Giants, Redskins pick cornerbacks in NFL supplemental draft

Giants, Redskins pick cornerbacks in NFL supplemental draft

A pair of NFC East teams snatched cornerbacks in the 2018 supplemental draft on Wednesday.

The New York Giants selected former Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal in the third round, with the Washington Redskins adding former Virginia Tech player Adonis Alexander in 6th round.

The draft takes place via digital communication, with teams using a bid system by round, and surrendering their corresponding pick in that round in next year’s draft if they hold the highest bid. Only five players were made available in the draft, which occurs when a player’s college status changes.

Beal becomes the first player taken in the supplemental draft since the Rams took offensive tackle Isaiah Battle in the fifth round in 2015.

Other recent supplemental draft picks include Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon in 2012 and quarterback Terrelle Pryor the year before by the Oakland Raiders.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Beal was widely regarded as a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Beal played in 32 games over three seasons for Western Michigan, recording 92 tackles and a pair of interceptions. The interceptions came last year, when he also had 10 passes defensed, forced a pair of fumbles and had 3.0 tackles for loss.

Alexander, who applied for the supplemental draft after being ruled academically ineligible by Virginia Tech, was selected in the sixth round of the draft by the Redskins. The 6-foot-3 Alexander had 125 tackles, seven interceptions and one sack in 32 games with the Hokies.

Forty-four players have been selected since the supplemental draft began in 1977.

In the supplemental draft, three tiers, or groups, of teams are allowed to bid for players but are not required to do so. Teams with six or fewer wins have a weighted advantage, and the 12 teams that participated in the 2018 postseason, ending with Super Bowl champion Philadelphia, had the least likely chance of placing a winning bid.

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Report: Bills place retired Davis on reserve/left squad list

Report: Bills place retired Davis on reserve/left squad list

One weekend after Vontae Davis shockingly retired from the NFL in the middle of a game, leaving the stadium at halftime, the Buffalo Bills placed the veteran cornerback on the reserve/left squad list, Pro Football Talk reported Saturday night.

Last Sunday

Report: Bills place retired Davis on reserve/left squad list

One weekend after Vontae Davis shockingly retired from the NFL in the middle of a game, leaving the stadium at halftime, the Buffalo Bills placed the veteran cornerback on the reserve/left squad list, Pro Football Talk reported Saturday night.

Last Sunday Davis stunned the football world by pulling himself from the team’s home opener against the San Diego Chargers, declaring later in the week that he was in fact ending his football career, calling his departure “therapeutic.”

Per the PFT report, the Bills got a roster exemption on Monday from the league that let them replace his spot on the roster. By placing him on the reserve/left squad list, Davis will officially not be allowed to return this season for Buffalo or any team.

Davis played just five games in 2017 with the Indianapolis Colts before suffering a torn groin muscle. Last season marked the first in Davis’ career that he did not record an interception.

Davis was a 2009 first-round draft pick by Miami and played three seasons (2009-11) with the Dolphins before suiting up for the Colts for the following six seasons. He signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Bills this offseason.

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NFL notebook: Superintendent resigns after Watson comments

NFL notebook: Superintendent resigns after Watson comments

The Texas school superintendent who made a racially charged comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned, a Houston television station reported Saturday.

The Onalaska Independent School District's Board of Trustees accepted a letter of resignation from Lynn Redden after a meeting

NFL notebook: Superintendent resigns after Watson comments

The Texas school superintendent who made a racially charged comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned, a Houston television station reported Saturday.

The Onalaska Independent School District’s Board of Trustees accepted a letter of resignation from Lynn Redden after a meeting Saturday morning, according to ABC 13.

Redden came under fire for a comment posted on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page following the Texans’ Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans. “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” he wrote.

“The OISD does not condone negative comments or actions toward any race,” the school board said in a statement earlier this week. “The District values every individual and therefore the District will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely.”

–Four days after signing with the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been released.

Washington promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the 53-man roster in his place. Running back Rob Kelley recently went on injured reserve with an injured toe.

Perriman, 25, was the 26th player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. After missing his rookie season due to injury, he made his debut in 2016, appearing in all 16 games and catching 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

–Tennessee Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa will not play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a back injury.

