The beleaguered Atlanta Falcons suffered a fresh blow on Sunday when quarterback Matt Ryan injured his ankle in the defeat to the Los Angeles Rams.

Ryan went down early in the fourth quarter of the team's 37-10 loss after getting sacked by Aaron Donald.

He walked off the field under his own power and was tended to by trainers in the locker room. 

The Falcons later announced he suffered an ankle injury and would not return to the game.

According to ESPN, Ryan was later seen in the Falcons' locker room wearing a walking boot on his right foot.

Before suffering the ankle injury, the 2016 NFL MVP had completed 16 of 27 passes for 159 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

The 34-year-old becomes the third quarterback in the NFC South division to go down with an injury after Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers suffered injuries in Week 2.

The Falcons host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8. 

Potential future top NFL draft pick Tua Tagovailoa suffered an ankle injury on Saturday that could keep the star Alabama quarterback out for a couple of weeks.

Tagovailoa got his ankle rolled up on a sack by Tennessee defensive lineman Greg Emerson in Alabama's 35-13 victory.

He limped off the field and was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Afterwards, coach Nick Saban told ESPN of Tagovailoa's condition: "He's got a high ankle sprain so he'll probably be out for a week or two."

Tagovailoa was 11-of-12 passing for 155 yards with no touchdowns and one interception before leaving and being replaced by Mac Jones.

The 21-year-old is widely anticipated to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft next April, having compiled a superb resume in college football.

He came off the bench and replaced Jalen Hurts in the National Championship game in 2018, going on to guide Alabama to an incredible overtime win over Georgia.

Tagovailoa also dealt with an ankle injury towards the end of last season as he was hurt on a sack against Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

He was replaced by Hurts, who led the Crimson Tide back to win the game and earn a berth in the College Football Playoff.

Alvin Kamara and Jared Cook have been ruled out for the New Orleans Saints' meeting with the Chicago Bears, the team announced on Friday.

Running back Kamara has been dealing with an ankle injury over the past week and was listed on the Saints' injury report with a knee issue in addition.

Tight end Cook has also dealt with an ankle injury and neither player practiced this week.

Kamara was last week listed as questionable ahead of the Saints' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars and wound up playing, rushing 11 times for 31 yards and catching seven passes for 35 yards.

He has rushed for 373 yards and one touchdown on 86 carries this season. Kamara has also caught 33 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown.

Cook has appeared in six games, catching 15 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns.

The injury report also stated quarterback Drew Brees will miss Sunday's game with a thumb injury he suffered in New Orleans' Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' injury is reportedly not too serious and a 17-game schedule may be on the horizon.

All that and more on this edition of NFL news and notes. 

Three things that matter Mahomes likely to return this season

When Mahomes went down with a knee injury during the second quarter of the Chiefs' 30-6 win over the Denver Broncos, the NFL world held its collective breath. But a new report suggests Mahomes' injury is not as serious as it was initially believed.

NFL Network's reporting the reigning NFL MVP had an MRI on Friday and it confirmed the diagnosis of a dislocated knee cap and that there is "no significant additional damage."

The Chiefs plan on him returning later this season.

Kansas City currently sits at 5-2 and first place in the AFC West. Three of their next four games are at home before a bye in Week 12.

Cooper practices for Cowboys

Amari Cooper suffered a thigh bruise during the Dallas Cowboys' 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 6, and had to exit last week's 24-22 loss to the New York Jets early in the game due to the lingering injury.

“From the time I had hurt it in the Green Bay game to the time I talked to you guys, it had taken a huge leap,” Cooper told reporters on Thursday. “So I thought it would continue to get a lot better each and every day - but it kind of plateaued and it only got a little bit better every day.”

Dallas desperately need Cooper to be healthy, especially with the team in the midst of a three-game skid after starting the season 3-0. It remains to be seen whether Cooper will suit to against Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

“You know it’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be a dogfight for us,” Cooper said. “It’s a divisional game, and it’s always a dogfight.”

NFL Players' Association open to discussing 17-game regular season

In recent years, rumours of NFL owners wanting to expand the regular season to 18 games have surfaced and been major talking points.

