Jets claim Daeshon Hall

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Defensive end Daeshon Hall is joining the Jets.

The NFL’s daily transaction wire brings word that the Jets claimed Hall off of waivers. The Eagles waived Hall off of their physically unable to perform list a couple of days ago.

Hall was waived with a failed physical designation this summer and reverted to the PUP list after going unclaimed.

The 2017 Panthers third-round pick played one game as a rookie and moved on to Philly in 2018. He had nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hits and a tackle for loss in 12 games for the Eagles.

Hall will try to find a role on a Jets Defense that held the Bills without a touchdown in Sunday’s 18-10 loss.

Eagles put DeSean Jackson, Hassan Ridgeway on injured reserve

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The Eagles are bringing four players from their injured reserve list back to practice this week and they also opened a couple of spots on the active roster.

The team announced that wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway have been placed on injured reserve. Both players were injured in last Thursday’s win over the Giants.

Jackson hurt his ankle while taking an illegal hit during a punt return in the second half of the game. He is expected to be out for around six-to-eight weeks, so this could wind up being a season-ending injury for the veteran wideout.

Ridgeway injured his biceps in the 22-21 win. He had 11 tackles and a sack in his seven appearances for the team this season.

Kenyan Drake likely to miss a few weeks with ankle injury

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The Cardinals will be without their leading rusher for a few weeks.

Arizona running back Kenyan Drake suffered a slight tear of a ligament in his ankle and will miss a few weeks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Drake suffered the injury on Sunday night in a game he wasn’t playing particularly well in, with 14 carries for 34 yards before leaving because of the injury.

For the season, Drake is leading the team with 119 carries for 512 yards. In his absence, Chase Edmonds, who has 29 carries for 176 yards this season, is likely to get more work.

Vikings add two corners, designate Pat Elflein for return from IR

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The Vikings returned from their bye week by announcing a handful of roster moves, including the addition of a pair of cornerbacks to the active roster.

Minnesota claimed Chris Jones off of waivers and signed Mark Fields off of their practice squad. They also designated guard Pat Elflein and linebacker Troy Dye for return from injured reserve.

Jones was waived by the Lions on Saturday after appearing in one game for the team. Detroit signed him off of the Cardinals practice squad last month.

Fields has appeared in one game for the Vikings this season and played one game for them last year as well.

Elflein has been out since the first week of the season with a thumb injury. Dye has missed the last four games with a foot injury.

Chris Carson week to week with mid-foot sprain

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An MRI on the foot of Seahawks running back Chris Carson revealed a mid-foot sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Carson is considered week to week, which, Rapoport adds, “is an indication he’ll miss some time.”

The Seahawks have the 49ers, Bills and Rams in their next three games.

Carson played only 15 snaps Sunday night before leaving with his injury. Carlos Hyde failed to pick up a needed 2 yards on third down with 1:42 left in regulation, forcing the Seahawks to punt. The Cardinals drove for the tying field goal and won in overtime.

Carson ran five times for 34 yards before getting hurt. Hyde had 15 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown to lead the team’s running backs in Carson’s absence.

Carson has 323 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns this season.

Vic Fangio: We need to fix entire passing game

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The Broncos got quarterback Drew Lock back from a right shoulder injury for their Week 6 game against the Patriots, but Lock’s return has not resulted in a spike in success throwing the ball.

Lock is 34-of-64 for 443 yards and four interceptions in the last two games. The lack of success through the air didn’t stop the Broncos from beating the Patriots in his first game back, but they got blown out by the Chiefs this Sunday.

On Monday, Fangio acknowledged that Lock needs to be better and said the only way he is going to improve is by continuing to play. Fangio also said that Lock isn’t the only player who needs to improve in order to make the team more successful through the air.

