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.

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.

Both the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots will be hungry to show a positive response to their first defeats of the NFL season in Week 11.

Inspired by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks ended San Francisco’s perfect record with a 27-24 overtime victory at Levi's Stadium on Monday, Jason Myers settling it with a field goal.

The 49ers will look to take their frustration out on the struggling Arizona Cardinals, who have lost three in a row, on Sunday

The Patriots are also 8-1 after going down 37-20 to the Baltimore Ravens at the start of November - they return to action following a bye week with a trip to the Philadelphia Eagles.

We take a look at the Week 11 schedule using Stats Perform data.

 

THURSDAY (all times Eastern)

Steelers (5-4) at Browns (3-6), 8:20pm

- Pittsburgh have won four in a row despite averaging 299 yards per game. The only other time in the last three years that a team won four straight despite averaging less than 300 total yards was the Bears in November 2018 (291 per game).

- The Browns have not committed a turnover in back-to-back games for the first time since December 2016.

- Mason Rudolph is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of his first seven NFL games – injured team-mate Ben Roethlisberger is also on that list.

 

SUNDAY

Jets (2-7) at Redskins (1-8), 1pm

- The Jets have won their last two games against Washington after losing eight of the first nine clashes between the franchises.

- Washington, coming off a bye week, have failed to score 10 points in any of their last three outings.

- The Jets are averaging 164.0 net passing yards per game this season, the lowest mark in the NFL. Their opponents are only fractionally better at 169.7 yards.

 

Saints (7-2) at Buccaneers (3-6) 1pm 

- The Saints earned a 31-24 home win over the Buccaneers in Week 5 and will attempt to record the first season sweep by any team in the series since New Orleans won both in 2014.

- Tampa Bay will be bidding to score 30 points or more in three consecutive games for the second time in franchise history.

- With his season-high 13 catches in the Saints' Week 10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Thomas surpassed Odell Beckham Jr. (61 games) for the fastest player in NFL history (56 games) to reach 400 career receptions.

 

Broncos (3-6) at Vikings (7-3) 1pm 

- The two franchises have won seven games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, with the last 10 contests decided by a margin of eight points or less.

- Kirk Cousins is three touchdown passes shy of 150 for his career after throwing for 15 in six games since the beginning of October. 

- Denver have not forced a single turnover in six different games this season, already tied for the most zero-takeaway outings in any season in franchise history.

 

Bills (6-3) at Dolphins (2-7) 1pm 

- In their last three meetings, Miami have a +13 point differential in the first half while Buffalo are +44 after the interval.

- Buffalo rushed for a season-low 84 yards in a 19-16 loss in Cleveland last week. Since 2017, the Bills are 1-13 when gaining less than 100 yards on the ground, tied for the worst record in such games over that span.

- Miami had three takeaways in a 16-12 win over the Colts last time out, nearly doubling their season total (four to seven), and 13 points off takeaways nearly tripled their season total (seven to 20).

 

Jaguars (4-5) at Colts (5-4) 1pm

- The Jaguars have posted two shutouts over the previous three seasons – and both came against the Colts.

- Nick Foles, named the starter again on his return from injury, has posted a 10-2 record as a starter in November or later since 2016, the best in the NFL (including postseason - minimum 10 starts).

- Each of Indianapolis' nine games have been decided by seven points or fewer, the second-longest streak to start a season in NFL history (Lions had 11 straight in 2016).

 

Cowboys (5-4) at Lions (3-5-1) 1pm

- Dallas have won three in a row against the Lions (regular and postseason), dating back to their 24-20 win in the 2014 Wild Card game.

- The Cowboys were held to just 50 yards rushing in a 28-24 loss to the Vikings last weekend and did not gain a single first down on a run play for the first time since a defeat to Washington 12 years ago.

- Detroit's 20-13 defeat to the Bears last week saw all three Chicago scores coming on passing touchdowns. That was Detroit's fifth consecutive game allowing multiple passing scores, the longest single-season streak for the Lions since the first six games of the 2016 season.

 

Falcons (2-7) at Panthers (5-4) 1pm

- Atlanta have had the better results in this divisional series in recent years, having won three straight and six of the last seven between the teams. 

