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  • Cowboys CB Brown lost for the season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown will undergo season-ending triceps surgery, coach Jason Garrett announced Monday.

    • Brown was injured in Sunday's 35-27 road victory against the Detroit Lions.

      Eligible to become a unrestricted free agent, Brown may have played his last game for the Cowboys.

      The 25-year-old Brown has 17 tackles (11 solo) and no interceptions in nine games (four starts) this season. Overall, he has 172 tackles and four interceptions in 56 games in four seasons with Dallas.

      Also, Cowboys right tackle La'el Collins has a left knee injury. Garrett said the injury was similar to one Collins had earlier this season that caused him to miss one game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears' Nagy: Pulling Trubisky 'zero to do' with performance
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy insisted Monday that pulling quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from Sunday night's game had "zero to do with his play."

    • Nagy said Trubisky has a right hip pointer injury that occurred near the end of the second quarter of Chicago's 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

      "It was completely based off the injury that he had last night and where he's at," Nagy said at a press conference.

      Trubisky was 24-of-43 passing for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception before being removed in favor of Chase Daniel.

      Nagy was seen chatting with Trubisky shortly before the 25-year-old was pulled.

      "I wanted him to know, coming from me, that he needs to be brutally honest with me in regards to his pain and where he's at," Nagy said. "I sat there and I told him, 'Listen, we appreciate your toughness, we appreciate you being as tough as you can possibly can be and wanting to stay in the game, but I need to be able to make a decision.'"

      Nagy said Trubisky's hip stiffened up in the second half. He said it got to the point where the quarterback couldn't even sit on the bench.

      Nagy said he sometimes has to protect Trubisky from himself due to the player's toughness.

      Told there was skepticism surrounding Trubisky's injury and subsequent removal, Nagy reiterated it was a health issue that prompted the change in quarterbacks.

      Nagy said Trubisky will start Sunday's home game against the New York Giants if he's healthy.

      Trubisky has passed for 1,580 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He was the second overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.

      Daniel was 1-of-4 passing for nine yards after replacing Trubisky.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns' Garrett to appeal, taking shot at junk defense
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Suspended Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett plans to appeal his indefinite suspension at a hearing with James Thrash on Wednesday.

    • According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Garrett intends to argue he was provoked by a shot to the groin from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

      Garrett was suspended Friday by the NFL, a ban that spans the postseason and set a new standard for punishment stemming from in-game conduct. In Thursday's win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off of the quarterback's head. As the confrontation continued, Rudolph lunged at Garrett. Garrett reared back and, using Rudolph's helmet, struck Rudolph atop the unprotected head.

      Thrash is expected to render his decision on the appeal the same day, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and Garrett plans to plead his case in person.

      Browns defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said Garrett was definitely in self-defense mode on Thursday. Rudolph was fined, not suspended, for his role in escalating the incident.

      "Of course he was," Richardson said of Garrett defending himself. "If a guy scratching at your face, what you going to? The helmet is overboard, let's get that clear. But defending yourself, I don't blame him for defending (himself) at all."

      Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said the Browns "stand by" Garrett despite the poor decision.

      "There's no excuse for that to happen on a football field," Kitchens said. "I know that. Myles knows that. All the players in the locker room know that. That's it. There's no excuse. But, in saying that, we're going to support Myles Garrett going forward in any way that he needs support."

      According to multiple reports, at least 10 players -- including some who left the bench area to join the fracas -- have been issued fines.

      Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended three games for kicking and punching Garrett after the helmet was used to hammer Rudolph. Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game. His appeal was heard Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts RB Mack, S Willis ruled out for Thursday
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Indianapolis Colts won't have running back Marlon Mack or safety Khari Willis for Thursday night's key AFC South clash with the Houston Texans.

    • Both starters were injured during Sunday's 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

      Mack suffered a broken right hand during the third quarter after rushing 14 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. He had surgery Monday but there is no timetable for his return.

      Mack, 23, ranks fifth in the NFL with 862 rushing yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry with four scores in 10 games.

      Willis developed concussion symptoms after the game and is now in the league's concussion protocol, coach Frank Reich confirmed.

      The 2019 fourth-round pick ranks seventh among rookies with 44 tackles through 10 games. He also has two tackles for loss and one pass defensed.

      The Colts (6-4) and Texans (6-4) are tied for the division lead entering Thursday's game in Houston. Indianapolis won the first meeting, 30-23, in Week 7.

