John Lynch “really pleased” with Carlos Hyde

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The 49ers made a big trade this season when they acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the Patriots, but there was also some talk about possible interest in sending one of their players elsewhere before the deadline.

Running back Carlos Hyde was the player in question, but it was just chatter and coach Kyle Shanahan was happy the team held onto him after Hyde got ejected for fighting with Cardinals players in response to a late hit on quarterback C.J. Beathard. General Manager John Lynch was also “proud” of Hyde for showing that support for a teammate and he told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that he’s been happy with everything Hyde has brought to the team this year.

“Carlos has been fun to watch this year,” Lynch said. “He’s made a big-time commitment to the way we’re asking him to do things — the way [running backs coach] Bobby Turner and Kyle are asking him to do things. He’s walking around the building with a smile. He’s enjoying playing football. You have to if you’re going to have success in this game. We’re really pleased with the way Carlos is both behaving and playing.”

Hyde has run 141 times for 592 yards and four touchdowns to go with a career-high 42 receptions for 274 yards, which looks pretty good for a player who will be in the market for a new contract once the season comes to an end. Lynch’s comments suggest that the contract could come from the 49ers, although there’s a lot of time for things to work themselves out on that front.

Texans promoting Cobi Hamilton from practice squad

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The Texans are dealing with a couple of injuries at wide receiver and they’ll be adding another one to the active roster ahead of next Monday’s game against the Ravens.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team will call wide receiver Cobi Hamilton up from the practice squad this week. Will Fuller missed last Sunday’s game with a cracked rib — coach Bill O’Brien said he’ll be “touch and go” for the Ravens — and Chris Thompson aggravated a knee injury in the win over the Cardinals.

Hamilton signed to the practice squad in September after failing to make the cut to 53 player with the Steelers. He caught 17 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns with Pittsburgh last season.

There’s no word on a corresponding move, but running back D'Onta Foreman is headed to injured reserve after tearing his Achilles on a touchdown run against Arizona.

Steelers activate Cameron Sutton from injured reserve


The Steelers will have a fresh face in their secondary when they take the field against the Packers on Sunday night.

The team announced on Tuesday that they have activated rookie cornerback Cameron Sutton from injured reserve. Sutton has been practicing with the team for the last few weeks after recovering from the hamstring injury that caused the team to put him on I.R. after the cut to 53 players.

Sutton was a third-round pick out this year after four years as a starter at Tennessee and returns to action at a moment when the Steelers are without Joe Haden due to a fractured fibula. Coty Sensabaugh has joined Artie Burns in the starting lineup with Mike Hilton and William Gay also seeing time in the secondary.

The Steelers did not need to make a move to get Sutton on the 53-man roster as tackle Marcus Gilbert was suspended four games for a PED violation on Monday.

Sean Lee won’t play Thursday, other injured Cowboys have a chance

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The Cowboys won’t be giving thanks for linebacker Sean Lee‘s return to the lineup on Thursday.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during a Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan that Lee will not be able to play against the Chargers in a couple of days. The news is not a great surprise as coach Jason Garrett said last week that it “might be some time” before Lee is able to play again, but he had yet to be formally ruled out for this week.

The team is holding out hope for better news regarding three other injured players. Left tackle Tyron Smith, linebacker Anthony Hitchens and kicker Dan Bailey were all listed as limited practice participants on Monday, although that was just an estimation as the team didn’t hold an actual practice.

Jones said all three have a chance to play and Tuesday’s actual practice should provide some hint about how likely it is that they make it back into action.

Delanie Walker: Frustrating that we’re not scoring more points

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The Titans are 6-4 and holding strong odds for their first postseason berth since 2008, but it’s fair to say that the season hasn’t gone as hoped on the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota‘s recovery from a fractured fibula, moves designed to improve the receiving corps and the return of the key players in the running game were supposed to have the team building off of last year’s good offensive showing. They are scoring fewer points and gaining fewer yards, however, and tight end Delanie Walker feels it is too late in the year to still be having those issues.

