Sep 26, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) runs the ball during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Titans WR Julio Jones (hamstring) vows to play vs. Bills

Tennessee Titans receiver Julio Jones said Friday that he will return from his hamstring injury to play in Monday night’s home game against the Buffalo Bills.

Jones was injured against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 26 and has missed the past two games.

“I feel great,” Jones told reporters after Friday’s practice. “I did everything I needed to do, and I’m ready to go. … I am out here flying around, and I feel good.”

Jones is in his first season with the Titans after spending 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He has 12 catches for 204 yards in three games.

Jones was a full participant in practice for the second straight day.

“At the end of the day, we just have to come out here and keep working,” Jones said. “So, you can see the best version of myself, and the other guys as well. We just have to keep working and keep getting better every day.

“I am putting the work in each and every day to prepare for Monday night.”

A seven-time Pro Bowl selection with Atlanta, Jones has 860 career receptions for 13,100 yards and 60 touchdowns in 138 career games. The Titans acquired him from the Falcons in April.

Fellow wideout A.J. Brown (hamstring) also is on track to play after being a full practice participant for the second straight day.

Brown also was injured against the Colts and missed a game against the New York Jets earlier this month. He returned to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and caught three passes for 38 yards but said afterward that he was affected by the injury.

Brown has 10 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown in four games this season.

Also, outside linebacker Bud Dupree (knee) missed Friday’s practice and could be sidelined for the fourth straight game. Dupree is in his first season with the Titans after spending six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Others who missed practice on Friday were cornerback Kristian Fulton (hamstring), linebacker Monty Rice (groin) and running back Jeremy McNichols (ankle).

–Field Level Media

Buccaneers activate WR Antonio Brown from COVID list

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was activated from the COVID-19 list and expects to play in Tampa Bay’s Sunday night game at New England.

Brown did not play last week, landing on the reserve/COVID list prior to the Buccaneers’ trip to Los Angeles to face the Rams.

The Bucs lost wide receiver Scotty Miller to a turf toe injury in the Week 3 loss and placed him on injured reserve Wednesday.

Brown, 33, is one of multiple former Patriots returning to Gillette Stadium for the primetime game along with quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Brown has six receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown this season.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul, Jaydon Mickens out vs. Rams

Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and returner/receiver Jaydon Mickens will miss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ road game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians said Pierre-Paul (hand, shoulder) and Mickens (abdominal) won’t make the trip to Los Angeles.

Arians also termed it as “very questionable” whether Antonio Brown could come off the reserve/COVID-19 list and play in the game.

First-round draft pick Joe Tryon-Shoyinka will make his first career start in place of Paul.

Pierre-Paul has nine tackles in two games, while Mickens is averaging 29 yards on four kickoff returns and 10.5 on two punt returns.

Brown has six receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown.

–Field Level Media

Nov 30, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks offensive guard Mike Iupati (70) and offensive tackle Duane Brown (76) wait for the snap against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks pine for LT Duane Brown’s return

Russell Wilson’s left tackle has left the building, and Wilson is openly pining for Duane Brown to return to the Seattle Seahawks.

Brown is entering the final year of his existing contract and set to earn $11.35 million, including bonuses, in his 14th NFL season.

But Brown, 35, wants the Seahawks to address his deal, head coach Pete Carroll admitted. Brown is sitting out of practices.

Wilson openly ribbed the Seahawks for not addressing the offensive line in February. Without Brown, he voiced even more frustration.

“Not having Duane Brown out there is a pretty significant deal because I think he’s one of the best left tackles in the game, there’s no arguing it,” Wilson said. “I think he’s as good as it gets. There’s nobody more athletic, more talented than he is. Age is just a number. He looks like he’s 28-30 out there. He’s really exceptional. So smart and physical, understands the game, and I think people fear him, to be honest with you, when they’re rushing him and playing against him. So we definitely want to be able to get him back out there. We’ve got to figure that out because we need Duane Brown.”

Based on Spotrac’s salary database, 11 left tackles will make more than Brown and three right tackles earn more. Brown turns 36 later this month but started every game in 2020 with Seattle.

Carroll said the Seahawks are attempting to find a middle ground.

“We’re working at it…” Carroll told NFL Network. “Duane is really an important player for us on the offensive side of the ball. And we know how to work with him and make sure he’s ready to play. He’s making a statement right now. We’re working with him. He’s going through walkthroughs and all, so we know he’ll be ready to play. He would not be practicing a lot at this time (anyway), so we’ll try to work our way through it and make sure we can put this thing together.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2021; Owings Mills, MD, United States; Baltimore Ravens wide receivers Rashod Bateman (12) and Marquise Brown (5) talk during a break at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens WR ‘Hollywood’ Brown out with ‘more serious’ hamstring issue

Baltimore Ravens deep threat Marquise Brown is idle with a hamstring injury, described by head coach John Harbaugh as “more serious” than initially feared.

Brown, the blazing outside receiver for the Ravens in a revamped WR corps, might miss more time than expected, Harbaugh said Monday.

Already out with “muscle tightness” is rookie receiver Rashod Bateman, who sparkled early in camp with several deep receptions. Bateman is not expected to miss significant time. He said Sunday he was dealing with “no big issues.”

The Ravens signed Sammy Watkins as a free agent and offensive coordinator Greg Roman said last week he’s living up to his reputation as a No. 1 receiver.

