The Latest: Jaguars bench Bortles after 2 fumbles vs. Texans

The Latest on the NFL's Week 7 (all times EDT):

2:45 p.m.

The Jaguars benched quarterback Blake Bortles following his second fumble against Houston.

Bortles fumbled on the team's third play of each half, and the Texans turned them into 10 points. They led 20-0 when former Cleveland quarterback Cody Kessler entered the game. Fans cheered Kessler's entrance.

Bortles completed 6 of 12 passes for 61 yards in the first half. He also scrambled six times for 30 yards.

The Jaguars have been shut out in the first half for the third consecutive game, the first time that has happened in franchise history.

— Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville.


2:40 p.m.

New York Jets running back Bilal Powell has been ruled out for the rest of the team's game against the Minnesota Vikings with a neck injury.

After a 2-yard run in the second quarter, Powell remained down for a few moments as trainers checked on him. Powell got up and was able to walk to the sideline and then to the locker room. He had 20 yards on four carries in the game.

Isaiah Crowell and rookie Trenton Cannon are handling the carries out of the backfield the rest of the game.

Jets safety Doug Middleton, starting in place of the injured Marcus Maye, also left in the second quarter with a shoulder injury. It was uncertain how Middleton was injured. He was in on punt coverage and then took the field on defense, but took a knee to signal he was hurt and headed straight to the locker room with Jets medical staff.

Minnesota left guard Tom Compton left in the first quarter with a knee injury and was questionable to return. He was replaced by Danny Isidora.

— Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey


2:35 p.m.

New England running back Sony Michel is questionable to return after being carted off with a knee injury.

The rookie running back suffered the injury when he fumbled the ball on the last play of the first quarter.

Michel needed help from trainers to get off the field. He spent several minutes in the medical tent before being carted off to the locker room.

The Patriots are already without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is inactive due to back and ankle injuries.


2:30 p.m.

A security guard at the Dolphins-Lions game at Hard Rock Stadium was taken to the hospital with an apparent arm injury after Miami receiver Kenny Stills blindsided her.

Stills' momentum carried him into the guard after he caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. A dazed Stills checked on her and gave her the ball as a souvenir, and then went into the Dolphins medical tent for evaluation.

The Dolphins earlier lost receiver Albert Wilson with a right leg injury.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami.


2:20 p.m.

The Jaguars have been shut out in the first half for the third consecutive game, the first time that has happened in franchise history.

Jacksonville trails Houston 13-0. That follows two more scoreless first halves against Kansas City (24-0) and Dallas (20-0). So the Jaguars have been outscored 57-0 in the first half of their past three games.


1:50 p.m.

Miami Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson has left his team's game against Detroit with a right leg injury. His right foot appeared to buckle when he was tackled after a 25-yard reception, and he limped to the locker room.

The fifth-year receiver leads the Dolphins in receptions (23) and receiving yards (359) along with four touchdowns.

— Steven Wine reporting from Miami.


1:20 p.m.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy is out after getting injured on Buffalo's opening series at Indianapolis.

McCoy was injured on the Bills' second offensive play — a 1-yard run and walked slowly across the field and into the injury tent where he was checked by team doctors.

After a few minutes, McCoy came out of the tent and walked across the field with one arm around a trainer or team doctor. The team announced he was being evaluated for a head injury. McCoy was replaced in the lineup by veteran Chris Ivory.

Derek Anderson also started in place of injured quarterback Josh Allen.

— Michael Marot reporting from Indianapolis.


1:10 p.m.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid again took a knee during The Star-Spangled Banner before the game against Philadelphia.

None of Reid's Carolina teammates joined him or stood near him at midfield. Reid is trying to call attention to social and racial injustice.

The 26-year-old Reid made his return to the NFL after signing with the Panthers on Sept. 27, four months after filing a grievance against the NFL alleging teams colluded against signing him during free agency after he knelt during the national anthem alongside former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Reid had to be restrained by teammates as he jawed at Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins before the coin flip.

Reid left The Players Coalition last year because Jenkins, the coalition founder, had excluded Kaepernick from meetings, and asked players if they would stop protesting the anthem if the NFL made a charitable donation to causes they support.

In Miami, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the anthem, as they have done in the past, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist

— Dan Gelston reporting from Philadelphia and Steven Wine reporting from Miami.


1:05 p.m.

Houston Texans safety Andre Hal, who returned to practice this week following treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, was in the starting lineup at Jacksonville.

Hal was diagnosed with the disease in May and immediately began treatment. He received the news of his remission last month.

The 26-year-old Hal is in his fifth year with the Texans. He was drafted by Houston in 2014 out of Vanderbilt. He started all 16 games last season and had three interceptions.

— Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville.


1 p.m.

The NFL's Week 7 slate continues after the Los Angeles Chargers held off The Tennessee Titans in London 20-19.

The biggest matchup of the seven early afternoon games involves Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (4-2) traveling to Chicago to face the Bears (3-2) and young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.


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