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Morris is being called questionable to return to the game after injuring his knee in the second quarter. Morris was hurt when he and quarterback Kirk Cousins bounced into one another at the end of a running play and he went to the sideline for the final play of the drive to get evaluated by medical personnel.
Morris had seen a lot of work up to that point in the game, running 14 times for 46 yards on the team’s first three possessions. All three of those possessions ended in points for the Redskins, who led 17-7 after a Kai Forbath field goal.
No team got off to an uglier start today in the NFL than the Cowboys.
In the second quarter in St. Louis, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw a pass right to Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who took it to the house for the Rams’ third touchdown of the day, giving St. Louis an early 21-0 lead.
Dallas finally got on the board when DeMarco Murray plunged up the middle for a one-yard touchdown to make it 21-7. The Cowboys will need a lot more from Murray, who is running well but has also lost a fumble, if they’re going to come back in this one.
The Titans aren’t playing horribly, but their special teams are keeping them from keeping it close against the Bengals.
They just committed a holding penalty in the end zone for a safety while trying to punt, giving the Bengals a 12-0 lead.
Wilson was also the culprit who gave up a touchdown pass to Andy Dalton, when he looked like he was caught somewhere between trying to light up the quarterback or play a lofted pass, and ended up failing at both.
This should be a one-score game, but they’re handing it to the Bengals on a platter.
As the current face of the franchise has gotten a stiff arm to the face from the franchise, the next face of the franchise will be getting his first crack at making an impact on the field.
Vikings quarterback Matt Cassell has left the playing area on a cart, with a toe injury. Which means that rookie Teddy Bridgewater has entered the game.
Even without the injury, it was looking shaky for the veteran. The Vikings fell into a quick 13-0 hole, after losing 30-7 last week.
Maybe the Bengals shouldn’t have paid Andy Dalton.
Because Mohamed Sanu is becoming quite a passer.
Sanu just hit Dalton with an 18-yard touchdown pass to give the Bengals a 10-0 lead over the Titans, which required his quarterback to make a move to get the end zone. It could have easily been picked off and returned for a touchdown, but Dalton was able to climb the ladder and scamper for the score.
On the heels of last week’s 50-yard pass to Brandon Tate, Sanu now has a passer rating of 158.3 for his career. He’s 4-of-4 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
Down two games to the Texans in the AFC South, the Colts entered Sunday’s game at Jacksonville in desperate need for a victory.
Well, Indianapolis is off a good start in its quest for its first win of the season.
Led by strong defense and sharp play on offense, the Colts are out to a 17-0 second quarter lead at Jacksonville.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has starred early, completing 15-of-18 passes for 145 yards, including a six-yard first quarter TD pass to Ahmad Bradshaw and a one-yard second quarter scoring toss to tight end Dwayne Allen. Tailback Trent Richardson has also played well, racking up 35 yards on five carries.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars’ offense has done little early, going three-and-out on its first two drives.
The Eagles defense hasn’t been able to stop the Redskins on either of Washington’s first two drives, leaving them in a 14-7 hole.
They may not have running back LeSean McCoy’s help in their effort to come back. McCoy took a shot to the head from Redskins cornerback David Amerson during a running play in the first quarter and was immediately met by members of the Eagles training staff on the field.
They helped McCoy to the sideline, where he was evaluated by a couple of members of the medical team. McCoy, who was seen pleading with trainers to get his helmet back, then headed back to the locker room where there will presumably be concussion testing done to see the extent of the injury.
If McCoy is out the rest of the way, the Eagles will need Darren Sproles to repeat some of the production he gave them on Monday night against the Colts if they are going to wind up winners of this divisional battle.
UPDATE 1:56 p.m. ET: McCoy has been cleared to return to the game by the Eagles, who saw Sproles lose a fumble in the Washington red zone while he was out of the game.
In response to a report from the Denver Post that the Broncos may have as little two years to determine whether a member of Pat Bowlen’s family will assume ownership of the franchise or sell it, the team says that no deadlines exists.
“Owner Pat Bowlen has indicated a strong desire to keep specifics of his estate planning private, and the Denver Broncos intend to honor his wishes,” the team said in a statement.
“While Mr. Bowlen’s long-term hope is for one of his children to run the team, any speculation on the transition of his ownership to one of them is premature. No timetable has been set for that process by the organization or the National Football League.
