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  • Reports: Lions acquire DE Griffen from Cowboys
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The Detroit Lions acquired veteran defensive end Everson Griffen from the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

    • The Cowboys will receive a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

      Griffen recorded 2.5 sacks in seven games with Dallas.

      The 32-year-old Griffen was in his first season with Dallas after spending the previous 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. He signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Cowboys in August.

      Griffen was a four-time Pro Bowl selection while racking up 74.5 sacks for Minnesota (2010-19). He topped 10 sacks three different times.

      Griffen also has 375 tackles, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 154 games (88 starts). He has scored three career touchdowns -- one interception, one fumble and one blocked punt return.

      Due to COVID-19 protocols, Griffen won't be available for Detroit's home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He will more likely suit up for the first time with the Lions when they visit his former team -- the Vikings -- on Nov. 8.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers release CB Apple
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The Carolina Panthers released veteran cornerback Eli Apple on Tuesday.

    • Apple, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Panthers in May but has been bothered by various injuries and played just 28 defensive snaps in two games.

      He was listed on Carolina's injury report this week with a hamstring issue. He reportedly left Tuesday's practice with a hamstring issue and later was released.

      Apple was a first-round pick (10th overall) by the New York Giants in 2016. His career totals include 237 tackles, 33 passes defensed and three interceptions in 57 games (48 starts) with the Giants (2016-18), New Orleans Saints (2018-19) and Panthers.

      He made four tackles in Sunday's 27-24 loss at New Orleans.

      Donte Jackson and Troy Pride Jr. are the starting cornerbacks in Carolina, with Corn Elder and Stantley Thomas-Oliver III serving as backups while Rasul Douglas remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

      --Field Level Media

  • Judge: Giants COVID-19 violations addressed internally
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    New York Giants head coach Joe Judge vowed to keep things internal when dealing with the fallout of an incident this past weekend when multiple players were caught on video without masks at a Manhattan bar.

    • Among those that could be seen in a collection of video snippets were quarterback Daniel Jones, who was sharing a drink with an unidentified woman. Running back Saquon Barkley appeared to be dancing in the street while holding the front wheel of a bicycle off the ground. Barkley is set to have knee surgery this week.

      The Giants were off over the weekend after losing 22-21 to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.

      "I'm not going to go into all of the different things of the optics and all," Judge said Tuesday. "I'm just going to say these guys, look, we have to make the right decisions. I think what they try to do as a team on a night off, kind of assimilate a bye week if you would, go out to dinner and try to hang together as a team, that's something they were looking to do, kind of stay tight with each other."

      The camaraderie is what Judge is after multiple players reportedly had dinner in an area of a restaurant of limits to the public. But gathering in the bar area and violating NFL COVID-19 protocols is troublesome for the 1-6 Giants.

      "I've had a lot of in-depth conversations with the guys involved, as well as the rest of the team," Judge said. "They understand kind of the consequences of anything you do right now in this COVID environment, as well as the public eye, of how they're looked at and how we have to be careful. We have to make sure we make the right decisions."

      Giants players figure to get more than an internal scolding.

      The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly were put under investigation last week by the NFL after violating COVID-19 restrictions. Multiple players were fined earlier this season, including quarterback Derek Carr, for attending a local fundraiser without masks.

      Raiders offensive lineman Trent Brown tested positive last week, forcing the entire starting offensive line into quarantine leading up to a 45-20 home loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

      An earlier COVID-19 outbreak within the Tennessee Titans organization led to 24 positive cases. The organization was fined $350,000 last week with reports the Raiders could be facing an even steeper fine. The possible forfeiture of Raiders draft picks reportedly is in play.

      According to an ESPN report, the NFL was looking into the video.

      "We're just going to deal with everything internally right now in terms of that part of the situation," Judge reiterated.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rams release rookie K Sloman
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The Los Angeles Rams released rookie kicker Sam Sloman on Tuesday.

