Texans officially rule out Deshaun Watson for Week 1

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Yahoo Sports 10 September, 2021 - 04:41pm

What did the Texans get for Bradley Roby?

The Texans are trading cornerback Bradley Roby to the Saints (Twitter link via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport). The Texans will receive a 2022 third-round pick and a conditional 2023 choice in the swap (Twitter link via Adam Schefter of ESPN.com). profootballrumors.comTexans Trade Bradley Roby To Saints

The Texans ruled their Pro Bowl quarterback out for Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a "Not Injury Related" designation. Watson remains on the Texans' 53-man active roster, but will not be among the 48 players suiting up on Sunday.

The move was expected after head coach David Culley named free agent acquisition Tyrod Taylor as the Texans' starting quarterback, but it still represents another step taken in Watson's very public exit from Houston.

Watson's status has been in limbo since he requested a trade in January, but the situation entered another territory after more than 20 women accused him of sexual assault during the spring. Watson now faces civil suits from the women, as well as a potential criminal investigation and potential discipline from the NFL.

All of that hanging over Watson's head hasn't stopped the Texans from trying to trade him, it's just caused no team to meet the Texans' reportedly exorbitant asking price for the tarnished star. 

Houston likely continues to hope some team — perhaps the Miami Dolphins — grows desperate enough for an established talent at the game's most important position to meet its price, but that hasn't happened so far. A resolution to Watson's legal troubles could also help open the window, but there's no telling how long that will take.

So Watson and the Texans will take this whole staring contest into the regular season. If the Texans officially rule Watson inactive for all 17 games this season, they'll be paying him $10 million to not play football.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 Bold Predictions For Week 1 Matchup vs. Texans

ClutchPoints 10 September, 2021 - 11:31pm

If not for the much anticipated debut of the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence this game wouldn’t have a ton of appeal. The Jaguars were literally the worst team in the league last season and they’re set to take on the unanimous worst team in the league this season, the Houston Texans.

Luckily we do get Trevor Lawrence and a Jaguars team hoping to take a step towards the playoffs but the Texans are hopeless. Let’s get into what to expect from Jacksonville.

Sorry to the Houston Texans, but there’s not much hope in my eyes for them in Week 1. The Jaguars won’t be a playoff team, but this is a team full of young weapons on offense led by Trevor Lawrence looking to prove themselves.

Lawrence will be throwing to Laviska Shenault Jr. and D.J. Chark, two young receivers looking to break out in 2021. Undrafted rookie running back James Robinson is returning to lead the backfield after his big breakout year and they’ve also added Marvin Jones as a veteran presence among the receivers.

On defense, this team has some recognizable names that haven’t put together that big season yet, similar to the receivers. C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin make up a nice cornerback duo if they can reach their potential but there’s not much behind them.

At linebacker the Jaguars have Myles Jack and Josh Allen, another duo that has potential but haven’t put it together for a full season. Allen is the main pass rusher of the two and had a nice rookie season with 10.5 sacks but only played eight games in 2020. If he can get back to his rookie numbers then that’s a nice step.

Overall this is a young team loaded with unrealized potential. If a couple players on both sides of the ball get close to their potential then Jacksonville can start pushing for the playoffs as soon as next season. That all starts with a statement win in week 1 against the Houston Texans. Expectations for the Texans are at rock bottom so let’s see what the Jaguars can do.

The defensive potential talked about in the paragraphs above will start to show up in week 1. Whether it’s Josh Allen looking like the top ten pick the Jaguars drafted a few years ago or any of the high upside corners jumping in for an interception, this can be a fun week for the Jaguars defense.

They’re up against Tyrod Taylor as the quarterback for the Texans and a running back committee consisting of Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and David Johnson. That could be a pretty solid group… three years ago. Am I hating on the Texans too much? I don’t think that’s possible.

K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen could each record a sack as C.J. Henderson intercepts a pass and Myles Jack forces a fumble. That’s the off the record prediction for how this prediction ends up going. Week one should be fun for this exciting Jaguars team but it should be the opposite for the Texans offense. Tyrod Taylor has typically been good at avoiding interceptions but he hasn’t been a consistent starter since 2017. Who knows what to expect in week 1.

