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2018 NFL Predictions week 17

Week 17

Sunday, Dec. 30

1 p.m. Eastern Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Atlanta -1 54%
Tampa Bay 46%
1 p.m. Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Carolina 13%
New Orleans -13 87%
1 p.m. Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Dallas -3.5 62%
N.Y. Giants 38%
1 p.m.
Detroit 35%
Green Bay -4.5 65%
1 p.m.
Jacksonville 29%
Houston -6 71%
1 p.m.
Miami 41%
Buffalo -2.5 59%
1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets 11%
New England -14.5 89%
4:25 p.m.
Arizona 12%
Seattle -13.5 88%
4:25 p.m.
Chicago 44%
Minnesota -1.5 56%
4:25 p.m.
Cincinnati 17%
Pittsburgh -11 83%
4:25 p.m.
Cleveland 19%
Baltimore -10 81%
4:25 p.m.
L.A. Chargers -4 64%
Denver 36%
4:25 p.m.
Oakland 12%
Kansas City -14 88%
4:25 p.m.
Philadelphia -4.5 65%
Washington 35%
4:25 p.m.
San Francisco 15%
L.A. Rams -12 85%
8:20 p.m.
Indianapolis 38%
Tennessee -3.5 62%
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NFL notebook: Giants WR Beckham (quad) ruled ou

The New York Giants’ ultra-slim chances of making the playoffs took another hit when wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans because of a quadriceps injury.
The decision to rule out Beckham on Friday came one day after the star wideout underwent further evaluation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Beckham said tests were conducted to double-check the injury and ensure that he was healing.
The injury was described as being consistent with a hematoma, where a mass of blood pools in one area, the New York Daily News reported Thursday.
Beckham initially was hurt in a 25-22 loss at Philadelphia on Nov. 25 but played the following week against the Chicago Bears, posting three catches for 35 yards and a touchdown in a 30-27 victory.
Although he practiced during the week, Beckham reported discomfort in the quad a week ago and the Giants announced last Saturday that he would not accompany the team to Washington for last weekend’s game.
Limited to four games because of a fractured ankle in 2017, Beckham has 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns this season.
A first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Beckham had at least 90 catches and 1,300 yards in each of his first three seasons with New York. He also had double-digit touchdowns in each of those seasons, including a career-best 13 in 2015.
Beckham reached 200 receptions and 3,000 receiving yards in just 30 games, getting to those milestones faster than anyone in NFL history.

-Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
There was concern about Jones’ availability after Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters on Thursday that his star wide receiver was sent home because of illness.
Jones has been among the few bright spots in a dismal season for Atlanta, which is mired in a five-game losing streak. In last week’s 34-20 setback at Green Bay, Jones had eight receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns, pushing his NFL-best total to 1,429 receiving yards.
It was the ninth 100-yard game of the season and the seventh in the past eight for Jones, tying his franchise record. He has all five of his touchdown catches in the past six games. Jones also set an NFL record by becoming the first receiver in history with five consecutive seasons of at least 1,400 yards.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz will not need surgery for his back injury and might be able to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Friday.
Wentz has a fracture in his back and originally was listed as questionable, but later in the day he was downgraded to doubtful.
“He has a stress injury evolved over time and requires no surgery,” Pederson told reporters. “I’m not asking or answering any more questions about it. We’re playing the Rams in two days if you guys haven’t figured this out. “If we put him out there, there has to be 100 percent that there is no risk of anything further.”
Wentz has not practiced all week and Pederson said full recovery could take up to three months. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles is expected to start Sunday for the Eagles (6-7).

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, who missed last week’s loss to the Oakland Raiders because of an ankle injury, practiced on a limited basis Friday and was listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Conner sat out practice on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Jaylen Samuels replaced Conner in the starting lineup against Oakland and rushed for only 28 yards on 11 carries, but he did catch seven passes for 64 yards. Stevan Ridley also played and managed only four yards on five carries, but he did score on a 2-yard run.
Conner has stepped up this season after All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell held out for a new contract and has not reported, leading the Steelers with 909 yards rushing on 201 carries, a 4.5-yard average, and 12 touchdowns, in addition to catching 52 passes for 467 yards and another score.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who missed most of the second half against the Raiders because of a rib injury but returned late in the game, was a full participant in practice on Thursday and Friday, and will start against the Patriots. The Steelers also listed wide receiver Ryan Switzer as questionable because of an ankle injury and he was a limited participant in practice on Friday.

–Former NFL All-Pro guard Bill Fralic died Friday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 56. Fralic’s passing was announced by the University of Pittsburgh, where he was named a three-time All-American during the early 1980s. Fralic made history while at Pitt, becoming the first offensive lineman to finish among the top 10 in the Heisman Trophy voting on two occasions.
“Bill is truly one of the iconic figures in the history of Pitt athletics,” Panthers athletic director Heather Lyke said in a statement. “He set a tremendous standard for our current generation of student-athletes, not only as an athlete but also for what he went on to accomplish once his playing days concluded. Bill’s reputation for giving back might even transcend his Hall of Fame football career. He was a passionate supporter of Pitt and Penn Hills. Our deepest sympathies to his wife, Susan, and his many loved ones and friends.”
Fralic was the No. 2 overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in the 1985 NFL Draft. A tackle at Pitt, Fralic was shifted to guard with Atlanta and earned first-team All-Pro honors in his second and third seasons. That started a string of four straight years in which Fralic was named to the Pro Bowl.
Fralic wound up playing eight seasons for the Falcons before ending his nine-year career by starting all 16 games for the Detroit Lions in 1993.