      --Field Level Media

  • Film Study: Did Raiders find future star in DE Crosby?
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    After piling up four sacks Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders rookie defensive end Maxx Crosby has 6.5 this season, all since Week 5.

    • That's tied -- with Joey Bosa -- for sixth in the NFL over that span.

      A fourth-round pick from Eastern Michigan, Crosby is certainly outplaying his draft status. Let's dig into the tape to explore what he's done, and what he could become.

      --Sunday's four-pack

      Four-sack games inherently require some luck, but Crosby's quartet was no fluke. His third sack was easy (he was unblocked off a Bengals bootleg) but the others were earned with nifty moves.

      First, Crosby cross-chopped past Bengals left tackle John Jerry, using his left (inside) hand to "chop" Jerry's left (outside) arm downward. That made Jerry lurch forward and cleared the edge for Crosby to dip around it.

      Interior pressure caused Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley to fade and drift to his right, making Crosby's angle easier, and he maximized the opportunity by stripping Finley.

      Two plays into the fourth quarter, Crosby victimized Jerry in a different way. Jerry helped briefly on interior rusher Dion Jordan, then kicked out to Crosby, who exploited the late movement. Crosby bull-rushed to maintain Jerry's momentum upfield -- getting Jerry hopping on one foot -- before shedding inside to wrap up Finley.

      Crosby's final sack was ad-libbed on the Bengals' second-to-last play. Lined up opposite Jerry, Crosby saw running back Giovani Bernard aligned to chip him outside. When Bernard did, Crosby quickly redirected inside, looping around defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and coming free to snare Finley's legs.

      This wasn't a planned stunt (or "game") -- Hurst's rush was traditional -- but rather a "natural game" that gave Jerry no chance. Crosby's rush would have been picked up if the center slid his way, and Finley could have escaped left (Crosby's responsibility to contain). But the sudden, instinctive move paid off.

      Crosby disrupted four other dropbacks -- two with hand-swipe-to-rip moves outside where Finley stepped up and away; one bull rush into a club-rip move outside to get a hand on Finley; and a bull rush that flushed Finley before the game-sealing interception.

      --Recognition in run defense

      Despite the sacks, Crosby was exploited at times by the Bengals' ground game, which entered ranked 29th in yards per carry (3.33).

      Most came on perimeter runs. On three pitches/sweeps, Crosby recognized late and was pinned inside, including a 30-yard run -- the Bengals' longest rush all season. Likewise, he was slow off the snap and late recognizing an 18-yard jet sweep his way.

      Crosby also way overpursued from the backside of Joe Mixon's 3-yard touchdown run, loping down the line instead of closing Mixon's angle. He should have had a tackle for loss but instead lost contain.

      These mistakes are common for rookies, but not the norm for Crosby. Given his shakiness as a run defender in college, he's actually impressed in that area in the pros.

      --Physical and technical development

      Perhaps most surprising about Crosby's rookie season is how quickly he's changed his body.

      Crosby said he finished his final college season at 240 pounds, and it showed in his limited play strength, both as a bull rusher and run defender. He was up to 255 by the combine -- and still shined in testing (more on that later) -- and 266 by training camp.

      That sort of transformation is exceedingly rare for a rookie, especially from a smaller school. It's much more common after a player has had a full offseason in an NFL strength and conditioning program.

      The fact that it's already happened for Crosby is huge, accelerating his development in other areas. He has an improved anchor and is throwing his body around, rag-dolling tight ends at times and creating havoc when he's the aggressor.

      Crosby has also shown improved hand usage, regularly swatting O-linemen's arms and repositioning for leverage, unlike most rookies.

      --What can he become?

      Crosby dominated the combine, testing in the 90th-plus percentile in the 40-yard dash, vertical and broad jumps, 3-cone drill and 20- and 60-yard shuttles. His weight -- since boosted -- was his biggest concern, and his wingspan (81") made up for relatively short arms (32 7/8").

      Those numbers show up on tape, though not as traditionally as you'd expect. Crosby isn't exactly twitchy -- he's actually a bit clunky, a long-strider with build-up speed. He's not cat-quick laterally, but he's very smooth redirecting, with good balance and bend.

      Crosby's wingspan also pops off the tape. Despite shorter arms, he shows a wide radius for snagging ball carriers, and his reach can ward off O-linemen's arms or get into their chest first.

      Given the physical tools and sharp development curve, it's tempting to say Crosby is destined for stardom. That's not out of the question, but it's also important to maintain context.

