Jalen Ramsey is "overjoyed" to have been traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams. 

The cornerback was sent to the Rams in exchange for their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks, in addition to a 2021 fourth-round pick.

Ramsey told Sirius XM he was grateful to have been selected by Jacksonville in 2016, but that he's excited for a new opportunity in Los Angeles. 

"Big, big day for me," he said. "I'm filled with joy, I'm overjoyed right now. God is the greatest, God makes no mistakes at all. No mistakes at all. I've been so blessed.

"I was so blessed to be drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. But now I've got a new chapter starting in my life, going out to LA and going to be a part of the LA Rams."

Ramsey had been working his way from a back injury that kept him out of his team's past three games. He also missed some time last month to be with his family for the birth of his second daughter.

The two-time Pro Bowl star's back issues emerged after there was speculation around his long-term future with the Jaguars. He was involved in a heated exchange with coach Doug Marrone on the sideline during the team's Week 2 loss to the Texans, which led to Ramsey requesting a trade.

"Given the situation with Jalen, we made this decision based on what we thought is in the best interest of the Jacksonville Jaguars, for this season and well into the future," Jaguars executive vice-president of football operations Tom Coughlin said in a statement.

"We feel the trade that we struck with the Rams gives us great value for the next two drafts, and we remain very confident that our team today will compete this season for a division title. Jalen was a productive player, but the time came to move on and we wish him and his family the best in Los Angeles."

Ramsey has nine interceptions and 45 pass breakups throughout his four-year NFL career.

The Fitzmagic is officially back in Miami.

Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores announced on Wednesday that Ryan Fitzpatrick will start this week against the Buffalo Bills.

The move keeps second-year quarterback Josh Rosen on the bench after he was pulled for veteran Fitzpatrick in the Week 6 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Flores had given his backing to Rosen, who replaced Fitzpatrick in Week 3, following the game against the Redskins but he now loses his place.

"We're going to start Fitz this week," Flores said. "We kind of came to that conclusion over the last couple of days.

"We feel that was the best thing for this team and it'll give us the best opportunity for this team to go up into a tough environment and try to pull out a win.

"And we do that on a weekly basis. What's the best grouping, set of players, offense, defense, kicking game to help try to win the game? We felt that was the case this week."

Rosen threw for 85 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions against Washington before Fitzpatrick replaced him at the beginning of the fourth quarter. 

The 36-year-old then completed 12 of 18 passes for 132 yards with one score and no picks as he almost led the Dolphins to a dramatic first win of the season.

The Los Angeles Rams confirmed the arrival of Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After reports broke of a blockbuster trade, the Rams made the news official on Tuesday.

The Rams acquired star cornerback Ramsey from the Jaguars in exchange for two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.

In an Instagram post, the Rams wrote: "Can't spell Ramsey without Rams."

Ramsey asked the Jaguars to trade him after a Week 2 spat with Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he wanted to keep him but Jacksonville appear to have caved.

The Rams also traded Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the day on Tuesday.

Ramsey has been named to two Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro roster in his four-year NFL career.

Jacksonville Jaguars star Jalen Ramsey will join the Los Angeles Rams, according to reports.

ESPN claims the Rams have acquired Ramsey from the Jaguars in exchange for two first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.

Ramsey asked the Jaguars to trade him after a Week 2 spat with Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he wanted to keep him but Jacksonville appear to have caved.

The Rams also traded Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the day on Tuesday.

Ramsey has been named to two Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro roster in his four-year NFL career.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 6 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stressed the importance of his team taking advantage of their next two home games to get back on track: "I'd say more than anything, we get a chance to fight in front of our home fans. There's no moral victories, there's no things of that such other than finding our ways to fight to get our football team the wins that we need to get. That's really all we’ll think about and all we'll focus our time on."

— Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson on next week's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys: "Anytime Dallas loses it helps, because here's the thing — I know the sky is falling outside. … Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we're in first place."

— Not only were the Los Angeles Chargers embarrassed on "Sunday Night Football," Pittsburgh Steelers fans also took over their stadium, and the team were not happy: "I don't know what that was. Don't do that at our own stadium," Melvin Gordon said after the game. "It already felt like it was their stadium … I don't understand that."

— Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker had some harsh words for the officiating crew after the team's Monday loss to the Green Bay Packers: "Extremely pissed off right now," Walker said. "It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game."

— Packers kicker Mason Crosby on his first Lambeau Leap after sealing his team's win: "That was special. It's something I've always wanted to do."

— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke candidly about coach Jason Garrett on 105.3 The Fan radio: "If I totally disagreed with [Jason] Garrett's philosophy, he wouldn't be the head coach."

— Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gave a sincere injury update on quarterback Cam Newton: "I think people need to understand that the young man has done everything we've asked. I'm trying to stay true to what I told him. We're not going to put that kind of pressure on him. So, until we have it confirmed with our doctors and stuff like that, we're going to continue to do what we're doing."

— Jay Gruden on life after being fired by Washington Redskins: "Pretty quiet ... Bored out of my mind."

— NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay declined to discuss whether pass interference replay is really working this season:  "I don't think we would give a summation of whether a rule that's been in place for six weeks is working or not working," McKay told reporters. "We want to get the egregious ones, and we want to get them overturned."

— Less than a week after leaving the door open for a potential NFL return, Rob Gronkowski appears to have shut it again: "I'll give an answer. When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away," Gronkowski said. "So it would be a no. There it is."

We dive into the biggest headlines from around the NFL in the latest edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Bennett suspended for Week 7

Eyebrows were raised when the New England Patriots defensive end was absent from practice on Tuesday, and it was later reported he was banned for one week due to conduct detrimental to the team.

Michael Bennett, an 11-year veteran who was traded to New England in March, later addressed the situation and clarified the origin of the ban.

"On Friday, I had a philosophical disagreement with my position coach that has led to my suspension. I apologise to my team-mates for any distraction this may have caused," he told ESPN.

Bennett has played on just 35.7 per cent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this season and will not be able to return until Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns.

Kitchens confident Mayfield will be healthy after bye

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield injured his hip in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks on a scramble, but his head coach shut down any doubt regarding his availability for the team's matchup against the Patriots after their bye week.

"He'll be in better shape physically and he'll be in a better place mentally, too," Kitchens told reporters.

The Browns held Mayfield out of practice on Tuesday as a precaution, but Kitchens assured there's "no doubt" he will be 100 per cent ready to face New England in Foxboro on October 27. 

Hicks hits IR with elbow injury

Chicago Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks initially suffered the injury in the team's Week 5 loss to the Oakland Raiders in London. He will now miss the next eight weeks at least, though Bears coach Matt Nagy left the door open for him to potentially return later this season. Hicks had six tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, and one tackle-for-loss through four games before getting hurt.

The move comes one day after the team placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve as he continues to deal with a hip injury. It is certainly not ideal with Chicago slated to host the 5-1 New Orleans Saints in Week 6.

Two things that don't matter

Controversial Lions-Packers ending discussed at league meetings in Florida

Nothing can be done at this point, but the NFL appeared to at least acknowledge the magnitude of the mistakes made Monday night as NFL vice-president of operations Troy Vincent noted the second hands to the face call on Detroit Lions defensive lineman Trey Flowers is "not something that you want to see called."

Vincent added he would reach out to Lions owner Martha Ford and general manager Bob Quinn to personally relay the message.

The league's allowance of instant replay to review pass interference this season was also discussed, though NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay declined to discuss whether it is actually working.

"I don't think we would give a summation of whether a rule that's been in place for six weeks is working or not working," McKay told reporters.

Gronkowski dismisses idea of NFL return

There has been speculation over whether the former tight end will return to the NFL, but Rob Gronkowski recently gave his most definitive answer yet.

"I'll give an answer. When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away," Gronkowski said. "So it would be a no. There it is." 

Gronkowski had left the door open for a potential return to the field when he made his debut as Fox's newest NFL analyst last week, though he appears to have shut it again.

"I never say no, because I've said no, and everyone's like, 'Yeah, he's kidding. He's coming back,'" Gronkowski said. "But it's a no. In my mind, that's how it is. It's a no.