    • The 2020 seventh-round pick missed three of 21 extra-point attempts and three of 11 field goals and registered only 22 touchbacks on 37 kickoffs through seven games.

      Sloman, 23, made 1-of-2 field goals and all three PATs in Monday night's 24-10 victory against the Chicago Bears. His 48-yard attempt in the fourth quarter was blocked by Chicago's Roy Robertson-Harris.

      The Rams signed veteran Kai Forbath off the Bears' practice squad last week.

      Forbath, 33, converted all 11 of his field-goal attempts in four games with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots in 2019.

      Forbath has a career field-goal percentage of 86.8 in 81 career games with Washington, New Orleans, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Dallas and New England.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs vault to NFC Championship favorites
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    A modest two-game win streak coupled with some shaky performances by top NFC contenders has vaulted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into favorites to reach the Super Bowl at several sportsbooks.

    • The Kansas City Chiefs remain the heavy favorites to win Super Bowl LV by most all oddsmakers, including being offered at +400 by DraftKings and PointsBet.

      Tampa Bay beat the Las Vegas Raiders 45-20 on Sunday to improve to 5-2. They're just a half-game back of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (5-1), who suffered their first loss in a dramatic overtime game at Arizona.

      The Seahawks' past five games have been decided by one score and Seattle ranks last in the NFL in total defense by more than 50 yards per game over the next-worst team in yards allowed per game.

      Those trends have contributed to Tampa Bay moving to the third Super Bowl favorite at DraftKings at +800, behind only the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens (+600). The Pittsburgh Steelers, the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFL, are +850, followed by the Seahawks (+1000) and Packers (+1100).

      The Bucs are also plus +800 at PointsBet, with the book offering the Ravens at +550 and the Steelers at +800. The Seahawks and Packers are both +1000.

      Kansas City continues to garner the most action, with the Chiefs responsible for 21 percent of the handle and 31 percent of the total Super Bowl winner bets at DraftKings. Tampa Bay is second with 14 percent of the handle, while the Ravens are bringing in the second most total bets at 12 percent.

      The Dallas Cowboys are 2-5 but remain a factor in the woeful NFC East. At +10000 to win the Super Bowl, they have brought in four percent of the handle and three percent of the total bets.

      Handle Rank, Team (Odds), % of Handle, % of Bets

      1. KC Chiefs (+400), 21%, 31%

      2. TB Buccaneers (+800), 14%, 10%

      3. BAL Ravens (+600), 8%, 12%

      4. PIT Steelers (+850), 6%, 4%

      5. SEA Seahawks (+1000), 6%, 4%

      6. NO Saints (+1400), 5%, 6%

      7. GB Packers (+1100), 5%, 3%

      8. DAL Cowboys (+10000), 4%, 3%

      9. NE Patriots (+6000), 4%, 2%

      10. SF 49ers (+2800), 4%, 5%

      Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson remained the heavy MVP favorite at both sportsbooks despite his three-interception night against the Cardinals. He did tie Peyton Manning's record with 22 touchdown passes through the first six games of a season and has thrown for 1,890 yards.

      Wilson is being offered at -100 by PointsBet while DraftKings lists him at +100. Both books have Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers at +400 and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes at +450.

      The Steelers moved to 6-0 in knocking the Tennessee Titans from the ranks of the unbeaten. Pittsburgh faces a tough road game at Baltimore this week as the Steelers are currently being offered at +2000 by PointsBet to go undefeated this season.

      Meanwhile, the 0-7 New York Jets are +265 to go winless. For Jets fans, that could mean landing Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is being offered at -1000 by PointsBet to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

      The next closest is Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell at +750, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at +850. Sewell opted out of playing for the Ducks this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets trade LB Willis to 49ers
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The New York Jets traded outside linebacker Jordan Willis to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday.

    • The 49ers sent a sixth-round draft pick in 2022 to the Jets in exchange for Willis and a seventh-round pick in 2021.

      NFL Network first reported the deal was in the works last week.

