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Bills backup QB Nathan Peterman in concussion protocol after hit

Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman is in the concussion protocol after taking a hit to his head in the third quarter of Sunday’s 13-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bills host the Miami Dolphins next Sunday, with their quarterback situation in flux.

“We’ll see,” Webb said after the game. “We’ll see what’s going on with Tyrod and Nate. I will always be ready if my number’s called.”

In addition to Peterman, Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin limped off the field in the fourth quarter after diving for an incomplete pass. Benjamin later returned to the game before again limping off after attempting to make another catch.

“I kind of just bent [my knee] back, aggravated it a little bit,” he said. “We’ll go check with the docs and see what’s going on with it. I’m still walking, so that’s a good sign.”

Benjamin missed two games after tearing the meniscus in his right knee during a Nov. 19 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Lions claimed defensive end Dwight Freeney off waivers on Wednesday, the day after he was released by the Seahawks, ESPN reports.

Freeney is a seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time First Team All-Pro. He’s also 37, but his three sacks in four games this season with Seattle indicates he can still play. Freeney played an average of 28 snaps over his first three games with the Seahawks but just 17 in Seattle’s loss to the Falcons on Monday night.

The Lions have 21 sacks so far this season, tied for 20th in the NFL. Freeney has 125 1/2 sacks in his 16 years in the league, 17th on the all-time list and second to the Panthers’ Julius Peppers among active players.chargers_016

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Cutler left Sunday’s 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers to be evaluated for a concussion.

Per the Wall Street Journal, Jones had requested an emergency session of NFL owners Nov. 28 in New York City. While that request was denied, there will be one held Dec. 13 at a previously scheduled NFL meeting in Dallas.

Former Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on last week’s trade to the 49ers: “It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s starting to slow down.”

“NFL leadership has hurt Papa John’s shareholders,” Schnatter said.

Redskins running back Chris Thompson left Sunday’s 34-31 loss to the Saints with an ugly lower leg injury. His right leg was placed in an aircast and he was carted from the Superdome field.

Ultimately, Goodell should weather this latest storm, and Jones will keep his Cowboys, albeit with the personal stigma of being the modern-day Al Davis as the NFL’s outlaw owner. The majority of NFL owners would rather deal with the devil they know (Goodell) than a new commissioner with whom Jones would have a strong hand in approving.

However, it would be a mistake to underestimate Jones given his track record of improving the ways the NFL does business, as well as Goodell’s handling (or mishandling) of situations that have tarnished the league’s trademark shield and threatened revenue streams.

Goodell has handled this responsibility since he was elected to the position in September 2006. His tenure would continue through 2024 if the contract extension unanimously approved last May by team owners including Jones himself comes to pass.

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Jalen Ramsey on fight with A.J. Green: I told him he was ‘weak’ and ‘soft’

Both Jaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey and Bengals star wideout A.J. Green were ejected for fighting during their Week 9 game on Sunday. After much speculation as to what led to the brawl, Ramsey told his side of the story.

“As a player, as a man, and a father, that’s a reflection of me,” Green said, according to USA Today. “I should have walked off in that whole situation. I definitely learned from this experience. It’s never going to happen again.”

The NFL decided against suspending Green or Ramsey, but the two could likely be fined a minimum of $30,387, which is given to players who commit their first offense for fighting.

Although Olsen is on the Panthers’ injured reserve list due to a foot injury, he could potentially play in the Vikings-Panthers game Dec. 10. Minnesota fears that Olsen could gain a competitive advantage, but he won’t be in production meetings or at Vikings practices as members of broadcast teams commonly are.

“We are excited for the opportunity to make this Sunday’s broadcast fun and insightful with Pro Bowler Greg Olsen,” FOX said in a statement to Pelissero. “We fully respect the Vikings concerns and will limit the amount of pre-game access allowed to Greg. We look forward to welcoming him in the broadcast booth and giving viewers a unique perspective this Sunday.”

Although it is unusual for an active NFL player to broadcast a game, this would not be the first time it has happened. While Matt Hasselbeck was quarterback for the Colts in 2014, he called a Rams-Cardinals game, and in 1994, the Chiefs’ Marcus Allen called a game between the Lions and Buccaneers. A key difference is Hasselbeck and Allen did not play the teams in question during those seasons.

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Radulov scores OT winner, Stars edge Canucks 2-1

Despite firing 39 shots on net and generating multiple scoring chances late in the game, the Vancouver Canucks couldn’t quite break through against a Dallas team that’s dominated them lately.

After wearing No. 40 in his debut Monday for the Coyotes, Wedgewood opted to switch to No. 31. … D Niklas Hjalmarsson was out for the Coyotes with a lower-body injury sustained Monday at Philadelphia. … Detroit D Danny DeKeyser (sprained ankle) missed his 10th straight game.

