Russell Wilson led the way as the high-flying Seattle Seahawks rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 40-34 in overtime, while the Miami Dolphins ended their NFL drought.

Seattle quarterback Wilson continued his MVP-calibre season by tying a career high with five touchdown passes for the Seahawks on Sunday.

The Seahawks star hit Jacob Hollister on a 10-yard touchdown on the opening possession of overtime in Seattle, where the home side trailed 21-7 midway through the second quarter.

Seattle also overcame Jason Myers' missed 40-yard field-goal attempt on the final play of regulation as the Seahawks improved to 7-2.

Wilson – who posted his third career game with five TD passes – was 29 of 43 for 378 yards, while Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston finished 29 of 44 passing.

After seven consecutive defeats, the Dolphins finally opened their 2019 account with a 26-18 victory against fellow strugglers the New York Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick inspired the Dolphins by throwing three touchdown passes as the Jets suffered their fourth successive loss to Miami.


Allen impresses in first start

Brandon Allen was the star of the show for the Denver Broncos. Allen – a fourth-year quarterback – capped his maiden NFL start by leading the Broncos to a 24-19 win over the Cleveland Browns. The 27-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams two months ago, threw for 193 yards on 12-of-20 passing.

Melvin Gordon had a pair of touchdowns as the Los Angeles Chargers snapped a three-game losing streak courtesy of a 26-11 win against the Green Bay Packers. Michael Badgley also kicked four field goals.


Bears lack bite against Eagles

It was a forgettable outing for the Chicago Bears, who went down 22-14 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chicago had just nine yards in the first half and trailed 19-0 before the Bears got on the board in the third quarter. Mitchell Trubisky was 10 of 21 for 125 yards and was sacked three times as the Bears crashed to a fourth straight loss.

Sunday's results

Houston Texans 26-3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Buffalo Bills 24-9 Washington Redskins
Carolina Panthers 30-20 Tennessee Titans
Kansas City Chiefs 26-23 Minnesota Vikings
Miami Dolphins 26-18 New York Jets
Philadelphia Eagles 22-14 Chicago Bears
Pittsburgh Steelers 26-24 Indianapolis Colts
Oakland Raiders 31-24 Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos 24-19 Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Chargers 26-11 Green Bay Packers
Seattle Seahawks 40-34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (OT)

Cowboys at Giants

The New York Giants (2-6) welcome the Dallas Cowboys (4-3) to MetLife Stadium on Monday. Dallas will be looking to post back-to-back wins after last month's victory over rivals the Eagles ended a three-game losing run.

The Miami Dolphins finally won their first game of the 2019 season as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three touchdowns in a 26-18 victory over the New York Jets.

Miami, who have traded away several of their key players in recent weeks as they look to rebuild, were 0-7 heading into a contest against their AFC East rivals, but finally claimed their first win under rookie head coach Brian Flores.

Former Jets quarterback Fitzpatrick threw for 288 passing yards and three scores, two of which were caught by wide receiver Preston Williams.

The Jets dropped to 1-7 on the season and the loss will heap more pressure on their head coach Adam Gase, who was fired by the Dolphins in December after going 23-25 across three seasons in Miami.

With Miami's victory, the 0-8 Cincinnati Bengals are the only winless team remaining in the NFL.

The Kansas City Chiefs are once again without starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the Week 9 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Mahomes had returned to practice this week, albeit on a limited basis, nearly three weeks after dislocating his right kneecap in a victory over the Denver Broncos.

According to reports, the reigning NFL MVP is "on the cusp" of making a comeback, but that will have to wait until next week's clash with the Tennessee Titans at the earliest.

With Mahomes still sidelined, the Chiefs will once again start Matt Moore, who threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns in the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8.

The Seattle Seahawks were not the only team interested in Josh Gordon, according to his agent.

Gordon joined the Seahawks via waivers after he was released from the New England Patriots off injured reserve following a short stint with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

The wide receiver's agent David Canter told ProFootballTalk that nine different teams showed interest in working out Gordon, though he would not reveal any of their names.

Gordon caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games before leaving the Patriots.

