Joe Burrow has won the 2019 Heisman Trophy, becoming the fourth successive quarterback to receive the award given to college football's best player.

Senior Burrow transferred from Ohio State in 2018 and this year he has led the Tigers to a 13-0 record and the top seed in the 2019 College Football Playoff.

The quarterback, LSU's second Heisman winner after Billy Cannon in 1959, has thrown for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

He was on target with 342 of his 439 passing attempts, with 77.9 per cent of his throws reaching their intended targets for the NCAA's best completion percentage.

Burrow garnered a record 90.7 per cent of the votes, beating fellow finalists Chase Young, Justin Fields and Jalen Hurts.

He follows in the footsteps of recent winners Kyler Murray, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. The last non-quarterback to claim the individual honour was running back Derrick Henry in 2015.

Chase Young says his "plan" is to return to Ohio State next season, rather than enter the 2020 NFL Draft.

The defensive end is one of four finalists for the 2019 Heisman Trophy - awarded to college football's best player - after a remarkable season with the Buckeyes.

Young set an Ohio State record with 16.5 sacks in 11 games, leading the nation in that category, and many think he will be the top prospect in next year’s draft, should he decide to forgo his senior year at college.

However, such a decision appears far from a formality as Young revealed he intends to be back with the Buckeyes in 2020.

Asked by TMZ Sports whether he was planning to return to Ohio State, Young replied: "That's the plan."

Terrell Suggs has been cut by the Arizona Cardinals just three weeks before the end of the NFL season.

The outside linebacker, who played college football at Arizona State, signed a one-year deal worth $7million with the Cardinals last offseason after 16 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

Suggs, the 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, was a seven-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl winner with the Ravens, for whom he had 132.5 sacks.

He only managed 5.5 in 13 games for the Cardinals in 2019, though, and has now been let go by Arizona, who have the NFL's worst defensive unit in terms of yards given up.

"It was mutual conversations as this thing went on," Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury explained to reporters on Friday.

"The respect was both ways. We know what he's been to this league, the Hall of Fame player he's been. We just wanted to have those conversations."

The Cardinals were the NFL's worst team last season and are 3-9-1 at the bottom of an ultra-competitive NFC West this time around.

"There's disappointment that we didn't win more games," Kingsbury added.

"As the season's gone on, out of playoff contention, we wanted to see what we had in some younger players and we felt like it was the best move for both parties."

Suggs, 37, will be available on waivers and could now join a playoff-bound team, such as the Ravens.

Jameis Winston will start at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Detroit Lions, head coach Bruce Arians has confirmed.

Winston suffered a hand injury in the win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and though he finished the game, he was limited at practice this week.

The fifth-year starter was reportedly only able to throw tennis balls on Thursday, yet he had progressed to a football at Friday's practice, after which Arians revealed he would face the Lions.

"Jameis threw the ball well today and he's ready to go," Arians told reporters.

Asked what he wanted to see from Winston, Arians added: "Just to be able to use strength with the ball and holding onto it - more so getting it knocked out of his hand than throwing it - and he's fine."

Winston has had a typically up-and-down season with the Bucs, as has been the case for most of his NFL career.

He leads the league with 23 interceptions - seven more than any other quarterback - but has also thrown 26 touchdowns, a figure only MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, who has played one more game, can better.

Winston is one of only two quarterbacks to have thrown for over 4,000 passing yards in 2019 and is seven yards behind Dak Prescott, the NFL's leader in that category.

The 6-7 Buccaneers cannot make the postseason in a stacked NFC, but Winston is playing for a new contract in 2020, either in Tampa Bay or elsewhere.

Veteran quarterback Eli Manning will make potentially his final home start for the New York Giants on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Rookie Daniel Jones, who took over from Manning as the starter from Week 3, will miss a second successive game with an ankle injury.

That means 38-year-old Manning will be under center at MetLife Stadium for the 2-11 Giants' Week 15 clash with the 3-10 Dolphins.

Two-time Super Bowl champion Manning, the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, is in his 16th and likely final season with the Giants, who finish the campaign at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Manning has played in 235 regular-season games for New York, throwing for 56,740 yards and 364 touchdowns, while also leading the franchise to victories over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.

The Giants drafted Jones in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to take over from Manning, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020 if he decides to carry on playing.

