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Tebow’s return to Jacksonville creates what-ifs

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It’s unclear at the moment if Jets quarterback Tim Tebow will even be in uniform today in Jacksonville.

But that doesn’t stop many Jaguars fans from wondering what might have been if the local team had drafted the local quarterback in 2010.

After starring at Nease High and the University of Florida, Tebow’s still a big enough deal in Jacksonville that they pulled off some of the tarps at EverBank Field to sell more seats today. And Jaguars fans still wonder what his impact would have been if they had chosen him instead of defensive tackle Tyson Alualu in the first round.

“What would Archie Manning had been if the Saints had won the Super Bowl?” said Jags fan Raef Godwin, the director of advertising operations for the nearby PGA Tour office, via Ben Shpigel of the New York Times. “New Orleans would have had a statue 40 feet high of him. Here, with Tebow, it would have been 80.”

Of course, the elder Manning comparison is valid for more than local ties, because it’s extremely unlikely the Jags as presently constructed, with Tebow under center, would have been terribly good.

But they’d have certainly moved a lot of merchandise, and created a reason for fans to come watch.

The Tebow hysteria was such that the governor of Florida at the time lobbied for the team to draft him. And when Shad Khan bought the team, he told a local radio station he’d have “100 percent” taken Tebow.

That might be why Jags general manager Gene Smith declined an interview request from the Times, as it’s truly a no-win situation for him, even if Alualu develops into a star and Tebow continues to underwhelm.

That doesn’t keep the locals from talking.

“How good a player would he have been, and would his impact have been sustainable?” Jacksonvile sports radio host Frank Frangie said. “Get me 100 people, and you’ll get 100 different opinions, all passionate. Either that, or you’ll get two opinions 50 times.”

All for a guy who might not even play today.

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Seahawks place Tharold Simon on injured reserve, sign Rod Smith

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The Seattle Seahawks have placed cornerback Tharold Simon on injured reserve and signed running back Rod Smith from their practice squad.

Simon suffered a dislocated toe on the Friday before the regular season opener. He briefly played in Week 2 against the Green Bay Packers but suffered a setback and hasn’t been able to get back on the field.

“He dislocated his second toe,” head coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “His nature has given him a toe that’s got some issues and we’ve just got to work through it. He’s had surgery on his other foot. Same toe, same situation. So that’s something we’re trying to work through right now. We’ll see whether that’s necessary or not.”

Simon’s toe keeps dislocating and won’t stay in place, which is the reason his recovery isn’t progressing.

In Simon’s place, the Seahawks added Smith to help with their running back depth.

Marshawn Lynch did not make the trip to Cincinnati and has been ruled out for a second straight week due to a hamstring strain. Backup Fred Jackson is expected to play just six days after suffering a high-ankle sprain against Detroit, but he wasn’t able to practice until Friday.

Smith adds an extra runner to the group behind Thomas Rawls and Jackson. He was in training camp with Seattle before being signed to the practice squad after final cuts. Smith had 70 yards on 10 carries and caught six passes for 27 yards in the preseason.

Seattle is also thin in cornerback depth as Marcus Burley is out with a broken thumb and Tye Smith is doubtful to play due to a hip injury.

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Chargers rule out Stevie Johnson

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The Chargers’ offense will be at less than 100 percent Monday night against the Steelers.

Starting wide receiver Stevie Johnson, who’s second on the team with 18 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns, has been ruled out. Johnson suffered a hamstring injury last week against the Browns.

Also out for the Chargers is left guard Orlando Franklin, and left tackle King Dunlap is listed as doubtful. Center Chris Watt and right guard D.J. Fluker are both listed as questionable. So Philip Rivers will have his hands full with the Steelers’ pass rush.

Receiver Malcom Floyd is listed as questionable with a concussion, but reports out of Chargers practice have indicated that he’ll be ready to play.

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Ryan Shazier will miss another game with shoulder injury

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Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, a first-round pick in 2014 who had a breakout performance in Week Two, will miss his third straight game since then.

