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National Football League Week 2 Preview

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 2

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 131 of the 216 playoff teams (60.6 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including five teams last season and three division champions – HOUSTON (AFC South), NEW ORLEANS (NFC South) and PHILADELPHIA (NFC East).

Last season, seven playoff teams began the year by winning their first two games, the most in a single season since 2006 (seven teams). ​

A look at how playoff clubs in 2019 and 2018 began their seasons:

2019                                                                                                       2018

Team After 2 games Playoff Result Team After 2 games Playoff Result
Baltimore 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Baltimore 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Buffalo 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card Chicago 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Green Bay 2-0 Advanced to NFC Champ Dallas 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Houston 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Houston 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card
Kansas City 2-0 Won Super Bowl LIV Indianapolis 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Minnesota 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Kansas City 2-0 Advanced to AFC Champ
New England 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card L.A. Chargers 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
New Orleans 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card L.A. Rams 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl LIII
Philadelphia 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card New England 1-1 Won Super Bowl LIII
San Francisco 2-0 Advanced Super Bowl LIV New Orleans 1-1 Advanced to NFC Champ
Seattle 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Philadelphia 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Tennessee 1-1 Advanced to AFC Champ Seattle 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card

 

– NFL –

MAHOMES MILESTONES: Last season, Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES became the fastest player to reach 70 career touchdown passes (27 games) in NFL history, and he can continue to rewrite the record books in 2020.​

Entering Week 2, Mahomes has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games. On Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers (4:25 PM ET, CBS), he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (36 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career passing yards in league history. ​

The fastest players to reach 10,000 career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO REACH 10,000 PASSING YARDS
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 36
Matthew Stafford Detroit 37
Marc Bulger St. Louis Rams 38
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 38
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 38
     
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 32*
*Has 9,623 passing yards in 32 career games

Last week in the Chiefs’ season-opening win, Mahomes passed for three touchdowns versus zero interceptions for a 123.3 passer rating, his 16th career game with at least three touchdown passes.

With at least three touchdown passes in Week 2, Mahomes will surpass PEYTON MANNING (16 games) and DAK PRESCOTT (16) for the third-most such games in a player’s first four seasons in NFL history, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (27) and KURT WARNER (21).

The players with the most games with at least three touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES
Dan MarinoHOF Miami 27
Kurt WarnerHOF St. Louis Rams 21
Patrick Mahomes* Kansas City 16
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 16
Dak Prescott Dallas 16
*In fourth season    

– NFL –

DUAL-THREAT DAK: Since entering the NFL in 2016, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 98 touchdown passes and 21 rushing touchdowns, the most among quarterbacks.

With at least two touchdown passes on Sunday against Atlanta (1:00 PM, ET), Prescott will become the third quarterback to record at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first five seasons in NFL history, joining JEFF GARCIA and CAM NEWTON.

The players with at least 100 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in their first five seasons in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM TD PASSES RUSHING TDS
Jeff Garcia San Francisco 113 21
Cam Newton Carolina 117 43
       
Dak Prescott* Dallas 98 21
*In fifth season

– NFL –

GURLEY AMONG GREATS: In his first game with Atlanta last week, running back TODD GURLEY rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown, the 71st scrimmage touchdown of his career.

Gurley, appearing in his 75th career game on Sunday at Dallas (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one scrimmage touchdown to tie Pro Football Hall of Famer EMMITT SMITH (72 scrimmage touchdowns) for the third-most scrimmage touchdowns by a player through his first 75 career games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (79) and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (79) have more.

The players with the most scrimmage touchdowns in their first 75 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM TOUCHDOWNS
Jim BrownHOF Cleveland 79
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF San Diego Chargers 79
Emmitt SmithHOF Dallas 72
     
Todd Gurley St. Louis/L.A. Rams, Atlanta 71*
*Entering 75th career game on Sunday

– NFL –​

GIANT NUMBERS: Last week, New York Giants running back SAQUON BARKELY recorded six receptions for 60 yards, his 12th-career game with at least five catches. Since entering the NFL in 2018, his 149 receptions and 1,219 receiving yards each rank fifth among running backs.

