Sam Darnold was selected third overall by the New York Jets in the 2018 NFL Draft, 29 spots ahead of Lamar Jackson, but it is the Baltimore Ravens star who is on course to win the MVP award.

The Jets are on the long list of teams who look foolish for passing on Jackson, and one celebrity Gang Green fan tried to convince the franchise hierarchy the former Louisville quarterback was a better option than Darnold back in 2018.

Speaking on the Michael Kay Show on WEPN-FM 98.7 ESPN New York, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David revealed he told then Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan to draft Jackson.

Maccagnan's response was not a positive one.

"I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson. I have a witness," David said.

"He kinda gave me the most condescending ... he laughed at me. But, who can blame him?"

Darnold has a career record of 11-15 in his 26 games for the Jets. He has completed 59.9 per cent of his passes for 5,889 yards, 36 touchdowns and 28 interceptions, having missed much of the 2019 campaign due to a bout of mononucleosis.

Jackson, meanwhile, is 19-3 as a starter with the Ravens, who face the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Saturday. 

He threw for 3,127 yards, 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions in the regular season, while also breaking Michael Vick's single-season quarterback rushing record by running for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Ravens are two wins away from the Super Bowl while the Jets are once again watching from home. David may be known for his comic genius, but perhaps Maccagnan should have taken him seriously.

Quarterbacks around the league remain on the mend, but there is hope for some to return.

We dive into the injury updates around the league and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

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Ryan misses second straight practice

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan suffered an ankle injury in Week 7 against the Los Angeles Rams and has been on the mend since. But given the team's lowly 1-6 record, it is unlikely the Falcons will rush Ryan back before he is ready.

In the meantime, the Falcons are reportedly preparing backup Matt Schaub to be "ready to go" in the event Ryan is unable to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Ryan has not missed a game since 2009, and his streak of 154 consecutive starts is the third-longest active streak in the NFL and second among quarterbacks behind the Chargers' Philip Rivers.

Mahomes on field for warmups despite injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is already back at practice despite suffering a dislocated kneecap and has yet to be ruled out against the Green Bay Packers, indicating he may indeed be active in Week 8.

Mahomes was not running, but he was active and seen throwing during the team's workout just one day earlier, which is way ahead of the initial three-week recovery timeline he was given.

Darnold back at practice after toenail removed

The New York Jets quarterback practiced on a limited basis on Thursday because he had a ripped toenail removed after Monday's loss to the New England Patriots.

"Toe's good," Sam Darnold told reporters. "Toe's really good. Working to get better every single day. They're just making sure that it's protected and they're making sure that my toe and my foot feels normal. They're making sure that the cleat feels normal to me like it usually does but also making sure it's protected."

Jets head coach Adam Gase reiterated his confidence that Darnold will still play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

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Dareus out four to six weeks after surgery

The Jaguars defensive tackle — who missed the team's season opener with an elbow injury — suffered a core injury during Jacksonville's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals last Sunday and underwent surgery to repair the ailment Thursday.

Marcell Dareus has 13 tackles and a half sack through six games this season.

Drew Lock still "not ready to go" for Broncos

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway insisted rookie quarterback Drew Lock needs more time to heal and prepare for potentially taking over the starting role from veteran Joe Flacco.

"I will say this: The most important thing for a young quarterback is not to put him out there before he's ready," Elway said. "So that is the most important thing and if he's not ready, we're not going to put him out there. That is the key thing. And as you know dealing with quarterbacks, it's a very tough thing because if you don't put him in a situation where he has a chance to be successful and he's not successful, the whole roof will cave in. So we have to make sure that Drew is ready when he does get in there, if he does get in there.

"We're still in the process of evaluating that. He is not ready to go right now, I will tell you that."

One video you have to see

The Seahawks' elevator design is hilariously perfect.

Thursday's tweet of the day

Cleveland Browns receiver Jarvis Landry was quick to backtrack his comments about beating the Patriots.

Quarterbacks around the league are on the mend.

