Pro Football RumorsPro Football Rumors https://www.profootballrumors.com NFL Rumors: Trades, Free Agency, Draft Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:54:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.10 Injury Updates: Sanders, Cooper, Roby, Howard https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/injury-updates-sanders-cooper-roby-howard https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/injury-updates-sanders-cooper-roby-howard#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:34:38 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155962 The latest injury updates on key players around the league:

  • Emmanuel Sanders left the Broncos’ win over the Titans with a knee injury and was ruled out, but fortunately it isn’t anything longterm. The injury isn’t “at all serious,” James Palmer of NFL Network was told (Twitter link). In a follow-up tweet, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that there’s optimism Sanders will play in just a few days on Thursday Night Football against the Chiefs. Sanders is in the midst of his comeback season from a torn Achilles, so it’s great news that he isn’t seriously hurt.
  • The Cowboys have lost three straight games, including an embarrassing one to the Jets on Sunday, and the news could get even worse soon. Star receiver Amari Cooper left the game and was soon ruled out with a quad injury. Cooper was in “pretty significant pain” after the game, a source told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com (Twitter link). Obviously that’s not an official diagnosis, but it does sound like Cooper could miss some time. That’s the last thing this suddenly struggling Cowboys team needs.
  • The Texans picked up a big win over the Chiefs Sunday, but they couldn’t escape Kansas City unscathed. Starting cornerback Bradley Roby was knocked out of the game with a hamstring injury and will have an MRI tomorrow, according to Palmer (on Twitter). As Palmer points out fellow Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph is already sidelined with a hamstring issue, so this would be a huge blow to their secondary. Roby has been a bright spot on Houston’s defense this year, so this will definitely be one to monitor.
  • Roby wasn’t the only key member of the Texans to get hurt. Rookie first-round pick Tytus Howard had to be carted off with a knee injury, but fortunately it seems like he may have dodged a bullet. It didn’t look good for Houston’s starting right tackle, but Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets the initial diagnosis is that Howard did not tear his ACL. In a separate tweet, Wilson writes that head coach Bill O’Brien said that Howard’s injury “may have looked worse than it really was.” However, O’Brien did add “hopefully we can get him back at some point,” so it sounds like he’s going to miss some significant time. That’s a big blow to Deshaun Watson‘s protection, which has been surprisingly competent this season.
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Extra Points: Garrett, Rosen, Mariota https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/extra-points-garrett-jones-cowboys-rosen-dolphins-mariota-tannehill-titans https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/extra-points-garrett-jones-cowboys-rosen-dolphins-mariota-tannehill-titans#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2019 02:02:16 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155959 The Cowboys got off to a red-hot start this season, and many were talking about them as Super Bowl contenders. Then the schedule toughened up, and Dallas has now lost three straight games. We heard earlier this morning that the Cowboys could make a coaching change after this season, and things certainly didn’t get better for Jason Garrett when he lost to the Jets Sunday. Speaking after his team’s loss to New York, owner Jerry Jones didn’t exactly offer a ringing endorsement. Asked about Garrett’s future with the team, Jones said “I’m not even coming close to those future type considerations,” via Jon Machota of The Athletic (Twitter link).

