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  • Colts' Vinatieri trying to clear 'demons,' didn't consider retiring
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri is working to clear the "demons" from his head amid a rocky stretch, but he told reporters Tuesday he has not considered retiring, contrary to speculation in recent days.

    • Speculation about his possible retirement mounted after Sunday's game -- in which Vinatieri missed two extra points -- when the kicker declined to speak to the media but said they would "hear from me" on Monday, normally the players' off-day. The 46-year-old said Tuesday that conclusions drawn from the interaction were incorrect.

      "Quite frankly, for two decades, we've always had open locker rooms on a Monday, and granted our schedule has changed now as of last year," Vinatieri said. "So when I walked out saying I'll talk to you guys on Monday, I just needed a little bit more time. Like I said, none of us should assume stuff.

      "... I want some time to clear my mind. All the nasty, crazy rumors then got out there."

      Instead, the 24th-year veteran is focused on shaking his cold streak, which includes seven missed kicks in his last three games, dating back to January.

      "I'm going to work a lot this week to get those demons out so I can go clear-headed, step on the field and just do my job," Vinatieri said. "I think anybody that has a bad game, or, I don't know, I guess if you go out golfing and you hook a couple balls, are you thinking about it until you get it figured out?

      "... I'll spend some time this week working those out."

      Vinatieri, who turns 47 in December, missed two field goals -- including a 29-yarder -- and an extra point in the season-opening overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also missed a 23-yard field goal and an extra point in the Colts' divisional playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in January.

      Head coach Frank Reich has repeatedly supported Vinatieri, telling reporters on Monday, "Adam is our kicker. We have zero concern. He's not only our kicker, he's a key leader on our team."

      Vinatieri told reporters he is "plenty healthy" and has been watching film closely as he tries to fix his issues.

      The Colts (2-0) host the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Kaepernick's agent working the phones
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Colin Kaepernick's agent has reportedly been working the phones during a rough week for NFL quarterbacks.

    • "Colin is literally in the best shape of his life," a source close to Kaepernick told SNY on Tuesday. "He's been working out five days a week at 5 a.m. for three years. He wants to play, and his agent has been contacting teams in need of a quarterback."

      The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets are all dealing with injuries to their starters this week, and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost their starter in Week 1.

      Kaepernick, 31, passed for 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 69 games for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-16.

      Kaepernick reached an undisclosed settlement in February with the NFL after filing a lawsuit alleging collusion by NFL teams to keep him out of the league because of his activism, including kneeling during the national anthem before games while playing with the 49ers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: OT Wynn 'week-to-week as Patriots sign Benenoch
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    New England Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn is "week-to-week" with turf toe, and the team is signing lineman Caleb Benenoch, according to two reports from NFL Network on Tuesday.

    • Wynn reportedly had an MRI exam on Monday after leaving Sunday's win against the Miami Dolphins in the first half. He is now expected to miss some time, although it's unclear how long.

      Benenoch, 25, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, having played as a reserve in Week 1. He started all 16 games at right guard for the Bucs in 2018, allowing nine sacks and committing seven penalties, according to STATS LLC. He also played in 13 games, including five starts at right tackle, in 2017, allowing four sacks and committing two penalties.

      According to NFL Network, Benenoch had nine teams request to work him out after his release from Tampa Bay, but he wanted to play for Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

      The Patriots were already without right tackle Marcus Cannon (shoulder) entering Week 2's game in Miami, which thrust recent signee Marshall Newhouse into the lineup. After Wynn was hurt, Newhouse moved to left tackle while Korey Cunningham -- acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason -- entered at right tackle.

      Left guard Joe Thuney was also banged up during the game, leaving for six snaps. The Patriots were already without longtime starting center David Andrews, who was ruled out for the season due to blood clots in his lungs.

      Wynn, 22, was a first-round pick in 2018 out of Georgia. He missed all of his rookie campaign with a torn Achilles before earning the starting job at left tackle this preseason.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars CB Ramsey to play Thursday vs. Titans
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Cornerback Jalen Ramsey plans to play as normal in Thursday night's game at Tennessee -- assuming he is still a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    • "Right now I'm still a part of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I'm happy about that," said Ramsey, whose agent confirmed Monday that the cornerback requested a trade. "I'm getting ready for the game as well. That's where my focus is right now."

