Shazier is eager to put together his first full season, and though this injury isn’t believed to be serious, the Steelers will monitor closely. Safety Sean Davis (ankle), guard Ramon Foster (thumb) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (bicep) all missed practice Wednesday but played last week in Baltimore. The Steelers did not absorb any major negativity injury-wise against the Ravens, coach Mike Tomlin said. — Jeremy Fowler
Foxworth: I know that the Colts do not belong in the AFC South. I believe in the directional integrity of NFL divisions. And it is undeniable that Indiana is not a southern state. Indianapolis isn’t even in the southern part of the state. Oh, and the Texans finally found a franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson.
Kimes: The Jaguars are a frustratingly inconsistent team with a maddening offense, but their defense is still earning its preseason hype. The pass defense in particular has been special, allowing a league-low 147 yards per game. While second-year cornerback Jalen Ramsey struggled a bit this Sunday, he and free-agent pickup A.J. Bouye have mostly thrived; according to Football Outsiders, Jacksonville allowed a measly 31.7 yards per game to No. 1 receivers through Week 3, giving up just 14.3 yards to No. 2 options.
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Sando: It’s a tie between Blake Bortles being inaccurate as a passer, Indy being completely dependent on Andrew Luck, Marcus Mariota being at high risk for injuries and Houston having a formidable pass rush.
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Seifert: It’s still the worst division in football. None of these four teams can win a playoff game.
Broncos receiver Bennie Fowler left the team’s game Sunday against the Cowboys after taking a hard hit to his head.
Video of the injury was bad enough, but what happened afterward was worse. Fowler couldn’t even walk straight as he stumbled on his way back to the sideline, collapsing twice before medical staff attended to him on the sideline.
Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills, knee: Clay is expected to appear on the injury report with regularity, as the Bills work to manage the health of his knee. His pattern is limited practice Wednesday, full practice Thursday and Friday and removal from the injury report prior to the weekend.
Evan Engram, New York Giants, concussion: Engram became an addition to several fantasy rosters in the past two weeks, and he delivered a touchdown on Monday night. Although he was placed in the concussion protocol earlier in the week and was held to limited practices each day, as of Friday, he had been cleared to return. Engram is off the injury report and is expected to play Sunday.
This space is intended for a list of key players, not including those who have been moved to injured reserve status, who are officially listed as “Out” for the upcoming game.
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Authentic Orlando Scandrick Jersey The Cincinnati Bengals were a disaster on offense in Week 1, but luckily for them, they are expected to get the addition of the fastest player in the history of the draft process Thursday night. Wide receiver and first-round pick John Ross is active and expected to make his NFL debut for the Bengals after missing the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens due to a knee sprain.
Ross, 21, probably could’ve contributed and helped the Bengals offense during its 20-0 loss a week ago, but doctors kept him out as a precaution. But after participating in practice fully this week, we’ll get a chance to see his speed in action against the Houston Texans.
But will it be enough to fix the problems that plagued the Bengals in the season opener?
Parker did so much here. The play was phenomenal, but it was also what Parker helped avoid. This could have easily been a Jay Cutler interception. Instead, Parker made Hayward look silly.
Tavecchio is only one game into his NFL career, but the early returns suggest he could fill Janikowski’s role at a lower cost. The 27-year-old rookie is slated to earn $465,000 this fall and would be similarly cheap to re-sign next offseason or extend this winter. Janikowski, on the other hand, had to be talked into reducing his 2017 salary from $4 million to $3 million this fall and will be a free agent in 2018. The Italian emigre would represent a younger and cheaper option than his predecessor, who will be 40 next season.
The former first-round pick is still a proven and dangerous kicker who made nearly 83 percent of his kicks last season, but may find greener pastures elsewhere if Tavecchio can be locked down with a value contract. Of course, the young Italian still has to prove he’s not just a one-game wonder.
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Marshawn Lynch scored his first touchdown in nearly two years on Sunday, when he punched in a touchdown from the 3-yard line.
The touchdown gave the Raiders a 21-10 lead, and Lynch’s first touchdown in his hometown.
It was Lynch’s first touchdown since Nov. 15, 2015. That score came in the Seahawks’ ninth game of the season, where Lynch had eight carries for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Prior to Lynch getting into the end zone, he put some punishment on Jets defenders earlier in the drive. It seemed inevitable that he was going to find the end zone.