“I haven’t even glanced there in my mind about long-term future. I’m looking in the future as next week against those Eagles,” he continued. That’s obviously not a sign that Jones is very confident in Garrett, and things will get even worse if the Cowboys lose a pivotal divisional game to Philly next Sunday night. Garrett is in the final year of his contract as a lame-duck coach, and after the first few games it appeared he was well on his way to earning an extension. Things change fast in the NFL though, and Jones thinks his team is championship caliber and isn’t going to settle for anything less. For what it’s worth a Cowboys source said “absolutely not” when asked if Garret’s job was in immediate jeopardy, per Ed Werder of ESPN.com (Twitter link). That being said, Garrett’s seat is definitely starting to heat up.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • The Dolphins benched Josh Rosen during their close loss to the Redskins today, and Ryan Fitzpatrick provided a spark off the bench. Fitzpatrick led two late touchdown drives and had Miami within a two-point conversion of their first win of the season, but he won’t be holding the job moving forward. Speaking after the game head coach Brian Flores confirmed Rosen would remain the team’s starter next week against the Bills, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. Flores had said recently Rosen would be the team’s starter for the rest of the year barring injury, so this isn’t surprising. Still, Fitzpatrick undeniably played much better Sunday. Obviously winning isn’t the top priority for Miami right now so it sounds like they’ll continue to take a long look at the UCLA product, although it won’t be shocking if he gets pulled again soon.
  • Speaking of quarterbacks getting benched, the Titans yanked Marcus Mariota from their loss to the Broncos, replacing him with Ryan Tannehill. After the game head coach Mike Vrabel was tight-lipped about his plans moving forward, and didn’t say who would start next week. Tannehill also told the media he didn’t know if he’d be under center in Week 7 against the Chargers, so stay tuned as we should have an update in the next day or two. Mariota had thrown for just 63 yards on 18 attempts with two interceptions before getting pulled. He’s in the final year of his rookie deal so even if he retains the starting job moving forward, it’s highly possible we witnessed the beginning of the end of the Mariota era in Tennessee today.
  • In case you missed it, the Redskins are reportedly going to make a push to trade for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
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‘Many Expect’ Jay Gruden To Eventually Join Raiders? https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/many-expect-jay-gruden-to-eventually-join-raiders https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/many-expect-jay-gruden-to-eventually-join-raiders#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 00:01:16 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155955 Jay Gruden became the first head coach fired in 2019 when the Redskins canned him last week, but he probably won’t have too difficult of a time finding a new job. Gruden is a highly regarded offensive mind despite Washington’s struggles, and is respected across the league. 

It also doesn’t hurt that Gruden’s brother, Jon Gruden, is currently the head coach of the Raiders. To that end, “many expect” that Jay will “resurface next season” as a member of Oakland’s staff, writes Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. We heard recently that Gruden is expected to take the rest of this season off from coaching, so this lines up with that. The same report indicated Gruden will hunt for a head coaching job next offseason, but if he strikes out on that then the Raiders look like a likely destination.

Interestingly, Schefter points out that the Raiders never hired a quarterbacks coach this offseason, and that Gruden sliding into that role “could be the perfect move” as the team prepares to move to Las Vegas. Gruden still had another year left on his Redskins contract that he’ll presumably be getting paid for, so he won’t be in any rush to take an undesirable job.

The Gruden brothers have worked together before, as Jay served as an offensive assistant under his older brother in Tampa Bay for seven seasons. Gruden eventually landed the gig as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator, where he impressed with his ability to coax strong performances out of Andy Dalton. He got the Redskins job after that, and spent five-plus seasons in the nation’s capital before getting fired. Jon recently declined to comment on the possibility of reuniting with his brother.

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Seahawks Fear Will Dissly Tore Achilles https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/seahawks-fear-te-will-dissly-tore-achilles https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/seahawks-fear-te-will-dissly-tore-achilles#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 22:39:00 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155951 Unfortunate news for the Seahawks, as it looks like promising young tight end Will Dissly will miss the rest of the season. The team fears Dissly has suffered a torn Achilles, a source told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com (Twitter link). 

The Washington product had been a major part of Seattle’s offense, so this one will have a big impact moving forward. It’s an especially tough blow for Dissly, as the second-year pro missed most of his rookie season after suffering a torn patella in Week 4 last year. Dissly flashed in the first few games of 2018, and was again starting to break out this year. Seattle was so pleased with his development that they traded away fellow tight end Nick Vannett to the Steelers, meaning they’re now quite thin at the position.

Through the first five games of this season, Dissly had 23 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Dissly looked like he was on his way to becoming one of the league’s best tight ends, but is now dealing with his second major injury in as many years. The 120th overall pick of last year’s draft has a long recovery ahead of him, and isn’t guaranteed to be ready for Week 1 of next year.

Veteran tight end Ed Dickson is currently on IR, and for now the Seahawks will be rolling with Luke Wilson as their starter. They traded for former Patriot Jacob Hollister earlier this offseason and just promoted him from the practice squad yesterday, so he could mix in as well.