      Defensive coordinator Todd Wash also expects Ramsey to play as normal, saying the cornerback has been preparing like he does every week.

      "He's a competitor, so if he's in our building and all that stuff, we anticipate he's going to play and play well," Wash said. "That's just who Jalen is."

      Meeting reporters Tuesday, Ramsey declined to acknowledge his trade request directly or discuss the reasons behind it, citing a desire to avoid being a distraction to his teammates.

      "I'm gonna let God do his work, let my agent do his work and everybody gonna work it out," he said.

      One thing Ramsey did address was how the trade request got out into the media, which he emphasized he was not responsible for.

      "I didn't leak that information," Ramsey said. "Me and my agent, we are not the ones who leaked that information. And I was very strict about that, because I did not want it to get out, and I didn't want to be a distraction.

      "... Y'all need to ask the other side, or whoever."

      Pressed about his reasoning behind wanting out of Jacksonville, Ramsey mostly deflected questions, saying repeatedly that he had "nothing bad or negative to say at all about anybody in this building." He also emphasized that he loves the city of Jacksonville and its fans.

      "I want to f---ing win," Ramsey said. "Straight up. Excuse my language, but s--it, everybody know that. That's who I am, that passion, that fire, that heart. ... I'm gonna continue giving that as long as I'm here."

      Asked if the lack of a contract extension was a factor, Ramsey replied, "Oh I don't care about that. God gonna work that out."

      According to various reports, multiple teams have already offered the Jaguars packages including a first-round pick for the All-Pro cornerback, but it's unclear how quickly a deal might materialize.

      "Obviously we want the best for Jalen, but selfishly I want him to be a Jaguar forever," Wash told reporters.

      Head coach Doug Marrone, who got into a heated exchange with Ramsey on the sideline during Sunday's 13-12 loss at Houston, will meet reporters later Tuesday. Ramsey said the two have not spoken.

      Ramsey, 24, has started all 50 games since being drafted fifth overall in 2016. He has nine career interceptions and 202 tackles (178 solo) in his career.

      Ramsey earns a base salary this season of $3.6 million, which jumps to $13.7 million next year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets QB Siemian (ankle) out for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian is out for the season with a left ankle injury and likely will need surgery, coach Adam Gase announced Tuesday.

    • Siemian, filling in for ill starter Sam Darnold, was injured in the second quarter of Monday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns. The New York Daily News reported he had ligament damage but did not break his ankle.

      A somber Gase announced last Thursday that Darnold had mononucleosis and declared Siemian the starter. Now, he will turn to second-year player Luke Falk, who had been elevated from the practice squad after Darnold was sidelined. The Tennessee Titans selected Falk in the sixth round of the 2018 draft.

      Darnold won't play on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and the Jets have a bye the following week. He is expected to miss three to seven weeks, depending on his recovery.

      Gase said Tuesday that Darnold was back at the team facility.

      "He's feeling better. ... The doctors are letting us know how to proceed with him," Gase said, per the Daily News.

      Gase told reporters on Tuesday that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (knee/hamstring) and linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) are on a week-to-week basis. Linebacker C.J. Mosley is day-to-day with a groin injury.

      The first-year Jets coach also addressed the status of cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who didn't see action in Monday night's 23-3 loss until late in the fourth quarter. In March 2018, Johnson signed a five-year $72.5 million contract with the Jets, $45 million of it guaranteed.

      "We just decided not to play him," Gase said, adding it wasn't for disciplinary measures.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars (0-2) host Titans while fighting inner hostility
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey showed up for training camp in a Brinks truck.

    • Based on his actions Monday, when he asked for a trade, it sounds like he'd prefer a moving van these days.

      "Right now," Ramsey said Tuesday afternoon, "I'm still a part of the Jacksonville Jaguars."

      And that may not even be the biggest issue facing coach Doug Marrone as he tries to get Jacksonville into the win column Thursday night against the visiting Tennessee Titans.

      Marrone's daring call to go for two points and the win Sunday at Houston backfired when running back Leonard Fournette was stopped inches short of the goal line after Gardner Minshew's 4-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark with 30 seconds left.

      "I loved the play," Marrone said. "I looked at it all week. At the end of the day, we just didn't get enough push up front. Really, when you look at it on film, I wish we were able to get more push. I'm sure the players did."

