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  • Bowlen's daughter eyes Broncos ownership one day
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Brittany Bowlen, daughter of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, told attendees at a fundraiser Saturday that she indeed has aspirations to one day take over the team her family has run for more than three decades.

    • "I do have ambitions and goals to one day become the controlling owner of the Denver Broncos, and I'll keep working toward those goals," Brittany Bowlen told reporters while co-hosting the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show in Denver to benefit the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. "I'm not there yet, but I really believe I can get there."

      Pat Bowlen relinquished day-to-day control of the club in 2014, acknowledging at the time he had Alzheimer's disease. A three-person trust headed by team president/CEO Joe Ellis has run the club since. Ellis in July said that Brittany Bowlen, 28, had "expressed an interest" to him in one day becoming controlling owner.

      She currently works for consulting firm McKinsey and Company, gathering experience with an eye on taking over the team her family bought in 1984 and has led to seven Super Bowl appearances and three championships. She also was an analyst in the Broncos' business department in 2015 and worked in the NFL's junior rotational program in New York.

      Bowlen began working full-time at McKinsey and Company in July, after completing an internship there last year. At the time Ellis said, "She's going to get some incredible business experience there from strategic management through marketing, finance and overall management perspective when they work on case studies and stuff."

      "We're not anointing anybody (the next owner) or anything like that, but she certainly has expressed an interest and she knows it's going to take some time for her to get ready," Ellis continued. "She's not ready yet. She's admitted that to us, obviously. We'll see where it goes, but she has expressed an interest."

      At the time, Ellis said the trust would not rush into any decision about naming an owner.

      Back in May, another of Pat Bowlen's children, Beth Bowlen Wallace, said she was interested in taking over control of the club. At the time, however, the trust issued a statement that Bowlen Wallace "is not capable or qualified at this time" of running the club.

      In June of this year, Pat Bowlen's wife Annabel announced she, too, has Alzheimer's disease. Brittany Bowlen is one of five children of Pat and Annabel Bowlen. Bowlen Wallace is one of two children Pat Bowlen had with his first wife, Sally Parker.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: Gronk's chances of playing Sunday look grim
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, the team announced Saturday evening.

    • ESPN reported earlier in the day that Gronkowski did not travel with his teammates to Chicago and was "highly unlikely" to play.

      Gronkowski has been limited in practice throughout the week because of ankle and back injuries. He was originally listed as questionable for Sunday's game along with nine others. Three of those others -- defensive ends Geneo Grissom and John Simon, along with tight end Jacob Hollister -- were downgraded to out on Saturday.

      The 29-year-old Gronkowski has battled injury issues throughout his career. He missed 10 regular-season games from 2016-17 but has yet to miss one this season. In six games this season, Gronkowski has 26 catches for 405 yards and one touchdown while playing 91 percent of snaps. He has hauled in 77 touchdown passes in 108 career games.

      --The Los Angeles Chargers downgraded standout running back Melvin Gordon to questionable due to a hamstring injury, promoting rookie running back Detrez Newsome from the practice squad and releasing linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee a day before the team plays Tennessee in London.

      ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Gordon "will most likely be a game-time decision" for the 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff. If Gordon can't play, Austin Ekeler would become the primary back. Ekeler has 263 rushing yards -- he is averaging 6.4 per carry, second in the NFL among qualified leaders -- and has caught three touchdown passes.

      --The New York Jets are set to release wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Pryor has been hampered by a slight groin tear and has been limited to 14 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns through the first six games.

      A quarterback in college, the converted wide receiver has 113 catches for 1,546 yards and seven touchdowns over 49 career games. Pryor had five catches for 57 yards and a score in a Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts, and Schefter did report the Jets are interested in bringing Pryor back when he is healthy.

      --The Jacksonville Jaguars placed rookie offensive tackle Will Richardson on injured reserve and activated running back Carlos Hyde, a day after acquiring Hyde from the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick in 2019.