We dive into the latest injury updates around the league and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

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Brees expects to play Week 8

While no definitive decision has been made, veteran New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told reporters he anticipates he will be ready to take the field against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after missing the last six weeks with a thumb injury.

Brees underwent surgery and sported a brace on his hand as he recovered but was seen throwing earlier this month. In his absence, Teddy Bridgewater has proven to be a reliable backup by winning five straight starts.

Mahomes throws at practice after knee injury

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was not running, but he was active during the team's workout and has yet to be ruled out for Week 8 against the Green Bay Packers. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid confirmed Matt Moore will get the majority of reps at practice this week, though Mahomes will toss the ball and take part in individual drills.

Reigning MVP Mahomes suffered a dislocated kneecap in last week's win over the Denver Broncos but reportedly could return in as soon as three weeks. The Chiefs are hopeful he could return in Week 11 against the Los Angeles Chargers, though they could choose to wait until after the team's Week 12 bye.

Darnold has ripped toenail removed

Another day, another odd setback for the New York Jets quarterback. Sam Darnold practiced on a limited basis Wednesday because he had a ripped toenail removed after Monday's loss to the New England Patriots. The good news is coach Adam Gase said Darnold will be able to participate in individual drills and is still expected to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Sam will do individual drills, we'll evaluate him after," Gase told reporters. "Hoping to get seven-on-seven in, not sure if we're going to put him in team periods yet. Kind of that toe, we're just trying to make sure that he's good, feels good with the shoes that he's got.

"So we'll kind of progress as we go through practice. If he ends up getting a 'Did Not Participate', he'll at least do individual and then we'll see where he's at after that."

Two things that don't matter

Brady embracing career uncertainty

Patriots star Tom Brady is in his 20th season with the Super Bowl champions and said he wants to keep playing into his mid-40s, but he could become a free agent after this campaign, leaving his future with the franchise in question.

"That is the great part for me, I don't know," Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" in Boston. "I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind feel like [there is] the responsibility to always fulfil the contract.

"One day I will wake up and I will feel like, 'OK, that will be enough'. When that day comes, that day comes. I don't know if it will be after this year. I don't know if it will be five years from now. I don't have to determine those things right now, either. That is kind of a good part of where I am at. Just take advantage of the opportunities that I have this year and do the very best I can do and then those decisions come at probably more appropriate times."

Reid motivated entering matchup with former team

The veteran safety has been preparing to face the 49ers since San Francisco opted not to re-sign him after the 2017 season, which ultimately paved his path to the Carolina Panthers.

"I just don't forget," Eric Reid told reporters.

Reid, who later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL along with quarterback Colin Kaepernick stating teams would not sign the pair due to their stances against social injustices, added he does not feel "bitter" or want "revenge," just a win.

One video you have to see

Kansas City are ready to light up Green Bay.

Wednesday's tweet of the day

Too soon, Myles Garrett.

Trades were all the talk around the NFL on Tuesday.

We look at those transactions and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

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Broncos trade Sanders to 49ers

It was reported that the Denver Broncos dealt two-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tand a fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers, with NFL Media noting the latter were in on Mohamed Sanu before he went to the New England Patriots. In return, the Broncos received third- and fourth-round picks in 2020 from the Niners.

Sanders, who should welcome the change of scenery joining a playoff contender, has 565 catches for 7,391 and 39 touchdowns over 134 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Broncos.

Patriots acquire Sanu from Falcons

Super Bowl champions New England acquired the wide receiver from the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick. Sanu farewelled the Falcons and their fans on Twitter.

Sanu played at Rutgers with the McCourty brothers and Patriots assistant Steve Belichick before being drafted in 2012 by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he remained until he signed with Atlanta in 2016. He has 33 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown this season.

Hall of Fame cornerback Brown dies aged 78

No cause of death has been made public, but support has been overflowing on social media.

Willie Brown will be best remembered on the field for his interception of the Minnesota Vikings' Fran Tarkenton in Super Bowl 11 in 1977 that became an iconic moment in the game's history.

