Falcons place CB Terrell on reserve/COVID-19 list
The 2020 first-round draft pick will miss Sunday's home game against the Chicago Bears. He will become the first NFL player to miss a game this season due to the coronavirus.
Terrell's positive test was taken Friday morning and he practiced with the Falcons that day, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
"Now immediate contact tracing goes into effect, per league protocols, but the Falcons have not gotten any other positive test results," Schefter posted on Twitter.
Terrell, who turned 22 on Tuesday, was the 16th overall pick in the draft out of Clemson. He started the first two games for Atlanta (0-2) and registered 11 tackles and one quarterback hit.
It's another blow to a Falcons secondary that is already missing cornerback Kendall Sheffield (foot) and safety Ricardo Allen (elbow), who were both ruled out Friday.
Atlanta elevated cornerbacks Tyler Hall and Delrick Abrams from the practice squad and also promoted linebacker Edmond Robinson as a COVID-19 replacement for Sunday's game with the Bears (2-0).
Bucs plan to admit more fans after governor's order
On Friday, DeSantis signed an executive order that removed all rules that impacted businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"We're not closing anything going forward," DeSantis said.
So the Buccaneers, who hadn't planned on a return of fans until Week 6, will allow a limited number of spectators when they play the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 4.
While the team did not specify a target number, the Tampa Bay Times said attendance will be capped at 10,000. Beginning with the Oct. 18 game against the Green Bay Packers, Raymond James Stadium will be limited to 25 percent capacity, or 16,250, the Times said.
"We have been working tirelessly with local and state authorities, as well as medical experts, to ensure a safe environment at Raymond James Stadium," Buccaneers COO Brian Ford said. "We are ready and excited to welcome our fans back."
Only longtime season-ticket holders will have a chance to see quarterback Tom Brady lead the offense, however.
For the Chargers game, season seat holders who have held their tickets since 1998 or earlier will be given the first chance to but tickets. For the remaining home schedule, the Bucs will hold a "priority presale" for season pass members who kept their 2020 payments as credit toward 2021 games having the chance to buy limited tickets for up to two games.
As of Saturday, Florida's other teams - the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins - had not announced any modifications to their attendance plans.
Florida is the third in the United States in total cases of COVID-19 -- trailing California and Texas -- at almost 700,000 and reported 2,847 new cases in the past day, Johns Hopkins University reported.
NFL reminds team personnel to wear their masks
And on Friday, the league sent a memo reminding teams of the rules ahead of Week 3.
"All individuals, except for active players in the bench area, are required to wear face coverings at all times on game day, including on the sidelines and in the coaches' booth," said the memo, shared by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero via social media.
The memo reiterated that the rule applies to all non-playing club personnel and "strongly encouraged" players who didn't expect to substitute into the game to wear masks.
Pelissero also reported that the NFL is investigating an unnamed team for allowing unauthorized access to the locker room. The NFL's strict COVID-19 protocols limit the non-players and coaches who can enter the locker room.
After Week 2 games, the NFL fined Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks), Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers), Vic Fangio (Denver Broncos), Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints) and Jon Gruden (Las Vegas Raiders) $100,000 each for violating the mask policy. Their teams also were assessed $250,000 each.
Vikings rule out top two CBs Hughes, Dantzler vs. Titans
Further, CB Kris Boyd (hamstring) is listed as questionable on the final injury report.
Dantzler missed Week 2 after injuring a rib against the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. Hughes, out with an injured neck, had his 2019 season cut short with a cracked vertebra.
The Vikings will turn to Holton Hill, rookie Jeff Gladney and Boyd, if he's cleared to play. The Vikings also have Mark Fields and Harrison Hand.
"We've got a lot of corners on this team," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday. "That's part of the plan all along, to have some extra guys. We'll be all right."
The injuries come amid the loss of linebacker Anthony Barr for the season. Barr (torn pec) underwent surgery this week. The Vikings signed former Denver Broncos LB Todd Davis earlier this week but how much he plays Sunday is unclear.
The Vikings selected Dantzler in the third round of this year's draft. He registered three tackles in Week 1.
Hughes registered 11 tackles in the first two games of the season. The third-year pro has two career interceptions in 22 games (seven starts).
