Ryan Fitzpatrick almost became the hero for Miami Dolphins after the veteran quarterback replaced the struggling Josh Rosen against the Washington Redskins.

Fitzpatrick came on with the Dolphins trailing 17-3 heading into the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, but the 36-year-old very nearly inspired Miami to victory.

Having moved the Dolphins 54 yards downfield to set up a Kalen Ballage touchdown shortly after coming into the fray, Fitzpatrick took his team to within a point of the Redskins when he picked out Devante Parker with an 11-yard pass with seconds remaining.

With Rosen – who threw for 85 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions – watching on, Fitzpatrick looked to have set up a winning two-point conversion when he found Kenyan Drake, only for the running back to fumble as the Redskins held on to win 17-16.

Fitzpatrick finished the day with 12 completed passes out of 18 for 132 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions.

Rosen's demotion to the bench caps a difficult start to the campaign for the 22-year-old, although he has the backing of Brian Flores to be the team's starting quarterback going forward, with the coach reiterating this stance after the game. 

Overall, Rosen – who was traded from the Arizona Cardinals in April – has just one touchdown this season. Fitzpatrick had not fared much better, throwing for one touchdown and four interceptions before Sunday's game.

In his rookie season, Rosen threw for 2,278 yards with 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and seven fumbles as the Cardinals finished 3-13.

Will Dissly is facing a substantial spell on the sidelines after suffering an Achilles injury during the Seattle Seahawks' game with Cleveland Browns.

The Seahawks' breakout tight end suffered an Achilles injury during the Week 6 match in Cleveland on Sunday, the team have confirmed.

Dissly was ruled out for the remainder of the game and will likely miss substantial time, if not the rest of the season.

It comes as a potential second season-ending injury for Dissly in the space of two years, with the 23-year-old suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee in Week 4 of his rookie season.

Dissly suffered the injury on a non-contact play Sunday. He was cutting in the end zone when he fell to the ground, grabbing his leg.

He had to be helped off the field and, after getting evaluated by medical staff on the sideline, he left on a cart.

Dissly has been one of quarterback Russell Wilson's favourite and most reliable targets, as the team started 4-1.

Bruce Arians admitted Jameis Winston "has a habit of trying to be Superman" after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback endured a game to forget in London.

Winston threw five interceptions and also had two fumbles - albeit he recovered possession on the first one - as the Carolina Panthers capitalised to record a 37-26 triumph at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The first overall selection in the 2015 draft was picked off to abruptly end his team's opening drive, while his second fumble coughed up the ball just as Tampa Bay were in position to score before the end of the first half.

Arians felt Winston was guilty of not throwing the ball away in that situation late in the second quarter, instead opting to hold on in the hope of producing something special.

"Throw the damn ball away. He had avoided one [turnover after losing the ball], you might have avoided two, but you aren't throwing it anywhere to a receiver. Throw it away," Arians told the media after the game.

"He has a habit of trying to be Superman. That’s been a problem in the past. 

"The fumbles haven't occurred this year until today. But, again, trying to make something out of nothing. It's just a matter of knowing when to quit on a play."

Inconsistent play has plagued Winston, who is in the final year of his rookie contract with the team, throughout his NFL career.

"The fumbles - we have to get rid of those," Arians, in his first year with the Bucs, said of working with the 25-year-old. "We have to start throwing those balls away - we don't need to take those sacks, or those hits, either.  

"The interceptions - I have to look back and look at the film and see where the ball was going and how it got there. I know with one of them he got hit, and the last one was just a prayer."

Asked for a response to Arians' Superman comment, Winston told the media: "Some plays I just can't fumble, I can't fumble the football. I do want to do great things, but you can do great things and protect the team."

The quarterback was also asked if he had just experienced the worst game of his career but replied: "Oh no, I've had a lot of bad games, but hopefully I'll play more good games than bad ones."

The loss in the English capital means Tampa Bay have a 2-4 record for the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Jalen Ramsey for Sunday's NFL meeting with the New Orleans Saints.

Ramsey had missed the past two games due to a back injury, but Jaguars owner Shad Khan revealed earlier in the week he expected the cornerback to return in time to take on the Saints.

However, Ramsey was inactive after the team listed him as questionable.

Khan had added he had a "heart-to-heart" with Ramsey and that the two sides will come up with a solution in the wake of the All-Pro's trade request.

