Jalen Ramsey “overjoyed” with trade to Rams, hopes to play Sunday

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Jalen Ramsey got his wish to get out of Jacksonville. Tuesday’s trade to the Los Angeles Rams has left the Pro Bowl cornerback “overjoyed.”

“I was overjoyed. I was super, super excited,” Ramsey said in meeting with reporters in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. “A fresh start and a fresh start at a place like L.A. with the culture that I’ve heard about here. I’m a young guy still. Everybody around here is kind of young. I feel like it will be a little bit more understanding. So I was honestly just super excited. Words can’t really describe it.”

The Rams sent three draft picks, two of which were first-round selections, to Jacksonville on Tuesday to pull off the trade. Ramsey asked for a trade from the Jaguars and said he believed the team and himself had lost respect for each other. Now he gets a fresh start with the Rams.

“I like the defense,” Ramsey said. “I like the philosophy. I think I’ll fit in well. I’m going to bring a lot of passion, energy and heart to the team, to the game. So I’m excited to get out there whenever that may be and do my thing see how I mesh well with the guys.”

Ramsey will have just a couple of days to get ready to play for his new team Sunday in Atlanta. Despite sickness and back issues (if legitimate) that supposedly kept him from playing the last several weeks with the Jaguars, Ramsey said he hopes to be able to play against the Falcons.

“I hope so. We’re going to see, though,” Ramsey said.

“I’m sure not only myself but the coaches and everybody will come up with a good game plan and if it’s smart for me to go out there on Sunday, then I will. I’ve been missing football. I love football, so I would love that, but at the end of the day, we do have to be smart as well so I don’t know. I can’t tell you yes or no right now.”

As far as his health goes, Ramsey, shockingly, is feeling better now that he’s on the west coast.

“I’m feeling pretty good, getting better and better every day,” Ramsey said. “Feeling pretty good, really.”

Three Packers receivers miss practice due to injury (along with Jimmy Graham)

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The Green Bay Packers found a way to win on Monday night, despite an ever-growing list of injured pass-catchers. Those injuries lingered into Wednesday’s practice.

Receiver Davante Adams (toe), receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee), receiver Geronimo Allison (concussion, chest), and tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) missed Wednesday’s practice due to injury.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers once again showed up again on the injury report as limited with a knee injury.

Rodgers was on the injury report last week, but played without any apparent limitation. Adams missed Monday night’s game and the prior Sunday’s win at Dallas; Valdes-Scantling and Allison suffered injuries in the one-point win over the Lions. Graham apparently did as well.

The 5-1 Packers, who are completing a string of five of six home games, face a rested 3-2 Raiders team that is emerging from its bye.

Bucs promote Amara Darboh from practice squad

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The Buccaneers promoted receiver Amara Darboh from their practice squad, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Darboh, 25, has played 16 career games, all with Seattle as a rookie in 2017. He made eight catches for 71 yards.

He spent last season on injured reserve.

The Seahawks, who drafted Darboh in the third round in 2017, waived him Aug. 27. He signed with the Buccaneers’ practice squad Sept. 16.

Raiders sign Darren Waller to contract extension

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The Raiders announced they have signed tight end Darren Waller to a multi-year contract extension. Tom Pelissero of the NFL reports the deal will run through 2023.

Waller, 27, has had a breakout season. He already has set career highs in catches with 37 and yards with 359, both of which lead the team. Waller has not scored a touchdown yet this season.

The Ravens made Waller a sixth-round choice in 2015.

He caught 12 passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in his first two years before being suspended for the 2017 season for violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Waller was on the Ravens’ practice squad last season until signing with the Raiders’ 53-player roster before Week 13. He caught six passes for 75 yards in four games.

He caught 13 passes for 134 yards in the Week Three game against the Vikings this season.

Jalen Ramsey is cured

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It’s a miracle.

Although Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey appeard on the team’s injury report one day after he arrived via trade from the Jaguars, the stated reason for Ramsey not practicing was “not injury related.” Which means that the back injury that knocked him out of three straight games went away.

This would mean that there ever was a back injury. Many think that Ramsey embellished or fabricated the supposed injury in order to force the trade that eventually resulted in his departure from Jacksonville.

Although the Rams don’t seem to be concerned about eventually being on the wrong end of similar treatment, Ramsey already has shown that he’ll do whatever he has to do to get out of a situation he doesn’t like. Which means that the Rams should do whatever they have to do in order to ensure that Ramsey remains happy.

If not, the back injury could come back as quickly as it went away.

Todd Gurley limited, Malcolm Brown out of practice

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The Rams got running back Todd Gurley back to practice Wednesday, which was a good thing since they didn’t have backup Malcolm Brown.

Brown missed practice with an ankle injury.

Gurley, who missed Sunday’s game with a quadriceps injury, was limited.

He was diagnosed with a thigh contusion during the Oct. 3 game against the Seahawks. Gurley did not practice last week.

