New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian exited Monday's game against the Cleveland Browns due to an ankle injury.

New York, who were already without starter Sam Darnold, were forced to bring in third-string signal-caller Luke Falk.

Siemian was tackled awkwardly in the second quarter and went to the locker room after spending time on the bench being evaluated.

He was, however, able to put weight on his leg.

Before exiting the game, Siemian was three-for-six with only three yards.

Darnold missed the game with mono and is expected to be out until at least Week 5.

Ahead of Monday's Cleveland Browns-New York Jets matchup to cap the second week of action, Week 3 is already coming into focus, and it is all about quarterbacks.

Meanwhile, there has been another development regarding Antonio Brown.

Three things that matter

Drew Brees could miss six weeks after surgery

The New Orleans Saints quarterback left Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams early and was seen on the sidelines with his hand taped. It was later reported he will need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and could be out until November as he recovers.

Coach Sean Payton confirmed on a Monday conference call that Brees, who has missed just one game due to injury in his 13-year NFL career, will get a second opinion but Teddy Bridgewater is still expected to take over as the starter.

He finished Sunday 17 of 30 for 165 yards with no touchdowns in place of Brees.

Ben Roethlisberger out for season with elbow injury

It is a blow for the Pittsburgh Steelers after the team finally got over their 2018 drama. Roethlisberger was seen shaking his throwing arm in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks before being benched in the second half with an elbow injury. Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed an MRI later revealed the severity of the damage, which will require season-ending surgery.

Mason Rudolph is set to take over as the starter in place of Roethlisberger, who will be missing in action due to injury for the first time since Week 7 of the 2016 season, but the team seem to have faith in the second-year quarterback after he went 12 of 19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns and a pick on Sunday.

Antonio Brown denies claims of sexual misconduct from second woman

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has denied claims of sexual misconduct from a second woman.

Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer, last week filed a civil lawsuit against him in Florida, claiming he sexually assaulted her three times over two years, allegedly raping her in 2018.

Brown denied the allegations, while the NFL opened its own investigation.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated ran a story from a second woman, who came forward on the condition of anonymity, but Brown has also denied the latest accusation.

Two things that don't matter

Giants hint at possibility of change at QB

As the New York Giants find themselves in an 0-2 hole thanks to veteran Eli Manning, coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he will remain the starter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"He's been our starter to this point," Shurmur told reporters. "I'm not ready to talk about that."

Daniel Jones, selected sixth overall in April, gave the Giants reason to believe in their backup with his strong performance during the preseason and will keep warm as he waits on his call if Manning's inconsistencies continue.

Taco Charlton wants release from Cowboys

The defensive end took to Twitter to ask Dallas to "free" him. The initial tweet was eventually deleted and Charlton later wrote the move was "the last thing I want to do".

It was reported on Sunday that the Cowboys had "recent trade talks" about Charlton, who had asked to be traded this offseason. It looks like those discussions could heat up again as early as this week.

One video you have to see

Eddy Pineiro's foot saved the day in Chicago, and it was exciting no matter which broadcast you heard.

Monday's tweet of the day

Browns defensive end Chris Smith dedicated his performance on Monday against the Jets to his late girlfriend, Petara Cordero. She died last week after she was struck by a vehicle, just weeks after she gave birth to their first child.

Ben Roethlisberger has outlined a desire to return to "championship-level play" for the Pittsburgh Steelers following a season-ending injury.

Quarterback Roethlisberger has previously hinted at the possibility of retiring from the sport in the near future but committed to the Steelers through to the end of the 2021 campaign with a new deal in the offseason.

However, the 37-year-old was ruled out of the remainder of the 2019 season on Monday as coach Mike Tomlin revealed he would require elbow surgery.

Roethlisberger, who has won two Super Bowls with Pittsburgh, suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Roethlisberger's absence deals another blow to the Steelers, who are 0-2 through two weeks, having seen key men Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell leave the team.

But veteran Roethlisberger released a statement in which he suggested he felt he had let the team down and promised to work to return to form and fitness.

"I've been informed that I need season-ending surgery on my elbow to continue playing football at the level I expect," it read.

"This is shocking and heartbreaking for me, to miss this much of a season and feel like I am letting down so many people.

"I can only trust God's plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season.

"The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honour my contract and reward them with championship-level play.

"I will do all I can to support Mason [Rudolph] and the team this season to help win games.

"I love this game, my team-mates, the Steelers organisation and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give."