      Willis, 25, played just 46 defensive snaps in two games for New York this year, contributing one fumble recovery.

      A third-round pick by Cincinnati in 2017, Willis has 52 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in 43 career games with the Bengals (2017-18) and Jets.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL reports 19 new cases of COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the NFL stayed even from the previous week, according to numbers released Tuesday by the league and the NFL Players Association.

    • Testing for Oct. 18-24 resulted in 19 new cases, including eight positives among players and 11 confirmed positives among other personnel -- numbers that are identical to last week.

      On this latest report, 42,687 tests were administered to a total of 7,817 players and team personnel. The breakdown: 16,799 tests were administered to 2,491 players; 25,888 tests were administered to 5,326 personnel.

      Since monitoring began Aug. 1, more than 500,000 tests were administered to players and personnel through Oct. 24.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers designate RB McCaffrey to return from IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The Carolina Panthers designated star running back Christian McCaffrey to return from injured reserve on Tuesday.

    • Sidelined since Week 2 with a right high-ankle sprain, McCaffrey reportedly arrived at practice Tuesday wearing a red non-contact jersey before switching to a regular jersey.

      The All-Pro's status for Thursday night's home game against the Atlanta Falcons will likely depend on how he holds up over the next couple of days.

      McCaffrey, 24, who racked up more than 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in 2019, rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns and caught seven passes for 67 yards in Carolina's first two games.

      A first-round pick (eighth overall) in 2017, McCaffrey has gained 5,666 yards from scrimmage and scored 43 TDs in 50 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Ravens sign WR Dez Bryant to practice squad
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    The Baltimore Ravens are signing free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad, the NFL Network reported Tuesday.

    • "My emotions running high right now ... I'm thankful ... I can't stop crying," Bryant, who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2017, posted on Twitter.

      Bryant, who turns 32 on Nov. 4, previously worked out for the Ravens in August.

      The three-time Pro Bowl selection tore his right Achilles tendon two days after signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints in November 2018.

      Prior to signing with the Saints, Bryant reportedly turned down a multi-year offer from Baltimore in April 2018.

      The Dallas Cowboys selected Bryant with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, and he spent eight seasons there. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games with the Cowboys, who released him in April 2018.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Broken finger sidelines Bucs WR Godwin
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin will miss Monday night's game against the New York Giants with a broken left index finger, the Tampa Bay Times reported Tuesday.

    • Godwin sustained the injury while catching a 4-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass in Sunday's 45-20 defeat of the Las Vegas Raiders. He had surgery on Tuesday, per the report.

      The Buccaneers are hopeful Godwin can return for their NFC South showdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9.

      Godwin, 24, has 25 catches for 279 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season. He has already missed three games due to injuries.

      A third-round pick in 2017 out of Penn State, Godwin has 204 receptions for 2,979 yards and 19 touchdowns in 50 career games. He finished third in the NFL with 1,333 yards last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jones snaps when asked about Cowboys' leadership
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Owner and general manager Jerry Jones lost his temper with a radio host Tuesday when asked if his 2-5 Dallas Cowboys had a leadership void.

    • "No," Jones said. But when the hosts of his weekly 105.3 The Fan radio show asked for clarification, he snapped, "Will you shut up and let me answer it? No."

      Jones, whose team is allowing a league-worst 34.7 points per game, later apologized for his outburst.

      "If I were a little abrupt there, then I really don't want to have our day start that way. You're too good of men for that. This certainly isn't my most tactful time, you might say, with this thing as we discuss these matters. I'm disappointed for our fans. I can't tell you how disappointed I am. It was not the plan at all," Jones said.

      "We certainly want to point to things, but they're not excuses. This is football. I'll assure you right now we're going to put our head down. We haven't spent the time, the years, the money, the effort and everything for the Dallas Cowboys to be where we are right now. There will be better days."

      The Cowboys have lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott (broken ankle) and his backup, Andy Dalton (concussion), to injuries this month, with rookie Ben DiNucci finishing Sunday's sluggish 25-3 loss at Washington.