      The Jaguars traded for Hyde due to the season-long hamstring woes of standout running back Leonard Fournette, who has played in parts of only two games. Current starter T.J. Yeldon is bothered by a sore ankle, and original third-stringer Corey Grant (foot) is on injured reserve.

      --Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $112,000 for multiple illegal hits made against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday in Cincinnati.

      In 11 NFL seasons, Burfict has been fined more than $415,000, in addition to two suspensions totaling six games, including a three-game suspension for a hit on the Steelers' Brown in a playoff game following the 2015 season.

      --The Houston Texans have activated safety Andre Hal, the next step in his inspirational return to football after a successful battle with Hodgkin lymphoma.

      Hal, 26, had been on the non-football illness since his diagnosis in early June. He announced last month that his cancer was in remission and he returned to practice on Wednesday.

      --The San Francisco 49ers released quarterback Tom Savage and gave that spot on the 53-man roster to Tyvis Powell, a defensive back who is being promoted from the practice squad. Powell could provide depth in the secondary this weekend as the 49ers prepare to host the high-powered Los Angeles Rams.

      Savage, 28, was signed on Tuesday but lasted less than a week with the 49ers. San Francisco will stick with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens as its top two signal-callers. In 13 career games (nine starts), all of which were with the Houston Texans, Savage passed for 2,000 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. His teams went 2-7 in games in which he started.

      --Field Level Media

  • 49ers part ways with QB Savage
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    The San Francisco 49ers released quarterback Tom Savage on Saturday.

    • To replace Savage's spot on the 53-man roster, the 49ers promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell from the practice squad. Powell could provide depth in the secondary this weekend as the 49ers prepare to host the high-powered Los Angeles Rams.

      Savage, 28, was signed on Tuesday but lasted less than a week with the 49ers. San Francisco will stick with C.J. Beathard and Nick Mullens as its top two signal-callers.

      In 13 career games (nine starts), all of which were with the Houston Texans, Savage passed for 2,000 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. His teams went 2-7 in games in which he started.

      Powell, an Ohio State product, has appeared in 13 games in parts of three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and 49ers. He has nine tackles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texans activate cancer-free safety Hal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    The Houston Texans activated safety Andre Hal on Saturday, the next step in his inspirational return to football after a successful battle with Hodgkin lymphoma.

    • Hal, 26, had been on the non-football illness since his diagnosis in early June. He announced last month that his cancer was in remission and he returned to practice on Wednesday.

      He is on the active roster for Sunday's game at Jacksonville.

      Hal was selected by the Texans in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. He has appeared in 61 games with the Texans (38 starts) and has nine career interceptions.

      To make room for Hal, Houston waived second-year linebacker Daeshon Hall.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bengals' Burfict fined $112K for hits vs. Steelers
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $112,000 for multiple illegal hits made against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday's game in Cincinnati.

    • Two of the hits came in the third quarter: One an elbow to the helmet of Steelers wideout Antonio Brown while he was already wrapped up by two Bengals; the other a helmet-to-helmet blow with his head lowered against running back James Conner, who managed to keep his feet despite the hit.

      Several Pittsburgh players expressed anger at the hit on Brown, with tackle Marcus Gilbert calling for significant punishment.

      "That's pathetic. The NFL has to do something about that," Gilbert said. "A guy like that, going out there intentionally trying to hurt people, there's no need for that kind of playing in this league. It's sad. One of these days he'll grow up."

      In 11 NFL seasons, Burfict has been fined more than $415,000 in his career, in addition to two suspensions for six games, including a three-game suspension for a hit on Brown in a playoff game following the 2015 season.

      This is the 11th fine levied against Burfict. His most recent fine was $12,154 for kicking at Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in a game last October. That came after Burfict, one of the Bengals' captains, refused to shake hands with the Steelers' captains during the opening coin toss.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pats' Gronkowski downgraded to doubtful for Sunday
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was downgraded to doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, the team announced Saturday evening.