It seems players have begun to warm up to the idea, with ESPN reporting the NFLPA is open to discussing a 17-game regular season as part of the next collective bargaining agreement. The report states the NFLPA is in favour of expanding the season as long as the players' share in revenue is increased by a "sufficient amount" in the new deal.

While a formal 17-game proposal has not been created, the report states details have been discussed regarding the new schedule, including bye weeks for teams before Thursday night games, moving the Super Bowl back to Presidents' Day weekend and players getting paid on a 52-week schedule as opposed to just during the season.

The current CBA expires in March 2021.

Two things that don't matter Broncos' Fangio saying he's disappointed by offensive performance this season

You do not have to be a football expert to notice Denver's offense this season has been below par. The Broncos have scored more than 20 points just twice this season, and in Thursday's home loss to the Chiefs, they only managed six against a porous Kansas City defense.

"It was all levels of our passing game (that) were problems," coach Vic Fangio said. "Protection sometimes, receivers not getting open sometimes, [the Chiefs] using good coverages for us that maybe we weren't ready for; it's certainly a problem we have to get rectified moving forward. ... It's disappointing not to be ultimately competitive out there."

Last offseason, Denver general manager John Elway traded a 2019 fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft to Baltimore for quarterback Joe Flacco. The former Super Bowl MVP was coming off a season where he only played in nine games and has not looked like the signal-caller who lead the Ravens to a championship seven seasons ago. 

Since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos have seen five different quarterbacks start games for them and can't seem to find stability at the position. Not to mention the team opted to hire a defensive-minded coach in Fangio this past offseason, so it was not like things were going to improve on the offensive side of the ball this season.

Bears quarterback Trubisky practices, listed as questionable to face Saints

Mitch Trubisky has been sidelined after dislocating his shoulder and partially tearing his labrum on September 29 against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Chicago Bears released their injury report on Friday, and while Trubisky was a full participant in practice all week, he is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

"That where we have him at," Bears coach Matt Nagy said. "He's been doing good in practice and I like where he's at. We said earlier in the week that it was going to be a day-by-day thing and so far he's stacked good days together." 

Chicago have played one game in Trubisky's absence: a 24-21 loss to Oakland Raiders in London. But having the former first-round pick might not make things any better for the Bears.

The 25-year-old has looked pedestrian at best in the four games he has appeared in, leaving Chicago to rely on a tenacious defense to stay in games. 

Friday's tweet of the day

After Mahomes' scary injury, the quarterback took to Twitter early on Friday morning to voice support for his team and give an update on his situation.

Saquon Barkley is available to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur confirmed to the media on Friday.

Running back Barkley has missed three games with an ankle injury but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice session, raising hopes of a return.

The 22-year-old suffered an ankle sprain in the first half of the Giants' Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was initially thought to be out for between four and eight weeks.

Barkley rushed for team-high 227 yards, second in the NFL at the time, and had one rushing touchdown in two games at the start of the season.

However, he returned to practice on a limited basis last week and, while not cleared for the 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots, could feature against the Cardinals (2-3-1).

"He's available," Shurmur told reporters. "We'll see if he's back. If he is, he'll be ready to go. I just choose not to tell you right now."

The Giants (2-4) could also welcome back tight end Evan Engram and Barkley's fellow running back Wayne Gallman, with the duo also practicing fully on Friday.

However, wide receiver Sterling Shepard remains sidelined due to concussion and has been ruled out for Week 7.

Patrick Mahomes has avoided significant damage despite dislocating his kneecap while in action for the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, according to reports.

Mahomes was taken off in the first half of the Chiefs' win over the Denver Broncos, having appeared to have his right knee popped back into place while still on the field.

The quarterback was set to undergo MRI scans on Friday, and the NFL Network later reported the 24-year-old had suffered no additional damage.

It was said Kansas City plan to have reigning NFL MVP Mahomes back on the field this season.

ESPN reported Mahomes could even be back in around three weeks in a best-case scenario.