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant was suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Friday for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. It was the third such suspension for Bryant, who is on injured reserve.
“Effective immediately, Martavis Bryant has been returned to the Reserve/Commissioner Suspended list indefinitely for violating the terms of his April 2017 conditional reinstatement under the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the league said in a statement.
The 26-year-old Bryant was suspended for four games in 2015 and was suspended for the 2016 season because of previous policy violations. Bryant is not under contract for the 2019 season, so no team will hold his rights of and when he is reinstated from his latest ban.
Bryant was placed on IR by the Raiders on Dec. 5 because of a knee injury. In eight appearances, he made two starts in his first season with the Raiders. He had 19 receptions for 266 yards before the knee injury kept him inactive for three games.

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a toe injury he suffered in last weekend’s 40-16 drubbing by the New York Giants.
Washington (6-7) has dropped four games in a row to lose control of first place in the NFC East and fall a half-game behind Minnesota for the sixth and final playoff spot.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said earlier this week that Reed might not return this season. The sixth-year tight end underwent surgery on both of his toes in the offseason. Veteran Vernon Davis is expected to start in Reed’s place.
Washington also could be without wide receiver Josh Doctson (concussion) and third-down back Chris Thompson (illness). Both are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller played through what is believed to be a broken wrist against the Los Angeles Chargers and had surgery on Friday morning, NFL Network reported.
Fuller will be out for an undetermined length of time, a blow to the Kansas City defense because he is perhaps the best player in a secondary that has allowed the most yards in the NFL this season.
Orlando Scandrick is expected to take over for Fuller for the Chiefs, who also could go with Charvarius Ward or Tremon Smith opposite Steven Nelson.
Fuller was penalized twice in Thursday night’s game against the Chargers — a 5-yard defensive holding call in the second quarter and crucial pass interference penalty in the end zone with eight seconds left in the game. The Chargers capitalized on both infractions by scoring touchdowns and won the game 29-28 with a two-point conversion.

San Diego Chargers veteran tight end Antonio Gates never expected to be in the playoffs this season. He was not even certain if he’d be playing football. Yet 7 1/2 months after he was released by the Chargers, Gates was basking in the glow of reaching the postseason for the first time since 2013 after the dramatic 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
“Very emotional,” Gates told the team’s official website after the Chargers rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter. “I think what happens is that you think about all the hard times and the things you had to go through to get to this point.”
Gates was uncertain if he would play at all in 2018 after the Chargers informed his representatives in late April that they would not seek to re-sign the future Hall of Famer.
An eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Gates had only 30 receptions for a career-low 316 yards and three touchdowns in a reduced role in 2017. He has 25 receptions for 312 yards and two scores this season

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2018 NFL Predictions-Week 14

Week 14

Thursday, Dec. 6

8:20 p.m. Eastern ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Jacksonville 34%
Tennessee -4.5 66%

Sunday, Dec. 9

1 p.m. Eastern ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Atlanta 47%
Green Bay -0.5 53%
1 p.m. ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Baltimore 29%
Kansas City -6 71%
1 p.m. ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Carolina -3.5 62%
Cleveland 38%
1 p.m.
Indianapolis 32%
Houston -5 68%
1 p.m.
New England -6.5 72%
Miami 28%
1 p.m.
New Orleans -7 74%
Tampa Bay 26%
1 p.m.
N.Y. Giants 31%
Washington -5.5 69%
1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets 30%
Buffalo -6 70%
4:05 p.m.
Cincinnati 16%
L.A. Chargers -11.5 84%
4:05 p.m.
Denver -3.5 63%
San Francisco 37%
4:25 p.m.
Detroit 49%
Arizona PK 51%
4:25 p.m.
Philadelphia 41%
Dallas -2.5 59%
4:25 p.m.
Pittsburgh -9 78%
Oakland 22%
8:20 p.m.
L.A. Rams -2 56%
Chicago 44%

Monday, Dec. 10

8:15 p.m. Eastern ELO POINT SPREAD WIN PROB. SCORE
Minnesota 38%
Seattle -3.5 62%
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2018 NFL Predictions: Week 9

2018 NFL Predictions: Week 9

Sportseconds utilizes its football simulation to predict the outcome for this week’s games. Each game is simulated 501 times to generate an average score and winning percentage. The predictions use the most up-to-date stats, rosters and depth charts.

Raiders Raiders 1-7 3
49ers 49ers 2-7 34
Avg Score:23.3 – 25.8
Win%:SF (55.3%)

Spread:-2 O/U:44.5
ATS Win%:SF (50.7%)
Steelers Steelers 4-2-1
Ravens Ravens 4-4
Avg Score:22.0 – 20.8
Win%:PIT (54.1%)
Spread:-3 O/U:47.5
ATS Win%:PIT (57.3%)
Bears Bears 4-3
Bills Bills 2-6
Avg Score:25.9 – 19.0
Win%:CHI (71.5%)
Spread:-10 O/U:37.5
ATS Win%:BUF (58.9%)
Avg Score:23.7 – 27.4
Win%:CAR (59.4%)
Spread:-6 O/U:55
ATS Win%:TB (57.5%)
Chiefs Chiefs 7-1
Browns Browns 2-5-1
Avg Score:27.8 – 19.3
Win%:KC (74.4%)
Spread:-8.5 O/U:51
ATS Win%:CLE (53.1%)
Jets Jets 3-5
Avg Score:20.8 – 21.8
Win%:MIA (51.1%)
Spread:-3 O/U:43.5
ATS Win%:NYJ (52.5%)
Lions Lions 3-4
Vikings Vikings 4-3-1
Avg Score:23.7 – 26.4
Win%:MIN (58.1%)
Spread:-5 O/U:49
ATS Win%:DET (56.1%)
Falcons Falcons 3-4
Avg Score:23.0 – 27.7
Win%:WSH (63.9%)
Spread:-2 O/U:48
ATS Win%:WSH (61.9%)
Texans Texans 5-3
Broncos Broncos 3-5
Avg Score:22.7 – 20.1
Win%:HOU (62.0%)
Spread:-1 O/U:46
ATS Win%:HOU (61.7%)
Avg Score:24.5 – 21.2
Win%:LAC (60.5%)
Spread:-1 O/U:48
ATS Win%:LAC (60.3%)
Rams Rams 8-0
Saints Saints 6-1
Avg Score:25.6 – 23.2
Win%:LAR (57.9%)
Spread:-1.5 O/U:59.5
ATS Win%:LAR (57.9%)
Packers Packers 3-3-1
Avg Score:21.7 – 26.6
Win%:NE (65.8%)
Spread:-5.5 O/U:56.5
ATS Win%:GB (54.3%)
Titans Titans 3-4
Cowboys Cowboys 3-4
Avg Score:23.6 – 25.5
Win%:DAL (54.3%)
Spread:-5.5 O/U:40.5
ATS Win%:TEN (60.9%)
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2018 NFL Predictions-Week 9

