Joe Thomas played his 10,000th consecutive snap on Sunday.
The 10-time Pro Bowler has never missed a snap in his 11 seasons with the Browns.
Limited Mens Jerome Bettis Jersey Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos, hamstring: Thomas appears on the report as a limited participant Wednesday, but he resumed full practice Thursday and Friday. His removal from the injury report indicates he will play against the Bills.
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers, knee: Benjamin did not practice Wednesday due to his knee but was upgraded to full practice on Thursday and Friday. He was removed from the game status injury report and will play when the Saints visit the Panthers Sunday.
Kenny Britt, Cleveland Browns, knee: Britt remains a full participant in practice while being listed on the injury report because of his knee. His removal from the pregame injury report indicates he is expected to play.
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Thomas Morstead, Saints punter: “If you respect the brothers on your team, and if there’s something that they’re feeling strong enough about to demonstrate or do whatever, I think it’s important for guys on this team to show support in any way they can, whether it be publicly or privately. But these guys, our kids play together, our wives are friends, and they’re great people, and we just want to support ’em.” Morstead stood by the Saints players who sat on the bench, with his arm on a teammate’s shoulder.
The last time the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers played was the NFC Championship Game last season, a game that the Falcons absolutely dominated. Green Bay doesn’t have to wait long for a rematch, as they will meet on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (live streaming online at NBC Sports).
Atlanta led the Packers by 24 points at halftime of that game, and comfortably took a 44-21 win into the Super Bowl. The Packers were riding an eight-game winning streak going into that matchup, so they were feeling pretty good. Now just one meaningful NFL game later, they have a shot at revenge.
Some may say the Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks game in Week 1 was boring, but it wasn’t a poor showing by either team. What it was, in actuality, was two very good defenses and coordinators stymieing the other. Aaron Rodgers had an interception and the Packers rushed for under 100 yards as a team, but they pulled out a hard-fought 17-9 win in the end.
The Cardinals turned in a pair of pathetic three-and-outs on their first two drives, and the Colts jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead. When Arizona finally showed a little life, the team made a terrible decision to throw an end zone fade to Larry Fitzgerald on fourth-and-1. WHYYYYYYYYYY?
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The Colts can’t be happy with Chuck Pagano, but Arians did nothing to make them regret letting him slip away after 2012.
It was better, marginally, in the second half. After berating Carson Palmer to the media at halftime, Arians got better play out of his QB — good enough to beat the Colts in overtime at any rate.
Arians is now 6-0 against the AFC South since taking the Cardinals job. But it was an ugly win against a beat-up Colts team, and blaming his quarterback isn’t exactly becoming. The rest of the season could be a struggle for both Arians’ current team and his former one.
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Adam Jones and former Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry were teammates going back to their college careers at West Virginia.
On Thursday Night Football, viewers noticed that Jones was wearing the No. 15 on the back of his helmet. The number was Henry’s, and it’s Jones’ way of paying tribute to his former teammate, who died in 2009 after falling from a moving truck driven by his fiancee in a domestic dispute.
If this sounds familiar, it may be because Gronkowski reached 69 career touchdowns during the 2016 season thanks to a rushing touchdown he scored back in 2011. It was also a nice accomplishment worth celebrating. Even his mom was fired up.
Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez — both with 111 career touchdowns — are the only two tight ends with more career receiving touchdowns than Gronkowski. A 70th touchdown would tie Gronkowski with Gary Collins and Andre Johnson for 40th all-time in touchdown receptions among all players.
Gronkowski caught one of his 69 receiving touchdowns came from Jimmy Garoppolo in 2014, so his next touchdown could be his 69th from Tom Brady. It, too, will be nice.
Took until the 7:36 mark, but we finally have a first down in this game. D’Onta Foreman did the honors for Houston with a 9-yard run. However, the drive stalled out when Watson ate a sack on third and long.
The Bengals also started three-and-out when Andy Dalton got sacked on a cornerback blitz on third down.
The Texans went three-and-out on their opening drive, with Watson misfiring on a couple throws.
