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Week Three Monday 10-pack

The third week of the 2010 season provided plenty of memorable highlights and outcomes. 

From an overtime thriller in New Orleans to a couple of 0-2 underachievers getting things pointed in the right direction to what nearly became an overtime thrilled in Miami, we hope the next 14 weeks are just like this one.

Then again, some teams would prefer to forget all about Week Three.  For 10 story lines focusing on the good and the bad from Week Three, read on.

1.  Coughlin out, Cowher in?

Two years ago, the Giants started the season 0-2, giving up 80 points in
two games.  This year, after a sloppy Week One win against a grossly
overmatched Panthers team, the Giants have surrendered 67 in two even
sloppier losses.

Publicly, coach Tom Coughlin has taken the blame.  Privately, he has
begun the process of holding his players accountable.

Whether it works remains to be seen.  The Giants are becoming every bit
as dysfunctional as they were when Coughlin somehow pulled a Super
Bowl-sized rabbit out of his hat.  The championship season has become
largely forgotten, however, especially as the Giants become upstaged in their new
stadium by the look-at-me Jets, at whom New York and the rest of the
country are looking, both for what they do on the field, and what they
do off it.

After the Giants collapsed down the stretch and missed the playoffs,
co-owner John Mara blew a gasket.  This year, if the Giants fail to
qualify for the postseason, he’ll do more than talk tough.

Coughlin has one year left on his contract, and the Giants will have to
decide after 2010 whether to re-up Coughlin’s deal — or whether to move
on.  If they choose to thank the 64-year-old coach for his
contributions and pay him not to work for the franchise in 2011, the
most obvious candidate to replace him becomes Bill Cowher.

The 15-year coach of the Steelers, who resigned after the 2006 season,
recently said that he’s looking for the “right situation.”  And former
Steelers tailback Jerome Bettis, who called Cowher’s coming resignation
at the outset of the 2006 season, sad earlier this year that Cowher
covets” the Giants job.

Unless and until Coughlin can get his Giants to play disciplined,
winning football, a guy who led the Steelers with square-jawed intensity
could become the ultimate answer to the cross-town team led by a
player-coach who doesn’t actually play.

2.  Tebow takes a big step backward.

Entering the regular season, Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow occupied the
No. 2 spot on the depth chart, behind starter Kyle Orton and ahead of
Brady Quinn.  Per a league source, Tebow was under the impression that
he’d be the top backup all year.

After only two games, Tebow fell to No. 3.  Inactive for Sunday’s game
against the Colts, the elevation of Quinn prevented Tebow from entering
the game before the fourth quarter, essentially eliminating the team’s “Wild Horse”
single-wing package.  As it turns out, neither Quinn nor Tebow entered
the game at all.

Following the 27-13 loss to Indy, Bronco coach Josh McDaniels downplayed
the situation.

“Just made a decision after the week of practice,” McDaniels said. 
“Brady had a good week and it wasn’t anything about Tim — we just felt
like Brady was probably better equipped at this point to handle this
style of game plan, the style of defense that they played.  Again, they
get very few reps anyways, but the reps that they get — we felt more
comfortable doing that.”

Whether it’s a one-time thing remains to be seen.  The fact that Tebow
believed he’d be the No. 2 guy all year makes the move surprising.  The
possibility that he’ll stay at No. 3 shows just how far he has to go
before he becomes the full-time starter.

3.  Pink slips coming soon?

The desperation that has prompted so many quarterback changes could soon
result in a flurry of firings.  Coordinators could be the initial
scapegoats in some cities.  But with bye weeks beginning,
underperforming head coaches could soon find themselves staying home for
the rest of the year, with pay.

The Panthers have looked putrid, and if they hit their break at 0-5,
coach John Fox could be out the door.

The Browns, who are 0-3 but just as easily could be 3-0, face the
Bengals, Falcons, Steelers, and Saints before their bye.  And if the
Browns are 0-7, Eric Mangini may not get a chance to host the Patriots
and the Jets in consecutive weeks — which likely would drop Cleveland
to 0-9, anyway.

