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Chiefs claim Terrell Suggs after losing Alex Okafor

Terrell Suggs, the all-time sack leader in Ravens history, was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, according to multiple reports. Suggs was released Friday by the Arizona Cardinals.

The Chiefs have already clinched the AFC West, but one of their pass rushers, Alex Okafor, suffered a reported pectoral tear Sunday.

It remains to be seen if Suggs will report to the Chiefs, however. Suggs was angling for a return to the Ravens where he spent his first 16 NFL seasons, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

If he played for the Chiefs, Suggs could potentially go ahead his former team (again) in the playoffs. With the NFL’s best record (12-2), the Ravens have the league’s lowest waiver claim, meaning every other team had a chance Monday to claim Suggs before Baltimore.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that the Ravens did not submit a claim for Suggs, but could have signed him as a free agent if no other team did.

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Suggs is one of the greatest defensive players in Ravens history and holds the franchise record with 132 ½ sacks. 

He was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2003, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and helped the Ravens acquire a Super Bowl in 2012.

Although Suggs often talked about wanting to end his career in Baltimore, the 37-year-old outside linebacker chose to sign with the Cardinals during free agency, even though he said the Ravens made a push to bring him back.

Suggs went to college at Arizona State and said one of the factors in signing with the Cardinals was an opportunity to return home.

If Suggs elects not to report to Kansas City, speculation would likely continue about a possible reunion with the Ravens. Baltimore outside linebacker Matthew Judon endorsed Suggs’ return on social media after he was released.

The Ravens have won 10 straight matches and the defense has improved as the season has progressed. Judon is the leader of Baltimore’s pass rush, having his best season with a career-high 8 ½ sacks. Tyus Bowser (five sacks) is also having a career year, including a strip sack of New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold last Thursday night.

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Ravens QB Lamar Jackson breaks Michael Vick´s single season rushing yards record

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson just broke the NFL’s all-time season rushing record for a quarterback, set by Michael Vick back in 2006.

Jackson entered Thursday’s game versus the New York Jets with 1,017 rushing yards — 22 behind Vick’s total of 1,039. Vick achieved his total with fewer attempts (but in more games) that season than Jackson had had in 2019.

Jackson — wearing white sleeves and a white glove — reached the 1,000-yard mark last week versus the Buffalo Bills, joining Vick as the only other QB to reach quadruple digits on the ground in a single season.

Then Jackson broke Vick’s all-time mark with a five-yard red-zone run in the first quarter versus the Jets that set up a Mark Ingram touchdown run on the next play.

Vick’s mark was once thought to be unbreakable in a passing-heavy era where running quarterbacks sometimes have been asked to throw more and run less. But with the Ravens, Jackson has been given carte blanche to run and throw with a scheme that perfectly accentuates his skills.

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And it’s a big reason why Jackson appears to be one of the runaway MVP favorites in December.

With three more games left, Jackson could even approach the 1,300-yard mark with a few more big performances with his legs and land somewhere in the league’s top 10 rushers this season.

Vick achieved his record — breaking Bobby Douglass’ mark of 968, set in 1972 — with a mere 123 rushes in 16 games back in 2016. It took Jackson 154 carries to earn the season record, but he did so in the Ravens’ 14th game of this season.

Jackson still has some work to do to catch Vick’s career rushing total of 6,109 yards on the ground. Jackson is less than one-third of the way toward that mark. But through 30 NFL games (21 starts), Jackson is averaging close to 60 rush yards per game.

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Eagles lose WR Alshon Jeffery for season due to foot injury

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will miss the rest of the season with what coach Doug Pederson called a “significant” foot injury, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

NFL Network first reported that Jeffery would miss the rest of the season.

Jeffery was taken to the locker room on a cart during the second quarter of Monday’s 23-17 victory over the New York Giants. He was not contacted on the play, but left the field limping before throwing his helmet down and entering the medical tent. He then sat in the front seat of a cart that headed down the tunnel.

The injury left Carson Wentz with just two active receivers for the rest of the game: JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward. With Nelson Agholor still dealing with a knee injury, the Eagles are expected to make a move at receiver in the near future.

