As soon as the confetti fell from the ceiling, rumors began swirling that legendary defensive tackle Aaron Donald was mulling retirement. However, with thoughts of 'going on top' on his mind, Donald ultimately decided to return to where he won a Lombardi. Famously known for creating the 'Dream Team,' the Los Angeles Rams are preparing to do the same this season with Donald, pushing an extra $40 million his way over the next few seasons. With a grand total of $95 million through 2024, Donald is now the highest-paid non-quarterback.
Kyler Murray hurt his ankle towards the end of last week's loss, and didn't practice on Wednesday for the Arizona Cardinals. Murray had some extra time to rest this week, but it's still not known if he will be available in Week Nine.
Speaking of quarterbacks who got hurt last week, Sam Darnold practiced on a limited basis for the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday. Head coach Matt Rhule said he was on the "extremely limited" side as he recovers from a concussion.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got the pin out of his broken finger on Monday, and is already (of course) posting videos of himself throwing a football. The team still doesn't have a return date for him, but based on this video (and more importantly, his ability to grip the football) it should be sooner rather than later.
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The Arizona Cardinals had the weekend off after playing the Green Bay Packers Thursday night. Those couple of days will probably largely benefit Kyler Murray. Murray sprained his ankle towards the end of Thursday's game, and it's been kind of a wait-and-see situation as far as his availability goes for Week Nine.
Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Cooper Rush won on Sunday night while starter Dak Prescott healed from an injury, throwing two touchdowns and an interception. While he started off shaky, Rush got into a rhythm and began look comfortable. "I felt like I belonged out there. You're in the huddle, breaking the o-line, going through your processes. It didn't feel overwhelming at all."
With their starting quarterback Jameis Winston going down in Sunday's game with a season-ending knee injury, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is non-committal on bringing in another quarterback. The team has Trevor Siemian, Taysom Hill, and rookie Ian Book on deck.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo proved a lot of people wrong on Sunday in front of his hometown crowd. But Jimmy G was the first to say that the win was not about him. "I think our team just needed a win. Losing four in a row like that, you've got to do something about it. I think our guys did."
Hopefully we will have an end to this soon. I'm tired of hearing about it and tired of talking about it. Now that that's out of the way, Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was once again asked about the potential Deshaun Watson trade happening this week, and he once again was mum in his response. "I basically answer [this question] every day the same way. Tua is our quarterback."
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson wants to be back as soon as he possibly can (and that's probably a good idea.) He took a big step towards that goal on Monday, as he got his pin removed from his injured finger.
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