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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

      -- Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

      -- Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      -- Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      -- Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    The Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve on Friday due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 6.

    • The club had held out hope Kirkpatrick could return this season but the move ends the 30-year-old's season.

      "It's been hard to predict when he doesn't feel ready to come back in these next couple of weeks," Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters after Friday's practice. "So I felt it was in everybody's best interest to give him time to heal. It's tough when you've got guys that you're not quite sure what the long-term diagnosis is going to be and they keep taking a spot. We just felt like it was the best decision and it gives him a chance to get healthy."

      Kirkpatrick hyperextended his left knee against the Baltimore Ravens in the Week 6 contest.

      Kirkpatrick had 33 tackles in six games. He has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati and has 10 career interceptions with 306 tackles.

      Cincinnati also activated receiver Damion Willis and linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad.

      Willis had nine catches for 82 yards in seven games (two starts) for the Bengals earlier this season. Nickerson made 71 tackles in 30 games (nine starts) with the club over the previous two seasons and was waived at the end of the preseason and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3.

      Cincinnati had an open roster spot after releasing linebacker Preston Brown earlier this week.

      Also, the Bengals declared receiver A.J. Green (ankle), guard Alex Redmond (knee/ankle) and tight end Drew Sample (ankle) as out for Sunday's road game against the Oakland Raiders. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, has yet to play this season.

      Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (ankle) and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (shoulder) are questionable.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway must serve a 10-game suspension after losing his appeal, according to multiple reports published on Friday.

    • Callaway's suspension was for his second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, which he and his agent attributed to a tainted CBD product.

      The Browns waived Callaway on Thursday, four days after he was benched, and shortly before NFL Network reported his suspension.

      Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns' 19-16 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for what multiple outlets reported was a late arrival to the game.

      Callaway, 22, was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, after the Browns traded up to get him. Most considered him a first-round talent, but legal issues and his dismissal from the team at Florida damaged his draft status.

      In August 2018, four months after he was drafted, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, charges that were dropped in February.

      Callaway played in all 16 games as a rookie and totaled 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts as a rookie). But he was suspended four games under the substance-abuse policy -- stemming from the 2018 citation -- to start this season.

      In four games (two starts) since the suspension, he had only eight catches for 89 yards.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns' Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in a melee in Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the NFL reacted with swift and harsh penalties one day after the ugly incident.

    • The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would extend to the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL for a single-game incident.

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

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

      Garrett released a statement Friday afternoon.

      "Last night I made a terrible mistake," the statement read. "I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable. I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologize to Mason Rudolph, my teammates, our entire organization, our fans and the NFL. I know I have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake and I fully intend to do so."

      Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam issued a statement shortly after the NFL handed down the discipline.

      "We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game," the statement said. "There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization. We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions."

      The incident started after Rudolph dumped off a short pass. After getting knocked down, Rudolph appeared to grab at Garrett's helmet before Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and, with Steelers' offensive linemen attempting to intervene, hit the quarterback in the head with it.

      "It was bush league," Rudolph, who was uninjured, told reporters afterward. "Total coward move on his part. I get it. I mean it's OK, though. I'll take it. I'm not going to back down from any bully out there."

      Rudolph did not initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officials with his hands raised, but Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the ground.

      Meanwhile, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Pouncey jumped on the pile, throwing several punches at Garrett before kicking at him once and throwing more punches.

      After conferring with replay officials in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made four ejections in the game, after Browns safety Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson in the third quarter.

      Before Garrett can be reinstated, he has to first meet with the commissioner's office in New York. In addition to not being paid for the games he will miss, he was also fined an undisclosed amount.

      In a statement, the NFL said that further discipline to players "will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area."

      The suspensions can be appealed within three business days.

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

      --Field Level Media

  • Lions QB Stafford out for second consecutive week
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will not play at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the second consecutive week he will be out of action because of a back injury, head coach Matt Patricia said Thursday.

    • ESPN reported last week that scans of Stafford's back showed fractured bones. The injury also kept him out of last week's 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears, an absence that cost him his 136-game starting streak.

      Stafford has not practiced this week as he works through his medical program.

      Patricia has classified Stafford as week-to-week, with no word that his availability for the remainder of the season is in jeopardy.

      "That's not my thinking at the moment," Stafford said last week about stepping aside for the remainder of the season. "My thinking is to try and be out there as soon as I possibly can to help us win."