Backup Rudolph started the second half against the Seahawks following Roethlisberger's injury.

The Steelers were at least boosted by news of James Conner's fitness.

The running back, who missed three games last season with an ankle ailment, left the Seattle defeat with a knee problem but told 93.7 The Fan he had suffered no significant damage.

Rapper Snoop Dogg has told the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick after Ben Roethlisberger's season-ending injury.

Roethlisberger was ruled out of the remainder of the 2019 campaign on Monday after damaging his right elbow in the Steelers' narrow defeat to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Coach Mike Tomlin revealed Roethlisberger would require surgery, continuing a dismal start to the season in which Pittsburgh are 0-2.

Steelers superfan Snoop believes he has a solution, though, as he wants the team to move for Kaepernick, who has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season.

Snoop posted a picture of Kaepernick on his Instagram page with the caption: "Steelers, go get him now or we gone [sic] look like the old Cleveland Browns.

"He better than 70% of the QBs in the league. Let's. Go. Steel city."

Former San Francisco 49ers star Kaepernick is now in his third season without a team, having settled a case against the NFL and its ownership in February.

Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality, had accused NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game.

The 31-year-old has posted workout videos on social media in recent months, claiming he is "still ready" for a return.

After his Kaepernick plea, Snoop uploaded another image to Instagram which stated: "Still a Steelers fan, just give me a few days to recover!"

Backup Mason Rudolph played the second half for the Steelers against the Seahawks and is set to feature again when they visit the Niners in Week 3.

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has denied claims of sexual misconduct from a second woman.

Britney Taylor, Brown's former trainer, last week filed a civil lawsuit against him in Florida, claiming he sexually assaulted her three times over two years, allegedly raping her in 2018.

Brown denied the allegations, while the NFL opened its own investigation.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated ran a story from a second woman, who came forward on the condition of anonymity.

She claimed to have worked on a mural for Brown at his house in 2017 after he had been impressed by a portrait of the then Pittsburgh Steelers star.

The woman said Brown appeared behind her completely nude except for a washcloth covering his genitals.

She said she took this as a sexual advance but "kept [her] cool and kept painting" and subsequently never saw Brown again, opting not to press charges at the time.

Responding to the Sports Illustrated story, Darren Heitner, Brown's attorney, issued a firm denial on Twitter.

"Antonio Brown has reviewed the sexual misconduct allegations made by an unnamed artist included in a recently published Sports Illustrated article and denies that he ever engaged in such activities," Heitner said in a short statement.

"There will be no further comment at this time."

Brown has been at the centre of much controversy in recent months, having forced a trade from the Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, who then granted his request for a release after a series of off-field episodes.

The 31-year-old scored a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins on his Patriots debut on Sunday, finishing the game with four receptions for 56 yards.

Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith has decided to play against the New York Jets on Monday despite still grieving the death of his girlfriend.

Petara Cordero died last Wednesday, less than a month after she gave birth to the couple's daughter, after being struck by a car.

The Browns offered Smith support in a statement last week and said he would "receive the full team's support of resources and will have the opportunity to grieve as he sees best fit".

Smith was offered the opportunity to be excused from team activities but said Cordero would have wanted him to play and that he was suiting up in her honour.

"I am going to play tonight because it is something she would want me to do," Smith said in a statement published by cleveland.com on Monday.

"She would want me to keep doing what I love and stay strong. I play for her tonight. She is my why."

Smith, 27, was driving with Cordero, 26, outside of Cleveland last week when a tyre of his Lamborghini blew out, causing the vehicle to crash off the side of the road. Cordero got out of the vehicle but was hit by an oncoming car.

Smith returned to practice on Saturday, having paid a touching tribute to Cordero on social media.

"God has a plan for all of us we can't understand but she is in a better place now and she can rest easy," Smith wrote on Instagram. "My wifey, my best friend and the mother of my beautiful daughter. Love you baby."

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 NFL season with an elbow injury.

Roethlisberger will need surgery on his right elbow after damaging it in Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, coach Mike Tomlin announced on Monday.

"Ben Roethlisberger had an MRI on his right elbow Sunday evening and it was determined by the Steelers' medical team that surgery will be required," Tomlin said in a statement. 

"We expect the surgery will be scheduled for this week. He will be placed on our Reserve/Injured List and is out for the season."

Roethlisberger was seen shaking his throwing arm at various points during the first half of the team's home opener and even left for the locker room before returning to the sideline to play through the injury. He was later listed as questionable to return and backup Mason Rudolph started the second half.

