Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan moved into 10th place for all-time passing yards in the NFL on Sunday.

Ryan surpassed Warren Moon for a place in the top 10 following the 34-year-old's performance in Atlanta's 29-3 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Falcons star, who entered the contest with 49,072 yards – just behind Moon's 49,325 – finished with 311 yards on 21-of-31 passing.

Winner of the MVP Award in 2016, Ryan now has his sights set on ninth-placed John Elway, who finished his career with 51,475 yards.

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (75,733) tops the list, ahead of New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady. Current NFL quarterbacks Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning are also in front of Ryan, as well as legendary trio Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Dan Marino.

"It's pretty special, for sure," Ryan told the media about his personal achievement after the Week 11 victory over the Panthers.

"I've been fortunate to play for a long time and have some success. To be mentioned with all those other guys that are up there is special.

"I've always dreamed of being in that spot as a kid. When you hit milestones like that, it's always more fun in a win so you can celebrate with the guys."

 

 

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh lauded Lamar Jackson's latest brilliant performance after a 41-7 thrashing of the Houston Texans.

Jackson, 22, continued to star in the NFL, completing 17 of 24 passes for 222 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 86 yards in the win on Sunday.

Harbaugh praised Jackson, who produced a superb 39-yard run in the third quarter after shaking off several tacklers.

"We do know him, we see him a lot and we know what he's capable of, I think all of our players do, but he made some great plays," he told a news conference.

"He made that play with his legs, he had some other runs, he made some great plays with his arm, made some great plays with his mind.

"I think he just played the position of quarterback exceptionally well. You appreciate that, it's the most important position probably. It's a team game but quarterback's kind of important and he's playing really at a high level."

Jackson is in his second season with Baltimore and the quarterback has improved massively with the Ravens (8-2).

Harbaugh said Jackson – who became the first Ravens player to produce multiple games with four TD passes, according to ESPN – had the right approach.

"I just think he's steadily improving, from one season to the next, but just from game to game, even from practice to practice," he said.

"He's so locked in, he's so focused on the details. He's got a great mind for it, he sees the field really well.

"He understands the concepts that we're putting in and he just continues to improve.

"He's not a guy that repeats mistakes, he's just not that kind of a guy, and those are usually the guys that get good at what they do."

Riding a six-game winning streak, the Ravens are clear of the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5), Cleveland Browns (4-6) and Cincinnati Bengals (0-9) in the AFC North.

Lamar Jackson overshadowed fellow quarterback Deshaun Watson as the Baltimore Ravens crushed the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the NFL season.

Jackson had four touchdown passes as the in-form Ravens recorded a sixth straight victory – their longest winning streak since 2000 – with a resounding 41-7 result at home in what was the headline act in the early schedule on Sunday.

The Dallas Cowboys had to work far harder to see off a Detroit Lions team once again without Matthew Stafford, while the Minnesota Vikings rallied from a 20-0 half-time deficit to beat the Denver Broncos 27-23.

Kyle Allen endured a rough outing as the Carolina Panthers surprisingly fell to the Atlanta Falcons, a result that puts the New Orleans Saints – 34-17 winners over the Tamp Bay Buccaneers – in the driving seat in the NFC South.

The Buffalo Bills moved to 7-3 with a 37-20 result against the Miami Dolphins and there was an excellent outing for Sam Darnold, his four touchdown passes helping the New York Jets to a 34-17 victory over a Washington Redskins franchise who now own a sorry 1-9 record.

 

RAVENS CONTINUE TO BE LEMAR-VELLOUS

It was billed as the battle between the former first-round picks and college rivals. Instead, the clash between dynamic duo Jackson – who threw four touchdown passes and also ran for 86 yards – and Watson turned into a lopsided contest.

Mark Ingram caught a pair of touchdowns while Gus Edwards galloped in on the ground for a 63-yard score against a Houston team who struggled badly, meaning they slip to 6-4 for the season.

They did at least avoid a shut-out loss on their travels, Carlos Hyde rumbling in from 41 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. It was a tough outing for Watson, though, as he managed just 169 yards passing while also throwing an interception.

