Latest injury news on Michael Thomas, Miles Sanders, A.J. Brown, James Conner
Saints star Michael Thomas and Titans wideout A.J. Brown could each be looking at a long absence. But some star running backs might be ready to go this week.Things are looking positive for Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders, who missed Week 1 with a hamstring injury. However, the NFL’s latest injury news isn’t all positive with receivers Michael Thomas and A.J. Brown in serious jeopardy of long-term absences.
Anthony Brown is heading to the IR. The Cowboys announced that the safety has been placed on the injured reserve with a rib injury. Thanks to the change in IR rules, Brown will be sidelined for at least three weeks. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Anthony Brown will be missing at least the next three weeks.
The 2016 sixth-round pick has spent his entire career with the Cowboys, starting 34 games along the way. Brown was limited to only nine games in 2019 thanks to a triceps injury, finishing the campaign with 17 tackles and five passes defended. Between the 2017 and 2018 campaigns, Brown started 20 of his 31 games, compiling 85 tackles, three sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, and 19 passes defended. It was that production that led to Brown’s three-year, $15.5M deal with Dallas this past offseason.
Cowboys working out tackle Jared Veldheer
Veldheer, now 33, has made 113 career starts. Considering the Cowboys also have Tyron Smith classified as questionable, it is not hard to envision them moving forward with Veldheer ahead of Week 2. Smith did not practice this week due to a neck injury. Veldheer has extensive experience at both left and right tackles, playing on the left side in Oakland and to start his Arizona stay. He has been a right tackle since 2017, however.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools.
Jourdan Lewis will have an opportunity to step up in Brown’s stead, and Chidobe Awuzie could see an expanded role. Dallas could even turn to defensive back Brandon Carr, who was promoted from the practice squad last week.
With the open roster spot, the Cowboys have promoted offensive tackle Eric Smith from the practice squad. The 2017 undrafted free agent out of Virginia will provide the team with some extra depth in case Tyron Smith is unable to play.
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Report: Cowboys to host veteran guard Ronald Leary
Prior to his lucrative deal with the Broncos in 2017, Leary worked as a Cowboys starter. Dallas landed him as a UDFA and turned to him as its primary left guard from 2013 to '16.Leary has already begun COVID-19 testing and is at the team’s facility Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports, potentially opening the door to a reunion soon. The Cowboys also looked at veteran tackle Jared Veldheer this week. They are navigating an early-season injury crisis.
2021 first-round NFL mock draft
It's never to look ahead to NFL Draft season. With football finally getting underway in 2020, he's a look at next year's latest first round mock.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The Jaguars are hoping the Gardner Minshew experience works out in his first full season as a starter. If not, there are some excellent alternatives in next year's draft. Lawrence could be the best quarterback prospect of this era, with the size, arm strength, and athleticism to be an elite player. He threw 36 touchdowns and had 563 yards rushing last year.
2. Washington Football Team: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Washington is hoping last year's first-round pick, Dwayne Haskins, is successful this year and doesn't put them in position to decide on a quarterback in the 2021 class. If not, Fields is one quarterback in play. He threw for over 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 10 scores.
3. Carolina Panthers: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Carolina has solid offensive talent, but an offensive lineman could be in play given Russell Okung's age and past health issues. Sewell is head and shoulders above the rest of the offensive linemen in his class.
5. Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)
Rousseau had an incredible 2019 season at Miami, recording 15.5 sacks and 54 tackles in 13 games. He could go down the road and join a Dolphins team that would welcome another edge rusher, even after signing Shaq Lawson and Kyle Van Noy during the offseason. Rousseau has already opted out of the 2020 college season.
6. Detroit Lions: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Jarrad Davis has been a work in progress under the current Lions regime, and there's no telling if the current Lions front office and coaching staff will even be around next year. Parsons was a former top recruit and has dominated in two seasons with 191 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
7. New York Giants: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
The Giants used a first-round pick on Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker, which now could be a wash due to his legal issues. Wade has a chance to follow in the footsteps of 2020 Ohio State first-round cornerbacks Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette.
8. New York Jets: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
The Jets should prioritize their secondary next year, which is clearly an area of need after trading Jamal Adams. Surtain's father has an 11-year career in the NFL, and the younger Surtain has similar upside.
9. Las Vegas Raiders: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Derek Carr's stats have improved under Jon Gruden, but does he have the ability to take the Raiders to the next level? If the Raiders conclude he isn't the guy, Lance shows enticing upside with great accuracy and running ability.
11. Atlanta Falcons: Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest
The pass rush has been a major issue for Atlanta over the last several years. Basham is coming off a great junior season, recording 10 sacks and 57 tackles.
12. Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Patrick Peterson is a pending free agent, and Arizona already has cornerback concerns. Farley opted out of the 2020 season as a potential first-round pick who had four interceptions last year.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Chargers have Keenan Allen as a potential free agent, and Mike Williams is already banged up this year. Waddle stands below six feet, but he has great deep speed and has scored 13 times in two seasons.
14. Miami Dolphins (via Texans): DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Miami's wide receiver depth took a major hit this year, and they'd probably love another wideout to help develop Tua Tagovailoa. Taking a former Alabama teammate would be a bonus, and Smith had 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
15. Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Allen Robinson is a pending free agent and Anthony Miller disappointed in his second season. Chicago could look at wideout with Bateman, who has opted out of this season. Bateman was an elite deep threat for the Gophers last season, averaging 20.3 yards per catch with 11 touchdowns.
17. Indianapolis Colts: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
2017 first-round pick Malik Hooker hasn't developed as hoped, so Indy could be in the market for a safety again. Holland has shown a nose for the ball with nine picks in two seasons for the Ducks.
18. Tennessee Titans: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Tennessee has started to build a nice linebacker corps with youngsters Rashaan Evans and Harold Landry, but they could add further talent with Moses. Moses missed 2019 with a knee injury but has the ability to rebound into first round territory.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams): Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
With the release of Leonard Fournette, the Jags will be looking at help here. What a storyline it would be for the Jaguars to take the Clemson quarterback and running back. Surprisingly, Etienne returned to college for 2020 despite first-round potential in this year. He has elite speed and gained more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage last season.
20. New England Patriots: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
Joe Thuney is a potential free agent after this season, so New England might need help on the offensive line again. A former five-star recruit, Davis had an excellent 2019 season.
21. Minnesota Vikings: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Minnesota helped their offensive line by drafting Ezra Cleveland this year, but could be looking at another improvement next year. Leatherwood is a potentially dominant tackle in the NFL.
22. Buffalo Bills: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Dawson Knox showed some potential in his rookie season for the Bills, but it remains to be seen if he's the answer at tight end. The 6-foot-6 Pitts is coming off a great year with 54 catches for 649 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Superstar wideout Chris Godwin is a pending free agent, and it remains to be seen if the Bucs have the cash to retain him. Moore is looking to rebound from an injury-shortened in 2019 season, but had 114 catches in 2018.
24: New York Jets (via Seahawks): Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
After trading Jamal Adams this offseason, New York very well could be looking for a safety in next year's draft. Cisco has seen plenty of playing time over the last two years for Syracuse and has a whopping 12 interceptions over that time.
25. Green Bay Packers: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
The Packers failed to address their receiver issues this offseason, and could see the results of that failure this season. Freiermuth is among their options next year, a productive tight end who has scored 15 times in his first two seasons with the Nittany Lions.
26. Dallas Cowboys: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Dallas already lost Gerald McCoy from injury this year, and Jerry Jones is always looking for pass rush help. Barmore is a giant at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, and could vault up draft boards if he receives more playing time this year.
27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
The Steelers could be in the market for a tackle next offseason. Walker is a strong prospect in a loaded tackle class in 2021.
28. Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
While the Eagles drafted Jalen Reagor in the first round this year, that might not be enough to fix their wide receiver issues. Olave has first-round potential after catches 48 balls for 840 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.
29. New Orleans Saints: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The Saints are counting on the enigmatic Janoris Jenkins at cornerback this year. If he doesn't work out, another cornerback could be in play. Adebo is a top corner prospect, recording eight picks in the last two seasons.
30. Baltimore Ravens: Quincy Roche, DE, Maimi (FL)
With Matt Judon a potential free agent after this season, Baltimore could add a pass rusher next offseason. Roche has a chance to step up for Miami this year after Gregory Rousseau opted out, and the Temple transfer recorded 13 sacks last season.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
San Francisco is set at left tackle this year with Trent Williams, but he's a pending free agent. Mayfield has already opted out of this season after performing well at right tackle last season for the Wolverines.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ILB, Notre Dame
The Chiefs have a lot of major cap concerns after this season, and could need to find a replacement for Anthony Hitchens. They used a second-round pick on Willie Gay this year and would add further speed with Owusu-Koramoah, who had 80 tackles and 5.5 sacks last year.
College football Week 4: Picks and preview .
College football season in the age of COVID-19 moves on with the SEC's debut and more postponements. Including a biggie -- Notre Dame . Still, there are plenty of teams from The Associated Press Top 25 in action this weekend (see their rankings).