Jason Peters carted off with leg injury

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Eagles left tackle Jason Peters injured his right leg on the second play from scrimmage in the second half. The team’s medical staff placed his leg in an air cast before he was carted off.

He left to chants of “Ja-son Pet-ers!” after nearly every Eagles player and some from Washington, including left tackle Trent Williams, gathered around the cart.

Philadelphia announced he will not return.

Washington defensive lineman Ziggy Hood accidentally rolled into Peters’ right leg. Peters immediately grabbed his leg as he writhed in pain.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced Peters.

Eagles score two late second-quarter TDs to take 17-10 halftime lead

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The Eagles scored two touchdowns in the final 3:19 of the first half to take a 17-10 halftime lead over Washington.

Carson Wentz threw touchdown passes of 64 and 4 yards, with the long pass to Mack Hollins getting them jump started. It was Hollins’ first career score on his sixth career catch as safety D.J. Swearinger couldn’t stay with him. Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught the 4-yard score for his fifth touchdown of the season, and he has two catches for 50 yards tonight.

Wentz completed 7 of 12 passes for 152 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He was sacked three times.

Washington got a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins to Chris Thompson after the teams traded field goals.

Cousins went 12-for-16 for 167 yards and the touchdown. Tight end Vernon Davis has two catches for 62 yards.

Morgan Moses injures both ankles

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Washington lost right tackle Morgan Moses briefly with a left ankle injury in the second quarter. The team listed him as questionable to return, but he did before injuring his right ankle with 6:40 remaining until halftime. The team again lists him as questionable to return.

Washington already was without backup tackle Ty Nsekhe, who has a core muscle injury. Left tackle Trent Williams started despite a knee injury that will require surgery after the season.

T.J. Clemmings replaced Moses.

Washington briefly lost right guard Brandon Scherff after he was hit in the back away from the play by Derek Barnett. ESPN analyst Jon Gruden criticized officials for not calling a penalty.

Washington also lost cornerbacks Joshua Holsey (chest) and Fabian Moreau (hamstring) in the first half. The team lists both as questionable to return.

Terrelle Pryor doesn’t play until third series

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Washington wide receiver Terrelle Pryor did not start, and in fact, did not play until the team’s third series.

Josh Doctson, a first-round pick in 2016, started at the X receiver over Pryor. Coach Jay Gruden said last week he wanted to get Doctson more reps.

Pryor, a free agent signing in the offseason, played the most snaps of any of Washington’s receivers in the first five games. His 266 snaps were 81.6 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. Doctson, who has battled injuries much of his two seasons, played 121 snaps in the first five games.

Pryor stayed on the sideline, his body language indicating his displeasure, for Washington’s eight-play field goal drive to start the game. He stood impatiently for seven more plays over two drives before making his entrance on third-and-two with 3:05 remaining in the first quarter. Kirk Cousins took a sack on the play.

Doctson had no catches in the first quarter on one target, but Cousins went 5-of-8 for 92 yards.

The Eagles tied it 3-3 with a 50-yard field goal from Jake Elliott with 13:15 remaining until halftime.

Jordan Hicks injures ankle on second play

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Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks didn’t last long Monday night, needing help off the field after only two plays. He injured his right ankle on a 31-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Vernon Davis.

Hicks appeared unable to put weight on his right leg after getting it caught in the turf and ended up being carted to the locker room. The Eagles list him as questionable to return.

He left two of the first six games early, and the Eagles listed Hicks as questionable with a calf injury. His injury during the Panthers game on Oct. 12 was announced as an ankle injury.

The Eagles already were without linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who had 15 tackles last week. Kendricks was inactive with a hamstring strain.

Hicks has 28 tackles this season, and Kendricks has 32.

Joe Walker replaced Hicks at middle linebacker.

49ers agree to terms with Datone Jones

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The 49ers have agreed to terms with defensive end Datone Jones, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Jones, 27, was released by the Lions last Wednesday, spending only a week in Detroit.

The Vikings released Jones in early September shortly after placing him on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. His last game action came in 2016 with the Packers. He had three tackles in Green Bay’s division-clinching victory over Detroit on New Year’s Day.