The Steelers have listed Shazier as out for Monday night’s game at San Diego, due to a lingering shoulder injury. He fully participated in practice on Thursday and Friday, but Shazier didn’t practice on Saturday.

Also out for the Steelers, as expected, is quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is 13 days removed from a knee injury. Questionable is cornerback Cortez Allen, who also has a knee injury.

All other injured Steelers are listed as probable. Not on the report, although reportedly injured, is receiver Martavis Bryant. The Steelers obtained a roster exempt for Bryant that lasts until October 13. Since he’s not on the active roster, he isn’t required to be listed on the injury report.

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Saturday one-liners

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Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey welcomes the return of LB Rolando McClain and DE Greg Hardy because “[i]t’s always good to have some SOBs.”

The Giants will move Cullen Jenkins to defensive end for Sunday night’s game against the 49ers.

Eagles special-teams coordinator Dave Fipp believes in K Caleb Sturgis. (At least someone does.)

Veteran CB Will Blackmon gets his first start for Washington on Sunday.

Bears K Robbie Gould needs five points to become the all-time leader in points scored for the franchise.

Lions S Glover Quin calls the Arizona offense “Bombs over Baghdad.” (Timely reference.)

Packers WR James Jones never doubted that he could play the game.

So where does Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater rank among past Minnesota signal-callers after 16 starts?

Undrafted rookie S Robenson Therezie is thriving with the Falcons.

Is Panthers QB Cam Newton an MVP candidate? (More importantly, is he old enough to be one?)

So what’s wrong with Saints WR Brandin Cooks?

The Buccaneers hope to stop an 11-game home losing streak.

What would have happened if the Cardinals had been on the short end of Monday night’s blunder? “There would have been a hell of a fight on that sideline,” coach Bruce Arians said.

Rams TE Lance Kendricks is excited to be returning home to Wisconsin.

The 49ers are more concerned about WR Odell Beckham’s hands than his mouth or his fists.

Experience and film study are paying off for Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner.

Bills FB Jerome Felton learned the physical aspects of the job from Sam Gash.

Dolphins players appreciate the intensity of interim coach Dan Campbell.

Patriots rookie fourth-round DE Trey Flowers hopes to make his debut on Sunday in Dallas.

Now that Jets DL Sheldon Richardson is back from suspension, how will the team use him?

Eligible to play on October 26, it’s unclear when Ravens TE Dennis Pitta actually will return.

Bengals DT Margus Hunt may finally get to play on Sunday.

Browns S Jordan Poyer is ready to fill in for Tashaun Gipson.

The Steelers’ starting defensive ends rarely come off the field.

Texans S Rahim Moore says the “season ain’t over,” that “[w]e’ll fix it,” and that Thursday night’s opponents “were good, they were better.”

The Colts are finding success with a moving pocket and the quick pass.

A huge contingent of Jaguars fans is expected to show up for Sunday’s game in Tampa.

Keith Urban wore the jersey of Titans QB Marcus Mariota at a concert in Hawaii.

The return of DL Derek Wolfe from suspension resulted in the release of FB/TE James Casey.

The Chiefs focused on run defense this week.

Raiders CB David Amerson is ready to face Peyton Manning.

Chargers S Eric Weddle has exchanged in hypothetical trash talk this week with Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t play in Monday night’s game at San Diego.

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Chip Kelly won’t consider going for two more often

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One of the reasons Chip Kelly was such an interesting coach at Oregon was that he’d go for two at times when most coaches would kick the extra point without even thinking about it. Kelly loved to line up his extra point team in a “swinging gate” formation, and if the opposing defense didn’t adjust to it, he’d run a trick play to try to pick up two points.

Kelly tried that once early in his first year as the Eagles’ head coach, but it didn’t work, and Kelly never tried it again.

This year, there was some talk that Kelly might buck the trends and try going for two more often: The league’s new extra point rule makes kicks harder, the Eagles have a shaky kicker, and Kelly always seems confident in his offense. And yet the Eagles haven’t gone for two at all this year, and Kelly said he has given no thought to going for two unless the score of the game dictates it.