      The 13-12 defeat dropped the Jaguars to 0-2, making this game a must-win situation if they are to entertain hopes of contending for the AFC South title. And Marrone's sideline confrontation with Ramsey was arguably a bigger story Monday than the failed gambit at the end of the loss in Houston.

      Upset that a DeAndre Hopkins catch in the first quarter wasn't challenged, Ramsey had words with Marrone as he approached the Jacksonville sideline after the Texans' possession ended. Ramsey walked to the bench and Marrone followed him to continue the conversation.

      It got heated enough between the duo that safety Ronnie Harrison had to walk Marrone back toward the sideline. A day later, Marrone opted to shrug it off as a situation where emotions boiled over.

      "These things happen," he said. "They happen all the time; they really do. I think now they're a little bit more publicized, but ever since I played there's always stuff that goes on during the course of a game. These things occur."

      While the Jaguars spent the day after a loss marinating in controversy, Tennessee (1-1) licked its wounds from another loss to Indianapolis. A 19-17 defeat in Nashville was the Titans' 14th in 16 games against the Colts since December 2011.

      The Titans' defense did its part by allowing only 288 yards, forcing two turnovers and bagging three sacks. But their offense resembled a limp noodle on a sweltering Sunday in Nashville, managing just 242 total yards and giving up four sacks for the second straight week.

      Second-year coach Mike Vrabel hinted that quarterback Marcus Mariota could improve his pocket presence at times.

      "I think at times there were some examples where (his pocket presence) was good," Vrabel said. "There were times when the protection wasn't what we were looking for, and there were times when there was a pocket and we probably got out of there too soon."

      Mariota completed 19 of 28 passes, but for just 154 yards. No pass went longer than 25 yards as Tennessee failed to offer a downfield presence, a frequent problem since 2017.

      But the Titans have experienced success against Jacksonville, sweeping the season series the last two years. That includes a 30-9 win on Dec. 6 in which Derrick Henry set a franchise record with 238 rushing yards and tied an all-time NFL record with a 99-yard touchdown run.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Panthers QB Newton (foot) misses practice
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sat out practice on Tuesday after aggravating a foot injury, NFL Network reported.

    • Newton was rehabbing the injury as his teammates practiced. The 30-year-old quarterback sprained his left foot in a preseason game last month against the New England Patriots.

      The Panthers are off to an 0-2 start and will travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals (0-1-1) on Sunday. His status is unclear.

      Newton was 25-of-51 passing for 333 yards in a loss last Thursday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was sacked three times and lost a fumble.

      On the season, he has no touchdown passes and an interception.

      Coach Ron Rivera was scheduled to address the media later Tuesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers sign QB Lynch to practice squad
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Former first-round pick Paxton Lynch was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad on Tuesday.

    • The Steelers are in need of depth at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger headed to elbow surgery and injured reserve. Mason Rudolph was elevated from backup to starter but Pittsburgh had only two quarterbacks on the roster, having traded Joshua Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The Steelers drafted Rudolph, from Oklahoma State, in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

      For now, Rudolph will be backed up by undrafted Devlin Hodges, who was promoted from the practice squad. Hodges, 23, played college football at Samford.

      Rudolph will make his first career start Sunday at San Francisco. He completed 12 of 19 passes in Week 2, falling just short in a comeback bid against the Seattle Seahawks.

      Lynch spent training camp with the Seahawks. He was a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2016 out of Memphis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chiefs RB McCoy's MRI shows 'no significant' ankle injury
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    An MRI exam on LeSean McCoy's ankle showed the Kansas City Chiefs running back sustained "no significant damage," NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday.

    • The 31-year-old veteran suffered the injury late in Kansas City's 28-10 victory Sunday at Oakland. He was ineffective against the Raiders, rushing 11 times for 23 yards and catching three passes for no gain.

      McCoy rushed 10 times for 81 yards and caught a 12-yard pass during the season-opening 40-26 victory at Jacksonville.

      He could be available to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens (2-0) in the home opener for the 2-0 Chiefs.

      The Chiefs signed the six-time Pro Bowl selection to a one-year, $4 million deal on Sept. 1 after he was released by the Buffalo Bills.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants bench Eli, name rookie Jones as starting QB
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur named Daniel Jones as the team's starting quarterback for Week 3, sending Eli Manning to the backup role after an 0-2 start to the 2019 season.