Appearing in his 31st career game on Sunday at Chicago (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Barkley needs one reception to tie HERSCHEL WALKER (31 games) as the fourth-fastest running back to reach 150 career receptions in NFL history.

The fastest running backs to record 150 career receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM GAMES TO REACH 150 RECEPTIONS
Reggie Bush New Orleans 26
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 27
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 29
Herschel Walker Dallas 31
     
Saquon Barkley N.Y. Giants 30*
*Has 149 receptions in 30 career games

– NFL –

HOME ON THE ROAD: Running back ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 93 yards last week in his first game with Detroit, and he enters Week 2 ranking fourth on the NFL’s all-time list of rushing touchdowns (111) and fifth in rushing yards (14,309).

Entering Sunday’s divisional matchup at Green Bay (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Peterson has rushed for a touchdown in each of his past eight games at Lambeau Field, a streak spanning 12 seasons (2008-19) and two teams (Minnesota and Washington).

With a rushing touchdown this week, Peterson will extend his streak of scoring a touchdown at Lambeau Field to nine games, the second-longest streak of scoring a touchdown at a visiting stadium in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (10 consecutive games at the Oakland Coliseum) has a longer such streak.

The players with the most consecutive games scoring a touchdown at a stadium as a visitor:

PLAYER OPPOSING TEAM STADIUM SEASONS CONSECUTIVE GAMES
LaDainian TomlinsonHOF Oakland Raiders Oakland Coliseum 2001-2011 10
Adrian Peterson Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field 2008-present 8*
Neal Anderson Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Stadium 1987-1993 7
Haywood Jeffires Cincinnati Bengals Riverfront Stadium 1990-95 6
Joey Galloway Oakland Raiders Oakland Coliseum 1995-2001 6
*Active streak

– NFL –

NEW TEAM, SAME HOP: Arizona wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS came to the Cardinals this offseason after recording 632 receptions in seven seasons with Houston, tied for the second-most receptions by a player through his first seven seasons in NFL history. In his debut with Arizona last week, he led the team with a career-high 14 receptions for 151 yards in its season-opening victory.

With at least six catches on Sunday against Washington (4:05 PM ET, FOX), Hopkins will surpass EARL COOPER (19 receptions in his first two games with San Francisco in 1980) and ERIK METCALF (19 receptions in his first two games with Atlanta in 1995) for the most receptions by a player in their first two games with a team in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first two games with a team in NFL history:​

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RECEPTIONS
Earl Cooper San Francisco 1980 19
Eric Metcalf Atlanta 1995 19
Anquan Boldin Arizona 2003 18
Jamison Crowder N.Y. Jets 2019 18
       
DeAndre Hopkins Arizona 2020 14*
*14 receptions in Week 1

– NFL –​

SCHUSTER & LADDERS: Pittsburgh wide receiver JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER recorded six catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns last week in the Steelers’ season-opening victory. In 43 career games, the fourth-year receiver has 2,964 receiving yards and 19 receiving touchdowns.

Smith-Schuster, who will be 23 years and 303 days old on Sunday vs. Denver (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs 36 receiving yards and a touchdown reception to surpass ODELL BECKHAM JR. (23 years, 325 days) as the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns. ​

The youngest players to reach 3,000 career receiving yards and 20 career receiving touchdowns in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM AGE
Mike Evans Tampa Bay 23 years, 74 days
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 23 years, 108 days
Randy MossHOF Minnesota 23 years, 231 days
Odell Beckham Jr. N.Y. Giants 23 years, 325 days
Hakeem Nicks N.Y. Giants 23 years, 352 days
     
JuJu Smith-Schuster Pittsburgh 23 years, 303 days*
*On Sunday

– NFL –

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

NFL Week 2 Injury Report for Thursday, September 17, 2020

 

