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  • Ex-NFL player wielded sword during argument, N.J. police say
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    New Jersey police on Monday arrested former NFL player Charlie Rogers for wielding a sword during an argument at a youth basketball event Oct. 5, according to a report in the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press.

    • On Tuesday, the Press reported that Rogers turned himself in to the Aberdeen (N.J.) Police Department one day earlier. Rogers, 42, was charged with making terroristic threats, stalking and weapons offenses, but he was later released, the report said.

      The Press also reported that Rogers was involved in a voicemail scandal in September. Rogers was fired from his job as an offensive coordinator at a New Jersey high school after it was discovered that he left a threatening voicemail for a youth football parent.

      A Georgia Tech product, Rogers played in 67 games over five NFL seasons from 1999-2003, splitting time with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins.

      His career totals included 67 tackles, three special teams return touchdowns and one reception for seven yards.

      --Field Level Media

  • Trip to Seattle brings bad memories for Packers' Rodgers
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    For Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, CenturyLink Field in Seattle is akin to a big stadium of horrors.

    • Remember the "Fail Mary" play in 2012, when replacement officials awarded the Seahawks' Golden Tate a last-second touchdown even though it appeared Tate committed offensive pass interference and a Green Bay Packers defensive back intercepted the ball?

      Or the NFC Championship Game in January 2015, when the Packers blew a 12-point lead in the final 2:13 of regulation and then lost in overtime?

      "That one," Rodgers told reporters Tuesday, "the sting's probably never going to go away."

      Rodgers and the Packers (4-4-1) will get another chance Thursday night when they travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks (4-5) in a game that could have NFC wild-card implications.

      The Packers snapped a two-game losing streak with a 31-12 victory Sunday against the visiting Miami Dolphins as Aaron Jones rushed for a career-high 145 yards and two touchdowns, Rodgers connected twice with Davante Adams for scores and the defense had six sacks.

      "Full speed ahead. Some guys might try to click through the film last night," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "A number of coaches just went right upstairs after the (Miami) game ... but as far as the team, we don't have any time to spend on, we have to get right into Seattle."

      The Seahawks have lost two in a row, including a 36-31 defeat Sunday against the host Los Angeles Rams. One bright spot was rookie running back Rashaad Penny, the team's first-round draft pick, who had 12 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.

      "We've got to go. We've got to take these one week at a time and start piling up some wins. I like our style, and I like our style in playoff mode. I'd like that opportunity," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "We've got a lot of ball to play, there are a lot of games coming at us, lot of opportunities at home and we should have nothing but the thoughts that we should build on where we are right now and have a chance to get going and get better. Hopefully, we can stay healthy and give us a chance to play with the same guys."

      Carroll said he expects running back Chris Carson (hip) and guard D.J. Fluker (calf) to return after missing Sunday's game with injuries. Carroll was unsure of the status of linebacker K.J. Wright, who left against the Rams with a knee injury.

      When the Packers left for Seattle on Tuesday night, wide receiver Randall Cobb (hamstring), cornerback Kevin King (hamstring), safety Kentrell Brice (ankle) and outside linebacker Nick Perry (knee) were not traveling with the team.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Season over for Steelers' no-show Bell
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell did not report to the team before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, meaning he is ineligible to play the rest of the season.

    • Bell, who has held out the entire year since being franchise-tagged for the second straight time, will forfeit the entirety of his $14.5 million tender and not play in 2018. He already had sacrificed more than $8.5 million by missing the first 10 weeks of the season.

      Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters earlier Tuesday that he had no expectation as to whether Bell would report. Asked about the possibility of Bell not showing, Tomlin responded, "So be it."

      Bell is set to hit free agency in March. He is the first player to sit out an entire season on the franchise tag since Washington Redskins defensive lineman Sean Gilbert in 1997. Gilbert cashed in with a seven-year, $46.5 million contract the following offseason with the Carolina Panthers.

      --Monday night's marquee matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will be played in Los Angeles instead of Mexico City because of concerns about the safety of the field.

      The game was scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, but reports surfaced Tuesday morning that the field wasn't in playing shape. The league made the decision later Tuesday to move the game, after consulting with the NFL Players Association, inspecting the field and meeting with independent experts.

      Instead, the game -- for which the Rams are designated the home team -- will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

      --Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones denied reports that he is interested in Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.

      "That would be total drawing it out of the air," Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. "Totally speculation."

      Riley's name came up Sunday when NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Cowboys "have an affinity" for Riley "if they move on from Jason Garrett."

      --Nick Mullens will be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback when the team returns from its bye in Week 12, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed.

      "Nick Mullens is our starter until I say differently," Shanahan told reporters. "Going about it that way, and that's how it'll continue to be."

      --Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is back with the Cincinnati Bengals as special assistant to the head coach.

      "I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement.

      --Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David could miss time with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to an ESPN report.

      David was hurt early in the second half against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The team's leading tackler was able to limp off the field and later returned to the game, but his status for Sunday's visit to the New York Giants now appears in doubt.

      --The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed former offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, while placing center Brandon Linder on injured reserve.

      Omameh was released by the Giants on Saturday, less than eight months after signing a three-year, $15 million contract in free agency and a few weeks after losing his starting job. He spent 2016 and 2017 with the Jaguars, making 20 starts at left guard.

      --The Arizona Cardinals placed right guard Justin Pugh on injured reserve with a left knee injury, ending his season.

      Pugh reportedly tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee on Sunday, his first game back in the lineup since he broke his left hand in Week 6.

      --The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

      Pryor signed with the Bills on Oct. 30, 10 days after being released by the New York Jets, and made two catches for 17 yards in Week 9. He did not have a catch on three targets in Sunday's 41-10 rout of the Jets.

      --The New England Patriots activated second-round rookie cornerback Duke Dawson off injured reserve, the team announced.

      Dawson hit IR in early September because of a hamstring injury that kept him out of the final three preseason games. The Patriots reportedly released running back Kenjon Barner and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby.

      --The Oakland Raiders released defensive end Kony Ealy a week after signing him.

      --Philadelphia Eagles tight end Richard Rodgers returned to practice, giving the team a three-week window to activate him from injured reserve.

      --Rams wideout/returner Pharoh Cooper returned to practice, giving the team a three-week window to activate him from injured reserve.

      --The Tennessee Titans waived fullback Jalston Fowler and signed undrafted running back Dalyn Dawkins off the practice squad.

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers QB Mullens to remain starter after bye
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Nick Mullens is the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback when the team returns from its bye in Week 12, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Tuesday.

    • "Nick Mullens is our starter until I say differently," Shanahan told reporters. "Going about it that way, and that's how it'll continue to be."

      Mullens took over as the starter in Week 9 when C.J. Beathard was nursing a wrist injury on a short week. A second-year undrafted rookie from Southern Miss, Mullens starred on Thursday Night Football against the Oakland Raiders, throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 attempts.

      He made his second consecutive start Monday night against the New York Giants, falling just short of victory when his pass from the 21-yard line sailed out of bounds on the final play. Mullens' stat line (27 of 39, 250 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions) wasn't as pretty, but Shanahan was encouraged by what he saw.

      "I think it's a positive experience," Shanahan said. "The guy's played one game in his career. I know statistically [his game against the Raiders] was the best start in NFL history -- but I think Nick did some real good things yesterday, too.

      "...What I liked about Nick is he never seemed rattled throughout the whole game, continued playing. He was great after the game, he was great just watching the film with him. I say it was a good experience, a step forward, because I think he'll get better from each experience he has."

      Shanahan also credited Mullens for his ability to get through progressions -- specifically citing the third-quarter touchdown to Matt Breida, Mullens' last option in the progression -- and for making good decisions to avoid sacks.

      Beathard, who has thrown for 2,682 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while going 1-9 as a starter over the last two seasons, will remain the backup for the foreseeable future.

      He was first thrust into the starting lineup after Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. That was also when Mullens was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad, where he spent all of 2017 and the start of 2018.

      Tom Savage remains on the roster as a third option.