One of these two wide receivers eventually has to break out and that could start this week. Every quarterback tends to have a favorite target and it’s very likely that one of Shenault and Chark will break out and be the favorite target for Trevor Lawrence.

Sure, it could be someone like Marvin Jones but the more likely scenario is one of the two second round wide receivers end up being the guy for Lawrence. This would require a big day overall for the Jaguars on offense unless Lawrence literally only throws to one guy. That seems unlikely.

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If Laviska Shenault or D.J. Chark are able to put up these big numbers in week 1 then it could be a sign to come for this offense. Both receivers will be upgrading from a combination of Gardner Minshew or Mike Glennon to Trevor Lawrence. Sometimes being terrible for a year pays off for everyone and these two young receivers could be two of the biggest beneficiaries. Shenault will be entering his second season as Chark enters his fourth. The hope is that these two can be among the best wide receiver duos in the league, but that will take a big step from both and from the quarterback position.

No team was worse than the Texans when it came to defending the run last season. They ranked 32nd in total rushing yards given up at 2,564 and 32 in yards per carry at 5.2 on the season. James Robinson will be looking for another good season after his great rookie campaign and all the attention seems to be on the passing game. Robinson is being overshadowed by the debut of Trevor Lawrence but he should go out and show everyone he’s still got it.

Robinson averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the season in 2020 so increasing in this game by a full yard would be impressive no matter the defense he’s up against. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry or more in three games last season and two of them came late in the season. For him to do this while everyone is watching Trevor Lawrence would be a great showcase of how exciting this offense can be at every skill position group.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 Bold Predictions For Week 1 Matchup vs. Texans

Big Cat Country 10 September, 2021 - 11:31pm

If not for the much anticipated debut of the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence this game wouldn’t have a ton of appeal. The Jaguars were literally the worst team in the league last season and they’re set to take on the unanimous worst team in the league this season, the Houston Texans.

Luckily we do get Trevor Lawrence and a Jaguars team hoping to take a step towards the playoffs but the Texans are hopeless. Let’s get into what to expect from Jacksonville.

Sorry to the Houston Texans, but there’s not much hope in my eyes for them in Week 1. The Jaguars won’t be a playoff team, but this is a team full of young weapons on offense led by Trevor Lawrence looking to prove themselves.

Lawrence will be throwing to Laviska Shenault Jr. and D.J. Chark, two young receivers looking to break out in 2021. Undrafted rookie running back James Robinson is returning to lead the backfield after his big breakout year and they’ve also added Marvin Jones as a veteran presence among the receivers.

On defense, this team has some recognizable names that haven’t put together that big season yet, similar to the receivers. C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin make up a nice cornerback duo if they can reach their potential but there’s not much behind them.

At linebacker the Jaguars have Myles Jack and Josh Allen, another duo that has potential but haven’t put it together for a full season. Allen is the main pass rusher of the two and had a nice rookie season with 10.5 sacks but only played eight games in 2020. If he can get back to his rookie numbers then that’s a nice step.

Overall this is a young team loaded with unrealized potential. If a couple players on both sides of the ball get close to their potential then Jacksonville can start pushing for the playoffs as soon as next season. That all starts with a statement win in week 1 against the Houston Texans. Expectations for the Texans are at rock bottom so let’s see what the Jaguars can do.

The defensive potential talked about in the paragraphs above will start to show up in week 1. Whether it’s Josh Allen looking like the top ten pick the Jaguars drafted a few years ago or any of the high upside corners jumping in for an interception, this can be a fun week for the Jaguars defense.

They’re up against Tyrod Taylor as the quarterback for the Texans and a running back committee consisting of Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and David Johnson. That could be a pretty solid group… three years ago. Am I hating on the Texans too much? I don’t think that’s possible.

K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen could each record a sack as C.J. Henderson intercepts a pass and Myles Jack forces a fumble. That’s the off the record prediction for how this prediction ends up going. Week one should be fun for this exciting Jaguars team but it should be the opposite for the Texans offense. Tyrod Taylor has typically been good at avoiding interceptions but he hasn’t been a consistent starter since 2017. Who knows what to expect in week 1.

