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  • Bengals place LB Brown on injured reserve
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    The short-handed Cincinnati Bengals defense lost another key member Tuesday when starting middle linebacker Preston Brown was placed on injured reserve.

    • Hardy Nickerson is expected to take his place, and the Bengals signed free-agent defensive end Kasim Edebali in a corresponding move.

      Brown finishes the season with 42 tackles in seven games (missing three) and two interceptions, a year after tying for the NFL lead with 144 tackles while with the Bills. He never missed a game for Buffalo.

      The fifth-year player was signed to a one-year deal with Cincinnati, his hometown team, before sustaining a nagging ankle injury in the season opener. He hasn't played since the Nov. 11 game against the New Orleans Saints when he injured his right knee.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons hope to slow sizzling Saints
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    No NFL team, not even the 10-1 Los Angeles Rams, is hotter than the Saints right now, and that should make for a highly seasoned NFC South battle when the Atlanta Falcons come to New Orleans for a little Thanksgiving night dessert.

    • After dropping their season opener at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- a distant memory given the current reality -- the Saints have reeled off nine consecutive victories, the longest streak in the league.

      New Orleans owns a commanding three-game game in the division over the second-place Carolina Panthers (6-4) and a five-game edge over the third-place Falcons (4-6).

      The Saints not only defeated the Rams 45-35 on Nov. 4, but they also followed up that statement victory by pummeling the Cincinnati Bengals 51-14 on the road and then routing the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles 48-7 on Sunday.

      The 144 points New Orleans scored over the past three games -- a 48-point average -- set a franchise record, and that's a strong achievement considering the Saints have been a top-five offense since Sean Payton took over in 2006.

      "There's a handful of teams that appear to be operating at a high level like that," Payton said when asked about the NFL's offensive explosion this season. "Rules have changed over the years. That has benefited the offense. Some of these quarterbacks are further along coming out of college because of their experience throwing the football."

      Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 39 and has played 18 seasons, but he is having perhaps his best season. He has thrown for 25 touchdowns against only one interception, and his 76.9 percent completion rate is easily tops in the league.

      Brees completed 22 of 30 passes for 363 yards and four touchdowns in the victory over Philadelphia. One key has been his ability to spread the ball around when defenses try to eliminate receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara with double coverage.

      "I told the young guys (receivers Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr), 'Today is your day. You're going to have opportunities today. You are one-on-one. Be ready, I'm going to you guys,'" Brees said of his attack plan against the Eagles.

      The Falcons are coming off a disappointing 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but they have been playing teams closely. Three of their past four losses have come by three points, one point and in overtime.

      Quarterback Matt Ryan said while he respects the Saints' offensive firepower, he does not feel the need to have to press to keep up with Brees. Atlanta coach Dan Quinn, however, believes field goals are not going to be good enough against New Orleans.

      Ryan said, "The job for us is to score every time we get into the red zone, and that's no different than any other week in terms of our mindset as an offense. When we get our chances, we have to convert, and we've been doing a good job of that for most of the year. Obviously, we know that they're explosive and capable of making plays, but every game shakes out differently. I've been in all kinds of different ones throughout my career. I try to prepare myself the same week every week."

      The Falcons may get some relief for their injury-riddled defense with the possible return of linebacker Deion Jones, who has missed most of the season with a foot injury. The Saints could again be without starting left tackle Terron Armstead (pectoral muscle).

      --Field Level Media

  • TE Gonzalez, S Reed among Pro Football HOF semifinalists
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday selected its semifinalists for the 2019 class, and it includes three impressive first-year candidates from the group of 25 former players and coaches: tight end Tony Gonzalez, safety Ed Reed and cornerback Champ Bailey.

    • Among the coaches making the cut were Don Coryell, Tom Flores and Jimmy Johnson.

      No quarterbacks reached the semifinal stage in a group that includes 13 former defensive players and nine players on offense.

      The list will be trimmed to 15 modern-era finalists on Jan. 3, then the 2019 class will be selected on Feb. 2, the day before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

      Flores and linebacker Zach Thomas -- although previously eligible for the Hall of Fame -- are also semifinalists for the first time.

      Already selected are two contributor finalists - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt -- and one senior finalist -- former Kansas City Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson.

      The complete list of modern-era semifinalists including position, team and years, includes:

      Steve Atwater, S - 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

      Champ Bailey, CB - 1999-2003 Washington Redskins, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos

      Ronde Barber, CB/S - 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

      Tony Boselli, T - 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve)

      Isaac Bruce, WR - 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers

      LeRoy Butler, S - 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers

      Don Coryell, Coach - 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

      Alan Faneca, G - 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals

      Tom Flores, Coach - 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks

      Tony Gonzalez, TE - 1997-2008 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009-2013 Atlanta Falcons

      Torry Holt, WR - 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars

      Steve Hutchinson, G - 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans

      Edgerrin James, RB - 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks

      Jimmy Johnson, Coach - 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

      Ty Law, CB - 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos

      John Lynch, FS - 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

      Clay Matthews, LB - 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons

      Kevin Mawae, C/G - 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans

      Karl Mecklenburg, LB - 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

      Sam Mills, LB - 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers

      Ed Reed, FS - 2002-2012 Baltimore Ravens, 2013 New York Jets, 2013 Houston Texans

      Richard Seymour, DE/DT - 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders

      Zach Thomas, LB - 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys

      Hines Ward, WR - 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers

      Darren Woodson, S - 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Bears QB Trubisky misses practice
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky missed practice Tuesday with a shoulder injury and is questionable for Thursday's game at Detroit.

    • Trubisky was "in pain," head coach Matt Nagy said, and is schedule to undergo treatment and be evaluated again Wednesday.

      "I'm saying cautiously optimistic but I can't make any promises," Nagy said of Trubisky's chances of playing this week. "I hope he does. But it's a day-to-day thing for us, like I said. He wants to play. I know that. And for us, we got to make sure in these situations that we're doing the right thing."

      Nagy said the injury occurred late in the Sunday night victory at Soldier Field over the Minnesota Vikings, when Trubisky took a direct hit on his right shoulder. The Bears (7-3) lead the NFC North and, should Trubisky not be able to play on Thanksgiving, would turn to veteran backup Chase Daniel.

      --Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters safety Eric Berry could make his season debut when his team returns to action following the bye week.

      The three-time, first-team All-Pro hasn't played in a regular-season game since Week 1 of 2017, but he could be back at practice with the Chiefs next week.

      Berry suffered a torn left Achilles in the season opener last season and missed the remainder of the season. He was in Chiefs camp but has not practiced since injuring his right heel on Aug. 11.

      --Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley played most of Monday's game against the Chiefs with an ankle injury, Rams coach Sean McVay told the media.

      "He got banged up a little bit and there was a lot of instances where (the Chiefs) were playing some defensive structures where they basically were daring you to throw it," the coach said on a conference call. "I think a lot of that is the result of the respect they have for Todd."

      McVay said Gurley should be fine for Week 13 after the Rams' bye in Week 12.

      --The Denver Broncos released veteran cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, bringing his tenure in the Mile High City to an end after only seven games.

      Jones signed a one-year deal with Denver in August after playing eight seasons in Cincinnati. In his seven games (two starts) with the Broncos, Jones intercepted a pass, defended another three, made nine tackles and returned 10 punts (25 yards) and four kickoffs (85 yards).

