Lions lead Packers 13-10 at halftime

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The Lions have a 13-10 halftime lead over the Packers.

Green Bay is fortunate it’s not worse. Detroit is kicking itself it’s not more.

The Lions have 236 yards, including 219 passing yards from Matthew Stafford and 105 receiving yards from Kenny Golladay. Detroit’s first three drives got inside the Packers 5-yard line, but the Lions scored only one touchdown.

The Lions settled for field goals after getting to the Green Bay 8 and 4, with Matt Prater making chip shot kicks from 22 and 26 yards.

The Lions led 13-0 before the Packers got on board.

Jamaal Williams caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers and Mason Crosby kicked a 37-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining in the half after the Packers reached the Detroit 10.

A week after Aaron Jones scored four touchdowns against the Cowboys and won NFC offensive player of the week honors, he dropped a touchdown pass and lost a fumble. Williams, though, has eight carries for 79 yards and three catches for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Rodgers is 12-of-20 for 99 yards and the touchdown.

Stafford has completed 12 of 16 passes, with a 66-yard completion to Golladay on the first play from scrimmage and a 58-yarder to Marvin Hall on the first play of the second possession.

Joe Noteboom out for season after tearing ACL, MCL

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The Rams not only lost cornerback Aqib Talib, but coach Sean McVay announced Monday that the team also will place starting left guard Joe Noteboom on injured reserve.

Noteboom played 10 snaps Sunday before leaving with a knee injury.

He tore an anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Jamil Demby replaced Noteboom in the loss to the 49ers.

“It’s a big loss,” McVay said of Noteboom. “He had done a nice job. I thought really, he was on track. Started out really physical. Did an excellent job to start out in the minimal snaps that he did have until he ended up having to exit, and that’s really unfortunate. I thought he made a lot of progress in the early stages of this season. A lot of things that he can really have draw on to learn from. I know that he’ll attack this rehab process, and he’ll come back. I think this will serve him really well as you look toward hopefully a very bright future with this organization.”

Rams safety John Johnson is undergoing further evaluation on his injured right shoulder and surgery is a possibility. McVay said Johnson could miss significant time.

Talib is headed to injured reserve with a rib injury.

Lions get TD on fourth-down run to take 10-0 lead

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The Lions weren’t going to settle for a field goal on their second drive.

On the first play of their second drive, the Lions didn’t need a trick play for a big gain. Matthew Stafford found Marvin Hall wide open for a 58-yard gain to the Green Bay 16.

It took Detroit seven plays to get into the end zone from there, but it did on a fourth-down run.

Kerryon Johnson got into the end zone on a 1-yard run. Officials initially created a confusing situation, with one official signaling a touchdown and the other ruling Johnson was stopped short.

They finally ruled it a touchdown, and replay confirmed.

The Lions have 148 yards and 10 points. The Packers have 6 yards on three plays. Stafford is 6-for-7 for 146 yards already.

The Lions got a field goal out of their first series, using a flea flicker for a 66-yard gain to the Green Bay 11.

Lions open game with flea flicker, settle for field goal

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The Lions didn’t waste any time with the trickeration.

They opened with a flea flicker on their first play from scrimmage.

Matthew Stafford found a wide open Kenny Golladay, whom cornerback Jaire Alexander tackled at the Green Bay 11 after a 66-yard gain.

The Lions stalled after that with Stafford fumbling the snap for a 5-yard loss and then throwing an incompletion. On third down, Stafford fell down, got up and completed a pass to Jesse James, who fell down at the Green Bay 8.

It forced Detroit to settle for a 26-yard Matt Prater field goal with 12:41 remaining in the first quarter.

Report: Cam Newton expected to practice after bye week

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The Panthers soon will have a decision to make. It shouldn’t be a hard one if Cam Newton is healthy.

The team’s starting quarterback has not played or practiced since Week Two, resting his Lisfranc injury that Newton has called mild.

But Newton is expected to return to practice next week following the Panthers’ bye, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The Panthers are 4-0 with Kyle Allen as their starting quarterback.

Coach Ron Rivera said Sunday he wouldn’t address quarterback questions “until I have to.” That time appears to be coming sooner than later.

The Panthers have won in Newton’s absence by leading the league in sacks and leaning on Christian McCaffrey, who has become an MVP candidate. Allen has completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 901 yards with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, though he has lost four fumbles.