One of these two wide receivers eventually has to break out and that could start this week. Every quarterback tends to have a favorite target and it’s very likely that one of Shenault and Chark will break out and be the favorite target for Trevor Lawrence.

Sure, it could be someone like Marvin Jones but the more likely scenario is one of the two second round wide receivers end up being the guy for Lawrence. This would require a big day overall for the Jaguars on offense unless Lawrence literally only throws to one guy. That seems unlikely.

Natural born leader#DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/hCdVjTymYs

Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 10, 2021

If Laviska Shenault or D.J. Chark are able to put up these big numbers in week 1 then it could be a sign to come for this offense. Both receivers will be upgrading from a combination of Gardner Minshew or Mike Glennon to Trevor Lawrence. Sometimes being terrible for a year pays off for everyone and these two young receivers could be two of the biggest beneficiaries. Shenault will be entering his second season as Chark enters his fourth. The hope is that these two can be among the best wide receiver duos in the league, but that will take a big step from both and from the quarterback position.

No team was worse than the Texans when it came to defending the run last season. They ranked 32nd in total rushing yards given up at 2,564 and 32 in yards per carry at 5.2 on the season. James Robinson will be looking for another good season after his great rookie campaign and all the attention seems to be on the passing game. Robinson is being overshadowed by the debut of Trevor Lawrence but he should go out and show everyone he’s still got it.

Robinson averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the season in 2020 so increasing in this game by a full yard would be impressive no matter the defense he’s up against. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry or more in three games last season and two of them came late in the season. For him to do this while everyone is watching Trevor Lawrence would be a great showcase of how exciting this offense can be at every skill position group.

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Jacksonville Jaguars: 4 Bold Predictions For Week 1 Matchup vs. Texans

Houston Public Media 10 September, 2021 - 11:31pm

If not for the much anticipated debut of the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence this game wouldn’t have a ton of appeal. The Jaguars were literally the worst team in the league last season and they’re set to take on the unanimous worst team in the league this season, the Houston Texans.

Luckily we do get Trevor Lawrence and a Jaguars team hoping to take a step towards the playoffs but the Texans are hopeless. Let’s get into what to expect from Jacksonville.

Sorry to the Houston Texans, but there’s not much hope in my eyes for them in Week 1. The Jaguars won’t be a playoff team, but this is a team full of young weapons on offense led by Trevor Lawrence looking to prove themselves.

Lawrence will be throwing to Laviska Shenault Jr. and D.J. Chark, two young receivers looking to break out in 2021. Undrafted rookie running back James Robinson is returning to lead the backfield after his big breakout year and they’ve also added Marvin Jones as a veteran presence among the receivers.

On defense, this team has some recognizable names that haven’t put together that big season yet, similar to the receivers. C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin make up a nice cornerback duo if they can reach their potential but there’s not much behind them.

At linebacker the Jaguars have Myles Jack and Josh Allen, another duo that has potential but haven’t put it together for a full season. Allen is the main pass rusher of the two and had a nice rookie season with 10.5 sacks but only played eight games in 2020. If he can get back to his rookie numbers then that’s a nice step.

Overall this is a young team loaded with unrealized potential. If a couple players on both sides of the ball get close to their potential then Jacksonville can start pushing for the playoffs as soon as next season. That all starts with a statement win in week 1 against the Houston Texans. Expectations for the Texans are at rock bottom so let’s see what the Jaguars can do.

The defensive potential talked about in the paragraphs above will start to show up in week 1. Whether it’s Josh Allen looking like the top ten pick the Jaguars drafted a few years ago or any of the high upside corners jumping in for an interception, this can be a fun week for the Jaguars defense.

They’re up against Tyrod Taylor as the quarterback for the Texans and a running back committee consisting of Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and David Johnson. That could be a pretty solid group… three years ago. Am I hating on the Texans too much? I don’t think that’s possible.