      Stafford has passed for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season as the team has gone 3-4-1 when he was on the field. The 31-year-old former No. 1 overall selection in the draft in 2009 has 41,025 passing yards over 11 seasons with 256 TDs and 134 interceptions.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Browns S Burnett has torn Achilles
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Cleveland Browns safety Morgan Burnett likely has a torn Achilles, an injury that would knock out the veteran for the rest of the season, according to an NFL Network report.

    • Burnett came away with the injury in Thursday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis on Friday.

      If lost for the year, it would be a significant blow to a Browns defense that is also expected to be without defensive end Myles Garrett for an extended period of time. A suspension is expected after Garrett struck Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet in the closing moments of Thursday's game.

      Burnett, 30, in his first season with the Browns, has 41 tackles, two sacks and an interception in eight games this season. His interception came in Thursday's 21-7 victory.

      The defense had recently helped the team recover from a four-game losing streak by giving up 23 total points in consecutive victories over the Buffalo Bills and Steelers.

      Over his 10-year career, Burnett has 788 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 10 interceptions in 121 games (112 starts). He played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers after he was a third-round draft pick in 2010 and played last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Agent of Steelers QB Rudolph not ruling out legal options
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has not ruled out involving the legal process against Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after the melee that ensued toward the end of Thursday night's game at Cleveland.

    • Garrett came away with Rudolph's helmet during a skirmish following a short pass by the quarterback. In a scrum that included Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro, Garrett proceeded to swing the headgear and hit Rudolph in the head.

      Garrett was ejected in the closing moments of the game and the NFL suspended him without pay indefinitely on Friday, per a statement from Michael Signora, the NFL's senior vice president of football and internal communications.

      Barring a successful appeal, Garrett will miss at least the rest of the regular season and any potential postseason games. Cleveland defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game) and Pittsburgh offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games) were also suspended and the teams were fined $250,000 apiece. The three players also received undisclosed fines.

      Rudolph's agent did not rule out filing criminal charges, according to multiple reports.

      "I am gathering all information and no options have been removed from the table," agent Tim Younger said via text, according to ESPN.

      Younger first took to Twitter late Thursday night to let his feelings be known about the incident.

      "There are many risks an NFL QB assumes every snap taken on the field," Younger wrote. "Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275-pound DE is not one of them. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly."

      Rudolph called the incident both "cowardly" and "bush league." Garrett expressed regret for his actions.

      "What I did was foolish, and I shouldn't allow myself to slip like that," Garrett said after Thursday's game. "That's out of character, but a situation like that where it's an emotional game, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with what happened."

      The most serious punishment for an on-field incident in NFL history prior to Garrett's (minimum six games) was a five-game suspension in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans' Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys' Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches. Gurode did not press criminal charges or file a criminal lawsuit.

      --Field Level Media

  • Eagles RB Sproles out for season, Ajayi signed
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is out for the rest of the season due to a torn right hip flexor, the team announced Friday.

    • The Eagles signed Jay Ajayi later in the day. Ajayi gained 592 yards with four touchdowns in 11 games over the past 1 1/2 seasons with the Eagles. He has 2,516 yards and 13 career rushing TDs over four seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Eagles.

      "It's a blessing to be back in the NFL and with this team, said Ajayi, who recently had tryouts with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals. "Philly is a special place for me, and to come back here is wonderful. I'm looking forward to Sunday (against the New England Patriots) and seeing what that brings."

      Ajayi suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Oct. 7, 2018 and has been working to come back from the serious injury.

      As for Sproles, the 36-year-old originally suffered the hip injury in a 31-6 win over the New York Jets on Oct. 6.

      He missed the next three games, but returned and had three offensive touches in a 22-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 3. Sproles didn't report any problems after that game and returned to practice the following week, but reported the injury after Wednesday's session.

      Sproles finishes the season with 17 carries for 66 yards and six receptions for 24 yards in six games this season.

      Playing in his 15th season, Sproles is now fifth all-time in career all-purpose yards with 19,696.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns' Garrett ejected for swinging helmet at Steelers QB
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett was ejected Thursday after pulling the helmet off of Pittsburgh's Mason Rudolph and then striking the Steelers quarterback in the bare head with the helmet.

