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Austin Ekeler’s availability for Thursday not looking good

It appears unlikely Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will play Thursday, making Melvin Gordon‘s status even more important for the game against the Chiefs. Ekeler said a bruised nerve in his neck limits his mobility. That puts Ekeler’s availability in “serious question,” Eric Williams of ESPN reports. ““You can’t let your pride get in the [more]

Chris Jones sets NFL record with sack in nine consecutive games

Sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982. Since then, only one player ever has had at least one sack in nine consecutive games in a single season. Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones accomplished the feat Sunday. He had a first-quarter sack of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, the ninth game in a row Jones has [more]

Andy Reid predicts Tyreek Hill will play

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill told Peter King that Hill’s foot is “bad.” It looks like it won’t be bad enough to keep Hill from playing on Thursday night, when the teams with the two best records in the AFC get together in prime time. “I’m sure he is sore this morning,” coach Andy Reid told [more]

Shaun Herock will serve as interim G.M. in Oakland

Shaun Herock will serve as the Raiders’ interim General Manager until Oakland settles on a full-time replacement for Reggie McKenzie, Ian Rapoport of NFL media reports. The Raiders are expected to interview Herock for the job. He joined the team in 2012 as the director of college scouting, replacing Jon Kingdon. Herock worked with McKenzie [more]

Tom Brady on taking sack on final play of half: There’s no excuse; it’s my fault

Lost in the Miami Miracle was Tom Brady‘s uncharacteristic mental mistake at the end of the first half. With only seconds remaining in the first half and the Patriots out of timeouts, the quarterback took a sack. Time expired, preventing New England from a chip-shot field goal. “There’s no excuse. You just can’t let those [more]

Sean Lee expected to return to practice on limited basis

The Cowboys might finally face a decision on how — and how much — to play weakside linebacker Sean Lee. Lee will return to practice on a limited basis this week, coach Jason Garrett told reporters Monday. Receiver Tavon Austin also is expected back. Lee has missed eight games this season with hamstring injuries. The [more]

Vance Joseph doesn’t want Von Miller to guess snap counts

Broncos linebacker Von Miller tried to predict the snap count on multiple occasions on Sunday against the 49ers. On multiple occasions, Miller failed. On Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph had some advice for Miller when it comes to predicting the snap count. “You don’t,” Joseph told reporters. “You can’t do it. Watch the ball and [more]

Raiders showed traits of a championship team on Sunday, Jon Gruden says

The Raiders’ record through 13 games is 3-10, which certainly doesn’t look like the record of a championship team. But coach Jon Gruden sees championship traits when he looks at his team. Gruden said Sunday’s win over the Steelers saw a lot of outstanding performances from young players, and he believes they’re laying the foundation [more]

Jon Gruden seems to distance himself from the coming G.M. hiring process

Few if any doubt that Raiders coach Jon Gruden currently runs the show. Thus, few would expect Gruden to not personally hire the team’s next General Manager. In his first press conference since G.M. Reggie McKenzie was relieved of his duties, however, Gruden tried to create the impression that he won’t be hiring McKenzie’s replacement. [more]

LeSean McCoy day to day; Matt Milano out for year

LeSean McCoy had an MRI on Monday, and Bills coach Sean McDermott pronounced the running back day to day, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW reports. McCoy injured his hamstring in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, playing nine snaps and gaining a yard on two carries before leaving. McDermott also called running back Chris Ivory day to [more]

Report: Tyreek Hill’s foot injury “nothing serious”

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said after Sunday’s win that the foot injury that forced him out of the game against the Ravens for a spell was “bad,” but a report on Monday has a more positive outlook. Hill went for further examination by doctors on Monday and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the [more]

Raiders confirm Reggie McKenzie firing

The Raiders made General Manager Reggie McKenzie’s departure official on Monday afternoon. The team released a statement confirming a report from earlier in the day that McKenzie has been fired. That report indicated that McKenzie had been given the option of staying in the organization through the rest of the season, but the Raiders’ announcement [more]

14th Sunday becomes the most-watched since 2016

Sunday was a great day of football. Not coincidentally, it led to a great day of football consumption on TV. Via Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily, Sunday’s games delivered the best overnight rating for the four viewing windows of the year, and the highest since the 2016 season. Overall, the three networks carrying Sunday games [more]

Broncos lose Isaac Yiadom, could see Tramaine Brock’s return

The Broncos can’t keep their cornerbacks healthy. Rookie cornerback Isaac Yiadom is the latest, having separated his right shoulder in the loss to the 49ers. He played 57 of 72 snaps, briefly returning to try to play with a harness. While Broncos coach Vance Joseph called Yiadom “day to day,” he conceded it “would be [more]

Odell Beckham feels better, too soon to know about this week

Wide receiver Odell Beckham was a late addition to the Giants injury report as a quad injury caused him to be a limited participant in practice on Friday and then led to him being ruled out of Sunday’s game in Washington. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said on Sunday that the injury has been lingering, [more]

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