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The Broncos have taken a 7-6 lead on the Texans early in the second quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run by C.J. Anderson.
The touchdown drive covered 85 yards in 10 plays and was the first productive Broncos’ drive of the night.
Both teams took their starting running backs out of the game after injury scares, but both are apparently OK. Lamar Miller was back in the game on the drive following the touchdown. Anderson was injured on the last play of the first quarter. He took a few plays off, then returned.
As expected, both defenses are playing well.
The Texans got two first quarter field goals to take a 6-0 lead.
Texans starting right tackle Derek Newton was carted off the field in the first quarter of Monday night’s Texans-Broncos game.
According to the ESPN broadcast, air casts were placed on both of Newton’s legs and Texans tackle Duane Brown had to assist the team’s training staff in getting Newton on the cart.
The Texans announced that Newton has a knee injury.
Newton missed last week’s game, ending a streak of 56 straight starts. Chris Clark is his likely replacement at right tackle, where he’ll be the primary matchup for All-Pro pass rusher Von Miller of the Broncos.
Trainers spent several minutes with Newton after his legs got tangled with Miller’s on a third-down play. The Texans kicked a field goal on the next play and have a 3-0 lead.
Dolphins running back Arian Foster announced his retirement Monday evening.
Foster released a statement via the Twitter account of Uninterrupted, an athlete website owned by NBA star LeBron James.
“There comes a time in every athlete’s career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page,” Foster wrote. “I’ve reached that point. It’s hard to write those words because this game has been everything to me.”
Foster, 30, went from undrafted free agent to the Texans’ practice squad to the franchise’s all-time leading rusher and four-time Pro Bowler. He led the NFL with 1,616 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in 2010, his second season.
He was limited to four games last season by injuries, then signed with the Dolphins after being released by the Texans last March. He’s retiring after battling more injuries this season.
In his statement, Foster thanked the Dolphins and said he was proud to have been a part of the NFL for eight seasons.
“Life has other plans,” he wrote. “I could not be prouder of the things my teammates and I accomplished in this game.”
Chargers rookie tight end Hunter Henry is in the NFL’s concussion protocol and will be monitored this week as the Chargers prepare to play at the Broncos.
Chargers Coach Mike McCoy said Monday that Henry reported concussion-like symptoms after the Chargers won in Atlanta Sunday.
Henry, who’s just 21, has 20 catches on the season, three for touchdowns. He’s become a key player in a dangerous Chargers’ offense, and if he can’t play Sunday it would be a significant loss.
Henry had eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown when the Chargers beat the Broncos on Oct. 13.
“We have no intent to trade Percy Harvin.”
Remember that one? It came from Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman, not long before the team unloaded the mercurial wideout on a Seattle team that got limited use out of him before dumping him on the Jets for a bowl of soup.
Granted, Spielman never said Harvin wouldn’t be traded. But the message is that, no matter what a team says, trades can and do happen.
As to Browns tackle Joe Thomas and 49ers tackle Joe Staley, Browns coach Hue Jackson and 49ers coach Chip Kelly, respectively, have thrown water on the notion that either are available. Jackson said Thomas, who nearly was traded a year ago (before the Browns were in full-blown rebuilding mode), won’t be traded. Kelly said talk of a Staley trade is “news to him.”
That’s fine. But keep this in mind: Neither guy is the G.M., and neither guy owns the team. If either team gets what they want (the Browns, we’re told, want a second-round pick and the 49ers, we’re told want a late first-round selection) or perhaps something close to it, whatever Jackson or Kelly are saying now will quickly be forgotten.
Just like Minnesota’s lack of intent to trade Percy Harvin. Or like Jets coach Todd Bowles claim from one week ago tonight that he wouldn’t be benching Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Often in NFL circles, truth takes a back seat to strategic objectives. Which makes it foolish to take anything any coach, G.M., or owner says at face value.
Broncos left tackle Russell Okung is active and in the starting lineup for Monday night’s game vs. the Texans.
Okung had been listed as questionable due to a concussion. He was a limited participant in practice on Friday and Saturday.
Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer is out due to a concussion. He also had been listed as questionable. The Broncos had previously listed outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware as out as he continues to recover from a forearm injury.
The Texans had listed four players — cornerback Kevin Johnson, linebacker Brian Peters, safety Quintin Demps and running back Jonathan Grimes — as out. The team announced that Corey Moore will start in place of Demps.
The Patriots waived defensive lineman Anthony Johnson on Monday.
Johnson had played in four games this season for the Patriots, starting one. He also served a previous short stint on the practice squad, and he could end up back on the team’s practice squad.
Johnson previously spent time with the Dolphins and Redskins. He first signed with the Patriots last May.
The Patriots also released safety Vinnie Sunseri from their practice squad.
Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones has played well this season, but when Arizona traded a second-round pick to acquire Jones this year, it hoped to get more than one good year from Jones. And that can only happen with a new contract.
Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim said after Sunday night’s game that he has talked to Jones’s agent about a new contract for Jones, who is in the final year of his rookie deal. Keim described the pass rush Jones provides as “something we have not had here in years,” and he hopes to keep that pass rushing presence in Arizona for years to come.
Keim didn’t say a deal is close, but the fact that the team and the player are talking is a sign that something may get worked out before March, when the Cardinals would need to either put the franchise tag on Jones or risk seeing him leave in free agency.
Jones has five sacks so far this season and had a sack and forced fumble in last night’s tie against the Seahawks. The Cardinals are going to need more big plays like that from Jones to get back into playoff contention, both this year and in future years.