The season is still young, but we’ve seen some great things out of Lynch early. Hopefully that rest didn’t come with too much rust. So far, it doesn’t seem like it.
The very next week, in the midst of heated quarterback controversy talk, Dak shut down any conversation of pulling him. Against a hot Tampa Bay team, Dak played wonderfully.
Dak became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards and three touchdowns in a playoff game. FINAL STATS: 24/38, 302 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 7.95 AY/A, 103.5 Rating. Lost 34-31.
Dak has a history of coming back with a strong performance following a less-than-ideal outing the previous game. He has the mental toughness, the work ethic, and the determination to bounce back from any adversity that he hits. He has shown it time and time again.
Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (groin) might be available for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday, giving credence to Watt’s belief that the injury isn’t serious.
Game Youth Roger Clemens Jersey When Watt got hurt in the second quarter of Sunday’s 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, it was Anthony Chickillo who replaced him, not veteran James Harrison. Tomlin said Chickillo was the hot hand after two sacks in Week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Harrison did not log a snap Sunday.
Is [Harrison] dropping or are other guys ascending? Tomlin asked in response to a question about whether Harrison was falling on the depth chart.
Tomlin made it clear he believes Harrison, 39, can have an impact on the defense similar to last season, when his late-season relief efforts produced five sacks and bolstered a playoff push.
Jones fractures are fractures of the fifth metatarsal, the long bone on the outside of the forefoot that runs between the pinkie toe and the midfoot. This outer forefoot bone is subjected to significant torsional stress in an athlete during pivoting, pushing off, sharp deceleration and twisting. It is also subject to impact stress with repeated running and jumping, making it an easy injury target for a pass-catching tight end.
If this is indeed a Jones fracture for Olsen, the challenge in trying to heal is that the bone here does not have a particularly good blood supply, which results in a frequent failure to heal independently, even with immobilization. For this reason, surgical fixation of Jones fractures (with implantation of a screw) has become the standard of care, especially in elite athletes, who will return to high-stress activities and whose specific movements in their sport put them at an otherwise increased risk of failure.
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NFL MVP: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: If Rodgers and the Packers live up to expectations, the Green Bay quarterback could claim his third NFL MVP award. After winning in 2011 and ’14, Rodgers could join former Packers quarterback Brett Favre as a three-time league MVP.
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After a Super Bowl loss of their own the year before, the Panthers looked like a shadow of that team last year. However, Cam Newton has a new arsenal of offensive weapons surrounding him, and the defense is still solid. This team should rebound.
While the Saints and Bucs both made noticeable improvements to their weakest positions, they will head into the season as underdogs to make the playoffs. Drew Brees is now 38 years old, and Jameis Winston still has his doubters. But it wouldn’t be all that surprising if these two teams ultimately on top of the division at the end of the season.
Possibly the beginning of the last season in Washington for Kirk Cousins, for still largely-unfathomable reasons. Leapfrogging Washington out of the NFC East basement would be an accomplishment, but so would beating them, period: The Eagles have lost to them five straight times. If Carson Wentz makes the leap plenty around the team believe he will this year, that streak will end, and so will their time in last place. Eagles, 28-23
Everybody’s sleeper from last season travels east to open against everybody’s sleeper for this season. One of the many things the Raiders should feel good about is that, last season, they went on the road for three of their first four, and won all three, including at Tennessee. Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr have both recovered beautifully from gruesome late injuries last year. The deal-breaker: defense. Uh-oh. Titans, 20-17
The Arizona Cardinals turned to a familiar face to fill the void left by injured running back David Johnson.
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Cardinals running back David Johnson will have wrist surgery and go to injured reserve with the hope he can return to the team in two to three months, a source told ESPN.
More importantly, Glennon looked like a competent, if unspectacular, passer. If 2017 is going to be the bridge year between Glennon, who can be released after the season with just $4.5 milion of the remaining $29 million in his contract on the salary cap, and rookie Mitchell Trubisky, the former Buccaneer showed he’s a capable caretaker.
