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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said quarterback Mitch Trubisky is considered day-to-day and the NFL franchise are "optimistic" he will be available to face the New Orleans Saints in Week 7.

Trubisky injured his shoulder after being sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter on Sunday.

According to reports, Trubisky sustained a dislocated shoulder and partially torn labrum in Chicago's 16-6 victory.

But while the initial outlook was uncertain, it now appears Trubisky will return sooner rather than later, with the Bears scheduled to have a bye in Week 6 following the London clash with the Oakland Raiders.

"We have the bye coming up here so we'll be able to see really how this goes for him," Nagy said.

"... It's crazy sometimes how things go with these byes and where they come and all that. We're in a good position right now knowing that Chase [Daniel] came in last week and we've been in this before so we're fully confident in that."

Trubisky is traveling with the team for Sunday's game in London against the Raiders, although it is "unlikely" he will play, according to the Tribune.

And there is no need to rush him back. Daniel played well coming in off the bench for Trubisky against the Vikings, hitting 22 of 30 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

"He sees things well, in general," offensive co-ordinator Mark Helfrich told the Tribune. "He has a tendency, if anything, to overthink things. It was almost — not in any way a good thing, don't take this the wrong way — but there was no time for him to think about anything.

"He had to just go. It was immediately, 'Go to the bullpen. You're in. Pitch'. That was good for his mentality. He sees things. The timing of this offense, he's been in for a long time. That helps."

The New England Patriots placed Stephen Gostkowski on the injured reserve amid reports the kicker could miss the rest of the NFL season.

Reigning Super Bowl champions the Patriots announced the move on Wednesday, with Gostkowski moved to the IR due to an undisclosed ailment.

According to ESPN, Gostkowski has a left hip injury that will require season-ending surgery, though he expects to be rehabilitated by next season.

The news comes hours after it was reported that New England were looking to work out free-agent kickers amid Gostkowski's struggles.

Gostkowski missed four extra points and a field goal over the last three weeks. However, he has made seven of eight field goals this season, with his only miss coming from 48 yards.

According to reports, the workouts scheduled for Wednesday are "consistent with their due-diligence approach at all positions to keep emergency lists updated," adding the timing of the workouts makes sense because of Gostkowski's performance lately.

The 35-year-old Gostkowski signed a two-year contract worth $8.5million with New England in April. 

The Patriots (4-0) are slated to visit the Washington Redskins (0-4) on Sunday.

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.

Two things that don't matter

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.

Tyreek Hill handed the Kansas City Chiefs a major boost by returning to practice on Wednesday.

Coach Andy Reid confirmed the wide receiver has hit a key milestone in his comeback, after sitting out with a shoulder injury suffered in the regular-season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hill will be joined by running back Damien Williams, who is recovering from a knee bruise suffered in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders.

Reid, however, would not comment on the duo's practice workload and did not confirm if they would be available for Sunday's Week 5 home game against the Indianapolis Colts (2-2).

"We're just going to see what they do out here," Reid said. "Tyreek will get out there and move around a little bit - we'll see how he does."

Hill reportedly received a good result on his most recent shoulder check-up but the unbeaten Chiefs (4-0) are keen not to rush him back to action before he is 100 per cent.

He was initially expected to miss four to six weeks with the injury to his sternoclavicular joint, where the collarbone comes into the breastbone, though the Chiefs opted not to place him on injured reserve.

"I'm glad to have him out here this week and get back to throwing to him again," said quarterback Patrick Mahomes. "Having him out there and being able to just pick up where we left off will be something that will be easy to do.

"Defenses have to account for him with maybe one or two guys to try to figure out a way to stop him, which helps everybody else out.

"Having him back, when he gets back, we'll be able to utilise him and these other guys to really [accelerate] our offense and take it to another level.''

John Ross's breakout season has come to a screeching halt due to a shoulder injury.

The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Wednesday they have placed the 2017 first-round pick on injured reserve and signed receiver Stanley Morgan from the practice squad.

Ross hurt his shoulder during the Bengals' 27-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday.

He was seen in a sling on the sideline during the game and did not return after being injured early in the fourth quarter. NFL Media later reported he could be absent for around a month.

