Titans grant WR Matthews his release

Titans grant WR Matthews his release

The Tennessee Titans released wideout Rishard Matthews on Thursday, the team announced, a day after reports emerged that the veteran had requested to be let go.

Matthews’ request, which general manager Jon Robinson said he received Monday, stemmed from a lack of playing time and targets. Matthews has just three catches for 11 yards this season while playing only half (95) of the team’s offensive snaps.

“We explored the trade option with several teams, and I would say that market never really manifested itself to get a deal,” Robinson told reporters Thursday.

Matthews, who turns 29 next month, had signed a one-year extension in August worth $7.75 million but contained no guaranteed money. He now becomes a free agent. He posted a photo of his family on Instagram on Wednesday and wrote, “When Daddy’s home for good. That is unless someone Calls him to get off the couch.”

The seven-year veteran was productive in his first two seasons in Tennessee, putting up 945 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016 and 795 yards and four TDs last season.

Robinson said the Titans will look at available wideouts in free agency but won’t be in a rush to sign one. That likely means more work for Taywan Taylor, a 2017 third-round pick, alongside 2017 first-round pick Corey Davis. Taylor has played 65 offensive snaps (34.2 percent) this season, trailing Davis (163) and Tajae Sharpe (110).

“We are all sticking together,” Taylor told reporters. “Rishard was one of our playmakers, and losing a playmaker is obviously not ideal. But now there is an opportunity for guys to step up and produce even more.

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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.

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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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Texans activate RB Foreman (Achilles) from PUP list

Texans activate RB Foreman (Achilles) from PUP list

The Houston Texans activated running back D'Onta Foreman from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Tuesday, making him eligible to play immediately.

Texans activate RB Foreman (Achilles) from PUP list

The Houston Texans activated running back D’Onta Foreman from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Tuesday, making him eligible to play immediately.

The second-year player has missed the entire 2018 season with a torn Achilles, an injury he suffered in a Nov. 19, 2017 win against the Arizona Cardinals.

A third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas, Foreman ran for 327 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games as a rookie before the injury.

He adds depth to a Houston backfield led by Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue. The Texans (9-3), winners of nine straight games, are tied for second in the league in rushing with 140.8 yards per game.

Houston hosts the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) on Sunday.

In a corresponding move, the team waived rookie cornerback Natrell Jamerson to make room on the active roster for Foreman.

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Bills release veteran receivers Benjamin, Holmes

Bills release veteran receivers Benjamin, Holmes

The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday announced they have

Bills release veteran receivers Benjamin, Holmes

The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday announced they have released veteran wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes.

The release of Benjamin is particularly surprising, given the team gave up third- and seventh-round picks to get him from the Carolina Panthers at the trade deadline last season.

But 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. He has 23 catches for 354 yards and one score in 12 games this season.

Benjamin had 1,008 yards as a rookie in 2014 and another 941 in 2016 after a torn ACL cost him the 2015 season. But an apparent falling out with the Panthers led to his exit. In August, Benjamin told The Athletic’s Tim Graham he and Carolina were “a bad fit from the get-go,” and was critical of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

“If you would’ve put me with any other quarterback, let’s be real, you know what I’m saying?” Benjamin told Graham. “Any other accurate quarterback like (Aaron) Rodgers or Eli Manning or Big Ben (Roethlisberger) — anybody! — quarterbacks with knowledge, that know how to place a ball and give you a better chance to catch the ball. It just felt like I wasn’t in that position.”

Holmes was the most experienced receiver on Buffalo’s roster, playing in his seventh professional season. He has just 12 catches for 157 yards without a score this season, his second in Buffalo.

His best year came in 2014, when he had 47 catches for 693 yards and four touchdowns with Oakland.

The moves leave the team with five receivers on the active roster. And of those, only Deonte Thompson has more than two years of experience.

The team also announced the signing of cornerback Denzel Rice and defensive end Mike Love from the practice squad.

