Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young is feared to have suffered a torn ACL in their clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Young was carted off in the second quarter after suffering an apparent knee injury as Washington defended a short Tom Brady pass to Leonard Fournette.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport subsequently reported that Young is believed to have torn his ACL, an injury that would end the 2020 second overall pick's season.

Young was named Defensive Rookie of the Year for his performances last season, which saw him record 7.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.

His efforts helped Washington win the NFC East and advance to the Wild Card round of the playoffs, where they lost to the Buccaneers.

Despite the injury to Young, Washington led 16-6 at half-time at FedEx Field.

Week 9 saw the NFL world robbed of an extremely compelling quarterback matchup, Aaron Rodgers left to watch from home as the Green Bay Packers fell to defeat against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, Rodgers is set to return from his controversial coronavirus-enforced hiatus on Sunday at Lambeau Field, where he will face another likely future Hall of Fame quarterback set to return to the field.

Russell Wilson lived up to praise from head coach Pete Carroll, who described him as "one of the great healers of all time" after a finger injury suffered in the Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, surpassing expectations by recovering in time to lead the Seattle Seahawks against Green Bay as they bid to salvage their season.

The Seahawks are not dead at 3-5. Seattle enter the week just a game out of the final Wild Card berth; however, Wilson and Co. have little room for error ahead of a road game with a member of the NFC's elite.

It is a contest that may be decided by which quarterback can shake off the rust faster. Wilson has been on the sideline longer, but Rodgers will enter the game having missed two weeks of practice amid the fallout from his positive test and his comments around his vaccination status.

What other factors will play a role in determining the outcome of an enticing quarterback battle? Stats Perform digs into the numbers to answer that question.

Can Collins gash Packers on ground?

The Packers defense has quietly been one of the best in the NFL when it comes to limiting efficient production from their opponents.

Indeed, Green Bay rank fifth in opponent yards per play allowed, giving up just 5.27.

However, the Packers have proven susceptible to the run, with only six teams allowing more yards per rush than Green Bay's 4.55.

With Chris Carson still unavailable for the Seahawks, the onus will be on Alex Collins to take advantage of the Packers' apparent vulnerability on rush defense.

Collins has proven adept at making the most of his carries even on plays where the defense gets into the backfield. He is putting up 3.00 yards per carry on attempts where there is a run disruption, above the league average of 2.80.

His ability to excel in that regard could be key in getting the Packers' defense out of looks that have proven successful against Wilson.

Two-high looks could spell trouble for Wilson

In last week's loss to the Chiefs, the Packers played a significant amount of two-deep safety coverages to deal with the threat of Mahomes and a usually explosive pass game that has stuttered this season.

It worked as the Chiefs were held to just 13 points, and the numbers suggest Green Bay will lean on two-high looks again to try to slow down Wilson on his return.

When faced with Cover 2 this season, Wilson has delivered an accurate, well-thrown ball 80.0 per cent of the time; the league average is 83.4.

He has fared even worse against Cover 4 or 'Quarters', posting a well-thrown percentage of 72.4 (79.6 per cent is the average), and that number dips further to 62.5 per cent versus cover 6 (average 77.3 per cent).

Against Tampa 2, which is a variant of Cover 2 with a linebacker dropping into the deep middle at the snap, Wilson's well-thrown percentage is 75.0, again below the average of 82.7.

Wilson has already outperformed expectations by returning this quickly from injury and has made a career out of making the improbable possible. Yet, if Collins cannot succeed on the ground and force the Packers to bring a safety down into the box to stop the run, it could be a difficult day for Wilson facing coverages against which he has not excelled.

Seahawks must capitalise on Bakhtiari blow

The Packers had hoped to have David Bakhtiari back at left tackle, but he was listed as doubtful on the injury report as he attempts to make his return from a knee injury.

Bakhtiari's likely absence is a boost to a Seahawks defense that may see its best hope of slowing down Rodgers as being in their ability to get consistent pressure on the reigning MVP and magnify the impact of any potential rust.

While the Seahawks are a middle-of-the-road defense in terms of yards per play, in which they rank 16th (5.55), they are a top-half unit when it comes to creating pressure.

Their 139 pressures this season are 13th in the NFL and, in Rodgers, they are facing a quarterback who has proven particularly susceptible to opposing pass rushes in 2021.

Only team-mate Jordan Love (40.0) and Zach Wilson (53.7) have worse well-thrown percentages than Rodgers (55.2) when under duress among quarterbacks to have attempted 10 passes under pressure.

And Rodgers' pickable pass rate of 8.62 per cent under pressure is substantially worse than the average for quarterbacks (min. 10 attempts) of 4.82.

The spotlight will be firmly on Rodgers after a fortnight he will not forget in a hurry. It is the Seahawks, though, who enter the game with their backs against the wall, and it may take an instrumental performance from Collins and a potent pass rush to prevent Seattle slipping further towards playoff irrelevance.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will miss Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. 

