Jets’ Jeremy Kerley suspended four games without pay

Jeremy Kerley will be out for Week 10 just as he expected.

The Jets wide receiver has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy, the team announced Monday.

Kerley won’t be eligible to play again until the team’s Dec. 17 game against the Saints. As the team’s No. 3 receiver, his absence is a huge blow to the Jets’ offense.

Kerley, who turns 29 on Wednesday, was selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft and returned to New York on a one-year deal in September after being released by the 49ers. He has 22 receptions for 217 yards with a touchdown and also returned 16 punts over the first eight games this season.

The Jets are scheduled to visit the Buccaneers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

While the Wall Street Journal reports the six owners on the compensation committee, which is chaired by the Falcons’ Arthur Blank, said the special session on Dec. 13 had already been planned, ESPN.com reports the meeting was called in response to Jones’ request.

At the Dec. 13 session, the committee intends “to continue to work diligently to fulfill its mandate” to extend Goodell’s contract, a measure unanimously approved by NFL ownership in May, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In Jones’ letter, meanwhile, the Cowboys owner wrote the “severe threats of retaliation” against him that “demonstrate the dysfunction of the current process.” Some owners have discussed stripping Jones’ ownership of his team.
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Dolphins coach Adam Gase says offense ‘can’t get any worse,’ expects Cutler back Nov. 5

In the aftermath of the Miami Dolphins’ 40-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night — the team’s worst shutout loss in 20 seasons — head coach Adam Gase had strong words for the offense.

“We’re the worst offense in football. It’s hard to go lower than that,” Gase said at his Friday news conference, and the numbers back him up. The Dolphins (4-3) rank last in the NFL with 252.4 yards per game.

Gase also said quarterback Jay Cutler will start Miami’s next game against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 5, and said Cutler “could have played” on Thursday.

It’s not clear what caused Lane to fail his physical. He began Sunday’s game against Houston as Seattle’s nickelback but was replaced by Justin Coleman after playing six snaps. Asked Monday about that move, coach Pete Carroll said Lane suffered a thigh bruise.

Lane had returned for Sunday’s game after missing two games and most of a third with a groin injury. He was listed as questionable heading into the Houston game because of that groin injury and also because of a more recent finger injury.

With Lane reverting back to Seattle and the team adding Brown, the Seahawks are one over the 53-man roster limit and might have to do more salary-cap maneuvering. The Seahawks on Tuesday reworked quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract to free up $4.17 million in cap space, a source confirmed to ESPN. That gave Seattle enough room to absorb Brown’s contract, which included a little less than $5 million for the remainder of 2017. But that was with the remainder of Lane’s salary — a little over $2 million — coming off Seattle’s books.
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Broncos DE Jared Crick (back) placed on IR, facing surgery, report says

Broncos defensive end Jared Crick, the team’s leading tackler among linemen in 2016, was placed on injured reserve Friday with a back injury suffered in mid-August, the team announced.

Crick will undergo surgery for the injury, initially described as a bad back spasm by coach Vance Joseph, ESPN.com reported, citing unidentified sources.

According to a police report from DeKalb County, Georgia, obtained by The Associated Press, Hageman faced misdemeanor charges of battery, cruelty to children and interfering with calls for emergency assistance stemming from a March 2016 incident at the home of Janeal Jefferies. Her son was present at the time, according to the report.

The league had placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list as a result of domestic-violence-related charges.

The Falcons terminated Hageman’s contract earlier this month, letting go of a player who was set to be their backup nose tackle. His deal had a year and $1,147,614 remaining on it.

Hageman currently is a free agent. He does not need to be on a team to serve the suspension, the league said.

Quite frankly, I feel [conflicted] in a sense because I have no courage to be able to do something like that. So I understand the magnitude that they’re fighting across the world for our freedom … The message is we just want respect and unity and there’s only so many ways you can do it.” Cooks was one of 17 Patriots players who knelt.
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Panthers TE Greg Olsen out 6-8 weeks after surgery on broken foot, reports say

Panthers tight end Greg Olsen underwent surgery Monday to repair the broken right foot he suffered Sunday against the Bills, according to multiple reports.

