Cam Newton remains on the mend.
The Panthers quarterback is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report ahead of the regular-season opener Sunday against the 49ers, but coach Ron Rivera still expects his starter to be under center.
“As far as injuries go, Eric Berry looks like he has an Achilles tendon potential tear,” Reid said (via the team’s website). “We’ll find out more after his MRI and that whole deal.”If Berry’s Achilles is torn it will end his season, marking another bump in the road for the talented defender who all but shut down Rob Gronkowski Thursday.
He’ll undergo an MRI on Friday, the team said.
Berry, the highest-paid safety in the league this season, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Dec. 8, 2014, but returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2015. He then built on that season by earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2016 after finishing with four interceptions and two touchdowns.
Though Berry has never had more than 92 tackles in a season, he has been a star contributor at all levels of the defense over his six-year career.
“When an assistant coach becomes a head coach, it’s different,” Hurney told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio during Panthers training camp. “I’ve heard a lot of guys say, ‘Man, when can I get back just to coaching ball?’
“It’s the same as a general manager. It’s not fantasy football. You’re not just picking guys. You have so many other things to address. There’s a lot of balls in the air at once.”
If you were wondering if cornerback matchups matter, check out Dez Bryant’s production through two games. Bryant has been targeted a whopping 25 times, but he has only nine catches for 102 yards and one touchdown to show. Bryant was shadowed by Janoris Jenkins in Week 1 and had his hands full with the Broncos elite cornerback group on Sunday. Bryant is up to a whopping seven end zone targets on the season, which is four more than any other player. The obvious thought here is Well, the schedule can only get easier, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Bryant still has matchups against Patrick Peterson, Trumaine Johnson, Josh Norman (twice), Marcus Peters, Desmond Trufant, Casey Hayward, Janoris Jenkins and Richard Sherman on the docket, most of which will be shadow scenarios. Bryant will need to sustain this obscenely heavy usage, especially near the goal line, to remain afloat in fantasy. That’s asking a lot, but you can’t say you weren’t warned.
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Tom Brady returned to his old self against the friendly Saints defense, while DeShone Kizer threw two costly fourth-quarter interceptions.
Here’s a rundown of our Week 3 Power Rankings as determined by ESPN’s power panel — a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities — through rose-colored glasses.
Authentic Youth Cameron Wake Jersey Methodology note: These rankings reflect which teams voters think would win head-to-head matchups. Higher-ranked teams would be favored against lower-ranked teams. Coming off a win doesn’t guarantee a jump, and coming off a loss doesn’t guarantee a fall.
Elite Kids Kyle Juszczyk Jersey One of the most interesting matchups of opening week in the NFL is New Orleans’ visit to Minnesota on Monday night. A key subplot in that game will be Adrian Peterson facing his former team, for which he is the all-time rushing leader.
MCMANUS’S MILLIONS : McManus was the last restricted free agent to sign his tender this summer, waiting until June 15 to put his signature on a one-year, $2.75 million deal after making $600,000 last season. He did it in hopes of getting a long-term deal, which he finally got Monday just hours before kickoff when he agreed to a three-year extension worth $11.25 million.
BEEFY BRONCOS : The Broncos beefed up their depleted defensive line before kickoff by promoting rookie nose tackle Tyrique Pot Roast Jr. Jarrett to their active roster and waiving Kyle Peko.
INJURY UPDATES: Chargers backup SS Rayshawn Jenkins left in the second half with a concussion. So did Broncos starting right guard Ronald Leary, who was replaced by second-year pro Connor McGovern. Leary will be in concussion protocol during the week as the Broncos prepare to face his former team, the Dallas Cowboys. Broncos rookie CB Brandon Langley left in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and Stewart left in the closing minutes with a strained left groin after collecting six tackles.
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UP NEXT: The Chargers host the Miami Dolphins, whose opener was scrubbed by Hurricane Irma. The Broncos are home again to take on the Cowboys.
The decision on Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension will likely come sooner than later due to the pressure to reach a resolution immediately, ESPN.com reported Thursday.
Apparently pressure has been put on NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson to have a ruling by Monday. Elliott’s appeal began Tuesday and ended Thursday.
Elliott is trying to get his suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident overturned. Many are speculating Elliott will still be suspended, but that the amount of games will be reduced.
The season-ending injury is another bump in the road for the talented defender who all but shut down the Pats’ Rob Gronkowski on Thursday.
Berry was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Dec. 8, 2014, but returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2015.
He then built on that season by earning his fifth Pro Bowl appearance in 2016 after finishing with four interceptions and two touchdowns.
The Chiefs rewarded him with a six-year, $78 million deal before this season, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL in 2017.
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When you’ve been through that and he’s done it, and it’s happened again, it’s happened again, done it, and it sucks, Bears tight end Zach Miller said. You can’t control that stuff. Kevin is such a good football player. He’s had unfortunate stuff happen to him early in his career. It won’t derail the kid. It won’t. I mean, if I can do it, he can do it.
