Brett Favre attends Tom Brady’s home debut

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September 20, 2020 - 4:28 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Earlier this week, Brett Favre had Tom Brady‘s back. Today, Favre is wearing Brady’s image on his front.

Favre is in Tampa for the home debut of Tom Brady as the starting quarterback of the Buccaneers. And Favre is wearing a T-shirt with Tom Brady’s face on the Buccaneers logo.

“I think the last person you want to call out after the first game of the year is Tom Brady,” Favre said Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Now maybe they had a mutual truce going into the game, going into the season, ‘Hey, I’m going to be hard on you. I want the guys to know we’re going to treat you the same even though technically I’m not, so are you OK with it?’ If they have that truce, great. If not, I think you are barking up the wrong tree.”

Plenty of people were barking this week about Brady not playing well in Week One. However, that was the toughest game of the year on the Tampa schedule. This week, things should go much smoother.

If they don’t, those Tompa Bay shirts could suddenly become a lot cheaper to purchase.

It’s the Week Two best bets

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September 20, 2020 - 4:15 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Yes, last week Simms got the better of me when it came to straight-up selections and picks against the spread. But when it comes to the money selections, the true clutch picks, I won the weekend.

In our three weekly best bets, I went 2-0-1 and Simms went 1-1-1. We both picked Texans-Chiefs to go over 54 (it was a push), we both took the Raiders to cover (they barely did). However, Simms picked the Colts to cover against the Jaguars, and I picked the Steelers to cover against the Giants.

This week’s best bets appear in the attached video. For amusement purposes only. And by amusement I mean the amusement of having money on the games, whether you’re in a jurisdiction whether that’s legal, or where it’s not.

Colts scratch Rock Ya-Sin with an illness

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September 20, 2020 - 4:05 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Cornerback Rock Ya-Sin will not be in the lineup for the Colts on Sunday afternoon.

Ya-Sin was not on the team’s injury report this week, but he is on the inactive list for the Week Two game against the Vikings. According to the Colts, Ya-Sin is not playing because of an apparent illness.

Bob Kravitz of reports seeing Ya-Sin being wheeled out to an EMS vehicle on Sunday morning. Kravitz added that Ya-Sin “didn’t appear to be in any distress” at that time.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported that a player is being held out of his team’s Week Two game because he was running a fever and not feeling well on Sunday morning. Maske did not name the player and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Ya-Sin is dealing with a stomach illness rather than a fever.

Jalen Hurts active as Eagles No. 2 QB

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September 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Eagles made a change at backup quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

Second-round pick Jalen Hurts is active after Nate Sudfeld held the No. 2 job behind Carson Wentz for the season opener. Sudfeld is inactive on Sunday.

Hurts ran for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns while at Oklahoma last season and his running ability led some to wonder if the Eagles would find ways to use Hurts during his rookie season. Sunday’s game will provide an opportunity to see if that’s the case or if the Eagles simply made a change to their depth chart this week.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, defensive end Genard Avery, guard Jamon Brown, running back Jason Huntley, and guard Sua Opeta are the other inactives for the Eagles. Defensive ends Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham are both active after being listed as questionable.

Tyron Smith inactive for Cowboys

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September 20, 2020 - 3:48 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Cowboys won’t have left tackle Tyron Smith in the lineup for their home opener.

Smith missed practice on Thursday and Friday because of a neck injury, but the team kept the door open for him to play by listing him as questionable to face the Falcons.

Those with a memory of past Cowboys-Falcons matchups will note that Smith missed a 2017 game between the teams. Adrian Clayborn posted six sacks while playing against Smith’s replacement Chaz Green in a 27-7 Falcons win.

Green is no longer in Dallas and Todd Archer of reports it will be Terence Steele at left tackle. Steele started at right tackle last week and Brandon Knight is set to step into that job. Dante Fowler and Takk McKinley will try to play the role of Clayborn against those blockers.

Week Two early inactives

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September 20, 2020 - 3:32 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Every week we bring you all the inactives from the 1 p.m. ET games in one post, constantly updated with the latest information. Check back to see the full list as it becomes available 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Jaguars at Titans

Jaguars: TE Tyler Davis, QB Jake Luton, WR Dede Westbrook, CB Josiah Scott, CB Luq Barcoo, DT Doug Costin

Titans: WR A.J. Brown, RB Darrynton Evans, LB Vic Beasley, LB Derick Roberson, TE Geoff Swaim, OL Jamil Douglas, DL Isaiah Mack.

49ers at Jets

49ers: TE George Kittle, CB Jason Verrett, QB C.J. Beathard, DE Dee Ford, LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, OL Tom Compton

Jets: WR Jamison Crowder, QB Joe Flacco, QB James Morgan, DL Bryce Huff, DL Jordan Willis, CB Nate Hairston

Giants at Bears

Giants: S Adrian Colbert,

Bears: WR Ted Ginn Jr., CB Duke Shelley, LB Trevis Gipson, LB Josh Woods, WR Riley Ridley, G Arlington Hambright

Bills at Dolphins

Bills: LB Matt Milano, LB Tremaine Edmunds, LB Del'Shawn Phillips, QB Jake Fromm, TE Lee Smith, RB T.J. Yeldon, OL Ike Boettger

Dolphins: LB Elandon Roberts, OL Adam Pankey, DL Jason Strowbridge, WR Malcolm Perry, S Clayton Fejedelem

Broncos at Steelers 

Broncos: RB Phillip Lindsay, LB Mark Barron, DL McTelvin Agim, G Netane Muti, WR Tyrie Cleveland, LB Anthony Chickillo, TE Albert Okwuegbunam

Steelers: G David DeCastro, QB Josh Dobbs, LB Ulysees Gilbert, DL Carlos Davis, TE Zach Gentry