The team announced the move late Saturday, and Mason Rudolph is expected to start in Roethlisberger's place. 

Roethlisberger landed on the COVID-19 list the same day another veteran quarterback, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, was activated after missing last week's game at the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Rudolph figures to have an easier assignment than Rodgers' backup Jordan Love did, with Pittsburgh (5-3) hosting the winless Lions (0-8) Sunday. 

The 26-year-old Steelers backup has not played this season but started one game last year and eight games as a rookie in 2019 after Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury. 

Roethlisberger, 39, said in a recent interview that he has received the coronavirus vaccine. He could return for Pittsburgh's November 21 game at the Los Angeles Chargers. 

The Tennessee Titans have placed wide receiver Julio Jones on injured reserve.

Jones has battled a hamstring injury this season, limiting his impact for the Titans, who acquired him in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in June. 

The seven-time Pro Bowler, who was limited to nine games with the Falcons last year because of injury, has made 21 catches for 336 yards in six games for the Titans.

He will now have to miss at least three games before being allowed to return.

The Titans sit atop the AFC having compiled a 7-2 record through the first nine games.

Jones will miss this Sunday's clash with the New Orleans Saints as well as meetings with the Houston Texans and New England Patriots.

His absence places further pressure on quarterback Ryan Tannehill and leading receiver A.J. Brown to carry the offense, which had already lost star running back Derrick Henry to a fractured foot.

Aaron Rodgers is off the reserve/COVID-19 list and should feature for the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's clash with the Seattle Seahawks.

Rodgers was absent against the Kansas City Chiefs after testing positive for COVID-19. The quarterback is unvaccinated.

The Packers missed their talisman, with a 13-7 loss ending their seven-game winning streak. Green Bay have now scored seven or fewer points twice this season, tied for second most in the NFL.

They have, however, scored 24 or more in seven games, also tied for second most in the NFL, and Rodgers' return will provide a timely boost for the Week 10 meeting with Seattle, who have lost nine straight games against Green Bay in a run stretching back to 2003 (including playoffs).

Rodgers played in all eight of Green Bay's opening games and threw for 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

The 37-year-old does have a toe problem and has been added to the injury report, though does not have a game-status designation for this weekend, suggesting he should be fit to feature.

Earlier this week, the Packers and Rodgers were fined by the NFL after the league opened an investigation following the positive coronavirus cases, with wide receiver Allen Lazard having also contracted the virus. 

The review found that the pair had violated protocols by not wearing masks inside the Packers' facility and also by attending a Halloween party. 

Isaac Yiadom has also been taken off the reserve/COVID-19 list, while La'Darius Hamilton has been released by the Packers, general manager Brian Gutekunst confirmed.

The Los Angeles Rams suffered a huge blow when Robert Woods tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini reported that Woods sustained the serious injury in practice on the day Odell Beckham Jr. joined the 7-2 Rams.

Woods was reportedly able to finish the session, but the extent of the damage done was revealed when he underwent tests.

Team captain Woods will play no part in the rest of the season as the Rams bid for Super Bowl glory.

Woods made 45 receptions for 556 yards and scored four touchdowns this season.

Beckham's arrival means he, Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson will likely see the bulk of the targets from quarterback Matthew Stafford in Woods' absence.

Woods had told the media on Friday: "We're all working for the same goal. His thing is, I feel like, why he [Beckham] left -- he wanted to be a part of it and contribute, and I think just coming into this offense, he wants to work and contribute.

"We're all working toward the same goal: winning, grinding. I don't think it should be anything disruptive.''

The Rams' next game is against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

The Los Angeles Rams suffered a huge blow when Robert Woods tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Friday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini reported that Woods sustained the serious injury in practice on the day Odell Beckham Jr. joined the 7-2 Rams.

Woods was reportedly able to finish the session, but the extent of the damage done was revealed when he underwent tests.

Team captain Woods will play no part in the rest of the season as the Rams bid for Super Bowl glory.

Woods made 45 receptions for 556 yards and scored four touchdowns this season.

Beckham's arrival means he, Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson will likely see the bulk of the targets from quarterback Matthew Stafford in Woods' absence.

Woods had told the media on Friday: "We're all working for the same goal. His thing is, I feel like, why he [Beckham] left -- he wanted to be a part of it and contribute, and I think just coming into this offense, he wants to work and contribute.

"We're all working toward the same goal: winning, grinding. I don't think it should be anything disruptive.''

The Rams' next game is against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

The Washington Football Team have placed defensive end Montez Sweat on injured reserve with a fractured jaw.

Sweat, a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, played a starring role for Washington's defense last season as they made a return to the playoffs.

He registered nine sacks, helping Washington to an NFC East title and a first postseason berth since the 2015 season.