The 2012 second-round supplemental draft pick out of Baylor was placed on the IR with a knee injury on October 23.

It was reported the injury was minor and Gordon hoped to be released by the organisation so he could join another team.

New England recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons last month, so it was becoming obvious Gordon's time could come to an end pretty soon.

Gordon's departure marks the third wideout to leave New England this season after the team traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in August and cut Antonio Brown in September in wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Gordon now joins Tyler Lockett and rookie DK Metcalf as top targets for quarterback Russell Wilson in Seattle.

However, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Gordon will not have a role in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he gets adjusted to his new team.

"He's done a lot of good stuff, made a lot of good plays and all that, so we'll find out more next week," Carroll said. "He won't have anything to do with this game."


With another slate of games set for Sunday, we take a look at all that is happening around the league. 

From a few injury updates to a rookie getting his first NFL start, we cover it all in this edition of NFL news and notes.

Three things that matter Dwayne Haskins to make first NFL start

It is official. Dwayne Haskins, selected by the Washington Redskins with the number 15 pick out of the 2019 draft, will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Washington interim coach Bill Callahan announced on Friday that Haskins would get the nod, with Colt McCoy serving as the backup while Case Keenum remains in the concussion protocol.

"We're really excited about Dwayne's opportunity," Callahan said. "Young quarterback going up against one of the top three defences in the league. It'll be a great challenge for him. Good learning experience. Great challenge for all of us to pull together and rally around Dwayne and go out there and compete against a top team in the AFC East."

However, Callahan would not reveal whether Haskins will remain the starter going forward, but the team has been "very encouraged" by his progress.

Cam Newton's season could be in jeopardy

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is going to need a bit more time before he is ready to return from a foot injury, casting his season into doubt.

Newton travelled to Green Bay on Friday to visit foot specialist Dr Robert Anderson. Carolina ruled Newton out of its Week 9 home game against the Tennessee Titans earlier this week.

"I spent a long time speaking with Cam this week and he's done everything he possibly can in his rehab process to get his foot to 100 percent," general manager Marty Hurney said in a team release. "Unfortunately, we haven't reached that point. The next step is for him to go see Dr. Anderson and gather more information."

While the team's update did not offer any sort of timetable for Newton's return, NFL Media reported "playing football is a long way off" for the quarterback.

Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton could miss 3-4 weeks

T.Y. Hilton has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a calf injury and he is expected to miss even more time. 

Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich announced on Friday that Hilton is likely to miss three to four weeks as he recovers from an injury suffered during Wednesday's practice. 

Hilton was in a walking boot on Thursday and did not practice with the team, though the injury is not considered to be significant. 

Two things that don't matter 49ers tight end George Kittle played through injury 

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle finished Thursday's victory over the Arizona Cardinals with six catches for 79 receiving yards and one touchdown , but it was not without some pain. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan revealed after the game that Kittle was not only dealing with knee pain, but also an ankle injury and a nagging groin issue.

Kittle was injured on the first play of the game when he appeared to bang his knee on Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones in the backfield. He stayed down before walking to the team's medical tent for further evaluation and went to the bench instead of the locker room.

Despite his injury, Kittle still managed to score an impressive tying touchdown on a 30-yard reception just before the end of the first quarter. 

Cardinals cut Alfred Morris

The Cardinals are cutting running back Alfred Morris after just a week-plus stint, coach Kliff Kingsbury confirmed. 

The move comes after Kenyan Drake had a strong performance against the 49ers on Thursday and as David Johnson (ankle) and Chase Edmonds (hamstring) are nearing a return at running back.

Morris was inactive against the New Orleans Saints last week, but played on Thursday while Johnson and Edmonds were out. The veteran will hit waivers and become a free agent if he goes unclaimed.

One video you have to see

Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins spoke about his excitement for playing at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Friday's tweet of the day

Antonio Brown has not stopped tweeting yet.

He took to Twitter on Friday to share the key card he received from the New England Patriots, which has his first name misspelled. He added the hashtags "Boomin" and "Disrespect."

Rookie Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins is finally getting his chance to start in the NFL.