Brown had 11 carries for 40 yards and Darrell Henderson six for 39. John Kelly, who was promoted from the practice squad to act as the third running back against the 49ers, played 11 special teams snaps but none on offense.

The Rams also listed new cornerback Jalen Ramsey on their injury report Wednesday, but his absence was not injury related. So apparently his back was healed somewhere between Jacksonville and Los Angeles.

Linebacker Clay Matthews (jaw) remains out.

Pete Carroll on Lamar Jackson as a runner: “It’s a real nightmare”

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Two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL face off on Sunday in Seattle. And Seahawks coach Pete Carroll understands the challenge that his team faces in Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

“He’s as good as we’ve ever seen,” Carroll told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s as fast and as elusive as we’ve seen. Cam Newton has always been really difficult to play against. They have so much offense and all that. These guys, likewise. They seem even more apt than with Cam to just let him go and run and play football, just like you see the guys playing in college. He’s tough, physical, explosive, and creative. He’s throwing the ball well, too. It’s a real nightmare. Very difficult.”

Carroll realizes the challenge that this presents to his defense.

“This is a game that really calls for great discipline,” Carroll said. “To play the running game and defense, it’s always discipline first. You think it’s just being hard, tough, and physical. We like that too, but that’s just part of it. You’ve got to do things right. This offense, more than any offense that we’ll face, we’ll demand that we have to do right. That means you’ve got to gap control stuff. The way we scrape. The way we fill and thin our run plays. They tax you to the maximum. It’s all about being really tuned in and being really focused. Every single play you have to do right, or the ball will break. It’s a great challenge. It’s exciting for us to try to figure it out and see if we can do it.”

Despite Jackson’s great season to date, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is having an even better year. And years of practicing against his mobility should help the Seattle defense, at least a little.

Regardless, the game has huge implications in both the NFC and the AFC, given that the Seahawks are 5-1 and the Ravens are 4-2. And it should be a fun game to watch.

No practice for Alvin Kamara due to ankle, knee injuries

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara reportedly was expected to be limited in practice this week with a “high-ankle-type issue.” As it turns out, he didn’t practice at all on Wednesday, due to an ankle injury and something else.

Kamara missed practice with both ankle and knee injuries, according to the team’s official report.

He played on Sunday against the Saints despite being questionable with the ankle injury. He had fewer than 60 yards from scrimmage in the 13-6 win over the Jaguars.

Also not practicing for the Saints, who visit the Bears on Sunday, were tight end Jared Cook (ankle), receiver Tre'Quan Smith (ankle), and quarterback Drew Brees (thumb).

Cook’s absence could hurt nearly as much as Kamara’s; Cook scored the only touchdown in Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile, Brees is expected to be able to return in Week Eight against the Cardinals. But if he’s not practicing before Week Seven, it bears watching whether he’ll be ready to go in only 11 days.

Billboards emerge in Detroit regarding Monday night’s Lions-Packers game

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No lawsuits have been filed (yet), but advertisements have been purchased.

Via ESPN.com, billboards have popped up in the Detroit area showing a referee wearing a cheesehead hat and jamming a fist into his chin.

The billboards, which protest a pair of illegal hands to the face penalties that fueled Green Bay’s come-from-behind win on Monday night, were purchased by the same anonymous group of fans that have leased billboards objecting to bad calls or free-agent defections in the past. Three times in 2015 the group funded roadway messages regarding more bad things that have happened to a long-suffering franchise and fan base.

“That real?” Lions cornerback Justin Coleman said when seeing an image of the billboard on Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “My goodness. That’s creative, though.”

It’s also a great way to hammer home the message of accountability for a league that struggles with transparency when it comes to matters of this nature.

No timeline on a Jalen Ramsey deal (unless there is)

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The Rams traded for cornerback Jalen Ramey without signing him to a new deal. So is there a timeline for extending a contract that runs through 2020?

“No, no timeline on that,” Rams G.M. Les Snead told reporters on Wednesday, before softening his position. “We did put a timeline a little bit in place with it. I don’t want to give too many details on that. Again, we are just meeting Jalen today. Obviously. He to date has earned a chance to probably get a nice contract for the job he does and the position he plays.”

Snead said that, after striking a deal in principle to trade for Ramsey, the Rams spoke to his agents “and give our long-term view and get his.”

Still, Ramsey has extra leverage now that the Rams have given up two first-round picks and a fourth-rounder to get him.

But the Rams aren’t afraid to take a leap of faith. Snead admitted, as reported earlier in the day, that the Rams traded cornerback Marcus Peters without having a deal in place for Ramsey. Snead said he addressed with the team’s defensive coaches a scenario in which the Rams had neither Peters nor Ramsey.

“You did have to talk through playing the rest of the season, playing Julio Jones and [Calvin] Ridley without Marcus and with who we have if this couldn’t happen because nothing’s certain,” Snead said. “Especially in situations like that.”

