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Sean McVay would be “surprised” if Odell Beckham Jr. misses Sunday’s game


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December 3, 2021 - 7:48 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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A report on Friday morning pegged Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s status for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars as up in the air due to a hip injury, but Ramse head coach Sean McVay doesn’t sound overly concerned about Beckham missing the game.

McVay said at his Friday press conference that he will be “surprised” if Beckham is not in the lineup against Jacksonville. Beckham went from limited participation in Wednesday’s practice to sitting out on Thursday, but McVay said early in the week that he did not expect the injury to affect Beckham’s availability.

While McVay expects Beckham to play, the team is going to list him as questionable on their final injury report of the week.

Running back Darrell Henderson (thigh) will be in the same category and wide receiver Ben Skowronek (back) is set to play.

Andy Dalton will start for Bears this weekend


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December 3, 2021 - 7:44 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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It’s currently unclear whether or not the Cardinals will have their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

But it’s now official that Chicago won’t have its own QB1.

Head coach Matt Nagy said in his Friday press conference that Andy Dalton will start on Sunday, as Fields continues to deal with his cracked ribs. Fields is listed as doubtful for the contest, but Nagy told reporters that Nick Foles will serve as the backup quarterback. Unless the Bears want to have Fields active regardless, that makes the rookie quarterback as good as out.

After beginning 2021 as Chicago’s QB1, Dalton made his first start since Week Two last week in Chicago’s 16-14 victory over Detroit on Thanksgiving.

Dalton didn’t have receiver Allen Robinson for his start last week and it looks like Robinson won’t play this week either. The receiver did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful with his hamstring injury.

Receiver Marquise Goodwin (foot/ribs), defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (ankle), running back Damien Williams (calf), and defensive end Mario Edwards (ribs) have all been declared out.

Linebacker Roquan Smith (hamstring) was back on the field as a limited participant on Friday and is questionable.

Tight end Cole Kmet (groin) and defensive back Tashaun Gipson (chest) have no injury status and are expected to play.

Jaelon Darden, Jordan Whitehead ruled out; Devin White is questionable


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December 3, 2021 - 7:42 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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The Buccaneers’ secondary has remained in a constant state of flux since the season opener due to injuries and now a suspension to Mike Edwards.

For Week 13, the Bucs have ruled out safety Jordan Whitehead (calf) and list cornerback Jamel Dean (shoulder) as questionable. Whitehead wasn’t on the injury report until Thursday.

The Bucs also ruled out receiver Jaelon Darden, who remains in concussion protocol.

Left guard Ali Marpet (abdomen) and inside linebacker Devin White (quadriceps) are questionable. Marpet missed Week 12 with his injury, and White was injured Sunday against the Colts.

White, Marpet and Dean were full participants in Friday’s practice.

The Falcons ruled out defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (ankle).

Clyde Edwards-Helaire out sick Friday, Chiefs expect him to play Sunday


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December 3, 2021 - 7:32 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn’t with the Chiefs on Friday, but the team believes all will be well come Sunday.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that Edwards-Helaire is suffering from a stomach flu that kept him from coming to practice on Friday. Reid told reporters that the team does not expect the issue to keep Edwards-Helaire from facing the Broncos.

Edwards-Helaire returned from injured reserve to run 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City’s Week 11 win over the Cowboys.

While Edwards-Helaire is expected to play, Reid said that neither cornerback Rashad Fenton (knee) nor tackle Lucas Niang (ribs) will be in the lineup this weekend.

Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney doubtful for Giants


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December 3, 2021 - 7:25 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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The Giants won’t have quarterback Daniel Jones and they’re likely to be missing two wide receivers as well.

Sterling Shepard (quad) and Kadarius Toney (quad, oblique) have been listed as doubtful to play against the Dolphins on Sunday. Assuming there’s not a sudden positive change in status, Shepard will miss his fourth straight game and seventh overall this season. It would be Toney’s second straight game on the sideline.

Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, John Ross, and Collin Johnson are the other wideouts on the 53-man roster, although Ross is listed as questionable due to a quad injury and an illness. Pharoh Cooper has been elevated from the practice squad for the last three games.

Linebacker Trent Harris (ankle), cornerback Adoree' Jackson (quad), and tight end Kaden Smith (knee) have been ruled out along with Jones. Fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf), tight end Kyle Rudolph (ankle), and tackle Nate Solder (elbow) are all listed as questionable.

Jalen Ramsey on facing Jaguars: It’s like a whole new organization, it’s another game


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December 3, 2021 - 7:11 PM UTC
By Josh Alper · Original Article
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Cornerback Jalen Ramsey didn’t have too many good feelings to share about the Jaguars before he was traded to the Rams in 2019, but he’s not interested in rehashing old disputes ahead of this Sunday’s game between the teams.

