THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — As the Los Angeles Rams prepare to play the San Francisco 49ers for the fourth time in less than a year, it might be easy to think there is nothing left for defensive tackle Aaron Donald to learn about his team's Bay Area nemesis.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said Friday there is no timetable for the return of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who suffered a concussion when he hit his head against the turf a day earlier against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The NFL’s handling of concussions has evolved dramatically from the days when players were given smelling salts on the bench and sent back into the game.
The league and the NFL Players Association have implemented extensive protocols and hired unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants (UNC) to work with team physicians at each game to diagnose concussions.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The balanced offense that Josh McDaniels was supposed to bring to Las Vegas when he took over the Raiders hasn't materialized.
While much of the focus has been on how involved Davante Adams has been each week in the passing game, the Raiders have barely run the ball at all in a somewhat surprising development.
DENVER (2-1) at LAS VEGAS (0-3)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE: Raiders by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert knows what to expect when it comes to dealing with his rib injury after playing last Sunday and going through a week of practice.
The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback is hoping the progress made over the last week translates to a better effort at Houston this weekend.
There's one thing we can all agree on: Tua Tagovailoa had no business being on the field.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins started 3-0 thanks in part to their efficiency in the red zone and some inspired play late in games by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
They didn't have either Thursday night against Cincinnati.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett declared four players out for Denver's game at Las Vegas on Sunday because of hamstring injuries.
LONDON (AP) — Get to London early in the week, bond as a team, then try to snap a losing streak.
New Orleans Saints coach Dennis Allen has been here before, in 2014 when his then-Oakland Raiders lost 38-14 to the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium.
MINNESOTA (2-1) vs. NEW ORLEANS (1-2) at London, England
Sunday, 9:30 p.m. EDT, NFL Network
OPENING LINE: Vikings by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers is about to face a Bill Belichick-coached team for just the third time in his 15 seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ starting quarterback.
While the two haven’t matched up very often, they gained plenty of respect for each other from afar.
NEW ENGLAND (1-2) at GREEN BAY (2-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE: Packers by 9 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
NEW YORK JETS (1-2) at PITTSBURGH (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Steelers by 3 1/2 according to FanDuel SportsBook.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tyler Conklin had childhood dreams of the NBA hardwood, shooting jumpers and dunking at arenas around the country.
His journey took a few twists and dribbles — and he ended up catching passes in NFL stadiums instead.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was ruled out for Sunday's game at Green Bay despite making a surprise return to the practice field.
Jones was in uniform Friday with his injured left ankle wrapped tightly as he moved gingerly during the brief portion of the workout open to media.
WARE, England (AP) — Vikings outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith was listed Friday as questionable for Minnesota's game against the New Orleans Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium because of a knee injury.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Myles Garrett knows he's lucky. His life could be very different or even over.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since losing control and flipping his Porsche after practice on Monday, the Browns' star defensive end promised to change his behavior after surviving a crash he caused by driving too fast.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — First-year coaches Matt Eberflus in Chicago and Brian Daboll in New York have created unexpected excitement for the Bears and Giants early this season.
Barring a tie, one of them will improve to 3-1 when they meet at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
CHICAGO (2-1) at NEW YORK GIANTS (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, FOX
OPENING LINE: Giants by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
LONDON (AP) — Saints backup quarterback Andy Dalton is preparing to square off with Kirk Cousins again in London.
Dalton is expected to start after Jameis Winston was listed as doubtful for New Orleans’ game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
CINCINNATI (AP) — After Cincinnati lost the first two games of the season, Joe Burrow told everyone to relax. The Bengals would turn it around, the star quarterback promised.
BUFFALO (2-1) at BALTIMORE (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Buffalo by 4, according to FanDuel SportsBook
CLEVELAND (2-1) at ATLANTA (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Browns by 1½, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he is “very hopeful” that running back Christian McCaffrey will play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals after missing the last two days of practice with a quad injury.
ATLANTA (AP) — Falcons coach Arthur Smith knows what to expect from a Cleveland Browns offense that revolves around Nick Chubb's powerful runs.
Dolores Mejia thought the Chicago Bears could use a Hail Mary.