Following Khan's interview, ESPN reported Ramsey was still to consider his fitness before playing, while nothing had changed about his stance on wanting to be traded.

Ramsey returned to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis after visiting a specialist in Houston for his back ailment.

The injury comes after Ramsey was involved in a heated exchange with Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on the sideline during the team's loss to the Houston Texans in Week 2.

Ramsey requested to be dealt shortly after the incident. He played in Week 3 but has not appeared since, ending his streak of starting the first 51 regular-season games of his NFL career.

Davante Adams will miss the Green Bay Packers' Week 6 matchup against the Detroit Lions as he continues to deal with a toe injury. 

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Adams would not be fit to take part in Monday's match.

The game will be the second Adams has missed after being diagnosed with turf toe. He was seen at Packers practice this week but did not participate.

Adams was injured during a Week 4 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter, watching the end of the game from the sidelines in what he described as "a little bit of pain".

The Packers played well without Adams last week, beating the Dallas Cowboys 34-24, with tight end Jimmy Graham and receivers Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling expected to get more targets in his absence.

Adams, selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, was quarterback Aaron Rodgers' top target as he had 25 receptions for 378 yards through the first four weeks of the season.

Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley is not certain to miss Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers, with head coach Sean McVay to give his player the final say.

Amid reports that Gurley was likely to miss out on the NFC West contest due to a quad injury, McVay revealed that was not necessarily the case.

Instead, the running back will be the one to decide his availability for the game. 

"He knows his body as well as anybody," McVay said of Gurley, who was listed as doubtful on the team's injury report on Friday.

"I think we all know what a tough, elite competitor he's been in terms of the things that he's been able to push through. 

"So really it's about that collaboration, that communication and then making sure we do, number one, what's best for him. And he'll always be able to communicate that honestly with us."

Through five games this season, Gurley has rushed for 270 yards and five touchdowns on 64 carries. 

"We're a better team when we do have Todd Gurley, but if he's not feeling right then that's where you have the confidence in the other guys to step up," McVay said.

If Gurley ends up sitting out, the Rams will turn to back-up Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson to take charge. 

Brown has rushed for 114 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries this season, while Henderson has appeared in three games rushing for no yards on just one attempt. 

The Rams have a 3-2 record, while the 49ers are flying at 4-0.

The Denver Broncos do not plan on dealing any players amid their underwhelming start to the 2019 season, according to general manager John Elway.

Having kicked the year off with a 1-4 record, Elway denied the team intends to trade any of their top players — including Von Miller, Emmanuel Sanders, and Chris Harris — for draft assets with the deadline fast approaching.

"You guys bring up all those names - I have not brought up any names," Elway told reporters. 

"We're trying to win football games, so no one on our side is on the trading block. We're going to try to continue to win football games."

Elway, a former Denver quarterback, has been GM since 2011, but success has waned since they won Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

The Broncos have missed the postseason for three consecutive years, going 20-28 in that stretch, and it appears they will make it four.

Nevertheless, their bid to recover from a slow start in 2019 continues when they host the Tennessee Titans (2-3) on Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said he has been fined for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.

Thomas knocked out Rudolph in Week 5 following a major hit on the Steelers QB.

Baltimore's Thomas told ESPN that he was fined $21,000 for his hit on Rudolph, though he plans to appeal the fine.

Rudolph's status for the Steelers' game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday is unclear as the Oklahoma State product is still in concussion protocol.

Thomas said Rudolph has not responded to his attempts at contacting him this week.

"I wanted to him to know that I didn't do it on purpose," Thomas said. "That's all I wanted him to know."

The Ravens (3-2) host the Cincinnati Bengals (0-5) on Sunday, while the Steelers (1-4) travel to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers (2-3).

Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill is a game-time decision to face the Houston Texans due to a shoulder injury.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday that Hill could return in Week 6 on Sunday, having missed Kansas City's last four games with a shoulder problem.

Reid added that Hill, who returned to practice last week, ran with the scout team and the offense this week.

NFL Network reported earlier in the day that the Chiefs are "optimistic" the star receiver will be cleared to play the Texans.

Hill was scheduled to have more testing Friday to ensure he is ready to return.

"He did a little bit of everything last week. This is pure how he feels," Reid told reporters earlier this week. "This isn't a real common injury in the NFL. We're just trying to make sure it's right."

Hill initially injured his shoulder in Kansas City's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on just his second catch of the day when he was tackled by cornerback Jalen Ramsey. 

