Darren Waller, one of the breakout stars for the Oakland Raiders in 2019, has signed a multi-year contract extension with the franchise.

The tight end, who was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, is expected to make around $9million a year, according to NFL Network.

His new deal was confirmed by the Raiders in an official statement.

"Raider Nation, I'm going to give you all I got," said Waller in a video on Oakland's official website.

"I'm just appreciative to be here for a few more years. I really can't put it into words."

The 27-year-old is in the midst of a career year this season, with 37 catches and 359 yards. In his previous three seasons with Oakland and the Baltimore Ravens, the Georgia Tech product had a combined total of 18 catches, 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Waller was originally drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Oakland signed him from Baltimore's practice squad ahead of Week 13 in 2018.

The Raiders (3-2) head north to take on the Green Bay Packers (5-1) on Sunday.

The NFL announced it has upheld the season-long suspension of Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle.

Burfict has been banned for the remainder of the NFL season without pay for the hit, the league confirmed on Wednesday.

A Pro Bowler in 2013, Burfict was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' Week 4 win over the Colts last month.

"There were no mitigating circumstances on this play," the NFL said in a statement. "Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided."

Burfict's team-mates came to the 29-year-old's defense after the hit, however, their appeals did not sway the NFL's decision. 

"I don't think he was trying to hurt that man; the man was going down," quarterback Derek Carr told reporters after the suspension was first announced. "You see it all the time — there's flags flying everywhere.

"We see other people choking people out, and they're going to play this Sunday. We see other people hitting people in the helmet, and they're going to play this Sunday. And Vontaze Burfict won't play the rest of the year? I think that's a little excessive if you ask me.

"I don't think it's fair if we really got to know the guy. If the people making the decision really knew the guy that we know, inside our building ... he's a great person, his heart is broken because he's not playing football. The guy just wants to play football. We don't get a lot of time to play this game in our lives."

The Raiders are 3-2 this season and second in the AFC West behind the Kansas City Chiefs (4-1).

 

The first NFL game to be staged at Tottenham's new stadium got the seal of approval from those involved in the Oakland Raiders' win over the Chicago Bears.

A crowd of 60,463 witnessed Oakland, the designated home team, survive a Bears comeback in London to clinch a thrilling 24-21 victory that left both teams at 3-2 heading into their Week 6 byes.

It was the 25th regular-season game to take place in London and the first at Premier League side Spurs' home, which was custom built with a retractable pitch and bespoke locker rooms for the NFL.

Despite seeing his team beaten, Bears head coach Matt Nagy was effusive in his praise of the stadium, which cost a reported £850million.

"[It is] beautiful, absolutely gorgeous," he said at a post-game news conference.

"You walk in here and you just see it, it's state of the art, it's top notch.

"You talk about doing things the right way - I mean, it blows you away.

"It's phenomenal, absolutely phenomenal."

The Raiders played two previous games at Wembley in 2014 and 2018, losing both times, and their players are likely to have fonder memories of Spurs' abode.

Quarterback Derek Carr revealed the team had been mightily impressed by a trip to the stadium earlier in the week to watch Spurs' 7-2 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich.

"It is first class," Carr added.

"We had the opportunity to sit up in the chairman's box for the soccer match.

"Everything was just so first class, every little detail, and every single room you go in is unbelievable.

"This is definitely if not the, one of the best stadiums I've ever been in my life."

The grass pitch at Wembley has caused issues for NFL players when it rains heavily, and the surface was barren in areas last October when the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars a day before Manchester City faced Spurs at Tottenham's temporary home.

Oakland's offensive tackle Kolton Miller, who played at Wembley in 2018, was far happier with the artificial pitch Sunday's game took place on, even if the crowd was largely made up of Bears fans at a Raiders 'home' game.

"I liked the turf field - you could really get your footing," he told Omnisport.

"The crowd, I thought was going to be more Raiders fans, but I think it felt more like an away game with the noise. But we didn't let that affect us."

All eyes were on the Green Bay Packers-Dallas Cowboys showdown that unfolded in the first Sunday afternoon game since 2001 to be broadcast to 100 per cent of the national audience, and it did not disappoint.

Green Bay led 24-0 midway through the third quarter before Dallas put the pedal to the floor, but it was too little, too late as the Packers won 34-24.

Packers running back Aaron Jones erupted for a career-high 182 scrimmage yards – 107 rushing and 75 receiving – and four touchdowns on 26 touches, while Aaron Rodgers threw for 238 yards without an interception.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the Denver Broncos spoiled Melvin Gordon's long-awaited return from his contract holdout with a 20-13 victory over the Chargers to end the team's eight-game losing streak. It was thanks to a stout defensive effort that forced three turnovers and a flawless performance by veteran quarterback Joe Flacco.

