Trent Williams, D.J. Fluker among several starting linemen inactive for Giants-Redskins

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The Washington Redskins and New York Giants will each be without multiple starting offensive linemen Thanksgiving night.

Washington declared left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and center Chase Roullier (hand) inactive. Those two are out in addition to guard Shawn Lauvao, who was placed on injured reserve this week due to a stinger.

For the Giants, D.J. Fluker and Jordan Pugh were each ruled out as well. Both players were declared out on Wednesday as Fluker is battling a toe injury and Pugh is out with a back injury.

Chad Wheeler will start for Pugh at right tackle with Jon Halapio getting the start at right guard in place of Fluker.

Additionally for Washington, safety Montae Nicholson, linebacker Martrell Spaight, defensive linemen Caraun Reid and Terrell McClain (toe), and tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) were declared inactive.

The Giants scratched quarterback Davis Webb, wide receiver Sterling Shepard (migraines), cornerback Eli Apple and linebackers B.J. Goodson (ankle) and Calvin Munson.

Chargers dominate Cowboys 28-6


The Cowboys, who haven’t made back-to-back playoff appearances since 2006-07, remain in the playoff hunt mathematically. But reality says they wrote their obit to this season on Thursday.

The Chargers dominated the Cowboys from start to finish, beating Dallas 28-6 in a game that wasn’t that close. The Cowboys have lost three games in a row, getting outscored 92-22, with only two touchdowns playing without All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The Chargers, who never punted, missed chances to make it even more lopsided.

Kicker Nick Novak missed a 35-yard field goal and an extra point before leaving with a back injury. Punter Drew Kaser went 1-for-3 on his extra-point attempts as the emergency kicker. The Chargers also passed on a chance to kick a chip-shot field goal, going for it on fourth-and-13 from the Dallas 16. Los Angeles also settled for a field goal after reaching the Dallas 4.

The Chargers ended the game inside the Dallas 5-yard line taking a knee three times.

Philip Rivers completed 27 of 33 passes for 434 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his most yards passing since he had 503 yards against the Packers on Oct. 18, 2015. Keenan Allen caught 11 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown, while Hunter Henry made five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

The Chargers, who had five interceptions of Nathan Peterman last week in a 52-24 victory over the Bills, had two more Thursday. Desmond King returned a fourth-quarter pick of Dak Prescott 90 yards for a score.

Opponents have outscored the Cowboys 72-6 in the second half of the past three games.

Prescott completed 20 of 27 passes for 179 yards and the two picks. He has thrown three pick-sixes this season, and last week against Philadelphia, Prescott lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

The Chargers are headed in the opposite direction with two consecutive victories, putting pressure on the Chiefs in the AFC West. They outscored the Bills and the Cowboys 80-30 and appear to be rolling.

Cowboys break touchdown drought to draw within 16-6


Stop the presses: The Cowboys finally scored a touchdown. They had gone 26 consecutive drives without a touchdown before Rod Smith ran it in from 2 yards out with 12:48 remaining Thursday.

It cut the Chargers’ lead to 16-6 after Dak Prescott overthrew Terrance Williams on the two-point conversion.

The Cowboys’ last touchdown before Smith’s came two weeks ago against Atlanta, with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter. The 21-yard drive followed an Xavier Woods interception. Since then, opponents had outscored the Cowboys 80-9 before Smith’s score.

The Cowboys went 81 yards in nine plays, getting help with a 36-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Trevor Williams.

Dallas, though, has not forced a Los Angeles punt today, and Philip Rivers already has passed for 370 yards.

Zack Martin in concussion protocol, will not return

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Cowboys right guard Zack Martin will not return. He entered concussion protocol after a hit late in the first half.

Joe Looney replaced Martin on the final series of the first half.

Martin, center Travis Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith made the All-Pro team last season. Only Frederick has made it through the season without an injury.

Smith returned Thursday after missing the previous two games with a groin injury. He also has dealt with a back injury.

Smith was called for a holding penalty, negating a 34-yard touchdown run by Dak Prescott in the third quarter.

Chargers go up 9-0 on a Hunter Henry touchdown catch


The Chargers finally cashed in with a touchdown, though they continue to give away points, missing the PAT.

Hunter Henry caught a 3-yard pass from Philip Rivers on the first possession of the second half. Nick Novak, who injured his back in the first half but returned to kick a 22-yard field goal with 1:56 remaining in the second quarter, missed the extra point. It was wide left. He missed a 35-yard field goal wide right in the first half.

Los Angeles has four drives, not counting a kneel down at the end of the first half, and could have scored on all four. The Chargers have 305 yards, with Rivers passing for 270.

Henry has five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, and Keenan Allen has seven for 85.