Another potential candidate for a bye week “buh-bye” is Jaguars coach
Jack Del Rio.  As one league source explained it, multiple factions
currently are clashing in Jacksonville.  “If [Del Rio] survives the
season,” the source said, “he likely won’t survive the offseason.”

Whether Del Rio survives the season depends on whether the Jaguars can
turn things around, quickly.  Outscored by a total of 50 points in two
weeks, things get no easier next week, when the Colts come calling.  (It also doesn’t help that the Jags are stuck in a division with Indy, Tennessee, and Houston.)

In San Francisco, Mike Singletary could be on the hot seat, too — if
anyone there had the nerve to actually communicate the decision to fire him. 
(Would you?)

Then there’s Raiders coach Tom Cable, who faces some risk of being fired
every minute of every day, of every season.

4.  Time to change inherently unfair fumble rule.

While watching the Chargers-Seahawks game, which Seattle surprisingly
won, a play late in the first half reminded us of one of the most
inequitable rules in all of sport.

When an offensive player fumbles the ball out of bounds, his team keeps
possession.  But when an offensive player fumbles the ball out of the
end zone that his team is trying to invade, the ball is regarded as
having been recovered by the other team, and it’s placed at the 20.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora described it as a “long-standing rule, in
place for decades.”

That’s fine, but that doesn’t make it fair.

It simply makes no sense to punish the offensive team for getting so
close to the end zone, losing the grasp on the ball near paydirt, and
then losing possession even if the other team never actually recovers

Instead of giving the ball to the defense at the 20, the rule should
give the ball to the offense, at the opponents’ 20.  Some would argue
that possession should be awarded at the line used for the try after a
touchdown.  Either way, possession shouldn’t be handed over the defense
when the defense has done squat to secure possession.

5. Jets, Falcons seize control of their divisions.

With 13 games to go, a lot can — and will — happen.  But two teams
confidently can claim that, for now, they rule the four-team roosts in
which they reside.

Both the Jets and the Falcons went on the road and knocked off rivals
who had been 2-0.  So now the Dolphins will have to win in New York and
the Saints will have to win in Atlanta in order to avoid what amounts to
a three-game swing in the standings — 2-0 versus 0-2, plus ownership
of the tiebreaker.

Coupled with the Jets’ win over the Patriots, New York has come a
long way in only 13 days

Ditto for the Falcons, who lost a heartbreaker in Week One and suddenly
have broken the Saints’ hammerlock on the NFC South.  It likely was the biggest win of quarterback Matt Ryan’s three-year career.

Again, there’s a long way to go.  For now, though, the Jets and Falcons
have to be feeling pretty good about where they are.

6. Chiefs are for real.

When a team exceeds expectations, expectations eventually will be
adjusted.  For that reason alone, look for the Chiefs to continue to
downplay their success, in the hopes that no one will believe that
they’re a legitimate contender to win the AFC West.

But they are.  Already, the 3-0 Chiefs possess a two-game lead over the rest
of the division, and they’ve toppled the perennial top dogs from San

Moving forward, the Chiefs benefit from a fourth-place schedule.  While
the Chargers play the Ravens and the Patriots, the Chiefs get the Browns
and the Bills. (All four AFC West teams play all four AFC South teams
in 2010.)  Those two games could end up making a huge difference, if the
race gets tight in late December.

The biggest question mark comes at quarterback, but that question mark
became an exclamation point, at least for a day, when Matt Cassel
completed 16 of 27 for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception
— good for a passer rating of 111.7.

It’s the kind of triple-digit performance that became commonplace for
Cassel in 2008, when he replaced Tom Brady in New England.  Now that
Cassel could be clicking with Charlie Weis, the guy who helped make Tom
Brady into Tom Brady, there could be even more strong performances from the
player whom many regard as the weak link on a slowly-improving

Until then, the Chiefs would prefer that we all regard them as
slowly-improving, with no reason to think that they may be headed in the
direction that their 3-0 record suggests they’re heading.