      The 49ers' first game after the bye is a trip to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Nov. 25.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Bucs LB David has sprained MCL
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David could miss time with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, according to an ESPN report Tuesday.

    • David was hurt early in the second half against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. He was able to limp off the field and later returned to the game, finishing with seven tackles, but his status for Sunday's visit to the New York Giants now appears in doubt.

      David, 28, leads the team with 71 tackles (nine for loss) this season. He has missed just five games in six NFL seasons, all with the Bucs, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2013 and a Pro Bowl nod in 2015.

      Tampa Bay already lost Pro Bowl middle linebacker Kwon Alexander to a torn ACL in Week 7, and second-year man Kendell Beckwith remains on the reserve/non-football injury list after requiring surgery on an ankle injury sustained in an offseason car accident. Beckwith returned to practice two weeks ago but has yet to be activated to the 53-man roster.

      The team re-signed linebacker Kevin Minter for depth on Tuesday, two weeks after releasing him. Minter previously spent just one week with the Bucs, logging 12 special-teams snaps and one tackle in Week 8.

      The Bucs also placed offensive lineman Evan Smith and rookie running back Shaun Wilson on injured reserve, while promoting running back Dare Ogunbowale from the practice squad.

      Smith, 32, played in seven games as a reserve this season.

      -Field Level Media

  • Patriots activate CB Dawson from IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The New England Patriots activated second-round rookie cornerback Duke Dawson off injured reserve on Tuesday, the team announced.

    • Dawson hit IR in early September because of a hamstring injury that kept him out of the final three preseason games.

      Taken 56th overall in April's draft, Dawson was expected to compete early for snaps in the slot. He played 17 snaps in New England's preseason opener, making two tackles. He will provide depth after the Patriots placed cornerback Eric Rowe on injured reserve with a groin injury two weeks ago.

      New England also released running back Kenjon Barner and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby on Tuesday, per ESPN.

      Barner, 28, has been on and off the Patriots' roster throughout the season amid injuries to running back Sony Michel, who returned to action on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Barner, who was inactive Sunday, has 71 rushing yards on 19 carries this year.

      Grigsby, 26, has 10 tackles in nine games for the Patriots this season, his third in the NFL. He has primarily played special teams, logging 163 snaps there compared to just 28 on defense.

      -Field Level Media

  • Cardinals place G Pugh on IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The Arizona Cardinals placed right guard Justin Pugh on injured reserve with a left knee injury Tuesday, ending his season.

    • Pugh reportedly tore the medial collateral ligament in his knee during Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, his first game back in the lineup since he broke his left hand in Week 6.

      Pugh, 28, made seven starts this season after joining the Cardinals on a five-year, $45 million contract in free agency. He previously battled injuries with the New York Giants, missing 17 games from 2014 to 2017, including eight last year.

      The Cardinals' offensive line has been injured and ineffective this season, ranking last in rushing yards per play (3.4) and 25th in sack rate (9.4 percent) while missing Pugh, left guard Mike Iupati and right tackle Andre Smith for seven combined games. Starting center A.Q. Shipley was lost before the season to a torn ACL, thrusting rookie Mason Cole into the lineup.

      Head coach Steve Wilks told reporters Monday the team must do more schematically to help protect rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who was sacked five times and hit 13 times on Sunday.

      "We have to do a better job leaving guys in with six- and seven-man protections to help Josh," Wilks said. "...The personnel is not going to change, so we have to find ways within the system and the scheme to help him out."

      The Cardinals also released safety Eddie Pleasant, who appeared in one game this season for Arizona.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers' Bell doesn't report, won't play in 2018
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell did not report to the team before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed, meaning he is ineligible to play the rest of the season.

    • Bell, who has held out the entire year since being franchise-tagged for the second straight time, will forfeit the entirety of his $14.5 million tender and not play at all in 2018. He already had sacrificed more than $8.5 million by missing the first 10 weeks of the season.

      Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters earlier Tuesday that he had no expectation as to whether or not Bell would report.

      "I've told you guys and I've told you guys consistently, a reaction comes from me if and when he walks in the door," Tomlin said. "Until that happens, I'm business as usual and focused on those that are here and working, and appropriately so. That way I don't waste my time and theirs."

      Asked about the possibility of Bell not showing, Tomlin responded, "So be it."

      Steelers owner Art Rooney II told Sirius XM Radio last Thursday that he expected Bell to show by Tuesday, but recent reports suggested the 26-year-old back was unlikely to do so.

      Bell is set to hit free agency in March. The Steelers are unlikely to tag him for a third consecutive year, which would cost more than $20 million, but some reports have said they plan to use the transition tag, which would cost around $10 million while allowing Pittsburgh to match any offer Bell gets from another team.

      A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, Bell is the first player to sit out an entire season on the franchise tag since Washington Redskins defensive lineman Sean Gilbert in 1997. Gilbert cashed in with a seven-year, $46.5 million contract the following offseason with the Carolina Panthers, for whom he played five seasons and tallied 15.5 sacks in 64 games.

      The Steelers will move forward with second-year back James Conner as the starter. Conner, who is currently in the concussion protocol, has 771 yards (4.7 average) and 10 scores on the ground this season, along with 39 catches for 387 yards and a score. Those totals look favorable compared to Bell's output through nine games in 2017: 840 yards (3.8 average) and five touchdowns on the ground, 40 catches for 251 yards and no touchdowns.

      Tomlin said he expects Conner to be cleared from the concussion protocol by Wednesday, allowing him to play at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars bring back Omameh, put Linder on IR
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed former offensive lineman Patrick Omameh on Tuesday, while placing center Brandon Linder on injured reserve.

    • Omameh was released by the New York Giants on Saturday, less than eight months after signing a three-year, $15 million contract in free agency and a few weeks after losing his starting job. The team could have avoided $3 million in dead money against the 2019 salary cap by waiting until after the season to release him.

      Omameh, 28, spent 2016 and 2017 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making 20 starts at left guard, including 13 last season.

      His signing provides depth on the interior after Linder was lost for the year to a knee injury that will require surgery.

      Linder, the NFL's second-highest-paid center by annual average, is expected to be replaced by Tyler Shatley. Free agent signee Andrew Norwell is entrenched at left guard, while A.J. Cann is the starter on the right side.

      Omameh is the second former Giants offensive lineman to sign with the Jaguars midseason. Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, a former first-round pick by New York, joined Jacksonville in early October after he was waived by the Giants. He played 15 snaps at left tackle on Sunday, his first action at the position for the Jags, but left with knee tendinitis.

      The Jaguars also signed linebacker Martrell Spaight on Tuesday, making room on the roster by releasing undrafted rookie cornerback Dee Delaney.

      Spaight was waived last week by the Miami Dolphins after playing four games for them this season, logging 90 snaps on special teams.

      Delaney was on Jacksonville's practice squad for most of this season before being promoted to the active roster before Week 8. He played just one snap in that game and was inactive on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bills release WR Pryor
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, the team announced Tuesday.

    • Pryor signed with the Bills on Oct. 30, 10 days after being released by the New York Jets, and made two catches for 17 yards in Week 9. He did not have a catch on three targets in Sunday's 41-10 rout of the Jets.

      Reports following Pryor's release in New York said the Jets could have interest in bringing him back later this season.

      Pryor originally joined the Jets in March on a one-year, $3 million free agent deal. He spent 2017 on a one-year, $8 million deal with the Washington Redskins.

      The converted quarterback has a total of 492 receiving yards in 17 games over the last two years since breaking out with a 1,000-yard season for the Cleveland Browns in 2016.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Jets GM Maccagnan's job is safe
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles' job is in danger, general manager Mike Maccagnan's is not, according to an SNY report.

    • Per the report, which cites several sources familiar with the Jets' thinking, Bowles is likely to be fired after the season, but Maccagnan appears to be safe. The team intends to give Maccagnan a chance to compete for a spot in the playoffs in 2019, which has been his stated goal since being hired in 2015.