      All of his pressure Sunday came against either Jerry -- a career-long guard playing left tackle -- or Bobby Hart, who allowed 11.5 sacks in 2018. Those two made up 40 percent of the New York Giants' disastrous O-line from 2015-17.

      Likewise, Crosby's standout Week 10 performance -- half-sack, three QB hits, one pass defensed and one interception forced-- came against the Los Angeles Chargers' woeful tackles. He'll face tougher tests in the Chiefs and Titans in Weeks 13 and 14 (though he also gets the Jets, Chargers and Broncos down the stretch).

      Crosby may develop into a threat against top opponents down the line. For now, it's clear the Raiders have something, which is much more than they've been able to say since Khalil Mack was traded.

      --By David DeChant (@DavidDeChant), Field Level Media

  • NFL adjusts Week 13 schedule, Raiders-Chiefs into spotlight slot
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    An AFC West showdown at Arrowhead Stadium was bumped into the featured spot in the NFL Week 13 game lineup.

    • The league announced Monday that the Dec. 1 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders was moved to the 4:25 p.m. ET time slot on CBS. Both teams are 6-4 entering the Chiefs' game in Mexico City on Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers.

      Bumped from that slot on CBS, the Cleveland Browns-Pittsburgh Steelers game will be played at 1 p.m. ET.

      Week 13 includes three Thursday games on Thanksgiving, starting with the Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Buffalo Bills in the afternoon game and a primetime pairing between the host Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

      Kansas City beat the Raiders 28-10 in their first meeting of the season in Week 2.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars sign veteran TE O'Leary
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran tight end Nick O'Leary on Monday, according to his agents.

    • O'Leary, 27, was released by the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 29.

      The Jaguars were short-handed at the position after rookie tight end Josh Oliver left Sunday's 33-13 loss at Indianapolis with a back injury. Seth DeValve missed the game with an injured oblique.

      O'Leary caught four passes for 37 yards in seven games (two starts) with Miami this season. He has 44 catches for 596 yards and three touchdowns in 54 games (21 starts) with the Dolphins (2018-19) and Buffalo Bills (2015-17).

      Oliver, 22, suffered small fractures in his back and could be out for several weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The third-round pick from San Jose State has three receptions for 15 yards in four games.

      DeValve, 26, has six catches for 68 yards in nine games (five starts) in his first season with the Jaguars. He spent the previous three years with the Cleveland Browns, catching 48 passes for 596 yards and four scores in 41 games (10 starts).

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears QB Trubisky leaves late with hip injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky was pulled late in the fourth quarter Sunday night because of what the team described as a hip injury.

    • "He just wasn't feeling right," Bears coach Matt Nagy told reporters. "His hip was hurting him."

      Trubisky finished 24 of 43 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was replaced by Chase Daniel, who completed one of four passes for nine yards in the Bears' 17-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

      The quarterback change prompted speculation that Nagy had benched Trubisky, particularly after cameras showed the two men huddled closely in conversation. Trubisky never was shown meeting with medical personnel, and he stood on the sideline for the remainder of the game before walking on the field afterward to shake hands with Rams players before heading to the locker room.

      Nagy said Trubisky was injured several series before being pulled from the game, but he tried to play through the pain.

      "He had an earlier deal where he landed on it," Nagy said.

      The injury affected Trubisky's ability to throw, particularly on passing plays to the left, the coach said.

      "I finally pulled him aside," Nagy said. "I said, 'Listen, here's the deal. We've got to know. You've got to be honest with us about where you're at.'"

      At that point, Nagy said, Trubisky acknowledged his hip was bothering him.

      Nagy said it was too soon to know how Trubisky's injury would affect his status for next week.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL roundup: Vikings survive Broncos on 20-point rally
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    The Minnesota Vikings made up for three bad quarters of football with a dominant one on Sunday.

    • Kirk Cousins was 29-of-35 passing for 319 yards and three touchdowns to lead Minnesota to a come-from-behind 27-23 home win over the Denver Broncos.

      The Vikings (8-3) trailed 20-0 at halftime and 23-7 after three quarters, but scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally and win for the sixth time in their past seven games. Cousins hit Kyle Rudolph for a 32-yard touchdown pass with 6:01 remaining to give the Vikings a 27-23 lead, their first of the game.