“It’s a little frustrating that we’re not putting up 35 points a game,” Walker said, via “We have the offense to do that. We have the quarterback. We have the running backs. We have the offensive line. We have the receivers. For us not to do that in Week 11, it’s kind of disappointing. We played poor offensively.”

Mariota took the blame for last Thursday’s loss to the Steelers because he threw four interceptions. Shaky protection hasn’t helped, but Mariota’s production has also dipped since last season and anything else the Titans try to get things going will have a hard time finding success if he can’t reverse that trend.

Dede Westbrook fell short of goal, but Doug Marrone liked what he saw

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Jaguars rookie wide receiver missed the first nine games of the season after undergoing core muscle surgery, but the time on the shelf didn’t stop him from setting a big goal for his regular season debut.

Westbrook said last week that he was shooting for 200 yards against the Browns in Week 11. Westbrook didn’t meet that bar.

The rookie caught three passes for 35 yards and almost had another, but was ruled not to have control of the ball before going out of bounds on an attempt to reel in a pass along the sideline. Westbrook didn’t get 200 yards, but head coach Doug Marrone said on Monday that he was happy with how things played out anyway.

“The one thing I’m happy with is that it’s not too big,” Marrone said, via the Florida Times-Union. “In other words, Westbrook came in there and he made a big play down the sideline. He had the opportunity to make another play, but I’m happy with seeing that type of confidence. I liked his effort, I really did. I thought he did a nice job in the blocking aspect of it. He’ll get better each time he’s out there.”

Westbrook stepped right into a big role with Allen Hurns out for the game in Cleveland. Hurns may return, but Allen Robinson won’t and that should leave Westbrook in the team’s plans the rest of the way.

John Harbaugh: Ryan Jensen was trying to hold Kenny Clark up

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Packers safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix called Ravens center Ryan Jensen “trash” and a “dirty player” on Sunday and accused Jensen of hitting defensive tackle Kenny Clark once Clark was already on the ground.

Clark injured his ankle on the play in question and Packers coach Mike McCarthy chimed in on Monday to say that he thought Jensen’s continuation of the block was “unnecessary.” On Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh defended Jensen’s actions.

“Basically, what happened was, Ryan was blocking and Kenny was engaged in the block,” Harbaugh said, via the Baltimore Sun. “Our running back got hit from the side — hard — and the outside end got knocked right into Kenny Clark’s legs. He got bent over the back. Ryan was blocking him. Ryan felt it right away, felt him bending backwards, and tried to hold him up. When you look at the tape, that’s what I saw. He was really trying to hold him up. He wasn’t pushing him over the pile. He felt really bad about it. I know he has every intention to get ahold of Kenny.”

A Ravens spokesperson said Jensen did reach out to Clark by text message. A report on Monday indicated Clark suffered a high ankle sprain and should be able to return to action this season.

Tuesday morning one-liners

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Quarterback isn’t the only spot where the Bills have been struggling.

Dolphins linebackers have fallen short in pass defense.

No challenger emerged for the Patriots in the AFC East this season.

Jets DL Leonard Williams hopes better health brings better results.

Can the Ravens show enough consistency to make the playoffs?

The Bengals beat man coverage several times on Sunday.

Browns coach Hue Jackson is excited about WR Josh Gordon practicing on Wednesday.

The Steelers run defense has stepped up.

The Texans don’t know if WR Will Fuller will return this week.

Colts S Clayton Geathers is back to work after a long absence.

The players change from week to week, but the Jaguars offensive line keeps playing well.

The Titans have WR Harry Douglas back at practice.

Broncos players shared reactions to a change at offensive coordinator.

How did Chiefs TE Travis Kelce come to throw a pass in Sunday’s loss?

WR Mike Williams is working his way into the Chargers’ offensive game plans.

Raiders rookie CB Gareon Conley had surgery on his injured shin.

LB Anthony Hitchens expects to be in the Cowboys lineup on Thursday.