This projection has the Saints going 7-1 at home, with the only home defeat coming against the Patriots. While Drew Brees landed solidly in Tier 1, some voters thought there were signs he was slipping physically and could fall off. The assumption here is that Brees will continue to do what he did last season, which was give New Orleans a chance to win in spite of a defense that is striving for subpar after a run of historically bad.
Vegas has set the Redskins’ win total at 7.5. I’ve got them beating that with Kirk Cousins leading shootout victories over the Raiders (home) and Chargers (road). I didn’t go into this exercise thinking the Eagles would sweep the Redskins after going 0-4 against them over the past two seasons, but it worked out that way when picking games week by week.
The 49ers have won five Super Bowls, though the last championship was in 1994. It’s a historically great franchise that has fallen on tough times. The team is hoping that this is the season that starts a turnaround under its fourth new head coach in as many seasons, Kyle Shanahan, and general manager John Lynch.
Jump on board with the Seahawks and you’ll join one of the liveliest fan bases in the country. They call themselves the 12th Man, and they’re loud. Like, really loud. It makes playing at CenturyLink Field a real challenge for opponents.
The Bears have more former players in the Hall of Fame than any other team, with 33, and they also have the most wins in NFL history with 744. But the Bears have just one Super Bowl win, back in 1985. After a 3-13 season last year, that’s not likely to change in the immediate future.
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New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief was ruled out of Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury after he walked off the field with trainers before halftime.
Losing Strief is a big blow to a Saints offense that was already starting the year without left tackle Terron Armstead because of a shoulder injury.
New Orleans’ offense struggled to generate much of anything in the first three quarters, falling behind 19-9 with 196 total net yards.
Rookie first-round draft pick Ryan Ramczyk started for the Saints at left tackle and allowed a sack to Everson Griffen. Veteran swingman Senio Kelemete replaced Strief at right tackle.
In other words, Cohen won’t see close to that number moving forward and he’s not a realistic threat to Jordan Howard on early downs. Though Cohen stole the headlines, Howard played eight more snaps and recorded more touches (16-13, including a 13-5 edge in carries). Cohen deserves to be in the flex conversation, but he’ll be a candidate for close to 10 touches most weeks. Also, should Howard miss time, the 5-foot-6, 180-pound Cohen won’t be a realistic candidate for a workhorse role. You should place a claim for Cohen on waivers this week, but don’t overpay.
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Age is not the only variable — the Patriots’ Bill Belichick is 65 and as willing to deal as anyone — but it could be one indicator for an openness to making deals.
What was said: Elliott has denied the allegations and tweeted that he was surprised and disappointed by the league’s decision. He officially filed his appeal on the Tuesday after the league’s ruling was announced.
Part of the plan for Elliott’s appeal was to discredit his accuser. The NFLPA engaged in a war of words with the NFL about this via Twitter.
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Wilson led the Seahawks on a two-minute drill and Walsh added another three points at the end of the second quarter.
Blair Walsh got two more field goals in the third quarter to extend Seattle’s lead to multiple possessions.
Patrick Mahomes, still playing with the second team behind Alex Smith, had a much tougher game here than last week. He completed just 8 of 15 passes for 70 yards as the Chiefs could only manage three points in the second half.
The Broncos were searching for a backup with knowledge of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s playbook. Osweiler, who played for McCoy in 2012 when McCoy was in the last year of his previous stint in Denver, is viewed as a backup quarterback, with Trevor Siemian as the starter.
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Elway said he believed the Broncos will have the player who helped the Broncos go 5-2 in the starts Peyton Manning missed with an injured foot in 2015 — and not the player who often struggled in his time with the Houston Texans and Browns.
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I’m sure it’s been a tough one for him, Elway said. I know we thought a lot of Brock. He went 5-2 as a starter for us, and without Brock that year, we don’t win a Super Bowl.
I’m sure it’s been a long 18 months for him. He’s been through a lot, I’m sure. … He’s going to need a little football rehab, we know that. We’ll welcome him with open arms and give him some love.
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The Peoria Rivermen released their promotions schedule Monday for the 2017-18 SPHL season.
The team’s plan includes special themed jerseys, indoor fireworks, wiener dog races, an appearance by a Chicago Blackhawks legend, giveaway items, special guests and more.
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The Browns have been very methodical the past two offseasons, with the focus on both quantity and quality of draft picks. There will be a glimmer of hope as some of those commodities start to click, with their solid three-to-four-year plan becoming more evident.
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Unfortunately, with Fitzpatrick going to the Buccaneers to serve as Jameis Winston’s top backup — replacing Mike Glennon and ahead of Ryan Griffin —Kaepernick is down to the Seahawks or bust to be on an NFL roster in 2017.
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I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color, Kaepernick said. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
Immediately there was a reaction. Even Harbaugh, who applauds Kaepernick in this piece, was against his former player’s actions at first.
People from every outlet seemed to have an opinion on the matter, and the protest went international. Other NFL players joined in, then high school and college football players joined and eventually athletes in other sports took part.