However, Ron Rivera's team have endured a steep decline on defense and appear destined to miss the playoffs this year, going 2-6 through eight games.

Washington have allowed 5.91 yards per play in 2021, the eighth-most in the NFL, though with four sacks to his name, Sweat has continued to find ways to get to the quarterback.

However, his pressure rate of 16.6 per cent is below the league average of 17.3 per cent for edge rushers, according to Stats Perform data.

Sweat will not have the opportunity to improve on those pressure numbers in the immediate future, with the injury expected to keep him out for four to six weeks.

Week 10 sees Washington welcome the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to FedEx Field on Sunday in a rematch of last year's Wild Card matchup.

 

The Seattle Seahawks activated star quarterback Russell Wilson from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Wilson has been sidelined since injuring the middle finger on his right hand during an October 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The one-time NFL Super Bowl champion was initially facing six to eight weeks out but has returned early, while rookie receiver Dee Eskridge has also been activated from IR, putting the Seahawks at near full strength for the Packers clash.

"He has had a terrific week," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Friday.

"You could see him just feel a little bit better as the week went on, but he really didn't hold anything back and he finished great the last couple of days and he's ready to go."

Wilson has started five games this season, with a completion rate of 72.0 per cent for 1,196 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

His injury ended a 10-year run of starts, the sixth-longest such streak of any quarterback in NFL history, and the longest of any QB currently active within the league.

Carroll added: "I expect him to [play] just like he always plays. I don't expect anything different. Not a thing different. He is pretty hungry to play football now. He missed it. So we've got to make sure that he stays clear and all that about this opportunity.

"If anything, I'm just worried that he's too excited, too amped up. But he'll be fine. Really, I'm just so impressed with how this thing has worked out and that he's gotten us to this point, and really fired up to see him play football."

Sunday's game, however, is too soon for running back Chris Carson, who is closing in on a return from a neck injury.

Before a bye last week, the Seahawks (3-5) beat the Jacksonville Jaguars at home 31-7. Seattle are 7-4 (63.6) in the first game coming off a bye week since Carroll became head coach in 2010, per Stats Perform.

DK Metcalf has eight touchdowns in the Seahawks' eight games this season. That matches the best mark by a Seattle player through the team's first eight games with Daryl Turner in 1985 and Metcalf himself last year. Metcalf finished 2020 with 10 total TD catches.

Seattle have 20 red-zone drives this season – third fewest in the NFL – but has scored touchdowns on 75.0 percent of those drives, second best in the NFL. The Packers' defense have allowed touchdowns on 76.0 per cent of red-zone drives, second worst in the NFL.

The Seattle Seahawks have activated quarterback Russell Wilson from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Wilson has been sidelined since injuring the middle finger on his right hand during an October 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The quarterback was initially facing six to eight weeks out but has returned early, while rookie receiver Dee Eskridge has also been activated from injured reserve putting the Seahawks at near full strength.

"He has had a terrific week," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. "You could see him just feel a little bit better as the week went on, but he really didn't hold anything back and he finished great the last couple of days and he's ready to go."

He added: "I expect him to [play] just like he always plays. I don't expect anything different. Not a thing different. He is pretty hungry to play football now. He missed it. So we've got to make sure that he stays clear and all that about this opportunity.

"If anything, I'm just worried that he's too excited, too amped up. But he'll be fine. Really, I'm just so impressed with how this thing has worked out and that he's gotten us to this point, and really fired up to see him play football."

Wilson has started five games this season, with a completion rate of 72.0 per cent for 1,196 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

The one-time Super Bowl champion's injury ended a 10-year run of starts, the sixth-longest such streak of any quarterback in NFL history, and the longest of any QB currently active within the league.

Sunday's game, however, is too soon for running back Chris Carson, who is closing in on a return from a neck injury.

Cam Newton said he is "still floating" following his return to the Carolina Panthers.

Newton was released by the New England Patriots in August but earned a chance with the Panthers after a shoulder injury to starting quarterback Sam Darnold.

Veteran QB Newton spent nine years with the Panthers from 2011 to 2019, winning the 2015 NFL MVP and earning three Pro-Bowl selections.

"Honestly, I'm still floating," Newton told reporters on Friday, after signing a one-year deal worth up to $10million.

He added: "This ain't for no ploy. This ain't for no ticket sales. This ain't for no Cinderella story. It's to win football games. That's pretty much what's on my heart, and that's how I'm going about it."

The Panthers released Newton in 2019 after giving him permission to seek a trade, eventually joining the Patriots as a free agent. Newton insisted there were no hard feelings from that.

"Were there disconnects in the past? It's irrelevant," Newton said. "The fact that we're able to make what may seem a lot of wrongs or some wrongs right, that's the most exciting thing about it.