The Redskins have struggled to find consistency under center this season since Alex Smith suffered a horrific year-ending leg injury in Week 11 of the 2018 campaign.

Case Keenum started the first four games this season before suffering a foot injury in Week 4.

Keenum was replaced by Haskins against the New York Giants but completed just nine of his 17 passes, and Washington went with Colt McCoy instead the following week before Keenum returned.

However, a further setback, with Keenum entering the concussion protocol at half-time against the Minnesota Vikings last week, has opened the door for Haskins again.

Interim Redskins coach Bill Callahan announced on Friday that Haskins will be the starter for Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills as Keenum remains unavailable.

McCoy will serve as backup to Haskins.

"We're really excited about Dwayne's opportunity," Callahan said. "A young quarterback going up against one of the top three defenses in the league, it'll be a great challenge for him, a good learning experience.

"It's a great challenge for all of us to pull together and rally around Dwayne and go out there and compete against a top team in the AFC East."

However, Callahan would not reveal whether the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft would remain the starter going forward, adding only that the team had been "very encouraged" by his progress.

"We've seen him progress throughout the week," Callahan added. "That's the big thing is his improvement from day to day, from situation to situation, from drill to drill. You see nothing but a locked-in focus."

Haskins, 22, has completed 54.5 per cent of his passes for 140 yards, four interceptions and no touchdowns in two appearances. 

Cam Newton's NFL season could be set to end prematurely after the Carolina Panthers quarterback was sent to see a specialist over an ongoing foot injury.

Newton has missed the Panthers' past five games, having completed 50 of 89 passes for 572 yards with an interception and two fumbles as the Panthers got off to an 0-2 start.

Carolina are 4-1 since with Kyle Allen, and the NFL Network reported on Friday that Newton is still a long way from making a return.

The team subsequently confirmed the 30-year-old had travelled to Green Bay to meet with foot specialist Dr Robert Anderson, although they placed no timetable on a return.

"I spent a long time speaking with Cam this week and he's done everything he possibly can in his rehab process to get his foot to 100 per cent," general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, we haven't reached that point. The next step is for him to go see Dr Anderson and gather more information."

Newton has been the face of the franchise since being drafted number one overall in 2011, but he has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons and has had issues with his accuracy downfield.

Occasional appearances at practice gave the team and their fans some hope for Newton's return, yet his season now appears to be in doubt.

Emmanuel Sanders said "the sky is the limit" for Jimmy Garoppolo and the undefeated San Francisco 49ers after the quarterback threw four touchdowns in a 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

The Niners improved to 8-0 with the victory over their NFC West rivals as Garoppolo completed 28 of his 37 passing attempts for 317 yards and four scores.

Sanders, acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos last week, also had a big night, reeling in seven catches for 112 yards.

The wide receiver also had a one-yard TD at the end of the second quarter, which gave San Francisco a 21-7 lead at the interval.

"This is one of those games that Jimmy had a coming-out party for me," Sanders told reporters.

"I'm looking forward to continuously gain chemistry with him and getting better and better. The sky is the limit."

Sanders was full of praise for his quarterback, who he said "was on fire".

Garoppolo has been perceived as the Niners' weak link, with their defensive front and offensive rushing attack garnering much of the praise instead, though that was certainly not the case on Thursday.

"He's young, but at the same time, the sky is the limit," Sanders added.

"In his head, he wants to be great."

The San Francisco 49ers preserved their perfect NFL record with a 28-25 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday.

San Francisco spooked Arizona at University of Phoenix Stadium on Halloween to stay undefeated and improve to 8-0.

The 49ers remain the only perfect team in the NFC and are just one of two sides in the NFL alongside Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots yet to lose a game. 

San Francisco continued to utilise a defense that at times was exposed by the Cardinals' attack, but ultimately the visitors came away with the victory.


Three takeaways from the 49ers' road win over the Cardinals

Jimmy G? Joe Montana?

Jimmy Garoppolo seems to be the winner the 49ers have been looking for. He has led the team to their first undefeated 8-0 start since the legend Joe Montana did it in 1990.

Garoppolo continues to impress despite San Francisco's relatively easy schedule.