 
ATLANTA FALCONS at DALLAS COWBOYS
ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Charles Harris (ankle), T Jake Matthews (knee), CB Kendall Sheffield (foot)
  Thursday DE Charles Harris (ankle), C Alex Mack (not injury related), CB Kendall Sheffield (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Marlon Davidson (knee), WR Julio Jones (hamstring)
  Thursday DT Marlon Davidson (knee), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), T Jake Matthews (knee), DT Deadrin Senat (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Dante Fowler (ankle)
  Thursday DE Dante Fowler (ankle), G Chris Lindstrom (thumb)
 
DALLAS COWBOYS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Thursday DE Aldon Smith (tooth), T Tyron Smith (neck)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday WR Amari Cooper (foot)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Jourdan Lewis (ankle)
  Thursday CB Jourdan Lewis (ankle)

 

 
BALTIMORE RAVENS at HOUSTON TEXANS
BALTIMORE RAVENS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Calais Campbell (not injury related), DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (finger), CB Jimmy Smith (hip), T Ronnie Stanley (hip)
  Thursday DT Justin Madubuike (knee), WR Chris Moore (finger), DT Brandon Williams (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Justice Hill (thigh)
  Thursday RB Justice Hill (thigh), CB Jimmy Smith (hip), T Ronnie Stanley (hip)
 
HOUSTON TEXANS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), T Tytus Howard (ankle), RB Duke Johnson (ankle), DE J.J. Watt (hip)
  Thursday WR Brandin Cooks (quadricep), T Tytus Howard (ankle), RB Duke Johnson (ankle), LB Peter Kalambayi (hamstring), DE J.J. Watt (hip)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle)
  Thursday RB Cullen Gillaspia (hamstring), LB Jonathan Greenard (ankle)

 

 
BUFFALO BILLS at MIAMI DOLPHINS
BUFFALO BILLS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR John Brown (foot), LB Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder), LB Matt Milano (hamstring), LB Del’Shawn Phillips (quadricep)
  Thursday LB Matt Milano (hamstring), LB Del’Shawn Phillips (quadricep)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Tyrel Dodson (neck), QB Jake Fromm (not injury related)
  Thursday LB Tremaine Edmunds (shoulder), QB Jake Fromm (not injury related), DE Jerry Hughes (calf), WR Isaiah McKenzie (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Vernon Butler (hamstring)
  Thursday WR John Brown (foot), DT Vernon Butler (hamstring), LB Tyrel Dodson (neck)
 
MIAMI DOLPHINS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Elandon Roberts (concussion)
  Thursday LB Elandon Roberts (concussion)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral), WR Jakeem Grant (calf), CB Xavien Howard (knee), CB Byron Jones (achilles), WR DeVante Parker (hamstring)
  Thursday S Clayton Fejedelem (pectoral), CB Xavien Howard (knee), CB Byron Jones (achilles), WR DeVante Parker (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Kyle Van Noy (hand), WR Preston Williams (knee)
  Thursday LB Kyle Van Noy (hand), WR Preston Williams (knee)

 

 
CAROLINA PANTHERS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
CAROLINA PANTHERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Dennis Daley (ankle), DT Kawann Short (foot)
  Thursday G Dennis Daley (ankle), DE Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Yetur Gross-Matos (eye)
  Thursday DT Kawann Short (foot)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Pharoh Cooper (ribs), CB Donte Jackson (ankle), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring)
  Thursday WR Pharoh Cooper (ribs), CB Donte Jackson (ankle), LB Shaq Thompson (groin), DE Stephen Weatherly (hamstring)
 
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Chris Godwin (concussion)
  Thursday TE Antony Auclair (calf), WR Chris Godwin (concussion), LB Jason Pierre-Paul (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Antony Auclair (calf), WR Mike Evans (hamstring), T Donovan Smith (knee)
  Thursday WR Mike Evans (hamstring), T Donovan Smith (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Jordan Whitehead (elbow)
  Thursday S Jordan Whitehead (elbow)

 

