Mike White puts Jets up 7-0, Trevor Siemian starts for Bears

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The Jets came out throwing with Mike White on Sunday and it paid off with an early lead.

White hit Garrett Wilson for an eight-yard touchdown to cap a 75-yard opening drive against the Bears. White completed 6-of-7 passes for 69 yards to stake the Jets to a 7-0 lead.

White is starting in place of Zach Wilson, who was benched by Jets head coach Robert Saleh after last week’s poor game against the Patriots.

The Bears are also starting a backup on Sunday. Justin Fields is out with a left shoulder injury and the team was planning to start Trevor Siemian until Siemian hurt his oblique in warmups on Sunday.

The Bears said it would be Nathan Peterman starting before reversing course to a game-time decision just before kickoff. Siemian wound up getting the start when the Bears got the ball after the Jets’ score.

Bears now say they’ll make game-time decision on starting quarterback

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There’s been more intrigue than expected about who will start at quarterback for the Bears against the Jets on Sunday.

Justin Fields is inactive because of a left shoulder injury and that meant Trevor Siemian was the next man up on the depth chart. Siemian injured his oblique during warmups, however, and the Bears announced that Nathan Peterman would get the start instead.

Shortly before the opening kickoff, the Bears shifted gears again. The team now says it will be a game-time decision regarding who is running the offense. Siemian was seen working with the first team in the team’s final pregame warmups.

It is just about time for the game, so the Bears’ final decision will be known soon.

Nathan Peterman to start for Bears after Trevor Siemian injured in pregame warmups

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The Bears are down to their third-string quarterback today against the Jets.

Nathan Peterman, who was just called up from the practice squad yesterday, will start today.

Bears starting quarterback Justin Fields has been ruled out with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Second string quarterback Trevor Siemian was preparing to start, but he suffered an oblique injury during pregame warmups, and that leaves Peterman as the only healthy quarterback on the roster.

Siemian will be available to go in if Peterman gets hurt, but Siemian will not be 100 percent after the injury.

NFL 2022 Week 12 early inactives: Ja’Marr Chase officially out

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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information.

It looked for part of this week like the Bengals would be getting wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase back from his hip injury, but things did not wind up playing out that way. A report on Saturday indicated Chase would be inactive against the Titans and the Bengals confirmed it on Sunday morning.

It’s the fourth straight missed game for Chase. He’ll try to get back on the field for next Sunday’s home game against the Chiefs.

Bengals at Titans

Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase, RB Joe Mixon, P Kevin Huber, DT Josh Tupou, T D’Ante Smith., OL Jackson Carman, DE Jeff Gunter

Titans: C Ben Jones, DL Denico Autry, K Randy Bullock, DL Larrell Murchison, DL Naquan Jones, LB Joe Schobert, CB Terrance Mitchell

Ravens at Jaguars

Ravens: S Kyle Hamilton, RB Mike Davis, LB Josh Bynes, TE Charlie Kolar, LB David Ojabo, TE Isaiah Likely, T Ronnie Stanley

Jaguars: WR Kendric Pryor, RB Darrell Henderson, S Tyree Gillespie, CB Tre Herndon, LB De’Shaan Dixon

Broncos at Panthers

Broncos: WR KJ Hamler, WR Jerry Jeudy, CB Michael Ojemudia, CB K’Waun Williams, S Anthony Harris, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, DL Jonathan Harris

Panthers: QB PJ Walker, S Juston Burris, S Myles Hartsfield, TE Giovanni Ricci, LB Cory Littleton, T Larnel Coleman, DT Matt Ioannidis

Bears at Jets

Bears: QB Justin Fields, S Jaquan Brisker, CB Kyler Gordon, WR N'Keal Harry, OL Alex Leatherwood, OL Ja'Tyre Carter, LB Sterling Weatherford

Jets: QB Zach Wilson, RB James Robinson, DL Sheldon Rankins, S Tony Adams, WR Jeff Smith, TE Kenny Yeboah, CB Bryce Hall

Falcons at Commanders

Falcons: DL Jalen Dalton, S Jovante Moffatt, CB Cornell Armstrong, LB Nate Landman, OL Chuma Edoga, WR Frank Darby

