Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey‘s back is still bothering him. Unless it isn’t.
The Rams have conflicting injury reports regarding Thursday’s practice. In the emailed version, Ramsey fully participated despite a back injury. On the team’s official website, no back injury is disclosed.
Regardless, Ramsey seems to be on track to play after three weeks of not playing with the Jaguars, due to his back injury.
“I think — to my knowledge — he’s feeling good,” coach Sean McVay told reporters on Thursday regarding Ramsey. “I know he had the issue with the back soreness and stuff like that, and that’s something that we want to monitor and keep an eye on.”
Still, the Rams surely deemed Ramsey to be sufficiently healthy to pass a physical before the trade was finalized, and with only 26 games left on his rookie deal the Rams surely don’t want him to miss any games, especially with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on tap this weekend when the Rams travel to Atlanta to play the Falcon.
Common sense suggests that the Rams won’t want to expose Ramsey as a malingerer for his failure to play in any of the three games preceding his trade. So they can talk about his “back soreness and stuff like that” now, and then they can put him on the field come Sunday, as the Rams try to reverse a three-game losing streak.
Denver Broncos safety Will Parks said he has a broken hand and will need surgery, per Ryan O’Halloran of the Denver Post.
It’s unclear exactly when Parks suffered the injury. He made a tackle on Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce at the 12-minute mark of the second quarter. He stayed in the game for the next snap before leaving the field and seemingly not returning for the rest of the night.
The Broncos announced that he was questionable to return with a hand injury before officially ruling him out altogether.
Parks had two tackles in the game before exiting. Parks had played in all seven games for the Broncos this season with three starts.
Even without Patrick Mahomes on the field, the Denver Broncos can’t stop the Kansas City Chiefs.
Backup quarterback Matt Moore connected with Tyreek Hill for a 57-yard touchdown in the latter stages of the third quarter as the Chiefs took a 27-6 lead over the Broncos.
Moore replaced Mahomes in the second quarter after the Chiefs starter reportedly sustained a dislocated knee cap on a quarterback sneak on fourth down. Moore has completed 9 of 18 passes for 106 yards and the touchdown pass to Hill since taking over for Mahomes.
Mahomes was 10 of 11 for 76 yards and a touchdown to Mecole Hardman being exiting the game before halftime.
Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter. He will not return as the Chiefs have ruled him out.
The Chiefs might not need him to win tonight as they lead 20-6 over the error-prone Broncos.
Kansas City handed Matt Moore a 10-6 lead and the ball inside the Denver 5-yard line. Moore couldn’t lead the Chiefs to a touchdown, but Harrison Butker kicked a chip-shot, 20-yard field goal to pad the lead.
Only 51 seconds later, Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland scored a touchdown on a 5-yard fumble return. The fumble was forced by linebacker Anthony Hitchens on a sack of Joe Flacco.
After an opening possession touchdown, the Broncos went three-and-out, turned it over on downs on a fake punt gone wrong, had Flacco’s fumble go for a Chiefs touchdown, saw Brandon McManus miss a 45-yard field goal wide right and punted after five plays.
The Broncos have 32 plays for 124 yards. They had a 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to open the game, though the Chiefs contributed 20 yards on two penalties.
Flacco is 12-of-16 for 160 yards, and Courtland Sutton has five catches for 82 yards.
The Chiefs have six sacks of Flacco, including two by Hitchens and two by Alex Okafor.
Mahomes was 10-of-11 for 76 yards before his injury. Moore has completed only one of three passes for 1 yard.
Patrick Mahomes set another record. It is guaranteed not to be the last he will hold.
The Chiefs quarterback completed a 13-yard pass to Travis Kelce on the team’s first possession. It put him over 7,500 yards for his career.
Mahomes reached the 7,500-yard mark in only 24 games.
The NFL’s previous record-holder, Kurt Warner, did it in 27 games.
The Chiefs scored a touchdown on a 21-yard pass from Mahomes to Mecole Hardman with 4:10 remaining in the first quarter. The extra point gave them an early 7-6 lead.
Mahomes went 5-for-5 for 47 yards and a touchdown on the first drive. He was 1-for-2 for 6 yards on their second, as the Chiefs settled for a field goal, increasing their lead to 10-6.
The Chiefs could have been off the field after three plays if not for Frank Clark‘s facemask penalty on third-and-seven. They could have been off the field after seven plays if not for Bashaud Breeland‘s defensive holding penalty on third-and-nine.
Instead, the Broncos didn’t look the penalty-horse in the mouth. Or something like that.
The Broncos scored a rare — for them — first-possession touchdown.
Royce Freeman scored on a 1-yard run and a 6-0 lead.
The Chiefs were offsides on the extra point, so the Broncos opted to go for two. Kansas City stopped Phillip Lindsay short of the goal line to keep Denver’s lead at 6-0 with 9:06 remaining in the first quarter.
Cardinals president Michael Bidwill has added a job title.
Bidwill will take on the additional role of chairman, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN reports.
Bidwill’s father, Bill, had held that title until his death Oct. 2. Bill Bidwill was 88.
The team will have no additional changes in the operation or ownership structure, according to Weinfuss. The Bidwill family will continue to own the organization, with Michael in charge.
Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland didn’t travel on the team charter to Denver for personal reasons. But Breeland made it to Denver and will play Thursday night.
The Chiefs need him, having already ruled out Kendall Fuller (thumb).
Breeland and Charvarius Ward are expected to start.
The Chiefs’ other inactives are receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring), offensive lineman Eric Fisher (core muscle), defensive lineman Chris Jones (groin), offensive lineman Andrew Wylie, running back Darwin Thompson and offensive lineman Greg Senat.