He finished 28-of-37 passing for 317 yards with four touchdowns, including a pass to Dante Pettis – who had a thrilling celebration. He threw zero interceptions.

Garoppolo might be light years away from Montana, but Garoppolo is winning — and winning big.

49ers defense held strong

It was not always pretty. 

The Cardinals were able to find the few weak spots in the 49ers defense, but the unit — who have been the driving force in the team's season — done enough early on to keep Arizona trailing.

Kyler Murray was sacked three times for a loss of 37 yards and the Cardinals were held scoreless in the second quarter. Despite San Francisco coming out of the half a little lacklustre as Murray led two touchdown drives and set up a 36-yard field goal, the Niners continued to be efficient in stopping third-down conversions. Arizona finished two of eight when trying to convert.  

Arizona needed a balanced attack

What helped the Cardinals win three consecutive games was a balanced offense. Behind the arm of Murray and the running attack from both David Johnson and Chase Edmonds, Arizona looked decent — some would say good — as they came back from the horrible start.

However, just as things were looking up both Johnson (back) and Edmonds (hamstring) were ruled out with injury. It has greatly affected the offense. In the Cardinals' 31-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints last week, they totalled 40 rushing yards — compared to the 220 passing yards. If Arizona wanted to have a chance against San Francisco, the Cardinals needed a balanced attack and a big game from a new trio of running backs in Zach Zenner, Alfred Morris and Kenyan Drake.

Drake set the stage early. He was traded to the Cardinals on Monday and seemed to fit right in with an early 36-yard carry.

Drake continued to lead the rush and recorded 110 yards for the night. 

All-in-all, the Cardinals ran for 153 yards, compared to their 204 passing yards.

Murray finished 17-of-24 passing for 241 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

With Week 9 underway, we take a look at all that is happening around the NFL. 

From a few injury updates, the New England Patriots moving on from a key player, and the Washington Redskins possibly starting yet another quarterback — we cover it all in this edition of NFL news and notes.


Three things that matter

Redskins' Williams reveals he had cancer

Trent Williams, who just ended his season-long holdout, revealed he was diagnosed with cancer this offseason and had a piece of a tumour removed.

Williams was diagnosed with DFSP – a rare skin cancer that develops in the middle layer of skin. The Redskins player revealed the cancer was weeks away from reaching his brain.

A seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams said the growth started nearly six years ago and he was told by the Redskins it was nothing serious. He thought he was dealing with a cyst until he received the DFSP diagnosis. Williams said he nearly lost his life and spent two weeks in a Chicago hospital without a single visit from anyone in the Redskins organisation.

"I think the diagnosis they gave me at the beginning, they underestimated it. It was far more advanced than they realised," he said.

Broncos QB Joe Flacco to miss 4-6 weeks

The Denver Broncos will be without their starting quarterback for an extended amount of time. Veteran Joe Flacco is expected to miss 4-6 weeks as he deals with a herniated disk in his neck, according to ESPN.

Denver announced earlier this week that Flacco would miss Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, with backup Brandon Allen starting in his place. The Broncos initially feared Flacco's season was in jeopardy, but that feeling seems to have shifted in wake of the recent news.

Flacco, who was traded from the Baltimore Ravens to Denver last offseason, has started eight games this season throwing for 1,822 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions while completing 65.3 per cent of his passes.

Patriots releasing Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon's time in New England has come to an end. Super Bowl champions the Patriots will release Gordon off injured reserve Thursday, according to multiple reports. Gordon, 28, will then be placed on waivers where he hopes to "land in a good and supportive situation," according to ESPN.

Gordon, who caught 20 passes for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on October 23. It was reported at the time that the injury was minor, and Gordon hoped to be released by the organisation so he could join another team.

New England recently acquired wide receiver Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons on October 22, hinting that Gordon's time could be coming to an end soon.

Gordon's departure marks the third wideout to leave New England this season after the team traded Demaryius Thomas to the New York Jets in August and cut Antonio Brown in September in wake of sexual misconduct allegations.

Two things that don't matter

Redskins QB Haskins "excited to put a first start on film"

Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins could finally get his chance to start as veteran Case Keenum remains in the concussion protocol. Haskins took the majority of the first-team snaps on Wednesday and Thursday, putting him one step closer to making his first NFL start. 