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The Cardinals started Kerwynn Williams in their first game without David Johnson, but it was veteran Chris Johnson who led the team with 11 carries and 44 rushing yards. Williams added 22 yards on nine totes. Andre Ellington was the passing-down specialist, handling two carries and five targets. With Arizona stuck in a tight game, Ellington was on the field for a position-high 30 snaps, 28 of which were pass plays. Johnson and Williams both played 17 snaps and Elijhaa Penny handled six. This remains a situation to avoid, but Ellington is the top play in PPR and Johnson the better asset in non-PPR leagues.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Another week, another big game by the rookie. Comparatively speaking, a 25.9 PPR fantasy point total probably looks like a comedown from his stunning, 45.6 point opening-week effort, but it earned Hunt the top score among running backs in the Sunday 1 p.m. ET block. It also gave him 63.5 non-PPR and 71.5 PPR fantasy points through his first two career games, both of which are second-most by any player at any position since 1950, trailing only Billy Sims’ 74.5 and 78.5 scored in 1980 Weeks 1-2. Hunt went from being started in 69.8 percent of ESPN leagues in the opener to 96.2 percent in Week 2, and with his speed and receiving ability, he’ll be rightfully regarded a weekly RB1 going forward.
Elite Kony Ealy Jersey It’s still difficult to believe that the Patriots allowed a league-high 537 yards at home in the season-opening loss to the Chiefs. While we can expect Bill Belichick to fix the defensive woes in the coming weeks, a quick fix won’t be easy since the Patriots have to go on the road to face a future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees. With that in mind, I like Ginn as a low-priced home run threat who has the wheels to get behind that defense. — Joe Kaiser
He was the Bears’ leading receiver Sunday, as he caught eight of Mike Glennon’s 26 completed passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He also led the Bears with 66 rushing yards on just five carries. He even returned three punts for 45 yards.
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Cohen after the game praised his teammates when asked about his performance.
Besides the fact that we didn’t come up with the win, it went pretty good, he said. The offensive line did a tremendous job blocking for me, springing me for good runs. Mike (Glennon) did a tremendous job getting to the check-down and getting me the ball.
Carolina Panthers — A season removed from their Super Bowl 50 loss, the Panthers should bounce back after finishing last in the NFC South. Carolina has a healthy Cam Newton and added dynamic rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. The NFC South might be the most competitive division in the NFL this season, and the Panthers should be near the top in December.
Philadelphia Eagles — The Eagles started hot last year before Carson Wentz started to look like a rookie. With a year of seasoning, Wentz and the Eagles should improve on last season’s 7-9 mark. Philadelphia added receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, as well as cornerback Ronald Darby and veteran defensive end Chris Long. Draft picks Derek Barnett and Rasul Douglas should improve a defense that ranked 13th overall last season.
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Tests revealed that Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White broke a bone on the back of his shoulder, a source tells ESPN. The fear is that White will have to undergo season-ending surgery.
White exited Sunday’s 23-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the 9:43 mark of the fourth quarter after catching a short pass for no gain. The former first-round pick immediately walked off the field following the play and went into the Bears’ sideline injury tent for further examination. White was later taken to the locker room and officially ruled out for the remainder of the game.
White was observed after the game in a sling and holding his wrist to stabilize the injured side of his body. He left Soldier Field in an ambulance.
There were few downed branches and palm fronds around the outside of the stadium and small pieces of debris in the parking lots around the stadium.
Jacksonville’s EverBank Field will be ready to host Sunday’s Jaguars-Titans game as scheduled after withstanding Hurricane Irma. Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports
The field appeared to be fine as well. Members of the grounds crew were working on it during the day.
The Jaguars opened the 2017 season in Houston last Sunday, and the team remained there instead of returning home after the game while Irma rolled through north Florida on Monday. The team flew back to Jacksonville on Tuesday morning and arrived at EverBank Field at 1 p.m.
Team officials wanted to examine the stadium and make sure there were no issues before notifying the NFL and the Titans that the facility was in good shape.
Game Mens Ronnie Lott Jersey It is so important on so many different levels that we show the world on Sunday that Jacksonville is open for business, Jaguars president Mark Lamping said.
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Normally a “welcome to the NFL” moment for a rookie is something that woefully embarrasses them, but Nazair Jones of the Seahawks made a different kind of impression — and it’s a darn shame it didn’t count.
