Oct 23, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) reacts during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Illness sidelines Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs, WR Michael Gallup

Cornerback Trevon Diggs and wide receiver Michael Gallup missed their second consecutive practice due to illness on Thursday, head coach Mike McCarthy said.

One week after multiple defensive linemen were flattened by a non-COVID illness, McCarthy said he had both players participate in position and team meetings virtually.

McCarthy said there is time for both players to get on the field and play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

On the injury front, the Cowboys are optimistic linebacker Anthony Barr (hamstring) can advance from limited practice Wednesday to his first game since Week 8 on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCarthy: Cowboys hit by illness, taking precautions

Masks are back in full force in the Dallas Cowboys’ locker room after a second day with multiple players reporting to work sick.

The Cowboys excused multiple players from their walkthrough on Monday due to illness, including defensive linemen Johnathan Hankins, Dante Fowler and Tarell Basham. Cornerback Kelvin Joseph left the game at Minnesota on Sunday with an illness. Punter Brian Anger and nose tackle Quinton Bohanna were listed as questionable entering Week 11 due to illness.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said the team would take precautions to prevent further spread of the non-COVID illness and some players checked into the team facility in Frisco, Texas, in protection masks.

Dallas has a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff on Thanksgiving Day with the New York Giants.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, speaking Tuesday morning to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas, said linebacker Micah Parsons (knee, ankle) did not have an MRI exam but plans to be on the field this week. He will be limited during light practices this week.

Jones said left tackle Tyron Smith is not ready to be activated from August surgery but, when he is, the owner declared Smith the left tackle over rookie Tyler Smith.

Tyler Smith moved to left guard late in the Week 11 win to get in-game reps at the position.

–Field Level Media

fNov 7, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles away from New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) and safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (illness) misses Friday practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missed Friday’s practice with an illness, but coach John Harbaugh said Jackson will play Sunday against the visiting Carolina Panthers.

“He’ll be fine,” Harbaugh said. “He tried to get to practice but was just too sick.”

Harbaugh didn’t discuss the nature of Jackson’s illness.

Jackson, 25, has led the Ravens to a 6-3 record and first place in the AFC North this season. He has completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,768 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s added 635 rushing yards and two scores.

Baker Mayfield returns this week as the starting quarterback for the Panthers (3-7).

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Oct 2, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott looks onto the field during other second half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Bracing for blizzard, Bills cancel practice due to illness

Bracing for a blizzard warning with the potential to bring “historical snowfall” to Western New York in the next four days, the Buffalo Bills canceled practice on Wednesday due to an illness-related player shortage.

Head coach Sean McDermott would not divulge specifics regarding the illness but had to change his practice plan due to limited player availability. The Bills went from a full practice and team workout on the field to individual and position work with those available and healthy.

While quarterback Josh Allen (elbow) and safety Jordan Poyer (elbow) were among players who participated, McDermott summarized his team didn’t have enough bodies for a normal practice.

Among those stricken with the illness were defensive tackles Tim Settle and Jordan Phillips, linebacker Matt Milano, safety Cam Lewis and fullback Reggie Gilliam. McDermott said Von Miller’s absence was planned as a usual Wednesday rest day.

“Sometimes you’re thrown a little bit of a curveball and you make the most of it,” he said. “And that’s what we do. So we’ll get out of it what we can and the players have to be dialed into the walkthrough portion of it and get those mental reps and then we’ll come back (Thursday) and reset and see where we’re at.”

The Bills dropped to 6-3 last week with a home loss in overtime to the Minnesota Vikings. They hope to avoid three defeats in a row on Sunday when the Cleveland Browns are scheduled to play at Buffalo.

Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore said Wednesday he was interested to see how the NFL would handle the forecast for a lake-effect blizzard projected to dump feet of snow — up to 48 inches by Sunday — on the region.

McDermott, who recalled the 2017 snow game as his first experience with the heavy and rapidly accumulating phenomenon, said the NFL and Bills have been in contact about the weather. McDermott said there was no indication the NFL would move the game or change the game date.

During that December ’17 game, McDermott said he left the field after warmups for the locker room and came back not long after to see a much different scene at the field level.

“I saw the amount of snow already just in that amount of time that had lapsed between going in and coming back out and I turned to him and I said, ‘Is this normal?’ Because you hear stories when you move here,” McDermott said. “And we’re walking down, I’m getting ready for the game and he goes, ‘No.’”

The Bills are moving to put plans in place for players and staff impacted as snow piles up this week.

“We’ve got a lot of guys from Florida, a lot of guys from down south, out west even, that have never seen snow before,” McDermott said, pointing to the development team filling a bigger role this week. “They equip them with scrapers and de-icing mechanisms. We’ve already started to put a plan in place behind the scenes of what happens if we can’t get in Friday, what happens if we can’t get in Saturday, or to the hotel Saturday evening (where the team stays the night before games) with that being downtown.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) throws the football during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots QB Mac Jones (illness) misses practice

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones missed practice Thursday with an illness.

