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If Jerry Jones makes coaching move, what could 2019 search look like? – Dallas Cowboys Blog

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FRISCO, Texas — To hear owner Jerry Jones tell it, coach Jason Garrett does not need to worry about his future. He is not on any kind of hot seat in 2018 after the Dallas Cowboys finished a disappointing 9-7 and missed the playoffs.

Jones has been patient with Garrett, even letting him get to the final year of his contract in 2014. Garrett answered that challenge with a 12-4 record, thanks to quarterback Tony Romo’s best season, and was rewarded with a five-year, $30 million deal.

If the Cowboys miss the playoffs in 2018, would Jones give Garrett a ninth season as head coach?

Using the seven head-coaching changes from 2017 into 2018 as a guide, what could the Cowboys be looking at if Jones makes a change?

The big name

The Oakland Raiders lured Jon Gruden out of the Monday Night Football booth with what was reportedly a $100 million contract. He last coached in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2008 but remained close to the game during his time at ESPN.

Bill Cowher last coached in 2006 and has been on CBS’ pregame show ever since. His name has been tied to jobs even though he has professed he is done coaching. Could he be lured to the “big room,” as Bill Parcells called the Cowboys’ job in 2003?

What about Sean Payton? Yes, he is the New Orleans Saints‘ coach, but Jones has long been a fan and there have always been rumblings of a reunion. Payton took the Saints back to the playoffs in 2017, but he has been in New Orleans a long time.

Bob Stoops? Jim Harbaugh? Never underestimate the pull of the star.

The Belichick guy

Matt Patricia is now the Detroit Lions coach. Josh McDaniels was supposed to be the Indianapolis Colts coach.

Bill Belichick’s run of success with the New England Patriots has made his assistant coaches hot names. Charlie Weis, Eric Mangini and Romeo Crennel left New England for lucrative head-coaching jobs. Now Patricia has a chance.

McDaniels might be too hot to touch with his handling of the Colts’ debacle, but would Jones care? No. He would want a coach who can help Dak Prescott the most. McDaniels is at the top of the list of playcallers in the NFL.

The former player

Mike Vrabel could be considered a Belichick guy as well, considering he played for so many years with the Patriots. His ascension from player to Ohio State assistant, Houston Texans defensive coordinator to Titans coach has been quick.

Dan Campbell was named Miami Dolphins coach after Joe Filbin was fired after four games in 2015. Campbell went 5-7 but brought a toughness to the Dolphins after he was named interim head coach four-plus seasons after he finished his playing career. Now the Saints assistant head coach, Campbell played three seasons with the Cowboys (2003-05), becoming something of a Parcells’ guy over the years. He also learned a high-powered offense under Payton and knows the Cowboys’ process.

The defensive coordinator

Steve Wilks had a one-year run as defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, but he earned praise through the years as a position coach.

Kris Richard had interest from teams as a head coach when he was coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. He will be under Jones’ nose in 2018 as the Cowboys’ passing game coordinator and secondary coach. Jones has also seen what Jim Schwartz has done as the Philadelphia Eagles coordinator the past two seasons.

The offensive coordinator

Frank Reich got the job in Indianapolis after the McDaniels fiasco but his work with Nick Foles in helping the Eagles to Super Bowl LII should not lead folks to believe he was some kind of backup candidate.

If the Cowboys can’t get Payton, then maybe they would look at his offensive coordinator, Pete Carmichael. He has been with Drew Brees since their time together with the San Diego Chargers. Payton has had Carmichael call plays and has relied on him greatly over the years. Carmichael has interviewed for head coaching jobs in the past (Oakland).

The redemption guy

Pat Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Looking back, maybe he did a better job than anybody could have expected, since the Browns have one win over the past two years. The New York Giants hired Shurmur to take over for Ben McAdoo after their 2017 season fell apart and are banking on him being much better the second time around.

Campbell and Schwartz can fall into this category, but John Fox has a long friendship with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. This would be his fourth chance, not second, but he took the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos to the Super Bowl before a poor showing with the Chicago Bears.

Jack Del Rio, a former Cowboy, took Oakland to the playoffs in 2016 for the first time since 2002 but lost his gig when Gruden opted to return. Twice he took the Jacksonville Jaguars to the playoffs.

The out-of-nowhere guy

Nobody would have said Matt Nagy would be a head coaching candidate prior to the 2017 season but he did well as the Kansas City Chiefs playcaller after Andy Reid gave up the duties in-season. The Bears are hoping Matt Nagy can be the next Doug Pederson, who was also groomed by Reid.

