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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
In an interview for a biography about Brett Favre, former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks told author Jeff Pearlman that coaches on the Vikings had a bounty program similar to the one that landed Saints coach Sean Payton, current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and others suspensions from the NFL after the 2009 season.
Hicks alleged the Vikings, who faced the Saints in that year’s NFC title game and saw Favre get battered over the course of the contest, had their program in place that year as well. Linebacker Ben Leber was also on that team and said he was unaware of such activities as did defensive end Bryan Robison, adding that he thought Hicks was “trying to bring attention” to himself.
The Vikings released a brief statement on Thursday — “There is no truth to it” — and then-Vikings coach Brad Childress, who testified in the Bountygate appeals hearing, also added his own denial.
“I had a great opportunity to coach a lot of great people there, including Artis Hicks, at the Minnesota Vikings,” Childress said, via ESPN.com. “I have too much respect for the Wilf family [and] professional football to have anything to do with a bounty system. I’m going to let it stand at that.”
There’s been no word from the NFL about plans to look into Hicks’ comments. The league’s suspensions of Payton, Williams and other coaches from the Saints stood, but four players suspended by the league had the penalties overturned in an appeal heard by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
The Packers have waived wide receiver Jared Abbrederis with an injury settlement.
Abbrederis had been placed on the team’s injured-reserve list Wednesday due to a thigh injury.
The settlement makes Abbrederis subject to the league’s waiver system. If he clears waivers he’ll be a free agent and eligible to sign with any team when he’s healthy. He wouldn’t be able to re-sign with the Packers for six weeks.
A fifth-round pick in 2014, he missed his rookie season and played in 14 games over the last two seasons, catching 10 passes for 119 yards. He had just one reception this season.
Anderson clarified on Twitter this afternoon that he is having knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and won’t know until after that surgery how much time he’s going to miss.
“We will not know til after the procedure if I am done for the season or if I can come back to help my team,” Anderson wrote. “I will grind and push to be the best always and be stronger than I was before.”
Anderson is the Broncos’ leading rusher with 110 carries for 437 yards and four touchdowns this season. While he’s out the Broncos will turn to rookie Devontae Booker as their starting running back. Kapri Bibbs will move up to No. 2 on the depth chart, and Juwan Thompson could be called up from the practice squad.
In early September, the Columbus (OH) City Attorney’s Office released a statement saying that they were not pursuing domestic violence charges against Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott.
In July, Elliott had been accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend, but the statement said they were declining to press charges against Elliott because their investigation turned up “conflicting and inconsistent information.” While the City Attorney opted not to pursue the matter, the NFL did not rule out disciplinary action against Elliott.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports that investigators from the league recently interviewed Elliott as part of their own investigation into the allegations. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy did not confirm the interview, but did say the league was still actively reviewing the issue.
News of the interview comes at a time when the league’s handling of domestic violence cases is back in the spotlight because of their decision to suspend Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game as a result of his 2015 arrest on domestic violence charges. Brown ultimately was not charged and the league’s handling of the case has been criticized in light of the release of documents showing written admissions by Brown that he abused his now ex-wife during their marriage.
Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was back at practice Thursday after missing time due to ankle injury.
The Jets listed Wilkerson as a limited participant. He didn’t practice Thursday and missed last week’s game vs. the Ravens.
Wilkerson spent most of the offseason rehabbing the broken leg he suffered in the final game of the 2015 season and said last week that the ankle has been an issue for a few weeks. The Jets signed Wilkerson to a big-money extension last summer, and he’s been an impact player on their defensive line since being drafted in the first round in 2011.
Last week marked just the fourth game he’s missed in his six-year career.
The Jets also got wide receiver Brandon Marshall and Bilal Powell back as limited participants on Thursday after they sat out Wednesday’s practice.