Correa, tied for the team lead with two sacks, had been listed as questionable but was downgraded on Saturday. Correa, 24, was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in August for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

The Titans also said safety Kendrick Lewis will miss his third straight game with a foot injury. He has not played in a regular season game since 2016 with Baltimore.

–The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Terence Garvin and promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell to the 53-man roster, the team announced.

Garvin saw action in one game this season for San Francisco. The 27-year-old has played 75 games (four starts) in six NFL seasons, including stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2013-15), Washington Redskins (2016) and Seattle Seahawks (2017).

Powell, 24, played in three games for San Francisco last season and has three defensive tackles and two special teams’ stops. He also played in eight games for the Seahawks in 2016.

–Tight end Erik Swoope was promoted to the Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster from the practice squad as fellow tight end Jack Doyle is considered week to week with a hip injury.

Swoope, who played basketball at the University of Miami, has been on and off the Colts’ roster since signing as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He was also active for Week 1. He has 16 career receptions in 18 games over five seasons.

The Colts waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins to make room for Swoope on the roster and signed quarterback Phillip Walker to the practice squad.

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Redskins release WR Perriman

Redskins release WR Perriman

Four days after signing with the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been released.

Washington promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the 53-man roster in his place. Running back Rob Kelley recently went on injured reserve with an injured toe.

Perriman, 25,

Redskins release WR Perriman

Four days after signing with the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been released.

Washington promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the 53-man roster in his place. Running back Rob Kelley recently went on injured reserve with an injured toe.

Perriman, 25, was the 26th player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. After missing his rookie season due to injury, he made his debut in 2016, appearing in all 16 games and catching 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

Perriman’s production slipped in 2017, as he finished with 10 catches for 77 yards and no scores in 11 games. Baltimore released him on Sept. 1 during final cuts.

Bibbs, 25, has 50 career carries for 208 yards. He played in three games for Washington last season and rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries and also caught a touchdown pass.

Pro Football Talk reported that the Redskins could bring back Perriman later in the season.

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49ers release LB Garvin, promote DB Powell

49ers release LB Garvin, promote DB Powell

The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Terence Garvin and promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Saturday.

Garvin saw action in one game this season for San Francisco. The 27-year-old has played 75 games (four starts) in

49ers release LB Garvin, promote DB Powell

The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Terence Garvin and promoted defensive back Tyvis Powell to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Saturday.

Garvin saw action in one game this season for San Francisco. The 27-year-old has played 75 games (four starts) in six NFL seasons, including stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2013-15), Washington Redskins (2016) and Seattle Seahawks (2017).

Powell, 24, played in three games for San Francisco last season and has three defensive tackles and two special teams’ stops. He also played in eight games for the Seahawks in 2016.

Powell was in training camp with the 49ers this summer before being released on Sept. 1. He was subsequently signed to the practice squad.

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Titans LB Correa (back) ruled out for Sunday

Titans LB Correa (back) ruled out for Sunday

Tennessee Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa will not play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a back injury.

Correa, who is tied for the team lead with two sacks, had been listed as questionable but was downgraded on Saturday.

Titans LB Correa (back) ruled out for Sunday

Tennessee Titans linebacker Kamalei Correa will not play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a back injury.

Correa, who is tied for the team lead with two sacks, had been listed as questionable but was downgraded on Saturday.

Correa, 24, was acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens in August for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

The Titans also said safety Kendrick Lewis will miss his third straight game with a foot injury. He has not played in a regular season game since 2016 with Baltimore.

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Titans downgrade Correa, Lewis to out vs. Jaguars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will be without linebacker Kamalei Correa and safety Kendrick Lewis against the Jaguars.

The Titans downgraded both Correa and Lewis to out on Saturday.

Correa was added to the injury report Wednesday with a back issue. He did not practice Friday and had been listed as

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will be without linebacker Kamalei Correa and safety Kendrick Lewis against the Jaguars.

The Titans downgraded both Correa and Lewis to out on Saturday.

Correa was added to the injury report Wednesday with a back issue. He did not practice Friday and had been listed as questionable. Correa, picked up in a trade from Baltimore in late August, is tied for the team lead with two sacks.

Lewis has missed the first two games with a foot injury that had him questionable Friday.

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Steelers G DeCastro out against Buccaneers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night.

DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh's Week 1 tie against Cleveland. B.J. Finney will start in Decastro's place.

DeCastro isn't the

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without All-Pro guard David DeCastro for a second straight week when they visit Tampa Bay on Monday night.

DeCastro is still recovering from a fractured right hand suffered during Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie against Cleveland. B.J. Finney will start in Decastro’s place.

DeCastro isn’t the only offensive linemen hurting. Right tackle Marcus Gilbert is doubtful with a hamstring issue. Matt Feiler will start if Gilbert does not play. Safety Morgan Burnett is also doubtful with a groin injury.

The Steelers expect veteran cornerback Joe Haden to return after missing last week’s loss to Kansas City with a hamstring problem. Guard Ramon Foster, who is monitoring a right knee issue, is also expected to play. Defensive tackle Tyson Alualu, who sat last week while dealing with a shoulder injury, is also expected to be available.

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Report: Redskins release WR Perriman

Report: Redskins release WR Perriman

Four days after signing with the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been released, according to Pro Football Talk.

Washington reportedly promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the 53-man roster in his place. Running back Rob Kelley recently went on injured reserve with an

Report: Redskins release WR Perriman

Four days after signing with the Washington Redskins, wide receiver Breshad Perriman has been released, according to Pro Football Talk.

Washington reportedly promoted running back Kapri Bibbs to the 53-man roster in his place. Running back Rob Kelley recently went on injured reserve with an injured toe.

Perriman, 25, was the 26th player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. After missing his rookie season due to injury, he made his debut in 2016, appearing in all 16 games and catching 33 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

Perriman’s production slipped in 2017, as he finished with 10 catches for 77 yards and no scores in 11 games. Baltimore released him on Sept. 1 during final cuts.

Bibbs, 25, has 50 career carries for 208 yards. He played in three games for Washington last season and rushed for 79 yards on 21 carries and also caught a touchdown pass.

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School head resigns over comment about black quarterbacks

HOUSTON (AP) — A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that "You can't count on a black quarterback" in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned.

In a letter Saturday to the Onalaska Independent School District board, Lynn Redden says his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — A white Texas school superintendent who posted online that “You can’t count on a black quarterback” in reference to Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned.

In a letter Saturday to the Onalaska Independent School District board, Lynn Redden says his comment posted earlier in the week on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page was “wrong and inappropriate.”

He also apologizes to Watson, who is black, and points out that Watson could have criticized him for his comment but instead “chose peace and positivity.”

Redden had criticized Watson for letting the clock run down before completing a pass in a 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.

Redden’s comment prompted the school board to convene a special meeting Saturday.

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Texas superintendent resigns after Watson comments

Texas superintendent resigns after Watson comments

The Texas school superintendent who made a racially charged comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned, a Houston television station reported Saturday.

The Onalaska Independent School District's Board of Trustees accepted a letter of resignation from Lynn Redden after a meeting Saturday

Texas superintendent resigns after Watson comments

The Texas school superintendent who made a racially charged comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has resigned, a Houston television station reported Saturday.

The Onalaska Independent School District’s Board of Trustees accepted a letter of resignation from Lynn Redden after a meeting Saturday morning, according to ABC 13.

Redden came under fire for a comment posted on the Houston Chronicle’s Facebook page following the Texans’ Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans. “You can’t count on a black quarterback,” he wrote.

The school board issued a statement earlier this week about Redden’s remarks.

“The OISD does not condone negative comments or actions toward any race,” the statement read. “The District values every individual and therefore the District will take the appropriate measures to address the situation expeditiously and completely.”

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Analysis: 2 ties down, many more could be coming in NFL 2018

Two weeks, two ties.

OK, let's get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied.

Fit tighter than most folks might think, too.

In a slopfest of an opener, the Steelers and Browns drew 21-21 . The first game of the season often can be messy and

Two weeks, two ties.

OK, let’s get this out of the way now: Yes, the NFL is fit to be tied.

Fit tighter than most folks might think, too.

In a slopfest of an opener, the Steelers and Browns drew 21-21 . The first game of the season often can be messy and painful to watch, particularly when so many key players don’t take the field much, if at all, in the preseason. This one was all of that, even if a tie was a big step in the right direction for Cleveland, which lost 31 of 32 contests entering this season.

Yet the Browns sounded more angry with the deadlock than did the Steelers.

