Steelers safety Mike Mitchell caught the ire of social media Sunday, and may get in trouble with the NFL later this week.
In the fourth quarter, Chiefs QB Alex Smith was making a pass when Mitchell came in late and took the quarterback out by his knees. The hit came well after SMith had gotten rid of the ball. Officials flagged Mitchell for a personal foul, which helped put the Chiefs in scoring position.
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It is going to come down to a lot of things, Titans coach Mike Mularkey told reporters Friday. It might be a game-time decision. Can he play and not risk himself further injury? That’s the biggest thing.
Meanwhile in Indianapolis, the Colts appear to be getting ready for another game without quarterback Andrew Luck. The veteran has been sidelined since surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder but began taking reps in practice earlier this month with an eye on returning sometime in October.
Marcus Mariota came through for the Titans in his return from injury Monday night.
The quarterback’s scrambling ability was limited because of a tender hamstring, but Mariota compensated by passing for 306 yards and a touchdown in a 36-22 Titans win over the Colts. The Titans stopped a two-game slide, in which they missed Mariota for one game, and improved to 3-3 overall. They also moved into a three-way tie with the Jaguars and Texans for first place in the AFC South.
Jayson Tatum, the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is going to be in the rotation for a team expected to contend this season. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty
It was noteworthy that Tatum was one of Boston’s first subs during the team’s exhibition opener on Monday night, checking in alongside Smart early in the first quarter. Tatum is likely to find immediate minutes playing multiple positions on the wing.
Less than a minute into his first preseason shift, Tatum got a wide-open look from in front of the Boston bench, where teammates rose in unison as he went up with his shot. Tatum missed badly, but got another look from the corner later in the quarter, only to find back rim. The nerves were obvious.
Carson Palmer playing in a one-dimensional offense is starting to take a toll on his 37-year-old body with all those hits taken behind shoddy protection. How much will the trade for Adrian Peterson help? We’re about to find out. It’s also a head-scratcher as to why their pass defense has been so bad with all the talent they have on the back end.
Jacoby Brissett has been a blessing in plain sight with his confident throwing and running. The offense has plenty of pop with him to make up for not being able to stop much on the other side of the ball.
Am I going to tweak things? Absolutely. I’m going to make the employee cafeteria better. I’m going to make the players’ lounge better. I’m going to try to make the entertainment better out on the floor. But I’m not going to sit here and evaluate talent. That’s just not what I do. I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know. And I’ve got really good people.
“I’m not going to sit here and evaluate talent. That’s just not what I do. I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know. And I’ve got really good people.”
The Thursday Night Football paradox rears its head again in Week 6, for the second straight week.
There are not a ton of compelling matchups this week — and that’s not good considering it’s just the second weekend of October — but the Eagles visiting the Panthers is one of them. Problem is, of course, it’s Thursday. At least one player is (again) facing a short turnaround off a serious injury, and the possibility of an understandably subpar performance by both teams is strong. Last week, the Patriots-Bucs game was decided by the failure of a kicker. Not the marquee showing the league preferred.
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Yet Thursday is still the best of the primetime meetings this week. The late-afternoon window is worthwhile, particularly Pittsburgh going to unbeaten Kansas City. Thankfully, neither is on a short week.
So odds are Cleveland’s executive VP of football operations/general manager (Brown) and — love this title — chief strategy officer and former baseball moneyball man (DePodesta) will see their lack of foresight running roughshod over their team come Sunday in Houston.
Come April, maybe they will finally get it right and use their high draft pick on one of the promising potential franchise quarterbacks in the class of 2018.
League investigators have reportedly spoken with Elliott about the incident that took place while he was still at Ohio State. A person close to Elliott told USA Today the NFL has an ongoing investigation that has run parallel to the investigation conducted by police in Columbus, Ohio.
Elliott was the fourth overall pick in April’s NFL Draft and his rookie season has gotten off to a blazing start. He leads the NFL with 703 rushing yards as the 5-1 Cowboys prepare to face the Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) on Sunday.
