Oct 17, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) catches a pass from quarterback Dak Prescott (not seen) for a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb out with concussion

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is out for Thursday’s game against Las Vegas with a concussion, NFL Network reported.

Lamb suffered the injury last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs and had been in the concussion protocol. The Cowboys put forth an optimistic outlook during the week that Lamb would be able to play.

The second-year player missed practice Monday and Tuesday and was limited in Wednesday’s practice.

Lamb, 22, was injured late in the first half of the Cowboys’ 19-9 loss to the Chiefs on a jump ball in the end zone. Lamb had three catches for 14 yards. The 2020 first-round pick has 50 catches for 740 yards and six touchdowns on the season.

The Cowboys (7-3) also are facing the Raiders (5-5) without starting wideout Amari Cooper, who remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The unvaccinated Cooper tested positive last week and has to quarantine a mandatory 10 days.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) is injured and leaves the game after being tackled by Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun (54) during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers lose QB Sam Darnold (concussion) during win over Falcons

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is in concussion protocol after being knocked out of Sunday’s 19-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons during the middle of the fourth quarter.

Darnold was injured on a scramble in which he gained 8 yards to the Atlanta 3-yard line and was tackled by Falcons linebacker Foyesade Oluokun.

He exited the game and was replaced by P.J. Walker.

Carolina coach Matt Rhule said he didn’t immediately know how long Darnold will be sidelined. He said the team will need to add another quarterback on the roster if Darnold’s absence is lengthy.

The Panthers (4-4) host the New England Patriots next Sunday.

Darnold, 24, completed 13 of 24 passes for 129 yards and rushed eight times for 66 yards prior to the injury.

Darnold, who was acquired from the New York Jets in the offseason, has passed for 1,814 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Walker threw one incompletion after replacing Darnold. The second-year pro made one start in 2020 and completed 24 of 34 passes for 258 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a 20-0 win over the Detroit Lions.

Walker, 26, is 3-of-15 passing for 33 yards in two appearances this season.

Carolina has been rumored to be considering a trade for Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts on the sideline against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes clears concussion protocol after knee to head

Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes left Sunday’s 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans with a head injury, but coach Andy Reid said afterward that Mahomes cleared concussion protocol.

On a fourth-and-18 midway through the fourth quarter, Mahomes took a defender’s knee to the front of his helmet during a sack. He needed help off the field.

With the game out of reach for Kansas City, backup quarterback Chad Henne took over for the Chiefs’ final drive. Reid said it was his decision not to let Mahomes back into the game despite passing concussion tests.

Mahomes told reporters postgame that he felt “fine now.”

The former NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion went 20-for-35 for 206 passing yards and an interception Sunday. He also led the Chiefs with 35 rushing yards on six carries.

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Sep 12, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Tyrell Williams (6) catches the ball for a first down in the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Lions WR Tyrell Williams in concussion protocol

Detroit Lions wide receiver Tyrell Williams is in the concussion protocol, putting into question his availability for Week 2.

He was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s Week 1 loss to San Francisco when 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt hit the sixth-year wideout helmet-to-helmet. Tartt was whistled for unnecessary roughness on the play.

Williams, 29, signed a one-year deal with the Lions in the offseason to bolster a WR corps beset with the losses of Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola to free agency.

Williams had two catches for 14 yards before exiting.

He has 199 catches for 3,195 yards and 23 touchdowns in 70 career games (50 starts) for the Chargers (2015-18), Raiders (2019) and Lions.

The Lions play Green Bay on Monday night in Week 2.

The Lions lost cornerback Jeff Okudah for the season Monday to a torn Achilles and left tackle Taylor Decker has already been ruled out for Week 2 due to a finger injury suffered last week.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre throws a snowball toward teammate  Donald Driver as they celebrate a touch down in the second half during the Green Bay Packers- Seattle Seahawks NFL Playoff game Saturday, January 12, 2008 at Lambeau Field.

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Brett Favre: Keep kids out of tackle football until age 14

Legendary NFL quarterback Brett Favre is urging parents to keep their children out of tackle football until high school because of the risks of CTE.

A public-service announcement starring Favre on behalf of the Concussion Legacy Foundation was released Tuesday.

It shows a young boy, wearing a green jersey with Favre’s No. 4, telling his parents what he learned about CTE and telling them not to let him play tackle football until he is 14. Through the course of the minute-long ad, the boy grows to a high school senior discussing how he could have already developed CTE, and ends with him morphing into Favre discussing how adults with CTE could have symptoms including depression, memory lapse and anger.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is caused by repeated traumatic brain injuries. It can’t be diagnosed until after death. Ken Stabler, like Favre a Hall of Fame quarterback, is among the many players to have been diagnosed with CTE after his death.

Favre, 51, appeared Tuesday on “Today” to discuss the ad, as well as how he feels after 20 seasons in the NFL, most notably with the Green Bay Packers.

“I don’t know what normal feels like. Do I have CTE? I really don’t know,” Favre said. “Concussions are a very, very serious thing and we’re just scraping the surface of how severe they are.”

Favre is the father of two daughters and the grandfather of three boys, ages 11, 7 and 4. He said they haven’t expressed a desire to play football and he won’t push them to follow in his footsteps.