Roethlisberger completed eight of his 15 pass attempts for 75 yards.

As for Rudolph, he saw his second pass tipped and intercepted, though he bounced back and filled in admirably, throwing for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

"Mason did a really, really, really good job today," tight end Vance McDonald said.

There is further concern about Pittsburgh's offense after running back James Conner left the Seahawks game with a knee injury. The Steelers have yet to announce an update on the status of Conner, who missed three games last season with an ankle injury.

The Steelers will look to avoid a dreadful 0-3 start when they visit the 2-0 San Francisco 49ers in Week 3.

Drew Brees is set to miss a game through injury for just the second time in his New Orleans career after hurting his thumb against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Saints quarterback was forced to leave the field in the first quarter of the Week 2 game after making contact with Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Brees had his hand taped as a precaution as he watched on from the sideline as back-up Teddy Bridgewater took over for the remainder of a 27-9 loss.

According to reports by NFL Media and ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the 40-year-old has a torn ligament in his throwing thumb and will require surgery, potentially ruling him out for up to six weeks.

Andy Reid insisted he never takes Patrick Mahomes for granted despite the quarterback producing another stunning performance for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs appeared in a spot of trouble on the road when they fell 10-0 behind to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, only to bounce back from a slow start on offense to score 28 unanswered points in the second quarter.

Mahomes threw four touchdown passes before the end of the first half, two of them to Demarcus Robinson, as Kansas City overwhelmed their hosts despite the absence of leading receiver Tyreek Hill through injury.

The reigning NFL MVP had 278 yards during the stunning 15-minute spell of offense, the most in a quarter since Drew Brees had 294 in November 2008.

"I never take it for granted," Reid said of Mahomes in his post-game press conference.

"Some of these throws he makes, we just buzz right through like it happens every day. It kind of does happen every day. That's what makes him unique.

"The fact he's willing to work on his game the way he does is also very important.

"In this league, if you let off an inch, you're going to fall. He stays right on top of that in everything he does."

Reid was particularly pleased with the way the Chiefs hit back from a double-digit deficit, keeping the Raiders at bay in a scoreless second half.

"I'm proud of our guys - we were down by 10 points, so for everybody to rally and come back was a big step," he told the media.

"We grew a little bit today."

The Chiefs return home for Week 3, as they take on the Baltimore Ravens in a battle between teams with 2-0 records at the start of the new NFL season.

Julio Jones' game-winning touchdown catch against the Philadelphia Eagles is one of the best plays of his illustrious career, according to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.

The Falcons were trailing 20-17 with just over two minutes to play when Jones reeled in a fourth-down screen pass and went 54 yards to the end zone, galloping away from the Eagles' secondary for a notable score in both the context of the game and also his own career.

In the process of helping his team avoid an 0-2 start, the wide receiver – who signed a three-year contract extension prior to the new season – became Atlanta's franchise leader in receiving yards, passing former team-mate Roddy White.

It was also a milestone moment for Ryan as he reached 300 touchdown passes in the NFL. He now sits in a tie with the great John Elway in 11th position on the all-time list.

"It's up there. The timing of when it happened, what we needed," Ryan replied in his post-game media conference when asked where Jones' catch ranked in the wideout's NFL career.

"He's had a lot of great ones, that's for sure. Especially for him to break a record that way, in such a critical situation and a clutch moment, was pretty cool.

"I'm proud of him – it's been an honour to play with him as long as I have and let us hope there's a lot more of that in store now he's under contract for a long time."

Ryan threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns but was also intercepted three times, with Atlanta relying on a fourth-down defensive stop to seal a 24-20 triumph in their home opener.

"That was probably the most all-out pressure in a game I've had in my entire career," Ryan said of the Eagles' defense.

"When you're going against that, it's going to be feast or famine. There is going to be some good stuff, but then some that doesn't go our way.

"Turning the football over three times, it's hard to win when you do that in this league. But you keep telling yourself that the score is where it is, and that we’re in a good position to get the job done.

"Forget what’s happened up until this point, concentrate on the play coming in and trust what you see on the other end to go out there and execute the best you can."

On reaching 300 touchdown passes, Ryan added: "To get to that milestone is special, but my mindset is always about what is next – how many more can we get and how can we win games. More important than getting that number is getting the win."

Jadeveon Clowney said Russell Wilson is "half the reason" he opted to join the Seattle Seahawks as he hailed his star team-mate.

