Nov 24, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; General view of the helmet for the San Francisco 49ers in the game against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers to play next two home games in Arizona

The San Francisco 49ers will play their next two home games in Glendale, Ariz.

The 49ers announced Monday that they have come to an agreement with the NFL and the Cardinals to play their Week 13 and Week 14 home games at State Farm Stadium. San Francisco’s home games will be against the Buffalo Bills (on Monday) and Washington Football Team (Dec. 13), respectively.

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the 49ers wrote in a statement.

Niners CEO Jed York took to Twitter to publicly thank Cardinals president Michael Bidwill for his team’s assistance.

The need for a temporary home was a result of Santa Clara County officials on Saturday banning professional, college and youth sports games and practices through Dec. 21. The 49ers’ home field is Levi’s Stadium, which is in Santa Clara County.

The strict health mandate was announced due to the “severe surge” of COVID-19 in a county that is also home to college programs Stanford and San Jose State.

The mandate goes into effect on Monday.

The 49ers’ last home game of the season is Jan. 3 versus the Seattle Seahawks.

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Oct 31, 2020; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys offensive lineman Teven Jenkins (73) blocks Texas Longhorns defensive lineman Moro Ojomo (98) during the fourth quarter at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Texas won 41-34. Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma State OL Jenkins declares for NFL draft

Oklahoma State right tackle Teven Jenkins declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Monday and will skip the rest of the season.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound redshirt senior is projected to be the Cowboys’ first offensive lineman taken in the first round since Russell Okung (No. 6 overall) by the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.

Jenkins did not play Saturday when No. 23 Oklahoma State (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) defeated visiting Texas Tech, 50-44.

“This past week has left me with a lot of decisions to make for my future and family,” Jenkins posted on social media. “With this being said, I have decided to forgo the rest of the season and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”

Jenkins started the first seven games this season and appeared in 44 games (35 starts) since 2017. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches in 2018 and 2019.

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Aug 31, 2018; Madison, WI, USA; Big Ten logo on yardage markers during warmups prior to the game betwee the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Northwestern-Minnesota game canceled

The Northwestern-Minnesota football scheduled for Saturday has been canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Golden Gophers’ program.

Per Big Ten policy this season, the game will not be rescheduled and will be ruled a no-contest.

Minnesota (2-3 overall, 2-3 Big Ten), which also canceled last Saturday’s game at Wisconsin, reported 47 people (21 athletes, 26 staff members) have tested positive for the coronavirus since Nov. 19.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff continues to be our main priority,” Golden Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle said. “The last couple of days have shown a decrease in positive cases, but not to the point where we are able to return to competition. We are disappointed not to be able to compete against Northwestern on Saturday, but we need to continue to focus on following all CDC and MDH guidelines and slow the spread of the virus. We will now shift our priority to doing everything possible to compete at Nebraska on December 12, and our decisions will continue to be guided by our medical experts.”

Saturday’s cancellation marks the first such result this season for Northwestern (5-1, 5-1), which sustained its first loss of the season with a 29-20 setback to Michigan State last Saturday.

The Wildcats will conclude their regular season against Illinois on Dec. 12.

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Dec 30, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA;  A Michigan Wolverines football helmet sits on the field prior to the game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Michigan Wolverines at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan football pauses team activities

Michigan paused team activities Monday due to presumptive positive COVID-19 tests within the football program.

“Out of caution, we are holding all team activities virtually today,” a spokesperson told reporters.

The Wolverines fell to 2-4 during a disappointing Big Ten season with a 27-17 loss Saturday at home to previously winless Penn State.

Michigan is scheduled to host Maryland (2-2) on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Nov 28, 2020; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9)  in the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Indiana QB Penix (leg) out for season

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is done for the season because of a lower leg injury sustained in Saturday’s 27-11 victory against Maryland, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Penix got hurt while scrambling out of bounds inside the Terrapins’ 5-yard line with 4:36 left in the third quarter. He went down awkwardly and immediately clutched his leg in apparent pain.

He was replaced by fellow redshirt sophomore Jack Tuttle, who would be in line to start Saturday when the 12th-ranked Hoosiers (5-1) continue the Big Ten season at No. 16 Wisconsin (2-1).

Penix completed just 6 of 19 passes for 84 yards and rushed twice for 29 yards against Maryland. Tuttle was 5-of-5 passing for 31 yards. Neither had a touchdown or interception.

Guiding the Hoosiers to a breakout season, Penix currently leads the Big Ten with 1,645 passing yards and 14 touchdown passes in six games. He has also rushed for two scores.

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Oct 10, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) runs for a touchdown against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

LSU WR Marshall declares for 2021 NFL Draft

Star LSU receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. declared for the 2021 NFL Draft and won’t play the rest of the season.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior leads the Tigers (3-4) with 48 catches, 731 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in seven games.

