Nov 21, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Adrian Peterson (8) takes a selfie with fans before the game against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks to activate RB Adrian Peterson

The Seattle Seahawks will activate running back Adrian Peterson from the practice squad for Sunday’s game with the visiting San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported Saturday.

The Seahawks signed the 36-year-old veteran Wednesday, about a week after he was released by the Tennessee Titans.

“Adrian had a good week,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday. “It’s probably hard for people on the outside to understand the impact a guy with his kind of background can make. At a time where we’re battling to try to win a game and get going, he jumped in here and had a remarkable influence on the week.

“With three guys banged up at the spot, we’ll see how it goes on the weekend. He had a really productive week for us, and it was fun having him here.”

Running backs Rashaad Penny (hamstring) and Travis Homer (calf) were both full participants in Friday’s practice, while Alex Collins (abdomen) was a limited participant.

Peterson is the fifth-leading rusher in NFL history with 14,902 yards, including 82 yards on 27 carries in three games with the Titans.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection and 2012 league MVP is fourth all-time with 119 career rushing touchdowns.

Seattle (3-8) brings a three-game losing streak into the NFC West clash with the 49ers (6-5).

–Field Level Media

Oregon offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, center, keeps an eye on warmups before the game against Oregon State.

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Akron names Joe Moorhead head coach

Akron named Joe Moorhead its new head football coach on Saturday.

The hiring of the former Oregon offensive coordinator is pending approval by the university’s board of trustees. Moorhead will be formally introduced at a press conference on Thursday in Akron, Ohio.

It’s a homecoming for Moorhead, who was an assistant coach for the Zips from 2004-08. He is a native of Pittsburgh, about two hours from the Akron campus.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the next Head Football Coach at The University of Akron,” Moorhead said in a university news release.

“… My family and I are very excited for this opportunity. We can’t wait to get back to a region of the country we consider home. Our plan for the future is simple: we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work, diligently building a program of which the school, the City of Akron, and the State of Ohio can be proud. Go Zips!”

Moorhead, 48, replaces Tom Arth, who was fired on Nov. 4 after compiling a 3-24 record in three seasons.

The Zips finished the 2021 season at 2-10, including 1-7 in the Mid-American Conference. Akron has not been to a bowl game since 2017, under former coach Terry Bowden.

Moorhead has previous head coaching experience at Mississippi State (14-12 record from 2018-19) and his alma mater, Fordham (38-13 from 2012-15). He has also been the offensive coordinator at Penn State (2016-17) and UConn (2009-11). He joined the Ducks’ coaching staff in 2020.

“We are committed to fielding a championship-caliber football program at The University of Akron and I’m confident we have found the right leader at the right time to make good on that promise,” school president Gary L. Miller said in a release.

“I believe Zips fans have been patient long enough and I have no doubt Joe will deliver winning football consistently to our community, in our world-class stadium, and throughout the season whether at home or on the road. Most importantly, Joe will teach and motivate our student-athletes to be the best version of themselves in the classroom, on the field and out in the Akron community.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) stands on the sidelines during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings DE Everson Griffen announces he is bipolar

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen announced Friday night that he is bipolar and wants to be an advocate for others who suffer from mental illness.

The 33-year-old decided to go public about his struggles with mental health as part of a post on his Instagram account. Last week, after he posted disturbing videos that included him brandishing a gun, police and Vikings team psychologists responded to his home in suburban Minneapolis and spoke with him for more than six hours before he agreed to leave peacefully.

Griffen was taken to a mental health facility Wednesday, and the Vikings placed him on the reserve/non-football illness list Friday. He will miss at least the next three games.

“It’s true I am bipolar,” Griffen wrote. “I will embrace it and be an advocate for mental health. I been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore.

“It all started when my mother passed away. Went into a dark place, thought I was great for many years. I promise this time I will do everything the experts say and my wife (says). I love my family and I miss my friends. Thank you for all the love and support, but most of all thank you for all the prayers. #bEGreat #mentalhealthawareness”

Griffen, who grew up in Arizona and played collegiately at USC, is in his 12th NFL season. He has registered 85 1/2 sacks in 170 career games (96 starts).

–Field Level Media

December 3, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Utah Utes running back Tavion Thomas (9) runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Oregon Ducks during the first half in the 2021 Pac-12 Championship Game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Utah earns Pac-12 title with rout of No. 10 Oregon

No. 17 Utah dominated No. 10 Oregon for the second time in three weeks, advancing to the school’s first Rose Bowl with a 38-10 victory in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night in Las Vegas.