Saints WR Thomas (ankle) to miss second straight game
It will be the second straight game that Thomas will miss.
The 27-year-old Thomas injured the ankle late in the Saints' opening-game win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 13.
The club decided against placing Thomas on injured reserve, a move which would have required him to miss three games.
The Saints have missed Thomas, who led the NFL in both receptions (single-season-record 149 catches) and receiving yards (1,725) in 2019.
He caught only three passes for 17 yards in Week 1. The three receptions tied his career low for a single game, with the 17 yards his second-lowest single-game mark.
Thomas, a three-time Pro Bowl selection and the league's 2019 offensive player of the year, has racked up 1,000 or more receiving yards in all four prior seasons since being drafted in the second round in 2016 out of Ohio State.
New Orleans also ruled out linebacker Chase Hansen (hip) for the game against Green Bay.
Four players are listed as questionable: Defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow), defensive end Trey Hendrickson (groin), running back Ty Montgomery (hamstring) and defensive tackle David Onyemata (calf).
Reports: Patriots C Andrews undergoes thumb surgery
The Patriots might place Andrews on injured reserve. That maneuver would require the 28-year-old to miss at least three games.
Andrews injured the thumb during Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was seen on the Patriots practice field this week by reporters with a wrap on his right hand.
Andrews, a team captain, started the first two games this season after missing the entire 2019 season due to blood clots in his lungs. He has started 59 of 62 games played since entering the league with New England in 2015.
"He's the piece that holds it all together as the center," starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn said earlier this week. "With all his knowledge, he's very reliable. When we don't know something, he knows the answer to it. Just him being the key piece has been helpful and great."
Second-year pro Hjalte Froholdt could be elevated to starting center. Froholdt, 24, has played nine special teams snaps this season but hasn't seen any action on the offensive line since being New England's fourth-round selection in 2019.
"He's been able to be out on the field every day and work hard and continue to get better since we've had the opportunity to begin practicing," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Froholdt on Friday. "He's still a young player that has a lot of room to grow and works very hard at it."
Another option is promoting James Ferentz from the practice squad. Ferentz, 31, has played in 38 NFL games, including two starts last season -- one at guard, one at center -- for New England. He saw action in 21 games with the Denver Broncos in 2015-16 and 17 with the Patriots in 2018-19.
Report: Jaguars LB Jacobs (torn ACL) out for season
Jacobs was carted off the field in the opening minutes of the Jaguars' 31-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.
Jacobs, 24, was engaged at the line of scrimmage during a running play with Miami tight ends Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe when the injury occurred. His right leg appeared to buckle and Smythe then fell on him, prompting Jacobs to fall awkwardly to the turf.
Jacobs has recorded three tackles in three games this season. He has collected 66 tackles, two sacks and one fumble recovery in 29 career games (12 starts) in three seasons with the Jaguars.
Cassius Marsh and Dakota Allen appear in line to handle increased defensive snaps for the Jaguars (1-2), who return to action on Oct. 4 at the Cincinnati Bengals.
Packers' LaFleur: WR Adams 'probably doubtful' vs. Saints
Coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Adams is "probably doubtful" to play in the game due to a hamstring injury he sustained during the second half of Green Bay's 42-21 win over Detroit last weekend. Adams has not practiced at all this week.
LaFleur, however, wants to give Adams, 27, the remainder of the weekend before making any determination on his status for the game against the Saints (1-1). Kickoff is slated for 8:20 p.m. ET.
Adams has recorded 17 receptions for 192 receiving yards and two touchdowns this season for the Packers (2-0). The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 448 receptions for 5,386 yards and 46 scores in his six-plus seasons with Green Bay.
Fellow wideouts Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard are expected to see a bigger workload if Adams can't play on Sunday.
The Packers won all four games last season that Adams missed because of turf toe.
Bucs' Gronkowski jokes: 'I came here to block, baby'
Gronkowski has been slow out of the blocks in terms of contributing to the Buccaneers' offense, with his four targets resulting in just two catches for 11 yards.
That's likely not the impact he envisioned through two games when he ended a one-year retirement to reunite with quarterback Tom Brady. With that said, Gronkowski tried to have a little fun on Friday when discussing his slow start.