Things went from bad to worse for the New York Jets and Washington Redskins, who were routed by the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots respectively, to remain winless.

The Cincinnati Bengals were also defeated for the fifth straight game to drop to 0-5, but at least they put up a fight before falling 26-23 to Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, who gave head coach Kliff Kingsbury his first NFL win.

Injury report

A scary scene unfolded in Pittsburgh as quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked out after taking a brutal hit to the chin from Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. Rudolph laid motionless on his back for several minutes as the Steelers' medical staff attended to him on the field, and he was later carried off to be taken to a hospital after apparent problems with the cart.

Rudolph was ruled out for the rest of the game with a concussion, which will be closely monitored this week after the Steelers switched to third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges. Team-mate and receiver James Washington was also ruled out with a shoulder injury.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles was questionable to return with a quad injury but moved to fifth on the NFL's all-time in all-purpose yards list first.

Bears defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left the team's London game against the Raiders due to an elbow injury and did not return.

Chargers center Mike Pouncey was questionable to return after suffering a neck injury.

By the numbers

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady moved to third on the NFL's all-time passing yards list during Sunday's game against the Redskins after surpassing Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre (71,838). Brady is set to pass Peyton Manning (71,940) for second in career yards in his next game.

The Bengals are 0-5 for the first time since 2008. It is the seventh time Cincinnati have started 0-5 since 1990, which is the most in the NFL in that span.

Christian McCaffrey had a historic day in Carolina, as the Panthers running back logged 237 total yards to become the first player since Jim Brown in 1963 to total 175-plus yards from scrimmage in four of a season's first five games. McCaffrey also reached a max speed of 21.95 mph on his 84-yard touchdown run Sunday, which is his fastest speed this season.

Quotables

Steve Smith Sr. was grateful to be back in Carolina as he was inducted into the Panthers' Hall of Honour: "I'd like to thank Mr. Tepper for bringing me back … I never thought I'd be back in this stadium, but I am and I'm happy to be here."

Redskins coach Jay Gruden on dropping to 0-5: "If the key works Monday I'll keep working."

Thomas was remorseful for his brutal hit on Rudolph: "I was just trying to get to the ball and make a play for my team. I hit the strike zone, I didn't go high. I didn't try to intentionally hurt him. I'm worried about him. I heard he's at the hospital and my prayers go out to him and his family."

Week 5 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

Dolphins and Lions

Thursday's game

Seahawks 30, Rams 29

Sunday's games

Eagles 31, Jets 6
Panthers 34, Jaguars 27
Vikings 28, Giants 10
Texans 53, Falcons 32
Saints 31, Buccaneers 24
Bills 14, Titans 7
Cardinals 26, Bengals 23
Patriots 33, Redskins 7
Ravens 26, Steelers 23
Raiders 24, Bears 21
Broncos 20, Chargers 13
Packers 34, Cowboys 24

Richie Incognito revealed the Oakland Raiders took Khalil Mack's pre-game comments "personally" before they beat the Chicago Bears in London on Sunday.

Star pass rusher Mack faced the Raiders for the first time since he was moved to the Bears, whose much-vaunted defense had led the league in sacks and takeaways since acquiring the 28-year-old in the blockbuster trade last year.

Mack had said he "liked" the term "vindictiveness" ahead of the reunion, but he was largely anonymous as the Raiders' offensive line did not give up a sack in a 24-21 success.

With all the talk on Mack and the Bears' defense prior to the game, guard Incognito admitted Oakland were keen to change the narrative.

"Of course we take that personally," he told Omnisport.

"He's over there talking about how he's looking forward to playing us and all this stuff.

"There's history. We came out and were physical with him. They didn't like it."

The Raiders stormed into a 17-0 lead and although Chicago fought back and led in the fourth quarter, rookie running back Josh Jacobs scored a touchdown to cap a 13-play, 92-yard drive with under two minutes remaining to give Oakland an advantage they would not relinquish.

Ironically Jacobs, who finished with two touchdowns and 123 yards on the ground, was selected with a draft pick the Raiders acquired in the Mack trade.

"We took the challenge head on," offensive tackle Kolton Miller added.

"We heard a lot about these guys being the number one defense in the league. We didn't really see on our film guys being able to run the rock on them.

"We took that challenge and we really took it to them and that helped our passing, helped us establish good field position. We played for four quarters."

There was supposed to be a deafening rendition of 'Return of the Mack' in London on Sunday, but Josh Jacobs and the Oakland Raiders' offensive line found the mute button.