“There’s no way that we shouldn’t have won this game,” safety Jabrill Peppers said. “We didn’t win. It is all about winning. Nobody cares about draws or ties, whatever you guys call it. We were in a (position) to win this game countless times. We just have to make the plays.”

A week later, in a more artistic affair — minus the ugly kicking by the now-released Daniel Carlson for Minnesota — the Vikings and Packers finished 29-29. Like the other tie, it was a divisional game. Unlike the other one, both of these clubs should be in the playoff hunt.

So assessing a draw left them perplexed.

“I don’t know what to feel after a tie,” Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. “It’s a unique place to be and proud of the way that the whole team — when I say the team, the coaching staff, the players, the support staff — the way everybody stayed in it and fought. There were times where we thought we should have won it, there were times the Packers feel like they should have won it. And it was a great game, and unfortunately we didn’t get the win.”

Green Bay’s reactions were similar.

“It’s gross,” kicker Mason Crosby offered. “I don’t like it. Obviously, you hate losing. A tie is just weird. You just don’t get them a lot.”

Ah, but you just might this season. Two in two weeks could be a harbinger.

The NFL reduced the length of overtime from 15 minutes to 10 before last season. Stunningly, there were no ties.

But the odds of more results without a winner are vastly increased. And league executives understood that when they made the change.

“What it came down to was really a player safety discussion,” said Dean Blandino, head of the league’s officiating department when the rule change was made in 2017 and now an NFL analyst for Fox. “The year prior to change, you had several games that went the full overtime periods and ended in a tie, or a game ended on a field goal at the last second. That’s an additional however many plays in that game. We had one instance when a team had to come back on Thursday night and play, so that’s a very short week for rest and then playing again.

“So we asked, ‘Are we pushing our players to play an extra quarter and having to come back, creating a chance for more injuries?’

“Yes the potential for more ties would be there in a shorter overtime, but the members of the (competition) committee and the owners didn’t think a tie was necessarily a bad thing.”

Maybe yes, maybe no. But are the alternatives worthwhile?

The NFL could adopt the college rule (won’t ever happen), which detractors have said is like having a home run derby decide a tied baseball game; too much of the natural game is eliminated. So is the sudden death element, although even that has been diluted by the current NFL overtime rule in which the team receiving the kickoff must score a touchdown for the game to end immediately.

Not that we are advocating for getting rid of that and returning to the coin toss being even more instrumental in deciding a game.

The option of continuing to play until there is a winner doesn’t work in the regular season for a variety of reasons. Player safety — player exhaustion — is the main reason, but there are broadcast considerations on a busy Sunday afternoon, too. And fan comfort, particularly in Lambeau or Soldier Field or Gillette Stadium in December.

The NFL also senses that with the shorter overtime, teams will attack more during the extra period. That seems to have been the case at Lambeau Field last Sunday. In the other tie, play was so chaotic it was difficult to tell if either side had a plan for winning.

“There were a lot of things discussed and on the table,” Blandino said of competition committee meetings about overtime. “This goes back if you look prior to 2012, the coin toss was such a big part of OT. We had less ties under that system; just, look at the stats from 1994-2011, and there were only four ties. Since 2012 and the chance to have both teams getting possession, in the next five years, we had five ties in that period.”

And in 2018, we already have two. Get ready for more.

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Colts sign TE Swoope to active roster

Colts sign TE Swoope to active roster

Tight end Erik Swoope was promoted to the Indianapolis Colts' 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday.

The Colts elevated Swoope to the roster with Jack Doyle considered week to week with a hip injury.

Swoope, who played basketball

Colts sign TE Swoope to active roster

Tight end Erik Swoope was promoted to the Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster from the practice squad on Saturday.

The Colts elevated Swoope to the roster with Jack Doyle considered week to week with a hip injury.

Swoope, who played basketball at the University of Miami, has been on and off the Colts’ roster since signing as an undrafted rookie in 2014. He was also active for Week 1. He has 16 career receptions in 18 games over five seasons.

The Colts waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins to make room for Swoope on the roster and signed quarterback Phillip Walker to the practice squad.

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Pats’ Brady working to build rapport with Gordon

Pats' Brady working to build rapport with Gordon

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is working on developing a rapport with new wideout Josh Gordon, but indicated Friday that it will take time to assimilate Gordon into the offense.