    • "Eli and I spoke this morning," Shurmur said Tuesday. "I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday."

      The Giants play the Buccaneers (1-1) on Sunday in Tampa to kick off the Jones Era.

      Manning, 38, won two Super Bowls with the Giants and was the top overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. The Giants acquired Manning from the Chargers on draft day for Philip Rivers. Of the last 245 games the Giants have played with Manning, including 12 in the playoffs, Manning has started 244 times.

      Shurmur planted the seed for a change on Monday, when he said all positions were going to be reviewed.

      The Giants lost at home to Buffalo on Sunday after dropping the opener to the Dallas Cowboys.

      Manning completed 56 of 89 passes for 556 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions through two games.

      Jones, 22, was selected with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He sparkled in the preseason, setting up a potential in-season conflict with Manning. Jones was 29-for-34 passing for 416 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions over four preseason games.

      "Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time," Shurmur said. "I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli."

      Jones will pair with 2018 first-round pick Saquon Barkley in the backfield on Sunday, bringing the projected future core of the team to the present.

      Barkley did not directly discuss the quarterback situation on Monday but said the team needed to get "back to playing Giants football."

      Manning said Sunday he was disappointed the team was 0-2 and took his share of the blame for not getting the job done despite the offense averaging 420 yards per game. The Giants have only four touchdowns this season.

      "When you're 0-2, there's pressure on everybody. You can't have that affect you. I've got to make better throws, better plays, find ways to convert on third downs. That's the quarterback's job," Manning said Sunday.

      Jones could be tasked with moving the ball against the Buccaneers without several top receivers. Golden Tate has two games remaining on his season-opening suspension, Sterling Shepard (concussion protocol) was out last week and Cody Latimer left the loss to the Bills with a concussion.

      --Field Level Media

  • Steelers acquire DB Fitzpatrick from Dolphins for draft picks
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    Minkah Fitzpatrick got his wish, and the Miami Dolphins landed another first-round pick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.

    • Fitzpatrick was traded to the Steelers for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2020 fifth-round pick and a 2021 sixth-round pick . As part of the return, the Steelers also will get the Dolphins' 2020 fourth-round pick and a 2021 seventh-round pick.

      The 0-2 Dolphins have traded multiple starters for draft selections since breaking training camp and appear to be full steam ahead on a rebuild under first-year general manager Chris Grier and first-time head coach Brian Flores.

      "We are very excited to add Minkah to our defense," Steelers general manager and vice president Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "We had him rated very high during the 2018 NFL draft process and we thought that he could be an impact player in this league."

      Fitzpatrick, 22, requested a trade because his role changed week to week under Flores, including playing strong safety. Fitzpatrick was critical of the team's plan to play him as an in-the-box defender instead of in coverage.

      The Steelers will have Fitzpatrick under contract for the rest of this season and three more, should they choose, and at below-market rates for a highly regarded defensive back. Fitzpatrick has salaries of $1.9 million in 2020, $2.7 million in 2021 and a fifth-year option in 2022.

      Miami is setting itself up to be a major player in upcoming drafts. The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-rounders in 2020. They also have two first-rounders and two second-rounders in 2021.

      --Field Level Media

  • Beckham sports $2M watch, gets benched by NFL for visor
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    The ongoing cat-and-mouse game between the NFL and Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reached new heights on Monday night ... in terms of money and playing time.

    • A week after playing a game while wearing a wristwatch reportedly valued at $350,000, Beckham wore no such watch during Monday night's game against the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

      Instead, before the game, Beckham stepped onto the MetLife Stadium turf for warmups wearing something that put his Week 1 watch to shame. ESPN cameras caught him sporting a metallic and clear watch, which looked just like the Richard Mille RM 56-02 Tourbillon Sapphire. There are only 10 in existence ... and they are valued at more than $2 million each.

      Unrelated to jewelry, the NFL still found fault with Beckham on Monday, sending him to the sideline after an amazing first-quarter catch set up a first-and-goal.

      Officials reportedly told Browns coach Freddie Kitchens that Beckham's gold-tinted visor was in violation of the league's rule that permits players to wear only clear visors. Kitchens was told to remove Beckham from the game so the visor could be changed out.

