Report: Antonio Brown lands in Tampa tonight and is “very close” to deal

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The Buccaneers, who already have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski, soon could have another star weapon for star quarterback Tom Brady.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the Bucs are “very close” to a deal with the still suspended Brown.

A report this afternoon broke the news that Brown will visit the Bucs. Rapoport adds the detail that Brown will arrive in Tampa tonight.

That will mark Day One of his COVID-19 protocol.

If all goes well, Rapoport reports, then Brown should sign a one-year deal with the Bucs by the beginning of next week and be ready to play in Week 9 after his suspension ends.

The last game Brown played — in Week 2 of the 2019 season — he caught four passes from Brady for 56 yards and a touchdown with the Patriots. Brady has worked on getting Brown to join him in Tampa, something coach Bruce Arians — who has a history with Brown from their days in Pittsburgh — has publicly resisted.

Brown has made seven Pro Bowls and four times has earned All-Pro honors. He has 841 career catches for 11,263 yards and 75 touchdowns.

Week 7 NFL injury report roundup

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Week Seven of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Eagles and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Packers at Texans

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) was added to the injury report Friday and listed as questionable. DE Montravius Adams (foot), C Corey Linsley (back), LB Preston Smith (shoulder), and TE Robert Tonyan (ankle) are also in that category. RB Tyler Ervin (wrist) and DT Tyler Lancaster (shoulder) won’t play and three others — T David Bakhtiari (chest), CB Kevin King (quadricep), and S Darnell Savage (quadricep) — are listed as doubtful.

TE Jordan Akins (ankle, concussion) and LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring) are questionable to suit up for the Texans.

Bills at Jets

The Bills ruled out WR John Brown (knee), LB Tyrel Dodson (hamstring), T Cody Ford (knee), TE Dawson Knox (calf), and CB Josh Norman (hamstring). DB Cam Lewis (wrist), LB Matt Milano (pectoral), and CB Tre'Davious White (back) are listed as questionable.

Jets QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder) is expected to start, but got a questionable designation. K Sam Ficken (right groin) and G Alex Lewis (shoulder) are doubtful to play. T Mekhi Becton (shoulder), WR Jamison Crowder (groin), T Chuma Edoga (calf), and T George Fant (knee) join Darnold in the questionable group.

Browns at Bengals

Browns TE Austin Hooper (illness), LB Jacob Phillips (knee), and G Wyatt Teller (calf) will be out on Sunday. S Karl Joseph (hamstring) and DT Sheldon Richardson (Achilles) are listed as questionable.

CB William Jackson (concussion) and RB Joe Mixon (foot) won’t play for the Bengals. WR John Ross (illness) and S Shawn Williams (hamstring) are designated as questionable.

Cowboys at Washington Football Team

The Cowboys offensive line will be missing T Brandon Knight (knee) and G Zack Martin (concussion).

Washington ruled out T Saahdiq Charles (knee), WR Antonio Gandy-Golden (hamstring), DE James Smith-Williams (concussion), and WR Isaiah Wright (shoulder). T Geron Christian (knee) is listed as questionable.

Lions at Falcons

CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring) is out for the Lions, but the other 52 players on the active roster are set to play.

The Falcons also have a one-man injury report. DE Takkarist McKinley (groin) is deemed questionable to face Detroit.

Panthers at Saints

CB Eli Apple (hamstring), CB Donte Jackson (toe), G John Miller (ankle), and WR Curtis Samuel (knee) are listed as questionable for the Panthers.

The Saints ruled out WR Michael Thomas (ankle, hamstring) and they also placed WR Emmanuel Sanders on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, so they’ll be down two top wideouts. G Nick Easton (concussion) is also out while S J.T. Gray (hamstring) is the lone questionable player.

Steelers at Titans 

The Steelers ruled CB Mike Hilton (shoulder) and FB Derek Watt (hamstring) out for the meeting of unbeaten teams.

The Titans did not issue any injury designations.

Buccaneers at Raiders

S Andrew Adams (hamstring) is questionable for the Buccaneers.

WR Bryan Edwards (foot, ankle) and CB Keisean Nixon (groin) are out for the Raiders. DT Maliek Collins (shoulder) and DE Carl Nassib (toe) are considered questionable.

