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Steelers RB James Conner (shoulder) out vs. Cardinals

Despite returning to practice as a limited participant a week ago, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner said he will be out Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. He isn’t speculating on his availability after that, either.

“I don’t want to look too far ahead because it’s still going to take some time,” Conner said Thursday. “We’ll see. Hopefully I can get out there as soon as possible, but this week? Nah.”

Conner, who hasn’t played since a brief appearance against the Browns on Nov. 14, said he’s been taking scout team reps this week.

“Just don’t want to take none of the game reps away from some guys that are going to be active,” said Conner, who was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. “Nice to get out there and just run around.”7

Conner injured the AC joint in his right shoulder during the final two minutes of a win against the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28. He was wrapping up his best game of the season: 145 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Conner missed the next two games against the Colts and Rams before trying to play against the Browns in the Thursday night game. Conner realized after a quarter that his body wasn’t ready.

“I just wasn’t ready to come back,” he said. “I just tried to fight through it, but I wasn’t able to.”

Rookie Benny Snell Jr. has stepped up in Conner’s absence, particularly in the past two games. He scored his first NFL touchdown this past Sunday against the Browns, a 1-yard run to give the Steelers a 17-10 lead. He finished the game with 16 carries for 63 yards. A week earlier against Cincinnati, Snell led the Steelers with 21 carries for 98 yards.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“He prepared himself well,” Conner said. “My job is to be there [for] anything he needs, questions that he has. He’s been doing great.”

Before he played against the Browns, Conner said playing with the injury was a matter of pain tolerance. He said he’s “day-by-day” at this point but isn’t ruling out returning to the field in the final three regular-season games. The Steelers are in contention for the final AFC wild card, holding the No. 6 spot if the regular season ended today.

“Honestly, taking it day-by-day,” Conner said. “So whatever that may be, I’m not going to count it out until I’m done for sure.”

Sources: Eagles offered 1st- and 2nd-round picks for Jalen Ramsey

The Philadelphia Eagles came under criticism for not completing a trade for Jalen Ramsey, but it clearly was not for a lack of effort.

The Eagles offered the Jaguars first- and second-round picks for Ramsey, league sources told ESPN, and for a period of time they thought they had a chance to land him.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

But the Eagles ultimately were outbid by the Los Angeles Rams, who were willing to pay a steeper price to the Jacksonville Jaguars.6

The Eagles simply were unwilling to give up more than a first- and second-round pick, according to sources. As much as the Eagles would have liked to have added Ramsey, they also know that they expect to get back four defensive backs in the next two weeks.

Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring) is expected to return Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, as is Jalen Mills, who has been out the past year with a foot injury. Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox (neck) could return next Sunday at Buffalo, as could cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc, who has battled a foot injury.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

So the additions of Darby, Mills, Maddox and LeBlanc might not be as good as Ramsey, but the Eagles believe they will upgrade their secondary and make their defense even more formidable.

Cowboys’ Brett Maher first kicker to make three 60-yard FGs

Brett Maher became the first kicker in NFL history with three field goals of at least 60 yards with his 63-yarder at the end of the half to give the Cowboys a 27-7 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Maher’s make was also a Cowboys record. He made a 62-yarder against the Eagles last season at AT&T Stadium and a 62-yarder last week against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china5

Maher, only in his second NFL season, was one of three kickers with two kicks of 60 yards or more in their career, along with Greg Zuerlein and Sebastian Janikowski.

Maher’s 63-yarder is the second-longest field goal in NFL history. Matt Prater hit a 64-yarder for the Denver Broncos on Dec 8, 2013. Maher, Tom Dempsey (1970), Jason Elam (1988), Janikowski (2011), David Akers (2012) and Graham Gano (2018) have the only 63-yarders in league history.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

Maher has missed kicks from 55 yards, 54 yards, 33 yards and 40 yards this season, but he is now 2-for-2 from longer than 60 yards.

QB Sam Darnold throws for 338 yards and 2 TDs in 24-22 win over Cowboys

Sam Darnold beat mononucleosis, and the New York Jets defeated the losing bug.

Unfazed by a three-game layoff, Darnold played one of the best games of his young career and sparked the Jets to their first win, 24-22 over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

“When you’re out for so long like I was, you realize this game is a privilege to play it,” said Darnold, who passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns.

With a hard-plastic guard protecting his back and previously enlarged spleen, Darnold said he “took a couple of shots” in the game, but he wasn’t worried about the possibility of his spleen rupturing. He was medically cleared only five days ago, five weeks after the diagnosis.