 
DENVER BRONCOS at PITTSBURGH STEELERS
DENVER BRONCOS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Mark Barron (hamstring), CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder), CB Kareem Jackson (not injury related), RB Phillip Lindsay (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Garett Bolles (elbow), WR Tyrie Cleveland (hip), S Trey Marshall (wrist), WR Courtland Sutton (shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Bradley Chubb (knee), WR K.J. Hamler (hamstring), TE Albert Okwuegbunam (hip)
 
PITTSBURGH STEELERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Zach Banner (knee), RB James Conner (ankle), G David DeCastro (knee), WR Diontae Johnson (toe), C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), DE Stephon Tuitt (achilles), T Alejandro Villanueva (illness), G Stefen Wisniewski (chest)
  Thursday G David DeCastro (knee), G Stefen Wisniewski (chest)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday RB James Conner (ankle), WR Diontae Johnson (toe), C Maurkice Pouncey (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), DE Stephon Tuitt (achilles), T Alejandro Villanueva (illness)

 

 
DETROIT LIONS at GREEN BAY PACKERS
DETROIT LIONS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring), WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), CB Darryl Roberts (calf), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot)
  Thursday TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring), WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Jason Cabinda (ankle), S C.J. Moore (hamstring), DT Nicholas Williams (shoulder)
  Thursday LB Jason Cabinda (ankle), G Joe Dahl (groin), S C.J. Moore (hamstring), CB Darryl Roberts (calf), DT Nicholas Williams (shoulder)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Jeff Okudah (hamstring)
  Thursday CB Jeff Okudah (hamstring)
 
GREEN BAY PACKERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Kenny Clark (groin), LB Randy Ramsey (groin), G Lane Taylor (knee)
  Thursday DT Kenny Clark (groin), TE Josiah Deguara (shin, ankle), TE Marcedes Lewis (not injury related), LB Randy Ramsey (groin), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee), G Lane Taylor (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Montravius Adams (toe), TE Josiah Deguara (shin), S Raven Greene (quadricep), G Elgton Jenkins (ankle), C Lucas Patrick (shoulder), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee), G Billy Turner (knee)
  Thursday DE Montravius Adams (toe), S Raven Greene (quadricep)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Oren Burks (groin)
  Thursday LB Oren Burks (groin), G Elgton Jenkins (ankle), C Lucas Patrick (shoulder), G Billy Turner (knee)

 

 
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS at TENNESSEE TITANS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Josh Allen (calf), TE Tyler Davis (knee), TE Tyler Eifert (not injury related), CB D.J. Hayden (not injury related), C Brandon Linder (not injury related)
  Thursday TE Tyler Davis (knee), DE Adam Gotsis (not injury related), TE James O’Shaughnessy (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday DE Josh Allen (calf)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday TE Tyler Eifert (not injury related), CB D.J. Hayden (not injury related), C Brandon Linder (not injury related)
 
TENNESSEE TITANS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Corey Davis (hamstring), S Kenny Vaccaro (illness)
  Thursday WR A.J. Brown (knee), T Taylor Lewan (illness)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Vic Beasley (knee), WR A.J. Brown (knee), LB Jadeveon Clowney (hip)
  Thursday CB Malcolm Butler (quadricep), WR Corey Davis (hamstring), RB Darrynton Evans (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Jamil Douglas (hand), RB Darrynton Evans (hamstring), LB Derick Roberson (knee)
  Thursday LB Vic Beasley (knee), LB Jadeveon Clowney (hip), G Jamil Douglas (hand), LB Derick Roberson (knee), S Kenny Vaccaro (illness)

 

 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Alex Okafor (hamstring), DT Khalen Saunders (elbow), CB Charvarius Ward (hand)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Derrick Nnadi (ankle), G Kelechi Osemele (knee), C Austin Reiter (knee), S Juan Thornhill (knee), RB Darrel Williams (hamstring)
 
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Joey Bosa (triceps), RB Justin Jackson (quadricep), TE Donald Parham (illness), C Mike Pouncey (hip)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Trai Turner (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Casey Hayward (knee), WR Mike Williams (shoulder)

 