The injury turned out to be more severe than initially believed and required a trip to Jacksonville hospital. It was later confirmed by Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder that Hill suffered a sternal clavicular joint injury — where the collarbone comes into the sternum — and was being treated to reduce dislocation.

Reports indicated Hill would miss four to six weeks, but the Chiefs opted not to put him on injured reserve.

Hill, selected by Kansas City in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, had his best season in 2018 as he had 87 catches for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.

With another slate of games coming up in Week 6, we take a look at all that is happening around the league. 

From key injuries to fines for big hits, we cover it all in Friday's edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Chiefs' Hill will be a game-time decision

There is a chance Tyreek Hill could return on Sunday. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told reporters on Friday that the star receiver will be a game-time decision in Week 6 against the Houston Texans after missing the team's last four games with a shoulder injury. Reid added that Hill, who returned to practice last week, ran with the scout team and the offense this week.

"He did a little bit of everything last week. This is pure how he feels," Reid said earlier this week. "This isn't a real common injury in the NFL. We're just trying to make sure it's right."

Hill initially injured his shoulder in Kansas City's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on just his second catch of the day when he was tackled by cornerback Jalen Ramsey. 

Steelers will start Hodges after Rudolph injury 

The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving on to their third quarterback this season after Mason Rudolph was injured in Week 5 and ruled out for Sunday.

"He's doing well," Devlin Hodges said earlier this week. "That was a scary situation, a really scary situation. He was knocked out pretty cold. To see him here and moving around and see him smiling, it's a good sign."

While it was not likely Rudolph would return this week after taking a hit from Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas that resulted in a concussion, it is significant news considering Hodges will make a start against the Los Angeles Chargers as a rookie.

Rudolph, selected in the third round of the 2018 draft, had stepped in for Ben Roethlisberger – who is recovering from a season-ending elbow injury he suffered in Week 2.

Hodges replaced Rudolph during Pittsburgh's 26-23 loss to Baltimore where he went seven of nine for 68 yards with no touchdowns.

Rams' Gurley doubtful, Talib out v 49ers

The Los Angeles Rams could be without two key players for their matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Running back Todd Gurley is doubtful, while cornerback Aqib Talib has been ruled out. 

Gurley missed practice this week because of a quad injury he suffered last Thursday in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

"You feel something during the game and then I guess the adrenaline ...," Gurley said Thursday when asked about the injury. "Most definitely, though, it's those days off for sure — then it just kind of kept lingering on. It's been getting a lot better since the day after the game — always a positive way to look at things."

Talib, on the other hand, also did not practice this week as he is dealing with a rib injury.

Two things that don't matter

Redskins confirm Keenum will start at QB against Dolphins

Bill Callahan has made his first major move as the Washington Redskins' interim head coach. Quarterback Case Keenum, apparently sufficiently recovered from a foot injury, will start against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the Washington coach confirmed Friday.

Keenum, who has completed 68.1 per cent of his passes for 970 yards and seven touchdowns with four interceptions this year, opened the season as the team's starter but was pulled for rookie Dwayne Haskins in Washington's Week 4 loss to the New York Giants and was later replaced by Colt McCoy in a Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots.

At 0-5, the Redskins are still trying to figure out their quarterback situation.

Ravens' Thomas reached out to Rudolph after hit

Ravens safety Earl Thomas told ESPN he received a $21,000 fine for his hit on Steelers quarterback Rudolph. Thomas said he attempted to reach Rudolph through a phone call and text, but has not heard back.

"I wanted him to know that I didn't do it on purpose," Thomas said. "That's all I wanted him to know."

Rudolph was injured in the third quarter of last Sunday's game as he was attempting to make a throw, but he took a hit from Thomas before he got the pass off. 

One video you have to see

Is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees nearing a return? Brees was seen without a thumb brace at the team's practice on Friday and did throw some routes.

Friday's tweet of the day

Mark this one as unusual. The Jaguars are giving out fake moustaches to 35,000 fans as part of the Gardner Minshew craze. What is more is those who cut their jeans into shorts (aka "jorts") will get a free Minshew jersey.

An indication that Christian McCaffrey could be set for a huge 2019 came in April when the Carolina Panthers uploaded an image of their running back at the start of their offseason schedule.