With the Texans beaten, the Indianapolis Colts now top the AFC South after quarterback Jacoby Brissett led them to a 33-13 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars on his return from a knee injury.

 

VIKINGS BUCK TREND TO BEAT BRONCOS

A first home loss of the season appeared on the cards for Minnesota when they mustered just 47 yards of offense in the first half.

However, Kirk Cousins engineered a stunning turnaround after the interval, the quarterback throwing for 319 yards and three scores, including a stunning 59-yard effort to Stefon Diggs.

They still had to survive a dramatic finish to prevail, though, as Denver failed to cap off a late fourth-quarter drive with a touchdown, throwing three incomplete passes after they had moved the ball to the four-yard line in the closing seconds.

 

NO DOUBTING THOMAS AS PANTHERS SLIP UP

After a stunning home loss to Atlanta in Week 10, New Orleans relied on Michael Thomas to help them returning to winning ways at the expense of Tampa Bay.

Wide receiver Thomas finished with eight catches for 114 yards and a touchdown, in the process becoming the first player in NFL history to record 90 or more receptions in the first 10 games of a season.

The Saints' 8-2 record gives them a comfortable cushion at the top of their division after nearest rivals Carolina fell to the Falcons, who picked off Panthers quarterback Allen four times in a dominant 29-3 road win.

Top NFL quarterback prospect and Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa will miss the remainder of the season due to a dislocated hip.

Tagovailoa was taken off on a cart during Alabama's 38-7 win against Mississippi State on Saturday, after he was sacked by two defenders late in the second quarter.

The 21-year-old – who along with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is in contention to be taken with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft – will now sit out the rest of the campaign.

"Tua Tagovailoa sustained a right hip dislocation that was immediately reduced at the stadium," Crimson Tide team surgeon Lyle Cain said in a statement.

"He is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery but will miss the remainder of the season."

Tagovailoa had completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns prior to the injury.

The Samoan-American inspired Alabama to glory in January 2018, throwing three touchdowns after replacing Jalen Hurts as they beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the National Championship game.

Alabama returned to the same stage with Tagovailoa under center last season but lost 44-16 to Clemson.

Saturday's game marked Tagovailoa's second since returning from ankle surgery. He made his comeback last week as Alabama lost 46-41 to Burrow and LSU at home.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban added: "Godspeed to him and his entire family. And our thoughts and prayers are with him and hope this is not so serious that it has any long-term effects on his future."

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung has been ruled out of the clash with rivals the Philadelphia Eagles, the NFL Super Bowl champions announced.

Chung will miss Sunday's showdown in Philadelphia due to two injuries (heel and chest), after the 32-year-old had initially been listed as questionable.

A three-time Super Bowl champion, Chung – who spent a year with the Eagles in 2013 – was limited all week in practice.

Rookie running back Damien Harris will also miss the road game against the Eagles (5-4) because of a hamstring problem.

The Patriots (8-1) are looking to bounce back from a loss to the Baltimore Ravens prior to their bye week.

 

 

 

Colin Kaepernick said the ball is in the court of the NFL and its 32 teams after he completed a rearranged workout in Atlanta on Saturday.

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

The NFL organised a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons training facility, which it said 25 clubs were set to attend.

However, a session initially scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) was relocated and pushed back to 16:00, with Kaepernick's representatives slamming the NFL for not providing "a legitimate process" and not allowing members of the media to attend and film the workout.

Members of the media did attend the re-arranged workout, with hordes of Kaepernick's supporters also intently watching the session, which was streamed on YouTube.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, one NFL executive said Kaepernick displayed an "elite" arm.

Speaking afterwards to the assembled media, Kaepernick said: "Our biggest thing today was making sure we had transparency with what went on.

"I've been ready for three years, I've been denied for three years. We have nothing to hide. We're ready for the 32 teams to stop running, stop running from the truth. I've been ready, I'm staying ready and I'll continue to be ready.

"We'll be waiting to hear from [NFL commissioner] Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams. The ball's in their court, we're ready to go."

Before the workout, the NFL issued a statement responding to claims made by his representatives, including that he was asked to sign an "unusual" liability waiver.