All the build-up to the first NFL game at Tottenham between Oakland and the Chicago Bears centred around star pass rusher Khalil Mack - who was shipped to the Windy City just over a year ago - and his reunion with the franchise that let him go rather than paying him the $141million he received across six years from his current team.

Great pass rushers are, according to Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, "hard to find" and yet he had Mack, the man who came into this contest as analytics website PFF's top-ranked edge rusher in 2019. Since he was acquired, the Chicago defense had led the league in takeaways and sacks and conceded the fewest points.

Gruden had done his best to ignore 'Return of the Mack' all week, telling reporters he had no desire to discuss it, but his game-planning showed it was lodged firmly in his head, like that annoying song on the radio that lingers throughout the day.

Mack was double-teamed constantly, running plays were directed away from him and quarterback Derek Carr got the ball out quickly or rolled to the opposite side of the field to negate his threat.

By half-time, the Raiders were 17-0 up and threatening a beatdown having accumulated 208 yards of offense on a much-vaunted defense.

No one could hear 'Return of the Mack'. Instead it was running back Jacobs, the man selected with one of the picks Oakland acquired in the Mack trade, who was making all the noise having scored the first touchdown.

Then came the key change from Oakland's second offensive play of the second half. Carr's toss to Jacobs failed to find its intended target and a mad scramble for the ball ensued. Who came up with it? Khalil Mack. You knew that he'd be back.

The man who had been compared to NBA superstar LeBron James by team-mate Prince Amukamara for his ability to raise the game of those around him had provided a spark.

Suddenly the Bears were alive - Allen Robinson caught two touchdown passes and made another obscene catch, Tarik Cohen took a punt return 71 yards and Sherrick McManis forced a turnover by punching the ball out on the goalline. With less than eight minutes to go, Chicago were 21-17 ahead.

However, the most important series of the night was still to come. A 13-play, 97-yard drive dominated by who else but Jacobs, who reached out to score what proved to be the winning score in a 24-21 success.

Mack finished with three tackles, one quarterback hit, one fumble recovery and no sacks. Jacobs, meanwhile, had 26 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

It was music to the ears of Gruden.

NFL players typically thank colleagues, coaches and God after games, but Kirk Cousins was grateful to his 'brain coach' for a record-breaking day in London three years ago.

British fans are accustomed to watching sluggish, error-prone displays from tired teams in London yet Cousins, then with the Washington Redskins, bucked the trend when it comes to performances across the pond.

Jet lag appeared to be no issue for Cousins as he completed a franchise-record 38 passes for a career-best 458 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-27 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

It was no coincidence. Cousins had been preparing for the Transatlantic jaunt with Dr. Tim Royer, a neuropsychologist who had monitored data from around 750 nights of the quarterback's sleep and implemented methods to ensure he could quickly adjust when jumping across multiple time zones.

"I knew when he had too much light sleep, when he had a good amount of deep sleep, how many times he woke up in the night," Dr Royer told Omnisport.

"It was very interesting to see how his performance on gameday directly correlated to his sleep cycle. The quality of your sleep dramatically affects your production of testosterone.

"Testosterone is kind of like the goose that laid the golden egg in sports; if your testosterone is high, it makes you more confident, you have better muscle mass and you're more driven. The overall stamina that you have is incredible."

Dr. Royer had worked with the NBA's Orlando Magic, who travelled to London earlier in 2016, and was able to share his data on the impact of long-haul flights with Cousins and how his methods could speed up the adjustment process by "at least 50 per cent".

"If somebody does a trip like that, you're typically going to see the impact on their testosterone at somewhere around a 15-to-20 per cent drop off," Dr. Royer explained.

Dr. Royer theorised that for every hour travelled from west to east, it would take Cousins a day and a half to adjust, meaning that, without introducing methods to combat jet lag, the quarterback would need around a week from arriving in London to fully acclimatise due to daylight saving time.

Yet Cousins' preparations began the moment Washington's game against the Detroit Lions finished the week before.

"We told him, 'On the bus, stay away from the windows'," Dr. Royer said.

"In a room, get away from any exposed sunlight. Wear sunglasses.

"We introduced light therapy - much like you would use for seasonal-affective disorder - high-volume light.

"We started to move the light that he was exposed to with a bio light in the morning so he started waking up an hour earlier each day.

"It was still dark out in D.C. but we used blue light. In the human body, the circadian rhythm gets set by blue light.

"We increased his EEG [electroencephalogram] feedback so he was getting a lot of feedback on his brain, making sure it was calibrating correctly and introducing a slowing-down response in the body."