Showing no rust, Darnold knew from the first play — a 17-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas — he was destined for a big day. The highlight was a 92-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, the second-longest scoring pass in Jets history.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“Sam is a special player,” running back Le’Veon Bell said. “You’ve got a guy in there who’s able to make plays, get the ball down field and get everybody lined up perfectly, getting them out of the huddle — a vocal leader. … We’ve been missing that these last couple of weeks.”7

That’s an understatement.

With Trevor Siemian (one start) and Luke Falk (two starts) at quarterback, the Jets’ offense managed only one touchdown and averaged only 165 total yards per game. On Sunday, they produced three touchdowns and 383 total yards.

Falk played so poorly that he was released on Saturday. Head coach Adam Gase opted for the recently signed David Fales as his No. 2 quarterback.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Publicly, the Jets’ coaches tried to downplay Darnold’s return, with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains saying last week, “Sam is not a magic wand.” But, in a way, he was.

Gase was so happy to have Darnold back in the lineup that he kept calling pass plays later in the game, when running the ball and milking the clock might have been the conventional choice. The Jets nearly blew a 21-3 lead, stopping a two-point conversion in the final minute to preserve the win.

“There was a lot of good,” Gase said of Darnold, whose lone mistake was a red zone interception in the third quarter. “His pocket movement creates a lot of opportunities, and our guys did a good job of moving with him.”

Source: Patriots expected to re-sign TE Benjamin Watson

The New England Patriots are expected to re-sign veteran tight end Benjamin Watson, a league source told ESPN’s Field Yates.

When the Patriots released Watson on Oct. 7, head coach Bill Belichick said the team didn’t have a roster spot for him upon his return from a four-game NFL suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. But injuries have altered the picture, so Watson, who spent training camp with the club and has experience with the system, will return and project as an immediate contributor.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

His return comes after fullback Jakob Johnson (shoulder) and tight end Matt LaCosse (knee) were knocked out of Thursday’s win over the New York Giants. Coupled with an injury to receiver Josh Gordon (knee), it forced the Patriots into one personnel grouping for the entire second half, a situation that quarterback Tom Brady said he couldn’t remember ever happening in his 20-year career.5

Watson, 38, joins LaCosse and second-year player Ryan Izzo as tight ends on the roster. His return should please Brady.

“Ben’s a great player. He’s been a great player for this team, for other teams. He’s had an incredible career,” Brady said last week. “He was right next to me [in the locker room], and for as great as a player he was, he was 10 times a better person, just the highest integrity. I can’t say enough good things about Ben, what he’s meant to me, my family, our team.”nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Sources: Barkley unlikely to play vs. Patriots

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is unlikely to play Thursday night against the New England Patriots despite returning to practice late last week, multiple sources told ESPN. He had been eyeing this week’s contest as a potential return date.

There’s also a real chance the Giants will be without tight end Evan Engram, who is dealing with a sprained MCL and faces a challenge to be healthy enough to face New England, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Engram is on pace for a career year with 33 catches for 373 yards and two touchdowns.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Barkley has been dealing with a high ankle sprain suffered Sept. 22 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is slated to practice again later Tuesday but is not expected to be cleared medically in time to handle the rigors of game action yet.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Monday that the Giants would do what is best for the team and Barkley would return when he’s able to play at a high level and protect himself. It’s almost certainly not going to happen Thursday. Sitting Barkley against the undefeated Patriots gives him another 10 days to get cleared for their Week 7 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.6

Not having Barkley available Thursday leaves the Giants (2-3) short-handed against the league’s top-ranked defense. Running back Wayne Gallman and wide receiver Sterling Shepard also are going to miss Thursday night’s game. Both have concussions.

Undrafted rookie running back Jon Hilliman and fullback Elijhaa Penny, a converted tailback, are expected to shoulder the load without Barkley and Gallman. Austin Walter also is likely to be elevated from the practice squad. An outside alternative would be difficult on such short notice.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The original reported timeline for Barkley was four to eight weeks. It has been 16 days since the injury.

It appeared Barkley was going to beat the timeline when he returned to the practice field early last week and began running and cutting at near full speed on a side field with a trainer. He improved as the week progressed and even sneaked in some scout team work on Friday.

Barkley was listed as a limited participant in Monday’s projected practice report with the Giants on a short week.