      Jones, 35, is free to sign with another team should any be interested in the 12-year veteran. He was drafted by Tennessee in 2005 but missed two seasons in his career, one for violating the NFL player-conduct policy and another when he played a year in Canada.

      --Miami head coach Adam Gase told reporters that quarterback Ryan Tannehill, out with a right shoulder capsule injury since Oct. 7, will start Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

      Tannehill, 30, completed 85 of 129 passes for 972 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions in the Dolphins' first five games this season. But after Miami got out to a 3-0 start, the quarterback struggled in the next two games, throwing for only 285 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the two losses.

      Backup Brock Osweiler is 2-3 while filling for Tannehill.

      --The Philadelphia Eagles activated defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan from the non-football injury list, waiving defensive tackle T.Y. McGill in a corresponding move.

      Jernigan, 26, has not played this season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk in May. The injury is believed to have happened while he was working out in the spring, and at the time of the surgery it was believed Jernigan would be back in time for the season opener.

      He started in all 15 games in which he played last season, and started all three playoff games in the Eagles' run to winning the Super Bowl.

      --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed second-year tight end O.J. Howard on injured reserve, ending his season. Howard sustained foot and ankle injuries on a fourth-quarter play Sunday in a loss to the New York Giants.

      Howard finishes the season with 34 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns. The yardage ranks fifth among NFL tight ends, and his 16.6-yard average per catch is tops among players at the position.

      --Dallas Cowboys starting tight end Geoff Swaim could miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist. Swaim was injured Sunday at Atlanta and underwent surgery Monday, but head coach Jason Garrett said it's possible Swaim could return for the final game of the regular season.

      Swaim had seven catches in the past two games, giving him 26 receptions for 242 yards and one touchdown on the season

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears D looking to gobble up Lions' Stafford on Thanksgiving
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Matthew Stafford doesn't get a chance to relax on Thanksgiving Day until later in the afternoon. The Detroit Lions quarterback can only hope he won't spend too much time on his backside before he gets home.

    • For the second time in three games, Stafford and the Lions must contend with the fearsome Chicago Bears defense. Stafford was sacked six times and intercepted twice in the Bears' 34-22 win at Chicago on Nov. 11.

      The rematch will be held during Detroit's traditional home game during the Thursday holiday.

      "You've got to do what you do and do it well. Obviously, they have really good players, a really good scheme," Stafford said. "There's really strengths at all three levels of their defense. Their front is playing as well as any front in the league right now. They've got two really good linebackers, and their secondary is playing great, too, so it's a big challenge for us."

      Stafford will be playing in his ninth Thanksgiving Day game and already holds the NFL record for most passing yards on the holiday. The Lions had a four-game Thanksgiving Day winning streak snapped by Minnesota last season.

      "I've been a part of some fun ones and been a part of some not so fun ones," he said. "I imagine all those ones we've won are my favorites."

      The Lions (4-6) are last in the NFC North despite defeating Carolina 20-19 on Sunday. The Bears (7-3) have won four straight but might be without their No. 1 quarterback.

      Mitchell Trubisky suffered a right shoulder injury late in their 25-20 win over the Vikings on Sunday night. He's questionable to play. If he can't go, Chase Daniel will get the start.

      "I'm staying cautiously optimistic, but I can't make any promises," Bears coach Matt Nagy said of Trubisky, who passed for 355 yards and three touchdowns in the first game against Detroit.

      Daniel has only made three cameo appearances this season and hasn't started since Dec. 28, 2014, when he played for Kansas City. Nagy isn't worried about Daniel's ability to step in.

      "This is why you have a guy like Chase. You feel very comfortable with him," Nagy said. "He's the oldest guy on our team, so he's got experience. Chase and I have a coach-player relationship going back three years in Kansas City. I know Chase inside-out, he knows me inside-out."

      The Lions also have major injury concerns on offense. Top rusher Kerryon Johnson injured his knee against the Panthers, and receiver Marvin Jones missed the game with a knee ailment. Neither participated in practice on Tuesday.

      "We've dealt with it in other areas on our team before," Stafford said of the injuries. "Just next guy up, let's go. We've got a bunch of guys in that room that are talented."

      If Johnson can't go, the Lions' rushing responsibilities will fall on LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick and Zach Zenner. The Bears have the league's best rushing defense, allowing just 77.8 yards per game.

      They also have the most interceptions (18) and rank in the top five in sacks (32).

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos cut veteran DB 'Pacman' Jones
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The Denver Broncos on Tuesday released veteran cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, bringing his tenure in the Mile High City to an end after only seven games.

    • Jones signed a one-year deal with Denver in August after playing eight seasons in Cincinnati. In his seven games (two starts) with the Broncos, Jones intercepted a pass, defended another three, made nine tackles and returned 10 punts (25 yards) and four kickoffs (85 yards).

      On Tuesday afternoon, Jones posted to Instagram: "Well Denver it was good, thanks for the opportunity!!!! On to the next!!!"

      Jones, 35, is free to sign with another team should any be interested in the 12-year veteran. He was drafted by Tennessee in 2005 but missed two seasons in his career, one for violating the NFL player-conduct policy and another when he played a year in Canada.

      His best seasons have come in the latter part of his career, as Jones made his only Pro Bowl in 2015 and was first-team All-Pro as a kick returner in 2014.

      Jones spent his first two seasons with the Titans and one with the Dallas Cowboys between his two season-long absences.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs place TE Howard on IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The breakout season of O.J. Howard is over after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the second-year tight end on injured reserve on Tuesday.

    • Howard sustained foot and ankle injuries on a fourth-quarter play Sunday in a loss to the New York Giants. He underwent an MRI exam on Monday, and the team sought out a second opinion Tuesday before placing him on the IR.

      Howard finishes the season with 34 receptions for 565 yards and five touchdowns. The yardage ranks fifth among NFL tight ends, and his 16.6-yard average per catch is tops among players at the position.

      Howard, the 19th overall draft pick in 2017 out of Alabama, has 60 receptions for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns in 24 NFL games.

      Tampa Bay signed defensive back Josh Shaw to fill the roster opening. Shaw played in four games with the Chiefs this season before being released late last week.

      Shaw spent the previous three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He has one career interception in 51 NFL games (14 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams RB Gurley played Monday through ankle injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Rams running back Todd Gurley played most of Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an ankle injury, Rams coach Sean McVay told the media Tuesday.

    • "He got banged up a little bit and there was a lot of instances where (the Chiefs) were playing some defensive structures where they basically were daring you to throw it," the coach said on a conference call a day after the Rams beat the Chiefs 54-51 in one of the highest-scoring games in NFL history. "I think a lot of that is the result of the respect they have for Todd."

      McVay said Gurley should be fine for Week 13 after the Rams' bye in Week 12. Gurley was held out of the end zone for the first time in 14 games. His 13-game touchdown streak was tied for the fourth-longest since 1950.

      With 7:37 left in the first quarter, Gurley's ankle was rolled up on near the sideline. He had 15 touches for 94 yards in the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys draw McCoy in battle for first in NFC East
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Less than a week ago, the Washington Redskins led the NFC East by two games with seven to play, but their advantage is suddenly quite tenuous.

    • The Cowboys (5-5) are within a game as the Redskins (6-4) prepare to visit Dallas on Thanksgiving Day with a quarterback who will be making his first start since 2014.