He later served as a defensive backfield coach for the Oakland Raiders from 1979 to 1988 and also was the head coach at Long Beach State in 1991.

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Peterson says he's 'ready to go'

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson insisted he will play against his former team in Minnesota on Thursday despite an MRI revealing a Grade 1 high ankle sprain and a Grade 2 low ankle sprain. Peterson initially injured his ankle during Sunday's game against the 49ers after fumbling, finishing with 20 carries for 81 yards. 

The 34-year-old, who has a long history of injuries, has rushed for 307 yards and one touchdown on 83 carries in six games this season. 

XFL reveals schedule for 2020 season

The league is set to open play February 8 when the D.C. Defenders visit the Seattle Dragons. The XFL's eight teams, which have been divided into two divisions, will have 10 games from February 8 to April 12 before the playoffs begin later that month and the championship game takes place April 26.

"It's a big moment for us,'' XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said. "We've got great time slots on the weekends. We think it's a well-designed schedule in terms of competitive balance.''

One video you have to see

Dion Jordan looks ready to get to work.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Le'Veon Bell held nothing back as he bashed the NFL and defended his quarterback on Twitter after Sam Darnold was heard on "Monday Night Football" saying he was "seeing ghosts."

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…"

Le'Veon Bell came to the defence of Sam Darnold after the New York Jets quarterback was heard saying he was "seeing ghosts" during their shutout loss to the New England Patriots.

Darnold's remarks were aired during ESPN's broadcast of the 33-0 defeat at MetLife Stadium, for which the quarterback was mic'd up.

He was seen sitting on the bench saying "I'm seeing ghosts" in a game that saw him commit five turnovers.

Running back Bell said the NFL "screwed Sammy over" and that airing a sideline comment like that had never happened to another quarterback.

"The NFL screwed Sammy over ... there's not one player in the NFL who's cool with having every sideline convo broadcasted to millions...there's a reason we've never heard other QBs frustrated on the sideline like that before... that's crazy, @NFL did Sam dirty as hell," Bell wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

According to the New York Daily News , the NFL needs to have an on-site NFL Films representative clear any comments aired. Not only did the representative clear this particular comment from Darnold, but ESPN — which has the right not to use content cleared — also decided to air it on the "Monday Night Football" broadcast.

"We'll be looking into that pretty hard," Jets coach Adam Gase said on Tuesday when asked about the airing of Darnold's comments.

"That was one of those things that was really disappointing to hear about after the game. I don't know if I've ever seen that where somebody that was mic'd up was basically … a comment like that was allowed to be aired. It bothers me. It bothers the organisation. Obviously, we're going to be looking hard into our co-operation going forward."

NFL coaches and quarterbacks have to be mic'd up for one game a season, per NFL Films' deal with teams. Originally, Darnold was going to be mic'd up for the Week 2 game against the Cleveland Browns, but he was ruled out of the contest.

"It's not something's that new," Gase said. "Usually when it's a Monday night game, somebody's usually mic'd up. I know once a year I have to do the same thing. It’s kind of part of the deal.

"Obviously, you're never anticipating something like that happening. The fact that it did just gives us pause to really co-operate anymore. Because I don't know how we can allow our franchise quarterback to be put out there like that."

Sam Darnold said he was just being "straight up" with his on-field comment that was picked up during the New York Jets' resounding defeat to the New England Patriots.

The Jets quarterback was heard on the field mic saying "I'm seeing ghosts" when down 24-0 in the first half of Monday's contest at MetLife Stadium.

By the end of the game, Darnold had gone 11-of-32 for a career-low 86 yards and tied a career-high four interceptions as the Pats (7-0) went on to triumph 33-0.

It was just Darnold's second game back since recovering from mononucleosis and he vowed to learn from a tough evening after the Jets fell to 1-5.

"When I talk to the coaches, I just got to be straight up and, for me, I have just got to see the field a lot better; that's kind of what that means," Darnold replied when asked about his "ghosts" comment. 

