On Monday night, Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner took a page from the Mike Curtis playbook and leveled a fan who ran onto the field. The fan was seeking attention and publicity. He got it.
He’s now seeking more. And getting it.
Via TMZ.com, the fan filed a police report over the incident, which happened after two people exited the stands and one of them made it onto the playing surface. The person ran around with a pink smoke bomb, until Wagner and teammate Takk McKinley intervened.
Without researching the niceties of California law on the subject, blatant trespassers often have significantly reduced protections. Also, certain risks are assumed under certain circumstances. Like, you know, running onto a professional football field during a game.
So, frankly, this just seems like part of the broader effort to get attention to whatever it was the guy was trying to get attention for.
Something about pigs, I think.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday that Mac Jones has “definitely made progress” in his rehab from a high-ankle sprain. The team’s practice report later in the day confirmed Jones took a step in his recovery.
The Patriots list the quarterback as a limited participant.
It marks his first practice since his injury on the final play of the Patriots’ Week 3 loss to the Ravens.
Zack Cox of NESN reports Jones has a noticeable limp, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Jones “believes he can play” and will “push” to do so.
Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer remains in concussion protocol and didn’t practice, which likely leaves rookie Bailey Zappe to make his first career start if Jones can’t play.
Defensive lineman Lawrence Guy (shoulder), defensive lineman DaMarcus Mitchell (concussion) and tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle) also sat out.
Safety Kyle Dugger (knee), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb), receiver Jakobi Meyers (knee), cornerback Jalen Mills (hamstring), safety Adrian Phillips (ribs) and offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn (hip) were limited.
The Saints still don’t have quarterback Jameis Winston or receiver Michael Thomas back to practice, but running back Alvin Kamara got in limited work Wednesday.
Kamara said he is feeling good and plans to play Sunday against the Seahawks.
“The main thing for me is just being able to help the team any way I can,” Kamara said, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN. “Physically, if there’s a time where I feel like I can’t do that, then I can’t be out there. The last thing I want to do is negatively impact the game. Just being all the way healthy and available on Sunday, that’s my biggest thing. So that’s why, obviously last week was kind of up in the air, didn’t go. This week I’m feeling great, healthy, ready to roll. So I’m going to be out there.”
Kamara injured a rib in the season opener against the Falcons. He missed Weeks 2 and 4 with the injury and played 48 of 69 offensive snaps in Week 3.
“It’s a weird injury,” Kamara said. “There’s nothing really you can do for it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to kind of be easy with, and one morning you wake up, and it’s feeling terrible. The next morning you wake up, and it’s feeling better. I kind of try to stay on the rehab and try to do everything I can. Obviously, there’s not too much I can do, but obviously I try to do everything I can to make it feel good and just promote and stimulate the healing.”
Kamara will wear extra padding to protect his ribs.
He has 29 touches for 119 yards this season with no touchdowns.
The Patriots made a few moves on Wednesday, including signing offensive lineman Marcus Cannon off their practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Cannon, who previously spent nearly a decade with the Patriots after they drafted him in 2011, rejoined the team on Sept. 13. He was active for the Week Four loss to Green Bay, playing 43 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Cannon started four games for Houston in 2021 and was released in mid-March.
The Patriots also announced they’ve signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert and offensive lineman Sebastian Gutierrez to the practice squad.
New England needed another quarterback with Mac Jones still dealing with an ankle injury and Brian Hoyer in the concussion protocol.
The 49ers are officially getting closer to having a pair of their defensive players back on the field.
San Francisco opened the 21-day practice windows for cornerback Jason Verrett and defensive back Jimmie Ward.
Verrett is coming back from an ACL tear, which he suffered during the first game of the 2021 season. He was on the physically unable to perform list.
Ward has been dealing with a hamstring injury and went on IR at the beginning of the regular season.
The team also announced receiver Willie Snead has been re-signed to the practice squad. Snead was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster for Monday’s game and was active for the contest. But he didn’t play a snap.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady missed practice Wednesday with right finger and right shoulder injuries, the team announced.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported earlier this week that Brady is dealing with a minor rotator cuff injury. Brady injured his shoulder on a strip-sack by Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed in the first half Sunday night but didn’t miss a play.
Brady injured his right ring finger in a Sept. 18 game against the Saints on a fumbled snap exchange with center Robert Hainsey. The Bucs added him to the injury report with the finger injury Sept. 23.
He has not missed a snap the past two games because of his finger injury.
Brady was one of four Bucs who didn’t practice Wednesday, joining defensive lineman Akiem Hicks (foot), safety Logan Ryan (foot) and tight end Cameron Brate (concussion).