In fact, she said the prayer several times as she watched the 1986 Super Bowl, pairing the intercession to the Holy Mother with two other rosary staples — the Our Father and the Glory Be — before her team defeated the New England Patriots 46-10 and took home their first and only Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Hines Ward sees some Pittsburgh in San Antonio.
Ward, who played his entire 14-year career with the Steelers and was MVP of their Super Bowl win over Seattle in 2006, is getting his first opportunity to be a head coach with San Antonio in the new XFL.
IDYLLWILD, Calif. (AP) — Two rock climbers, including a former NFL player, were found dead near a Southern California peak after rescue crews responded to reports of injuries, authorities said.
The climbers were identified Thursday as Chelsea Walsh, 33, and Gavin Escobar, 31.
Tua Tagovailoa stumbled to the ground, his legs wobbly and unable to walk to the huddle after banging his head Sunday. And then Thursday night, he was carried off the field by stretcher after another hit caused his head to violently slam against the turf and his hands to freeze up.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Behind an overhauled offensive line coalescing in front of quarterback Joe Burrow and a defense forcing turnovers, the Cincinnati Bengals are looking more like the defending AFC champions.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained neck and head injuries after being slammed to the ground Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and was stretchered from the field.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Sunday night’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa as scheduled.
The Bucs spent most of this week in the Miami area preparing for the highly-anticipated prime-time matchup featuring quarterbacks Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes to avoid direct contact with Hurricane Ian.
Colton McKivitz is undaunted by the big void he must fill on San Francisco's offensive line.
With All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams sidelined for at least a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, McKivitz will be thrown into the starting lineup on Monday night for the 49ers' showdown with the Los Angeles Rams.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three touchdowns in three games hardly qualifies as getting the job done offensively.
Tom Brady knows he and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to be better moving forward, beginning with a highly anticipated matchup Sunday night against Patrick Mahomes and the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — At 6-foot-3 and a slim 224 pounds or so, Ben Skowronek looks like an NFL player.
He just doesn't look much like a fullback.
That's because he's a receiver playing an unlikely role these days for Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Despite being banged up, Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is listed as active for the Thursday night game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Tagovailoa was questionable all week with a sore back and ankle, although he continued to say he planned to play against the Bengals.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All signs point to another start for Cooper Rush at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, which means no NFC East reunion for Dak Prescott and Washington's Carson Wentz.
While Prescott continues his recovery from a fractured thumb, Wentz is trying to get the Commanders (1-2) — not to mention his career — back on track when they visit the Cowboys (2-1) on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Baker Mayfield’s transition to the Carolina Panthers hasn't been a smooth one.
The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 is near the bottom of the league in quarterback rating and completion percentage.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — While the Chicago Bears have experienced more trouble passing the ball than any team in coach Matt Eberflus’ first season, they’ve found playing defense far less frustrating.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Changes are coming to the New York Jets' offense.
Nothing too drastic or radical, but Zach Wilson's return as the starting quarterback allows the team to do some things it simply couldn't with Joe Flacco under center.
WASHINGTON (1-2) at DALLAS (2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox
OPENING LINE: Cowboys by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The stakes will be far lower when the Los Angeles Rams visit the San Francisco 49ers for the third meeting between the teams this calendar year.
The intensity is always high when these NFC West rivals meet.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The solution for much of what is ailing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is right there hiding in plain sight on the practice field most days, simultaneously close at hand and tantalizingly out of reach.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens put nose tackle Michael Pierce on injured reserve.
The Ravens announced the move Thursday, a day after coach John Harbaugh said that Pierce had a torn biceps.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions have been encouraged by cornerback Jeff Okudah's play after the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 draft missed significant time his first two seasons with injury.
Watching the tape, Seattle receiver DK Metcalf isn't so impressed.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Derrick Henry last visited Indianapolis, a third straight rushing crown seemed like a lock.
A broken foot and the rapid ascension of Jonathan Taylor ended Henry's two-year reign.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1) at SAN FRANCISCO (1-2)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE: 49ers by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
SEATTLE (1-2) at DETROIT (1-2)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, Fox
OPENING LINE: Lions by 4½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Jets and Zach Wilson are where the Pittsburgh Steelers are going with Kenny Pickett.
The only question, it seems, is when.
Mitch Trubisky's job is to make sure it's later, not sooner, a full-circle moment for a player formerly on the other side of the equation.