      "It's just fitting for football fans on Thanksgiving -- and certainly for our fans -- to have a lot at stake on a national holiday is a big deal for us," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said.

      Colt McCoy takes the reins for Washington in place of Alex Smith, who gruesomely broke his right tibia and fibula last week against the Houston Texans. Before Sunday, the 32-year-old backup had attempted just 11 passes over the last four seasons, but he's been in D.C. for five years.

      "We're paying him pretty good to be our backup for a reason, in case something like this happens, we feel very comfortable," head coach Jay Gruden said.

      McCoy said his relief effort on Sunday felt "rusty," as he went 6 for 12 for 54 yards and a score, adding 35 yards on five carries. His last win as a starter actually came in Dallas, a 20-17 overtime triumph in which he went 25 for 30 for 299 yards.

      These Cowboys look nothing like the 2014 version, especially on defense. Dallas' rankings in total yards (eighth) and points (third) per game allowed this season are the highest they've been since 2009.

      The unit held the Redskins to 20 points Week 7 at Washington, but that proved to be three too many. The Cowboys fell 20-17 in D.C., as the Redskins' front seven limited Ezekiel Elliott to just 33 yards on 15 carries (2.2-yard average).

      Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett expects the battle in the trenches to decide things again on Thursday.

      "Yeah, it's everything," he said. "It all starts up there. It starts with our ability to control the line of scrimmage in the run game and pass game... They've got a very good front."

      Dallas failed to force overtime in Week 7 when kicker Brett Maher hit the left upright from 52 yards as time expired, beginning his active four-game streak with a missed kick. But after missing field-goal attempts in Weeks 9 and 10 and a PAT on Sunday in Atlanta, Maher became the hero by sneaking a 42-yarder through to sink the Falcons 22-19 on the final play.

      Jones said the winning kick erased any doubt about Maher's reliability.

      "Well, I think that it all went away when that ball barely got in to that goal post, period," Jones said. "That all went away. Why, I knew he was going to make the next one."

      The Cowboys will be without linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) and tight end Geoff Swaim (wrist), while offensive linemen Zack Martin (knee) and Tyron Smith (neck) are banged up. Rookie wideout Michael Gallup is expected to play after leaving the team this week due to his brother's death.

      For Washington, running back Chris Thompson (ribs) and wideout Jamison Crowder (ankle) remained out of practice Tuesday, but left tackle Trent Williams (thumb) has a chance to play.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles activate DT Jernigan
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    The Philadelphia Eagles gave a boost to their struggling defense on Tuesday, activating defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan from the non-football injury list.

    • To make for Jernigan on the roster, Philadelphia waived defensive tackle T.Y. McGill.

      Jernigan, 26, has not played this season after undergoing surgery for a herniated disk in May. The injury is believed to have happened while he was working out in the spring, and at the time of the surgery it was believed Jernigan would be back in time for the season opener.

      He started in all 15 games in which he played last season, and started all three playoff games in the Eagles' run to winning the Super Bowl.

      In 58 career games (41 starts), Jernigan has 122 tackles, 15.5 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception.

      The Eagles are 4-6 and very much in danger of missing the playoffs. They host the 3-7 New York Giants on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tannehill to start Sunday for Dolphins
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Stuck in the thick of the race for an AFC wild card, the Miami Dolphins are hoping a familiar face can put them ahead of the pack. Ryan Tannehill is back under center for the Dolphins.

    • Miami head coach Adam Gase told reporters on Tuesday that Tannehill, out with a right shoulder capsule injury since Oct. 7, looked "good" in practice and the coach is confident his quarterback's shoulder can hold up against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

      "He's done a good job of rehabbing," Gase said." ... (Tannehill) has been waiting for this week to come for a while."

      Tannehill, 30, completed 85 of 129 passes for 972 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions in the Dolphins' first five games this season. But after Miami got out to a 3-0 start, the quarterback struggled in the next two games, throwing for only 285 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in the two losses.

      Miami has relied on backup Brock Osweiler after Tannehill's injury, and the team has gone 2-3 in the veteran's five starts.

      The Dolphins are one of five teams in the AFC sitting at 5-5, as are the Colts. The others are the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. Miami is two games behind first-place New England in the AFC East.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reid: Chiefs S Berry could be back on field soon
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    A day after his team surrendered 54 points and with the bye week now at hand, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Tuesday his defense could soon be getting a big boost in the form of Eric Berry.

    • The three-time, first-team All-Pro hasn't played in a regular-season game since Week 1 of 2017, but he could be back at practice with the Chiefs next week.

      "He's feeling quite a bit better. He's been making steady progress," Reid said of Berry. "We'll see how this and next week go for him.

      "If he feels comfortable and the docs are good with it and he is, we'll start easing him in."

      Berry suffered a torn left Achilles in the season opener last season and missed the remainder of the season. He was in Chiefs camp but has not practiced since injuring his right heel on Aug. 11. Berry dealt with the same issue -- pain in his right heel -- in camp in 2017 before tearing the Achilles in the other heel.

      This time, the team has not placed him on injured reserve in hopes he could play this season.

      The Chiefs enter their bye week 9-2, having lost to the Los Angeles Rams 54-51 on Monday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears QB Trubisky misses practice; Nagy 'optimistic'
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky missed practice Tuesday with a shoulder injury and is questionable for Thursday's game at Detroit.

    • Trubisky was "in pain," head coach Matt Nagy said, and is schedule to undergo treatment and be evaluated again Wednesday.

      "I'm saying cautiously optimistic but I can't make any promises," Nagy said of Trubisky's chances of playing this week. "I hope he does. But it's a day-to-day thing for us, like I said. He wants to play. I know that. And for us, we got to make sure in these situations that we're doing the right thing."

      Nagy said the injury occurred late in the Sunday night victory at Soldier Field over the Minnesota Vikings. Trubisky took a direct hit on his right shoulder. Nagy said Trubisky is officially day-to-day.

      The Bears (7-3) lead the NFC North and visit the Lions on Thanksgiving Day.

      Without Trubisky, the Bears would turn to veteran backup Chase Daniel. Daniel previously played under Nagy with the Kansas City Chiefs and is intimately familiar with the offense. Daniel took the first-team snaps in Tuesday's practice.

      "I know Chase inside-out; he knows me inside-out. If that's the route we go, we keep plugging away and that's just part of football. If not, then it's nice to know we've got Chase," Nagy said.

      Daniel last started a game in 2014.

      Trubisky, in his second season, was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft. He has 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys TE Swaim (wrist) to miss 4-6 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys starting tight end Geoff Swaim could miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist.

    • Swaim was injured Sunday at Atlanta but head coach Jason Garrett said it's possible Swaim could return for the final game of the regular season.

      Swaim left Sunday's win over the Falcons after tests revealed a clean break among other damage to the wrist area. He underwent surgery on Monday.

      He had seven catches in the past two games. Overall, Swaim has 26 receptions for 242 yards and one touchdown.

      Without Swaim, the Cowboys could go with blocking specialist Dalton Schultz to contend with the stout defensive line of the Washington Redskins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Redskins' Smith had compound, spiral fractures
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffered a compound fracture and a spiral fracture in his right leg on Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.

    • Per Schefter, the spiral fracture -- a break in a long bone caused by a rotational force -- was discovered during Sunday's surgery, which head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday "went well."