Commanders: LB De’Jon Harris, WR Dax Milne, OL Chris Paul, CB Benjamin St-Juste, DE Chase Young

Texans at Dolphins

Texans: TE Brevin Jordan, WR Amari Rodgers, RB Eno Benjamin, CB Derek Stingley Jr., LB Garret Wallow, OL Austin Deculus, DL Thomas Booker

Dolphins: QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Erik Ezukanma, RB Raheem Mostert, TE Hunter Long, CB Noah Igbinoghene

Buccaneers at Browns

Buccaneers: QB Kyle Trask, RB Leonard Fournette, TE Kyle Rudolph, WR Russell Gage, S Nolan Turner, G Luke Goedeke

Browns: QB Kellen Mond, WR Michael Woods II, CB Greg Newsome II, RB Demetric Felton, DE Chase Winovich, DT Tommy Togiai

Justin Fields inactive for Bears Sunday

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All signs pointed to Bears quarterback Justin Fields sitting out on Sunday and the team officially ruled him out 90 minutes ahead of their game against the Jets.

Fields hurt his left, non-throwing shoulder in last Sunday’s loss to the Falcons and he never seemed optimistic about his chances of getting on the field over the course of the week. It will be the first game that Fields misses this season.

Trevor Siemian will get the start for the Bears. They elevated Nathan Peterman from the practice squad on Saturday to serve as Siemian’s backup.

The Jets will also have a new quarterback for the game, although injury has nothing to do with Zach Wilson‘s absence. The Jets benched Wilson after a dreadful outing against the Patriots last weekend and Mike White will be their quarterback this weekend.

Deshaun Watson set for reinstatement Monday

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The Browns won’t have quarterback Deshaun Watson for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, but they should have him for their Week 13 game against the Texans.

Sunday’s game is the 11th of the year for Cleveland and it is the final one of the suspension that Watson received for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. Watson was accused of sexual misconduct by more than two dozen women and he has settled more than 20 civil lawsuits filed against him.

In addition to the suspension, Watson was fined $5 million and ordered to follow a treatment plan in order to return to the field. Per multiple reports, Watson has complied with those terms and is set to be reinstated on Monday.

The Browns have said that the plan is for Watson to replace Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback once he’s eligible to play. Assuming he does take the field against his former team on December 4, it will be the first regular season game for Watson since the end of the 2020 season.

Report: Aaron Rodgers has avulsion fracture in thumb

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It’s arguably no coincidence that, with Green Bay’s playoff chances circling the drain — and with quarterback Aaron Rodgers looking particularly inaccurate during crunch time of a Week 11 loss to the Titans — more information has been emerging about a thumb injury through which he has been playing.

With the Packers at 4-7 and a stiff challenge coming tonight at Philadelphia, the foundation quite possibly is being put in place for Rodgers to slide to injured reserve, once the Packers’ playoff hopes are dashed, not mathematically but for practical purposes. That could come as soon as tonight, if the Packers lose and fall to 4-8.

Rodgers himself first disclosed that the thumb is broken, in the days after he heard boos following a pair of bad throws in the fourth quarter of the loss to Tennessee. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Rodgers has an “avulsion fracture.”

Rapoport writes that the injury is “serious enough that surgery is almost always the answer to fix this type of injury.” He also says that an avulsion fracture “causes the ligament to rip away from the attachment, taking some bone with it.”

Sounds painful. Given that description, it’s incredible Rodgers is playing through it.

Incredible he’s playing through it,” Rapoport tweeted.

What did I just say?

I’m not disputing the extent of the injury. I’m not disputing, as Rapoport asserts, that the injury will heal only with surgery. I’m not disputing, as Rapoport explains, that surgery will happen “only after Rodgers is done playing for this season.”

Here’s my point. If, as Rapoport characterizes the situation, it’s a near-Herculean task for Rodgers to keep playing, he’ll be done playing for the season when it looks as if the Packers won’t be playing after Week 18.

The Packers won’t likely won’t have a problem with that. Rodgers slipping to IR would give the team a chance to get Jordan Love ready for 2023. When Rodgers’s thumb, and the rest of his body, likely will be long gone.

Commanders announce Chase Young will not play

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The Commanders will have to wait at least another week to get defensive end Chase Young back.