When Ramsey was traded, the Jaguars were being run by executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, General Manager David Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone. Ramsey had issues with each of those men during his time in Jacksonville, but all of them have since been fired and Ramsey has few remaining ties to the organization that drafted him fifth overall in 2016.

“To be honest, I don’t care,” Ramsey said, via MJ Hurley of SI.com. “It’s cool. It was part of my journey. You know what I mean? I’m grateful for my time there, but I’m here now. I’m happy to be here. So, it is what it is. This ain’t really like about me playing Jacksonville. It’s another game, right? I don’t even really much know people there no more. They got a whole new damn near organization. Like I only know probably like five people on the team and I don’t even really be talking to them like that. I don’t even talk to like maybe two of them. So, I mean, yeah. I ain’t really trying to answer no Jacksonville questions or nothing about Jacksonville. It’s not about that. It’s another game. I treat every game the same. It don’t mean more to me. It don’t mean less to me. It is what it is. I’m grateful for my time there. It was cool, but that’s it.”

The game means plenty to the Rams as they need to stop a three-game losing streak and find the groove they were in while opening the season with a 7-1 record. A big game from Ramsey, for whatever reason, would be a big help on that front.

Dalvin Cook officially ruled out for Sunday


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December 3, 2021 - 7:11 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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While Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer called Dalvin Cook day-to-day with his shoulder injury, the running back will miss at least one week.

The Vikings have ruled Cook out for Sunday’s game. It doesn’t come as much surprise, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that Cook will miss at least two weeks with the shoulder issue.

Cook has rushed for 773 yards with four touchdowns and caught 27 passes for 202 yards in 2021.

The Vikings also ruled out offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw (ankle) and safety Camryn Bynum (ankle).

Linebacker Anthony Barr (knee/hamstring), linebacker Eric Kendricks (biceps), and cornerback Mackenzie Alexander (ribs) are questionable for the game.

Washington activates Darryl Roberts from injured reserve


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December 3, 2021 - 7:05 PM UTC
By Charean Williams · Original Article
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Washington cornerback Benjamin St-Juste is back in concussion protocol, his third time in the protocol this season. He missed the Week 4 game with his first concussion of the season and Week 10 with concussion symptoms from practice after the bye.

The team placed St-Juste on injured reserve Friday.

He has played nine games with three starts, seeing 318 snaps on defense and 94 on special teams. St-Juste has not played on defense since Week 8.

Washington activated cornerback Darryl Roberts off injured reserve to take St-Juste’s roster spot. Roberts went on injured reserve after injuring his quad in Week 5.

Roberts returned to practice Nov. 17.

Roberts saw action on special teams in two games before his injury. He had 211 tackles and four interceptions in 67 games for the Jets and Lions before joining the Washington Football Team.

Washington also announced it has signed fullback Alex Armah to the practice squad.

Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins will be game-day decisions this week


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December 3, 2021 - 6:43 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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There’s a decent chance Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be back for Sunday’s game against the Bears.

But there’s also a chance one or both will be sidelined for a fourth consecutive game.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters in his Friday press conference that both Murray and Hopkins will be game-day decisions for Arizona in Week 13.

Murray injured his ankle on the penultimate play of the Week Eight loss to Green Bay and hasn’t started a game since. Hopkins’ hamstring injury got bad enough that it limited him to just 15 snaps in that contest.

Colt McCoy went 2-1 at quarterback in the two games before Arizona’s bye last week.

Via Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ website, Kingsbury admitted there is an element of “cat and mouse” for keeping injury statuses somewhat up in the air. But, Kingsbury added, the club was always going to be cautious with Murray and Hopkins given the team’s record.

Hopkins did not practice on Friday, which Kingsbury said was for precautionary reasons.

After the session, Hopkins told the media he’s planning to “give it a go before the game” to see if he’s ready.

Landon Collins, J.D. McKissic out for Washington this week


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December 3, 2021 - 6:12 PM UTC
By Myles Simmons · Original Article
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Washington will be without a pair of key players for Sunday’s contest against Las Vegas.

Safety Landon Collins (foot) and running back J.D. McKissic (concussion) have both been ruled out with their respective injuries. Neither Collins nor McKissic practiced this week.

Head coach Ron Rivera told reporters in his Friday press conference that the Football Team will take a committee approach to replace Collins on defense. Collins has 69 total tackles this season with six tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

McKissic is third on the team in yards from scrimmage. He has receptions for 397 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 212 yards and two TDs. But Washington will likely miss McKissic in known-passing situations.

While offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (foot) is questionable, Rivera expressed optimism that Flowers will be available on Sunday.

Offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer (ankle) has also been ruled out for Washington. Center Tyler Larsen (knee), receiver Curtis Samuel (groin), and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (hip) are questionable.