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With struggling Paul Perkins sidelined, the question was whether it would be Orleans Darkwa or rookie Wayne Gallman taking control of the Giants’ backfield in Week 5. It turns out the answer was both. Gallman was on the field for 25 plays and posted 82 yards on 16 touches. Darkwa played 20 snaps and generated 72 yards and a score on nine touches. Passing-down specialist Shane Vereen also was involved, handling five carries and four targets on 21 snaps. Considering no one clearly emerged, it’s fair to assume this committee will remain in place against Denver in Week 6. None of the backs are recommended starters.
Garrett was explosive early, and had a sack on his first play. But in the second half, he was laboring noticeably on the ankle. It’s worth watching him closely to see if he regains full health while playing with the ankle at less than 100 percent. — Pat McManamon
Elite Kids Jaromir Jagr Jersey The Steelers need Marcus Gilbert (hamstring) back in the worst way. One of the game’s best right tackles has missed half the season, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is on pace for 29 sacks this season. Gilbert practiced early last week but suffered a setback, so the team likely needs to see him go through a full session on Friday. — Jeremy Fowler
16.9 percent chance. The Cowboys peaked at a 71.5 percent chance of making the playoffs following their Week 1 win. There’s still plenty of season left for Dallas, which will regroup during its Week 6 bye.
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70.9 percent chance. Ben Roethlisberger’s five interceptions at home were shocking, and the blowout loss to the Jaguars dropped the Steelers’ playoff chances from 92.9 to 70.9 percent. It’s a big drop, but they still have the fourth-best chances in the AFC.
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According to the report, Adams was cleared shortly before the Packers boarded their plane for Dallas. Packers coach Mike McCarthy indicated earlier this week that they would have a better idea of Adams’ status before the team traveled on Saturday. Adams was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, but still had not seen the independent neurologist at the time.
Look, we went through the whole issue, Del Rio said. Took the time that we had. Decided it was best not to play him today. He was pushing pretty hard to play. There was enough of a decision where I made him questionable.
In Carr’s absence, EJ Manuel threw for 159 yards with a 41-yard touchdown to Michael Crabtree while completing 13 of 26 passes. He was sacked three times.
Manuel was also down 14-0 before he took his third snap.
It’s the nature of the beast, Manuel said. I’ve been in every situation you can think of in this league, for the most part. So it wasn’t something to get me rattled or our offense rattled. The biggest thing was just handling what we can handle and that was the next drive.
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There’s no such thing as a 14-point touchdown or anything like that, so you just have to go one touchdown at a time.
In the meeting, many owners wanted to speak, but the discussion soon was “hijacked,” in the words of one owner, by Jones, a $1 million contributor to Trump’s inaugural committee fund and who declined comment through a spokesman. The blunt Hall of Famer mentioned that he had spoken by phone, more than once over the past 24 hours, with Trump. Jones said the president, who only a few years ago tried to buy the Buffalo Bills, had no intention of backing down from his criticism of the NFL and its players. Jones — who a day earlier for Monday Night Football in Arizona had orchestrated a team-wide kneeling before the anthem ahead of rising to stand when it started to play — repeated his refrain that the protests weren’t good for the NFL in the long run. Most agreed, but some felt that even if the league did lose a small percentage of fans due to the protests, it also could gain a new audience.
There was a general, if fanciful, consensus that even a short-term financial hit could benefit the league in the long term, especially if the league and the union could join in solidarity behind a single plan. That’s how the league’s marketing department was planning to proceed, even if some of the rough ideas fell flat. One idea had all players wearing a patch on their jerseys that would read, “Team America.” An owner briefed on the proposal simply shook his head: “We need to do better than that.”
First Sam Bradford, and now Dalvin Cook for much longer term. That puts a lot of limitations on an offense that was just starting to explode with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. There’s too much pressure on the defense now for the Vikings to hold up in the division.
Marcus Mariota was doing his best to keep Tennessee in the Houston game before he got hamstrung. But it’s clear the Titans’ defense is having familiar issues against good passing teams.
The Tennessee Titans were in the market for a backup quarterback due to starter Marcus Mariota’s hamstring injury, but they weren’t interested in signing free agent Colin Kaepernick. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said familiarity was the biggest factor in the team’s decision to sign Brandon Weeden.