      Denver (3-7) took the ball and put together a 19-play drive to the Minnesota 4-yard line in the final seconds, but the Broncos couldn't connect on three consecutive passing plays before time ran out.

      Patriots 17, Eagles 10

      Wide receiver Julian Edelman threw a touchdown pass, Nick Folk kicked three field goals and visiting New England scored 17 unanswered points to defeat Philadelphia in their first meeting since the Eagles won Super Bowl LII.

      The win clinched the 19th consecutive winning season for the Patriots (9-1), one behind the Dallas Cowboys' all-time record of 20 from 1966-85. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished 26 of 47 for 216 yards.

      Quarterback Carson Wentz was 20 of 40 for 214 yards and a touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert, but the Eagles dropped back to .500 at 5-5 and had their two-game winning streak snapped.

      Ravens 41, Texans 7

      Lamar Jackson passed for four touchdowns and produced 308 total yards as Baltimore turned a high-profile matchup with Houston into a rout at home.

      Though the Ravens (8-2) failed to score on their opening drive for just the second time this season, Jackson caught fire with two long second-quarter scoring drives that provided Baltimore a 14-0 halftime lead, en route to its sixth consecutive win. The Ravens' top-ranked rushing offense finished with 263 yards on 7.3 yards per carry.

      Deshaun Watson passed for 169 yards and was sacked six times. Carlos Hyde scampered 41 yards for a score with 7:10 remaining in the game to help Houston avoid the shutout.

      49ers 36, Cardinals 26

      Jimmy Garoppolo passed for a career-high 424 yards and tied a career high with four touchdowns, including the game-winning 25-yard score to Jeff Wilson Jr. with 31 seconds remaining, as host San Francisco rallied past Arizona in Santa Clara, Calif.

      The 49ers overcame a 16-point deficit, beating the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks. San Francisco (9-1) rebounded from its only loss on Monday night to take a one-game lead over idle Seattle (8-2) in the NFC West.

      Larry Fitzgerald and Pharoh Cooper had touchdown receptions for the Cardinals (3-7-1), who have lost a season-high four in a row entering a bye week.

      Cowboys 35, Lions 27

      Dak Prescott threw for 444 yards and three touchdowns, while Ezekiel Elliott added a pair of TDs as visiting Dallas notched a victory over short-handed Detroit.

      Prescott completed 29 of 46 passes, while surpassing 400 yards for the third time this season, and Michael Gallup caught nine passes for 148 yards as the Cowboys (6-4) remained in first place in the NFC East.

      The Cowboys have won three of their last four games since a three-game losing streak, rebounding from a defeat at home against the Vikings last Sunday.

      Saints 34, Buccaneers 17

      Drew Brees threw three touchdown passes, and visiting New Orleans recorded four interceptions of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.

      Brees completed 28 of 35 passes for 228 yards. Michael Thomas, the leading receiver in the NFL, caught eight of Brees' passes for 114 yards and a touchdown that helped the Saints (8-2) build a 20-0 lead.

      The Buccaneers (3-7) pulled within 20-10 when Matt Gay kicked a 55-yard field goal on the first possession of the second half, but Brees responded on the ensuing possession with a 75-yard drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr.

      Colts 33, Jaguars 13

      Jonathan Williams rushed for 116 yards, and Marlon Mack ran for 109 yards and a touchdown as Indianapolis beat visiting Jacksonville to move into a first-place tie in the AFC South with Houston.

      Quarterback Jacoby Brissett ran and threw for a touchdown in the third quarter in a successful return from a knee injury that forced him to sit out last week's 16-12 loss to Miami. Brissett completed 15 of 24 passes for 148 yards for the Colts (6-4).

      It wasn't quite as nice a return for quarterback Nick Foles, making his first start for Jacksonville (4-6) since suffering a broken clavicle in a Week 1 loss to Kansas City. Foles hit on 33 of 47 passes for 296 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

      Falcons 29, Panthers 3

      Atlanta intercepted four passes and defeated a second NFC South rival in as many weeks, clobbering host Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.

      Quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and the Falcons took advantage of some stellar work on special teams, including a 78-yard punt-return touchdown by Kenjon Barner.

      A week after knocking off the New Orleans Saints on the road, the Falcons (3-7) didn't give Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen many open looks. Allen, who had never lost at home when starting for the Panthers, finished 31 of 50 for 325 yards with four interceptions.

      Raiders 17, Bengals 10

      Derek Carr threw one touchdown pass and ran for a second score as Oakland used a strong defensive performance to hold off visiting Cincinnati.