      ESPN reported Monday, a day after Jets were routed 41-10 at home by the Buffalo Bills, that Bowles is unlikely to be fired midseason.

      Maccagnan and Bowles both were hired in 2015 and believed to be given four-year contracts. Maccagnan reportedly was given a say in choosing the team's head coach, but the final decision went to owner Woody Johnson.

      Christopher Johnson, the team's CEO since Woody Johnson was named the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, was "thrilled" with Maccagnan's aggressive trade-up last offseason, per the SNY report, that netted quarterback Sam Darnold with the third overall pick. He intends to give Maccagnan time to see how Darnold pans out.

      Darnold missed Sunday's game after hurting his foot in a four-interception performance in Week 9. He has completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,934 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in nine starts, with a 3-6 record.

      The Jets have gone 23-35 through three-plus seasons under the Bowles-Maccagan duo, including 3-7 this year.

      Of Maccagnan's first three drafts, 10 of the 22 players chosen are no longer on the team's roster, including second round picks from 2015 (Devin Smith) and 2016 (Christian Hackenberg). Hackenberg has yet to appear in an NFL regular-season game and recently agreed to join the new Alliance of American Football.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chiefs-Rams moved from Mexico City over field concerns
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Monday night's marquee matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs will be played in Los Angeles instead of Mexico City because of concerns about the safety of the field, the NFL announced Tuesday afternoon.

    • The game was scheduled for Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, but reports surfaced Tuesday morning that the field wasn't in playing shape.

      The league made the decision later Tuesday to move the game, after consulting with the NFL Players Association, inspecting the field and meeting with independent experts. It was determined that the field did not meet NFL standards and likely wouldn't by Monday.

      Instead, the game -- for which the Rams are designated the home team -- will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

      "We have worked extensively with our partners at Estadio Azteca for months in preparation for this game," said Mark Waller, NFL executive vice president of international. "Until very recently, we had no major concerns. But, the combination of a difficult rainy season and a heavy multi-event calendar of events at the stadium, have resulted in significant damage to the field that presents unnecessary risks to player safety and makes it unsuitable to host an NFL game. As a result, we have determined that moving the game is the right decision, and one that we needed to announce now in order to allow our teams and fans to make alternate arrangements."

      The league said it would announce details about reimbursement for tickets in the coming days, but the Rams quickly moved to make tickets available to their fans. Additionally, the team announced it would provide complimentary tickets to thousands of first responders in the greater Los Angeles area as well as "people who have been impacted by our community's recent tragedies," referring to the Southern California wildfires and the shooting deaths of 12 people in a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last week.

      Tuesday morning, ESPN reported that the playing surface at Azteca was "a mess" and player safety a concern. Several members of both teams told ESPN that they wouldn't play if the field didn't meet standards, and some players requested that a representative from the players association inspect the field to determine its condition.

      Two recent events apparently damaged the hybrid playing surface, a combination of grass and synthetic filler. The stadium hosted a large music concert on Nov. 7 and a soccer match on Saturday.

      Images surfaced on social media Tuesday showing what appeared to be new sod being laid down on the field.

      The Chiefs and Rams share the best record in the NFL at 9-1.

      According to NFL rules, the home team in an international game must keep its home stadium available in the event the contest has to be moved.

      The Rams left Los Angeles on Monday for a week of practice in Colorado Springs, Colo., to help acclimate the players to the altitude they could expect in Mexico City.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cowboys' Jones calls Riley interest 'speculation'
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday denied reports that he is interested in Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley.

    • "That would be total drawing it out of the air," Jones said during his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. "Totally speculation."

      Riley's name came up Sunday when NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted that the Cowboys "have an affinity" for Riley "if they move on from Jason Garrett."

      On Sunday night, Garrett likely boosted his job security by leading the Cowboys (4-5) to a 27-20 road win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

      Garrett, 52, has been the head coach in Dallas since midway through the 2010 season, compiling a 71-58 record with two postseason appearances (2014, 2016).

      Riley's name pops up frequently in NFL coaching conversations. The 35-year-old Lubbock, Texas, native led the Sooners to a 12-2 record and a Rose Bowl appearance in his first season as head coach in 2017. This season, No. 6 Oklahoma is 9-1 heading into Saturday's game against Kansas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hue Jackson rejoins Bengals
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is back with the Cincinnati Bengals.

    • "I have a great comfort level with Hue and his ability to assist me with the day-to-day responsibilities on defense, including analyzing our opponents and helping me on game days with the players and defensive coaches," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a statement.

      Jackson's new job title is Special Assistant to the Head Coach.

      "I'm pleased to have this opportunity to join the Bengals this season," Jackson said. "There is a lot of talent on this team, and I look forward to doing my part to help it finish the season strong."

      Jackson has regularly been connected to the Bengals -- for whom he coached from 2004 to 2006 and 2012 to 2015 under close friend Marvin Lewis -- since he was fired by the Browns on Oct. 29. Jackson was the Bengals' offensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before taking the Browns job.

      Lewis was asked Monday if he might add Jackson to his staff to help handle the added workload created by Monday's firing of defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

      "I've got a plan," Lewis replied with a smile. "Watch and see."

      Austin was fired a day after Cincinnati allowed 51 points to the New Orleans Saints. Jackson's expertise is on the offensive side of the ball, but his presence could allow Lewis -- a defensive coordinator before becoming a head coach -- to focus more on the defensive side. Lewis told reporters Monday that he could use some more oversight to make offensive decisions while he's working with the defense.

      "If I have my back turned making corrections, I can't do that," Lewis said. "I'm going to try to minimize that as much as possible. But I feel strongly I have to make the correction and coach the defense right now."

      The Bengals have yet to play the Browns this season. They host them in Week 12 before visiting Cleveland in Week 16. Cincinnati also plays each of its other AFC North foes, whom Jackson knows well, once more.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bills release QB Peterman
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Nathan Peterman, less than three months after he won the starting job coming out of the preseason.

    • The move likely means rookie Josh Allen (elbow) and/or veteran backup Derek Anderson (concussion) will be ready to return from injury when Buffalo gets back from its bye in Week 12.

      Peterman started in Week 1 but was pulled for Allen at halftime after throwing two interceptions and just five completions on 18 attempts. He threw two more picks, including the game-losing pick-six, in relief of Allen in Week 6.

      That led head coach Sean McDermott to start Anderson in Week 7, 12 days after he joined the team. After Anderson was concussed in Week 8, the Bills signed Matt Barkley.

      With Barkley as his backup, Peterman threw three interceptions in his Week 9 start, prompting Barkley's promotion to start on Sunday, 12 days after he was signed. Barkley impressed, leading the Bills to a 41-10 win over the New York Jets and throwing for 232 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

      A fifth-round pick in 2017, Peterman finishes his Buffalo tenure 68-of-130 passing for 548 yards (4.2 yards per attempt), three touchdowns and 12 interceptions in eight games (four starts).

      Allen, who is dealing with a sprained UCL in his right (throwing) elbow, returned to practice last week for the first time since being hurt in Week 6. He appears on track to return to the starting lineup in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

      --Field Level Media

  • FLM All 32: Team-by-team notes
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    AFC East

    • Buffalo Bills: Recently signed quarterback Matt Barkley turned in a strong performance Sunday during a 41-10 win over the Jets, completing 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in his first game action in nearly two years. Head coach Sean McDermott said there's no quarterback controversy, though. As soon as rookie first-round draft pick Josh Allen is ready to go, he's back in the starting spot in preparation for 2019, if nothing else. "Josh is our starter when healthy and his development, for him and us, getting experience. ... It's important that he gets as many reps as he can get in live-game action," McDermott told reporters Monday. "Matt, in a separate issue, I thought he performed extremely well, there's certainly some plays he'd like back, but to come in and play the way he did on a short run, it was really impressive." Buffalo has a bye this week and will host Jacksonville in Week 12.

      Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw the ball on Sunday and has been put on a throwing schedule in hopes of him playing against Indianapolis after their bye this week, head coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday. Tannehill has missed the last five games since suffering a shoulder capsule injury on Oct. 7 against Cincinnati. "That was the start of their throwing progression after so many off," Gase said of Tannehill's work with the training staff. "It seemed like it went well. It's not [as if] he's out there throwing 60-yard throws. They have a progression of how they want to do it. They said it was a good first step and he felt good. So that's a positive." Brock Osweiler has started the last five games in Tannehill's place, going 2-3.

      New England Patriots: Wide receiver Julian Edelman wasn't shy about sharing his thoughts about the Patriots' 34-10 loss to Tennessee on Sunday night. "You better learn from a game like this, because the weeks get harder and harder," Edelman told reporters after the game Sunday. "That's a good football team. They're well coached and have good players. You tip your hat to them, but we got to go out and we've got to watch this film and we've got to fix it because this is when you start separating or you start falling behind." The Patriots have a bye this week, then meet the Jets on Nov. 25. "Well, I mean, we got a bye week, so you're going to go into that bye week with a dirty taste in your mouth," Edelman said, adding: "So, we go out and take advantage of it this week, and I'm sure our coaches are going to have us ready. Guys going to be out there fiery and it's up to us."

      New York Jets: Former Jets coach Rex Ryan has strong feelings about his former team and wasn't shy about sharing them on Monday. Speaking on ESPN, Ryan was highly critical of his successor, Todd Bowles, and general manager Mike Maccagnan. Now an analyst for the network, Ryan called the Jets' 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday "one of the most humiliating defeats in Jet history." He said he is confident the team will start over with new leaders on the field and in the front office for 2019. "They're going to blow it up -- and I hope they get it right," Ryan said about the Jets. "Bring somebody in who understands the community, gets that kind of passion, can relate to the fanbase and all that. And never, ever have a performance like this again." Media reports Monday said the Jets would not fire Bowles before the end of the season, if they do, but that might not be fast enough for Ryan. "They always say, 'Well, Todd Bowles is going to get fired.' You're damn right he's going to get fired. So is everybody else."

      AFC North

      Baltimore Ravens: It was an unusual week at the team's Owings Mills headquarters, and the abnormalities went way beyond the Ravens being on a bye week. Reports circulated in a span of 72 hours that coach John Harbaugh was ready to bow out of Baltimore in a mutual split with the team, and that quarterback Joe Flacco might not play this week because of a hip injury. Harbaugh spent more time than he cared to talking about his status, summing up his feelings by saying, "It's all BS. Let's play the game. We have a game Sunday. We have to go win it." Harbaugh wouldn't say whether Flacco was good to go against the Cincinnati Bengals. As the needle skipped back to his standing with the Ravens, Harbaugh cut it off. "That stuff doesn't matter," he said. "It's just noise; it doesn't matter. It's not something I'm going to think about or concern myself with."

      Cincinnati Bengals: Players were raging Sunday night after a loss Preston Brown called "embarrassing" and defensive end Michael Johnson said was a "look in the mirror loss" to the Saints, who scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and hung 52 on Cincinnati. The result was dismissing defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Monday, as the Bengals attempt to regroup on the fly and avoid giving up 500-plus yards for an NFL-record fourth game in a row. "I will be coordinating the defense from here on out and I am excited to do that. This football team has a real chance to get back to playing winning football so we can compete for the playoffs, and that is our sole focus," head coach Marvin Lewis said.

      Cleveland Browns: With four overtime games in the first 10 weeks, the Browns are thrilled to get a break with the upcoming bye. Interim head coach said a rest period this late in the season is not common, but nonetheless welcomed in Cleveland. Williams told players to get away without losing focus. "Getting healthier, getting the body to feel better and stronger and getting the mind cleared up a little bit because we all need a little break away from some things," Williams said. "It is a good time for this to happen right now. We have to make sure that it is right when we get back and not take any steps back."

      AFC South

      Houston Texans: Running back D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) has been sidelined 12 months but sees himself returning to the field prior to the end of this season. "I've made a lot of progress since I started my rehab process," Foreman told reporters. "I feel really good and I'm looking forward to getting back out there." Foreman is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list and whenever the Texans remove him from that list, the team would have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or place him on injured reserve. "He's got a lot of talent," Houston coach Bill O'Brien told reporters. "Everybody saw that last year. But let's see where he's at, before we start handing him the ball in big games. Let's make sure we're all on the same page with where he's at."

      Indianapolis Colts: There could be a day where five NFL teams are criticized for bypassing guard Quenton Nelson in the 2018 NFL Draft. Offensive linemen don't score touchdowns or land national commercials but Nelson is receiving a lot of mention as the league's top rookie -- regardless of position. Nelson also appears to be getting stronger as opposed to being a player who might hit the proverbial "rookie wall." "I haven't seen him slow down at all," offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni told reporters. "That's one of the great things about Quenton is that he's consistent and he's the same guy every day. That's something we look for in our players. We don't want the guys that are up and then down and then up and then down, and Q gives us that steadiness."

      Jacksonville Jaguars: The club is sliding in the wrong direction with five consecutive setbacks and apparently some feelings were hurt when the NFL moved Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers from a nationally televised night game to the afternoon. "We all complained last week about getting flexed out of Sunday that a lot of guys are looking forward to," safety Tashaun Gipson told reporters. "But who would want to watch the Jaguars play football the way we're playing right now? That's tough, because I've been on terrible teams. I've been on teams that when you're 3-6 you're like, 'That's a lot better than I thought we would be nine games in.' The feeling right now is tough on a lot of guys because this is not a 3-6 team. We're much better than 3-6, but we're playing like 3-6 and our record says 3-6 and we are 3-6."

      Tennessee Titans: Cornerback Malcolm Butler has largely been a disappointment in his first season with the Titans but he perked up when he lined up against his former club, the New England Patriots, on Sunday. Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said Butler "had a much better day" and he was glad to see the improvement. "He took care of his techniques, took care of his assignments," Vrabel said of Butler. "He understood the defense and how he fit in it. It wasn't perfect, but it was a good step for him and our defense on Sunday." The Titans are encouraged by the progress being shown by offensive tackle Jack Conklin (concussion), who has missed the New England game. Vrabel said Conklin remains in the protocol but "is feeling better."

      AFC West

      Denver Broncos: Fresh off the bye week, head coach Vance Joseph expects several players to return from injury this Sunday against the Chargers, including rookie running back Royce Freeman. The third-rounder hasn't played since sustaining a high-ankle sprain in Week 7, but he had formed an effective one-two punch with undrafted rookie Phillip Lindsay before the injury, averaging 4.4 yards per carry with four touchdowns. Also expected to return are safety Darian Stewart (neck), cornerback Bradley Roby (ankle) and rookie wideout DaeSean Hamilton (knee), who is expected to have a larger role following the trade of Demaryius Thomas.

      Kansas City Chiefs: Injuries up front finally appeared to take their toll on Sunday, as the Chiefs allowed a season-high five sacks and 10 QB hits of Patrick Mahomes against the Cardinals. But head coach Andy Reid was not discouraged, referring to it as a learning experience and noting the protection improved with a few second-half adjustments. "It can be a positive for us," Reid said. "That group hasn't played a bunch together. They did a couple things in there that'll help us down the road here and we can learn from. It wasn't just a physical thing -- in a couple cases it was -- but it wasn't just a physical thing." It's unclear when center Mitch Morse (concussion) will return to the lineup, but guards Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Jordan Devey are both on injured reserve.

      Los Angeles Chargers: Head coach Anthony Lynn remains unwilling to speculate about when defensive end Joey Bosa will return, but the third-year pro appears closer to practicing. "We'll see," Lynn said about Bosa returning to practice. "I'm really pleased with the progress that he made last week as far as moving towards getting back on the field, but we'll see when he's ready." Lynn did confirm that linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with an LCL injury. With Perryman out, Lynn added that second-round rookie Uchenna Nwosu will continue to play defensive end for now, but could see snaps at linebacker again at some point.

