Darren Sproles has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn hip flexor muscle.

The veteran Philadelphia Eagles running back initially suffered a partial tear of the muscle in a win over the New York Jets on October 6.

Sproles made his return to action in the victory against the Chicago Bears on November 3 but, with the Eagles preparing to face the New England Patriots following a bye last week, tests on Thursday revealed a torn muscle.

The 36-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and, having originally declared his intention to retire at the end of the previous campaign, may be expected to call it a career in the wake of this news.

Known predominantly for his abilities as a receiver and a returner, Sproles has 19,696 all-purpose yards and 64 total touchdowns to his name in a superb career that began in 2005 when he was selected by the then San Diego Chargers in the fourth round.

He also enjoyed a spell with the New Orleans Saints before being traded to the Eagles in 2014. Sproles was selected for the Pro Bowl for three successive years from 2014 to 2016 and was a first-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015.

The Eagles are 5-4 and will host the Patriots (8-1) at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday in the first meeting between the teams since Philadelphia's win over New England in Super Bowl LII.

Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the NFL following his involvement in an incident with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The Cleveland Browns defensive end ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging and hitting the 24-year-old during the closing stages of his team's 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey responded by aiming kicks and punches at Garrett, who told reporters after the game he had "made a mistake" and would "regret" what unfolded.

The NFL reacted inside 24 hours to the ugly scenes in the televised game, including fining both franchises $250,000.

Garrett has been banned for the remainder of the season – including the playoffs, should the Browns make the postseason - and the NFL announced it has also fined him an "additional amount".

The league also stated that Garrett, the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, must "meet with the commissioner's office" before a decision is made over when he can return to action.

Pouncey has been suspended without pay for three games and fined for fighting, while Cleveland's Larry Ogunjobi will sit out one game for unnecessary roughness.

The suspended players can appeal within three days, while the NFL may also take action against others who were involved in the fracas during the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

"Additional discipline for other players will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players who left the bench to enter the fight area," the NFL said.

The Browns responded to the NFL's announcement with a statement from owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, in which they apologised to Rudolph and the Steelers while describing Garrett's actions as "completely unacceptable".

Cleveland's statement read: "We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game. There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organisation.

"We sincerely apologise to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good team-mate and member of our organisation and community for the last three years, but his actions last night were completely unacceptable.

"We understand the consequences from the league for his actions."

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett said he made a mistake and regrets it after his ugly hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett – an NFL Pro Bowler in 2018 – ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging it and hitting the Steelers QB in the head late in Cleveland's 21-7 victory over Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey then aimed kicks and punches at Garrett in shocking scenes in Cleveland on Thursday.

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens and quarterback Baker Mayfield were scathing of Garrett, who addressed the incident himself post-game.

"I made a mistake, I lost my cool and I regret it," Garrett told reporters. "It's gonna come back to hurt our team.

"The guys who jumped in to the scrum… I appreciate my team having my back but it should never get to that, it's on me."

When asked if the incident overshadowed Cleveland's win, Garrett said: "A win is a win. I don't think it's overshadowed by what happens in eight seconds."

Pittsburgh's Rudolph also spoke to the media afterwards and he hit out at Garrett.

"Not in my years. I thought it was cowardly and pretty bush league," Rudolph said when asked if he had seen anything like that in American football. "… I'm fine and good to go."

Pressed on whether Garrett should be suspended, Rudolph replied: "I don't know what the rules are. I know it's bush league and he is a total coward… It's okay, I'll take it. I'm not going to back down from no bully. We will see what happens."

Cleveland Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said he is embarrassed and so is Myles Garrett after the defensive end hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his helmet.

The Browns beat NFL rivals the Steelers 21-7, but Thursday's win was overshadowed by an ugly incident involving Cleveland's Garrett.

Garrett – a Pro Bowler in 2018 – ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging it and hitting the Steelers QB in the head late in the game.

Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey then aimed kicks and punches at Garrett in shocking scenes in Cleveland.

After Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hit out at his team-mate, Kitchens also criticised Garrett post-match as a heavy suspension looms.

"Of course that's not who we want to be at the end of the game," Kitchens told reporters. "That's not who Myles wants to be, that's not who we're going to be.

"You have to be able to maintain your composure in times like that and under no circumstance do we want anything to do with anything like that. I'm embarrassed, Myles is embarrassed, it's not good so he understands what he did, he understands it's totally unacceptable and we've got to get through it."

"We don't react like that no matter what. That's not an excuse for anything Myles did at all. We're not giving him an excuse, he doesn't want an excuse so it doesn't matter what happened," Kitchens added.