Dr. Royer thought Cousins was already "close to London time" by Thursday, the day the team actually boarded their flight for London.

Cousins' sleep cycles from Friday and Saturday night "were identical" to those he had in Washington, setting him up for a record-breaking day on Sunday.

"He was right on. I expected him to do well. It wasn't coincidental," Dr. Royer said.

This weekend the Oakland Raiders face the Chicago Bears in Premier League side Tottenham's stadium in the first of four NFL games in London this season.

Oakland arrived in England on Monday - a change from last year when they touched down in London two days before being beaten by the Seattle Seahawks.

The Bears, meanwhile, only landed in the English capital on Friday. So does the arrival time have an impact?

"The arrival time has very little to do [with it]," Dr. Royer argued.

"It's the work you do behind the scenes. Things like your pancreas, your digestive system, they're very rhythmic. They work on how you're releasing melatonin.

"Once you disturb that, it makes it very difficult to perform at a high, accurate level - whether it's basketball, football, whatever."

The NFL returns to London this weekend as the Chicago Bears face the Oakland Raiders.

For the 13th successive season, fans across the pond will get a chance to sample a regular-season game in the English capital.

The Bears and Raiders will meet for the first time since October 2015, when Chicago won 22-20. 

While Chicago and Oakland don't face off often in the United States, this game in London will be a tiebreaker, since their all-time series is split at 7-7.

With help from our friends at Opta, we break down what to expect when the Raiders and Bears visit London, from the teams' biggest stars to the interesting and random facts that make football fun.

Chicago Bears

Coach

Matt Nagy - Second season, 15–5 regular-season record

Quarterbacks

While Mitchell Trubisky is the starter for Chicago, the dislocated shoulder he sustained in Week 4 will likely sideline him for the Raiders clash. Backup Chase Daniel will therefore almost certainly take to the field on Sunday in his fifth career start and first since Week 12 of last season.

Trubisky, 25, is in his third season with the team and Daniel 32, has been a backup for several franchises since he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009. However, Daniel has posted better numbers than Trubisky when comparing their first four NFL starts (though it took Daniel nine years in the league to log four starts).

Offense

Daniel's experience means he can anchor the Bears' offense in London as that unit looks to catch up to their stellar defense.

Rookie running back David Montgomery leads the team in touches (66) and rushing yards (200) and has the team's only rushing touchdown of the season, which was his first NFL score. His 66 touches through four games are the fourth-most for a Bears rookie and the most since Matt Forte's 110 touches in 2008.

In terms of the passing game, wideout Allen Robinson has been the go-to man for Trubisky, but how will he fare with Daniel? According to Nagy, nothing will be altered much, and Daniel indicated Robinson still will be a top target on Sunday.

“He's just so aggressive with the football,” Daniel said of Robinson earlier this week. "You can trust him. It's his football or nobody's. So, I have a lot of trust in him, and I have a lot of time on task with him, too.”

Robinson has been targeted 10 more times than any other Bear (34), has 10 more receptions than any other teammate (24) and his 280 receiving yards are more than double the next closest Bears pass catcher (Taylor Gabriel, 110).

Defense

The team's defense is one of the best in the league with 17 total sacks, four interceptions (two of which were returned for touchdowns) and 253 total team tackles.

That unit's star linebacker Khalil Mack, has 17.5 sacks, 22 QB hits and 10 forced fumbles since he was traded to the Bears from the Raiders in 2018. The 10 forced fumbles are two more than any other player in the NFL. In comparison, the entire Raiders' defense has combined for 18 sacks and eight forced fumbles in the same time span.

Defensive tackle Nick Williams has had a breakout campaign for the Bears this season after spending his first five seasons in the league on practice squads with other teams. He signed with the Bears in 2018, but this year he's exploded, recording a sack in each of the last three games for Chicago. He's also one of eight players with four or more sacks this year. 

Fun London fact: This is the Bears' second game in London. They defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-18 at Wembley in 2011. The Bears had four interceptions in that game — one of four contests with four-plus picks since the start of the 2009 season — and Forte ran for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Only one player has had more rushing yards in a London game — New York Jets tailback Chris Ivory ran for 166 yards in 2015 against the Miami Dolphins.

Oakland Raiders

Coach

Jon Gruden: Second season in second coaching stint, 5-15 regular-season record

Quarterback

Derek Carr is in his sixth season with the Raiders, who drafted him in 2014. This will be his third game in London, where he holds an 0-2 record. He enters this weekend with 888 passing yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 72.1 percent of his passes. 

In London, Carr has 288 passing yards, one passing touchdown and one interception in his first two games there.