The Bills are 4-8 and host the 3-9 New York Jets on Sunday.

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Ex-CB Browner reportedly gets 8 years in prison

Ex-CB Browner reportedly gets 8 years in prison

Ex-CB Browner reportedly gets 8 years in prison

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 Tuesday.

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.

According to TMZ, Browner pleaded no contest to the attempted murder and two child endangerment charges in exchange for the remaining charges being dropped. He was immediately remanded into custody and is currently behind bars, the outlet reported.

On July 8, police in La Verne, Calif., answered a report that a man had broken into a home through a locked window. The caller identified the man as Browner and said she tried to flee but that he physically forced her back into her residence and, per TMZ, smothered her in a carpet.

The police report said that Browner physically harmed the woman and threatened to kill her. According to police, Browner fled the scene before police arrived, and he also was accused of taking a Rolex watch valued at $20,000 from the victim.

He was arrested later that afternoon in Azusa, Calif., without incident.

An undrafted free agent after playing at Oregon State, Browner played five seasons in the NFL, with the Seahawks from 2011-13 and one season apiece with the New England Patriots (2014) and the New Orleans Saints (2015). He was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2011.

He won Super Bowl championships with Seattle and New England.

Browner also played in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders before making an NFL roster.

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Steelers RB Conner to miss game with ankle injury

Steelers RB Conner to miss game with ankle injury

Steelers RB Conner to miss game with ankle injury

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

Conner was injured during the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers and the team initially thought the injury was minor.

But medical tests revealed a more serious injury to the ankle, leading to the diagnosis of a sprain.

“James Conner’s injury is probably a little more significant than we initially thought,” Tomlin told reporters. “He’s got an ankle sprain, not a contusion, and so he’ll be out this week.”

The Steelers will certainly miss Conner, who has rushed for 909 yards and 12 touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 467 yards and one score.

Rookie Jaylen Samuels figures to get most of the work against the Raiders. The fifth-round pick had two carries for five yards against the Chargers and three receptions for 20 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown.

Overall, Samuels has 12 carries for 31 yards this season and seven receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns.

Samuels was primarily a tight end in college at North Carolina State and caught 201 passes for 1,851 yards and 19 touchdowns. He rushed the ball 182 times for 1,107 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Pittsburgh-area reporters asked Samuels on Monday if he had ever been the main running back in a game.

“Have I ever been a true runner?” Samuels said. “No. I have never been like a true running back who gets like 20 carries in a game. But if that presents itself, I am ready for whatever. I am down for whatever tasks.”

The Steelers also have Stevan Ridley in the mix. The eight-year veteran has rushed for 56 yards on 18 carries this season and last touched the ball on Nov. 8.

Pittsburgh also promoted running back Trey Edmunds from the practice squad and placed receiver Justin Hunter (shoulder) on injured reserve. Edmunds had 48 yards and one touchdown on nine rushes for the New Orleans Saints in 2017.

Conner became the Steelers’ main back due to Le’Veon Bell’s holdout from the team.

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Redskins QB McCoy out for season with broken leg

Redskins QB McCoy out for season with broken leg

Redskins QB McCoy out for season with broken leg

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during Washington’s 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, coach Jay Gruden confirmed postgame.

The injury thrust 32-year-old journeyman Mark Sanchez, who was signed Nov. 19 and last played at the end of 2016, into the lineup. Washington lost starter Alex Smith to a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.

“This is a tough blow,” Gruden said of McCoy’s injury. “Losing Alex is one thing, a great leader, great quarterback. Put in a lot of time with him. Colt finally gets his golden opportunity and he gets kicked in the leg and breaks it. Heartbroken for both of those guys, really. …

“Those two guys are two tough-minded, tough people. Great competitors. If I had my money down, I’d imagine they’ll both be back somehow, some way.”

McCoy was hurt when his leg collided with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins while he was sacked to end the first quarter. McCoy finished the drive, throwing two short passes to help Washington to a 44-yard field goal. He then left and was initially ruled questionable to return while going to the locker room for X-rays.