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NFC South Notes: Brees, McCaffrey, Winston https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/nfc-south-notes-brees-mccaffrey-winston https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/nfc-south-notes-brees-mccaffrey-winston#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 21:55:17 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155939 Let’s check out a few notes from the NFC South:

  • Drew Brees could be back from his thumb injury as soon as week 8 against the Cardinals, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Brees is in close contact with a hand specialist as he works to get back to full strength and has impressed the Saints with the strides he has made thus far. His initial timeframe from his surgery puts a return in two weeks not out of the question and there has been nothing in the process so far to have altered that schedule. If Brees can practice fully that week and show an ability to play fully and normally, then a return against the Cardinals is quite possible.
  • If the Panthers don’t extend Christian McCaffrey‘s contract during the offseason, a holdout wouldn’t be surprising, according to Joel Corry of CBS Sports. McCaffrey, who has been an all around force for the Panthers this season, has the same representation as Khalil Mack and Chris Johnson. Johnson held out in 2011 with two years left on his rookie deal and eventually became one of the top paid running backs in the NFL.
  • If Jameis Winston re-signs with the Buccaneers after this season, it would not be for much more than his salary this season, the average of what an average, experienced quarterback makes, speculates Buccaneers insider Roy Cummings. Despite this, as of today’s writing, Winston has been off to an above average season thus far, throwing for 1,371 yards and 11 touchdowns through five games.
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AFC East Notes: Gronk, Patriots, Jets https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/afc-east-notes-gronk-patriots-jets https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/afc-east-notes-gronk-patriots-jets#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 19:30:01 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155927 Three-time Super Bowl Champ and new FOX Sports Analyst Rob Gronkowski has left open the possibility of a return at some point, while Robert Kraft also seemed to welcome a potential return while speaking on FOX this past Thursday. However, the timing could be tough for any return this season, relays Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Per NFL contract rules, Gronkowski would have to apply for reinstatement by December 7th, before the Patriots’ week 14 matchup against the Chiefs, to be eligible to play at all in the 2019 regular season or postseason. He is currently on the league’s reserve /retired list, and there are specific regulations that apply to his situation, since he was placed on that roster designation prior to the start of training camp.

According to a league source, La Canfora goes on to state that a player on the reserve/retired list who requested reinstatement prior to the trade deadline, which is October 29th of this season, would have to be granted that opportunity. If a player on the reserve/retired list requested reinstatement after the deadline but up until the last business day prior to the club’s 13th game, the team would have the option of accepting or declining the request. Certainly, the Patriots would welcome back Gronkowski with open arms if he elected to return at any point this season.

Here’s more from the Patriots and AFC East:

  • Despite the Antonio Brown issues, the return of both 2019 first-round pick wide receiver N’Keal Harry and 2018 first-round pick tackle Isaiah Wynn from injured reserve may might turn out to be the most important “acquisitions” of all, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Harry, who injured his leg in the preseason and was placed on IR on September 2nd, is eligible to begin practicing this week. If the Patriots “start the clock” on him, Harry would be eligible to play for the first time November 3rd against the Ravens. Wynn was placed on IR with a foot/toe injury on September 17th, so he’s not eligible to begin practicing until October 26th and couldn’t play until after their bye week November 17th against the Eagles. He’s the team’s best left tackle, and it isn’t very close. On Friday, he was seen attending regular meetings with his fellow linemen.
  • Despite much maligned Jets quarterback Luke Falk being waived this week, he gets paid for the week based on the timing, and according to Jason Fitzgerald of the Sporting News, he would not be stunned if he is back on the practice squad or active roster next week. Fitzgerald speculates that the Jets did not want Falk active this week in the event Sam Darnold was unable to play, due to negative fan reception. The Jets opted to bring back David Fales to back up Darnold today against the Cowboys.
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Bears To Place Kyle Long On IR https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/bears-to-place-kyle-long-on-ir https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/bears-to-place-kyle-long-on-ir#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:43:21 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155920 The Bears are expected to put right guard Kyle Long on IR, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports (Twitter link). That’s obviously disappointing news for Chicago, whose O-line has struggled mightily this year.

Of course, Long is one of the offensive lineman who has underwhelmed, so losing him might not be as big of a blow as it would have been in years past. It seems that time has taken a toll on the 30-year-old Oregon product, who hasn’t started more than nine games since 2016. He has been dealing with a hip injury this year, and it could be that the hip pain has caused his play to suffer.

