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Both had missed practice Wednesday and Thursday. Haden has a groin injury that kept him out of last week’s game, and Pryor suffered a hamstring injury during last week’s loss at Tennessee.
Browns Coach Hue Jackson told reporters earlier in the week he was “very hopeful” that Pryor and Haden would be able to play Sunday in Cincinnati. Pryor has a team-high 33 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns.
Haden has previously missed two games due to two different groin injuries. Haden was limited to five games last season by various injuries.
The Browns have also ruled out safety Marcus Burley, tight end Seth DeValve, quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Corey Coleman, who’s not yet been cleared to return to action due to a broken hand.
His weekly Friday radio appearances give Cowboys owner Jerry Jones plenty of chances to talk about his quarterback.
But while he didn’t have an update on Tony Romo’s status today, Jones did offer some good news on several other key injuries.
During his appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said he expects wide receiver Dez Bryant, defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and cornerback Orlando Scandrick to play next week against the Eagles after they take their bye this weekend.
Bryant has been out since Sept. 25 with a knee injury, but said earlier this week (when he wasn’t ginsu-ing himself while making soup) that he was ready to return after the bye.
Lawrence suffered a shoulder injury two games into his return from a four-game suspension. Scandrick hasn’t played since Week Two with hamstring injuries
Regarding his starting quarterback, Jones said it was “up in the air,” whether Romo would practice next week, as he recovers from broken bones in his back.
After Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco missed practice on Wednesday, neither he nor head coach John Harbaugh expressed much concern about Flacco missing Sunday’s road game against the Jets due to the right shoulder soreness that kept him off the field.
Flacco missed practice again on Thursday, which may have had some wondering if things were moving in the wrong direction for the quarterback. Friday brought better news, however.
The Ravens announced that Flacco is back on the practice field with the rest of the team for the final day of on-field preparations for the Jets. The team’s final injury report for the week will be released later in the day and Flacco’s return to work would seem to make any listing other than questionable a surprise.
The Ravens have lost three straight games, including last week’s loss to the Giants in the same building they’ll be in to face the Jets.
The Rams have been dealing with injuries to three of their starting defensive linemen in recent weeks and final word on how many of them will be available this Sunday in London won’t come until Sunday morning.
Defensive ends Robert Quinn and William Hayes are both listed as questionable for the game against the Giants. Quinn has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury while Hayes returned to the lineup last week after missing two games with an ankle injury. Both players were full participants in practice the last two days, which would seem to bode well for their chances of playing.
Defensive tackle Michael Brockers won’t play for the second time in three weeks after being ruled out due to a thigh injury. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson is out for the second straight week with an ankle injury.
Johnson’s absence will hurt the Rams as they try to keep Odell Beckham under wraps, but the return of Quinn could help mitigate that absence if he’s in the lineup and able to consistently pressure Eli Manning.
Cornerback Jason McCourty is in his eighth season with the Titans, which means he’s been part of one winning team over the course of his career.
At 3-3 after the first six weeks of this year, the Titans look like they have a chance to increase that number to two. They’re taking a two-game winning streak into this weekend’s game against the Colts and it’s one that they feel like they can win, which McCourty says represents a big change from past seasons.
“I’m very optimistic and excited,” McCourty said, via the Tennessean. “Good things lie ahead. You go into every game right now and you feel like, ‘Hey, we should win this game.’ We’re prepared. … That’s the reason we play this game — to make it to the tournament, and to try to win games once you get in it. It would mean everything. It would mean all those seven years prior that you put into it were worth it.”
McCourty has played a role in changing the outlook for the Titans this year. He’s healthy after missing 12 games last year due to a groin injury that required a couple of surgeries and has 11 passes defensed, which leaves him four off his career high with 10 games left to play in the year. Head coach Mike Mularkey said McCourty looks like a different guy compared to last year and that may help make for a long-awaited different result to the season.
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Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has a hip injury that kept him from practicing on Wednesday, and that rendered him limited in practice on Thursday and Friday. But it won’t keep him from playing on Sunday against the Rams.
Beckham has no label attached to him in the final report, which means he definitely will play.