"I don't even care what happened. We've got five seconds to go in a game, that can't happen. We've got five seconds to go in a game, the biggest game this team have won … never beat Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the same year since 1999 and then we've got to talk about this so there's 52 other guys on the team that that hurt and it's going to hurt moving forward so we don't condone that.

"Myles understands what he did wrong, he's got to maintain his composure just like he had to do at the start of the year, he had to maintain his composure, we've got five seconds in the game, I'm sorry but it's kind of like, he understands."

When asked about the possible length of suspension, Kitchens replied: "I've never seen that in my life so we'll wait and see. I can't answer that.

"Myles is very upset about it, he's got to maintain his composure. We'll see. We've got to take it, whatever they give to us, we've got to take it, so we'll see."

Baker Mayfield slammed Cleveland Browns team-mate Myles Garrett for his "inexcusable" attack on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet before swinging it and hitting the QB in the head late in the Browns' 21-7 win in the NFL on Thursday.

Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey then aimed kicks and punches at Garrett in an incident that marred the end of the Browns' victory.

Mayfield, who helped the Browns improve to 4-6, criticised Garrett for his actions and the Browns QB expects his team-mate to be suspended.

"It's inexcusable. I don't care rivalry or not, we can't do that," he told Fox.

"That's kind of the history of what's been going on here lately, hurting yourself and that's just endangering the other team.

"It's inexcusable, he knows that, I hope he does now, it's tough, we'll see."

Mayfield added: "I don't think there's anything in that moment I can really say to calm them down.

"The reality is he's going to get suspended, we don't know how long and that hurts our team.

"We can't do that, we can't continue to hurt this team, it's inexcusable."

The Browns made it back-to-back wins and are third in the AFC North, behind the Baltimore Ravens (7-2) and Steelers (5-5).

The Cleveland Browns upset the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 in an NFL clash marred by an ugly late incident on Thursday.

Baker Mayfield helped the Browns (4-6) to a surprise victory over the Steelers (5-5) in a showdown between two AFC North rivals in Cleveland.

Mayfield went 17 of 32 for 193 yards and two touchdowns, while he also rushed for a score.

Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph struggled, going 23 of 44 for 221 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted four times.

However, there was drama involving Rudolph, Myles Garrett and Maurkice Pouncey in the final seconds.

Garrett ripped Rudolph's helmet off before swinging it and hitting the QB in the head, before Pouncey aimed punches and kicks at the Browns defensive end.

Pittsburgh were also dealt numerous injury woes during the game, with JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion), Artie Burns (knee), Ola Adeniyi (concussion), James Conner (shoulder) and Diontae Johnson (concussion) sidelined.

Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. combined for 42 yards to help the Browns to their first TD, the former then rushing over.

A seven-play, 71-yard drive finished with Mayfield finding a wide open Jarvis Landry to make it 14-0 Browns in the second quarter.

The Steelers looked to be getting a way back into the game when Rudolph found Jaylen Samuels, but that was as close as they got.

Cleveland's Damarious Randall was ejected during the third quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Johnson, who was left bleeding.

Pittsburgh's slim chances were ended when Mayfield got out of trouble to find Stephen Carlson in the end zone, sealing the Browns' win before the late drama.

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes said he is feeling great physically ahead of Monday's NFL showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.

It has been a difficult season for reigning MVP and Chiefs quarterback Mahomes, who has dealt with ankle and knee issues.

Mahomes returned from a two-game absence due to a dislocated right kneecap as the Chiefs lost to the Tennessee Titans 35-32 last week.

With the Chiefs (6-4) preparing to face the Chargers (4-6) in Mexico City, Mahomes told reporters on Thursday: "Just being able to not have to worry about the ankle or not worry about the knee and just being able to go out there and play football the way that I've played it my whole career so far.

"Just going out there and being able to play the game, do the things I've grown [accustomed] to doing, scrambling and doing all that different type of stuff and coming out healthy was definitely a positive sign.''

Mahomes, who was 36 of 50 for 446 yards and three touchdowns in Week 10, added: "The moment I got out on that field and you kind of get your mind off of it and you're just able to focus on what you need to focus on in order to have success as a team, I think that was kind of the moment for me.

"I think pregame and throughout the week and you're trying to push it to kind of see what you can do and what you can't do. When I got out on that field, I realised I was good to go and everything I had done with the trainers and doctors had prepared me for the game.''

The New England Patriots are one of 11 teams committed to attending quarterback Colin Kaepernick's scheduled workout on Saturday.