K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen could each record a sack as C.J. Henderson intercepts a pass and Myles Jack forces a fumble. That’s the off the record prediction for how this prediction ends up going. Week one should be fun for this exciting Jaguars team but it should be the opposite for the Texans offense. Tyrod Taylor has typically been good at avoiding interceptions but he hasn’t been a consistent starter since 2017. Who knows what to expect in week 1.

One of these two wide receivers eventually has to break out and that could start this week. Every quarterback tends to have a favorite target and it’s very likely that one of Shenault and Chark will break out and be the favorite target for Trevor Lawrence.

Sure, it could be someone like Marvin Jones but the more likely scenario is one of the two second round wide receivers end up being the guy for Lawrence. This would require a big day overall for the Jaguars on offense unless Lawrence literally only throws to one guy. That seems unlikely.

Natural born leader#DUUUVAL pic.twitter.com/hCdVjTymYs

Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) September 10, 2021

If Laviska Shenault or D.J. Chark are able to put up these big numbers in week 1 then it could be a sign to come for this offense. Both receivers will be upgrading from a combination of Gardner Minshew or Mike Glennon to Trevor Lawrence. Sometimes being terrible for a year pays off for everyone and these two young receivers could be two of the biggest beneficiaries. Shenault will be entering his second season as Chark enters his fourth. The hope is that these two can be among the best wide receiver duos in the league, but that will take a big step from both and from the quarterback position.

No team was worse than the Texans when it came to defending the run last season. They ranked 32nd in total rushing yards given up at 2,564 and 32 in yards per carry at 5.2 on the season. James Robinson will be looking for another good season after his great rookie campaign and all the attention seems to be on the passing game. Robinson is being overshadowed by the debut of Trevor Lawrence but he should go out and show everyone he’s still got it.

Robinson averaged 4.5 yards per carry on the season in 2020 so increasing in this game by a full yard would be impressive no matter the defense he’s up against. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry or more in three games last season and two of them came late in the season. For him to do this while everyone is watching Trevor Lawrence would be a great showcase of how exciting this offense can be at every skill position group.

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Urban Meyer: Jaguars' Rookie Tyson Campbell Will Play vs. the Texans

Yardbarker 10 September, 2021 - 10:48am

The Jacksonville Jaguars will have a key defender on the field when they kick off the 2021 season against the Houston Texans, head coach Urban Meyer announced on Friday.

Cornerback Tyson Campbell, who is slotted to be the team's starting nickel cornerback, will play this Sunday after having been limited in practice this week with a calf injury and missing Week 3 of the preseason with the same injury.

"Tyson Campbell, we have him as questionable, but he'll play. He'll play," Meyer said on Friday. 

"He had a good day yesterday. He is pretty close to full speed, but he has been limited all week, but he will be ready to go."

Getting Campbell, the No. 33 pick in 2021's NFL Draft, back in the fold will be a big boost to a young and transitioning Jaguars' secondary, especially after the Jaguars traded Sidney Jones to the Seattle Seahawks shortly before final roster cuts were made. 

Campbell started for the Jaguars in the second week of the preseason following an injury to Tre Herndon. Campbell allowed two big plays -- each touchdowns -- because of a failure to track the ball the air, but the rookie cornerback also recorded two pass breakups and showed solid man coverage ability from the slot.

“I think when you look at his coverage ability, he’s really good staying with the man. It’s almost—like sometimes he covers him too well—and I say that jokingly. But he has great coverage ability and then not even a split millisecond, you’ve got to turn and make that play," Jaguars defensive coordinator Joe Cullen said during the preseason.

"That’s where he has to get better and our coaches are doing a good job. Tim [Walton] and Joe [Danna] are making sure he’s in those positions during the week to be able to do that as we move forward.”

Herndon was the Jaguars' starting nickel cornerback in the first week of the preseason but injured his knee in the same contest vs. the Cleveland Browns. Herndon has missed practice this week, and each week since the injury. Meyer said on Friday that the fourth-year cornerback isn't far from returning, even if he will miss Sunday's season-opener against Houston.

"Tre is getting close to -- he won't play this week, but he is getting close," Meyer said. 

This article first appeared on FanNation Jaguar Report and was syndicated with permission.