Young, who had been listed as questionable for today’s game against the Falcons, was officially ruled out on Sunday morning.

“We have downgraded DE Chase Young (knee/illness) to out for today’s game,” the Commanders said in a brief announcement.

The nature of Young’s illness is unknown, but his knee injury remains a concern. He suffered a torn ACL more than a year ago and still hasn’t played since.

The Commanders face the Giants next week and have their bye after that. It remains unclear when Young will get on the field.

Micah Parsons, Nick Gates accuse each other of dirty play

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Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons and Giants center Nick Gates will not be exchanging Christmas cards.

In the final minute of the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving win over the Giants, Parsons was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Gates, and since then the two of them have exchanged harsh words for each other.

Gates said Parsons “full-on punched” him in the chin to draw the penalty and that he expected the New York officiating office to throw him out of the game.

“I’m surprised he didn’t get ejected, but New York said it was open-handed. He’ll get [fined]. He must not like his money,” Gates said of Parsons, via Dan Duggan of TheAthletic.com.

Gates also said he got under Parsons’ skin, noting, “I’m not the best football player, so I’ve got to do other things to try to help out the team.”

Parsons saw that quote from Gates and didn’t take kindly to it, tweeting, “When he says others things that means play dirty, take cheap shots and try to hurt other opponents!! I’m never going to intentionally try and hurt another player but we constantly allow this in the league!”

The NFL will review both players’ actions for potential league discipline, and any fines would be announced on Friday.

Signs point to no Justin Fields on Sunday

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In recent weeks, Bears quarterback Justin Fields has become one of the most exciting players in the NFL. We may have to wait at least another week to see him play again.

Per multiple reports, Fields isn’t likely to play on Sunday against the Jets. He made the trip to New Jersey, but it’s currently looking as if he won’t suit up.

ESPN’s version is more pessimistic than NFL Media’s. The former says Fields is “not expected to play.” The latter contends that Fields will get a chance to go through pre-game warmups before making the decision.

The most obvious indication that Fields likely wouldn’t go came earlier in the day, when the Bears elevated quarterback Nathan Peterman from the practice squad. He would serve as the game-day No. 2 to Trevor Siemian, who will start if Fields doesn’t play.

Siemian played for the Jets in 2019, starting one game.

Fields injured his left (non-throwing) shoulder late in last Sunday’s loss to the Falcons. It has been described as dislocated, but multiple reports rebutted that claim. Regardless, it’s injured. And Fields apparently won’t be playing, based on current reporting.

Jim Harbaugh hasn’t closed the door on the NFL; could 2023 be the year he returns?

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Setting aside the spin, Jim Harbaugh wanted to become the head coach of the Vikings earlier this year. And even though he has since tried to claim that his NFL ship has sailed, Harbaugh has made it clear that he has “unfinished business” at the next level.

He said it himself in September. On the brink of December, Harbaugh’s Michigan team is 12-0, after a rollicking 45-23 win at Ohio State, the school’s first win at Columbus since five days before former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady played for the first time in an NFL regular-season game.

If the window is ever going to be open for Harbaugh to return to the NFL, it will officially be open six weeks from tomorrow.

Unofficially, courtesy of the back-channel conversations that always happen, it could be open sooner than that.

“One of the things that was really kind of driving me is, you know, we were in San Francisco, we got that close to winning the Super Bowl,” Harbaugh told Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN in an interview that was televised on Labor Day weekend. “That’s always been a thing. There’s unfinished business there. But, hey, winning the national championship, [I] could be really happy with that, too. So that’s the goal. That’s the one we’re chasing.”

Indeed, even when making a 100-percent commitment to the Wolverines, Harbaugh made it clear that winning a college football national championship remains, in his mind, something less than winning a Super Bowl.

“Sure, the Super Bowl is the greatest prize in our sport,” Harbaugh told Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press in early February. “But winning a national championship. That’s pretty darn great. Let’s do that. There was a pull to the NFL because I got that close to the Super Bowl, but this was the time [to try and return.] And this is the last time. Now let’s go chase college football’s greatest prize.”

The question of whether Harbaugh would do it is hiding in plain sight, in his Michigan contract. The buyout in the first year of the deal he signed after interviewing with the Vikings is a mere $3 million.