In three starts this season, Manning has gone 71-of-119 passing for 759 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Two of those scores came on Monday in a 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.

Manning will be without Evan Engram on Sunday, though, with the tight end ruled out for a fifth successive game due to a foot injury.

Janoris Jenkins was cut by the New York Giants on Friday following his "refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language" he used in a tweet earlier this week.

The eighth-year cornerback was heavily criticised for calling a fan a "retard" on Twitter on Wednesday, and he later tweeted saying: "My apology for the word I used earlier, really didn't mean no 'HARM'."

However, the initial tweet remained on his account and he told reporters on Thursday that such a term "was slang that I use back at home".

Jenkins had said: "It's my slang, so if you take it how you're going to take it, then that's on you. I don't mean to offend nobody."

The 31-year-old suffered an ankle injury in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday and the Giants explained on Friday that he had been "waived/injured".

However, head coach Pat Shurmur later explained that Jenkins' comment and his unwillingness to see the offensive nature of it was "the determining factor" in his release.

"This was an organisational decision," Shurmur told the team's website.

"From ownership to management to our football operations, we felt it was in the best interests of the franchise and the player.

"Obviously, what happened this week, and the refusal to acknowledge the inappropriate and offensive language, was the determining factor."

Jenkins, drafted in the second round by the then-St Louis Rams in 2012, signed a reported five-year, $62.5million contract with the Giants in 2016 and went to the Pro Bowl in his first season with New York.

He had four interceptions in 13 games this season and led the Giants in passes defensed with 14.

Shortly after news of his release was confirmed, Jenkins tweeted: "Best news ever.. Thank you"

Jarvis Landry claims Odell Beckham Jr. wants to stay with the Cleveland Browns amid speculation over his fellow wide receiver's future.

Beckham was non-committal last week when asked if he will remain with the Browns beyond this season following a report that he had been talking to opposing players and coaches about moving on.

However, Landry is confident his team-mate is not heading for the exit door in Cleveland.

"I think he wants to be here," he told the media on Thursday. "I know he wants to be here.

"He doesn't want to leave, and he's not trying to leave."

Beckham has endured a disappointing season with Cleveland after arriving via a trade with the New York Giants, but Landry insists he has still had an impact on the franchise.

"I think for him, he's been a leader, he's a guy that comes to work every day, he's a guy that's playing through injuries, all the things you want out of a player," Landry said.

"Inside of this organisation, he has a voice, he has responsibility to himself, to all of us, to go out there and compete each and every Sunday, and he does that."

Beckham said last week: "What's the future hold? I don't know, I don't know the answers for that.

"Right now, I'm just taking it a day at a time, trying to finish healthy, trying to win these last four games and see what happens."

Alshon Jeffery has been ruled out for the rest of the NFL season after the Philadelphia Eagles placed him on injured reserve.

The Eagles confirmed on Thursday they have put Jeffery on IR due to a foot problem, ruling him out for the rest of 2019.

Jeffery sustained the non-contact injury in the first half of his team's 23-17 home overtime win over the New York Giants on Monday, the wide receiver having to be taken to the locker room on a cart.

Despite being at 6-7, the Eagles are still in the running for a playoff place with a record the same as that of NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys atop the division.

Jeffery ends the season with 43 catches for 490 yards and four touchdowns, having been limited to playing in 10 games.

In his third season with the Eagles, the 29-year-old was part of their Super Bowl winning team in February 2018.

Following Jeffery's departure, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward were the Eagles' only two other active receivers against the Giants, with Nelson Agholor still battling a knee problem and DeSean Jackson already on IR.

Along with placing Jeffery on IR, the Eagles added some WR depth by promoting Robert Davis from the practice squad.

But the Eagles, who are on the road against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, are now likely to be leaning heavily on tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert over the decisive weeks of the season.

The Tennessee Titans take on AFC South rivals the Houston Texans in the stand-out match of the NFL schedule in Week 15.

With both teams holding an 8-5 record, there are huge playoff implications to Sunday's meeting with just three matches left of the regular season.

But that is far from the only game to keep an eye on in the coming days, with the under-pressure Dallas Cowboys hosting the Los Angeles Rams and the Buffalo Bills on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The New England Patriots are also looking to bounce back after suffering back-to-back defeats when they play the Cincinnati Bengals.

