Nov 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) catches a pass for a first down as New York Giants cornerback Darnay Holmes (30) defends during the second half of the game between the Cowboys and the Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Giants-Cowboys most watched regular-season game in NFL history

The NFL said Friday that the Thanksgiving Day game between the host Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants set a regular-season viewership record.

The FOX broadcast averaged 42 million viewers, according to the league.

Dallas has played on Thanksgiving for 45 straight seasons and 55 times overall. This year was the first time since 1992 that it played its division rival from New York, the largest media market in the country, on the holiday. Both teams entered the game 7-3, adding to the interest.

The Cowboys beat the Giants 28-20.

The league said it also set a record for its Thanksgiving Day “total unduplicated audience” of 138 million.

The Buffalo Bills, one of the AFC’s best teams, beat the host Detroit Lions 28-25 on a late field goal in the early game. The host Minnesota Vikings topped the New England Patriots 33-26 in the nightcap.

The average viewership across the tripleheader was 33.5 million viewers per game.

The news comes as the NFL and Amazon plan to begin staging a single Black Friday game beginning in 2023.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) in action against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) set to return vs. Chargers

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is slated to return for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers after missing two contests with a hamstring injury.

Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury said Murray “looked sharp” during Friday’s practice.

The Cardinals considered about holding Murray out a third consecutive game with a bye coming up next week that would give him additional time to heal, but determined it wasn’t necessary.

“We had talked about it,” Kingsbury said. “But, obviously, he was anxious to get back and he feels great. I mean, he feels 100 percent. If there was anything less than that we would have maybe waited, but he feels full go, so we’re going to get him out there.”

Murray was injured during a loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 30 and aggravated the hamstring the following week during a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Colt McCoy guided Arizona to a 27-17 victory on the road Nov. 13 against the Los Angeles Rams. The Cardinals dropped a 38-10 decision Monday night in Mexico City against the San Francisco 49ers.

Murray, 25, has thrown for 2,168 yards in nine games this season with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. He also has 359 yards rushing with two TDs.

Kingsbury also said he expects receiver Marquise Brown (foot) to return against the Chargers. Brown, injured on hurt Oct. 16 against the Seahawks, has 43 catches for 485 yards and three touchdowns in six games.

The Chargers will be without wideout Mike Williams (ankle), who reinjured an ankle last weekend in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He previously missed two games due to the injury before returning against Kansas City.

Williams has 38 receptions for 510 yards and three touchdowns in eight games this season.

–Field Level Media

Sean Rhyan (75) is shown during Green Bay Packers rookie camp Friday, May 6, 2022 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers OL Sean Rhyan suspended six games for PED violation

Green Bay Packers rookie offensive lineman Sean Rhyan has been suspended for six games without pay after violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, the league announced Friday.

Rhyan was a third-round pick (92nd overall) out of UCLA in the 2022 UCLA draft.

Rhyan has yet to play a snap on the offensive line this season. The lone snap he has played came on special teams against the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6.

Rhyan will be eligible to return to the 53-man roster the day after Green Bay’s regular-season finale against the Lions. If the Packers miss the playoffs, he is done for the season.

Also, Green Bay linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (knee) is doubtful for Sunday’s road game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles (ankle) are questionable.

As expected, Receiver Romeo Doubs (ankle) will miss his third straight game.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (9) celebrates after a catch and run against the Tennessee Titans during overtime of the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) returning vs. Rams

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has exited concussion protocol and will return from a one-game absence on Sunday when the Chiefs host the Los Angeles Rams.

Smith-Schuster was a full participant in practice all week and was not given a game designation on the Chiefs’ injury report Friday.

The 26-year-old sustained the concussion during the Chiefs’ Week 10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He missed last week’s 30-27 primetime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster is second on the team in receptions (46) and receiving yards (615) while catching two touchdowns. He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Fellow Chiefs receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was ruled out for the Rams game. Toney, a midseason acquisition from the New York Giants, suffered the injury against the Chargers last week. Guard Joe Thuney (ankle), safety Juan Thornhill (calf) and cornerback Chris Lammons (concussion) were listed as questionable.

The Rams will be without center Brian Allen (thumb), linebacker Travin Howard (hip) and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (knee). Starting quarterback Matthew Stafford (concussion, neck) was ruled out Wednesday.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson (ankle), tight end Tyler Higbee (knee), center Matt Skura (knee) and tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) are questionable.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) tries to evade a tackle by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Arnold Ebiketie (47) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Bears QB Justin Fields (shoulder) is game-time decision vs. Jets

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields was listed as questionable on the team’s Friday injury report due to his shoulder injury and coach Matt Eberflus labeled him a game-time decision for Sunday’s road game against the New York Jets.

Fields is dealing with a left shoulder injury. On Wednesday, Fields said the shoulder is separated.

“I think we’re going to let it go up to the game,” Eberflus said. “We’ll see where it goes. He’s feeling better every single day. We’ve got 48 hours to assess that to where we’re going to go with that.”

Fields injured his nonthrowing shoulder late in last Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The setback was the fourth in a row for the Bears (3-8).

Eberflus said Fields participated in individual drills and did some team work on Friday. The team listed him as a limited practice participant.

The medical staff will be monitoring Fields closely and studying the level of pain, strength and function in the shoulder.