      Oakland Raiders: Well out of playoff contention, the Raiders made another move on Monday with eyes on the future rather than the present, putting second-year defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes on reserve/PUP and ending his season. Vanderdoes started 13 games as a rookie but tore his ACL in the 2017 season finale. He began the year on PUP before returning to practice a few weeks ago, pointing toward a likely return to game action. Instead, he won't play at all this year. "We want to make sure that we give him the proper time to get ready," head coach Jon Gruden said. "We are going to be very precautionary with him. I believe his season will end unfortunately, but it's the right thing to do for him and his future."

      NFC East

      Dallas Cowboys: Throughout the week, there was gloom and doom about the Cowboys, questions about the futures of both head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Dak Prescott. After a hard-fought win Sunday night over the Philadelphia Eagles, owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the win was a big one, but much work remains to right the ship of the 4-5 Cowboys. "To get it done was particularly rewarding," Jones said after the 27-20 win, per the team website. "I emphasize the respect I have for the (Eagles) team, the coach and organization. As rewarding as this is, we've still got a lot of accountability to do here. I didn't dream we'd be in this spot when we started this season. I had this thing set up differently in my mind. But as everything, you've got to realize it never comes the way you've got it in your mind."

      New York Giants: General manager Dave Gettleman appears to be planning for the end of the Eli Manning era. Gettleman and assistant Kevin Abrams were in Salt Lake City on Saturday to watch Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert against Utah. Herbert, a junior, likely would be one of the first players chosen in April's NFL draft, should he enter. Representatives of the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals also were on hand, and the Denver Broncos have been seen scouting Herbert previously. Herbert has not announced his intentions. Oregon fell to Utah, but the NFL brass got a good look at the 6-foot-6 Herbert, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.

      Philadelphia Eagles: Head coach Doug Pederson said he knew going into Sunday night's game at Dallas that the defense would be tested, especially by running back Ezekiel Elliott. "One of the things I think we knew coming into this game was that we were going to get a steady diet of the run game. Zeke is a big back. He's a powerful back," he said, according to the team website. "I thought overall we didn't tackle great. That's one of the areas that we've got to get better at is tackling. Tackling in space, tackling in the box, and making sure we get the guys on the ground. There were too many yards after contact and things like that, and those are areas that we have to concentrate on." It won't get any easier next week, when the Eagles travel to New Orleans to meet Drew Brees and the 8-1 Saints.

      Washington Redskins: Quarterback Alex Smith had to introduce himself to his offensive line this week. After all, the team signed three offensive linemen to bolster the injury-depleted front. Head coach Jay Gruden was impressed by their performance in a 16-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "They held up pretty good," Gruden said, according to the Washington Times. "It has a little bit of an effect when you're putting the game plan together, you think you'll be fine, but on game day when you look at [defensive tackle Gerald] McCoy and look at some of the pass rushers that they have, it has a little bit of an effect on making sure Alex is protected, so we were probably a little conservative early." Behind the revamped offensive line, the Redskins averaged 4.6 yards per rush. Smith was sacked three times.

      NFC North

      Chicago Bears: Wide receiver Allen Robinson thrived against the Lions' man-based defensive scheme and gave a preview of what he could become when healthy. "That's what I've always been able to bring to the table, being able to set people up and just go out there and win those one-on-one matchups," Robinson said. "We knew we were going to have a lot of one-on-ones because this was a man-based defense." Head coach Matt Nagy said Robinson's importance to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky cannot be overstated. Because of his size and reach, the Bears view Robinson as a security blanket and much more. "He is just so hard to cover one-on-one," Trubisky said. "He just knows how to use his body and run great routes that create separation. And when the ball's in the air, it's 12's ball."cd

      Detroit Lions: Wide receiver Marvin Jones avoided a major injury, the Detroit News reported Monday night, but could miss time with a bone bruise in his knee. While not the worst possible news, it's a tough blow for the Lions on the heels of trading Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones feared he might have suffered a ligament tear, but ESPN reported the ACL, MCL and all tendons were intact. Jones has 35 receptions for 508 yards and a team-leading five touchdowns. Without Jones, the Lions could be looking at Bruce Ellington -- signed as a street free agent after the Tate trade -- or rookie Brandon Powell as the No. 3 receiver against the Carolina Panthers. Running back Theo Riddick has spent time at slot receiver the last two weeks.

      Green Bay Packers: There was little time to celebrate Sunday night after beating the Miami Dolphins as the Packers get ready to hit the road for a Thursday night date with the Seattle Seahawks. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine has mixed blitz packages and coverage to improve the pass rush, and head coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will need every creative morsel Pettine can dig up to slow Russell Wilson. Green Bay has 15 players with at least half a sack and is tied for the NFL lead with 31 sacks. "We've just been hungry and trying to fight for opportunities to get after the passer," Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark said. "I'm not surprised by it, though, honestly. It's not like a big shock to me because I feel like we've got good players and I feel like we've got some guys that are hungry for opportunities that are trying to make plays."

      NFC South

      Atlanta Falcons: Linebacker Deion Jones was activated off injured reserve but there isn't yet a firm indication that the Pro Bowler will be in uniform this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Jones suffered a foot injury in the Week 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Before the linebacker was activated Monday, coach Dan Quinn said the team plans to be cautious about the 24-year-old's possible return. "We'll be staying with the same format that we had last week," Quinn said during a press conference. "As we go through the week, we'll take it step by step and see where he's at. Too early to make a prediction of where he could be. I know he's eligible to be back this week, that doesn't mean he's ready to. We're going to put him out there when he's 100-percent ready."

      Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey's rise as a complete back led to the release of running back C.J. Anderson on Monday. McCaffrey has 177 offensive touches (123 rushes, 54 receptions) through nine games and that left little action for Anderson. The free-agent signee had just 24 carries with the Panthers. "When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we," general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. "But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved."

      New Orleans Saints: Brandon Marshall finished second during workouts last week when New Orleans signed receiver Dez Bryant. But the Achilles injury Bryant suffered in his second practice opened the door and Marshall is now a member of the Saints. Coach Sean Payton told reporters on Monday that he liked Marshall's team workout. "He moved around well. Smart, he is experienced," Payton said. "He is someone, again, that has been in a number of systems and overall had a good workout. He has good length and size. He's another big target. We'll see how it goes here this week and what our plans are." The 34-year-old Marshall has 970 career receptions but only 29 have come over the past two seasons. He had 11 catches in seven games for the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season before being released.

      Tampa Bay Buccaneers: As the team's playoff aspirations continue to dwindle, coach Dirk Koetter said Ryan Fitzpatrick will again be the starting quarterback when the team faces the New York Giants on Sunday. Koetter appears to want to stick with Fitzpatrick over Jameis Winston as long as there is a chance of going on a run. "I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that we can turn this thing and get on a little bit of a win streak," Koetter told reporters. Fitzpatrick passed for 406 yards in last Sunday's 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins but the team was unable to find the end zone. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro missed field goals of 30 and 48 yards and the team released him on Monday.

      NFC West

      Arizona Cardinals: Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was swarmed for five sacks and 13 QB hits on Sunday, as the Cardinals' offensive line remained leaky amid several injuries. Left guard Mike Iupati (back) sat out, while right guard Justin Pugh returned from a hand injury only to hurt his left knee. Head coach Steve Wilks said the team can do more with its designs to keep the QB safe moving forward. "We have to do a better job leaving guys in with six- and seven-man protections to help Josh," Wilks said. "...The personnel is not going to change, so we have to find ways within the system and the scheme to help him out."

      Los Angeles Rams: With Cooper Kupp lost for the season, head coach Sean McVay said the team will turn back to Josh Reynolds as the third receiver. Reynolds has seven grabs for 98 scores this season, having made two starts for Kupp a few weeks ago. "Josh Reynolds has played a lot of good, quality football for us," McVay said. "He'll step into a larger role, and then other guys will be asked to step up." Meanwhile, Robert Woods will likely spend more time in the slot and fill some of Kupp's responsibilities. "Robert will take over some of those different things that typically you see Cooper doing, but that's kind of what Robert's done all year," McVay said. "He's demonstrated that he can really do everything."

