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NFL Week 3 arrivals – Best entrances, outfits, cleats and more



Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season is here. The tributes to Kobe Bryant continue in Philly, while the long-awaited Watt brothers family reunion in Pittsburgh produced some fun candid shots. And other players around the league continue to impress with their fashion choices on the way into the stadium.

Here’s our roundup of the best pregame threads, entrances, scenes from the field and more.

The Week 3 NFL schedule features some exquisite matchups, capped off with a monster on Monday Night Football, as the Kansas City Chiefs square off with the Baltimore Ravens. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the keys to every game, a bold prediction for each matchup and final score picks. Check out ESPN’s NFL Week 3 game guide.

More: Sunday’s fantasy football inactives: Who’s in and who’s out?

Best arrival looks

Philadelphia Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson pays tribute to the Black Mamba with his pregame look:

Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield are stylin’ and profilin’ before their game against Washington:

Look good, play good. Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard and Houston Texans linebacker Jacob Martin rock two of the best shirts we’ve seen this season:

Denim never goes out of style, as Los Angeles Rams defensive back John Johnson III knows:

Best brotherly reunion

For J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt, Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers-Houston Texans game is all about family:

Best pregame cleats

Carolina Panthers QB Teddy Bridgewater represents Neighborhood of Hope Dealer on his cleats.

Cam Newton never disappoints with his sartorial splendor, and his Week 3 pregame cleats are no exception:

Best cardboard cutouts in the stands

With limited fans at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium, there certainly is “ample parking day or night”:

Best pregame drills

Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley gets his players ready for the Bengals:

Look out!

Best new addition to the Giants’ locker room

With Saquon Barkley sidelined, Big Blue has boosted its backfield with Devonta Freeman:

Best of the rest

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Los Angeles Chargers player tests positive for COVID-19



A Los Angeles Chargers player has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Thursday.

The team did not specify who the player was, but did say that the player was notified immediately and has been put into self-quarantine. In addition, those deemed to be in close contact with the player have been told to stay home and will participate in meetings remotely.

The Chargers said their facility will remain open and the team will follow its normal practice schedule.

“As has been the case since day one of this pandemic, the health and safety of our players, staff and community continue to be our highest priority,” the Chargers said in a statement.

The Chargers are scheduled to face the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Hurricane Zeta knocks out power at New Orleans Saints’ practice facility



METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints lost power at their practice facility when Hurricane Zeta hit the area on Wednesday afternoon. But otherwise the team’s normal operations were not disrupted much.

Coaches stayed at the facility and did their normal game-planning work under generator power on Wednesday afternoon and evening, while players were sent home to ride out the storm.

“The power went out here, the generators came on. They worked. And we got our work done,” coach Sean Payton said. “So it was relatively pretty smooth here.”

Power was still out as of Thursday morning. But Payton said the team would catch up on the film work that was missed Wednesday, then practice outdoors — which they were likely planning to do already because they play outdoors at Chicago on Sunday.

In fact, the storm brought colder and windier weather than usual to the New Orleans area on Thursday. Not an exact replica of Chicago weather, with the wind coming in off of Lake Michigan, but about as close of an approximation as they’re likely to get this time of year.

Hurricane Zeta wound up being stronger than originally forecast. So there were no mandatory evacuations in the city as there had been for certain storms in the past that led to the Saints relocating their practices.

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Sources — Jacksonville Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew has multiple fractures, sprained ligament in thumb



X-rays taken this week revealed that Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb, league sources told ESPN.

Minshew has had discomfort in his thumb since Jacksonville’s Oct. 11 game at Houston, a source told ESPN. He did not tell the team about the pain until after the last game, which led to a postgame X-ray in Los Angeles.

The Jaguars didn’t know about Minshew’s injury until this week, per sources.

It is uncertain whether Minshew will be able to play when Jacksonville returns from its bye to host the Texans.

Jacksonville’s backup quarterback is Mike Glennon, and Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone already stated before his team’s last game against the Chargers that he might have to ponder a quarterback change. The thumb injury could make the decision easy for Marrone.

The thumb injury might also explain why Minshew has sailed some passes in recent games that were not common previously; the thumb likely impacted his performance more than he and others realized.

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