      "We anticipate him making a full recovery," Gruden said of the 34-year-old Smith, who signed a four-year, $94 million extension last offseason after arriving via trade from the Kansas City Chiefs.

      The quarterback's injury was announced after Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans as a broken tibia and fibula, but it was not known to be a compound fracture, which means bone broke through skin, until Monday's report from ESPN.

      Gruden pegged Smith's recovery timeline at six to eight months, which would put him on track for training camp and possibly for OTAs in May.

      Colt McCoy will take over as Washington's starter, beginning Thursday at the Dallas Cowboys. Veteran Mark Sanchez was signed Monday to be the backup moving forward.

      --Field Level Media

  • FLM All 32: Team-by-team NFL notes
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    AFC EAST

    • Buffalo Bills: On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott addressed the media for the first time since the release of quarterback Nathan Peterman last week and said the decision to let go of the former starter wasn't easy. "Tough decision. Nate did everything that was asked," McDermott said. "He's a class act, through and through. Certainly appreciate everything, all the effort that he gave when he was here. We just, to carry four quarterbacks, is a little unique for any extended period of time. And so getting Josh [Allen] to the point to where he is, allowed us to make a move there." Peterman is eligible to go on the practice squad, but will that happen? "Not at this time," McDermott said.

      Miami Dolphins: Head coach Adam Gase told reporters that owner Stephen Ross understands how hard injuries have hit the 5-5 team. The team has 10 players on injured reserve, now that Jakeem Grant has suffered a season-ending leg injury. "Every time I see him after a game or talk to him during the week, ‘Just keep grinding,'" Gase said. "'Don't think too much about injuries.' I think he looks at that [as] we've lost some good players. That's something that is always unfortunate. He can see those big plays when they were occurring with Albert [Wilson] and what we get from Jakeem and when we were hitting some deeper throws with Ryan [Tannehill] in there. He sees all of that stuff, and when those guys aren't there anymore, he understands that we've got to do what we've got to do to try to move the ball and win the game."

      New England Patriots: Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett won't hear any of the talk that was stirred up after the Patriots lost to Tennessee a week ago -- talk that quarterback Tom Brady's skills are diminishing. "Well, that's a lie," Dorsett told the Boston Sports Journal recently. "We play with him every day. Velocity and arm strength aren't an issue. I've been here for a little over a year, and there's no difference from last year to this year. I mean, he won MVP last year. The results speak for themselves. There's no difference from last year to this year. I don't see any difference." Brady, 41, has thrown for 2,748 yards this season, with 17 touchdown passes and seven interceptions for the 7-3 Patriots.

      New York Jets: Linebacker Brandon Copeland already knows how he's spending the offseason. He'll be at Penn, his alma mater, co-teaching a class called "Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy" each Monday afternoon. "No matter what major you are, you are going to use this class," Copeland said recently, per the New York Post. "No matter what you do in life -- whether you're a professional athlete, whether you're a nursing student, whether you're a banker -- you're going to use the information from this class." The idea for the class came to Copeland, 27, in a conversation with a former teammate in Detroit a few years ago. He proposed the class to Penn, where he earned a degree in management and entrepreneurship. "It's just making sure they feel more confident when they are faced with those decisions when they do leave college and have to figure out, ‘Hey, am I going to rent or buy in this city? Am I going to buy it to rent it out? Am I making smart decisions with my credit? Should I start paying down my student loans as soon as I get out of college?'" Copeland said.

      AFC NORTH

      Baltimore Ravens: One day after calling rookie Lamar Jackson's first NFL start "spectacular," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh defended his quarterback's ability to pass. "The kid can throw," Harbaugh said. "He's a quarterback." The ongoing narrative around Jackson gained new life when he rushed 27 times -- the most by an NFL QB since 1950 -- against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. But Harbaugh said Jackson is more than capable, and the Ravens will likely find out if Joe Flacco (hip) remains sidelined. Harbaugh, who became angered by the line of questioning, said Jackson can and will show his arm in the weeks to come. "I think that's obvious. You don't want your quarterback getting hit that much. He's not going to last that way."

      Cincinnati Bengals: As the Bengals juggle their defensive coaching staff, head coach Marvin Lewis said the addition of Hue Jackson was a "big positive." Lewis said he was more comfortable turning his back on the game. "Optimally, I'm responsible for everything," Lewis said. "I've got to do it that way. That's where we are right now. Hopefully it'll become more and more comfortable. I can get the defense set with him and I can go back to paying attention throughout the game." Lewis did not confirm that he plans to have Jackson handle defensive calls in the future, but said his understanding of opponents' personnel made him an asset against the Ravens.

      Cleveland Browns: Hue Jackson will be on the opposite sideline this week when the Browns visit Cincinnati, but Cleveland isn't overly worried about its old coach providing intel to the enemy. "There is nothing private in our world anymore," interim head coach Gregg Williams said. "Every single clip of film is out there for everybody to watch. It is about execution." Cornerback T.J. Carrie added that the familiarity between the divisional rivals limits how much useful information the Bengals can learn. "We know what they're gonna do, they know what we're gonna do," Carrie said. "There's not really more scheme-wise that they dive into or we can surprise them with."

      Pittsburgh Steelers: Defensive players repeatedly encouraged quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the late stages of his three-interception performance at Jacksonville, as the Steelers survived and extended their winning streak to six games. But while Roethlisberger and many of the team's veterans have survived the rigors of December, one untested late-season component in a running game built around second-year back James Conner. Roethlisberger said he will do his part to encourage Conner, now the sure starter with Le'Veon Bell on season-long hiatus, to use Sunday's game at Jacksonville as a learning tool. "James is one of those special football players where he can't get down on himself," Roethlisberger said. "This will be one of those awesome tests to see how he bounces back. I think he'll be fine."

      AFC SOUTH

      Houston Texans: Safety Tyrann Mathieu has 61 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and five passes defensed in first season with the Texans. He is fitting in well with the team after being released by the Arizona Cardinals in March. Not a bad move going from a team that is currently 2-8 to a Houston team with seven straight wins. "I think we've got a long way to go, but I think we're off on the right start," Mathieu told reporters. "I thought I picked the right group of guys to go to war with, go to battle with each and every week. I told those guys last night how much I love them, how much I enjoy playing with them."

      Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck is red-hot with seven straight outings of three or more touchdown passes. Luck has thrown 24 touchdowns during the stretch and has 29 overall in a strong comeback campaign after missing all of last season due to shoulder surgery. The former top overall pick has topped 30 TDs twice in his career, with his high being 40 in 2014. While Luck hasn't been sacked since Week 5, center Ryan Kelly suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 38-10 trouncing of the Tennessee Titans. Coach Frank Reich allowed that Kelly "could miss a little time" but declined to further discuss the injury or set a timetable for his return.

      Jacksonville Jaguars: The team's losing streak has reached six games, and quarterback Blake Bortles continues to receive heat for an underwhelming campaign. Bortles passed for just 104 yards in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but coach Doug Marrone made it clear Monday that he intends to stick with Bortles as the starter. "At times like this, people are going to ask those questions, and we're continually trying to work together to try to figure out a way to put this complete game in, to do a better job from my standpoint to the coaches and to the players," Marrone said, adding the team doesn't have many better options. "...You can't just replace people just to replace them. You've got to replace them with people that you feel are going to do a better job for you."