Mahomes, who had been playing through an ankle problem, was able to leave the field without a cart and will now be aiming to lead the Chiefs in the playoffs.

The team are 5-2 through seven weeks, returning to winning ways on Thursday following back-to-back defeats to the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.

Kansas City lost the AFC Championship game to eventual Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots last season as Mahomes enjoyed an outstanding sophomore year.

He threw 50 touchdowns in the 2018 regular season and had added another 15 this term before backup Matt Moore was required to step in against the Broncos.

Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones meet for the first time on what promises to be a mouthwatering Sunday of NFL action.

The New England Patriots travel to face the New York Jets on Monday looking to make it seven wins from seven.

Here is a look at Week 7's Bullet Points with data supplied by Stats Perform.

 

SUNDAY (All Times Eastern)

Raiders (3-2) at Packers (5-1), 1pm

Josh Jacobs rushed for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Oakland's victory in London. It was the first time since 2011 (Darren McFadden) that an Oakland player rushed for 120-plus yards and two touchdowns in a game. Jacobs has four rushing touchdowns in 2019, matching Doug Martin’s team-leading total from the 2018 season.

The Packers have had consecutive big games out of their running backs. Aaron Jones had 182 scrimmage yards and four rushing touchdowns at Dallas two weeks ago, while Jamaal Williams totalled 136 yards and a TD reception on Monday. Wide receiver Allen Lazard had four receptions for 65 yards and a TD against the Lions – all of them coming in the final 10 minutes.

Among quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 100 career TD passes, Aaron Rodgers has the highest touchdown/interception ratio at 4.22 (346 TD passes, 82 interceptions). Fourth on the list is Derek Carr at 2.25 (128 and 57). Carr is 14-27 (.341) on the road in his career, while Rodgers is 64-17-1 (.787) at home.

Rams (3-3) at Falcons (1-5), 1pm

After totalling a combined 912 passing yards in Weeks 4 and 5, Jared Goff threw for a career-low 78 yards in the Rams’ 20-7 loss against the 49ers. The Rams had 48 net passing yards in that game, the fewest by the team since recording 22 against the 49ers in Week 17 of the 2010 season.

At 1-5, the Falcons are off to their worst six-game start to a season since also beginning the 2007 season with a 1-5 record. Atlanta have allowed 1034 total yards in its last two games, the most surrendered by any team in a two-game span this season.

Atlanta is the only team in the NFL this season to have four different players with at least 300 receiving yards: Austin Hooper (480), Julio Jones (467), Calvin Ridley (343) and Mohamed Sanu (310).

49ers (5-0) at Redskins (1-5), 1pm

San Francisco are 5-0 for the first time since it won its first 10 games in 1990 and have already eclipsed their four-win total from last season. Another victory would make the 49ers the fifth team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to start 6-0 after winning four or fewer games the previous season (2013 Chiefs, 1999 Rams, 1988 Bengals, 1973 Cardinals).

San Francisco have outscored opponents 86-31 in the second half, the second-largest point differential in the NFL this season (Patriots, +67). The 49ers are the first team to score a touchdown on their opening drive of the third quarter in five straight games since the Colts did so from October 23-December 4, 2005.

After ranking 31st in the NFL in rushing yards per game (49.8) in four September games, the Redskins have rushed for 145 yards in back-to-back contests to begin October. They are the first team since the 1957 Lions to average over 140 rushing yards per game in October after averaging under 50 prior to the month.

Texans (4-2) at Colts (3-2), 1pm

The last 10 regular-season meetings between the Colts and Texans have all been decided by a single-digit margin. That is tied for the third-longest streak in NFL history between two divisional opponents, behind only the Colts and Patriots (11 straight from 1988-93) and the Eagles and Redskins (11 straight from 1991-96).

All five of the Colts’ games this year have been decided by seven points or fewer, their longest such streak to start a season since 1995 (six straight).

Deshaun Watson has accounted for at least one touchdown in all 29 career games thus far, the longest streak in NFL history by a player to start his career.