Using data from Stats Perform, we take a closer look at all the Week 15 fixtures.

 

JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner both practiced in full for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare for a crucial Week 15 clash with the Buffalo Bills.

Wide receiver Smith-Schuster (knee) and running back Conner (shoulder) have each missed the Steelers' last three games through injury.

"[I did] a couple of reps here and there," said Conner. "I got a couple of reps with the offense this week. I am still taking it day by day.

"I just want to be out there competing. These games are crucial, they are critical for us in the position we are in. We are just trying to control our own destiny."

Despite the absence of the duo, the Steelers have won their last three games to significantly improve their chances of reaching the playoffs.

Mike Tomlin's team are 8-5 and in possession of the AFC's sixth and final playoff berth with three games remaining. The Steelers have the tiebreaker over the 8-5 Tennessee Titans by virtue of their win percentage in conference games.

Pittsburgh host the 9-4 Bills, who are the fifth seeds as it stands, on Sunday, with the game likely to have a significant impact on a tight race for the two AFC Wild Card berths.

Conner has rushed for 390 yards and scored six total touchdowns in an injury-hit year. Smith-Schuster has 524 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 10 games.

Troy Aikman would be interested in a move from the commentary box to an NFL front office position, though he is sceptical such an opportunity will come with the Dallas Cowboys.

Hall of Fame quarterback Aikman won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and has not been shy about voicing his frustrations about the direction of the team with whom he spent his entire pro career.

Having seen fellow former players John Elway and John Lynch, previously a colleague of Aikman’s at Fox Sports, enjoy success as general managers with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers respectively, the 53-year-old believes a switch to a similar position could be a viable career move.

"It's something that I guess I've always somewhat entertained," Aikman told 1310 The Ticket. "I've had a chance to talk with John Elway in previous years. I've visited with John Lynch, and the decision that he made to take on that job in San Francisco, and I've said many, many times, I still believe there's another frontier for me - maybe there's not - but I believe that there is, and I think that might very well be it.

"It's something that I think would be very challenging. I'd be giving up a lot to leave the job that I have to take on a role like that. It's an all-consuming job and I certainly recognise that, but I think the challenge would make it worthwhile.

"Now whether or not I'm ever afforded that opportunity, we'll see, but with each year that passes, the likelihood of it happening becomes less and less.

"I understand that more and more teams want to go young and kind of groom somebody that's going to be there for the long haul, but relatively speaking, I've got a lot of great years left and I feel that having been in a championship locker room and knowing what that looks like, what that feels like, and then I guess my job now as a broadcaster, I've been in those organisations."

Aikman, though, does not expect the Cowboys to grant him a chance to prove himself in the front office, due to owner Jerry Jones' desire to remain as the franchise's chief decision-maker. 

"I doubt it. I mean, I think that's a real long shot," Aikman said of his hopes of being employed by Dallas.

"I believe that it's unlikely that Jerry will ever bring somebody in that can help this football team in that regard just because he's been real stubborn and steadfast, in that he's the one in charge. 

"I think in a lot of ways until that changes, this team's going to have some problems. Would he ever ask me to come be a part of it? I think that'd be a real leap of faith. I don't envision that happening, and I don't envision it happening at any point, quite honestly, no matter who's in charge out there."

Lamar Jackson endorsed likely number one overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft Joe Burrow as his selection to win the Heisman Trophy.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jackson won the Heisman, awarded to the most outstanding player in college football, during his time at Louisville in 2016.

LSU signal-caller Burrow is the favourite to take home the prize in 2019, having led the Tigers to a 13-0 record and a SEC title.

They enter the College Football Playoff as the number one team in the country, Burrow racking up 4,715 passing yards and 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions in a remarkable year.

The defining moment of Burrow's season so far came when LSU toppled perennial powerhouse Alabama 46-41 last month.

He faces competition from Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields but Jackson believes Burrow has separated himself from that group thanks in part to the win over the Crimson Tide.

Asked in a media conference who his Heisman pick is, NFL MVP frontrunner Jackson said: "The guy who's playing lights out right now, the guy who took down Bama, Joe. Joe doing his thing, I can't lie.

"He's doing a tremendous job right now, I feel like they'll win the National Championship."

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