They have three receivers on their practice squad, including Marken Michel, the brother of Sony Michel who had a strong offseason for the Eagles.

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This late in the season it’s difficult to bring in somebody from outside who hasn’t been in this offense either in training camp or during the season.

“We definitely have a couple guys on practice squad if we have to make a move,” Pederson said. “Obviously, we could look outside the building if we need to. But we’re going to work through that today and try to get something in place here pretty quick. We’re back on the field (Tuesday).”

Jeffery finished the season with 43 catches for 430 yards and four touchdowns. Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson, meanwhile, is week-to-week with an ankle injury, Pederson said. 

Halapoulivaati Vaitai substituted him at right tackle Monday and appears to be the leading candidate for the job moving forward.

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49ers C Weston Richburg out for year

The San Francisco 49ers suffered a big blow on Sunday when center Weston Richburg left in the third quarter of their victory over the New Orleans Saints with a leg injury.

Test results on Monday confirmed bad news. Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Richburg suffered a torn patella tendon and will miss the rest of the regular season and playoffs.

The 49ers are also looking at key defensive players missing time for the stretch run of the season.

While it sounds like Sherman and Ford could be back for the playoffs — especially if the 49ers earn a first-round bye — losing Richburg is a setback for the league’s fourth-ranked offense and second-ranked running game. But a bye is no guarantee with games versus the Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams and a key Week 17 clash with the Seattle Seahawks that could determine the NFC West champion remaining.

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Richburgh, meanwhile, will need surgery and rehab before he returns.

A six-year NFL veteran, Richburg has anchored San Francisco’s interior line for two seasons.

Ben Garland finished Sunday’s game in place of Richburg and is expected to take over at center in his place.

Garland took first-team reps during training camp as Richburg recovered from offseason surgery. He drew positive reviews from his teammates on Sunday, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers had 339 total yards to the Saints’ 265 at the time of Richburg’s injury, but they trailed 30-28. 

Center Weston Richburg was carted off the field with an injury to his right knee and ankle. Richburg’s right leg got caught on guard Mike Person’s left leg, causing the center’s leg to awkwardly bend as he went to the ground.  The 49ers signed Richburg to a five-year contract in March 2018. 

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49ers improve 11-2 with road win over Saints

The Saints scored a go-ahead touchdown with 53 seconds remaining, the fourth lead change of the day, and had the 49ers on the ropes with a fourth-and-two with 39 seconds remaining.

But New Orleans missed on two two-point conversions, including one after their final touchdown, and the 49ers kicked the game-winning field goal on the final play.

Jimmy Garoppolo hit George Kittle on for a 39-yard gain on that fourth-and-two play, with C.J. Gardner-Johnson missing a tackle that would have ended the game. Marcus Williams added a facemask penalty at the end of the play. It set up San Francisco in field goal range.

Robbie Gould kicked a 30-yarder as time expired to give the 49ers a 48-46 victory in the game of the season in the NFL.

The teams combined for 94 points and 981 yards. The Saints punted once, threw an incompletion on a fake punt that they thought they should have gotten defensive holding and Alvin Kamara lost a fumble. The 49ers punted three times and Garoppolo threw an interception.

The 49ers, who lost a 20-17 heartbreaker to the Ravens on the final play last week, moved to 11-2. The Saints fell to 10-3.

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Tre’Quan Smith scored on an 18-yard pass from Drew Brees with 53 seconds left in what looked like it was going to be the game-winner, but Garoppolo and Gould had the last say.

Garoppolo finished 26-of-35 for 349 yards with four touchdowns and the interception. Brees went 29-of-40 for 349 yards and five touchdowns.

The 49ers picked up a key victory, in terms of their quest to win the NFC West and, potentially, gain home-field advantage in the playoffs.

The Seattle Seahawks entered the day with a 10-2 record but currently are listed atop the NFC West standings because of their head-to-head victory over the 49ers on Nov. 11.