“He’s doing great,” Shurmur said Monday, before adding that Barkley was closer to returning than he was last week.

Shurmur said there was a possibility that Barkley could return against the Patriots. It just seems highly unlikely. Barkley would have to be cleared by doctors, and the long-term risk in this case outweighs the short-term reward.

Jets’ Darnold cleared, to start against Cowboys

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was cleared for contact and will start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced.

Darnold, diagnosed four weeks ago with mononucleosis, had been dealing with an enlarged spleen — a residual effect of the illness. He said he felt well enough to play last week, but there was still some swelling in his spleen, the team said.

Darnold, speaking Monday afternoon in his weekly radio spot on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York, said: “I feel good. Energy is awesome. Just looking forward to playing this week, but have to wait for doctor’s orders.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

His return should provide an emotional boost for the reeling Jets (0-4), who have scored only two touchdowns on offense. The tension in the locker room prompted a players-only meeting on Monday. Players said they called the meeting in an attempt to remain unified.

Also returning is tight end Chris Herndon, who served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Herndon hasn’t yet been added to the roster; he has an exemption.5

The good news for Darnold is that he had two full days of practice last week. He and the team were so confident he’d be cleared that he worked exclusively with the starters on Wednesday and Thursday. Late Thursday, he was ruled out after an ultrasound and blood test.

Scrambling, the Jets had to start Luke Falk for the second straight week. He was manhandled in a 31-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He was sacked nine times and committed three turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

Fearing a concussion, the Jets pulled Falk after his ninth sack. They inserted David Fales, their fourth quarterback of the season. Falk cleared concussion protocol, the team said, and is available this week.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

The Jets, off to their worst start since 2003, hope Darnold can galvanize a punchless and mistake-prone offense.

“It’s probably more than just Sam getting out there — we’ve got a lot of other things to clean up — but Sam is able to hide things sometimes for us,” Gase said. “If we make a mistake, he covers it up. We just need to do a better job as a group, making sure we’re all on the same page.”

Giants not worried about Janoris Jenkins’ rough start

The numbers against Janoris Jenkins so far this season are scary. It’s problematic in that the New York Giants cornerback is supposed to be their best and most accomplished defensive player.

Not that there is much competition.

But what is defensive coordinator James Bettcher supposed to do if his best player on a talent-bereft unit can’t cover anyone? He’s in even bigger trouble than anticipated.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

That is where Bettcher and the Giants stand entering Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Redskins (1 p.m. ET, Fox). They haven’t even been able to count on their top cornerback to limit opposing receivers each of the past two weeks.

Imagine this: Jenkins is ranked 108th out of 111 cornerbacks with at least 45 snaps played this season with a 31.0 grade against the pass, according to Pro Football Focus. He has allowed 14 first downs and nine passes that have gained 15-plus yards, most in the NFL in both categories. His three touchdowns allowed is the second most of any cornerback.6

The Giants don’t see that, though. That’s why Jenkins has stunningly remained in New York even as the rest of the 2016 free-agent class was exiled. Even through these recent struggles, the Giants’ confidence in him hasn’t wavered.

“Honestly, I don’t have concern,” Bettcher said. “I don’t have concern about any of our players, as long as they are working the process. I think Jack is doing that. I think he is coming to practice — I saw it today — he’s diving to knock balls away. He’s competing. He’s working on fundamentals and techniques in individual [drills]. He’s all-in on fixing what he needs to fix.”cheap nfl nike jersey
“I mean, when you got time and get no pressure, I can’t cover nobody for 10 seconds. Who can cover anybody for 10 seconds?” Jenkins said after the Buffalo game. “Go look at within the first five seconds of the route. He’s not open. If he scrambles and there is no pressure, what do you want me to do? I can’t cover this side and that side. Come on, bro. We have to play football around here.”

The Bucs didn’t need 10 seconds on Sunday. Almost all of Evans’ damage came in one-on-one coverage against Jenkins, who also struggled the prior week as the Bills completed seven passes on seven targets for 75 yards when Jenkins was the nearest defender.

The Giants insist they’re not going to shy away from using Jenkins against No. 1 receivers moving forward. He’s still by far the best of what they have right now. Rookie DeAndre Baker is one of the few cornerbacks graded lower (28.2 overall) than Jenkins this season, even though he played better Sunday against the Bucs.

So whether it’s Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper or Larry Fitzgerald in future weeks, expect Jenkins to follow.