Receiver Russell Gage (hamstring), receiver Chris Godwin (knee), receiver Julio Jones (knee), receiver Breshad Perriman (knee/hamstring) and left tackle Donovan Smith (elbow) were limited.
Cornerback Carlton Davis (shoulder) was a full participant.
The Dolphins have already announced that quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will be out for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
But Miami also has a lengthy injury report to start the week, with a few other key players who weren’t on the field for Wednesday’s practice.
Receiver Jaylen Waddle (groin), offensive tackle Terron Armstead (toe), and cornerback Xavien Howard (groin) were among the players who didn’t practice.
Head coach Mike McDaniel noted earlier on Wednesday that Howard is day-to-day with his injury. Armstead did not practice last week with his toe injury but played every offensive snap last Thursday.
Tight end Cethan Carter (concussion), defensive back Keion Crossen (glute/shoulder), offensive lineman Robert Jones (back), and linebacker Melvin Ingram (rest) also did not practice.
Safety Brandon Jones (chest), defensive lineman Zach Sieler (hand), and linebacker Jerome Baker (rest) were limited.
Tight end Tanner Conner (knee), defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee), linebacker Trey Flowers (knee), offensive tackle Greg Little (finger), tight end Hunter Long (ankle), and receiver Cedrick Wilson (ribs/toe) were all full.
The Cowboys haven’t ruled out Dak Prescott for Sunday officially, but every sign points to a fourth consecutive missed start for the quarterback. He missed practice Wednesday, and coach Mike McCarthy said this week that Prescott needs a full week of practice prep before returning.
Prescott got an update on his recovery in a visit to the doctor Tuesday, and McCarthy said the next step for Prescott is “to get enough strength in the hand to throw the football.”
“He’s doing everything he can,” McCarthy said, via Schuyler Dixon of the Associated Press. “I mean, we all know that. He was here yesterday. Obviously, here again early this morning. . . . His first step for football, from my view, will be when he’s inserted into the quarterback school. So, he’s working with the rehab group today. He will not be part of the quarterback school.”
The Cowboys signed third-string quarterback Will Grier to the active roster earlier this week, an indication that he will dress Sunday against the Rams. Grier was out of standard elevations from the practice squad.
Cooper Rush is expected to start for the fourth consecutive week with a chance to beat both of the Super Bowl teams, having led the Cowboys to a win over the Bengals in Week 2.
Tight end Jake Ferguson (knee) and cornerback Jourdan Lewis (groin) also sat out practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna (neck/shoulder) and safety Donovan Wilson (ankle) were limited.
Receiver Noah Brown (neck), safety Malik Hooker (thumb), safety Jayron Kearse (knee), left guard Connor McGovern (ankle) and tight end Dalton Schultz (knee) were full participants.
The Steelers are battered and bruised on defense, especially in the secondary, with seven defenders on the injury report. No offensive players are on it.
Three players in the team’s secondary did not practice Wednesday, including free safety Minkah Fitzpatrick (knee).
Strong safety Terrell Edmunds (concussion) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) also sat out. Witherspoon is expected to miss his second consecutive game.
Defensive tackle Cameron Heyward has ankle and elbow injuries that limited him Wednesday.
Cornerback Cameron Sutton (groin/hamstring), cornerback Levi Wallace (foot) and defensive lineman Chris Wormley (aknle) also were limited.
“We’ve got some things to manage,” coach Mike Tomlin said Wednesday, via Teresa Varley of the team website. “But I don’t necessarily view that as a negative, to be quite honest with you. It might minimize these guys some during the week, but what it will do is provide more reps for those that are playing in place of them. Oftentimes, when things happen in game, those guys that are playing in place of people aren’t afforded the opportunity to ready themselves. I’m going to view it as a positive. I’m going to focus our energies on the guys that are working.
“We’re going to remain hopeful about the inclusion of these guys, and we’re going to let their participation and the quality of their participation as we get toward the latter part of the week be our guide in terms of determining whether or not they’ll be available to us. In the meanwhile, we’re really going to focus on some of these guys that get an opportunity to elevate and participate and make sure that they’re on the screws. We’ve got the type of detain and communication we need from them to put together a good collective in an effort to go up there and do the job.”
The Steelers designated rookie receiver Calvin Austin III (foot) to return to practice Wednesday. It opens a 21-day practice window before the team has to decide whether to activate him back to the 53-player roster or leave him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Reporters on the scene noticed Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts was not on the field for Wednesday’s practice. Now we know why.