      Josh Jacobs rushed for 112 yards on 23 carries. The Raiders' defense limited the Bengals to a total of 246 yards en route to a third consecutive win that completed a homestand hat trick after a rough travel start to the season.

      Carr finished 25 of 29 for 292 yards with the one score and one interception. The interception, by the Bengals' Jessie Bates III, was the first thrown by Carr in his last four games.

      Bills 37, Dolphins 20

      Josh Allen passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as Buffalo defeated host Miami.

      Allen completed 21 of 33 passes for 256 yards with no interceptions. His top receiver was John Brown, who is from the Miami area and caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Brown also recovered a Buffalo fumble.

      Jakeem Grant's 101-yard kick-return touchdown was a highlight for the Dolphins, but it wasn't enough as the Bills (7-3) swept their two-game season series with Miami (2-8). Grant also ran for a 7-yard touchdown and had 237 total yards.

      Jets 34, Redskins 17

      Sam Darnold threw a career-high four touchdown passes as visiting New York cruised past Washington to win a second consecutive game for the first time since Oct. 7-14, 2018.

      The Redskins (1-9) have lost four straight but snapped a franchise-record touchdown drought of 254 minutes and 49 seconds when rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Guice in the fourth quarter.

      Darnold finished 19 of 30 for 293 yards. Le'Veon Bell rushed 18 times for 59 yards and scored a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the Jets (3-7). Safety Jamal Adams recorded three sacks.

      Rams 17, Bears 7

      Todd Gurley matched a season high with 97 yards rushing and scored a touchdown, Malcolm Brown added a score, and the Rams returned home to win a defensive tussle against the Bears.

      The elite Rams defense, behind tackle Aaron Donald, held the Bears scoreless in the first half and kept Chicago to 193 yards passing and 74 yards rushing. The Bears missed field goals on two of their first three possessions.

      Jared Goff passed for 173 yards but it was enough for the Rams (6-4) to win for the third time in their past four games following a three-game losing streak.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals WR Tate carted off after scary hit
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Auden Tate was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was hit in the head while making a catch against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon.

    • Tate flashed two thumbs up from his position on the stretcher before he was taken to the locker room. His helmet remained on but the team's medical staff cut off his facemask before strapping him on a backboard.

      Several hours later, Tate wrote on his Twitter account that he was feeling better.

      "I'm good y'all appreciate the love and prayers," he wrote.

      The 22-year-old from Florida State was injured while making a 20-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He absorbed a hard hit from behind by Raiders safety Curtis Riley but held on to the ball.

      Players on both teams kneeled while Tate stayed down on the ground after the hit.

      Tate has 34 receptions for 483 yards and one touchdown.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lions' Flowers, Ragnow suffer head injuries
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers and center Frank Ragnow are in the NFL concussion protocol, stemming from head injuries suffered during Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

    • Both players left during the fourth quarter. Flowers had suffered a leg injury earlier in the contest but returned before leaving for good later.

      Safety Tracy Walker also went down with a knee injury. He was playing for the first time since being hurt Oct. 27 against the New York Giants.

      Lions coach Matt Patricia didn't know if Walker's injury was a new one or an aggravation of the recent ailment.

      "We had done a couple of things with him through the course of the week and just really saw everything look normal from a physical standpoint," Patricia said afterward. "So had a couple packages that we thought would be good for him to be in."

      Punt returner Jamal Agnew (ankle) and fullback Nick Bawden (knee) also departed with injuries.

      Detroit also played without quarterback Matthew Stafford (back) for the second straight game. An ESPN report says Stafford could miss another month due to fractured bones.

      The Lions (3-6-1) have lost three straight games and six of their past seven.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Patriots TE Gronkowski teases 'big announcement'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Rob Gronkowski announced on social media that he has a "big announcement" forthcoming, but he gave no hint as to whether he's coming out of retirement to play tight end for the New England Patriots.

    • "What's up, Gronk Nation? I have a big announcement to make," he started in a video posted to his Instagram story on Saturday night. "I can't wait to drop it on all of you this coming Tuesday. It's gonna be fun, it's gonna be wild, it's gonna be a good time."

      He said he would post his announcement on Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

      On Sunday morning, he followed that message with another on his Facebook page. He shared a 2016 video of quarterback Tom Brady blowing into a conch shell that was captioned, "New England Patriots RECEIVERS... ASSEMBLE!!!"