Week 9-Thursday, Nov. 1

FINAL Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Oakland 38% 3
San Francisco -3.5 62% 34

Sunday, Nov. 4

1 p.m. Eastern Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Atlanta 45%
Washington -1.5 55%
1 p.m. Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Chicago -1 54%
Buffalo 46%
1 p.m. Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Detroit 32%
Minnesota -5 68%
1 p.m.
Kansas City -11.5 84%
Cleveland 16%
1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets 38%
Miami -3.5 62%
1 p.m.
Pittsburgh 46%
Baltimore -1 54%
1 p.m.
Tampa Bay 24%
Carolina -8 76%
4:05 p.m.
Houston 46%
Denver -1 54%
4:05 p.m.
L.A. Chargers 39%
Seattle -3 61%
4:25 p.m.
L.A. Rams 41%
New Orleans -2.5 59%
8:20 p.m.
Green Bay 19%
New England -10 81%

Monday, Nov. 5

8:15 p.m. Eastern Elo point spread Win prob. Score
Tennessee 34%
Dallas -4.5 66%
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NFL- this week’s games

Sportseconds.com  simulation to predict the outcome for this week’s games.

Each game is simulated 501 times to generate an average score and winning percentage.

The predictions use the most up-to-date stats, rosters and depth charts.

Colts Colts 1-424
Patriots Patriots 3-238
Avg Score:22.4 – 27.6
Win%:NE (67.9%)

Spread:-11 O/U:50
ATS Win%:IND (67.7%)

Titans Titans3-1
Bills Bills1-3
Avg Score:27.0 – 21.0
Win%:TEN (66.7%)
Spread:-5.5 O/U:39.5
ATS Win%:TEN (49.1%)
Giants Giants1-3
Avg Score:22.5 – 24.5
Win%:CAR (58.5%)
Spread:-7 O/U:43.5
ATS Win%:NYG (64.3%)
Bengals Bengals3-1
Avg Score:21.3 – 24.4
Win%:CIN (59.0%)
Spread:-6 O/U:48.5
ATS Win%:MIA (57.3%)
Ravens Ravens3-1
Browns Browns1-2-1
Avg Score:22.5 – 15.0
Win%:BAL (71.1%)
Spread:-3 O/U:45.5
ATS Win%:BAL (60.7%)
Packers Packers2-1-1
Lions Lions1-3
Avg Score:27.2 – 21.7
Win%:GB (62.7%)
Spread:0 O/U:51
ATS Win%:GB (60.3%)
Jaguars Jaguars3-1
Chiefs Chiefs4-0
Avg Score:20.3 – 22.6
Win%:KC (57.8%)
Spread:-2.5 O/U:48
ATS Win%:JAX (47.1%)
Broncos Broncos2-2
Jets Jets1-3
Avg Score:19.6 – 22.7
Win%:NYJ (59.1%)
Spread:0 O/U:42.5
ATS Win%:NYJ (58.9%)
Falcons Falcons1-3
Steelers Steelers1-2-1
Avg Score:20.8 – 30.5
Win%:PIT (77.0%)
Spread:-3 O/U:58
ATS Win%:PIT (67.3%)
Raiders Raders1-3
Avg Score:24.2 – 27.1
Win%:LAC (57.9%)
Spread:-5.5 O/U:52.5
ATS Win%:OAK (55.3%)
Vikings Vikings1-2-1
Eagles Eagles2-2
Avg Score:19.7 – 23.4
Win%:PHI (63.5%)
Spread:-3 O/U:46
ATS Win%:PHI (49.3%)

Cardinals Cardinals0-4

49ers 49ers1-3
Avg Score:18.5 – 27.3
Win%:SF (74.5%)
Spread:-4 O/U:40
ATS Win%:SF (61.9%)
Rams Rams4-0
Avg Score:25.0 – 21.5
Win%:LAR (58.4%)
Spread:-7.5 O/U:50.5
ATS Win%:SEA (59.9%)
Cowboys Cowboys2-2
Texans Texans1-3
Avg Score:21.7 – 23.3
Win%:HOU (55.6%)
Spread:-3 O/U:45.5
ATS Win%:DAL (48.9%)
Saints Saints3-1
Avg Score:24.5 – 26.6
Win%:NO (58.3%)
Spread:-7 O/U:52.5
ATS Win%:WSH (64.3%)
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This Week in U.S. Sports: Reid signs, NL in chaos and Ohtani to undergo surgery

There was a sign of change in the NFL this week, some might say a showing of maturity and evolution.

In MLB, the National League is approaching one of the greatest final week of a season in recent memory and another penalty flag was just thrown for roughing the passer.

This is what is going on in this week of U.S. Sports.

1. Reid signs with Panthers

Eric Reid is finally on an NFL roster.

The 2013 first-round pick went the first three games of the NFL season without a team as he remained a free agent until the Carolina Panthers signed him on Thursday.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) filed a grievance on Reid’s behalf during the offseason alleging teams were not signing him because he had kneeled alongside former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem.