Jones didn’t just pick off an opposing quarterback or score a pick-six, he did it against Aaron Rodgers. That’s amazing on its own, and then you factor in that it was a big man touchdown and well — it’s just incredible. Check out that speed too! He really had some jets on this one.
Haden racked up six total tackles, had a sack (only the third of his career) and a pass deflection in his first regular-season appearance in black and gold. And it all came against the team that drafted him seventh overall in 2010. He was released by Cleveland on Aug. 30 and signed with Pittsburgh the following day.
His season couldn’t have started on a more positive note.
“I am where I am now,” Haden said. “I’m excited to be a Steeler and try to do my part to help them win. It wasn’t about proving anything to the Browns; it’s just showing the Steelers I could play.”
The Browns haven’t won a season opener since the 2004 season. Pittsburgh, on the flip side, is 10-4 in Week 1 games over that time frame.
Martavis Bryant’s path back to playing in the NFL is now complete.
Following a conditional reinstatement last month to participate in preseason games, the NFL announced Friday the Steelers receiver is cleared for regular-season practices and games.
Bryant has been suspended twice for violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy since the Steelers selected the former Clemson receiver in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He missed four games in 2015 and had to sit out the entire 2016 season, but is now ready to contribute in 2017.
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Bryant, who has 76 career receptions for 1,314 yards and 14 scores, had his year-long ban lifted in April before a conditional reinstatement on Aug. 9.
The 6-4, 211-pound receiver had a solid preseason and will be in the lineup when the Steelers open the regular season against the Browns on Sept. 10.
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On third-and-12, Carson Wentz evades most of the Washington defense and hucks it downfield to a wide-open Nelson Agholor, who races in for a 58-yard score. I have now seen multiple touchdowns scored on offense, plus defensive and special teams scores, AND I’ve read a children’s book. It has been 15 minutes since I turned on the TV.
Bortles remains entrenched, aware of the chorus supporting his demotion yet focused on blocking out that noise in order to help the Jaguars snap a six-game skid against the Texans.
I’d rather not think about it, said Bortles, who was a full participant at practice Wednesday despite a minor right wrist injury.
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Archie Bradley Elite Jersey Maybe someday at the end of my career whenever that is, hopefully a long time from now, there’ll be time to look back on it and think about how that stuff shaped me. But as of now it’s focus on how we can beat the Texans and how can I help us be as efficient as possible.
Falcons running back Devonta Freeman eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing for each of the past two seasons. Meanwhile, the passing game is led by monster talent Julio Jones, who nabbed 83 catches for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games last year.
Ryan said he and his teammates must be sharp versus Chicago’s front seven, which is the strength of the defense. Bears pass rushers Leonard Floyd, Willie Young and Akiem Hicks each finished with at least seven sacks in 2016.
Their pass rush is good, Ryan said. They’ve got big, long guys on the outside. They’ve got some really good up-the-field speed rushing. It’s certainly something we’ll have to account for, but they’re also stout in the middle, so they do a pretty good job all over.
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The Buccaneers traded safety J.J. Wilcox to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2018. The move created a roster spot for safety T.J. Ward, who agreed to a contract with Tampa Bay earlier in the day.
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By acquiring Vance McDonald, Joe Haden and J.J. Wilcox, the Steelers are trying to fix past mistakes while a championship run is still possible.
NFL teams have made 30 trades since Aug. 1, more than twice the average for the same period over the previous five years. There are multiple reasons why.
The Buccaneers also sent a 2019 seventh-round pick to the Steelers in the deal.
Tom Brady could suffer an injury as the Patriots enter a twilight zone oddly reminiscent of 2008. But there is no one single injury to a player that could sink their season. Instead, the Patriots have a lot of question marks on the edge that could derail the defense. There is a world where the Patriots fail to generate any pressure against a strong slate of opposing quarterbacks and the secondary is unable to cover for five seconds at a time, eventually costing them home-field advantage in the playoffs.
In a really obnoxious way, do the Patriots really have a rival at this point in time? The only team that would make sense would be the Denver Broncos. The Patriots have a 4-3 record against the Broncos over the past five years, with two of those losses coming in AFC Championship games. But the Broncos will have to prove themselves a contender in a post-Peyton Manning world if they are going to be the Patriots’ rival.