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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have informed core special teamer Jordan Richards that they are releasing him, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates. Richards joined the team a few weeks ago and played exclusively in the kicking game. His spot will be filled by three-time Pro Bowler Justin Bethel, who had been released by the Ravens on Monday so they could protect a 2020 fourth-round compensatory draft pick.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick tells sports radio WEEI that he expects DE Michael Bennett back in the building tomorrow after Bennett's week-long team suspension.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers OLB Shaq Thompson spent the bye week in California laying to rest his mother, who passed shortly after Carolina beat Tampa Bay in London. Thompson, expected back in Charlotte, North Carolina today, shared a picture on his Instagram of him and others wearing a shirt with his mother's face on the back. It was entitled Patty's Boyz.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

John Elway said Tuesday that wide receiver Tim Patrick would be one of the two players the Broncos bring back to the roster from injured reserve. Elway said Patrick would move to the active roster "after the bye.'' The Broncos' have a Week 10 bye and play Week 11 at Minnesota.Patrick suffered a hand injury in the season opener in Oakland. Elway added the team had not yet decided who the second player would be.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had veteran special teams ace Justin Bethel (Cardinals/Falcons/Ravens) in for a visit. Also, OT Aaron Monteiro (Boston College) and WR Malik Henry (West Georgia) were in for tryouts. The team has one open practice-squad spot.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton hadn't made himself visible to media working out with the Panthers' training staff at practice until today. Before this drill below he playfully pulled his hood over his head when he noticed reporters taking pictures. Newton already has been ruled out this week against San Francisco but his visibility today could mean his return is drawing closer.

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Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Asked to elaborate on saying "what happened after the Tennessee game,'' when asked about the Emmanuel Sanders trade, John Elway said: “Nope, I'm not going into that.'' Asked if Sanders expressed a desire to be traded, Elway said: “Yes, yep, he did. When we look at it, Emmanuel had issues and we had issues and that's why it was a good time to go different directions, for Emmanuel to go a different direction and for us to go a different direction.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos' president of football operations/general manager John Elway said Oct. 11 "nobody from our side is on the trading block.'' Then Elway traded Emmanuel Sanders to the 49erson Tuesday and Elway said of the trade: “I think eventually with what happened after the Tennessee game and where we were and the opportunity to, with the value of what we're getting for him, it was the best thing for our football team to trade Emmanuel.''

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Patriots have run man-zero coverage 9% of the time this season, second-most of any team (only behind the Ravens at 10%), according to ESPN pass coverage metrics powered by NFL Next Gen Stats. Opponents have averaged -1.19 expected points added and 1 yard per dropback when Patriots run man-zero.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs now have a backup QB for Matt Moore. He's Kyle Shurmur, who joined the Chiefs this year as an undrafted rookie from Vanderbilt. Shurmur went to training camp with the Chiefs and has been on their practice squad since the start of the regular season.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cool story from Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen today when he recalled the first time he met running back Christian McCaffrey. “We played in the Army All-American Bowl in high school. I knew nothing about him. He was just a cool dude and we started hanging out. We became homies. He came out and started playing in that game and I was like, ‘Who the hell is this dude? That dude can play?' Obviously, you see where he is now.''

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants signed LB Deone Bucannon. He was recently cut by the Bucs. Reunited with coordinator James Bettcher.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

After trading Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco, the Broncos now have nine picks in the 2020 draft -- four of their own, five acquired in trades. They also project, at this moment, to receive three compensatory picks with the possibility of one of those compensatory picks to be as high as a fifth-rounder -- the playing time of Matt Paradis, Bradley Roby, Billy Turner, Shaquil Barrett and Max Garcia for other teams is currently helping the Broncos' cause in '20 draft.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury update: QB Sam Darnold should be fine after having a toenail removed. It was stepped on in the game. LB C.J. Mosley (groin) will be monitored throughout the week. Still not 100 percent. C Ryan Kalil (elbow/shoulder) is day-to-day. May miss a day of practice. TE Chris Herndon (hamstring) might practice this week; still waiting for his 2019 debut. DE Henry Anderson (shoulder) will be limited in practice. LT Kelvin Beachum (ankle) remains a question mark.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

And on his previous statements he wants to spend rest of his career with Broncos, Chris Harris Jr. said Tuesday: "Nothing has changed. Obviously, nobody has come to me about anything, so I'm just playing football every week ... the season's not lost yet. I'm not throwing the season in the dump yet, it's not lost yet.'' Asked if he has seen or heard all of the trade talk about him and other Broncos players: "Shoot, we all have social media, it's hard to miss it ... people ask me all the time.''

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. Tuesday on trade rumors and whether or not he has talked to Broncos' GM John Elway about his future: "No, I haven't (talked to him).'' Asked if he has asked to talk to Elway about the trade rumors at some point: "No, I just play football, man, I just play football, take on the top receiver every week, that's my job.''

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Jason Pierre-Paul if he ever doubted that he'd be able to return from a fractured neck, since not many have. "Not a lot of people come back from blowing off a hand too," he said. "But I had no doubts."

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The fallout from Sam Darnold's "ghosts" comment has overshadowed a dreadful offensive performance by the Jets. Coach Adam Gase said, "What we put out in the field is on me and it wasn't good enough...Unfortunately, I haven't found the formula yet to make us anything close to consistent." In six games, the Jets have played two strong quarters on offense — the first half against Dallas.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jaguars are signing former Super Bowl XLVIII MVP LB Malcolm Smith, per league source. The team was beset by injuries at linebacker in last Sunday's victory over Cincinnati. Smith played for San Francisco the last two seasons.

John Keim ESPN Staff Writer 

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith helping out during practice Tuesday. He's been throwing on the field after practices, though from a stationary position. His right leg remains protected.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton was moving pretty good as he went through the pre-practice routine before going to the side to work with the trainers.

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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears WR Taylor Gabriel tells us he expects the team to have a players only meeting. When? "Soon," Gabriel said.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin says he's spoken with Anthony Chickillo since the arrest, but declines to give more details. He sticks with the statements the team's provided since the incident.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is working out with the trainers in front of the media for the first time since he re-aggravated his mild Lisfranc sprain in Week 2. He playfully pulled his hoodie up when he noticed reporters taking pictures. He already has been ruled out this week, but guard Trai Turner (ankle) and corner Donte Jackson (groin) are practicing. That's a good sign. Outside linebacker Brian Burns (wrist) is not practicing.

Brooke Pryor ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert released a statement regarding LB Anthony Chickillo, who was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors in a domestic dispute over the weekend, on Tuesday morning: "In regard to the recent incident involving Anthony Chickillo, we will continue to gather information, and we will fully cooperate with the NFL's investigation. Any discipline involving the player will be determined after the gathering of further information from law enforcement and the League Office."