Pitts did not practice with a hamstring injury, according to Atlanta’s injury report.
The tight end played 62 percent of the offensive snaps in the Week Four victory over Cleveland. He caught one pass for 25 yards on four targets.
In all, Pitts has 10 receptions for 150 yards this season.
Punter Bradley Pinion also did not practice on Wednesday for personal reasons.
The Lions opened the return window for a couple of players on their physically unable to perform list.
Cornerback Jerry Jacobs and defensive lineman Josh Paschal joined the team at practice on Wednesday. Both players have three weeks to practice with the team before reaching a deadline to activate them or shut them down for the year. They can be activated at any point in that window.
Jacobs made 13 appearances and nine starts for the Lions last year. He had 34 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in those appearances. He tore his ACL in December.
Paschal was a second-round pick this year, but has been out since having hernia surgery in the spring.
The Lions also announced that they have signed wide receiver Tom Kennedy to the active roster from the practice squad. He had three catches for 54 yards as a gameday elevation last weekend.
Bills outside linebacker Von Miller says he has some insight about where free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham will land, but Miller isn’t saying just yet.
Miller said today that he talks to Beckham regularly and has a good feel for Beckham’s plans, and he thinks Beckham would be a good fit in Buffalo.
“I talk to him probably every week,” Miller said. “I check in with him, keep in touch with him. OBJ, he’s a vet in this league too, he understands teams, and the way teams are built too. I’m sure when he looks at our team he can see himself fitting on our team. He’s going on tour now. He’s going to Giants practice facility, and the Saints, Tampa, and all that stuff, which you should. You should go around, see the league and get the love. He’s still on Super Bowl tour. He’s done just about everything in this league. You want to go around and get the love. Me personally, the way I like to think, I think when it’s time to start chopping the block, I think when it’s time to get down the business, we already know where he’s going to be at. In my eyes, I think I know where he’s going to be at.”
The Bills, Giants, Rams, Saints and Buccaneers are the five teams that have been mentioned most often as potential destinations for Beckham. At this point it’s unclear how far along Beckham is in recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl, and so it may still be some time before Beckham is ready to get on the field.
The Cardinals signed kicker Matt Ammendola to their practice squad this week because Matt Prater is dealing with a hip injury and they will cash in their insurance policy for this Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Wednesday that Prater will not play this weekend. Prater was hurt late in last Sunday’s win over the Panthers and running back Eno Benjamin stepped in to kick off three times in the fourth quarter.
The Cardinals also had to go for two after their final touchdown due to the injury and the failure to convert kept the score 26-10. The Panthers could have made it a one-score game after a touchdown of their own, but they didn’t get their two-point conversion and the game was all but over at that point.
Ammendola’s presence will allow the Cardinals to avoid repeats on those fronts against Philadelphia.
Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson said Tuesday he was “super confident” he would play in Thursday Night Football despite a right shoulder injury. Indeed, Wilson will start against the Colts.
He was listed as a limited participant again Wednesday, but he has no designation.
The Broncos did rule out four players. Outside linebackers Jonathon Cooper (hamstring) and Aaron Patrick (concussion), safety P.J. Locke (concussion) and guard/center Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) will not play this week. None of them practiced this week.
Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (hamstring), cornerback Darius Phillips (hamstring) and offensive lineman Billy Turner (knee) are questionable. They all were limited in practice this week.
Running back Melvin Gordon III (neck) and safety Caden Sterns (hip/chest) improved to full participants Wednesday and don’t have a game status. Guard Dalton Risner (ankle) and cornerback K'Waun Williams (wrist) remained full participants and exited the report.
The Bills got defensive tackle Jordan Phillips back on the practice field Wednesday, but they were missing a number of other players in their first on-field work of the week.
Phillips has not played since Week Two because of a hamstring injury, but he took part in practice as a limited participant. Phillips had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, and four quarterback hits in the first two weeks of the year.
Bills head coach Sean McDermott said before practice that wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie would take part, but McKenzie wound up sitting out. McKenzie suffered a concussion against the Ravens in last Sunday’s comeback win.
Safety Jordan Poyer (ribs) also sat out on Wednesday. The reigning AFC defensive player of the week told reporters that he’s sore and taking things day by day leading into Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
Cornerback Christian Benford (hand), wide receiver Jake Kumerow (ankle), wide receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle), linebacker Tremaine Edmunds (hamstring), and tight end Dawson Knox (foot, hamstring) were also out of practice. Center Mitch Morse (elbow), offensive lineman Justin Murray (foot), and defensive tackle Ed Oliver (ankle) joined Phillips as limited participants.