Glennon’s steady two-minute drill ultimately failed, but he acquitted himself well in his first game with the team. Forced to throw all afternoon for an offense that never held the lead, he avoided backbreaking mistakes (zero turnovers) and put his team in position to win late in the fourth quarter. His numbers won’t impress anyone, but even the league’s top passers would have a hard time putting up big numbers with a receiving corps that tops out with Kevin White.
2017 probably won’t be a playoff year for the Bears, but their performance Sunday showed growth from last year’s wasted season. Chicago was easy to mock after signing Glennon for big money, trading up to select Trubisky, and neglecting to rebuild their receiving corps 鈥?and it’s possible the franchise just stumbled into adequacy after drafting players like Howard and Cohen. However, this fall could build the bridge between eternal rebuild and postseason resurgence 鈥?even if it started with a heartbreaking loss.
The Patriots fan who helped discover the culprit behind Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey has been rewarded handsomely by team owner Robert Kraft.
Kraft met with Dylan Wagner, 19, on Thursday morning to give him a front-row ticket to the Patriots’ opener against the Chiefs. Not only that, but Wagner will also sit in seat No. 12 (Brady’s number) and was given a signed Brady jersey.
That is unlikely to happen, but more importantly, the move gives the Colts the option to play Luck prior to Week 6, which he would not be able to do had they left him on the PUP list.
While he would be eligible to come off of the list Week 6, if he were on the list he would be unable to participate in team activities with his Colts teammates. Luck can now ease his way back into throwing now with his fellow Colts rather than someone else.
This does not mean Luck is ready to start yet. Scott Tolzien is expected to start in Week 1 against the Rams. It should also be noted that while the Colts did trade wide receiver Phillip Dorsett for Patriots backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett Saturday. Brissett is not expected to start in Week 1 either because it is likely he will be familiar enough with the offensive system.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt wanted to help out his city, so he started a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. His inital goal? $200,000.
He’s now raised nearly $15 million, and has had the support of several celebrities. Ellen DeGeneres donated $1 million, as well as the Titans’ organization. Also stepping in to help was rapper Drake, who owes most of his rapping success to the city of Houston.
Mr. Elliott’s representatives suggested that maybe she was in a fight with another woman and the bruises, for example a bruise to her eye, and perhaps other bruises on her body, were sustained in that altercation, Harvey said. The NFL’s investigators talked to people who witnessed that altercation and it was revealed that neither woman landed a punch on the other; they pulled each other’s hair but they never hit each other with a balled-up fist or in any other way.
The letter the league sent to Elliott suggests that Goodell shares that sentiment.
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However, in the Commissioner’s judgment, there has been no persuasive evidence presented on your behalf with respect to how (the accuser’s) obvious injuries were incurred other than conjecture based on the presence of some of her bruising, which pre-dates your arrival in Columbus on July 16, 2016, the letter read.
In another incident reviewed by the NFL, Elliott was caught on video lifting up a woman’s top in public at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Elliott was not charged or arrested, and the league said it wasn’t a factor in Elliott’s suspension. The NFL did, however, say in its letter to Elliott that the behavior was inappropriate and disturbing, and reflected a lack of respect for women.
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Coates is one of three receivers added to the Browns’ roster after the conclusion of the preseason. The others are waiver additions — Kasen Williams from the Seattle Seahawks and Reggie Davis from the Atlanta Falcons.
Coates, a 2015 third-round draft choice by the Steelers, had an inconsistent two years in Pittsburgh. He played with two broken fingers last season and was stuck with a label of dropping catchable passes. He acknowledged that but wants to show the Steelers they made a mistake by giving up on him.
It’s just a good time to start over, Coates said. You go somewhere new, you see new faces, so it’s always an opportunity and you have to take advantage of it.
Carr’s $25 million per year is a significant amount but represents less than 15 percent of the $167 million salary cap. It will also only count $15.6 million against the Oakland Raiders’ cap in 2017.
Four years ago, Eli Manning’s $20.85 million cap hit was close to 17 percent of the New York Giants’ $123 million salary cap.
The fear in giving a player like Cousins a blockbuster deal is that committing so much money to one player would inhibit Washington’s ability to build an adequate roster elsewhere. But the fast rise of the salary cap has made burdensome contracts a problem of the past.
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Even if the team was on the hook for $26 million per year, that would be 15.6 percent of the salary cap in 2017 and would dip once the cap inevitably rises higher next year.
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