Ross got off to a great start this season, with 11 catches for 270 yards and three touchdowns through his first two games, which eclipsed his entire output over his first two NFL seasons.

His absence marks a big blow for a Bengals offense that has struggled over the last two weeks.

Cincinnati are 0-4 to start the year, but they will have a good chance to get a win in Week 5. The Bengals are at home to another winless team in the Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1).

 

Derek Carr believes the season-long ban handed down to Oakland Raiders team-mate Vontaze Burfict is excessive.

Burfict's helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Oakland's Week 4 win in Indianapolis drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness that resulted in an ejection, and the NFL was quick to suspend him for the rest of the 2019 season, which is the longest ban for an on-field act in the league's history.

The 29-year-old Burfict has a long history of illegal hits, and if the suspension is upheld after appeal, he will have been banned 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.

"I don't think he was trying to hurt that man; the man was going down," quarterback Carr told reporters in London as the Raiders prepare for their Week 5 game with the Chicago Bears. "You see it all the time — there's flags flying everywhere.

"We see other people choking people out, and they're going to play this Sunday. We see other people hitting people in the helmet, and they're going to play this Sunday. And Vontaze Burfict won't play the rest of the year? I think that's a little excessive, if you ask me.

"I don't think it's fair, if we really got to know the guy. If the people making the decision really knew the guy that we know, inside our building ... he's a great person, his heart is broken because he's not playing football. The guy just wants to play football. We don't get a lot of time to play this game in our lives.

"I know the history situation and all that kind of stuff, but this one, especially with what went on during the week, if we're going to be fair, we need to be fair with everybody."

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said: "He knows how I feel — it hurts our team really bad. And I'm anxious to see what the appeal says. I'm not happy about it. At all. And I don't want to say anything else about it. I'm obviously upset about it."

From post-game news conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 4 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:

 

— Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice on Arizona Cardinals veteran Larry Fitzgerald potentially passing his all-time record of 1,549 career catches: "I told him, Larry, if you break one of my records, I've still got 36 more."

— Turns out Jacksonville Jaguars rookie Gardner Minshew goes by something else in the locker room: "His name is 'Jock Strap King'," Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette said after Sunday's game. "He's stronger than you think. I don't know if the moustache gives him power or what."

— Cincinnati Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd did not sugar-coat the team's blowout loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers in primetime: "We got embarrassed," he told reporters after the game. "Straight like that. It sucks."

— Steelers receiver Donte Moncrief remains in a limited role after dropping five passes through the first two weeks, but head coach Mike Tomlin could change that soon: "I like his attitude and work," Tomlin said. "You don't have to be in this a long time to realise the boomerang comes back around. He needs to be ready for it when it does."

— During his weekly segment on WEEI, New England Patriots star Tom Brady urged quarterbacks to be more careful when they run the ball: "A lot of quarterbacks who do run, they're trying to make yards and it's great. At the same time, you're susceptible to big hits."

— Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert would rather not block every down: "If I had a choice, I'd run routes every single play."

— Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien on scoring seven points on five red zone drives against the Carolina Panthers: "We should have more. We should be down there more and we need to produce more."

— Cleveland Browns coach Freddie Kitchens is still unhappy with Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey for allegedly choking Odell Beckham Jr.: "Did you see the video?" Kitchens asked reporters. "OK. That's my response. We're moving on to San Francisco. Everybody saw the video."

— Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is not bitter about facing his former team for the first time since being traded: "It's another game, man," he said. "It's going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it's going to be a good one. Can't wait."

— Bradley Chubb's torn anterior cruciate ligament is not the first major injury the Denver Broncos defensive end has suffered: "In high school. It was actually crazy. Seven years to that exact date I tore my ACL, on the same day, September 29, 2012, and then September 29, 2019. It's crazy how that works. That was my first injury. Like I said, it made me who I am today."

Will a mysterious absence distract the Chicago Bears from the first ever NFL game played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

We dive into the latest news regarding Roquan Smith and other headlines from around the league in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Smith remains away from team

The star linebacker was listed as 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. Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy declined to provide any new details on the situation Monday.