 
LOS ANGELES RAMS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
LOS ANGELES RAMS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Gerald Everett (back), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related)
 
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Fletcher Cox (not injury related), DE Brandon Graham (concussion), WR DeSean Jackson (not injury related), WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
  Thursday WR Alshon Jeffery (foot)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Javon Hargrave (pectoral, hamstring), T Jason Peters (knee)
  Thursday DE Brandon Graham (concussion), DT Javon Hargrave (pectoral, hamstring), T Lane Johnson (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Derek Barnett (hamstring), T Lane Johnson (ankle), RB Miles Sanders (hamstring)
  Thursday DE Derek Barnett (hamstring), DT Fletcher Cox (not injury related), WR DeSean Jackson (not injury related), T Jason Peters (knee), RB Miles Sanders (hamstring)

 

 
MINNESOTA VIKINGS at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
MINNESOTA VIKINGS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Cameron Dantzler (rib)
  Thursday CB Cameron Dantzler (rib)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Jeff Gladney (knee), WR Olabisi Johnson (knee)
  Thursday CB Jeff Gladney (knee), WR Olabisi Johnson (knee)
 
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Jack Doyle (ankle, knee), S Malik Hooker (illness), WR Zach Pascal (ankle)
  Thursday TE Jack Doyle (ankle, knee), DE Justin Houston (calf), CB Isaiah Rodgers (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Julian Blackmon (knee)
  Thursday S Julian Blackmon (knee), WR Zach Pascal (ankle), WR Michael Pittman (toe)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday S Malik Hooker (illness)

 

 
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS on Sunday night
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Adam Butler (shoulder), LB Brandon Copeland (knee), WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR N’Keal Harry (shoulder), CB Jonathan Jones (foot)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Dalton Keene (neck), LB Cassh Maluia (knee)
 
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Duane Brown (resting veteran), DE Rasheem Green (neck), T Cedric Ogbuehi (pectoral)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Phillip Dorsett (foot)

 

 
NEW YORK GIANTS at CHICAGO BEARS
NEW YORK GIANTS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Carter Coughlin (hamstring)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Golden Tate (hamstring)
  Thursday S Adrian Colbert (quadricep), LB Carter Coughlin (hamstring), WR Golden Tate (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Tae Crowder (hamstring)
  Thursday LB Tae Crowder (hamstring)
 
CHICAGO BEARS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Ted Ginn (not injury related), TE Jimmy Graham (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Khalil Mack (knee), DE Robert Quinn (ankle)

 

 
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at NEW YORK JETS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Richie James (hamstring), TE George Kittle (knee), CB Jason Verrett (hamstring), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion)
 
NEW YORK JETS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB La’Mical Perine (ankle)
  Thursday WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), RB Frank Gore (not injury related)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Mekhi Becton (knee), WR Jamison Crowder (hamstring), QB Joe Flacco (neck), LB Frankie Luvu (neck), LB Avery Williamson (hamstring)
  Thursday LB Tarell Basham (hip), QB Joe Flacco (neck), RB La’Mical Perine (ankle), LB Avery Williamson (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Kalen Ballage (hamstring), TE Daniel Brown (hamstring), T George Fant (shoulder), T Alex Lewis (shoulder)
  Thursday RB Kalen Ballage (hamstring), T Mekhi Becton (knee), TE Daniel Brown (hamstring), T George Fant (shoulder), T Alex Lewis (shoulder), LB Frankie Luvu (neck)

 

 
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM at ARIZONA CARDINALS
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Cole Holcomb (knee)
  Thursday LB Cole Holcomb (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Thomas Davis (calf), CB Kendall Fuller (knee)
  Thursday LB Thomas Davis (calf), CB Kendall Fuller (knee)
 
ARIZONA CARDINALS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday C Mason Cole (hamstring), LB Kylie Fitts (wrist), WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related), WR DeAndre Hopkins (not injury related), S Jalen Thompson (ankle), TE Maxx Williams (ankle)
  Thursday C Mason Cole (hamstring), TE Maxx Williams (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday T Josh Jones (ankle)
  Thursday LB Kylie Fitts (wrist), T Josh Jones (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday WR Larry Fitzgerald (not injury related), WR DeAndre Hopkins (not injury related)