      DiNucci, a seventh-round pick from James Madison, could make his first start when the Cowboys face the Eagles (2-4-1) on Sunday night in Philadelphia.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears QB Foles claims Nagy criticism was 'miscommunication'
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    A quarterback controversy is breaking out in Chicago but it involves only one player -- starter Nick Foles.

    • During the "Monday Night Football" broadcast of the Los Angeles Rams' victory over the Bears, analyst Brian Griese opened a can of worms when he shared that Foles thinks some of head coach Matt Nagy's incoming play calls are destined for failure.

      "We were talking to Nick Foles yesterday, and he said, 'You know, sometimes play calls come in and I know that I don't have time to execute that play call. You know, I'm the one out here getting hit. Sometimes the guy calling the plays, Matt Nagy, he doesn't know how much time there is back here,'" Griese said in the fourth quarter of the ESPN broadcast. "So that's something that they have to get worked out."

      Nagy was asked after the game about the comment and appeared to be more than surprised.

      "Nick and I have a pretty good relationship, and he hasn't said anything," Nagy said. "I'm sure he'll explain what he meant by that."

      On Tuesday, Nagy said Foles will remain the starting quarterback and he will stick with his play-calling duties. Foles, who replaced Mitchell Trubisky as the starter in Week 3, has thrown for 1,139 yards, six touchdowns and six picks. He has been sacked eight times.

      "This is a process for us to work though, and it's not just one person. It's really not," Nagy said. "And I know from (Monday night), decision-making-wise and where he's at, I thought (Foles) did a good job. I thought he made some good throws. He missed a couple as well, but again, it's a team sport, so there's some other reasons for that as well."

      Despite a 5-2 record, the Chicago offense ranks 27th in points per game (19.7), 30th in yards per play (4.8), 30th on third-down conversions (35.1 percent) and 29th in red zone efficiency (47.6 percent). Nagy doesn't think relinquishing play-calling is the solution.

      "I'm really honestly not opposed to, there's no opposition from me if we feel like that that's what the issue is. And so we look at that. Right now, where we're at, that's not where we think it's at," Nagy said.

      The Bears are 2-2 since Foles replaced Trubisky as the starting quarterback. Foles said after Monday's 24-10 loss to the Rams that his comments to Griese were not a dig at Nagy and more of a "miscommunication" to Griese, who played quarterback at Michigan and in the NFL.

      "That was definitely a miscommunication with Brian and I. We do these pregame conversations the day before the game just to give them information," Foles said after the game. "Coach Nagy and I have great conversations on the sidelines. So, there might be times we go through it beforehand and say, 'What do you think?' And there's times you got to get the ball out quick and whatnot. But, in those situations, Matt and I have a great relationship on the sideline with conversations and everything. I think in that situation with Brian it was a miscommunication of words. That's not what I was trying to bring across in that conversation.

      "When Coach Nagy and I talk on the sidelines, we'll go through plays and different situations and go through the defense. I'll be honest, like, 'Hey, right now, maybe get the ball out quicker. They're bringing some pressures and whatnot.' ... Part of that was, 'Hey, maybe we don't have the time right now for this type of drop because of what they're bringing, the pressures they're bringing.' It's easier with that to go, 'Hey, 1, 2, 3 ball out.'

      "That's where the (Griese) miscommunication lies. Those are actually conversations Coach Nagy and I have on the sidelines so that when we go to the field we're ready to roll. I think that's a valuable relationship I have with him, to be able to talk like that and understand specifically for me to talk about each game is its own entity so you have to understand how to play it in the appropriate way."

      --Field Level Media

  • Antonio Brown officially joins Buccaneers
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    Antonio Brown is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    • Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Brown, who is suspended for the first eight games of the season, would be on the field with the team for the first time Wednesday. Brown is permitted to do conditioning and individual work but not practice with the Buccaneers until his suspension is lifted.