    • ESPN reported earlier in the day that Gronkowski did not travel with his teammates to Chicago and was "highly unlikely" to play.

      Gronkowski has been limited in practice throughout the week because of ankle and back injuries. He was originally listed as questionable for Sunday's game along with nine others. Three of those others -- defensive ends Geneo Grissom and John Simon, along with tight end Jacob Hollister -- were downgraded to out on Saturday.

      The 29-year-old Gronkowski has battled injury issues throughout his career. He missed 10 regular-season games from 2016-17 but has yet to miss one this year.

      Missing time this season could keep Gronkowski from reaching more than $4 million in contract incentives. He is due $109,375 for every game in which he is active, and he can earn up to $3.3 million more by hitting three of four benchmarks: playing 80-plus percent of the offensive snaps, making at least 70 catches, gaining at least 1,085 receiving yards or scoring at least nine touchdowns.

      In six games this season, Gronkowski has 26 catches for 405 yards and one touchdown while playing 91 percent of snaps. He has hauled in 77 touchdown passes in 108 career games.

      The Patriots (4-2) are tied with the Miami Dolphins for first place in the AFC East entering this weekend. They have scored at least 38 points in each of their past three games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chargers RB Gordon could sit out versus Titans
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    The Los Angeles Chargers could be without standout running back Melvin Gordon when they face the Tennessee Titans on Sunday in London.

    • The club downgraded Gordon's status to questionable on Saturday due to a hamstring injury. They also promoted rookie running back Detrez Newsome from the practice squad and released linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee.

      ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Gordon "will most likely be a game-time decision" for the 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff.

      Gordon was listed on Friday's injury report as a limited practice participant, but he wasn't given a status for Sunday's game.

      "I think it was just sore," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn told reporters of Gordon's injury after Friday's practice. "We had a long plane ride. He probably didn't drink enough water.

      "We were just being extra cautious with him and we just held him out."

      Gordon is having a strong season for the Chargers. He is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, has scored nine total touchdowns and leads the AFC with 745 yards from scrimmage (466 rushing, 279 receiving).

      If Gordon can't play, Austin Ekeler would become the primary back. Ekeler has 263 rushing yards -- he is averaging 6.4 per carry, second in the NFL among qualified leaders -- and has caught three touchdown passes.

      Justin Jackson (three carries) and Newsome (one) would be the backups.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets release WR Pryor
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    The New York Jets released wide receiver Terrelle Pryor on Saturday.

    • Wide receiver Deontay Burnett was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move.

      Pryor has been hampered by a slight groin tear and has been limited to 14 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns through the first six games.

      A quarterback in college, the converted wide receiver has 113 catches for 1,546 yards and seven touchdowns over 49 career games.

      The move is somewhat surprising as Pryor had five catches for 57 yards and a score in a Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

      Pryor joined the Jets on a one-year, $6 million free agent deal in March.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jags place OT Richardson on IR, activate RB Hyde
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    The Jacksonville Jaguars placed rookie offensive tackle Will Richardson on injured reserve and activated running back Carlos Hyde, the team announced Saturday.

    • Hyde was acquired from the Cleveland Browns on Friday for a fifth-round pick in next year's draft.

      The Jaguars traded for Hyde due to the season-long hamstring woes of standout running back Leonard Fournette, who has played in only parts of two games. Current starter T.J. Yeldon is bothered by a sore ankle and original third-stringer Corey Grant (foot) is on injured reserve.

      Hyde rushed for 382 yards and five touchdowns and caught six passes for 29 yards for the Browns this season.

      Richardson, who has a knee injury, was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. The fourth-round pick was active for one game this season but didn't play.

      --Field Level Media

  • Former Giants standout DT Modzelewski dies at 87
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Former New York Giants standout defensive tackle Dick Modzelewski has died, the team announced Saturday. He was 87.

    • Modzelewski died on Friday at his home in Eastlake, Ohio, outside Cleveland. A cause of death wasn't given.

