The Giants have lost four wide receivers to injuries Sunday. First, Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall both went down on one drive.
Shepard was helped to the sideline with an ankle injury, and then a few plays later, Marshall injured his ankle and was carted off the field. Trainers were seen working on Shepard on the sideline during the second quarter, but the Giants ruled both players out for the rest of the game. Marshall suffered a sprain ankle, according to Adam Schefter.
Andre Ellington, RB, Cardinals: One target?! Granted, the Cardinals weren’t much in need of a passing-down back on Sunday, playing a limited number of third downs and leading for most of the game, but Ellington was still expected to play a bigger role than this. A greater number of fantasy owners actually started Ellington (27.8 percent) than Peterson (22.8), but Ellington put up a doughnut and had zero carries to Peterson’s 26.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders: After the Raiders gave the 31-year-old veteran 18 rushing attempts in Week 1, Lynch hasn’t received more than 13 in five games since. He was facing a Chargers defense that had afforded more than 30 PPR fantasy points combined to opposing running backs in each of the past three weeks, but Lynch scored just 6.3 despite the favorable matchup. Expect his ownership percentage to drop from its current 98.1.
But I honestly feel that Reiff’s contributions at left tackle. . .not the least of which is giving the Vikings’ quarterbacks the confidence that they might not get their internal organs rearranged on every single snap. . .has been the biggest part of that.
“I understand what our fans feel about this issue and we feel the same way about the importance of our flag, about the importance of patriotism, and I believe our players feel that way,” Goodell said. “They will state to you and they have stated to everyone publicly, they are not doing this in any way to be disrespectful to the flag, but they also understand how it’s being interpreted. That’s why we’re trying to deal with those underlying issues.”
Let’s start in Oakland with Ryan Jensen of the Ravens. This kid has been playing well lately and continued Sunday. First, the long red hair flowing out of the back of his helmet is awesome. Even better is this block from Sunday.
“Tony’s contributions have played a significant role in helping put our franchise on the path to success and for that, we are all very grateful,” Kendrick said. “He has always represented the team with class and has left a mark on the franchise that will benefit us for years to come.”
Said Hall: “Having his Hall of Fame credentials, vast experience and knowledge of the game as resources to rely upon and learn from has been tremendous. The transition to the new leadership team has been smooth and flawless with his willingness and positivity. I will forever value his hard work and our friendship.”
Added Hazen: “Tony has been of great value to me, personally, and our staff during the past season, and Im very appreciative for all that he has done here and the manner in which he handled the transition. I always had respect for him and his accomplishments prior to working with him every day, and that has only grown in the past year. I wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”
Week 6 in the NFL provides a number of important matchups around the league. Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs are the last undefeated team left, and they face the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the league’s biggest surprise, and the Jags’ league-leading defense takes on the talented offense of the Rams. The search for the first win of the season for the Giants is no easier this week, as the Giants face the Broncos in primetime Sunday night.
“We’re proud to be able to work with our players to highlight these issues to really put focus on the issue and to put focus on how we believe the NFL and the game and our players bring communities together at a time when we are divided.”
Goodell and NFL staff will present a plan Tuesday to “use the platform the NFL enjoys to raise awareness” on many social issues and to make progress.
Peterson, 32, had 27 carries for 81 yards — an average of 3.0 yards per carry — in four games during his first season with the Saints (2-2). His longest run was 11 yards.
Peterson’s addition comes 10 years after the Cardinals passed over him in the 2007 draft to select tackle Levi Brown with the fifth pick. The Minnesota Vikings drafted Peterson at No. 7, and he went on to rush for a franchise-best 11,747 yards.
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson tweeted a welcome, while Saints safety Rafael Bush and wide receiver Michael Thomas wished Peterson well in Arizona.
Ramirez, who was on the bench to start Game 1, drove in two more runs with a seventh-inning double before Bradley’s homer bounced off Reddick’s glove and into the stands behind the Pesky Pole.
dip there after clinching the NL West in 2013, but for this party, police officers on horses waited at the warning track to keep the Dodgers away.