"He's completely a personal issue," he told reporters. "It's for us something that we're going to leave at that right now."

When pushed for more information on Roquan Smith's status and availability for Sunday, Nagy stood firm.

"Personal issue," he repeated. "I'm just going to say it was a personal issue. I'm not getting into anything else until... I'm just going to completely keep it at that."

Panthers place Short on season-ending IR

The Carolina Panthers announced the All-Pro defensive lineman has a partially torn rotator cuff that initially was suffered in the team's Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kawann Short has spent the last two games on the sidelines and will be staying put the rest of the year.

"KK has done everything he could possibly do to try to play these past two games," general manager Marty Hurney said, "but we have made the decision that it is in the best long-term interest of KK and the team that he undergo surgery to fix his shoulder and focus on his rehab and get ready for next season."

It is another huge loss for the Panthers, who are already without quarterback Cam Newton, though Kyle Allen has gone 2-0 in his two starts this season, so Carolina have been able to stay afloat in his absence.

Cowboys get 'best news' for Smith's ankle

Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the New Orleans Saints and needed to be carted off the sideline. While Jerry Jones said it is "unlikely" Smith plays this week against the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys owner is optimistic he will not be missing in action long.

"We got the best news we could possibly get," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "We couldn't have asked for better news. Looking forward to having him back out there quick."

Two things that don't matter

Mack hoped to be a Raider for life

Bears linebacker Khalil Mack thought he found his home in Oakland after the Raiders drafted him fifth overall in 2014, but a blockbuster trade last September changed that. Now, Mack is gearing up to face his former team for the first time since he was dealt.

"That's the expectation when you get drafted to a team: You want to be there for the long haul and bring championships and all those good things," Mack said. "It's the business side of it that doesn't really let you do that.

"It's another game, man. It's going to be a fun one because I know a few of the guys out there. But it's going to be a good one. Can't wait."

Miami vendor charged fan $724 for two beers

Overpriced refreshments at stadiums are a joke, but this fan was not laughing when his bank alerted him of the fraudulent transaction after his credit card was scanned to a personal card reader.

Nathaniel Collier was arrested and will face two felony charges for his alleged scam at Miami's Hard Rock Stadium during Sunday's Dolphins-Los Angeles Chargers game, including third-degree grand theft and possession of a skimming device.

Fortunately ,the fan received a refund, and Collier was fired by the independent contractor that hired him.

One video you have to see

The Los Angeles Rams offered fans a glimpse at the progress made on their new stadium.

Tuesday's tweet of the day

Could Dez Bryant swoop in to save one of the six remaining teams still in search of a win?

The Carolina Panthers have placed All-Pro defensive lineman Kawann Short on injured reserve with a partially torn rotator cuff.

Short initially suffered the injury in the team's Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has sat out the last two games.

"KK has done everything he could possibly do to try to play these past two games," general manager Marty Hurney said.

"But we have made the decision that it is in the best long-term interest of KK and the team that he undergo surgery to fix his shoulder and focus on his rehab and get ready for next season."

The Panthers promoted defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr. from the practice squad to fill the void in Short's absence.

Short, a second-round pick of the Panthers in 2013, had four tackles this season before getting hurt.

The Panthers host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5 in a battle of 2-2 teams.

The Pittsburgh Steelers ended their losing start to the NFL season by beating the struggling Cincinnati Bengals 27-3.

Both teams originally thought this historic rivalry would have some different faces highlighting the matchup on Monday.

Instead of the Andy Dalton-Ben Roethlisberger quarterback showdown, recently appointed Steelers starting quarterback Mason Rudolph is the one who turned in a prime-time performance.

And it was Rudolph who came away with the win for the first of his career as the Steelers improved to 1-3, while the Bengals dropped to 0-4.

Here are three takeaways from the Steelers' lopped-sided win against the Bengals:

 

Rudolph tries the deep ball — and succeeds

Rudolph has almost solely relied on quick, short passes in his first two games (one start) with the Steelers. It posed the question of whether or not Rudolph can hit targets downfield.

The Oklahoma State product knew he had to attempt longer passes against the Bengals but through the first half of Monday's game, it was more of the same. In Rudolph's second start, he was still using those quick, short passes.