7.  Dallas Desperadoes deliver for Wade.

Backed against the wall, the Dallas Cowboys proved the value of a single
NFL weekend by avoiding an 0-3 start, pulling into a three-way tie for
second place in the NFC East, and getting themselves back on track for a
season that still could end with a Super Bowl.

Desperation suited the Cowboys well on Sunday in Houston, and now
they’ve got time during their bye week to continue to tweak the offense
and refine the defense and prepare to continue the push toward and
beyond .500.

At a time when the NFL is considering a move from 18 games, it’s
important to remember the impact of a single NFL game when a total of
only 16 are played.  The significance of each and every contest makes
each and every one dramatic and memorable; for the Cowboys, who
faced full-blown implosion after only two weeks, a single game changed

If the season is “enhanced,” that quality could quickly be diminished.

8.  Steelers could run the table.

We know it’s way too early to say this, but we’re going to say it

The Pittsburgh Steelers could go undefeated.

It’s unlikely.  Eventually, they’ll surely lose.  But if they can get past the
Ravens on Sunday in the last game without Ben Roethlisberger and if he
pumps up an offense that is complemented by the best defense in the
league, the Steelers will be unstoppable.

If they get to 16-0, it won’t have happened against a slew of patsies. 
They play at Miami and at New Orleans, and they host the Patriots and
the Jets.

Still, there’s already something special about this team, and it could
become even more special if Roethlisberger helps light up a scoreboard
that rarely will reflect many points from the opposition.

9.  Vick’s historic redemption tour continues.

As the football-watching world waits for Mike Vick’s triple-digit
passer-rating performances to drop dramatically, as they always have done in the past, Vick has instead put his
foot harder on the gas, authoring his best performance to date with the

In a 28-3 win at Jacksonville, Vick completed 17 of 31 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns, good for a passer rating of 119.2.

In 10 quarters, Vick has thrown six touchdown passes and not a single

He’ll face his toughest test yet next week, when Donovan McNabb returns
to Philly for a game that Eagles fans will want to win more than any
non-playoff game in franchise history.  And regardless of how well
McNabb does or doesn’t play, another strong showing from Vick could make
McNabb’s performance moot.

Meanwhile, at some point we need to acknowledge that we’re witnessing
one of the most compelling stories in league history.  Rather than
merely returning to the level he occupied before missing two years while
in prison, Vick could be on the verge of reaching new heights — and of
becoming the franchise quarterback he never quite became in Atlanta.

10.  Saints need to lose their blind spot for Garrett Hartley.

Kicker Garrett Hartley forever will occupy a position in the pantheon of
Saints stars, thanks to his delivery of the franchise’s first NFL title
via a 40-yard overtime kick in the NFC Championship and a trio of
40-plus-yard field goals in the Super Bowl.

But kicker remains one of the most fungible positions in football, and
if a guy can’t do his job there are plenty of others who can, and who will.

The challenge for coach Sean Payton and G.M. Mickey Loomis will be to
forget about the things Hartley did in the past, and to focus on what
he’s doing now.

Or, more importantly, on what he’s not doing.

Two missed field goals in Week One allowed the Vikings to hang around
much longer than they should have, and a redirection from 49ers
defensive tackle Ray McDonald may have prevented Hartley from being the
goat in Week Two.

The goat he was on Sunday, when he missed an overtime chip shot after
knuckling the game-tying kick that forced the extra session.

Peter King reported on Sunday night that the Saints will bring in
kickers this week
.  It shouldn’t simply be a shot across Hartley’s bow. 
Kickers need to be much more reliable than Hartley has been.  And if
Hartley continues to receive extra consideration for what he did in last
year’s Super Bowl, the Saints won’t win another one this year.

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Which game are you most looking forward to watching this weekend?

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The game we all were least looking forward to watching has come and, thankfully, gone. So we can now focus on the rest of Week Eight, and specifically the game we’re much more excited about watching.

That’s the subject of Friday’s PFT Live question of the day.