"We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30pm today along with the public," the statement read.

"Today's session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants -- an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew.

"The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin's representatives. We invited his agent to suggest questions for the interview. Yesterday, when Colin's representatives said he wanted to bring his own receivers to the workout, we agreed to the request. In addition, coach Hue Jackson discussed with Colin's agent what drills would be run at the workout so that Colin would know what would be expected of him.

"Last night, when Nike, with Colin's approval, requested to shoot an ad featuring Colin and mentioning all the NFL teams present at the workout, we agreed to the request.

"On Wednesday, we sent Colin's representatives a standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players. At noon today, Colin's representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.

"We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.

"We agreed to have Colin's representatives on the field while the workout was being conducted and to allow them to see how it was being recorded. We did so even though we have been clear from the beginning that this is private workout. As is typical with NFL Combines, one video crew was prepared to shoot and distribute video of the interview and workout.

"We confirmed with Colin's representatives that they would receive both the video that would be sent to all 32 clubs as well as the raw footage from the entire event, which is unprecedented.

"Colin's decision has no effect on his status in the league. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club."

Colin Kaepernick's workout for NFL teams has been subject to a late change of location and will now be open to the media, with his representatives accusing the league of not providing a legitimate process.

All 32 teams were invited to a workout organised by the league, with over 20 said to be set to attend the session. It was scheduled for 15:00 local time (20:00 GMT) at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility, which was attended by both supporters and detractors of the quarterback in anticipation of his arrival.

However, the workout has now been pushed back to 16:00 at an alternative location, after his agents hit out at the NFL.

"Because of recent decisions made by the NFL, the workout for Colin Kaepernick will be changing to an alternate location in Atlanta which will now start at 4pm," a statement from Ben Meiselas and Jeff Nalley on behalf of Kaepernick read. 

"All representatives from clubs are invited to attend and will be provided the location. Further, all media will be invited to attend and upon request will be provided with the location.

"From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one.

"Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a pre-condition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick's representatives.

"Additionally, Mr. Kaepernick requested all media be allowed into the workout to observe and film it and for an independent film crew to be there to ensure transparency. The NFL denied this request.

"Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected. Mr. Kaepernick looks forward to seeing the representatives from the clubs."

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.

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.

Top NFL quarterback prospect Tua Tagovailoa was taken off on a cart with a right hip injury suffered during Alabama's game with Mississippi State.

Tagovailoa, along with LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, is in the conversation to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

However, his hopes of being the first name off the board in Las Vegas in April will likely have taken a hit after he hurt his hip as he was sacked by two defenders late in the second quarter.

The 21-year-old had put Alabama in control, guiding them to a 35-7 lead, and was set to come out of the game when he sustained the injury.

"That was going to be his last series, we were gonna do a two-minute [drill] with him before the half just for practice," coach Nick Saban told ESPN at half-time.

"Certainly don't want to see anybody get hurt, especially him."

Tagovailoa was said to screaming in pain as he was helped on to the cart with a bloody nose, which took him to the locker room for X-rays.

He had completed 14 of his 18 passes for 256 yards and two touchdowns before the injury.

Tagovailoa inspired Alabama to National Championship in January 2018, throwing three touchdowns after replacing Jalen Hurts as they beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime in the National Championship game.

Alabama returned to the same stage with Tagovailoa under center last season, but lost 44-16 to Clemson.

Saturday's game marked Tagovailoa's second since returning from ankle surgery. He made his comeback last week as Alabama lost 46-41 to Burrow and LSU at home.

LeBron James insists he has no plans to call time on his NBA career, comparing himself to New England Patriots great Tom Brady.

James was the star of the show for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Sacramento Kings on Friday, scoring 29 points and providing 11 assists in a 99-97 victory.

Prior to the encounter at the Staples Center, the 34-year-old - a 15-time All Star and a three-time NBA champion - was asked if retirement had crossed his mind.

However, James dismissed the suggestion, likening himself to NFL star Brady, who is still going strong at the age of 42 and holds the record for the most number of Super Bowl wins with six.

"I'm not at the conclusion of my story," James explained to reporters.