Newton completed 56.2 percent of his passes for 572 yards with no touchdowns and an interception while battling the foot injury the first two games. But he is a former league MVP and led the Panthers to a Super Bowl.

It’s his job and his team. But with Allen playing like he is, the Panthers can take a deliberate approach in Newton’s return, assuring he is 100 percent before putting him back into the lineup.

Quandre Diggs inactive, but T.J. Hockenson will play

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The Lions will get tight end T.J. Hockenson back in their lineup tonight.

He was questionable after being diagnosed with a concussion in a game against the Chiefs on Sept. 29.

The first-round draft choice has 11 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in four games.

The Lions will not have defensive back Quandre Diggs, who was listed as questionable with a hamstring injury.

Diggs is among the team’s inactives, along with defensive lineman Mike Daniels (foot), cornerback Amani Oruwariye (knee), defensive lineman Da'shawn Hand (elbow), offensive guard Oday Aboushi, offensive guard Ben Benzschawel and quarterback David Blough.

Receiver Danny Amendola (chest) and defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (knee) are good to go.

The Packers’ inactives are receiver Davante Adams (toe), running back Dexter Williams, cornerback Tony Brown (hamstring), safety Darnell Savage (ankle), offensive guard Cole Madison, offensive lineman Adam Pankey and tight end Robert Tonyan (hip).

Green Bay will have Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams and Tra Carson active at the running back position tonight. Williams is returning from the concussion he was diagnosed with on the first play against the Eagles on Sept. 26.

Jason Garrett just “focused on doing my job as well as I can do it”

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Jason Garrett doesn’t use words like “concern” or “worry.” The Cowboys coach sees them as negative and a waste of energy.

Needless to say, he’s not concerned or worried about his future despite the Cowboys’ three-game losing streak and 3-3 record.

“I’m focused on doing my job as well as I can do it,” Garrett said Monday. “That’s what I do when I come in here every day and really that’s what we ask all of our players and coaches to do.”

Why should he worry?

Owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones publicly have backed Garrett since the Cowboys’ loss to the previously winless Jets on Sunday.

But Garrett’s future is a hot topic in DFW after a team that entered the year with Super Bowl hopes has come to a crossroads not even halfway through the season.

“I think what we talk about from the outset is you always block out the noise,” Garrett said. “Often times, there’s positive noise out there that it’s important to block out. We talk about that each and every day. It’s ‘focus on us, focus today, focus on the task at hand.’ There’s a lot of stuff out there that’s not going to be helpful and productive to us being our best either individually or as a team. So, whether it’s positive or negative, you lock in on yourself on what you need to do to be your best that day.”

Garrett, who is 80-62 since taking over for Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season, is in the final year of his contract.

Steelers lose Stephon Tuitt for season

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A Steelers season rife with injuries has had another.

Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt tore his pectoral and will miss the rest of the season, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

The 6-foot-6, 303-pound Tuitt has started all six games this season and has 3.5 sacks.

Tuitt still has three more seasons on his contract with the Steelers. Next year his cap hit will be $14.9 million.

Eagles cut Zach Brown

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Kirk Cousins gets the last laugh.

Eagles linebacker Zach Brown, who badmouthed Cousins before facing the Vikings last week, is being released, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Brown and the rest of the Eagles’ defense did not play well on Sunday, with Cousins completing 22 of 29 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-20 Vikings win. If you’re going to talk trash about an upcoming opponent, you’d better back it up, and Brown didn’t back it up.

Presumably Brown was cut because his play on the field hasn’t been up to par, and not because he provided the opponents with bulletin-board material. But his big talk didn’t help.

The 29-year-old Brown, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Eagles this offseason, had started all six games this year and played 68 percent of their defensive snaps and 22 percent of their special teams snaps.

Doug Pederson says he never used word “guarantee” but has confidence in team

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Eagles coach Doug Pederson said on the radio Monday morning that the Eagles are “going down to Dallas, and our guys are gonna be ready to play, and we’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East.”

Apparently, Pederson sees it as something other than a guarantee.

“I never said that. I never said, ‘Guarantee a win.’ I would never do that,” Pederson said in his press conference Monday, via Jori Epstein of USA Today.

At the same time, Pederson said he has confidence in his team and wants to show them that. So he has no regrets saying what he said on 94.1 WIP.

