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Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Baker Mayfield deals with left hip injury against Seahawks

Baker Mayfield went to the locker room with a left hip injury during the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns’ game on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Mayfield appeared to get hurt on a scramble during Cleveland’s first possession of the third quarter. He came up slowly and remained in the game, but he grabbed at his left hip afterwards and even crumpled in pain after a pass.

He later lost a fumble on the possession. Mayfield was termed questionable to return to the game. A few minutes after going to the locker room, Mayfield was seen jogging back to the field. Seattle had just taken the lead on a touchdown pass right after Mayfield returned.

The second-year quarterback was 17/29 for 230 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before his injury. He also had a rushing touchdown.

Patrick Mahomes re-aggravates ankle injury against Texans

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Patrick Mahomes has been battling an ankle injury for much of the season, and he appeared to tweak it again during the first half of the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Mahomes took another shot to his left ankle early on and appeared to be limping on several plays. He also made some uncharacteristically inaccurate throws and was not moving well in the pocket. The star quarterback threw an interception and coughed up a fumble after his ankle was rolled up on.

Though he has not missed any time, Mahomes initially injured his ankle in the first game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has had it heavily taped since and tweaked it on more than one occasion.

Mahomes has still be making some of his typical jaw-dropping throws, but mobility has clearly been an issue for him while the injury lingers.

Seahawks TE Will Dissly leaves game with Achilles injury

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Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly is having a breakout season, but that is being marred by injury.

Dissly left Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns after suffering an Achilles injury on a non-contact play. He was taken off the field on a cart and appeared to raise his hand as he left the field.

Seattle announced he was out for the rest of the game.

Mostly a blocking tight end coming out of college, Dissly has become a valuable piece in Seattle’s passing game this year. He entered the game with 23 catches for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Dissly only played in four games last year due to a knee injury.

Ron Rivera won’t address QB controversy questions after latest Kyle Allen win

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Kyle Allen on Sunday led the Carolina Panthers to their fourth consecutive win, and questions continue to pile up about what the team will do when Cam Newton is fully recovered from his foot injury. For the time being, head coach Ron Rivera is not going to address those questions.

Following his team’s 37-26 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London, Rivera was asked if there is a potential quarterback controversy brewing. He offered a very simple response.

The Panthers have a bye in Week 7, and it’s unclear if Newton will be ready to return to practice next week. What we do know is that he is not going to play until he is 100 percent healthy, and Allen’s performance has, at the very least, given Carolina the luxury of not having to rush anything.

Allen has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions through four games. While he has not been lighting the stat sheet on fire, the former undrafted free agent is consistently putting the Panthers in position to win. One report on Sunday indicated Allen might keep the starting job even when Newton is cleared, and that will almost certainly be the case if Carolina continues to win.

Watch: Tyreek Hill returns to action with acrobatic touchdown

Tyreek Hill wasted no time getting back to his best in his first game since Week 1.

Hill was the recipient of a 46-yard touchdown pass on the Kansas City Chiefs’ opening drive, leaping acrobatically to essentially rip an interception away from Houston’s Justin Reid to turn it into a score.

Hill injured his shoulder very early in Week 1 and hasn’t played since. The Chiefs have been cautious with him despite a pretty steady recovery, but they want him as healthy as possible for the remainder of the season. He adds a different dimension to the Kansas City offense, and he can make plays like this. It’s pretty easy to see why they’ve been so careful with him.

Report: Jets preparing for possible fire sale ahead of trade deadline

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The New York Jets entered Week 6 with a 0-4 record and a roster that is nowhere near playoff contention, and things could get a lot worse before they get better.

People around the NFL expect the Jets to be “extremely active” before the Oct. 29 trade deadline, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports. One source told Vacchiano that he would not be surprised if the Jets hold a fire sale due to the fact that they have a new general manager in Joe Douglas and a number of talented players on the roster that Douglas doesn’t view as fits for his long-term vision.

“Most of that team was built by Mike (former Jets GM Mike Maccagnan),” the source said. “This isn’t Joe’s team yet. He’s going to have to unload some of those guys and start loading up on (draft) picks.”

Leonard Williams is one name that seems to keep coming up, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that multiple teams have expressed interest in the defensive end. Williams, a former No. 6 overall pick, is having a solid season and ranks eighth in the NFL with 88 quarterback hits since he entered the league back in 2015. While the Jets have apparently told teams they are not interested in dealing Williams, he is in the final year of his contract and would likely fetch a decent draft pick or two.

The Jets could also consider moving Le’Veon Bell, who signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the team this past offseason. Another one of their star players has expressed frustration with the Jets in recent weeks, but it would be a surprise if they traded him.

Browns GM dismisses Odell Beckham trade rumors as ‘fake news’

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Odell Beckham Jr is off to a slow start with the Cleveland Browns, but that does not mean they are thinking about giving up on him after just five games with the franchise.

With Beckham having just 23 catches in five games and Cleveland’s offense looking like a total disaster for much of the season, there has been speculation that the Browns could try to trade Beckham before the Oct. 29 deadline. In no uncertain terms, general manager John Dorsey told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that is not going to happen.

“That’s fake news,” he said.

Dorsey further explained that he has not fielded any trade calls about Beckham and has no plans to. He said the thought of unloading the star receiver has not even crossed his mind.

The Browns were easily the most hyped team of the offseason, and the Beckham trade was the biggest of a series of notable moves they made. They sent former first-round pick Jabrill Peppers, a 2019 first-round draft pick and a 2019 third-round pick to the New York Giants in exchange for Beckham and defensive lineman Olivier Vernon. That is obviously a substantial investment, so you can understand why the Browns aren’t ready to throw in the towel after less than half a season.

Beckham recently admitted that he is a bit frustrated with his usage in Cleveland’s offense, but who wouldn’t be? The offensive line has been horrendous, which has resulted in Baker Mayfield taking a huge step back. All that said, the Browns’ easiest path to getting back on track is to find better ways to protect Mayfield and get the ball in Beckham’s hands — not to ship him off to another team.