Giants QB Eli Manning gave a pep talk ahead of Sunday’s win.

The Eagles went for two on Sunday night after K Jake Elliott was injured, but should they do it regularly?

There’s another injury to deal with in the Redskins backfield.

Bears RB Tarik Cohen made an argument for more playing time in Week 11.

A call for the Lions to move on without RB Ameer Abdullah.

Should the Packers make a quarterback change?

The Vikings offense has been doing well in the red zone.

The Falcons moved to 5-1 in NFC games with Monday night’s win.

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart tied the knot.

What will the Saints do to replace DE Alex Okafor‘s production?

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said RB Doug Martin isn’t to blame for a sluggish run game.

The Cardinals are thinking about changes at wide receiver.

Sunday’s loss exposed some vulnerabilities with the Rams.

The 49ers made a change on the defensive line.

A couple of coaching decisions went the wrong way for the Seahawks on Monday.

Vance Joseph: Firing Mike McCoy about increasing passing efficiency

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The Broncos fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday in a move that was foreshadowed by a report of dissatisfaction with his performance that surfaced before the team extended its losing steak to six games by falling to the Bengals.

When it came time for head coach Vance Joseph discussed the reason for the move on Monday afternoon, his explanation won’t come as a great shock to anyone who has been keeping an eye on the team this year. Whether it has been Trevor Siemian or Brock Osweiler under center, the Broncos passing game has fallen short and that’s why McCoy has been forced to fall on his sword.

“When we changed from Trevor to Brock, my goal was to stabilize the offense and not turn the ball over as much,’’ Joseph said, via KUSA. “It was more about the quarterback position and hoping to get a veteran guy in to stabilize the offense and not give the ball away as much. That hasn’t happened. Brock’s had three starts now and the same problems have occurred. And so I felt at this moment for our football team moving forward that a change was needed, going from Mike to Bill Musgrave, simply because I want to have a more efficient pass game. You have to have that. Our running game has been good. But our pass game has not been good in my opinion.”

Joseph went on to say that McCoy wasn’t fumbling, throwing interceptions or doing anything else on the field by way of saying the offensive issues go beyond the coordinator. McCoy also wasn’t responsible for picking the quarterbacks that are on the roster and that group includes Paxton Lynch, who hasn’t started yet but could after Joseph said he’d be discussing it with McCoy’s replacement Bill Musgrave.

If they do go that route and the results remain unimpressive, it seems clear that the next move can’t be to find someone else to call the plays.

Matt Ryan tried not to let bad thoughts “creep in” late in fourth quarter

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When the Falcons kicked a field goal to go up 11 points with 3:49 left to play, their win probability was about as high as it could get without a final whistle.

It doesn’t take the longest memory to remember a time when the Falcons were unable to close out a win under similarly rosy projections, however, and it was impossible to block out those memories when the Seahawks cut that lead to three points less than a minute later. A quick three-and-out gave Seattle the ball back and they began driving for another score.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was asked after the game if there was a point when he felt like saying “oh no.”

“To me, I try not to let those things creep in,” Ryan said. “You can ask guys on the sideline, I’m always thinking situationally, so what is going to happen if they do this, if we do that. So you try not to let those things creep in and think about it and again, I’ve played long enough to know that you have no idea how things are going to shake out.”

Ryan said he was thinking about overtime as Blair Walsh readied field goal attempt that would tie the game. It fell short, giving Atlanta a 34-31 win and a second-straight win as they head home for the next three weeks. Ryan said that momentum is a good thing for the team.

“Yeah, I mean, it beats the alternative. You don’t have momentum going into it. So it is good for us. Obviously, winning games, finding ways to win, that is huge. Getting back is going to be great for us.”

The home stand starts with the Buccaneers next Sunday before the Vikings and Saints come to town in what will be a pair of marquee matchups in the NFC playoff race.

Bruce Arians changes course, rejects blame for fateful call

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After Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Texans came to an end, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he “cost our team the game” by calling for an Adrian Peterson run on fourth-and-one from his own 34-yard-line while down three with over six minutes left in the game.