"I'm a blocking tight end. I came here to block, baby," the 31-year-old Gronkowski said Friday. "Four targets is four more than I thought I was gonna get."
Gronkowski's comment comes on the heels of coach Bruce Arians' statement earlier in the week that drew some headlines.
"We're not throwing the ball 50 times to tight ends -- that's what we have receivers for (and) that's the way our offense is built," Arians said. "Gronk's playing great run blocking in the fourth quarter, so I'm not concerned with his pass catches or his targets.
"We haven't had that many red-zone opportunities, and I don't see him running 40 yards past people anymore. If we get him press coverage, hopefully he can. We brought him in to just play tight end. If that means no catches, it means no catches. If it means 10 catches, it means 10 catches because he's open and that's where the ball goes."
Falcons' Quinn: WR Jones game-time decision vs. Bears
Jones aggravated his ailing hamstring in last Sunday's 40-39 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The setback dropped the Falcons to 0-2 on the season.
Quinn said that Jones would work on the side on Friday after missing practice in each of the previous two days. He also noted that Jones has been involved in the game plan for the Bears' game.
Fellow wideouts Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage are expected to see an even bigger workload should Jones sit out Sunday's contest against the Bears (2-0).
Jones, 31, has been dealing with the hamstring issue since tweaking it during a scrimmage on Aug. 28, Quinn said last week.
Jones has 11 catches for 181 yards through the first two games without a touchdown grab. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All Pro has 12,306 yards receiving and 57 touchdowns for his career.
Also on Friday, Quinn ruled out safety Ricardo Allen (hyperextended elbow) and cornerback Kendall Sheffield (foot) for Sunday's game.
Jets WRs Crowder, Perriman ruled out vs. Colts
Joining Crowder (hamstring) and Perriman (ankle) as inactive for the Week 3 game is right tackle George Fant, who is in concussion protocol after a collision in Wednesday's practice.
Wideouts Chris Hogan, Braxton Berrios and Josh Malone are expected to see the majority of work against the Colts (1-1).
The Jets (0-2) enter Week 3 by averaging an NFL third-worst 187.5 passing yards per game and a league-worst 265.5 yards of total offense.
Dolphins' Fitzpatrick sets another NFL record
He led the Miami Dolphins to a 31-13 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars -- his sixth win over the Jaguars while playing for six different opponents. That's a first, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The definition of a journeyman quarterback, Fitzpatrick was the seventh-round pick of the then-St. Louis Rams in the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Rams before playing in Cincinnati (2007-08), Buffalo (2009-12), Tennessee (2013), Houston (2014), New York Jets (2015-16), Tampa Bay (2017-18) and Miami.
He is 6-3 as a starter against the Jaguars, beating them while wearing the uniforms of the Bengals (2008), Bills (2012), Titans (2013), Texans (2014), Jets (2015) and Dolphins.
Fitzpatrick, 37, also set a record on Dec. 1, 2019, when he became the first player in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass against the same opponent for seven franchises. The Dolphins beat the Philadelphia Eagles 37-31.
In his career, Fitzpatrick is 56-85-1 as a starter.
Garoppolo out for 49ers; Mullens to start vs. Giants
Jimmy Garoppolo is not ready to return from a high right ankle sprain suffered in last weekend's 31-13 victory over the New York Jets.
Shanahan said on KNBR radio in San Francisco on Friday that C.J. Beathard will back up Mullens and that Garoppolo will be inactive.
Mullens, 25, completed 8 of 11 passes for 71 yards with one interception in relief of Garoppolo against the Jets. In 2018, he was 3-5 as a starter and completed 64.2 percent of his throws for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 picks.
Mullens started those eight games in 2018 after Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL.
Shanahan also said no decision had been made about the status of tight end George Kittle for Sunday. He has a sprained left knee and has been limited in practice this week.
Former Saints DT Moore dies
Moore played 13 of his 14 NFL seasons with the Saints (1973-85) and was selected as a member of the team's Hall of Fame in 1991.
He was selected to the Saints' 40th anniversary team and named one of the team's 50 greatest players in 2016.
Moore concluded his NFL career with the New York Jets in 1986.
The Saints selected Moore with the No. 29 overall pick in the 1973 draft. He originally entered Oklahoma on a track scholarship and went from football walk-on to All-American.