      By the time the new visor was in place, however, Beckham missed a third-and-goal play, and the Browns settled for a field goal.

      Beckham ultimately got the last laugh, though, as his visor allowed him to see a pass from Baker Mayfield and take it 89 yards for the final touchdown in the Browns' 23-3 win. It was the longest reception in Beckham's six-year career.

      "All I want is it to be fair around the league. If you're going to tell me to do something, do it for everybody else," Beckham said during a postgame interview on ESPN. "You let people stay in the game on 'Monday Night Football' with gold visors, everybody else has tinted visors, and you pull me off and it hurts my team, and I hurt my team on third-and-goal.

      "You can warn me, do something, but don't pull me off on third-and-goal. All I want is it to be fair. I just want to play football."

      During the Browns' season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 8, Beckham wore a Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Flyback Chronograph watch. A day later, the NFL reportedly called the Browns and informed them Beckham could no longer wear the watch during games as it violated the league's rule "prohibiting hard objects."

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Roethlisberger lost for season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

    A painful Sunday led to a sobering Monday for some of the NFL's biggest names, and nowhere was the news more sobering than in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers learned starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss the remainder of the season.

    • While the team did not disclose the exact nature of the injury, coach Mike Tomlin said through a statement that an MRI exam on Roethlisberger's right elbow Sunday night revealed an injury that would require surgery -- a surgery which will happen this week and end the quarterback's season.

      Roethlisberger left the game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second quarter, grabbing his right elbow after a throw. The Steelers lost 28-26 at home and are 0-2 to start the season for only the second time in Roethlisberger's 16-year career.

      Mason Rudolph entered the game and completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns. He will now start in Roethlisberger's place.

      --The other major quarterback injury was to New Orleans' Drew Brees, who sustained an injury to a thumb ligament when his hand was hit by Los Angeles defensive tackle Aaron Donald as he threw a pass.

      The NFL Network reported Monday that Brees will undergo surgery to repair the ligament in his right thumb and could miss six weeks, but Saints coach Sean Payton said on a conference call later in the day that Brees was seeking a second opinion and the Saints had no news to report on his status.

      Teddy Bridgewater replaced Brees and will start this weekend in Seattle. He was 17 of 30 for 165 yards in the 27-9 loss.

      In other injury news ...

      --Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian sustained an ankle injury and exited the field midway through the second quarter of New York's Monday night game against the Cleveland Browns. Third-stringer Luke Falk took his place. .... Steelers starting running back James Conner told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that he was confident he would play next Sunday in San Francisco after injuring his knee against Seattle.

      --Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup reportedly needs arthroscopic surgery to trim the meniscus in his left knee and will miss 2-4 weeks. ... Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee sustained a chest injury that resulted in his coughing up blood in a hospital, Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed to reporters. McVay said Higbee has a lung contusion and is day to day.

      --Los Angeles Chargers safety Adrian Phillips will go on injured reserve and be lost for a "significant amount of time" because of a broken right forearm, coach Anthony Lynn said. ... Kansas City running back LeSean McCoy was reportedly set to undergo an MRI exam on his ankle after suffering an injury late in a 28-10 win in Oakland.

      --Philadelphia defensive tackle Tim Jernigan reportedly suffered a foot injury, with NFL Network saying the injury could cost him "roughly a month" while Pro Football Talk said the foot is broken and Jernigan could be out for the year. ... New England Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn will reportedly have an MRI exam for a toe injury suffered after playing just 11 snaps.

      As for players looking to find new teams ...

      --The Miami Dolphins traded disgruntled defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first-round draft pick, multiple media outlets reported. That would give the Dolphins three first-round picks in the 2020 draft, adding to their own and the one they acquired from the Houston Texans in the trade involving tackle Laremy Tunsil in late August.

      --The agent for Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey has asked the Jaguars to trade him, multiple outlets reported. The request comes after the 2017 All-Pro got into a sideline argument with coach Doug Marrone during a 13-12 loss at Houston.

      --Disgruntled Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton -- a 2017 first-round pick -- tweeted "Free me" to the Cowboys, a day after he was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

      Around the league ...

      --The attorney for Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown denied a new claim of sexual misconduct against his client that surfaced in a Sports Illustrated report. The story also includes accusations of a charity auction theft, multiple domestic incidents and a number of unpaid debts. ... New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur did not commit to Eli Manning as his starting quarterback for Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones waiting in the wings.