      Modzelewski spent eight of his 14 NFL seasons with the Giants (1956-63) and played in six NFL championship games, winning one. He later played in two NFL title games with the Cleveland Browns (1964-66), also being part of one championship team.

      He began his career with the Washington Redskins (1953-54) and also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1955). He played in 180 regular-season games and never missed a contest.

      After his playing career, Dick Modzelewski spent 22 seasons as an NFL assistant coach. He served as interim head coach for Cleveland's final game of the 1977 season -- a 20-19 setback against the Seattle Seahawks.

      Modzelewski was a college star at Maryland and was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1993.

      --Field Level Media

  • Chargers downplay RB Gordon's injury listing
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon was mentioned on Friday's NFL injury report with a hamstring injury, but head coach Anthony Lynn downplayed the listing and hinted that Gordon would be on the field Sunday.

    • The Chargers are in London, where they will face the Tennessee Titans at Wembley Stadium.

      Gordon, who has rushed for 466 yards and six touchdowns and has 279 yards receiving and three more receiving scores in six games, was placed on the injury report when he was limited in practice on Friday.

      One sign of the Chargers' confidence that Gordon will play: He wasn't given a status designation, such as questionable.

      Lynn said Gordon's shortened practice was more likely due to symptoms of dehydration rather than the hamstring.

      "You know, I think it was just dehydration to be honest with you," Lynn said. "Eight-hour plane ride. He didn't drink enough water. So just playing the safe side today, and just kept him out of practice."

      The Chargers (4-2) will face the Titans (3-3) early Sunday morning Eastern time.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bears LB Mack (ankle) questionable vs. Pats
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack is listed as questionable because of an injured ankle for the team's showdown against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this Sunday.

    • Mack was listed as a limited practice participant on the Bears' Friday injury report after the star pass-rusher sat out workouts each of the previous two days.

      The 27-year-old two-time All-Pro injured his ankle during last week's loss at Miami. He played through the injury, but recorded only two tackles while not getting a sack for the first time this season.

      Mack already has five sacks and four forced fumbles in his first five games with the 3-2 Bears since his trade from Oakland shortly before the season began.

      Mack was joined by wide receiver Allen Robinson (groin) as Bears who returned to practice Friday and were pegged as questionable for Sunday. Cornerback Bryce Callahan (ankle) was also listed as questionable, although he sat out all of Friday's practice. Cornerback Marcus Cooper (hamstring) was declared doubtful.

      --Field Level Media

  • Redskins RB Peterson questionable for Cowboys
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    The Washington Redskins listed running back Adrian Peterson as questionable with a shoulder injury on Friday, but he is expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

    • Peterson said he feels much better than he did last week, when he labored through pregame preparations and rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries against the Carolina Panthers.

      Peterson, who has rushed for 339 yards on the season, also is bothered by a tender ankle.

      Washington ruled out Jamison Crowder (ankle) for the contest. Fellow receiver Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) and safety Troy Apke (hamstring) were listed as doubtful.

      "He's getting his knee checked out and still dealing with his shoulder," Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters of Richardson. "So, we're trying to get him some rest, see if he can do anything."

      Cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar (shin) and Danny Johnson (forearm), guard Shawn Lauvao (calf) and running back Chris Thompson (rib, knee) are listed as questionable.

      --Field Level Media

  • NFL notebook: With RB Fournette out, Jaguars acquire Hyde
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    With starting running back Leonard Fournette ruled out for his third straight game and limited to just 20 carries this season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have acquired Carlos Hyde from the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round draft pick.

    • Fournette suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener against the New York Giants and missed the next two games. He aggravated it in Week 4 when he returned to play against the New York Jets. Fournette's backup, T.J. Yeldon, also has been fighting injuries and the Jaguars lost Corey Grant with a foot injury.