All 32 franchises have been invited to watch as Kaepernick - the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has not played since 2016 – eyes a return to the NFL.

On Thursday, the NFL announced the Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins have confirmed they will be present.

"It's only Thursday. With two days remaining until the workout, we expect additional teams to commit," the NFL said in a statement. "Former NFL head coach Hue Jackson will lead the drills, and former NFL head coach Joe Philbin will be in attendance as well.

"We will send video of the workout and interview to all 32 teams, including head coaches and general managers."

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the 32-year-old attracted controversy by kneeling for the national anthem in protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick reached a settlement in February of this year.

Jackson, who last coached the Browns in 2018, told ESPN: "The NFL asked me to do it. I'm excited about doing it for Colin and the league. As far as I know right now, Colin is still attending."

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid – Kaepernick's team-mate at the 49ers – said the workout "feels like a PR stunt" on Wednesday.

Reid kneeled alongside Kaepernick and also filed a grievance against the league, though he was signed by the Panthers in 2018.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is also sceptical, telling reporters on Thursday: "I really hope it's a serious shot for him to get back in the league. I think he deserves to be in the league.

"For the last three years, he has unjustly not had a job. But based on all of the things that have led us to this point, it leaves me a little sceptical of the motivations behind it. But I think like anybody, we're just all waiting to see."

Both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots will be hungry to show a positive response to their first defeats of the NFL season in Week 11.

Inspired by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks ended San Francisco’s perfect record with a 27-24 overtime victory at Levi's Stadium on Monday, Jason Myers settling it with a field goal.

The 49ers will look to take their frustration out on the struggling Arizona Cardinals, who have lost three in a row, on Sunday

The Patriots are also 8-1 after going down 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at the start of November - they return to action following a bye week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We take a look at the Week 11 schedule using Stats Perform data.

 

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Steelers (5-4) at Browns (3-6), 8:20pm

- Pittsburgh have won four in a row despite averaging 299 yards per game. The only other time in the last three years that a team won four straight despite averaging less than 300 total yards was the Bears in November 2018 (291 per game).

- The Browns have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time since December 2016.

- Mason Rudolph is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first seven NFL games – injured team-mate Ben Roethlisberger is also on that list.

 

SUNDAY

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8), 1pm

- The Jets have won their last two games against Washington after losing eight of the first nine clashes between the franchises.

- Washington, coming off a bye week, have failed to score 10 points in any of their last three outings.

- The Jets are averaging 164.0 net passing yards per game this season, the lowest mark in the NFL. Their opponents are only fractionally better at 169.7 yards.

 

Saints (7-2) at Buccaneers (3-6) 1pm 

- The Saints earned a 31-24 home win over the Buccaneers in Week 5 and will attempt to record the first season sweep by any team in the series since New Orleans won both in 2014.

- Tampa Bay will be bidding to score 30 points or more in three consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

- With his season-high 13 catches in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Thomas surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) for the fastest player in NFL history (56 games) to reach 400 career receptions.

 

Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3) 1pm 

- The two franchises have won seven games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, with the last 10 contests decided by a margin of eight points or less.

- Kirk Cousins is three touchdown passes shy of 150 for his career after throwing for 15 in six games since the beginning of October. 

- Denver have not forced a single turnover in six different games this season, already tied for the most zero-takeaway outings in any season in franchise history.

 

Bills (6-3) at Dolphins (2-7) 1pm 

- In their last three meetings, Miami have a +13 point differential in the first half while Buffalo are +44 after the interval.

- Buffalo rushed for a season-low 84 yards in a 19-16 loss in Cleveland last week. Since 2017, the Bills are 1-13 when gaining less than 100 yards on the ground, tied for the worst record in such games over that span.

- Miami had three takeaways in a 16-12 win over the Colts last time out, nearly doubling their season total (four to seven), and 13 points off takeaways nearly tripled their season total (seven to 20).

 

Jaguars (4-5) at Colts (5-4) 1pm

- The Jaguars have posted two shutouts over the previous three seasons – and both came against the Colts.

- Nick Foles, named the starter again on his return from injury, has posted a 10-2 record as a starter in November or later since 2016, the best in the NFL (including postseason - minimum 10 starts).

- Each of Indianapolis' nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history (Lions had 11 straight in 2016).

 

Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1) 1pm

- Dallas have won three in a row against the Lions (regular and postseason), dating back to their 24-20 win in the 2014 Wild Card game.

- The Cowboys were held to just 50 yards rushing in a 28-24 loss to the Vikings last weekend and did not gain a single first down on a run play for the first time since a defeat to Washington 12 years ago.

