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NFL news and notes: Brees out for six weeks, Roethlisberger done for season

By Sports Desk September 16, 2019

Ahead of Monday's Cleveland Browns-New York Jets matchup to cap the second week of action, Week 3 is already coming into focus, and it is all about quarterbacks.

Meanwhile, there has been another development regarding Antonio Brown.

Three things that matter

Drew Brees could miss six weeks after surgery

The New Orleans Saints quarterback left Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams early and was seen on the sidelines with his hand taped. It was later reported he will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and could be out until November as he recovers.

Coach Sean Payton confirmed on a Monday conference call that Brees, who has missed just one game due to injury in his 13-year NFL career, will get a second opinion but Teddy Bridgewater is still expected to take over as the starter.

He finished Sunday 17 of 30 for 165 yards with no touchdowns in place of Brees.

Ben Roethlisberger out for season with elbow injury

It is a blow for the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team finally got over their 2018 drama. Roethlisberger was seen shaking his throwing arm in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks before being benched in the second half with an elbow injury. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed an MRI later revealed the severity of the damage, which will require season-ending surgery.

Mason Rudolph is set to take over as the starter in place of Roethlisberger, who will be missing in action due to injury for the first time since Week 7 of the 2016 season, but the team seem to have faith in the second-year quarterback after he went 12 of 19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns and a pick on Sunday.

Antonio Brown denies claims of sexual misconduct from second woman

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has denied claims of sexual misconduct from a second woman.

Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer, last week filed a civil lawsuit against him in Florida, claiming he sexually assaulted her three times over two years, allegedly raping her in 2018.

Brown denied the allegations, while the NFL opened its own investigation.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated ran a story from a second woman, who came forward on the condition of anonymity, but Brown has also denied the latest accusation.

Two things that don't matter

Giants hint at possibility of change at QB

As the New York Giants find themselves in an 0-2 hole thanks to veteran Eli Manning, coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he will remain the starter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"He's been our starter to this point," Shurmur told reporters. "I'm not ready to talk about that."

Daniel Jones, selected sixth overall in April, gave the Giants reason to believe in their backup with his strong performance during the preseason and will keep warm as he waits on his call if Manning's inconsistencies continue.

Taco Charlton wants release from Cowboys

The defensive end took to Twitter to ask Dallas to "free" him. The initial tweet was eventually deleted and Charlton later wrote the move was "the last thing I want to do".

It was reported on Sunday that the Cowboys had "recent trade talks" about Charlton, who had asked to be traded this offseason. It looks like those discussions could heat up again as early as this week.

One video you have to see

Eddy Pineiro's foot saved the day in Chicago, and it was exciting no matter which broadcast you heard.

Monday's tweet of the day

Browns defensive end Chris Smith dedicated his performance on Monday against the Jets to his late girlfriend, Petara Cordero. She died last week after she was struck by a vehicle, just weeks after she gave birth to their first child.

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    Tagovailoa got his ankle rolled up on a sack by Tennessee defensive lineman Greg Emerson in Alabama's 35-13 victory.

    He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

    Afterwards, coach Nick Saban told ESPN of Tagovailoa's condition: "He's got a high ankle sprain so he'll probably be out for a week or two."

    Tagovailoa was 11-of-12 passing for 155 yards with no touchdowns and one interception before leaving and being replaced by Mac Jones.

    The 21-year-old is widely anticipated to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft next April, having compiled a superb resume in college football.

    He came off the bench and replaced Jalen Hurts in the National Championship game in 2018, going on to guide Alabama to an incredible overtime win over Georgia.

    Tagovailoa also dealt with an ankle injury towards the end of last season as he was hurt on a sack against Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

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  • Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook ruled out for Saints against Bears Alvin Kamara, Jared Cook ruled out for Saints against Bears

    Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook have been ruled out for the New Orleans Saints' meeting with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Friday.

    Running back Kamara has been dealing with an ankle injury over the past week and was listed on the Saints' injury report with a knee issue in addition.

    Tight end Cook has also dealt with an ankle injury and neither player practiced this week.

    Kamara was last week listed as questionable ahead of the Saints' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and wound up playing, rushing 11 times for 31 yards and catching seven passes for 35 yards.

    He has rushed for 373 yards and one touchdown on 86 carries this season. Kamara has also caught 33 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown.