49ers at Patriots 

The 49ers ruled out LB Kwon Alexander (ankle), RB Raheem Mostert (ankle), S Jaquiski Tartt (groin), and S Jimmie Ward (quadricep). Mostert is likely to land on injured reserve before the game. T Trent Williams (ankle), and RB Jeff Wilson (calf) are considered questionable.

DT Carl Davis (concussion) is out for the Patriots. DT Adam Butler (elbow), S Kyle Dugger (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), and DE Derek Rivers (back) are listed as questionable for the home team.

Chiefs at Broncos

The Chiefs will head to Denver without DE Taco Charlton (knee), DE Alex Okafor (hamstring), T Mitchell Schwartz (back), and WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring).

Broncos LB Jeremiah Attaochu (quadricep), and WR Diontae Spencer (shoulder) are out. TE Andrew Beck (hamstring), TE Jake Butt (hamstring), and G Dalton Risner (shoulder) are questionable.

Jaguars at Chargers 

Jaguars TE Tyler Eifert (neck), LB Myles Jack (ankle), and S Jarrod Wilson (hamstring) will miss this weekend’s game. G A.J. Cann (shoulder) is listed as questionable.

G Trai Turner (groin) is out for the Chargers and T Storm Norton (knee) is likely out after being tagged as doubtful. T Bryan Bulaga (back), WR K.J. Hill (hip), RB Justin Jackson (knee), and QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs) are listed as questionable.

Seahawks at Cardinals

The Seahawks are without S Jamal Adams (groin) for another week. G Mike Iupati (back) is their lone questionable player.

T Kelvin Beachum (ankle), LB Kylie Fitts (hamstring), LB Dennis Gardeck (foot), WR DeAndre Hopkins (ankle), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (foot), and DT Jordan Phillips (foot) are listed as questionable for Arizona.

Baker Mayfield had a “great week” of practice and Browns expect a rebound

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Baker Mayfield probably shouldn’t have played last week. He did not look like himself with a chest injury against the Steelers, completing 56 percent of his passes, taking four sacks and throwing two interceptions, including a pick-six, before being pulled after 42 snaps.

The Browns quarterback was off the injury report Friday after a “great week” of practice, according to coach Kevin Stefanski.

Mayfield, who was limited Wednesday, was seen in a WKYC video from practice Thursday grabbing his chest with his left hand after a throw. The Browns listed him as a full participant Thursday.

Stefanski is confident the injury, which Mayfield sustained in an Oct. 11 victory over the Colts, no longer is affecting Mayfield.

“No. He’s like a lot of guys: You are healthy but does not mean you are 100 percent,” Stefanski said, via Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. “You are still feeling it a little bit, and it can be uncomfortable.”

It’s a perfect opponent for Mayfield to rebound.

In the Browns’ 35-30 victory over the Bengals in Week 2, Mayfield went 16-of-23 for 219 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

“I think he’s healthy,” Stefanski said. “He’s pushing through it. In Week 7, no one is feeling 100 percent. I have a ton of confidence in him.”

Mayfield has 10 touchdowns, six interceptions, a career-low 10.6 yards per attempt and an 84.3 passer rating.

Antonio Brown to visit Buccaneers

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The Seahawks were linked with Antonio Brown this week, but another NFC team is reportedly bringing him in for a visit this weekend.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Buccaneers will meet with Brown on Saturday. Brown was briefly teammates with Bucs quarterback Tom Brady in New England last season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN confirmed the meeting and adds that discussions with the Seahawks continue as well.

Per Wilson, both sides are “highly motivated” to get a deal done. Brown was suspended eight games before the start of the season, so would be eligible to play after the Bucs play the Giants on Monday night in Week Eight. Getting a deal done now would also allow him to start the COVID-19 protocols that will be necessary for him to play.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was asked this week about the team’s interest in the free agent and said “we’re there, we’re in it and we know what’s happening.” They weren’t the first to move, however, and they may have to see him somewhere down the road.

Jon Gruden: We’ll be ready to go Sunday

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The Raiders’ preparation for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers hit a snag when right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Brown’s contacts with the team’s other starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram led to those players being held out of practice all week as well. Based on the timing of his contact with Brown, Abram is not going to play this weekend but Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said “there’s a good chance those men will be back soon” in reference to the offensive line.

Whatever happens on that front, Gruden said his team will be set to play a game that was moved from Sunday night to Sunday afternoon.

“We’re going to play Sunday at 1 o’clock they tell me, and we’ll be ready to go. . . . You can still get a lot of work done,” Gruden said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “So, we’ve had a good week of practice and like I said, we’ll be ready to go.”