“Since a kid, to play in the NFL and to retire my parents has been my #1 mission,” Marshall posted Sunday on social media. “After careful consideration but with faith, I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft.”

Marshall is ranked No. 21 among draft-eligible prospects (No. 4 among wide receivers) by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

He caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns in 12 games for the Tigers during their undefeated national championship campaign in 2019.

LSU takes on No. 1 Alabama (8-0) on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.

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Aug 26, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA;  Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez (8) practices dropping the ball for a kick during colts training camp at the Farm Bureau Football Complex. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Colts P Sanchez announces he has cancer

Indianapolis Colts punter Rigoberto Sanchez announced Monday over social media that he has a cancerous tumor that will require surgery.

Sanchez, who will be leaving the team, wrote on Instagram that he will undergo the procedure on Tuesday.

“Like I said before, it’s always God’s plan and it will always be bigger than my plans,” Sanchez, 26, wrote on Instagram. “So grateful to be surrounded by doctors that helped me catch the cancerous tumor before it spread all over my body. I will be getting surgery on Tuesday and I know that it will not be an easy bump on the road, but I know I have my amazing wife supporting me along with family, coaches, and friends reaching out.

“Unfortunately, there are things you can’t control in life and this is one of them. No plans or preparation would have gotten me ready for this kind of adversity, but like I told my wife, we can’t flinch. Keep striving to come back stronger than ever. Makes me sick that I’ll have to miss some time playing beside my brothers, but I know they will hold it down. I will be watching. Love y’all.”

Sanchez has played in all 11 games this season for the Colts (7-4), including punting five times for a 50.8-yard average during Indianapolis’ 45-26 loss to Tennessee on Sunday.

Coach Frank Reich told reporters after Sunday’s game that Sanchez was dealing with a physical issue.

“I give Rigo a lot of credit for the way he punted today and for really coming through for us when we needed him the way that he did,” Reich said. “Then Rod (kicker Rodrigo Blankenship), when Rigo wasn’t able to kick off, Rod stepped in there and did a great job.”

Sanchez has averaged a career-best 47.2 yards per punt this season. He has played in all 59 games since starting his NFL career with the Colts in 2017.

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Oct 18, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh talks with defensive end Jihad Ward (53) against the Philadelphia Eagles  at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFL postpones Ravens’ Monday a.m. practice

The NFL postponed the Baltimore Ravens’ practice Monday morning, ESPN reported.

Players were gathering at the team’s indoor practice facility for a walk-through ahead of Tuesday night’s rescheduled game at Pittsburgh when they got the word at about 9:25 a.m. ET.

The league postponed the practice to Monday afternoon, at the earliest, per the report.

The Ravens have not practiced since Saturday, Nov. 21, the day before a 30-24 overtime loss against the Tennessee Titans and a subsequent outbreak of the coronavirus within the organization.

Multiple outlets reported that wide receiver Willie Snead tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, making it eight straight days with at least one positive test for the team. Snead is the seventh projected starter to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Tight end Mark Andrews and outside linebacker Matthew Judon, both Pro Bowl selections last season, tested positive for the virus on Saturday, ESPN reported, bringing the Ravens’ total to 22 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

At least eight staff members also have tested positive.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson and running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are among those on the list.

The outbreak in Baltimore forced the NFL to move the initially scheduled game between the Steelers (10-0) and the Ravens (6-4) from Thanksgiving night to Sunday afternoon to now Tuesday night. NBC will televise the game, set for 8 p.m. ET.

If this game does take place on Tuesday, the NFL will move the Ravens’ Week 13 game as well.

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Oct 31, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason reacts during the second half against the Mississippi Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Vandy elevates Fitch to interim coach after firing Mason

Vanderbilt fired head coach Derek Mason on Sunday and elevated offensive coordinator Todd Fitch to interim coach for the rest of the season.

The Commodores are winless on the season after getting trounced 41-0 by Missouri on Saturday.

Mason had a 27-55 record in his sixth season at Vandy and led the team to two bowl games in his tenure, just the second coach to accomplish the feat. He finishes as the sixth-winningest coach in program history.

“On behalf of the entire Vanderbilt community, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Coach Mason for his many years of dedication and service leading our football program,” athletic director Candice Storey Lee said in a statement. “Derek cares deeply about the student-athletes under his charge. His tenure at Vanderbilt will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to our student-athletes, not only on the field, but in the classroom and as young people.”

Mason tweeted out his “gratitude” in a Twitter post later in the day.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to play at No. 9 Georgia on Saturday. Vanderbilt has never had a winless season in its 117-year history.

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