Nobody expected much from Sean McVay when the Los Angeles Rams named him coach. He was 30 when he was hired and ended up being the NFL’s coach of the year in 2017.

Matt LaFleur is Vrabel’s new offensive coordinator in Tennessee. He was with the Rams last season under McVay. He also spent time with Mike and Kyle Shanahan. He’s 38 years old. New England linebackers coach Brian Flores interviewed for the Arizona Cardinals job and many across the league have raved about his future ability as a head coach.

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Carlos Dunlap Seahawks’ latest attempt to trade for a better defense – Seattle Seahawks Blog

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RENTON, Wash. — One question facing the Seattle Seahawks as the NFL’s Nov. 3 trade deadline approached was this: how could they address their most glaring need and acquire an impact pass-rusher with as little as they have in the way of cap space and draft capital?

Maybe the better question was this: with as vulnerable as their defense has been, how could they not?

General manager John Schneider did what he had to do on Wednesday, sending backup offensive lineman B.J. Finney and a seventh-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for two-time Pro Bowl selection Carlos Dunlap and the remainder of a contract that’s paying him $7.8 million in base salary this season.

“Like I tell you, John’s in on everything he could possibly know about and when there was an opportunity there, he jumped on it to see if we could work something out,” coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. “We’re always looking. There’s other guys that were out there that we’ve been looking at as well in all spots that are available. The names start to pop up here this time of the year, so this was one that fit exactly what we needed and really pleased to get it done. Glad to bring a guy of Carlos’ stature and background to this club.”

Dunlap is the latest player the Seahawks have acquired via trade to bolster their defense since they began transitioning from the Legion of Boom. Adams, Jadeveon Clowney, Quandre Diggs and Quinton Dunbar are other defenders they’ve traded for since the start of last season to try to bolster a defense they’ve had difficulty replenishing in the draft.

Clearly, they see Dunlap as a still-impactful player who didn’t fit the long-term plans of Cincinnati’s new regime as opposed to someone whose diminished role and production indicates a decline of a 31-year-old player. Dunlap has one sack in 263 defensive snaps this year after averaging eight over his first 10 seasons.

“There’s been some issues or whatever and that’s their story,” Carroll said of Dunlap’s departure from the Bengals. “I don’t know that it has anything to do with what’s going on here. I’ve talked to him. He’s really excited about being part of our program and getting him in here. … He’s been a stellar dude for a long time in that program and whatever happened happened, but it’s a fresh start for him here.”

Carroll confirmed that a player acquired this late in the week couldn’t clear the league-mandated COVID-19 protocols in time to play Sunday, when the Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers. That means Dunlap won’t make his Seattle debut until Week 9 at Buffalo at the earliest.

If only they could have had him since Week 1.

The Seahawks’ defense has looked suspect enough to derail Super Bowl aspirations, even though they’re getting MVP-caliber play from Russell Wilson and have plenty of offensive firepower around him.

The Seahawks have managed only nine sacks in six games. That puts them on pace for fewer (24) than last season (28), when their lack of a pass rush was their biggest Achilles heel during an 11-5 season that ended in the divisional round. The Seahawks didn’t register so much as an official quarterback hit in their overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday, even with Kyler Murray dropping back to pass 49 times. They’re 16th in Pass Rush Win Rate but 29th in pressure rate, according to ESPN charting.

That’s been a big reason why they’ve allowed the most yards (2,875) through six games in NFL history. Carroll made no secret of that reality when he was asked Monday for his assessment of defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and his defensive staff.

“I’m in there too with them,” Carroll said. “So I’m all part of that. I’m not separating from anything here. We have to keep working to put our players in the best positions to be aggressive and to be effective and we need to help them more in our pressure. We did not try to get after them very much [Sunday] night. That was not part of our plan going in, and when we needed it, we needed to adjust and I wish I would have got that done. Kenny and I are … working that stuff out.”

Carroll’s two main points were that 1) Seattle’s coaches can do more scheme their way to pressure and 2) the pass-rush problem should be alleviated when certain players get back on the field.

Jamal Adams could be back as soon as this weekend. The Seahawks were taking full advantage of the All-Pro strong safety’s blitzing skills before he went down with the groin injury that’s kept him out since Week 3. He’s still tied for the team lead in sacks … with two.