"So no, not the way I feel right now. Me and Tom Brady are one in the same. We're going to play until we can't walk no more."

Following James' comments, Brady responded on his official Twitter account, tagging the Lakers star.

"I'm playing until I can't dunk anymore!" The quarterback tweeted.

James responded in kind: "Well I'm playing until I can't throw TD [touchdown] passes anymore!"

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett will start against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday's NFL clash.

Brissett sat out last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins due to a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in his left knee.

The Colts QB – who has been the team's starter after Andrew Luck's unexpected retirement on the eve of the season – injured his knee in the defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9.

But Colts head coach Frank Reich confirmed Brissett's return on Friday, after the 26-year-old was a full participant all week.

"Jacoby was full-go the whole week," Reich told reporters. "He looked good, so he'll be our starter."

"He's looked really good. I really don't want to put a percentage on it," Reich replied when asked how close Brissett is to being 100 per cent. "I know he's good enough to play."

Reich added: "I watch his every move every day for the last two years. So I know what he looks like when he's feeling good. Just needed to see him look like that."

Jacoby – selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft – has completed 153 of 236 passes for 1,649 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games for the Colts (5-4) this season.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Super Bowl-winning running back Jay Ajayi on Friday.

Ajayi last played in the NFL in Week 5 of the 2018 season, when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Eagles' loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The 26-year-old has returned to Philadelphia, who confirmed his signing as Darren Sproles (hip) was placed on the injured reserve after being ruled out for the rest of the season.

"Roster Move: #Eagles have signed RB Jay Ajayi and placed RB Darren Sproles on Reserve/Injured," the team posted on Twitter.

The Eagles are 5-4 this season after back-to-back wins and sit second in the NFC East ahead of facing Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Ajayi, who has also played for the Miami Dolphins, helped Philadelphia win Super Bowl LII and was a Pro Bowler in 2016.

Myles Garrett accepted he must be held accountable for his actions after the Cleveland Browns defensive end was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Garrett will not play again this season following his altercation with Mason Rudolph, having stripped him of his helmet before swinging it at the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback during the closing stages of Cleveland's 21-7 win on Thursday.

The first overall pick of the 2017 draft has now been banned for the remainder of the season; he must "meet with the commissioner's office" before a decision is made over when exactly he can return to action.

Garrett, who was also fined, released a statement following the announcement of the punishment, again apologising to Rudolph, his team and the league.

"Last night, I made a terrible mistake. I lost my cool and what I did was selfish and unacceptable," the statement read.

"I know that we are all responsible for our actions and I can only prove my true character through my actions moving forward. I want to apologise to Mason Rudolph, my team-mates, our entire organisation, our fans and to the NFL.

"I know have to be accountable for what happened, learn from my mistake, and I fully intend to do so."

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens said, according to the team's official Twitter account, they had to accept the punishment handed to Garrett, who has the option to appeal within three working days.

"You put it in their hands when you do something like that," Kitchens told the media on Friday.

Cleveland's Larry Ogunjobi received a one-game ban for unnecessary roughness, while Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games for aiming kicks and punches at Garrett in the immediate aftermath.

The Browns and the Steelers - who were both fined $250,000 by the league - meet again in Week 13 of the regular season.

The Detroit Lions will once again be without quarterback Matthew Stafford when they take on the Dallas Cowboys, head coach Matt Patricia confirmed on Friday.

Stafford missed an NFL game for the first time since 2010 when a back injury kept him out of the 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday.

The first overall pick in the 2009 draft had started the previous 136 games but will now be sidelined for a second successive week, meaning another outing for back-up Jeff Driskel.

"I don't anticipate him [Stafford] playing this weekend," Patricia announced at the start of his news conference.

"He's been out there trying to do everything he can from that aspect of it [practice], but probably not [ready] for the game."

Later asked in the media session if there was any scenario in which he could see Stafford being involved against Dallas, the Lions head coach replied: "Not this Sunday, no."

The Lions have a 3-5-1 record ahead of the Week 11 clash with the Cowboys at Ford Field.

Driskel - who started five games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season - threw for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Week 10 defeat to the Bears.

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."

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