Even so, he remains an intelligent veteran presence, so he will still be missed. The Bears, 3-2, have a bye this week and will be without Long for at least eight weeks. If the club is still in playoff contention at year’s end, Long could theoretically return for a postseason push. In the meantime, Rashaad Coward may get the nod in Long’s absence.

Long and the Bears agreed to a contract restructure in February that removed the 2021 season from Long’s deal, meaning he will be eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2020 campaign. But Long was a potential cap casualty before the restructure, so he may have already played his last snap in a Bears uniform.

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Cowboys Could Consider Coaching Change In 2020 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/cowboys-could-consider-coaching-change-in-2020 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/cowboys-could-consider-coaching-change-in-2020#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 16:16:54 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155915 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has insisted that head coach Jason Garrett is not in danger of losing his job this year, but as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes, Garrett’s future in Dallas beyond 2019 is still very much in doubt.

Of course, that isn’t a huge surprise given that Garrett’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign. Jones was perfectly content to let Garrett coach through a lame-duck season and revisit the situation next year, and he is fully expecting a strong playoff run.

Jones apparently views the Cowboys, who have lost two straight after running off three consecutive wins to start the season, as a legitimate championship contender. As such, Garrett may have to win at least one playoff game to land a new contract with the Cowboys.

Garrett has been on the hot seat several times during his Cowboys tenure, but he has still managed to hold onto his post since he was given the permanent HC title in 2011. And, now that Sean Payton has signed an extension with the Saints, one of the biggest threats to his job is off the market.

However, Jones is intrigued by Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley, who has seen his name come up in plenty of NFL coaching rumors before. Riley, though, is reportedly willing to seriously consider opportunities in the professional ranks in 2020, and obviously the Dallas gig is one of the most high-profile jobs around.

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Trade Rumors: Williams, P2, OBJ https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/trade-rumors-williams-p2-obj https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/trade-rumors-williams-p2-obj#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:46:02 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155910 With the trade deadline coming up at the end of the month, and with NFL general managers expecting an active trade season, let’s round up a few of the biggest trade rumors floating around this morning:

  • Multiple teams have inquired about the availability of Jets DE Leonard Williams, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. New York is reportedly not interested in dealing Williams, who is in the last year of his rookie contract, at this time, but that could change. Indeed, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv says multiple sources expect GM Joe Douglas to be extremely active over the next few weeks. Schefter suggests that a third- and fifth-round draft choice may be what it takes for an interested club to land Williams, and Kelechi Osemele, Trumaine Johnson, and even Le’Veon Bell could also be on the move (though the last we heard, there were no trade talks surrounding Bell).
  • In recent weeks, the Cardinals have gotten calls from at least three teams interested in trading for cornerback Patrick Peterson, per Schefter. Peterson is currently serving a six-game ban for violating the league’s PED policy, but we heard several weeks ago that Arizona has no interest in dealing him. According to Schefter, that stance has not changed, as the Cardinals have turned away all potential suitors.
  • Although you won’t find it on PFR, there was apparently a report this past week suggesting that the Browns were listening to offers for receiver Odell Beckham Jr. However, Cleveland GM John Dorsey called that report “fake news,” per Schefter. Dorsey said he has not taken any trade calls on OBJ and has no interest in doing so.
  • If the Bills beat the Dolphins next week to improve to 5-1, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic expects Buffalo GM Brandon Beane to work the phones in search of a wide receiver, defensive tackle, and/or offensive lineman.
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Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill To Play Week 6 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/chiefs-wr-tyreek-hill-to-play-week-6 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/chiefs-wr-tyreek-hill-to-play-week-6#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:14:53 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155908 The Chiefs will welcome back wide receiver Tyreek Hill today, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. This marks the first time since Week 1 that Hill will see game action.

And it couldn’t come at a better time. Though Kansas City has raced out to a 4-1 record, the club nearly lost to the Lions several weeks ago — a game in which QB Patrick Mahomes failed to throw a TD pass for the first time since Week 5 of the 2018 season — and the Chiefs were stymied by the Colts last week. Although a number of players have stepped up in Hill’s absence, KC is doubtlessly thrilled to get one of its top playmakers back.