When you gotta go, you gotta go and that presented a problem for Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica during Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Kotwica couldn’t really leave the field to answer nature’s call and no one wants a case of uromysitisis poisoning, so he followed the lead of many others over the years and found a spot on the sideline to take care of business. Unlike some of those others, Kotwica neglected to bring along another coach, player or team employee to act as a shield.
As a result, some Lions fans sitting close to the field got an eyeful as Kotwica relieved himself into a Gatorade cup — Is it in you? never seemed to be so fine a slogan –while standing next to a trash can on the sideline. A photo made its way to TMZ Sports along with a report that Kotwica was the second member of the staff to use that spot over the course of the game.
TMZ reached out to the team, which had no comment about something that happens frequently if not always in such plain sight of the paying customers.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick likely don’t agree on much. But here’s one thing on which they occupy the same page: They believe the 2016 drop in TV ratings has nothing to do with the ongoing national anthem protests.
“I don’t know much about ratings and how they are affected and all of those things,” Kaepernick said after Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers, via Andy Furillo of the Sacramento Bee. “But I don’t understand why ratings would go down, fighting for justice for people, to try to stop oppression, especially in a league that is predominantly black.”
Goodell was blunt and concise last week when asked about the potential connection by reporters: “That it’s not a factor. It’s not having any significant impact on our ratings.”
On one hand, it’s strange to think that anyone would deprive themselves of something they enjoy because of the actions of a small handful of all players. On the other hand, how does the league know for sure that it’s not a factor? Many have said it is; they all can’t simply be exaggerating and embellishing the connection in order to push an anti-protest agenda that isn’t affecting ratings.
Absent meaningful and effective research by the league aimed at identifying all reasons for the reduction in TV ratings, there’s no way to rule out the anthem protests. But the league surely has no interest in legitimizing the connection between the ongoing anthem protests and the declining ratings, because the league has no power to stop the protests.
Moreover, acknowledging that an exercise of player rights could impact TV ratings would be an admission that the players have much more power than they ever dreamed they’d possess.
The Falcons are discussing their options in the event running back Tevin Coleman has to miss time after injuring his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.
Coleman played 14 snaps before being forced out of the game and coach Dan Quinn said Monday that the team is still waiting to “find out how long he’ll be out.” Devonta Freeman is the only other running back currently on the roster, but the team has Terron Ward on the practice squad if they need to add a body.
“We’re discussing that big this afternoon,” Quinn said, via ESPN.com. “Fortunately for us, Ward is here, and he’s somebody that’s got game experience in the system and somebody that we can totally rely on.”
Ward played in 13 games for the Falcons last season and ran 29 times for 95 yards. The Falcons would need to open up a spot to bring him onto the 53-man roster.
If the 49ers are shopping offensive tackle Joe Staley ahead of next week’s trade deadline, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said Monday he has no knowledge of it.
“That’s news to me,” Kelly told reporters. “Nobody’s had any discussions with me about Joe being traded. We need Joe here.”
Kelly isn’t in charge of the roster. 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke is, so we’ll see what happens. A source with knowledge of the situation told PFT that the 49ers were seeking a first-round pick for Staley.
Kelly said he hasn’t spoken with Staley about the trade rumors because he doesn’t “make a habit of talking with our guys about erroneous reports.”
Staley, 32, is under contract through 2019. His base salary spikes from $5.4 million this year to $8.25 million in 2017. The trade deadline is next Tuesday, November 1.
It’s Patriots week, but Bills coach Rex Ryan hasn’t turned his attention or bombast to New England yet because he still has some housekeeping to take care of after Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins.
Injuries were at the top of that housekeeping list and Ryan offered updates on several players Monday, including safety Aaron Williams. Williams traveled home with the Bills on Sunday after going to the hospital for an MRI after taking a shot to the head from Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
“Aaron Williams was in meetings, walking around the building,” Ryan said. “Our medical staff is still on the process of evaluating his head and neck.”
Ryan said the team will wait and see how running back LeSean McCoy’s hamstring feels as the week unfolds. McCoy was listed as questionable to play on Sunday and had to leave early after feeling pain in the hamstring. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin is in the concussion protocol and Ryan said he hopes wide receiver Robert Woods and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus will be able to play this week.
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey was ejected from Sunday’s loss to the Raiders for fighting with Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton after Raiders punter Marquette King ran 26 yards for a first down after a botched snap.
Ramsey was the second Jaguars defender ejected from the game with defensive tackle Malik Jackson also getting the thumb after he was penalized twice for unsportsmanlike conduct. Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said he thought the ejections were “unacceptable” and that the behavior was something the team “can’t tolerate,” but Ramsey expressed a different point of view on Monday.
“They don’t want me to say this but I would do it again. I won’t be disrespected,” Ramsey said, via Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union.
The Jaguars had 13 penalties for 122 yards overall in the game, something that doesn’t reflect well on the amount of discipline in place under coach Gus Bradley. Bradley’s record doesn’t speak that well for him either and he may need big improvements on both fronts to continue in his current role.
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston never shies away from contact. But maybe, once in a while, he should.
As noted by the folks at JoeBucsFan.com, Winston took nine hits in Sunday’s win over the 49ers. That’s 51 for the year, which translates to 136 for a 16-game season.
Last year, Winston led all quarterbacks with 109 hits. This year, more fit and mobile, Winston is encountering (if not embracing) even more contact.
At some point, Winston’s approach could get him injured, under the basic theory that more hits equal more opportunities to eventually absorb a hit that keeps the player from playing.