While he may have had a point, the important thing is that now he has a team as the 2013 Pro Bowler probably never should have been without one.

2. National League chaos

There is only one thing for certain in MLB’s NL: The Atlanta Braves have won the Eastern Division. That’s it.

As of Thursday, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers had locked up playoff spots, but the central was still up for grabs. In the west, the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers were separated by one game at day’s end.

However, any of those four teams could still win their division.

With three games left to play nothing is decided. Add in the fact the Cubs play the St Louis Cardinals who are one game back of the Dodgers for the second wild-card spot and every single one of those games has playoff implications.

This is what MLB wanted when they added a second wildcard in 2011.

3. Ohtani officially has Tommy John surgery scheduled

We knew it was coming, but now it is official: Shohei Ohtani will have surgery after the season ends on Sunday. The Los Angeles Angels star will have the surgery at some point next week and will not pitch in 2019.

However, he may be available to hit, though there is no timetable on when he could do that.

Ohtani is the likely American League Rookie of the Year as he is fourth in home runs among rookies (22), fourth in RBIs (59) and third in batting average (.283). He has also struck out 63 batters in 51.6 innings while posting a 3.31 ERA. He has accumulated 4.0 WAR between the mound (1.3) and in the batter’s box (2.7).

The Angels will miss his pitching next season but keeping his bat in the line-up will pay dividends.

4. Where, oh where, will Butler go?

Jimmy Butler still has not been traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves and that is the most factual thing coming out of the saga surrounding the star guard this week.

The Timberwolves reportedly are experiencing infighting where head coach Tom Thibodeau does not want to trade Butler, but team owner Glen Taylor is telling other teams to come to him with offers.

Butler initially said he wanted to be dealt to either the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets and preferred the former. Now he wants to be dealt to the Miami Heat, and the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns are pursuing the four-time All-Star.

No one knows if he will go or where he will be if he is dealt. The Timberwolves play games next week. This story is far from over.

5. NFL treating QBs with kid gloves and one still gets knocked out for the season

The NFL really does not want quarterbacks to get hurt. This is evident in the 34 roughing-the-passer penalties called through three weeks (the most since 2001) and four called Monday Night during the Pittsburgh Steelers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game (also the most in a while).

But despite all of their attempts to keep their QBs healthy, one still got hurt as 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on a non-contact play during San Francisco’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

And also, while they tried to keep QBs from getting knocked out, they might have knocked out a player for the season who was attempting to protect a QB.

Miami Dolphins defensive lineman William Hayes tore his ACL on a sack of Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr and his head coach believes it is because he was trying not to put his bodyweight on the quarterback so he could avoid a penalty.

The NFL cannot win here.

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NFL notebook: Bills’ QB McCarron (shoulder) back at practice

Buffalo Bills quarterback A.J. McCarron returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since sustaining what as initially reported to be a hairline fracture of his collarbone against the Cleveland Browns on Friday. 
McCarron was limited in practice, multiple media outlets reported.
Bills coach Sean McDermott has since dismissed that report that McCarron broke his collarbone.
McCarron is expected to rejoin the quarterback carousel that has rookie Josh Allen expected to start over Nathan Peterman against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

–The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Charcandrick West, the team announced.
West had been sidelined for most of training camp because of a concussion before being cleared for padded practice on Tuesday.
His roster spot became expendable with the arrival of free-agent running back Damien Williams, the emergence of undrafted rookie Darrel Williams and the return from injury of Spencer Ware as backup options to starter Kareem Hunt.
Williams is expected to serve as the team’s primary receiving running back, a role West had enjoyed during his time in Kansas City.

–President Donald Trump took issue with ESPN after the network’s president announced that it would not air the national anthem during “Monday Night Football” broadcasts.
Trump spoke at a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night and addressed the familiar topic of some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
“You’re proud of our country, you’re proud of our history, and unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag,” Trump told the crowd in Charleston.
“It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem and defending our flag, they’ve decided that they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. We don’t like that.” 

–Free-agent safety George Iloka signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced.
Terms of the deal were not announced by the Vikings, who also claimed rookie fullback Luke McNitt on waivers.
Iloka, who was released by Cincinnati on Sunday, played his first two NFL seasons (2012-13) under then-Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer is now the head coach of the Vikings.
The 28-year-old Iloka could replace Andrew Sendejo at strong safety with the Vikings and pair with All-Pro free safety Harrison Smith.

Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Rashaad Penny will be ready for the team’s season opener against the Denver Broncos, coach Pete Carroll announced.
Penny, who was selected 27th overall by the Seahawks in the 2018 draft, sustained a broken finger in practice last week. Multiple media outlets reported that he would be sidelined for three to four weeks.
Penny had been competing with Chris Carson for the starting running back job with the Seahawks, who had only one rushing touchdown outside of quarterback Russell Wilson.

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said he has “no hard feelings” toward the Miami Dolphins following what could be perceived as a negative comment on Instagram about the team’s rush defense.
Suh’s comment came on a play that saw Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey bolt for a 71-yard touchdown run in a preseason game against the Dolphins.
The play was posted to the NFL’s Instagram account.
“Right up the Gut lol,” the 31-year-old Suh wrote.

–Former Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL, the team said.
Johnson spent his entire career with the Panthers and played in a franchise record 143 games. He ranks second behind Julius Peppers on the franchise’s all-time sack and forced fumbles lists.
The 32-year-old Johnson said that his body was giving him pronounced clues to retire after he underwent back surgery last year.
Johnson collected 352 tackles, 67.5 sacks and 20 forced fumbles in 143 career games since being selected by the Panthers in the third round of the 2007 draft.