      --Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith planned to play Monday night, just five days after his girlfriend Petara Cordero was killed on a highway in Cleveland. ... Indianapolis coach Frank Reich is sticking with kicker Adam Vinatieri, despite the 46-year-old kicker missing five total kicks in two games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Dolphins trade DB Fitzpatrick to Steelers
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    The Miami Dolphins traded disgruntled defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 first-round draft pick, multiple media outlets reported Monday night.

    • If true, that would give the Dolphins three first-round picks in the 2020 draft, adding to their own and the one they acquired from the Houston Texans in the trade involving tackle Laremy Tunsil in late August. Miami also holds two first-round picks in 2021 and multiple second-round picks in each of the next two drafts.

      Fitzpatrick reportedly was allowed to seek a trade, and agent Joel Segal had contacted a number of teams. The 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft apparently has been unhappy with playing multiple positions. The Dolphins used Fitzpatrick at cornerback, nickel cornerback and safety.

      Before the reports of the deal emerged, media reports indicated that Miami's potential trade partners included Dallas, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington.

      In August, Fitzpatrick's mother ripped the Dolphins via Twitter for playing her son out of position. Melissa Fitzpatrick said Minkah was being incorrectly used at strong safety.

      After a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that day, Minkah Fitzpatrick said his mother was right.

      "She feels very strongly. She's not wrong," Fitzpatrick said. "Coach has asked me to do something right now. I got to do what they ask me to do. If we have to have some discussions in the future, we'll have those discussions. I'm not 215 pounds, 220 pounds. So playing in the box isn't best suited for me, but that's what Coach is asking me to do."

      The Dolphins (0-2) have been accused of tanking this season after trading away many veteran players, including Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills in the Texans trade and linebacker Kiko Alonso to the New Orleans Saints.

      The Steelers are off to an 0-2 start, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season due to a right elbow injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets' Siemian (ankle) reportedly headed for MRI
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian sustained an ankle injury and exited the field midway through the second quarter of New York's Monday night game against the Cleveland Browns, and he didn't return to action.

    • The Jets announced in-game that Siemian's ankle ailment was being evaluated. After the Jets' 23-3 loss, multiple media outlets reported that Siemian will undergo an MRI exam Tuesday.

      Siemian was injured when he was hit by Browns defensive Myles Garrett after throwing a deep incompletion in East Rutherford, N.J. Siemian's toes pressed into the turf and his left leg twisted as he felt the brunt of the weight of his lower body plus Garrett's body weight falling on him.

      Siemian was able to walk off the field and soon was taken into the locker room for observation. He had completed 3 of 6 passes for 3 yards.

      Garrett tweeted postgame, "I want to wish @TrevorSiemian a speedy recovery. We put our bodies on the line every single snap, and I wouldn't wish an injury on anyone."

      Luke Falk, a former star quarterback at Washington State, replaced Siemian and finished 20 of 25 for 198 yards.

      Siemian started Monday because Sam Darnold was out due to mononucleosis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Saints' Anzalone to IR; DE Granderson activated
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    The New Orleans Saints placed middle linebacker Alex Anzalone on injured reserve Monday due to an unspecified injury.

    • The Saints filled the roster vacancy by activating undrafted rookie defensive end Carl Granderson. He was recently released from jail following a 43-day stay related to a sexual battery case.

      Anzalone played in all 16 games (seven starts) last season with 59 tackles (45 solo), two sacks, an interception and three forced fumbles. As a rookie in 2017, he was limited to four games (all starts) due to a shoulder injury. During his college career at Florida, he was plagued by shoulder ailments.

      The Saints previously had been granted a roster exemption for Granderson. As part of the exemption, which was lifted Monday, the Saints had a two-week window to decide whether to keep Granderson on the roster. The 22-year-old was able to attend meetings and practice during that period.

      Granderson had been charged with touching two women while they slept at his apartment in 2018 when he was a senior at Wyoming.

      He reached a plea deal in July, accepting lesser charges of sexual battery and unlawful contact, that he thought would allow him to avoid jail time. However, the deal was rejected by a district judge, who sentenced Granderson to six months in jail.