- Last week's 26-9 victory at New Orleans was Atlanta's third straight on the road in NFC South play, dating back to last December's win at Carolina.

- Christian McCaffrey will be attempting to become the first player with a rushing touchdown in eight consecutive games in the same season since another Panther, DeAngelo Williams, did so in 2008.

 

Texans (6-3) at Ravens (7-2) 1pm

- The Texans are 0-5 in road games against the Ravens, including their 20-13 loss in the 2011 postseason. 

- Houston are one of two teams that have not lost by more than seven points over the last two seasons, along with the Chiefs.

- The Ravens have rushed for at least 130 yards in 16 straight games, tied for the longest streak in the Super Bowl era with the 1975-76 Steelers.

 

Cardinals (3-6-1) at 49ers (8-1) 4:05pm

- The Cardinals suffered a third successive loss when going down to the Buccaneers last week - their fifth game decided by three points or less this season.

- San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks was their first in which they forced at least four turnovers since 2016 – when the opponents were Arizona.

- The Niners had a season-low 87 rushing yards against the Seahawks, but still rank second in the NFL in rushing yards per game at 161.8, behind only Baltimore (197.2).

 

Patriots (8-1) at Eagles (5-4) 4:25pm

- The 37 points conceded by New England in the loss to Baltimore were 20 more than they had had yielded in any other contest this season.

- Over their last eight games, the Eagles have alternated either winning two in a row or losing two in a row. They will be looking for a third victory on the spin this weekend.

- After scoring 41 points in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots two seasons ago, Philadelphia have not scored as many as 35 points in any game since.

 

Bengals (0-9) at Raiders 5-4) 4:25pm

- The Bengals are 4-1 in games played in California since 2010. 

- All five of the Raiders' wins this season have come by one possession (eight points or fewer). The only team in the NFL with more one-possession wins this year is Seattle (seven).

- The Raiders have not turned the ball over in their previous three games, only the second time in franchise history they have gone three straight without a giveaway (also in 1979).

 

Bears (4-5) at Rams (5-4) 8:20pm

- Chicago have won six of the last seven games against the Rams, allowing just 10.7 points per game in the six wins but 42 points in the one loss (21-42 in 2013). 

- The Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 20-13 win over the Lions despite putting up just 226 yards of total offense.

- The Rams and Bears have both allowed 18 rushing plays of 10 or more yards, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Offensively, the Bears have just nine rushing plays of 10+ yards, fewest in the NFL, while the Rams have 22.

 

MONDAY

Chiefs (6-4) at Chargers (4-6) 8:15pm

- The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Chiefs with a 29-28 road victory in Week 15 of last season. 

- The Chiefs have lost four of their last six after starting the season 4-0, including a 35-32 loss in the final seconds against the Titans last time out. 

- Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown against the Titans after putting up 140 yards and a score in Week 9 against the Vikings. He is the first player in franchise history with at least 140 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in back-to-back games.

Brandon Brooks has been handed a new contract by the Philadelphia Eagles, reportedly making him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Brooks' deal with the Eagles was set to expire in 2020, but on Monday the team confirmed the 30-year-old had signed a new deal through to 2024.

The guard, who is a Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler - has been one of the most consistent performers in his position across the league in 2019, having overcome an Achilles tendon injury sustained in a playoff defeat to the New Orleans Saints in January.

"Since the day he walked into the building, he's been a consummate Eagle," Philadelphia's general manager Howie Roseman said.

"You just see that with everything he does on and off the field. Certainly, you're talking about a player who is the best at his position in the National Football League, a guy who gets hurt in the Divisional Round playoff game and who works his butt off to get back for this season's opener.

"He means so much to our football team and our organisation and I'm extremely proud to have him with us going forward."

NFL Media have reported the deal is worth $54.2million, with $30m guaranteed.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson will undergo surgery on a core muscle injury that has seen him miss most of the season.

Jackson initially sustained the injury in Week 2, though – after consultations with experts – the Eagles and the 32-year-old opted against surgery.

The three-time Pro Bowler returned to action against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, only to aggravate the issue.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson stated after the 22-14 win over the Bears that the move to take the receiver off was a precautionary one.