–Defensive tackles Tani Tupou and Nigel Williams signed the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced.
To make room for Tupou and Williams on the roster, the Cardinals released tight end Chris Bazile and Austin Wolf.
The 6-foot-1, 284-pound Tupou played in one game for the Atlanta Falcons last season, spending the majority of the 2017 season on the Falcons’ practice squad.
Tupou was signed by the Seattle Seahawks in 2016 as an undrafted rookie free agent Washington and played one game with the Seahawks as a rookie. In three seasons at Washington, Tupou played 33 games and had 37 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses and a fumble recovery.
The 6-2, 297-pound Williams signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia Tech, but was released by the Bills following the preseason.

–The New York Jets released kicker Cairo Santos, the team announced.
Santos, who was the first Brazilian native to play in the NFL, signed a one-year, $2-million contract with the Jets in March. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound Santos joined the Jets after the team saw fellow kicker Chandler Catanzaro sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.
Per ESPN, coach Todd Bowles said the Jets opted to cut Santos because he wasn’t ready to kick in Friday’s preseason game against the New York Giants because of a chronic groin injury.

–The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent running back Tion Green, the team announced.
To make room for Green on the roster, the Colts waived running back Josh Ferguson with an injured designation. If Ferguson clears waivers, he will be placed on the Colts’ Injured-Reserve list.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Green re-joins the Colts after first signing with the team earlier this month and then being released. He played in five games with the Detroit Lions as a rookie in 2017 and totaled 42 carries for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Green also caught two passes for 14 yards.

–Defensive lineman Cedric Thornton of the San Francisco 49ers is retiring after seven seasons in the NFL, the team announced. He signed with the team on July 25.
The 49ers signed defensive tackle Chris Jones to a one-year deal to replace Thornton on the roster.
The 6-4, 290-pound Thornton was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Arkansas.
Thornton played in 89 games, with 48 starts, over seven seasons with the Eagles (2011-15), the Dallas Cowboys (2016) and the Buffalo Bills (2017). He recorded 278 tackles, 7.5 sacks, six passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He added six tackles in three postseason games.
The 6-1, 293-pound Jones, a five-year veteran, is beginning his second stint with the 49ers, who claimed on him waivers from the Miami Dolphins in 2016. He started the final six games of the 2016 season for the 49ers, making 21 tackles.

–Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen of the Arizona Cardinals sat out practice on Wednesday because of what is being described as a minor thumb injury, but is expected to play in Sunday’s game preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Rosen, the 10th overall pick in the draft out of UCLA, sustained the injury during practice on Monday when he hit his throwing hand on a teammates helmet while throwing a pass, Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks said.
The 6-4, 218-pound Rosen was impressive in the Cardinals’ game last week while playing behind the projected starting line against the New Orleans Saints.
Rosen completed 10 of 17 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, with a long gain of 21 yards and a quarterback rating of 102.9.

–Wide receiver Kenny Britt was released by the New England Patriots, the team announced.
The 29-year-old is a veteran of nine NFL seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2009-13), the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams (2014-16), Cleveland Browns (2017) and the Patriots.
Britt signed a free agent contract with the Patriots on Dec. 13, 2017, after being released by the Browns five days earlier.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Britt was a first-round pick of the Titans (30th overall) out of Rutgers, the first No. 1 selection in school history, in the 2009 draft

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NFL notebook: Roethlisberger in concussion protocol

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was being evaluated for a concussion after he was hurt in Tuesday’s practice, the team announced. 
Roethlisberger went to the ground after throwing a pass during drills on the final day of training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Although multiple media outlets reported that Roethlisberger did not appear to be hit on the play, head coach Mike Tomlin said there was contact.
The two-time Super Bowl champion was laying on his stomach with his right hand on the back of his head for several minutes while a team trainer attended to him.
Offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert was blocking on the play and told ESPN that he saw Roethlisberger’s head “whip back.” 
The 36-year-old Roethlisberger was able to walk off the field on his own, briefly stopping to talk to team officials, including general manager Kevin Colbert.–Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz expressed a bit of doubt that he’ll be under center for the team’s season opener.
Wentz initially set his sights on Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season shortly after tearing his ACL and LCL in a December game against the Los Angeles Rams.
With the Eagles’ season opener against the Atlanta Falcons nearly three weeks away, Wentz remained hopeful when discussing his potential involvement in that game.
“I obviously would love to be out there,” Wentz said on WIP Radio on Tuesday, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “That’s been my goal all offseason ever since the injury. It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close. I’m still eyeing that date.” 

–New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did his best to smooth the waters with the team’s fan base, saying during a radio interview that he and coach Bill Belichick remain on the same page.
“I think our priorities are the same that they’ve always been, and I think that’s why we get along so well. We’re here to win,” Brady said in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI. “It’s been a very professional environment he’s created, and I think I’m very lucky to be in that environment. I think he’s the best coach who ever coached in the NFL, and I feel very privileged to kind of be mentored by him as long as I have.” 
Brady’s comment comes one day after Belichick said very much the same thing on the same radio station.
“We still do basically the same things we’ve done for quite a period of time now. I don’t see that changing,” Belichick said Monday on WEEI. “I have a good relationship with Tom. I have a lot of respect for Tom. We’ve won a lot of games together, and I hope we can win some more together. I know he feels the same way.” 

–Quarterback Sam Bradford will see his workload ramp up in the Arizona Cardinals’ second preseason game.
Cardinals coach Steve Wilks told the team’s official website that Bradford will see more time when the Cardinals visit the New Orleans Saints on Friday night. Bradford played only eight snaps in Arizona’s preseason opener.
Bradford appeared in just two games with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 but said he was not looking to see more time in the exhibition opener.