“Not right now, no,” Kelly said. “The [placement of the two-point conversion] hasn’t moved. My whole opinion was that they were asking you to go for two, but they never enticed you. They didn’t move it to make going for two [easier]. Going for two is difficult.”

Eventually, some NFL coach may decide to make going for two the “default” option for his team, and only kick the extra point when the score of the game makes that the obvious choice. But that coach will not be Chip Kelly, who’s a lot more cautious in the NFL than he was in college.

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Packers downgrade Davante Adams, Morgan Burnett to doubtful

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Last Saturday, the Packers downgraded receiver Davante Adams and safety Morgan Burnett to doubtful. This week, they’ve done the same thing.

Adams is still dealing with an ankle injury, and Burnett has a calf injury.

The Packers also have added cornerback Ladarius Gunter (heel) and cornerback Sam Shields (toe) to the injury report as probable.

The 4-0 Packers host the 2-2 Rams on Sunday, in a game that could reshuffle the deck in the NFC if the Rams call pull off the upset.

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Golden Tate explains his comments about Matthew Stafford

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Golden Tate has led a charmed life in the NFL. Four trips to the playoffs in five NFL seasons. A Super Bowl win. A big contract as a free agent after winning a ring.

But now his team is 0-4, and Tate is frustrated. The frustration has caused Tate to say things that he has had to later explain. First, his remarks about the predictability of the team’s offense (as evidenced by opposing defenses calling out the plays) required Tate to tell the world he wasn’t calling out offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. More recently, Tate made curious comments about quarterback Matthew Stafford in the production meeting preceding Monday night’s game against Tate’s old team, the Seahawks.

“I wish that the Matthew Stafford that we see in the fourth quarter I could see for all four quarters, because he loves to close the deal and [has that] great look in his eye. Makes those tight throws in a big spot,” Tate told ESPN’s Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.

On Friday, Tate reached for the closest toothpaste scooper.

“My words, the way I say things sometimes I guess apparently don’t come out the way they’re meant to be,” Tate told Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “And I think Matt is a heck of a quarterback. But I’ve never seen someone like him, when it’s fourth-quarter crunch time, he is making play after play after play after play. And it’s a lot of things. We’re all more hungry, the coaching staff is more hungry, he’s more hungry, everyone is just doing a little bit more. And I think we all need to do a little bit more for four quarters to play that way.”

Tate said his frustrations don’t extend to the number of passes thrown his way.

“I’m frustrated about the winning, about not winning,” Tate said. “I’ve been there in Seattle where I have two passes but we won. So I think that’s selfish to complain about the passes.

“But when you’re losing and I feel like I could have done a little bit more. I feel like I could have done something better or I could have spoke up a little bit more during the game to get some looks. So that’s where my frustration comes is just when we lose and I’m unproductive.”

But Tate said you won’t see him angrily lobbying for more looks during a game.

“I’m not that guy that’s going to go out on a rampage and embarrass myself, embarrass this organization or a coach in the middle of a game by doing all that,” Tate said. “That’s just not who I am and I’m a professional in that manner. So I figure I just try to stay quiet during the game, just keep doing my job and hopefully at some point I get my opportunity to help win.”

Even though Tate won’t be saying anything during a game that will embarrass himself, the team, or a coach, he has now said multiple things not during a game that have had the same effect.

That’s often a natural consequence of losing. Especially for a guy who is used to winning. And while the controversies aren’t ideal, if more Lions had the same passion that Tate possesses, they wouldn’t be 0-4.

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Ravens add another receiver

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The receiver-needy Ravens made another move Saturday to address what’s suddenly the thinnest position on their roster.

With as many as three receivers and their starting tight end likely to miss Sunday’s game against the Browns, the team promoted Jeremy Ross from the practice squad. Ross figures to return punts on Sunday and could see action at wide receiver.