"I'm very satisfied where I'm at. I say it all the time: I would have never left the game if I was going to be itching every single day. I've said that before, many times.

"I had those thoughts, too. 'Would I be missing it?' And I just knew that it needed to be done. I'm very satisfied where I'm at."

One video you have to see

There were plenty of feel-good moments in Week 6.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Antonio Brown is trying to stay relevant after he filed a number of grievances with the Patriots and Raiders.

Marcus Peters has been traded to the Baltimore Ravens from the Los Angeles Rams.

Baltimore gave up linebacker Kenny Young and an undisclosed 2020 draft pick, reported to be a fifth-round selection, in return.

Peters, 26, came over to the Rams from the Kansas City Chiefs last March. He was part of a defensive-back tandem alongside Aqib Talib that was one of the best in football.

He has two interceptions and four passes defended through six games this year, while Talib was placed on injured reserve on Monday due to fractured ribs.

Peters is a two-time Pro Bowl player and a one-time first-team All-Pro. He also was the defensive rookie of the year in 2015.

The Rams have also acquired offensive lineman Austin Corbett, who was taken in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, for an undisclosed 2021 pick.

The Chicago Bears have been dealt another blow after defensive tackle Akiem Hicks was placed on injured reserve.

Hicks initially suffered his elbow injury in Chicago's Week 5 loss to the Oakland Raiders in London and is now ruled out for at least the next eight weeks.

The move comes one day after the team placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve as he continues to deal with a lingering hip issue.

Hicks, who has six tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery and one tackle-for-loss through four games this season, previously missed time in 2018 with a knee injury. 

Bears coach Matt Nagy left the door open for Hicks to potentially return later this season, though.

The 29-year-old earned the first Pro Bowl selection of his career last year when he had 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 55 tackles while starting in all 16 games for the third straight season.

Aaron Rodgers led the way as the Green Bay Packers edged the Detroit Lions 23-22 in NFL action.

It might not have been pretty, but the Green Bay Packers are now the best team in the NFC North after Monday's victory.

Both Green Bay and Detroit entered the clash with just one loss each and the winner would not only begin to separate themselves from the bunch but show they can be a true contender — an improvement from last year when both the Lions and Packers missed the playoffs.

Rodgers inspired the Packers to a narrow win in a back-and-forth game highlighted by some impressive throws and lots of field goals.

Packers quarterback Rodgers finished 24-of-39 passing for 283 yards and two touchdowns with one interception as Green Bay improved to 5-1.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who started the game on fire, went 18-of-32 passing for 265 yards with the team falling to 2-2-1.

 

Three takeaways from Packers' win over the Lions:

Lions got off to a hot start and then ...

There was quite literally no one but the Lions stopping the Lions in the first quarter.

After opening the game with a flea flicker for their longest play from scrimmage all season – 66 yards – the Lions were in a perfect position to score a touchdown on their first drive.

However, Stafford tripped on an ensuing play in the red zone — a miscue that resulted in Detroit eventually settling for a field goal.  

But that was the team's only mistake to start Monday. They continued to run through, around and past the Packers defense to score 13 unanswered points through one and a half quarters. It was the first time Green Bay trailed by more than one score all season and Stafford's 168 yards in the first quarter alone were the most for any Lions signal-caller ... ever. But Detroit's hot start was diffused when Rodgers and company finally got on a roll.

Give Rodgers an inch and he'll make you pay

Sure, the Lions played a superb first quarter but once they started making mistakes, the momentum started to go in the Packers' favour. 

The Lions made a critical error on special teams halfway through the second quarter when they were called for having too many men on the field and drew a five-yard penalty. It was enough to give the Packers a first down and bring Rodgers back on to the field. He converted it into a touchdown and Green Bay eventually tied the game 13-13 just after half-time.

But still, even with the momentum, Rodgers still needed some missing pieces. Wide receiver Davante Adams missed another game with turf toe and while Aaron Jones played, he was not as effective as he was last week. Rodgers managed to find Allen Lazard, the team's unlikely hero on offense, on a critical fourth-quarter drive.

This late touchdown helped set up the game-winning moment.