- Detroit's 20-13 defeat to the Bears last week saw all three Chicago scores coming on passing touchdowns. That was Detroit's fifth consecutive game allowing multiple passing scores, the longest single-season streak for the Lions since the first six games of the 2016 season.

 

Falcons (2-7) at Panthers (5-4) 1pm

- Atlanta have had the better results in this divisional series in recent years, having won three straight and six of the last seven between the teams. 

- Last week's 26-9 victory at New Orleans was Atlanta's third straight on the road in NFC South play, dating back to last December's win at Carolina.

- Christian McCaffrey will be attempting to become the first player with a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in the same season since another Panther, DeAngelo Williams, did so in 2008.

 

Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2) 1pm

- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. 

- Houston are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.

- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers.

 

Cardinals (3-6-1) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05pm

- The Cardinals suffered a third successive loss when going down to the Buccaneers last week - their fifth game decided by three points or less this season.

- San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks was their first in which they forced at least four turnovers since 2016 – when the opponents were Arizona.

- The Niners had a season-low 87 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but still rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 161.8, behind only Baltimore (197.2).

 

Patriots (8-1) at Eagles (5-4) 4:25pm

- The 37 points conceded by New England in the loss to Baltimore were 20 more than they had had yielded in any other contest this season.

- Over their last eight games, the Eagles have alternated either winning two in a row or losing two in a row. They will be looking for a third victory on the spin this weekend.

- After scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots two seasons ago, Philadelphia have not scored as many as 35 points in any game since.

 

Bengals (0-9) at Raiders 5-4) 4:25pm

- The Bengals are 4-1 in games played in California since 2010. 

- All five of the Raiders' wins this season have come by one possession (eight points or fewer). The only team in the NFL with more one-possession wins this year is Seattle (seven).

- The Raiders have not turned the ball over in their previous three games, only the second time in franchise history they have gone three straight without a giveaway (also in 1979).

 

Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4) 8:20pm

- Chicago have won six of the last seven games against the Rams, allowing just 10.7 points per game in the six wins but 42 points in the one loss (21-42 in 2013). 

- The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions despite putting up just 226 yards of total offense.

- The Rams and Bears have both allowed 18 rushing plays of 10 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Offensively, the Bears have just nine rushing plays of 10+ yards, fewest in the NFL, while the Rams have 22.

 

MONDAY

Chiefs (6-4) at Chargers (4-6) 8:15pm

- The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 of last season. 

- The Chiefs have lost four of their last six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last time out. 

- Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.

Eric Reid said former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout "feels like a PR stunt".

NFL teams have been invited to attend a private workout held for Kaepernick on Saturday as the outcast eyes a return to the league.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2016 season, during which the ex-49ers QB attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

Reid kneeled alongside Kaepernick in 2016 and also filed a grievance against the league, but he was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2018.

Asked about the workout, Panthers safety Reid told reporters on Wednesday: "At this point I'll believe it when I see it. At this point it feels like a PR stunt, again it being on a Saturday.

"What decision-makers are going to be able to attend the workout? Other strange thing is I saw reports that teams are interested in Colin, but they reached out to the league about it. That's strange, so we'll see what happens.

"It's disingenuous. They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours' notice and tell him it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We'll see."

While Reid and Kaepernick are sceptical about the workout, the 32-year-old quarterback is ready for his audition, which is reportedly set to be attended by representatives from the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

Reid added: "I spoke to him [Kaepernick] last night. He had the same concerns that I just mentioned about why it's on Saturday.

"But he's ready, he's been training like I've been telling y'all ever since I got here. For three years now he's been training so he's ready."

"He has a rocket for an arm," Reid continued. "He's tall [6-foot-4], so he can see over the pocket. And he's mobile. He's [Baltimore Ravens quarterback] Lamar Jackson before Lamar Jackson. And he can still throw the ball.

"He's in the prime of his career. He still has a cannon for an arm. He can still run. Too late for his career? No."

The Houston Texans have claimed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves off waivers, the NFL franchise announced on Wednesday.

Hargreaves was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, two days after being benched by head coach Bruce Arians for a "lack of hustle".

The 24-year-old – who was selected with pick 11 in the 2016 NFL Draft – has now joined Houston following 35 games over three and a half seasons in Tampa Bay.

While bringing in Hargreaves, the Texans waived CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun from the active roster.

Prior to the season, Hargreaves – who was benched in the third quarter of the Bucs' 30-27 home win over the Arizona Cardinals – had been held out of the first OTAs by Arians.

Arians did not believe Hargreaves was ready to practice, though he did go on to start all nine of the Bucs' games.