–Dez Bryant will meet with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, multiple media outlets reported.
Bryant has been out of a job since he was released by the Dallas Cowboys in a salary dispute in mid-April.
Browns general manager John Dorsey is bringing in a number of wide receivers this week as he seeks to fortify a unit that is without Josh Gordon, who remains away from camp because of health issues.
I’d be open to anything if it’s proper,” Dorsey told cleveland.com last week. “I’m just going to measure that on a case-by-case basis and see what happens when the guys come in next week.” 

–First-round draft pick Roquan Smith signed a contract with the Chicago Bears, the team announced.
Smith, who was selected eighth overall in April, was the only remaining unsigned pick of the 2018 draft.
The four-year contract was worth $18.4 million, with multiple media outlets reporting that it included $11.5 million guaranteed. Like all rookie deals, it included a team option for a fifth season.
“We’re looking forward to Roquan joining our team and getting him prepared for the 2018 season,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said.
Smith, a linebacker, missed the Bears’ entire training camp and the team’s first two preseason contests.

New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley was a spectator at practice.
Barkley, who was the second overall pick of the 2018 draft, watched practice in uniform — sans pads — after sustaining a mild strain of his left leg during Monday’s session.
The 21-year-old Barkley reeled in a pass down the sideline from quarterback Kyle Lauletta before coming up a bit gimpy.
Giants coach Pat Shurmur said that the team will be “smart with him” as the week progressed. Barkley lived up to the hype befitting his lofty draft status in New York’s preseason opener, rumbling 39 yards on his first carry in a 20-10 loss to the visiting Cleveland Browns. He rushed for 43 yards on the evening.

–The San Francisco 49ers signed running back Alfred Morris to a one-year contract, the team announced.
Offensive lineman Alan Knott was waived to make room for Morris, who will serve as added depth with fellow running backs Jerick McKinnon (calf strain) and Matt Breida (shoulder) nursing injuries.
Morris played for coach Kyle Shanahan in Washington during his first two NFL seasons and ran 611 times for 2,888 yards and 20 touchdowns.
“Alf did a great job for us the two years I was with him,” Shanahan said of the 29-year-old Morris on Monday. “It’s not flashy, but he runs extremely hard. He’s very reliable. He’s a hard-nosed runner who you can keep handing the ball off to. He’s very reliable.” 

Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday and participated in his first practice of training camp.
Penn, who was recovering from foot surgery, was stationed at right tackle while first-round pick Kolton Miller spent time at left tackle. Miller was selected with the 15th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s move is expected to be long-term for the Raiders.
Penn agreed to take a “small pay cut” to remain in Oakland, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday. The 6-foot-4, 315-pounder previously signed a two-year, $21 million extension in September.

–The Washington Redskins released cornerback Orlando Scandrick, approximately five months after signing him to a two-year contract.
Scandrick, who received a $1 million signing bonus in March, was expected to add a veteran presence opposite fellow cornerback Josh Norman. Fourth-round pick Quinton Dunbar and second-year player Fabian Moreau likely will slide in beside Norman for the Redskins.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden detailed what went into the decision to part ways with Scandrick on Tuesday.
“A couple things really, you know when we initially signed Orlando we had just lost Kendall (Fuller), and it was before the draft,” Gruden said. “We drafted (Greg) Stroman and obviously we got Adonis (Alexander), and I think the emergence of Danny Johnson, Fabian Moreau at nickel. We wanted to get these guys reps at nickel and Dunbar at corner and move on. So, give Orlando ample time to get on a team before the season started.” 

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. will return Monday from their team suspensions, the Florida Times-Union reported.
The team suspended the duo on Monday “for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player.” Jacksonville left for Minnesota on Tuesday to hold joint practices with the Vikings.
Fowler was involved in a fight with teammate Yannick Ngakoue during Sunday’s practice and they had to be separated twice. Ramsey then became upset that the media were filming the altercation between Fowler and Ngakoue and directed profanities toward the press.
Not long after practice ended, Fowler and Ngakoue had to be separated by fellow defensive linemen Calais Campbell, Carroll Phillips and Abry Jones. As the players were walking toward the locker room, the two combatants got into it again and had to be separated.

–New York Jets coach Todd Bowles was rather direct in telling wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to keep quiet about injuries.
“Terrelle doesn’t need to be descriptive,” Bowles said, via the New York Daily News. “I feel that he should keep his mouth shut and leave the injuries to me. I’ve already handled it. We had a conversation.” 
Pryor revealed Monday that he underwent a pair of offseason surgeries.
“One was the foot, one was the ankle. I tore three ligaments in my ankle — my foot — and then I broke my ankle in May,” Pryor said, per the Washington Post.

–Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker sustained a broken middle finger on his right hand during Sunday’s practice, multiple media outlets reported.
Parker is considered “week-to-week” on Tuesday by coach Adam Gase, who said he wouldn’t speculate if the wideout would be ready for the team’s season opener.
The injury occurred when Parker had his right hand caught in Xavien Howard’s shoulder pads as the cornerback broke up a pass intended for him.
Parker, who was the 14th overall pick of the 2015 draft, has been looked upon to pick up the slack after the Dolphins traded three-time Pro Bowler Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason.

–New Orleans Saints wide receiver Cameron Meredith remained away from practice while dealing with an undisclosed injury, multiple media outlets reported.
Meredith has been away from a number of practices and sat out last week’s preseason opener, but the injury is not related to the torn ACL that caused him to miss the entire 2017 season, according to the NFL Network.
On Sunday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton cited Meredith as one of a number of injured players who “are coming along well.” Meredith, who agreed to a two-year contract worth an estimated $10 million with the Saints in April, referenced his situation in a Twitter posting.
“So many obstacles on my path, trying to test my perseverance,” wrote Meredith, who added that his faith remains unshaken.

