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Tua Tagovailoa leads all players in Pro Bowl voting


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:49 PM UTC
By Michael David Smith · Original Article
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In another indication of how much Tua Tagovailoa has taken off as an NFL superstar this season, he is the No. 1 player in the league in fan voting for the Pro Bowl.

Tagovailoa, the third-year Dolphins quarterback, has 138,390 fan votes, the most of any player in the NFL.

In addition to Tagovailoa, the Top 5 players in fan voting are Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (137,826), Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (133,607), Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (132,100) and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (131,378).

Although the NFL is choosing two Pro Bowl teams, this year’s Pro Bowl will not be a full football game. Instead, it will be a seven-on-seven flag football game, as well as a skills competition, taking place a week before the Super Bowl.

Mike Williams listed as limited in Chargers practice


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:40 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams didn’t practice at all the last two weeks and he missed the team’s last two games with an ankle injury, but Wednesday brought some hope that he might be able to return to action against the Dolphins on Sunday night.

Williams was listed as limited in practice on Wednesday. That listing is an estimation because the Chargers only held a walkthrough and Williams’ status bears watching because he missed time before returning and re-injuring his ankle in Week 11.

Safety Derwin James (quad), defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day (knee), and tackle Trey Pipkins (knee) were listed as non-participants.

Cornerback Bryce Callahan (groin), guard Zion Johnson (shoulder), center Corey Linsley (concussion), and linebacker Kenneth Murray (hamstring) joined Williams with limited tags.

Texans claim Taylor Stallworth off waivers


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:36 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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The Texans are replacing one defensive lineman with another on their roster.

Houston announced on Wednesday that the club has claimed Taylor Stallworth off waivers. He was cut by the Chiefs on Tuesday.

As a corresponding move, the Texans are waiving Michael Dwumfour.

Stallworth appeared in six games for Kansas City this season, playing 53 defensive snaps. He had four total tackles.

In a rotational role for the Colts last season, he recorded 16 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, and 12 QB hits.

Dwumfor appeared in seven games for the Texans in 2022, recording six total tackles and three QB hits.

No criminal charges will be filed against Matt Araiza


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:27 PM UTC
By Mike Florio · Original Article
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Former Bills punter Matt Araiza, who was cut by the team once accusations of rape came to light, will not face criminal charges for the October 2021 incident.

Via Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office decided not to pursue criminal charges against Araiza or the other San Diego State players involved in the alleged gang rape.

Said the D.A.: “Ultimately, prosecutors determined it is clear the evidence does not support the filing of criminal charges and there is no path to a potential criminal conviction. Prosecutors can only file charges when they ethically believe they can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

That’s a high-minded way of saying prosecutors hate to lose. And they do. The bar for a conviction is very high. If they don’t believe they can surpass it, they exercise their discretion to not pursue criminal charges.

Attorney Dan Gilleon, who represents the alleged victim, seemed to expect the outcome.

I’m not surprised,” Gilleon said, via Tim Graham of TheAthletic.com. “The police rarely pay much attention to cases where the victim is intoxicated. Here, the police made it clear in January 2022 that they weren’t interested in the case. They made that clear by ghosting my client and keeping her in the dark. It was only the media attention that caused the police to commence a dog and pony show long enough for them to say they conducted a thorough investigation.”

The civil case against Araiza continues. The standard of proof in that setting is much, much lower. Basically, it’s a 51-49 evidentiary balance.

Because the incident allegedly happened before he was drafted by the Bills in April 2022, Araiza would be subject to no discipline, regardless of the outcome of the civil case. He could be signed by any other team at any time — and maybe a team will give him an opportunity now that the cloud of potential criminal liability has evaporated.

The question is whether the talent justifies the P.R. hit, especially in light of the position Araiza plays. And, yes, teams will definitely engage in that analysis when deciding whether to sign him.

Browns claim Jaelon Darden off waivers


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:23 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, receiver Jaelon Darden has found a new home.

The Browns claimed Darden off waivers, according to multiple reports.

A fourth-round pick in the 2021 draft, Darden had been a significant special teams contributor. He leads the league with 31 punt returns and 330 punt return yards, averaging 10.6 yards per attempt. He’s also recorded three kick returns for 67 yards.

The Browns, however, do not necessarily need a punt returner. Donovan Peoples-Jones was named AFC special teams player of the week after taking a 76-yard punt for a touchdown in the Week 13 victory over Houston.

Darden has caught eight passes for 69 yards in 21 games.

Josh Allen remains on practice report as full participant; Matt Milano, Jordan Phillips DNP


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:17 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Bills quarterback Josh Allen remains on the practice report with his right elbow injury despite being a full participant.