"I get hyped every day I get to put a helmet on," Haskins said. "Even more excited to put a first start on film, even more excited about it."

Washington have struggled to find consistency with their quarterbacks this campaign since Alex Smith suffered a horrific season-ending leg injury during Week 11 last term. Keenum started the first four games of the year, but left Week 4's game against the New York Giants early with a foot issue. Haskins went in to replace Keenum, but he completed just nine of 17 passes for 107 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Redskins opted to go with Colt McCoy, who had not played since December after suffering a season-ending leg injury, in Week 5 over Haskins. Keenum returned as the starter for Weeks 6-8, but was replaced by Haskins last Thursday in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings when McCoy entered the concussion protocol at half-time.

Haskins, 22, has completed 54.5 per cent of his passes for 140 yards with four interceptions and no touchdowns in two appearances. 

Jets' Adams upset about trade talks; Bell comments

Jamal Adams was not holding back in expressing his frustration with the Jets, saying the trade talks that went on behind his back "definitely hurt." 

Adams said: "The [Los Angeles] Rams don't take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don't take calls on Tom Brady. That's where I hold myself in that regard. Regardless of that I understand that you have a job to do. That's the way I took it."

Le'Veon Bell, who held out all of the 2018 season in hopes of reaching a new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers and then later signed with the Jets, says he understands Adams' frustration and that he would have reacted the same way when he was his team-mate's age.

The Dallas Cowboys reportedly offered a first-round pick for Adams, but that was not enough for New York. 

One video you have to see

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who dislocated his right kneecap in a victory against the Broncos, looks good in practice. He was taking snaps behind quarterback Matt Moore.

Thursday's tweet of the day

The Browns had high hopes this season, but are 2-5 entering Week 9. Odell Beckham Jr. admitted Thursday he and quarterback Baker Mayfield are still figuring out a learning curve.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy will make a historic first appearance in Jamaica on Saturday, November 2.

The Washington Nationals are the newly crowned world champions in baseball, the NFL's trade deadline is boring and an injury to Stephen Curry has left Golden State in a hole

A lot has certainly happened this week - learn more below.


1. Washington Nationals come from behind to win World Series

This was not supposed to happen. The Nationals started the year 19-31 but made the playoffs in the National League on a wildcard berth. But still, they had to face an Astros team with home-field advantage that won 107 games and 61 at home in 2019. Washington were not supposed to win a title.

But, after falling behind 3-2 in the series, the Nationals won two straight games over the Astros at Minute Maid Park coming from behind in both games to take the first championship in the history of the organisation.

The Astros won 117 games in total in 2019 but it just was not quite enough. Stephen Strasburg was named the World Series MVP after winning two games while Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto were huge contributors as well. Now the eyes of MLB turn to the postseason where Strasburg has a chance to be a free agent while Astros ace Gerrit Cole absolutely will be.


2. What a boring deadline

The NFL is not the NBA or MLB. The league does not have a crazy eventful trade deadline, but after a 2018 year full of moves we thought we were going to have some drama on Tuesday. Instead, when it was all said and done, there was just one trade made before things wrapped up.

There were plenty of trades that happened leading up to the deadline, as Jalen Ramsey went to the Rams and Marcus Peters went to the Ravens, but all in all, this one was kind of boring. Teams appear happy to stand pat and hope their rosters are good enough to win titles already.


3. Stephen Curry breaks hand

For the Golden State Warriors, this season just went from bad to worse. After starting out 1-2, Golden State were simply trying to get a win against a surprisingly competitive Phoenix Suns team in the early going. But what they actually got was a loss and an injury to their star player.

Stephen Curry broke his hand on a bad fall on Wednesday and he may be out for an extended period of time because of the injury. The Warriors were already going to be without Klay Thompsonfor the majority of the year, but now they will also be without the two-time MVP for an extended period of time.

D'Angelo Russell will likely have to lead a team of rookies and youngsters for the next few months, which is not the news the Golden State fans thought they were going to get before the year started.