ESPN.com reported that the surgery was “not complicated,” but the team is determining how to proceed with regard to placing Olsen on injured reserve.

He limped off the field in the first half of Sunday’s 9-3 victory against the Bills.

Olsen, who has been to three straight Pro Bowls, has been the Panthers’ leading receiver the past four seasons and is the only tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (2014-16).

Eighth-year pro Ed Dickson, listed behind Olsen on the Panthers depth chart, had two catches for 26 yards against the Bills.

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: After scoring just 23.64 fantasy points in Weeks 1-2 combined, Wilson managed 33.52 on Sunday, which remarkably was the ninth of his 83 career NFL games with at least 30 fantasy points. Wilson was started in 51.7 percent of ESPN leagues, and he’ll carry the hot performance into another favorable matchup against the Colts in Week 4.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Now that’s the kind of game we wanted to see from Baldwin, a 26.5 PPR fantasy point effort that represented his 11th with at least 25 in his career, nine of which have occurred since the beginning of the 2015 season. Most notably, he managed a tops-among-all-players (through the 4 p.m. ET game block) 15 targets, despite departing in the fourth quarter with a groin injury. Baldwin’s status should be closely monitored, as he’d be one of the position’s top starters in Weeks 4 (versus Colts) and 5 (at Rams) if he’s good to go for those contests.
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6 reasons you should watch Texans vs. Bengals on ‘Thursday Night Football’

Thursday Night Football games were not fun to watch last season. We were able to get a taste of the week ahead, but all it gave us were players on short rest, bad matchups, and a low-quality product.

We’re still going to see some of that this season. So instead of worrying about the game in its entirety, we’re going to point out things to look for in each matchup to help keep things interesting for you outside of fantasy implications.

The Texans haven’t been able to find a franchise quarterback since their inception in 2002. During the 2017 NFL draft, Bill O’Brien and the Texans decided to try their hand at trading up to No. 12 to draft Deshaun Watson. After the offense couldn’t move the ball with Tom Savage under center against the Jags in Week 1, Bill O’Brien — known to have a quick trigger — pulled Savage from the game for Watson, who was then named the starter for Week 2.

It was so fast that it almost earned the receiver his own private island from Adidas, but Ross’ Nike cleats and the dang fine print left him without some new beachfront property. A spot in the top 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft and a subsequent four-year, $17.1 million contract is a nice consolation, though.

Johnson turned his blazing speed into a strong career — including three trips to the Pro Bowl, six consecutive seasons with 1,000 rushing yards to start his career and a 2,000-yard season in 2009. The Bengals will hope that Ross’ unique speed translates similarly.
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What’s been the best performance so far this week?

From the New England Patriots’ thorough bounce-back in the Superdome, to the Denver Broncos’ stunning stifling of Ezekiel Elliott, to the Atlanta Falcons’ prime-time drubbing of the Green Bay Packers to christen their new stadium, Week 2 of the NFL season hasn’t lacked for the dramatic.

What’s been the most surprising result? And which teams off to a 2-0 start look most playoff-ready? Vote below:

Week 2 concludes Monday night when the Detroit Lions visit the New York Giants (8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN) in the Meadowlands and seek their first 2-0 start since 2011.

The Seahawks have scored just one touchdown through two games, but the offense could be getting a spark from rookie running back Chris Carson, who has seemingly taken over the top spot. Carson is averaging 2.6 yards per rush after contact this season, second best in the NFL.

Some might argue that two wins over the dregs of Ohio are nothing to write home about, but eight interceptions, eight sacks and 10 points allowed certainly are. Only the 2006 Ravens allowed fewer points in the franchise’s first two games of the season (six).

Jameis Winston didn’t turn over the ball in Tampa Bay’s opening game, which marked the first time in his three-year career that he didn’t turn it over in the season opener. The Bucs have 15 straight games ahead, but if turnovers are limited, there’s no reason they can’t make a run at the playoffs.
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