      Reports pegged Brown's contract at a max value of $2.5 million. ESPN reported he can earn $250,000 incentives for receptions, yards and touchdowns, plus an additional $750,000 should Tampa Bay win the Super Bowl.

      Brown has reportedly already cleared NFL's coronavirus protocols. He could be on the field for Tampa Bay in Week 9, a Sunday night home game against the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 8.

      Bucs quarterback Tom Brady and Brown were briefly teammates last season in New England. The Patriots kept Brown for just one game after his short tenure with the then-Oakland Raiders.

      Brown, 32, has been a free agent since September 2019, when the Patriots released him after one game following allegations of sexual assault and sending intimidating text messages to an accuser. Those allegations led to an NFL investigation.

      A seven-time Pro Bowl and four-time All-Pro selection, Brown ranks third among active players in receptions (841) and is fourth in receiving yards (11,263) and touchdown catches (75).

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys DE Griffen reportedly on trading block
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, October 27, 2020

    NFL teams looking for a pass rusher might look Dallas' way, as the Cowboys are making defensive end Everson Griffen available, according to multiple media reports.

    • The Cowboys are 2-5, although that is enough to have them tied for second in the weak NFC East, a half-game behind the first-place Philadelphia Eagles.

      The league's trade deadline is Nov. 3.

      Finding a taker for Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl selection who has 77 sacks in 11 NFL seasons, could save the Cowboys about half of the $6 million he is owed from the one-year contract he signed in August, according to NFL Network.

      Griffen, 32, spent his first 10 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. A fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Southern California, he has played in 154 games, making 88 starts. He has 89 tackles for loss and nine forced fumbles.

      In playing 56 percent of the Cowboys' defensive plays, Griffen has 20 tackles, six quarterback hits and 2.5 sacks this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Carson 'week to week' amid Seahawks' banged-up backfield
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    The Seattle Seahawks' perfect 5-0 record took a hit Sunday night. So did their offensive backfield.

    • In losing to the Arizona Cardinals 37-34 in overtime, Seattle's top three running backs all went down with injuries, leaving the team with question marks heading into their Week 8 meeting with the visiting San Francisco 49ers.

      Leading rusher Chris Carson, who has piled up 323 yards and has three touchdowns on the ground and three more as a receiver, sustained his injury in the first half Sunday and did not return. An MRI on Monday confirmed a mid-foot sprain, his second sprain this month after he hurt his knee in early October.

      "There's something there that we could see," coach Pete Carroll said. "It's just week-to-week, so we'll see what happens. We don't know. He was real determined to say, 'I can go with it,' but we won't know until the end of the week, for sure."

      Top backup Carlos Hyde replaced Carson in the second quarter and gained 68 yards on 15 carries, but his status is unclear due to tightness in his hamstring. Carroll said the team was "hoping" he could play Sunday against San Francisco, where his career began.

      Third-down back Travis Homer also got banged up against the Cardinals, suffering a bruised knee in the fourth quarter. An MRI showed no structural damage, so "that's something he has a chance to recover (quickly) from," said Carroll.

      With those three injuries, the Seahawks may have to rely on rookie fourth-rounder DeeJay Dallas, who has played just two games this season, as they have no other running backs on their roster or practice squad. Rashaad Penny, their 2018 first-round pick, is not ready to return from his knee injury and is still on the physically unable to perform list.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals dealing with banged-up offensive line
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    The Cincinnati Bengals have had issues protecting rookie quarterback Joe Burrow this season.

    • It's a challenge that will only get more difficult in the short term as the Bengals begin Week 8 with three injured starters on the offensive line.

      Cincinnati (1-5-1) lost starting left tackle Jonah Williams (neck), center Trey Hopkins (concussion) and right tackle Bobby Hart (knee) during Sunday's 37-34 loss to the visiting Cleveland Browns.

      None of the three could be available when the Bengals host the Tennessee Titans (5-1) next weekend, second-year head coach Zac Taylor said Monday.

