Derek Carr is completely healed, supposedly

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On the fourth Sunday of the regular season, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered not one but, reportedly, three fractured transverse processes in his back after taking a knee to the area in a loss to the Broncos. The Monday after the sixth Sunday of the regular season, Carr is completely healed.

The Oakland injury report filed on Monday in advance of Thursday night’s showdown with the Chiefs omits Carr’s name entirely, which signifies that he’s as fine as he was before the injury. Which is impressive, given that coach Jack Del Rio initially explained that the injury would keep Carr out for 2-6 weeks.

Carr completed 21 of 30 passes for 171 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in Sunday’s 17-16 loss to the Chargers, after missing the prior Sunday’s loss to the Ravens. The Raiders have now lost four in a row after starting the year 2-0.

With the Chiefs at 5-1, it’s safe to say that Thursday night’s game is the closest thing to a must win that any team can have in Week Seven.

Marcus Mariota hailed by teammates for coming back strong

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The Titans knew Marcus Mariota might not be 100 percent.

But they were still amazed at what he was able to give them Monday night in beating the Colts.

“Credit to Marcus,” Titans running back Derrick Henry said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website. “Now that’s a leader. That’s a tough guy. To come out here not even 100 percent, and to play against a good division opponent, that shows what type of leader he is, what type of guy he is.”

Mariota had been limited with a hamstring injury, and they weren’t sure he’d play until late in the week of preparations (not all game-time decisions happen at game-time). All he did was go 23-of-32 for 306 yards and a touchdown, hitting a number of deep balls as they handily beat the Colts. He was given instructions not to run to not risk aggravating the injury, and once when he found the open field he slid. though he did convert a fourth-down with a low-risk sneak.

“The guy is a complete stud,” tackle Taylor Lewan said of Mariota. “That guy is pretty all-time.”

Of course, the low-key Mariota wasn’t going that far, or anywhere near it, sending the praise elsewhere.

“I wanted to be out there last week, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that,” Mariota said. “So I was happy to get the green light. It just comes down to everyone just going out there and executing, and we were able to make the plays we needed to win.”

Listening to him say it completely undersells the experience. Listening to his teammates gives you a better picture of what really happened.

Seahawks’ Luke Joeckel not expected to play this week after knee surgery

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Seahawks left guard Luke Joeckel did indeed have surgery on his knee last week during Seattle’s bye week. Head coach Pete Carroll said last week Joeckel would have the arthroscopic procedure done last Thursday and the schedule was followed as planned, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.

Carroll didn’t have an expected timetable on Joeckel’s recovery projection last week, but did say it was unlikely Joeckel would be able to play this week against the New York Giants.

“I think that’s going to be hard to count on that. That’s probably too much to count on,” he said.

The procedure is to the same knee in which Joeckel sustained a torn ACL last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seahawks limited his offseason work in hopes of keeping him fresh and healthy for the season. Ultimately, it was decided an additional follow-up procedure was necessary.

“It’s just developments that occur going through the process of getting your knee back,” Carroll said last week. “We brought him back very carefully, and there was something that was kind of hanging in there, it was bothering or irritating him for some time, and we tried to wait it out and see what it was, and we have waited as long as we can wait, and he’s been a stud about it. Now it’s time to get it cleaned up and hopefully it’ll be really smooth for him, and the doctors will get in there and get him cleaned out, and away we go.”

Joeckel has started all five games for Seattle at left guard this season. The Seahawks have three potential replacements to turn to in the interim. Mark Glowinski started 16 games at left guard last year and the first two games of this season at right guard and has the most experience of any option available. Second-round pick Ethan Pocic and undrafted free agent Jordan Roos would also be in consideration.

Roos has spent the most time at left guard of the three. Glowinski has played on the right side throughout the offseason. Pocic has primarily played at tackle and center, and mostly on the right side of the line.

Report: Texans linebacker Dylan Cole has Grade 2 hamstring strain

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Houston Texans linebacker Dylan Cole left Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after injuring his left leg on an interception return.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Cole sustained a Grade 2 hamstring strain on the play. The injury could keep Cole sidelined for at least four weeks.