      Seattle Seahawks: Seattle was missing a few key players in Sunday's loss to the Rams, but running back Chris Carson (hip) and right guard D.J. Fluker (calf) are expected to be ready for Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated the team kept the short week in mind when holding those players out Sunday. "We didn't know if [Fluker] would be able to get through that last game, with the hopes of making a full showing this week," Carroll said. "So we're counting on him, he should be out there on the field working with us today." In Carson's absence, rookie first-rounder Rashaad Penny had the best game of his young career, with 108 yards and a score in 12 carries.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Owner calls Raiders' 1-8 start 'my fault'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Owner Mark Davis took responsibility for the Oakland Raiders hitting eight losses with seven games to play in 2018.

    • "Where this team is right now is my fault. We haven't been able to build a 22-man roster," Davis said in an interview with ESPN, referring to the starting lineups on offense and defense. "We haven't been able to give this team a chance to win because the reconstruction failed. We failed from 2014 on to have a roster right now."

      Embattled coach Jon Gruden has taken heat for the Raiders winning only one game this season, his first in a 10-year, $100 million contract that lured him back to the Raiders' sideline from the broadcast booth.

      Davis defended the decision to deal linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. He said the Raiders presented Mack and agent Joel Segal with a contract offer in June 2017 that would have made him the NFL's highest-paid defensive player. When Mack turned it down, the Raiders felt a long-term deal was not within their reach.

      --Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was tight-lipped on the status of quarterback Joe Flacco, amid reports that the signal-caller could miss Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

      Harbaugh acknowledged Flacco injured his hip early in Week 9's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, saying Flacco "landed awkwardly on his knee," but declined to say if the QB will be ready for this weekend after having a bye week to recover.

      --Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback for Week 11 against the New York Giants, head coach Dirk Koetter announced.

      "I just think he still gives us the best opportunity right now," Koetter said of Fitzpatrick, who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble against Washington on Sunday.

      --Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp tore a ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season, coach Sean McVay confirmed.

      In the fourth quarter of the Rams' 36-31 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Kupp made a cut on his left leg and fell to the ground, holding his knee. He finishes his second NFL season with 40 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns.

      --After 13 seasons with six NFL teams, nearly 1,000 receptions and zero playoff appearances, veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall could end his postseason drought after reportedly signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints.

      New Orleans (8-1) signed the 34-year-old free agent after losing the newly signed Dez Bryant last week to a torn Achilles tendon.

      --New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is not expected to miss much, if any, time due to a minor ankle injury, ESPN reported.

      Edelman played 54 snaps (82 percent) in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans and was limping slightly on his left leg after a pass to him on fourth-and-6 early in the fourth quarter was knocked away.

      --The Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson, giving the veteran the opportunity to latch on with a new team ahead of Week 11.

      Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Anderson rushed 24 times for 104 yards in nine games this season.

      --New York Jets ownership is unlikely to fire head coach Todd Bowles before season's end, according to multiple reports.

      The focus on Bowles' future increased Sunday after the Jets (3-7) lost to the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium, 41-10. It was the fourth straight loss for the Jets, who have a bye this weekend.

      --Cincinnati fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin one day after the Bengals allowed 51 points and 509 yards in a lopsided loss to the Saints.

      The Bengals (5-4) have lost three of their last four while allowing a league-high 454.6 yards per game, including 500-plus in three straight games. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (32.3) are giving up more points per game than Cincinnati (32.0).

      --The Bills have released quarterback Nathan Peterman, less than three months after he won the starting job coming out of the preseason.

      The move likely means rookie Josh Allen (elbow) and/or veteran backup Derek Anderson (concussion) will be ready to return from injury when Buffalo gets back from its bye in Week 12.

      --Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

      --Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder needs surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the season.

      --The Atlanta Falcons activated linebacker Deion Jones from injured reserve.

      --Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury that will require surgery.

      --Field Level Media

  • Falcons activate LB Jones from IR
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    The Atlanta Falcons activated linebacker Deion Jones from injured reserve on Monday, clearing the way for him to play as soon as Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

    • Jones has not played since injuring his foot in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He became eligible to be recalled from injured reserve this week, but head coach Dan Quinn cautioned earlier on Monday -- before Jones was activated -- that the team would work him back in slowly.

      "As we go through the week, we'll take it step by step and see where he's at," Quinn said. "Too early to make a prediction of where he could be. I know he's eligible to be back this week, that doesn't mean he's ready to. We're going to put him out there when he's 100 percent ready."

      The 2017 Pro Bowler had nine tackles, an interception and two passes defensed in 69 snaps while fighting through the injury in the season opener. He posted 138 tackles, three interceptions and 10 passes defensed last season.

      He is one of three Falcons defensive starters to hit injured reserve this season, along with safeties Keanu Neal (torn ACL) and Ricardo Allen (torn Achilles). Neither Neal nor Allen will return this year.

      Atlanta can recall one more player from IR this season. Running back Devonta Freeman is considered a possible candidate once he is eligible in Week 16.

      To make room for Jones on the roster, the Falcons waived offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo, who was signed for depth in late October but has not appeared in a game for Atlanta.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bucs to start Fitzpatrick again in Week 11
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' starting quarterback for Week 11 against the New York Giants, head coach Dirk Koetter announced Monday.

    • "I just think he still gives us the best opportunity right now," Koetter said of Fitzpatrick, who topped 400 yards for the fourth time in six starts on Sunday against the Washington Redskins but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

      When asked how long Fitzpatrick will remain the starter, Koetter replied, "Until we change... I don't know. A guy could get hurt at any time."

      Asked about the importance of evaluating previous starter Jameis Winston as he approaches his fifth-year option in 2019, Koetter indicated the team is still focused on winning and competing this season.

      "I understand that, but we're right in there," Koetter said. "It's just barely past the halfway point in the season and there's a lot of football to be played. I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility that we can turn this thing and get on a little bit of a win streak."

      He also lamented turnovers, which have been an issue with both Fitzpatrick (10) and Winston (11), leaving Tampa Bay with a turnover ratio of minus-19, worst in the NFL by six.

      Fitzpatrick, who turns 36 on Nov. 24, finished Sunday 29 of 41 for 406 yards, plus the three turnovers.

      The Bucs became the first team since at least 1940 to gain more than 500 total yards (they had 501) and score fewer than six points. They lost 16-3 to Washington while committing four turnovers, all inside the opponent's 30-yard line.

      It was Koetter's first game calling plays since early in the season, as offensive coordinator Todd Monken had been handling the job. Koetter said he hasn't made a decision who will call plays against the Giants.

      Meanwhile, kicker Chandler Catanzaro was released on Monday after missing wide right from 30 yards and 48 yards against Washington.

      Catanzaro, 27, made 11 of 15 on field-goal attempts in nine games and also missed four extra-point attempts (23 of 27) after joining Tampa Bay on a three-year, $9.75 million deal in the spring.

      To fill the void, the Bucs signed Cairo Santos, who went 5-of-6 on field-goal attempts and 5-of-6 on PATs in two games with the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Patriots WR Edelman avoids serious injury
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is not expected to miss much, if any, time due to a minor ankle injury, ESPN reported Monday.

    • Edelman played 54 snaps (82 percent) in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans and was limping slightly on his left leg after a pass to him on fourth-and-6 early in the fourth quarter was knocked away.

      He did not play another snap, but he wasn't the only Patriots veteran to sit, as Tom Brady was replaced by Brian Hoyer for the final two possessions with the Patriots down by 24 and just seven minutes remaining.

      Edelman was one of the few bright spots for New England in its most lopsided defeat since 2014, catching nine passes for 104 yards. The 32-year-old has 40 grabs for 426 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season after missing the first four due to a PED suspension.

      The Patriots have been without tight end Rob Gronkowski (back, ankle) in three of the last four games, but the offense hadn't struggled significantly until Sunday's setback, when it was held to just 284 yards and 10 points.