Offense

Running back Josh Jacobs has 307 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground on 62 carries this year. He leads all rookies in yards from scrimmage (364) and is one of two rookies with multiple rushing touchdowns. The other? New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, who also has two rushing scores.

Jacobs has been huge for an inconsistent Raiders offense. He was instrumental in the team's first win of the year in Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts and is now being called the team's "closer."

"This guy Josh Jacobs is going to be a great back," Gruden told NBC after the win. "As long as I don't screw it up, he's going to be one hell of a player. He can really run — he's got great vision. I think he's got breakaway speed and power...

“It's a credit to everybody when you run the ball the way we ran it. It wasn't a bunch of RPOs and single-back lateral runs. It was old-fashioned, hard-nosed football."

Many wondered who would take over for Antonio Brown after he was released by the Raiders before the season began, and that man seems to be Tyrell Williams. The receiver has caught four of the team's six touchdown passes this year and has a score in four straight games. He will be looking to make that five in a row and, if he does score a touchdown on Sunday, he will be the first Raider to do so since Tim Brown in 2001.

Defense

After trading away Mack last season, the Raiders' defense has been as exciting as a dry piece of toast. The team ranks 22nd out of 32 when it comes to total yards allowed (385.5 yards per game).

It's unclear if defensive end Benson Mayowa, who leads the team with 3.5 sacks, will play this Sunday, but he posted a cryptic message which said "u cannot believe everything u read" after being inactive for Oakland's win against the Colts.

Down the field, safety Erik Harris has proven to be a headache for receivers this season. He secured his third career interception and first touchdown in Week 4. His three interceptions since the start of last year are tied for the most on the team.

Harris is just the second Oakland player with an interception return touchdown over the last three seasons

Fun London fact: This is Oakland’s third game in London — only the Jacksonville Jaguars (six) and the Dolphins (four) have played in England more often. The Raiders are 0-2 in London, getting outscored 65-17 in the process.

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said quarterback Mitch Trubisky is considered day-to-day and the NFL franchise are "optimistic" he will be available to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.

Trubisky injured his shoulder after being sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter on Sunday.

According to reports, Trubisky sustained a dislocated shoulder and partially torn labrum in Chicago's 16-6 victory.

But while the initial outlook was uncertain, it now appears Trubisky will return sooner rather than later, with the Bears scheduled to have a bye in Week 6 following the London clash with the Oakland Raiders.

"We have the bye coming up here so we'll be able to see really how this goes for him," Nagy said.

"... It's crazy sometimes how things go with these byes and where they come and all that. We're in a good position right now knowing that Chase [Daniel] came in last week and we've been in this before so we're fully confident in that."

Trubisky is traveling with the team for Sunday's game in London against the Raiders, although it is "unlikely" he will play, according to the Tribune.

And there is no need to rush him back. Daniel played well coming in off the bench for Trubisky against the Vikings, hitting 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

"He sees things well, in general," offensive co-ordinator Mark Helfrich told the Tribune. "He has a tendency, if anything, to overthink things. It was almost — not in any way a good thing, don't take this the wrong way — but there was no time for him to think about anything.

"He had to just go. It was immediately, 'Go to the bullpen. You're in. Pitch'. That was good for his mentality. He sees things. The timing of this offense, he's been in for a long time. That helps."

Derek Carr believes the season-long ban handed down to Oakland Raiders team-mate Vontaze Burfict is excessive.

Burfict's helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Oakland's Week 4 win in Indianapolis drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness that resulted in an ejection, and the NFL was quick to suspend him for the rest of the 2019 season, which is the longest ban for an on-field act in the league's history.

The 29-year-old Burfict has a long history of illegal hits, and if the suspension is upheld after appeal, he will have been banned for a total of 22 games in his career. Those absences and additional fines incurred will have also cost him more than $5million in salary.

"I don't think he was trying to hurt that man; the man was going down," quarterback Carr told reporters in London as the Raiders prepare for their Week 5 game with the Chicago Bears. "You see it all the time — there's flags flying everywhere.

"We see other people choking people out, and they're going to play this Sunday. We see other people hitting people in the helmet, and they're going to play this Sunday. And Vontaze Burfict won't play the rest of the year? I think that's a little excessive, if you ask me.

"I don't think it's fair, if we really got to know the guy. If the people making the decision really knew the guy that we know, inside our building ... he's a great person, his heart is broken because he's not playing football. The guy just wants to play football. We don't get a lot of time to play this game in our lives.

"I know the history situation and all that kind of stuff, but this one, especially with what went on during the week, if we're going to be fair, we need to be fair with everybody."

