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It’s not looking like Jimmy Garoppolo will play again this year


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 3:40 AM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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On Tuesday, ESPN.com pushed the notion (likely planted by agent Don Yee) that 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could be back on the field in as soon as seven weeks.

On Wednesday, coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear that Garoppolo won’t be playing in seven weeks.

“At best-case scenario, not to play football, seven-to-eight weeks, but to heal,” Shanahan told reporters when asked about the ESPN.com report.

The divisional round happens in six weeks and three or four days, depending on when the 49ers’ game would be scheduled — if they qualify. The conference championship happens in seven weeks and four days.

It seems as if the soonest Garoppolo would be able to play is the Super Bowl.

So if rookie quarterback Brock Purdy gets the 49ers to the Super Bowl, would the 49ers bench him for Garoppolo, when Garoppolo will have last played 10 weeks earlier?

Our guess? If Purdy wins enough games to get the 49ers to the Super Bowl, it will be Purdy and not Garoppolo playing in the game.

Micah Parsons: Odell Beckham expects to play in five weeks


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 3:30 AM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Odell Beckham’s visit to Dallas was followed by reports the Cowboys have concerns the receiver’s ACL recovery has not progressed enough to ensure he would play before mid-January. Beckham, though, told Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons he expects to play in five weeks.

The regular season ends Jan. 8, which is a little over five weeks, with the postseason beginning the following week.

“He told me five weeks. Five weeks,” Parsons said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “No trainer, no doctor, no anybody can tell a player who he feels. It’s your body. That’s for anything. Any part of your body [that’s] hurt. No one can tell you how your body is going to feel except for you. If that’s what he says, I always believe it. If they say no, my body hurts, I can’t go. You have to respect that.”

The Cowboys have recruited Beckham like no other team. Players publicly have campaigned for him, and Dallas Mavericks fans showed him the love Monday night by chanting his name with Beckham sitting courtside alongside Parsons and Trevon Diggs.

“Obviously, he knew we wanted him,” Parsons said. “We just wanted to make him feel at home. There’s only so much you can say to a guy that he doesn’t know. This ain’t college. I’m not going to feed him, ‘You’re going to get the best education.’ I’m pretty sure he knows who he’s got here. It’s more we wanted to make him feel at home. The Dallas fans made him do that.”

Parsons said he got the impression that Beckham wants to play in Dallas after the free agent tour first took Beckham to the Giants and Bills. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones curbed the enthusiasm for Beckham in Dallas, allowing that he’s “not confident at all” with signing Beckham without seeing him workout.

Kyler Murray answers Patrick Peterson’s criticism: It doesn’t affect me


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 2:51 AM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was “super shocked” by former teammate Patrick Peterson‘s claim that “Kyler Murray don’t care about nobody but Kyler Murray.” After his criticism of Murray caused a stir, the Vikings cornerback said he got Murray’s phone number from a teammate and texted him but Murray didn’t respond.

Murray acknowledged he received the text but noted it was only after Peterson made his public comments.

“Hell,” Murray said about not responding to the text “what is that gonna do?”

The Cardinals are 4-8, and Murray ranks 23rd in the NFL with an 87.1 passer rating. He has 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. It has made Murray a lightning rod for criticism this season.

“Our season hasn’t gone the way we’ve wanted it to, so it comes a little heavier,” Murray said, via Darren Urban of the team website.

But Murray said it’s nothing new, with his size making him a target his entire career, and his contract situation during the offseason opened a different debate. Was he worth the five-year, $230.5 million contract?

Murray insists he doesn’t hear the noise.

“You understand the position that you are in, what comes with it, what you have to face,” Murray said. “I’m not really new to it. Something I’ve been dealing with, not my whole life but for the most part of my life having to deal with stuff like that. It doesn’t affect me.”

Brandon Beane: If everything goes well with Von Miller’s rehab, we’ll have him for most of 2023


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 2:24 AM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Bills pass rusher Von Miller was upbeat after undergoing surgery that discovered a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He will miss the rest of the season.