The Raiders have had issues with following COVID-19 protocols this season and could be disciplined again with the league looking into whether Brown was wearing the contact tracker that all players are supposed to wear this year.

49ers will be without both starting safeties on Sunday

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The 49ers will be without both of their starting safeties for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt have both been ruled out for Week 7. Ward was added to the injury report on Friday and did not participate in practice due to a quad injury. Tartt is sidelined by a groin injury.

The defense will also be without linebacker Kwon Alexander. He’s out with an ankle injury for the second straight week.

Running back Raheem Mostert was the only offensive player ruled out. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that he’ll go on injured reserve after hurting his ankle last weekend.

Left tackle Trent Williams (ankle) and running back Jeff Wilson (calf) were listed as questionable.

Giants trade Markus Golden to Cardinals

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The Cardinals are bringing back a familiar face to help their pass rush.

Arizona will send a 2021 sixth-round pick to the Giants in exchange for Markus Golden. Golden was a 2015 second-round pick of the Cardinals and spent four seasons with the team before leaving as a free agent.

Golden had 12.5 sacks during his second season with the Cardinals, but tore his ACL the next year and didn’t produce at the same level upon his return in 2018. He had 10 sacks for the Giants last year and had a sack in Thursday night’s loss to the Eagles.

The Cardinals lost Chandler Jones for the season to a torn biceps a couple of weeks ago. Haason Reddick had a pair of sacks in last Monday’s win over the Cowboys, but the team obviously wanted more options off the edge for the weeks to come.

49ers taking calls about trading Dante Pettis

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Wide receiver Dante Pettis last played in a game in Week Four and the right phone call in the coming days could make it the final game he ever plays for the 49ers.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle, that the team has taken a “number of calls” from clubs that might want to trade for the 2018 second-round pick. Shanahan added that no deal is imminent at the moment.

The NFL trade deadline is November 3.

Pettis played 45 offensive snaps in Week One, but dropped to 18 over the next two weeks and only played eight special teams snaps in Week Four. He did not catch any passes and returned two punts for 14 yards.

Pettis has 38 catches for 576 yards and seven touchdowns over the course of his career. The team was looking for him to make a jump in his third season, but the trade talks make it clear they haven’t seen what they hoped to see.

Dwayne Haskins fined for violating COVID-19 protocols

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A bad season for Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins has had another misstep.

Haskins was fined $4,833 for violating the team’s COVID-19 protocols, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

While the team was sequestered at its hotel, where no one other than essential staff is supposed to be, Haskins made a reservation for a family friend to stay at the hotel.

Washington picked Haskins in the first round last year with the idea that he was going to become the team’s franchise quarterback for years to come. But he did not have a particularly impressive rookie season, and after struggling this year, he was demoted to the third string behind Kyle Allen and Alex Smith.

Saints rule out Michael Thomas, put Bennie Fowler on IR

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There’s a shortage of wide receivers in New Orleans at the moment.

Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and that rules him out of Sunday’s game against the Panthers. The Saints have also ruled out Michael Thomas and placed Bennie Fowler on injured reserve, so Drew Brees‘ targets have been thinned out for Week 7.

Thomas has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury and a hamstring injury was added to the list this week. Fowler is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris are the other wideouts on the active roster. They have three wideouts on the practice squad and it seems likely that at least one of them will be summoned for Sunday.

Right guard Nick Easton will also miss the game. He’s in the concussion protocol. Safety J.T. Gray is questionable due to a hamstring injury.

Jamal Adams will miss Sunday night’s game vs. Cardinals

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When the Seahawks face the Cardinals on Sunday night in a game that was moved by the NFL to prime time, Seattle will have to slow down Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray without safety Jamal Adams.

Adams will miss his third game due to a groin strain; he’s officially out.

The star safety suffered the injury late in a Week Three win over the Cowboys. The Seahawks have continued to win without him, fueled by a high-end offense. If/when they get Adams back, they’ll be in even better shape to keep winning.

The Seahawks, who became the No. 1 team in the PFT power rankings when the Chiefs lost to the Raiders, are the only unbeaten franchise left in the NFC. After the trip to Arizona, the Seahawks face the 49ers, Bills, Rams, and Cardinals again before the schedule softens for four weeks (Eagles, best team in New York, worst team in New York, Washington).

