Nov 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) look on before throwing the football against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson (illness) returns to practice

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to practice Wednesday and put his chances of starting Sunday at “120 percent.”

Jackson missed Baltimore’s game last week with a non-COVID illness. Backup Tyler Huntley rallied the Ravens to a 16-13 win over the Chicago Bears.

“I think I’m fully back to normal. I want to go out there and just go. I don’t want to go out there and limit myself or have coach limit me,” said Jackson, adding that he has “no clue” what caused him to miss two practices last week and, ultimately, Sunday’s game.

“I just got fatigued. I got some chills. I was out of it. But I’m good now. I’m feeling great.”

Wide receiver Marquise Brown (thigh), defensive tackle Brandon Williams (shoulder) and linebacker Malik Harrison (calf) also returned to practice. Williams and Harrison have missed the past three games while Brown missed Week 11 against the Bears.

Jackson and the Ravens (7-3) host the Cleveland Browns (6-5) on Sunday night. They play the Browns twice in three weeks.

Jackson is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,447 yards and 14 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He has rushed for another 639 yards and two touchdowns.

Brown has 52 catches for 719 yards and six TDs on the season.

Harrison has 22 tackles in seven games (five starts).

Williams had started all six games before his injury, posting 13 tackles and a fumble recovery.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) and wide receiver Diontae Spencer (11) celebrates a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos snap Cowboys’ six-game winning streak

Teddy Bridgewater threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lift the visiting Denver Broncos to a 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 passes for 249 yards, including a 44-yard scoring strike to Tim Patrick early the second quarter. Patrick finished with four catches for 85 yards and Jerry Jeudy had six receptions for 69 yards.

Melvin Gordon rushed for a touchdown and rookie Javonte Williams added a season-high 111 yards on the ground to send the Broncos (5-4) to their second straight win.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott completed 19 of 39 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his return from a one-game absence due to a calf injury. Prescott connected on 5- and 4-yard touchdown passes to Malik Turner late in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys (6-2), who saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt.

The Broncos recorded a pair of early defensive stops before Gordon opened the scoring by rushing in from 3 yards out with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter. Brandon McManus pushed his extra-point attempt wide right following Gordon’s team-leading fourth rushing touchdown.

Denver made good on its next possession, with Patrick getting a step on Trevon Diggs before reeling in a 44-yard touchdown reception. Patrick got just inside the pylon for his team-leading fourth touchdown reception.

McManus later kicked a 53-yard field to give Denver a 16-point lead.

The Broncos added to their total following an usual sequence during an attempted punt.

Turner blocked Sam Martin’s punt, however the ball traveled beyond line of scrimmage and was touched by a Cowboys’ player. Jonas Griffith recovered the ball for Denver, which went an additional 10 plays and 72 yards before McManus drilled a 27-yard field goal to increase its lead to 19-0.

Bridgewater muscled his way into the end zone from 1 yard out early in the fourth quarter to cap 13-play, 85-yard drive. Bridgewater then found Courtland Sutton in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to push the Broncos’ lead to 27-0.

The Cowboys pressed their luck on the ensuing possession. Rookie Caden Sterns intercepted Prescott on fourth down, and McManus tacked on a 42-yard field goal to essentially seal the win.

–Field Level Media

Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III runs for a touchdown against Michigan during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

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Michigan State RB Kenneth Walker III gains footing in Heisman race

With a five-touchdown performance Saturday in a 37-33 win over Michigan, Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III moved squarely into the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Walker entered Saturday’s game leading the nation at 142.4 rushing yards per game and added 197 yards on 23 carries against the Wolverines. He is three yards shy of 1,000 on the year.

BetMGM and DraftKings both offered Walker at +500 odds to win the Heisman on Sunday.

“This is a huge stage, the whole world is watching and got a chance to see what type of player he is,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said after the Michigan win. “And obviously any recognition that he’s getting for Heisman consideration is well deserved.”

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, whose team was on a bye Saturday, remained the leader at both sportsbooks, offered at +190 by BetMGM and +180 by DraftKings.

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral was listed at +275 by BetMGM but dropped to +500 at DraftKings after a loss at Auburn on Saturday night. Corral completed 21 of 37 passes for 289 yards and an interception as he battled through what appeared to be a left ankle injury.

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud was offered at +450 by both books after a 305-yard performance against Penn State in a 33-24 win on Saturday.

Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who has taken over for preseason Heisman favorite Spencer Rattler, moved to +850 at BetMGM and +800 at DraftKings. He completed 76.7 percent (23 of 30) of his passes for 402 yards and six touchdowns in a 52-21 Sooners win over Texas Tech on Saturday.

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Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) blocks Seattle Seahawks defensive end Alton Robinson (98) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers LT Trent Williams sitting out against Colts

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams was inactive for Sunday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts due to ankle and elbow injuries.

Williams was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. Rookie Jaylon Moore is set to make his first career start in place of Williams.

Williams, an eight-time Pro Bowler, started the 49ers’ first five games this season. He has started 138 of 139 games played during his 11-year career.

Moore, a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, will be making his third overall NFL appearance and second on the offensive line. He played 22 snaps for an injured Williams against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 3.

One of the inactives for the Colts was receiver T.Y. Hilton (quadriceps). He was ruled out on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Damien Williams (8) practices before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

Bears activate RB Damien Williams from COVID list

The Chicago Bears activated running back Damien Williams from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Saturday.

