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Bosa out, Gates doubtful for Sunday

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The Chargers announced Friday that rookie defensive end Joey Bosa will not play in Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.

The Chargers also listed veteran tight end Antonio Gates, who did not practice all week due to a hamstring injury, as doubtful.

Rookie Hunter Henry is the likely starter in place of Gates.

Bosa practiced in pads for the first time this week but is still recovering from a hamstring injury and still catching up from missing almost all of training camp and the preseason in a contract dispute.

Guard Orlando Franklin was a full participant in practice Friday but is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

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Vikings put Adrian Peterson on injured reserve

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 10: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the footbal prior to the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 10, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings knew Adrian Peterson was going to miss most, if not all of the season after knee surgery.

They submitted the paperwork to make it official today, putting the former MVP running back on injured reserve.

The Vikings could always activate him later, but that couldn’t happen before Week 11 now, and would preclude them from activating any of their other injured players.

It’s also unclear if he’d be able to come back late in the season or for the playoffs, after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

That’s also calling into question his future with the team, which has made aggressive moves to stay competitive after losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury, among many others.

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Report: Jacoby Brissett tore a thumb ligament, may need surgery

New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett runs onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) AP

The Patriots had wide receiver Julian Edelman as their backup quarterback last night. He might have to start next week.

According to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett suffered a torn thumb ligament in the second half of last night’s win over the Texans, and may need surgery to stabilize the injury.

That’s a huge blow for the Patriots, one game before Tom Brady’s return from suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo was inactive last night because of his shoulder injury.

The Patriots brought T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in last week to look at potential depth signings, and they may need to add one to get them through their final Brady-less game.

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Bengals list Eifert as doubtful for Sunday

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The Bengals are listing Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert as doubtful for Sunday’s game vs. the Broncos.

Eifert had returned to practice this week on a limited basis and taken part in his first team drills since last year. Eifert was injured in the Pro Bowl last February and had ankle surgery last spring.

The Bengals play next Thursday at home against the Dolphins, so keeping Eifert out of Sunday’s game — as the “doubtful” designation indicates the team will do — gives him some extra work before making his debut and some extra rest after it.

Eifert caught a career-best 52 passes last season and led all NFL tight ends with 13 touchdown receptions.

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Arian Foster ruled out for Sunday

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back Arian Foster #29 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Dolphins running back Arian Foster won’t play Sunday against the Browns.

Miami coach Adam Gase said today that Foster, who has been dealing with a groin injury, won’t be able to go this week.

Foster is the Dolphins’ No. 1 running back, but he hasn’t done much so far this season, managing just 47 yards on 16 carries through two games. Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake will likely get more carries with Foster out.

The good news for the Dolphins is that they’re facing the Browns, who are dealing with far more injuries than the Dolphins are. Miami is in the rare position of being both an 0-2 team and a 10-point favorite.

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Bucs cutting Seferian-Jenkins after DUI arrest

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The Buccaneers have apparently parted ways with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, hours after Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on DUI charges.

Seferian-Jenkins tweeted a thank you to Tampa Bay Friday afternoon and wrote that he’s on to the “next chapter.”

He was released from jail Friday morning.

A second-round pick of the Bucs in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins started 12 of the 18 games he played over parts of three seasons. He has 45 career receptions, seven for touchdowns.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times followed Seferian-Jenkins’ tweet with one of his own that said the Bucs are planning to release Seferian-Jenkins.

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Browns kicker injures knee in walkthrough, will be listed as questionable

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Browns kicker Patrick Murray injured his knee during a Friday walkthrough practice and will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game in Miami, Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters Friday.

Jackson said he didn’t know if the Browns would have to add another kicker to the roster. They have until 4 p.m. Saturday to make such a move.

The weekly Browns’ injury list has grown at an almost unexplainable rate. Cornerback Joe Haden missed Friday’s practice with a groin injury, and the Browns are already without their top two quarterbacks and four other starters. Besides quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown, out for Sunday’s game are center Cameron Erving, safety Ibraheim Campbell, wide receiver Corey Coleman and defensive end Carl Nassib.

Murray is 1-of-2 on field goal tries this season, his first with the Browns. He kicked for the Buccaneers in 2014.

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Bill Belichick explains time-speed vs. football speed

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jacoby Brissett #7 of the New England Patriots dives for a touchdown during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots coach Bill Belichick routinely draws attention during press conference for short, dismissive, impatient, and/or sarcastic answers. On Friday, he provided a meaningful explanation regarding the differences between the way a guy runs in a straight line and how he runs on a football field.

The question emerged because quarterback Jacoby Brissett ran the 40-yard dash in 4.94 seconds at the Scouting Combine. That’s 0.14 seconds slower than Peyton Manning’s effort in 1998.