“I’m good, man. I’m going to be right back, man,” Miller said in a video posted on social media. “Mentally, I couldn’t be in a better spot. That is the majority of it. Don’t feel sorry for me. Don’t say, ‘I hate it for you.’ None of that stuff. Because I am good. I’m excited for the opportunity to show my teammates how tough I am, how hard I work and how important that this means to me. . . . Don’t blink, baby. I’ll be back. Better than ever.”

Miller injured his knee in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions. An MRI initially delivered hope that Miller’s ACL was intact, giving him a chance to return for the postseason.

But instead of a routine procedure to reposition Miller’s lateral meniscus while cleaning up cartilage damage, Cowboys team physician Dr. Dan Cooper discovered the worst-case scenario during surgery in Dallas on Wednesday.

“I was aware that it was a possibility,” Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said, via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “All crossing our fingers, but you see more when you go in there, and you’re hoping it’s just a clean out of a scope and we get him back. That’s my comments from last week where we were hopeful. That’s why we went ahead and put him on IR to start the clock in hopes that he could be back. But once Dr. Cooper got in there, he felt it wasn’t gonna hold and he needed to repair it.”

Miller will spend the offseason rehabbing with the hope that he won’t miss much of 2023.

“We think if everything goes well with rehab, we’ll have him for most of 2023,” Beane said.

Matt Araiza plans to continue his NFL career


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 1:59 AM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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On Wednesday, the San Diego District Attorney announced that former Bills punter Matt Araiza will not face criminal charges for rape. Araiza has issued a statement expressing an intention to resume playing pro football.

“I am grateful that the District Attorney and the San Diego Police Department have discovered all the facts and found no criminal wrongdoing,” Araiza said in a statement issued by his agent, Joe Linta. “I am excited to continue my NFL career.”

It remains to be seen whether an NFL team is willing to sign him. Araiza remains a defendant in a civil case alleging rape. Even though he faces no NFL discipline because the incident happened before he was drafted, the question becomes whether any team will want to assume a P.R. problem for an interchangeable position like punter.

Some may decide to wait until the civil case is over. Some may not consider him at all. However, it plays out, time will tell.

Commanders’ controversy helps spark law limiting NDAs


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 1:38 AM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Whenever Congress investigates a private business, a chorus inevitably emerges.

Doesn’t Congress have better things to do?

Technically, it does. But Congress can multitask. Those who would prefer not to be scrutinized love to push the narrative that Congressional priorities shouldn’t include scrutinizing potential wrongdoing of that otherwise would go unscrutinized.

And those investigations can result in (drum roll) legislation. That’s what has happened as it relates to the Commanders.

Via A.J. Perez of FrontOfficeSports.com, President Joe Biden has signed into law the Speak Out Act. It affects the manner in which non-disclosure agreements are enforced in cases involving sexual assault and sexual harassment. The debate included references to the Commanders, whose toxic workplace came under the scrutiny of the House Oversight & Reform Committee.

The Committee is expected to produce a report regarding its work before the current Congress concludes its business for the year. In 2023, the Republican Party will take control of the House of Representatives and its various committees, essentially ending the investigation of the Commanders.

Packers say they don’t need to see more from Jordan Love to decide on fifth-year option


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 12:54 AM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Even if Aaron Rodgers returns to the Packers for 2023, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be back for 2024. And there’s one specific way the Packers need to plan for that. The team believes it already has everything it needs to make that decision.

By May 3, the Packers have to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option for quarterback Jordan Love. Meeting with reporters earlier this week, G.M. Brian Gutekunst said the organization already has what it needs to make that decision.

“We’re really pleased with his progression, and what he’s been able to do,” Gutekunst told reporters regarding Love. “I think it would be really good for him, the growth that you need to go through. Seeing things for the first time. Making the mistakes that you need to make. But I think from our end of it, we’ve seen what we need to see.”

How have they seen it, given his limited regular-season playing time?