Other defensive linemen who could help are Rasheem Green and Damon Harrison, though Harrison is a run-stuffing defensive tackle as opposed to a pass-rusher. The Seahawks are hoping second-round pick Darrell Taylor can play at some point this season, though expectations for him would be limited. Green is an ascending player that’s far from an established Pro Bowl-caliber pass-rusher like Dunlap.

Bruce Irvin was the closest thing Seattle had to that before he went down in Week 2 with a season-ending knee injury. That’s forced the Seahawks to play Benson Mayowa more than they would like. Dunlap’s addition will help keep Mayowa fresh, as both play the LEO end in Carroll’s defense.

“Carlos has been a very, very consistent player for a long time,” Carroll said. “He’s always been fast, he’s always been athletic. He still moves his feet well and gets off the rock and knows exactly how to play the spot we want to play him in. It was exciting to share that with him.”

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Biggest Week 8 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams — Aaron Jones, Dalvin Cook, Chris Carson and more

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It’s Week 8 in the NFL, and running backs are predictably getting the bumps and bruises (and worse) that could keep them out or limit their effectiveness.

Aaron Jones missed the Green Bay Packers‘ win at Houston and his calf injury could linger into Sunday’s matchup against Minnesota. The Seattle Seahawks might have to get creative against San Francisco if Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde miss time, and the 49ers have their own backfield issues as well. Joe Mixon (Bengals), Phillip Lindsay (Broncos), Devonta Freeman (Giants) and Justin Jackson (Chargers) could also miss more time.

On the positive side, two of the best running backs in the league — the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook and the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey — could make a return in Week 8, but it’s by no means a sure thing.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys might have to start their third-string quarterback and New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas still hasn’t played since Week 1. Is this finally his week to return?

Here’s a roundup of the biggest injuries from ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters.

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ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH

AFC EAST

Is linebacker Matt Milano healthy enough for a full workload? After missing two straight games with a chest injury, Milano returned to action against the Jets, playing just 33% of the Bills’ defensive snaps. With the Patriots coming to Orchard Park on Sunday, Buffalo will need arguably its most important defender in the middle of the field. He was limited in practice to start the week, as has become custom for him this season. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


Receiver DeVante Parker suffered a groin injury in Week 6 vs. the Jets and didn’t return, casting some initial worry about whether he would miss time. But the bye week came at the right time for Parker, who returned to practice in a limited capacity Wednesday and appears to be trending in the right direction for Sunday. — Cameron Wolfe


With starting receiver N’Keal Harry in the concussion protocol (Jakobi Meyers is his projected replacement) and seemingly unlikely to play, the biggest question comes with franchise-tagged left guard Joe Thuney. After missing the second half of Sunday’s loss to the 49ers with an ankle injury, Thuney was limited in practice on Wednesday and thus could be in jeopardy of missing a game for the first time in his NFL career. — Mike Reiss


Wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who sat out last week with a groin injury, is a question mark as the Jets prepare for their titanic challenge against the Chiefs. The hope is he will return to practice Thursday. If he does, he will have a chance to play. They really need him because they probably won’t have WR Breshad Perriman (concussion). Without Perriman and Crowder, their top wideouts would be Jeff Smith, Braxton Berrios and Denzel Mims. Combined career catches: 37. — Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Running back Mark Ingram didn’t practice Wednesday after coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism last week that Ingram would be available for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This isn’t a good sign for Ingram because he had a full week to rest his injured left ankle due to the bye. But Ingram has been extremely durable and hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2015. If Ingram is sidelined, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins would share the workload. In fact, Ingram ranks third in snaps at running back this season with 104, behind Dobbins (130) and Edwards (123). — Jamison Hensley

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Jamison Hensley breaks down Dez Bryant signing with the Ravens’ practice squad and when we could possibly see him suit up for games.

Running back Joe Mixon again didn’t practice with a foot injury. Mixon’s absence wasn’t necessarily felt in a 37-34 loss to the Browns last Sunday, but the Bengals certainly want one of their stars back as quickly as possible. Mixon’s availability has yet to be determined, but it’s worth noting the team didn’t protect running back Jacques Patrick on its practice squad this week. This indicates that Mixon’s outlook will be more optimistic than it was last week. Either way, it will be a situation to watch through the end of the week. — Ben Baby


Defensive end Myles Garrett sat out Wednesday’s practice with an ankle injury. But coach Kevin Stefanski said holding Garrett out was merely precautionary and the star pass-rusher is expected to be good for Sunday vs. the Raiders. — Jake Trotter


