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Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas will miss the rest of the season after an MRI discovered a torn triceps in his left arm, the team announced Monday.

Sando: Falcons. I’m not changing my preseason pick every few weeks based on which team is playing the best at the time. Although New Orleans looks like the best team and a great bet right now — the Saints are 4-2 after playing the NFL’s toughest schedule by 2017 win percentages — I’ll stick with the Falcons and trust that they’ll improve. They’re one game behind New Orleans in the NFC South race, with both games against the Saints coming much later in the season. This isn’t doubling down. It’s more like checking with a pair of nines.

Impact: While the Patriots still field the NFL’s second-ranked passing offense, Edelman’s absence could be felt in the playoffs, as quarterback Tom Brady won’t be able to rely upon the most prolific — and clutch — postseason receiver in franchise history during critical situations.

Impact: As the first tight end ever to record three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, Olsen will make a huge impact in Carolina’s passing offense. Besides productivity, Olsen is Cam Newton’s favorite target and safety blanket. His presence should help Newton rebound from the rough patch he’s currently experiencing.

Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (15.4 percent): Stills has made good on an opportunity to step into a No. 2 receiver role in Miami, with 10 catches on 13 targets, including three touchdowns, in the two games DeVante Parker has missed. Stills is an established speedster who could stay in that role with Miami playing Thursday night. While Matt Moore is set to start, that doesn’t impact Stills’ value monumentally. Still is on the flex radar in PPR scoring in 12-team or larger leagues.chargers_107

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Since then, he’s been dynamic. He tied an NFL record earlier this season by making 12 straight field goals of 50 yards or more — a mark he shares with Robbie Gould, Blair Walsh and Justin Tucker. He also holds the NFL record for consecutive field goals made of 55 yards or longer, with seven.

He’s the second player in NFL history, along with Sebastian Janikowski, to make more than 10 Aaron Donald Jersey field goals of 55 yards or more.

Prater holds Detroit’s records for longest field goals at home (58 yards) and on the road (59 yards).

He’s No. 23 all time in field goal percentage (83.1 percent), according to Pro Football Reference.

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We are aware of the incident involving Robert Mathis last night, the Colts said in a statement Tuesday. We are in the process of gathering more information and have no further comment at this time.

The Colts hired Mathis last month to be the team’s pass-rush consultant.

Mathis spent his entire 14-year NFL playing career with the Colts. He is the franchise leader in sacks (123) and has an NFL-record 40 career strip sacks. His best season was in 2013, when he had 19 1/2 sacks.

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The blueprint for the Minnesota Vikings’ rebuild looked sound on paper. There was a dynamic young quarterback who’d been named to the Pro Bowl in his second season in the NFL. A bruising front seven led an underrated defense capable of smothering opponents and shutting down the league’s best passers. Then they drafted one of college football’s top tailbacks to succeed a future Hall of Famer 锟斤拷 a player who quickly became one of the game’s most electric rookies.

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Winston’s got a nickname that you didn’t know about 锟斤拷 one that I just created 锟斤拷 Thursday Night Don. Winston has 624 pass yards, five touchdowns and one interception in two Thursday night games.

The Patriots defense hasn’t been great this season. In fact, the Pats are last in the NFL in total defense.

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I felt like it was extremely late, Smith said. I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.

I think when you start looking at … repeat offenders, I think when they get shots at quarterbacks, they’re going to take them.

But the defense has been consistently strong throughout the season for Jacksonville and did most of the Jaguars’ scoring by itself with touchdowns on back-to-back drives.

Jets coach Todd Bowles downplayed the impact of the controversial call, saying that his team had other opportunities to win. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Jets (3-3), who missed a chance to grab sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

The reversal of Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ apparent touchdown is one occasion when the final call didn’t match the eye test.
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Javad gave a non-denial denial when asked specifically if he was offered a job out of town.

“I am resigning from my position with the Miami Dolphins and accept full responsibility for my actions. I want to apologize to the organization and my sole focus is on getting the help that I need with the support of my family and medical professionals.”

“I think again the important aspect of it is us having a unified effort. We don’t want to be divided anymore. We don’t want to continue with this divisive rhetoric, we don’t want to engage with this divisive rhetoric. We want to start showing our players, the NFL itself, the NFL community that we can be collectively united to seek the changes that we want to see, which are beneficial to the entirety of society. So I thought it was important that we didn’t do this as individuals but we did it as a collective group.”

I’m not at liberty to say anything further than what I’ve told you, he wrote.

Goodell and Smith were in the same room for hours Tuesday, the commissioner having conveyed a sufficiently open league mind on the topic du jour and Smith having positioned his union as a consolidating force for getting and holding the attention of the league and its owners in a way players might find productive. It was more than symbolic, one source said, that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not among the 11 owners in attendance at the midtown morning meeting, as his recent comments on the issue of anthem demonstrations have been viewed by people on both sides as raising the noise level and making it harder to do the actual work at hand.

The best outcome, a source familiar with the content of the meeting said, would be to give players a reason NOT to kneel.steelers_034

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Along with the silence, fans were asked to shine lights from their phones for the victims of the tragedy, and the brightest city on Earth.

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It was quite the scene before the game, and a nice tribute for a horrific tragedy.

In a written statement to Columbus police, she said, this has previously happened as well multiple times in the past.

