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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Football

Jordan Reed going on injured reserve due to concussion

Jordan Reed’s season ended before it really even started.

Reed is being placed on injured reserve by the Washington Redskins, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Reed has not played in a game this season due to a concussion sustained in the preseason. It was the seventh recorded concussion of Reed’s career.

Reed, 29, had 54 catches for 558 yards and two touchdowns last season. Reed made the Pro Bowl in 2016.

Chris Harris credits Keenan Allen’s shade for inspiring big performance

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was the target of some negative remarks made by Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen this week, but he was able to channel it into something positive.

Last week saw Harris and the Broncos hold Allen to a season-low four catches for 18 yards in a 20-13 win over the Bolts. Allen then threw shade at Harris by saying in an Instagram comment that the star corner could not hold his jock strap. Allen also appeared to double down on the remark in a media session later in the week, implying that he had historically dominated his matchup against Harris.

Come this Sunday, Harris was in even better form, recording an interception and two pass deflections in a 16-0 shutout of the Tennessee Titans. After the game, Harris said that Allen “woke up the dawg” and added that there was not much left to say other than that he had locked Allen up multiple times.

Allen has had beef with the Broncos dating back to last season, so credit to Harris for not getting too caught up in the negativity and letting his play do the talking instead.

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.

Michael Bennett indicates he is frustrated with shrinking role on Patriots

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The New England Patriots traded a fifth-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles back in March to land Michael Bennett in what looked like it could be one of the best value moves of the offseason, but the veteran defensive end has slowly seen his role decrease through the first six games. He doesn’t seem thrilled about that.

Bennett played just 11 snaps in the Patriots’ win over the New York Giants on Thursday night, which was another dominant defensive effort. He seemed genuinely puzzled about the lack of playing time while speaking with Greg Bedard of BostonSportsJournal.com after the game.

“I don’t know what’s happening,” Bennett said. “You have to ask Bill (Belichick). I wish I knew. If I had a better answer, I would tell you. You’ve got to ask them, man. I’m just trying to do what they ask me to do.”

Bennett’s snap percentages from Week 1 through Week 6 have been as follows: 49, 45, 37, 27, 24, and 22. Bill Belichick downplayed the trend when asked about it earlier in the week, though he did say Bennett is still “trying to adapt to our system.” He praised Bennett and said he has been great to work with, but there is a feeling that the 33-year-old could be on his way out the door.

When asked if he had any idea he would play so little against the Giants, Bennett repeated the phrase “I wish I knew.” He made similar remarks about potentially being traded prior to the Oct. 29 deadline.

“I don’t know. We’re about to find out,” he said. “I really don’t know what’s going on. I wish I knew. I’d tell you.”

It’s hard to argue against any decision Belichick has made with his defense this year, as the unit has been nothing shy of dominant. The Patriots have allowed just 234.7 total and 8.0 points per game. The next-best team, the Chicago Bears, have allowed 13.8 points per game.

Bennett and Belichick appeared to have established a great relationship prior to the season, so it’s possible the coach simply feels other players are a better fit. With a defense that is on pace to potentially be the best in NFL history, Belichick certainly shouldn’t change anything he is doing. If that means Bennett gets traded, such is the nature of the business.

Brian Flores explains Dolphins’ bizarre two-point playcall

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The Miami Dolphins fell to 0-5 on Sunday with a loss to the Washington Redskins, and they did so in cruel fashion.

After quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Josh Rosen, the Dolphins woke up on offense and rallied from a 17-3 deficit against the similarly winless Redskins. After making it 17-16 with virtually the last play of regulation, coach Brian Flores opted to go for two and the win.

The playcall was a bizarre screen pass of sorts to Kenyan Drake. Drake dropped the pass, and the Washington defense looked set to blow it up even if he’d caught it.

Flores said the Dolphins had worked on the play all week, and Washington had simply defended it well.

If that was the best Miami could do in terms of a two-point play, it’s not a good sign. It seemed quite convoluted and unlikely to succeed as drawn up, even if Drake had made the catch. Wonder if this play will end up as evidence in the Dolphins tanking investigation.

Luke Falk waived by Jets now that Sam Darnold is back

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The New York Jets have Sam Darnold back and decided they didn’t need to keep Luke Falk.

The Jets waived Falk on Saturday and added linebacker Brandon Copeland to their roster, who was activated after a four-game suspension. Falk, who entered the season as the team’s third-string quarterback, was forced into action in Week 2. Darnold has been out with mono and Trevor Siemian got hurt in Week 2, leaving Falk as the only quarterback.

Falk went 47/73 for 416 yards, no touchdowns, and three interceptions. He looked overmatched when on the field for the Jets.

The New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta reports that the Jets would like to bring Falk back on their practice squad.

David Fales will be the new backup to Darnold in Week 6.

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

Kyle Allen

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.