      Gronkowski added his comment: "Tom Brady, do you think this thing still works?"

      Gronkowski announced his retirement in March after nine seasons with the Patriots, who selected him in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

      Reports emerged earlier this month that Patriots owner Robert Kraft told Gronkowski when he retired that the team would welcome him back for the end of the 2019 season and the postseason run. If the tight end returns, he must do so by Nov. 30 to be eligible to play this season.

      The 30-year-old was a four-time first-team All-Pro and won three Super Bowls with New England. In 115 games (100 starts), he caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards with 79 touchdowns.

      Despite his cryptic posts, Patriots fans shouldn't be too excited about the prospect of seeing No. 87 back on the field. When Gronkowski teased previous announcements, he told his social media followers that he would be working with a CBD company and then as a Fox Sports analyst.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Colts RB Mack breaks hand, severity unclear
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack sustained a fracture in his right hand in Sunday's victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple reports.

    • How long Mack will be out reportedly depends on whether or not he needs surgery, which will be determined by tests and meetings with specialists this week. At minimum, he is expected to miss Thursday night's game at Houston, in a battle for first-place in the AFC South.

      Mack hurt the hand in the third quarter and was ruled out for the rest of the game. He rushed for 109 yards on 14 carries before the injury.

      Jonathan Williams thrived in relief, rushing for 116 yards on 13 carries, including a 48-yarder. Scatback Nyheim Hines also had a 7-yard touchdown run.

      Mack's 13-yard touchdown run, complete with a spin move, knotted the score at 7-7 with 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

      Mack, 23, has 862 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns to receive Texans' third-rounder in Johnson trade
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    With Houston running back Duke Johnson active for his 10th game of the season Sunday, the Cleveland Browns will receive the Texans' third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

    • The Browns traded Johnson to the Texans on Aug. 9. They would have received Houston's fourth-round pick if Johnson had been active in fewer than 10 games.

      Entering Sunday's game at Baltimore, Johnson had rushed 54 times for 287 yards and a touchdown and added 22 receptions for 228 yards and two scores.

      Johnson, 26, gained 3,456 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns in 64 games (10 starts) with the Browns from 2015-18.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Docs say Stafford has a '6-week injury'
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Matthew Stafford's doctors told the Detroit Lions quarterback that the broken bones in his back are a "six-week injury," ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

    • "This doesn't mean Stafford will be sidelined six games, but it does provide a glimpse into the severity of the injury that he has played through," Schefter wrote.

      Stafford is missing his second straight game Sunday against the visiting Dallas Cowboys. The Lions have not provided a timetable for his return.

      Before sitting out last week's game in Chicago, Stafford had started 136 consecutive games -- the sixth-longest streak for a quarterback in NFL history.

      Backup Jeff Driskel started against the Bears and was back under center Sunday against the Cowboys.

      The 31-year-old Stafford has completed 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,499 yards, 19 touchdowns and five interceptions in eight games this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: NFL will rule on appeals by Wednesday
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    The NFL is expected to rule by Wednesday on any appeals related to the suspensions handed out in the wake of Thursday's brawl between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    • The NFL's Derrick Brooks and James Thrash will hear the cases early this week and reportedly intend to make their rulings before the teams' respective Week 12 games.

      Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in the melee. The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would extend to the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL for a single-game incident.

      In Garrett's appeal, he is expected to argue that the NFL's labor deal does not allow for indefinite suspensions for an on-field act.

      Also suspended for their role in the fracas, notable for Garrett swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, was Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game and a fine) and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games and a fine.)

      The Browns and Steelers organizations also were fined $250,000 each.

      The NFL is also expected to make good on its statement that further discipline to players "will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area."

      According to Schefter, about 10 players will be fined for leaving the sideline to join the skirmish.

      Also, Rudolph is expected to be fined $35,096 for his role in the fight.

      The previous record suspension was five games in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans' Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys' Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kaepernick 'ready to play' after working out for 8 teams
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick worked out for 40 minutes in front of representatives from eight NFL teams on Saturday near Atlanta, then gave a short statement afterward saying he is ready to join a team and play at any time.

    • "I've been ready for three years,'' Kaepernick said. "I've been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here: Showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

      "We're out here. We're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready.''

      The number of teams represented was about a third of the expectation, after Kaepernick changed the time and location of the workout earlier Saturday and opened it up to the media against the NFL's wishes.

