Devon Allen talks to reporters during Oregon Football   s Pro Day Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Moshofsky Center in Eugene Ore.

Eagles WR Devon Allen runs third-fastest 110m hurdles time

NFL hopeful Devon Allen posted the third-fastest men’s 110-meter hurdles time ever on Sunday, winning in 12.84 seconds at the USATF NYC Grand Prix in New York.

Allen, who recently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, easily defeated Olympic silver medalist Grant Holloway, who finished in 13.06 seconds.

Allen, 27, missed the world record by 0.04 seconds. The mark of 12.80 was set by American Aries Merritt in 2012, while Holloway narrowly missed matching it when he ran 12.81 on June 26, 2021.

Allen, a two-time Olympian, was gunning for the mark from the outset.

“I thought I could break the record today,” Allen said, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Clean up a few things, and four hundredths of a second is four thousandths of a second per hurdle, which is so small. Going to have to wait for another race.”

Allen plans to compete in track through July before turning his attention to football. The Eagles signed him after he turned in an unofficial 4.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Oregon’s pro day earlier this year.

Allen played for the Ducks from 2014-16. He showed promise in 2014 when he caught 41 passes for 684 yards and seven touchdowns.

“When I’m doing so much — like football and track, trying to balance them both — I need to be really conscious of my recovery, my sleep, my diet, everything like that,” Allen told reporters.

“So it had me locked in a little bit more, and obviously it’s working out.”

Allen placed fifth in the 2016 Rio Olympics in 13.31 seconds and fourth last summer in Tokyo with a time of 13.14.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich looks on in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Saints seek interviews with Byron Leftwich, Aaron Glenn

Sean Payton’s retirement created another coaching vacancy this week, and the New Orleans Saints’ search began taking shape on Thursday.

Multiple reports indicated Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, a finalist to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, was near the top of the list along with Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn.

Current defensive coordinator Dennis Allen reportedly interviewed for the opening. NFL Network reported earlier this week that Allen is considered the frontrunner for the job.

Conflicted reports Thursday indicated the Jaguars could seal the deal with Leftwich, but questions about front-office structure and roster control were thought to be challenges.

Leftwich, a quarterback in Jacksonville who has called the plays for division rival Tampa Bay under Bruce Arians, has never been a head coach.

Glenn spent five seasons as secondary coach of the Saints under Payton and is a former NFL cornerback. Glenn also has zero experience as a head coach.

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Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team outside linebacker David Mayo (51) sets the play with defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) and defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s Jonathan Allen throws punch at teammate Daron Payne

Emotions boiled over on the Washington Football Team’s bench during Sunday night’s 56-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys when star defensive tackle Jonathan Allen threw a punch at teammate Daron Payne.

The incident between the two former Alabama teammates happened in the second quarter with Washington trailing 28-7.

The two were conversing — not politely — when Payne, who was standing, poked his finger into the left side of Allen’s head. Allen swatted Payne’s hand away with his left hand and stood up and threw a hard right-handed punch that grazed the defensive tackle’s face.

Other Washington defensive players got between the two to break up the scuffle. Payne still was vehemently upset minutes later while Allen was sitting nearby.

After the contest, Payne had cooled off and said the incident was “wrong place, wrong time.”

“You got brothers? You guys fight, right?” Payne told reporters. “It’s all good.”

Washington coach Ron Rivera said after the contest that there would be no punishment.

“I’ve talked with them and as far as I’m concerned, that’s where it’s gonna stay,” Rivera said. “… What my players say to me is really nobody’s business.”

The 26-year-old Allen was named to the Pro Bowl this season for the first time in his five-year NFL career. He was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Payne, 24, was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2018 draft and is in his fourth season with Washington.

Washington (6-9) has dropped three straight games and has clinched a losing season for the fifth straight campaign.

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Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA;  Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera (M) looks on from the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Rivera: Washington’s starting QB to depend on Tuesday testing

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said Garrett Gilbert will start Tuesday night in Philadelphia unless one of the team’s top two quarterbacks can pass a COVID-19 test in time.

Appearing on his radio show on 106.7 The Fan, Rivera said Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen will be tested twice on Tuesday — once in the morning and again in the early afternoon. If one or the other tests negative, he could rush to join the team in Philadelphia to face the Eagles at 7 p.m. ET.

Washington (6-7) and Philadelphia (6-7) have until 4 p.m. ET to activate players from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

As of Tuesday morning, the Eagles had two players on the list and Washington had 17.

Gilbert, 30, has not appeared in a game this season. He made his NFL debut with Rivera’s Carolina Panthers in 2018 and made his only previous start last season for the Dallas Cowboys in a Week 9 loss to Pittsburgh, 24-19.