The Ravens list Steve Smith Sr. as doubtful and last week had to place Michael Campanaro on injured reserve. Campanaro was seeing extended action in part because first-round pick Breshad Perriman has yet to play due to a knee injury. Last Saturday, the Ravens acquired Chris Givens via a trade with the Rams.

Ross has played in 34 games, starting 15, in his four-year NFL career. In 2013 with Detroit Ross was the only NFL player to score a touchdown by reception, punt return and kickoff return that season.

The Ravens released defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi to make room on the roster for Ross.

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Report: Florida grand jury investigating daily fantasy operators

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[Editor’s note: FanDuel is an advertiser of PFT and PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. Also, NBC Sports has an equity stake in FanDuel.]

It’s one thing for a successful industry to face civil litigation; every large business inevitably gets sued. It’s quite another for a successful industry to face potential criminal liability.

According to Florida attorney Daniel Wallach, via Michael McCann of, the United States attorney’s office in Tampa currently is investigating daily fantasy sports operators for violation of the federal Illegal Gambling Business Act of 1970 and Florida law.

The Illegal Gambling Business Act defines an illegal gambling business as one that: (1) violates the laws of a state where its business is conducted; (2) involves five or more persons who manage, operate, or own the business; and (3) has been in operation for more than 30 continuous days or has gross revenue of $2,000 in any one day.

Section 894.14 of the Florida statutes provides that “[w]hoever stakes, bets or wagers any money or other thing of value upon the result of any trial or contest of skill, speed or power or endurance of human or beast” shall be guilty of a crime. So if DFS violates Florida gambling law, an operation with five or more persons running the business violates the Illegal Gambling Business Act.

That’s where the express permission for daily fantasy provided by Congress (and reportedly lobbied for by the NFL) in 2006 potentially intersects with state law that still considers daily fantasy gambling, even if federal law doesn’t. It’s the “B” side of the current national marijuana conundrum, where some states have made it legal and federal law still hasn’t. For daily fantasy, it’s not a federal crime standing alone, but where it’s a violation of state law it can become a federal crime based on the size of the operation.

In English, this means that the industry needs to tread lightly in states where the law conflicts with the federal finding that daily fantasy isn’t gambling because it’s premised not on chance but on skill.  Currently, the daily fantasy industry does not operate in Montana, Louisiana, Arizona, Washington, and Iowa. (Montana has the only clear, specific ban on fantasy sports.)

“[S]tates are the ones that make the determinations about whether something is legal or not legal,” Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters on Wednesday when discussing the DFS phenomenon. “We follow the law and we will do that.”

Daily fantasy companies are and have been operating in Florida. The language of the Florida anti-gambling law cited by Wallach specifically encompasses games of skill. As noted in this excellent legal primer from Professor Marc Edelman, a 1991 advisory opinion from the Florida Attorney General concluded that it is illegal to participate “‘in a fantasy sports league whereby contestants pay a fee for the opportunity to select actual professional sports players.'”

The mere existence of a federal grand jury exploring violations of the Illegal Gambling Business Act and Section 894.14 of the Florida statutes means that the U.S. attorney in Tampa already believes that: (1) Florida law prohibits DFS; and (2) federal law imposes criminal liability on any five-person-or-more DFS operation doing business in Florida. At some point, a federal judge may have to decide whether that interpretation is accurate.

Regardless of whether DFS is gambling in Florida, betting that it isn’t instantly has become a high-stakes game of chance for the DFS companies, with federal penalties of up to five years in prison and forfeiture of all money used in whatever is determined to be an illegal gambling operation in Florida.

The U.S. attorney in Florida may end up being flat-out wrong. And, ultimately, I continue to believe that people should be allowed to risk their money on any and all games of chance, games of skill, and/or the game of Risk. But it’s human nature for folks to push back against the perception of unregulated windfalls, and whether it’s class-action lawsuits or grand-jury investigations, the accelerated life cycle of the DFS industry already has reached the point where it has become a very large target for its enemies.

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Lane Johnson says the line is to blame for the Eagles’ problems

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Everyone agrees that the Eagles’ offense has been a major disappointment this season, but there’s disagreement about who deserves most of the blame: Coach Chip Kelly? Quarterback Sam Bradford? Running back DeMarco Murray?