The team officially ruled McCoy out during halftime.

McCoy, 32, completed all four of his passes for 50 yards Monday. In parts of three games this year, he went 34 of 54 for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

NFL Network reported two weeks ago that McCoy’s contract included playing-time incentives that could let him hit free agency this offseason, but the injury appears to rule out that possibility.

Sanchez went 13 of 21 for 100 yards with an interception Monday.

“It was a tall task, no doubt,” Sanchez said of taking over just weeks after joining the team. “But there’s no excuses to make. You just do your very best. I’m grateful for the opportunity.

“I was praying for an opportunity and I thank God for an opportunity. You just never want it under these circumstances. So with respect to Alex and Colt, I’ve got to do my very best to play well and help rally this team and figure out a way to win.”

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Gruden: Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula in right leg

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of Monday night's 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington coach Jay Gruden said.

McCoy ran to avoid a sack and tried to slide as the Eagles defense rushed toward him. He planted his

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg in the second quarter of Monday night’s 28-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington coach Jay Gruden said.

McCoy ran to avoid a sack and tried to slide as the Eagles defense rushed toward him. He planted his right leg into the turf and the lower part of the leg and ankle viciously whipped into safety Malcolm Jenkins’ knee.

Gruden said McCoy will miss the rest of the season.

The Washington Redskins (6-6) know a thing or two about serious injuries to quarterbacks — McCoy got his chance because Alex Smith suffered a broken right leg just weeks ago that has threatened his career.

McCoy’s injury occurred on the nasty slide and he was replaced by Mark Sanchez, who was tasked with keeping the Redskins afloat in the NFC playoff picture.

“We have to get a plan ready for mark moving forward,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to play great football around him which we didn’t do tonight.”

McCoy stayed in the game and completed two short passes before limping off with the Redskins trailing 7-3 to the Super Bowl champion Eagles (6-6). The Redskins said that McCoy would not return, but didn’t immediately provide details about the injury.

McCoy took over and made his second straight start since Smith was knocked out with gruesome season-ending leg injury last month against Houston. McCoy helped Washington score a pair of TDs, including on his 9-yard touchdown on the backup QB’s first pass in a regular-season game since 2015.

His start in the Thanksgiving game against Dallas was his first since 2015. McCoy, who started for Cleveland and San Francisco earlier in his career, had appeared in nine games over the last three-plus seasons with Washington, until Smith was injured.

Sanchez was the lone QB left on Washington’s roster. He threw an interception in the fourth quarter with the Redskins trailing 22-13 that snuffed a rally.

Sanchez, signed two weeks ago, played for the first time since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was with Dallas. Sanchez, a former Eagle, was eased into the lineup.

On his first snap, he handed the ball to Adrian Peterson, who raced 90 yards for a touchdown. The 33-year-old Peterson had the longest rushing TD of his career, the longest rushing score in Redskins’ history and he became the oldest player in NFL history with a 90-yard rushing touchdown.

Sanchez was once the franchise quarterback for the New York Jets and led them to the AFC championship game his first two seasons in the NFL. Sanchez was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft and drew comparisons to Joe Namath in New York. He was 4-2 in the postseason and helped the Jets beat Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive road playoff games in January 2011. But Sanchez had an NFL-leading 52 turnovers in 2012-13 and lost his starting job to Geno Smith. He spent two seasons with the Eagles and one with the Cowboys.

His lasting image of his time with the Jets came in 2012, when he fumbled after running into the backside of guard Brandon Moore. It was returned for a touchdown by New England’s Steve Gregory in front of a national television audience on Thanksgiving night and was infamously labeled “The Butt Fumble.”

Sanchez lost a fumble against the Eagles and actually saved the ball by pressing it against his rear end.

There’s no guarantee Sanchez will remain the starter. The Redskins worked out E.J. Manuel, T.J. Yates, Kellen Clemens and Josh Johnson after Smith was injured and quality veteran QBs are in low supply.