Peterson was stuffed and the Texans scored a touchdown on the next play to account for their final margin of victory. Arians said the team should have punted “in retrospect,” but Arians revealed on Monday that he thought better of that assessment after watching tape of the game.

“The fourth-down call, I take all that s–t back I said yesterday,” Arians said, via the Arizona Republic. “That was a damn good call, and we busted an assignment at the point of attack. That was an easy pickup. Goody [offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin] had a hell of a play designed, we called it and we busted an assignment. They did not whup us up there. We just turned them loose, the interior of our offensive line. So, I take everything I said back.”

Coaches often say they have to look at the tape before they offer any concrete assessments of how their team played, but, honest or otherwise, it’s unusual to hear a coach use a film session to take the spotlight off of them and put it back on their players.

Jameis Winston ruled out for Week 12

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Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston‘s been in the news for off-field reasons of late and that will continue to be the only area of activity for Winston this week.

Winston has missed the team’s last two games with a right shoulder injury and Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter announced on Monday that he’ll miss a third when the Bucs face the Falcons. Koetter said Winston went for another evaluation of the injury on Monday that ended without clearance to throw, which leaves Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm of the offense.

Fitzpatrick was 22-of-37 for 275 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-20 victory over the Dolphins. That makes two wins in a row for the Buccaneers, who are now 4-6 on the season.

Winston has been accused of groping an Uber driver in Arizona last year. He denied the accusation, but the NFL’s is investigating and it appears there may also be legal proceedings regarding the matter.

Blaine Gabbert will start again for Cardinals

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The Cardinals gave quarterback Blaine Gabbert his first start of the season in Sunday’s 31-21 loss to the Texans and they’ll be taking another look at him in Week 12.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday that Gabbert will remain in the lineup for another week. That means there will be a chance for Gabbert to take a stroll down memory lane as he entered the NFL as a Jaguars first-round pick in the 2011 draft.

Gabbert was 22-of-34 for 257 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions against Houston.

“Yep, everything from what I gathered after the game from Bruce, [he] was extremely poised and confident and ran the huddle extremely well,” General Manager Steve Keim said of Gabbert on Arizona Sports 98.7. “To me, he looked a little bit like he looked in the preseason, which he showed very good flashes. Again, he looks comfortable in this offense, I thought he looked poised in the pocket, especially when you consider the fact that …  really we had to be one-dimensional because of our inability to run the football.”

Gabbert got the start because Drew Stanton is dealing with a knee injury. Stanton was active as Gabbert’s backup and Arians said his health is improving, which likely means he’ll be the backup against Jacksonville as well.

Report: Kenny Clark has a high ankle sprain

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Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark had to be carted off with an ankle injury during Sunday’s loss to the Ravens, but the early indication is that he did not suffer a season-ending injury.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Clark suffered a high ankle sprain. He is expected to miss some time as a result of the injury, but Rapoport reports he should be back before the year is over.

Clark was injured in the fourth quarter of the game. After the game was over, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix called Ravens center Ryan Jensentrash” and a “dirty player” for hitting Clark when already was already down on his knees during the play.

Clark, a first-round pick by the Packers in 2016, has 32 tackles and a forced fumble in 10 starts for the Packers this season.

No ligament damage in Kelvin Benjamin’s knee

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The state of the quarterback position was the dominant topic in Bills head coach Sean McDermott’s press conference on Monday afternoon, but he did give updates on a couple of injured players.

Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin was carted off the field with a knee injury during Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles and went for an MRI Monday to assess the damage.

McDermott said that the tests showed that Benjamin, who had a torn ACL in 2015, did not suffer any damage to the ligaments in the knee. He added that the wideout was still being evaluated and didn’t lay out any projected timetable for when he might be able to return to the lineup.

Safety Micah Hyde also hurt his knee during the game. McDermott said Monday that Hyde “checked out fine.”