It was Mason Crosby's night

Rodgers certainly gets credit for setting up Crosby's kicks, but the veteran kicker was a perfect three-for-three on the night with his most important kick coming with two seconds left on the clock and the Packers trailing by two.

Perhaps better than the go-ahead kick was the celebration after.

There is not much analysis here; we are just glad Crosby stuck the landing after being helped into the stands for his own Lambeau Leap.

The Philadelphia Eagles released linebacker Zach Brown, the NFL franchise announced on Monday.

Philadelphia parted ways with 2016 Pro Bowler Brown following Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Brown called out his former Washington Redskins team-mate Kirk Cousins earlier this week, labelling him Minnesota's "weakest link," before the signal-caller exploded for his best performance of the year.

Cousins threw for 333 yards and four scores en route to the Vikings' victory over Philadelphia on Sunday, torching an Eagles secondary that have struggled all season.

Brown, who signed with Philadelphia ahead of the 2019 season, notched five tackles in the Week 6 contest and has a total of 31 in 2019.

The 29-year-old veteran was a Pro Bowl player in 2016 and is expected to garner interest from multiple teams.

Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said quarterback Baker Mayfield has to make "better decisions" following the team's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Browns dropped to 2-4 for the NFL season after going down 32-28 to the Seahawks on Sunday, and Mayfield has continued to struggle in 2019.

Mayfield gave up three interceptions to Seattle, and first-year Brows boss Kitchens told reporters on Monday that he would like the QB to make smarter choices.

"I think each and every interception kind of has its own story," Kitchens said. "To simply answer your question, I want Baker to continue to work to make better decisions and then we need to work around him to make sure that we are where we are supposed to be, how we are supposed to be there, catching balls and all those things.

"I have said it from the beginning that quarterback play is dictated so much by the people around him, being on the same page, being where you are supposed to be, how you are supposed to get there and things like that. We need to make sure that Baker is continuing to get better with his eyes, his reads and his throws."

Mayfield leads the league in interceptions with a total of 11 through Week 6 and has completed a lowly 56.6 per cent of his passes in 2019.

Kitchens is taking some of the blame for Mayfield's lack of production though, and wants to give the quarterback more quality opportunities. 

"I have to continue to do a better job of continuing to put him in a better situation," Kitchens said. "We have to do a better job around him in protection, in where we are supposed to be and then catching the ball."

Mayfield has an elite receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry at his disposal. But the two wideouts have combined for 875 yards and one score in 2019 and have not quite lived up to expectations. 

The Browns – who have not made the postseason since 2002 – have a bye this week and will get a chance to sort out their problems before facing the undefeated New England Patriots (6-0) on October 27. 

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is optimistic as he progresses through rehab following thumb surgery.

Brees sustained a torn ligament in his thumb and had surgery on September 18 after consulting with two doctors and speaking to other professional athletes who had a similar injury, including Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul.

The 40-year-old star said after the Saints' Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams that he originally hurt his thumb on a pass attempt to Jared Cook before later hitting it on Aaron Donald.

Brees provided an update on his recovery following the Saints' 13-6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

"Absolutely, absolutely," Brees told Cox Sports Television, when asked whether he noticed any progress in his recovery over the last week. "I think [there's progress] just the way that it feels. The way that it functions. level of strength, level of flexibility, and stability.

"We're just getting to ramp up the throwing, throwing an NFL ball. I feel good doing that but there’s more to it. [I] can't just stand still and throw a ball and say 'I'm ready to go'.

"There's a lot more that goes into it, just taking it one step a time."

Brees was seen without a thumb brace at the team's practice on Friday and he threw some routes.

He stands firm on the idea he can return before the six- to eight-week timeline he was initially given.

"I'm still ahead. My expectations are maybe a bit aggressive," Brees said. "There's certainly been those days when you didn't quite make it as far as you had expected in your mind, in regards to progress. Then I'm reminded by those around me, this is still really, really good for all things considered."

The Saints have gone 4-0 in Brees' absence ahead of Sunday's clash with the Chicago Bears in Week 7.

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky returned to practice on Monday and was throwing the football around without a pitch count, though he is no certainty to play in Week 7.