    • Two other players also were tossed in the aftermath of an ugly brawl that occurred with eight seconds remaining in the Browns' 21-7 home win.

      Scrapping with Rudolph after a play, Garrett yanked Rudolph's helmet off by the facemask and -- while being restrained by Steelers offensive linemen David DeCastro and Matt Feiler -- swung it deliberately and made contact with the top of Rudolph's head.

      "It was bush league," Rudolph, who was uninjured, told reporters afterward. "Total coward move on his part. I get it. I mean it's OK, though. I'll take it. I'm not going to back down from any bully out there."

      Rudolph did not initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officials with his hands raised, but Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the ground.

      Meanwhile, DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey jumped on the pile and threw several punches at Garrett before kicking at him once and throwing more punches.

      After conferring with replay officials in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made four ejections in the game, after Browns safety Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson in the third quarter.

      The late fracas began as Rudolph flipped a screen pass and was wrapped up by Garrett, who did not let go and slowly dragged Rudolph to the ground as the quarterback resisted. Once on the ground, Rudolph grabbed at Garrett's facemask and helmet, and the two continued to scrap as DeCastro pulled Garrett off and Feiler tried to separate the two.

      Then came the helmet removal. That prompted Rudolph to get up and chase after Garrett, which is when the defensive end swung the helmet.

      "I made a mistake, I lost my cool," Garrett told reporters afterward. "It's going to come back to hurt our team. The guys who jumped in the scrum, I appreciate my teammates having my back, but it shouldn't have gotten that far. That's on me. ...

      "Absolutely, that is embarrassing. What I did was foolish, and I shouldn't have allowed myself to do stuff like that. It's out of character. But in a situation like that where it's an emotional game like (Ogunjobi) said, and I can't allow myself to fall into those emotions."

      Rudolph, who was concussed and knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit earlier this year, also took an inadvertent shot to the back of the head from Feiler, who was walking to confront Ogunjobi as Rudolph was getting up from Ogunjobi's hit. Rudolph remained in the game to run one more play.

      "I'm fine," Rudolph said afterward. "I'm good. Good to go."

      "I've never seen that in my life," Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said postgame of Garrett. "I'm embarrassed, Myles is embarrassed. He understands what he did. He understands what he did is totally unacceptable."

      Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said at his press conference, "I'll keep my thoughts to myself. You guys saw what happened. No comment."

      Pouncey told reporters afterward that Garrett should "absolutely" be suspended for the rest of the season.

      "We'll see how serious the NFL is about their players," said Pouncey, who also said he didn't even remember what he did after Rudolph was hit.

      Asked whether he faces a possible suspension, too, Pouncey replied, "At this point, who cares? My man got hit in the head with a helmet. I'll accept whatever penalty it is. ...

      "At that point, it's bigger than football. It's protection. ... (Garrett) could have killed him. What if he'd hit in him the temple?"

      Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gave his perspective from the bench in a postgame interview with Fox.

      "I didn't see why it started, but it's inexcusable," he said. "I don't care, rivalry or not, we can't do that. ... That's just endangering the other team. That's inexcusable. (Garrett) knows that.

      "The reality of it, he's going to get suspended, and that's going to hurt our team. We don't know how long, but that hurts our team."

      Talking to reporters later, Mayfield added that because of the brawl, "It feels like we lost."

      The Browns beat the Steelers for the first time since October 2014. They had lost seven of the previous eight meetings, with the teams playing to a tie in the 2018 season opener at Cleveland.

      "A win's a win," Garrett said. "I don't think it's overshadowed by what happened in eight seconds."

      Garrett was fined $10,527 for an excessive facemask penalty in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans -- a play some viewed as a punch -- and then was fined $42,112 a week later for a roughing-the-passer penalty that injured New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian, ending his season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers' Smith-Schuster, Conner leave with injuries
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Pro Bowlers JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner to first-half injuries on Thursday night against the Browns in Cleveland.

    • Both players were ruled out by the team. Conner aggravated his right shoulder injury, which kept him out of the last two games, on the final play of the first quarter.

      Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion midway through the second quarter as he was sandwiched by a trio of Browns defenders, with safety Morgan Burnett's facemask colliding with Smith-Schuster's helmet. The hit, which came a step or so after Smith-Schuster caught the ball, was not penalized.