      Tennessee Titans: The status of quarterback Marcus Mariota for next Monday night's game against the Texans will be determined during the week. Mariota suffered a stinger during Sunday's loss to the Colts, and backup Blaine Gabbert will receive most of the practice workload. The contest against the Texans is a crucial one for Tennessee, which is two games behind Houston in the division race and one of five 5-5 teams battling for the second AFC wild-card spot. "We are 5-5, and we have a great opportunity to go to Houston and compete against a team that's won seven games in a row," Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters. "We can't sit there and be so down and so negative that we can't come back and play. ... We have to move forward. The season is not over."

      AFC WEST

      Denver Broncos: Despite starting three players in new spots on Sunday, the Broncos' offensive line performed well against the Chargers, allowing no sacks and four QB hits. Head coach Vance Joseph was also impressed with left tackle Garett Bolles, in addition to backup tackles Elijah Wilkinson and Billy Turner at guard. "I thought Bollesy played one of his best games from a technique perspective," Joseph said. "To block [Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa] with no penalties is quite an accomplishment for him. But the entire line, no sacks all day with those rushers was impressive, and we have three new starters inside. Our two guards are guys who play tackle. So, for those guys to go inside and play guard. ... I think they're very comfortable playing guard, especially in pass protection."

      Los Angeles Chargers: The Chargers had their six-game win streak snapped by the Broncos, but they did get defensive end Joey Bosa back on the field with no setbacks. Head coach Anthony Lynn told reporters Bosa "may be a little sore" after playing 31 snaps -- compared to the 20-snap estimate the team intended -- but he came out of the game healthy. "I thought, for his first game back and not playing football for 13 or 14 weeks, that he looked good," Lynn added of Bosa, who was credited with one tackle and one QB hit. "I thought he showed good speed and explosion coming off the edge. ... He'll get more reps this week in practice and he'll get more in the game."

      Oakland Raiders: Head coach Jon Gruden confirmed that wideout Brandon LaFell is headed to injured reserve with an Achilles injury sustained on a leaping grab Sunday. That injury damages a receiving corps that already had Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant dealing with knee issues, but Gruden was impressed with how rookies Marcell Ateman and Saeed Blacknall -- both recently promoted from the practice squad -- performed on Sunday. "I was really pleased with Ateman," Gruden said. "It wasn't too big for him. He was confident. He was under control. He was calm. He made some plays. Saeed did the right thing for the most part. He had a couple of assignment errors, but he got his first action in some critical moments and I thought he handled himself pretty well." Blacknall wasn't targeted on 16 snaps, but Ateman played 65 snaps and led Oakland with four catches for 50 yards.

      NFC EAST

      Dallas Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones told Bloomberg that the team isn't for sale. But he added if he had to put a price tag on them, the Cowboys would be in the Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates stratosphere. "If I had to sell the team tomorrow I wouldn't accept anything less than $10 billion," said Jones, who bought the team for $140 million, which then was a record purchase price, in 1989. "But, I don't want to imply that I would take $10 billion for them. The Cowboys are just not for sale. They're a long-term asset and my immediate family -- which has been a part of making them what they are today -- they'll own the Cowboys long after I'm gone." The 76-year-old added: "I don't say $10 billion just to say a ridiculous number. I just think you really have to go on what people would pay. I don't want to say at least $10 billion, but I certainly think you can justify a $10 billion value."

      New York Giants: Saquon Barkley has had a solid rookie season for the Giants, but he said he listened to coaches tell him they wanted to see more power, more fight for those final few yards toward the goal line. It turned into a career-best 142-yard performance Sunday in New York's 38-35 win over Tampa Bay. Barkley ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another. "You take that as a challenge," Barkley told reporters. "You take it personally. You know that they brought you in here for a reason and you have to get better. That's how I take it. The same way that I took it was to still stay who I am. I hadn't really changed anything [Sunday] besides my pace. I just got a feel for the running game and the offensive line, and I think I found a pace that I liked. They challenged me to do that and I did that [Sunday]."

      Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles undoubtedly want to forget Sunday's 48-7 embarrassment at the hands of the New Orleans Saints -- and probably no one more than quarterback Carson Wentz. It was his first three-interception game since Dec. 4, 2016, and his first game without a touchdown pass since Dec. 18, 2016. On Sunday, he was 19-of-33 passing for 156 yards and a career-worst passer rating of 31.9. "I've played a lot of football games in my career, and this is one of the worst losses I've ever been a part of," Wentz told reporters. "It's frustrating all the way around ... We have to be better and it starts with me." He added: "I definitely take a lot of [responsibility] on my plate, on my shoulders. I have to come out better."

      Washington Redskins: The Redskins are 6-4 and sit at the top of the NFC East, but with starting quarterback Alex Smith lost for the season with a devastating leg injury, is is now veteran backup Colt McCoy's team to lead. Coach Jay Gruden said Monday he isn't worried about putting the offense in the hands of the 32-year-old McCoy. "I have confidence in Colt, always have," Gruden told NBC Sports Washington. "I'm a big, firm believer in Colt McCoy's ability to play football in the National Football League. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. I know he would like it in different circumstances but things happen for a reason." McCoy's last stint as a starter came in 2014, when he was 2-3. His most recent win in the starting role came Oct. 27 of that year against Dallas -- Washington's opponent on Thursday. In relief of Smith on Sunday, McCoy was 6-of-12 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown.

      NFC NORTH

      Chicago Bears: Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was thrilled after the Bears' front four set the tone in the division showdown with the Vikings on Sunday. Hicks said the Bears' front seven is only beginning to round into form, and the pressure falls to the opposing offensive line to find the right answer. "Who do you block is the question. Do you block Leonard Floyd? Do you block Eddie Goldman? Do you block Akiem? Do you block Khalil? That's the question we want every offense to have to figure out," Hicks said.

      Detroit Lions: Rookie Kerryon Johnson will not need surgery but with a knee sprain could miss 2-4 weeks. However, head coach Matt Patricia said it's no sure thing the Lions will add a running back for Thanksgiving Day with just one practice scheduled ahead of the lunchtime gathering with the NFC North-leading Bears. Without Johnson, the Lions could attempt to put the ball in quarterback Matthew Stafford's hands and give wide receiver Kenny Golladay another shot as the lead threat on offense. "Of course, they know Golden is gone, they know Marvin is out, so who else are they going to look to?" Golladay said. He caught eight passes for 114 yards and was targeted 14 times against the Carolina Panthers.

      Green Bay Packers: Tight end Jimmy Graham plans to take a few days off but is set to attempt to play with a heavily bandaged broken thumb when the Packers return to the field Sunday night against the Vikings. Graham, injured last Thursday at Seattle, is likely to share the snaps at tight end with backup Lance Kendricks. At 4-5-1, another loss might lead Green Bay to place Graham on injured reserve. However, if he's comfortable working in practice with a padded glove or splint, Graham could be recovered before the regular season ends.

      Minnesota Vikings: Having already exceeded their turnover total from last season and approaching an all-time high for a Mike Zimmer-coached team (20), the Vikings are causing their fifth-year coach fits of frustration. Turnovers contributed to their Week 11 loss to the Bears, and Zimmer said he must do some digging to resolve the issue before time runs out. "It's definitely a concern. Either they're not listening or not paying attention or don't really care," Zimmer said. "We'll have to find out which one of the three it is."