Vikings (4-2) at Lions (2-2-1), 1pm

All five of Detroit’s games this season have been decided by four points or fewer. Only one team has begun a season with six straight games decided by four points or fewer: 1935 Chicago Cardinals (six). The Lions played in just four games decided by four points or fewer in the entire 2018 season.

When facing the blitz this season, Matthew Stafford is 39-for-54 (72.2 per cent) with 530 passing yards, four passing TDs and zero interceptions. Minnesota’s defense has limited opposing QBs to a 60.9 completion percentage and one touchdown pass when blitzing this season.

Stefon Diggs recorded 167 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions last week, becoming the first Viking with 150+ receiving yards and three receiving TDs in a single game since Randy Moss did so in Week 4 in 2003 (172 rec yds and three rec TD).

Jaguars (2-4) at Bengals (0-6), 1pm

The Bengals are 0-6 for the ninth time in franchise history. Cincinnati has lost four of its six games by six points or fewer. The Bengals have allowed at least 16 points in 34 straight games, the second-longest such streak in the history of the NFL (Saints allowed 16+ in 36 straight games between 2014 and 2017).

The Jaguars average 5.1 yards per rush, third best in the NFL; the Bengals allowed 5.3 yards per rush, worst in the NFL. The Jaguars are second-worst in the NFL in yards per rush allowed, giving up 5.2 per tote.

Gardner Minshew II is the third quarterback since 1950 to have 800+ passing yards and zero interceptions through his first three career road starts. The other two were Marcus Mariota with Tennessee in 2015 and Elvis Grbac with San Francisco in 1995.

Cardinals (2-3-1) at Giants (2-4), 1pm

The game will pit the first two quarterbacks picked in the 2019 draft against one another in Arizona’s Murray (No. 1 overall) and New York’s Jones (No. 6). It will the sixth time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that two QBs taken in the top six picks have gone head-to-head as rookies, and the first since Tampa Bay (Jameis Winston) and Tennessee (Mariota) met in the 2015 opener.

The Giants hope to have leading rusher Saquon Barkley back after missing two games with an ankle sprain he suffered at Tampa Bay in Week 3. Barkley has totalled 100 scrimmage yards or more in 15 of 19 career games. Only one player (Edgerrin James) has done so in 16 of his first 20 NFL games.

After generating 514 total yards in a Week 5 win at Cincinnati, the Cardinals gained 442 in last week’s 34-33 victory over Atlanta. The 956 combined yards are the franchise’s highest amount over a two-game span since it had 962 from November 10-17, 1996.

Dolphins (0-5) at Bills (4-1), 1pm

The Dolphins are allowing a passing touchdown on 9.9 per cent of opponent pass attempts, on pace to be the highest in a single season since the 1966 Giants (10.1 per cent). The Dolphins are the second team in NFL history to allow 14 passing touchdowns with one interception or fewer through five games of a season, joining the 2018 Buccaneers (16 TD, 1 INT).

The Bills have held opponents to 17 points or fewer in every game this season, the first time in franchise history they have done so in each of the first five games of a season. Buffalo forces its opponents into a 3-and-out on 36.7 per cent of drives, best mark in the NFL.

The Bills have outgained their opponents by 97.4 total net yards per game, fifth best in the NFL. The Dolphins have been outgained by 205.6 yards per game, worst in the NFL (the Jets are second at -137.8).

Chargers (2-4) at Titans (2-4), 4.05pm

Los Angeles have been held to 35 rushing yards or fewer in both games since Melvin Gordon III returned to the team. It is the first time the Chargers have had back-to-back games with 35 rushing yards or fewer since 1996, and only one team in the Super Bowl era has had three straight (2005 Eagles).

Last week was the 32nd time in his career (including postseason) that Philip Rivers has thrown for 300+ yards in a loss, tying Eli Manning for third most all-time behind Drew Brees (45) and Peyton Manning (35). Rivers is 104 passing yards behind Ben Roethlisberger for sixth on the all-time list.