      Burnett later left the game with what multiple media outlets reported was a possibly serious Achilles injury.

      Conner had five carries for 10 yards and one reception for 6 yards, while Smith-Schuster made two grabs for 21 yards before departing. Both made their first career Pro Bowl appearances in 2018.

      The Steelers also lost cornerback Artie Burns (knee), linebacker Ola Adeniyi (concussion) and rookie wideout Diontae Johnson (concussion) to injuries.

      Johnson was hurt on a hit in the third quarter by Browns safety Damarious Randall that drew an ejection.

      A throw down the sideline went through Johnson's hands, and Randall arrived a beat late, with his helmet colliding squarely with Johnson's helmet. Randall was given a 15-yard penalty on the field and then ejected upon review.

      Johnson appeared to be in serious pain and then was helped off with significant assistance, with blood dripping from his right ear.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chiefs regroup vs. Chargers in Mexico City
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 14, 2019

    The return of the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player coincided with a drop in performance among Kansas City Chiefs defenders.

    • In the two-plus games quarterback Patrick Mahomes missed with a dislocated kneecap, the Chiefs stopped the run effectively and did not give up a 100-yard performance. Their defense held its own.

      When Mahomes returned last week, the defense contributed to a total team collapse. The unexpected letdown tightened the AFC West chase as Kansas City (6-4) meets a division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6), on Monday night at Mexico City.

      "You can't change what happened," Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen said. "What you can do is focus on fixing and improving as we go down this last stretch.''

      The closing run is tighter than most predicted. The Chiefs are tied in the loss column with the Oakland Raiders (5-4) atop the AFC West, and the Chargers can tighten things even more by beating Kansas City on a neutral field in prime time.

      "We're in a battle now,'' Mahomes said.

      The matchup is a second crack for Kansas City to play in Mexico City after field conditions last year at Estadio Azteca prompted a scheduled appearance against the Rams to be moved to Los Angeles.

      "I was hopeful that we would have a chance to go to Mexico City,'' said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, noting that the league assured his staff that the turf is much improved. "All of the international games are very important for the league, and they are also important for the Chiefs from a branding standpoint. I frankly did not expect that we would be (scheduled again for) Mexico City so fast.''

      Kansas City is designated as the visitor, leaving the Chiefs with three home games, one each against division rivals, and road tests at New England and Chicago. The Chiefs' strength of schedule currently ranks fifth.

      Expect the Chargers to try to establish a balanced attack. Melvin Gordon, coming off a 108-yard performance in a loss to the Raiders, will try to exploit a Chiefs run defense that ranks 31st.

      Kansas City allowed 188 yards last week to Derrick Henry, who led a Tennessee rally that capitalized on two botched field goals.

      In preparation for the 7,200-foot altitude in Mexico City, the Chargers are practicing in Colorado Springs, Colo. (at 6,035 feet), which prompted some players to complain about the arrangements on Twitter.

      "I've felt the effect, so I wanted my players to come and practice in it for a week,'' said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, referencing his playing days in Denver.

      Defensive end Joey Bosa, with 12 tackles for loss, leads a Los Angeles defense that will attempt to keep Mahomes from spotting his electric receivers.

      The Chargers face a battered Kansas City line that continues to hope for the return of left tackle Eric Fisher and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, both of whom practiced in full on Thursday. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has a tender knee but practiced on a limited basis.

      Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah underwent surgery for a pectoral tear. Another defensive end, Alex Okafor, continues to be slowed by an ankle injury.

      The Chargers are hopeful the extra day of preparation can help left tackle Russell Okung rebound from a groin strain suffered in last Sunday's loss at Oakland, but he was absent at Thursday's practice, along with right tackle Sam Tevi.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Ex-coaches will lead Kaepernick's workout
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Colin Kaepernick's open workout for all 32 teams in Atlanta on Saturday will be led by former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin also participating, the NFL announced in a statement Thursday.

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

      The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility. The league announced that 11 teams -- Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington -- have confirmed they will attend in some capacity, with more expected to commit.

      --The Cleveland Browns waived wide receiver Antonio Callaway, four days after he was benched, and shortly before NFL Network reported he is facing a 10-game suspension.

      Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns' 19-16 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for what multiple outlets reported was a late arrival to the game. His replacement, Rashard Higgins, caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

      Not long after Callaway's release Thursday, NFL Network reported the wideout is appealing a 10-game suspension for what would be his second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.