"It was a rough night out there and obviously I got to be better and learn from the mistakes but we will get better.

"I definitely think I was pressing too hard, trying to get a 24-point score in one play. I just got to take it one play at a time and continue to play the game the way it's meant to be played."

The New England Patriots started fast on Monday to coast to a 33-0 rout of the New York Jets and remain undefeated.

New England, off to their third 7-0 start in history, completed a season sweep of the Jets, who dropped to 1-5, and again did not concede a single point.

Tom Brady was up to his usual tricks, New England's defense played lights out and Sam Darnold had a disappointing follow-up after returning as the Jets quarterback a week ago.

 

What else can you say about Tom Brady?

At this point in his career it is clockwork. Brady continuously defies the odds when he steps onto the field and comes away with easy wins as he did on Monday.

He was near perfect, throwing one interception, but the veteran quarterback brushed it off and kept the offense rolling.

Brady finished 31-of-45 passing for 249 yards and one touchdown. He did not lead a balanced attack with 249 passing yards to 74 rushing, but he did look to running back Sony Michel for a bulk of the team's scores once they were deep in the red zone.

Patriots' defense continues to dominate

We already know Brady is reliable under center, but New England's defense have turned a tide since coach Bill Belichick assumed the role as coordinator. The mastermind has helped put together the league's best defensive unit in nearly every category. 

The Patriots' defense entered the game with as many touchdowns (three) as they have allowed through six games. They are also allowing just 6.9 points per game.

It was an obvious mismatch against the lowly Jets on paper, but it was made more apparent come game time.

New England finished with six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles) and just 154 total yards allowed.

 

There is an argument that New England have not had a true test. A fact that may remain until the Patriots' match-up with the Baltimore Ravens in two weeks. If the defense continues to steamroll lesser sides, it should be primed for another big performance against a tougher offense.

Sam Darnold's return came to a screeching halt

It was unfair of the football gods to have this match-up on the calendar at this time. No one could have foreseen Darnold coming down with mono but when he did return last week, he played well.

Darnold entered the Week 7 matchup with the Patriots off one of the best performances of his young career. In the Jets' first win of the season, a 24-22 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the second-year signal caller finished with a 71.9 per cent completion rate, 338 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

It was a much different story this time around.

He opened the game with horrible decision making that led to an early pick and he never recovered.

Darnold finished 11-of-32 passing for 73 yards, no touchdowns and the four interceptions.

Sam Darnold has been cleared to play in Week 6, the New York Jets announced on Tuesday.

Quarterback Darnold has been out since Week 2 after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis but can return against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

He went 28-for-41 passing for 175 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in his lone start this year, a 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.

Darnold was cleared for non-contact drills last week but was ultimately ruled out of facing the Philadelphia Eagles.

New York are 0-4 in his absence and 0-5 on the season.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is going to need at least one more week of recovery before returning to the field. 

Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters on Friday that Darnold has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Eagles as he continues to recuperate from glandular fever. 

Darnold was scheduled to undergo bloodwork and have an ultrasound on his spleen on Friday morning to determine whether he was ready to play, but Luke Falk will get the call instead. 

"When we told [Darnold], the first thing he says is, 'I feel like I'm letting the other guys down,'" Gase said, via NFL Media. "He did everything he was asked to do. It just didn't work out for him."

Darnold had not lifted, run or thrown since being diagnosed last month but ramped up his workouts this week after being cleared for non-contact drills on Monday, offering hope that he could make his return on time.

He did note on Thursday that, as badly as he wanted to return to the field, he did not want to take any unnecessary chances. 

"It's a tough thing because you want to stay safe," Darnold told reporters. "I want to make sure that I'm safe out there and that I'm not gonna die... For me, sitting back and watching the team play and not having anything to do with the win or the loss, it's not a good feeling for me."

Darnold, selected by the Jets with the No. 3 pick in the 2018 draft, has been out since September 12. 

In two games, Falk has gone 32 of 47 for 296 yards and one interception. He has also been sacked seven times.