Make your choice from the options listed below, complain in the comments about the games that were omitted, and then before watching the games on Sunday check out the last show of the week, featuring a visit from Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry.

The show gets started at 6:00 a.m. on NBC Sports Radio, and the simulcast begins at 7:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Gus Bradley says Jaguars need “some soul searching”

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley talks to defensive tackle Richard Ash, left, in the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said after last night’s blowout loss to the Titans that his team needs to look within itself and address why this season has gone so poorly.

“This is some soul searching. We need to find out what’s the issue,” Bradley said. “I think all of us are frustrated in our play.”

Bradley acknowledged that his players came out not looking like they were playing very hard, but he was unsure what he could have done differently to get them ready.

“It wasn’t good enough, obviously,” Bradley said. “We looked like we got punched in the mouth and we didn’t respond real well. All of us take responsibility. There are some coaching things and some playing things.”

Jaguars owner Shad Khan indicated after the game that he doesn’t plan to fire Bradley, and so Bradley will get plenty of time to figure out how to clean up this mess. He has some soul searching of his own to do.

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Jaguars owner Shad Khan says no coaching change for Jaguars

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan met with coaches and players this week in an attempt to figure out just why his team was not winning more football games.

The Jaguars responded with an absolute dud Thursday night in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville fell behind 27-0 in the first half. Dante Fowler Jr. picked up a personal foul for a pseudo punch to an Titans player just four days after Mailk Jackson (personal foul accumulation) and Jalen Ramsey (fighting) were ejected against Oakland.

Head coach Gus Bradley is now 14-41 during his tenure in Jacksonville. With 10 days before the Jaguars have to play again, the question is whether Khan would look to make a change at head coach.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Khan said there will not be a coaching change following Thursday night’s 36-22 loss.

However, Khan also said “actions speak louder than words. Very little for me to say.”

Unless something drastic changes, Bradley’s time in Jacksonville would seem to be running short. Changing coaches in season likely won’t do anything significant and a real change won’t realistically be possible until January at the earliest. But having your previous head coach, Mike Mularkey, hand your team a beat down like the Jaguars experienced Thursday night can’t sit well with Khan.

There’s enough talent on the roster now that Jacksonville should be beyond these types of performances. If they can’t make a change with Bradley at the helm, they’ll probably be making changes without him in the near future.

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Russell Wilson expecting to play against Saints despite pectoral injury

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the second half of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals and Seahawks tied 6-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has sustained three separate injuries in the first six games of the regular season. Just like the previous two, Wilson doesn’t expect his newest ailment from keeping him out of the lineup.

Wilson has been a limited participant in practice the last two days for Seattle after suffering a right pectoral injury in last week’s tie with the Arizona Cardinals. That injury is in addition to a high-ankle sprain from Week 1 and a sprained MCL in Week 3. Nevertheless, Wilson expects to be starting as usual Sunday in New Orleans.

“It’s a little sore but I think we’ll be fine and get over it and just continue to rehab at the highest level as much as I can,” Wilson said on Thursday.

“It’s not crazy bad or anything like that, just treat it as much as I can, try to be smart this week.”

The injury has forced Wilson to be limited in a practice for the first time in his five-year career. The knee injury remains on the injury report as well. Wilson said that he was initially told that injury would keep him out for four weeks.

“I’ve had a pretty relatively serious injury with my knee,” Wilson said. “They told me I wasn’t supposed to play for four weeks, maybe longer. You just overcome it. I’d be lying to you if I said my mobility was 100 percent but I feel really good right now.”

Wilson is just coming out of that four-week window now. He sustained the knee injury on Sept. 25 and was never limited or absent from a practice due to the injury. Wilson joked that at least his ankle is no longer listed on the injury report.

“I’m just trying to be smart when I’m throwing,” he said. “I can definitely throw it if I needed to, hard or whatever if I needed to. It’s just trying to pace it out. Like I said, I’m not playing until Sunday, so that’s a good thing.”

