The Falcons and Patriots remain in the playoffs and they cannot be hired while their teams continue to play.

He, like Joseph, had the advantage of being available right now. Teams with coaching vacancies like that, especially given the intense competition to fill out coaching staffs with top assistants.

That formula works against Shanahan and McDaniels. Will someone be willing to wait?

Bottom line: Sim’s week 3 matchup vs the Rams isn’t ideal but if Martin is out, the workload will be there and he is a locked-and-loaded flex play with extreme upside.

NEWS: Arian Foster left Sunday’s contest versus the Patriots with a groin injury. The Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley believes it could be more than just a one-week issue.

Fantasy spin: Foster missed the second half of last year with a torn Achilles and has a pretty long injury history. At 30 years old, don’t be surprised if the former All-Pro misses a good chunk of time.

Three weeks ago Jay Ajayi was the presumptive backup and would be flying off the waiver wires. Yet, today it’s unclear. Ajayi was in the dog house a week ago and fumbled in relief duty on Sunday. Kenyan Drake looked pretty explosive and scored his first career touchdown in Week 2.

It’s utterly unclear who to add but whoever emerges could be a fantasy game-changer in an Adam Gase offense.

As for the president’s comment about attendance, through Week 12 it was listed at nearly 12 million fans for the league’s 32 teams by Pro Football Reference, with Week 12 drawing just over 1 million.

Business Insider reported last week that average attendance at NFL games was actually up slightly, from 68,914 per game in 2016 to 69,264 per game, through the first 10 weeks of the season. (Sunday marked Week 12.) It’s important to note, though, that NFL ticket sales are driven by season-ticket purchases and individual games purchased before the season starts and the league wants teams to report “tickets distributed” rather than the number of fans who actually attend. In the San Francisco 49ers’ Santa Clara stadium, attendance can be listed as topping 70,000 on Sunday while the stadium (especially the sunny side on hot days) looks empty.

To that end, Goodell spent part of Tuesday in a ride-along with Miami law-enforcement members and three members of the Dolphins who have regularly taken a knee during the anthem to raise awareness of social injustice and racial inequality. It’s part of an awareness by the NFL that it can’t just force something onto the players. It has to find a way, as SI’s Peter King put it, for players to win, too. cowboys_053

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