      Williams' injury was initially thought to be the most serious, but the situation isn't as dire as first thought. Williams, the 11th overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Alabama, had become the Bengals' best tackle.

      "He's day-to-day. It looked scary when it first happened but things are starting to look up there," Taylor said.

      Hopkins has been placed in concussion protocol and his status will be re-evaluated on Wednesday. In his sixth season out of Texas, Hopkins has started 44 games over the last four years with Cincinnati.

      Hart, meanwhile, suffered his injury late in the fourth quarter. Since signing with the Bengals prior to the 2018 season, Hart has started each of Cincinnati's 39 games. However, Taylor ruled Hart out for Sunday's bout with Tennessee.

      If all three starters remain sidelined, the Bengals will be exceptionally young on the offensive line against the Titans. Rookie Hakeem Adeniji filled in at left tackle against the Browns, with second-year pro Fred Johnson filling the void at right tackle. Third-year center Billy Price took over for Hopkins in the middle.

      Taylor also said running back Joe Mixon (foot) remains "day-to-day" after he sat out the loss to Cleveland. Mixon leads the Bengals with 428 rushing yards and four total touchdowns scored this season.

      Through seven games, Cincinnati is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles in allowing an NFL-worst 28 sacks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys QB Dalton enters concussion protocol
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Quarterback Andy Dalton is in the NFL concussion protocol for the first time in his career.

    • The Dallas Cowboys are not certain Dalton will be available this week. His head injury was the result of a direct shot from Washington Football Team linebacker Jon Bostic while sliding feet first in Sunday's game.

      "Obviously Andy is in protocol. He'll have to work through that," said Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Monday. "Of course, the lick that he took, the hit that he took when he was sliding is exactly what we don't want in our game. I think the refs handled it accordingly and ejected the player, and probably what you would fully expect on a situation like that.

      "So, it's never going to be perfect. This is a fast game, and as we know, levels are changing. It's very unfortunate obviously. Andy is a pro and thinking about him, and he'll be in protocol, and we'll see how he progresses."

      Rookie Ben DiNucci is Dalton's backup and finished the 25-3 loss to Washington on Sunday. He's in line to start if Dalton isn't cleared.

      Guard Zack Martin, who missed Sunday's game with a concussion he sustained the week before against Arizona, will be ready to go this week, Jones said on Monday. Jones also said center Joe Looney "has a chance" to play this week.

      Looney has been out with a sprained MCL since Oct. 4.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stephen Jones: Cowboys owners believe in McCarthy
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has the support of ownership, despite a 2-5 record to start his tenure with the team.

    • Stephen Jones, the Cowboys' executive vice president and director of player personnel, said Monday he isn't second-guessing the team's hiring of McCarthy.

      "I know we've got the right head guy for the job," Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. "These things just take time. I know our fans are frustrated. We certainly understand the criticism that's come our way. But we've got to go to work."

      The Cowboys lost quarterback Dak Prescott with a compound leg fracture earlier this month, and his backup, veteran Andy Dalton, is in concussion protocol after a taking a shot to the head on Sunday in the loss to the Washington Football Team.

      They have been outscored by 67 points on the season, and their defense is 27th in the league, giving up 408.1 yards per game.

      "You know Jerry and I are big believers in sticking with the staff," Jones said, speaking for his father, the team owner. "We've just got to give them their opportunity to work with these guys and continue to implement what they're trying to get accomplished."

      The Cowboys stuck with head coach Jason Garrett for nine-plus seasons before not bringing him back for the 2020 season. He led the Cowboys to the playoffs just three times.

      The Joneses tabbed as his replacement McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers after the 2010 season. He has a 127-82-2 career record with the Packers (2006-18) and Cowboys.

