philip rivers is retiring
As expected, former SAN DIEGO Chargers (I've been waiting to type that un-accidentally) and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons.
Rivers had a solid career stat-wise, but the thing that will stand out about him was that he never had a Super Bowl under his belt. That's okay though. He now gets to go home to a house full of kids. I mean, FULL full.
lions hire their next head coach
The Detroit Lions agreed to a deal with their latest head coach Dan Campbell on Tuesday. The deal is for six years.
Campbell spent the past five seasons with the New Orleans Saints as their tight ends coach. He also has some experience as a head coach, as he was named the interim head coach in 2015 for the Miami Dolphins.
The biggest challenge for Campbell will not only be to fit into his role nicely, but to completely undo all of the damage that ex-HC Matt Patricia did over the past few years. Nothing improved, their was either a running-in-place situation or a setback. He will also have a say in the fate of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who you will definitely be hearing some trade rumors about this offseason.
derek carr's groin injury is 'significant'
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback lasted only 11 plays in Thursday night's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers before pulling his groin and heading to the locker room. Head coach Jon Gruden said in his post-game press conference that the injury is 'significant' and we should expect Carr to be sidelined for some time. The Raiders have the Miami Dolphins coming up next, and backup QB Marcus Mariota will likely start.
The next game for Las Vegas is December 26, meaning Carr has a little over eight days to get up to speed. I'm going to go out on a limb and say he sits.
drew brees will start against chiefs on sunday
After missing four games with broken ribs and a punctured lung, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be getting the start this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team cleared him to return to practice this week, indicating that he had a chance to play. This big (or, if you're like me, the only good game this week) game just got a little bigger, as each team is playing for home-field advantage during the playoffs. It's also not out of line to dub this one a potential Super Bowl preview.
julio jones is out, again
If you're playing the Julio Jones drinking game, you're probably drunk by now. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver will miss yet another game this week due to a hamstring injury that has lingered and kept him out of two of the past three games. Jones still has a chance to play in the final two games, although I'm not sure what the point of that would be.
matthew stafford out of practice again, not ruled out (yet)
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has missed three straight practices this week, and the team is still unsure of his status for this weekend's game against the Tennessee Titans. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell said Stafford would travel with the team, as his rib injury has been feeling better than earlier this week. Backup QB Chase Daniel will get the start if Stafford can't go.
49ers to stay in Arizona through week 17
The San Francisco 49ers have played their past two home games in Arizona, and they'll remain there through Week 17. Santa Clara County, where the 49ers' stadium and facility are located, extended their contact sports ban through January 8. The Niners play at the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and host the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona the following week.
Alex Smith is out this week
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith injured his calf during last week's game and will not play in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Smith hasn't practiced all week. Backup-to-the-backup QB Dwayne Haskins will start in his place. Haskins was benched after the first four games of the season, and it feels like we're stepping into a time portal at this point.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has had a rough few weeks. Last week, the Lions put him on the COVID reserve list after coming in contact with someone who tested positive; this week, he injured his thumb during Sunday's game against the Washington Football Team. Typically, that's a red flag for a quarterback - it can affect their grip and release on the ball. But X-rays on Stafford's thumb were negative, and he isn't expected to miss any time. Good news.
The expectation is that Stafford will undergo more tests on Monday and that he will be limited in practice this week. Barring a setback, Stafford should be good to go for next week's game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Detroit Lions and tackle Taylor Decker agreed to an extension on Tuesday.
The numbers are in the tweet above, but that's a big payday of six years, $85 million, with $37.5 million guaranteed.
As most great offensive linemen are, Decker is underrated as hell and was one of the main reasons why quarterback Matthew Stafford had a great year pre-injury.
Decker would be an unrestricted free agent next season, which shows that the Lions didn't want him going anywhere.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, with what the team ended up calling a "false positive" test. While it's still uncertain how they can possibly know that for a fact (do not argue with me), Stafford did end up testing negative multiple times.
The league has since revised their plans for players who are asymptomatic and positive, in case another "false positive" test shall occur, while still following standard protocols to keep everyone safe. Or, at least, to the best of their abilities.
Stafford spoke to reporters on Tuesday, where he mentioned that he was glad it happened to him early on, before the season began, so that himself and other players would not potentially miss time on the field.
Honestly, it probably will happen again. But I'd rather teams be overly cautious than not cautious enough. With everything Stafford and his wife Kelly had been through in the past year with her medical issues, and their young kids, this is probably the best outcome possible.