      New England is entering its bye week and doesn't play again until Nov. 25 at the New York Jets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ravens' Harbaugh cagey on Flacco's status
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was tight-lipped on the status of quarterback Joe Flacco on Monday, amid reports that the signal-caller could miss Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    • Harbaugh acknowledged Flacco injured his hip early in Week 9's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, saying Flacco "landed awkwardly on his knee," but declined to say if the QB will be ready for this weekend after having a bye week to recover.

      "We'll see," Harbaugh said. "We'll know more as the weeks goes on. I'm hopeful all our guys play, including Joe."

      The coach added that he prefers some uncertainty heading into a matchup with an AFC North rival.

      "I'm kind of appreciative of the reports, to be honest with you," Harbaugh said. "It makes it tougher for the Bengals to prepare. That's kind of a good thing."

      Harbaugh also noted Flacco would not necessarily have to practice this week to play Sunday.

      If Flacco can't go, rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson could make his first career start, but multiple reports have said Robert Griffin III is also a possibility, if the team doesn't feel Jackson is ready.

      "It will be based on the health of Joe," Harbaugh said. "It's up in the air. I'm not worried about it. We're blessed with a good quarterback room. ... We have three guys that can play."

      Jackson has played in all nine games this season in specialty packages, totaling 139 rushing yards and a score on 28 carries while going 7-for-12 for 87 yards and a touchdown through the air.

      Griffin has yet to be active in a game but has remained on the roster after impressing the team in the preseason. He last played in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars C Linder (knee) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Jacksonville Jaguars center Brandon Linder needs surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the season, head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday.

    • Linder went down in the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He walked off the field but was carted to the locker room and did not return.

      The 26-year-old is the NFL's second- highest-paid center at $10.3 million annually. A third-round pick in 2014, he missed 19 games due to injury over his first four seasons but started every game in which he was healthy.

      Tyler Shatley, a reserve who made four starts in each of the last two seasons, replaced Linder on Sunday and will start moving forward.

      "That's why he's on the team," Marrone said of Shatley. "We have him on the team to be the backup center. We feel we can win with him as a backup center. We expect him to go out there and play winning football for us."

      Chris Reed, a third-year undrafted free agent, is now the backup center.

      The Jaguars' line was already without left tackle Cam Robinson (torn ACL) and swing tackle Josh Wells (groin, IR). Ereck Flowers, who was signed midseason and rotated with Josh Walker at left tackle in his Jaguars debut Sunday, left the game with knee tendinitis but is not expected to miss significant time.

      "There were a couple of things I really liked," Marrone said of Flowers, a former first-round pick of the Giants. "I thought in the run game he did some good things. Pass rush-wise, once I found out the knee was bothering him it's tough to evaluate. We were happy to get him in there."

      --Field Level Media

  • Chargers LB Perryman out for season
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury that will require surgery, head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Monday.

    • Perryman injured his lateral collateral ligament on the second play from scrimmage Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. NFL Network reports he likely needs hamstring surgery, and his recovery is expected to take three to four months, meaning he should be ready for offseason workouts.

      "That was definitely a blow to our defense," Lynn said. "(Denzel is) very frustrated right now. All he can do now is get healthy, have a good attitude, go to rehab every day and help his teammates the best he can."

      Perryman, who turns 26 in December, is set to hit free agency in March. He has battled injury issues throughout his career, missing 15 games through his first three seasons after the Chargers took him in the second round of the 2015 draft.

      When on the field, Perryman has been productive, totaling 233 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and four passes defensed in 42 games (35 starts). He is tied for second on the team with 51 tackles this season while playing 64.7 percent of the defensive snaps, most of any linebacker on the team.

      "Denzel is a starter for a reason," Lynn said. "Our rush defense is a lot better with Denzel in there. We're going to have to pick it up collectively as a group now."

      Jatavis Brown (48.2 percent) has been the next-most used linebacker, as the Chargers have favored dime packages featuring three safeties in Derwin James, Jahleel Addae and Adrian Phillips. No other Chargers linebacker has played more than 25 percent of the snaps, and recently re-signed Hayes Pullard is listed as the backup middle linebacker.

      "He did a heck of a job stepping up last year and playing the Mike position when Denzel was out," Lynn said of Pullard. "He'll get another opportunity."

      Rookie Kyzir White (142 snaps in just three games) is already on injured reserve after having knee surgery.

      The Chargers also have been without standout defensive end Joey Bosa (foot) all season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers waive veteran RB Anderson, sign Cadet
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    The Carolina Panthers waived running back C.J. Anderson on Monday, giving the veteran the opportunity to latch on with a new team ahead of Week 11.

    • Signed to a one-year deal in the offseason after five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Anderson rushed 24 times for 104 yards in nine games this season. He also caught one pass, a 24-yard touchdown in a Week 3 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

      "When we signed C.J. in the spring he saw a bigger role than he has had, and honestly, at the time so did we," general manager Marty Hurney said. "But Christian McCaffrey has taken so much of the offense and so much of the plays, we just made the decision that this was the best thing for all parties involved."

      McCaffrey, a second-year star, has rushed for 579 yards and four touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 439 yards and four scores.

      Anderson, 27, was coming off his first 1,000-yard season last year with the Broncos. In 67 career games, he has rushed for 3,155 yards and 20 TDs.

      Anderson thanked the Panthers on Twitter, writing, "No love lost. Thank you Carolina. Grind time."

      The Panthers signed running back Travaris Cadet for depth.

      The 29-year-old has yet to play in a game this season after being released by the Buffalo Bills during final cuts. He has primarily been a receiving back, totaling 959 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 catches, compared to just 49 carries for 180 yards, in 72 career games (three starts).

      Also on the roster is Cameron Artis-Payne, who has only been active in two games this season and has yet to touch the ball. A fifth-round pick in 2015, he has 99 career carries for 422 yards and four touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Film Study: How another old friend stymied Belichick
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Sunday's 34-10 drubbing in Nashville was the New England Patriots' most lopsided defeat since a 41-14 collapse at Kansas City -- which prompted Bill Belichick's famed "We're on to Cincinnati" presser -- and the worst loss during Belichick's tenure in which the Patriots were turnover-free.

    • It was also New England's second time losing by at least 16 this season, which hasn't happened to a Tom Brady-led team since 2005. Of course, both defeats came at the hands of former Patriots: Matt Patricia's Lions in Week 3 and Mike Vrabel's Titans on Sunday.

      Tennessee's win was comprehensive. Marcus Mariota again looked sharper and more comfortable after shedding his two-fingered glove two weeks ago, and Corey Davis had perhaps his best NFL game. Special teams did its part, as the Titans' average drive started at the 34, compared to the 24 for the Patriots. (Tennessee was fortunate not to lose any of its three fumbles, including two on special teams.)

      But the defense, orchestrated by Vrabel and former Patriots coordinator Dean Pees, drove the victory, as New England was held to 10 points and under 300 yards for just the second time since October of 2016. The other time -- you guessed it -- came against Patricia in Week 3.

      Patricia, who spent 14 years with Belichick, stymied his mentor with a very specific third-down approach keying on Rob Gronkowski and James White (Julian Edelman was out due to suspension). Using a rare personnel package with seven defensive backs, the Lions doubled Gronkowski with a cornerback AND safety, and put a safety (not a linebacker) on White, while also running an edge rusher at White to disrupt him off the snap. With seven DBs, Detroit still had three cornerbacks left to match New England's three wideouts, and Brady struggled to find open targets all night.

      Vrabel and Pees took a similar coverage approach on third downs, playing dime (six defensive backs) with four linebackers (two ILBs and two OLBs, leaving just one DL) for extra speed. With Gronkowski out, the Titans put Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard on White for most of the game and sent deep-safety help toward Edelman and Josh Gordon, whom Adoree' Jackson smothered on several key plays.

      Where Tennessee differed from Detroit was in its pressure concepts, as Vrabel and Pees called myriad "safe" blitzes and zone exchanges, sending four or five rushers at the snap while others dropped into coverage. Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard (1.5 sacks, three QB hits) was outstanding as a blitzer, and the Titans bothered Brady all day despite tallying just three sacks and six hits.