The Steelers had a lengthy injury report Wednesday, but the only injury of significant concern is DB Mike Hilton, who missed Sunday’s victory over the Titans with a shoulder injury sustained against the Browns. Hilton is scheduled to work back into practice this week, but he missed Wednesday’s practice. Cam Sutton played exceedingly well in his absence, but the Steelers need all the help they can get to stop the Ravens’ offense. — Brooke Pryor

AFC SOUTH

The Texans are hoping that cornerback Bradley Roby, who left after one series against the Packers on Sunday, is just dealing with a “short-term” injury. On Monday, interim head coach Romeo Crennel said, “They looked at the ankle and the knee. They’re looking at it today. I don’t have an update about what they found.” Houston is on a bye week before playing at Jacksonville on Nov. 8. — Sarah Barshop


Center Ryan Kelly was limited because of a knee injury in his first practice after the bye week. The fact that Kelly was able to take part in at least part of practice is a positive sign that his injury doesn’t appear to be too serious. Kelly has taken 99 percent of the snaps this season and hasn’t missed a game since the 2018 season. He missed a total of 13 games in 2017 and 2018. — Mike Wells


The bye week will give LB Myles Jack time to rest his injured ankle, which he aggravated against Detroit on Oct. 18. He didn’t play against the Chargers on Sunday and coach Doug Marrone said he thinks Jack will return against the Texans on Nov. 8. Dakota Allen filled in for Jack against the Chargers and had two tackles, but suffered an ankle injury as well. — Mike DiRocco


Jadeveon Clowney left last Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a knee injury, but returned a few series later. He didn’t practice on Wednesday. The knee injury has caused him to miss some practices before the last three games. The Titans are still waiting for the three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher to have a dominant game. — Turron Davenport

AFC WEST

Running back Phillip Lindsay, who has missed three games this season and the second half of two others with injuries, is in the concussion protocol and did not practice Wednesday. Broncos coach Vic Fangio said the team might not know until Saturday if Lindsay is medically cleared to play Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers. Lindsay has been a spark for an offense that has desperately needed one since wide receiver Courtland Sutton went to injured reserve after the team’s Week 2 loss in Pittsburgh. Lindsay has a 100-yard rushing game in one of his three starts and is averaging better than five yards per carry overall. If Lindsay isn’t available, Melvin Gordon would get the bulk of the work in the offense, with Royce Freeman getting a selection of snaps as well. — Jeff Legwold


Defensive end Taco Charlton returned to practice on Wednesday as a full participant after missing last week’s game because of a knee injury. That speaks well for his chances of playing against the Jets. The Chiefs could use the snaps from Charlton this week. Two defensive ends, Mike Danna and Alex Okafor, are on the injured reserve list. Charlton played well as a situational pass-rusher before being injured. — Adam Teicher


While RT Trent Brown remains on the COVID-19 list after testing positive early last week, the Raiders are holding out hope that he can pass protocols and rejoin the team in time to play at Cleveland. Brown, who signed a four-year, $66 million free-agent contract in 2019, rarely practiced in training camp because of a calf injury and played just three snaps in the season opener before returning for the win at Kansas City on Oct. 11. The Raiders have had to play Sam Young, Denzelle Good and Brandon Parker at right tackle in Brown’s absence. A healthy Brown is a difference-maker not only in protecting QB Derek Carr, but in the run game for RB Josh Jacobs. — Paul Gutierrez


Running back Justin Jackson is listed as questionable with a knee injury. However, he is expected to play, and that’s good news for the injury-riddled Chargers. With RB Austin Ekeler out longer than expected, Jackson is sorely needed. They have Joshua Kelley, who has been ineffective at best. — Shelley Smith

NFC EAST

Quarterback Andy Dalton did not practice Wednesday and is a big question as to if he will be able to practice at all because of a concussion. As it stands, rookie Ben DiNucci is looking like the starting quarterback for Sunday at Philadelphia and is getting the bulk of the work, with Garrett Gilbert backing him up. It’s an unsettling time for the offense, although Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin (concussion) and Joe Looney, who opened the season as the starting center, returned to practice. What the Cowboys don’t know is the five players expected to protect DiNucci (or Dalton) on Sunday. The Cowboys will have their ninth different offensive line configuration of the season against the Eagles. — Todd Archer

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Field Yates explains who would benefit on the Giants if Devonta Freeman is forced to sit Monday night, and Matthew Berry ponders the idea of adding Wayne Gallman.