      Backed by his representatives, Kaepernick changed the time of the 3 p.m. ET workout, which was moved to Charles Drew High School in Riverdale, Ga., about 60 miles from the Atlanta Falcons' training complex in Flowery Branch, where the session for 25 teams was originally scheduled to take place.

      Apparently, the change in venue didn't affect Kaepernick's performance. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that an NFL executive at the session told him Kaepernick's arm is "elite" and that he threw the ball well. Kaepernick worked with several free agent wide receivers, including Bruce Ellington and Brice Butler, and friend and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid was there to support him for a portion of it.

      Prior to the showcase, Kaepernicks's representatives expressed that they had issues with a liability waiver the league provided the QB to sign, and wanted members of the media to be able to see the workout and also videotape it.

      "Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on," Kaepernick said afterward. "We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here. It's important that y'all (the media) are here."

      Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, were set to direct the original session, but they did not once Kaepernick's plans changed.

      After the change of plans, the NFL released a statement that read in part:

      "We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m. today along with the public. ...

      "Today's session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants -- an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. ...

      "We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media."

      The lengthy statement ended with, "Colin's decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club."

      Nalley also spoke to reporters afterward, but he wasn't optimistic about the odds of a team signing his client.

      "I hope so, but I don't know,'' Nalley said. "I'll be honest, I'm a little bit pessimistic because I've talked to all 32 teams. I've reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest.

      "I'll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout. And, I've got to tell you what, I've got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed his in shape. I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it's the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them if you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs -- they said, 'We don't need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.'"

      Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

      The 32-year-old has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    New York Jets center Ryan Kalil was placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

    • Kalil, who is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was lured out of retirement with a one-year, $8.4 million contract in the offseason.

      The 34-year-old Kalil started seven games this season before sustaining a knee injury during New York's 29-15 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 27. He missed the next two games before making his way back to practice this week, although the return was short-lived.

      The Jets activated offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad to replace Kalil, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

      Koloamatangi was signed to the Jets' practice squad on Oct. 30.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Saturday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, however ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the deal is worth $8 million and includes $3.27 million in guaranteed money.

      Hurns, who grew up in Miami and played for the hometown Hurricanes in college, has recorded 13 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season.

      The 28-year-old spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Hurns caught 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games before sustaining a dislocated left ankle and broken fibula in the NFC wild-card game against Seattle on Jan. 5.

      Hurns played his first four seasons in Jacksonville (2014-17). His best year with the Jaguars came in 2015 with 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns, all career bests.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Detroit Lions rookie running back Ty Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is eligible to play in Sunday's home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

    • Johnson sustained a concussion during Detroit's 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He has been removed from the injury report after initially being listed as questionable following his participation in practice on Thursday and Friday.

      The 22-year-old Johnson, who has 44 carries for 153 yards this season, was elevated to the role of starter after running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve last month.

      Johnson also has 13 receptions for 58 yards for the Lions (3-5-1), who could also lean on running backs J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins behind backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee 'falls squarely' on Kitchens
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley pointed the finger at the team's current head coach Freddie Kitchens for the late-game melee that marred Thursday's contest.

    • Haley told SiriusXM Radio on Friday that Kitchens' leadership is to blame following an ugly incident in which Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay after he ripped the helmet off Mason Rudolph before hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with it.

      Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game for shoving Rudolph in the back.

      "This to me, this comes back to coaching," the 52-year-old Haley said. "This falls squarely right on the head coach. Because the head coach talks to every assistant coach, who then talk to their groups of players. And there's an old saying in coaching: 'You're either coaching it or you're allowing it to happen.'"

      Haley dismissed the notion that Thursday's fireworks were an isolated incident.

      "If you're not coaching it, you're allowing it to happen, and when I watch the Cleveland Browns, I see a lot of stuff being allowed to happen, whether it's clown shoes, visors, whatever it may be," Haley said. "Myles Garrett hitting the quarterback low, hitting the quarterback in the head, it's happening too much."

      While Cleveland leads the NFL in penalties with 87 this season, it should also be noted that Haley has a history with the organization.

      Haley was fired as the Browns offensive coordinator in October 2018 after less than one year at the position. Kitchens took over the role before being promoted to head coach after the season.

      -- Field Level Media

  • Chargers' Rivers to evaluate playing future after season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he plans to address his playing future ... in the future.

