There will not be a ruling today although both sides agreed to an expedited decision.

“That touchdown was my favorite moment in my career, honestly,” says Carroll. “That was really cool for me to see him score his first collegiate touchdown after all the hard work he has put in. It was a pretty horrific injury. He’s been struggling to come off that, and this year he has finally been fully healthy. ”

This time it’s Week 6. Missing eight weeks would put Rodgers back in the lineup in time for the season’s last four games—though there’s no indication this is the exactly same injury with the same timetable for return, and because this injury is to his throwing side, it’s logical to think it will take longer for him to return. There’s no way to know how long Rodgers will miss, or whether he’ll be able to return this season at all.

Zeke Elliott hearing is over.

The Clips won’t rank as the league’s best defense all season — opponents have fared poorly on open 3s, and LA fattened up some punchless offenses — but they should remain solid. They’re allowing the right sorts of shots: lots of midrangers, few attempts at the rim, and even fewer corner 3s, per NBA.com tracking.

Editor’s note: Every Monday throughout the regular season, our panel — ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, Amin Elhassan and Ramona Shelburne, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears and FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Herring — will rank the league’s 30 teams from top to bottom.

“I’d like to think if we can weather those types of storms, handle those kinds of situations, we’re gonna be O.K.,” Rivera said over the phone on Wednesday afternoon, with a little more 24 hours left until kickoff. “That’s what I’d like to believe. I like our guys’ mentality, I like the locker room.”

With the score, JuJu became the only player in NFL history to tally four touchdowns before turning 21 years old. The Smith-Schuster era is just beginning in the Steel City. The same cannot be said for Bryant, who was a healthy scratch.

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Melvin Ingram (8.5) and Joey Bosa (7.5) have combined for more sacks than 11 teams as a whole.

The dream, if you’re a kid playing football in Minnesota, is to spend a Friday night in December in the heated confines of the Vikings’ stadium, be it the Metrodome of yesteryear or the new U.S. Bank Stadium, opened a year ago.

Special teams errors and early-season struggles winning close games — the same problems that haunted the franchise in San Diego — have put the Chargers in a difficult spot trying to earn a playoff berth.

Cam Newton can present himself to fans and the public at large however he sees fit, but just a couple of notes on “Cam vs. The Media IV: This Time It’s . . . Not Really Any More Interesting Than the First Three Times But We’re Going to Talk About It Anyway.”

This past Sunday marked the first game since Week 2 that Davis was held below 58 yards, as he’s regularly delivered huge plays as the complementary playmaker to Jordan Reed this season.

Finding a good candidate to stream at defense with so many teams on bye this week is challenging, but the Titans are a reasonable play. First, the Baltimore Ravens have allowed opposing D/STs to score almost nine points per game and second, there’s a possibility that the Ravens will be without their starting quarterback as Joe Flacco is currently in the league’s concussion protocol.

The Pats were going to use the franchise tag on Garoppolo and trade him to the highest bidder. Maybe Don Yee, the agent to both Patriots passers, would arrange for Garoppolo to sign a new deal with a structure that would see his salary soar just as Tom Brady ran off into a field of kale. The Patriots would come away with some outsized return because Bill Belichick is always going to be smarter than the guy on the other side of the table.
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The Briscoe Brothers are perhaps the greatest tag team you have never seen in a WWE ring.

For the teams desperately looking for help at receiver, they might not find it in the draft. SMU’s Courtland Sutton is the way-too-early consensus No. 1 wide receiver available (assuming he declares), and while he’s a physical marvel he’s also exceedingly raw.

“I think our guys played hard and played as a group,” Kuechly told FOX after the game. “We got to be consistent. We got a lot of good teams coming up … hopefully we can take the momentum from this win and move forward.”

McKinnon entered 2017 with seven career touchdowns and a 6.8 OTD. He may be better than Murray, but the two continue to split carries. Expect McKinnon to score less often.

I could be wrong (I often am!), but I am bordering on physically ill over this deal from the Jaguars standpoint. (I also just ate 11 ounces of candy corn, which could be a contributing factor.) There are the obvious non-football concerns with Dareus; he’s been suspended twice under the league’s substance-abuse policy and the Bills sent him home from a preseason game this past summer for violating team rules. After that, he was made him available via a “free stuff” ad on Craigslist and a guy from West Seneca emailed to say he’d take him but then never showed to pick him up.

The more uncertain metamorphosis is happening at the other end. The post-CP3 Clippers want to reinvent themselves as a fast-paced, unpredictable and egalitarian offense with Griffin as fulcrum.

The Grizzlies rank in the top three in points per pick-and-roll possession and are getting needed offensive output from James Ennis and Tyreke Evans.
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In a big win, Zuerlein was the only player to get a game ball from McVay.

In a perfect world, admitted Newmark, Roush will get him back under their roof sooner rather than later. “There’s a combination of factors that will go into that,” he said. “Ideally, we’ll have him in one of our cars in the next few years, but I think the focus right now is we got to get him running better in the 34.” Under NASCAR’s new ownership rules of only being able to run four full-time cars, plus the addition of the Charter System this year, Roush has been in a box.

Neither move has borne much fruit. Hoyer posted his worst passer rating in five years before being benched after six games, and Beathard has subsequently been worse. Only the Bears and Browns have fielded passers with a cumulative Total QBR worse than San Francisco’s 28.4 mark this season.

Another week, another impressive display for the Grizzlies, who are showing few signs of coming back to Earth. They’re doing it in classic Grizzlies fashion — elite defense coupled with a passable offense predicated on the Conley-Gasol combo.

