Bears come to grips with cruel end to breakthrough season
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears receiver Allen Robinson had a tough time coming to grips with the fact that there was no game to prepare for this week when he woke up Monday morning.
"Pretty crazy," he said.
Safety Adrian Amos figured the Bears would be planning for their next opponent, not cleaning out their lockers.
"Things happen, you know, time to take it in, put it behind you and start working for next year," he said.
Trubisky throws 3 TDs, Bears beat Lions 34-22
CHICAGO (AP) — Mitchell Trubisky locked in right from the start, whether he was firing downfield or making the right read underneath the defense.
It added up to one of his best performances as a pro, not to mention a rare win for Chicago against Detroit and an NFC North rival.
Trubisky threw for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns, and the first-place Bears beat the Lions 34-22 to snap a 10-game losing streak against division opponents on Sunday.
Lions’ secondary unable to stop Trubisky in loss to Bears
CHICAGO (AP) — Glover Quin had a chance to stop Anthony Miller. He ended up on the ground on the sideline, watching as Miller sped toward the end zone.
Bears get Khalil Mack back for game with Lions
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Khalil Mack will save some secrets for the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Asked if he would be 100 percent healthy or hindered by the sprained right ankle he suffered Oct. 14, the Chicago Bears' pass rusher smiled on Friday, but hedged.
"You want me to give up everything?" Mack said. "When I get there, I'm going to try to be myself."
Mack, Allen Robinson just about ready to return to Bears
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Two-time All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack and top receiver Allen Robinson look as if they're just about ready to return after missing the Chicago Bears' past two games because of injuries.
Both players practiced without limitations Thursday for the second consecutive day.
The NFC North-leading Bears hope to have them back in the lineup against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Bears’ Mack is out, Ansah in for Lions and Diggs is inactive
Star linebacker Khalil Mack is missing his second straight game for Chicago Bears, who will face turnover-prone Nathan Peterman after the Buffalo Bills ruled out quarterback Derek Anderson because of a concussion.
Bears place Long in IR with right foot injury
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears placed right guard Kyle Long on injured reserve Saturday because of a tendon injury in his right foot.
The move means the NFC North-leading Bears (4-3) will be without Long for at least eight weeks.
The three-time Pro Bowl lineman was injured in the closing minutes of the Bears' 24-10 victory over the New York Jets last weekend. Tight end Dion Sims rolled into Long while the two were blocking for Jordan Howard on a run.
Trubisky throws 2 TDs as Bears beat Jets 24-10
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears got the win they sorely needed, only to lose another key player.
Guard Kyle Long had to be helped off the field in the closing minutes with an injured right foot, putting a damper on a 24-10 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.
Bears, nose tackle Goldman agree to 4-year extension
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season.
A second-round draft pick out of Florida State in 2015, Goldman has started 32 of the 36 games played and has 8 1/2 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.
Bears Preview Capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
New faces: Coach Matt Nagy, offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, OLB Khalil Mack, WR Allen Robinson, TE Trey Burton, WR Taylor Gabriel, K Cody Parkey, rookie LB Roquan Smith, rookie WR Anthony Miller, rookie G/C James Daniels.
Key losses: Coach John Fox, WR Cameron Meredith, LB Pernell McPhee, LB Willie Young.
Bears see better days with Mack, new weapons for Trubisky
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Whether they were loading up around Mitchell Trubisky or swinging a last-minute blockbuster trade for Khalil Mack, the offseason was all about the quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
Develop their own — and harass their opponent's.
Now, it's time to see how it all comes together. But the Bears sure look like they are poised for bigger things after four straight last-place finishes in the NFC North.
Jaguars Preview Capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (12-7)
New faces: LG Andrew Norwell, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB D.J. Hayden, DL Taven Bryan, WRs Donte Moncrief and DJ Chark.
Key losses: LB Paul Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin, TE Marcedes Lewis, WRs Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns.
Bears QB Trubisky getting on same page with Robinson, Burton
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Matt Nagy read off the numbers almost like the winning lottery ticket: 12-80-10.