Wilson engineered a second-half comeback in Seattle's 28-26 NFL win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, throwing for 300 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

Clowney, who arrived from the Houston Texans before the start of the season, was highly complementary of six-time Pro Bowler Wilson afterwards.

"That's half the reason I wanted to come [to Seattle], because of Russ," Clowney told reports post-game. 

"He makes it happen. I don't care what the score is — it could be 100-0 — he believes. As long as you got a guy like that, a guy who never quits.

"I'm gonna ride with him."

The Texans and Seahawks agreed to a blockbuster deal for pass-rusher Clowney at the beginning of September.

Clowney was selected by the Texans with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has recorded 29 sacks in four seasons, including 18.5 sacks since the start of 2017. 

In two games with the Seahawks, Clowney has one sack and one pass defended.

 

The Atlanta Falcons left it late to overcome the Philadelphia Eagles 24-20 in the NFL on Sunday.

The ugly encounter featured six turnovers and a slew of injuries on both sides before the Falcons came away with a victory thanks to a late Julio Jones touchdown.

Now, both the Falcons and Eagles are 1-1.

 

Three takeaways from the Falcons' home win over the Eagles

The quarterbacks weren't quarterbacking well

While Matt Ryan led his team to victory, it was each of the defenses that stole the show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

From the secondary to the defensive line, each unit was giving the quarterbacks a tough time. And again, when the game was on the line in the final minutes, it was the defense that delivered.

It started with two interceptions by Falcons' seventh-year cornerback Desmond Trufant, who went all last season without a single pick.

And then ended with a big stop from Atlanta on fourth down.

In the final 30 seconds, Zach Ertz was stopped a yard shy of a first down on Atlanta's 16-yard line by the duo of Keanu Neal and Isaiah Oliver. 

 

Carson Wentz escapes injury

The oft-injured quarterback had another scare.

Wentz was replaced in favour of Josh McCown after taking a hit to the midsection. However, reports later indicated Wentz was being evaluated for a concussion. 

When he did return, he slowly got back to form and was seemingly fine, making a number of impressive throws throughout the remainder of the game.

Wentz finished 25-of-43 passing for 231 yards with one touchdown and the two interceptions.

A number of Eagles frequented the injury tent. DeSean Jackson (groin), Alshon Jeffery (calf), Dallas Goedert (calf), Timmy Jernigan (foot) and Corey Clement (shoulder) did not return. Nelson Agholor (head), Jason Kelce and Sidney Jones were also evaluated during the game but returned to action.

 

How hot is Dan Quinn's seat?

The fifth-year head coach has denied he is in the hot seat. But Dan Quinn's track record entering Sunday's game begged to differ.

He said there was no added pressure to win but after losing 11 of his past 18 games dating back to the 2017 playoffs, Quinn needed this win as much as the team did for their own morale.

Quinn chose a gutsy play call on fourth-and-three at the Falcons' own 46-yard line that led to the go-ahead touchdown to secure Atlanta's first win of the season.

It seems his seat may be a little cooler for the time being.

First-year Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur does not seem worried about his relationship with star Aaron Rodgers.

LaFleur and quarterback Rodgers were seen arguing on the sidelines late in the first half of Green Bay's 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

But, LaFleur said after the game he was not concerned about the incident. 

"That's just two competitive guys, and I'm sure it's not going to be the last one we have," LaFleur said, via ESPN.

"But you know, just competitors, heat of the moment and it is what it is. I would much rather have that than anything else because you want guys that are extreme competitors, and that's what he is."

Rodgers also told reporters he was not worried about the exchange. 

"It was about the look on defense," Rodgers said. "I was actually kind of surprised that he was coming over to talk about that, but we got it all sorted out over there on the sideline. It actually wasn't a big deal.

"We're a little animated at times. I can't say we were yelling how much we love each other, but we definitely weren't [cursing at] each other or anything. It was talking about the look there and getting on the same page."

The Packers have been inconsistent on offense under LaFleur but improved to 2-0 this season with the victory over Minnesota.

Rodgers completed 22 of his 34 passes for 209 yards with two touchdowns in the game. 

"To the credit of our guys, they stuck together," LaFleur said. "We talk sometimes about facing some adversity, and how do we respond in those tough situations. Our guys, they stuck together. They didn't blink and it was a great team win."

The Packers are set to host the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will see a specialist after suffering a thumb injury.