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The latest twist in the story involving wantaway Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was expected by everybody who has followed the saga but nevertheless generated a bit of buzz in NFL circles. As ESPN's Adam Schefter noted, Watson has been ruled out for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars for reasons not related to any injury: Journeyman veteran Tyrod Taylor has served as Houston's unofficial and, later, official QB1 since joining the Texans in March. Watson, meanwhile, wishes to be traded and has been linked with potential buyers such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins but is still facing 22 lawsuits alleging acts of sexual assault and misconduct and 10 criminal complaints. Watson is neither suspended nor is he unavailable via the commissioner's exempt list, but it's believed he will be a paid healthy scratch for each of Houston's games until there is more clarity about the ongoing cases against him. Watson’s deposition for the civil cases might not happen until February, so logic suggests the 25-year-old won't play for any NFL team before the 2022 season at the earliest.

Major League Baseball announced that Nationals left-hander Sean Nolin has been suspended five games for “intentionally hitting” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman with a pitch during Wednesday night’s game. Nolin, who also received an undisclosed fine, is appealing the suspension. He’ll remain on the roster until his appeal is heard. Additionally, MLB suspended Washington manager Dave Martinez for one game as a result of Nolin’s actions. Martinez, who also received an undisclosed fine, will serve his ban during Friday night’s game against the Pirates. In the first inning of Wednesday’s start in Atlanta, Nolin threw a first-pitch fastball behind Freeman’s back. His second pitch of the plate appearance — also a fastball — hit Freeman in the right hip. Nolin was then ejected by home plate umpire Lance Barksdale. The night before, Braves’ closer Will Smith hit Nationals star Juan Soto with a pitch. It seems that Nolin threw behind and then hit Freeman as a retaliatory measure, but he denied doing so intentionally. After the game, Nolin told reporters he simply had trouble gripping the baseball, via Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com. Nolin made his return to the majors this season for the first time since 2015. Over five starts, the 31-year-old has worked 17 2/3 innings of 5.60 ERA ball.

Fanatics recently released its list of top-selling NFL jerseys from Aug. 1 through the kickoff to the 2021 season, and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen led the way ahead of other high-profile field generals. ESPN’s Adam Schefter shared a snapshot of the top five NFL jerseys, as Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Tom Brady and Kansas City Chiefs superstar Patrick Mahomes crack the top five, along with Brady’s successor in New England, Mac Jones, and Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields: Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes eclipsed after epic 1-2 run in top-selling NFL jerseys From March 2020 through the end of May of this year, Brady and Mahomes accounted for the first- and second-most NFL jerseys sold respectively. The star power of Brady and Mahomes is obvious. They just faced each other In Super Bowl LV, and the latter seems to have the best chance of anyone to eventually catch TB12 as the undisputed GOAT at the position. In late July, the NFLPA announced that, “among all officially licensed products sold” either Brady or Mahomes led the quarterly rankings 12 times in a row, dating all the way back to October 2018. Mahomes was in the midst of his run to league MVP honors during that time, while Brady was in pursuit of his sixth Super Bowl win with the New England Patriots. The QBs wound up meeting in the AFC title game that postseason, with New England prevailing 37-31 in overtime. Mac Jones succeeding Tom Brady, Justin Fields in Chicago generating huge buzz Thanks largely to Brady’s greatness, the anticipation to see who’ll be his long-term heir on the Patriots definitely contributed to Jones’ NFL jerseys flying off the shelves. Despite playing with a loaded cast of future pro players at Alabama, Jones proved himself worthy in training camp and the preseason to the point that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick released incumbent starter Cam Newton. As for Fields, he’s in the big market of Chicago and played on the big stage in college at Ohio State, with his last game coming against Jones and Alabama for the national title. The Bears have never had a dual-threat signal-caller like Fields in their franchise’s history, so the buzz around him is truly unique. Plus, there’s something kind of dangerous and saucy about a No. 1 jersey. One player of note who’s worn that same number with a similar dynamic running ability to Fields: Cam Newton. How about that? Josh Allen jersey sales could be a sign of bigger things to come Let’s circle back to the leading man. It’s telling that Allen leads the way among the fresh-faced rookies and growing legends he’s beaten out of late. Bigger-brand teams exist in New York in the Jets and Giants, but thanks to Allen realizing his potential as a true face of the franchise, Buffalo is a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Allen is coming off a true breakout 2020 campaign that saw him make the most incredible Year 3 leap forward from a QB in NFL history. His completion rate jumped to 69.2% from 58.8% the prior season. He threw 37 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions and ran for 421 yards and eight more TDs. Not only could Allen help his team to a championship, but he’s also a trendy pick for league MVP honors, entering Week 1 as a favorite along with Mahomes, reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and Brady, which would only boost his jersey sales even more. The Bills have dealt with lots of heartbreak, losing four straight Super Bowls in the early 1990s. They haven’t really been the same since then. Allen has come along and inspired hope in Buffalo that a Lombardi Trophy could be in the team’s near future. Allen’s cannon arm, running ability and tempered gunslinger style of play make the 25-year-old phenom a fan favorite not only in Western New York, but also for any football purist who just loves seeing a quality player capitalize on such incredible talent. His No. 1 status among the top-selling NFL jerseys says a lot about Allen’s exciting trajectory.