Bears receiver Allen Robinson making progress
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears anticipated wide receiver Allen Robinson would need time to assume a role as quarterback Mitchell Trubisky's No. 1 target.
Considering where the Bears passing game was last season, they expected this wait to be worthwhile.
Robinson continues to work at a slower, steadier pace through his first live practices since suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, and hopes to reach a point where he and Trubisky click in the passing offense.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have some needs to address during the second day of the NFL draft.
The Jaguars selected Florida's Taven Bryan with the 29th pick in the first round Thursday night, adding to an already stout defensive front.
Top executive Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell insisted they drafted the best player available, choosing Bryan instead of filling holes. Plugging those spots should come next.
Allen Hurns is set to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Friday. His new contract is worth $12 million over two years, according to Pro Football Talk.
With determination and deep pockets, the Vikings cast a large shadow over their NFC North counterparts during the first wave of free agency.
They guaranteed $84 million to a starting quarterback, traded for his backup and added a key starter to coach Mike Zimmers No. 1-ranked defense. But Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian and Sheldon Richardson arent the only newbies of the North to keep an eye on.
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Here are five general observations about the start of a frenzied free-agency period:
WR money? Crazy — but just wait til next year
Mike Evans’ contract extension (five years, $82.5 million, $55 million guaranteed) prior to the start of free agency with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave us a snapshot of what the 2019 wide receiver market might look like. But when you couple that with what some far lesser receivers have received so far this year, things could really get out of control.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Allen Robinson sees no reason he can't regain the form that made him a Pro Bowl receiver and help the Chicago Bears snap a string of losing seasons.
He insisted the ACL he tore in his left knee in last year's opener with Jacksonville is coming along just fine. And he expects to be "fully cleared" for training camp.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Donte Moncrief is gladly gambling on himself.
The former Indianapolis Colts receiver signed a one-year, $7 million contract with AFC South rival Jacksonville on Thursday, believing he will prove he's worth a more lucrative, long-term deal.
Bears announce deal with former Pro Bowl WR Robinson
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have agreed to a contract with former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson, hoping he can form a dynamic tandem with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and help energize a stagnant passing game.
The Bears announced the move Wednesday, a day after Robinson told ESPN he was planning to sign a $42 million, three-year deal.
The Denver Broncos are hoping to repeat the success they had with Peyton Manning in pursuing another free agent fix at quarterback. ESPN reported that the Minnesota Vikings' Case Keenum plans to sign with the Broncos when free agency opens Wednesday. That would leave the Vikings, Jets and Cardinals in the running to land Kirk Cousins. Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $42 million deal barring any last-minute snags when free agency opens Wednesday, he told ESPN last night. Robinson, whom the Jaguars drafted in the second round in 2014, has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns in 43 games. He is coming off a torn left ACL suffered on the third offensive play of the 2017 season opener at Houston.
5 biggest beneficiaries of WR Allen Robinson signing with Chicago Bears
By investing $42 million over three years in wide receiver Allen Robinson, Bears general manager Ryan Pace is hoping to do much more than upgrade a passing attack that produced the fewest yards in the league in 2017.
Robinson’s signing not only sends a message that the Bears are serious about escaping the NFC North cellar, where they’ve resided for the past four years, it benefits the organization on several fronts, including:
Bears general manager Ryan Pace wasted no time in strengthening what was a major weakness for the team in 2017, by corralling Allen Robinson, arguably the top free-agent wide receiver available.
The addition of Robinson, which will become official when free agency begins at 3 p.m. (Chicago time) on Wednesday, provides a bona fide WR1 for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who struggled in 12 uneven starts as a rookie last year, when he lacked viable weapons.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are set to sign Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson and Philadelphia Eagles tight end Trey Burton, giving quarterback Mitchell Trubisky some playmaking targets.
Robinson told ESPN he plans to sign a three-year, $42 million contract, while two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press Tuesday that Burton is leaving the Philadelphia Eagles after agreeing to a $32 million, four-year deal.