Tampa Bay had picked up the $9million fifth-year option on Hargreaves' contract for 2020, but that was only guaranteed for injury.

Hargreaves could make his debut for the Texans (6-3) when Houston face the high-flying Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

 

New York Jets chairman and chief executive officer Christopher Johnson has confirmed Adam Gase will stay on as the team's coach in 2020.

The Jets have struggled so far in 2019 and are 2-7 nine games into Gase's first season at the helm.

However, despite acknowledging the frustration at the Jets' form, Johnson insists Gase has his full support.

"I want to assure you there will be no changes in coaches here," Johnson told reporters at practice on Wednesday.

"Adam has the trust of this team. He has the trust of Sam [Darnold]. He has Joe [Douglas'] trust. He has my trust. He's a good man. He's a good coach.

"It's the trust that I see, seeing him work with Sam, just as a small portion of this question, gives me a lot of confidence.

"Seeing him work with Joe, it's a whole new dynamic in this building. It's a really positive dynamic. They have the same vision for this team.

"There are a number of reasons but those are two really big ones I felt confident about Adam as our coach going forward."

New York also struggled last season, finishing last in the AFC East standings with a 4-12 record.

Gase's next task will be to inspire his team – which overcame the New York Giants in a rivalry game last time out – on the road against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

NFL clubs have been invited to attend a private workout held for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

Kaepernick has been out of the league since the end of the 2016 season, during which the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback attracted controversy by kneeling for the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep him out of a job. Kaepernick settled that grievance in February.

Kaepernick has long since maintained his readiness to play in the NFL again and in October his representatives released a fact sheet in an attempt to address "false narratives" and "set the record straight". The document detailed Kaepernick's many accomplishments with the 49ers, whom he led to Super Bowl XLVII, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

According to reports from NFL Media and ESPN, Kaepernick's workout will be held in Atlanta and will include on-field work and an interview, with all franchises invited to attend and video of both to be made available to teams.

A memo sent to teams obtained by ESPN read: "Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his [Kaepernick's] representatives and they recently emphasised his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them.

"We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career."

In his career with the 49ers, which encompassed two NFC Championship game appearances as well as the narrow Super Bowl defeat, Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He ran for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Tyler Lockett's leg injury should not be a significant concern going forward, coach Pete Carroll has said in a huge boost for the Seattle Seahawks.

The wide receiver suffered severe swelling on a leg contusion late on in Monday night's dramatic road win over NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers.

He was taken to a Bay Area hospital when the Seahawks' medical staff were concerned over how swiftly the swelling was developing, with fears it could be compartment syndrome.

Lockett remained in hospital overnight but, in a positive update on Tuesday, Carroll explained the stay was precautionary and that he does not see the injury causing many availability issues, particularly with Seattle (8-2) now on a bye week.

"It should be okay, it shouldn't be a big problem going forward," Carroll said to 710 ESPN Seattle.

"There's concern there could be some complications when you have something like that." 

The NFL Network reported Lockett's injury is more of a bad shin bruise that swelled rather than anything more serious. 

Lockett has been a pivotal player for the Hawks this season, becoming Russell Wilson's most trusted target and hauling in 62 catches for 793 yards and six touchdowns through 10 games.

Vernon Hargreaves has been waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two days after he was benched by head coach Bruce Arians for a "lack of hustle".

Drafted number 11 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the cornerback's tenure with the Bucs officially came to an end on Tuesday after playing in 35 games over three-and-a-half seasons.

Hargreaves was benched in the third quarter of the team's 30-27 home win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, which moved them to 3-6 in what has been a disappointing season.

Arians explained Hargreaves "didn't look like he was hustling to go in for a tackle" and the 24-year-old, who returned to the game late on, did not question the decision when speaking afterwards.

"After thoughtful consideration over the past few weeks, coach [Bruce] Arians and I came to the conclusion that we needed to make this change," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said after the team confirmed the move.

"Decisions such as this are always difficult, but I felt it was in the best interest of our team to part ways with Vernon at this time and allow him to explore other opportunities. 

"We are disappointed that it did not work out here for Vernon and we wish him continued success moving forward."

Prior to the season, he had been held out of the first OTAs by Arians, who did not believe he was ready to practice, though he did go on to start all nine of the Bucs' games so far.

The Bucs had picked up the $9million fifth-year option on Hargreaves' contract for 2020, but that was only guaranteed for injury.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Bengals waived veteran linebacker Preston Brown.

Brown, 27, had played in all nine games for the winless Bengals in 2019 and signed a new three-year contract before the season.

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