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Wentz tosses for 2 TDs, leads Eagles over Redskins 28-13

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz ran around and extended plays the way he did before his knee injury.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz ran around and extended plays the way he did before his knee injury.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday night.

The Eagles (6-6) won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

The Redskins (6-6) lost backup quarterback Colt McCoy to a leg injury in his second game replacing Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18. Mark Sanchez took his place.

Adrian Peterson ran 90 yards for a touchdown on Sanchez’s first play under center, giving the Redskins a 10-7 lead. It was the longest run Philadelphia has allowed in franchise history but Washington’s lead didn’t last long.

Wentz, who hasn’t scrambled much since returning in Week 3 from surgery to repair two knee ligaments, didn’t run for any yards. But he was on the move quite a bit on designed rollouts and plays in which he improvised and completed passes.

Sproles put Philadelphia up 14-10 on a 14-yard TD run in the second quarter. Wentz tossed a 4-yard TD pass to Jordan Matthews and connected with Golden Tate on a 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 22-13 early in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles twice failed to score inside the red zone and still managed their second-highest point total this season.

They had a first down at the Redskins 2 in the second quarter, but Josh Adams was stopped for a loss on fourth down from the 1.

They had a first down at the Redskins 5 in the third quarter, but Wentz threw an interception right to Josh Norman.

Wentz finished 27 of 39 for 306 yards. He came out firing and led the Eagles to a score on their opening drive for only the third time season.

First, he scrambled out of the pocket, motioned Tate to go deep and lofted a 19-yard pass down the left sideline on a first-and-15. Wentz finished the drive by firing a 6-yard TD pass on the run to Tate.

Dustin Hopkins kicked field goals of 47 and 44 yards for Washington.

WELCOME BACK

Sproles scored his first TD since Dec. 22, 2016. Sproles only played three games last season before he tore a knee ligament and broke his forearm on the same play. He was sidelined since Week 1 this year because of a hamstring injury.

RECORD SETTER

Zach Ertz broke Brian Westbrook’s franchise record for receptions in a season. Ertz has 93 catches and is closing in on Jason Witten’s single-season record (110) for tight ends. Westbrook had 90 catches in 2007.

INJURIES

Redskins: LG Jonathan Cooper (arm), RB Tony Bergstrom (ankle), CB Fabian Moreau (knee) and LB Ryan Anderson (hamstring) left the game.

Eagles: DT Tim Jernigan (back spasms) left in the first quarter and LT Jason Peters came out on the final series with an undisclosed injury.

UP NEXT

Redskins: Host the New York Giants (4-8) on Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) on Sunday.

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Redskins-Eagles Stats

Washington 0 13 0 0—13
Philadelphia 7 7 0 14—28
First Quarter

Phi_Tate 6 pass from Wentz (Elliott kick), 7:31.

Second Quarter

Was_FG Hopkins 44, 13:46.

Was_Peterson 90 run (Hopkins kick), 9:23.

Phi_Sproles 14 run (Elliott kick), 1:46.

Was_FG Hopkins 47,

Washington 0 13 0 0—13
Philadelphia 7 7 0 14—28
First Quarter

Phi_Tate 6 pass from Wentz (Elliott kick), 7:31.

Second Quarter

Was_FG Hopkins 44, 13:46.

Was_Peterson 90 run (Hopkins kick), 9:23.

Phi_Sproles 14 run (Elliott kick), 1:46.

Was_FG Hopkins 47, :15.

Fourth Quarter

Phi_Matthews 4 pass from Wentz (Tate pass from Wentz), 14:10.

Phi_FG Elliott 46, 11:41.

Phi_FG Elliott 44, 4:48.

A_69,696.