 

 
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at LAS VEGAS RAIDERS on Monday night
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
 
Practice Report
  Thursday Practice Not Complete
 
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Thursday T Trenton Brown (calf), C Rodney Hudson (not injury related), G Richie Incognito (achilles, not injury related), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral), WR Henry Ruggs (knee), TE Jason Witten (not injury related), T Sam Young (groin)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Thursday CB Damon Arnette (wrist, thumb), RB Josh Jacobs (ankle), DE Arden Key (knee)

 

 

INJURY UPDATE COMPILED BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

NFL, NFLPA announce update on COVID-19 Monitoring Testing Results

 

The National Football League and NFL Players Association today announced the COVID-19 monitoring testing results for September 6 – September 12.

During this period, players and Tier 1 and 2 personnel were tested daily. Tier 3 individuals were tested weekly. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 follow the joint NFL-NFLPA Treatment Protocol. They are immediately isolated, not permitted access club facilities, or have direct contact with players or personnel. Club medical staff are in regular communication with individuals who test positive to monitor symptoms.

Monitoring Testing results for September 6 – September 12:

  • 40,479 tests were administered to a total of 7,437 players and team personnel.
  • 15,959 tests were administered to 2,511 players; 24,520 tests were administered to 4,926 personnel.
  • There were two new confirmed positive tests among players and five new confirmed positives among other personnel.

 

TESTING RESULTS COMPILED BY NFL, NFLPA; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Penn State Athletic News

9/16/2020

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition. The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.

The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Jim Borchers, Head Team Physician, The Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee.

“The data we are going to collect from testing and the cardiac registry will provide major contributions for all 14 Big Ten institutions as they study COVID-19 and attempt to mitigate the spread of the disease among wider communities.”

Each institution will designate a Chief Infection Officer (CInO) who will oversee the collection and reporting of data for the Big Ten Conference. Team test positivity rate and population positivity rate thresholds will be used to determine recommendations for continuing practice and competition.

All COVID-19 positive student-athletes will have to undergo comprehensive cardiac testing to include labs and biomarkers, ECG, Echocardiogram and a Cardiac MRI. Following cardiac evaluation, student-athletes must receive clearance from a cardiologist designated by the university for the primary purpose of cardiac clearance for COVID-19 positive student-athletes. The earliest a student-athlete can return to game competition is 21 days following a COVID-19 positive diagnosis.

In addition to the medical protocols approved, the 14 Big Ten institutions will establish a cardiac registry in an effort to examine the effects on COVID-19 positive student-athletes. The registry and associated data will attempt to answer many of the unknowns regarding the cardiac manifestations in COVID-19 positive elite athletes.

“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and the safety of our students.  The new medical protocols and standards put into place by the Big Ten Return To Competition Task Force were pivotal in the decision to move forward with sports in the conference,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President, and Chair of the Return to Competition Task Force Steering Committee. “We appreciate the conference’s dedication to developing the necessary safety procedures for our students and the communities that embrace them.”

“Our focus with the Task Force over the last six weeks was to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes. Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

The Big Ten Conference will use data provided by each Chief Infection Officer (CInO) to make decisions about the continuation of practice and competition, as determined by team positivity rate and population positivity rate, based on a seven-day rolling average:

  • Team positivity rate (number of positive tests divided by total number of tests administered):
    • Green 0-2%
    • Orange 2-5%
    • Red >5%
  • Population positivity rate (number of positive individuals divided by total population at risk):
    • Green 0-3.5%
    • Orange 3.5-7.5%
    • Red >7.5%

Decisions to alter or halt practice and competition will be based on the following scenarios:

  • Green/Green and Green/Orange: Team continues with normal practice and competition.
  • Orange/Orange and Orange/Red: Team must proceed with caution and enhance COVID-19 prevention (alter practice and meeting schedule, consider viability of continuing with scheduled competition).
  • Red/Red: Team must stop regular practice and competition for a minimum of seven days and reassess metrics until improved.

