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John Harbaugh, Mike Vrabel exchange words after Titans gather at Ravens logo
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John Harbaugh, Mike Vrabel exchange words after Titans gather at Ravens logo

The action started early between the Ravens and Titans on Sunday. And it involved the head coaches. John Harbaugh appeared to take exception to Tennessee holding a pregame meeting on the Ravens logo and could be seen confronting Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler, while receiver A.J. Brown intervened. Words were exchanged but nothing more. Mike Vrabel and Harbaugh then addressed the situation with an official, the former seemingly irritated that this had become a thing. The 2019 Divisional Round opponents saved the real drama for the game. Derrick Henry's 29-yard touchdown scamper in overtime gave Tennessee a 30-24 victory, its second in Baltimore in 10 months. That put the Titans (7-3) atop the AFC South and left the Ravens (6-4) on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. It als...
Cowboys to start All-Pro G Zack Martin at right tackle vs. Vikings
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Cowboys to start All-Pro G Zack Martin at right tackle vs. Vikings

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line will have a new look coming off their bye week. All-Pro guard Zack Martin will be starting at right tackle in Sunday's road game vs. the Minnesota Vikings, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports, per a source. Rookie tackle Terence Steele, who has started all nine games at RT this season for the Cowboys, goes to the bench. Second-year guard Connor McGovern is in line to get the start at Martin's spot on the right side. McGovern got his first career start this season in Week 7 with Martin out due to injury. Martin will be making his first NFL start at tackle. Amid his seventh season with the Cowboys, Martin has missed only three games in a career that has never missed the Pro Bowl and has made first-team All-Pro four times. The O-line change comes with qu...
Saints’ Sean Payton ‘just wants to know’ if Taysom Hill is future at QB
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Saints’ Sean Payton ‘just wants to know’ if Taysom Hill is future at QB

When it came to light that it would be Taysom Hill and not Jameis Winston, the questions came. From those who know Sean Payton well to those around the NFL: Wait, what? Why would the backup not be the backup? After conversations with several people involved in the situation, an explanation became clear as to why Hill, the do-it-all weapon, is expected to start at QB vs. the Falcons. "Sean just wants to know," said one source with a deep knowledge of Payton's thinking. That's it. Of all the factors, that's the main one. Nevermind that Hill is, in fact, considered the backup on the depth chart. The Saints have featured Drew Brees as their starter since 2006. They gave Hill a two-year, $21 million contract this offseason with the thought that he's the future, but no one knows for sure. ...
Ravens to bench Matt Skura, start Patrick Mekari after recent snap issues
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Ravens to bench Matt Skura, start Patrick Mekari after recent snap issues

One week after a few poor shotgun snaps helped derail their offense, the Baltimore Ravens are making a change at center. Sources say that Matt Skura is headed to the bench, while Patrick Mekari will take over as the starter in a big game against the Tennessee Titans. Skura, who recovered from a serious knee injury last season that may still be affecting him, does have a chance to return to the lineup later in the season after he clears his head. In addition, Baltimore may look to have quarterback Lamar Jackson in the shotgun at a lower frequency than before to make sure their offense can properly function. With two losses in their last three games, they'll tinker with their formula. Last week against the New England Patriots, Skura's poor snap with seven minutes left led to a 12-yard lo...
Injury roundup: Lions’ Matthew Stafford (right thumb) set to play vs. Panthers
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Injury roundup: Lions’ Matthew Stafford (right thumb) set to play vs. Panthers

It appears the Lions will have their starting quarterback against Carolina but the Panthers' QB situation is still up in the air. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (thumb) is listed as questionable, but he got through the week with no issues and should start, a source tells NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Stafford has since been declared active vs. the Panthers. Despite a minor ligament tear in his throwing thumb, Stafford has no limitations. In nine games this season, the Georgia product is averaging 267 passing yards with 17 total touchdowns. Elsewhere in the Lions offense, with D'Andre Swift out with a concussion, veteran running back Adrian Peterson is slated to return to the starting role. However, A.D. is also expected to split carries with Kerryon Johnson, Rapoport ...
Saturday’s NFL injury and roster news for Week 11
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Saturday’s NFL injury and roster news for Week 11