The Giants flew across an ocean to get away from Josh Brown this weekend, but coach Ben McAdoo said they weren’t going to abandon the kicker who admitted to years of domestic abuse.
Via Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, McAdoo offered some tepid support for his kicker, who will be inactive this week.
“We’re not going to turn our back on Josh,” McAdoo said. “He’s our teammate.”
McAdoo told reporters he informed his players by position group yesterday to tell them Brown wouldn’t be joining them in London. They’re signing Robbie Gould to kick Sunday against the Rams, and perhaps longer.
The team is moving carefully through what seems like an inevitable parting of ways with Brown, following reports this week that he admitted to a pattern of abuse of his then-wife.
“We’re looking to get as much information as we can to make an informed decision,” McAdoo said.
Owner John Mara didn’t make things better yesterday, when he said that Brown: “admitted to us he’d abused his wife in the past. What’s a little unclear is the extent of that.”
The Giants say they knew about the initial charges against Brown when they re-signed him in April as a free agent. But they were not aware of this week’s documents until they were reported Wednesday.
The Jets are having an ugly season on the field. In the locker room, it’s not much better.
Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson, the Jets’ top offensive and defensive players, got into a heated argument after the Week Three loss to the Chiefs. Marshall told ESPN.com that it was just a disagreement between “two Alpha males . . . two bulls,” but Jets coach Todd Bowles acknowledged it was something he had to intervene to stop.
“I took care of it right there,” Bowles said. “I addressed the team and I addressed the two guys. It will not happen again.”
The Jets know that locker room disputes can get out of hand, as last year quarterback Geno Smith suffered a broken jaw in a fight with linebacker IK Enemkpali. But Bowles said the Marshall-Richardson incident was nothing like that one.
“There were no residual effects, no physicality,” Bowles said. “After the game, everybody was pissed off and you throw stuff. They should be pissed off, but not at each other. It was just one of those things.”
It’s one of those things that happens on football teams from time to time. But when the football team is 1-5, it raises questions about whether a divided locker room and bad play on the field are related.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Unless he isn’t.
Agent Drew Rosenhaus, contradicting an ESPN report that McCoy will definitely miss the Week Seven contest with a hamstring injury, said Friday on WQAM radio in Miami that McCoy will be a game-time decision.
More information will be available on Friday, when the Bills apply the questionable/doubtful/out label to McCoy. If he’s not ruled out Friday, the next question becomes whether McCoy will make the trip to Miami.
McCoy has rushed for 587 yards this season, including 470 in the four games since Anthony Lynn became the offensive coordinator.
The NFL is defending its investigation of the Josh Brown domestic violence case amid widespread criticism.
One source of that criticism was King County Sheriff John Urquhart, whose office investigated accusations that Brown abused his ex-wife. Urquhart says that when his office was contacted by an investigator looking for information, that investigator never made clear that he was representing the NFL and wanted information because Brown is the kicker for the Giants and the league wanted to know whether and to what extent Brown should be disciplined.
Responding to reports of the sheriff’s comments, NFL Senior Vice President of Communications Natalie Ravitz wrote on Twitter that the NFL did, in fact, make it clear to police that the league was seeking information on Brown’s domestic violence case.
According to Ravitz, the NFL submitted a public records request on May 26, 2015, and a police report acknowledges that the league had requested information. Ravitz also said four different individuals working for the NFL contacted police.
“It was clear we were looking for info for months,” Ravitz wrote.
The NFL has still not adequately explained what it knew about Brown’s abuse of his ex-wife, although Giants owner John Mara has acknowledged that Brown admitted he abused her, and Mara also acknowledged that he knew NFL Security had to intervene to protect Brown’s wife from him while their family was at an NFL-provided hotel at the Pro Bowl. Despite all that, Brown was only suspended one game and remained an active member of the team until Thursday, when the Giants announced that Brown will not play for them this week after new information about the domestic violence case surfaced.
Near the end of the 2015 season, there was a report that Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula were going to fire coach Rex Ryan and General Manager Doug Whaley if the team didn’t make the playoffs in 2016.
That was refuted, but the feeling took enough hold around the team that guard Richie Incognito said he felt the “unspoken rule” around the team was that “it’s playoffs or bust for us.” Terry Pegula says that’s not the right read on the situation.