The Cowboys, who have gone 26 consecutive possessions without a touchdown, now have been outscored 73-9 since their last touchdown. Dak Prescott ran for a 34-yard touchdown on the team’s first possession of the second half, but it was negated by a holding penalty on left tackle Tyron Smith. The Cowboys ended up punting.

Chargers have dominated Cowboys, lead only 3-0 at half


The return of Tyron Smith did not help the Cowboys score. The All-Pro left tackle is playing — though the Cowboys lost All-Pro right guard Zack Martin in the second quarter to a possible concussion — but the Cowboys came up empty in the first 30 minutes.

Dallas has now gone 25 consecutive possessions without a touchdown. The Cowboys’ last touchdown came two weeks ago against Atlanta, with 6:19 remaining in the first quarter, a 21-yard drive that followed an Xavier Woods interception. Since then, opponents have outscored the Cowboys 67-9.

The Cowboys are lucky to be down only 3-0 at the half, as the Chargers have dominated Thursday’s game. Los Angeles has 228 yards to the Cowboys’ 84. Dallas has allowed two more sacks after giving up 12 the past two games combined.

An injury to kicker Nick Novak kept the Chargers from scoring more in the first half. After Novak missed a 35-yard field goal wide right on the Chargers’ first possession, the team announced Novak was questionable to return with a back injury. Punter Drew Kaser warmed up on the sideline.

The Chargers reached the Dallas 16, where they faced fourth-and-13. They went for it and Austin Ekeler gained 12 yards on a pass from Philip Rivers.

Los Angeles settled for short Novak field goal after reaching the Dallas 4 before the half, with the 22-yarder the only points scored so far.

Rivers has completed 15 of 19 passes for 219 yards, while Prescott is 9-for-10 for 46 yards. Neither team has established the run with the Chargers rushing for 9 yards and the Cowboys 49.

Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) will not return. The Cowboys list Martin as questionable, and he was riding a stationary bicycle on the sideline during the Cowboys’ final possession of the half.

Matthew Stafford hobbles after Lions loss

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Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford somehow was able to finish the game on Thursday. The question now becomes whether he’ll be able to play in 10 days, when the Lions face the Ravens in Baltimore.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press has posted video of Stafford hobbling away from the podium, thanks to a right ankle injury suffered during the 30-23 loss to the Vikings.

Per Birkett, Stafford said he’s not 100 percent, but the “ticker’s ticking so I’ll be OK.”

The Lions may not be OK after falling to 6-5. They now trail the Vikings by three games with five to play.

Stafford originally injured the ankle in a Week Five loss to the Panthers. He missed no time due to the injury.

His backup is Jake Rudock, a sixth-round pick in 2016 with no regular-season game experience.

Mike Williams out; Nick Novak questionable to return


Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams was carted off with a knee injury. The team downgraded him to out after initially listing him as questionable to return.

Williams was limited in practice this week.

He did not catch a pass in the first quarter before leaving.

The Chargers also are without a kicker, which explains why they have gained 167 yards but have no points.

Nick Novak injured his back in the first quarter, missing a 35-yarder wide right on the team’s first possession. The Chargers went for it on fourth-and-13 from Dallas 16. They gained 12 yards.

It marks the second consecutive week the Cowboys’ opponent has lost its kicker early in the game. Last week, it was Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, who made the tackle on the opening kickoff, and exited for the locker room for a concussion check after missing a 34-yarder in the first quarter. He did not return and the Eagles went for two after every touchdown with linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill kicking off.

Punter Drew Kaser is kicking into the net for the Chargers.

Lions hanging around, but Matthew Stafford goes down

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The Lions are doing everything they can to hang around.

They’re getting some help from the officials, but got a huge scare as they were making things close.

Matthew Stafford just threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones to cut the Vikings lead to 27-23 early in the fourth quarter, but had to be tended to by athletic trainers after the play.

Stafford’s legs were rolled on by a Vikings defender after the launched the touchdown, and he walked gingerly off the field. They re-taped his right ankle on the sidelines.

The score kept them in a game with a number of dubious calls (a flimsy taunting call on Vikings quarterback Case Keenum, a non-call on a clear pass interference by Lions safety Tavon Wilson).

The Vikings opened the second half with the kind of drive that can crush spirits, running four times for 75 yards and an immediate touchdown and a 27-10 lead.

It appeared the Lions responded with a touchdown of their own, but they dragged their feet getting the extra point up and it might have cost them.

Darren Fells‘ reception was initially ruled a touchdown, but with the Lions slow to kick the ensuing extra point, the play was reviewed and reversed (correctly) since Fells pinned the ball against the ground as he was trying to control it.

Tyron Smith, Anthony Hitchens, Dan Bailey will play

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The Cowboys get two of their Pro Bowl players back in action Thursday as left tackle Tyron Smith and kicker Dan Bailey will play. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens also is active.

Smith missed the past two games with a groin injury, and the Cowboys allowed 12 sacks. Bailey hasn’t kicked since injuring his groin during the Cowboys’ victory over San Francisco on Oct. 22.