But finally, in the third quarter, Rudolph showed off his arm. He found Diontae Johnson for a 43-yard touchdown pass to bolster the Steelers' already commanding lead.

Granted, it was only one pass, and it was into broken coverage, but it was a positive sign. Rudolph finished 24-of-28 passing for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

Cincinnati's offensive line continue to struggle

An offense cannot do much with a sorry offensive line and getting the run game going is seemingly impossible if an opportunity is not created for a running back. It has been a problem for the Bengals, and both were on full display at Heinz Field. 

Even if Dalton wanted to hand the ball off, he was barely on his feet long enough to do so. He was sacked a total of eight times – the most in a game in his career – as the Steelers' defense shredded what the Bengals put out to protect the nine-year veteran.

The Bengals entered the game with the worst rushing offense in the league, averaging just 41.7 yards per game. Joe Mixon surpassed that Monday night with 62 yards on 15 carries, an admirable performance behind this offensive line. But the Bengals need help up front.

The primetime matchups have been duds

No one can factor in injuries or other variables when making the primetime schedule, and the rivalry between these two AFC North teams is a story in and of itself. But through the first four weeks of the season, most of these marquee matchups have been bad.

Luckily, the NFL's flex window opens on Sunday, so if a game is really bad NBC can replace the previously scheduled Sunday night game with a better one. 

Unfortunately, we will still be stuck with less-than-ideal matchups, including Week 5's "Monday Night Football" contest pitting the hot-and-cold 2-2 Cleveland Browns against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, who will be coming off their bye week.

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."

Two things that don't matter

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.

Jaguars turned down two first-round picks for Ramsey

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.

One video you have to see

Patrick Mahomes will have a tiny little superfan cheering him on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Monday's tweet of the day

Retired Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas is impressed by Nick Chubb's wheels.

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."

Vontaze Burfict has been suspended by the NFL for the rest of the 2019 season following his latest rule violation.

The Oakland Raiders linebacker was ejected from Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts in the second quarter following a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Jack Doyle.

Burfict has a history of illegal hits that have led to fines and suspensions, though this is the longest punishment handed down for an on-field act in NFL history.

The 29-year-old - who previously played for the Cincinnati Bengals and featured in the 2013 Pro Bowl - can appeal the decision within three business days.

"There were no mitigating circumstances on this play," NFL vice-president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to Burfict.

"Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalised and disqualified from the game.

"Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me and each of the jointly-appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures.

"However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.

"Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision regarding accountability measures."

The Raiders won 31-24 against the Colts to improve to 2-2. They travel to London in Week 5, taking on the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.

Sean McVay offered no excuses for the Los Angeles Rams' shock 55-40 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, calling it "a wake-up call for everybody".

The Rams went to the Super Bowl last season and started the new NFL campaign 3-0, but they were upset by the Buccaneers in a high-scoring clash at the LA Memorial Coliseum.

Although it was a rare setback for Los Angeles, coach McVay was not looking to evade criticism and accepted responsibility for the loss.

"I'm not going to sit up here and continue to make excuses for why I'm not doing a good enough job," he told a news conference. "I'm just not doing it right now, we're not getting it done.

"We're just going to continue to put our heads down and try to find solutions.

"I think really it's a wake-up call for everybody. Ultimately, it's about finding a way to win football games. We didn't do that today.

"We make no excuses for it and we relish the opportunity to move forward the right way."

McVay could not identify one specific aspect the Rams needed to improve on, calling on every member of the team to be better.

"There's too many things to really point out one thing," he added. "I think we're all capable of better.

"We continue to fight but, ultimately, it's about finding a way to get it done and we didn't today."

Quarterback Jared Goff threw for a career-high 517 yards, yet he also had three interceptions and his late fumble allowed former team-mate Ndamukong Suh to cap the victory for the Buccaneers.

"I've got to be better," said Goff. "The defense is doing a good job right now - and there was a lot of the game where we were doing a good job.

"We were moving the ball well, we were executing, but we couldn't run the ball effectively and were getting a lot of pressure. There was a lot of good stuff to build on and a lot, a lot of stuff to clean up."

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