In the NFL, he recorded 12 sacks, seven fumble recoveries and one interception in 171 career games (146 starts).
Moore is survived by his wife, Frannie, children Michelle, Brad and Chip, and six grandchildren.
Bills RB Moss (toe) out against Rams
Coach Sean McDermott announced Friday that Moss will be out. Moss, a third-round pick in the NFL draft in April, hasn't practiced this week because of the injury.
In the first two games of his NFL career, Moss carried the ball 17 times for 48 yards to go with three catches for 16 yards and a touchdown.
Running back T.J. Yeldon will be active for the first time on the season. The Bills will play without linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips (quad) and starting tight end Dawson Knox (concussion protocol).
Fitzpatrick, Dolphins stroll past Jaguars
Fitzpatrick completed 18 of 20 passes for 160 yards as the Dolphins (1-2) halted a season-opening, two-game slide. Mike Gesicki and Preston Williams caught touchdown passes, and Jordan Howard rushed for a score.
Gardner Minshew II connected on 30 of 42 passes for 275 yards and one interception for the Jaguars (1-2). James Robinson rushed for two scores and totaled 129 yards from scrimmage (46 rushing, 83 receiving).
The game was played in front of approximately 16,000 fans after the Jaguars made about 25 percent of their stadium seats available in compliance with state and local protocols in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Miami used three long first-half scoring drives to exert control despite Jacksonville finishing with a 318-294 edge in total offense.
The Dolphins set the tone by traveling 84 yards on 12 plays and eating up 6:51 on the clock at the outset of the contest. Fitzpatrick connected with Williams on a 3-yard scoring pass to cap the march with 8:09 left in the quarter.
Miami's second drive was even more commanding: 80 yards in just six plays. Howard finished it off with a 1-yard run to make it 14-0 with 2:37 remaining in the stanza.
Jacksonville got on the board on Robinson's 11-yard scamper with 13:04 left in the second quarter. The Jaguars drove 75 yards on nine plays.
The Dolphins answered with another lengthy excursion of 11 plays and 75 yards over 7:06. Fitzpatrick tossed a 15-yard scoring pass to Gesicki to make it 21-7 with 5:58 left in the half.
Kyle Van Noy forced and recovered a fumble by Minshew at the Jacksonville 10-yard line with 4:04 left in the third quarter, and a penalty on Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson for making a contact with an official moved the ball to the 5. Robinson also was ejected.
On third-and-goal from the 1, Fitzpatrick fielded a shotgun snap and bulled his way up the middle for the score to make it 28-7 with 2:01 left in the third quarter.
James Robinson added a 1-yard scoring run with 9:03 to go in the game before Jaguars kicker Brandon Wright was wide left with the extra point.
Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders booted a 30-yard field goal with 3:49 left.
Jaguars LB Jacobs exits due to knee injury
Jacobs was carted off with 11:13 remaining in the first quarter, and the Jaguars ruled him out for the game a short time later.
Jacobs was engaged at the line of scrimmage during a running play with Miami tight ends Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe when the injury occurred. His right leg appeared to buckle and Smythe then fell on him, prompting Jacobs to fall awkwardly to the turf.
A 24-year-old Wisconsin product, Jacobs is in his third NFL season.
Saints DE Davenport (elbow) returns to practice
Davenport, sidelined for weeks with an elbow injury, could make his season debut Sunday against the Green Bay Packers if he's able to practice again Friday. The 6-foot-6 third-year player started 13 games for the Saints last season, recording six sacks and three forced fumbles.
The Saints, who didn't practice Wednesday after playing Monday night, listed Davenport as a non-participant in their estimated report for Wednesday.
Defensive tackle Malcom Brown (foot) did not practice Thursday. Defensive end Trey Hendrickson (groin) was a limited participant Thursday.
Wideout Michael Thomas (ankle) did not practice Thursday and could miss multiple games, including Week 3.
Raiders’ standouts RB Jacobs, TE Waller miss practice
The Raiders (2-0) didn't practice Wednesday, coming off a Monday night game, but Jacobs (hip) and Waller (knee) would not have participated.
Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (knee/hamstring) was downgraded from a full participant on Wednesday's estimated report to limited on Thursday. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards (foot) and tackle Sam Young (groin) were also limited.