Pegula told Tom Pelissero of USA Today “no way” when asked if the stakes were playoffs or bust in Buffalo and said he wasn’t even in Buffalo when he was supposed to have told Ryan and Whaley about his expectations for this season. Pegula said that the team’s players and coaches “need to know there’s stability” and that things won’t work if you’re constantly making changes.
The Bills did make one change to their coaching staff this year when they fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman after two losses to open the year. Reports at the time pointed to the Pegulas as the drivers for that decision, something Ryan disputed and Pegula also discussed with Pelissero.
“Rex had been talking about it,” Pegula said. “Any well-run organization, everyone has to communicate with each other. It was just a situation where he — and we were in agreement — felt that we needed the change. A lot of people said, ‘Oh, Rex is covering his ass. Why not fire himself because his defense was bad?’ Well, guess what? Our offense put the defense on the field the first two games for pretty much the whole first quarter, which set the tempo for the games.”
It’s obviously easier to take the position that stability is the right path when your team has won four straight games than it would have been at 0-2. If all goes well for the Bills, Pegula will be singing the same tune come January and the notion of playoffs or bust will have busted without any need for further explanation.
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said this week that there’s no ill will toward Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler for signing a big deal in Houston in the offseason, but that the defense still wants “to kill him” when they square off on Monday night in Denver.
Osweiler joked that it “sounds like they miss me” when he was asked about Marshall’s comments and added that he’s “not blind” to the added interest in this week’s game because of the four years he spent with the Broncos. Osweiler served as Peyton Manning’s backup for most of that time and said he learned a lesson about keeping an even keel in emotionally charged situations from watching Manning prepare for a game in Indianapolis.
“I remember being in our Saturday night quarterback meeting, and when I got to that meeting I was kind of anxious to see how he was going to be, what kind of energy he would have,” Osweiler said, via the team’s website. “I’ll never forget it. He stepped into the meeting and the way he conducted himself, he was the same Peyton Manning that he was the week before, the week before that and the week before that.”
Osweiler says this week has felt normal to him, although it wouldn’t be a bad time to break from his normal routine of throwing at least one interception in every game.
Earlier this week, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant shared his opinion that running back Ezekiel Elliott will set a new rookie rushing record this season by gaining more yards than the 1,808 Eric Dickerson managed in 1983.
Bryant said he thinks Elliott can surpass 2,000 rushing yards, but Elliott isn’t as keen on discussing the topic. He said any yards he gets are an accomplishment for the entire team rather than just himself and that he always wants the focus to be on the team.
“Because it’s not important,” Elliott said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You guys want to write stories about the rookie rushing record, and it’s about this team, honestly. It’s not about a record. That’s not what we’re focused on. We’re a team, and honestly I don’t want any attention being put towards that. It should be about this team, and it should be about these guys. It should be about our relationship. It shouldn’t be about records.”
The nice thing for Elliott is that we’ve already seen how much prodigious rushing numbers, record-setting or otherwise, boost the fortunes of the entire team. Elliott leads the league in rushing through six weeks and the Cowboys are 5-1, which provides plenty of reason to believe that continued success for Elliott as an individual will mean the same for the team as a whole.
When his ankle finally healed, his back gave out. So now after months of rehabbing one thing or another, Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert is ready to take the field again.
Via Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Eifert said he was ready to get back on the field this week, though he’s still being listed as limited.
“In my mind, I’m ready,” Eifert said. “Two weeks ago, before it happened I was in really really good shape and I’ve kind of been laid up just trying to get the back right. All things considered, I don’t think there’s anything else I have to pass.”
Eifert joked that the recent back problem kept him from worrying about the comeback from the ankle injury, saying: “I can’t think about two things at once.”
“I didn’t want to tell anybody that I kinda hurt my back because I got the ankle right and I was ready to play,” Eifert said. “I tried to keep practicing and I couldn’t do anything else. Like I said, I had to tell someone.”
Eifert’s been sidelined by a number of injuries in his career, but when he’s on the field he’s incredibly productive. He caught 13 touchdown passes, and was one of the best red zone targets in the league. And for an offense that has lost its way this season, getting him back would be a huge benefit.