Tennessee are expected to start Ryan Tannehill for the first time after Mariota threw his first two interceptions of the season last week. The Titans have had fewer than 25 completions in 18 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

Ravens (4-2) at Seahawks (5-1), 4.25pm

The Ravens moved to 4-2 on the season with a 23-17 win against the Bengals in Week 6. So far this season, Baltimore’s opponents have combined for a .300 winning percentage, tied with San Francisco for the easiest schedule played in 2019.

Lamar Jackson had 236 passing yards and a career-high 152 rushing yards in Baltimore’s Week 6 win. Jackson’s 152 rushing yards were the fourth most all-time by a QB in a single game, and he is just the second player all-time (including postseason) with 200+ passing yards and 150+ rushing yards in a single game (Colin Kaepernick on January 12, 2013 in the NFC Divisional playoffs).

Russell Wilson (14 TD and 0 INT) is the first QB all-time with at least 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through six team games in a season. Wilson has thrown 210 touchdown passes in his career, fourth most all-time by a QB through eight career NFL seasons: Manning (244), Dan Marino (241) and Brett Favre (213).

Saints (5-1) at Bears (3-2), 4.25pm

Chicago have lost five straight coming off of a bye week, the longest active streak in the NFL. The Bears allowed 24 points in their loss to the Raiders in Week 5, the most they have allowed in a regulation game since Week 7 of last season in a 38-31 loss to the Patriots.

In 19 games with the Bears, Khalil Mack has 17 sacks, the most by any Chicago player through 20 games with the team all-time. He has forced 10 fumbles since joining the team in 2018. Mack has eight games with at least one sack and one forced fumble since last season, most in the NFL.

Teddy Bridgewater moved to 4-0 as a starting quarterback this season, throwing for 240 yards and one touchdown in New Orleans’ win over Jacksonville. Bridgewater is 15-6 as a starter since 2015 – only Tom Brady (53-13) and Patrick Mahomes (17-6) have a better record in that time (minimum 20 starts).

Eagles (3-3) at Cowboys (3-3), 8.20pm

Dallas have lost three straight games, falling to the Saints, Packers and Jets (11-6 combined record) after opening the season 3-0 against the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins (3-14 combined). In Weeks 1-3, the Cowboys ranked fourth in the NFL in both points per game (32.3) and opponent points per game (14.7), but are tied for 23rd in points for (18.7) and rank 16th in points against (23.3) since.

Philadelphia are 18-2 when scoring in the first quarter since 2017, the best record in the NFL. The Eagles have been outscored by 13 points in the first quarter this season, the second-worst differential in the NFC (Atlanta, -24).

Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott will face each other for the sixth time in their careers (Dal 3-2), tied for the fourth most frequent QB matchups in the history of this rivalry. The other matchups to occur exactly six times are Ron Jaworski versus. Roger Staubach and Donovan McNabb against Tony Romo.

MONDAY

Patriots (6-0) at Jets (1-4), 8.15pm

New England has a +142 point differential through six games, the third best in the Super Bowl Era behind only the 1999 St. Louis Rams (+154) and the 1968 Dallas Cowboys (+149).

The Patriots have won seven straight games against the Jets, tied for their longest streak versus New York all-time and for their fourth-longest streak against any single opponent. New England is 16-3 versus New York since 2010 – Pittsburgh are the only team with a better record facing a divisional foe over that time (15-2-1 versus Cleveland).

Sam Darnold averaged 10.56 yards per attempt in the win over Dallas, the highest mark in a game in his career. The last Jets quarterback to average 10.0+ yards per attempt in a game with at least 30 attempts was Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2016; before that, you have to go back to Ken O’Brien in 1986.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes provided a positive early update on the knee injury which forced him out of his team's win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

The reigning NFL MVP is thought to have dislocated his kneecap on a quarterback sneak in the second quarter of the Chiefs' 30-6 victory over the Broncos.

Mahomes was helped off the field after the fourth-down play and did not return to the game as backup Matt Moore filled in for a Chiefs team that improved to 5-2 with the win.

Shortly after the game, Mahomes posted on Twitter: "Awesome team win! Love my brothers! Thank you for all the prayers! Everything looking good so far!"

Reports suggest Mahomes will undergo an MRI on Friday to determine whether there is any ligament damage.