“We’ll see where it goes,” Eberflus said. “It’s really a three-pronged effect. It’s really more about the medical staff clearing him all the way into that (playing) status, then him feeling really good about his performance — being able to go out there and perform — and then as coaches assessing where he is throughout the week of practice.”

Backup Trevor Siemian, who has thrown one pass this season, would start if Fields can’t play.

Fields has passed for 1,642 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games this season. He has scored seven touchdowns on the ground and ranks sixth in the NFL with 834 rushing yards.

Also, safety Jaquan Brisker, cornerback Kyler Gordon and backup linebacker Sterling Weatherford were all ruled out Friday due to concussions.

Brisker has 73 tackles, a team-high three sacks and one interception. Gordon has 55 tackles and one interception and Weatherford has four stops.

Nose tackle Sheldon Rankins (elbow) has been ruled out by the Jets. It will be the second straight missed game for Rankins, who has 25 tackles and two sacks.

–Field Level Media

Aug 5, 2022; Houston, Texas, US;  Houston Texans quarterback Kyle Allen (3) throws a pass during training camp at the Texans practice facility.  Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Texans coach confirms QB Kyle Allen to start vs. Dolphins

Houston Texans quarterback Kyle Allen will start Sunday’s game against the host Miami Dolphins, coach Lovie Smith announced Friday.

Allen is receiving the nod in favor of Davis Mills, who has struggled for the Texans (1-8-1). Mills, in fact, threw two interceptions — including a pick-six on the opening drive — in Houston’s 23-10 loss to the Washington Commanders last Sunday.

“Kyle Allen will start this week,” Smith said. “Reasons why? It’s like that with all positions, there comes a time when you feel like you need to — you’re always looking for the best option, that gives you the best chance to win, and that’s where we are right now. We’ll need both guys, and as I said right after the game and all week, there’s a lot of other things that we have to do better. Protection has to be better no matter who our quarterback is. Hopefully that will be the case which will give us a better chance to win football games.”

Smith, however, was not ready to commit to Allen as the team’s starter for the remainder of the season.

“We take it day-by-day with everybody,” Smith said.

Allen, 26, has yet to debut for the Texans this season since signing a one-year contract in March. He has completed 63.1 percent of his pass attempts for 4,318 yards with 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 21 games (17 starts) with the Carolina Panthers (2018-19) and Washington franchise (2020-21).

Mills, 24, has completed 61.9 percent of his passes for 2,144 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 10 games this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Commanders linebacker Cole Holcomb (55) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Commanders AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Commanders place LB Cole Holcomb (foot) on IR

The Washington Commanders placed linebacker Cole Holcomb on injured reserve Friday.

He has missed the last four games with a foot injury and will have to miss at least four more.

Holcomb, 26, won’t be eligible to return to the active roster until the Jan. 1 home game against Cleveland.

Holcomb recorded 69 tackles in seven starts before the injury. The 2019 fifth-round pick has 388 tackles, 4.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions in 50 games (40 starts) with Washington.

The Commanders also activated linebacker Milo Eifler from injured reserve. He was placed on IR on Oct. 8 due to a hamstring injury.

Eifler, 24, appeared in the first four games of the season, logging one tackle and playing a total of 75 snaps (69 on special teams).

The Commanders (6-5) have won five of their last six games heading into Sunday’s tilt against the visiting Atlanta Falcons (5-6).

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (28) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Bengals RB Joe Mixon (concussion) won’t play Sunday

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will miss Sunday’s game at Tennessee due to a concussion.

Coach Zac Taylor confirmed Friday that Mixon is out, but wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase (hip) has had a good week of practice and is questionable.

The Bengals (6-4) have won two straight and four of five entering the Week 12 game against the AFC South-leading Titans (7-3).

Mixon was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s 37-30 victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He finished with 20 yards on seven carries plus three receptions for 42 yards.

Samaje Perine took over in Mixon’s absence and finished with three receiving touchdowns. Perine, 27, has posted 341 yards from scrimmage and four scores in 10 games this season.

Mixon, 26, has rushed for 605 yards and six touchdowns in 10 starts. He has 41 receptions for 314 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Chase, 22, has missed the Bengals’ last three games. Quarterback Joe Burrow said earlier this week he expects his star receiver to play Sunday in Nashville.

Chase has 47 catches for 605 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns in seven starts this season. He initially hurt his hip in the Week 6 win at New Orleans and aggravated the injury in a Week 7 win against Atlanta.

–Field Level Media

Nov 24, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) scrambles away from Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller (40) in the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: No ACL tear, no timeline for Bills LB Von Miller

Buffalo Bills linebacker Von Miller did not sustain a torn ACL in the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions, however the extent of the injury on his right knee is yet to be known, multiple outlets reported Friday.

NFL Network reported there is concern about the lateral meniscus of Miller, who underwent an MRI on Friday.

Miller likely will miss at least one to two weeks while weighing his options and could be sidelined for the rest of the season, per reports.

He tore his ACL in the same knee in 2013.

Miller, 33, sustained a knee injury while getting rolled up on with less than three minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Bills’ 28-25 win in Detroit.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl 50 MVP was ushered to the medical tent on the visitors’ sideline before he was carted to the locker room. He quickly was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Miller, who won Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams, has recorded eight sacks and 21 tackles in 11 games (all starts) this season.

He has totaled 123.5 sacks, 561 tackles, 27 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries in 161 career games (all starts) with the Broncos, Rams and Bills.

The Bills (8-3) next play Thursday on the road against division rival New England.

–Field Level Media