The Jets (0-4) travel to face the Eagles (2-2) on Sunday, with kickoff set for 1300 ET. 

After weeks of quarterback headlines, one team's kicker injury has proven to be significant as well.

But we will also evaluate the progress other injured players have made in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Jets could delay Darnold decision 

The second-year quarterback practiced on Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis last month, but the New York Jets may not reveal this week's starter until Sunday. Jets head coach Adam Gase was optimistic Sam Darnold could play, but will keep the Philadelphia Eagles guessing for now.

"I like our odds better than what they've been," Gase told reporters before practice. "Last week, if we would've been playing again, I would've said it's very low. I like the fact that things have looked and progressed in the right direction. But I don't know what that 5 percent is. There's some grey still there."

Darnold has yet to be cleared for contact, but that could change as early as Friday after he participated in non-contact drills. In the meantime, backup Luke Falk is staying warm in case he needs to start again.

Smith reappears after mysterious absence

The star linebacker returned to practice after a mysterious absence kept him off the field on Sunday and away from the Chicago Bears early this week. But his status for Sunday's game in London is less certain even though he told reporters he plans to play.

"We'll see," Bears coach Matt Nagy said.

Roquan Smith was 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. It marked the first game he has missed since being drafted in the first round in 2018, though he appears ready to get back on track after entering Week 4 with 24 tackles this season.

Barkley seen running at practice

The second-year running back showed off his superhuman skills as he took a significant step in his high ankle sprain recovery by running at practice, giving hope that he could return ahead of schedule.

"Some people's doctors had him at eight weeks. Not my doctors," New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur told reporters.

Saquon Barkley avoided surgery and the injured reserve list, and did not appear to have "any sort of limp or limitation" at any point of Wednesday's training session.

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Gostkowski needs season-ending surgery

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve and reportedly is dealing with a hip injury that will sideline him for the rest of 2019, though he is expected to be rehabbed by the 2020 season.

News of the procedure comes hours after it was reported that New England were looking to work out free agent kickers amid Gostkowski's struggles. The 35-year-old has missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks, though he has hit 7 of 8 field goals this season.

Ramsey still absent from Jaguars

Disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey has not practiced since the Jacksonville Jaguars' victory over the Tennessee Titans on September 19 and remains away from the team for various reasons, from injuries to the birth of his second child. Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone did not reveal any new updates.

"Talking to Jalen today, basically it's a day-to-day type thing," Marrone said.

Meanwhile, Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice because of the knee injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Denver Broncos.

One video you have to see

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb had no shame against the Baltimore Ravens.

Wednesday's tweet of the day

Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald paid special tribute to owner Bill Bidwill, who died Wednesday, aged 88.

With Week 4 winding down, a couple of players are preparing to ramp things up.

Then there is Jalen Ramsey, who still somehow has not landed with another team two weeks after requesting a trade.

Here we look back at the biggest headlines from Week 4 and the impact they will have heading into Week 5.

 

Winless Broncos dealt toughest blow yet with Chubb injury

Star linebacker Bradley Chubb has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which could have been aggravated when he played through the pain against the Jacksonville Jaguars and will miss the rest of the season after having surgery.

"He felt good enough to come back in and actually, he played that last series pretty damn well," Denver 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."

Without Chubb, who had his first sack and forced fumble of the season on Sunday, the Broncos will need to consider other options, especially with games against the Los Angeles Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs looming. It does not help that Denver's bye is not until Week 10.

Can Jaguars go another week without Ramsey?

The disgruntled Jaguars cornerback dealt with everything from flu-like symptoms, to a back injury, to the birth of his second child last week before also missing Sunday's win over the Broncos, leaving doubt that he will play the Carolina Panthers in Week 5. That could change, however, if Ramsey decides to actually practice this week.

Jacksonville reportedly turned down two first-round picks for Ramsey. Those picks were reportedly from a good team which would be picking late in the first round. But if Ramsey continues to demand a trade, the Jaguars might have no choice but to accept that or a similar offer.