Devin Lloyd contributed a pick-six in the first half, Cameron Rising passed for 170 yards and ran for 61, and the Utes (10-3, 8-1 Pac-12) controlled the line of scrimmage, just as they did when they routed then-No. 3 Oregon 38-7 on Nov. 20.

The Ducks (10-3, 7-2) managed just 221 total yards Friday night, including 74 on the ground.

Utah ran for 191 yards and three short touchdowns, two from Tavion Thomas, giving him 20 rushing scores for the season.

Utah, which joined the Pac-12 for the 2011 season, previously won the South division in 2018 and 2019, but failed to win the league title game. Oregon had been 4-0 in championship games before Friday night.

The Ducks managed a 42-yard field goal after trailing 23-0 at halftime, but the Utes delivered knockout blows with back-to-back touchdown drives for a 38-3 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown never found any rhythm, completing 13 of 24 passes for 147 yards, with two interceptions.

Utah set the tone early. The Utes scored on the first possession of the game and went up 14-0 on Lloyd’s 34-yard interception return with 4:16 to go in the first quarter. Lloyd stepped in front of a receiver on a pass over the middle and ran untouched into the end zone.

Oregon’s defense tried to turn momentum, twice intercepting Rising in Ducks’ territory in the second quarter. But the Ducks couldn’t take advantage, including missing a 44-yard field goal.

Utah pounced again at the end of the half, converting a third-and-14 at the Oregon 40 before Rising found Dalton Kincaid in the end zone for an 11-yard score with 27 seconds left in the half. The PAT failed, but the Utes weren’t done.

A huge mistake by Brown — forcing a throw as he was running out of bounds — resulted in an interception that led to Jadon Redding’s 50-yard field goal and a 23-0 lead as time expired.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Lincoln Riley reacts during a press conference to introduce Riley as Southern California Trojans head coach at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Oklahoma commit Makai Lemon switches to USC

Lincoln Riley has persuaded yet another top recruit to follow him from Oklahoma to USC.

On Friday, five-star wide receiver Makai Lemon announced that he was changing his commitment from the Sooners to the Trojans. Lemon became the third five-star recruit to flip his commitment after USC hired Riley away from Oklahoma last weekend.

Quarterback Malachi Nelson and running back Raleek Brown also switched their commitments to USC earlier this week.

Lemon will play much closer to home because of his change in plans. The Los Alamitos, Calif., standout is ranked as the No. 27 player in the nation based on the 247Sports Composite rankings.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt (90) looks on before the game against the Chicago Bears at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Steelers LB T.J. Watt tests negative, could play Sunday

T.J. Watt might be available to play this weekend after all.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ standout linebacker tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday, multiple sources told ProFootballTalk.com.

Watt’s status for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens was cast in doubt when he tested positive Monday. If he produces a second negative test at least 24 hours after Friday’s negative result, he will be eligible to play Sunday.

According to the report, Watt would be the first player to return so soon after a positive test.

The 27-year-old is second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks.

Just before the season, Watt inked a four-year, $112 million contract extension that made him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. He is a two-time All-Pro and was the runner-up for NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2020.

The Steelers fell to 5-5-1 after a blowout 41-10 loss to Cincinnati last Sunday. The Pittsburgh defense has given up 82 points combined over the past two games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Week 13 betting capsules: Bills, Patriots tussle for AFC East

The AFC East lead will be at stake when the New England Patriots visit the Buffalo Bills on Monday night in what is a fairly easy pick for Game of the Week. The teams will meet again in Week 16, so there’s plenty still left to be decided. This is a matchup of the two best defenses in the league and the teams with the top two point differentials.

Sunday’s Games

Arizona at Chicago (+7.5 points, O/U 43 points)

The Bears (4-7) have had a couple of extra days to prepare after a 16-14 win at Detroit on Thanksgiving, but the Cardinals (9-2) are even fresher coming off a bye. Arizona QB Kyler Murray and WR DeAndre Hopkins returned to practice this week after both missed multiple games. Andy Dalton will take the snaps for Chicago with rookie Justin Fields ailing.

