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Broncos’ Derek Wolfe expected to miss rest of season



ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe is expected to miss the remainder of the season after he dislocated his left elbow Sunday in the closing minutes of the Broncos’ 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Wolfe suffered the injury with 2 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the game, on a play that was blown dead because of a false start by Chargers guard Dan Feeney. Broncos defensive tackle Mike Purcell collided with Wolfe as the two moved just after the snap to defend a Chargers running play on a fourth-and-1.

Wolfe, who had two sacks in the game, leads the Broncos with seven sacks.

“Right now, it’s not official, but I don’t know if he’ll be able to play again this year,” said Broncos coach Vic Fangio. “I don’t think it needs surgery, but he did dislocate his elbow. The time involved with that healing and where we are in the season probably precludes him from playing any more.”

Asked whether Wolfe was headed to injured reserve in the coming days, Fangio said: “That’s a good possibility.”

With Bradley Chubb already on injured reserve — he tore his ACL in Week 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars — and Von Miller dealing with a left knee injury, it’s possible the Broncos will face the Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson this Sunday without the team’s three top pass-rushers. Miller, who injured his knee in the loss to the Buffalo Bills, did not play in the win over the Chargers.

It was the first time Miller had missed a game since 2013, when he suffered a torn ACL in the second-to-last game of the regular season and then missed the regular-season finale and the Broncos’ three playoff games, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

Miller, wearing a brace on his left knee, went through a workout before Sunday’s game with Denver head trainer Vince Garcia looking on, and the decision was made to keep Miller out of the lineup against the Chargers. As far as whether Miller would play this week against the Texans, Fangio said this Monday: “I do think there is a good chance he will be able to go this week.”

For 29-year-old Wolfe, the injury comes as he is having what might be his best overall season in his eighth year with the team. He has called the Fangio’s defensive scheme “perfect for what I can do,” as he had all seven of his sacks over the past seven games, with two-sack games against the Titans, Colts and Chargers.

“I feel like he’s a bit more healthy this year. … He’s just a beast. This defense is perfect for Derek Wolfe and everything he’s doing,” Miller said recently.

DeMarcus Walker will likely get most of the snaps in the defensive sets Wolfe has played. With Chubb already on injured reserve, two cornerbacks on injured reserve (Bryce Callahan and De’Vante Bausby) and Wolfe headed to injured reserve, the Broncos are still the league’s No. 10 scoring defense.

“[Wolfe] was where he was supposed to be, with the right mindset, and he played physical,” Fangio said. ” … I think he had a career high in sacks, which for a guy at this stage in his career speaks to his resiliency and the work that he’s put in and the effort that he was playing with.”

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Giants waive CB Janoris Jenkins after ‘offensive’ tweet to fan



The New York Giants waived cornerback Janoris Jenkins on Friday, two days after he made an inappropriate remark to a fan on Twitter.

On Wednesday, Jenkins called a critical fan a “retard” when taking exception to questioning about why the stats Jenkins was using to showcase his effectiveness weren’t contributing to victories.

Jenkins said Thursday that the usage of the word was “slang” that is “just part of my culture.”

Giants coach Pat Shurmur met with Jenkins on Wednesday and said in a statement Friday that Jenkins’ refusal to admit what we did was wrong led to his dismissal.

“This was an organizational decision,” Shurmur said. “From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player. Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor.”

Jenkins appeared to react to the news in a tweet Friday morning.

Jenkins, 31, had one year and $11.25 million remaining on his contract. He has 54 tackles this season and is tied for fourth in the NFL with four interceptions.

He was officially listed as being waived/injured, as he had been recovering from an ankle injury suffered Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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‘Vintage’ Todd Gurley has showed up for Rams, but can it last? – Los Angeles Rams Blog



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Todd Gurley tucked the football into his left arm, then defended himself to his right.

The Los Angeles Rams running back delivered a posterizing stiff arm to the helmet of Tre Flowers, keeping the Seattle Seahawks cornerback at arms length as Gurley muscled his way across the goal line.

“I had to go Derrick Henry style with the stiff arm,” said Gurley, referring to the Tennessee Titans running back. “I thought [Flowers] would try to punch out the ball.”

Gurley’s 7-yard touchdown run gave the Rams a commanding lead in a win over the Seahawks last Sunday, and provided notice Gurley hasn’t gone away.

“He’s a bad man,” Rams quarterback Jared Goff said. “It was vintage Todd.”

Gurley’s run was powerful. It was assertive. It was game changing.

“It’s just like, ‘WOW,'” defensive tackle Aaron Donald said. “For you to be able to stiff arm a grown man and throw him down and score a touchdown, that’s pretty crazy.”