“Garrett played for us in Carolina,” Rivera said Tuesday. “He actually played in a couple of games. He has a lot of familiarity with what we do, so he came back and picked everything back up right away. Last year, if you watched the Cowboys-Pittsburgh game, he came in and played a heck of a game in a loss. They almost won. He’s a very steady quarterback. He has good arm strength, can make all the throws. So we’ve got good familiarity with him.”

Heinicke, 28, has passed for 2,931 yards with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 13 games (12 starts) this season.

Allen, 25, completed 4 of 9 passes for 53 yards in the Week 14 loss to the Cowboys.

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Jun 10, 2021; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat (90) jokes with Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) on the field prior to drills as part of minicamp at Inova Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington activates 4 players from reserve/COVID-19 list

The Washington Football Team activated defensive tackle Jonathan Allen and defensive end Montez Sweat from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

Defensive ends Casey Toohill and James Smith-Williams also were activated for Washington (6-7), which had its scheduled road game against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) on Sunday moved to Tuesday due to the team’s complications with COVID-19.

Allen, 25, has recorded 45 tackles and a team-leading 7.5 sacks in 13 games this season.

He has 247 tackles, 24.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 65 career games since being selected by Washington with the 17th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Sweat, 25, initially was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Dec. 8 after missing four games with a fractured jaw.

He has collected 19 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in eight games this season.

Sweat has 20 sacks, 114 tackles (23 for loss) and 45 quarterback hits in 40 career games (all starts) with Washington.

Toohill, 25, has 15 tackles and one sack in 12 games (three starts) this season.

Smith-Williams, 24, has 25 tackles and two sacks in 12 games (four starts) in 2021.

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Dec 5, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) with the catch during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers remove WR Mike Williams, CB Chris Harris Jr. from COVID-19 list

The Los Angeles Chargers activated receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. from the COVID-19 list on Saturday.

The two players were placed on the list Wednesday, two days after receiver Keenan Allen went on the same list. Allen will miss Sunday’s home game against the New York Giants.

The Chargers also added safety Derwin James (hamstring) to the injured list, labeling him as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Also, linebacker Kyler Fackrell, who underwent a procedure on his knee earlier in the week, was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Williams has a caught a career-best 55 passes in 12 games (10 starts) this season. He has 854 yards and seven touchdowns.

Harris has one interception and 26 tackles in nine games (seven starts) this season.

Allen is missing his first game of the season. He leads the Chargers with 86 catches for 929 yards. Allen has four touchdown receptions.

James has a team-leading 100 tackles in 12 games. He also has three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two sacks.

Fackrell has 15 tackles and three sacks in 12 games (one start).

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen’s MVP odds continue to strengthen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has put a little more distance between himself and his closest competition for NFL MVP honors.

Allen is now the +250 favorite at several sportsbooks. At BetMGM, the next shortest odds belong to fellow quarterbacks Tom Brady (+400), Kyler Murray (+500) and Matthew Stafford (+600).

The trio are each being offered at +600 at DraftKings.

The Bills hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the AFC East over the New England Patriots, with Allen leading the way 17 touchdowns against only three interceptions while throwing for 1,972 yards. That includes 249 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no picks in Buffalo’s thrashing of Miami last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Brady and Murray are coming off losses — the second of the season for Tampa Bay and the first for Murray’s Arizona Cardinals. Brady still leads the way at DraftKings with 17 percent of the MVP handle backing the Buccaneers’ quarterback, while Stafford is now second with 13 percent, ahead of Allen and Murray at 11 percent each.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers opened the season at +1200 and has seen his odds steadily shorten to +800 this week with Green Bay riding a seven-game winning streak. He has been backed by 17 percent of the total bets at DraftKings, well ahead of Allen at 11 percent and Brady and Stafford at 10 percent each.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott still has shorter odds both books — +650 at DraftKings and +700 at BetMGM — despite missing last week’s win over Minnesota.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry remains +4000 at DraftKings despite foot surgery that will sideline him until the playoffs, if not for the season. He has been taken off the MVP market at BetMGM, where the top non-quarterback now is Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp at +10000.

–Field Level Media

Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) meets Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) at mid-field after a game at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson boost MVP odds

Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson are the big movers in the NFL MVP race after sterling Week 5 performances.

Oddsmakers slashed Jackson’s odds in half — from +2500 to +1200 at DraftKings — in a span of a few hours on Monday. Jackson delivered a game-winning touchdown and threw four TDs to lift the Baltimore Ravens over the Indianapolis Colts in overtime on “Monday Night Football.”