Burfict will appeal season-long suspension

Given his lengthy history of illegal hits, it is unlikely the NFL will overturn its ruling to suspend Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict for the remainder of the season after he drilled Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle with a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Derrick Brooks or James Thrash will hear Burfict's appeal, and NFL Media noted both former players have a history in that chair as Thrash previously reduced a Burfict suspension from five games to three in 2017 after Brooks upheld a three-game suspension in 2016.

If the latest ban – which happens to be the longest suspension for an on-field act in NFL history – is upheld, Burfict will have been suspended for a total of 22 games in his career, totalling more than $5million in lost salary due to absences and fines.

Gordon ramping up for return

Running back Melvin Gordon was active for Los Angeles for the first time this season after ending his contract holdout last week. However, the Chargers opted not to play him in their 30-10 win over the Miami Dolphins since Gordon only participated in two practices.

He is expected to suit up Sunday against the Broncos, though his workload will depend on his participation in practice this week, especially since Austin Ekeler has done a good job of handling the ground work in Gordon's absence.

Darnold cleared for non-contact drills

The New York Jets quarterback has been out since September 12 with mono and the team had hoped he would be well enough to return after the team's Week 4 bye. But Sam Darnold's availability will not be determined until later this week when he gets back in his throwing routine.

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.

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."

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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.

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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.

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Sam Darnold will begin throwing after he was cleared for non-contact drills, though there is still doubt over when exactly the New York Jets quarterback will return to action.

Jets head coach Adam Gase told the media on Monday that Darnold – who has not played since Week 1 due to mononucleosis – is now able to practice again.

The Jets had hoped the third pick in the 2018 NFL Draft would be able to play after their bye week, but Gase confirmed his status for Week 5 remains up in the air.

With back-up Trevor Siemian ruled out for the season, Luke Falk could once again deputise for Darnold against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I know it's not the clear-and-cut answer that we were hoping for, but the positive thing is it gives a chance to get him out at practice and being able to go through all that stuff - he just can't have any contact," Gase said.

Darnold – who completed 28 of his 41 pass attempts for 175 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills – has not lifted, run or thrown since his diagnosis.

"I've been feeling 100 per cent for about a week," he said on a conference call with reporters. "That's the hard part about it.

"It's out of my control. My spleen's going to do what it's going to do.

"Right now, I'm just focused on if they say I can get some cardio in - getting as much cardio in as I can - making sure that I'm in shape so if I were to go out there and play a game I hold up."

Sam Darnold believes the New York Jets can be competitive. 

The 22-year-old quarterback has been sidelined with mono and New York have been blown out in both of the games he has missed.

Darnold addressed the team's struggles when he met with reporters on Monday. 

"I think, for me, I'm just going to go in there and control what I can control. Obviously, we need to fix some details at other spots as well, we're not blind to that," Darnold told a news conference.

"It's just about going out there in practice, in the meeting rooms, in walkthrough and not being shy about it either, not being worried about anyone's feelings. It's about getting this stuff right and we're going to get it right. It's just a matter of time.

"We're going to go on a little run here. It's going to be fun, but it's going to take a lot of work. I know a lot of the guys on the team are willing to put in that work."

The Jets will have a bye week before facing the Eagles in Philadelphia on October 6.

Darnold said previously he was hoping to be back on the field for that game. 

"Even if everything was great and we were 3-0, I'd want to be out there helping the team," Darnold said. "For me, as a competitor, I've always wanted to go out there and help my team win, so I'm anxious to do that and get healthy as fast as I can."

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell also expects the team to bounce back from their slow start. 

"It's a team thing, it's not just the quarterback," Bell said on Monday. "Football is a game of three phases. It's offense, defense, and special teams, right?

"Offensively we've got to get better. Regardless of if Sam is in the game or not we've got to protect him. We've still got to make plays on the outside. We've got to just clean up the little things and we'll be fine."

The Jets will enter their matchup against Philadelphia with an 0-3 record.

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