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Saints to remain down 3 assistant coaches at New England

Sep. 24, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielson, defensive assistant Brian Young and offensive assistant Dan Roushar will not attend New Orleans' game at New England on Sunday because of COVID-19 protocols, the club announced Friday. It will be the second straight missed game...

Amid injuries, Cowboys try to be coy about rookie Parsons

Sep. 24, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys don't want to give away where Micah Parsons will line up after the versatile rookie linebacker played almost exclusively as a pass rusher in the second game of his career following a midweek switch. Injuries and COVID-19 issues in...

Packers OL Jenkins doubtful for Sunday's game with 49ers

Sep. 24, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins, who has capably replaced 2020 All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari to start the season, is doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. Jenkins injured an ankle during...

Rams starting RB Henderson questionable to play against Bucs

Sep. 24, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson will be a game-time decision against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Coach Sean McVay said Henderson’s availability would likely depend on pain tolerance after hurting his ribs on the...

Chargers' rookie CB Samuel Jr. makes quick adjustment to NFL

Sep. 24, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Asante Samuel Jr. is quickly showing that being a starting cornerback as a rookie isn’t too big for him. The Los Angeles Chargers' second-round draft pick has played well in his first two games, including an interception in last week’s...

Go route: Browns' Beckham to return Sunday against Bears

Sep. 24, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. has been cleared for takeoff. The star Browns wide receiver made it full through a full week of practice without any issues with his reconstructed knee and coach Kevin Stefanski said Friday that Beckham will make his return Sunday...

Injuries to McCaffrey, Horn sour Panthers' 3-0 start

Sep. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Normally teams would be fired up after starting the season 3-0. But there is plenty of concern in Carolina after losing three key players in a 24-9 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night, including running back Christian McCaffrey, who will...

Coach: McCaffrey out 'a few weeks' with hamstring injury

Sep. 24, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The injury bug has bitten running back Christian McCaffrey again. Panthers coach Matt Rhule said Friday that the 2019 All-Pro running back is expected to miss “a few weeks” with a strained hamstring. Rhule said the injury could sideline...

NFL Prospect Watch: Colorado State TE McBride does it all

Sep. 24, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

The player with the most receptions in college football midway through the first month is not a fleet-footed wide receiver with an NFL-bound quarterback. Rather, it is bruising Colorado State tight end Trey McBride, who is drawing praise not only for his pass-catching,...

Texans must improve run and defense as QB Mills settles in

Sep. 24, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Since the start of training camp Houston coach David Culley has insisted the Texans would have to run the ball effectively and force turnovers to win this season. Houston didn’t do either of those things Thursday night and it led to a 24-9 loss to the...