Andrew Luck certainly didn't have any when he sat out a Thanksgiving night loss with a concussion. ''To get back out there and do some decent things, that's fun,'' Luck said after throwing for four touchdowns, three to Dwayne Allen. Not that Luck had to work very hard against the hosts, who were booed by a much-less-than-filled MetLife Stadium almost from the outset.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera is not worried about losing the faith of his players in the locker room after his decision to bench Cam Newton for the start of Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Rivera said Monday in hindsight he's ''very comfortable'' with his decision to keep the reigning league MVP on the sideline after he failed to wear a tie on the team flight Saturday, as required by team rules. Derek Anderson replaced Newton in the starting lineup and threw an interception on Carolina's first play from scrimmage.
Robert Griffin III healed much faster than doctors thought. Now, if he can just mend the 0-12 Browns. Told earlier this season that it was ''highly unlikely'' he would be able to play again in 2016 after breaking a bone in his left shoulder late in the Sept. 11 opener at Philadelphia, Griffin practiced Monday as the winless Browns returned from their bye and he could start Sunday when they host the Cincinnati Bengals.
It was one thing for the Seattle Seahawks to know they would be without safety Earl Thomas for one game, maybe two. Now that the former All-Pro safety is done for the rest of the 2016 season - no matter how far Seattle may advance in the playoffs - the Seahawks are facing a new reality for the rest of this year that doesn't include arguably their most important defensive player on the field. ''I don't think you're going to replace Earl Thomas.
Justin Forsett and Gary Kubiak are back together and both are counting on their reunion in Denver leading to a revival. The Broncos claimed the 31-year-old running back off waivers from Detroit to replace Kapri Bibbs, who went on IR with a high left ankle sprain he suffered in the Broncos' 20-10 win at Jacksonville. ''We're dropping like flies, so it'll be great to have him and I can't wait to meet him,'' said rookie running back Devontae Booker, who had his worst game of the season Sunday, gaining just 35 yards on 18 carries.
Washington Redskins safety Will Blackmon and center Spencer Long are going through the NFL's concussion protocol after being injured in a loss Sunday to the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Jay Gruden announced the player updates on a conference call Monday. Blackmon's departure from Washington's 31-23 loss at Arizona meant more duty for Duke Ihenacho in the secondary.
One game was difficult enough for Mike Zimmer to miss. The hard-driving head coach has returned to work with the Minnesota Vikings, who announced on Monday that Zimmer is expected to travel with the team this weekend to Jacksonville. The matchup with a team with the third-worst record in the NFL has taken on an extra measure of significance, given the freefall Minnesota has experienced since a league-leading 5-0 start.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso has undergone surgery to repair a broken right thumb, but coach Adam Gase says he may be available to play Sunday against Arizona.
When the Buffalo Bills took a 15-point lead midway through the third quarter, the game was right in the comfort zone for the Oakland Raiders. Derek Carr led yet another comeback with two touchdown passes in the second half and Khalil Mack helped force two turnovers that rallied the Raiders to their biggest comeback in 16 years with a 38-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Raiders fell behind 24-9 following touchdowns on the first two drives of the second half for Buffalo (6-6), before mounting the biggest comeback win since rallying from 21 points down to beat Indianapolis 38-31 on Sept. 10, 2000.
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