The Big 12 Conference announced Friday that it extended membership invitations to BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston. "Today's actions were in accordance with Big 12 Conference Bylaw 1.5.2.b.3 requiring an affirmative vote of a supermajority of directors and was approved unanimously by the eight continuing members," the Big 12 said in a statement. The news comes after it was announced Oklahoma and Texas would be leaving the conference to join the SEC. Despite losing Oklahoma and Texas, though, the Big 12 will be able to move forward as a league and maintain its status as a Power Five conference. BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston are expected to join the Big 12 by 2023 or 2024, according to ESPN's Heather Dinich and Adam Rittenberg. Oklahoma and Texas aren't leaving the conference for the SEC until 2025. All four teams make sense as additions to the Big 12. BYU comes with a football contract with ESPN, while UCF and Cincinnati have been two of the best football schools in the American Athletic Conference in recent memory. Houston, meanwhile, has a surging basketball program that makes it an ideal candidate for the conference. The AAC currently sits at 12 teams but will decrease to eight teams when BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston depart for the Big 12. The conference now has to decide what its next move will be, and there's no obvious candidates for the conference to add, either.

Thomas Tuchel said Friday that Christian Pulisic returned to Chelsea this week on crutches but expects the winger to be sidelined for just 10 days, according to ESPN's James Olley. Pulisic limped off the field in the United States' 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Honduras on Wednesday after 62 minutes. He entered the game with an ankle issue and injured it further by playing. "For Christian, unfortunately he came yesterday on crutches and he has an ankle injury with about 10 days [out]," Tuchel said. The 22-year-old will miss Chelsea's Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Saturday as well as the club's Champions League match against Zenit St. Petersburg on Tuesday. Pulisic has played in one game for Chelsea this season, scoring one goal. He has been with the club since the 2019-20 season. In addition to Pulisic, Chelsea is without N'Golo Kante, who is dealing with an ankle injury, this weekend. The club also doesn't know the status of Thiago Silva as talks with FIFA continue after Chelsea refused to release the defender for Brazil's matches. Chelsea is 2-1-0 on the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting exited Thursday's 31-29 win over the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter and was ruled out with an elbow injury. After the game, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that Murphy-Bunting suffered a dislocated elbow when his arm was caught between Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and Bucs safety Antoine Winfield Jr. It's unclear when Murphy-Bunting will return to the field. He could be out for a few weeks or even longer. The 24-year-old is in his third season with the Buccaneers. He was a big contributor during the team's Super Bowl run last season, recording one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 70 tackles in 16 regular-season games. If Murphy-Bunting misses next week's game against the Atlanta Falcons, Jamel Dean and Dee Delaney could see more playing time. Dean is in his third year with the Bucs. He had an interception and 62 tackles in 14 games last season. Meanwhile, Delaney is in his first season with the Buccaneers after a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a year with the Washington Football Team.