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Was Phi
First downs 10 28
Total Net Yards 235 436
Rushes-yards 14-104 33-130
Passing 131 306
Punt Returns 1-1 3-19
Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-22
Interceptions Ret. 1-40 1-8
Comp-Att-Int 17-25-1 27-39-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 3-19 0-0
Punts 6-48.3 2-46.5
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 3-0
Penalties-Yards 10-69 5-38
Time of Possession 20:41 39:19

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Washington, Peterson 9-98, Sanchez 1-8, Thompson 3-3, Crowder 1-(minus 5). Philadelphia, Adams 20-85, Clement 5-27, Sproles 4-22, Wentz 4-(minus 4).

PASSING_Washington, McCoy 4-4-0-50, Sanchez 13-21-1-100. Philadelphia, Wentz 27-39-1-306.

RECEIVING_Washington, Crowder 4-36, Reed 4-21, Doctson 3-51, Thompson 3-18, Davis 2-15, Floyd 1-9. Philadelphia, Ertz 9-83, Tate 7-85, Agholor 4-56, Clement 3-47, Jeffery 3-31, Matthews 1-4.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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Eagles KO McCoy, Redskins

Eagles KO McCoy, Redskins

Carson Wentz threw for two

Eagles KO McCoy, Redskins

Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns, Darren Sproles rushed for another and the host Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 28-13 on Monday night.

Wentz was 27 of 39 for 306 yards with one interception as the Eagles (6-6) won their second in a row. Philadelphia climbed into a second-place tie with the Redskins (6-6), one game behind the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) in the NFC East.

Tight end Zach Ertz became the Eagles’ all-time leader for receptions in a season. Ertz picked up his 91st late in the third quarter to pass the previous mark held by Brian Westbrook. Ertz had nine catches for 83 yards on the night.

Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy left in the second quarter with a leg injury, and ESPN later reported that he sustained a season-ending, fractured right fibula. McCoy was replaced by former Eagles backup Mark Sanchez, who finished 13 of 21 for 100 yards and one interception in his first NFL action since 2016.

McCoy was starting in place of Alex Smith, who already was lost for the season with a broken right leg.

Adrian Peterson rushed for a 90-yard touchdown for the Redskins, who dropped their third straight. Peterson gained just 8 yards total on his other eight carries.

The Eagles led 14-13 after a wild first half.

After Philadelphia jumped ahead 7-3 on a Wentz-to-Golden Tate 6-yard touchdown pass, the Redskins responded on Peterson’s 90-yard scamper for a 10-7 advantage. It was the longest run of Peterson’s career and marked the first time in league history that a 33-year-old player rushed for a touchdown that long.

Just before halftime, the Eagles went back ahead 14-10 on a 14-yard touchdown run by Sproles, who returned after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury.

The Eagles extended their lead to 22-13 just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter when Wentz tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Matthews. Wentz then converted the two-point conversion with a pass to Tate for the nine-point lead.

Jake Elliott later booted a 46-yard field goal to capitalize on the first career interception by Nathan Gerry, giving Philadelphia a 25-13 advantage.

Elliott kicked another field goal with 4:48 left for a 28-13 lead. Elliott has made eight consecutive field goal attempts.

–Field Level Media

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Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula

Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula

Redskins QB McCoy fractures fibula

Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy fractured his right fibula during the Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reported during the broadcast.

The injury thrust 32-year-old journeyman Mark Sanchez, who was signed Nov. 19 and last played at the end of 2016, into the lineup. Washington lost starter Alex Smith to a compound fracture in his right leg on Nov. 18 against the Houston Texans.

McCoy was hurt when his leg collided with Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins while he was sacked to end the first quarter. McCoy finished the drive, throwing two short passes to help Washington to a 44-yard field goal. He then left and was initially ruled questionable to return while going to the locker room for X-rays.

The team officially ruled McCoy out during halftime.

McCoy, 32, went 34 for 54 for 372 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in parts of three games this year.

NFL Network reported two weeks ago that McCoy’s contract included playing-time incentives that could let him hit free agency this offseason, but the injury appears to rule out that possibility.

–Field Level Media

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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.

–Field Level Media

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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.”

–Field Level Media

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