      NFC SOUTH

      Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have dropped two consecutive games as they enter a Thursday contest against the red-hot New Orleans Saints. The back-to-back setbacks follow a stretch in which Atlanta won three consecutive contests and was on a solid roll. Earlier this season, the Falcons pushed the Saints into overtime before succumbing 43-37. Meanwhile, receiver Julio Jones has strung together five consecutive 100-yard outings and has 594 yards during the stretch. Overall, Jones has seven 100-yard efforts and fell just shy of another when he had 96 yards against the Saints. Jones leads the NFL with 1,158 yards, and his 73 receptions rank fourth.

      Carolina Panthers: The 20-19 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday was a blow for the Panthers, who have now lost two straight games to fall three games behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. The setback at Detroit included a controversial decision by coach Ron Rivera to go for a two-point conversion with 1:07 left, which was unsuccessful. Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly was quick to admit the Panthers aren't in "the best position" after the two defeats. "But we understand at the end of the year you can put yourself in a place where you can be in the playoffs," Kuechly said. "We still have that in front of us. It's just going to be a little more difficult. We understand that. We put ourselves in that position."

      New Orleans Saints: Quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints' offense have been seemingly unstoppable over the past three weeks while averaging 48 points. New Orleans scored 45 or more in each of the three games and has six 40-point efforts for the season. "I feel really good right now," Brees said of a squad with nine consecutive wins. "I love my team. I love coming to work every day with these guys. I want to play my heart out for these guys. I care about them. I certainly don't want to let them down. I want to be as consistent as I can for them, give them confidence, put them in positions to succeed, and that's my job. So I'm just doing my job."

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay is returning to Jameis Winston as the starting quarterback for the Sunday game against the San Francisco 49ers. Winston (11 interceptions) and James Fitzpatrick (12) have combined for 23 interceptions -- the worst team total in the NFL -- and the Buccaneers have a dreadful minus-23 turnover ratio, also the worst in the league. "We have to protect the football," Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter said. "I'm not trying to put this a hundred percent on them. The quarterback's going to get too much blame when things go wrong and too much credit when things go right. Some of these turnovers are 100 percent on the quarterback, but other times it's not. Some of this is the fact that we're down in games and we try to do too much at times, but it's a bottom-line business."

      NFC WEST

      Arizona Cardinals: After losing at home to the previously 1-8 Raiders, the Cardinals dropped to 2-8 and appear to be searching for any ways to improve. According to multiple reports, the team is expected to release cornerback Jamar Taylor -- who gave up a 23-yard touchdown to Jared Cook on Sunday -- and sign free agent David Amerson, who was briefly on the roster last week. Head coach Steve Wilks did not confirm the move, but did say, "Based on where we are, we are open to a lot of anything. There are some things we have talked about that we are probably going to try and make some moves on." He has also made changes to the practice week, shortening meetings and adding more walk-through time to get players more live mental reps.

      San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers didn't play this week, but they did pick up ground in the "race" for the No. 1 overall pick, as the Oakland Raiders beat the Arizona Cardinals to leave all three teams tied for the NFL's worst record at 2-8. Four of the six wins between the teams have come against one another, as the Cardinals beat the 49ers twice and the 49ers beat the Raiders. Meanwhile, San Francisco has a different quarterback to prepare for in Week 12 than they did entering their Week 11 bye. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom the Niners visit on Sunday, announced Monday they will start Jameis Winston over Ryan Fitzpatrick this week.

      Seattle Seahawks: A year after no running back topped more than 240 rushing yards and the entire roster outside of Russell Wilson combined for one rushing touchdown, the Seahawks suddenly have an embarrassment of riches at the position. Chris Carson (580 yards, three scores), Mike Davis (372, 3) and Rashaad Penny (300, 1) have each topped those figures already, and the backfield is due for reinforcements after J.D. McKissic was designated on Monday to return from injured reserve. That opens a three-week window for McKissic to practice as he recovers from breaking a bone in his foot in August. The team could activate the 5-foot-10, 195-pound speedster to the 53-man roster as soon as this week.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Harbaugh updates Flacco, defends Jackson
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that quarterback Joe Flacco has "a chance" to return from his hip injury in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders.

    • Harbaugh offered little when asked whether or not Lamar Jackson, who won his first career start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, could remain the team's starter even when Flacco is healthy, saying only, "I'm not getting into any of that."

      Cagey about his quarterback situation last week, an animated Harbaugh bristled at several questions on Monday about Jackson's volume as a runner (27 carries against the Bengals) and ability as a passer.

      "All this veiled stuff -- 'Is he really a thrower?' -- I got news for you: He's a thrower," Harbaugh practically yelled. "The kid can throw. He's a QUARTERBACK. ...I don't appreciate the insinuation of the question. We will continue to say it: Lamar Jackson is a quarterback."

      --Reports that Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda spit on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Sunday are fake news, according to the Ravens.

      "[He] did not spit on anyone," team spokesman Kevin Byrne told ESPN. Harbaugh reiterated the point to reporters later Monday, chastising anyone questioning Yanda's character.

      --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will re-install Jameis Winston as the team's starting quarterback in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers.

      Head coach Dirk Koetter told reporters earlier Monday that he knew who would be starting, but he declined to announce his choice because he hadn't yet informed the quarterbacks.

      Winston came on in relief of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday for the second time in seven weeks, engineering four straight touchdown drives before the rally fell short against the Giants, who held on 38-35.

      --Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger Sunday and his status for next Monday's game against Houston will be determined during the week.

      Mariota left the 38-10 loss to the Colts with what was announced as a right elbow injury. But head coach Mike Vrabel clarified Mariota's condition Monday, saying he got a stinger after being hit in the head, though he is not in concussion protocol.

      --Quarterback Sam Darnold did not participate when the New York Jets returned to practice following their bye week.

      The rookie injured his right foot on Nov. 4 and did not play in Week 11's loss to the Buffalo Bills. Darnold is reportedly no longer wearing a protective boot, but his status for Sunday against the New England Patriots is uncertain.

      --Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase will not rule out playing Ryan Tannehill at quarterback this week.

      Tannehill, out with a right shoulder capsule injury since Oct. 7, is picking up the intensity in his throwing program and Gase said the Dolphins consider him day-to-day.

      --Rookie quarterback Josh Allen was a full participant in Buffalo's practice and appears on track to start Sunday's home game against Jacksonville.

      Allen has not played since suffering a strained right elbow in the Bills' Oct. 14 loss at Houston.

      --Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham plans to take a few days off but is set to attempt to play with a heavily bandaged broken thumb Sunday night against the Vikings.

      Graham, injured last Thursday at Seattle, is likely to share the snaps at tight end with backup Lance Kendricks. If he's comfortable working in practice with a padded glove or splint, Graham could be recovered before the regular season ends.

      --Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson is week-to-week with a sprained left knee, according to an NFL Network report.

      Tests confirmed that Johnson has no torn ligaments and will not require surgery.

      --Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees returned to Nashville after spending Sunday night in an Indianapolis hospital for observations.

      Pees, 69, left Sunday's game against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium for undisclosed medical reasons, but the team said tests revealed nothing serious.

      --Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup is away from the team after learning of his brother's suicide on Sunday, the team announced.

      "We just found out after the ballgame that his brother had committed suicide, and just want to leave it at that," Garrett told 105.3 The Fan. "Obviously a very personal matter. We're all behind Michael and supporting him and his family."

      --Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget will miss the rest of the season after tearing the quad tendon in his right knee on Sunday, Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn announced.