Brown has missed three consecutive practices.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Carolina Panthers safety Sam Franklin (42) breaks up a pass to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans acquiring Falcons WR Julio Jones

The Tennessee Titans are expected to acquire All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons barring any setbacks over the next 24 to 48 hours, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Per ESPN, the teams are still negotiating whether the deal involving Jones will include a second- and a fifth-round pick, or a second-round selection with a swap of other picks.

Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, would join A.J. Brown as wideouts on a Titans team that features bruising running back Derrick Henry.

Brown has actively been campaigning over social media for Tennessee to acquire his “idol” Jones.

Henry led the league in rushing with 2,027 yards and added 17 touchdowns in 2020, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors.

Jones, 32, caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns in nine games in 2020. His low production was a byproduct of injuries. The Falcons selected him with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Jones has three years left on his contract, including $15.3 million for the 2021 season and $11.51 million for 2022 and 2023. His salary cap hit for 2021 is $23.1 million.

–Field Level Media

Feb 10, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (left) poses for a photograph at a private event for players, family, and friends at Port Tampa Bay during the  Tampa Bay Buccaneers boat parade to celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers yet to re-sign Antonio Brown, awaiting physical

Head coach Bruce Arians reiterated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are planning to bring Antonio Brown back for a second season pending his physical.

The exam was delayed by Brown’s recent knee surgery, Arians told PewterReport.com.

“It’s just a matter of a physical,” Arians said. “We wanted AB back. He was a model citizen the whole time he’s been here. We wanted him back, and he’s never had surgery in his life, so it’s just a matter of getting the physical done. So yeah, I wanted him back the whole time.”

Brown could sign as soon as next week and has a one-year deal worth up to $6.25 million on the table to return to the Buccaneers.

A lawsuit was filed against Brown last week related to an altercation with a moving truck driver in January 2020.

He recently settled a civil suit with his former trainer, Brittany Taylor, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2017 and 2018.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2018; Tucson, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive guard Chris Brown (77) against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Southern California OL Chris Brown dies at 24

Former Southern California offensive lineman Chris Brown has died, coach Clay Helton announced Sunday. Brown was 24.

The school confirmed Brown’s death, according to the Los Angeles Times. No cause was given.

“Heartbroken to hear the news that we lost Chris Brown today,” Helton said on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Brown family. Chris meant so much to so many. Great person, player, teammate, and Trojan. God bless my friend. You are forever in our hearts.”

Brown played in 53 games (27 starts) for the Trojans from 2014-18 and was a starting guard in each of his last two seasons.

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers in the spring of 2019 but didn’t make the roster. He was subsequently signed to the team’s practice squad before being released in early October.

Brown would have turned 25 on April 26.

This is the second time in 10 months that a former USC offensive lineman died unexpectedly. Former center Max Tuerk died last June at age 26 when he collapsed while hiking.

It was later revealed that Tuerk died of an enlarged heart.

–Field Level Media

Aug 15, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Trent Brown (77) during a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots to acquire OT Trent Brown from Raiders

Offensive tackle Trent Brown will be traded to the New England Patriots at the start of the league year on March 17, per multiple reports.

Pending a physical, Brown is being dealt to the Patriots for the second time in his career — this time from the Las Vegas Raiders — after playing with New England in 2018.

Prior to the move, Brown first agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $11 million with incentives, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The 27-year-old was due $13.7 million in 2021 and $15 million in 2022, but the new deal coupled with trading Brown allows the Raiders to recoup nearly $14 million in cap space.

Brown tweeted his reaction to the deal Tuesday, indicating his full approval for a return to New England.

“Money don’t mean s— if you ain’t happy I swear to GOD!!” Brown tweeted Tuesday.

ESPN reported the teams will swap late-round picks in 2022 as part of the deal.

The Patriots are familiar with Brown as a starter for the team’s last Super Bowl squad in 2018 on the heels of being acquired from the San Francisco 49ers.

Two months later, he left in free agency to sign a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders. He played in only 16 games in two seasons with the Raiders. General manager Mike Mayock questioned Brown’s drive and his conditioning in a harbinger of what was ahead.

“Trent’s whole thing is when he’s healthy, in shape and ready to go, he’s as dominant as any tackle in football and he proved that early in the 2019 season. Since then, it’s kind of been a roller coaster,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said last week.

“So really what he needs to do more than anything is get himself in the best shape of his life and come out and prove that he is a dominant tackle in the National Football League, and really that’s all it takes. If Trent gets in shape and stays committed, there’s not a better talent out there.”

The Patriots entered the week with more than $60 million in salary cap space with left guard Joe Thuney, kept via the franchise tag last March, expected to exit and quarterback Cam Newton’s future unclear.

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown (78) jogs on the field prior to an AFC Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ravens OT Orlando Brown drawing trade interest

Ravens right tackle Orlando Brown covets a role at the exclusive left tackle position and is pushing for a trade out of Baltimore.

Brown made his desire public via social media, and reports indicate the Ravens are amenable to a deal. ESPN reported the Jacksonville Jaguars are among the teams who kicked the tires on a trade for Brown.

Brown was drafted to play right tackle out of Oklahoma. He moved to left tackle for the final 10 games of the 2020 season due to an injury to Pro Bowl starter Ronnie Stanley.

The Ravens signed Stanley to a five-year, $98.75 million contract extension in October.

The 24-year-old Brown was a third-round pick in 2018. He’s entering the final season of a four-year, $3.49 million deal with the Ravens.

He has never missed a game as a pro, including 18 starts last season (playoffs included).

–Field Level Media