      A product of Ohio State, Hyde was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Browns signed him to a three-year, $15 million contract in the offseason. In six games (five starts) with the Browns, Hyde carried the ball 114 times for 382 yards and scored five touchdowns and added six receptions for 29 yards.

      The trade should mean more playing time for rookie Nick Chubb, a second-round draft pick this year by Cleveland. Chubb, who played college football at Georgia, has carried the ball 16 times for the Browns and gained 173 yards, an average of 10.8 yards per carry.

      --Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to miss at least a month due to a groin injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

      Lynch underwent an MRI exam earlier this week after suffering the injury last Sunday during a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Raiders may place the 32-year-old on injured reserve.

      Lynch has rushed for 376 yards and three touchdowns this season for the Raiders (1-5). Doug Martin will receive a heavier workload in Lynch's absence. He has rushed for 99 yards on 27 carries.

      --Odell Beckham Jr. said he is ready to do his part to get the New York Giants back on a winning path, but the outspoken wide receiver said he can't do it alone.

      "I'm ready to talk about the Atlanta Falcons," Beckham said. "I think we're 1-5 and we need to start winning games. "Everybody needs to do more. I need to play better. I can't say that I've had my best games. I can't say I've done enough. ... We win games together, we lose games together."

      With the Giants at 1-5 entering Monday night's game in Atlanta, Beckham put himself on the spot by flinging arrows at teammates and the offense in general in a wide-ranging ESPN interview last week. Beckham's critique drew the ire of ownership, and John Mara said publicly he needs "less talk, more play" from the newly minted Beckham. On Friday, Beckham said he has not yet talked to Mara and did not confirm he was fined by the team as ESPN reported this week.

      --The Arizona Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and promoted quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich to the play-caller position.

      The move comes hours after a 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, which dropped the Cardinals to 1-6 on the season. The Cardinals are 31st in the league in scoring at 13.1 points per game this season. They were limited to 223 total yards against the Broncos and haven't had more than 269 yards in a game this season.

      Leftwich, a former first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, joined the Cardinals as an intern in 2016 under former coach Bruce Arians. He takes up the task of guiding rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and turning the offense around. Rosen had a season-worst five turnovers on Thursday night. His 1.9 QBR on Thursday is the second-worst by any quarterback this season, surpassed only by Bills QB Nathan Peterman's lowly 1.1 rating in Week 1.

      --Chicago Bears outside linebacker Khalil Mack is listed as questionable because of an injured ankle for the team's showdown against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots this Sunday.

      Mack, who already has five sacks and four forced fumbles in his first five games with the Bears since his preseason trade from Oakland, was listed as a limited practice participant on the Chicago's injury report after he sat out workouts each of the previous two days.

      The 27-year-old two-time All-Pro injured his ankle during last week's loss at Miami.

      --Running back Melvin Gordon was mentioned on the Los Angeles Chargers' injury report with a hamstring injury, but head coach Anthony Lynn downplayed the listing and hinted that Gordon would be on the field Sunday in London against the Tennessee Titans.

      Gordon, who has rushed for 466 yards and six touchdowns and has 279 yards receiving and three more receiving scores in six games, was limited in practice on Friday.

      One sign of the Chargers' confidence that Gordon will play: He wasn't given a status designation, such as questionable. Lynn said Gordon's shortened practice was more likely due to symptoms of dehydration rather than the hamstring.

      --The Washington Redskins listed running back Adrian Peterson as questionable with a shoulder injury, but he is expected to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

      Peterson said he feels much better than he did last week, when he labored through pregame preparations and rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries against the Carolina Panthers.

      Peterson, who has rushed for 339 yards on the season, also is bothered by a tender ankle. Washington ruled out Jamison Crowder (ankle) for the contest. Fellow receiver Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) and safety Troy Apke (hamstring) were listed as doubtful.