Sony Michel will be making his long-awaited return on Sunday. Sources tell NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that the New England Patriots running back will be activated from injured reserve and is set to play on Sunday vs. the Houston Texans. Michel hasn't played since Week 3 and was placed on IR on Oct. 5 with a quad injury. Damien Harris has carved out a valuable role in Michel's absence. The second-year RB leads the team with 471 rushing yards and 85 attempts. Harris is coming off his best game of the season against the Ravens, where he ran for a season-high 121 yards, which was his third 100-plus yard game in his six games played this year. Michel totaled 173 yards on 26 attempts in his three games this season. How New England handles a healthy backfield going forward remains to be...
Michael F. Florio’s Week 11 fantasy football matchups
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Michael F. Florio’s Week 11 fantasy football matchups

Every week this article will look at the best and toughest matchups for each position in fantasy football. It also will give you five players whose fantasy value is on the rise. Best QB Matchups Taysom Hill vs. Falcons: This would be so much better if it was Jameis Winston starting for the Saints, but even still it is a good matchup for Hill. The Falcons have allowed the most fantasy PPG to QBs this season (26.02). They have given up over 320 passing yards per game this season, but you should not expect passing numbers like that from Hill. The upside here is the rushing numbers he can give you. He is a QB2 with risk, but upside this week. Caveat: There have been conflicting reports about who will start for the Saints. If it is Winston, he is a Top 10 QB play for me. Hill is a riskier QB...
Reappraising the 2018 NFL Draft’s hyped QB class; plus, Ben Roethlisberger for MVP?
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Reappraising the 2018 NFL Draft’s hyped QB class; plus, Ben Roethlisberger for MVP?

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include: -- The veteran QB who isn't getting his due in the MVP conversation. -- The John Stockton of the NFL. -- A running back who might hold the key to the Patriots' playoff hopes. But first, a reappraisal of one of the most highly anticipated quarterback classes in draft history ... The Philadelphia Eagles' decision to sign Carson Wentz to a long-term extension prior to the 2019 season should serve as a cautionary tale for general managers contemplating new contracts for young quarterbacks. That four-year, $128 million extension, which seemed like a bargain for an MVP-caliber field general at the time, suddenly looks like an albatros...
NFL Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 11 Weekend Preview (aka Stranger Weeks)
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NFL Fantasy Football Podcast: Week 11 Weekend Preview (aka Stranger Weeks)

Marcas Grant is joined by Michael F. Florio for the Friday edition of the NFL Fantasy Football Podcast! First, the duo discusses the biggest headlines of late including Taysom Hill being named starting QB over Jameis Winston for the Saints (5:27) and then they recap Thursday Night Football between the Cardinals and Seahawks (16:17). Next, Marcas and Michael answer the big questions of Week 11 surrounding Matthew Stafford, Marquise Brown and Jonathan Taylor (23:10). Lastly, the guys round out the show talking about players with great value on Draft Kings (34:37) and the 'Ask a Nerd' segment (51:22).
Broncos QB Drew Lock (ribs) questionable for Week 11 game vs. Dolphins
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Broncos QB Drew Lock (ribs) questionable for Week 11 game vs. Dolphins

Denver's chances in Sunday's meeting with the Miami Dolphins depend on who the Broncos can send out to play quarterback. As of Friday, that may or may not end up being Drew Lock. The second-year signal-caller is listed as questionable for Sunday's game with a rib injury, per the team's injury report. Lock wants to play, and Saturday morning's session will play a factor in determining whether he can suit up, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. Vic Fangio's staff wants to see how well Lock can throw and how he feels after doing so, Palmer added. Lock is undoubtedly Denver's best option and gives the team its best odds of victory against a surging Dolphins squad quarterbacked by rookie Tua Tagovailoa. Without him, the Broncos have been forced to insert backups Jeff Driskel and Brett Ryp...