The Broncos’ inactives cornerback Bryce Callahan (foot), right tackle Ja’Wuan James (knee), defensive end Adam Gotsis, inside linebacker Corey Nelson, tight end Troy Fumagalli, receiver Juwann Winfree and offensive tackle Calvin Anderson.
James, who was listed as questionable, will miss his sixth game.
Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had some very high praise for Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones before their teams met on Sunday.
NFL Films picked up Fitzgerald talking to rookie quarterback Kyler Murray before the game, pointing to Jones going through his warmups. Fitzgerald told Murray he was going to enjoy observing Jones from the sideline.
“Hey, you’re going to see something today,” Fitzgerald told Murray. “He’s the best I’ve ever seen. He’s the best I’ve ever seen. He’s so explosive. He’s got no weaknesses. No weaknesses in his game.”
“He looks like a freak,” Murray agreed.
Jones had a big game against the Cardinals, catching eight of the nine passes thrown to him for 108 yards. But Murray and Fitzgerald got the last laugh as their team won 34-33.
Za'Darius Smith has six sacks in six games, giving him reason to celebrate.
He borrowed Ray Lewis’ squirrel dance two weeks ago after the Hall of Fame linebacker questioned the leadership of the Packers’ front seven. After a sack of Matthew Stafford on Monday night, Smith pretended to take a nap.
Smith, though, revealed Thursday that Matt LeFleur “don’t want me to do celebrations anymore.”
The Packers coach told Smith to sack the celebrations because they were taking too long.
“He felt, situations during that time [affects the] the punt team or they want to go for fourth down, I’m taking up too much time,” Smith said, via video from Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “So if you get a chance, talk to him. . . . Get it up to Roger Goodell, see if we could get some celebration time, that would be awesome, man, for all the fans out there. Please do that.”
NFL rules call for celebrations not to exceed 40 seconds.
Smith, though, won’t celebrate if he gets to Derek Carr.
“I had one for this week,” Smith said. “It was going to be nice.”
Over the first four weeks of the 2019 season, the play of the Bears offense generated a lot more questions than the play of the defense but the latter unit’s last outing caused a little more scrutiny on that side of the ball.
They gave up 169 rushing yards to the Raiders after allowing an average of 61.5 yards in their first four outings and didn’t record a sack after averaging over four a game to open the season. Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said that the performance left the Bears with a “chip on our shoulder” during the bye week and defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said the team knows it can’t afford to play at that level again.
“It’s a wake up call,” Pagano said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I wasn’t any good. We didn’t play well. We didn’t execute. . . . We got away from all the things that we did in the weeks prior, as far as playing great fundamentals, great technique, setting the edge. All the things are a hallmark of a great defense, we just didn’t do. . . . They were better than us. We’ve got another chance, thank God.”
Their next chance will come against a Saints team bringing a four-game winning streak with them to Chicago. They’ve won a couple of those games without getting much from their offense, so the Bears will need to be sharper on both sides of the ball than they were their last time out.
Left tackle Cordy Glenn practiced for the Bengals on Wednesday, but he was not on the field with the team on Thursday.
Glenn’s absence came on the same day that PFT reported that Glenn had an altercation with a member of the team’s coaching staff on Wednesday regarding the team’s handling of the concussion that’s kept him out all season. That altercation ended with Glenn telling Bengals head coach Zac Taylor to cut him.
PFT also learned that the Bengals fined Glenn $200,000 for conduct detrimental to the team at some point this year.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor wouldn’t confirm the fine or Glenn’s comment when asked about the tackle’s status on Thursday. He did confirm that something’s going on behind the scenes, however.
“That’s an internal discipline matter and quite frankly that is all I have to say about it right now,” Taylor said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
It remains to be seen what kind of future Glenn might have with the Bengals, but Taylor said that John Jerry will start at left tackle again this week with Andre Smith still sidelined by the ankle injury that kept him out against the Ravens.
The Saints will be facing one of the best defenses in the NFL on Sunday. And they’ll possibly be missing three of their best offensive players.
Already, quarterback Drew Brees is out as he continues to recover from a thumb injury. Running back Alvin Kamara and/or tight end Jared Cook also may be out.
Kamara has both an ankle injury (which existed before Sunday’s win at Jacksonville) and a knee injury (which didn’t). Cook, who scored the only touchdown in the Jaguars game, has an ankle injury.
The absence of Brees, Kamara, and Cook would make it much harder for the Saints to run their recover to 6-1. Then again, they’ve already won four games in a row without Brees, in large part because of the play-designing and playcalling genius of coach Sean Payton, who right would be the leading candidate for coach of the year, along with Kyle Shanahan.
Running back Tra Carson lost his spot on the Packers roster when the team signed wide receiver Ryan Grant on Wednesday, but he won’t be leaving the NFC North.
The Lions announced on Thursday that they have claimed Carson off of waivers. Running back Paul Perkins was dropped from the roster in a corresponding move. Perkins appeared in one game for the Lions after being claimed off of waivers from the Giants in September.
Carson ran six times for 14 yards and caught four passes for 18 yards in two games for the Packers this season. He also appeared in four games for Green Bay and two games for Cincinnati last year without getting any offensive touches.
He joins Kerryon Johnson, Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic as backfield options in Detroit.
The Giants are on set to have their top running back in the lineup for Sunday’s game after Saquon Barkley got in another full practice on Thursday.
Things are looking good for the Arizona backfield as well.
David Johnson sat out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury, but the team announced he returned as a limited participant in practice on Thursday. Johnson has also been bothered by a back issue in recent weeks.
Johnson hasn’t gotten entirely on track running the ball yet this season. He’s picked up 298 yards on 76 carries, but has been a bit more productive through the air with 30 catches for 315 yards.
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald also returned to practice after sitting out Wednesday, although he was out of action for a rest day rather than an injury.