Aaron Jones (7:30 a.m.): With Ty Montgomery doubtful to play because of his rib injury, expect Jones — who was reported to have been taking first-team reps this week in practice — to get a chance to handle a lot of Green Bay’s rushing offense today.
Adam Schefter’s overnight update (7:15 a.m.): Our ESPN NFL Insider reports that wide receivers John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Tyrell Williams and Marqise Lee, despite being listed as questionable, are all expected to play today. As for quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr are both likely to be sidelined. Expect EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel to be taking snaps for the Raiders and Titans, respectively.
Jones, one of seven NFL owners who donated to Trump’s inaugural committee, spoke with the president after the Cowboys played the Cardinals. According to Jones, Trump said the entire issue could have been avoided if the NFL enforced a rule stating that players must stand for the national anthem. However, that requirement is not included in the NFL’s game operations manual.
According to the manual, “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.”
NFL players who have demonstrated during the national anthem over the past year have said that they are protesting police brutality and racism — not the flag or the anthem itself.
“If it comes between the impression or the perception that we’re not standing together, supporting each other or the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag, the perception that we’re not together will be secondary to not respecting the flag,” Jones said. “Respecting the flag is first.”
New England was already without Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola to start the day. During the game, they lost two different players who had scored touchdowns — Gronkowski (groin) and Rex Burkhead (ribs).
Dorsett never lived up to his first-round-pick status in Indianapolis, but he stepped up for the Patriots when an injury-riddled roster pressed him to the top of the team’s receiving rotation. He had 75 total yards — the second-largest total of his three-year pro career — to carry his share of the team’s offensive weight.
He limped into the injury tent and missed the final eight minutes of the game with a minor left knee issue, because this injury thing is frankly getting out of hand.
It wasn’t a perfect game by Watson — though a 13-9 victory on the road in a short week for your first NFL start is pretty damn good. After the game, he told reporters, “I just want to be a complete professional quarterback.” He added, “That’s going to take time.”
Now he’ll have a few extra days to prepare for their next contest: a Sept. 24 matchup against the New England Patriots.
Things got real weird once the preseason started. Non-committal responses about Luck’s rehab and readiness were interspersed with reports that he was throwing again. In the middle of August, owner Jim Irsay weighed in with the strangest comments yet.
Irsay talked optimistically about Luck’s recovery, talking about how well he was progressing and that he’d be ready to start the season even if he wasn’t ready to play in the season opener against the Rams. Wait? What?
Then, Irsay made a cloudy allusion that Luck’s problems may all be in his head.
Many in Houston reported difficulty getting calls through jammed 911 lines, so Capela asked for people trapped in the area to tweet at him, which he would then amplify.
Tweet me and I’ll share as many emergency situations as I can. Stay safe Houston.
Watt was all over the place in this game, and kept James Harrison on the sideline in the process. It may have just been one game, but if I were to bet on a player to be more than ready for the next step in his NFL progression, it would be Watt.
In looking through the San Francisco 49ers first week of the season, there are a few potential surprises to consider. The decision to sit Aaron Lynch as a coaches’ decision is a little surprising, and Jaquiski Tartt’s tackling problems on Sunday were a surprise. However, the real surprise might be the lack of more significant rushing opportunities for Carlos Hyde.
The Broncos’ defensive effort is exactly the type they’re going to need if they want to get back to their Super Bowl contending ways. So far this season, they’re looking good.
Even if your team is a rival of the Raiders, you have to enjoy what you’re seeing out of Oakland and Beast Mode. One of the more fun players in the league is back in his hometown, and he’s doing what he wants in everything around him.
When the Raiders were up 35-13, Lynch danced like nobody was watching, as the Oakland crowd cheered him on while he danced to Keek da Sneak’s Super Hyphy and Oakland, featuring Vell and DJ Mustard.