– Bears – Vikings (13-19): Chicago attack down the hole
– COVID-19: new closure of Browns premises
– Jets: new package for Sam Darnold, absent for an indefinite period
– Lung collapse and five broken ribs for Drew Brees
– Kansas City: new contracts for Andy Reid and Brett Veach
Andy Dalton is back in training
Suffered from a concussion on October 25, Andy Dalton (QB, Cowboys) returned to training on Monday. According to ESPN, he attended the session normally.
Importantly, Mike McCarthy confirmed to the press that his player has passed all the post-concussion protocol exams. He therefore seems to be on track to take back control of the attack in the next match, against the Vikings.
Sean Payton will not appoint a new incumbent until the end of the week
The New Orleans coach said in conference he would not designate a starter to lead the Saints’ attack until the end of the week. Between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, it will be necessary to choose, but not immediately obviously… New Orleans faces Atlanta this week.
Nothing to worry about for Matthew Stafford
Hit in the thumb at the start of the Lions game against Washington, Matthew Stafford (QB, Lions) played x-rays that didn’t show anything serious. According to NFL Media, the franchise is confident he won’t miss a game.
Panthers hope Teddy Bridgewater can train on Wednesday
Matt Rhule (HC, Panthers) has announced that he hopes Teddy Bridgewater (QB) will be able to train this Wednesday and will be able to play next Sunday against the Lions. The coach told The Associated Press he considers his quarterback’s injury insignificant. Hit in the knee, Bridgewater would have a “sprain” according to his coach. It will be evaluated on a daily basis.
Cam Newton confirms, Julian Edelman is better
Julian Edelman (WR, Patriots) missed the last three games after knee surgery and is eligible for a return to the squad as of this week. Guest on WEEI, Cam Newton (QB) did not give any clues that his number 1 receiver was back, but confirmed that his health is improving significantly.
“I can confirm he’s doing better,” Newton said. ” He is fine. So he can get his shape back – and I know he can listen or his loved ones listen – he’s good, man. To see him in a good state of mind and knowing that we are working as a team, when he comes back, it is obvious that he will help the position. “
– Eric Fisher (OL, Chiefs), Mitchell Schwartz (OL) et Martinas Rankin (OL) have all been placed on the COVID list. It is not known if they tested positive or if they are in contact.
– The Bengals have released Brian Allen (CB) of the COVID reserve. (ProFootballTalk.com)
– The 49ers have placed Arik Armstead (DL) on the COVID list, without specifying whether it is a suspected contact case or a positive test. (ProFootballTalk.com)
– The Bears have released Cody Whitehair (C) from the COVID list just in time for him to play against the Vikings on Monday. He had been there since November 6.
– Matthew Adams (LB, Colts) has officially been taken off the COVID-19 list.
– David Long (LB, Titans) has been placed on the COVID-19 list.
– Because of the resurgence of the virus, the city of Philadelphia has tightened its safety instructions. As a result, Lincoln Financial Field will no longer host an audience for the meetings of the Eagles.
– After welcoming a few thousand supporters, Washington will again play in front of empty stands. The franchise announced that the resurgence of the epidemic makes it more reasonable to no longer welcome supporters. The stands will therefore be empty this Sunday for the match against Cincinnati.
– The Ravens have announced that they will not have supporters for Sunday’s game against the Titans.
– Andrew Whitworth (LT, Rams) has been placed on the injured list but could return in 6 to 8 weeks. This is what his coach announced to the press on Monday. The Rams will therefore have to go to the playoffs to regain their left tackle. Taylor Rapp (S, knee) and Kai Forbath (K, ankle) were also placed on the injured list. Matt Gay (K) was signed to make up for Fortbath’s absence.
– Chris Thompson (RB, Jaguars) was placed on the injured list. He has back pain and will therefore miss at least three games. (SI.com)
– Zach Ertz (TE, Eagles) was taken off the injured list, while Craig James (DB) did the opposite.
– Operation of the ankle in October, Kemoko Turay (edge, Colts) will make a comeback. Inidianapolis will take the defender off the list of physically incapable players this week. (ProFootballTalk.com)
– Season ended for Saahdiq Charles (OL, Washington), who will have to have knee surgery. He suffers from a dislocated patella. In addition, Kyle Allen (QB, ankle) was operated on last Friday and placed on the injured list. We will not see him again this year. (NFL Media, NBC Sports Washington)
– The Dolphins cut Jordan Howard (RB). The running back will go through the waivers. He had signed a two-year contract with Miami for $ 9.750 million with $ 4.750 million in offseason guarantees. Howard has racked up just 33 yards in 28 races this season. (ProFootballTalk.com)
– The Dolphins have announced the extension of Zach Sieler (DT) until 2023. The defender was recovered on the waiver last December.