I’m not aware if there was, Mularkey said of interest in Kaepernick. I know he’s not familiar with our offense. I know T.J. Yates had some experience with it in Atlanta and with us for a couple of weeks.
Luck, who said he has not experienced any setbacks, talked to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees about returning from shoulder surgery. Brees had major shoulder surgery in 2006.
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Certain parts of it have not been easy and quite frustrating, Luck said. Especially not being able to be on the field with your teammates, your buddies. There’s a sense of you that feels like dead weight, that you’re sort of eating up time and energy from other guys that need the time and energy that can actually go out on the field and play. That aspect of it is quite frustrating. Mentally, I’ve really tried to stay in it.
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The timing of the hearing means Elliott will play for at least the next two weeks.
According to The Dallas Morning News, both sides will have 20 minutes of argument time at the Oct. 2 hearing.
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Originally suspended for six games by the NFL, Elliott has not yet missed any time this season after being granted a temporary restraining order on the NFL earlier this month.
After running for 104 yards in a Week 1 win over the Giants, Elliott was held to just eight yards on nine carries last week in a loss to the Broncos. He now has a tough matchup Monday night at Arizona.
Drew Brees, Saints quarterback: “Do I think that there’s inequality in this country? Yes I do. Do I think that there’s racism? Yes I do. I think that there’s inequality for women, for women in the workplace. I think that there’s inequality for people of color, for minorities, for immigrants. But as it pertains to the national anthem, I will always feel that if you are an American that the national anthem is the opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified and to show respect for our country.” Brees stood for the anthem.
Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end: “It kind of gets conflated because there’s things that guys are protesting about but when the president calls us out, we’re all of the sudden kind of protesting the right to protest, which you wouldn’t think you’d have to do in this country.
Authentic Teemu Selanne Jersey In the late afternoon, the big game to watch pits the Cowboys against the Broncos. This is setting up to be an extremely physical matchup, with Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys’ offensive line going up against Von Miller and the Broncos’ No Fly Zone. If you like beefy trench battles, don’t miss this one.
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In two games against two good opponents this season — the Eagles finished last season fifth in DVOA, the Patriots were first and, like, won a Super Bowl — the Chiefs have scored 69 points and given up 47, rushed for 331 yards, passed for 519, and generally look like an enhanced version of the team we’ve come to know. A rising tide lifts all boats — or in this case, a rejuvenated Alex Smith makes the Chiefs a helluva lot harder to deal with. He has been spectacular through two games, throwing for 619 yards at 9.8 yards per attempt and a 134 passer rating.
Deshaun Watson is making his first career NFL start, and in the second quarter, he had one hell of a drive that included two big plays, and one gigantic hit.
After completing a deep pass to DeAndre Hopkins on the previous play, Watson stepped back, and Geno Atkins introduced him to the turf. It was one of those Welcome To The NFL hits that rookie quarterbacks get.
That was a vicious hit — but Watson answered in the best way possible, with a 49-yard touchdown rush.
The Ravens eventually deleted the tweet, but Twitter managed to have some fun with it while the post was up. The image wasn’t a photoshop. It’s actually one of various filters from the Ravens’ own app. You can select a standard purple and black face paint or you can get the Ravens’ logo, just like the team used on Queen Elizabeth.
Everyone has bad tweets. It happens to the best of us. All you can do is laugh, but not many bad tweets become a meme. If you wake up early and check social media before the incredibly early morning game, chance are you’re gonna see a Queen Elizabeth meme or two.
The best part about the run might have just been that behind the back stiff arm that Watson delivered to Bengals linebacker Carl Lawson.
Dalton was historically bad against the Ravens, turning the ball over five times in a 20-0 home rout. His lowest moment came late in the fourth quarter where, facing a fourth-and-5 situation, he scrambled away from pressure and simply threw the ball away, eliminating any chance for a miracle comeback.
Texans quarterbacks Tom Savage and Deshaun Watson weren’t much better. Savage’s reign as the team’s starter lasted exactly two quarters before head coach Bill O’Brien decided he’d seen enough and inserted Watson in his place. Savage was bad — 7-of-13 passing for a meager 62 yards — but it wasn’t all his fault. Houston’s cheesecloth offensive line allowed him to be sacked six times in just two quarters.