The 49ers can clinch a playoff spot Sunday night with a Los Angeles Rams loss or tie against Seattle. They can take over the top spot in the NFC West — and best record in the NFC — with a Rams victory.

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NY Jets put C.J Mosley on IR, to have surgery

New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley, who signed a record-setting free-agent contract last offseason, is done for the season after playing in only two games.

Mosley, who suffered a severe groin injury in Week 1, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. He will have surgery to repair what he described as a groin/abdominal issue.

“It gives us a chance to get him back in the spring and get him going in the offseason program,” coach Adam Gase said.

After sitting out four matches following the initial injury, Mosley returned Oct. 21 versus the New England Patriots and aggravated it. At the time, the Jets called it a six-week injury, so they gave him an opportunity to rehab instead putting him on IR.

This will go down as one of the most disappointing moves in recent free-agent history.

The Jets lured Mosley away from the Baltimore Ravens with a five-year, $85 million contract — then a record-setting deal for an inside linebacker. It included a franchise-record $43 million in guarantees.

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They anointed him as the “quarterback” of their defense and expected him to galvanize the unit. Without Mosley, the defense has played well; the Jets are ranked sixth in yards allowed.

Mosley got off to a terrific start, scoring the Jets’ first touchdown of the season on an interception return in the opener. He was dominant in that game, an eventual 17-16 beat to the Buffalo Bills, but injured his groin in the third quarter.

His stat line for the season: two games played, 108 defensive snaps, nine tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. His 2019 compensation is $19 million. Mosley isn’t going anywhere because his 2020 salary ($6 million) is fully guaranteed. So is $8 million of his $16 million salary in 2021.

The Jets claimed safety Bennett Jackson off waivers from the Ravens in a corresponding move Tuesday.

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Broncos Derek Wolfe expected to miss rest of season

Defensive lineman Derek Wolfe will miss the rest of the season for the Denver Broncos after dislocating his elbow during Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. The injury came in the fourth quarter and after Wolfe sacked Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers two times during the game.

“I don’t know that he’ll be able to play again this year,” Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said.

The coach said it’s possible Wolfe will be placed on the injured reserve list.

“The time involved with that healing and where we are in the season probably precludes him from playing anymore,” Fangio said.

Despite being in his 8th season, and only playing 12 games, Wolfe had a career high 7 sacks in 2019.

Wolfe is in the final year of his contract with the Broncos.

Fangio praised Wolfe in his weekly news conference on Monday for his “resiliency.”

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“He was just solid and played good. He was where he was supposed to be with the right mindset and he played physical,” Fangio said. “I think he had a career high in sacks, which for a guy at this stage in his career speaks to his resiliency and the work that he’s put in and the effort that he was playing with.”

It was the first time Miller had missed a game since 2013, when he suffered a torn ACL in the second-to-last game of the regular season and then missed the regular-season finale and the Broncos’ three playoff matches, including Super Bowl XLVIII.

Miller, wearing a brace on his left knee, went through a workout before Sunday’s game with Denver head trainer Vince Garcia looking on, and the decision was made to keep Miller out of the lineup versus the Chargers.

As far as whether Miller would play this week versus the Texans, Fangio said this Monday: “I do think there is a good chance he will be able to go this week.”

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Jaguars bench QB Nick Foles, go back to Minshew

Things did not go well for Nick Foles in his third game back from a broken collarbone. The Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback looked more than shaky versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and fans quickly grew restless.

How restless? The home crowd in Jacksonville started pining for former starting QB Garner Minshew, breaking out into “We want Minshew” chants before the second quarter had even reached its halfway point. Fans can be quick to want a change when things are going bad, but in this case it was warranted.

Through just 24 minutes of play, Foles was bad. Not just pretty bad, or sort of bad, but straight-up bad. Foles turned over the ball on the first three Jaguars possessions of the match.

On the first series, after going 48 yards down the field, Foles threw the ball directly to Bucs rookie linebacker Devin White. Foles fumbled the ball on the second possession, and did the same on the third.

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All three turnovers led to points for the Buccaneers.