Coyotes: Host the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, their first home game since Oct. 21.

Red Wings: Begin a four-game road trip through Canada on Thursday at Ottawa, where they won 2-1 in a shootout on Oct. 7.

“We need to be more explosive,” Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said. “That game we were not explosive. We didn’t have the big plays we had in the past that, over the last two years, has been kind of our eraser for some of our issues.”

They had major issues on defense, surrendering 529 yards. Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett completed 33 of 39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

“The best teams in the country have issues that they need to work on and get better, and we’re one of them,” Franklin said. “Do we need to get a more consistent pass rush on defense? Yes. We need to consistently be able to get more turnovers on defense. We need to more consistently stop the run.”

The Spartans are not as dynamic as Ohio State, but quarterback Brian Lewerke passed for a school-record 445 yards against Northwestern. Michigan State normally relies on its running game, led by LJ Scott (511 yards, four touchdowns).

“They’re a hard-nosed Big Ten football program,” Franklin said. “They’re built on defense, with a defensive head coach. And they’re a smash-mouth offense.”patriots_125

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TNF outlooks for DeVante Parker and injured Ravens pass-catchers

Injuries begin to stack up when teams hit the halfway point of the season, and the pregame injury report for the Dolphins and the Ravens (well, especially the Ravens) on Thursday serves as proof.

DeVante Parker, WR, ankle: Parker injured his ankle in Week 5 and has yet to return to action. Prior to this week, Parker had not participated in practice to any degree. On Tuesday, he returned to limited work, participating in some drills.

TMR: Tough one. Lots come to mind, including two recent ones that I’m particularly fond of. I was all-in on Kareem Hunt this year, even before Spencer Ware’s injury, and last year I was hyping Terrelle Pryor in Cleveland (a QB-turned-WR? For the Browns?) and people thought I was nuts, but he wound up as a top-20 WR. But I’ve made a zillion calls, good and bad. So if I have to pick one, probably my favorite would be Week 5 of 2009.

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn understands the scrutiny that comes with a struggling offense, but he was adamant in defending coordinator Steve Sarkisian.

“There’s a lot of really good things that Steve does, and I don’t want to lose sight of how good a football coach this guy is,” Quinn said Thursday. “And I think all of us, when you’re going through a time where you’re not producing from a points standpoint that you like, there’s a lot of factors involved.

What happened: Iupati hoped to play through a triceps injury suffered during the preseason but ended up being shelved after starting in just the season-opener against Detroit.

Potential return? Iupati not only underwent season-ending surgery. Because of age (31 entering next season) and his mounting injury history, Iupati may be cut in the offseason for a $6.2 million salary-cap saving.

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston day-to-day with sprain in throwing shoulder

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has officially been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in the shoulder of his throwing arm, according to coach Dirk Koetter. There is no structural damage, and he’ll be day-to-day.

In 2016, the rule kept Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Kenny Clark and Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack, both UCLA products, away from OTAs.

The exception to the rule was to graduate early — something that 2016 first-round picks DeForest Buckner and Joshua Garnett both did — to participate in OTAs. But now, players will be allowed to choose for themselves when to begin practicing with their new teams. And it’s about time.

After it wrapped up just before 2 p.m. ET, the sides issued a joint statement in which they said, in part: “Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military. In the best American tradition, we are coming together to find common ground and commit to the hard work required for positive change.”

The Seahawks have been particularly vocal about social activism, in part, Sherman said, because of the team’s makeup.

“Our team is as loosey-goosey as they come,’’ he said. “Got a very, as the politicians would say, liberal team and ownership. Because those things matter nowadays. You are liberal or you are conservative. You are alt-left or you are alt-right. Whatever happened to human beings? But whatever. Story for a different day.’’

Many involved in Tuesday’s meeting called it a positive step, but Sherman pointed to one player who wasn’t present, beyond Kaepernick: teammate Doug Baldwin, who co-signed a letter with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing support for a bill that seeks criminal justice reform.steelers_007

Love shot just 1-for-12 on Tuesday, and the Cavs shot only 40.5 percent as a team.

Giannis Antetokounmpo solves a lot of problems, and if he takes another mini-leap, the Bucks could exceed expectations. Parker’s eventual return will beef up their depth, and give Milwaukee a little more data on how all the pieces fit; Parker and Middleton logged just six minutes together last season. Parker has defended so far with a poisonous combination of cluelessness and hyperactivity. It was not surprising that Milwaukee fared better without him.

Extension talks for Parker will likely go to the Oct. 16 wire, and any deal would nudge the Bucks close to next season’s tax. They have discussed dumping John Henson and Teletovic, but teams are squeezing hard, sources say.