Allen went on the injury report with his injury in Week 10, missing two practices that week. He had seven limited practices in a row before returning to full participation last week.

Allen has not missed any games.

Linebacker Matt Milano (knee) and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday.

Phillips was injured while making a diving attempt at Patriots quarterback Mac Jones last Thursday night.

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Milano is “dealing with some kind of leg-knee issue” and deemed him day to day.

Fullback Reggie Gilliam and guard Rodger Saffold (knee/rest) also sat out Wednesday’s work.

Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins (ankle), center Mitch Morse (elbow/rest) and offensive lineman David Quessenberry (ankle) were limited.

Joe Mixon was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 9:12 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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It’s looking like the Bengals will have their starting running back available when they take on the Browns this weekend.

Joe Mixon was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, indicating that he’s cleared the concussion protocol.

Mixon has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion during Cincinnati’s Week 11 victory over Pittsburgh. Mixon had a five-touchdown game against Carolina in Week Nine, also rushing for 153 yards.

In 10 games, he’s tallied 605 yards on the ground and caught 41 passes for 314 yards.

The news isn’t as good on tight end Hayden Hurst, who missed Wednesday’s practice with a calf injury.

And while safety Jesse Bates is listed with a groin injury, he was still a full participant.

Safety Vonn Bell was limited with a rest day. Offensive tackle La’El Collins and defensive tackle D.J. Reader didn’t practice with a rest day.

Rams are leaning toward having Baker Mayfield active Thursday night


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 8:49 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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The Rams claimed Baker Mayfield off waivers Tuesday, and he arrived at the team facility about 14 hours ago.

Coach Sean McVay said the Rams are “working through” the quarterback’s status for Thursday Night Football.

“I’ll lean toward him being active,” McVay said.

He acknowledged it would be “unprecedented” for a quarterback to be ready to play so soon, but believes Mayfield can do it.

“He’s a really sharp, smart, cerebral player that has a great competitiveness to him that you can’t help but like,” McVay said, via Greg Beacham of the Associated Press.

The Rams might not have a choice.

Backup John Wolford, who has started two of the three games Matthew Stafford has missed, is questionable with a neck injury. He was limited in the team’s walkthrough Wednesday.

Third-stringer Bryce Perkins started Week 12 with Stafford out and Wolford’s neck injury keeping him on the sideline as the emergency backup.

The Rams were the only team to put in a waiver claim on Mayfield, who the Panthers released Monday.

“When you have a player of his caliber become available and you look at just the circumstances and the situation surrounding our quarterback room, we felt like it was the right move for us,” McVay said, via Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. “I’ve always respected his game.”

Trevor Lawrence plans to play this week despite toe injury


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 8:43 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Earlier on Wednesday, Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson called quarterback Trevor Lawrence day-to-day with a sprained toe on his left foot. Pederson noted that Lawrence wasn’t going to practice and admitted there was some concern about Lawrence’s availability for Week 14.

But Lawrence had his own media session on Wednesday afternoon and told reporters he plans to play against the Titans on Sunday.

“I’m feeling better today than I was Monday and yesterday. A little bit of the soreness is going down a little bit. Obviously, still sore and kind of taking it day-by-day. But, fortunate for sure. I feel pretty good.”

Lawrence noted that it’s probably the biggest injury scare he’s had on a football field. when he suffered the injury last week against Detroit, he initially thought he’d hurt his knee because of the way he’d been twisted down. But then as he was moving around he realized it was more in his foot. The soreness increased on Monday.

Lawrence said he’s getting as much treatment as possible and staying off his foot when he can to get it healed.

“All I can do is take it day-by-day. If I can, I’ll be out there,” Lawrence said.

In his second pro season, Lawrence has completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,834 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2022.

Patrick Queen and Ronnie Stanley practice, Lamar Jackson doesn’t


Pro Football Talk - NBC Sports
December 7, 2022 - 8:27 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Ravens are not expected to have quarterback Lamar Jackson in the lineup against the Steelers this weekend and Wednesday’s practice didn’t do anything to change that outlook.

Jackson did not participate in the team’s first session of the week because of the knee injury that knocked him out of last Sunday’s win over the Broncos. A report indicated Jackson has a sprained PCL and could miss multiple weeks before he’s well enough to return.

While Jackson didn’t practice, two other Ravens were able to work despite injuries.

Linebacker Patrick Queen and left tackle Ronnie Stanley were both on the field on Wednesday. Queen left the win over the Broncos with a thigh injury and left tackle Ronnie Stanley missed the game with an ankle injury.


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