According to Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson, the correct answer is none of the above.

Johnson says that the offensive line deserves the bulk of the blame, and that the problems in both the running game and the passing game stem from the problems up front.

“The line has dug a very deep hole and pretty much put everybody else in it,” Johnson said, via ESPN. “So we’ve got to find a way to get everybody else out and find a way out of this mess. A quarter of the way through this season, we’re not where we want to be, but there’s still a lot of games left to be played.”

It’s classy of Johnson to admit that Kelly, Bradford and Murray would all look a lot better if he and his fellow linemen would play better. But the line shouldn’t take all of the blame, either. In Philadelphia, there’s enough blame to go around.

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Mike Shanahan continues to heap praise on Kirk Cousins

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In 2012, former Washington coach Mike Shanahan took a fourth-round flier on quarterback Kirk Cousins, in the same year the team gave up three ones and a two to get Robert Griffin III. And it’s possible that Shanahan is laying the foundation to swoop back into the NFL with Cousins as his quarterback.

Shanahan has continuously praised Cousins, at a time when Shanahan has made it clear he wants what would be a fourth NFL head-coaching opportunity. His latest remarks were the most over-the-top yet.

“I think he’s a guy that can take your team and win a Super Bowl,” Shanahan told ESPN 980, via Clinton Yates of the Washington Post. “And that’s the biggest compliment I can give somebody. Does this person have the ability, the ingredients, that if he has the right supporting cast on offense/defense and special teams, can he win you a Super Bowl? And I believe that Kirk Cousins has that ability.”

More immediately, Kirk Cousins may have the ability to get Shanahan what he really wants. Because when teams that inevitably will be looking for new coaches because they invariably have bad quarterback situations will be hiring in January, Shanahan’s plan for any interviews he gets will include getting Cousins to be the team’s quarterback.

Yes, Cousins will be a free agent after the season. And Washington would have to devote nearly $20 million in cash and cap space to keep Cousins off the market for 2016. Which means, unless Washington gets to the Super Bowl or close to it, Cousins is likely to hit the open market. Which will make it easy for Shanahan to recruit Cousins to Shanahan’s new team, if he can land one.

Ultimately, it’s the money that talks. But Shanahan’s chatter surely will make it easier to lure Cousins when the time comes to pick a new team.

For Shanahan’s purposes, landing Cousins is one thing. Using the possibility of landing Cousins to secure an NFL job two months before Cousins becomes a free agent is another. And the only way for Washington to block that will be to sign Cousins to a new contract before the end of the season.

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A Greg Hardy rap video emerges

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One day after the first Sunday of the 2014 season, TMZ published a Ray Rice video that shook the NFL to its foundation. One day before Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy plays his first game of the 2015 season, TMZ has published another video that won’t have nearly the same impact.

It’s a rap video from Hardy, made during the 2014 season while he was being paid to not play football pending the resolution of his domestic violence charges.

According to TMZ, the song includes these Dr. Seuss-style words of wisdom from Hardy: “What you see is what you get. I’m just me, I’m just real, and that’s what I do.”

The video also reportedly includes the sound of gunfire, because of course it would. It likewise objectifies women, because of course it would.

The video, standing alone, violates no league policies. But it won’t make many in the league office thrilled about the situation, and it will make some primed to pounce with another suspension if/when Hardy gets into real trouble again.

And while the video was created months before Hardy became a Cowboy, it won’t make coach Jason Garrett, who recently told Hardy to watch what he says about guns and women, any happier with Hardy.

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Texans expect Clowney to play next week despite ankle injury

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When Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was spotted in a walking boot on Friday, it was cause for concern: Clowney missed most of his rookie year with a knee injury, and the Texans would hate to lose the 2014 No. 1 overall pick for significant time again.

But Texans coach Bill O’Brien says the walking boot is not a sign of a serious injury, and the Texans expect Clowney to play next week.