      Despite their 2-5 record, the Cowboys are in the mix for a division title in the subpar NFC East. The division-leading Philadelphia Eagles have a 2-4-1 record, and the two teams will meet on Sunday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons activate rookie DT Davidson off COVID reserve
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    The Atlanta Falcons activated rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson off the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

    • The team's second-round pick has played in just three games with a knee injury and the two games missed while on the COVID list. He has recorded four tackles.

      The move leaves John Cominsky as the only Falcon remaining on the COVID list. Rookies CB A.J. Terrell and safety Jaylinn Hawkins also spent time on COVID reserve.

      Davidson will be able to play in Thursday night's game against the Carolina Panthers. The Falcons are 1-6.

      --Field Level Media

  • Crennel, Texans will tolerate Watt's frustration
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Houston Texans head coach Romeo Crennel can tolerate defensive lineman J.J. Watt's frustration.

    • As Crennel sees it, Watt's boiling point is borne of an intolerance for losing.

      "He will not feel better until we start winning. If we don't win, he's not going to feel better," said Crennel.

      The Texans won't win this week. The team is on bye and big changes could be made via trade.

      Crennel is focused on in-house issues, including finding time for a sit-down meeting with Watt. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year again voiced his frustration with the results Sunday following a lopsided loss to the Green Bay Packers.

      "We can talk about what's happening and what he perceives to be the issues and see if we can get those straightened out. But a lot of it will have to do with the guys who play on either side of him because J.J. is a pretty consistent player himself," said Crennel, who was elevated to interim head coach after Bill O'Brien was fired. "So, what we have to get those other guys is to be as consistent as he is. If we can get that done, then I think that we'll improve. I think that if he sees that and sees that we are trying to improve and get better, I think that that will make him feel a little better."

      The Texans are a work in progress in terms of their personnel and scouting department as the trade deadline nears. O'Brien had final say on roster decisions and oversaw the football operations department. Crennel is one voice in that department as Houston hits reset, but his voice will definitely count when trade offers come rolling in this week.

      "They'll come to me and we'll sit down and we'll make a decision about what we think is best for the team. I've been informed of some possibilities but nothing definite right now," Crennel said.

      Watt is not thought to be on the trade block but with no first- or second-round pick in the 2021 draft, Houston might be more intrigued by such an offer right now. His name has been mentioned as a possibility for multiple teams, including the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints. Watt said none of the rumors change his focus.

      "My goal since I got here was to bring a championship to Houston," said Watt. "That remains my goal until the day I'm not a Houston Texan anymore."

      --Field Level Media

  • Titans CB Fulton to miss time with knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    One day after their first loss of the season, the Tennessee Titans took another hit Monday with the news that rookie cornerback Kristian Fulton will be out for a few weeks with a knee injury.

    • According to NFL reporter Paul Kuharsky, it is not yet known if the injury is serious enough to send Fulton to a three-week injured-reserve stint. The injury occurred during Sunday's 27-24 loss to Pittsburgh.

      The Titans are still trying to figure out whether cornerback Adoree Jackson will be available for his first action of the season Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson injured his knee before the season opener.

      Fulton, 22, has started two of the five games he has played in this season. He has 15 tackles, one interception and one pass defensed. He was the Titans' second-round draft pick this year out of LSU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Broncos DL Purcell (foot) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Denver Broncos defensive lineman Mike Purcell is out for the season after injuring his foot during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

    • Purcell, who just signed a contract extension earlier this month, suffered a Lisfranc injury that will require surgery, head coach Vic Fangio said Monday.

      Fangio also said that running back Phillip Lindsay is in the concussion protocol after a hard hit by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen on Sunday. Lindsay left the game in the first half and did not return.

      Purcell recorded 13 tackles and one sack in six starts this season. He played just five snaps against the Chiefs.

      Purcell, 29, was cut 10 times by six teams before landing in Denver last year. He has played in 44 games (21 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers and Broncos. He was an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming in 2013.

      Purcell signed a three-year, $14.8 million extension on Oct. 6.

