Jaelan Phillips questionable, Phillip Lindsay doubtful for Dolphins

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December 3, 2021 - 9:08 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Dolphins rookie edge rusher Jaelan Phillips is coming off a three-sack game against the Panthers, but he isn’t 100 percent heading into this weekend’s game against the Giants.

Phillips has been limited in practice this week because of a hip injury and he drew a questionable designation on Friday. Head coach Brian Flores said that he expects Phillips to be able to play, but he may be limited as he tries to chase down Giants quarterback Mike Glennon.

The Dolphins don’t expect running back Phillip Lindsay (ankle) or tight end Adam Shaheen (knee) to play. Both players were listed as doubtful to play on Sunday.

Cornerback Trill Williams (hamstring) is also listed as doubtful while safety Brandon Jones (ankle, elbow) joins Phillips in the questionable group.

Bucs activate Carlton Davis from injured reserve

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December 3, 2021 - 9:02 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis officially is back and ready to return to the lineup Sunday.

The Bucs activated Davis from injured reserve Friday.

Davis has not played since Week 4 when he injured a quadriceps. In his fourth season, the former second-round choice has 15 tackles, an interception and five passes defensed in four games this season.

In his career, Davis has totaled 182 tackles, including seven for loss, 46 passes defensed, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The Bucs also made official the signing of receiver Breshad Perriman to the active roster from the practice squad.

Perriman played for the Bucs in Weeks 10-11 after being a standard elevation from the practice squad. He has two catches for 19 yards in 20 offensive snaps.

In 65 career games, including 22 starts, Perriman has 127 receptions for 2,085 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Marlon Humphrey, Odafe Oweh, Patrick Queen questionable for Ravens

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December 3, 2021 - 8:48 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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There are a lot of question marks on the Ravens defense heading into Sunday’s game against the Steelers.

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey missed his second straight day of practice on Friday with an illness and he has been listed as questionable to play this weekend. Humphrey has not missed a game yet this season.

There’s plenty of company in the questionable category at cornerback. Jimmy Smith (neck), Tavon Young (illness), Chris Westry (thigh), and Anthony Averett (shoulder, ankle) all drew the same tag as Humphrey. That’s all of the cornerbacks on the Ravens’ active roster, so they may be making some elevations from the practice squad.

Linebackers Odafe Oweh (shoulder), Patrick Queen (ribs), and Jaylon Ferguson (illness) are also on the list of questionable players, so there will be a lot to watch on defense when the inactives come out on Sunday.

On the other side of the ball, tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (thigh) is out and wide receiver Miles Boykin (finger) is listed as doubtful. Tight end Nick Boyle (knee), fullback Patrick Ricard (foot, thigh), and right tackle Patrick Mekari (ankle) are listed as questionable.

Giants place Trent Harris, Kaden Smith on injured reserve

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December 3, 2021 - 8:44 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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The Giants already had ruled out linebacker Trent Harris and tight end Kaden Smith for Sunday’s game. Harris and Smith now are guaranteed of missing the two games after that.

The team announced Friday it has placed the two players on injured reserve. The Giants did not announce corresponding moves.

Harris has an ankle injury and Smith a knee injury.

Harris has played four games this season, seeing action on 44 defensive snaps and 69 on special teams. He has seven tackles.

Smith has played 10 games with four starts, seeing action on 192 offensive snaps and 66 on special teams. He has three catches for 33 yards.

Melvin Gordon doubtful for Sunday, Javonte Williams likely to make first start

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December 3, 2021 - 8:35 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters on Thursday that running back Melvin Gordon was 50-50 to play in Sunday’s matchup against the Chiefs.

Apparently, Gordon’s injured hip did not get any better before Friday’s practice.

According to multiple reporters, Gordon was not on the field for the session. And after it, head coach Vic Fangio said Gordon is doubtful to play this week. With that declaration, there’s actually less than a 50 percent chance Gordon will play.

If Gordon is out, then rookie Javonte Williams will get the nod for his first career start with Mike Boone serving as Williams’ backup.

Williams is just behind Gordon’s 605 rushing yards with 568 this season, also catching 27 passes for 193 yards. He has a pair of rushing touchdowns and one receiving TD.

Fangio also expressed optimism that offensive lineman Garett Bolles will be able to return. Bolles hasn’t played since Week Eight with an ankle injury.

Report: Taysom Hill to play through finger injury

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December 3, 2021 - 8:34 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is reportedly going to keep playing through a right middle finger injury.

Hill hurt his finger against the Cowboys on Thursday night and word on Friday was that he tore a tendon in the finger. That report indicated that Hill may have surgery on the finger, but it looks like that won’t be happening.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that doctors have determined the mallet finger injury does not need to be treated surgically. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did have surgery after suffering the same injury, but the report indicates Hill’s injury is less severe and Wilson also suffered other injuries to his finger.

Hill made his first start of the season at quarterback in the 27-17 loss to the Cowboys. He was 19-of-41 for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions through the air while rushing 11 times for 101 yards. The Saints will be at the Jets in Week 14.

