last January at a Kansas City nightclub, an altercation the NFL did not previously know about, according to ESPN.

In that incident, TMZ reported that Hunt and others — including then-Chiefs running back George Atkinson — beat a man to the point of unconsciousness on Jan. 11.

–On the day when the Redskins had a second quarterback undergo surgery to repair a broken right leg, Washington coach Jay Gruden said that free agent Colin Kaepernick would not be the right option for the team as it looks for signal-calling reinforcements.

Colt McCoy broke his fibula Monday in the Redskins’ 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and he underwent surgery Tuesday. The team won’t place him on injured reserve, as there is a chance he could return this season.

Gruden said Tuesday of Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback: “Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback and new system installed and taught in a couple of days of practice. He’s been talked about and discussed, but we’ll probably go a different direction.”

–A day after reportedly visiting the Chiefs, running back C.J. Anderson apparently is joining one of their AFC West rivals.

The 27-year-old free agent will sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Anderson, a Bay Area native who played for Oakland’s Laney College and the University of California-Berkeley, scored the clinching touchdown as the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara, Calif.

–Pittsburgh running back James Conner will miss the Steelers’ Sunday game against the Raiders due to a sprained left ankle, coach Mike Tomlin announced.

Conner was injured during the fourth quarter Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, and the team initially thought the injury was minor. However, medical tests revealed a more serious injury to the ankle, leading to the diagnosis of a sprain.

–San Francisco long snapper Kyle Nelson has reportedly received a 10-game suspension.

There was no immediate word on the reason for the punishment, first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates.

Nelson’s suspension would cover the final four games of this season and the first six games of the 2019 regular season.

–Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that linebacker Sean Lee would retain his role as a starter when he is ready to return from his hamstring injury.

Jones made the declaration despite the fact that first-round draft pick Leighton Vander Esch is enjoying a huge season that has placed him in the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year discussion.

“He’s improving,” Jones told 105.3 The Fan of Vander Esch. “But Sean Lee, make no mistake about it, when he’s right, there’s nobody better.”

–The Houston Texans activated running back D’Onta Foreman from the physically unable to perform list, making him eligible to play immediately.

The second-year player has missed the entire 2018 season with a torn Achilles, an injury he sustained in a 2017 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

Foreman ran for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games as a rookie before the injury.

–The Buffalo Bills released veteran wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Benjamin struggled to fit in with the Bills, making just 39 receptions for 571 yards and two touchdowns in 18 total games with the club.

Holmes was the most experienced receiver on Buffalo’s roster, playing in his seventh professional season. He has just 12 catches for 157 yards this season.

–Former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner, best known as a member of Seattle’s Legion of Boom, was sentenced to eight years in California state prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder, TMZ reported.

The 34-year-old former Pro Bowl selection was originally charged with attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary (person present) and false imprisonment, as well as two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment.

He was facing a possible life sentence.

–If the Miami Dolphins hope to continue their playoff push, they will have to do it without tight end A.J. Derby.

Derby, who has dealt with a foot injury for most of 2018 while playing in only four games, became the 11th member of the Dolphins to be placed on injured reserve this season.

The Dolphins also claimed former University of Miami cornerback Dee Delaney off waivers.

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Reports: Raiders to sign RB Anderson

Reports: Raiders to sign RB Anderson

Reports: Raiders to sign RB Anderson

A day after reportedly visiting the Chiefs, running back C.J. Anderson apparently is joining one of Kansas City’s AFC West rivals.

The 27-year-old free agent will sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to Tuesday reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

The move would be a homecoming for Anderson, a Bay Area native who played for Oakland’s Laney College and the University of California-Berkeley. He later won an NFL championship in the area, scoring the clinching touchdown as the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara, Calif.

Anderson appeared in nine games for the Panthers earlier this season before he was released three weeks ago. After signing a one-year, $1.75 million contract with Carolina prior to the season, Anderson produced 104 yards and no touchdowns on 24 carries. He also had one reception, which went for a 24-yard TD.

The Chiefs reportedly talked to Anderson and Charcandrick West on Monday before deciding to sign West as a replacement for Kareem Hunt, who was released in the wake of a video showing him pushing and kicking a woman.

The Raiders got a good look at Anderson when he played for Denver from 2013-17. In 58 games (36 starts) for the Broncos, Anderson ran 693 times for 3,051 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 103 catches for 859 yards and four scores.

Oakland (2-10) was seeking reinforcement at running back following an ugly performance at the position on Sunday in a 40-33 home loss to the Chiefs. Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington each lost a fumble in the defeat.

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Dolphins TE Derby placed on IR

Dolphins TE Derby placed on IR

Dolphins TE Derby placed on IR

If the Miami Dolphins hope to continue their playoff push, they will have to do it without tight end A.J. Derby.

Derby, who has dealt with a foot injury for most of 2018 while playing in only four games, became the 11th member of the Dolphins to be placed on injured reserve this season.

Announcing the move Tuesday, Miami also claimed former University of Miami cornerback Dee Delaney off waivers.

Derby last played against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 11. The fourth-year player finished 2018 with three catches for 48 yards and one touchdown.

Delaney spent the 2017 season with the Hurricanes, then was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars, working with their practice squad and joining the active roster this season. He was waived Monday as the Jags made room for running back Leonard Fournette, who is returning from a one-game suspension.

Delaney becomes the sixth cornerback on the roster this season for the Dolphins, who have a 6-6 record and a chance to earn an AFC wild-card playoff spot.

–Field Level Media

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Report: 49ers long snapper suspended 10 games

Report: 49ers long snapper suspended 10 games

San Francisco 49ers

Report: 49ers long snapper suspended 10 games

San Francisco 49ers long snapper Kyle Nelson has reportedly received a 10-game suspension.

There was no immediate word on the reason for the punishment, first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates on Tuesday.

Nelson’s suspension would cover the final four games of this season and the first six games of the 2019 regular season.

Nelson, 32, has started 76 consecutive games since joining the 49ers in 2014. Before that he spent one season each with the San Diego Chargers (2012) and Washington Redskins (2013).

San Francisco worked out several long snappers last week, according to NBC Sports.

Nelson is in the final year of a four-year extension signed in 2015 and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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