“I just saw him just now before I walked in here, and he seemed to be doing well,” O’Brien said, via ESPN. “I think you guys probably saw he had a boot on, but that’s just precautionary. He likes to go play pick-up hoop and things like that. Going to try to avoid doing that this weekend.”

Clowney has shown flashes of the raw talent that made him one of the most exciting defensive prospects ever to enter the draft, including a great tackle on Frank Gore on Thursday night. But he still hasn’t recorded a single sack in his NFL career, which is a huge disappointment for a pass rusher drafted first overall. Perhaps he can do it next Sunday in Jacksonville.

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Antonio Cromartie dubs Odell Beckham Jr. a “one-year wonder”

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Later this year, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie will get a chance to battle Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the field. For now, Cromartie will have to settle for throwing darts at Beckham off it.

Right now he’s a one-year wonder,” Cromartie said Friday on ESPN, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I’m just being honest. It’s just one year. I need to see it on an every-game basis, not him getting penalties or something like that or sucker-punching somebody. I think it’s all about how you carry yourself throughout your whole entire career.”

Beckham can show Cromartie that the second-year player is something more than a one-year wonder when the Jets and Giants get together on December 6. Unless, of course, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis exclusively covers Beckham.

“He’s very young. Has he had production in 16 games? Yes, I give him the utmost [credit] for that,” Cromartie said. “He’s had the most production out of any receiver I’ve seen in [his first] 16 games since Randy Moss. But you have to do it week-in and week-out and depend on that person. No matter if you’re getting double or triple-teamed. Randy Moss didn’t complain when he [was] triple and double-teamed, and people went after him, also.”

Beckham has had to adjust to teammates ribbing him and opponents targeting him. After scoring an average of one touchdown per game in his 12 appearances from 2014, Beckham has two touchdown receptions in four games this season.

Still, that gives him 14 touchdowns in 16 career games. Which is a strong start. By the time December 6 rolls around, it’ll be interesting to see whether Beckham’s production supports Cromartie’s theory.

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Trent Robinson not fined for hits on defenseless players

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During Sunday’s game against the Eagles, Washington lost 30 yards of field position on a pair of unnecessary roughness penalties called against defensive back Trent Robinson.

According to the NFL (and as Washington safety Dashon Goldson suggested during a recent appearance on PFT Live), Robinson was fined for neither hit.

The first foul, arising from a hit on Philadelphia receiver Jordan Matthews in the third quarter, appeared to be a shoulder-to-shoulder hit. The second foul, occurring on the first play of the fourth quarter, happened when Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught a past and lowered his head into Robinson’s chest.

The lack of fines suggests that the flags were thrown in error, which is more evidence that these fouls should be subject to replay review. With 15 yards given to the offense whenever one of these penalties is called, the defense should have a way to obtain a more deliberate review of what often occurs on a bang-bang basis.

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Jarvis Landry fined for abusive language to official

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Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes wasn’t the only player from the AFC East who was fined for directing abusive language to an official. Per multiple reports, Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry was fined, too.

The standard fine for a first offense under the 2015 fine schedule is $23,152. For a second offense committed this season, the amount doubles.

Landry drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct late in Miami’s 27-14 loss to the Jets in London. The defeat sparked the termination of Dolphins coach Joe Philbin.

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Seahawks decided to give Marshawn Lynch more time to heal

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will miss a second straight game with a hamstring strain. Coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday that Lynch possibly could have played.

“It’s just two weeks now,” Carroll said. “He’s just getting over it. We’ve seen some guys around the league try to come back. He could try to come back and play, but we think he’d be vulnerable. He needs another weekend to get through it. Then by next week, by Wednesday or something, we think we can get him going again. He’s just about over the hump. He’s worked very diligently, like I’ve said, to get it done. So we just have to wait a couple more days.”

Carroll makes a good point about the importance of resting a hamstring injury. The Bills rushed running back LeSean McCoy back too quickly, and now he’s out for another month or so.