“If they choose to play, I will support them, but I’m not going to encourage them in any way to play,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report this year that said kids were 15 times more likely to sustain “head impact” if they took part in tackle sports, and encouraged non-contact and flag football programs until age 14.

Favre won three league Most Valuable Player awards and was selected to 11 Pro Bowls during his career (1991-2000) with the Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings.

–Field Level Media

Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is brought down by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes would suffer an injury on the play.  Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Mahomes remains in concussion protocol; status uncertain

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol Tuesday but is expected to practice Wednesday, ESPN reported.

There is optimism among the Chiefs that Mahomes will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills, but the former NFL MVP’s status is still uncertain.

ESPN reported Mahomes cleared “some big steps” on Monday. Mahomes is also dealing with a toe issue, per the report. Mahomes was limping in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns prior to leaving the game with a concussion midway through the third quarter.

Mahomes passed for 255 yards and one touchdown against the Browns. Chad Henne replaced Mahomes and completed 6 of 8 passes for 66 yards and an interception in the end zone. Henne also rushed twice for 12 yards.

Mahomes must complete a five-step process before getting the OK to return.

“Because of the protocol, it’s a no-brainer from the coach’s standpoint,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Monday. “I mean, you don’t have to think about it, you just have to go forward and make sure you have an answer if he’s there, have an answer if he’s not there. I can’t tell you from a medical standpoint where he’s at. I mean, I don’t know that. So, that’s their decision and I just follow it.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) shakes hands with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (21) before being carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Titans put WR Humphries (concussion) on IR

The Tennessee Titans put wide receiver Adam Humphries on injured reserve Tuesday, reportedly for lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in a Week 8 game.

Humphries just returned to the lineup last week in the Titans’ loss to the Cleveland Browns after missing four games with the concussion. He played 26 snaps against the Browns, hauling in one catch for 9 yards.

Humphries will have to miss at least three games, which makes Week 17 against the Houston Texans — the final game of the season — the first he would be eligible to return.

Humphries, 27, was first injured after an illegal hit from Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates during the Titans-Bengals game on Nov. 1. Bates was later fined $20,000 for the hit.

The Titans signed Humphries to a four-year, $36-million contract last season. He has 23 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He has 13 career TDs in 79 games (21 starts) for the Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-18).

The Titans also put practice squad punter Trevor Daniel on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) shakes hands with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (21) before being carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Titans put WR Humphries (concussion) on IR

The Tennessee Titans put wide receiver Adam Humphries on injured reserve Tuesday, reportedly for lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in a Week 8 game.

Humphries just returned to the lineup last week in the Titans’ loss to the Cleveland Browns after missing four games with the concussion. He played 26 snaps against the Browns, hauling in one catch for 9 yards.

Humphries will have to miss at least three games, which makes Week 17 against the Houston Texans — the final game of the season — the first he would be eligible to return.

Humphries, 27, was first injured after an illegal hit from Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates during the Titans-Bengals game on Nov. 1. Bates was later fined $20,000 for the hit.

The Titans signed Humphries to a four-year, $36-million contract last season. He has 23 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He has 13 career TDs in 79 games (21 starts) for the Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-18).

The Titans also put practice squad punter Trevor Daniel on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) shakes hands with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (21) before being carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Titans put WR Humphries (concussion) on IR

The Tennessee Titans put wide receiver Adam Humphries on injured reserve Tuesday, reportedly for lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in a Week 8 game.

Humphries just returned to the lineup last week in the Titans’ loss to the Cleveland Browns after missing four games with the concussion. He played 26 snaps against the Browns, hauling in one catch for 9 yards.

Humphries will have to miss at least three games, which makes Week 17 against the Houston Texans — the final game of the season — the first he would be eligible to return.

Humphries, 27, was first injured after an illegal hit from Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates during the Titans-Bengals game on Nov. 1. Bates was later fined $20,000 for the hit.

The Titans signed Humphries to a four-year, $36-million contract last season. He has 23 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He has 13 career TDs in 79 games (21 starts) for the Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-18).

The Titans also put practice squad punter Trevor Daniel on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) shakes hands with Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Mackensie Alexander (21) before being carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Titans put WR Humphries (concussion) on IR

The Tennessee Titans put wide receiver Adam Humphries on injured reserve Tuesday, reportedly for lingering effects from a concussion he suffered in a Week 8 game.

Humphries just returned to the lineup last week in the Titans’ loss to the Cleveland Browns after missing four games with the concussion. He played 26 snaps against the Browns, hauling in one catch for 9 yards.

Humphries will have to miss at least three games, which makes Week 17 against the Houston Texans — the final game of the season — the first he would be eligible to return.

Humphries, 27, was first injured after an illegal hit from Cincinnati safety Jessie Bates during the Titans-Bengals game on Nov. 1. Bates was later fined $20,000 for the hit.

The Titans signed Humphries to a four-year, $36-million contract last season. He has 23 catches for 228 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He has 13 career TDs in 79 games (21 starts) for the Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2015-18).

The Titans also put practice squad punter Trevor Daniel on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

–Field Level Media