    • Rivers is in the final season of his four-year, $83.25 million contract extension that he signed in August 2015. Rivers said earlier this week that plans to take some time after the season to evaluate his physical and mental health before addressing whether he'll continue his NFL career.

      Rivers, who will turn 38 on Dec. 8, previously noted that he wants to be playing in 2020 when the Chargers move into the new SoFi Stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood, Calif.

      "I think that is my desire," Rivers said, per ESPN. "But I do think that it only seems right to say, 'All right, let's take a deep breath and regroup.' I kept saying, a couple years, a couple years or a handful, and then I went to the 'one year at a time.' And I think that's where it is, and that only makes sense when your contract is up and you're going to be 38 here in a few weeks.

      "So I'm just going to have kind of a self and family evaluation of it all, and also know that it's not solely my decision. ... But my intention certainly is to be playing in 2020."

      Rivers, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time last season, entered play this week leading the NFL in completions (240), attempts (364) and passing yards (2,816). He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games this season for the Chargers (4-6), who "host" the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) on Monday in Mexico City.

      -- Field Level Media

  • 49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    San Francisco 49ers standout tight end George Kittle was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report and could miss his second straight game due to knee and ankle injuries.

    • Kittle might end up being a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after he missed Monday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to the ailments. He didn't practice this week.

      San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said he has seen improvement from Kittle over the past few days.

      "He's definitely better this week than he was last week. We'll see how these next two days go," Shanahan told reporters on Friday. "We've got him doubtful because we'd rather not. I want him to be healthy throughout this year. We'll see what happens with the other guys.

      "Kittle won't allow us to ever rule him out until it's right at game time because he's done some pretty amazing things here in the last couple of years."

      Kittle leads the 49ers (8-1) with 46 receptions and 541 yards -- and he isn't the only target who is ailing.

      Recently acquired receiver Emmanuel Sanders is dealing with a rib injury that he suffered on Monday and also didn't practice all week.

      "Yeah, it looks like he's walking around better, sitting in the meetings better," Shanahan said of Sanders.

      Sanders has caught 13 passes for 161 yards in three games since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. His two touchdown catches with San Francisco ties for the team lead.

      The 49ers ruled out offensive tackle Joe Staley (finger) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (groin). Staley fractured and dislocated a finger during Monday's game and had surgery and will miss at least the next two games.

      Running back Matt Breida (ankle) and kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) are listed as doubtful.

      Others who are questionable are linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), running back Raheem Mostert (knee), receiver Dante Pettis (back) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps).

      Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 395 yards and five touchdowns, is being prepared to be the main ball carrier with Breida (542) and Mostert (335) banged up.

      Rookie Chase McLaughlin appears in line to be the kicker. He missed a 47-yard field goal in overtime that would have kept San Francisco undefeated before Seattle later won the game on its own field goal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    More than 24 NFL teams plan to attend Colin Kaepernick's open workout in Atlanta on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday.

    • Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

      The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, will direct the session.

      The league earlier had announced that 11 teams -- Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, and Washington -- confirmed they will attend in some capacity.

      NFL Network reported teams have until Saturday to submit names of people attending. Multiple outlets reported the league will not provide Kaepernick with a list of names of those attending, despite the belief the NFL had agreed to do so.

      A video of the workout, along with an interview, will be prepared and sent to every head coach and general manager in the league.

      NFL Network reported the receivers at the workout will be provided by the National Football Scouting Service, which is putting on the event and runs the NFL Scouting Combine each year. The receivers are expected to be mostly players who were on teams during the preseason.

      Kaepernick, 32, has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and one touchdown in that game.

      The Nevada product, who was a second-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, has passed for 12,271 yards in his career with 72 TDs and 30 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 more TDs.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Jacoby Brissett will be back at quarterback on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    • "Jacoby was full go the whole week," coach Frank Reich told reporters on Friday. "He looked good, so he'll be our starter."

      Brissett sprained his left knee in the Colts' 26-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3. He sat out last Sunday's game, a four-point loss to the Miami Dolphins.

      Reich said he couldn't estimate how near the quarterback was to 100 percent recovered.

      "He's looked really good. I really don't want to put a percentage on it. I know he's good enough to play," Reich said.

      On the season, the 26-year-old Brissett has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,649 yards in eight starts. He's thrown 14 touchdowns and been intercepted three times.

      Reich also announced that No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss the game with a calf injury. He last played on Oct. 27 in a win against Denver.

      Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has 32 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns in 2019.

      --Field Level Media