"He's been here for a few days, so we're working at

Pats’ Brady working to build rapport with Gordon

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is working on developing a rapport with new wideout Josh Gordon, but indicated Friday that it will take time to assimilate Gordon into the offense.

“He’s been here for a few days, so we’re working at it every day,” Brady told reporters Friday, “and every day you try to make improvements.”

Acquired for a conditional fifth-round pick from the Cleveland Browns on Monday after missing Sunday’s game with a hamstring issue, Gordon is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game in Detroit. He was limited this week in practice with a hamstring injury, and Brady sounded like he doesn’t expect the new wideout to play a major role against the Lions.

“It’s up to the coaches to decide those things,” Brady said. “You could limit the number of plays and try to do that, and I think we’ve done that plenty of times. That’s any time you get new players, that’s what you try to do.”

If Gordon is not active for at least 10 games with the Patriots, New England will get a seventh-round pick in return from Cleveland, but that likely won’t factor into whether Gordon plays Sunday.

Head coach Bill Belichick has been complimentary of Gordon’s approach since arriving in Foxborough.

“I think Josh is a smart kid,” Belichick said. “He’s worked hard. He’s picked up a lot.”

Sunday’s game is the third of four for which the Patriots are without suspended wide receiver Julian Edelman, who is eligible to return to the team Oct. 1.

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Driver who killed Colts’ Jackson sentenced to 16 years

Driver who killed Colts' Jackson sentenced to 16 years

A man who had pleaded guilty in July to causing the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was convicted of

Driver who killed Colts’ Jackson sentenced to 16 years

A man who had pleaded guilty in July to causing the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison.

Manuel Orrego-Savala, 37, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, was convicted of two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .015 or more, causing death. The judge in Marion County, Ind., sentenced him after hearing from Jackson’s mother and the widow of Jeffrey Monroe, the Uber driver who was transporting Jackson at the time of the crash.

Under the plea agreement reached with Orrego-Savala, the sentence was the maximum possible.

Orrego-Savala had a BAC of 0.19 — more than twice Indiana’s legal limit of .08 — when his truck crashed into the 26-year-old Jackson and 54-year-old driver Monroe shortly before 4 a.m. on Feb. 4. The accident happened as the two men stood on the shoulder of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis.

Police investigators said Monroe had pulled the car over when Jackson became ill. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner’s Office.

Orrego-Savala was deported from the U.S. in both 2007 and 2009. He was again in the country illegally at the time of the crash, which prompted President Donald Trump to chime in.

“So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson. This is just one of many such preventable tragedies. We must get the Dems to get tough on the Border, and with illegal immigration, FAST!” Trump tweeted.

Jackson was signed by the Colts on a reserve/future contract in January 2016 after joining the practice squad the previous month. Jackson played in 16 games (starting eight) in 2016 and was placed on injured reserve in September 2017.

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Seahawks’ Thomas misses practice again, status unclear

Seahawks' Thomas misses practice again, status unclear

The status of Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is up in the air after he missed practice Friday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn't commit regarding whether the veteran defensive back would play in the home opener Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after

Seahawks’ Thomas misses practice again, status unclear

The status of Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is up in the air after he missed practice Friday.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll didn’t commit regarding whether the veteran defensive back would play in the home opener Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys after Thomas missed practice for the second time this week for personal reasons.

“Yeah, he couldn’t work today,” Carroll said Friday. Regarding Thomas’ playing status, Carroll added, “We’ll see how he’s doing, make sure he’s OK.”

The coach did confirm Thomas’ absence was not injury-related, stating, “No, he’s got some other stuff we’re working on.”

Just four days before Seattle’s opener against the Broncos in Denver, Thomas came back from a holdout. He started that game and Monday night’s against the Bears in Chicago, where he played all but one defensive snap.

Thomas did not speak to reporters in Seattle’s locker room on Thursday.

The Seahawks did announce that three starters are out for Sunday’s game — linebacker K.J. Wright (knee), receiver Doug Baldwin (knee) and left guard Ethan Pocic (ankle).

Two others are listed as questionable — center Justin Britt (shoulder) and linebacker Mychal Kendricks (ankle). Bobby Wagner (groin) will play after missing the Bears game.