Running back Devonta Freeman is dealing with an ankle injury. The Giants didn’t practice Wednesday — they play on Monday night — but Freeman was working on the side with a trainer during their Tuesday workout. That puts his status in jeopardy for this week against the Bucs. If he can’t go, expect a heavy dose of Wayne Gallman running the football. — Jordan Raanan


The Eagles offense is getting healthier. Rookie receiver Jalen Reagor (UCL tear in thumb) has returned to practice and is hopeful he’ll be medically cleared to play against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Left tackle Jason Peters (toe) is back as well and is expected to start against Dallas. — Tim McManus

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Tim McManus and Todd Archer go back and forth discussing the injuries sustained by the Eagles and Cowboys leading into their Week 8 matchup.

Defensive end Montez Sweat exited Sunday’s game to be evaluated for a concussion, but with Washington on a bye week, there’s no update on his status and there won’t be until next week. Tackle Geron Christian (knee) missed Sunday’s game vs. Dallas, but could be ready for the Nov. 8 game vs. the New York Giants. If not, Cornelius Lucas would start again in his place. — John Keim

NFC NORTH

Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson is in the NFL’s concussion protocol, coach Matt Nagy announced on Wednesday. Robinson, 27, would be a key loss for the Bears (5-2), who host the New Orleans Saints (4-2) on Sunday. Robinson leads Chicago with 44 receptions for 544 yards. Last year, Robinson had a career-high 98 catches for 1,147 yards and seven touchdowns for one of the league’s worst offenses. The Bears are also bracing for the possibility of not having center Cody Whitehair in Week 8. Whitehair, who has started 71 straight games since he entered the league in 2016, is day-to-day after suffering a calf injury against the Rams. — Jeff Dickerson


The Lions, for being close to midseason, are fairly healthy. The only injury listed for Detroit is cornerback Desmond Trufant, who continues to miss time with a hamstring injury. This is good news for a team that dealt with a bunch of injuries throughout the year. The biggest thing to watch will also be at cornerback and who might come back, as Justin Coleman began practicing last week in hopes of coming off injured reserve at some point. — Michael Rothstein

There was some thought that the Packers held out top running back Aaron Jones last week against the Texans simply as a precaution so his calf injury didn’t turn into something worse. But Jones wasn’t back at practice on Wednesday and now there’s legitimate concern that it will cost Jones a second straight game. “He’s got to continue to improve and get better each and every day, and I know he’s doing everything in his power,” coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday. “We want to be very, very careful with him and not put him in a position where he misses significant amount of time.” It could be another week with Jamaal Williams as the Packers’ top back — Rob Demovsky


Running back Dalvin Cook is still dealing with a groin injury, but returned to practice Wednesday after two weeks of rest. That’s the good news, but Minnesota didn’t come out of its bye week anywhere near full health, especially in the secondary. Backup safety George Iloka was placed on IR last week with a torn ACL and Mike Hughes (neck), Holton Hill (foot) and Cameron Dantzler (Reserve/COVID-19) didn’t participate on the first day of practice this week. Right now, it’s looking like Jeff Gladney, Kris Boyd and Harrison Hand will be tasked with covering the Packers’ Davante Adams in Week 8. Yikes! — Courtney Cronin

NFC SOUTH

The Falcons, according to ESPN”s Jeremy Fowler, are planning to sit defensive end Takkarist McKinley for Thursday night’s game against the Panthers in part because of a lingering groin injury and in part to explore trade options. The pass-rush specialist wasn’t a factor in the first meeting between these teams, playing only five snaps as the Panthers held Atlanta without a sack. — David Newton


Running back Christian McCaffrey was designated for return from injured reserve after missing five games with a high ankle sprain. The Panthers have until 4 p.m. on Thursday to decide if that return will be this week. McCaffrey only has practiced two days with no contact on a short week, but Matt Rhule says a return is “possible.” If McCaffrey returns, he’ll add a boost to the red-zone offense that needs to find a way to run inside the 20. McCaffrey had four rushing touchdowns in less than two games before the Week 2 injury. — David Newton


Wide receiver Michael Thomas has been the Saints’ biggest injury question since Week 1. But now he has half the WR room with him. Thomas (ankle/hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (reserve-COVID) and undrafted rookie Marquez Callaway (ankle) all missed practice Wednesday. Sanders can’t return to any activity before Sunday, which makes him unlikely to play. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last week that Thomas would be questionable for this week’s game. Callaway might have the best chance of playing, as he expressed optimism after his breakout game in Week 7. But all of their statuses will be in doubt until we see them practice. That leaves RB Alvin Kamara, TE Jared Cook and WR Tre’Quan Smith as New Orleans’ three top options in the passing game. — Mike Triplett

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Matthew Berry discusses how Tom Brady and other Bucs pass catchers could be affected in fantasy with Chris Godwin sidelined in Week 8.