Stephen Hauschka, kicker, Buffalo. He’s tried seven field goals in the past two games—from 49, 55, 53, 27, 24, 56 and 55 yards—and made them all. The last three came in the upset of the Falcons on Sunday.

Greg Zuerlein, kicker, Los Angeles Rams. He kicked seven field goals (from 49, 44, 44, 30, 28, 43 and 33 yards) and finished with 23 of the Rams’ 35 points in a dramatic win at Dallas. “Mr Automatic!” coach Sean McVay called him.

I can’t remember a time when there were so many teams trotting out such bad groups of receivers. Since, as friend of the show Rainbow Cave points out, it’s a week short on big-time games, and because I’m the kind of guy who lays on the horn at the Taco Bell drive-through if my order takes longer than 40 seconds, let’s all be impatient jerks and peek ahead to what should be a fascinating market for passing-game weapons this offseason.
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It’s been especially cruel for the rookies, Trubisky and DeShone Kizer.

Right now, the Bears, Bills, and Browns, as well as the injury-ravaged Giants and (while they’re now getting healthier) Ravens are running out receiving corps comprised of players who would most generously be described as “all having two hands and legal eligibility to work in the United States.” The lack of weapons has completely crippled each of those passing offenses.

The Buccaneers are forced to lean too heavily on Winston because their rushing attack is producing an average of just 81.8 yards a game. The defense is even worse with an NFL-low seven sacks.

The Bucs still have five division games left, so they’re still in the running for the NFC South crown. But a four-game losing streak has given Tampa Bay no room for error heading into Sunday’s road matchup in New Orleans.

The following Monday, the NFL filed an appeal of the injunction. Two days later, the NFLPA filed an opposition, saying “The NFL faces no threat of irreparable harm if the stay is not granted, while others, including both Elliott and the Cowboys, will suffer substantial — in fact, severe and irreparable — harm.”

In its motion, the NFL said that if Mazzant did not issue a ruling by the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 14, that it would appeal to a higher court. Mazzant did not issue a decision, and the NFL filed an emergency motion with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals the following morning, according to sports and gaming attorney Daniel Wallach.

Elliott’s team didn’t take long to issue a response via a statement obtained by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

“The NFL’s latest maneuvering appears to be indicative of a league with an agenda: trying to navigate a public relations crisis rather than focus on fairness and fact finding,” the statement read.
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He finished with 286 yards and four touchdowns and, for now, calmed the Dump Dalton movement in Cincinnati.

In a statement, Henderson said that it was his duty to determine if Goodell was “arbitrary and capricious” in his decision to suspend Elliott, but it was not his duty to “second guess his decision.”

“[Goodell] is entitled to deference on those judgments absent irregularities not present here. While the record contains inconsistencies in statements, an adjudicator makes informed judgments on the credibility of witnesses and evidence,” Henderson said.

Andy Dalton, quarterback, Cincinnati. I thought he permanently had “embattled” as a mandatory adjective in front of his name, or maybe had his name changed legally to Embattled Andy Dalton. He did something about that Sunday in the Bengals’ 31-7 rout of the Browns, completing 17 of his first 18 passes, for three touchdowns and 215 yards.

Goodwin has obviously has the worse luck, as the high-value targets have been there, which makes him a better bet to bounce back in the second half. Garcon, meanwhile, has never eclipsed six touchdowns in a season and is a poor bet for any more than two or three scores in the second half.

Another round in an endless cycle of history-making for LeBron James. The four-time MVP will almost certainly become the youngest player to reach 30,000 points during his age-33 season, eclipsing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant (34 years, 104 days). He needs just 1,213 points to hit the threshold and has easily surpassed that total during each of his 14 seasons. James also has a good shot at becoming the 11th player (and first forward) to reach 8,000 career assists.

New blood on Christmas. The league office decided to bet big on two up-and-comers for its annual holiday quintuple-header, adding Philadelphia and Minnesota to the mix this season. This year will potentially mark Christmas Day debuts for four No. 1 picks and a No. 3 pick: Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.
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Breida won’t displace Hyde anytime soon, but five targets this week will return fantasy-relevant production

It’s unclear if any deal — Melo or otherwise — would have juiced LA’s title chances last season, or left them in a better position now. Jordan, Paul and Griffin are stars. Trading one star for three bit pieces is generally a losing gambit; it would have done little to narrow the gap with Golden State over Paul’s final two seasons in Los Angeles.

The Paul-Griffin fit wasn’t perfect, but it’s not as if they diminished each other; as one executive puts it, they were “two 9s that added to 18” — not 22, but also not 14.

1 wide receiver, and while his sluggish start to the season makes him difficult to trust as anything more than a matchups-dependent WR3, he’ll face a Seahawks defense in Week 9 that struggled mightily against the Texans’ talented wideouts on Sunday.

“I’ve learned so much from him,” he said this week. “He’s taught me there’s more to baseball than just catching, throwing and hitting a baseball. He’s been a great mentor and teammate. He was one of the best sluggers out there, best switch-hitting sluggers. He was unbelievable to watch.”

Justin Verlander: Several years ago, Verlander stated that his goal was to win 300 games, but that objective appeared in jeopardy when he posted a 4.54 ERA in 2014 and then went just 5-8 in 2015. Now he’s healthy again, firing fastballs in the upper 90s and looking like he can keep going. He has 188 wins through his age-34 season, just one fewer than Nolan Ryan — Verlander’s idol growing up — had at the same age.

While the Arizona Cardinals have been pretty good in stopping opposing running backs this season, one area where they are below average is in stopping backs in the receiving game. They’ve surrendered, on average, five receptions and 37 yards per game to opposing backs. This obviously bodes well for Breida, who caught four of his six targets for 39 yards and a score against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.
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