the Browns are going through it
The Cleveland Browns did not practice on Thursday due to positive COVID-19 tests, one of which was cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward will not be able to go on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and could miss the Browns' wild card game the following week, should they make it.
There is some good news -- The NFL gave the Browns the OK to practice on Friday, after no new positive tests. The situation is still one to monitor, as we all saw the Baltimore Ravens' and Tennessee Titans' situations earlier this season.
bills activate john brown
The rich get richer -- the Buffalo Bills activated wide receiver John Brown off the COVID-19 reserve list. Buffalo added Brown to the 53-man roster after being named a close contact of TJ Yeldon. Brown missed Monday night's game due to being on the reserve list and four other games due to an ankle injury. They will need him, as WR Cole Beasley has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
giants offensive line coach tests positive for covid
A new year and all the top NFL stories today are COVID related. Shocking. New York Giants offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo tested positive and will not coach in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
cowboys have a player test positive
Speaking of the Giants' opponent... the Cowboys are also working remotely on Friday due to a player testing positive. The plan for the team (if there are no other positives) is to return to practice on Saturday before traveling to New Jersey.
alvin kamara will miss sunday, maybe postseason with positive test
Another one. New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara will miss Sunday's game due to a positive COVID-19 test. He may miss the first postseason game as well, which will certainly put a damper on the Saints' chances of winning.
And yes, most of the top stories today are COVID-19 related. We're a week out from Christmas, and it'll only get worse based on what I saw on Instagram stories last night.
I am highly confident we will be watching Derrick Henry highlights for the rest of our lives. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin feels the same, as he will have to focus on stopping the versatile running back this week when his team faces the Tennessee Titans.
This is already one of my favorite games of the week. Pittsburgh's defense has been playing lights out, and the same goes for the Titans' offense.
In today's edition of, "Is Jerry Jones watching a different game than us?":
Jones said on his radio show today (Tuesday) that he's "ok" with his defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. No, no. It gets worse. Jones also said he liked how the Dallas Cowboys' defense "came out."
Quick reminder that the Cowboys' defense gave up 38 points to the Arizona Cardinals, most of them unanswered.
Jerry just looooves to waste talent (see: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and we can even go as far back to say Tony Romo) and defend people that he hires who aren't performing how they should. The real problem is, and has been, the front office.
If you've been living under a rock - Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott went down in Sunday's game with a gruesome broken ankle, had surgery right away, and is currently recovering at home. -deep breath-
As he's obviously missing the remainder of this season, the question is when will he be ready to return to action, and will it be with the Cowboys? Owner Jerry Jones stated earlier this morning on his radio show that he expects Prescott to return by the spring offseason program.
Jerry Jones is for sure not a doctor (and is severely out of touch), and who knows what uniform he will be in when he does return to action, but this is a reasonable timetable for Prescott. He's refused a team-friendly deal before, and with quarterback play around the league always dwindling, it's hard for me to believe he'll take one now.
In the meantime, Cowboys plan to roll with andy dalton
Because all 2020 needed was Andy Dalton, he will now be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys, and the team does not plan to trade for a QB.
Dalton is not in the worst situation to be in when it comes to backup quarterbacks. While I'm not recommending running out to buy a Dalton Cowboys jersey, he can get it done in this trash division.
After Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome, season-ending injury yesterday, questions arose about his contract and the Cowboys' future plans for him. Stephen Jones insisted that Prescott remained the "face of the franchise" and that their plans for his future with the team have not changed, despite the injury.
The Cowboys have been quite facetious in the past about their plans for Prescott, despite him being one of the top-performing quarterbacks in the league, so forgive me if I'm not buying this right now.
I wanna flag this tweet and we'll go back to it in March.
In a storyline I completely forgot about to be honest with you, the New York Giants are playing the Dallas Cowboys this week, meaning Jason Garrett will be returning to his future home. Of course, reporters are going to ask him about this scenario. But leave it to Garrett to give the most generic, robotic answer known to man.
Neither of these teams are doing particularly great so far this season, but the Giants are winless with no offensive identity beyond Saquon Barkley who is done for the season.
That being said, if the Cowboys somehow lose this game, like they have been doing lately, they're in big trouble.
Defensive end Randy Gregory returned to practice for the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday after missing all of the 2019 NFL season.
Gregory was reinstated last month and can practice with the team for two more weeks before being added to the active roster in Week 7.
Gregory will join a line with Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Everson Griffen, which sounds great on paper, but so far hasn't been able to produce. The Cowboys should hope that Gregory's return can add the spark they need on defense after not being able to close out games has become the theme for this team so far this season.
Left tackle Tyron Smith has not practiced all week for the Dallas Cowboys, but head coach Mike McCarthy says he still has a chance to play on this week.
This doesn't sound all that optimistic to me. They could definitely use him, as they're playing against the Seattle Seahawks this week.
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith did not play in Week Two against the Atlanta Falcons, as he was listed on the injury report with a neck injury. It is not that big of a deal even though it left the Cowboys in a tough spot as far as the offensive line goes. Owner Jerry Jones said the team was taking precautions on sitting Smith.
I'm more leaning towards the camp that Jerry is just talking out of his ass here, mostly because he doesn't say the severity of the injury or if Smith will be able to go this weekend.
Good thing the Cowboys didn't need him; of course, they lucked out because the Falcons couldn't hold a lead. Stop me if you've heard this one before.
Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was added to the team's injury report yesterday (Thursday) with a neck injury. Usually, those things are never good, but head coach Mike McCarthy isn't that concerned about it right now. Which, I guess, is good news?
If Smith misses practice today (Friday), I'd say it's likely he'll be out this week. The Cowboys are already down offensive linemen - La'el Collins, for one. The good news? The Cowboys have the Atlanta Falcons this week.