Mike McCarthy: Micah Parsons avoiding blockers looks like Barry Sanders

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December 3, 2021 - 8:26 PM UTC
By Michael David Smith · Original Article
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Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parsons had another big game on Thursday night, but this time Dallas coach Mike McCarthy saw it from a different perspective, on TV.

McCarthy watched the game from home because of COVID-19, and he said today that watching Parsons was an incredible experience — reminiscent of one of the greatest players ever to play the game.

“I’m never surprised because he’s so natural. He’s almost like Barry Sanders in there when he’s avoiding blocks. They can’t get their hands on him,” McCarthy said of Parsons, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Parsons made an outstanding play to sack Saints quarterback Taysom Hill for an 11-yard loss, giving him 10 sacks on the season. He’s five sacks away from breaking Jevon Kearse’s NFL record for sacks by a rookie in a season.

Bruce Arians hopes NFL will investigate all teams for fake vaccination cards

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December 3, 2021 - 8:26 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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If Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown had simply paid the money he allegedly owed to his former live-in chef, no one would know that Brown had a fake vaccination card, and neither Brown nor Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards would currently be suspended for three games each.

But now we know it happened. And we knew if could have happened, given the clear temptation for players who want to be unvaccinated but who want to be treated like they are vaccinated to procure fake vaccination cards. We also should know that it possibly has happened with other teams.

More specifically, the league should know it. And the league should do something about it.

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians wants that to happen.

“I just hope that they don’t stop looking,” Arians told reporters on Friday. Asked whether this means that there are other issues throughout the league, Arians had a one-word answer: “Maybe.”

Maybe is absolutely right. The same temptation that existed in Tampa Bay existed in every other NFL city. The fact that the league found three players who misrepresented their status in Tampa Bay means that they should be looking for players elsewhere who did the same thing.

On Thursday, the league told PFT that 80 percent of all vaccinated players received their shots at club facilities. As to the 20 percent of vaccinated players who got their shots elsewhere, the league asked the teams whether the percentage of positive COVID tests among those players was any different than the percentage of positive COVID tests among the players who were vaccinated at club facilities. Per the league, it learned via this exercise that there was no difference.

That’s not the best way to find players who used fake vaccination cards. As one source with one of the teams pointed out to PFT, “Their logic is faulty. They are using the fact that the percentages are the same as proof that fake cards don’t exist. . . . There are plenty of players who haven’t gotten COVID who may have fake cards.”

Also, the sample size is going to be very small. Assuming 100 percent vaccination of the 53-man roster and that 80 percent of those players were vaccinated on site, that’s 10.6 players on average who were vaccinated off site. In Tampa, roughly 20 percent of the players vaccinated off site had fake cards.

That’s enough of a rate of fake cards in Tampa to compel the league to review the cards in every other team, and to mete out three-game suspensions for every player who submitted a fake card.

While this situation may have been enough to scare players with fake vaccination cards into getting vaccinated, it doesn’t change the fact that they used fake vaccination cards, and that they behaved as if they were vaccinated for months. Getting vaccinated now doesn’t make a fake card tendered in July real. If they did, they did. And the only way to figure it out is to perform the same review elsewhere that was performed in Tampa.

It sounds like they won’t. It sounds like they don’t want to. If the situation in Tampa is representative of the trends elsewhere, they’ll eventually find 96 total fake vaccination cards, with 64 of them belonging to players currently on teams.

That possibility seems sufficiently significant to require something more than coming up with a flawed statistical analysis based on positive results that has no relevance to whether fake cards were secured and used.

DeAndre Hopkins can’t wait to get back on the field

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December 3, 2021 - 8:09 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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DeAndre Hopkins has not played a full game since Oct. 24. He played only 15 snaps in Week 8, a loss to the Packers, before tweaking his hamstring.

The Cardinals star receiver hopes to return Sunday. He did not practice Friday and is a game-time decision.

It’s tough,” Hopkins said Friday, via Darren Urban of the team website. “I’m a competitor. I want to come on the field. I forget I’m not in my pads sometimes. I want to be out there.”

Hopkins missed only two games in his first eight seasons in the league, but over the past month, he has focused on his rehab, not time missed.

“Football is fun; the sport is fun,” Hopkins said. “I’ve been through a lot more mentally challenging than missing a couple of games.

“And (with us) being the No. 1 seed in the NFL.”

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury talked to Hopkins about running back onto the field to play a few snaps in the Oct. 28 game after the team had ruled him out. Kingsbury wanted the receiver to understand his health is crucial to the Cardinals and their bid not only to make the playoffs but to have success in the playoffs.

Hopkins got the message, but added he has no regrets.

Joe Haden ruled out, Pat Freiermuth set to play

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December 3, 2021 - 8:03 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Steelers will be without cornerback Joe Haden again this weekend.

Haden has missed the last two games with an ankle injury and he didn’t practice at all this week. That made it unsurprising to learn that the Steelers ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Ravens.

The Steelers are set to have tight end Pat Freiermuth in the lineup, though. Freiermuth was in the concussion protocol to open the week, but he’s been practicing fully and he has no injury designation for Sunday.

Defensive tackle Cam Heyward was added to the injury report with an illness on Friday. He didn’t practice, but also doesn’t have a designation. Defensive end Isaiah Buggs has been ruled out with an illness, however.