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Slow build: Rams, Chargers still trying to grow fans in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chargers and Rams will meet on the field on Sunday, but both teams are trying to achieve a common goal off it — trying to reignite Los Angeles' passion for the NFL.

The progress so far mirrors the tour of the LA Stadium at the Hollywood Park site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Chargers and Rams will meet on the field on Sunday, but both teams are trying to achieve a common goal off it — trying to reignite Los Angeles’ passion for the NFL.

The progress so far mirrors the tour of the LA Stadium at the Hollywood Park site in Inglewood — a slow build.

“The wheel is starting to spin faster, and it is heading in the right direction. We understand that it is going to take time,” said Chargers chief marketing and strategy officer Jeffrey Pollack.

“The live NFL experience took a 20-year hiatus from Los Angeles. What we both share is trying to reignite the love for the live NFL experience.”

Sunday’s game at the LA Memorial Coliseum marks the sixth time that two Los Angeles teams will meet. The previous time was Nov. 13, 1994, when the Raiders defeated the Rams 20-17 at Anaheim Stadium.

Both teams cite increased season ticket and single-game sales, but the TV ratings remain low. The Nielsen rating for the Chargers’ game in Buffalo last Sunday was 7.9 while the Rams’ game against the Cardinals drew a 5.6 locally.

That was a big drop from Week 1, when the Monday Night game against the Raiders drew a 16.7.

The Chargers averaged a 6.0 locally last season in their first season back in Los Angeles. The bigger concern might be the Rams, who averaged a 9.0 when they moved to LA in 2016 but fell to 7.0 last season despite winning the NFC West.

For both teams, the ratings aren’t close to what they averaged in their former homes. The Rams had a 19.7 rating in St. Louis in 2015 and the Chargers a 24.4 in San Diego in 2016.

Both teams though are quick to point out that the television measuring audience in LA compared to the other two markets is more than five times as large.

Despite the low TV ratings, Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff sees signs of growth elsewhere. He pointed out that attendance at training camp in Irvine increased this season and that fans were more engaged at last week’s Cardinals game despite the Rams putting it away at halftime.

“Whether it is seeing more T-shirts at the farmer’s market or hats at the beach it is great to see this team growing in the collective subconscious,” he said.

Both teams are building their hopes toward 2020, when they move into the new stadium. Tuesday’s tour was the first opportunity reporters and most team executives got to see construction from the floor of the stadium, which is half completed. Installation of the massive roof panels has already started.

The new stadium will seat 70,240, including 260 luxury suites and 13,000 premium seats.

“It looks like a stadium now,” Chargers President of Business Operations A.G. Spanos said. “To be inside the bowl and see the shape of it you can visualize what it is going to look like.”

Sunday’s game between the Chargers (1-1) and Rams (2-0) at the LA Memorial Coliseum will be another barometer in how much growth remains not only for the rest of this season, but in being able to draw fans to the new stadium.

Both teams are considered playoff contenders, and it’s possible they could meet in Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.

In a sports marketplace that will only get more crowded next month with a probable Dodgers’ postseason appearance and LeBron James debut with the Lakers, Rams coach Sean McVay sees room for everyone.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunities because of the fans and because of all the different resources at our disposal that there’s enough room for two good football teams,” he said.

“That’s what we want to try to do — continue to try to put out a product that our fans can be proud of and something that they want to come out and support.”

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Earl Thomas doesn’t practice; Ethan Pocic out for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was at practice on Friday but did not take part because of reasons of a personal nature, according to coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll left open the possibility that the issue — that he wouldn't detail — could keep Thomas from playing Sunday in the

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas was at practice on Friday but did not take part because of reasons of a personal nature, according to coach Pete Carroll.

Carroll left open the possibility that the issue — that he wouldn’t detail — could keep Thomas from playing Sunday in the team’s home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

“He couldn’t work today,” Carroll said. “… We’ll see how he’s doing. Make sure he’s OK.”

Thomas did not take part in practice on Wednesday either and was listed on the team’s injury report as being out for non-injury reasons. He returned to practice on Thursday before missing the team’s final practice of the week on Friday.

Carroll confirmed that his absence had nothing to do with an injury.