      --Rookie running back Royce Freeman sprained his ankle in the Denver Broncos' Thursday night rout of the Cardinals, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      Freeman, who has started every game for the Broncos this season, left the 45-10 victory after carrying the ball 13 times for 37 yards and a touchdown. He reportedly could miss some time, but the Broncos don't play again until Oct. 28 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

      Freeman, 22, was drafted by the Broncos in the third round of the 2018 draft, 71st overall. The rookie has rushed 71 times for 309 yards and four touchdowns through his first seven games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vikings RB Cook to miss third straight game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook will miss third straight game with a hamstring injury when the Vikings face the New York Jets on Sunday.

    • Cook appeared to be making progress when he was a full practice participant on Wednesday. But he missed the past two days and was declared as out on Friday's injury report.

      Cook has just 98 yards on 36 carries this season while dealing with the bothersome hamstring.

      "It makes it difficult because you never really know," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters of Cook's situation. "He comes out and he says, 'Hey, I'm good to go.' And it's just kind of how it goes. You have to have versatility in your game plan."

      Latavius Murray will start in Cook's place.

      Murray racked up a career-high 155 yards on 24 carries in last Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals.

      "He's a guy that needs carries and the physicality of things," Zimmer said. "I like Latavius and the way he approaches the game, and typically he's not a one-carry-every-quarter guy, he's a guy that needs to get the football some."

      Minnesota also ruled out offensive tackle Riley Reiff (foot), safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) and defensive end Everson Griffen (mental health).

      Defensive tackle Linval Joseph (ankle, knee, shoulder) is listed as questionable.

      --Field Level Media

  • Raiders RB Lynch out at least a month
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to miss at least a month due to a groin injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

    • Lynch underwent an MRI exam earlier this week. The Raiders may place the 32-year-old on injured reserve.

      Lynch was injured during last Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

      Lynch has rushed for 376 yards and three touchdowns this season.

      Doug Martin will receive a heavier workload in Lynch's absence. He has rushed for 99 yards on 27 carries.

      The Raiders (1-5) have a bye this week.

      --Field Level Media

  • Browns trade RB Hyde to Jaguars
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    The Cleveland Browns have traded running back Carlos Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a fifth-round draft pick, the Browns confirmed Friday.

    • Hyde can help the Jaguars to replace the yards lost with the injury to No. 1 running back Leonard Fournette, who has missed much of the young season with a hamstring injury. He has played in just parts of two games and gained 71 yards on 20 carries.

      Fournette's backup, T.J. Yeldon, also has been fighting injuries. The Jaguars also lost Corey Grant with a foot injury.

      A product of Ohio State, Hyde was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Browns signed him to a three-year, $15 million contract in the offseason.

      In six games (five starts) with the Browns, Hyde carried the ball 114 times for 382 yards and scored five touchdowns and added six receptions for 29 yards.

      The trade should mean more playing time for rookie Nick Chubb, a second-round draft pick this year by Cleveland. Chubb, who played college football at Georgia, has carried the ball 16 times for the Browns and gained 173 yards, an average of 10.8 yards per carry.

      --Field Level Media

  • WR Hilton slated to return for Colts
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    The Indianapolis Colts ruled out five players for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, while it appears top receiver T.Y. Hilton is set to return after a two-game absence.

    • Hilton was no longer listed on the injury report after being a full participant in Friday's practice. He has been ailing with chest and hamstring injuries since being hurt in the Week 4 loss to the Houston Texans.

      Hilton has 21 receptions for 294 yards and two touchdowns in four games this season.

      Listed as out by the Colts are defensive lineman Denico Autry (hamstring), tight end Jack Doyle (hip), safety Clayton Geathers (concussion, neck), receiver Ryan Grant (ankle) and running back Robert Turbin (shoulder).

      Doyle will be missing his fourth straight contest while Autry and Geathers are missing their second in a row.

      Indianapolis listed cornerbacks Arthur Maulet (hip) and Chris Milton (hamstring), as well as tight end Erik Swoope (knee) as questionable.