Cole intercepted Kevin Hogan on a pass intended for running back Duke Johnson up the right sideline. As he wheeled around to return the ball, Cole attempted to leap over wide receiver Rashard Higgins and was tackled. Cole immediately grabbed at the back of his left leg and could not walk off the field unassisted.

Cole has played in all six games for Houston this season, recording 19 tackles with two interceptions and a sack.

Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry carry Titans to 36-22 win over Colts

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Derrick Henry‘s 72-yard touchdown run in the final minute put an exclamation point on the Tennessee Titans’ 36-22 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.

After missing a game-and-a-half due to a hamstring injury, Marcus Mariota returned to the lineup for the Titans on Monday night. While he clearly wasn’t his complete self, Mariota still completed 22 of 32 passes for 306 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Colts.

A 53-yard touchdown pass to Taywan Taylor gave the Titans a 29-22 lead with 5:27 remaining. Jacoby Brissett began to march the Colts into scoring position with less than three minutes remaining. A dump off pass to Robert Turbin set up a fourth-and-1 at the Titans’ 13-yard line.  With 2:26 remaining, Brissett kept the ball on a bootleg only to be run down half a yard shy of the first down by Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard to turn the ball over on downs.

Derrick Henry’s 8-yard gain for a first down at the 2:00 warning gave the Titans the ability to run out most of the clock. However, Henry would spring free up the left sideline for a 72-yard weaving romp through the Colts defense to seal away the win.

Henry finished with 131 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries for the Titans. DeMarco Murray had 12 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown as well.

The first half saw just one touchdown scored as the team’s traded field goals throughout. Brissett hit Jack Doyle for an 8-yard touchdown as the Colts took a 13-9 lead into the break. John Simon intercepted Mariota and scampered for a 26-yard touchdown to extend the Colts lead to 19-9 on the opening drive of the third quarter before the Titans began to rally.

Murray scored on a 3-yard run after a pair of field goals from Ryan Succop as Tennessee grabbed a 22-19 advantage with 10 minutes remaining. A 52-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal tied the game at 22-all before Mariota’s bomb to Taylor give the Titans a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Brissett completed 21 of 37 passes for 212 yards with a touchdown for the Colts.

Robert Turbin leaves with elbow injury

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Colts running back Robert Turbin suffered what looked like a nasty elbow injury late in the fourth quarter. The team listed him as questionable to return, but he headed directly to the locker room.

Turbin caught a 9-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett and tried to brace himself with his left arm before cornerback Logan Ryan tackled him with 2:30 remaining. Slow-motion replay showed Turbin’s arm bending in a direction it shouldn’t have.

He walked off with trainers holding his arm.

Turbin had three carries for 3 yards and four catches for 37 yards.

Tyreek Hill listed with neck injury on Chiefs injury report, avoids concussion

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If Tyreek Hill had sustained a concussion in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, it would have been practically impossible for him to play this Thursday night against the Oakland Raiders.

But as PFT reported on Sunday night, Hill did not sustain a concussion when he was hit out of bounds by a pair of Steelers defenders late in the fourth quarter. That notion was confirmed with Hill’s listing on Monday’s injury report.

The Chiefs and Raiders each conducted walkthrough practices only but are still required to put out an injury report reflecting what a player’s status would have been had the team had a full practice. Hill was listed as a full participant with a neck injury.

Running back Charcandrick West does have a concussion and did not “practice” on Monday. Neither did wide receiver Albert Wilson with a knee injury.

For the Raiders, cornerback Gareon Conley (shin), linebacker Cory James (knee), linebacker Marquel Lee (ankle) and tackle Marshall Newhouse (foot) also were listed as DNP.

Titans score first touchdown to take fourth-quarter lead


It took the Titans almost 50 minutes, but they finally scored their first touchdown of the night.

DeMarco Murray scored on a 3-yard run with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter, giving the Titans a 22-19 lead after trailing by 10 points in the third quarter.

Murray has 12 carries for 40 yards, despite a tight hamstring, and Derrick Henry has 13 carries for 43 yards.

Marcus Mariota has completed 20 of 29 passes for 232 yards with the interception John Simon returned for a touchdown.

The Colts did not have a first down in the third quarter.