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NFL notebook: Decision on Mayfield won’t come until next week

NFL notebook: Decision on Mayfield won't come until next week

No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield gave Cleveland just its second win in 38 games on Thursday night, but Browns coach Hue Jackson isn't ready to anoint him the starter just yet.

Jackson said Friday all players were given the

NFL notebook: Decision on Mayfield won’t come until next week

No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield gave Cleveland just its second win in 38 games on Thursday night, but Browns coach Hue Jackson isn’t ready to anoint him the starter just yet.

Jackson said Friday all players were given the weekend off, and no personnel decisions would be made until at least Monday when the team convenes to prepare for a Week 4 game at Oakland.

“It is impressive what he did last night; there’s no way around that,” Jackson said. “It was a short week, not a lot of practice time, and you would think he took all the reps.”

Mayfield relieved a concussed Tyrod Taylor and rallied the Browns from a 14-point deficit past the visiting New York Jets for a 21-17 win — ending a 19-game winless streak. Mayfield, in his NFL debut, finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little over one half of work for the Browns (1-1-1), who tallied their first victory since Dec. 24, 2016.

–Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan is back from a concussion, but quarterback Marcus Mariota might not be ready to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Lewan missed last week’s game recovering from a head injury suffered at Miami in Week 1. Mariota wore a glove with two fingers cut out of it hoping to improve his grip on Thursday and Friday. He’s been slow to bounce back from an elbow injury against the Dolphins.

Right tackle Jack Conklin missed the first two games of the season and wants to play, but is listed as questionable. He has not played since suffering a torn ACL at New England in January.

–Jacksonville running back Leonard Fournette is in jeopardy of missing his second straight game when the Jaguars host the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

Fournette is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury but a decision on his availability isn’t expected until Sunday. Backup running back T.J. Yeldon (ankle) and star cornerback Jalen Ramsey (ankle) also are listed as questionable as are cornerback D.J. Hayden (toe) and right guard A.J. Cann (triceps).

If Yeldon (team-best 109 yards) and Fournette (41) are both on the sidelines, Corey Grant will take over as the feature back. Grant has 16 yards on five carries in two games.

–After missing Thursday’s practice with a heel injury, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman returned to the practice field on Friday and was removed from the team’s injury report, signaling he will play Sunday when the team travels to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

The 30-year-old Sherman was a full participant Friday after sitting out a day earlier. Over the past 10 months, Sherman has undergone surgeries to both of his Achilles tendons, in addition to battling hamstring issues during the summer.

In other 49ers injury updates, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (quadriceps) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (shoulder) were listed as questionable for Sunday after being limited in Friday’s practice. San Francisco also declared it will be without guard Joshua Garnett (toe) for a second straight week.

–The Indianapolis Colts will be without a few key offensive pieces for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo (hamstring), tight end Jack Doyle (hip) and running back Marlon Mack (foot, hamstring) have been ruled out, team owner Jim Irsay tweeted on Friday. Cornerback Quincy Wilson (concussion), defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway (calf) and defensive lineman Denico Autry (ankle) were also ruled out.

Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (quad) returned to practice on Friday and is no longer on the injury report.

–The Carolina Panthers placed starting safety Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve following his second concussion in five weeks.

Searcy was injured in Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers expect to have rookie Rashann Gaulden and veteran Colin Jones split time at that position during Sunday’s home game against Cincinnati.

Searcy was also injured in Carolina’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 17 and entered the concussion protocol.

–Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement landed on the injury report with a quadriceps injury and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Clement was expected to start with Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) already ruled out. If Clement can’t play, the Eagles would likely make a roster move to add a running back to the 53-man roster.

Either way, the Eagles are getting closer to good news at wide receiver. Alshon Jeffery, out since shortly after the Super Bowl due to shoulder surgery, was upgraded to questionable after being inactive the first two weeks of the regular season.

–Minnesota Vikings’ running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end Everson Griffen are out for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

Cook left the overtime tie at Green Bay last week with a hamstring injury he described as a cramp. But Cook was unable to complete a practice this week, giving way to backup Latavius Murray.

Griffen was also out of practice on Friday and ruled out for Week 3. He’s dealing with a toe injury.

–Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory is expected to play Sunday when the Cowboys visit the Seattle Seahawks after he missed last week’s win over the New York Giants because of a concussion.

