The Vikings plan to have their starting running back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Packers, but Green Bay won’t be in the same boat.
Aaron Jones has been ruled out for the second week in a row as a result of the calf injury that he suffered late last week. Jones missed all three days of practice this week and will shoot for Week 9 against the 49ers instead.
Jones will have a short week to get ready for action as the Packers will face the Niners on Thursday night.
Jamaal Williams got the start in Jones’ place last week and AJ Dillon took on the No. 2 role in the backfield.
Linebacker Khalil Mack was back on the practice field Friday, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Saints remains up in the air.
Mack has been listed as questionable on the Bears’ final injury report of the week. He missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury before getting in a limited workout.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson wasn’t able to do that much. He was listed as a non-participant in practice due to the concussion he suffered last weekend, but the team has not ruled him out for the weekend.
Safety Eddie Jackson (knee), defensive back Sherrick McManis (hamstring), and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (quad) are also listed as questionable. Center Cody Whitehair (calf) will not play this weekend.
Raiders right tackle Trent Brown has been on the reserve/COVID-19 list for a couple of weeks, but it appears he is headed back to the active roster.
Multiple reporters at the open portion of Friday’s practice noted that Brown is on the field for the first time since before the Raiders’ Week 6 bye. Word on his workload and outlook for Sunday’s game against the Browns will wait for later in the day, but it’s a step in the right direction for the veteran.
Brown’s positive test created other issues for the Raiders last week. The team had to practice without their other starting offensive linemen and safety Johnathan Abram missed the loss to the Buccaneers because they were considered high risk contacts of Brown.
Brown also reportedly wasn’t wearing his contact tracing device as mandated by league protocols and that may lead to league discipline for the Raiders.
The Colts are set to have one of their defensive leaders back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Lions.
Linebacker Darius Leonard missed two games with a groin injury, but coninued healing up over last week’s bye and did not receive an injury designation for Sunday. While Leonard is set to play, the Colts may be missing a big piece from their offensive line.
Center Ryan Kelly injured his knee during Wednesday’s practice and did not get on the field for Thursday’s session. Head coach Frank Reich said he’s considered questionable to play this weekend as a result of the injury.
Tight end Mo Alie-Cox (knee) returned to practice Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. He’s also going to be listed as questionable.
The Vikings may be down several defensive backs on Sunday at Green Bay, but they won’t be down any running backs.
Starter Dalvin Cook, who injured a groin nearly three weeks ago against the Seahawks, will return after missing one game. On Friday, coach Mike Zimmer aid that Cook will have a regular workload.
Cook has 489 rushing yards through five appearances in 2020, along with 64 receiving yards. Cook has seven rushing touchdowns.
With Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in position to light up the Minnesota defense the way he did in Week One, the Vikings will need plenty more offense if they hope to avoid falling to 1-6.
The Cardinals announced they signed cornerback De’Vante Bausby on Friday.
Bausby, 27, played four games with Denver this season and had five tackles. He began the season on the Broncos’ practice squad.
The Broncos released him Oct. 24.
Bausby is in his fourth season after previously playing with Denver (2019), Philadelphia (2018) and Chicago (2016).
He has appeared in 19 games with three starts in his career and has 44 tackles and six passes defensed. Bausby entered the league in 2015 with Kansas City as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Pittsburg State.
The Vikings are likely going to be without three of their top four corners against the Packers on Sunday.
The team announced that Holton Hill and Mike Hughes have been ruled out for the game. Cameron Dantzler was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week and is likely to miss the game, although there is a chance he could return to action.
Hill (foot) and Hughes (neck) have not practiced at all this week. Kris Boyd (hamstring, back) did not get an injury designation after limited practice participation this week.
Jeff Gladney, Harrison Hand, Chris Jones and Mark Fields are the other corners on the 53-man roster.
The Bills removed tight end Lee Smith from the COVID-19 reserve list Friday, the team announced.
Smith went on the list Saturday after close contact with Dawson Knox. Knox tested positive for COVID-19.
Knox’s positive test also forced the Bills to place tight ends Tommy Sweeney and Nate Becker on the COVID-19 reserve list. Sweeney and Becker remain on the list as does Knox.
Tight end Tyler Kroft missed last Friday’s meeting because of the birth of his daughter, so he was not exposed to Knox. Kroft played 78 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Smith has played only four offensive snaps in two games, making one catch for 1 yard.
The Titans got several players back on the practice field Friday.
At the top of that list was edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a knee injury, but he was back on the field Friday and that should bode well for his chances of playing against the Bengals this weekend.
Right tackle Dennis Kelly (knee) and cornerback Johnathan Joseph (illness) were also on the field after joining Clowney on the sidelines for the first two practice days of the week.
Wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee) was also practicing Friday. He was absent on Thursday, which was also the case last week and he went on to be the team’s leading receiver in their loss to the Steelers.
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was back at practice on Friday and he’s expected to be in the lineup against the Raiders on Sunday.
Garrett sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury, but he returned for a limited session on Friday. After practice, head coach Kevin Stefanski said at his press conference that Garrett is “ready to go.”
The AFC’s defensive player of the month for October will bring a six-game sack streak with him into the game.
Tight end Austin Hooper (appendectomy), right guard Wyatt Teller (calf), and linebacker Jacob Phillips (knee) have been ruled out for this weekend.
Dez Bryant hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2017, but he’s shaking the rust off this week.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Bryant has played very well on the Ravens’ scout team this week, and the Ravens are liking what they’re seeing from Bryant.
“He was doing Chase Claypool on the scout team and did a good job of it,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he had a good week. It’s only three practices in after quite a layoff, but he looked good and he’s excited. We had a great talk before practice. He’s excited and he’s going hard. I thought he acquitted himself very well.”
Whether Bryant can make the Ravens’ active roster and contribute this season remains to be seen, but he’s off to a good start.
The Cowboys will hand in an injury report on Friday that includes designations for Sunday night’s game against the Eagles, but it won’t be the final word on quarterback Andy Dalton‘s availability.
Dalton remains in the concussion protocol and was at Friday’s walkthrough as an observer. The team will practice on Saturday and head coach Mike McCarthy said that he won’t rule the quarterback out unless he’s unable to take part in the session. As of now, Dalton’s not expected to practice.
“If Andy would practice, that would be the only chance he would have to play in the game,” McCarthy said, via Todd Archer of ESPN.com. “As of right now, he’s not scheduled to practice.”
Assuming that doesn’t change, Ben DiNucci would make his first NFL start with Garrett Gilbert serving as his backup.
Not so fast, JaMycal Hasty.
As the undrafted rookie inches toward the top of the 49ers’ depth chart at running back, an injured tailback could be returning to bump him back down.
Via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, 49ers G.M. John Lynch said during an appearance on KNBR that Tevin Coleman got a “heavy workload” in practice on Thursday, and that the team is “hopeful” he’ll be available on Sunday.
Coleman, one of many 49ers on injured reserve, has not been been officially returned to the roster. He last played in Week Two, when he suffered a knee injury during a win over the Jets.
Coleman has 18 carries for 30 yards this season, along with three receptions for 34.
Lynch said that whether Coleman plays Sunday will depend on how the knee responds to Thursday’s practice.
Without Coleman, the healthy running backs on the roster currently are Jerick McKinnon and Hasty.
Herb Adderley, a star defensive back with the Packers and Cowboys who was the only player to play in four of the first six Super Bowls, has died at the age of 81.
Adderley played primarily on offense in college at Michigan State and was the Spartans’ leading rusher and their leading receiver in 1959. He was selected 12th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 1961 NFL draft and 13th overall by the New York Titans in the 1961 AFL draft. He chose to go to Green Bay and play for Vince Lombardi, where he became a key cog in one of the great dynasties in pro football history.
Although he began his career playing running back, Lombardi moved him to cornerback when the Packers had a string of injuries, and Adderley thrived there. Lombardi later said he blamed himself for not immediately recognizing how great Adderley would be on defense. Adderley recalled with pride that Lombardi told him he was the best cornerback in football.
“He said I was the best cornerback he’d ever seen. In front of the whole team he said I was the best athlete,” Adderley recalled. “I’ll always remember that.”
Adderley played for the Packers from 1961 to 1969, winning Super Bowls I and II, but after Lombardi left the Packers, the team traded him to the Cowboys. Although he remained in Dallas for three years and played in Super Bowl V and earned a third ring in Super Bowl VI, he said he never felt comfortable playing for a coach other than Lombardi, and wore only the two Super Bowl rings he won with the Packers. The Cowboys would trade him to the Rams after three seasons, but Adderley chose to retire.
After retiring from the NFL, Adderley was a broadcaster in his hometown of Philadelphia, calling Eagles games as well as Temple football. He was also an assistant coach for the World Football League’s Philadelphia Bell. He was chosen to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
The Broncos called off practice on Friday after one of the team’s players tested positive for COVID-19 and that player has now been identified.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that it is right guard Graham Glasgow. Glasgow will not play against the Chargers on Sunday as a result of the test.
Two other players are also isolating because contact tracing showed they were close contacts of Glasgow. Their identities are not known. Both will be able to return to work Saturday if they test negative and are not deemed high risk contacts.
Austin Schlottmann will likely get the start in place of Glasgow against the Chargers.