Hill suffered a serious clavicle injury in the first game of the season during Kansas City’s win over Jacksonville, and he had to be taken to the hospital. He returned to practice earlier this month and will be a part of the Chiefs’ aerial attack in their much-anticipated showdown with the Texans this afternoon.

After a tumultuous offseason in which Hill’s NFL career appeared to be in jeopardy, his Week 1 injury was not an ideal start to his 2019 campaign. Now fully healed, Hill will attempt to limit his headline-making to his on-field exploits.

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Redskins Will Try To Trade For Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/redskins-will-try-to-trade-for-steelers-hc-mike-tomlin https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/redskins-will-try-to-trade-for-steelers-hc-mike-tomlin#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:50:14 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155902 Here’s some pie-in-the-sky fodder for your Sunday morning. Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Redskins owner Dan Snyder — who recently fired head coach Jay Gruden — is expected to make a strong push to acquire Mike Tomlin from the Steelers this offseason. La Canfora adds that Snyder, who has long admired Tomlin, is prepared to trade draft picks to Pittsburgh to bring the Super Bowl-winning HC to Washington.

Although there is a large contingent of Steelers fans who are unhappy with Tomlin, his standing within the organization seems just fine. Pittsburgh did raise some eyebrows when it gave Tomlin a one-year extension in July instead of the usual two-year re-up, especially since his new extension does not have an option for a future year. However, he is still under contract through the 2021 campaign, and team ownership has never expressed anything less than full confidence in him.

On the other hand, the Steelers may be nearing something of a crossroads in franchise history. Although Ben Roethlisberger is expected to make a full recovery from his recent elbow surgery and reclaim his starting job in 2020, the team is likely going to need to usher in a new quarterback era in the next couple of years, and GM Kevin Colbert is only under contract through May 2020 (Colbert apparently wants to go year-to-year, which means Pittsburgh may also be looking for a new top personnel exec in the not-too-distant future).

Plus, the Steelers are short on high-level draft capital in the 2020 draft as a result of their trades for Devin Bush and Minkah Fitzpatrick, so an offer for Tomlin could be more appealing than it otherwise might be. Sources close to Tomlin suggest the Redskins’ job could appeal to him, particularly since Snyder is willing to give him a top-of-the-market salary and full authority over personnel. Tomlin also has relationships with Washington team president Bruce Allen and GM Doug Williams.

But when weighing the Steelers’ record of stability and status as a perennial contender against the Redskins’ history of dysfunction and misery under Snyder, it is difficult to imagine a trade like this coming to fruition. If Snyder is unsuccessful in his pursuit of Tomlin, La Canfora says current Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles would be a top alternative, and we recently heard that Washington OC Kevin O’Connell will also receive strong consideration.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com neither refutes nor supports La Canfora’s report, but he does say Snyder will be patient in this process and will not begin his head coaching search until after the season. Snyder will give interim HC Bill Callahan and O’Connell the remainder of 2019 to prove their worth without any additional distractions.

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Latest On Falcons’ HC Dan Quinn https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/latest-on-falcons-hc-dan-quinn https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/latest-on-falcons-hc-dan-quinn#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:11:17 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155898 While Falcons head coach Dan Quinn may be on the hot seat, it sounds as if he will have at least a couple more weeks to save his job. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says that club owner Arthur Blank wants to see progress over the next three games before Atlanta’s Week 9 bye, but if he does not like what he sees during that time, Quinn could be axed.

Atlanta, which was humiliated by the Texans last week, will take on the Cardinals in Arizona today, followed by difficult games against the Rams and Seahawks. Luckily for Quinn and his Falcons, the LA and Seattle contests are at home, but given the way Quinn’s club has looked this season, Atlanta will probably be underdogs for both of those matchups just the same.

But Blank does not like to make midseason coaching changes, and he would prefer to keep Quinn on until at least the end of the season. Rapoport says that Blank has not had discussions about Quinn’s future just yet, but that could change soon. Speculatively, it sounds as if the Falcons may need to beat the Cardinals and at least one of the Rams or Seahawks for Quinn to keep his job beyond the Week 9 bye.

After all, Quinn fired all three of his top coordinators this offseason and is now serving as his own defensive coordinator. The fact that the Falcons have allowed the second-most points in the league is not exactly helping his case.