"To hell with feelings. It would be the biggest right and wrong by just winning football games."

The Panthers, who are 4-5, placed Darnold on injured reserve on Friday with his shoulder injury expected to take four to six weeks to heal.

P.J. Walker will start at quarterback for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, although Newton is expected to come into starting calculations for the following week's game against the Washington Football Team.

The Green Bay Packers are expecting reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to return against the Seattle Seahawks, but backup quarterback Jordan Love is ready to play.

Rodgers missed last weeks' 13-7 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs after the star quarterback was left on the sidelines, having tested positive for coronavirus.

The Rodgers-less Packers (7-2) fell short with Love under center in Kansas City, where Green Bay's seven-game winning streak came to an end.

While Rodgers has not practiced this week, the Packers are set to welcome back the 37-year-old on Sunday.

However, Love – who made his first career start against the Chiefs – is waiting in the wings to face the Seahawks at Lambeau Field.

"I think it's been a normal week for me, pretty similar to last week getting all the reps," Love, who was the 26th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, said on Friday.

"Just getting the game plan in, preparing like I'm going to be playing and then obviously the plan is for Aaron to be back Saturday so he'll be going.

"But for me, it's the same. Still playing the whole week and then we'll be ready for whatever happens."

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur added: "Had a lot of conversations with Aaron in that regard as to what he needs to be ready to go.

"It wouldn't be the first time in his career that he hadn't practiced an entire week and gone on and played a game.

"So as long as he's confident with what we're doing with him, then we'll see where he's at tomorrow [Saturday]."

The Packers have won nine straight home games against the Seahawks dating back to 2003 (including playoffs). It is Green Bay's longest home win streak against any opponent since 24 straight against the Detroit Lions (1992 to 2014), according to Stats Perform. Seattle's last win in Green Bay was in 1999.

Green Bay have scored seven or fewer points twice this season, tied for second most in the NFL. They have scored 24 or more in seven games, also tied for second most in the NFL.

The Cleveland Browns will be without Nick Chubb and two other running backs for their Week 10 clash with the New England Patriots.

Chubb, Demetric Felton and John Kelly were all placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week.

And, with all three remaining in the league's protocol, D'Ernest Johnson will be the lone running back on the active roster available for the Browns on Sunday,

Chubb played a key role in the Browns' crushing 41-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last time out, rushing for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard run in the third quarter.

Johnson has been a regular part of the Browns' rotation at running back this season and will look to replicate his performance from Week 6, which saw him rush for 146 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Denver Broncos

Brian Hill and Dexter Williams are on the Browns' practice squad and could be activated for the trip to Gillette Stadium.

"I think it is really any position you can look at and say you are going to get into your depth at some point in the season because that is the nature of this beast," head coach Kevin Stefanski said.

"It is the next man up mentality. The guys have proven to do that over the course of this season and last season. Whoever is available to us, that is who we will use."

Alvin Kamara will sit out the New Orleans Saints' game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday with a knee injury. 

Star running back Kamara did not practice on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and will be absent for the crunch Week 10 matchup against the number one team in the AFC. 

The four-time Pro Bowler has rushed for 530 yards and three touchdowns in his eight appearances for New Orleans this season. 

His absence is another significant blow for head coach Sean Payton, with starting quarterback Jameis Winston and wide receiver Michael Thomas already sidelined for the rest of the campaign.

The 5-3 Saints are in with a decent shot of making the postseason but will have to bounce back from a 27-25 defeat to the Atlanta Falcons when they take on the 7-2 Titans. 

Trevor Siemian will again start at quarterback, having completed 25 of his 41 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions against the Falcons. 

The NFL has branded allegations from Jon Gruden as "entirely meritless" after it was announced the former Las Vegas Raiders coach is suing the league following his resignation last month.

Gruden resigned from his post of head coach on October 11 after an investigation into the Washington Football Team revealed numerous offensive emails he sent while working as a television analyst before returning to the coaching ranks. 

His exit came shortly after the New York Times released a story quoting from a trove of emails from the coach's personal account that included multiple racist, homophobic and sexist remarks.

On Friday, Gruden filed a lawsuit against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell in Nevada's District Court.

Gruden's attorney, Adam Hosmer-Henner, told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero that Gruden is alleging the league and Goodell sought to destroy his career and reputation through a "malicious and orchestrated campaign".

A statement from Hosmer-Henner read: "The complaint alleges that the defendants selectively leaked Gruden's private correspondence to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times in order to harm Gruden's reputation and force him out of his job.

"There is no explanation or justification for why Gruden's emails were the only ones made public out of the 650,000 emails collected in the NFL's investigation of the Washington Football Team or for why the emails were held for months before being released in the middle of the Raiders' season."

In response, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement: "The allegations are entirely meritless and the NFL will vigorously defend against these claims."

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