The daily testing will begin by September 30, 2020.

Eventually all Big Ten sports will require testing protocols before they can resume competition. Updates regarding fall sports other than football, as well as winter sports that begin in the fall including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and wrestling, will be announced shortly.

The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in the lives of students competing in intercollegiate athletics and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. The broad-based programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will provide over $200 million in direct financial support to more than 9,800 students for more than 11,000 participation opportunities on 350 teams in 42 different sports. The Big Ten sponsors 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s ice hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse since 2013. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.

Penn State President Dr. Eric Barron Statement
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Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour Statement
I am thankful the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) considered the information presented by the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force and determined we would return to football competition this fall. I appreciate the COP/C’s vigilance in continually keeping the health and well-being of our student-athletes as the top priority and deciding to move forward to a return after determining we can do so safely.

The opportunity to safely return to athletic competition is a positive for not only our athletics department, but our campus community and Penn State nation. Most importantly, I am thrilled for our student-athletes, coaches and staff, as I know how much continued hard work they have put in during this summer and fall with their eyes on returning to competition.

As always, the Big Ten has placed health and safety at the forefront. The outlined return to competition protocol places the priority on that principle, as well as establishing several research initiatives as we work together to address the health and societal impacts of COVID-19.

Penn State Football Head Coach James Franklin Statement
We are excited for our guys to have the opportunity to get back to action safely on the weekend of October 23-24. These last several months have been riddled with uncertainty for our student-athletes, but they have handled it with class and dignity. Our guys have remained relentless in following our COVID-19 protocols and in their preparations to be ready to play football. We would like to thank Eric Barron and Sandy Barbour for their continued support and efforts in helping us return. We are so appreciative of the work the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force put in to give us a safe path to playing football this fall. We are also thankful the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten considered the information presented and voted for the safe return to play.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF PENN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

 

Michigan State Spartans Athletic News

9/16/2020

 

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition. The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.

The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.

Statement from Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
“I support this decision to allow a modified fall football season. With all that we’ve learned in the past month about rapid response testing, and from other athletic leagues both professional and collegiate, I feel more confident that we can collectively play football while still keeping our student athletes, coaches and staff safe. MSU will adhere to the regulations put forth by the Big Ten Conference to move forward in a safe and thoughtful manner.”

Statement from Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman
“As an athletic department our goal is to provide opportunities for student-athletes and I’m thrilled that our football student-athletes will have the opportunity to play this fall. In pursuit of those goals, the first priority is always the health and safety of our student-athletes. With the recent advances in rapid response testing and with stringent medical protocols in place, we are able to provide athletic opportunities while keeping the health of our student-athletes as a foremost principle.

“I’m grateful that the COP/C (Council of Presidents and Chancellors) was willing to revisit their decision when presented with updated information, and I’m appreciative of the effort put in by both the medical community and my fellow athletic directors across the conference in gathering and presenting that information. I know Coach Mel Tucker is eager to begin his first season as Michigan State’s football coach, and I’ve been extremely impressed by the way he’s kept our guys motivated throughout the summer and fall, even when the season was postponed. And most importantly, I must reiterate how happy I am for our student-athletes. They always work hard, but this year has been an offseason like none other, and still they’ve persevered and never lost their focus. While football games will definitely look different this fall, I know I will still have immense pride as I watch the Spartans run through the tunnel at Spartan Stadium.”

Statement from Michigan State Head Football Coach Mel Tucker:
“From daily antigen testing for all of our players, coaches and staff to extensive cardiac protocols and protection, the Big Ten Conference and Michigan State are leading the charge to put our players on the field safely and competitively.

“Our players have been relentlessly training in our strength and conditioning program and we will be ready to compete. Thank you to all our Spartan fans for your support and the Big Ten Task Force and the medical leaders who got us here today. Go Green!”

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF MICHIGAN STATE ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS

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