Gregory, 25, was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol last Friday but sat out the Cowboys’ 20-13 win over the Giants. The pass rusher suffered a concussion in Week 1 at Carolina in his first game since he participated in two games in 2016.

The Cowboys will be without defensive tackle Maliek Collins, who was ruled out for Sunday’s game because of a knee injury. Dallas listed two others as questionable — wide receiver Cole Beasley (ankle) and safety Xavier Woods (hamstring) — while linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring) is no longer listed on the report.

–The New York Giants ruled outside linebacker Olivier Vernon and cornerback Eli Apple out for Sunday’s road game against the Houston Texans.

Vernon will miss his third straight game with a high ankle sprain, while Apple will be sidelined with a groin injury suffered during last Sunday’s contest against the Dallas Cowboys.

Connor Barwin and Lorenzo Carter will again see action in Vernon’s spot. B.W. Webb and Donte Deayon will step in for Apple.

–After two blowout losses to open the season, some Arizona Cardinals fans are calling for No. 10 overall draft pick Josh Rosen to get a shot as the starting quarterback.

Arizona GM Steve Keim told fans not to get their hopes up during a radio appearance on Friday.

“It’s a tough question. When the time is right, Josh will have his opportunity,” Keim said. “At the same time, you never know how a guy is going to be affected. Some guys have played too early and it has crippled their career. I’m not going to name names, but I think a lot of us can think of certain players. Then there are guys who have come in and had success right away. But usually it’s a rocky road.

“I don’t think there is any exact science to that, but I think there is certainly a feeling of knowing when the time is right.”

–Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was fined $53,482 by the NFL for a hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams last Sunday, multiple outlets reported.

Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness when the play occurred during the third quarter of the 29-29 tie.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday on his weekly radio show that an official told Sendejo he did everything right while making the tackle. The heavy fine is partially due to Sendejo being a repeat offender. He was cited twice last season and received a one-game suspension for the second offense.

–Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee was fined $10,026 for his hit on quarterback Cam Newton in last Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers.

The second-year safety Kazee, who was ejected from the Week 2 game against Carolina, is appealing the fine, NFL Network reported. Falcons defensive end Takk McKinley was also fined $10,026, and McKinley was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints due to a groin injury.

Running back Devonta Freeman (knee), defensive end Derrick Shelby (groin) and linebacker Corey Nelson (calf) will also miss the contest.

–Field Level Media

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Panthers S Searcy (concussion) placed on IR

Panthers S Searcy (concussion) placed on IR

For the Carolina Panthers, another day meant another player lost to injury.

On Friday, multiple outlets reported that the Panthers placed starting safety Da'Norris Searcy on injured reserve following his second concussion in five weeks.

Searcy, 29, was injured in

Panthers S Searcy (concussion) placed on IR

For the Carolina Panthers, another day meant another player lost to injury.

On Friday, multiple outlets reported that the Panthers placed starting safety Da’Norris Searcy on injured reserve following his second concussion in five weeks.

Searcy, 29, was injured in Sunday’s 31-24 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers (1-1), who have not signed a player to replace Searcy on the roster that’s currently at 52, expect to have rookie Rashann Gaulden and veteran Colin Jones split time at that position during Sunday’s home game against Cincinnati (2-0).

Searcy was also injured in Carolina’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 17 and entered the concussion protocol.

Other Carolina players who have been hurt and are on injured reserve include cornerback Ross Cockrell (broken leg in training camp) and starting offensive tackles Matt Kalil and Daryl Williams (both knee injuries).

Only two of those players can be activated later in the season. Cockrell will not return, though, and Williams is also expected to be out for the season.

–Field Level Media

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Vikings S Sendejo fined $53,482 for hit

Vikings S Sendejo fined $53,482 for hit

Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was fined $53,482 by the NFL for a hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams last Sunday, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness when the play occurred during the third

Vikings S Sendejo fined $53,482 for hit

Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was fined $53,482 by the NFL for a hit on Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams last Sunday, multiple outlets reported on Friday.

Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness when the play occurred during the third quarter of the 29-29 tie.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday on his weekly radio show that an official told Sendejo he did everything right while making the tackle.

The heavy fine is partially due to Sendejo being a repeat offender. He was cited twice last season and received a one-game suspension for the second offense.

–Field Level Media

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