      --The Washington Redskins signed journeyman quarterback Mark Sanchez after losing starter Alex Smith to a season-ending leg injury, coach Jay Gruden told reporters.

      --The NFL confirmed that it will return to Mexico City's Azteca Stadium in 2019.

      Poor field conditions at the stadium prompted the league to relocate Monday night's game between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs to L.A.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chargers DT Liuget (knee) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget will miss the rest of the season after tearing the quad tendon in his right knee on Sunday, Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn announced Monday.

    • Liuget went down against the Denver Broncos on Sunday and was able to limp off the field, but he was carted to the locker room and did not return. He finishes the season with 1.5 sacks and five QB hits in six games, bettering his figures (1.5 sacks, four QB hits) from 12 games in 2017.

      The 28-year-old missed the first four games this season due to a PED suspension, and he filed suit against a former trainer in September seeking $15 million in damages for lost wages, as well as pain and suffering for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

      A first-round pick in 2011, Liuget has 24 sacks, 59 tackles for loss and 53 QB hits in 108 games (103 starts) across eight seasons.

      Lynn said the injury will mean more playing time for Darius Philon and third-round rookie Justin Jones. Philon has 2.5 sacks and six QB hits in 10 games, while Jones has a half-sack on 170 snaps (26 percent of the Chargers' defensive plays).

      The Chargers are already without middle linebacker Denzel Perryman (knee) for the season. They rank 18th in rushing yards allowed per game (112.1) and 21st in yards per carry allowed (4.6).

      --Field Level Media

  • Wilks, Cardinals open to many changes at 2-8
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Arizona Cardinals: After losing at home to the previously 1-8 Raiders, the Cardinals dropped to 2-8 and appear to be searching for any ways to improve. According to multiple reports, the team is expected to release cornerback Jamar Taylor -- who gave up a 23-yard touchdown to Jared Cook on Sunday -- and sign free agent David Amerson, who was briefly on the roster last week. Head coach Steve Wilks did not confirm the move, but did say, "Based on where we are, we are open to a lot of anything. There are some things we have talked about that we are probably going to try and make some moves on." He has also made changes to the practice week, shortening meetings and adding more walk-through time to get players more live mental reps.

    • San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers didn't play this week, but they did pick up ground in the "race" for the No. 1 overall pick, as the Oakland Raiders beat the Arizona Cardinals to leave all three teams tied for the NFL's worst record at 2-8. Four of the six wins between the teams have come against one another, as the Cardinals beat the 49ers twice and the 49ers beat the Raiders. Meanwhile, San Francisco has a different quarterback to prepare for in Week 12 than they did entering their Week 11 bye. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, whom the Niners visit on Sunday, announced Monday they will start Jameis Winston over Ryan Fitzpatrick this week.

      Seattle Seahawks: A year after no running back topped more than 240 rushing yards and the entire roster outside of Russell Wilson combined for one rushing touchdown, the Seahawks suddenly have an embarrassment of riches at the position. Chris Carson (580 yards, three scores), Mike Davis (372, 3) and Rashaad Penny (300, 1) have each topped those figures already, and the backfield is due for reinforcements after J.D. McKissic was designated on Monday to return from injured reserve. That opens a three-week window for McKissic to practice as he recovers from breaking a bone in his foot in August. The team could activate the 5-foot-10, 195-pound speedster to the 53-man roster as soon as this week.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens' Harbaugh: A 'chance' Flacco returns Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that quarterback Joe Flacco has "a chance" to return from his hip injury in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders.

    • "It's just a matter of how fast the healing takes place in there," Harbaugh told reporters. "It's not a surgical thing, it's a calming down type of thing with the hip. I'm not a doctor. ...We'll see."

      Harbaugh offered little when asked whether or not Lamar Jackson, who won his first career start against the Cincinnati Bengals to snap Baltimore's three-game losing streak, could remain the team's starter even when Flacco is healthy, saying only, "I'm not getting into any of that."

      Flacco hurt his hip in Week 9 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and played through the issue before resting during the Week 10 bye. He was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game and was never expected to play.

      Cagey about his quarterback situation last week, an animated Harbaugh bristled at a number of questions about Jackson on Monday, most notably about the quarterback's volume as a runner on Sunday and his ability as a passer.

      Jackson had 27 carries -- the most by a QB in a game since 1950 -- for 117 yards against the Bengals while going 13 of 19 for 150 yards and an interception through the air. In total, the Ravens ran on 54 of their 75 snaps, gaining 265 yards on the ground.

      Asked if 27 carries for Jackson is too many, Harbaugh replied, "I think it's obvious. It's an obvious answer."

      "...Yeah, you don't want your quarterback getting hit that much," he added. "I mean it's not going to last that way, so I think that's pretty self evident."

      When a reporter later asked Harbaugh if Jackson earned the opportunity to throw more moving forward, the coach went on a rant aimed at what he called the "veiled" questions about Jackson's passing ability.

      "Yeah, we're going to throw the ball more down the road," Harbaugh practically yelled. "He's a great thrower, the guy can pass. You saw him throw, he threw some great balls out there. How many plays did the kid make? Running around, throwing the ball, in the pocket, throwing the ball, he can do it!

      "So all this veiled stuff -- 'Is he really a thrower?' -- I got news for you: He's a thrower. The kid can throw. He's a QUARTERBACK. ...I don't appreciate the insinuation of the question. We will continue to say it: Lamar Jackson is a quarterback. Did you see the game yesterday? He's a quarterback."

      The Ravens traded up to take Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in April. Each of the four quarterbacks taken ahead of him entered the starting lineup by Week 4 of this season.

      Flacco, 33, has thrown for 2,465 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions this season while going 4-5 as a starter and posting an 84.2 quarterback rating, right in line with his career mark (84.1). The Ravens would incur a dead-money hit of $16 million to move on from him this offseason, but they would still save $10.5 million of his 2019 cap hit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys: WR Gallup away from team after brother's suicide
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup is away from the team after learning of his brother's suicide on Sunday, the team announced Monday.

    • "We just found out after the ballgame that his brother had committed suicide, and just want to leave it at that," Garrett told 105.3 The Fan. "Obviously a very personal matter. We're all behind Michael and supporting him and his family."

      Gallup, who is from Atlanta, stayed in the city while the team traveled home after beating the Falcons 22-19 on Sunday.

      "Our team and our entire organization are deeply saddened by the news of Michael's loss," owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. "His family is our family. We share in the grief and pain that comes with something so personal and tragic. We offer our support, care and comfort for Michael, and we ask that all of those who have sons and daughters and brothers and sisters join us in keeping Michael and his wonderful family in their thoughts and prayers."

      The Cowboys play on Thanksgiving Day, hosting the Washington Redskins.

      Gallup, a third-round rookie, has 16 catches for 285 yards and one touchdown through 10 games this season. The touchdown catch came against Washington in Week 7.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens envision QB Jackson as passer
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Baltimore Ravens: One day after calling rookie Lamar Jackson's first NFL start "spectacular," Ravens head coach John Harbaugh defended his quarterback's ability to pass. "The kid can throw," Harbaugh said. "He's a quarterback." The ongoing narrative around Jackson gained new life when he rushed 27 times -- the most by an NFL QB since 1950 -- against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. But Harbaugh said Jackson is more than capable, and the Ravens will likely find out if Joe Flacco (hip) remains sidelined. Harbaugh, who became angered by the line of questioning, said Jackson can and will show his arm in the weeks to come. "I think that's obvious. You don't want your quarterback getting hit that much. He's not going to last that way."