      New England wound up 3-of-15 on third downs, as almost all of its success through the air came on early downs off play-action. The Tennessee defense was well prepared for Josh McDaniels' staple misdirection near the line of scrimmage, like screens and jet sweeps, and it even stopped Brady cold on a QB sneak.

      Considering the pair of resounding victories, it's fair to ask: Have Vrabel and Patricia revealed a blueprint to stop the Patriots?

      I'm skeptical, mostly because Gronkowski was out Sunday and Edelman sat out Week 3. The Patriots also missed right guard Shaq Mason (calf) and left tackle Trent Brown (illness, left mid-game) in Tennessee, and replacements Ted Karras and LaAdrian Waddle struggled. Between Gronkowski, the line and Rex Burkhead (IR, eligible to return Week 13) the offense should be healthier and more dangerous for the postseason, and Gordon should be more comfortable as well.

      Still, the Titans' dominance was eye-popping. At the very least, Belichick might have more to worry about if these teams meet again in January.

      -Mayfield breaks out the cannon

      Baker Mayfield is no Uncle Rico, but he can absolutely fling it. For those who doubted the top overall pick's arm, Sunday's first touchdown against the Falcons was a jaw-dropper.

      Interim coordinator Freddie Kitchens called a "throwback" route for Jarvis Landry, who snuck from the right side at the snap* across the formation and wheeled up the left side, while Mayfield play-faked. But there were two problems: Free safety Damontae Kazee recognized Landry's route and helped over the top, and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett busted through the line into Mayfield's face.

      Seeing Landry's window closing and feeling Jarrett's pressure, Mayfield quickly rolled right, killing any opportunity to hit the designed route. But with Kazee shading to Landry, Mayfield knew that Rashard Higgins' route -- a post designed to occupy Robert Alford and Kazee -- was left to only Alford.

      Of course, Mayfield still had to get it there. With Jarrett chasing and Foyesade Oluokun closing in his face, he uncorked a laser off one foot while running right. The ball traveled 41 yards on a line to Higgins, who snared it before Alford could arrive.

      That was just one beauty in a day full of them, as the former Heisman winner had as many touchdowns (three) as incompletions in the Browns' biggest win of the year. It also served as a reminder that the short-statured Mayfield has a very high ceiling.

      *Side note: Mayfield pointed to a safety presnap while Landry was in motion -- as if telling the wideout whom to block -- to help sell the defense that a run was coming. Not many rookie QBs are canny enough to use a dummy point.

      -Andy Reid and Tyreek Hill are toying with defenses

      He's not the best wideout in football, but Hill might be its most unique weapon, simply because his speed shatters the rules of NFL physics. That's an almost unfair advantage for Reid, perhaps the league's most creative mind.

      Hill is scary enough when lined up outside, which practically requires a safety over the top. But things get terrifying when Hill goes into the slot, especially the inside slot of trips, where both of his touchdowns came from Sunday against Arizona.

      Many teams rely on zone against the Chiefs so defenders don't have to chase their man all over (presnap and postsnap) against K.C.'s myriad misdirection concepts. But more and more often, Reid is punishing those zones by spreading out and putting Hill in the slot, forcing defenses to cover a cheetah with wildebeests (safeties) and water buffaloes (linebackers).

      On Hill's first score, Kareem Hunt motioned wide right to create an empty set, with Hill in the inside slot. When the defense didn't shift and Patrick Peterson aligned over Hunt, Patrick Mahomes knew it was zone. Two safeties deep showed him the deep middle would be open. Underneath safety Budda Baker aligned over Hill, but from 4 yards off the line, he had no chance to reroute him. Hill gave a simple juke and came wide open down the middle for a 37-yard TD.

      A quarter later, the Chiefs burned the Cardinals with a variation of the same look. On third-and-goal from the 14, Hill aligned in the inside slot of an empty set against Arizona's Tampa-2 zone and again ran vertical. All too wary of Hill's speed, middle linebacker Josh Bynes tried desperately to keep pace, only for Hill to slam on the brakes. Knowing Hill would get free, Mahomes threw early and on the money for six.

      Reid also sprung Hill for a 20-yard run and 16-yard reception out of the slot, both on plays where he crossed the formation behind the line after the snap and outflanked the defense. The closer Hill is to the formation, the more creative Reid can be with screens, jet sweeps, shovel passes and more.

      Perhaps the scariest thing is how easy it all looks. Hill and Mahomes usually leave at least one long touchdown on the field each week, whether because of poor accuracy, a drop or miscommunication. Reid is always working in new wrinkles, and he'll surely have more in the playoffs, after having a first-round bye to strategize.

      -Frank Reich's tight-end wizardry

      Who would have guessed that Eric Ebron -- released by the Lions before his fifth-year option became guaranteed -- would have four more touchdowns (10) than any other NFL tight end through 10 weeks?

      Ebron has indeed impressed, a reminder that tight ends often blossom a bit later than other positions (Greg Olsen, Delanie Walker and Zach Ertz come to mind). But much of his success is owed to Reich, who has weaponized the position masterfully in Indy, as he did in Philadelphia.

      Reich sprung Ebron for three scores in Sunday's win over the Jaguars, two on wide-open receptions and one rushing. The second TD catch was a completely blown coverage, but the first, a 53-yarder on the opening possession, was brilliantly schemed to defeat Jacksonville's playcall.

      The Jaguars ran their staple Cover-3 "boundary lock," in which the boundary-side (closer to the hashmark where the ball is spotted) cornerback "locks" into man coverage and everyone else plays zone. That locked Jalen Ramsey on T.Y. Hilton, who ran a spot route inside while Ebron ran a corner route into the deep third of the field to Ramsey's side.

      With Ramsey locked to Hilton, either hook/curl defender Telvin Smith or (more likely) flat defender Barry Church became responsible for Ebron's route, but neither recognized it in time to turn and run vertically. Reich even sprinkled in a flat route to the same side by Jordan Wilkins to further distract Church. Andrew Luck found Ebron in acres of space, and the tight end evaded Tashaun Gipson for the score.

      That was just one of Reich's tricks. The Colts' second touchdown came after a 27-yard catch by tight end Mo Alie-Cox, a former VCU basketball player in his second year of football since age 14. With three tight ends in a wing -- a run-heavy look -- Alie-Cox (aligned next to the right tackle) ran up the seam as Ebron (aligned just outside Alie-Cox) faded outside to occupy two players.

      Because three-TE sets are so rare, defenses typically run only one or two different coverages against them, meaning Reich could expect a predictable look and design routes accordingly. The pair of vertical routes put heavy stress on rookie linebacker Leon Jacobs, who is primarily a run defender, and Alie-Cox came free.

      Three plays after Alie-Cox's grab, Reich got Ebron his second score on a 2-yard end-round, after the tight end motioned from a wingback position to get a head start across the formation and outflank the defense.

      The design worked naturally because Reich often sends his tight ends in motion on standard run and play-action designs. This helps in the run game because none of the Colts' tight ends is a sturdy run-blocker -- Calais Campbell embarrassed Alie-Cox and Jack Doyle on Sunday -- but putting them on the move creates more favorable angles.

      Doyle is particularly adept as a move blocker, freeing Reich to use him on more play-action designs, including from a fullback alignment. This worked twice on Sunday, once for a 20-yard gain (would have been 40-plus with a better throw) on a wheel route and later for a near-touchdown out of the flat. One play after Doyle came up just short of paydirt, Alie-Cox caught a 1-yard TD off play-action, giving the Colts' tight ends four touchdowns before halftime.

      Paced by Ebron's 10 scores, Indy's tight ends have 16 touchdowns this year, including seven in the last two games. Alie-Cox has two on six career catches, while Erik Swoope has three on just 55 offensive snaps this year while battling injury. Doyle got his first in Week 9 after missing the previous five games.

      With Doyle back healthy and Alie-Cox (who had a horrid drop turn into an interception Sunday) flashing at times, this position group could take an even larger role down the stretch.

      --David DeChant, Field Level Media