Starting right tackle Trent Brown (calf) and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) were also non-participants Thursday.
Guard Richie Incognito (Achilles) was put on IR earlier this week.
Jacobs and Waller have been a formidable one-two punch for the Raiders over two games. Jacobs (four total TDs) is fifth in the league in rushing with 181 yards and Waller is third among NFL tight ends with 148 receiving yards on 18 catches, including a score. Jacobs also has seven catches for 63 yards receiving out of the backfield.
Ravens, Chiefs to meet in titanic AFC showdown
The 2-0 Ravens circled the Week 3 "Monday Night Football" game on the schedule in April, knowing it would give them a chance to measure up against Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Baltimore buried its first two opponents -- the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans -- setting the stage for another showdown with Mahomes. The Ravens are 16-3 since the start of the 2019 regular season. They've won 14 consecutive regular-season games.
But they're 0-2 against Mahomes and the Chiefs with losses each of the past two seasons by a grand total of eight points, including 33-28 in Week 3 last season.
"He's got all these tools and has all this talent around him," Ravens All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey said of facing Mahomes. "As good as he is in the pocket, he's just as good if not better outside the pocket. Preparing for him is really tough. He's never out of the game."
Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson laments not getting his shot at Mahomes in the AFC playoffs last season. The Ravens lost to the Titans, and the Chiefs took down Tennessee in the conference championship game. After Jackson's offensive line underwent changes in the offseason, early returns are beyond positive.
Kansas City survived a white-knuckle Week 2 scare at the hands of the Chargers, beating Los Angeles on a Harrison Butker 58-yard field goal in OT. The Chiefs get the idea that every team will place a bull's-eye on this team.
"It's definitely the team that we know we need to beat If we want to be champions. This is one of those teams you have to get past," Ravens Pro Bowl left tackle Ronnie Stanley said.
And Baltimore has defensive personnel to replicate some of the gap control schemes that helped the Chargers again make Mahomes appear mortal.
The Ravens also have an NFL-best five takeaways after two games and old friend Marcus Peters, the starter opposite Humphrey at cornerback, should be considered a clear and present danger facing his old mates from Kansas City. Combined, the Ravens CB tandem scored five defensive TDs in 2019. Peters is a pick-six machine with six defensive touchdowns (seven total) in his career.
"I was on the field during the Super Bowl just walking around, watching the other teams warm up," Humphrey said. "The energy I felt down there in Miami, it really just triggered my whole offseason ... just thinking, ‘Man, the only thing I really want is a Super Bowl.'"
Jackson and Mahomes are meeting for the third time and are the established NFL elite, not just among the 25-and-under candidates. Each brings a certain stop-and-watch appeal and are among the league's most popular attractions for much different reasons.
"These two are two of the best," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday. "Here you have an opportunity to watch them compete against each other. It's really fun to watch them grow."
Jackson has a fan in Mahomes.
"He's a great player," Mahomes said of Jackson. "He can make all the throws, he can run with the ball, he can really do it all. It's always fun to watch guys like that that put in the work and have success on the field. I look forward to the contest this week."
Mahomes' rally to beat the Chargers wasn't a shock. It added to his splendid 9-0 career September record.
With all of the due attention given the quarterbacks in Monday's game, a pair of rookie running backs are injecting energy into these two vast and unique schemes.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the 32nd pick in the 2020 draft and jumped into the starting lineup immediately. Baltimore plans to utilize another first-round rookie, inside linebacker Patrick Queen, to contain CEH.
Mark Ingram remains the primary back for the Ravens but second-rounder J.K. Dobbins will be part of the game plan. The Chiefs, who closely studied the 2020 running back class, are very aware of Dobbins' skill set. He scored twice in Week 1.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was an assistant coach for Reid from 1997-2007 with the Philadelphia Eagles. The coaches are close friends, as are their wives. Harbaugh said his admiration for Reid is endless.
"He's just really good -- always has been," Harbaugh said. "Anything he does, pretty much all the time, the play is designed to try to score. That's what you understand about Andy. That's just the way he looks at the game."
For the Chiefs, wideout Sammy Watkins is in the concussion protocol and did not practice Thursday. Defensive end Alex Okafor (hamstring) was also a non-participant.