    • Cincinnati Bengals: As the Bengals juggle their defensive coaching staff, head coach Marvin Lewis said the addition of Hue Jackson was a "big positive." Lewis said he was more comfortable turning his back on the game. "Optimally, I'm responsible for everything," Lewis said. "I've got to do it that way. That's where we are right now. Hopefully it'll become more and more comfortable. I can get the defense set with him and I can go back to paying attention throughout the game." Lewis did not confirm that he plans to have Jackson handle defensive calls in the future, but said his understanding of opponents' personnel made him an asset against the Ravens.

      Cleveland Browns: Have a bye this week.

      Pittsburgh Steelers: Defensive players repeatedly encouraged quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the late stages of his three-interception performance at Jacksonville, as the Steelers survived and extended their winning streak to six games. But while Roethlisberger and many of the team's veterans have survived the rigors of December, one untested late-season component in a running game built around second-year back James Conner. Roethlisberger said he will do his part to encourage Conner, now the sure starter with Le'Veon Bell on season-long hiatus, to use Sunday's game at Jacksonville as a learning tool. "James is one of those special football players where he can't get down on himself," Roethlisberger said. "This will be one of those awesome tests to see how he bounces back. I think he'll be fine."

      --Field Level Media

  • Redskins' Gruden a 'believer in Colt McCoy’s ability'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones told Bloomberg that the team isn't for sale. But he added if he had to put a price tag on them, the Cowboys would be in the Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates stratosphere. "If I had to sell the team tomorrow I wouldn't accept anything less than $10 billion," said Jones, who bought the team for $140 million, which then was a record purchase price, in 1989. "But, I don't want to imply that I would take $10 billion for them. The Cowboys are just not for sale. They're a long-term asset and my immediate family -- which has been a part of making them what they are today -- they'll own the Cowboys long after I'm gone." The 76-year-old added: "I don't say $10 billion just to say a ridiculous number. I just think you really have to go on what people would pay. I don't want to say at least $10 billion, but I certainly think you can justify a $10 billion value."

    • New York Giants: Saquon Barkley has had a solid rookie season for the Giants, but he said he listened to coaches tell him they wanted to see more power, more fight for those final few yards toward the goal line. It turned into a career-best 142-yard performance Sunday in New York's 38-35 win over Tampa Bay. Barkley ran for two touchdowns and caught a pass for another. "You take that as a challenge," Barkley told reporters. "You take it personally. You know that they brought you in here for a reason and you have to get better. That's how I take it. The same way that I took it was to still stay who I am. I hadn't really changed anything [Sunday] besides my pace. I just got a feel for the running game and the offensive line, and I think I found a pace that I liked. They challenged me to do that and I did that [Sunday]."

      Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles undoubtedly want to forget Sunday's 48-7 embarrassment at the hands of the New Orleans Saints -- and probably no one more than quarterback Carson Wentz. It was his first three-interception game since Dec. 4, 2016, and his first game without a touchdown pass since Dec. 18, 2016. On Sunday, he was 19-of-33 passing for 156 yards and a career-worst passer rating of 31.9. "I've played a lot of football games in my career, and this is one of the worst losses I've ever been a part of," Wentz told reporters. "It's frustrating all the way around ... We have to be better and it starts with me." He added: "I definitely take a lot of [responsibility] on my plate, on my shoulders. I have to come out better."

      Washington Redskins: The Redskins are 6-4 and sit at the top of the NFC East, but with starting quarterback Alex Smith lost for the season with a devastating leg injury, is is now veteran backup Colt McCoy's team to lead. Coach Jay Gruden said Monday he isn't worried about putting the offense in the hands of the 32-year-old McCoy. "I have confidence in Colt, always have," Gruden told NBC Sports Washington. "I'm a big, firm believer in Colt McCoy's ability to play football in the National Football League. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. I know he would like it in different circumstances but things happen for a reason." McCoy's last stint as a starter came in 2014, when he was 2-3. His most recent win in the starting role came Oct. 27 of that year against Dallas -- Washington's opponent on Thursday. In relief of Smith on Sunday, McCoy was 6-of-12 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs turning back to Winston as starter
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will re-install Jameis Winston as the team's starting quarterback in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers, the team confirmed Monday.

    • Head coach Dirk Koetter told reporters earlier Monday that he knew who would be starting, but he declined to announce his choice because he hadn't yet informed the quarterbacks.

      Winston came on in relief of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday for the second time in seven weeks, after first doing so in a Week 4 blowout loss in Chicago, and Koetter described his play afterward as "fantastic."

      Winston entered trailing the Giants 24-7 in the third quarter, but he led four consecutive scoring drives to cut the lead to three points on two occasions. He ended the day 12-of-16 passing for 199 yards, with two touchdowns and an interception, which came on a last-ditch effort to rally with 23 seconds left, allowing the Giants to hang on and win 38-35.

      Fitzpatrick had been pulled after throwing his third interception, this one in the end zone, leaving him 13 of 21 for 167 yards and no touchdowns.

      Winston, 24, was previously benched midway through a Week 8 loss at Cincinnati after throwing four interceptions. He missed the first three games of the season because of an NFL suspension before entering midway through Week 4 against the Bears.

      Fitzpatrick, who turns 36 on Saturday, has 2,366 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season. Winston has 1,380 passing yards, eight touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

      Winston is in the fourth year of his rookie contract since being taken No. 1 overall in 2015. Tampa Bay previously picked up his fifth-year option for 2019, which is guaranteed for injury only.

      Koetter told reporters last week that he understood the arguments in favor of starting Winston in order to evaluate him over the rest of the season, but argued that the Bucs still had an opportunity to contend in the NFC wild-card race.

      Sunday's loss dropped Tampa Bay to 3-7, leaving the Bucs 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot and ahead of only two teams in conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • Titans coach says QB Mariota suffered a stinger
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota suffered a stinger in Sunday's game in Indianapolis and his status for next Monday's game against the Houston Texans will be determined during the week, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

    • Mariota left the 38-10 loss to the Colts during the second quarter with what was announced as a right elbow injury, but Vrabel clarified his condition Monday.

      "He is getting treatment, and it's really not even the elbow," Vrabel told reporters. "He got a stinger. When the guy hit him in the head, he got a stinger."

      Vrabel said the fourth-year quarterback was evaluated by an independent neurologist and was not placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

      "We'll have to see where he's at," Vrabel said of Mariota's availability for the game at Houston. "It may include, like a lot of injuries, getting a second opinion and making sure he is OK to play."

      Mariota was tended to by trainers on the field after getting hit by Colts defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis with 16 seconds left in the half.

      When it was originally announced as an elbow injury, many feared it was the same injury that caused him to miss two starts earlier in the season. That injury had caused nerve issues and affected his grip, forcing him to wear a two-fingered glove on his throwing hand until two weeks ago.

      "When you have a stinger, there is numbness -- it goes from your neck and down your arm," Vrabel said. "When you get your neck twisted and you suffer some inflammation, that is what happens."

      Mariota finished 10 of 13 for 85 yards against the Colts with one interception. Backup Blaine Gabbert completed 11 of 16 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and one pick.

      --Field Level Media