Cleveland is going through an adjustment period as it tries to fit three new players into its starting lineup — Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder — on top of the position shift for Love. Another new addition, Isaiah Thomas, is recovering from a torn labrum in his right hip and will need to be worked back into the mix when he returns in late December.

“We’re going to get better as the season goes along, of course,” Lue said after the loss to Chicago dropped his team to 0-4 in the preseason. “But we will be better than we were tonight, for sure.”

“Didn’t make much of it at all,” Love said. “Preseason. A lot of bad stuff out there. It looked ugly, but we’re fine. … We’ll look at some stuff, clean it up. As long as we play hard, good things will happen.”ravens_009

A.J. Green made a spectacular catch over three Texans defensive backs

The Bengals-Texans Thursday Night Football matchup started off awfully slow but picked up thanks to a pair of plays — one a spectacular A.J. Green catch.

After Jadeveon Clowney made a great play on a John Ross fumble, Andy Dalton dropped in a perfect pass to Green for a 50-yard completion with three Texans defensive backs in the vicinity.

The Bengals failed to score in Week 1, but because of Green’s catch, they were able to tie the game at 3-3. If he keeps making plays like that, he and the Bengals can expect to score many more points this season.

Mazzant ruled that the injunction would stand, and now the NFL and Elliot await a decision from the appellate court. In the NFL’s motion, they’ve challenged Mazzant’s jurisdiction because the case was filed before the NFL appeal was settled. The league’s attorneys are also relying on labor case law that grants deference to labor arbitrators in these matters.

Even with the appeal finalized, it’s hard to say. Elliott’s appeal started on Tuesday, August 29, and it wrapped up on Thursday, August 31. There was no timeline for Henderson to issue his decision, but he handed it down on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The NFLPA and Elliott’s attorneys have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Texas to vacate any suspension that may be handed down after the appeals process, citing “the most fundamentally unfair arbitral processes conceivable.”nike_cardinals_301

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Saturday no decision has been made yet on Romo’s future with the team.

Romo’s contract would currently cost the Cowboys a $24.7 million cap hit this year. If they designate him a post-June 1 cut, the team would save $14 million in cap space in 2017 with Romo counting $10.7 million against the cap this year and $8.9 million in 2018.

Releasing Romo would open things up for McCown to join the team. The Cowboys would be McCown’s 10th team since getting drafted by the Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft. He has Texas roots, growing up in the East Texas town of Jacksonville and spending three seasons at SMU in Dallas before finishing his college career at Sam Houston State in Huntsville.

McCown will be 38 on July 4, about three weeks before the Cowboys open training camp. He appeared in just five games last year because of a shoulder injury, and threw for 1,100 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s been a journeyman backup for most of his career, which would make him a good fit behind Prescott, who was the NFL’s surprise rookie of the year last season.

The Jets cornerback is facing multiple charges following an altercation that left a pair of Pittsburgh men unconscious last weekend.

Revis was charged Thursday with two counts of felony aggravated assault, single counts each of robbery and conspiracy, both felonies, and making terroristic threats, a misdemeanor. He did not speak with media who had assembled Friday evening in front of the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building.

The alleged incident occurred at 2:43 a.m. Sunday when 22-year-old Dallas Cousins recognized Revis, a Pittsburgh native who played collegiately at Pitt. The man pulled out a cell phone to film his interaction with Revis.

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Both Browns and Patriots blew it with lack of Jimmy Garoppolo trade on draft day

I always laugh when grades are issued immediately following NFL Drafts. The reality is draft selections can’t be truly evaluated until two or three years down the road.

Many draft analysts have given Cleveland an “A” for last week’s draft selections. Sorry, I’m not buying into the Browns hype.

Yes, the Browns added some likely starters and potentially strong contributors in their three first-rounders, Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku. But what about the franchise quarterback the team has lacked for decades? It’s a stretch to believe DeShone Kizer, who the Browns picked No. 52 overall, will be an elite passer.

Some thought Davis would last on the board a little longer, but Tennessee, which desperately needed a complete No. 1 receiver for Marcus Mariota, didn’t waste time and picked him with its higher of two first-round picks. The Titans ranked 25th in passing yards last season, with tight end Delanie Walker and wide receiver Rishard Matthews tying for a team-high 65 receptions. Although that duo combined for 16 touchdowns, neither hit 1,000 receiving yards.

So there’s a big production void for Davis as the league’s No. 3 rushing team tries to open up more with Mariota and become a little more balanced. Breaking 1,000 yards with eight or so scores would be similar to Allen’s rookie numbers, but Davis would likely need to do much more to trump Watson and the top backs. If healthy, he can’t be ruled out from doing so.

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