Vikings at Colts

Vikings: CB Cameron Dantzler, WR Chad Beebe, CB Harrison Hand, DE Eddie Yarbrough, T Oli Udoh, DT James Lynch

Colts: TE Jack Doyle,

Falcons at Cowboys

Falcons: DE Charles Harris, CB Kendall Sheffield, DT Marlon Davidson, RB Qadree Ollison, OL John Wetzel

Cowboys: T Tyron Smith, S Reggie Robinson, QB Ben DiNucci, T Alex Light, LB Rashad Smith

Rams at Eagles

Rams: RB Raymond Calais, OL Brian Allen, OL Tremayne Anchrum, WR Trishton Jackson, TE Brycen Hopkins, DL Eric Banks

Eagles: WR Alshon Jeffery, DE Genard Avery, G Jamon Brown, RB Jason Huntley, G Sua Opeta, QB Nate Sudfeld

Lions at Packers

Lions: WR Kenny Golladay, CB Desmond Trufant, TE Hunter Bryant, T Halapoulivaati Vaitai, DT Nick Williams, CB Chris Jones, DE Julian Okwara

Packers: DT Kenny Clark, G Lane Taylor, LB Randy Ramsey, QB Jordan Love, CB Parry Nickerson, TE Josiah Deguara

Panthers at Buccaneers

Panthers: DT Kawann Short, DE Yetur Gross-Matos, G Dennis Daley, QB Will Grier, CB Stanley Thomas-Oliver, DE Shareef Miller

Buccaneers: WR Chris Godwin, DL Khalil Davis, LB Cam Gill, QB Ryan Griffin, WR Tyler Johnson, CB Parnell Motley, G Aaron Stinnie

Report: Player with fever being held out of Sunday’s game

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September 20, 2020 - 3:23 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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All NFL players and coaches tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, but one player is reportedly still being held out of Sunday’s game because he has a fever.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the unidentified player will be inactive “out of caution” related to the fever. Maske adds that the player woke up feeling ill on Sunday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the player’s close contacts are getting point of care tests to make sure that they remain negative for COVID-19.

There were no such bumps in the road in Week One, but navigating the entire season without players running fevers or displaying other COVID-19 symptoms was never going to happen. Sunday’s development is a reminder of that and an early test of the protocols put in place for this season.

Report: Browns not thinking about Odell Beckham trade

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September 20, 2020 - 2:51 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Browns said this offseason that there was no thought being given to a trade involving wide receiver Odell Beckham and that reportedly hasn’t changed a couple of games into the regular season.

Suggestions that the Browns should move Beckham popped up after a blowout loss to the Ravens in the season opener was followed by a round of discussions about whether he and quarterback Baker Mayfield will ever form a strong connection. Their second outing was more successful as the Browns beat the Bengals on Thursday night and Beckham caught a 43-yard touchdown.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Browns had no talks about trading Beckham before that game and that there are no plans to entertain a deal for the wideout.

The Browns traded a first-round pick, a third-round pick and defensive back Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Beckham last year. The wideout is signed through the 2023 season.


Report: 49ers believe George Kittle will be back next week

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September 20, 2020 - 2:29 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Like last year, 49ers tight end George Kittle suffered a knee injury against the Cardinals. Like last year, Kittle’s absence could be shorter than it would be for anyone else.

The 49ers believe Kittle, who is out for Week Two at the Jets, will play next Sunday against the Giants, according to Adam Schefter of

Kittle has an MCL injury. It’s a rope-like ligament that heals itself in time, as long as it’s not completely torn. The lesser the sprain, the shorter the recovery time.

Schefter adds that Kittle was spotted walking without a limp in the team’s facility this week. The bigger question is whether Kittle will be risking re-injury (or a worse injury) by returning before the MCL completely and totally heals itself.

Kittle has remained in California for the first game of the two-week New Jersey swing. He’ll join the 49ers this week at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, where they will practice and prepare for next weekend’s game.

Mike McCarthy receives no fine for publicly criticizing key OPI call

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September 20, 2020 - 2:09 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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At a time when the NFL has focused on calling only “clear and obvious” fouls, the NFL apparently is also focusing on punishing only “clear and obvious” instances of criticism about the officiating in a given game.

Then again, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy’s criticism of the key offensive pass interference call late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Rams seemed to be both clear and obvious.

It made me sick when I watched the TV copy,” McCarthy said the day after the game. “I thought Michael [Gallup] ran an excellent route. The [defensive back] attempted to clamp his arm, [Gallup] pulls his arm out and makes a catch. So it’s definitely a call you’d like to see not happen, and I know everybody wants to talk about the time of the game and the way the game was called to that point. But at the end of the day, it was an excellent route and throw and completion by Michael Gallup from Dak.”

That looks like public criticism of officiating. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, McCarthy wasn’t and won’t be fined for his remarks. Likewise, no memo was sent to teams reminding coaches and others to not speak ill of the decisions made and not made by the folks in black and white stripes.

Last October, the league office sent a memo explaining that the rules prohibit “[c]riticism of officiating which includes, but is not limited to, the following: Comments regarding the quality of officiating, individual calls or missed calls, the League’s officiating department, an officiating crew, or an individual game official; [a]ccusing game officials of acting with bias or in any way questioning the integrity of NFL game officials; or [p]osting negative or derogatory/demeaning content pertaining to officiating on social media.”

So McCarthy says (rightfully) that the OPI call on Gallup “made me sick,” and there’s no reaction from the league — even though the league insists that the far-from-clear-and-obvious call was correct.

It could be that, at least for now, the league wants to send a clear and obvious message that the officials are getting the calls right. Issuing a fine to anyone who says otherwise serves only to underscore the error that prompted the criticism in the first place.