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Kyle Allen May Remain Panthers’ Starting QB https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/kyle-allen-may-remain-panthers-starting-qb https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/kyle-allen-may-remain-panthers-starting-qb#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 13:29:11 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155893 There is still no definitive word as to when Panthers QB Cam Newton, who is dealing with a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, might return to the field. The public has assumed that Newton will be back after the team’s bye next week, but Ian Rapoport of NFL.com says that isn’t necessarily the case.

After all, Carolina has rattled off three straight wins with Newton’s backup, 23-year-old Kyle Allen, under center. Although Allen hasn’t been brilliant since his Week 3 performance against the Cardinals, he has been plenty good enough, and if the team should beat the Buccaneers in London today, it will be very difficult for the Panthers to switch right back to Newton.

Of course, no decision is going to be made before Newton is completely healthy. But a team source told Rapoport that, if the Panthers defeat the Bucs, Allen will remain the starter. If Tampa Bay wins, then that could pave the way for Newton to take his job back after the bye week.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says that, regardless of the outcome of today’s contest over the pond, Allen will remain the starter for at least the Panthers’ Week 8 matchup against the 49ers, and perhaps for the club’s Week 9 game versus the Titans. If Carolina and/or Allen should falter over the next several weeks, and if Newton has made a full recovery, then it would not be difficult for head coach Ron Rivera to turn the reins back over to the former No. 1 overall pick. But if Allen and the Panthers continue to play well, the former UDFA might continue to hear his number called.

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AFC Notes: Ramsey, Steelers, Kafka https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/afc-notes-ramsey-jaguars-nelson-steelers-kafka-chiefs https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/afc-notes-ramsey-jaguars-nelson-steelers-kafka-chiefs#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2019 02:20:49 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155888 It looks like Jaguars owner Shad Khan was mistaken. Khan, who has seemingly been overly optimistic about the Jalen Ramsey situation ever since his trade demand became public, said earlier this week that he expected Ramsey to play in Week 6. That was apparently news to Ramsey, and his camp soon put out word that he hadn’t committed to playing this week. Indeed, it “would be a major surprise if he plays this week,” tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Ramsey was limited in practice all week, which is obviously a step in the right direction considering he hadn’t practiced until then since his back injury popped up. All indications are that Ramsey hasn’t wavered from his trade demand, although Khan continues to act like nothing is wrong. The Jaguars owner has also said he intends to give the Florida State product a record-breaking extension. Jacksonville has a tough game against the Saints on Sunday, and it looks like Gardner Minshew will be leading them into the game shorthanded.

Here’s more from the AFC:

  • Speaking of injured cornerbacks, Steelers corner Steven Nelson won’t be playing this week either. Nelson suffered a groin injury during the team’s Week 5 loss to the Ravens, and the team just announced he’s been ruled out. In his place, Pittsburgh will start 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns. Burns has been labeled a bust by many and the Steelers declined his fifth-year option this past offseason, which shows you how they feel about him. Nelson had been playing pretty well alongside Joe Haden, so this is a big downgrade to the Steelers’ secondary as they prepare to take on the Chargers.
  • Add one more young assistant coach to the list of ones to monitor in the Chiefs’ Mike Kafka. Kafka is “very well respected” and is a possible future head coach, tweets Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL radio. Kafka was a former backup quarterback for the Eagles, and he now works under his former head coach Andy Reid. Kafka is Patrick Mahomes‘ position coach and there’s a long history of former Reid assistants landing head jobs, so it certainly makes sense.
  • In case you missed it, the Jets moved on from quarterback Luke Falk after he started the last two weeks for them.
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NFL Workout Updates: 10/12/19 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/nfl-workout-updates-101219 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2019/10/nfl-workout-updates-101219#respond Sun, 13 Oct 2019 00:54:28 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=155886 The latest on the workout circuit:

Cleveland Browns 

Houston Texans:

Minnesota Vikings

Bunch of former Washington players making the rounds as Harris, Alexander, and Marshall are all ex-Redskins. Harris is probably the “biggest name” on this list, and this is his second NFC North visit in recent weeks as he worked out for the Lions at the beginning of the month. Last year with the ‘Skins, Harris had 28 catches for 304 yards. The Cal product reportedly had a solid camp with New England this offseason, but he was waived with an injury settlement after suffering a foot injury.

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