“The time-speed is always a tricky thing because time-speed isn’t football speed,” Belichick said. “When you run a 40-yard dash there’s nobody in front of you, nobody’s going to hit you. It’s just Point A to Point B, and there’s something to be said for that. Football’s in a lot of cases not like that. So a player’s running a ball or running full speed covering a kick or running the ball and there is people in front of him and people trying to tackle him, it’s a little different speed than running a sprint on the stop watch.

“We look at that more as competitive speed and when you see competitive speed in a game, whether that’s scouting in the draft or watching a competitive NFL game, sometimes competitive speed takes over for a little bit for what the time-speed is or isn’t. We’ve seen a lot of fast guys not be the first guy down on kickoff coverage. We’ve seen a lot of guys that aren’t that fast be the first guy down on kickoff coverage and so forth.

“And there are some players, Lawrence Taylor was one that however fast he needed to run, he ran and caught the guy. It didn’t matter what that guy’s time-speed was. It didn’t matter what Lawrence’s time-speed was. If he was behind him and he had to catch him, he caught him. So again, there’s just another element to that. I don’t think there’s any doubt about Jacoby’s athleticism and his physical strength and stature. I would say his speed is not slow. I don’t know whatever the next adjective is, but I certainly wouldn’t call it that. He’s got long legs. He eats up a lot of ground. He certainly showed enough speed on that quick sweep play on the touchdown run that we needed for that situation.”

Indeed Brissett did, running the ball 27 yards into the end zone. So regardless of his time-speed, he possesses the ability to run fast in game situations, when he needs to.

Belichick still possesses the ability to be sarcastic during a press conference. Asked about the team’s blue-on-blue look from Thursday night, Belichick said, “I mean I can’t even tell you how excited I was about the uniforms last night. That’s really incredible.”

Yes it is, Bill. Yes it is.

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Bears list Jay Cutler as doubtful for Sunday

Chicago Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) AP

Brian Hoyer is set to make his first start as a Bear.

The Bears’ injury report for Sunday’s game lists Jay Cutler as doubtful, meaning Hoyer is a near-lock to be the starting quarterback against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Matt Barkley will back Hoyer up.

Also doubtful are defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and running back Ka’Deem Carey. Danny Trevathan has already been ruled out. Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is listed as questionable with knee soreness.

Hoyer started nine games for the Texans last season. His last start was a disastrous four-interception game in a playoff loss to the Chiefs.

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Michael Bennett on protests: “You need a white guy to join the fight”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team's NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) AP

More and more players have joined Colin Kaepernick’s protests of racial inequality and police brutality, but they all have one thing in common.

And until that changes, some wonder how much progress can be made.

“You need a white guy to join the fight. The white guy is super important to the fight,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett told the Seattle Times (via ESPN.com). “For people to really see social injustices, there must be someone from the other side of the race who recognizes the problem, because a lot of times if just one race says there’s a problem, nobody is realistic about it.”

Some white players, including Patriots defensive end Chris Long, have spoken about the importance of the protests, but it’s a topic many white players likely feel uncomfortable inserting themselves into. And while former Green Beret/Seahawks training camp long snapper Nate Boyer has met with Kaepernick and came away impressed with his sincerity, no current player has made himself visible.

“I saw Chris Long spoke out about it, but no one wants to talk about what he said and him bringing that to the forefront and speaking out against it,” Kaepernick said. “That’s where it gets very touchy because a white player standing up for this is like, ‘OK, now we really have to address it, it isn’t just black people speaking out because they feel like they’re being attacked.’ No, it’s a real issue. And it’s disproportionately an issue to people of color.

“I think it was huge that Chris stood up and took that stand. I don’t know if he realizes how much that means to this movement and trying to get things changed.”

Other than U.S. women’s national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe, the movement has been lacking white faces.

But the real impact of a white player standing up for Kaepernick would also illustrate that to solve any problem, every human being has to realize we’re connected to one another — and that it’s hard to make anything equal when lines are constantly being drawn to divide.

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Josh McCown has broken collarbone

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We may not know much about Browns quarterback Cody Kessler right now, but we’ll likely learn a lot about him in the coming weeks. Unless he gets injured.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Josh McCown has a broken collarbone in his left (non-throwing) arm.

The fracture isn’t displaced. He nevertheless continues to be out indefinitely.

McCown finished last Sunday’s game with the injury, and he provided a moving explanation after the game regarding his willingness to play injured. The Browns need his influence on Kessler or whoever is playing quarterback, and the NFL needs more people in it like Josh McCown.

For now, the Browns need Kessler to step up quickly, because McCown and Robert Griffin III won’t be back, for a while.