      Linebacker Darius Leonard (ankle) didn't practice Friday but is expected to play. He leads the AFC with 62 tackles.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jaguars RB Fournette to miss third straight game
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will miss his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury after being ruled out of Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

    • Fournette suffered the injury in the season opener against the New York Giants and missed the next two games. He aggravated it in Week 4 when he returned to play against the New York Jets.

      Fournette has just 71 yards on 20 carries this season. T.J. Yeldon (299) again will be the main ball carrier.

      Standout defensive Calais Campbell was listed as questionable on Jacksonville's Friday injury report due to an ankle injury.

      Campbell has four sacks in six games this season. He posted a career-best 14.5 last season.

      Cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) and tight end James O'Shaughnessy (hip) also will sit out the contest. Cornerback Tre Herndon (hamstring) and offensive lineman Will Richardson Jr. (knee) are listed as questionable.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Rihanna backed players, turned down SB LIII halftime
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Superstar singer Rihanna turned down an invitation to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl in solidarity with protesting NFL players, according to multiple reports.

    • "The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year's performer in Atlanta," a source told US Weekly, which first reported the news. "They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn't agree with the NFL's stance."

      Rihanna, who reportedly has an album and tour in the works, declined on principle despite the potential exposure, according to another source.

      "The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she's planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what's right in her eyes," a person close to the singer reportedly told Entertainment Weekly.

      Rolling Stone said it had independently confirmed the news on Friday morning.

      Fellow singer Pink, who performed the national anthem before Super Bowl LII in February, was also reportedly considered, but never reached an agreement.

      Maroon 5, fronted by Adam Levine, was reportedly offered the job and accepted, though no formal announcement has been made.

      Super Bowl LIII will take place in Atlanta on Feb. 3.

      --Field Level Media

  • Giants WR Beckham vows to improve, but needs help
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to do his part to get the New York Giants back on a winning path.

    • But the outspoken wide receiver also said he can't do it alone.

      "I'm ready to talk about the Atlanta Falcons," Beckham said. "I think we're 1-5 and we need to start winning games."

      "Everybody needs to do more. I need to play better. I can't say that I've had my best games. I can't say I've done enough. ... We win games together, we lose games together."

      With the Giants at 1-5 preparing for Monday Night Football in Atlanta, Beckham put himself on the spot by flinging arrows at teammates and the offense in general in a wide-ranging ESPN interview last week. Beckham's critique drew the ire of ownership, and John Mara said publicly he needs "less talk, more play" from Beckham.

      On Friday, Beckham said he has not yet talked to Mara and did not confirm he was fined by the team as ESPN reported this week.

      Mara said quarterback Eli Manning, 37, has become an easy target but said there is plenty of blame to go around. Beckham signed a six-year, $103 million contract before the start of the 2018 season. He said this week on Uninterrupted that he would not apologize for his critical comments.

      Beckham, asked Friday about Manning turning this around after his sluggish start, didn't offer blatant support.

      "You gotta ask him," Beckham said. "I tell him every time we get in the huddle, ‘Take me home, 10.' Which to me carries weight because he's been there. He knows how to win. He knows what he's doing, he's the most prepared of anybody I've ever seen. That's exactly what I say, 'Take me home.'

      "We've got to start picking it up. We've got to. ... We've just been beaten. Some games we've been out-executed. We just need to win."

      --Field Level Media

  • Cardinals fire OC McCoy, promote Leftwich
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    The Arizona Cardinals fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Friday morning and promoted quarterbacks coach Byron Leftwich to the play-caller position.

    • The move comes hours after a 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, which dropped the Cardinals to 1-6 on the season.

      The Cardinals are 31st in the league in scoring at 13.1 points per game this season. They were limited to 223 total yards against the Broncos and haven't had more than 269 yards in a game this season.

      Leftwich, a former first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, joined the Cardinals as an intern in 2016 under former coach Bruce Arians. He takes up the task of guiding rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and turning the offense around.