"His knee didn't even look like a knee," tight end Travis Kelce said in quotes published on ESPN. "It was all out of whack. I couldn't even describe it."

Mahomes has been battling an ankle problem in recent weeks, which made the play call on fourth down even more curious, yet Chiefs head coach Andy Reid defended the decision to use his star quarterback in such a way.

"Not too many people get hurt on a sneak," Reid argued. "It's a freak thing and it happens."

The Kansas City Chiefs ended their NFL skid by topping the Denver Broncos 30-6 after Patrick Mahomes left the game due to injury.

The normally struggling Broncos had been playing well as of late and entered the contest on a two-game win streak, while the Chiefs were facing their first three-gaming losing run since Mahomes took over as starting quarterback in 2018.

Ultimately, Kansas City triumphed and snapped a two-game losing streak away to the Broncos in Denver, where Mahomes hurt his knee and did not return in the second quarter.

 

Three takeaways from the Chiefs' road win over the Broncos

Reid's play-calling caused a serious problem

Long-time Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has been under fire this season for some questionable play-calling. Before Thursday, the most egregious error was not utilising Mahomes on a crucial fourth-and-one versus the Indianapolis Colts. The eventual loss in Week 5 started the team's losing streak.

Reid's latest mistake was a very questionable decision to use Mahomes, who has not been 100 per cent since injuring his ankle in that matchup with the Colts.

Mahomes tried to sneak his way through a crowded line to get a first down as the Chiefs were pressed up to the goal line in the second quarter. Once the pile cleared, reigning MVP Mahomes — who earned two yards on the play, enough for a new set of downs — was lying on top of his own lineman unable to get up. He remained on the ground, appeared to have his knee popped back into place and eventually limped to the locker room with assistance from trainers.

He was later ruled out for the remainder of the game with a knee injury. Mahomes finished 10-of-11 passing for 76 yards and one touchdown before exiting.

Matt Moore came in for the injured Mahomes. The Miami Dolphins scout-turned-backup quarterback finished 10-of-19 passing for 117 yards and one touchdown.

Chiefs' defense stepped up when they needed to the most

Kansas City's defense have not been able to do much as far as stopping their opponents, especially on the ground.

The Chiefs had allowed a 100-yard rusher in four consecutive weeks. The number would have increased to five if not for the Oakland Raiders' Josh Jacobs finishing with 99 yards on just 12 carries in Week 2.

However, against the Broncos, the Chiefs made a key stop on the ground when Denver attempted a two-point conversion after their only score of the night.

Later in the second half, the defense secured a sack fumble and returned it for a touchdown. It was a much-needed score considering it happened just a couple of plays after Mahomes left with his injury.

All in all, the defense played lights out, holding Denver to 205 total yards (71 of those on the ground) and sacking Joe Flacco eight times (nine in total). This is coming from a defense that had 11 total sacks entering the game.

Broncos went back to looking like ... the Broncos

It was a nice thought for Denver fans: the chance at a three-game winning streak and a near-.500 record. But the thought went away — and quickly.

The Broncos showed a glimpse of what they could do when Flacco led a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive. It would, however, be the team's only highlight ... and score ... on the night.

From the sacks, to the 12 three-and-outs and the missed opportunities on defense, there is not much to take away from Denver's performance in a game they needed to win.

Flacco, who was booed by fans toward the end of the game, finished 21-of-34 passing for 213 yards with those eight sacks.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes became the fastest player to reach 7,500 career passing yards in the NFL.

Chiefs star Mahomes made history after hitting the mark in only 24 games during Thursday's clash with the Denver Broncos.

Mahomes' 13-yard pass to Chiefs team-mate Travis Kelce saw him surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer Kurt Warner (27 games) for the record.

Reigning NFL MVP Mahomes etched himself into the history books prior to leaving the game with a knee injury.

Mahomes was ruled out for the remainder of the Chiefs-Broncos game after hurting his leg in the opening half in Denver.

The cart was initially called out for Mahomes, but he was able to walk off the field on his own power in the second quarter.