“No, because it shows confidence in our football team,” Pederson said. “I promise you [Cowboys coach] Jason Garrett is going to say the same thing to his football team, that they’re going to win the football game as well.

“I’m not going to stand up here and go on record and say, ‘We’re going to try to win a game.’ . . . It just doesn’t show confidence, and I want to show confidence in our players.”

The Eagles and Cowboys are tied for first place in the NFC East with 3-3 records.

“Dallas is a great football team,” Pederson said. “They’re reeling like we are. They’re going to come out and play hard. They always have. They beat us twice last year. We’ve got a lot of things stacked against us going down there.

“As the head football coach, I’m going to show confidence in my football team because that’s what I have.”

Raiders designate Isaiah Johnson to return from injured reserve

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Teams are able to designate two players to return from injured reserve each season and the Raiders have used one of their spots.

Cornerback Isaiah Johnson worked out with the team on Monday as they returned from their bye week and he’s been formally designated to return. He has a three-week window to practice with the team and would not be able to play at all this year if he isn’t activated before it closes.

Johnson suffered a concussion and facial injuries in a collision with Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee in the preseason opener.

Johnson was a fourth-round pick out of Houston this spring.

Patriots make Jakob Johnson’s move to IR official

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It was reported last week that the Patriots would move fullback Jakob Johnson to injured reserve. The team did that Monday.

Johnson injured his shoulder against the Giants.

Johnson, 24, signed with New England as a free agent on April 8 as part of the NFL’s International Pathway Program.

After beginning the season on the practice squad, Johnson was signed to the 53-player roster Sept. 21. He played four games, with three starts, and caught one pass for 5 yards.

Johnson was born in Germany and played at the University of Tennessee, where began his college career as a linebacker before moving to tight end as a sophomore.

He spent 2018 in the German Football League with the Stuttgart Scorpions, appearing in 12 games and making 43 receptions for 474 yards and four touchdowns.

Rams will put Aqib Talib on IR

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Cornerback Aqib Talib wasn’t in the lineup for the Rams in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers due to a rib injury and he won’t be in the lineup to help them try to snap their three-game losing streak in Atlanta either.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Rams are placing Talib on injured reserve. Talib will be eligible to return after Week 14 if he’s healthy and the team sees value in bringing him back at that point in the year.

If Talib does not return from injured reserve, he might have played his final game with the Rams. The veteran’s contract is up at the end of the season.

Talib had 14 tackles and two passes defensed during the first five weeks of the year. Marcus Peters, Troy Hill and Nickell Robey-Coleman were the top three corners on Sunday with Talib out of the lineup.

Dolphins cut Johnson Bademosi, a small part of the Laremy Tunsil trade

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One small part of the haul the Dolphins got for Laremy Tunsil is gone.

Johnson Bademosi, a veteran cornerback acquired in the big trade with the Texans just before the season, was released by the Dolphins today.

The other player who came to Miami from Houston in the trade, Julien Davenport, has played in just one game this season.

Of course, the real haul for the Dolphins was the Texans’ next two first-round draft picks, plus a second-round draft pick. Bademosi and Davenport were mostly just thrown in so the teams could stay at the roster limit while the Texans added Tunsil and Kenny Stills from the Dolphins.

Bademosi doesn’t play much on defense but has been a strong special teams contributor for much of his career, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some team pick him up.

Report: Amari Cooper’s quad no worse, but his availability is in question

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Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper played only three snaps Sunday, leaving with the quadriceps injury that limited him in practice last week.

The quad bruise is no worse Monday than it has been, according to Todd Archer of ESPN, but the Pro Bowl receiver’s availability for Sunday night is in “serious question.”

The Cowboys play host to the Eagles on Sunday night with sole possession of first place in the NFC East on the line. They need Cooper, who made 16 catches for 292 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys’ two victories over the Eagles last season.

But Cooper has dealt with the quad issue the past two games in what has become an injury-plagued season.

The Cowboys listed him on their injury report with ankle and quadriceps injuries last week, limiting him all three days of work.

Cooper caught one pass for 3 yards before leaving in Sunday’s loss to the Jets.

Cooper has appeared on the injury report after every practice this season. He was a full participant with a foot injury for the first nine practices before the first three games.

He was limited with an ankle injury for four of six practices in Weeks Four and Five.

The Cowboys added the quadriceps injury last week.

That means Cooper has had seven limited practices of the 18 this season, but he has played 297 of a possible 420 snaps.