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5hBill Barnwell

Breakout picks from small-sample-size studs

Lions RB Theo Riddick and Broncos pass-rusher Shane Ray have shined in limited snaps. Which other part-time standouts could grow into larger roles? Bill Barnwell breaks it down.

O'Brien: Going on IR is in the best interest of Watt (0:46)
Garoppolo, Brissett not delving into injuries (0:29)
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5hJohn Clayton

NFL executives predict Jay Cutler's future

The clock is ticking on Jay Cutler's time in Chicago. The Bears can release the QB this offseason with minimal impact on their future cap. They don't, however, have a ready-made replacement.

McShay calls Watt's workout regimen that of a 'meathead' (1:32)
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3hESPN Analytics

Updated Total QBR rankings entering Week 4 of the NFL season

Several factors can paint a picture of how well a QB is playing, but until now, the opposing defense's strength hasn't been part of the Total QBR equation. ESPN's new metrics change that.

Gruden says playing Watt would be a tough call (1:11)
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1dTim Fiorvanti

Latest Super Bowl LI odds

Chalk presents the latest odds for every NFL team to win Super Bowl LI, courtesy of the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

1dDan Graziano

What we learned, and didn't learn, in Week 3

Ryan Fitzpatrick's six-interception day masked other issues. Did the Jets peak last year? Meanwhile, what's Jared Goff thinking about while other rookie QBs star? Here are Week 3's lessons.


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Julio Jones (calf) was limited for the Falcons during Wednesday's light practice along with RB Tevin Coleman (ankle), WR Taylor Gabriel (hamstring), and DE Brooks Reed (shoulder). QB Matt Ryan (thumb) had full participation. LB De'Vondre Campbell (ankle) did drills on a side field but didn't practice. WR Mohamed Sanu (shoulder), LB Paul Worrilow (groin surgery), and DE Dwight Freeney (rest) all held out.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots injury report: QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb), OT Marcus Cannon (calf), G Jonathan Cooper (foot), LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder), TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring). , LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) and CB Eric Rowe (ankle) were all limited in Wednesday's full-pads practice.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton vowed there won't be another no catch, one target game for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin as there was on Sunday against Minnesota. "That can't happen," Newton said. "That can't happen. And if I'm speaking for it, that won't happen again. He's too good of a player."

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins LT Branden Albert (ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Bengals and will be a game-time decision.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dolphins will be without starting outside linebacker Koa Misi (neck) Thursday against the Bengals. Center Anthony Steen (ankle) also is doubtful.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Ryan Shazier left the locker room right after practice, referred to coach Tomlin on his practice status this week. Doesn't look promising for Chiefs game, at least early in week.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie says there is no tear in groin. Has already done light running. Thinks there is chance to play Monday vs. Vikings.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

The Redskins announced that they have signed corner Lloyd Carrington to the practice squad. The Redskins released him in the final cutdowns before the season.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Cushing (knee) and Duane Brown (torn quadriceps) were both limited in practice today. Brown's first day of practice was Monday; Cushing's was today.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints re-signed veteran offensive lineman Khalif Barnes, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan. Barnes was present at Wednesday's practice. The Saints have not yet announced a corresponding move, but four players were absent from practice during the portion open to the media: LT Terron Armstead, G Senio Kelemete, CB Delvin Breaux and DE Obum Gwacham. Armstead (knee), Breaux (fibula) and Kelemete (hamstring) have been dealing with injury issues that leave their status in doubt for Sunday's game at San Diego. … Barnes, 34, spent the final week of the preseason with the Saints after playing the last 11 years with the Raiders and Jaguars. He has the versatility to play tackle and guard.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan on the play from the other night when he fell to the ground rather than try and block 300-pounder Nick Fairley: "Sometimes if you play enough plays, you're going to look stupid out there once in a while. And I did the other night."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CB Darrelle Revis walked through locker room with tape on right ankle. Hurt it today in practice.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Kirk Cousins dismissed the notion that Sunday's game vs. Cleveland is somehow a trap game for the Redskins. "We're 1-2. What do we have to feel comfortable about?" Cousins said.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said of the red zone issues,"what's comforting and troubling is that we were so productive in the red zone last year."

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Dre Kirkpatrick and Tyler Eifert are DOUBTFUL to play against the Dolphins. Derron Smith is questionable

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Pete Carroll: "I would be surprised" if Russell Wilson didn't play Sunday. Says Wilson is "pretty determined" and will practice today.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"We both got really good training at Boston College," Falcons QB Matt Ryan on himself and Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, his opponent on Sunday.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"He's big and fast," Aqib Talib said of Mike Evans. "He goes in the Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones category." He said Evans' big catch radius is what really jumps out on film. "You either have it or you don't."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan on conference call with Patriots reporters: "The one thing I do know for sure is Tom Brady is not the quarterback and I feel good about that."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

TE Antonio Gates (hamstring), S Jahleel Addae (clavicle), T King Dunlap (illness), CB Brandon Flowers (concussion) and LB Jatavis Brown (unknown) not practicing today for Chargers.. New LB Korey Toomer is wearing No. 56.