Mahomes had been dealing with an ankle injury coming into the game away to the Broncos.

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes exited Thursday's NFL game against the Denver Broncos with a knee injury.

Reigning NFL MVP Mahomes appeared to hurt his leg after a quarterback sneak in the first half of the clash with the Broncos.

The cart was initially called out for Mahomes, but the Chiefs quarter was able to walk off the field on his own power in the second quarter.

Mahomes had been dealing with an ankle injury coming into the game at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.

The Chiefs had lost their last two games to the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans.

There will be a World Series game in Washington D.C. for the first time since 1933.

Two quarterbacks are heading to the bench and Jalen Ramsey has finally been dealt.

While all of that has been going on there has been some monetary proposals in the NBA.

All that and more on this week in US Sports.

 

1. Nationals earn first World Series berth

It was a historic week in Washington D.C. after the Nationals swept the St Louis Cardinals in four games to earn the first World Series berth in Nationals/Expos history.

The Nationals were the 29th team to make the Fall Classic, leaving the Seattle Mariners as the only organisation to not have been to one.

While this is a big day for this franchise, it is also one for some very loyal Washington D.C. fans as this will be the first World Series played in D.C. since 1933 when the Senators faced the Giants and lost in five games.

The Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins.

 

2. Quarterbacks head to the bench

The Marcus Mariota era may be over in Tennessee, while the Josh Rosen era in Miami is at least on hold.

The Tennessee Titans announced this week that Mariota will be replaced under center by Ryan Tannehill going forward. The Miami Dolphins also announced Rosen will once again be on the bench and replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Rosen is still young having been taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft so he has some time to still find his way, but Mariota is bordering on being a veteran at this point, so this very well might be the end of his career as a starter.

 

3. Ramsey on the move

Ramsey finally got his wish this week as he was traded by the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Los Angeles Rams for first-round picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-round pick in 2021.

This came on the heels of the Rams' trade of Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the day.

Ramsey asked to be traded by the Jaguars after a Week 2 spat with head coach Doug Marrone.

He got his wish and is thrilled to be playing for a NFL Super Bowl contender.

 

4. NBA contracts being weighed and measured

It is that time of year where players and teams figure out what they will be paid or what can be afforded, and Wednesday, several reports came out that players have been given some offers.

Pascal Siakam is weighing an extension with the Toronto Raptors, as is Bogdan Bogdanovic with the Sacramento Kings, but Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown turned down a four-year, $80million extension which came as a surprise to some.

At the same time, the Kings have apparently not offered guard Buddy Hield an extension and he may be open to a trade if they do not give him the money he is looking for.

The NBA season starts next week, but there is still plenty to be decided going forward.

Jalen Ramsey is on the Los Angeles Rams' roster, but we have no idea if he will play this week or not.

All that and more in this edition of NFL news and notes.

 

Three things that matter

Rams noncommittal on Ramsey's Week 7 availability

Los Angeles acquired star cornerback Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars for their 2020 and 2021 first-round picks in addition to a 2021 fourth-round pick on Wednesday, but Rams head coach Sean McVay might not want to put the team's newest addition to work right away.

"The goal is to be able to do that, but we'll be smart about it," McVay told reporters. "I think that we definitely want to have the intent to get him ready to go and we'll always make smart decisions. But, yes, that's the goal."

Ramsey has missed the last three games with a back injury, though some reports suggest it was a ploy to get the Jaguars to give into his trade request.

"I hope so. We'll see," Ramsey said when asked Wednesday at his introductory press conference if he'll make his Rams debut Sunday in Atlanta. "I've been missing football, I love football, so I would love that, but at the end of the day, we do have to be smart."

Chargers could get boost with Okung return

The Los Angeles Chargers have struggled with injuries this season, but the star offensive tackle could give the team the confidence they need entering a crucial matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

"I've been looking forward to this day for several weeks and I'm excited to officially announce that I will be back to football as early as Week 7," Russell Okung said.

