Elijah Mitchell leaves with knee injury, 49ers up 13-0

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49ers running back Elijah Mitchell has suffered another knee injury.

Mitchell went on injured reserve after hurting his knee in Week One this season and he returned to action in Week 10. He’s on the bench for the 49ers on Sunday, however, and the team says he is questionable to return after further knee trouble.

Mitchell has seven carries for 35 yards and two catches for eight yards.

The 49ers were able to extend their lead after Mitchell left the game. A Jimmy Garoppolo interception was overturned by an illegal contact penalty on cornerback Chris Harris and defensive tackle Malcolm Roach roughed Garoppolo to hand the Niners 15 more yards before the drive ran out of steam.

Robbie Gould‘s 46-yard field goal made it 13-0 with over 10 minutes to play in the third quarter.

UPDATE 6:40 p.m. ET: Mitchell has now been ruled out.

Further evaluation coming for Terron Armstead’s pectoral injury

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Dolphins left tackle Terron Armstead left Sunday’s win over the Texans with a pectoral injury and there was no immediate word about the severity of the injury after the game.

Head coach Mike McDaniel said at his press conference that Armstead needs to have the injury evaluated further by doctors on Monday before the team will have an idea about what it will mean for his availability moving forward. The injury happened in the first half and the Dolphins went up 30-0 before the break, but McDaniel said the injury was serious enough that Armstead would not have stayed in a closer game.

“That was an injury regardless of the score that was going to keep him out of the game,” McDaniel said, via Safid Deen of USA Today.

Right tackle Austin Jackson also suffered an ankle injury during the game, so the Dolphins will have plenty to monitor on the injury front heading into Week 13.

Chiefs lead Rams 13-3 at halftime

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The Rams have held the Chiefs to one touchdown and a pair of field goals. But it’s still going to be an uphill battle for the defending Super Bowl champions, as Kansas City leads Los Angeles 13-3 at halftime.

The Chiefs opened the scoring midway through the first quarter, when quarterback Patrick Mahomes hit tight end Travis Kelce for a 39-yard touchdown. Kelce caught the ball in the middle of the field and rumbled his way for 20 yards after the catch for the score. It was his 12th receiving TD of the year.

Harrison Butker has since hit a pair of field goals, one from 27-yards out and another from 32. The Chiefs also had a touchdown called back due to an ineligible receiver downfield penalty.

Mahomes is 16-of-27 passing for 210 yards and has also rushed for 29 yards. Running back Isaiah Pacheco has six carries for 35 yards.

While the Chiefs have 16 first downs and are averaging 7.5 yards per play, the club is just 2-of-5 on third down.

Given that Los Angeles is playing third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins and top two receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are out due to injury, points are going to be hard to come by. Matt Gay hit a 47-yard field goal to start the second quarter.

But Perkins is just 2-of-5 passing for 16 yards, as the Rams had just five first downs in the half. Perkins has 38 yards on seven carries. Cam Akers has 32 yards on six carries.

One of Los Angeles’ first downs came from a fake punt, as Riley Dixon completed a pass to Jacob Harris for six yards and a first down. But Los Angeles had to take a timeout before the next play. And then Bryce Perkins was sacked for a 9-yard loss on first down. A few plays later, the Rams punted.

Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones recorded his 10th sack of the season in the first half. Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, that was an important play, as it means Jones hit his $1.25 million incentive for the season.

Chiefs defensive back L’Jarius Sneed has been taken off the field to be evaluated for a concussion.

49ers lead Saints 10-0 at halftime after late Jimmy Garoppolo touchdown pass

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Anyone expecting offensive fireworks between the Saints and 49ers was feeling disappointed by most of the action in the first half, but the 49ers were able to finally find the end zone just before the end of the second quarter.

One play after hooking up with wide receiver Jauan Jennings for an 18-yard gain on third down, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found Jennings in the back of the end zone for a five-yard score with 13 seconds left to play. The touchdown pushed their lead to 10-0 and it remained that way through the end of the half.