4. UFC 244 already full of drama

While UFC 244 was actually pretty tame in the weeks leading up to it, with main event competitors Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal very respectful to each another, the drama really kicked up a notch in the last week.

First, Diaz announced he would not be fighting after he was told he tested for elevated levels of a banned substance. He said he would not compete if his name was not immediately cleared. Then, in the last couple of days, Liverpool's Darren Till ran into visa issues which put his fight with Kelvin Gastelum at risk as well.

But, it appears things have calmed down as the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the UFC almost instantly cleared Diaz and Till has reportedly overcome his visa issues while landing in New York on Thursday.

It's been a very dramatic week ahead of what promises to be an awesome fight weekend.

The midway point of the NFL season means the competition is heating up. Here we dive into the details of several notable injury updates and roster moves around the league.


Three things that matter

Trent Williams does not pass physical with Redskins

Trent Williams' return to the Redskins has hit a snag. One day after ESPN reported the offensive tackle would be ending his holdout that lasted to this year's trade deadline, Williams apparently had an issue with his helmet and failed his physical as a result.

Williams has had his issues with the Redskins this season already, as he was dissatisfied with how the team's medical staff handled a growth found on his head earlier in the offseason. That led to an eight-game holdout that ended on Tuesday. The Redskins then thought they would have their best tackle back, but apparently they will have to wait even longer. 

After missing the first eight games of the season, it seems unlikely he will make his 2019 debut on Sunday against the Bills.


Christian McCaffrey limited at practice with knee injury

The Panthers' star running back has appeared on the team's injury report but coach Ron Rivera has clarified that the move is merely precautionary and that there is no concern that McCaffrey will miss Sunday's game against the Titans.

McCaffrey is coming off a big Week 8 performance, despite the loss to the 49ers, after carrying the ball 14 times for 117 yards and a touchdown while logging four catches for 38 yards.


Seahawks place Tedric Thompson on IR

It was was reported that the 24-year-old starting safety will undergo surgery on a torn labrum, which is shocking considering he played every snap in the Seahawks' win over the Falcons on Sunday. Still, the team could get a boost elsewhere.

Coach Pete Carroll has noted veteran tight end Ed Dickson has a chance to play on Sunday against the Buccaneers after spending the first eight weeks of the season on injured reserve with a knee injury.


Two things that don't matter

Andy Dalton "disagrees" with Bengals benching

Veteran quarterback Dalton was not happy with the team's decision to bench him for rookie Ryan Finley and voiced his frustrations after his agent was unable to find him a trade partner before Tuesday's deadline.

"I don’t agree with the decision but I’m going do everything I can to help the team,” Dalton told reporters. "It happened three hours before the trade deadline. I wish they would have ... at least if he was thinking about it, at least try to let me see if I could end up somewhere or at least see if there was interest in possibly getting traded.

"At that point, the way it was all handled, there wasn't enough time to even have that happen."

Considering Dalton had previously started every Bengals game for which he was healthy since Week 1 of his rookie season in 2011, it could be argued he deserved better.


Deshaun Watson will miss World Series pregame festivities

The Texans quarterback will not participate in the ceremonial "Play Ball" call before Game 7 of the World Series in Houston because of a "minor setback" with his injured left eye.

Watson has been dealing with swelling and redness after getting kicked in the eye on Sunday against the Raiders. He was at practice on Wednesday as the team prepared for their Week 9 matchup with the Jaguars in London, but reports have suggested "it was thought best he rest up rather than expose it to bright lights at game."

  One video you have to see

Baker Mayfield just couldn't stand hearing "the dumbest question you could ask" and exited his media availability on Wednesday.

  Wednesday's tweet of the day

NFL numbers appear to be thriving, despite questionable officiating and teams tanking.

New York Jets star Jamal Adams said he never asked to leave but the NFL franchise "went behind my back and shopped me around to teams".

The Dallas Cowboys were reportedly in discussions with the Jets about trading for Adams on deadline day, but a move did not materialise on Tuesday.

Amid speculation Adams sought an exit from New York, the 2018 Pro Bowler responded via Twitter as he hit out at Jets general manager Joe Douglas.