In the picture, McCaffrey - who was said to lack the "desired size of an every-down back" in one pre-draft scouting report before he entered the NFL in 2017 - looked like a muscle-popping WWE action figure, complete with gargantuan biceps and shoulders.

The photo went viral, though the reaction over a 'bigger' McCaffrey amused his personal trainer.

"It's funny that everyone thinks he looks so much bigger because he didn't gain any weight," Brian Kula told Omnisport.

It was after an underwhelming rookie season - when the eighth overall pick only rushed for 435 yards to go along with 651 through the air - that McCaffrey reunited with Kula, who coached the running back when he was both a football player and track athlete during his high-school days in Denver.

There were encouraging results in 2018, when McCaffrey broke the NFL single-season record for most receptions by a running back en route to a franchise-record 1,965 all-purpose yards, despite being unable to complete a full offseason with Kula due to a slight injury.

That was not a problem when the two got together ahead of this campaign - and the results have been incredible.

McCaffrey enters the Panthers' Week 6 game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in London leading the NFL with a whopping 866 yards from scrimmage. That is the most by any player through the first five games since Hall of Famer Jim Brown had 988 in 1963.

A shock? Not to his coach.

"If I'm being totally honest, we're seeing exactly what we thought we would see," Kula admitted.

McCaffrey has combined speed, elusiveness and power to devastating effect; he showcased his athleticism last weekend by going in for a touchdown despite being flipped as he hurdled Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tre Herndon.

Yet perhaps surprisingly given his incredible physique, McCaffrey's training regime does not feature hours upon hours in the gym.

"He really only trains about five or six hours a week," Kula explained.

"We feel like less is more, we definitely want him 100 per cent healthy and the way that we train, we're targeting the fast-twitch muscles. We incorporate a lot of recovery and rest with the training and what we do is very high output.

"We concentrate a lot on speed mechanics, speed loading, acceleration principles, which also translates to his lateral change of direction as well.

"In the weight room we're very unconventional with the type of lifting. We're pretty much after a concept called 'mass specific force', where we want him to be as strong and powerful as possible, without putting on any additional weight so we can keep his top-end speed up.

"His body-fat percentage came down [this year] and where we were concentrating on his strength was in his hips and in his legs. What you've seen is a reconfigured body, not necessarily a bigger body - certainly more powerful. We concentrated in the weight room on the deadlift and the development of his posterior chain."

Kula has continued to speak with McCaffrey during the early stages of the regular season. The running back called his coach prior to boarding the flight to London earlier this week to get a daily fitness routine, as well as tips on hydration and travel. 

"He would do as much as I asked him to do but has finally wrapped his head around recovery and rest being more important," Kula noted.

There are other key members of McCaffrey's inner circle too - including nutritionists and a chef who sends meals from Colorado twice a week.

"He is absolutely meticulous about everything that he does," Kula explained. "Where Christian separates himself is his attention to detail and absolute focus when it comes to his goals."

He might not be bigger, but so far McCaffrey has undoubtedly been better. Perhaps better than everyone else in the NFL too.

Colin Kaepernick would be immediately ready to play for an NFL team if given the opportunity for which he has waited three years, according to his former team-mate Eric Reid.

Kaepernick remains out of the league, having not played since the end of the 2016 season, during which he stoked controversy by kneeling during the United States national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

Reid, who played with Kaepernick for the San Francisco 49ers, kneeled alongside the quarterback and has been one of his most ardent supporters.

They each filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing owners of colluding to keep them out of the league, but Reid was signed by the Carolina Panthers in 2018. Kaepernick settled his grievance in February of this year.

Kaepernick's representatives released a fact sheet on Thursday 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.

Asked about Kaepernick ahead of the Panthers' game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, Reid said: "Like his representation said, there's been a lot of false narratives, a lot of things that aren't true about free agency and he wanted to set the record straight."

Reid received a contract extension from the Panthers in the offseason and is not surprised he remains in the NFL while Kaepernick is still in exile, saying: "It's something that we both expected. We didn't think there would be a situation where we'd both be out of work because then it would be too obvious they're blackballing both of us.

"There was a short stint [where we were] both out but I fully expected to be back and I knew it would be more difficult for him to return to the league. He's going to stay ready, he's been doing that over the past three years and he just needs an opportunity."

Pressed on whether Kaepernick would be ready if that chance finally came, Reid replied: "No doubt. He's ready,"

Two-time Women's World Cup winner Carli Lloyd will seriously consider pursuing a future career as an NFL kicker when she retires from football.