      Fangio said wide receivers Diontae Spencer (shoulder) and Tim Patrick (hamstring) and linebacker Derrek Tuszka (hamstring) are day to day.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Panthers won't push McCaffrey for Thursday return
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey is questionable for Thursday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, but NFL Network reported the Panthers are planning to err on the side of caution.

    • McCaffrey was on the field and dressed to participate in Monday's practice.

      McCaffrey is "close" to being cleared to return, head coach Matt Rhule said Friday, but he was not activated from injured reserve last week. That transaction will bring a 21-day window in which the Panthers can activate him from IR at any time.

      Rhule said it was "likely" the Panthers would have McCaffrey available for the Nov. 8 game at Kansas City.

      Since being sidelined by a high ankle sprain in Week 2, McCaffrey's role has been filled by journeyman Mike Davis.

      Davis, 27, was held to 12 yards on seven carries in a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

      Carolina's original timeline for McCaffrey's return was 4-6 weeks. He was placed on IR on Sept. 23. Rules for the 2020 season allow for players to return to the active roster from injured reserve after 21 days.

      --Field Level Media

  • The biggest victory: Rivera finishes chemotherapy
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Ron Rivera has heard his share of applause in his career in the NFL, but none of the cheers could have meant more to the Washington Football Team coach than those he experienced Monday morning.

    • Rivera walked down the corridor of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in the Washington, D.C., suburbs after completing his final chemotherapy treatment and was greeted by medical professionals wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with "Rivera Strong." They whooped and hollered in honor of the coach as he walked out of the center on the final day of chemo, which he underwent to treat squamous cell carcinoma.

      He stopped to ring the bell hanging on the wall, a symbol signifying the end of treatments.

      The team shared a video with the caption, "It's a different kind of Victory Monday."

      It was the second straight good day for Rivera, whose team dominated the Dallas Cowboys in a 25-3 win on Sunday.

      Diagnosed with cancer in August, Rivera has not missed any games and only skipped a few practices in his first season in the nation's capital.

      Rivera, 58, said the treatments often left him exhausted and were "like having a 300-pound gorilla on my back."

      Washington has its bye week this Sunday, giving Rivera a chance to recover. The team hosts the New York Giants on Nov. 8.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns lose Odell Beckham Jr. to torn ACL
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 26, 2020

    Odell Beckham Jr. is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

    • Beckham was hurt on the second snap of the game for the Cleveland Browns, who beat the Cincinnati Bengals to improve to 5-2 on Sunday.

      "Odell Beckham Jr. ... the energy he brings to energy and games, no one else is going to be able to bring that type of juice," Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Monday.

      Beckham was injured in the first quarter attempting to chase down Bengals cornerback Darius Phillips. The injury is likely to require surgery in early November and will keep Beckham in a limited physical capacity for six to nine months. The Browns confirmed the injury on Monday morning.

      "I am probably going to beat myself up about that one for a long time," quarterback Baker Mayfield said Sunday. "He is a guy who fights for this team, and in doing that, he got hurt. Prayers and hopes for the best. That one sucks."

      Beckham, running back Nick Chubb (knee) and tight end Austin Hooper (appendicitis) were out, but Mayfield led the Browns to a win Sunday by completing 21 straight passes. He said he was driven by Beckham's words at halftime, when he told the quarterback to "Go be great." He finished the game with five touchdown passes.

      "Odell going down mid-game is not great, but we had a ton of guys step up," Mayfield said after the game. "You never want to have to go through that, but this team is resilient, and our guys showed that today."

      Beckham, who turns 28 on Nov. 5, has 23 receptions for 319 yards and three touchdowns this season. Acquired from the New York Giants in 2019, he played in all 16 games last season and collected 74 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.

      In other injury news, Stefanski said the knee injury will keep Chubb sidelined on Sunday when the Browns host the Las Vegas Raiders, but he could return after the team's bye. The Browns face the Houston Texans on Nov. 15.

      "I know he's on schedule and I wouldn't be shocked if he's ahead of schedule," Stefanski said.

      --Field Level Media