“Sure.” He’s out there and he’s going to compete,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s going to be involved [against top receivers] when we play zone and when we play man. We expect that when he’s out there, he is going to play at a high level, which he’s done for a long time.”

James Conner, Steelers’ running game struggling to help ailing offense

The key to a successful offensive game plan for a first-time starting quarterback is generally simple enough.

Run the ball.

With quarterback Mason Rudolph starting for the first time, the Pittsburgh Steelers entered Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with the intention of leaning on third-year running back James Conner.

The 49ers loaded the box early and often with eight defenders, trying to force Rudolph to throw. Pittsburgh, however, couldn’t get anything going in the passing game, settling for short throws barely past the line of scrimmage. And with the 49ers’ stacked front, the Steelers couldn’t run the ball effectively, either, creating a lackluster offense in Rudolph’s starting debut.cheap nfl nike jersey

Conner ran the ball just once on the first two drives before opening up the third drive with back-to-back carries. He got the ball once more on the drive, one that ended in a punt just before halftime. That capped off a half in which he carried the ball seven times for 18 yards. His longest run went for just 5 yards.6

It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Conner finally had a double-digit run, picking up 10 yards to open a drive that ended with Rudolph’s 39-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson.

It was the kind of run the Steelers needed from Conner all afternoon but got just once.

When his number was called again in the fourth quarter to milk the clock after the 49ers’ fifth turnover, Conner ran for 5 yards and then fumbled it away two plays later, giving the 49ers the ball just outside the red zone.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“That never happens to James,” Rudolph said of the fumble. “James is an unbelievable player. We were still being aggressive in that situation and mixed the run with the pass.”

Those were Conner’s final three carries of the afternoon, and the only three carries of the fourth quarter.

Conner finished the game with 45 yards on 13 carries — the most he’s had this season. But it’s a far cry from his standard a season ago.

Last season, he had only three games in which he carried the ball fewer than 13 times, and the Steelers went 1-2 in those games. The Steelers were 7-2-1 last year when Connor rushed at least 13 times.

Through three games this season, Conner is averaging an anemic 2.9 yards per carry. He has rushed just 34 times for 97 yards — far from his numbers through three games a season ago. In the 2018 three-game opening stretch, Conner rushed for 213 yards on 54 carries and scored three touchdowns. He has just one this season.

Next step: 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo delivers under pressure

Jimmy Garoppolo prefers to keep his secrets to himself. But there was nothing Garoppolo could do Sunday afternoon when cornerback Richard Sherman stepped to the podium following the San Francisco 49ers’ win against the Pittsburgh Steelers and revealed a surprise about the Niners’ quarterback.

“He likes getting hit, I don’t know why,” Sherman said. “Not every quarterback likes it. It kind of wakes him up.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

About 30 minutes later, Garoppolo would confirm Sherman’s assertion, noting that he has been told before that he seems to enjoy taking hits. If that’s the case, there’s little doubt that Garoppolo had a grand old time in Sunday’s 24-20 win against the Steelers at Levi’s Stadium.5

Making his third start of the season and third since returning from a torn left ACL suffered last September, Garoppolo felt more pressure Sunday than he had in the first two weeks combined — in more ways than one. Garoppolo had been sacked once and hit just twice in the first two games.

With the 49ers starting rookie Justin Skule at left tackle and their general preference for dialing up pressures, the Steelers made it clear they intended to throw everything they had at Garoppolo. By the time it was over, Garoppolo had been sacked just one time, but unofficial press box statistics had him taking eight hits. It seemed like many more.

Despite the pressure, Garoppolo didn’t flinch, sometimes even shaking loose from would-be tacklers and either making a play down the field, scrambling for a gain or throwing it away to preserve down and distance.cheap nfl nike jersey
Garoppolo’s toughness served as an example on a day when just about everything that could go wrong did. The Niners turned the ball over five times, including four in the first half. Two of those were interceptions charged to Garoppolo and he had his hand in two botched center/quarterback exchanges. Three of those turnovers came with the 49ers inside Pittsburgh’s 30, turning a game that could have been far more comfortable into a nail-biter.

After a third-down miscue on a snap that hit motioning receiver Richie James Jr. that the Steelers recovered at their 7, Garoppolo was visibly frustrated.

“I was upset,” Garoppolo said. “But the defense, when they’re playing like that, it gives you such confidence on the sideline. So it was just more about getting our guys ready for the next series. They make huge plays like that on defense, it sets us up for success.”