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said: "He knows how I feel — it hurts our team really bad. And I'm anxious to see what the appeal says. I'm not happy about it. At all. And I don't want to say anything else about it. I'm obviously upset about it."

Will a mysterious absence distract the Chicago Bears from the first ever NFL game played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

We dive into the latest news regarding Roquan Smith and other headlines from around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Smith remains away from team

The star linebacker was listed as a surprise inactive just before Sunday’s win over the Minnesota Vikings for a "personal issue," and it was rumoured he had not been acting like himself around the team facilities in recent days. Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy declined to provide any new details on the situation Monday.

"He's completely a personal issue," he told reporters. "It's for us something that we're going to leave at that right now."

When pushed for more information on Roquan Smith's status and availability for Sunday, Nagy stood firm.

"Personal issue," he repeated. "I'm just going to say it was a personal issue. I'm not getting into anything else until... I'm just going to completely keep it at that."

Panthers place Short on season-ending IR

The Carolina Panthers announced the All-Pro defensive lineman has a partially torn rotator cuff that initially was suffered in the team's Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kawann Short has spent the last two games on the sidelines and will be staying put the rest of the year.

"KK has done everything he could possibly do to try to play these past two games," general manager Marty Hurney said, "but we have made the decision that it is in the best long-term interest of KK and the team that he undergo surgery to fix his shoulder and focus on his rehab and get ready for next season."

It is another huge loss for the Panthers, who are already without quarterback Cam Newton, though Kyle Allen has gone 2-0 in his two starts this season, so Carolina have been able to stay afloat in his absence.

Cowboys get 'best news' for Smith's ankle

Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints and needed to be carted off the sideline. While Jerry Jones said it is "unlikely" Smith plays this week against the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys owner is optimistic he will not be missing in action long.

"We got the best news we could possibly get," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "We couldn't have asked for better news. Looking forward to having him back out there quick."

Two things that don't matter

Mack hoped to be a Raider for life

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack thought he found his home in Oakland after the Raiders drafted him fifth overall in 2014, but a blockbuster trade last September changed that. Now, Mack is gearing up to face his former team for the first time since he was dealt.

"That's the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things," Mack said. "It's the business side of it that doesn't really let you do that.

"It's another game, man. It's going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it's going to be a good one. Can't wait."

Miami vendor charged fan $724 for two beers

Overpriced refreshments at stadiums are a joke, but this fan was not laughing when his bank alerted him of the fraudulent transaction after his credit card was scanned to a personal card reader.

Nathaniel Collier was arrested and will face two felony charges for his alleged scam at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium during Sunday's Dolphins-Los Angeles Chargers game, including third-degree grand theft and possession of a skimming device.

Fortunately ,the fan received a refund, and Collier was fired by the independent contractor that hired him.

One video you have to see

The Los Angeles Rams offered fans a glimpse at the progress made on their new stadium.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Could Dez Bryant swoop in to save one of the six remaining teams still in search of a win?

Another week, another season-ending injury for a key player.

On the other hand, one young quarterback is feeling healthy enough to start his comeback campaign. We dive into the top headlines from Monday in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Chubb out with torn ACL

It does not get much worse for the winless Denver Broncos, but somehow it did Monday when it was revealed the linebacker has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Bradley Chubb actually returned to Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars with the injury, but will now need surgery to repair the damage.

"He felt good enough to come back in and actually, he played that last series pretty damn well," Broncos head coach Vic Fangio told reporters. "He was as surprised as anybody, I think, this morning when he woke up feeling the way he did. It's a huge loss. He's one of our better players, obviously. He's a tempo setter, great player, great person, leader — all that."

Chubb, Denver's fifth-overall pick in 2018, had his first sack and forced fumble of the season in Week 4.

NFL suspends Burfict for rest of season

Maybe the Oakland Raiders linebacker will get the message this time, considering it is the longest suspension for an on-field act in NFL history. Vontaze Burfict's helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday's game drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness that resulted in an ejection, and the league was quick to ban him for the rest of 2019.

The 29-year-old Burfict has a long history of illegal hits, and if the season-long suspension is upheld, he will have been suspended for a total of 22 games in his career. Those absences and additional fines incurred will have also cost him more than $5million in salary.

Trubisky won't need surgery

The Chicago Bears quarterback was hurt on the team's sixth play of the game on Sunday when he was hit and fumbled the ball, but will reportedly avoid surgery after an MRI on Monday revealed a dislocated left shoulder with a slight labrum tear.

While a definitive timeline for his return has yet to be determined, the team have faith in backup quarterback Chase Daniel should Mitchell Trubisky be sidelined for an extended period.