The others: Mickey Mantle, Andruw Jones, Miguel Cabrera, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
Red Sox manager John Farrell has been ejected from Game 4 of the ALDS after leaving the dugout to argue a called third strike on Dustin Pedroia.
Farrell was ejected in the second inning of Monday’s game for defending second baseman Dustin Pedroia during an argument of a called third strike. After the game, Farrell said he’s “confident” that he’s the right man to continue doing the job. But he also wasn’t willing to engage in a discussion about his future.
Pittsburgh picks up three first downs on its first drive. But, Kansas City sacks Ben Roethlisberger for a 7-yard loss on a third-down play, pushing the Steelers out of field goal range and forcing a punt. The Chiefs will start their first drive at their own 16.
Here we go. Steelers receive the game’s opening kickoff and they’ll start their drive at the 25-yard line following a touchback.
The Steelers take two knees and run out the clock as they hold on for the victory in Kansas City.
Smith’s fourth down pass falls incomplete and it appears as if Kansas City’s comeback bid is going to come up short.
Pittsburgh sacks Alex Smith on third down and Kansas City will face a crucial fourth-and-18 near midfield with 58 seconds to play.
Now there’s another connection between Kuechly and Watt — Watt’s former Wisconsin teammate Chris Borland. As a 49ers rookie in 2014, Borland looked like he would succeed Patrick Willis in San Francisco as a premier inside linebacker and was often mentioned in the same breath as Kuechly.
Borland then famously walked away from the game after only one NFL season, before the accolades, before the millions. Kuechly, like Watt, has been well-compensated, and well-honored. Given how repeated concussions have felled many great players in a most brutal sport, Kuechly has given — and received — enough to ease the difficulty of walking away.
As much as that hurts for Kuechly, the difficult decision may end up being the only decision.
With their much-talked about trip to the White House out of the way, the Pittsburgh Penguins will turn their focus back to hockey Wednesday night when they visit the Washington Capitals.
The Stanley Cup winners visited President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but beyond the White House, the Penguins are not very welcome in Washington. The last time they came to town, in May, they ended Washington’s season in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year, both coming after the Capitals had won the Presidents’ Trophy.
Jones said he understands the social concerns surrounding the issue, adding that he has “always had our players’ backs on issues I’ve been criticized for.” But he said he won’t compromise when it comes to the anthem
The vice president of the United States says he attended Sunday’s game between the Colts and 49ers to help honor Peyton Manning.
Mike Pence sure had a funny way of showing it.
No matter the outcome, the retirement of Manning’s No. 18 jersey coming on the heels of Saturday’s statue unveiling outside Lucas Oil Stadium was going to be something this game would always be remembered for more than the final score. Not anymore.
The Steelers should inspire confidence that they’re back on track after that domination of the Ravens last week, except that the loss to the Bears sticks out like a sore thumb. The Jaguars ought to be furious that they let the Jets beat them; it takes a lot of the air out of the start the defense and Leonard Fournette generated. Don’t expect the Steelers to breeze through this.
The Jay Cutler honeymoon ended faster than anyone expected, as did the notion that knowing Adam Gase’s system after that one year in Chicago would make this a seamless fit. The quarterback situation is far more problematic on the other sideline, though, with Marcus Mariota’s hamstring and that his backup is … Matt Cassel. Yes, you’re spared the obvious and deserved quarterback-depth lecture.
A former governor of Indiana, Pence had been in Indianapolis as part of the celebration of Peyton Manning and his jersey retirement and induction into the Colts’ Ring of Honor during Sunday’s game.
Pence had tweeted a photo of him and his wife, Karen Pence, saying they were looking forward to cheering for the Colts and honoring Manning. But the Indianapolis Star noted that the photo appeared to be from 2014.
The photo the vice president tweeted showed him wearing a Colts polo shirt.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: For the fifth consecutive game to begin his NFL career, Fournette found the end zone, helping him join a group of only four other players since 1950 with a touchdown streak of at least five games to begin an NFL career (see the chart below). He managed the first 30-point fantasy performance — PPR or non-PPR — of his young career, finishing with the best non-PPR score of the 1 p.m. ET block (30.4) and the second best in PPR (31.4). With that, Fournette now has 95.4 non-PPR and 108.4 PPR fantasy points in his five-game career.