Washington Redskins free agency capsule
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (7-9)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB Kirk Cousins; WRs Terrelle Pryor, WR Brian Quick and Ryan Grant; LBs Zach Brown, Will Compton, Junior Galette, Trent Murphy and Chris Carter; CB Bashaud Breeland; G Shawn Lauvao; S DeAngelo Hall; TE Niles Paul; C Tony Bergstrom; DTs Arthur Jones and Phil Taylor.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: T Ty Nsekhe; G Tyler Catalina.
Muhammad Wilkerson, Allen Robinson among free agents to watch for Redskins
Even though the Washington Redskins will have $31 million in salary cap space, they won't necessarily swing for the fences when the negotiating window for free agency opens Monday.
History has shown the Redskins are willing to tackle the market in different ways. In January, Redskins coach Jay Gruden revealed Washington went after defensive lineman Calais Campbell last season, but settled for linemen Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain.
Chicago Bears free agency capsule
CHICAGO BEARS (5-11)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Kyle Fuller (transition tag), Prince Amukamara, Bryce Callahan and Sherrick McManis; WRs Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman and Kendall Wright; QB Mark Sanchez; RB Benny Cunningham; TE Zach Miller; G Josh Sitton; DE Mitch Unrein; LBs Sam Acho, Lamarr Houston and Christian Jones.
Jacksonville Jaguars free agency capsule
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (12-7)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WRs Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee and Arrelious Benn; CB Aaron Colvin; LBs Paul Posluszny and Lerentee McCray; OL Patrick Omameh; QB Chad Henne; TE Mychal Rivera; S Peyton Thompson; LS Matt Overton.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: RB Corey Grant; LB Donald Payne.
The Jaguars have informed wide receiver Allen Robinson that he will not receive the franchise tag, which is due at 3 p.m. today.
That will make the four-year veteran the consensus top pass catcher available when the “legal tampering” period of free agency begins Monday, even though he suffered a torn ACL in the 2017 season opener and missed the remainder of the season.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If Allen Robinson remains in Jacksonville, it won't be as one of the highest-paid receivers in the league.
The Jaguars declined to use the franchise or transition tag on Robinson, stirring questions about his future. NFL teams had until Tuesday afternoon to tag pending free agents, but Jacksonville executives told Robinson long before the deadline he would not be tagged.
Allen Robinson won’t receive franchise tag from Jaguars, could become free agent
The Jacksonville Jaguars will not use its franchise tag on wide receiver Allen Robinson, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
The #Jaguars have informed WR Allen Robinson that they wont be applying the franchise or transition tag, Im told. The team has until March 12 to work out a deal before hes a free agent. Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2018
Robinson is set to become a free agent with his rookie contract expiring.
NFL Free Agency 2018: 5 interesting wideouts not named Landry, Robinson or Watkins
By the time the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams likely apply their franchise tags to Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins, respectively, they'll join the Miami Dolphins, who already hitched their one-year tender to Jarvis Landry, in effectively removing the top three wideouts from the market.
The NFL’s final 4 all overcame injuries to star players
The list of players sitting out this weekend's conference championships is almost as impressive as the starting lineups: Julian Edelman. Carson Wentz. Dalvin Cook. Dont'a Hightower. Allen Robinson. Sam Bradford.
Jaguars WR Allen Hurns to return after missing last 6 games
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns is expected to play in the regular-season finale at Tennessee, his first action since Nov. 12.
Hurns missed the last six games because of a high-ankle sprain. He was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was removed from the injury report Friday.
Jaguars relying on rookies as injuries to receivers continue
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Dede Westbrook's role with the Jacksonville Jaguars has changed dramatically in the last six weeks.
Even the rookie receiver has been surprised by his rapid rise.
"I never thought in my first year I'd be teaching another guy the playbook," Westbrook said Thursday.
Jacksonville's slew of injuries at the position has Westbrook and fellow rookie Keelan Cole doing more than anyone expected.
Jaguars WR Strong out for season with torn knee ligament
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have lost another receiver for the season.