"That's why Chase is here," Nagy told reporters. "We'll prepare for both guys, and I'll know more [later]. Again, our game plan is not going to change a whole lot. If Chase is the guy, we're going to do things that Chase does well. If it's Mitch, then we'll continue to keep doing things with him. I'll never get to a point where I'm frozen because I don't know what to do. We'll just keep growing."

Two things that don't matter

Darnold cleared for non-contact drills

The New York Jets quarterback has been out since September 12 with mononucleosis and the team had hoped he would be healthy enough to return after the team's Week 4 bye, but his availability will not be determined until later this week.

In the meantime, Jets coach Adam Gase said Darnold's status remains "up in the air" and he has yet to rule him out. Darnold has not lifted, run or thrown since being diagnosed with the illness, so he will ramp up workouts this week but will not be able to participate in full practice, hinting his return could be pushed back another week.

Jaguars turned down two first-round picks for Ramsey

Another week has come and gone, but the disgruntled cornerback remains on the roster even after requesting a trade. It was reported that Jacksonville had the chance to move on, but would not settle for a pair of first-round picks offered from an unidentified team.

Jalen Ramsey was missing in action last week, first due to flu-like symptoms, then because of a back injury, then he was absent for the birth of his second child. He also missed Sunday's win over the Broncos, leaving doubt that he will play at Carolina in Week 5, though it will depend if he returns to practice this week.

One video you have to see

Patrick Mahomes will have a tiny little superfan cheering him on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Monday's tweet of the day

Retired Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas is impressed by Nick Chubb's wheels.

Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the 2019 season following his latest rule violation.

The Oakland Raiders linebacker was ejected from Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter following a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Jack Doyle.

Burfict has a history of illegal hits that have led to fines and suspensions, though this is the longest punishment handed down for an on-field act in NFL history.

The 29-year-old - who previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and featured in the 2013 Pro Bowl - can appeal the decision within three business days.

"There were no mitigating circumstances on this play," NFL vice-president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Burfict.

"Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalised and disqualified from the game.

"Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures.

"However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.

"Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision regarding accountability measures."

The Raiders won 31-24 against the Colts to improve to 2-2. They travel to London in Week 5, taking on the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Every game day in the NFL brings the potential for big surprises, but few deliver the twists and turns we saw in Week 4.

Jameis Winston threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams, leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a wild 55-40 victory, despite Jared Goff's career-high 517 passing yards on Sunday.

In Detroit, the Kansas City Chiefs scored a touchdown in the final seconds to remain undefeated and foil the Lions' upset bid via a 34-30 triumph.

In another surprising turn of events, the Cleveland Browns took control of the AFC North for the first time since 2014 as second-year rusher Nick Chubb exploded for three touchdowns in Baltimore against the league's third-ranked rushing defence – the Ravens, who fell 40-25.

Chubb was not the only running back with a huge Sunday. Jacksonville Jaguars star Leonard Fournette racked up a career-high 225 yards on 29 carries as he and quarterback Gardner Minshew rallied the team to a 26-24 win over the Denver Broncos, who have lost eight straight games dating to last season.

And on a day that saw young quarterbacks Josh Allen (concussion) and Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) lost to injury, rookie QB Daniel Jones completed 23-of-31 passes for 225 yards to become the first New York Giants quarterback to win his first two career starts since Danny Kanell in Weeks 7-8 of the 1997 season.

 

Injury report

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky left the game against the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder and was later ruled out.

The Los Angeles Chargers suffered a litany of injuries as defensive end Melvin Ingram hurt his hamstring against the Miami Dolphins. Los Angeles also lost receiver Dontrelle Inman (quad), linebacker Denzel Perryman (concussion) and tight end Sean Culkin (ankle).

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry went into the medical tent at the end of the third quarter against the Ravens. He was eventually ruled out as the team announced he was being evaluated for a concussion.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen entered the concussion protocol after leaving the loss against reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots early in the fourth quarter. Allen was trying to run for a first down when Patriots defensive back Jonathan Jones knocked him down with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

By the numbers

Allen stopped the Patriots from extending their impressive stoppage streak.

Meanwhile, another Bills player set his own record as Frank Gore became just the fourth running back in NFL history to rush for 15,000 career yards, joining Emmitt Smith (18,355 yards), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269).

Tennessee Tians QB Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback who has started every game this season and has yet to turn the ball over. The Titans also found a way to keep Mariota from getting sacked against the Atlanta Falcons after giving up a league-high 17 sacks through the first three weeks.

The Buccaneers-Rams matchup became the first game in the Super Bowl era where both teams made a field goal of at least 58 yards. Tampa Bay's 55 points in the win were also the most points in a game in franchise history.