“As a team we need to fix our entire passing game,” Fangio said, via Mike Klis of KUSA. “We just haven’t thrown it very efficiently the last two weeks. That’s an 11-man operation. That’s us as coaches. We’re all in it together and we’ve got to go to work on that. It has to improve no doubt about it. And as the quarterback he’s the main focus as always but I think we have to keep in mind it is an 11-man operation and us as coaches are involved too. And we’ve got to make improvements there, there’s no two ways about that.”

The Broncos will face the Chargers this week and get their first look at rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. He’s been playing at a higher level than Lock and the future in the AFC West won’t look too rosy for the Broncos if that continues to be the case.

Virgil Green will miss several weeks with lateral ankle sprain

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Chargers tight end Virgil Green will miss several weeks with a lateral ankle sprain, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

Green played 20 of 81 snaps, exiting the victory over the Jaguars with the injury. X-rays were negative.

The Chargers could place Green on injured reserve, which would force him to miss at least three weeks before returning.

Green has appeared in six games with three starts this season. He has three receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown.

The Chargers have starter Hunter Henry and Donald Parham Jr. at the position among tight ends who have made receptions at the position this season.

Panthers release Seth Roberts

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Wide receiver Seth Roberts‘ time with the Panthers has come to an end.

The Panthers announced Roberts’ release on Monday afternoon. The move comes a day after Roberts played a season-high 41 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in a 27-24 loss to the Saints.

Roberts did not catch a pass while playing those snaps and has not had a pass thrown his way since Week Four. He leaves Carolina with four catches for 31 yards.

The Panthers did not announce a corresponding move to fill the roster spot. It could go to running back Christian McCaffrey if he is activated ahead of Thursday’s game against the Falcons, although his return this week is reportedly considered a long shot.

Mike Purcell out for the year; Phillip Lindsay in concussion protocol

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Starting nose tackle Mike Purcell will miss the rest of the season, coach Vic Fangio announced Monday.

Purcell injured his foot during Sunday’s game against the Chiefs and was forced to exit in the first quarter. Fangio said Purcell has a Lisfranc injury, which affects the middle part of the foot.

Purcell made 15 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit in six games. He started all six games.

Earlier this month, Purcell signed an extension through 2023.

Fangio said Diontae Spencer (shoulder), Tim Patrick (hamstring) and Derrek Tuszka (hamstring) are day to day.

Running back Phillip Lindsay is in concussion protocol.

“That’s all done independently,” Fangio said. “They started testing him today and that will be a process that will just have to take place during the week, and we’ll see what the independent doctors say.”

Falcons activate Marlon Davidson from COVID-19 list

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Falcons defensive tackle Marlon Davidson is back on the team’s active roster.

Davidson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on October 13 and missed the last two games while waiting for the green light to return to work. It came on Monday and Davidson will be able to play against the Panthers on Thursday night.

Davidson was a second-round pick this year. He’s also missed time with a knee injury and has been credited with four tackles in three games.

With Davidson off the list, defensive end John Cominsky is the only Falcons player currently out because of a positive test for or exposure to COVID-19.

Report: Bengals don’t think Jonah Williams’ neck injury is overly serious

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The Bengals saw a pair of offensive linemen leave Sunday’s game against the Browns because of injuries and there’s some hope that left tackle Jonah Williams‘ absence won’t be an extended one.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that early indications are that his neck injury is not “overly serious.” It may be enough to keep him out of their Week 8 game against the Titans, but the team is optimistic about his chances of returning after their Week 9 bye.

Fred Johnson replaced Williams during the 37-34 loss to Cleveland.

The Bengals also lost center Trey Hopkins to a concussion. He’ll have to go through the concussion protocol before being cleared to return. Billy Price filled in for him on Sunday.

Report: Kristian Fulton will miss a few games with knee injury

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The Titans will not have cornerback Kristian Fulton this week after the second-round choice injured his knee during Sunday’s loss to the Steelers.

Fulton will miss a few weeks, Paul Kuharsky of paulkuharsky.com reports.

The Titans’ top three corners are Malcolm Butler, Adoree' Jackson and Fulton, but Jackson has yet to play after injuring his knee during practice before Week 1. Jackson could return Sunday against Cincinnati.

