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TD strike by Dwayne Haskins gives Washington early lead at Cleveland

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Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw a 17-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for the first time this season, connecting with Dontrelle Inman against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. It was Inman’s first touchdown catch since Dec. 30, 2018.

It capped a second consecutive solid series for Washington, which had fallen behind 17-0 in each of its first two games. This time, Haskins looked to his left and moved his eyes and feet back to the right seam to find Inman for a 17-yard strike. Haskins completed six of his first nine passes for 71 yards as Washington went to an up-tempo attack on its first two possessions.

Inman, though, drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the touchdown when he flexed his muscles with cornerback Denzel Ward right by him.



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

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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

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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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New York Giants offensive lineman Will Hernandez tests positive for the coronavirus, source says

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New York Giants guard Will Hernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus and is expected to be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, according to ESPN and multiple reports.

The Giants announced Thursday that an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19 and was immediately placed in self-isolation. The team also says “the contact tracing process was initiated.”

Individuals who were in close contact with the player have been identified and instructed to remain home Thursday, according to the Giants.

The players who have been told to stay away from the facility include multiple offensive linemen, according to ESPN and reports. NFL Network reported that the Giants had just four available offensive linemen who were not ordered to isolate Thursday.

The Giants also announced their facility would remain open Thursday and that the “rest of the team will follow their normal practice and meeting schedule.”

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