– The Panthers have announced the signing of Tommy Stevens in their practice squad. Listed by Carolina as a quarterback, Stevens was selected this summer in the seventh round by New Orleans who used him in their workforce as… tight end. The former Penn State (2017-18) and Mississippi State (2019) has played as quarterback, running back and receiver at the college level.
– The Jets have recovered Pat Elflein (OL) on the waiver. The player had been cut off by the Vikings.
Bill Belichick est cash
Jack Easterby is currently the interim general manager of the Texans. Passed by the Patriots as a pastor, he left fond memories to Bill Belichick for his influence on the group. But when it comes to his managerial skills, Belichick does not take the tweezers.
“Jack is not a workforce manager, no,” said the coach of the Patriots during his press briefing on Monday.
Bill Belichick says Jack Easterby was very valuable to the Patriots when he was there. Could connect with almost anyone.
But when asked if he thought he’d move up in a higher personnel role:
“Jack is not a personnel person, no.”
— Brandon Kyle Scott (@brandonkscott) November 16, 2020
The Buccaneers will be training in the evening
Two of the three defeats Buccaneers arrived during evening matches. On the eve of a Monday night game, Bruce Arians announced that the Buccs will change part of their routine and train in the evening to improve their performance. These night tests will take place next Friday and Saturday on covered grounds.
Drew Lock still has the confidence of his coach
With 10 interceptions in his last 5 games, Drew Lock (QB, Broncos) is far from convincing as quarterback for the Broncos. Except that behind him there is only Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien. His coach can therefore only maintain his confidence.
“We’re engaged with Drew,” Vic Fangio told The Athletic. “The more he plays, the better. He has to keep fighting like most young quarterbacks do at certain points in their careers. We will continue to play it. “
No surprise, then. But Lock seems more than ever on trial for next season.
But that’s not all. The young pitcher ended the game against the Raiders with sore ribs. So much so that his participation in training on Wednesday is uncertain. Vic Fangio hasn’t ruled out the possibility that Lock might miss the showdown against the Dolphins. One more pitfall.
“There’s a chance it could happen, with his injury and condition,” Fangio told DNVR Sports. “It’s a day-to-day injury, with room for improvement, and we’ll see how he is. “
Buccaneers: Antonio Brown not yet fully in offensive rotation
Latest offensive stone in the Tampa Bay arsenal, Antonio Brown (WR) is being integrated into the workforce in small amounts for now. In his first two meetings with the Buccaneers Brown took part in 39 offensive snaps, which goes for 78% and 49% of his club’s actions in attack. A disavowal from Tampa Bay? No, a tactical choice. Bruce Arians (HC) announced last week that he wanted less training with 3 or 4 receivers, and more lineups with tight ends to promote the running game.
Alvin Kamara: smart, smart and a half
The Saints defeated the Niners this weekend, but lost their Hall of Famer quarterback to rib contusion in the battle. As the club prepare to face the challenge of his likely absence, the New Orleans Advocate questioned Alvin Kamara (RB) to find out how Drew Brees’ understudy got off. Obviously reluctant to confide in Jameis Winston’s performance, Kamara gave an answer that Bill Belichick (HC, Patriots) would surely not have denied.
“Well Sean Payton called an action, and after that Jameis told us about the game, and he did the whole game,” Kamara replied wryly.
Kevin Stefanski unhappy with his players’ penalties
Kevin Stefanski (HC, Browns) is not satisfied with his players. Capable of big actions, they regularly tend to cancel their good plays with penalties. Aiming particularly at Jarvis Landry (WR) sanctioned for provocation, or Mack Wilson (LB) for brutality, the coach considers these faults as unacceptable.
“These crazy personal fouls, these 15-yard penalties that happen very often after the action, we can not stand that,” explained Stefanski according to ProFootballTalk.com. “These two players know it. It’s a lack of discipline that I don’t expect from these two players in particular. I know they would prefer to reverse these actions. For Mack, I know there is a physicality that he wants to play with, but you have to play by the rules. “
For Ron Rivera, Alex Smith has proven he is “back”
Alex Smith (QB, Football Team) is not just a miracle of medicine. With 715 yards thrown over the last two meetings, including a career record of 390 yards on 38 passes captured against the Lions, Smith has proven to his organization that his rehabilitation has brought him back to the top of the league. His last outings made a strong impression on his management, to the point that Ron Rivera (HC) told ESPN that Smith could “possibly” be the Footbal Team’s long-term solution as a pitcher.
“As coaches, and as an organization, this is something we have to discuss if he maintains such a level of play,” Rivera said. “He’s back as a player. […] We have to see how long we think he can play, how long he wants to play. “
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