Wide receiver Chris Godwin will not play against the New York Giants, but he could be available for a crucial Week 9 game against NFC South rival New Orleans. Godwin underwent surgery for a broken finger Tuesday and coach Bruce Arians expressed some doubt that he could return in time for Week 9. “I think it’s very optimistic that he’ll be back in a week. But it could be possible. We don’t really know how long, but yeah, so that’s why we have the insurance policy [Antonio Brown].” — Jenna Laine

NFC WEST

The Cardinals will use the bye to get a lot of players healthy for their nine-game final stretch, namely guys such as linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. The extra time off will also help safety Jalen Thompson get back from injured reserve. — Josh Weinfuss


Tight end Tyler Higbee is dealing with a bruised hand that kept him inactive in Week 7, and it’s uncertain if he will return Sunday against the Dolphins. “It’s not really in an isolated area, it’s kind of all over,” Rams coach Sean McVay said about Higbee’s bruise. “He doesn’t say anything and plays through about as much as anybody, so I know it’s bothering him pretty good right now.” If Higbee is unable to play, Gerald Everett and Johnny Mundt will again see increased roles. — Lindsey Thiry


The 49ers are banged up at running back with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman and Jeff Wilson Jr. dealing with injuries. But Coleman could return in time for Sunday’s clash with the Seahawks. Coleman has spent most of the past month on injured reserve, but had his 21-day practice window opened Wednesday and he practiced on a limited basis. Coach Kyle Shanahan has expressed some hope that Coleman could be available in Seattle, which would be helpful for a team that currently only has Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty available at the position. — Nick Wagoner


The Seahawks hope safety Jamal Adams (groin) practicing as a limited participant Wednesday is a sign that he’s on track to return Sunday against San Francisco. They also hope to avoid the potential emergency that’s brewing in their suddenly banged-up backfield after Chris Carson (foot), Carlos Hyde (hamstring) and Travis Homer (knee) all got hurt against Arizona. The Seahawks will rest Carson for much, if not all, of this week and see how he’s feeling closer to Sunday. Carroll said Hyde’s injury isn’t a major one and that Homer is moving better Wednesday than he was Tuesday, but there’s no clarity on their statuses either. With COVID-19 protocols precluding teams from signing free agents for immediate reinforcement, Seattle might have to get creative against the 49ers and use another skill player at running back. — Brady Henderson

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Jimmy Orr, former receiver for Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts, dies at 85

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Jimmy Orr, a sure-handed wide receiver who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Colts after starring at the University of Georgia, has died. He was 85.

Orr died Tuesday night. His death was confirmed Wednesday by Edo Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Brunswick, Georgia.

Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, said on Twitter: “Rest in peace to another NFL legend, JIMMY ORR. … “Orr’s Corner” in the south endzone at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium was sacred ground. Our condolences to Jimmy’s family.”

After playing with the Steelers from 1958-61, Orr made a name for himself by teaming with Johnny Unitas to form a formidable passing combination. Orr caught many touchdown passes from Unitas at the Colts’ home stadium during the 1960s.

Over 13 NFL seasons, Orr caught 400 passes for 7,914 yards and 66 touchdowns over 149 games. He averaged a whopping 19.8 yards per catch and three times led the league in yards per catch.

Orr was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1959 with Pittsburgh and in 1965 with Baltimore after catching 45 passes for 847 yards and 10 scores. His best season was in 1962, when he had 55 receptions for 874 yards and 11 TDs.

One of the most notable plays of Orr’s career came in the third Super Bowl, when the heavily favored Colts lost to the New York Jets. On a flea-flicker late in the first half, Orr was wide open and waving his arms in an effort to get the attention of quarterback Earl Morrall, who never saw him and threw an interception.

At Georgia, Orr led the Southeast Conference in receiving twice, catching 24 passes for 443 yards in 1955, and 16 passes for 237 yards in 1957. He also punted for the Bulldogs.

Orr played at Georgia with Bill Curry, who ended up being the head coach at Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Georgia State.

Curry tweeted: “My wonderful friend/teammate Jimmy Orr died last night. He was one of those few men who could find the good when the rest of us could not. As a WR no one could cover him-He quietly put up incredible numbers, and didn’t know it! Thanks Jimmy, Love you Man.“



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