Indianapolis at Houston (+10, 44.5)

The Colts (6-6) had a three-game winning streak snapped last Sunday with a 38-31 loss to visiting Tampa Bay, the defending Super Bowl champion, on a last-minute touchdown. These teams met Oct. 17, with the host Colts winning 31-3. But the Texans (2-9) have been much more competitive since QB Tyrod Taylor returned from injury.

L.A. Chargers at Cincinnati (-3, 49.5)

This will be the first meeting between second-year QBs Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow. The Chargers (6-5) have lost four of their past six games, including 28-13 last week at Denver. The Bengals (7-4) are coming off an impressive 41-10 win over Pittsburgh, but earlier this season beat Baltimore 41-17 one week and lost to the lowly New York Jets the next.

Minnesota at Detroit (+7, 46.5)

The Vikings (5-6) dropped to the outskirts of the NFC wild-card race with a 34-26 loss at San Francisco last week. Leading rusher Dalvin Cook (shoulder) has been ruled out for this one, as has his Detroit counterpart D’Andre Swift. The Lions (0-10-1) nearly got off the schneid on Thanksgiving before losing to visiting Chicago 16-14 on a last-second field goal.

N.Y. Giants at Miami (-6, 39)

The Giants (4-7) are coming off a gritty 13-7 victory against visiting Philadelphia. But they’ll be without QB Daniel Jones (neck), who will be replaced by journeyman Mike Glennon. WRs Sterling Shepherd and Kadarius Toney are both listed as doubtful. The Dolphins (5-7) have won four in a row, including a 33-10 victory against visiting Carolina last week. Miami’s defense has allowed just 46 points during the streak.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets (+6.5, 45)

The Eagles (5-7) seemed on the upswing, winning three of four, before a 13-7 loss to the host New York Giants last week. They’ll hope for better in their second straight game at MetLife Stadium, though QB Jalen Hurts (ankle) is questionable. The Jets (3-8) snapped a three-game skid with a 21-14 win at Houston in the return of rookie QB Zach Wilson.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta (+10.5, 50.5)

The Buccaneers (8-3) have been up and down of late, but they still have a three-game edge on the second-place Falcons (5-6) in the NFC South. Tampa Bay won 38-31 last week at Indianapolis as Leonard Fournette rushed for 100 yards and three TDs and also caught a scoring strike from Tom Brady. Atlanta won 21-14 at Jacksonville to snap a two-game skid in which it was outscored 68-3.

Jacksonville at L.A. Rams (-13, 48)

The Jaguars (2-9) have yet to win on the road, unless you count their “home” win over Miami in Week 6 in London. They lost 21-14 to Atlanta last week. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence’s 228 passing yards against Atlanta were his most in November. The Rams (7-4) have lost three in a row to fall two games behind Arizona in the NFC West. They played tough last week in a 36-28 loss at Green Bay.

Washington at Las Vegas (-1.5, 49.5)

Washington (5-6) has won three in a row and snuck into playoff position in the NFC with a 17-15 win over Seattle on Monday night, stopping a late two-point conversion. RB J.D. McKissic, who scored both touchdowns against the Seahawks, suffered a concussion and is out. The Raiders (6-5) are in a three-way tie for second in the AFC West, a game behind Kansas City. Las Vegas snapped a three-game skid with a 36-33 overtime win at Dallas on Thanksgiving as Daniel Carlson overcame a bout of food poisoning to kick five field goals, including a career-long 56-yarder.

Baltimore at Pittsburgh (+4.5, 44)

The Ravens (8-3) have won two in a row despite scoring just 16 points in each. They got QB Lamar Jackson back last week for a 16-10 victory against visiting Cleveland and he led them in both passing and rushing — though he threw four interceptions. The Steelers (5-5-1) are on a three-game winless streak, having surrendered 41 points in each of their past two games, including last Sunday’s 41-10 loss at Cincinnati.

San Francisco at Seattle (+3.5, 45.5)

The 49ers (6-5) have won three in a row, scoring 30 or more points in each, to climb back into the NFC’s wild-card chase. They beat visiting Minnesota 34-26 last week as rookie Elijah Mitchell rushed for 133 yards. WR Deebo Samuel added two TDs on the ground, but is out this week with a groin strain. The Seahawks (3-8) have lost three in a row, including 17-15 at Washington on MNF. Seattle has won 14 of the past 16 overall meetings with San Francisco, including a 28-21 road win in Week 4, but Russell Wilson hasn’t been the same since returning from finger surgery.