Hitchens injured his groin in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, but he will return to start in Sean Lee‘s spot at weakside linebacker. Lee was injured on his eighth play against Atlanta on Nov. 12 and has not practiced or played since.

The Cowboys’ other inactives besides Lee are kicker Mike Nugent, running back Darren McFadden, cornerback Bene Benwikere, linebacker Justin March-Lillard, defensive tackle Daniel Ross and tight end Blake Jarwin.

The Chargers will have Travis Benjamin (abdomen) and Mike Williams (knee) as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning.

The Chargers’ inactives are quarterback Cardale Jones, wide receiver Geremy Davis, tight end Sean Culkin, running back Branden Oliver, linebacker James Onwualu, tackle Michael Ola and defensive end Jerry Attaochu.

Left tackle Russell Okung (knee) and right tackle Joe Barksdale (foot) are active, making the Chargers at full strength offensively.

Vikings up 20-10 at halftime, but Lions show a pulse

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The Lions are their own worst enemies at times, but the Vikings aren’t far behind on that list.

Minnesota is off to a 20-10 lead at halftime over the Lions, who spent most of the first half burning the turkey but put together a sharp touchdown drive just before the break.

Matthew Stafford overcame a sluggish start to post a 75-yard touchdown drive in 27 seconds, hitting Marvin Jones for the score after a 41-yard strike to Kenny Golladay.

Prior to that, however, the Lions were a mess, from dropped touchdown passes to a fumble early to three three-and-outs.

Their defense hasn’t been much better, allowing Case Keenum to run for a touchdown, and to throw for 189 yards and two touchdowns so far.

The Lions only had 10 men on the field on Minnesota’s first touchdown, and committed a delay of game penalty prior to the third touchdown when Tahir Whitehead tried laying on top of Jarius Wright with the clock running.

The only thing saving this from being a total disaster for the Lions is their special teams play, as they’ve already blocked a field goal and an extra point.

But Stafford has given them some hope, on a day when the Vikings are eating.

Everson Griffen would like some help naming a child

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Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen may have just paid a fee for crowd-sourcing the naming of his new child.

After sacking Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the second quarter, Griffen raised his jersey to expose a message which read: “I just had a baby boy, what should we name him?”

One would hope the league might have a sense of humor about it, but they haven’t always.

Former Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was once fined $5,000 for doing the same thing, only his read: “Why so serious?” He was later penalized and benched by then-coach Chan Gailey for a similar “Happy New Year” message on his undershirt.

Perhaps in an era of increasing tolerance for celebrations — the Vikings were passing the stuffing after scoring their second touchdown — the league will cut Griffen some slack, at least if he names his son Roger.

Adam Gase: Jay Cutler could play without practicing

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The Dolphins aren’t able to give thanks for quarterback Jay Cutler‘s exit from the concussion protocol yet.

Coach Adam Gase said on Thursday that there is nothing new to report on Cutler’s progress toward clearance for game action, which means Matt Moore continues to work with the first team ahead of Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Gase did say that Cutler could play even if he doesn’t practice on Friday.

“Because of being a veteran player, yeah,” Gase said, via the Palm Beach Post.

While they wait to see what happens with Cutler, the Dolphins also have some injury issues to sort through on their offensive line. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil has been out with an illness and right guard Jermon Bushrod has a foot injury, although Gase said Thursday that he expects Tunsil will be well enough to play on Sunday.

Vikings stay hot on offense, take early lead on Lions


Teddy Bridgewater might never get his old job back.

The Vikings continued to roll offensively with quarterback Case Keenum at the helm, driving right down the field for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Only Kai Forbath‘s blocked extra point marred their start.

The 14-play, 75-yard drive was a testament to steadiness, pecking away at the Lions gradually. Keenum hit Kyle Rudolph for the touchdown, and the end zone seemed like the only thing that could stop the methodical drive.

Keenum’s 7-of-8 for 55 yards already, and showing the kind of poise that’s enabled him to keep the starting gig even after Bridgewater has returned to health.

Devonta Freeman back for limited practice Thursday


Falcons running back Devonta Freeman‘s recovery from a concussion took a step forward on Thursday.

Freeman did not participate in practice on Wednesday, but coach Dan Quinn said that he would get in a limited workout on Thanksgiving as the team prepares for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Freeman remains in the concussion protocol, but will make progress toward clearance if he’s symptom-free after going through the workout.

Freeman left the team’s Week Nine win over the Cowboys with the head injury and did not play against the Seahawks on Monday night. That was just the second game that Freeman has missed since joining the Falcons in 2014.

Punter Matt Bosher is out of practice with an ankle injury for the second straight day. They may need to make a roster move if he can’t go on Friday and they had Matt Wile, who played one game for them last year, in for a visit this week.