Jennings has five catches for 43 yards overall and Brandon Aiyuk had two catches for 47 yards on an earlier drive that took the 49ers inside the Saints’ five-yard-line. They went for it on a fourth down, but Garoppolo was stopped short on a scramble.

The Saints offense crossed midfield twice in the first half, but they wound up punting on both of those possessions. They also saw running back Alvin Kamara lose a fumble on their opening possession of the day, so there’s a lot for them to do better offensively after the break.

Justin Tucker: It’s heartbreaking to miss a 67-yard field goal because I know I can make that

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The Ravens’ loss in Jacksonville today ended with Justin Tucker missing a 67-yard field goal, and Tucker said afterward that he was disappointed in himself.

Tucker, who set an NFL record with a 66-yard game-winning field goal in Detroit last year, said the offense did its job by getting the ball across the 50-yard line, and he thought he could make it from 67.

“The fact that we got there in the first place, with the completion to Josh [Oliver] on the sideline, the fact that we had a chance and I just didn’t deliver, it’s heartbreaking to me. It’s disappointing, especially when it’s a kick that I know I have the ability to make,” Tucker said.

Tucker is the best kicker in NFL history, and if there’s anyone who can make a 67-yard field goal, it’s him. But he came up just a few yards short, and the Ravens lost a game they thought they could win.

Kyler Murray’s touchdown run before halftime gives Cardinals 17-14 lead

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The Cardinals scored on three of five first half possessions. They turned it over on the other two drives.

Arizona took a 17-14 lead into the locker room on Kyler Murray‘s 5-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds remaining in the half. The Cardinals had no timeouts left on Murray’s third touchdown run of the season, but the Chargers didn’t come close to tackling the quarterback before he reached the end zone.

Murray returned to the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He has six carries for 38 yards and has completed 11 of 17 passes for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception. James Conner lost a fumble for the Cardinals’ other giveaway of the half.

DeAndre Hopkins caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Murray and has two receptions for 54 yards.

The Cardinals outgained the Chargers 226 to 156 in the first half.

Justin Herbert began the day 2-of-6 for 19 yards but now is 14-of-19 for 144 yards and two touchdowns. DeAndre Carter and Keenan Allen scored on passes from Herbert.

The Chargers have only 23 rushing yards with Austin Ekeler getting two carries for 5 yards. Herbert is their leading rusher with three carries for 15 yards.

Report: X-rays negative for Tristan Wirfs

NFL: NOV 27 Buccaneers at Browns
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Sunday’s loss to the Browns was a painful one for the Buccaneers and one of their top offensive linemen is feeling some pain of his own on Sunday.

The Buccaneers saw right tackle Tristan Wirfs leave Sunday’s game on a cart after he injured his left leg in overtime, but the initial reports about his condition are not as negative as one might fear given that turn of events.

Reporters in the Bucs locker room saw Wirfs walking around with a boot on his left foot after showering and changing out of his uniform without any assistance. Head coach Todd Bowles said that he had no word on the severity of the injury, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that X-rays were negative.

There will be more tests to come for Wirfs, so it’s unclear when the Bucs might have a chance to plug him back into the lineup.

Chargers take 14-10 lead on DeAndre Carter’s touchdown catch

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The Chargers trailed the Cardinals 10-0. They lead 14-10 now.

Los Angeles came to life in the second quarter, with Justin Herbert throwing a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen with 8:51 remaining until halftime and a 33-yarder to DeAndre Carter with 4:28 on the clock. The Chargers are playing without receiver Mike Williams today.

Herbert began the day 2-of-6 for 19 yards but has gone 12-of-13 for 125 yards and two touchdowns since.

Carter has two receptions for 39 yards to lead the team.

The Chargers had to go only 56 yards on their go-ahead touchdown drive as the Cardinals went for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 34. Kyler Murray‘s pass was intercepted by Derwin James at the Los Angeles 44, with James apparently not realizing how much yardage he cost his team by not batting down the ball.