“You’ve just got to wait it out,” Carroll said of Lynch. “He’s very close, but we can’t guarantee that he can make it through the game. That means we could get set back again, so we’re just going to wait it out and see if we can get him right next week.”

The Seahawks host the Panthers next Sunday. Seattle then has a Thursday night game against the 49ers in Santa Clara.

Without Lynch, it’ll be Thomas Rawls and perhaps Fred Jackson carrying the load; Jackson is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.

Carroll also said that the Seahawks may add a running back before Sunday’s game at Cincinnati. Rod Smith, and undrafted free agent from Ohio State, is on the practice squad. Also, the Seahawks worked out running back Cyrus Gray on Friday, per a league source.

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Colts trumpet their ability to neutralize “Justin James” Watt

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Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was frustrated after last night’s loss to the Colts. He may be feeling a different emotion after seeing what the Colts had to say about his performance.

The Colts trumpeted via “daily notes” distributed to the media their ability to “neutralize” Watt, holding him to no sacks and no solo tackles for only the second time in his NFL career. Also, tight end Dwayne Allen has opted to refer to Watt by only his first and middle names.

“Justin James is arguably the greatest defensive player in this league and for him to have a quiet night, attributed [sic] to a short week and great coaching,” Allen said. “He’s definitely a guy we have to game plan for as a game wrecker. We tried our best to keep him from affecting plays.”

“Justin James” will next get a chance to affect plays on December 20, when the Texans travel to Indianapolis in the hopes of beating the Colts there for the first time in franchise history.

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Week Five injury report roundup

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Over the course of the week, there are a lot of posts about the most prominent injured players but we know that you might not see all of them and that some others may fall through the cracks. As a result, we’ll comb through all the injury reports every Friday afternoon so that there’s one stop for all the news from every team playing on Sunday. So, without further delay, the injury report roundup for Week Five of the 2015 season.

Redskins at Falcons

Four Redskins — cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), cornerback DeAngelo Hall (toe), wide receiver DeSean Jackson (hamstring), and tight end Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) — have been ruled out for this Sunday. Linebacker Perry Riley (calf) is questionable to return to the lineup. Running back Tevin Coleman (ribs) is probable to return for the Falcons, who ruled out linebacker Justin Durant (elbow). Wide receiver Julio Jones (toe, hamstring) is questionable, although there’s been nothing to suggest he’ll be anywhere but on the field come Sunday.

Browns at Ravens

Browns cornerback Joe Haden (ribs, finger) is questionable after unexpectedly missing last week’s game and safety Tashaun Gipson (ankle) has been ruled out. Linebacker Craig Robertson (ankle) is out as well and running back Shaun Draughn (back) is doubtful. It doesn’t look like Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (back, doubtful) will play, which would leave him on the sideline with defensive end Chris Canty (calf), tight end Crockett Gillmore (calf) and wide receiver Breshad Perriman (knee). Tackle Eugene Monroe (concussion) is probable to play for the first time since the opener.

Seahawks at Bengals

It will be another week without running back Marshawn Lynch (hamstring) for the Seahawks, who also ruled out cornerbacks Tharold Simon (toe) and Marcus Burley (hand). Running back Fred Jackson (ankle) is questionable and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he’s hopeful the veteran can play. The Bengals are healthy with three probables to go with the questionable defensive end Wallace Gilberry (calf) and safety George Iloka (ankle).

Rams at Packers

Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree (ankle) is going to be out for multiple weeks and safety Maurice Alexander (groin) is doubtful. The Packers look like they’ll have tackle Bryan Bulaga (knee) in the lineup, although they listed him as questionable along with wide receiver Davante Adams (ankle), safety Morgan Burnett (calf) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (hamstring). Safety Sean Richardson (neck) is out and reportedly will miss the rest of the season.

Bears at Chiefs

The Bears will have plenty of decisions to make on Sunday. They listed 13 players as questionable, including quarterback Jay Cutler (hamstring), wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) and linebacker Pernell McPhee (shoulder). They were a bit more definitive about safety Antrel Rolle (ankle, doubtful) and were willing to rule out tackle Jermon Bushrod (concussion). Tight end Travis Kelce (groin, thumb) is probable for the Chiefs, who won’t have linebacker Josh Mauga (groin, Achilles).