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Ken Norton Jr. admits he deserves blame for Raiders’ defense

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The Raiders rank dead last in the NFL in total defense through two weeks of the season, giving up a whopping 517.5 yards a game and becoming the first team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to give up more than 500 yards in each of the first two games of the season.

Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. admits the blame falls on his shoulders.

I’m accountable for it,” Norton said, via the Bay Area News Group. “We’ve got to work harder, work better and we expect to come out of this. I’ve been around a lot of good defenses, a lot of good coaches and a lot of good players and this fits right up there with the good ones. No one said it was going to be easy. You’re going to have adverse times and we’re having those adverse times really reveal us.”

Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has been a defensive coordinator before, and some have suggested that perhaps he should take over the defensive play calling. Norton acknowledged that Del Rio is the boss and has that authority.

“He’s the head coach. He can do what he wants to do. That’s up to him,” Norton said.

If it comes to that, it wouldn’t speak well for Norton. But if the Raiders keep giving up 500 yards a game, Del Rio has to do something.

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Joe Haden sits out Friday’s practice due to groin injury

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Browns cornerback Joe Haden missed practice Friday with a groin injury, adding another notable name to a Browns injury list that seems to be growing every day.

Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, had two interceptions last week. He’s trying to bounce back from a difficult 2015 season that included multiple injury issues and offseason ankle surgery.

The Browns lost rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman for 4-6 weeks to a broken hand suffered in Wednesday’s practice. They’re starting their third quarterback in three games — and fifth in five games dating back to last season — Sunday in Miami when rookie Cody Kessler starts due to injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown.

Rookie defensive end Carl Nassib is also expected to miss this week’s game with a broken hand, and starting center Cameron Erving is out after suffering a bruised lung during last week’s loss to the Ravens.

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Ivory officially questionable, but “arrow pointing up”

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 11: Chris Ivory #33 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates his one yard touchdown run against the New York Jets during the first quarter of an NFL preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 11, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Jaguars 17-13. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Jaguars will list running back Chris Ivory as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Ravens, but Jaguars coach Gus Bradley told reporters that Ivory’s “arrow is pointing up.”

Ivory missed the first two games after being hospitalized on the morning of the season opener. He was released a few days later but wasn’t able to play last week.

The Jaguars ruled out left tackle Kelvin Beachum and tight end Ben Koyack. Also listed as questionable are cornerback Prince Amukamara, safety Tashaun Gipson, defensive end Jared Odrick and center Brandon Linder.

Linder, the team’s starting center, sprained his knee during practice Wednesday and didn’t practice Thursday. The Jaguars already have to make one offensive line move with Beachum out and will presumably move Luke Joeckel from guard back out to left tackle.

Thursday, Bradley said Odrick isn’t likely to play Sunday due to his triceps injury. Amukamara missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury.

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Mike Ditka to Colin Kaepernick: “If you don’t like the country . . . get the hell out”

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Mike Ditka not only wants you to get off his lawn; he also wants you to get out of his country.

The Hall of Fame tight end, Super Bowl-winning head coach, and renowned curmudgeon appeared Friday morning with Shan Shariff and R.J. Choppy on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Ft. Worth. They asked him about 49ers Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to to stand for the national anthem.

“I think it’s a problem,” Ditka said. “Anybody who disrespects this country and the flag. If they don’t like the country, they don’t like our flag, get the hell out.”

Here’s the thing about having freedoms. If they can’t freely be used, they’re not really freedoms. And while Ditka is free to tell people who make a conscientious decision not to stand for the anthem to “get the hell out,” that attitude reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of what it means to be an American citizen. We can disagree among ourselves without saying to those who don’t see things our way, “Get the hell out.”

Some would say Ditka is the one who should “get the hell out,” especially if he’s looking for a country where it’s not optional to stand for the anthem. There are plenty of countries where folks go to prison for not demonstrating proper respect to the flag; our country has fought against many countries like that over the years.

“I have no respect for Colin Kaepernick,” Ditka added. “He probably has no respect for me, that’s his choice. My choice is that I like this country, I respect our flag, and I don’t see all the atrocities going on in this country that people say are going on.”

If that’s the case, then Ditka either has gone blind or he’s choosing not to open his eyes.

Amazing as it may seem to some, it’s possible both to love this country and to want to improve it. No one tells those who want to “make America great again” that, because they currently believe America isn’t great, they should “get the hell out.” So whether it’s wearing a hat with a slogan or taking a knee during the anthem, there’s a huge difference between striving for change in the country and hating it.

The biggest change we all should be striving for is the development of the ability to respect the opinions of others, even when they disagree with our own. If that would ever happen, we could get back to being the United States of America, instead of the United States of Maury Povich.

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