It ended up not mattering as the Chargers scored five plays later anyway.

The Chargers have taken a hit on the offensive line, though, as right tackle Trey Pipkins aggravated his knee injury on Carter’s touchdown. He is questionable to return. Center Corey Linsley is in the training room being evaluated for a concussion.

Jacoby Brissett: I’m grateful for this opportunity

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Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s 11-game suspension comes to an end on Monday and that meant Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers was the last one that Jacoby Brissett is sure to start this season.

Brissett went out with a bang. He hit wide receiver Amari Cooper for a 45-yard gain that set up running back Nick Chubb‘s game-winning touchdown run in overtime.

After the game, Brissett said that he was “grateful for this opportunity” to be the starting quarterback and that he’ll continue to come to work with the same attitude he brought to the starting job.

“I still have a job to do. I’m still on the team. I’ve still got to be the same person everyday, no matter what. I’m excited for him to come back and looking forward to next week,” Brissett said, via 92.3 The Fan.

The Browns went 4-7 with Brissett as their starter and the quarterback was 234-of-368 for 2,608 yards, 12 touchdowns, and six interceptions in those outings.

Mike Purcell, Russell Wilson downplay exchange, saying Purcell was trying to provide “spark”

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Broncos teammates Russell Wilson and Mike Purcell said after Sunday’s loss to the Panthers that their is no dissension between them.

Running off the field in the fourth quarter, Purcell was caught making a beeline to Wilson and yelling at the quarterback. It did not appear friendly.

Wilson, though, said the defensive lineman simply told him, “Let’s f—ing go.”

“Mike and I are on the same page,” Wilson said, via Parker Gabriel of The Denver Post. “He came off after we kicked the field goal, and he was pissed off. He said we’ve got to f—ing go. I agreed. . . . There’s no animosity. We’ve got to win.”

Purcell said he was trying to provide a “spark” when he approached Wilson.

“We are in this together. Period,” Purcell said, via Nick Kosmider of TheAthletic.com.

Entering this week, the Broncos had allowed the third-fewest points per game in the NFL this season but had scored the fewest. They lost to the Panthers 23-10.

Travis Kelce touchdown gives Chiefs 7-0 lead over Rams

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After defeating the Chargers last Sunday night, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said that when Travis Kelce is matched up one-on-one with a defender, he’s throwing to the tight end.

That scenario came up in the first quarter of the Week 12 matchup with the Rams.

Mahomes did not miss.

The quarterback hit Kelce for a 39-yard touchdown with 5:40 left in the first quarter. Rams defensive back Jalen Ramsey was covering Kelce one-on-one and Kelce was able to shake the defender to get open over the middle. From there, Kelce rammed his way between a few defenders to get in the end zone for his 12th touchdown of the season.

The Chiefs were able to overcome another muffed punt by Skyy Moore, with the defense stuffing the Rams on the extra possession.

Unlike the last matchup between these two teams, offense for the Rams will likely be hard to come by on Sunday. Third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins is starting and top two receivers Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson are both out due to injury.

Trevor Siemian was embarrassed by pregame oblique injury

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While just about everyone expected Justin Fields to miss Sunday’s game against the Jets, there was some unexpected confusion about who would be starting at quarterback for the Bears.

The team announced that Trevor Siemian would not start after injuring his oblique while warming up for the game, but they then reversed course and said it would be a game-time decision between Siemian and Nathan Peterman. Siemian ended up getting the start and staked the Bears to a 10-7 lead with a touchdown pass to Byron Pringle, but the Jets would score 24 straight points for a 31-10 home win.

After the game, Siemian said he was “embarrassed” about suffering a non-contact injury in warmups given what many of his teammates go through to play on a weekly basis and that he took some medication in order to help him feel well enough to play.

Fields missed the game with a left shoulder injury and his outlook for Week 13 against the Packers is up in the air.

Browns get improbable 23-17 overtime victory over Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers were in control for much of Sunday’s game against the Browns.