The Bucs went up 7-0 on a touchdown after the Foles interception. The first fumble was recovered and immediately run in for a touchdown, putting Tampa Bay up 15-0 after a two-point conversion.

The second fumble was recovered by the Bucs, and they marched 63 yards down the field to score their third touchdown of the day. A field goal (which had nothing to do with Foles) put Tampa Bay up 25-0 at the half.

Foles is obviously being given more latitude by head coach Doug Marrone because of his injury and the four-year, $88 million contract he signed in the offseason. However, Foles is in his third game back from the broken collarbone, which should be enough time for him to shake off the rust and stop losing footballs like they’re coated in grease.

Fans can sometimes be unreasonable, but in this case, the “We want Minshew” chants are warranted.

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Saints defeat Falcons to clinch third straight NFC South title

Taysom Hill blocked a punt to set up his 3-yard touchdown catch, later scored on a 30-yard run and the New Orleans Saints clinched their third straight NFC South title by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 26-18 on Thursday night.

With Julio Jones out due to a shoulder injury, the Falcons had too little offence to keep pace with Drew Brees and the Saints. Atlanta recovered two onside kicks in the closing minutes, including one with 1:54 remaining, to make things interesting.

Matt Ryan was sacked by Cameron Jordan on a fourth-down play from the New Orleans 44 with 38 seconds remaining. Ryan was sacked nine times, including four by Jordan.

The Saints (10-2) atoned for their 26-9 home loss to the Falcons on Nov. 10. It was the Saints’ only defeat in their last 10 games. The versatile Hill blocked Ryan Allen’s punt to end Atlanta’s first possession.

The Saints took over at the Falcons 30, and four plays later Hill scored his first touchdown on the short pass from Brees.

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Hill took a direct snap and ran 30 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season to give New Orleans a 17-6 lead late in the first half.

The disappointing Falcons (3-9) solidified their hold on last place in the division with their second straight home defeat.

With Jones missing a game for the first time since 2016, and Atlanta tight ends Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker held out with injuries, Ryan had to look for new targets.

Ryan threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Russell Gage with less than four minutes remaining. Christian Blake had six catches for 57 yards.

The Saints return home to play San Francisco on Dec. 8. The Falcons play their fifth straight game against an NFC South rival when they face Carolina on Dec. 8. The Falcons defeated the Panthers 29-3 on Nov. 17.

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Ravens center Matt Skura to have season ending surgery

The Baltimore Ravens offense suffered a tough setback Tuesday.

Ravens center Matt Skura, one of the NFL’s best offensive lineman, reportedly will miss the remaining of the 2019 season due to a knee injury suffered in Monday night’s Week 12 road victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

The Ravens will turn to rookie Patrick Mekari in Skura’s absence.

Mekari, a California product, had never played center before taking over Monday night for Skura. He spent training camp mostly playing guard, but sometimes center as well.

Skura’s excellent play is a major reason why the Ravens offensive line is graded No. 1 in pass blocking and No. 4 in run blocking by Pro Football Focus entering Week 13.

The Ravens face their toughest remaining test of the regular season Sunday at home versus the NFC-leading San Francisco 49ers. Baltimore is one game behind the New England Patriots in the race for the AFC’s No. 1 spot but holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over the defending Super Bowl champs as a result of its Week 9 win.

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Skura transformed himself over the offseason and was one of the Ravens’ most dependable players, helping lead the way to the NFL’s best rushing attack. 

He was originally diagnosed with a sprain, but further tests revealed the injury was more serious than thought.

Skura, a fourth-year pro out of Duke, will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Skura’s absence will be the first major injury the offensive line will have to face all year — Bradley Bozeman and Orlando Brown Jr. have yet to miss a snap, and Ronnie Stanley and Marshal Yanda have been consistent all season long. 

Skura is an unheralded member of an offense that averages 35.1 points per match and produces an NFL-best 210.5 yards rushing. He had started 27 straight games at center and totaled the second-most snaps in the NFL (1,812) over the past two seasons.

This season, Skura ranked 14th among centers in ESPN’s pass block win rate. He was also second in the AFC in Pro Bowl voting.

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