      --Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher practiced in full for the first time since having sports hernia surgery following Week 2.

      Fisher was initially given a four- to six-week timetable for a return. He returned for two limited practices leading up to Week 8 but then went back to missing practice until this week.

      Fisher, 28, was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and had played in 87 consecutive games prior to leaving the Chiefs' Week 2 win at Oakland after just four snaps.

      --Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice for the second straight day, increasing doubt about his availability for the Lions' Sunday game against the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford sat out last week with a back injury as Detroit fell to the Chicago Bears.

      --Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery did not practice for the second straight day. Coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Wednesday that Jeffery was considered day-to-day with a calf injury ahead of the Eagles' Sunday game against the New England Patriots.

      --New England quarterback Tom Brady, 42, had initially said in recent years that he envisioned himself playing in the NFL until he's 45. However, Brady's personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, thinks the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player can go until he is 46 or 47.

      --Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan is likely to land on injured reserve due to a foot injury, coach Vic Fangio said. After signing a three-year, $21 million with Denver in the offseason, Callahan has yet to appear in a game this season due to the foot issue.

      --New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is looking to trademark his "Danny Dimes" nickname, according to ESPN. Jones' application reportedly covers everything from apparel and toys to video games, helmets, trading cards and bumper stickers.

      --Architectural renderings revealed show a number of proposed changes for the New Orleans Superdome as part of a $450 million renovation, including the addition of standing-room only viewing areas.

      --The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the first NFL team to establish a college scholarship program for female high school football players. A $250,000 commitment from the team's foundation was announced and is open to all female seniors nationwide who participate in a formally sanctioned flag or tackle football program.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chiefs LT Fisher practices for first time since Week 2
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher practiced in full on Thursday for the first time since having sports hernia surgery following Week 2.

    • Fisher was initially given a 4- to 6-week timetable for a return. He returned for two limited practices leading up to Week 8 but then went back to missing practice until this week.

      Fisher, 28, was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and had played in 87 consecutive games prior to leaving Week 2's win at Oakland after just four snaps.

      In 16 starts in 2018, he allowed 4.5 sacks and committed five penalties. Replacement Cameron Erving -- who has started the last eight games at left tackle -- has allowed 4.5 sacks and committed four penalties this season.

      The Chiefs' offensive line could potentially be whole again for Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.

      In addition to Fisher, right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) returned to a full practice after missing Weeks 9 and 10.

      Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (knee) was limited Thursday. He left Sunday's game in Tennessee -- halting a streak of 7,894 snaps, the longest active streak in the NFL at the time -- but later returned to finish it.

      The Chiefs lost backup Martinas Rankin, who has started five games as a fill-in this year, for the year due to a knee injury on Sunday.

      Meanwhile, the Chargers have less positive news regarding injuries up front. Left tackle Russell Okung, who exited Week 10's loss in Oakland on Nov. 7 with a groin injury, sat out Thursday's practice. Sam Tevi also sat out with a knee injury, which kept him out of Week 10.

      Los Angeles allowed five sacks and 10 hits of quarterback Philip Rivers in the loss to the Raiders.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants QB Jones seeks 'Danny Dimes' trademark
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 14, 2019

    New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is looking to trademark his "Danny Dimes" nickname, ESPN said Thursday.

    • Jones' agents at CAA said they filed the paperwork last month due to the demand for "Danny Dimes" merchandise and to protect Jones moving forward.

      Two other trademark applications were recorded soon after Jones replaced Eli Manning as the starting quarterback in mid-September. One was filed by John Messina, believed to be the nickname's creator.

      Jones' application covers everything from apparel and toys to video games, helmets, trading cards and bumper stickers, per ESPN.

      Jones originally gave a lukewarm endorsement to the "Danny Dimes" moniker.

      "Yeah, I've heard it a little bit more recently," he told ESPN in September. "I don't know. It's all right, I guess. There could be worse nicknames."

      Jones, 22, was the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Duke. Through nine games (eight starts), he has completed 63.0 percent of his passes for 1,984 yards with 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

      Jones and the Giants (2-8) have lost six straight entering this week's bye. They return to action Nov. 24 at the Chicago Bears (4-5).

      --Field Level Media