“There are no plans for the sale of the Denver Broncos, and the Pat Bowlen Trust will continue to implement the provisions set forth by Mr. Bowlen to keep the team in the Bowlen family.”
Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch has pulled a Gramatica.
Tulloch jumped up and down celebrating a big play today against the Packers, but he came down too hard and fell awkwardly, appearing to hurt his leg. It was reminiscent of the infamous Bill Gramatica celebration.
The Lions didn’t have much to celebrate after Tulloch left the game; the Packers marched right down the field against Detroit’s depleted defense and got a 10-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Andrew Quarless.
Late in the first quarter in Detroit it’s tied, 7-7.
As if the Vikings didn’t have enough problems, they’re getting their doors blown off at New Orleans.
The Saints sandwiched a pair of touchdown drives around a lonely Vikings three-and-out, for a quick 13-0 lead.
The Vikings were being outgained 162-2 at that point, with Matt Cassel throwing two incomplete passes and Mat Asiata gaining all their yards on one rush.
Meanwhile, the Saints are as sharp as expected offensively.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has gotten off to a fast start in his first start of the 2014 season.
Cousins, filling in for the injured Robert Griffin III, completed all seven passes he tried on the team’s first possession. The last of those passes was a four-yard toss to fullback Darrel Young for a touchdown that gave the Redskins a 7-0 lead a little more than six minutes into the first quarter.
Cousins spread the ball around on the drive with five different receivers catching passes as they marched down the field. Two of those passes were to DeSean Jackson, who is playing with an injured shoulder, and the Redskins got 15 extra yards at the end of one of them when safety Nate Allen got flagged for unnecessary roughness after getting involved in a shoving match with Jackson.
The Redskins’ lead was short lived, however. Chris Polk took the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown to tie the score.
The Chargers were thin at running back anyway, and they just got thinner.
Danny Woodhead was just carted off the field with what appears to be a right ankle injury, and his return was announced as questionable.
While the Commissioner in theory represents all constituents of pro football, only one set of constituents controls his ongoing employment status — 31 owners and the CEO of the Packers. At Friday’s press conference, Peter King asked Goodell whether he still enjoys the support of the owners.
“I believe I have the support of the owners,” Goodell said. “That has been clear to me. They obviously expect us to do a better job. As I said to several, I don’t like to let down anybody, Peter. I hold myself to the highest possible standards.”
Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the support may not be as strong as Goodell believes. Some owners, per Mortensen, have adopted a wait-and-see posture, given the not-so-independent investigation from Robert Mueller and the pending Ray Rice appeal. Adam Schefter of ESPN points out that, when Goodell was elected in 2006, 15 owners voted for Gregg Levy, a lawyer at Covington & Burling. Per Schefter, there were certain characteristics of Goodell that troubled those 15 owners at the time.
“The characteristics that bothered those 15 then have been on abundant display the last few weeks,” Schefter said.
Those characteristics (whatever they may be) could result in more troubling findings and conclusions from the Mueller investigation and the Rice appeal.
The NFL has not said who will hear Ravens running back Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, but we may have some idea about what Rice will be arguing when the time comes.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that one of the central arguments that Rice will make is that the NFL handed down additional punishment based on an edited video of what happened in the elevator rather than on the complete tape of what happened in Atlantic City that night. PFT has confirmed that this is a major part of Rice’s strategy and the Associated Press has previously reported about the existence of a longer video from the elevator.
On the video, first shown by TMZ, Rice is seen hitting Janay Palmer Rice with a left hand that sends her headfirst into an elevator railing before falling unconscious to the floor. Per Schefter, sources have told him that the TMZ video was “a cleaned-up, whittled down and condensed version” of what actually happened. No further details about what Rice contends went down on the night in question have been revealed.
Schefter adds that Robert Mueller is expected to have access to the full video as part of his investigation into the handling of the Rice case.
Cameron made the Pro Bowl for Cleveland a season ago, hauling in 80 passes for 917 yards and seven TDs. He had a 47-yard reception in the 2014 season opener at Pittsburgh before departing with his injury.
While Cameron is back for 1-1 Cleveland, the Browns are again without tailback Ben Tate, who is officially inactive with a knee injury. Tate was ruled out earlier in the week. Terrance West will get the start at tailback for Cleveland.