Jaelen Strong said Monday he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at San Francisco. Strong announced the news in two Instagram posts, saying "this lil setback setting me up for a greater comeback."
Strong caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in a 44-33 loss to the 49ers. It was his debut with the team.
Eugene Lewis played football in front of as many as 107,000 fans, catching touchdowns from Christian Hackenberg at Penn State and Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma. But it was with much more intimate crowds where he kept his basketball skills sharp, playing with Allen Robinson, Daesean Hamilton, Akeel Lynch and Jordan Lucas, to name a few. “We played with a whole group of guys and we’d play the basketball team, too,” Lewis said. “We’d go to the rec and go play with them. I did the same thing when I was...
Jaguars WR Hurns misses practice, unlikely to play at Cards
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns has missed a fourth consecutive practice and is unlikely to play at Arizona.
Hurns was wearing a walking boot on his sprained right ankle Tuesday.
Hurns injured his ankle while making a 6-yard catch against the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 12. It's a significant setback for a team already playing without its top receiver, Allen Robinson. Robinson is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in the opener.
Jaguars rule out WR Hurns for next game at winless Browns
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without receiver Allen Hurns at winless Cleveland on Sunday, a potentially significant setback for a team already playing without Allen Robinson.
Jaguars promote WR Jaydon Mickens, waive Max McCaffrey
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have promoted receiver Jaydon Mickens to the active roster and waived receiver Max McCaffrey.
The 5-foot-11 Mickens was originally signed by Oakland as an undrafted rookie in May. He spent the entire 2016 season on Oakland's practice squad, was waived in final cuts and signed to Jacksonville's practice squad two weeks later.
Jaguars ‘not getting results’ at receiver with A-Rob out
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson is gaining contract leverage while on crutches.
The Jaguars (2-2) are tied for the most dropped passes in the AFC with seven, including a costly one by Marqise Lee in last week's overtime loss at the New York Jets.
Jaguars claim WR Jaelen Strong off waivers from Texans
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jaguars have claimed receiver Jaelen Strong off waivers from the Houston Texans, providing them some much-needed depth with Allen Robinson and rookie Dede Westbrook on injured reserve.
The make room on the roster, the Jaguars placed defensive tackle Michael Bennett on IR with a pectoral muscle injury.
FANTASY PLAYS: Week 2 lineups tough given big injuries
Fantasy football defenses dominated in Week 1, while several usually dependable producers like Julio Jones and Le'Veon Bell underperformed. Setting a lineup will be challenging this week due to major injuries to early picks like David Johnson and Allen Robinson, but here are some suggestions that'll help you in Week 2.
Jaguars WRs Allen Robinson, Dede Westbrook undergo surgery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receivers Allen Robinson and Dede Westbrook are recovering from surgery.
Robinson had surgery Monday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He tore the ligament while making a catch in the season opener at Houston and was placed on injured reserve. Robinson, in the final year of his rookie contract, will not return this season.
Jaguars place WR Robinson on IR, sign Saints WR McCaffrey
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed receiver Allen Robinson on injured reserve and signed receiver Max McCaffrey off New Orleans' practice squad.
Robinson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sunday at Houston and will have season-ending surgery.
McCaffrey is the son of retired NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey and the brother of Carolina Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey.
Jaguars confirm WR Robinson out for season with knee injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have confirmed that receiver Allen Robinson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Robinson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener at Houston on Sunday.
Coach Doug Marrone says "it's obviously a blow."
Robinson landed awkwardly on his left knee while making a catch in the first quarter of a 29-7 victory against the Texans.
Jags’ Robinson, Cards’ Johnson among those injured in Week 1
It appears that Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Allen Robinson for the rest of the season.
A person familiar with the situation said that the receiver suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Jaguars' season-opening victory at Houston.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not released details of Robinson's injury.
AP source: Jaguars WR Robinson out for season with torn ACL
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener, a person familiar with the situation said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not released details of Robinson's injury. The team confirmed that Robinson sustained an ACL injury, but said coach Doug Marrone would provide more details Monday.