The Bears (3-3) also announced that injured defensive tackle Akiem Hicks did not travel with the team and will not play Sunday against the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1).

Williams missed last week’s 24-14 loss to Green Bay after testing positive. Because he is unvaccinated, he had to spend a minimum of 10 days on the list.

Rookie Khalil Herbert earned the start against the Packers and played well, rushing for 97 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 15 yards.

The Bears are already missing running back David Montgomery, who is on injured reserve with a sprained knee.

Williams, 29, is in his first season with the Bears after opting out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic. In 90 games with the Miami Dolphins (2014-17), Kansas City Chiefs (2018-19) and Chicago, he has amassed 1,368 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns while catching 148 passes for 1,167 yards and another 10 touchdowns.

Hicks, 31, played through a groin injury last Sunday and was a limited participant in Friday’s practice before being ruled out. He has 11 tackles, five quarterback hits and 1 1/2 sacks in five starts this season, his 10th in the NFL.

The Bears also flexed offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen and defensive tackle Margus Hunt from the practice squad to the active roster as COVID-19 replacements.

–Field Level Media

Central-Phenix City wide receiver EJ Williams at the schools indoor practice facility in Phenix City, Ala., on Friday September 13, 2019. Williams has committed to Clemson.

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Clemson WR E.J. Williams (thumb) to miss four-plus weeks

Clemson receiver E.J. Williams will undergo thumb surgery and miss at least four weeks after being injured during Saturday’s 10-3 loss to Georgia.

Williams made one reception for 0 yards in the setback.

“It happened in the game just somewhere, somehow, he got his thumb caught on somebody or hit whatever and just kind of bent it back (in an) awkward spot, so they’ve got to fix it,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney told reporters. “But it’s a pretty simple surgery and it’s probably a 4-6 week type of thing, you know, short-term four weeks, long-term six weeks is kind of how they explained it. But he’ll be fine.”

Williams had 24 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games as a freshman in 2020.

Clemson hosts South Carolina State on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) walks off the field after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers shut down LT Trent Williams with knee issue

Trent Williams is being shut down for the rest of the week by the San Francisco 49ers after the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL needed fluid drained from around his ailing knee.

Williams, 33, is set to be evaluated early next week, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday.

Williams was an unrestricted free agent in the offseason but re-signed with the 49ers. The six-year deal worth up to $138.1 million reportedly included a $30.1 million signing bonus and $55.1 million guaranteed.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection was acquired by the 49ers from the Washington Football Team after sitting out the entire 2019 season in what Williams said was a health-related contract situation.

He played 14 games for the 49ers last season and has played in 134 games (133 starts) in his career.

Shanahan also said wide receiver Jalen Hurd will join Williams on the sideline for the week because he’s fighting knee tendinitis related to recovery from his torn ACL.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Elandon Roberts (44) is taken off the field with an injury in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Raiders 26-25. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins activate WR Preston Williams, LB Elandon Roberts from PUP list

The Miami Dolphins activated wide receiver Preston Williams and linebacker Elandon Roberts from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Thursday.

Both were in pads for Thursday’s practice.

Williams, 24, started seven of Miami’s first eight games last season before landing on injured reserve with a foot injury suffered in a Nov. 8 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. He also spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this summer.

Undrafted in 2019, Williams has caught 50 passes for 716 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games (14 starts) for the Dolphins.

Roberts, 27, started 11 of his 13 games in 2020, his first season with the Dolphins, before sustaining a season-ending knee injury during a Dec. 26 win against the Las Vegas Raiders.

Roberts has 267 tackles (23 for losses), 5.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 73 games (44 starts) with the New England Patriots (2016-19) and Dolphins. He won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2016.

–Field Level Media

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marcus Johnson (83) is forced out of bounds by Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams (36) in the second quarter as the Indianapolis Colts host the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday, October 18, 2020.

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Cardinals place S Shawn Williams on non-football injury list

The Arizona Cardinals placed veteran safety Shawn Williams on the non-football injury list on Tuesday.

Williams, 30, was signed as a free agent in the offseason after spending his first eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Williams has 12 career interceptions, topped by the career-best five he had for the Bengals in 2018.

Last season, Williams was a reserve for Cincinnati after being a starter the previous four seasons. He had 16 tackles and didn’t intercept a pass.

Overall, he has 424 tackles, three fumble recoveries and three sacks in 119 games (61 starts).

The Cardinals also released defensive lineman Ryan Bee, who they signed in April.

Bee has played in one NFL game, in 2019 for Washington. He had one tackle.

–Field Level Media

Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) before the game against the Los Angeles Rams  at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

49ers make Trent Williams NFL’s top-paid OL

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Trent Williams is set to become the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL to kick off free agency on Wednesday.

Williams, 32, agreed to a six-year deal worth up to $138.1 million with the 49ers — the richest deal for an offensive lineman in league history. He’ll receive $55.1 million guaranteed and $30.1 million as a signing bonus, according to multiple reports.

Williams was the top-rated free agent offensive tackle available.

The eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle was acquired by the 49ers from the Washington Football Team after sitting out the entire 2019 season in what Williams said was a health-related contract situation.

He played 14 games for the 49ers last season and has played in 134 games (133 starts) in his career.

–Field Level Media