Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
A message from Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu: If you Sanu-ze, ya lose.
A message from Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu: If you Sanu-ze, ya lose.
49ers inactives: TE George Kittle, K Robbie Gould, QB C.J. Beathard, DT Jullian Taylor, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, RB Jeff Wilson Jr., OT Justin Skule.
The Raiders designated linebacker Marquel Lee to return from Injured Reserve on Monday and started his 21-day clock to rejoin the Raiders' 53-man roster. “NFL rules don't allow him to play until the Kansas City game [on Dec. 1]," said Raiders coach Jon Gruden, "so he'll get a chance to be on the practice field and get re-acclimated physically to what he needs to do to get right." Lee suffered an ankle injury at Minnesota on Sept. 22 and went on IR two days later.
Connor Williams will have surgery on his knee Tuesday but the hope is he will be able to return after a few weeks. Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely move into the left guard role, which is how the Cowboys handled Williams' absence last year because of a knee scope.
The Rams led the league in pass block win rate in the 2018 regular season. This year, the Rams rank 24th. (ESPN stat, NGS data)
The Giants waived C Evan Brown, who was a late add to the roster last week as a contingency. Also had their massive bye week workout Monday that included QB Tanner Lee, WR J.J. Nelson, G Larry Allen and a bunch of long snappers and kickers/punters including Elliott Frye and Kaare Vedvik.
The Packers on the lookout for D-line help? They worked out three DTs today: Carl Davis, 2015 third-round pick (Ravens). David Parry, 2015 fifth-round pick (Colts). Justin Ellis, 2014 fourth-round pick (Raiders).
A last minute roster move for the 49ers: They released CB Dontae Johnson and activated TE Garrett Celek (back) from the physically unable to perform list. This is a strong indication that TE George Kittle (knee, ankle) will not be available tonight against Seattle. Celek has only had one week of practice to return, so don't expect him to have a big role but he offers some depth with Kittle almost certainly unavailable.
How bad was the Cowboys' tackling Sunday? They allowed 144 yards after contact to the Vikings, the most they allowed in a game this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The previous high was 70 yards against Philadelphia in Week 7.
The Panthers claimed running back Mike Davis off waivers, a league source confirmed. The former fourth-round pick out of South Carolina was released by the Chicago Bears. He will add depth behind Christian McCaffrey, who entered Sunday's game leading the league In total yards from scrimmage. Ian Rapoport first reported.
Sources tell me that the Bucs have claimed offensive guard Aaron Stinnie off of waivers. He was waived by the Titans two days ago. He saw action in three games this year and one last year. To make room for him, the Bucs are waiving Nate Trewyn.
Matt Patricia said Matthew Stafford is still day-to-day, week-to-week, according to what he told reporters during his press conference Monday. Said he had scans done Friday. He prepared the team for any possibility on Saturday and held out hope Stafford would feel better Sunday. He said he and Stafford made the decision for him not to dress.
Frank Reich on Adam Vinatieri, who has missed 11 kicks and cost the Colts a couple games this season:“I'll give the same answer, it's all being evaluated every week, especially this week." Reich and GM Chris Ballard talked last night and they plan to talk again about the roster this evening.
Colts coach Frank Reich on QB Jacoby Brissett (knee): "We're optimistic that the rest was helpful. If he's practicing on Wednesday and he's fully practicing, he'll be our starting quarterback."
Matt LaFleur said he doesn't regret going for it on the 1-yard line at the end of the first half yesterday but said: "I didn't like the play call; we didn't practice it for that situation." LaFleur put it squarely on himself but said he would still go for it.
Matt LaFleur has so many connections to the 49ers staff, not the least of which is his bother, Mike, who is their passing game coordinator. Matt said his wife, Bre, and their two sons are going out to San Fran early next week and staying with Mike's family in advance of the Nov. 24 game. "Hopefully she can do some recon," Matt jokes.
Matt LaFleur said this week's self-scout will have the offensive coaches break down the Packers' defense and vice versa. Sounds a lot like Mike McCarthy's "across-the-hall" exercise. "It gives a different perspective of how an opponent would like to attack one side of the ball," LaFleur said.
Davante Adams said he's staying in Green Bay during the bye in part to continue treatment on his turf toe to make sure it's "3 million percent better." Adams said he still has "some soreness" but obviously was highly productive yesterday with seven catches for 118 yards.
Dolphins are sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the forseeable future, Brian Flores said today. Team has been completely different since Fitzpatrick re-entered the lineup in fourth quarter of Week 6.
The Eagles have signed G Brandon Brooks to a four-year contract extension through 2024. He is having a career year despite coming off an Achilles tear. One of the best guards in the game gets rewarded.
The concussions continue to come for the Giants. Scary. TE Rhett Ellison is also in the concussion protocol now. Joins LT Nate Solder and CB Janoris Jenkins from Sunday's game vs. Jets.
And in other player news, Broncos coach Vic Fangio said cornerback Bryce Callahan, who hasn't practiced since the first week of training camp because of a foot injury, will try to practice Tuesday. Asked if Callahan was trying to gauge his recovery or was practicing with the intent of trying to play this season, Fangio said: "(To) see where he's at.''
And Vic Fangio also added this on whether the team's performance over the next three weeks would influence any decision on Drew Lock: "Our whole focus is trying to get to 4-6, as bad as that sounds, we're trying to win the game we play this week, how that, whether that includes, or doesn't include Drew down the road remains to be seen.''
And on whether Brandon Allen's performance in the coming weeks as well as the team's performance in the coming weeks would impact the decision on whether Drew Lock is eventually added to the roster, Vic Fangio said: "That's part of the equation also.'' Asked if Allen played well that would impact what the Broncos do with Lock for the remainder of the season, Fangio said "yeah.''
Vic Fangio said the decision as to whether Lock will be moved off of injured reserve or not has not yet been made. On what he needed to see to make that call, Fangio said: "Good quarterback play, that he belongs.'' Asked if that meant his description of other players that "you know it when you see it'' would apply to Lock as well, Fangio said: "Yeah, it does, that's the truth.''