Lloyd, 37, sent social media into a spin when she drilled a series of field goals, including one from 55 yards, while visiting a Philadelphia Eagles practice session in August.

The United States national team veteran and long-time Eagles fan is nearing the end of a decorated career in football and could swap the round ball for the pigskin in a bid to become the first woman to play in the NFL.

Her personal coach, James Galanis, said an unnamed team had offered Lloyd the chance to kick in a preseason game, while Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen has volunteered his services help ease the transition.

Lloyd said: "The NFL gig has definitely been a hot topic for me.

"It's something that just completely took me by surprise, it went viral.

"I'm definitely considering it. Right now I'm just going to focus on soccer at the moment but I definitely want to entertain the idea of potentially becoming the first female to kick in the NFL."

Lloyd, 37, plays at club level for NWSL side Sky Blue FC.

The 2016 Best FIFA Women's Player last month confirmed her desire to become a four-time Olympian at Tokyo 2020.

However, she admitted those plans depend on the identity of Jill Ellis' replacement as USA head coach.

The New England Patriots continued their red-hot start to the season as they cruised to a 35-14 win over the New York Giants.

The Pats were not at their best at Gillette Stadium on Thursday but were able to hold the Giants to a scoreless second half, having led at the midway point.

They scored twice off defence and special teams, while forcing four turnovers to remain undefeated with a 6-0 record atop the AFC East.

Rookie Daniel Jones made some good plays but had his struggles against a strong Patriots defence.

 

Three takeaways from Patriots' win over the Giants

Giants defence did all it could

The Giants' defense is not New York's strongest point this season as it ranks 30th in yards allowed per game, but that unit did everything it possibly could in this game.

New York tallied a touchdown after a fumble recovery on a sack, put plenty of pressure on Tom Brady and even had an early fourth-down stop following another on third-and-one that made a big statement for the suspect unit early in the game.

But it ended up mattering little as the special teams gave up a touchdown in the first quarter and a fumble was returned by the Patriots for another in the fourth quarter as well. In addition to that, the Patriots got another short field off a bad Jones interception in the second quarter.

This defense played catch up admirably throughout, but New England were playing with a stacked deck in the scoring department.

There's a reason the Patriots dominate rookies

With the defeat of Jones and the Giants, Bill Belichick is now 12-0 against rookies at Gillette Stadium and it was infinitely clear why on Thursday. New England is tough to play in, but the Patriots also brought the pressure throughout the game and confused the rookie QB on multiple occasions, resulting in interceptions.

Take Jones' third interception for example. What looked like a simple read as it was a corner route where the quarterback is supposed to decipher whether the corner drops or stays with the wide receiver going underneath. But because the Patriots dropped the safety and let Stephon Gilmore slip back, Jones read the safety and looked to assume Gilmore stayed up in Cover 2.

That was not what happened, though, and Jones threw the corner as Gilmore was waiting there for it.

The zone defenses messed with Jones throughout and when he got stuck thinking too much he was either hit on the arm to force an interception, or pressured into a sack. He simply waited too long to throw the ball away and it cost him.

Belichick knows how to humble an up-and-coming rookie and that's exactly what he did on Thursday as Jones finished 15-of-31 passing for 161 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

A remarkable achievement on both sides

While Jones had his struggles, he also did something no quarterback had done this season against the Patriots — he threw a touchdown pass.

It was a little bit of a fluke as a corner fell down right after the reception, but it was dropped into the bucket nicely and Golden Tate went on to score a 64-yard touchdown.

It was a very nice play by the Giants, but it must be mentioned the Patriots did not give up a touchdown pass until Week 6. They have faced some bad teams with bad quarterback play, but it remains a remarkable achievement in the modern game.

Tom Brady added another milestone to his Hall-of-Fame career during the New England Patriots' 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Thursday.

The six-time Super Bowl champion moved past Peyton Manning on the all-time passing yardage list and now sits second with 72,757 yards - only New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (74,845) has more.

Brady needed just 18 yards heading into Thursday's game and got them on a 19-yard completion to running back Sony Michel at the 14:20 mark of the first quarter.

The 42-year-old finished Thursday's game completing 31 of his 41 throws for 334 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Brady also rushed for six yards and two touchdowns on seven carries. 

The Patriots remain undefeated in the AFC East after recording their sixth win of the season.

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