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The Colts are 3-0 without their starting quarterback this season and they’ll try to go to 1-0 without their starting left tackle against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Anthony Castonzo has been ruled out due to the sprained MCL he suffered in last week’s win over the Falcons. Coach Chuck Pagano said earlier this week that Castonzo is considered “week-to-week” and he didn’t practice, so his absence this week isn’t a great surprise.
The Colts moved Joe Reitz from right tackle to left tackle last week and they’ve been doing the same in practice this week. Denzelle Good has been working on the right side and it appears the seventh-round pick will get his first start in his regular season debut with the team.
Safety Mike Adams is doubtful to play because of an ankle injury. Adams missed last week’s win as well. Linebacker Erik Walden and cornerback Greg Toler are both questionable after practicing on Friday.
Pugh has been ruled out because of a concussion and will miss a second straight game as a result. Pugh was scratched in Week 10 against the Patriots and was placed in the league’s concussion protocol after continuing to experience symptoms of the brain injury through the team’s bye week.
Richburg sprained his ankle in that loss to New England and has been listed as doubtful to play against the Redskins after missing practice this week. John Jerry started in place of Pugh in Week 10 and Dallas Reynolds would be the replacement for Richburg.
Tight end Larry Donnell was ruled out with the neck injury that’s left him out of the last two games and linebacker Mark Herzlich is out with a quad injury. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is expected back from a pectoral injury for a game that could put the Giants in firm control of the NFC East with a win.
The Falcons did the expected on Friday afternoon and ruled running back Devonta Freeman out for Sunday’s game against the Vikings.
Freeman has been out of practice all week with a concussion, making it no surprise that Tevin Coleman will get the start at running back at the Georgia Dome in a meeting between two teams vying for a playoff spot in the NFC. It will be Coleman’s third start of the year and first since his rib injury in Week Two opened the door for Freeman with the first team.
Freeman isn’t the only player that Atlanta ruled out on Friday. Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson won’t play due to a hamstring injury. Hankerson returned to the lineup last week after missing two other games for the same reason.
Kicker Matt Bryant rounds out the trio of players listed as out. Bryant hurt his quad in practice on Wednesday, forcing the team to sign the well-traveled Shayne Graham to the roster. Graham will play for his 10th NFL team when he takes the field with the Falcons on Sunday.
The writing on the wall all week has been that Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis would miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins after suffering a concussion against the Texans in Week 11.
Any lingering doubt was snuffed out on Friday afternoon when coach Todd Bowles officially ruled Revis out for the game. Revis hasn’t practiced all week, so he’ll remain questionable for Week 13 until there’s some progress on his path through the concussion protocol.
There is better news elsewhere on the injury front. Center Nick Mangold practiced for the second straight day on Friday and has been listed as probable after needing stitches to repair a cut on his right hand last weekend. The Jets struggled to move the ball when Mangold missed a game earlier this season with a neck injury and the same happened when he was hurt early in last week’s loss, which makes his presence a welcome one for the offense.
Defensive end Sheldon Richardson is also probable after missing last week with a hamstring injury. With Revis out of the picture, the defense could use a renewed pass rushing effort from Richardson and his mates on the defensive line.
The Panthers improved to 11-0 in Dallas on Thursday afternoon and every game that ends without a loss increases the chatter about whether they can run the table in the regular season.
Coach Ron Rivera isn’t really into the topic at this point, however. Rivera fielded a variety of questions related to his team’s unblemished record on Friday, including queries about whether he’s planning to rest starters in the final weeks of the season and whether the Panthers could benefit from a loss before the postseason. Rivera made it clear that he’s thinking about next week and not five weeks from now.
“If you’re talking about 16-0 seasons, you’re not focusing on the details you need to pay attention to,” Rivera said, via Steve Reed of the Associated Press.
Rivera added that he thinks the team has yet to play their best for a complete game, which may not be the same opinion held by defensive tackle Dwan Edwards. Edwards said Friday that “it’s going to take us not playing our best for someone to beat us.”
The remaining schedule features games at the Saints, a home-and-home with the Falcons sandwiched around a road date with the Giants and a home finale against the Buccaneers. There’s certainly the possibility of a loss or two if the Panthers don’t play up to snuff, but the reasons to expect one are just as certainly dwindling as the Panthers continue to roll through the competition.
Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins has missed the last three games, but returned to the practice field Friday after dealing with an undisclosed illness.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Collins has been back at the stadium this week after getting treatment for what was described as “a contagious illness.” There’s been little word on what the illness is, other than it’s not MRSA.
Having missed so much practice time, it’s unlikely Collins would be ready to play Sunday night against the Broncos.
Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was also on the field, practicing for the second straight day. He sprained his knee last week, but could be ready if he’s working back-to-back days.
The Bills are going to have to shuffle their defensive front, and it appears one key part won’t be coming back at all.
Via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams’ knee isn’t getting better, and coach Rex Ryan said he’s probably headed to injured reserve.
Williams was injured in Week Six, but Ryan said he hasn’t responded to treatment, making it likely he wouldn’t return this season. That’s a blow to their run defense, which hasn’t been the same without the veteran.
Defensive end Mario Williams is also going to be out this week against the Chiefs, after injuring his foot Monday against the Patriots. Williams has struggled this season, with just 3.0 sacks after hitting double digits the previous three seasons. Ryan said it didn’t appear that Mario Williams’ injury was season-ending.
There is good news for the Bills, as quarterback Tyrod Taylor is probable, after getting some time off this week to rest his shoulder.
Freeman suffered a concussion early in last week’s loss to the Colts. Rookie Tevin Coleman would be the starter if Freeman can’t play Sunday.