Denver at Kansas City (-9.5, 47)

The Broncos (6-5) have won three of their past four, including a 28-13 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers last week. Pat Surtain II returned an interception 70 yards for a score midway through the fourth quarter to clinch the victory. The Chiefs (7-4) seem to have gotten back on track, winning four straight before last week’s bye.

Monday’s Game

New England at Buffalo (-3, 41.5)

The Patriots (8-4) have won six in a row to take a half-game lead over the Bills (7-4) in the AFC East. That includes a 36-13 victory against visiting Tennessee last week as rookie Mac Jones threw for a career-high 310 yards and two scores. New England has outscored its opponents 211-63 during the streak. Since opening 4-1, the Bills have been up and down. They won 31-6 at New Orleans on Thanksgiving but have struggled against stronger teams, including a 41-15 loss at home to Indianapolis the previous week.

–Field Level Media

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) warms ups prior to the NCAA football game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021

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Reports: Ohio State QB Quinn Ewers entering transfer portal

Despite his pedigree, Quinn Ewers will not be Ohio State’s star quarterback of the future.

The top-ranked quarterback from the Class of 2022 who enrolled early at Ohio State to capitalize on the state’s name, image and likeness laws for college athletes, will enter the NCAA transfer portal, multiple media outlets reported Friday.

Ewers, part of a crowded quarterback depth chart, took two snaps for the Buckeyes. Redshirt freshman C.J. Stroud started every game of the 2021 regular season for Ohio State and is in the running to be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The school also has highly-rated quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Jack Miller with multiple years of eligibility remaining, prompting Ewers to look elsewhere.

Yahoo reported that Ewers is considering transferring Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

A Southlake, Texas, native, Ewers committed to the Longhorns before flipping to Ohio State and enrolling early due at least in part to rules prohibiting Texas high schoolers from making money with their NIL rights.

Ewers reportedly earned more than $1 million on NIL deals after arriving at Ohio State.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Charleston Rambo (11) with the ball while Duke Blue Devils safety Jalen Alexander (32) tries to tackle him during the second half of the game against the Miami Hurricanes at Wallace Wade Stadium. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Miami WR Charleston Rambo declares for NFL draft

Miami standout receiver Charleston Rambo announced Friday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Rambo set school records for 79 receptions and 1,172 yards this season in his lone campaign at Miami after transferring from Oklahoma. He also caught seven touchdown passes.

“I had a great experience and made many memories during my short time here,” Rambo said in his announcement on Twitter. “Breaking the receptions and single season receiving yards records in a season, I could not have asked to be anywhere else. It has been an honor to play at the University of Miami and join the prestigious group of legends before me.

“I have decided to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Thank you Miami.”

During his time at Oklahoma, Rambo caught 76 passes for 1,180 yards and nine touchdowns in 36 games (24 starts). He departed after catching 25 passes in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) gestures during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers LB Fred Warner (hamstring) listed as doubtful vs. Seahawks

San Francisco 49ers standout linebacker Fred Warner has a slim chance of playing in Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks despite being ruled out earlier this week by coach Kyle Shanahan.

Warner, who has a hamstring injury, was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. He has never missed a game in his four-year career.

Warner didn’t participate in practices this week.

The 2020 Pro Bowler is just eight tackles away from reaching 100 for the fourth straight season. He has 459 in 59 career games.

As expected, star receiver Deebo Samuel will miss the game due to a groin injury he sustained in last Sunday’s 34-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Others declared out were cornerback Dre Greenlaw (groin), running back Trey Sermon (ankle) and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf).

San Francisco listed linebacker Marcell Harris (concussion) as questionable.

As for the Seahawks, guard Damien Lewis (elbow, groin) is doubtful. Lewis reportedly had a cyst removed from his groin this week.

Three running backs are questionable for Seattle: Alex Collins (abdomen), Travis Homer (calf) and Rashaad Penny (hamstring).

Seattle signed veteran Adrian Peterson earlier this week due to the shortage of ball carriers.

“He’s been a remarkable competitor forever and it was so obvious that it was really a boost for a bunch of guys, the young guys in particular,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Peterson. “He’s serious about playing. He’s not just here for show.”

Seattle (3-8) has lost six of its past seven games as it goes up against San Francisco (6-5), which has won three straight.

–Field Level Media