Brees was sidelined after two series as the Saints suffered a 27-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFL on Sunday.

After the game, Brees confirmed he was going to see a hand specialist in LA.

"Hit my thumb on [Rams defensive tackle] Aaron Donald so we'll see," he told a news conference.

"I got X-rays but I'm meeting with a specialist here very soon and we'll see what he says."

Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters after the game that the team would have an update on Tuesday.

Should something happen to Teddy Bridgewater, who substituted to play just his seventh game over the past three seasons, New Orleans also have quarterback Taysom Hill on the roster.

The second week of the NFL season gave us what Week 1 could not – fewer injuries and more close finishes.

The fourth quarter was crucial on Sunday as several high-profile games gave us nail-biting endings. Gardner Minshew could not quite get the Jacksonville Jaguars past the Houston Texans as he made his first career start in place of injured quarterback Nick Foles, while the Indianapolis Colts' defense helped Jacoby Brissett claim his first win of the season since Andrew Luck retired.

But setbacks were not inescapable after the Pittsburgh Steelers were plagued by injuries in their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers fought down to the final fourth-and-one wire of a game that had four sacks and four first downs over the first five possessions alone, but the Seahawks picked up their eight win in the team's last nine games.

Other games were not as competitive, like the New England Patriots' 43-0 shutout of the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers' 41-17 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Then there are the Buffalo Bills, who moved to an unlikely 2-0 after they spoiled the New York Giants' home opener 28-14, while head coach Matt LaFleur recorded his first win at Green Bay as the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 21-16 for the first time since 2016.

Injury report

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was seen shaking his throwing arm at various points in the first half against the Seahawks and even exited to the locker room before returning to the sideline to play through the injury. He was later ruled questionable to return to start the second half but never made it back after being replaced by backup Mason Rudolph.

Meanwhile, Steelers team-mate and running back James Conner was also questionable to return with a knee injury suffered in the second half. The Steelers also lost linebacker Vince Williams and safety Sean Davis to injuries.

49ers tackle Joe Staley was carted off the field against the Bengals with a leg injury and did not return. Niners coach Kyle Shanahan revealed after the game that Staley suffered a broken fibula.

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis, starting in place of Jordan Reed as he recovers from a concussion, sustained an eye injury against the Dallas Cowboys.

Another less injury-prone quarterback went down as New Orlenas Saints veteran Drew Brees injured his throwing hand making contact with Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald in their NFC title rematch. He was sidelined with his thumb taped as Teddy Bridgewater took over under centre.

By the numbers

After being a healthy scratch in Week 1, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson scored his 107th career rushing touchdown to pass Hall of Famer Jim Brown on the all-time list. He is three rushing touchdowns behind Walter Payton for fourth in NFL history.

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is back in a big way, as the veteran scored in back-to-back weeks for the first time since Weeks 12 and 13 of the 2017 season.

Antonio Brown's touchdown catch during his Patriots debut against the Dolphins made him the 72nd player to catch a regular-season touchdown pass from Tom Brady, which extends a league record for the 42-year-old New England quarterback.

Rookie sensation and Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray joined Carolina Panthers veteran Cam Newton as the only players in NFL history to throw for more than 300 yards in their first two starts.

Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster hit 2,500 career receiving yards against the Seahawks, becoming the youngest player in league history to accomplish the feat.

It was a good day for fantasy owners with New England's defense after the Patriots shut out the Dolphins.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes exploded in the first half against the Oakland Raiders, with his four touchdown passes and 313 yards helping him become the first signal-caller to throw for more than 278 yards in any quarter since Brees did so in 2008.

Quotables

Giants coach Pat Shurmur on replacing Eli Manning with Daniel Jones: "I think we have to look at how our team played and we have to go back and take steps to get better in all areas. I don't think that's a conversation for right now. Everybody has to play better."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on having Brady throw deep despite being up 37 points: "We're playing 60 minutes. You've got to play 60 minutes."

Week 1 NFL scores

Thursday's game

Buccaneers 20, Panthers 14

Sunday's games

Ravens 23, Cardinals 17
Lions 13, Chargers 10
Colts 19, Titans 17
49ers 41, Bengals 17
Texans 13, Jaguars 12
Packers 21, Vikings 16
Cowboys 31, Redskins 21
Seahawks 28, Steelers 26
Bills 28, Giants 14
Patriots 43, Dolphins 0
Chiefs 28, Raiders 10
Rams 27, Saints 9
Bears 16, Broncos 14

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