John Simon scores on interception return for 19-9 Colts lead


It’s a safe bet Marcus Mariota would like at least one pass back Monday night. His first pass in the third quarter, intended for running back DeMarco Murray, went right to Colts linebacker John Simon.

Simon returned the interception 26 yards for his first career touchdown. Adam Vinatieri missed the extra point, leaving the Colts lead at 19-9.

Mariota now is 9-of-14 for 108 yards and an interception.

Jacoby Brissett directs Colts to 13-9 halftime lead


The Titans can’t stop Jacoby Brissett.

The Colts quarterback has completed 12 of 17 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown, leading Indianapolis to a 13-9 halftime lead.

Neither team has punted, with each scoring on all three first-half possessions. But the Colts got the only touchdown on an 8-yard pass from Brissett to tight end Jack Doyle.

Ryan Succop has field goals of 48, 32 and 40 yards for the Titans, and Adam Vinatieri has connected from 36 and 25 yards.

Mariota, returning from a hamstring injury that kept him out last week, went 9-for-13 for 108 yards in the first half.

The Colts have gained 186 yards to the Titans’ 152.

Jacoby Brissett throws a touchdown pass to give Colts the lead


Jacoby Brissett seems to be getting comfortable with his new team. After passing for 314 yards last week, the Colts quarterback is off to a fast start Monday night.

He has completed 7 of 10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

His 8-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter gave the Colts a 10-6 lead.

Brissett led the Colts on a nine-play, 52-yard drive the first time they had the ball, settling for a 36-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal.

Marcus Mariota leads Titans to pair of field goals in first quarter

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Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota doesn’t quite look like himself since he isn’t a threat to run. But his arm appears just fine.

Mariota, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, completed 4 of 7 passes for 60 yards in the first quarter of his return. He has led the Titans to a 6-3 lead.

The Titans opened with an eight-play, 30-yard drive, set up by a 40-yard kickoff return by Adoree' Jackson, before stalling at the Indianapolis 30. Ryan Succop hit a 48-yard field goal.

They went 61 yards in 10 plays on their next series, reaching the Indianapolis 14 before settling for a 32-yard Succop field goal.

The Colts reached the Tennessee 18 on their only first-quarter drive and got a 36-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri.

Report: Ezekiel Elliott’s hearing expected to be held Tuesday

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Ezekiel Elliott‘s attorneys are doing everything they can to give the star running back a chance to play this week.

The hearing on the NFLPA’s emergency temporary restraining order motion is expected to be held Tuesday, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

The NFLPA filed with the Southern District Court of New York seeking to put Elliott’s suspension on hold. The motion requests a ruling by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday.

The Fifth Circuit could rule in the interim that the prior injunction issued by a federal court in Texas is, or isn’t, in effect pending the exercise of Elliott’s right to appeal the Fifth Circuit’s ruling from last week.

Saints special teamer Nate Stupar reportedly tears ACL

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Saints linebacker Nate Stupar tore an anterior cruciate ligament Sunday, according to Herbie Teope‏ of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The team will place Stupar on season-ending injured reserve.

Stupar was hurt while covering a punt in the Saints’ victory over the Lions.

A seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 2012, Stupar also has spent time with the Eagles, Jaguars, 49ers and Falcons. He played in all 16 games for the Saints last season and had appeared in all six this season.

Stupar, a core special teams player, had played 46 snaps on special teams and none on defense.

Panthers promote QB Garrett Gilbert from practice squad

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The Panthers opened Monday with three quarterbacks on their 40-man roster and they’ll close the day with four.

The team announced that Garrett Gilbert has been promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. Safety Dez Southward was dropped from the roster in a corresponding move.

Gilbert was a Rams sixth-round pick in 2014 and spent time on the practice squad or offeseason rosters for the Patriots, Lions and Raiders before signing with the Panthers this year. He signed to the practice squad after failing to make the 53-man roster.

Gilbert joins Cam Newton, Derek Anderson and Brad Kaaya on the active roster, which suggests that there’s something else going on right now. There could be an injury, another roster move could be planned or someone may have been poised to poach Gilbert and the Panthers decided to promote him before that could happen.