    Cook has appeared in six games, catching 15 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

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  • NFL news and notes: Chiefs, Mahomes receive good news; 17-game schedule may be on horizon NFL news and notes: Chiefs, Mahomes receive good news; 17-game schedule may be on horizon

    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' injury is reportedly not too serious and a 17-game schedule may be on the horizon.

    All that and more on this edition of NFL news and notes. 

    Three things that matter Mahomes likely to return this season

    When Mahomes went down with a knee injury during the second quarter of the Chiefs' 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos, the NFL world held its collective breath. But a new report suggests Mahomes' injury is not as serious as it was initially believed.

    NFL Network's reporting the reigning NFL MVP had an MRI on Friday and it confirmed the diagnosis of a dislocated knee cap and that there is "no significant additional damage."

    The Chiefs plan on him returning later this season.

    Kansas City currently sits at 5-2 and first place in the AFC West. Three of their next four games are at home before a bye in Week 12.

    Cooper practices for Cowboys

    Amari Cooper suffered a thigh bruise during the Dallas Cowboys' 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, and had to exit last week's 24-22 loss to the New York Jets early in the game due to the lingering injury.

    “From the time I had hurt it in the Green Bay game to the time I talked to you guys, it had taken a huge leap,” Cooper told reporters on Thursday. “So I thought it would continue to get a lot better each and every day - but it kind of plateaued and it only got a little bit better every day.”

    Dallas desperately need Cooper to be healthy, especially with the team in the midst of a three-game skid after starting the season 3-0. It remains to be seen whether Cooper will suit to against Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

    “You know it’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be a dogfight for us,” Cooper said. “It’s a divisional game, and it’s always a dogfight.”

    NFL Players' Association open to discussing 17-game regular season

    In recent years, rumours of NFL owners wanting to expand the regular season to 18 games have surfaced and been major talking points.

    It seems players have begun to warm up to the idea, with ESPN reporting the NFLPA is open to discussing a 17-game regular season as part of the next collective bargaining agreement. The report states the NFLPA is in favour of expanding the season as long as the players' share in revenue is increased by a "sufficient amount" in the new deal.

    While a formal 17-game proposal has not been created, the report states details have been discussed regarding the new schedule, including bye weeks for teams before Thursday night games, moving the Super Bowl back to Presidents' Day weekend and players getting paid on a 52-week schedule as opposed to just during the season.

    The current CBA expires in March 2021.

    Two things that don't matter Broncos' Fangio saying he's disappointed by offensive performance this season

    You do not have to be a football expert to notice Denver's offense this season has been below par. The Broncos have scored more than 20 points just twice this season, and in Thursday's home loss to the Chiefs, they only managed six against a porous Kansas City defense.

    "It was all levels of our passing game (that) were problems," coach Vic Fangio said. "Protection sometimes, receivers not getting open sometimes, [the Chiefs] using good coverages for us that maybe we weren't ready for; it's certainly a problem we have to get rectified moving forward. ... It's disappointing not to be ultimately competitive out there."

    Last offseason, Denver general manager John Elway traded a 2019 fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft to Baltimore for quarterback Joe Flacco. The former Super Bowl MVP was coming off a season where he only played in nine games and has not looked like the signal-caller who lead the Ravens to a championship seven seasons ago. 

    Since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos have seen five different quarterbacks start games for them and can't seem to find stability at the position. Not to mention the team opted to hire a defensive-minded coach in Fangio this past offseason, so it was not like things were going to improve on the offensive side of the ball this season.

    Bears quarterback Trubisky practices, listed as questionable to face Saints

    Mitch Trubisky has been sidelined after dislocating his shoulder and partially tearing his labrum on September 29 against the Minnesota Vikings.

    The Chicago Bears released their injury report on Friday, and while Trubisky was a full participant in practice all week, he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

    "That where we have him at," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "He's been doing good in practice and I like where he's at. We said earlier in the week that it was going to be a day-by-day thing and so far he's stacked good days together." 

    Chicago have played one game in Trubisky's absence: a 24-21 loss to Oakland Raiders in London. But having the former first-round pick might not make things any better for the Bears.

    The 25-year-old has looked pedestrian at best in the four games he has appeared in, leaving Chicago to rely on a tenacious defense to stay in games. 

    Friday's tweet of the day

    After Mahomes' scary injury, the quarterback took to Twitter early on Friday morning to voice support for his team and give an update on his situation.

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