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Jaguars offer little defense as Titans roll to victory

Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray (29) beats Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien (37) to the end zone as Murray scores a touchdown on a 14-yard run in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) AP

The Jaguars were awful Thursday night. The Titans simply lined up and ran right past them.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a couple touchdown passes, too. The Titans thoroughly dominated on both sides and won, 36-22, picking up a much-needed victory to get back to .500 on the season.

It was 27-0 at halftime.

It’s fair to wonder if Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, who’s now 14-41, will still be employed this weekend. Near the midway point of the second quarter, the Jaguars had 29 total yards and 50 penalty yards.

At halftime, the Titans had 354 yards and the Jaguars had 60. Two of the Jaguars’ touchdowns came in the final four minutes of fourth quarter, long after the game had been decided.

The Titans rolled up 25 first downs, 20 in the first half, and converted nine of their first 13 third-down chances.

Titans running back DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and a touchdown. He gave the Titans a brief scare when he went to the locker room with a foot injury late in the first half but returned for the third quarter. He wasn’t needed for the fourth.

Mariota’s touchdown passes went to Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews. Mariota was 18-of-22 passing for 270 yards. The Titans also rushed for 214 yards.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw three touchdown passes in the second half. He did what he’s often done, ending up with 337 passing yards while playing from behind after a horrendous start. Bortles tied a franchise record with 54 passing attempts.

The Titans improve to 4-4 and are at the Chargers on Nov. 6. The Jaguars are 2-5 and are at the Chiefs on Nov. 6

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Murray returns, Titans score again

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) scrambles away from Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson, left, in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney) AP

Titans running back DeMarco Murray returned to Thursday night’s game in the second half.

He left the field late in the second quarter with a foot injury. Murray went over 100 yards rushing on the night early in the third quarter.

The Jaguars haven’t put up much of a fight, but they did drive 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening series of the second half. The Jaguars had 60 total yards in the first half; the Titans had 354.

Marcus Mariota’s second touchdown pass of the night made it 33-8 a little over midway through the third quarter.

The Jaguars scored on a touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to tight end Julius Thomas. They got six first downs on the touchdown drive after having three first downs in the entire first half.

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Titans rolling, but DeMarco Murray leaves game

Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) hands the ball to running back DeMarco Murray (29) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla.(AP Photo/Joel Auerbach) AP

Titans running back DeMarco Murray left Thursday night’s game late in the second quarter with an injury.

Murray walked to the locker room. The Titans announced that he has a foot injury, but he returned for the second half.

The Titans are steamrolling the Jaguars, 27-0, at halftime. The Titans have 20 first downs and the Jaguars have run 22 plays and have 60 yards.

Rookie Derrick Henry, who already has a touchdown run, will take over as the primary running back. Murray has 13 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Murray came into the game ranking third in the NFL with 633 rushing yards on the season.

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Titans steamrolling listless Jaguars

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles, left, passes as he is pressured by Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, center, and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) in the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney) AP

The Titans are completely embarrassing the Jaguars.

It’s 24-0 just past the midway point of the second quarter. Through four offensive possessions, the Jaguars had 29 offensive yards and 50 penalty yards.

Both DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry have rushing touchdowns against an overmatched Jaguars defense. On the Murray touchdown, Murray reversed his field and quarterback Marcus Mariota was out in front and threw a lead block.

Mariota also threw a touchdown pass to Kendall Wright.

Murray has 62 yards on his first 10 carries. At this rate, he’ll be a spectator in the second half.

The Jags have played with little direction or discipline in the early going.

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Jaguars struggling early, trail 17-0

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It’s not been pretty for the Jaguars early in Thursday’s game at Tennessee.

The Jaguars have punted on their first four possessions and have managed just 29 total yards. They have 50 yards in penalties a little short of midway through the second quarter.

Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley, who was 14-40 coming into the game, isn’t having much fun on the sideline.

The Titans have a 17-0 lead after a rushing touchdown by Derrick Henry. The Titans made it 10-0 when Marcus Mariota threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright early in the second quarter.

It looked like a blown coverage as Wright turned his route up the field and just kept running into open space before Mariota lofted the ball to him.

