NFL news and notes: Dolphins bench Fitzpatrick, Ramsey expects to be traded soon

By Sports Desk September 19, 2019

Quarterback changes continue as Week 3 draws closer, with one related to injury and one linked to performance.

Meanwhile, the fallout of one wide receiver's alleged actions carries on.


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Dolphins turn to Rosen under center

The Miami Dolphins are making a change after their 0-2 start with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback and will quickly find out if second-year QB Josh Rosen is worth the price the team paid this offseason.

The Dolphins traded for Rosen in April on the second day of the NFL Draft after Kyler Murray was taken with the first pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Rosen – drafted 10th by the Cardinals the year before – previously started 13 games in Arizona, completing 55.2 per cent of his passes for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions.

Ramsey expects to be traded by next week

Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey will play against the Tennessee Titans, but reportedly does not expect to be a member of the team by next Sunday. Where he is headed could be anyone's guess considering almost every team have at least placed a call expressing interest.

Ramsey requested a trade after he was seen arguing with Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone on the sidelines during last week's game. However, Ramsey held a news conference addressing his trade request, saying neither he nor his agent wanted the news of the request to be leaked and that he was focused on being a good team-mate, not a "distraction."

Newton misses third straight practice

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton remains in a walking boot after aggravating his foot injury, prompting speculation that Kyle Allen will get the start against the Cardinals on Sunday. Despite telling reporters he would not address Newton's status, coach Ron Rivera was pressed about his availability and left his news conference early in frustration.

Allen has been taking the first-team reps in practice this week, hinting the Scottsdale, Arizona, native could face off against former Texas A&M team-mates Murray and Christian Kirk. He completed 16 of 27 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in his one start against the Saints last season as he filled in for Newton.

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Brees staying in LA to start thumb rehab

It was reported New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' surgery "went perfect" and should keep him within the initial six-week recovery timeline. In the meantime, Brees is expected to remain in Los Angeles, where he will work and start his thumb rehab.

Brees suffered a torn ligament in his right (throwing) thumb last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and underwent surgery Wednesday to repair the damage. The Saints opted not to place him on injured reserve, meaning they expect him to make his return within eight weeks.

Nike drops Brown amid sexual assault allegations

The receiver signed with the New England Patriots after a tumultuous offseason with the Oakland Raiders. Just one day later, Brown was accused of sexual assault and rape by his former trainer Britney Taylor.

Earlier this week, a second unnamed woman accused Brown of sexual misconduct.

Brown has denied all allegations and made his debut with New England last week, but sponsors have been distancing themselves from the wideout following the news. Xenith ended its sponsorship with him last week and Nike has also reportedly dropped him. Despite that though, he continues to focus on football and will be on the field again when the Patriots host the New York Jets on Sunday.

One video you have to see

Despite his crazy start to 2019, Brown appears focused on football going forward.

Thursday's tweet of the day

Sunday's matchup in Dallas is shaping up to be an interesting game after the Dolphins reportedly claimed Taco Charlton off waivers and swapped starting quarterbacks.

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    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.

    The injury report also stated quarterback Drew Brees will miss Sunday's game with a thumb injury he suffered in New Orleans' Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

  • 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

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    "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.

  • Saquon Barkley available to face Cardinals, says Giants coach Shurmur Saquon Barkley available to face Cardinals, says Giants coach Shurmur

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    Running back Barkley has missed three games with an ankle injury but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice session, raising hopes of a return.

    The 22-year-old suffered an ankle sprain in the first half of the Giants' Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was initially thought to be out for between four and eight weeks.

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    The Giants (2-4) could also welcome back tight end Evan Engram and Barkley's fellow running back Wayne Gallman, with the duo also practicing fully on Friday.

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