      Another district judge subsequently allowed Granderson to be freed from jail early, suspending the remainder of the sentence and placing him on supervised probation.

      --Field Level Media

  • Unhappy Jags CB Ramsey requests trade
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Jacksonville cornerback Jalen Ramsey, through his agent, has asked the Jaguars to trade him, according to multiple reports Monday.

    • Ramsey's request comes after he and coach Doug Marrone got into a sideline argument during Jacksonville's 13-12 road loss Sunday to the Houston Texans.

      The 2017 All-Pro cornerback apparently was not happy that the team did not use a challenge flag on a first-half reception by Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Marrone said Monday.

      Ramsey and Marrone had to be separated by players, with Jaguars safety Ronnie Harrison managing to pull Marrone away from Ramsey before things escalated further.

      Marrone said the team does not plan any discipline against Ramsey.

      "These things happen," Marrone said. "They happen all the time; they really do. I think now they're a little bit more publicized, but ever since I played there's always stuff that goes on during the course of a game. Those things occur."

      ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Jaguars had talked with teams about Ramsey and are asking for at least one first-round pick in return for the two-time Pro Bowl player.

      Ramsey, 24, has started all 50 games since being drafted fifth overall in 2016. He has nine career interceptions and 202 tackles (178 solo) in his career.

      Ramsey earns a base salary this season of $3.6 million, which jumps to $13.7 million next year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chargers S Phillips (broken forearm) to go on IR
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Los Angeles Chargers safety Adrian Phillips will be lost for a "significant amount of time" and put on injured reserve with a broken right forearm, coach Anthony Lynn said Monday.

    • Phillips suffered the injury while attempting to tackle Detroit running back Kerryon Johnson during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 13-10 road loss. Phillips moved into the starting spot after Derwin James had surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot midway through training camp.

      Lynn said Phillips could return later in the season, although the player will miss at least eight weeks while on IR.

      Phillips, who is in his sixth year, has 13 tackles through the first two games. He was an All-Pro selection last year for special teams after leading the league with 19 tackles.

      "AP's like a coach on the field," Lynn said. "His versatility is huge."

      The Chargers (1-1) will host the Houston Texans (1-1) on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Attorney: Brown denies new sexual misconduct claim
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has denied a new claim of sexual misconduct, according to his attorney on Monday.

    • Darren Heitner took to Twitter Monday to write, "Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities. There will be no further comment at this time."

      The female artist who made the claim was working in Brown's western Pennsylvania home in 2017.

      The latest allegations were made in a Sports Illustrated story that also mentions accusations of a charity auction theft, multiple domestic incidents and a number of unpaid debts.

      Britney Taylor, the woman accusing Brown of rape and sexual assault and bringing a civil suit against him, was expected to meet with the NFL on Monday. She reportedly provided information to the league in advance of the meeting.

      ESPN also reported Brown turned down a $2 million settlement before the suit was filed.

      The Sports Illustrated article published Monday detailed a charity softball game that Brown agreed to host in 2017 to benefit the National Youth Foundation. That event also included an auction with a portrait of Brown that he agreed to purchase before becoming friends with the artist.

      According to SI, the wide receiver invited the artist to his home to create another piece of artwork, and provided a van for transportation. On the second day there, the unnamed artist, who requested anonymity before speaking about Brown, "was in a kneeling position while painting and turned to find Brown behind her, naked, holding a small hand towel over his genitals." The artist continued painting, but "after that, it all ended abruptly," she told SI.

      The report indicated the artist received $2,000 from Brown, who didn't contact her after the incident. The woman did not plan to file charges or receive renumeration, though Brown's behavior troubled her, SI reported.

      Regarding other incidents involving Brown, SI interviewed more than two dozen people who he knew through being employed by him, or as coach and player. Some -- but not all -- have taken legal action against him, according to SI.

      --Field Level Media

  • Colts' Reich on Vinatieri: 'Adam is our kicker'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich reiterated his faith in Adam Vinatieri on Monday, one day after the 46-year-old kicker missed at least two attempts for the second straight game.

    • "Adam is our kicker," Reich said, per The Athletic. "We have zero concern. He's not only our kicker, he's a key leader on our team."

      Reich added Vinatieri will kick for the Colts (1-1) against the Atlanta Falcons (1-1) on Sunday.