"Any reports of me asking to be traded from the New York Jets are completely false," Adams wrote.

"At the end of the week last week, I sat down with the GM and coach [Adam] Gase and told them I want to be here in New York.

"I was told yesterday [Monday] by my agent that the GM then went behind my back and shopped me around to teams, even after I asked him to keep me here! Crazy business."

Adams was a first-round pick by the Jets in 2017. He has been one of the team's best defensive players since, but the 24-year-old has expressed some frustration after New York's 1-6 start to the season.

"I mean, anytime I step on the field, man, I expect to win. We all do. But it didn't happen," Adams told reporters in early October after a loss to the Eagles. "We lost. It doesn't matter. So I'm frustrated, I'm upset. It is what it is." 

In response to Adams' tweets, Douglas told ESPN's The Michael Kay Show: "Simple miscommunication. We did not call anyone. We were not shopping Jamal, I can promise you that."

Douglas, who referred to Adams deleted the Jets from his social media bio, added: "Teams have been calling us ever since there was a social media issue a few weeks back.

"My message was clear, that Jamal was an absolute stud and we're not interested in moving him. Teams continued to call. I was always taught where I'm from, if a team calls, you listen to what they have to say."

Tuesday's NFL trade deadline brought little action.

We dive into the details of the deals that did go down as well as several notable roster moves around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.


Three things that matter

Williams reports to Redskins

The Washington Redskins were reportedly open to trading disgruntled offensive tackle Trent Williams ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline, but the team's high asking price left few suitors and he opted to end his holdout instead.

Williams was dissatisfied with how the Redskins' medical staff handled a growth found on his head earlier in the offseason, though he appears to be ready to make amends so he can get back on the football field.

The 31-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021 after he finishes out the final frame of his five-year contract worth $68million.

Rams deal Talib, draft pick to Dolphins

The Los Angeles Rams are sending veteran cornerback Aqib Talib and a draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for a future pick. The Rams will save about $4.2m by moving him.

Talib is the second big-name cornerback to be dealt by the Rams this season after Marcus Peters was sent to the Baltimore Ravens earlier this month.

Talib has been dealing with a rib injury and was recently placed on injured reserve, though he will be eligible to return Week 15. He initially suffered the injury during an October 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Conner likely to be limited by shoulder injury

Star running back James Conner was injured late in Monday's win over the Dolphins and left Heinz Field with his right arm in a sling. The Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to announce an update on his status or his availability for Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts.

"It's in the process of being evaluated right now as we speak, so I don't have a lot of information," head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters. "One thing's for sure, it's going to limit him, surely at the early portions of the week.

"James has played enough ball, started to get comfortable with him. [It] doesn't require a complete week of work and effort for him to play like it does some younger players. So we'll play it by ear. We'll check his availability on a day-to-day basis and let that be our guide in terms of his availability."

Fellow rusher Benny Snell was also injured Monday and is in jeopardy of missing time with a knee injury.

Two things that don't matter

Bengals bench Dalton amid 0-8 season

The winless Cincinnati Bengals will have a new starting quarterback coming out of their bye week, as first-year coach Zac Taylor has decided to pull veteran Andy Dalton for rookie Ryan Finley. Dalton had previously started every Bengals game for which he has been healthy since Week 1 of his rookie season in 2011.

The 24-year-old Finley was a fourth-round pick out of NC State in April and completed 73.4 per cent of his passes in three games during the preseason with three touchdowns and an interception. He has yet to see action in the regular season.

Falcons release Bryant... again

The veteran kicker missed two field goals beyond the 50-yard line during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. The Atlanta Falcons announced they have agreed to terms with Younghoe Koo in a corresponding move.

Matt Bryant previously had a stint with the Falcons from 2009 to 2018 before being released in February, though the team re-signed him in August. The 44-year-old sits 13th on the NFL's all-time scoring list with 1,758 points and was 9 of 14 on field-goal attempts this season.

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DeAndre Hopkins is an early contender for best costume in the league.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Le'Veon Bell kept things light ahead of the NFL trade deadline despite reports suggesting the New York Jets were open to offers for the running back.

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