Saints at Eagles

The Saints ruled out tackle Terron Armstead (knee) and punter Thomas Morstead (quadricep), but hope to have guard Jahri Evans (knee) back in the lineup after listing him as questionable. Eagles tackle Jason Peters (quadricep) is questionable, but said he expects to play. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) is out after getting hurt last week.

Jaguars at Buccaneers

Wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring), linebacker John Lotulelei (concussion) and running back Denard Robinson (knee) are all out for Jacksonville and tight end Julius Thomas (hand) is expected to join them after being listed as questionable. Defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and linebacker Paul Posluszny (ankle) are also questionable. The Bucs don’t expect to have cornerback Johnthan Banks (knee), tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), wide receiver Russell Shepard (hamstring) or center Evan Smith (ankle) after listing them as doubtful. Guard Logan Mankins (groin), defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (shoulder) and tight end Luke Stocker (hip) are all questionable.

Bills at Titans

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is questionable after missing last week’s game. Tight end MarQueis Gray (forearm), running back LeSean McCoy (hamstring), safety Bacarri Rambo (quadricep) and running back Karlos Williams (concussion) are all going to miss the game and safety Aaron Williams (neck) is probable to return to the lineup. Cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) should play for the first time this season, but the Titans will likely be without defensive tackle Sammie Hill (knee). Guard Chance Warmack (knee) is questionable.

Cardinals at Lions

Running back Andre Ellington (knee) is one of seven probable Cardinals, tight end Darren Fells (hip) and wide receiver J.J. Nelson (shoulder) are questionable and coach Bruce Arians said Friday he anticipates everyone being healthy enough to play. The Lions ruled out running back Joique Bell (ankle), tight end Eric Ebron (knee) and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (calf) for this Sunday. Safety James Ihedigbo (quadricep) and guard Larry Warford (ankle) are questionable.

Patriots at Cowboys

The Patriots return from their bye in good shape. Cornerback Bradley Fletcher (hamstring) and defensive end Trey Flowers (knee, shoulder) are questionable and the rest of the injury report is made up of probable players. Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (concussion) is probable to return, but wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot), wide receiver Brice Butler (hamstring) and defensive end Randy Gregory (ankle) are all out of the lineup.

Broncos at Raiders

Broncos tackle Ty Sambrailo (shoulder) will miss a second straight game and guard Evan Mathis (hamstring) is questionable to play. Wide receiver Cory Latimer (groin) has also been ruled out. The Raiders will play without defensive tackle Denico Autry (concussion), cornerback T.J. Carrie (chest), defensive tackle Justin Ellis (ankle) and running back Taiwan Jones (foot).

49ers at Giants

Word on Friday was that linebacker Ahmad Brooks will miss Sunday’s game following the death of his sister, but the 49ers listed him as doubtful. Tight end Vernon Davis (knee) definitely won’t play and tackle Joe Staley (knee) is questionable. The Giants ruled out defensive end Robert Ayers (hamstring), wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf), linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring) and defensive end George Selvie (calf). Linebacker Jonathan Casillas (calf), cornerback Jayron Hosley (concussion) and cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) are all questionable.

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Eric Ebron out for Lions on Sunday

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As the Lions try to get their first win of the season, they’ll have to do it without a key piece of their passing game. Tight end Eric Ebron is out for the game with a knee injury.

Ebron reportedly suffered no structural damage to his knee as a result of a Monday night injury in Seattle. Ebron did not practice at all this week.

Regarded as a disappointment during his rookie season, which included only 25 receptions for 248 yards and one touchdown, Ebron already has generated 15 catches for 179 yards and two touchdowns in four games this year.

The good news for the Lions is that tight end Brandon Pettigrew is on track to return to action. He injured a hamstring in Week One, and he hasn’t played since then. Pettigrew is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the 3-1 Cardinals.

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