He appeared in 15 games for the Packers in 2016, starting four, and made 17 tackles, one sack and two pass breakups.

The former UCLA star was drafted by Green Bay in the first round (26th overall) in 2013.

Inactives: Mychal Kendricks, Ron Darby won’t play for Eagles

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The Eagles will have middle linebacker Jordan Hicks tonight against Washington. Philadelphia had listed Hicks as questionable.

But Philadelphia won’t have cornerback Ronald Darby or linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks, who had 15 tackles last week, was a late addition to the injury list with a hamstring strain and was listed as questionable. Darby is working his way back from an ankle dislocation in Week 1.

The Eagles’ other inactives are: Wide receiver Shelton Gibson, defensive tackle Justin Hamilton, defensive end Steven Means, defensive tackle Elijah Qualls and offensive guard Chance Warmack.

Washington will have starting left tackle Trent Williams, who needs knee surgery after the season, and was listed as questionable.

The team’s inactives are: Cornerback Josh Norman (ribs), safety Deshazor Everett (hamstring), offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe (core muscle), offensive guard Tyler Catalina (concussion), tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons and defensive lineman A.J. Francis.

Montae Nicholson is expected to start in place of Everett at safety, with Quinton Dunbar expected to start in place of Norman at cornerback.
 

Browns place Joe Thomas on injured reserve

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The Browns made it official, placing offensive tackle Joe Thomas on injured reserve Monday.

Thomas tore his left triceps in Sunday’s game against the Titans and will undergo surgery Tuesday. It marks Thomas’ first injury as a pro, ending his consecutive snaps streak at 10,363, which is believed to be the longest in NFL history.

“You don’t ever expect to be injured, but as a football player, you have to always understand the realities of the violent sport that we play that at any moment it could be taken away from you and you could be sitting on the bench and rehabbing an injury,” Thomas said, via quotes distributed by the team. “I think in the back of your mind you are always prepared for it, but you are not always ready for it. It has kind of been a whirlwind 24 hours here, and I have mainly just kind of been focusing on what to do from a medical standpoint, from surgery, trying to get ready for my rehab, just kind of focusing on that. I don’t think everything has really set in just yet.”

The 10-time Pro Bowler hadn’t missed an offensive play since being selected by the Browns with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft. His streak of 167 consecutive starts, which will come to an end Sunday, is the longest among all active NFL linemen and fourth-longest among all NFL players.
 
 

Chiefs release C.J. Spiller . . . again

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With Charcandrick West ready to return against Denver, according to coach Andy Reid, it came as no surprise that the Chiefs cut running back C.J. Spiller yet again. Spiller now has had four stints on Kansas City’s roster this season, with each ending in his release.

Spiller played 12 snaps against the Raiders on Thursday night, his first regular-season action since Week 13 last season when he was with the Jets. He had two carries for no yards.

In eight seasons, Spiller has 3,451 yards and 12 touchdowns. His only 1,000-yard season came in 2012 when he had 1,244 yards for the Bills.

Spiller, 30, probably shouldn’t leave town. The Chiefs may call again.

Hue Jackson to announce starter on Wednesday

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Another week, another Wednesday announcement regarding which quarterback not named Carson Wentz or Deshaun Watson will be trying to lead the Browns to their first win of the season.

Prior to Week Six, Kevin Hogan got the nod. For Week Seven, DeShone Kizer was reinstalled as the starter. On Monday, coach Hue Jackson that he’ll name the Week Eight starter on Wednesday.

After reinstalling Kizer, Jackson expressed confidence that a one-week break the second-round rookie would help him turn things around. And then Kizer was benched for Cody Kessler during Sunday’s eventual overtime loss to the Titans.

“Like I said yesterday,” Jackson said Monday, “everything is on the table. I will continue to watch tape and go from there.”

Whatever the decision, the objective is to reduce turnovers.

“[W]e can’t turn the football over,” Jackson said. “That is going to be my battle cry as the coach and the offensive leader. We can’t turn the ball over, and we have turned it over way too much.”

The Browns quarterbacks have thrown 17 interceptions (11 by Kizer) and lost two fumbles (both by Kizer). That’s 19 total turnovers in seven games. Which helps explain the 0-7 record for the season, and the 1-22 mark since the latest reboot.

