NFL notebook: 'We believe in Eli,' Giants coach says
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Friday that the team is not considering benching quarterback Eli Manning.
"No," Shurmur said firmly when asked if a change at quarterback is on the
table. "We believe in Eli."
Manning, 37, threw an interception on the second play from scrimmage in
Thursday night's 34-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and finished 24 of 43
for 281 yards. Much of his yardage came in garbage time or on short throws to
running back Saquon Barkley (nine grabs, 99 yards), and 11 of his completions
were behind the line of scrimmage.
"I know I can play better. I didn't play well last night and I've got to make
better decisions, just get back to doing my job," said Manning, who was sacked
four times and hit 13 times. Per ESPN, Manning posted a QBR of 9.0 (out of
100) when not pressured, compared to 0.7 when pressured.
-- Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is officially questionable with a
chest injury after being limited in practice all week, though most expect him
to suit up against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
"Do I think he will play? I'll let the injury report give you the most updated
information, but he's been able to do some things in practice," head coach
Bill O'Brien told reporters.
--Los Angeles Rams wideouts Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp each practiced in
full and remain on track to clear concussion protocol in time to play Sunday
at the Denver Broncos.
Cooks and Kupp each left Week 5's game against the Seattle Seahawks with a
concussion, but both returned to limited practices on Thursday before going
full on Friday.
--Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook said his ailing left hamstring is
improving after being listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the
The second-year pro has played in just three of the Vikings' five games due to
the ailment, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry while rushing for 98 yards on
--New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell is questionable for Sunday's game
against the Indianapolis Colts, while cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson (quad) and
Buster Skrine (concussion) are doubtful and out, respectively.
Crowell, who set a Jets record with 219 rushing yards (on just 15 carries)
last week, has an ankle injury that kept him out of Wednesday's and Thursday's
practices before a limited session on Friday.
--Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey is officially listed as
questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys with knee soreness,
and head coach Doug Marrone said he is legitimately "50-50" to play.
Marrone also told reporters that running back Leonard Fournette -- who was
ruled out for Sunday earlier this week with a hamstring injury -- has a chance
to play in Week 7 after running on a side field Friday.
--The Atlanta Falcons will be without running back Devonta Freeman and
defensive tackle Grady Jarrett this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,
head coach Dan Quinn confirmed.
Freeman missed Weeks 2-4 with a knee injury and returned for Week 5, but he
did not practice this week while battling a bone bruise in his foot and a
groin injury. Jarrett will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.
--The Carolina Panthers should have tight end Greg Olsen back on the field for
their Week 6 matchup against the Washington Redskins, barring a setback.
Olsen has been out since suffering a fractured right foot in Week 1 and had
participated in a limited practice on Wednesday.
-- Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston is doubtful to face
the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas
re-fractured his left leg during Thursday's practice, the team announced.
Head coach Andy Reid told reporters earlier in the week it was "a stretch" for
Houston to play in Foxborough after he pulled his hamstring in Week 5. Also
listed as doubtful is safety Eric Berry -- who hasn't played or practiced
since early August due to heel soreness -- while outside linebacker Tanoh
Kpassagnon is questionable with an ankle injury.
-- The Indianapolis Colts' injury list remains long, as five active players
were ruled out for Sunday's game against the New York Jets and six more were
listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (chest, hamstring) will miss his second consecutive
game, and joining him will be tight end Jack Doyle (hip, out since Week 2),
defensive lineman Denico Autry (hamstring), safety Clayton Geathers
(concussion, neck) and right tackle Denzelle Good (away, death in family).
Among those questionable is Eric Ebron (shin, quad, ankle, knee), who leads
NFL tight ends with five touchdowns this season. He practiced in full on
Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday.
--Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil cleared the concussion protocol and
is expected to play when the team hosts the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Tunsil was listed as questionable on Miami's injury report, as was quarterback
Ryan Tannehill (passing shoulder).
--Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters is believed to have torn a
biceps muscle after leaving Thursday night's game and not returning, according
to an NFL Network report.
--The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former New York Giants offensive tackle
Ereck Flowers and placed left tackle Josh Wells on injured reserve, the team
-- The San Francisco 49ers apologized for initially leaving former quarterback
Colin Kaepernick out of a photo gallery that displayed exploits of previous
games against the Green Bay Packers.
--The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt $20,054 for a hit on
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in Week 5, according to ESPN.
--Field Level Media