After Fulton’s injury, the Titans rotated Tye Smith and Jonathan Joseph and used seventh-rounder Chris Jackson.

If the Titans place Fulton on injured reserve, he will miss at least three games before becoming eligible to return.

He has 15 tackles and an interception in five games, having missed the win over the Bills after coming off the COVID-19 list.

Lions’ game-winning touchdown overshadowed bad spot that preceded it

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The Lions scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass as time expired to beat the Falcons on Sunday. If the Lions had gained nine or 10 yards on the play, it would have turned into a huge controversy.

That’s because the ball should have been spotted at the 8-yard line before the final play, not the 11-yard line. The officials screwed up the spot.

There was a lot of confusion before the Lions’ game-winning touchdown. With 19 seconds left and the Lions at the 40-yard line, Matthew Stafford threw a pass that Kenny Golladay caught at the 8-yard line, where he was immediately tackled. The Lions were out of timeouts, so they rushed down the field to spike the ball, which they did with three seconds left.

But there was confusion: A Falcons player ran into a Lions player as the two teams scrambled to get set before the spike. Were the Lions set? Had the Falcons committed a penalty? Would there be a 10-second runoff? No one seemed to know.

Eventually the officials ruled that Stafford’s pass to Golladay needed to be reviewed. The officials confirmed that Golladay had caught the pass and that the clock would start with three seconds left. But they spotted the ball at the 11-yard line, not the 8-yard line, when they wound the clock.

It’s not clear if the Lions didn’t notice they had been deprived of three yards, or if they just didn’t have any time to argue about it because there were only three seconds left in the game and the clock was about to start running, but Detroit spiked the ball at the 11-yard line and then ran the next play from the 11 as well. That play was an 11-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to T.J. Hockenson, so all was well for the Lions.

But make no mistake: The officials took three yards away from the Lions. Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira reviewed the situation and wrote on Twitter, “I have no explanation.”

There is no explanation. It was just a mistake by the officials, one that could have been huge if the Lions had been stopped a yard or two short of the goal line, but that ended up being minor because the Lions scored anyway.

John Harbaugh on Dez Bryant: If we sign him, we’ll go from there

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The Ravens are set to have one veteran join the team this week when defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is done going through initial COVID-19 protocols after his trade from the Vikings.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant may also be joining the team. He’s set to work out for the team and take a physical that would open the door to a spot on the practice squad for the former Cowboys first-round pick. Until and unless that happens, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he won’t be spending time discussing the veteran wideout.

“If we sign him, we’ll make that announcement when it happens and just kind of go from there,” Harbaugh said, via Jeff Zrebiec of TheAthletic.com.

Bryant tore his Achilles two days after signing with the Saints in November 2018 and has not played in a game since the 2017 season.

Calais Campbell on Ryquell Armstead: COVID is a serious thing we’re dealing with

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The report about Ryquell Armstead hit during a busy Sunday slate of games, so many missed news that the Jaguars running back twice has required hospitalization in his battle with COVID-19.

He reportedly has dealt with significant respiratory issues and will not play this season.

Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell, who played for the Jaguars from 2017-19, has traded text messages with Armstead.

“Yeah, we all knew that was a possibility, statistically speaking. It’s scary,” Campbell said, via Aaron Kasinitz of PennLive.com. “It puts things into perspective. I talked to him, because we’re pretty good friends, too, just through text and stuff, and it sounds like he’s in pretty good spirits and he felt pretty good where he’s at right now. That definitely helped me out a lot, because I was worried about him. You hear the reports. But, man, this is a serious thing we’re dealing with. We’re going through the process and having protocols to try to be as safe as possible. But it really is scary that it can hurt you real serious. You don’t know how many people and when. I try my hardest not to catch [it], and so many guys have around the NFL have. For it to be severe and harmful to one person is too many. But you’ve just got to go through the process. But I just try to follow the protocols and try to be as safe as possible.”