The 6-4 Falcons have lost three straight and are trying to stay in the NFC wildcard race.
Freeman is fifth in the NFL with 764 rushing yards and leads all runners with 9 touchdowns.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has confirmed what was widely expected: Tony Romo is out for the season.
Jones said this morning on 105.3 The Fan that Romo will not play again until 2016.
If there’s any good news from the Cowboys’ perspective, it’s that Romo has a hairline fracture in his clavicle and will not need surgery. It appears that Romo’s clavicle injury isn’t as severe this time around as the Week Three clavicle injury that forced him to miss seven games this season.
But that’s of small consolation. The Cowboys, who got off to a promising 2-0 start, saw their season derailed by Romo’s first injury, and saw any faint hope of a playoff run ended by Romo’s second injury.
Now the Cowboys just have to wait until next year. And Jones has to see if he can find a better backup quarterback than Matt Cassel, so that if Romo gets hurt again in 2016, it won’t mean the Cowboys’ season is over.
It’s Black Friday, a term that originated within the retail industry as an expression of the stress and dread the workers experience on the biggest shopping day of the year. Thanks to a little Chamber of Commerce P.R. spit-and-polish, it’s now sold to the public as a good thing — the day on which businesses go from being in the red to being in the black.
Which overlooks the reality that any business that spends nearly 11 months of the year in the red isn’t going to stay in business much longer.
As the sports talk radio business goes, Black Friday is one of the best days of the year, with three high-profile NFL games to dissect and another 13 to go in a weekend with plenty of postseason implications. Starting at 12:00 p.m. ET, PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio will devote three hours to the NFL action that was and that soon will be, with visits from Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, Lions receiver Golden Tate, Cardinals running back Chris Johnson, and former Patriots great Troy Brown.
So join us via Sirius 213, XM 202, NBCSportsRadio.com, the easy-to-use NBC Sports Radio app, and any of the many terrestrial affiliates throughout the country.
The Bengals swapped one first-rounder’s roster spot for another Friday.
Dennard suffered a shoulder injury last Sunday against the Cardinals, and he’ll need surgery to repair the damage. Their 2014 first-round pick, Dennard was making his first career start, and leaves them thin in the secondary.
Ogbuehi, their 2015 first-rounder, started practicing earlier this month, as he recovers from the torn ACL late in his final college season.
Revis suffered a concussion during last week’s loss to the Texans.
The Jets have lost four of five to slip to 5-5.
Earlier this week, Jets coach Todd Bowles said it would be “a bonus” if the team had Revis available. His absence from Friday’s practice might confirm that bonus isn’t coming.
At 4-6, the Redskins are on the outside looking in at the playoff race in the NFC and they know that there’s only one way to change that positioning.
They need to end a five-game losing streak to the Giants when they host their NFC East rivals on Sunday afternoon. Redskins players say that the team’s coaches have been drilling the importance of this week’s game during practice all week and coach Jay Gruden isn’t downplaying the significance in his public comments either.
“It’s a one-game season,” Gruden said, via ESPN.com. “If we have any desire at all to play 17, 18 or 19 games we have to take care of business Sunday. That’s the most important thing. We’ve got to get their best effort physically and mentally. It’s got to be their best focus of the season, not far, not even close. I think the guys are revved up.”
It’s hard to argue with Gruden’s take. Dropping a second game to the Giants would leave the Redskins two games and a tiebreaker behind in a divisional race, leaving them in need of a lot of wins and a lot of luck to change the standings. Thanks to the Thanksgiving developments for the Cowboys and Eagles, a Giants win would also push Tom Coughlin’s team to the doorstep of a division title with five games left to play so you’d imagine that everyone will be revved up come kickoff.
Eight years ago today, Washington safety Sean Taylor died at the age of 24. He had been shot by intruders into his Miami home, where Taylor and his girlfriend and young daughter were sleeping.
Earlier this year, the fifth and final defendant accepted an 18-year prison term for his role in the crime. The shooter received a 60-year sentence, and the mastermind of the burglary that ended in Taylor’s death was sentenced to life behind bars.
The anniversary comes two days before Giants safety Landon Collins plays his first game on Taylor’s home field in Maryland.
“When I go out there and do warm-ups and stuff, I just want to look at the memory of him and his name up there,” Collins said, via Newsday. “It’s going to be fantastic and it’s going to be a dream come true to be on the field he played on.”
Idolized by Collins, Taylor was beloved by teammates like Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. If Taylor had lived, he likely would still be playing — and he probably would have already cemented his status as a Hall of Famer.
The Ravens officially brought running back Justin Forsett’s season to an end on Friday.
Forsett broke his arm when Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald slammed him to the turf during last Sunday’s Ravens victory and the Ravens have now formally added him to injured reserve. Forsett ends the year with 641 yards and two touchdowns on 151 carries and another 153 yards on 31 catches. He’s signed for the next two seasons with base salaries of $3 million.
Forsett’s roster spot will be filled by defensive end Brent Urban, who was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return at the start of the regular season. Urban, a fourth-round pick in 2014, tore his biceps during training camp.
Coach John Harbaugh said earlier this week that Urban would be activated, but that he wasn’t sure if the lineman would be in the lineup for Monday’s game against the Browns.
“He’s done a really good job,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “He’s worked hard, he looks good. It’s going to be exciting to see him in real action at some point in time, and see how he does because he hasn’t played that much. But he’s practiced very well.”
Urban actually hasn’t played at all for the Ravens in the regular season. He missed all of 2014 with a knee injury so he’ll be making his NFL debut when he does get the nod from Harbaugh.