Jackson has more total yards this season than half of the NFL’s teams.

One of them is not the Buffalo Bills, with Allen at quarterback accounting for 14 total touchdowns (two rushing) this season. Allen had three TD passes at Kansas City in Buffalo’s primetime takedown of the Chiefs on Sunday night.

He’s now the betting favorite at most sportsbooks at +450 (FanDuel), a marginal stride ahead of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (+500).

At BetMGM, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is +650 and third overall behind Allen and Murray.

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers and Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL leader in passing yards, are tied at +600 at DraftKings. At FanDuel, Brady is +800 and Herbert +600.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is +900 at FanDuel, even with Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and ahead of Jackson (+1200) and Patrick Mahomes (+1500).

NFL leading rusher Derrick Henry of the Titans hasn’t received the same bump after big performances. He’s even with Browns running back Nick Chubb, who is second in the NFL in rushing, at +8000 odds at FanDuel. Henry is +4000 for MVP at BetMGM.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Addison (97) pressures Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills (10) during the first half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills trample hapless Texans

Josh Allen found Dawson Knox for two touchdown passes Sunday and the Buffalo Bills’ defense overwhelmed the Houston Texans in a 40-0 rout in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Allen completed 20 of 29 passes for 248 yards with an interception as Buffalo (3-1) won its third straight game and stayed atop the AFC East. The Bills have outscored Miami, Washington and Houston by a combined 118-21.

Their defense was far too much for rookie quarterback Davis Mills, making his second NFL start. Mills hit on 11 of 21 passes for just 87 yards, tossing four interceptions and finishing with a QB rating of 23.4.

The Texans (1-3) actually could have taken a short field goal lead than five minutes into the game to grab an early lead, but opted to go for it on fourth-and-3 at the Buffalo 6, four plays after Lonnie Johnson intercepted Allen and returned it 32 yards to the 13.

The gamble didn’t pay off as Allen’s pass for David Johnson fell incomplete. Houston only got into Bills territory twice more after that, but Mills’ interceptions finished both possessions.

Buffalo got the only points it would need with 1:59 left in the first quarter when Allen pump-faked and hit Knox over the middle for a 25-yard touchdown. It was the third straight game the duo had connected for a score.

Bass made it 16-0 at halftime with second-quarter field goals of 33, 26 and 21 yards. That the Bills couldn’t score touchdowns in the red zone was of little consequence because their defense squashed everything Houston tried.

Another Bass field goal, a 28-yarder with 8:49 left in the third quarter, upped the advantage to 19-0. Buffalo turned it into a rout with three fourth quarter touchdowns.

Allen found Knox for a 1-yard scoring strike with 13:29 left, followed by a 4-yard touchdown run by Zack Moss. Backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky capped the scoring by running for a 4-yard touchdown with 3:36 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Justin Jones (93) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes’ MVP odds take hit; Josh Allen rises

Patrick Mahomes’ NFL MVP odds took a hit following his two-interception performance in Kansas City’s loss on Sunday that dropped the Chiefs to 1-2.

Mahomes was the +500 favorite entering Week 3 but saw those odds lengthen to +600 at PointsBet on Monday. They slipped even further later in the day, with the Chiefs’ quarterback now the co-favorite at +700 with Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is now the +750 betting favorite at DraftKings, followed by Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford at +800.

Stafford also saw his MVP odds shorten from +1000 to +800 at PointsBet after guiding the Rams past the Bucs on Sunday and to a 3-0 record to start the season. He is the co-third favorite at the book along with Murray.

The biggest move of Week 3 belongs to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, who is now being offered at +900 by PointsBet after entering the weekend at +1400. The Bills are 2-1 following a rout of the Washington Football Team, and Allen has now pulled event at DraftKings at +1000 along with Brady and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Mahomes entered the season as the MVP favorite and he remained in that role while throwing six touchdowns against one interception through Kansas City’s 1-1 start. However, he threw a pair of picks in Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Chargers.

The Chiefs are still the AFC West favorites at PointsBet despite being 1-2, although their odds have moved from -225 before Sunday’s game to -125. The undefeated Denver Broncos are being offered at +350, followed by the Chargers (+500) and the Las Vegas Raiders (+525).

The AFC West has begun the season a combined 9-3, with the Chiefs owning two of those losses and the Chargers one.

The Chiefs entered Sunday at +525 to win the Super Bowl and also saw those odds lengthen a bit to +600 on Monday.

“We are who we are right now because of the turnovers,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Monday. “We’re a 1-2 team, and so we have to correct everything, make sure we get back on track and getting this thing going in the right direction moving forward.”

–Field Level Media