A nightmarish baseball year has mercifully ended for New York Yankees left-handed relief pitcher Zack Britton. His 2022 probably won't be that much better. As noted by the official MLB website, Britton underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday and also had a bone chip removed. Per Dan Martin of the New York Post, specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure in Los Angeles. Based upon typical recovery timelines from similar operations, the 33-year-old most likely won't pitch again versus opposing batters until spring training 2023. Britton hasn't taken the bump since Aug. 19 and went on the injured list days later with what was initially said to be a strained left elbow. The previous offseason, he battled COVID-19 and told reporters he lost roughly 18 pounds because of the virus. Things didn't immediately improve for the veteran, as he underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip in his left elbow in March and only made his season debut on June 12. Last month, Britton requested to be taken out of the closer role following repeated struggles. He ends his season with an 0-1 record, 5.89 ERA and one save in 22 appearances.

It appears as though Nikita Scherbak’s stay in North America could be over. The free agent forward signed with HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia for the upcoming season after spending the last year with the Texas Stars of the AHL. Scherbak, 25, reached 196 games played in the AHL last season, and when adding his experience in the NHL and KHL, he is now classified as a veteran for the minor league. AHL teams must dress at least 13 “development players” in each game, 12 of which must have played in 260 or fewer professional games. (The other must be fewer than 320.) In the release from his new team, it is explained that Scherbak’s status—no longer a development player—made it more difficult for him to find a job in North America, though he did try. It’s a rapid fall for a player who was in the NHL as recently as the 2018-19 season, though Scherbak has never lived up to the promise that made him the 26th overall pick in 2014. He played 39 games with the Montreal Canadiens, the team that selected him, before being claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Kings in late 2018. Eight more games for the Kings that season would be his last chance at the highest level. The Kings failed to issue Scherbak a qualifying offer that offseason, and he ended up signing in the KHL. After one more kick at the can with Texas, where he scored 15 points in 28 games, the still relatively young forward is on his way back to Europe.

The relationship between the three stars of the 2008 Boston Celtics has often been contentious, with most of it centering around Ray Allen. Paul Pierce, however, is not going to be one of those throwing his ex-teammate under the bus. Pierce and Allen were together Friday at the awards gala that precedes Saturday’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where Pierce will be one of the 16 inductees. Allen was on hand as one of the presenters for Chris Bosh, who is also set to be enshrined. The fact that the two met was notable considering the 2008 Celtics have excluded Allen from previous reunions. Pierce made very clear that he didn’t hold a grudge against his former teammate and even appeared in a video with Allen. The basis of the feud that still exists is largely between Allen and Kevin Garnett, who never got over Allen’s decision to leave for the rival Miami Heat in 2012. Pierce has never had much of an issue with Allen publicly, and whatever issues they may have had seemed to have been smoothed out as of two years ago. Garnett will be on hand as Pierce’s presenter, meaning all three will be in the same room Saturday. It will be intriguing to see if they cross paths and put their issues behind them as their former coach has suggested.

2015 NFL Most Valuable Player Cam Newton vowed earlier this week to get some things off his chest and discuss why, in his eyes, the New England Patriots released him on the final day of August. Newton did so via a video shared on Friday, but the 32-year-old may not have done himself many favors in the process. Hours after Newton's explanation went public, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported one coach explained the veteran signal-caller "may already be at the end of the road" of his career. Another coach said, "The right situation could arise once the season unfolds," suggesting Newton's only road back to an active roster this fall will appear when others suffer inevitable injuries. Newton said he was open to serving as a backup for Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones but added he believes head coach Bill Belichick didn't want a former MVP potentially looking over the first-year pro's shoulder. "The reason they released me is because, indirectly, I was going to be a distraction without being the starter," Newton said. "Just my aura... That's my gift and my curse. When you bring a Cam Newton to your facility, when you bring a Cam Newton to your franchise, people are interested." Newton famously missed time last month because of a supposed "misunderstanding" of the NFL's COVID-19 protocols, and it's believed he isn't vaccinated against the coronavirus. Questions about his play, his willingness to quietly sit behind a starter on a roster and his vaccination status may all cause teams to look elsewhere whenever they need quarterbacks between now and the end of the season.

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