However, Philadelphia have now confirmed Jackson will go under the knife and he is reportedly facing six weeks on the sidelines.

"DeSean Jackson will undergo surgery this week on a core muscle injury," the Eagles said in a statement.

"He originally suffered the injury on September 15 against the Atlanta Falcons. Following the game in Atlanta, DeSean met with the Eagles and multiple independent specialists to determine the best course of action.

"DeSean worked hard for six weeks to progress to a point where all parties were comfortable with him returning to practice, and then to play in the game against the Chicago Bears.

"During the first quarter against the Bears, DeSean experienced discomfort and was held out for precautionary reasons.

"After further testing and discussion, it was determined that the best course of action for a full recovery is to proceed with surgery."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Allen impresses in first start

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

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

 

Bears lack bite against Eagles

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

Sunday's results

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

Cowboys at Giants

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

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 7 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy admitted his team should have had more balance: "I know we need to run the ball more. I'm not an idiot," Nagy told reporters. "I never go into a game saying, 'I want to throw the ball 54 times.' I'd love to go into a game saying, 'I'd like to run the ball 54 times,' but that hasn't happened."

— New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple on Teddy Bridgewater's performance this season: "He's a real great quarterback. To me, he was making all the right passes and all the right decisions. He's our leader out there, and he was picking them apart. I'm just really proud of him, his story and where he came from."

— Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott when asked if he thinks the Bills are running the ball enough: "Well, we're going to do whatever it takes to win by game plan. I know when we've run it, we’ve had some good runs and I like some of the things we're doing."

— Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott did not care for the Philadelphia Eagles' comments last week: "Honestly, we don't give a f-*** what Doug Pederson says," Elliott told reporters, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

— The Eagles slumped to back-to-back losses with a dismal showing against the Cowboys, to the embarrassment of quarterback Carson Wentz: "Frustrated, a little embarrassed, they beat the crap out of us, we didn't show up and we've got to be better but I'm confident in this group," he told reporters.

— Despite getting a win on Sunday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still has mixed feelings about coach Jason Garrett's hot-and-cold season: "I am looking for reasons. I'm looking for reasons to keep him," Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. "It's merited here. It's hard to get an effective coach."

— New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold set the Internet on fire with his off-the-cuff comment during "Monday Night Football" against the New England Patriots: "Seeing ghosts."

— Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined more than $14,000 for violating the NFL's uniform policy, and he was not happy about it: "$14k for some pants that are NOT gonna protect me from anything … this s*** is ridiculous," Beckham wrote via Instagram.

— Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews was disappointed by his performance in Week 7: "Obviously, didn't play great myself. I've got to be better, I will be better. Everyone has bad games. I'm looking forward to getting back out there and showing my true colours. I think everybody knows that last game wasn't my true colours."

— Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis issued a statement on the passing of Hall of Famer Willie Brown: "It's a very sad day for the Raider Nation as a whole. … and for my family in particular. … Willie Brown was one of the greatest to ever play the game … but it was off the field and how he treated my mom for which I will forever be indebted to him … it was Willie who was her best friend … we loved and will miss you Willie…"

Jalen Ramsey is on the Los Angeles Rams' roster, but we have no idea if he will play this week or not.

All that and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Rams noncommittal on Ramsey's Week 7 availability

Los Angeles acquired star cornerback Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars for their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks in addition to a 2021 fourth-round pick on Wednesday, but Rams head coach Sean McVay might not want to put the team's newest addition to work right away.

"The goal is to be able to do that, but we'll be smart about it," McVay told reporters. "I think that we definitely want to have the intent to get him ready to go and we'll always make smart decisions. But, yes, that's the goal."

Ramsey has missed the last three games with a back injury, though some reports suggest it was a ploy to get the Jaguars to give into his trade request.

"I hope so. We'll see," Ramsey said when asked Wednesday at his introductory press conference if he'll make his Rams debut Sunday in Atlanta. "I've been missing football, I love football, so I would love that, but at the end of the day, we do have to be smart."

Chargers could get boost with Okung return

The Los Angeles Chargers have struggled with injuries this season, but the star offensive tackle could give the team the confidence they need entering a crucial matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

"I've been looking forward to this day for several weeks and I'm excited to officially announce that I will be back to football as early as Week 7," Russell Okung said.