Harbaugh wanted the Minnesota job. And even though the Vikings have put together an unexpectedly great season under coach of the year candidate Kevin O’Connell, Harbaugh took a 49ers team that had been 6-10 to the NFC Championship in his first year. The next year, he nearly won a Super Bowl.

The sense of unfinished business surely comes in part from the fact that he lost that Super Bowl to his brother, John.

It won’t be clear whether Harbaugh will have a path back to the NFL until all vacancies for the next hiring cycle are known. The Panthers and Colts jobs will be open. Panthers owner David Tepper covets a great head coach (and a great quarterback). And if Colts owner Jim Irsay wants a former player to coach the team, Harbaugh is slightly more proven than interim coach Jeff Saturday.

Other jobs will be open. They always are. Teams to watch include the Browns (they tried to trade for Harbaugh in early 2014), the Broncos, the Texans, the Chargers, the Cardinals.

Maybe there will be a job that becomes open simply because Harbaugh is available and interested. Maybe the Saints. Maybe the Buccaneers. Maybe there will be a surprise resignation/retirement that causes the team to pivot to Harbaugh. Maybe a team that perennially knocks on the door decides to roll the dice on someone like Harbaugh to kick it in.

Regardless, it seems clear (at least to me) that he wants back in. And it’s entirely possible that the Minnesota situation didn’t work because the organization wanted a coach who, from a personality standpoint, would be the exact opposite of former head coach Mike Zimmer.

Harbaugh is a proven commodity. Every year, NFL teams entrust the coaching job to a coin flip as to whether a coordinator is ready and able to become a head coach. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it doesn’t. With Jim Harbaugh, there’s no coin to be flipped.

Ravens promote DeSean Jackson, rule out Isaiah Likely

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Wide receiver DeSean Jackson will be with the Ravens for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

The NFL’s daily transaction report brings word that the Ravens have elevated the veteran from the practice squad for the second time this season. Jackson caught one pass for 16 yards in a Week Nine win over the Saints, but hurt his hamstring in that game.

The Ravens added wide receiver Devin Duvernay to the injury report on Friday with a hamstring injury. He’s listed as questionable.

Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely was also listed as limited, but the Ravens have now ruled him out with an ankle injury.

The Ravens also promoted linebacker Julian Stanford from the practice squad for Sunday and signed cornerback Daryl Worley to the active roster. Cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis was placed on injured reserve.

Bears elevate Nathan Peterman to active roster with Justin Fields questionable

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We don’t yet know whether Bears quarterback Justin Fields will play on Sunday against the Jets, but the Bears are at least concerned enough about Fields’ health that they’re adding a third quarterback to the active roster.

Nathan Peterman has been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Fields won’t play tomorrow against the Jets, but it does indicate the Bears think it’s a possibility. Officially, Fields is questionable with a left shoulder injury that he suffered in last week’s loss to the Falcons.

Trevor Siemian will start if Fields doesn’t play, and Peterman would be Siemian’s backup.

Report: No Ja’Marr Chase return on Sunday

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He’s been back at practice. He apparently won’t be back on the field, at least not yet.

Bengals receiver Ja'Marr Chase won’t play tomorrow at Tennessee, reports Jordan Schulz of The Score.

The Bengals have yet to officially downgrade Chase to out. Given that they play the Titans on the road, it’s possible that he’ll not make the trip and, in turn, be scratched one day before the game.

Chase has missed three games with a hip injury. This will be his fourth.

He was a limited participant in practice all week. The Bengals officially listed Chase as questionable on Friday.

Report: Colorado has offered Deion Sanders its head-coaching job

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Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders may be ready to take a step to a bigger college coaching job.

Sanders, who is currently the head coach at Jackson State, has been offered the head-coaching job at Colorado and has interest in the job, according to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Sanders’ track record at Jackson State has been impressive. Taking over a team that went 4-8 the year before he arrived, Sanders went 4-3 in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, then went 11-2 in 2021 and is 11-0 so far this season. It’s easy to see why a Power 5 school like Colorado would be interested in his services.

Once a national powerhouse, Colorado has fallen on hard times recently. The Buffaloes are 1-10 this year and have finished below .500 in 16 of the last 17 seasons.