      Vinatieri misfired on two extra points in Indianapolis' 19-17 win over Tennessee on Sunday. He missed two field goals and an extra point in the previous week of an overtime setback to the Los Angeles Chargers.

      Vinatieri didn't take questions from reporters, saying, "You'll hear from me (Monday)." When reminded reporters don't see players on Mondays, Vinatieri replied, "Yeah, you will."

      That spurred speculation the NFL's all-time leading scorer planned to retire.

      --Field Level Media

  • Police: Colts aide Frazier's home mistakenly targeted
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    A Mother's Day shooting in which the home of Indianapolis Colts assistant coach Parks Frazier was hit by more than 70 rounds has been ruled a case of mistaken identity, Indianapolis police reported Monday.

    • Police have arrested a 20-year-old Indianapolis man in connection to the May 12 shooting.

      Nobody was hurt in the shooting, which detectives investing the incident indicated came about because of "a feud with known suspects." Detectives have indicated that the house was mistakenly targeted and Frazier was not involved in the feud.

      No residents were home when the incident occurred.

      Witnesses told police that eight young men jumped out of three separate vehicles and fired more than 70 shots that evening. A report on WTHR-TV also said the back door of the home was kicked in and more shots were fired inside.

      According to the police report, handgun and rifle casings were found in the street as well as a cell phone that may have been dropped at the scene.

      Frazier, 27, joined the Indianapolis staff in April 2018 as an assistant to head coach Frank Reich.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Cowboys WR Gallup (knee) out 2-4 weeks
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup needs arthroscopic surgery to trim his meniscus and will miss 2-4 weeks, according to multiple reports Monday.

    • Gallup suffered the injury to his left knee during Sunday's 31-21 win at Washington after catching six passes for 68 yards. An MRI revealed the extent of the injury.

      "No structural damage besides the meniscus tear, so the return should be quick," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport tweeted.

      Gallup, 23, set career highs with seven catches and 158 yards in the season-opening win against the New York Giants.

      A 2018 third-round pick, Gallup appeared in all 16 games as a rookie and tallied 33 receptions for 507 yards and two touchdowns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Disgruntled DE Charlton to Cowboys: 'Free me'
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Disgruntled Dallas defensive end Taco Charlton has apparently tired of waiting around, tweeting "Free me" to the Cowboys on Monday.

    • The former first-round pick has been a healthy scratch for the Cowboys' first two games in his third NFL season.

      Cowboys executive Stephen Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan on Monday that the team prefers the position flexibility of rookie Joe Jackson over Charlton, prompting the latter's response on social media.

      Charlton, 24, has been the subject of trade talks for several weeks, according to multiple reports.

      The 28th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Charlton tallied four sacks and 46 tackles in 27 games (seven starts) in his first two seasons with Dallas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets promote QB Falk as backup
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    The New York Jets promoted quarterback Luke Falk from their practice squad to back up Trevor Siemian for Monday night's game against the Cleveland Browns.

    • Falk, a second-year player out of Washington State, was waived by the Jets at the end of camp but was re-signed to the practice squad the next day. The Jets initially acquired him off waivers from the Miami Dolphins in May.

      Falk, a sixth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2018, has not appeared in an NFL game.

      In a corresponding move, the team waived safety Bennett Jackson.

      Jets starting quarterback Sam Darnold is suffering from mononucleosis and is expected to miss between three to seven weeks, according to NFL Network.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns' Smith to play vs. Jets after death of girlfriend
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 16, 2019

    Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith plans to play with a heavy heart during Monday night's game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.

    • Smith will take the field five days after his girlfriend Petara Cordero was killed on a highway in Cleveland. Cordero, who had a daughter -- Haven -- with Smith last month, was 26.

      "I am going to play tonight because it is something, she would want me to do," Smith said in a statement. "She would want me to keep doing what I love and stay strong. I play for her tonight. She is my why."

      Smith had pulled over early Wednesday morning after his vehicle, a 2019 Lamborghini, blew a tire and hit the median. Cordero exited the car and was standing on the road's shoulder when a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old woman smashed into the passenger side of Smith's car.

      Cordero was taken to Cleveland Clinic-Fairview Hospital and was pronounced dead.

      Smith, 27, is in his second season with the Browns after spending three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2014-16) and one with the Cincinnati Bengals (2017).

      --Field Level Media