Okung revealed he experienced "unusual chest pain at practice" on June 1 and decided to visit urgent care, where it was revealed he suffered a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition in which a blood clot gets lodged in an artery in the lung. He was told by doctors that the decision to seek treatment likely saved his life.

He has not played in months, but apparently is ready to make his comeback.

Mosley participates in individual drills 

The New York Jets already got a boost with Sam Darnold back, and more help could be on the way. Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley will be back on the field for the first time since Week 1, giving optimism that he could be available to play against the New England Patriots on Monday. Jets coach Adam Gase added there is hope Mosley will do more in Friday and Saturday's practices to ensure he will be ready to go.

Mosley has been dealing with a groin injury, but New York have opted to take a more cautious approach with one of their best defensive players early in the season.

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Seahawks will embrace Thomas' return to Seattle

Veteran Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas did not exactly leave the Seattle Seahawks on the best terms, but the two sides appear to have put their differences aside to share a mutual respect.

"Earl was a great football player for us in the years he was here. We loved what he did — his uniqueness and his style of play," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Thursday. "The way he practiced and his focus was somewhat unmatchable. We just couldn't stay together forever, you know. Couldn't figure out how to do that. But wish him the best and looking forward to [Sunday].

"When we know guys, we like playing against them. You've got relationships and it's fun to see them out there and it's fun to go against them. There's nothing we like more than beating the guys that we love."

A.J. Green still has "a little ways to go" in rehab

The Cincinnati Bengals receiver has struggled to get healthy since suffering an ankle injury early in training camp and undergoing surgery in late July but told reporters he is progressing with the injury.

Cincinnati will host the Jaguars in Week 7, a game A.J. Green is unlikely to play, then head overseas to play the Rams in London before the team's Week 9 bye. It is possible Green could return in Week 10 against the Ravens, assuming the Bengals do not deal him before the October 29 trade deadline.

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Thursday's tweet of the day

Former Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is pumped for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to visit on Thursday.

Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green says he is unlikely to face Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday as he has "a little way to go" in his recovery from an ankle injury.

Green did the damage in training camp and underwent surgery in late July, but returned to practice last week.

The 31-year-old was unable to practice on Thursday, though, and he will not rush his comeback. 

"I'm just taking my time. I'm not sore. I just have to take my time," Green said. "If I can go, I can go. If I can't, I can't. It's no big thing. Like I said from day one, if I'm healthy enough to play then I'm going to play. Right now, I still have a little way to go.

"You can't just throw me into game week where I got to play 60 snaps where I haven't practiced.

"I'm the type of guy where I need my practice time and then as I feel good in practice then my confidence gets higher to be able to play a full game at a high level. 'Oh, A.J., you just need to play 20 snaps.’ No. If I'm full-go, then I'm full-go. No limitations."

There has been speculation around Green's long-term future, but coach Zac Taylor definitively said last week: "We are not trading that guy."

Green said on Thursday: "I've been in this league a long time. I already know the ins and outs. At the end of the day, it’s a business. This is the business and I respect anything that happens.

"But it’s always good that the head coach comes out [and says he will not trade a player]. But it didn't take any pressure off me. Like, I didn't hear anything."

Green, 31, has made seven Pro Bowls over his eight-year career. He caught 46 passes for 694 yards with six touchdowns in nine games last season.

 

 

Darren Waller, one of the breakout stars for the Oakland Raiders in 2019, has signed a multi-year contract extension with the franchise.

The tight end, who was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason, is expected to make around $9million a year, according to NFL Network.

His new deal was confirmed by the Raiders in an official statement.

"Raider Nation, I'm going to give you all I got," said Waller in a video on Oakland's official website.

"I'm just appreciative to be here for a few more years. I really can't put it into words."

The 27-year-old is in the midst of a career year this season, with 37 catches and 359 yards. In his previous three seasons with Oakland and the Baltimore Ravens, the Georgia Tech product had a combined total of 18 catches, 178 yards and two touchdowns.

Waller was originally drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round (204th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Oakland signed him from Baltimore's practice squad ahead of Week 13 in 2018.

The Raiders (3-2) head north to take on the Green Bay Packers (5-1) on Sunday.

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