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Monday, October 15, 2018

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Cooper Kupp carted off after suffering leg injury on illegal tackle

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The Los Angeles Rams lost a member of their high-octane passing attack on Sunday, as wide receiver Cooper Kupp was carted off the field in the first half after suffering a painful looking leg injury.

Kupp took a hand-off from Jared Goff on a jet sweep and turned it up field for a first down. He was taken down by Denver Broncos defensive back Darian Stewart on a horse collar tackle, and Kupp’s ankle twisted underneath him as he was being dragged to the ground.

Kupp was carted off the field, so it appears the injury could be serious. That was a perfect example of why the horse collar tackle has been banned.

Report: Vikings fear CB Mike Hughes out for season with torn ACL

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The Minnesota Vikings fear that cornerback Mike Hughes could be out for the season with a torn ACL.

Hughes went down while in coverage during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals on a non-contact play.

Hughes went to the sideline and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. He was on crutches after the game, and NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero reports that Hughes is feared to have a torn ACL.

Hughes was the No. 30 overall pick by Minnesota out of UCF.

Watch: Bengals, Steelers in postgame skirmish

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The bad blood between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals continued even after Sunday’s game.

CBS’ TV cameras showed Mike Tomlin scrambling over to break up a postgame skirmish that had broken out while he was shaking hands with Marvin Lewis after Pittsburgh’s 28-21 win.

Joe Mixon, Andrew Billings, Bobby Hart, Hardy Nickerson and Cordy Glenn were among the Bengals players around the area. Sean Davis, Coty Sensabaugh and Anthony Chickillo were some of the Steelers nearby.

The situation seemed to be defused pretty quickly without much going wrong. The game featured its usual dose of bad blood, especially with Vontaze Burfict’s late hit on Antonio Brown.

Twitter reacts to Kenyan Drake’s crushing goal-line fumble

The Miami Dolphins were one yard away from beating the Chicago Bears when disaster struck on Sunday.

Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake fumbled the ball on the verge of crossing into the end zone for what would have been a game-winning score. The Bears managed to recover, staving off disaster and making Drake the goat, at least for the moment.

Twitter, naturally, had a wide array of reactions to the stunning event.

Drake has certainly had some bad moments on a football field before, but this was probably the most brutal by any measure. Luckily, the Dolphins got the ball back and Drake actually had a hand in driving them down the field for a game-winning field goal as time expired in the extra period.

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger shares positive Instagram message after injury news

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Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger shared a positive post on Instagram note on Sunday around the time news about his shoulder injury was reported.

Orangebloods’ Anwar Richardson reports that Ehlinger has a Grade 1 shoulder sprain. Richardson says Ehlinger will rest and rehab and could be throwing by the end of the week. The hope is that Ehlinger will be able to play in Texas’ next game, which is on Oct. 27 against Oklahoma State.

Ehlinger posted a photo of himself on Instagram, with the caption, “God always has a plan, and that plan is about to be a lot of fun.”

Ehlinger hurt his shoulder on Texas’ opening possession against Baylor on Saturday. Shane Buechele came in for him and helped lead the team to victory. Buechele would start against Oklahoma State if Ehlinger were not available.

Watch: Antonio Brown stuns Bengals with game-winning touchdown

The Pittsburgh Steelers stunned the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday with a late touchdown to shake up the AFC North race.

With the Steelers driving and seemingly poised to try a long Chris Boswell field goal down 21-20 with under 20 seconds to go in the 4th, the Bengals took a risk and blitzed in the hope of knocking Pittsburgh out of field goal range. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stood tall and immediately found Antonio Brown over the middle, who took it 31 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with just ten seconds left.

This is a huge win. The Bengals were looking at a 5-1 record and a chance to put some real distance between themselves and the Steelers, but Brown turned that narrative on its head after a tough day personally. In one play, the Steelers suddenly looked like contenders again, while the Bengals were facing new questions about their staying power.

Twitter reacts to Nathan Peterman throwing costly pick-six

Nathan Peterman continues to play like the worst quarterback in football.

Immediately after the Buffalo Bills’ defense made a great goal-line stand to force a tying field goal on Sunday in Houston, Peterman cost Buffalo with a pick-six.

Peterman completely telegraphed an out on second down with 1:30 left that was intercepted by Johnathan Joseph and returned 28 yards for a Texans touchdown.

Twitter crushed Peterman for his horrendous play.

The pick-six cost Buffalo the game, as it took a 13-13 tie and made it 20-13 in favor of Houston, which was the final score.

Derek Carr leaves game with apparent arm injury

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The Oakland Raiders continue to struggle, and now their quarterback is struggling with injury.

Derek Carr left Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks after taking his sixth sack of the game, and appeared to be favoring his left arm or shoulder as he left the field.

If there’s any good news, it’s that Carr looked like he was trying to talk himself back into the game after being evaluated. The Raiders, trailing 27-3, saw no point in further risking Carr’s health and brought A.J. McCarron in to replace him.

Carr’s injury wasn’t the only one suffered by a key Raider on Sunday in what was a brutal day for them.

Watch: Vontaze Burfict delivers controversial hit to Antonio Brown

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Controversial Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has injected himself into the team’s rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers once again.

Burfict came in late with what looked to be a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown when the receiver already appeared wrapped up.

A reverse angle actually demonstrated that Burfict looked like he got more of teammate Jessie Bates with his helmet than he did Brown.

Both Brown and Bates actually left the game, though Brown returned very quickly and Bates came back a bit later.

Burfict has a long history against the Steelers, and Pittsburgh players have pretty clearly demonstrated that they don’t like him either. The hit and the manner of it certainly looked unnecessary and potentially dangerous, but no flag was thrown on the play.

Josh Allen leaves Week 6 game with arm injury

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen left Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans with what appeared to be an arm injury.

Allen appeared to get hit on the the back of his right arm after releasing a pass late in the third quarter, and he was shown wincing in pain before walking off the field. He later sat down on the bench and was replaced by Nathan Peterman.

Peterman, who has had some miserable games in the past, immediately came into the game and led a touchdown drive to give the Bills a 13-10 lead.