NFL Network reported that Jones had an upset stomach, adding it’s not believed to be COVID-19.

Brian Hoyer is Jones’ primary backup. Rookie Bailey Zappe is also on the active roster.

Jones, 24, was a full participant in practice Wednesday after injuring his back during the team’s Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. X-rays were negative after Jones was injured on a roughing the passer penalty.

Jones completed 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception against the Dolphins.

The Patriots (0-1) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws a pass against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

Mystery stomach bug drains Dolphins, practice with Eagles called off

Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel experienced a first on Thursday, canceling practice due to a widespread illness in his locker room.

The Dolphins were scheduled to be on the field in Miami for joint workouts with the Philadelphia Eagles in the morning, but staff, players and others tied to the organization fell ill with a stomach bug of which the origin wasn’t known.

“We don’t totally know where it’s coming from,” said McDaniel. “”It’s some sort of contagious, but it appears to be the normal symptoms.”

McDaniel said the Dolphins and NFL are closely monitoring the situation with a goal of playing the scheduled preseason game with the Eagles on Saturday. The Eagles and Dolphins began joint workouts on Wednesday.

The Eagles planned to practice again Thursday following the one hour, 45-minute joint practice Wednesday. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said there was no illness reported from his players or coaches.

“Nobody on our side has any symptoms,” he said. “Our guys are ready, healthy and fine.”

McDaniel denied half of the team was infected but said “it’s more than a few players.”

He said the Dolphins likely need to reassess how to handle playing time — and even who is available — for Saturday’s game.

All NFL teams reduced their rosters to 80 players this week, somewhat limiting options if either team opts to sit starters and key reserves as expected.

–Field Level Media

Green Bay Packers cornerback Kevin King (20) is shown during the second day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Green Bay, Wis.

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Packers CB Kevin King (illness) to sit out vs. 49ers

Green Bay Packers starting cornerback Kevin King has been ruled out of Sunday night’s game against the host San Francisco 49ers due to an illness.

Per ESPN, King’s illness is not COVID-19-related.

King, 26, has recorded five tackles while playing in 94 percent of the team’s defensive snaps over the first two games of the season. He has collected 173 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 43 career games (38 starts) with the Packers.

King was selected by Green Bay in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Rookie Eric Stokes is expected to start opposite Jaire Alexander for the Packers (1-1).

Green Bay ruled out Pro Bowl left tackle Elgton Jenkins (ankle) and tight end Dominique Dafney (hip) on Saturday for the game against the 49ers (2-0).

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. (24) during the second half of the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

LSU expects CB Stingley to return vs. Vanderbilt

LSU All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. returned to practice and is expected to play this weekend after missing the Tigers’ season-opening loss against Mississippi State with a mystery illness.

LSU missed Stingley, whose illness was not COVID related, in a 44-34 upset loss to the Bulldogs on Saturday, but hopes to welcome him this week against Vanderbilt.

“A huge lift for us,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday of Stingley’s potential return. “Derek’s one of our best players. … He’s a force and he’s a difference.”

Stingley’s father, Derek, told a radio station Tuesday that his son “had a reaction to something” and was doing better after the scare.

“It was scary,” Derek Stingley Sr. said. “But it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was when we first got the call and all that. But he’s good to go. I’m pretty sure they’re going to probably take it easy with him this week. But I’m pretty sure he may wind up playing as well.”

As a freshman in 2019, Stingley started all 15 games during LSU’s national championship season. He led the Southeastern Conference and ranked No. 5 in the nation in interceptions (six) and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (21).

Derek Stingley Sr. played baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies’ system before spending nine seasons in the Arena Football League. His father, the late Darryl Stingley, was a wide receiver and first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 1973. He was paralyzed in a preseason game in 1978 against the Oakland Raiders.

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. (24) during the second half of the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

LSU star Stingley hospitalized, to miss opener

LSU All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. will miss the Tigers’ season opener against Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon after being hospitalized with an illness.

In a statement issued Saturday morning, LSU said Stingley “became acutely ill last night and was evaluated overnight in the hospital. His condition is not COVID-19 related and he is expected to be discharged soon. He will return to activity after full evaluation by the medical team.”

As a freshman in 2019, Stingley started all 15 games during LSU’s national championship season. He led the Southeastern Conference and ranked No. 5 in the nation in interceptions (six) and No. 2 nationally in passes defended (21).

His father, Derek, played baseball in the Philadelphia Phillies’ system before spending nine seasons in the Arena Football League. His grandfather, the late Darryl Stingley, was a wide receiver and first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 1973. He was paralyzed in a preseason game in 1978 against the Oakland Raiders.

–Field Level Media