Trubisky has been sidelined since dislocating his non-throwing left shoulder in the Week 4 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The 25-year-old returned to the training field after the weekend, however, his status for Sunday's NFL matchup against the New Orleans Saints remains uncertain.

"It's seeing exactly where he's at with the pain," Bears head coach Matt Nagy. "Just all of us collaborating to see where he is so we can make a decision as to which way we want to go for this week.

"I thought he looked good. But we'll see as the week goes exactly how he feels and where he's at."

Trubisky still has not been cleared by the team's medical staff to play in a game, but returning to practice was a step in the right direction.

However, the Bears are taking no chances, Nagy said, noting that Trubisky must be able to take hits.

"If he's able to play, then he plays," Nagy said. "You can't tell somebody to play a game and not get hit. You can't do it. If you're OK to play a game, then you're OK to get hit. It's pretty simple. For me it is."

Trubisky had 588 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions through the first three games.

Many NFL fans probably expected the New England Patriots to be one of the remaining undefeated teams as this season went on, but it is unlikely many guessed the San Francisco 49ers would join them.

The Carolina Panthers are another surprise success story, while the Dallas Cowboys have taken a turn for the worse over the last few weeks.

Here we look back at the biggest headlines from Week 6 and the impact they will have heading into Week 7.

 

Are quarterback changes coming to NFC South?

Jameis Winston threw five interceptions and fumbled twice in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss to the Panthers as they dropped to 2-4, but head coach Bruce Arians made it clear the team are not considering replacing him — yet.

"No. I look at the reasons why. What happened?" Arians told reporters, noting the team's battered line was partly to blame for the ugly outing. "If it happens again, yeah, it'll concern the hell out of me."

Similarly, the Panthers may not be looking to put Cam Newton back in and bench Kyle Allen after the second-year quarterback helped pull the Panthers out of their 0-2 hole to start the season. In fact, Allen could keep the starting job as long as he keeps winning, though coach Ron Rivera remained tight-lipped on the subject Sunday. 

"I'm not going to worry about it," Rivera said. "I'm not going to speculate on anything until I have to address that. So until then, we're going to stay in the now, stay in the focus of what we're doing right now. As far as I'm concerned, we're not going to deal with the question until it is time. And when the time comes, I will address it."

An ESPN report on Monday said Newton is almost ready to resume practicing. Both Carolina and Tampa Bay will be on their bye in Week 6, so stay tuned.

Mariota era could be winding down in Nashville

Quarterback controversy struck Tennessee as the Titans pulled the second draft pick of 2015 in the team's shut-out loss to the Denver Broncos for veteran backup Ryan Tannehill. Marcus Mariota was sacked three times and completed just seven of 18 passes for 63 yards with two interceptions before getting the hook. Tannehill was better, completing 13 of 16 passes for 144 yards with a pick.

As for who will start Week 6 against the Los Angeles Chargers, the team expect to have an answer by Tuesday.

"I think a decision will be made this evening, or tomorrow, and we’ll let everybody know — we’ll let the players involved know, and let the team know and then let you guys know," coach Mike Vrabel told reporters. "I just want to make sure we are going through everything that we need to go through and what we are doing offensively, and not use the emotion of the game to make a decision."

Can 49ers make statement by extending win streak?

With the Patriots on a bye, the Niners have a chance to match their perfect 6-0 record after dismantling defending NFC champions the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The 49ers held Los Angeles to 3.3 yards per play, which is the lowest average in Rams franchise history, and quarterback Jared Goff had his worst performance to date as he completed 13 of 24 for a career-low 78 yards.

San Francisco have shined as arguably the most surprising team this year after the 49ers managed just four wins all last season. Now 5-0 for the first time since 1990, the Niners may only gain momentum with matchups against the Washington Redskins, Panthers and Arizona Cardinals looming.

Falcons giving Quinn until bye week to turn things around

Atlanta will host the Rams and Seattle Seahawks in back-to-back games before getting some rest Week 9, and after a 1-5 start just two and a half years removed from their trip to Super Bowl LI, the team are running short of patience.

NFL Media reported that Falcons owner Arthur Blank wants to see progress over the next couple of weeks "or changes could come," with the fifth-year coach as one of them. Dan Quinn already fired all three of his co-ordinators before the season started, so the blame would have to fall on him.

