September 2020 - Football Wiretap

Texans Had 'Batch' Of False Positive Tests Sunday

Sep 29, 2020 8:50 AM

The Houston Texans had a "batch" of false positive COVID-19 tests prior to Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The report did not indicate when the false positives occurred, but subsequent retests were negative and no player missed Sunday's game for testing reasons.

Players are tested daily, including a "pregame" test the morning before the game. Before the beginning of the season, the NFL implemented a new protocol that accelerated the process of identifying false positives.

Aaron Wilson/Houston Chronicle

Tags: Houston Texans, Misc Rumor

Pete Carroll 'Pissed' Over Tackle That Injured Chris Carson

Sep 29, 2020 8:42 AM

Chris Carson has a first-degree knee sprain and Pete Carroll is upset over the play on which the injury occurred.

Carson was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Seattle Seahawks' 38-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys when defensive tackle Trysten Hill executed a gator-roll tackle. He brought down Carson from behind and, with both players on the ground, continued to hold on to the running back's left leg while rolling over.

"Yeah, I was really pissed about that one," Carroll said. "I don't know what's going to happen with that, but I was pissed because that guy hurt him, unfortunately."

Mike McCarthy defended Hill on Monday.

"By no means do we want to see a player hurt, but trust me, there was zero intent involved there," McCarthy said.

Carson is currently considered week-to-week.

Brady Henderson/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

Patrick Mahomes Fastest To 10,000 Passing Yards

Sep 29, 2020 8:38 AM

Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player to collect 10,000 career passing yards in Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The reigning Super Bowl MVP was 31-of-42 for 385 yards and four touchdowns in prime time.

Mahomes, in his 34th regular-season start, completed a 13-yard pass to Travis Kelce in the first quarter that put him over the 10,000-yard mark. Kurt Warner had the old record at 36 games.

Adam Teicher/ESPN

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, Stats

Lamar Jackson Calls Chiefs 'Our Kryptonite'

Sep 29, 2020 8:34 AM

The Baltimore Ravens lost for the first time in 15 regular season games on Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Asked how the Ravens can get over the hurdle of beating the Chiefs, Lamar Jackson interjected by saying: "Our kryptonite."

Jackson is 0-3 against the Chiefs after passing for a career-worst 97 yards. He's 21-1 against the rest of the NFL in the regular season.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Misc Rumor

Tarik Cohen Out For Season With Torn ACL

Sep 28, 2020 9:18 PM

Tarik Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 and will miss the remainder of the season.

Cohen had two carries for 21 yards and three receptions for 20 yards before the injury.

The Bears signed Cohen to a three-year extension earlier this month.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Bears, Fantasy, Injury

Earl Thomas Likely To Sign With Texans

Sep 28, 2020 9:16 PM

The Houston Texans are likely to sign Earl Thomas.

The Baltimore Ravens released Thomas in August after he had an on-field altercation with teammate Chuck Clark. Thomas allegedly punched Clark during practice.

On Monday, the Texans put safety A.J. Moore on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, although he is expected to return later this season.


Sarah Barshop/ESPN

Tags: Houston Texans, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jurrell Casey Out For Season With Torn Biceps

Sep 28, 2020 4:09 PM

The Denver Broncos have lost Jurrell Casey for the season with a torn biceps.

Casey is a five-time Pro Bowl selection at defensive tackle.

Vic Fangio believes he saw, when re-watching the game video Sunday night, when the injury happened in the second half.

"Like with a lot of injuries, they don't seem as bad (at first) as what they end up being and guys are able to finish (the game),'' Fangio said.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Injury

Bears Name Nick Foles Starting Quarterback

Sep 28, 2020 1:11 PM

The Chicago Bears have announced Nick Foles will start Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bears replaced Mitchell Trubisky during their comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Bears traded for Foles this past offseason.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Media

Tags: Chicago Bears

Eagles Won't Bench Carson Wentz In Favor Of Jalen Hurts

Sep 28, 2020 10:36 AM

Doug Pederson is not considering making a quarterback change as Carson Wentz continues to struggle and the Philadelphia Eagles are now 0-2-1.

Some fans have called for the Eagles to start second round pick Jalen Hurts in place of Wentz.

"No. You don't go there. That's a knee-jerk reaction," Pederson told 94.1 WIP on Monday when asked what it would take to look at options at QB outside Wentz. "Carson's our quarterback. We're going to get it fixed. He is going to get it fixed."

Pederson suggested benching Wentz would be giving in to the "aura" in the city right now as opposed to acting on the team's beliefs.

Tim McManus/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles

Adam Gase's Job As Head Coach Of Jets Under Increased Scrutiny

Sep 27, 2020 12:58 PM

Adam Gase is under more intense scrutiny this week as the New York Jets get off to a slow start to 2020.

The Jets play the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football, which could be a pivot point for whether he retains his job.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Michael Thomas Out For Week 3 With Ankle Injury

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Coaches Of Color Comprise 34 Percent Of NFL, 16 Percent For Head Coach

Mike Sando, Lindsay Jones/The Athletic

49ers To Start Nick Mullens For Week 3

Nick Waggoner/ESPN

Odell Beckham Jr. Accepting Probability Of Reduced Role

Charean Williams/ProFootballTalk

Ravens Would Have Had Historical Surge In Demand For Chiefs' Game

RealGM Staff Report

Nick Mullens Likely Starter For 49ers In Week 3

Ron Kroichick/San Francisco Chronicle

2020 Season Off To Highest-Scoring Start Ever

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Place Jalen Reagor On IR With UCL Tear

Tim McManus/ESPN

Jon Gruden Likens Cam Newton To Power Forward

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Russell Wilson Now Favorite For NFL MVP

David Purdum/ESPN

Fox Prepared To Pay Up To $2 Billion Per Season To Keep NFC TV Rights

Lucas Shaw, Gerry Smith, Christopher Palmeri/Bloomberg

Gale Sayers Passes Away At 77


Tyrod Taylor Suffered Punctured Lung By Chargers' Doctor

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tarik Cohen: Deal 'Left Some Money On The Plate' For Allen Robinson

Chicago Sun-Times

Jon Gruden: I'd Take Darren Waller Over Any Tight End

San Jose Mercury News

Hayden Hurst Sought Out Dak Prescott To Show Support On Mental Health

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Cam Newton: 'It's Not About Money, It's About Respect'

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Mahomes, Rodgers, Wilson Worth Most To Oddsmakers Setting Lines


Devonta Freeman Agrees To Sign With Giants

Mike Garafolo/NFL Media

Broncos Sign Blake Bortles To One-Year Deal

Jeff Legwold/ESPN