“I loved it,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “We needed it.”

But more than anything, as Goff so deftly pointed out, it was vintage Gurley. If only for a moment.

Signature plays from Gurley, the kind that highlighted his last two seasons under Rams coach Sean McVay and earned him 2017 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, have been few-and-far between throughout the Rams’ 8-5 season.

In fact, the stiff-arm delivery last Sunday was the only vintage Gurley move seen in 2019.

Dating to the NFC Championship Game last January, the Rams $60 million running back hasn’t delivered a single 100-rushing yard game. He hasn’t broken for a long touchdown score. He hasn’t hurdled a single defender.

As McVay’s offense has sputtered and struggled to find an identity a season after powering the Rams to the Super Bowl, Gurley — who rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the last two seasons — has 721 yards rushing in 13 games (inactive in Week 6, left thigh bruise).

He had been relegated to a role player, a running back who made record money, but was expected to share carries with Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson.

But something has changed recently. In three of the Rams last four games, McVay’s playcalling has returned to Gurley, who signed a four-year extension that included a then NFL-record $45 million in guarantees, before last season.

The Rams face an uphill battle to reach the postseason and Sunday enter their latest must-win contest against the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (6-7) at AT&T Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox).

The last time the Rams traveled to play the Cowboys, Week 4 of the 2017 season, Gurley was the best player on the field. Gurley hurdled Cowboys’ defenders and raced through their secondary on his way to 215 total yards.

In the third quarter, Gurley caught a seam pass as he cut through the middle of the field, blowing past four defenders on his way to a 53-yard touchdown to jump-start the Rams’ come-from-behind 35-30 victory.

“I just remember thinking, ‘Wow,’ I mean it was like he was shot out of a cannon,” McVay said Thursday. “When you sit back as a coach, and you’re thinking, ‘Damn, I’m glad he’s on our team’ that was a really good play and at the moment, too, we really needed that.”

Gurley was the Rams leading rusher and pass-catcher that day, delivering a signature performance that helped the McVay-led Rams serve notice to the NFL that they had arrived.

The last time Gurley rushed for 100 yards was against the Cowboys in the divisional round of last season’s playoffs, when he shared carries with C.J. Anderson, but still managed to break off 115 rushing yards in a 30-22 win.

Indications are Gurley will again play a prominent role against the Cowboys Sunday.

“The approach for us is that Todd is a big-time player,” McVay said. “He’s shown that he’s feeling good and when he’s doing those kind of things — whether it be through the pass game, through the run game — good things seem to happen for the Rams.”

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Adrian Peterson has a half-million reasons to reach 1,000 yards – Washington Redskins Blog



ASHBURN, Va. — There’s all sorts of reasons for Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson to want to surpass 1,000 yards rushing once again. It would further etch his name in history. It would prove what he can still do on the field as he approaches 35 years old.

And it would also allow him to make another half-million dollars.

With Derrius Guice sidelined because of another knee injury, the Redskins will lean even more on Peterson, which could be good for his pocketbook. If he rushes for 1,000 yards this season, Peterson will collect a $500,000 bonus. He needs 282 yards with three games remaining.

“It’ll happen,” he said.

Peterson rushed for 1,072 yards last season at age 33 — making him the oldest player since John Riggins cracked that mark in 1984 at age 35. But there was no bonus for Peterson last season. Instead, it earned him another two-year deal with Washington. And this season has fueled his desire to stick around a while.

His future will be determined, in part, by Washington’s next coach. Regardless, Peterson remains motivated.

“I’m going to keep going,” said Peterson, whose base salary is $1.03 million. “My body is feeling good. I’m still loving the game. Obviously I can still play and perform at a high level. Why walk away from it now? So, I’m going to keep going.”

Interim coach Bill Callahan said: “If you talk with him, he’ll play until he’s 40 years old. As long as he keeps producing, I don’t see why he can’t continue to play.”

Peterson, whose base salary is $2.25 million next season, signed a deal worth up to $8 million last offseason, loaded with incentives. But the most lucrative was rushing for 1,000 yards, which would be hard to do with a healthy Guice. But Guice tore his meniscus in the season opener, paving the way for Peterson to resume his role as a No. 1 back.

When Guice returned in Week 11, he and Peterson split the work. That could have ended his pursuit for 1,000 yards, but Peterson has another shot. His line let him know they wanted him to hit 1,000.

“Those guys up front were talking about it, ‘282.’ I heard another guy say, ‘282.’ I said, OK and I put it together,” Peterson said. “They definitely want me to get there, so it’ll happen.”

They also have taken notice of the potential payoff.

“That’s another reason,” center Chase Roullier said. “You’re always trying to help your teammates out with that, too.”

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