“We’ve seen him for three years in practice, and doing the things that he’s doing,” Gutekunst said. “There’s a stretch here where Aaron’s been banged up, where he’s had a lot of reps with the ones. I think it was great for him. It was great for us to see. But it was also just really, really good for him to experience game-planning each week.

“I think quarterback’s got to get in this league, play a bunch of games before they learn how to win. But I do think we feel very confident that Jordan can move the ball, score points, and do the things that we ask of our quarterbacks.”

Gutekunst was asked whether he believes Love is ready to be a starter in the NFL.

“I do,” Gutekunst said, with a caveat. “You’ve got to go out and do it in real games, and all that. And I think that’s important. But all young quarterbacks go through a period of time where no matter what individual success, I think it takes them a little bit of time to win in this league. And that’s going to be important for Jordan whenever he gets his opportunity. But that’s a big part of it. I mean, it’s — learning within the game is very important for that development.”

The question becomes when Love will get that chance in Green Bay. At some point, “when” will become “if.”

Either way, the next big “if” relates to whether the team will pick up Love’s option, when the deadline rolls around in less than five months. If they pick up the option, Love will be under contract at least for two more years.

Nick Bosa sits out practice; Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel were limited


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 12:39 AM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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49ers defensive end Nick Bosa did not practice Wednesday, sitting out with what coach Kyle Shanahan called hamstring “irritation.”

It’s the first time the NFL’s current sack leader and defensive player of the year candidate has appeared on the practice report with an injury since Week 7. He had two limited practices that week with a groin injury.

Bosa had not missed a practice for injury since Oct. 13.

Receiver Deebo Samuel (quad), defensive lineman Arik Armstead (foot/ankle), running back Christian McCaffrey (knee) and offensive lineman Spencer Burford (ankle) were limited Wednesday.

Armstead played 21 snaps in his first game back since Week 4.

“He got through the game well,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said, via David Bonilla of 49erswebzone.com. “We’ve got to be smart with him, so it doesn’t act up like it did earlier in the year, but he had a successful game.”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (foot), defensive back Tarvarius Moore (knee), defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway (pectoral) and left tackle Trent Williams (rest) joined Bosa in not practicing.

Tua Tagovailoa, Jaylen Waddle limited in Wednesday’s practice


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 8, 2022 - 12:06 AM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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With both of his offensive tackles missing Sunday, Tua Tagovailoa got beat up in the loss to the 49ers. So, it came as no surprise that he started the practice week with a limited practice because of his ankle injury.

Tagovailoa went on the injury report with his ankle injury last week. He aggravated it against the 49ers, leaving in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss.

He is expected to start against the Chargers in Sunday Night Football.

“At this point in the season, it’s as good as it’s going to get,” Tagovailoa said Wednesday, via David Furones of the Sun Sentinel.

Receiver Jaylen Waddle (fibula) also was limited.

Left tackle Terron Armstead (toe/pectoral) and linebacker Melvin Ingram (rest) did not practice.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee), defensive tackle Raekwon Davis (knee), safety Eric Rowe (back), tight end Durham Smythe (quad/knee) and defensive tackle Justin Zimmer (back) were limited.

Frank Reich hopes to be coaching next season


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 11:24 PM UTC
By Michael David Smith · Original Article
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A month after he was fired by the Colts, Frank Reich said today that he wants to coach again next season.

“I really want to continue,” Reich told WISH-TV. “I love the game, I love being around it, I love being around the players. I’m not presuming anything at this point. I’m optimistic. I know this: I love the game, I feel like I’m prepared to keep giving to the game, and giving to players and coaches, and we’ll see what that looks like.”

Reich said he’s been taking notes and trying to think through what he’s learned from his tenure as the Colts’ head coach, and that he continues to root for his old players.

“Still pulling hard for the guys, love the guys, love the team, want all the best and wish nothing but the best,” Reich said.

Given how his time in Indianapolis ended, it seems like a long shot that Reich would get a head-coaching job in 2023. But Reich was a well-regarded offensive coordinator before he became a head coach and will likely have offers to work as an offensive coordinator in 2023. It sounds like he’ll be interested.


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