Dallas RB Elliott 1st offensive player fined for helmet use
NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Cowboys star running Ezekiel Elliott has been fined $26,739 for unnecessary roughness for leading with his helmet and making contact with the Eagles' Corey Graham in a Week 14 game.
The fine, announced by the NFL on Saturday, makes Elliott the first offensive player docked money under the league's new helmet rule. Elliott's act came in the fourth quarter and was replayed several times on TV.
Falcons linebacker Deion Jones ruled out against Saints
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones has been ruled out of Thursday night's game at the New Orleans Saints.
Jones came off injured reserve last week after missing two months with a broken right foot. He was inactive against Dallas last Sunday.
Coach Dan Quinn said earlier in the week the goal was to have Jones regain full confidence in his foot so he could take advantage of his full potential.
Falcons place Allen on season-ending IR with torn Achilles
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have placed free safety Ricardo Allen on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.
Allen was carted off the field in last Sunday's overtime loss to New Orleans, becoming the third defensive starter to go down for Atlanta. Strong safety Keanu Neal tore his ACL in the opener and is out for the year. Linebacker Deion Jones underwent foot surgery and is sidelined until at least Nov. 18.
Vikings’ Sendejo fined $53,482 by NFL for hit vs. Packers
NEW YORK (AP) — Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo was fined $53,482 by the NFL on Friday for his hit during a play in Minnesota's tie at Green Bay last weekend.
Sendejo was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness after tackling Packers wide receiver Davante Adams in the third quarter. The safety knocked into Adams with his right shoulder just after Xavier Rhodes made initial contact.
Ryan shines with arm and legs, Falcons beat Panthers 31-24
ATLANTA (AP) — The quarterback took off running, only to find three defenders waiting for him at the goal line.
No problem. He simply ran right over them.
Nope, Matt Ryan.
Ryan threw a pair of scoring passes, which wasn't all that unusual, and also ran for two touchdowns for the first time in his career, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 31-24 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
"I can't remember the last time I had two TDs," Ryan said with a smile.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal suffers season-ending knee injury
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will look at their current roster to replace Keanu Neal, the safety who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee Thursday night in an 18-12 opening loss at Philadelphia .
Jaguars WR Lee ruled out for season after helmet hit to knee
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will be without their top receiver for the second straight year.
Marqise Lee will have season-ending knee surgery and be placed on injured reserve, coach Doug Marrone said Monday.
Jaguars WR Lee injures knee in 17-6 victory against Falcons
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars might have lost their No. 1 receiver for the season.
Marqise Lee, who led the team in receptions in 2017, injured his left knee in a 17-6 victory against Atlanta in the preseason Saturday night and could be out for the year.
Jaguars WR Lee leaves exhibition game with knee injury
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee, who led the team in receptions in 2017, injured his left knee in an exhibition game against Atlanta on Saturday.
Lee was carted off the field after Falcons cornerback Damontae Kazee twisted his leg making a tackle. Lee fumbled on the play, but it was overturned because Kazee was flagged for tackling with his helmet.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed first-rounder Takk McKinley and three more draft picks — linebacker Duke Riley, running back Brian Hill and tight end Eric Saubert.
The Falcons have signed all six draft picks before Friday's start of their rookie minicamp. The team previously signed offensive guard Sean Harlow of Oregon State and safety Damontae Kazee of San Diego State.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed two of this year's draft picks, offensive guard Sean Harlow and safety Damontae Kazee.
Harlow was a fourth-round pick from Oregon State. Kazee was a fifth-round pick from San Diego State.
Harlow will have a chance to compete for the starting job at right guard left vacant by the retirement of Chris Chester.
Falcons use last day of draft to build depth on offense
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Falcons added depth on offense during the last day of the NFL draft, picking a guard, a running back and a tight end to complement a unit that led the league in scoring last season.
Atlanta also added a cornerback, but Saturday was mostly about building depth around quarterback Matt Ryan, the league's MVP.
Oregon State guard Sean Harlow was picked in the fourth round. Running back Brian Hill of Wyoming and tight end Eric Saubert of Drake were taken in the fifth.
San Diego State well-represented in Mountain West awards
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — San Diego State was well-represented when the Mountain West released its award winners, with running back Donnel Pumphrey named offensive player of the year, defensive back Damontae Kazee earning defensive accolades and return specialist Rashaad Penny honored for special teams.
There’s no denying San Diego State’s defense has been downright dominant against Mountain West opponents this season.
In five games against conference opponents, SDSU’s defense has only allowed two touchdowns and 19 total points.
Utah State is responsible for both TDs against the Aztecs — a 10-yard first-quarter run by Kent Myers, and a 23-yards Myers to Jaren Colston-Green pass in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, SDSU went on to stomp USU, 40-13.
Aztecs bring 11-game winning streak into Cal showdown
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State is favored by seven points against California on Saturday night, an indication of how far the Aztecs have come under coach Rocky Long.
Now they need to follow through and beat the Golden Bears to extend their winning streak to 12 games and perhaps gain some strong national respect.
The Aztecs believe they have something special this year behind senior running back Donnel Pumphrey and senior cornerback Damontae Kazee.
The cornerback briefly considered coming out for the 2016 NFL Draft, but within hours of announcing his decision reconsidered and said he was staying for his senior year. The San Diego State defense is so much the better for it. After all, the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year is not readily replaced. He joined Kirk Morrison (2003-04) as the only Aztecs so honored. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Kazee tied a school record (Division I era) with eight interceptions — three in...
The San Diego State football team received national recognition today when Sports Illustrated placed the Aztecs No. 24 in the magazine's preseason Top 25 rankings.
The blurb leading into a breakdown of the Aztecs read: "Running back Donnel Pumphrey leads an upstart San Diego State side that could make a bid for a New Years Six bowl."
SI's brief comments included this: "Make no mistake about it, SDSU will run the ball until someone stops them. The skill positions are...