Okung revealed he experienced "unusual chest pain at practice" on June 1 and decided to visit urgent care, where it was revealed he suffered a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition in which a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung. He was told by doctors that the decision to seek treatment likely saved his life.

He has not played in months, but apparently is ready to make his comeback.

Mosley participates in individual drills 

The New York Jets already got a boost with Sam Darnold back, and more help could be on the way. Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley will be back on the field for the first time since Week 1, giving optimism that he could be available to play against the New England Patriots on Monday. Jets coach Adam Gase added there is hope Mosley will do more in Friday and Saturday's practices to ensure he will be ready to go.

Mosley has been dealing with a groin injury, but New York have opted to take a more cautious approach with one of their best defensive players early in the season.

Two things that don't matter

Seahawks will embrace Thomas' return to Seattle

Veteran Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas did not exactly leave the Seattle Seahawks on the best terms, but the two sides appear to have put their differences aside to share a mutual respect.

"Earl was a great football player for us in the years he was here. We loved what he did — his uniqueness and his style of play," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Thursday. "The way he practiced and his focus was somewhat unmatchable. We just couldn't stay together forever, you know. Couldn't figure out how to do that. But wish him the best and looking forward to [Sunday].

"When we know guys, we like playing against them. You've got relationships and it's fun to see them out there and it's fun to go against them. There's nothing we like more than beating the guys that we love."

A.J. Green still has "a little ways to go" in rehab

The Cincinnati Bengals receiver has struggled to get healthy since suffering an ankle injury early in training camp and undergoing surgery in late July but told reporters he is progressing with the injury.

Cincinnati will host the Jaguars in Week 7, a game A.J. Green is unlikely to play, then head overseas to play the Rams in London before the team's Week 9 bye. It is possible Green could return in Week 10 against the Ravens, assuming the Bengals do not deal him before the October 29 trade deadline.

One video you have to see

It is Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys week, and Stephen A. Smith is FIRED up.

Thursday's tweet of the day

Former Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is pumped for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to visit on Thursday.

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 6 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stressed the importance of his team taking advantage of their next two home games to get back on track: "I'd say more than anything, we get a chance to fight in front of our home fans. There's no moral victories, there's no things of that such other than finding our ways to fight to get our football team the wins that we need to get. That's really all we’ll think about and all we'll focus our time on."

— Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson on next week's NFC East showdown with the Dallas Cowboys: "Anytime Dallas loses it helps, because here's the thing — I know the sky is falling outside. … Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we're in first place."

— Not only were the Los Angeles Chargers embarrassed on "Sunday Night Football," Pittsburgh Steelers fans also took over their stadium, and the team were not happy: "I don't know what that was. Don't do that at our own stadium," Melvin Gordon said after the game. "It already felt like it was their stadium … I don't understand that."

— Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker had some harsh words for the officiating crew after the team's Monday loss to the Green Bay Packers: "Extremely pissed off right now," Walker said. "It is what it is. Disappointed. Hurt. We had that game."

— Packers kicker Mason Crosby on his first Lambeau Leap after sealing his team's win: "That was special. It's something I've always wanted to do."

— Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke candidly about coach Jason Garrett on 105.3 The Fan radio: "If I totally disagreed with [Jason] Garrett's philosophy, he wouldn't be the head coach."

— Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gave a sincere injury update on quarterback Cam Newton: "I think people need to understand that the young man has done everything we've asked. I'm trying to stay true to what I told him. We're not going to put that kind of pressure on him. So, until we have it confirmed with our doctors and stuff like that, we're going to continue to do what we're doing."

— Jay Gruden on life after being fired by Washington Redskins: "Pretty quiet ... Bored out of my mind."

— NFL competition committee chairman Rich McKay declined to discuss whether pass interference replay is really working this season:  "I don't think we would give a summation of whether a rule that's been in place for six weeks is working or not working," McKay told reporters. "We want to get the egregious ones, and we want to get them overturned."

— Less than a week after leaving the door open for a potential NFL return, Rob Gronkowski appears to have shut it again: "I'll give an answer. When I retired, I retired for a reason: because I needed to step away," Gronkowski said. "So it would be a no. There it is."

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