Regardless of how the Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers showdown plays out on Monday night, the Browns will finish Week 4 in first place in the AFC North for the first time since Week 10 of the 2014 season.

Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald reached 1,326 catches against the Seattle Seahawks and passed Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez (1,325 catches) for second all-time on the NFL receptions list. He trails only Jerry Rice with 1,549 receptions.

Quotables

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield when asked if Rex Ryan's criticism fuelled the team's win: "Absolutely not. Rex Ryan does not get any credit for this week's win. No."

Bills head coach Sean McDermott voiced his concern for Allen after the quarterback was drilled by Jones with a helmet-to-helmet hit: "There's no room in football for a play like the hit on Josh Allen."

The Carolina Panthers have bounced back since their winless start, but Christian McCaffrey still thinks the team are behind: "It's huge for us. We're 2-2, but frankly we should be 4-0. That's the way we're going look at it, it's a week-to-week league. Sixteen, one-week seasons, so we're moving on to Week 5 and learn from the tape to see what we can do better."

Week 3 NFL scores

Teams on bye week

49ers and Jets

Thursday's game

Eagles 34, Packers 27

Sunday's games

Giants 24, Redskins 3
Chiefs 34, Lions 30
Titans 24, Falcons 10
Browns 40, Ravens 25
Raiders 31, Colts 24
Patriots 16, Bills 10
Panthers 16, Texans 10
Chargers 30, Dolphins 10
Buccaneers 55, Rams 40
Seahawks 27, Cardinals 10
Bears 16, Vikings 6
Jaguars 26, Broncos 24

It has now been 1,000 days since Colin Kaepernick last played an NFL game and, in that time, 80 different quarterbacks have started in the regular season.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Kaepernick, still just 31, completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown in a Week 17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the 2016 season. Only four players that week had a better quarterback rating than Kaepernick's 122.3.

However, Kaepernick - who had started to kneel during the national anthem earlier that year in protest over racial injustice - has not even had a sniff of an opportunity since, while countless teams have kicked the tyres on numerous other signal callers.

Here is the list of every quarterback to have started a game since Kaepernick's last appearance.


NFC North: Mitchell Trubisky, Mike Glennon, Chase Daniel (Chicago Bears), Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions), Brett Hundley, Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers), Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings)

NFC East: Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Eli Manning, Geno Smith, Daniel Jones (New York Giants), Carson Wentz, Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles), Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Josh Johnson, Colt McCoy, Mark Sanchez, Case Keenum (Washington Redskins)

NFC South: Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons), Cam Newton, Taylor Heinicke, Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers), Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater (New Orleans Saints), Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

NFC West: Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton, Josh Rosen, Sam Bradford, Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals), Jared Goff, Sean Mannion (Los Angeles Rams), Brian Hoyer, C.J. Beathard, Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens (San Francisco 49ers), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)

AFC North: Joe Flacco, Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), Andy Dalton, Jeff Driskel (Cincinnati Bengals), DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan, Tyrod Taylor, Baker Mayfield (Cleveland Browns), Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Mason Rudolph (Pittsburgh Steelers)

AFC East: Tyrod Taylor, Nathan Peterman, Josh Allen, Derek Anderson, Matt Barkley (Buffalo Bills), Jay Cutler, Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Rosen (Miami Dolphins), Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Luke Falk (New York Jets)

AFC South: Tom Savage, Deshaun Watson, T.J. Yates (Houston Texans), Jacoby Brissett, Scott Tolzien, Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts), Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Marcus Mariota, Matt Cassel, Blaine Gabbert (Tennessee Titans)

AFC West: Trevor Siemian, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco (Denver Broncos), Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), Philip Rivers (Los Angeles Chargers), Derek Carr, EJ Manuel (Oakland Raiders)

Here are a few observations from the extensive list:

- Only six franchises (the Lions, Falcons, Cowboys, Seahawks, Patriots and Chargers) have had one starter for all 35 games since Kaepernick's last appearance. 

- Three teams - the Cardinals, Dolphins and Redskins - have started six quarterbacks since the beginning of the 2017 season. The Bills, Jets and Broncos have all had five, and Washington could add another to their lengthy list should they turn to rookie Dwayne Haskins in the coming weeks.

- Of the 80 quarterbacks, 16 are out of the league - either due to being unsigned or retired. Former Steelers signal caller Landry Jones recently became the first player to sign with the upcoming XFL.

- Keenum, currently keeping Haskins on the sideline in Washington, is the only player on this list to have started for three different teams (Vikings, Broncos and Redskins) since 2017. A further 11 have started for two teams.  

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