Although Snead didn’t commit to Ramsey playing on Sunday at Atlanta, the reference to facing Jones and Ridley implies that they’re ready to use him — and that they are as aware as everyone else is that the back injury that kept him out of three straight games wasn’t real.

Police identify “fan” who punched Myles Garrett

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Myles Garrett is tied for the league lead with nine sacks, but a “fan” turned the tables on him Wednesday.

The Browns defensive end tweeted about the incident after contacting police.

While Garrett was driving through downtown Cleveland on Wednesday afternoon, he said a man recognized him and got out of his car in traffic to take a photo with Garrett. Garrett rolled down the window of his car and obliged.

The man, though, punched Garrett in the face before returning to his car and speeding off.

Garrett gave the man’s license plate number, which also was on a video posted by another driver, to police.

Police identified the 24-year-old man through his license plate, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Garrett identified the man after seeing his photo. Police have not filed charges against the man yet.

“Hm, put your legs into it might have actually made me flinch,” Garrett, who refused medical treatment at the scene, wrote on Twitter.

Eagles promote Alex Singleton

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The Eagles promoted linebacker Alex Singleton from the practice squad, Mike Kaye of nj.com reports.

Singleton is expected to make his NFL debut against the Cowboys on Sunday.

The two-time CFL all-star has spent the season on the practice squad. He made 27 tackles and forced a fumble during the preseason, including 14 tackles in the preseason finale against the Jets.

Singleton could have returned to the CFL after being cut out of the preseason but chose to join the Eagles’ practice squad hoping for a shot in the NFL.

He now gets that.

The Eagles cut linebacker Zach Brown on Monday.

Kyle Shanahan makes clear he didn’t enjoy working for Dan Snyder

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San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan will be back in Washington on Sunday, returning to the place where he spent four years as offensive coordinator under his dad, Mike Shanahan. That brings back mixed emotions.

Both Shanahans have made clear in the past that they didn’t see eye-to-eye with Washington owner Dan Snyder, and when Shanahan was asked today about his experience in Washington, he didn’t hide the fact that he didn’t think much of the owner.

Asked what the best thing about working in Washington was, Shanahan answered, “Being able to work with my dad, and be around some other good coaches.”

Asked what was the worst part, Shanahan answered, “Everything else.”

After a brief pause, Shanahan added, “Oh, and I liked a lot of the players. Some good people.”

Shanahan is getting the last laugh this year. His team has the best record in the NFC, while Washington has the worst.

Ezekiel Elliott: I’ve just got to be better

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Ezekiel Elliott had five carries of 30 yards or more as a rookie in 2016. He has had four in the 31 regular-season games since, including none this year.

“Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t know,” Elliott said Wednesday what asked about it. “I just think you know it may be luck of the draw, something that’s off about me. I’ve just got to be better.”

Elliott’s last game-breaker came in the Cowboys’ postseason victory over the Seahawks in January.

His longest run on 28 carries Sunday was 13 yards, but his second carry, which went for 12, could have gone for a 75-yard touchdown. It’s one he wants back.

“It’s definitely a play I wish I could get back, a play that could have changed the game and a play that could have won the game,” Elliott said. “When I look back on the first six weeks of the season, I need to leave Sunday not having those regrets or not having those plays that I wish I could get back.”

Elliott said he’s “not really hunting” long runs, but he would love to have one.

“I don’t want to press it,” Elliott said. “I’m not going to try too hard to create a big play. Just opportunities like [the one Sunday], just making sure I take full advantage of it so Monday, I’m not regretting or thinking that I could have done something different or done something better.”

Elliott’s longest run this season is 27 yards, and his 491 rushing yards ranks sixth. Elliott won the league rushing title in 2016 and last season and led the league in yards per game in 2017 when he served a six-game suspension.

Mitchell Trubisky has a full practice Wednesday

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He’s back.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bears were “cautiously optimistic” they will have Mitchell Trubisky back under center Sunday. After Wednesday’s practice, they should feel even better about it.

The team’s starting quarterback had a full practice, putting him on track to return against the Saints.

He has missed most of the past two games after dislocating his left shoulder on the opening drive of the Sept. 29 game against the Vikings.

It’s been tough,” Trubisky said Wednesday, via Chris Emma of 670 The Score. “Obviously, you want to be out there with your team, but stuff happens on the field. Not being able to be out there with my guys hurt, but you try to help in any way you can. Obviously, I got to take care of business rehabbing, try to get back to show I can play.

“It’s all about being smart and obviously trying to think long-term. I’m trying to have the longest career as possible. I’m going to be honest with myself and everyone else in this building. If I can go, I’m going to go, and if there’s no restrictions, no holding back.”

Trubisky will wear a harness on his left shoulder.

The Bears also saw defensive end Bilal Nichols (hand) and receiver Taylor Gabriel (concussion) fully participate Wednesday. Offensive lineman Ted Larsen (knee) and linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (hamstring) were limited.