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Ramsey’s penalty helps Titans score first

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The Titans are on the board first in what few expect to be a classic Thursday night game.

Ryan Succop’s 32-yard field goal opened the scoring and capped an 11-play, 54-yard drive.

The field goal drive got a boost from an inexcusable penalty on Jaguars rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey on a pass that fell incomplete. Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw was standing out of bounds when Ramsey hit him with a shoulder.

The Jaguars took Ramsey out of the game after the hit on Supernaw but he soon returned. Ramsey was ejected from last week’s game for fighting.

The Jaguars have punted on their first two drives.

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Whitworth makes the trip to London, hopes to play Sunday

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Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth returned to practice Thursday and made the trip to London with his teammates for Sunday’s game vs. the Redskins.

Whitworth suffered a concussion in last week’s game vs. the Browns. He did not practice Wednesday but was listed as a limited participant Thursday and told reporters he’s hoping to play Sunday.

Whitworth has only missed two games since taking over as the Bengals’ left tackle in 2009.

The Bengals left for London after practice Thursday and were scheduled to arrive there Friday morning.

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Julius Thomas, Tajae Sharpe active

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Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is active and in the starting lineup for Thursday night’s game at Tennessee.

Thomas had been listed as questionable and limited during the short practice week with an ankle injury. Defensive end Jared Odrick, also listed as questionable with a quad injury, is inactive.

Thomas caught a touchdown pass in both of the Jaguars’ games vs. the Titans last year. This year, he has 16 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Titans rookie wide receiver Tajae Sharpe will play. He had been listed as questionable with a knee injury and the Titans held off on any decision about his status until Sharpe tested the knee in a pregame workout.

Titans rookie outside linebacker Kevin Dodd and starting safety Rashad Johnson are inactive. Both had been listed as questionable. The Titans previously announced that Brian Schwenke would start at left guard in place of Quinton Spain.

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Ankle injury likely to keep Mangold out Sunday

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Jets Coach Todd Bowles told reporters Thursday “it doesn’t look good right now” for center Nick Mangold’s chances of playing Sunday at Cleveland.

Mangold has missed both of the team’s practices this week and was wearing a protective boot on his injured ankle Thursday. Bowles stopped short of declaring Mangold out, saying he needed another day before making any kind of official declaration.

Mangold has only missed four games in his 11-year career. The Jets list Wesley Johnson as their backup center on their unofficial depth chart.

Bowles has already ruled out rookie linebacker Darron Lee, right tackle Brent Qvalue and linebacker Bruce Carter. After missing last week’s game, defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was back at practice Thursday.

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Get ready for Week Eight with the PA and Florio podcast


It’s one of the hottest new podcasts, despite my involvement in it. It’s the PA and Florio podcast, a weekly look at the NFL featuring the voice of the Vikings, Paul Allen, and yours truly.

Episode 2, focusing on Week Eight of the NFL season, is available in various online locations, including iTunes and audioBoom.

Download it or, for faster weekly delivery, subscribe. Also, leave a comment that weaves in one of Paul’s various catch phrases, including “this is not Detroit,” “he’s loooooose,” and/or whatever he said when Blair Walsh missed the field goal against Seattle.

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49ers release Ian Williams from non-football injury list

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 21:  Nose tackle Ian Williams #93 of the San Francisco 49ers walks onto the feild prior to the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 23-14.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

Shortly after free agency opened in March, the 49ers and defensive tackle Ian Williams agreed to a deal that would keep Williams with the team for five years.

Williams’ history of ankle injuries and surgeries led to his failure to pass a physical with the team, however, and the deal was scrapped in favor of a one-year pact. Williams never made it onto the field with the team this season as he landed on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp and now his time with the team has come to an end.

The league’s daily transaction wire brings word that the 49ers have released Williams from the NFI list with an injury settlement. The move leaves Williams free to sign with any other team, although the same health concerns that scuttled his deal with the 49ers may remain a stumbling block.

Williams started all 16 games for the 49ers in 2015 and played in 15 other games with them between 2011 and 2015.

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