Jay Gruden may have been the first coach to get the axe, but he certainly will not be the last, and it appears Quinn has two weeks to save his job.

Amari Cooper's potential absence could have big implications

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper's status for Week 6 reportedly "is in serious question" after he was diagnosed with a bruised thigh suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said the team are taking his injury day by day, but could not guarantee his availability.

The ailment could not come at a worse time considering Dallas have dropped three straight games and face a key game in Week 6 against NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles. A fourth consecutive loss could officially put Garrett on the hot seat, though Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insisted it has not come to that yet.

"I haven't even glanced there in my mind about long-term future," Jones told reporters. "The big thing I want to say is it's not just him. This is across the board, and that had a lot of input out here tonight to get in that spot."

Garrett, who is entering the final year of his contract, reiterated that getting the team to the top of the NFC East is his main concern.

"I'm focused on doing my job as well as I can do it," Garrett said, per The Athletic.

Change does not appear to be looming in Tampa Bay.

But we take a look at the adjustments to come with the latest injury updates around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Winston's job appears safe... for now

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not ready to throw in the towel just yet, as head coach Bruce Arians confirmed the team are not looking to make any changes under center at this time.

"No. I look at the reasons why. What happened?" Arians told reporters. "If it happens again, yeah, it'll concern the hell out of me."

Jameis Winston, who is in the final year of his rookie contract after his fifth-year option was picked up, threw five interceptions and had two fumbles against the Carolina Panthers, though Arians admitted the team's battered line was partly to blame.

"I think when you get hit — I don't care if you're Tom Brady — when you get hit early in games, it's different," Arians said. "And we got him hit early in the game, excluding the first play. We got him hit too much early in the game."

Cooper diagnosed with thigh bruise

Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the New York Jets, though one report suggested there is "no indication of long-term damage." Cooper could, however, be dealing with the "horribly painful" ailment at a time when Dallas faces a must-win scenario in Week 6 against NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cooper, who has 32 catches for 512 yards and five touchdowns this season, also battled foot and ankle injuries earlier this season.

Barkley ramps up workout after tweeting he'll "be back soon"

The New York Giants got a little healthier as the star running back was joined by fellow back Wayne Gallman (concussion), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (concussion) and tight end Evan Engram (knee), who all missed Thursday's loss to the New England Patriots. Each player took part in individual drills during the team's light practice.

Saquon Barkley has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, but all signs point to him returning ahead of schedule, possibly this week against the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants do not want to rush him, but the hype video he tweeted this weekend indicates he is itching to get back on the field.

Two things that don't matter

Rudolph eyeing Week 8 return

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph entered the concussion protocol last week after being knocked out by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas in Week 5. However, he practiced just three days after taking the hit, a positive sign that he should be back after the ransacked Steelers get some much-needed rest on their bye.

The team had a morale-boosting win in primetime on Sunday with third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges at the helm, thanks in large part to a stout performance by running back James Conner, though he did suffer a game-ending quad injury in the third quarter. His status will also be closely monitored before the Steelers return to action against the Miami Dolphins.

Brady won't lure Gronkowski out of retirement

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is happy to see his former team-mate thriving in life after football and does not want to disrupt that peace.

"I'm so happy that he's enjoying his time, his life. He seems to really be doing a lot of great things. He knows how I feel about him. I want what's best for him. He's the only person that can make those decisions. I don't lobby for those things," Brady said on Monday morning in his weekly appearance on WEEI, a Boston sports radio station.

Rob Gronkowski retired in March and started work last week as an NFL analyst on Fox, where he said that he will always leave the door open to unretire. But it appears unlikely to happen any time soon.

"He's given a hell of a lot to our team already over a long period of time, and I think people should be very appreciative for what he's brought to the team and what he's brought to the region," Brady said. "I think he's just a very special guy. He's at a different phase of his life."

One video you have to see

Not only were the Los Angeles Chargers embarrassed on Sunday Night Football, Steelers fans also took over their stadium.

Monday's tweet of the day

Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is pumped to be back after serving a six-game suspension for PEDs.

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