Jackson said that Kevin Hogan, who suffered a rib injury in Week Six, will be in the mix to start in London against the Vikings. Whoever the choice, it’s feeling like another loss could be the last straw for someone with the Browns, but it’s unclear who at that point would get the short straw and the pink slip that goes along with it.

Marshawn Lynch has appeal hearing, decision expected Tuesday

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NFL Appeals Officer James Thrash heard Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch‘s appeal Monday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A decision is expected Tuesday.

The NFL suspended Lynch one game for unsportsmanlike conduct. He left the sideline during Thursday’s game against the Chiefs and shoved an official during a skirmish between the teams.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters spoke on Lynch’s behalf, as Jay Glazer of Fox Sports first reported. Lynch argued nine players, including Aaron Donald and Taylor Lewan last season, made contact with an official without the NFL suspending them, per Schefter.

If Lynch’s appeal is unsuccessful, he will miss Sunday’s game against the Bills.

NFL suspends Vikings’ Andrew Sendejo for hit on Mike Wallace

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Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo won’t be playing in London on Sunday.

Sendejo has been suspended for one game for his hit on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace yesterday. The Vikings play the Browns in an early kickoff at Twickenham Stadium this week.

“The violation was flagrant and warrants a suspension because it could have been avoided, was violently directed at the head and neck area and unreasonably placed both you and an opposing player at risk of serious injury,” NFL V.P. of Football Operations Jon Runyan told Sendejo in a letter informing him of the suspension.

Although Sendejo was flagged for the hit, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer argued that it was clean, saying that Wallace was a runner — not a defenseless receiver — at the time of the collision, and that Sendejo hit him with only “a glancing blow.” Runyan disagreed.

Sendejo is viewed as a repeat offender because he was already fined this year for a hit to the head of Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate. Sendejo is expected to appeal.

PFTPM: Week Seven Five-Down Territory

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The PFTPM podcast, an old-school, just-me, say-whatever-I-want look at the NFL, devotes every Monday to the Sunday that was, via a vehicle known as Five-Down Territory.

Today’s episode looked at five (duh) topics from Week Seven, including discussions about Duane Brown, Martavis Bryant, Vontaze Burfict, Jay Cutler, and Teddy Bridgewater. Plus plenty of detours and digressions that you will find mildly enjoyable and hopefully not frustrating and/or impossible to listen to.

It’s impossible to avoid the PFTPM podcast, because the link appears below. And remember to check back later tonight for a special edition of the PFTPM podcast, including a conversation with Broncos linebacker Von Miller.

In the interim, subscribe, rate, and review the PFTPM podcast.

Greg Olsen expects to practice next week

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Panthers tight end Greg Olsen expects to return to the practice field next week to test his surgically repaired foot.

Olsen can’t play until Nov. 26 against the Jets, but he becomes eligible to practice next week. He went on injured reserve with a broken right foot in Week 3.

I’m doing good,” Olsen said Monday, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. I’m starting to move around. Start progressing here and . . . hopefully start getting on the field and doing some stuff by next week, and just take that next step. Everything’s going well.”

Olsen no longer wears a protective boot and part of his rehab includes running on an underwater treadmill. The next step is getting back on the practice field.

“We won’t really know a lot until you start really getting out there and moving around and running around and see how it responds,” Olsen said. “So far so good.”

Lions activate Khyri Thornton, waive Brad Kaaya

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Quarterback Brad Kaaya returned to the Lions after being waived by the Panthers last week, but his stay on the active roster was a brief one.

The Lions announced on Monday that Kaaya is back on waivers. The Lions needed to make room for the return of defensive tackle Khyri Thornton to the 53-man roster.

Thornton was suspended for the first six games of the season for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A 2014 third-round pick of the Packers, Thornton spent his rookie year on injured reserve and spent a brief spell with the Patriots before moving on to the Lions. He had 23 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in 23 games over the last two seasons.

Thornton returns to the lineup in the wake of Haloti Ngata‘s season-ending injury, giving the Lions another body up front at a moment when they need one.