The Lions made the playoffs in 2014, Caldwell’s first season, while Martin Mayhew was still the general manager. They got there despite a shaky offense thanks to an overachieving veteran defense and a favorable schedule. Credit current GM Bob Quinn for knowing he had work to do in taking over in 2016 to take better advantage of the window with Stafford.
One clear focus of Quinn was to rebuild the offensive and defensive lines, a good place for every GM to start. In his first draft, he landed starting left tackle Taylor Decker and starting left guard Graham Glasgow. In that same class, he also got starting defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson and stole breakout end Anthony Zettel.
The Miami Dolphins believe receiver DeVante Parker suffered a sprained right ankle during Sunday’s 16-10 win over the Tennessee Titans, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Parker left the game in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Prior to his departure, he had one catch for 6 yards.
Miami’s leading receiver entering Sunday, Parker has 18 receptions for 230 yards and one touchdown in four games.
With Parker sidelined, Jarvis Landry led all Dolphins receivers with five catches for 44 yards and a touchdown against Tennessee.
C.J. Prosise, Seattle Seahawks, ankle, (D), 4:05 p.m. ET: Coach Pete Carroll said last week that he would be shocked if Prosise did not return in Week 5. Known for being eternally the optimist, Carroll may have spoken too soon, as the doubtful tag all but ensures Prosise will miss another week.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys, chest, 4:25 p.m. ET: Very quietly, Elliott has been on the practice injury report with a chest injury throughout the week. Perhaps since he was a full participant daily, combined with coach Jason Garrett’s lack of concern that the injury was going to limit Elliott in any way, there hasn’t been much worry in Dallas. Elliott’s removal from the pregame injury report confirms he will be healthy enough to play when the Cowboys host the Packers Sunday.
Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley is expected to miss Sunday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders, and tight end Jordan Reed will be a game-time decision but also is unlikely to play, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Both suffered rib injuries in last Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
Brissett completed a 50-yard pass to Donte Moncrief on his first series, about the only positive play the Colts mustered in Los Angeles. Now that the 23-year-old has had another week of reps in the system after his trade from the Patriots on Sept. 2, Pagano and Co. can have a bit more confidence in handing him the reins, but the situation remains less than ideal.
Andrew Luck (shoulder) remains sidelined for the foreseeable future, and the team’s failure to shore up the position until a week before the opener looks even worse after Tolzein’s performance in Week 1.
Brissett shined at times while filling in for Tom Brady early last season and has plenty of room to grow, but he’ll be stepping into a rough situation with his still-new team.
Most unusually, Lewis was targeted three times in the red zone, his most in a game since 2011 Week 12 (also three), harkening back to his 2010 season when he managed 14 red zone targets resulting in a career-best seven of his 10 touchdowns. Was this a new trend, or a one-game aberration? The latter is the wiser guess, but the red zone usage makes Lewis a name to track in the coming weeks.
Aaron Donald is officially back.
The Rams defensive tackle has been added to the team’s active roster and is expected to start Sunday against the Redskins in Los Angeles.
Donald, who ended his contract holdout last weekend, reported to the team facility and passed his physical after missing all of training camp and preseason. According to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Donald won’t be an every-down player in his first game back.
Elliott had never been held to less than 50 yards in a game, and the last time he was held to fewer than 80 yards on the ground was in his first game of his rookie season.
The Broncos are known for their vaunted pass defense as they have been top 5 in the NFL each of the last two seasons, but their rush defense held Elliott and the Cowboys to 40 yards on 14 carries in the blowout.
In the meantime, while Elliott was having trouble finding room to run quarterback Dak Prescott struggled mightily in the loss. He finished the day 30 of 50 for 238 yards, but he threw two interceptions and had less than 150 passing yards well into the fourth quarter of the loss.
Prescott only had four interceptions in his career coming into this game, but this was the second multi-interception game of his career. He threw two INTs in the Cowboys Week 13 loss to the Giants in 2016.