Packers list Aaron Jones as questionable

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Running back Aaron Jones didn’t practice for the Packers on Friday and his status for Sunday’s game against the Texans will remain up in the air heading into the weekend.

The Packers listed Jones as questionable to play in Houston as a result of the calf injury that kept him off the field for their final practice of the week. Jones told reporters about how the issue presented itself over the last day.

“Just kind of felt my calf get tight during practice, really didn’t pay it much attention and then after and throughout the later parts of the day is when I started to feel it,” Jones said, via the team’s website.

Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon will handle the backfield work for the Packers if Jones can’t go.

Tight end Robert Tonyan (ankle), defensive lineman Montravius Adams (foot), linebacker Preston Smith (shoulder) and center Corey Linsley (back) also are questionable. Left tackle David Bakhtiari (chest), safety Darnell Savage (quad) and cornerback Kevin King (quad) are considered doubtful, so they’re unlikely to play on Sunday. Defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster (shoulder) and running back Tyler Ervin (wrist) have been ruled out.

Ken Crawley out for Saints due to close contact with Emmanuel Sanders

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Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and that the reason for the placement was a positive test for the coronavirus.

Payton added that Sanders knows how he got it and that it was outside of the team facility. He still had many contacts within the organization before the result was known and Payton outlined how the team dealt with that.

“After that happened, we traced those players he was around, coaches,” Payton said. “We actually tested about 20 more people that might have been near him. Those all came back negative.”

Cornerback Ken Crawley was one of the players to receive a negative test, but Payton said that he will be out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers as “a precaution” due to the timeline of his contact with Sanders.

Tyrod Taylor is questionable for Sunday’s game vs. Jaguars

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Doctors medically cleared quarterback Tyrod Taylor to return this week. He was a full participant in practice.

The Chargers, though, list him as questionable to return as Justin Herbert‘s backup.

Taylor hasn’t played since the season opener. He was scheduled to start Week 2, but his lung was punctured while receiving a painkilling injection pregame for a rib injury. Herbert started and won the job in Taylor’s absence.

Easton Stick has served as Herbert’s backup the past four games.

The Chargers won’t have right guard Trai Turner, whom they ruled out with a groin injury, and offensive tackle Storm Norton is doubtful with a knee injury.

Right tackle Bryan Bulaga (back), running back Justin Jackson (knee) and receiver K.J. Hill (hip) are questionable.

Jerry Jones questions credibility of anonymous player criticism of coaching staff

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Jerry Jones is not happy.

He’s not happy that his Cowboys are 2-4. He’s not happy that the Eagles now are in first place in the NFC East. He’s not happy he won’t have his star quarterback, Dak Prescott, for the rest of the season.

And he made it clear Friday he’s really not happy with an NFL Network report earlier this week that quoted unnamed players calling out the new coaching staff.

“It is ‘get in line‘ in terms of if you look at the time and the years and the months and the weeks of people making frankly very anonymous innuendoes into a situation that’s ripe for it,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “Now think about that a minute. Can’t say who it was, but that’s ripe for it. The criticism is our guys might not know what they’re doing out there and you put one of those innuendoes. It no more reflects the thinking of our players than it reflects the thinking of something going on in the Kremlin. It is just absolutely irrelevant and very, very, very irresponsible relative to these times now. Now don’t think that Mike McCarthy isn’t a big boy, got big shoulders and can’t handle anything they want to throw at him. He’s been to school on that and had it. That’s one of the reasons I wanted him here is because it hadn’t just been success for him. He’s dealt with both those imposters, the success imposter and the failure imposter. And he’s done well with it.”

Jones, of course, also plays the part of General Manager. He made the decision to fire Jason Garrett and hire McCarthy. He also made personnel decisions or signed off on them.

But Jones was fired up about the anonymous criticism of the coaching staff, calling “bulls—t” at one point. He defiantly and angrily answered seven questions about a report that came from a reporter from the NFL-owned network that Jones partially owns.

“You’re so full of it. I mean it,” Jones said. “To say that, get it on out there, reporter, and say who said it. Get with it. If you want to influence something — is the reporter trying to influence me?

“Seriously, guys, because it is so irresponsible. We’re wasting some good time. But my goodness, if I spent my life making decisions based upon some innuendo or something that I read in the paper, I’d be a sick puppy.”

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy twice addressed the report this week, saying “it’s important to handle things as men.”