While Cleveland scored a touchdown on its opening possession, the club didn’t put up any more points after Cade York‘s 51-yard field goal with 2:22 left in the first quarter.

That is, until late in the fourth quarter.

Tight end David Njoku hauled in what was quite possibly the catch of his career — nabbing a one-handed touchdown with 32 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 17-17. And in overtime, running back Nick Chubb powered his way to a 3-yard touchdown to give Cleveland a 23-17 comeback victory over the Bucs.

Tampa Bay scored 10 straight points with Ryan Succop’s 42-yard field goal and a 5-yard, third-quarter touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Ko Kieft to go up 17-10. But the Buccaneers kept the Browns in it by punting on their next four possessions.

And after Cleveland scored its late touchdown, Tampa Bay displayed some poor clock management to help the game get to overtime. Though the Bucs had three timeouts, they didn’t call one after Brady’s first completion, which came with about 28 seconds left. So, the clock ran out and the game went to overtime.

Though the Buccaneers got two possessions in the extra period, the club punted both times. The Browns were able to take advantage of it after the second punt.

Receiver Amari Cooper got the Browns in scoring position with a 45-yard reception on third-and-4. The Bucs defender fell down near the line of scrimmage, which left Cooper wide open.

A couple of plays later, Chubb ran into the end zone to end the game.

In his last start before the end of Deshaun Watson’s suspension, Jacoby Brissett finished 23-of-37 for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The pick came on a Hail Mary on the last play of the first half.

Cooper finished with seven catches for 94 yards. Nick Chubb went over 1,000 yards on the season with 26 carries for 116 yards and his game-winning TD. Receiver Anthony Schwartz scored Cleveland’s other touchdown with a little trickery, a 31-yard end around in the first quarter.

Edge rusher Myles Garrett had a strong game, recording 1.5 sacks, three QB hits, and a tackle for loss.

Brady was 29-of-43 passing for 246 yards with two touchdowns. Chris Godwin led with 12 catches for 110 yards with a TD. Receiver Mike Evans eclipsed 10,000 yards receiving for his career, catching a pair of passes for 31 yards.

The loss may have been even more costly for the Buccaneers, who lost offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs to an apparent left leg injury during overtime. He was carted off the field.

Now 4-7, the Browns will face the Texans next week. Deshaun Watson is expected to make his debut at quarterback.

The 5-6 Buccaneers will host the Saints next Monday night in Week 13.

Jaguars beat Ravens on Trevor Lawrence TD pass and two-point conversion

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Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence had one of the best performances of his young career today against the Ravens, marching his offense down the field for a touchdown in the final seconds, then throwing a two-point conversion pass to win the game.

The Jaguars’ 28-27 win was a big moment in Lawrence’s career, and one of the strongest indications yet that Jacksonville has its franchise quarterback. And the two-point conversion was a gutsy and correct call from Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson.

The Ravens missed plenty of opportunities throughout the game, including a 67-yard field goal attempt as time expired from Justin Tucker, who had the accuracy but not quite the distance.

Baltimore’s loss drops the Ravens to 7-4, and combined with Cincinnati’s win today, it means that the Ravens are in a real battle in the NFC North.

The Jaguars’ win improves their record to 4-7. That’s not quite where they hoped they’d be in Year 2 when they drafted Lawrence, but he’s doing things that give them hope for the future.

DeAndre Hopkins 33-yard touchdown catch-and-run gives Cardinals early lead

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The Cardinals look more like the Cardinals in the early part of last season.

With Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins and Hollywood Brown playing together for the first time, the Cardinals have 128 yards after two drives. They also have a 7-0 lead.

Hopkins caught a pass from Murray and weaved and spun 33 yards to the end zone with 2:33 remaining in the first quarter. It is Arizona’s second first quarter touchdown of the season.

Murray, who missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, is 6-of-6 for 71 yards.

Brown has two receptions for 11 yards in his return from injured reserve.

The Chargers have only 17 yards thus far.