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Having "exhausted" all of his medical options, Jay Cutler will have surgery Saturday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Chicago coach John Fox made the announcement Thursday, putting to rest reports from last weekend that the team was holding out a sliver of hope the veteran quarterback might be able to return to the field this year.
Matt Barkley will get the start again in Sunday's matchup with the similarly woeful San Francisco 49ers. But where the Bears go from after that?
Cutler is owed no guaranteed money beyond this season, so he can easily be cut, but his contract — which runs through 2020 — calls for him to be paid a relatively manageable $16 million in 2017 if the Bears keep him around.
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There are plenty of arguments to be made for a change after eight years with Cutler as the primary signal-caller, but team after team has demonstrated how difficult it is to find a reliable quarterback in the NFL these days. That reality might prompt the Bears to consider keeping him around, and[......]Read More
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The Cowboys got through the first seven games of the 2017 season without Ezekiel Elliott serving any of his NFL-imposed suspension. But after the running back played in Dallas' Week 8 win over Washington, the team might regret the timing if his six-game ban goes into effect.
Whether Elliott will "win" a so-far successful appeals process comes down to his latest injunction hearing, scheduled for Monday. If the presiding judge sides with the league and Elliott's suspension begins, the question must be asked:
Would the Cowboys have been better off had Elliott just accepted his six-game punishment in the first place?
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The Cowboys are 4-3 going into Week 9. Their losses have come to the Packers and Rams at home, and to the Broncos on the road, with Elliott being a non-factor in Denver. Their wins have come in comfortable fashion against the Giants, Cardinals, 49ers and Redskins.
Based on that schedule and with a few twists (like Los Angeles being much better and New York being much worse than expected), Dallas' record through seven games seems about right. The Cowboys probably would have paved a similar path without Elliott given they were projected to go 4-2 with him.
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Each time it appeared the Chiefs' playoff woes under coach Andy Reid might continue Saturday night, they responded forcefully. Their effort in an AFC divisional-round bout against the Colts resulted in a 31-13 victory and the franchise's first conference championship game bid since the 1993 season, when Joe Montana was under center.
Right after Indianapolis blocked a second-quarter punt and recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes led a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Right after Indianapolis forced a fumble deep in Kansas City territory midway through the third quarter, Dee Ford stripped Colts quarterback Andrew Luck of the football. Kansas City's defense, which struggled throughout the regular season, held the Colts below 300 total yards.
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Mahomes was excellent in his playoff debut, completing 27 of 41 pass attempts for 278 yards. He also rushed for a first-half touchdown.
Sporting News provided live updates throughout the contest. Here's how the Chiefs won:
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Leonard Fournette was arrested Thursday following a traffic stop in Florida.
According to WJX4, the Jaguars running back was charged with knowingly driving on a suspended license.
BREAKING: #Jaguars star running back Leonard Fournette has been arrested after a traffic violation. This is exclusive video as we saw him get booked at Duval County jail around 2:30pm today; stems from a November citation in Neptune Beach, which police say he didn’t pay. @wjxt4 pic.twitter.com/6AebuVKITA
— Vic Micolucci WJXT (@WJXTvic) April 11, 2019
He was taken to the Duval County Jail, where he posted a $1,508 bond 24 minutes later.
The suspended license stems from a November 2018 incident in which Fournette was cited for driving 37 mph in a 25-mph zone. However, the suspension didn't go into effect until last month because Fournette had yet to pay for the speeding ticket.
The Jaguars said they were aware of the situation, but declined to comment further, according to the report.
Fournette is coming off a disappointing season in which he was able to play in only eight games due to injuries and had just 439 rushing yards and six total touchdowns.
The Raiders should have a beef with their 2019 schedule. The Buccaneers could raise a similar complaint with the NFL.
Like Oakland, Tampa Bay will go six consecutive weeks in the first half of the season without playing a true home game. The lone contest as the designated home side will be a game in London on Oct. 13 vs. Carolina. Two West Coast trips bookend the stretch.
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Put all the travel together, and the Bucs are looking at approximately an 18,000-nautical-mile odyssey (by comparison, the Raiders will log at least 20,000 miles on their sojourn). It's true that most of the miles will be navigated via charter airplane and the Week 7 bye will help serve as a reset, but those are small consolations.
The itinerary, with estimated round-trip mileages:
- Week 4 vs. Rams in Los Angeles: 3,750 nautical milesWeek 5 vs. Saints in New Orleans: 964 milesWeek 6 vs. Panthers in London: 8,796 milesWeek 7: BYEWeek 8 vs. Titans in Nashville, Tenn.: 1,240 milesWeek 9 vs. Seahawks in Seattle: 5,040 miles
Worse, none of these games figures to be easy. All but the Panthers had winning records in 2018, and Carolina finished 7-9 after a second-half collapse. The first two games of the stretch are against last season's NFC championship game participants.
BENDER: Who made the Raiders' schedule?
After free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced he would hold a workout for all 32 NFL teams Saturday in Atlanta in an event orchestrated by the league, former teammate Eric Reid questioned the motives of the showcase.
Reid, now a safety for the Panthers, said the decision to set up the workout seemed like a PR stunt. It was reportedly sprung on Kaepernick at the last second with several conditions attached, including a two-hour window in which his camp could agree to terms.
"It's disingenuous," Reid told reporters. "They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours' notice and tell (him) it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We'll see."
Kap’s representatives were told that the NFL needed an answer “in two hours” if Kaepernick planned to go through with the workout. A lot of people had to rearrange their schedules. They thought it conflicted with college football scouting schedules and NFL Sunday game day prep
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) November 13, 2019
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Also Wednesday, the NFL reportedly reversed course in what the Kaepernick camp said was a pledge to disclose who would attend the workout, though there is not a consensus over whether it actually made such a promise.
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49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo might not play next weekend after injuring his right ankle Sunday against the Jets.
Garoppolo's high-ankle sprain kept him off the field in the second half of San Francisco's 31-13 victory, and coach Kyle Shanahan suggested it would also sideline him for the team's upcoming matchup with the Giants.
The 49ers have been ravaged by injuries of late, losing Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas and Raheem Mostert on Sunday, all to knee issues. George Kittle (knee) was inactive for the game.
More from Shanahan: Nick Mullens likely starts next week https://t.co/blOla7Y9gf
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2020
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When Garoppolo tore his ACL two years ago, Nick Mullens was a most effective replacement. Mullens would fill in for Garoppolo against the Giants if needed.
Mullens threw for 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2018. He was an undrafted rookie that season and has had time to learn Shanahan's offense on a deeper level since then.
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The Jets won a football game Sunday. It could be the most costly win in the history of the franchise. For the first time since the beginning of the 2020 season, Trevor Lawrence's destination looks like it could be Jacksonville.
Despite doing their best to blow it, the Jets held on to beat the Rams in Week 15, 23-20. After holding down the No. 1 spot in the 2021 NFL Draft for weeks, New York no longer sits at the top. Jacksonville lost Sunday and also has a 1-13 record in the 2020 season. Due to a tiebreaker based on strength of schedule,[......]Read More