–The Miami Dolphins released Gabe Wright one day after the defensive tackle reportedly blindsided running back Kenyan Drake in practice.
The team announced the move involving Wright, who charged at a helmetless Drake during Monday practice. Drake did not appear to be injured in the incident, which occurred toward the end of a fight involving multiple players.
“It was time for us to move on,” coach Adam Gase told reporters Tuesday morning, via the Miami Herald.
Miami wasted no time filling Wright’s roster spot by signing veteran defensive tackle Kendall Langford, according to multiple media outlets.

–Landry Jones has served as the backup quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the past five seasons.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Landry is guaranteed to be in that role behind Ben Roethlisberger again for the 2018 season, according to the NFL Network.
Asked if Landry was a lock for the backup job, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was non-committal in remarks to reporters.
“We’ll see where the road ends,” said Tomlin.
Landry has appeared in 19 games, making five starts, since Pittsburgh drafted him in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Oklahoma. However, the Steelers used a third-round pick to take quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Oklahoma State in this year’s draft and drafted former Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs a year ago.

–Oakland Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu remained absent from practice amid a report that he will see a specialist.
Melifonwu, a second-round pick of Oakland in the 2017 draft, has not practiced since Aug. 6 after he had what head coach Jon Gruden termed “a flare-up” of a lower-body injury.
The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Melifonwu will visit a specialist and there is concern that the injury is related to the hip surgery that ended his rookie season.
After returning to play in five games last season, Melinonwu finished the seasons on injured reserve because of a hip injury that required surgery in December.

–The Indianapolis Colts signed free agent running back Tion Green, the team announced.
In a corresponding move, the Colts waived linebacker William Ossai with a non-football illness designation.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Green appeared in five games with the Detroit Lions as a rookie in 2017, rushing for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries. He also had two receptions for 14 yards.
Green rushed for 2,072 yards and 19 touchdowns in 46 games at the University of Cincinnati.
Ossai signed with Indianapolis on May 1. He started 22 of 48 games at San Jose State, registering 169 tackles, including 17 for losses, and 2.0 sacks.

–The Arizona Cardinals signed wide receiver Austin Wolf, the team announced.
Wolf is an undrafted free agent out of the University of Akron. In a corresponding move, Arizona released wide receiver Rashad Ross.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Wolf appeared in 10 games with the Zips last season, notching 33 receptions for 476 yards and five touchdowns. Wolf also had five touchdown catches as a junior when he set career highs with 36 receptions for 550 yards, averaging 15.3 yards per catch

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NFL notebook: Bears LB Smith reportedly ends holdout

Linebacker Roquan Smith, the only remaining unsigned draft pick, has agreed to terms on his four-year rookie contract with the Chicago Bears, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. 
The two sides are finalizing the language in the contract before Smith signs, according to the report.
Smith, the eighth overall pick in the 2018 draft, missed all of training camp, but the Chicago Tribune reported the deal is expected to be finalized in time for Smith to join the Bears for their joint practices against the Denver Broncos beginning Wednesday in Englewood, Colo.
Smith is slotted to earn $18 million guaranteed over four years. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the contract is expected to include about $11 million in bonuses.

–Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery could be in line to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, according to a published report.
Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Jeffery could remain on the PUP list as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. The 28-year-old Jeffery went under the knife shortly after the Eagles posted a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
By rule, any player who is on the physically unable to perform list at the start of the regular season must miss at least the first six weeks of the campaign.

–Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown might be injured again.
Brown returned to practice Saturday after missing 10 days with a quadriceps strain, but multiple media outlets reported that Brown limped off the practice field Monday after participating in some individual drills.
No information regarding the severity of the injury was immediately available, so it is too soon to know whether Brown will miss any time.

–With running back Jerick McKinnon bothered by a calf strain and running back Matt Breida sidelined with a should injury, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday the team plans to sign Alfred Morris.
Shanahan hopes to have Morris on board when the team heads to Houston on Tuesday to hold joint practices with the Texans on Wednesday and Thursday before the game against Houston on Saturday.
Morris played for the Dallas Cowboys the past two seasons, and last season he rushed 115 times for 547 yards and a touchdown while playing 14 games, including five starts.

–New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley gave his team a scare after appearing to injure his left leg during Monday’s practice.
Barkley, who was the second overall pick of the 2018 draft, reeled in a pass down the sideline from quarterback Kyle Lauletta before coming up a bit gimpy. Members of the medical staff were summoned after the play.
Per multiple media outlets, Barkley was seen with a wrap and ice pack around his left leg. That wrap was removed prior to the conclusion of practice and the 21-year-old had no visible effects while walking off the field.
“Think he’s all right. We’ll find out,” coach Pat Shurmur said, via northjersey.com.
Lauletta talked with Barkley following practice and didn’t express any worry to the New York Post. “He’s fine,” Lauletta told the newspaper. “He didn’t say anything about that. He’ll be good to go.”

–The Denver Broncos announced they have signed linebacker A.J. Johnson.
Johnson is a rookie who was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection at the University of Tennessee from 2011-14.
Last month, Johnson and Tennessee teammate Michael Williams were cleared of rape charges that led to them both being dismissed from the Tennessee football program.
“A.J. hasn’t had the opportunity to play football for the last three years while resolving a serious legal matter,” general manager John Elway said in a statement. “We’ve had several conversations with him since he’s been cleared and have become very familiar with his background and character. Our organization is confident A.J. is ready to move forward and resume his playing career.”
The Broncos also signed safety Shamarko Thomas, released linebacker Stansly Maponga and placed safety Jamal Carter on injured reserve.

–Guard Forrest Lamp missed his entire rookie season because of a knee injury, but the Los Angeles Chargers still see him as part of their future.
Lamp started competing for his place on the depth chart on Monday, when the Chargers announced he was activated from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Multiple media outlets reported he practiced on Monday — his first since the injury.
The Chargers drafted Lamp in the second round last year, but he suffered a torn ACL last August that ended his season before it started. He had another knee operation in the spring, which delayed his return.

–Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson had an interesting means of sending a message to wide receiver Antonio Callaway.
Rather than sit the rookie, Jackson decided to play Callaway for the majority of Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants.
“I was trying to make him play the whole game if we could. I did not want him to come out,” Jackson said of Callaway, who failed to inform the Browns that he was cited for marijuana possession and a suspended license last week. “That was part of the consequence of what he has been through, and he knows it. That is what it was. Either you sit him or make him play. I thought it was better to make him play. Make him play as long as he could. There were a couple of times he kept waving to come out, and we said, ‘No, stay in.'”

–Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is expected to make his preseason debut this weekend against the Denver Broncos.
Robinson has been sidelined since tearing an ACL in his left knee on the third play from scrimmage in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ season-opening 29-7 win over the Houston Texans.
Signed to a three-year, $42 million contract in the offseason, Robinson will participate in the Bears’ joint practices with the Broncos.

–New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said he isn’t going to stand for his players engaging in any extracurricular activity.
That means no fighting, boxing or wrestling on the field. Well, those activities — in some form — were on display during Sunday’s joint practice with the Washington Redskins, as several skirmishes and two sizable brawls marred the session.
One of the brawls saw the action spill into an area where fans watched practice. No players or fans appeared to get injured in the fight.
“Fights are not to be tolerated and had,” the 54-year-old Bowles said. “We are not trying to fight them and they’re not trying to fight us. They want to be boxers and wrestlers, they probably want to be in another sport. We are trying to get better, again, they’re trying to get, we’re trying to get better. Some things happen, overzealousness.
“I talked to my guys and coach (Jay) Gruden talked to his guys and we’ll just have better practices (Monday) because that is just a waste of time to me.”
On Monday, Gruden took responsibility for his players’ actions, but said he would consider suspending them if they fight again.

–The Jacksonville Jaguars suspended All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. for a week as the result of an incident after Sunday’s practice.
Fowler was involved in a fight with teammate Yannick Ngakoue and they had to be separated twice. Ramsey then became upset that the media were filming the altercation between Fowler and Ngakoue and directed profanities toward the press.
The team responded by suspending the two “for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player.”

–The Arizona Cardinals signed Gerald Hodges to a one-year contract and waived fellow linebacker Jeremy Cash with an injury designation, the team announced.
Hodges enjoyed his best season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, when he recorded a career-high 80 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Hodges played in 11 games with the Saints last season and had three special teams tackles.
Cash sustained a knee injury during the third quarter of Saturday night’s 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

–Jimmy Garoppolo has found himself under the spotlight ever since he joined the San Francisco 49ers midway into last season.
That spotlight became infinitely brighter after he posted a 5-0 mark as a starter with the 49ers before parlaying that success into a five-year, $137.5 million contract in February.
So, does the 26-year-old Garoppolo ever dwell on how his life has changed so quickly over the last few months?
“I like to think about it at certain times,” Garoppolo told Peter King of NBC Sports.com, courtesy of the latter’s “Football Morning in America” column.
“When I’m in here working, you just don’t have any time to think about it. But every once in a while, it’s good to sit back and smell the roses as my dad would put it … not now. Now, it’s grind mode. Don’t really have a lot of time for that.”

–The Minnesota Vikings announced that they have placed offensive lineman Nick Easton on injured reserve and signed guard Kaleb Johnson.
Easton started 12 games for the Vikings last season and was filling in at center for Pat Elflein during training camp before suffering a neck injury. Easton is likely to miss the entire season.
Johnson, 25, joins Minnesota after being released by the Chicago Bears. He played collegiately at Rutgers and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore in 2015. He has never played in a regular-season NFL game.

–New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick shed little light on the status of cornerback Jason McCourty.
After saying that McCourty is “very professional,” “hardworking” and “picked things up well,” Belichick was rather vague after being asked if the 31-year-old’s absence in Thursday’s preseason game against the Washington Redskins was, per a reporter’s question, “a result of you knowing what you had in him or an injury?”
“The guys we played, we played. The guys we didn’t play, we didn’t play. We’ll play other guys this week and we’ll see how it goes,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team.
“I mean, you all know I’m not talking about anybody’s injuries, so there’s no point in even bringing that up.”

–Issues related to the construction of a new stadium for Premier League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur has led the regular-season game between the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks to be moved to Wembley Stadium.
Tottenham’s new stadium, which was built to NFL specifications with some funding from the NFL, was scheduled to be open in time for Tottenham’s Sept. 15 game against Liverpool. The Oct. 14 regular-season Seahawks-Raiders game was also scheduled to be played there.
However, the stadium is not expected to be ready in time, and Tottenham’s game against Liverpool has been moved. The Raiders-Seahawks has been moved to Wembley Stadium, which is the site for the two other NFL games to be played in London this season.

Buffalo Bills quarterbacks A.J. McCarron and Nathan Peterman returned to the practice field one day removed from sustaining minor injuries in practice.
Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll told reporters that McCarron and Peterman are fine, according to The Athletic.
Multiple media outlets reported that McCarron injured his lower right leg on Sunday while Peterman appeared to hurt his right arm after falling during team drills.

–Joel Bitonio, who has started 47 games in four seasons at left guard for the Cleveland Browns, says he is getting more comfortable at his new position — left tackle.
Bitonio made his first start there in the team’s preseason opener after being moved to left tackle earlier this month. He is the replacement for Joe Thomas, a 10-time Pro Bowl player and future Hall of Famer who retired in March.
“I am getting there,” Bitonio said. “You finally play in a game and starts to become more of a reality. Practice is practice. I am getting there. I think that every day I get a little more comfortable. I feel more comfortable in my stance, position in the huddle and things like that. It is getting there.