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The Jaguars’ defense has embarrassed a shocking number of quarterbacks so far this season, and they are capable of adding Jared Goff to that list. Then again, Goff is capable of coming within a dropped pass in the end zone of beating a defensive juggernaut like Seattle. If his defense can keep Leonard Fournette in check 鈥?a big if 鈥?the Rams can bounce back after last week.

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Chiefs coach Andy Reid on passing up a field goal to go for it on fourth-and 2 from the 4 against the Steelers: I don’t worry about the questions that will be asked afterwards; I do what my gut tells me to do…It didn’t work out, so hindsight ends up being that you wish you would have kicked it.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota on ending the team’s 11-game losing streak to the Colts: The monkey’s off our back and we get to go out there and just play now.

The players’ union and the league issued a joint statement just before the annual autumn owners meetings began. Today owners and players had a productive meeting focused on how we can work together to promote positive social change and address inequality in our communities, the statement said.

The upside is that games are better, more competitive, and though it’s still a good six weeks away, we might actually have an exciting playoff race. The downside for, um, professional analysts is that it makes picking games that much harder.

Except for the Browns. We can pretty much put them down for a loss every week. Thank heavens for that small slice of reliability we can cling to in the stormy seas of parity.
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Bridgewater has been sidelined since August 2016, when he dislocated his knee on a non-contact play in practice. Dr. Dan Cooper, who performed surgery on Bridgewater’s knee after the injury, reportedly cleared him to begin practice on Wednesday.

The Vikings now need to decide of they will take Bridgewater off the PUP list, which means there will be a three-week period where they assess if he will be promoted to the active roster or placed on injured reserve.

For now, Case Keenum is expected to retain starting duties, with former starter Sam Bradford continuing to recover from a bone bruise in his left knee.

Thus, even all the discussion referenced in the grievance (according to a copy posted by ESPN.com) about the league’s efforts to squelch player protest, possibly making standing for the national anthem mandatory 鈥?even all the interference from President Donald Trump, such as conversing with owners about player protests 鈥?would not rise to the level of collusion.

Titans kicker Ryan Succop kept the Titans in the game amid their early offensive struggles with five field goals. Succop also broke the NFL record for consecutive field goals under 50 yards with his first field goal of the game. The mark is now 47 in a row.

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Iguodala’s impact was immediate and also severely understated.

The stakes: The Indians haven’t lost two in a row since Aug. 23. The Yankees have to beat them for a second straight game to stay alive. Good news for the Indians: Teams up 2-1 in a best-of-five series go on to win 72 percent of the time (59-22). As suspected when the Indians chose to initially start Bauer over Corey Kluber in Game 1, the Indians decided to bring Bauer back in Game 4 on short rest instead of Josh Tomlin, in part because Tomlin did warm up at one point in Game 3. Good news for the Yankees: They have their best starting pitcher going in Severino (we’ll pretend that wild-card game never happened).

If the Yankees win: Then we get a Game 5 matchup between Kluber and Sonny Gray. Because Tanaka went seven innings on Sunday and there was an off day on Saturday, the Yankees’ bullpen is in great shape. Only David Robertson (nine pitches) and Aroldis Chapman (34 pitches) were used on Sunday, which leaves Chad Green, Adam Warren, Dellin Betances and Tommy Kahnle all rested and ready to go. The only concern is Chapman’s 34 pitches might make Girardi hesitant to use him for more than one inning.

A veteran All-Star with a strong defensive pedigree whose on-court impact far exceeds box score contributions joins a young core hungry to compete — where have we seen that before?

When Iguodala joined the Warriors, he was coming off two straight seasons in which he ranked among the top 20 in RPM, despite averaging a pedestrian 12.7 points per game over that same span. The casual fan might have seen a dependable and versatile player, but not necessarily a star.

While Curry made the All-Star team and both David Lee and Klay Thompson pumped in more than 18 PPG, Iguodala averaged his fewest points since his rookie season, while not leading the team in any major statistical category. Without Iguodala on the floor, lineups with those three on the court outscored teams by 3.4 points per 100 possessions. In the more than 1,000 minutes with Iguodala, Curry, Lee and Thompson on the floor, the team’s net rating soared to plus-17.1, suggesting that Iguodala’s impact far outweighed anything that shows up on the back of a basketball card.ravens_136

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The Browns will break in a new quarterback against the red-hot Texans; the Niners travel cross country to face the 2-2 Redskins, who are coming off their bye; and the offensively stunted Giants head to Denver to face the Broncos, who are also coming off a bye and have the league’s top-ranked defense.

Don’t expect Adrian Peterson to have much of an impact on Arizona’s stagnant running game. At 32, he has just 81 yards on 27 carries this season with the Saints and averaged only 1.9 yards on 37 attempts last season with the Vikings before injuring his knee.
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The Jaguars lead the NFL with 10 interceptions and their league-high 20 sacks are a big reason why. They’ll try to force second-year Rams quarterback Jared Goff into some mistakes, but L.A. has allowed just six sacks.

Newton ran it in from there as a lane opened up and he juked his way past Eagles rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas for an easy touchdown.

Douglas got some revenge on the next Panthers possession. Fletcher Cox, out the last two weeks with a calf injury, hit Newton as he was throwing. That resulted in a fluttering ball that Douglas snatched out of the air at the Panthers 12-yard line.