      Rosen had a season-worst five turnovers on Thursday night. His 1.9 QBR on Thursday is the second-worst by any quarterback this season, surpassed only by Bills QB Nathan Peterman's pitiful 1.1 rating in Week 1.

      Leftwich spent nine years in the NFL as a quarterback after going from Marshall to the Jaguars in 2003.

      In 60 career games (50 starts), Leftwich completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 10,532 yards with 58 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.

      The Cardinals face the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday before their Week 9 bye. They beat the 49ers 28-18 on Oct. 7 for their only win of the season and first under new coach Steve Wilks.

      "I would say all our jobs are in jeopardy, including mine, if we don't win (Thursday)," Wilks said on Wednesday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Broncos RB Freeman sprained ankle
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Rookie running back Royce Freeman sprained his ankle in the Denver Broncos' Thursday night rout of the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    • Freeman, who has started every game for the Broncos this season, left the 45-10 victory after carrying the ball 13 times for 37 yards and a touchdown.

      He could reportedly miss some time, but the Broncos don't play again until Oct. 28 vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

      Freeman, 22, was drafted by the Broncos in the third round of the 2018 draft, 71st overall.

      The rookie has rushed 71 times for 309 yards and four touchdowns through his first seven games.

      In a 27-23 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4, Freeman had eight carries for 67 yards and a touchdown.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cards QB Rosen on toe injury: 'I'm fine'
    By Field Level Media / Friday, October 19, 2018

    Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen, who injured a toe on his left foot late in Arizona's blowout loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday, downplayed the ailment postgame.

    • "I'm fine," he said after the Cardinals' 45-10 defeat in Glendale, Ariz. Referring to leaving the game limping, he said, "I was just being soft."

      Arizona coach Steve Wilks added, "From early talking to him, he thinks he is fine, but I am not going to sit here and say that. That may be the case. We have to make sure we get the evaluation from the trainer."

      Rosen was injured while getting sacked on a fourth-and-16 with two minutes left and the Cardinals down by 35 points.

      Wilks admitted his probably should have removed Rosen earlier, but the 21-year-old quarterback disagreed.

      "Football is a violent sport," Rosen said. "I'd definitely rather stay in there and see as many defenses as I possibly as I can as early in my career as I can. If (Wilks) tried to pull me out, we would have definitely had to have a conversation about that one."

      Injury aside, Rosen endured a tough night. He threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for first-quarter touchdowns, and he fumbled three times, with the Broncos recovering two of them.

      Rosen, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft out of UCLA, completed 21 of 39 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown.

      Regarding to the turnovers, Rosen said, "I think sometimes you just got to make the smart play and I can't just toss it up there, or I even got lucky on some of the fumbles that weren't fumbles and some that were. ...

      "I've got a lot to learn. More to learn than I would have wished for."

      --Field Level Media

  • Holdout Steelers RB Bell supports teammates from afar
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, October 18, 2018

    Le'Veon Bell likely has more than a few detractors in the Pittsburgh Steelers' front office.

    • However, in the locker room, and specifically when it comes to fellow running back James Conner, the sentiment is pro-Bell.

      The veteran running back has not reported to the team this season as he seeks a more lucrative contract -- a demand the Steelers have not yet been willing to meet.

      Conner, the replacement starter, said Bell sends him supportive text messages during games and frequently reaches out to wish him well.

      "Any time I do something good on the field, I always come back to the locker room to a text from him saying 'good game' or 'nice move right there,'" Conner told the TV network FS1. "Me and Le'Veon are super cool. He's a great person. With him holding out, people are going to call him selfish, but that's not the case at all. This is business, and that's my guy."

      Conner, 23, has rushed for 453 yards and seven touchdowns in six games (five starts). He is averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

      Bell, 26, has topped 1,000 yards three times in five seasons with Pittsburgh. He averaged 4.0 yards per carry last season as he compiled 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 85 passes for 655 yards and two scores in 2017.

      --Field Level Media