Head coach Anthony Lynn isn’t pointing the finger at Melvin Gordon when it comes to explaining the sluggish results of the run game the last two weeks.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with Melvin Gordon,” Lynn said, via the Los Angeles Times. “We’ve got to open up more running lanes. . . . Everybody’s got to be accountable for the man in, and those runners they really don’t have a chance. So, we’ve got to do a better job up front.”
The Chargers averaged 103.5 rushing yards per game over the first four weeks without Gordon, but posted just 67 yards on the ground in their losses to the Broncos and Steelers the last two weeks with Gordon back in the fold. The team lost center Mike Pouncey and left tackle Russell Okung as well.
Rivera said he has not received word from trainers that Newton is ready to practice. He emphasized there is no pressure on Newton to return. As Rivera has said, he doesn't plan to play Newton until he is 100%. The way Allen has played, Rivera and company maybe aren't in any hurry to rush back Newton at this point.
Even with Davante Adams already out for a second straight game with turf toe and Geronimo Allison knocked out of the game with a head and chest injury, the Packers still didn't immediately turn to Lazard.
"I may have put in a good word there in the fourth quarter to get him some opportunities," Rodgers said.
The story said it wasn't until after rookie receiver Darrius Shepherd dropped a pass at the Lions' 1-yard line -- it actually ricocheted off his face mask and was intercepted -- that the Packers finally went to the relatively unknown 6-foot-5 receiver. Lazard ended with a line of 4-65-1. With the injuries to Adams and Allison, Lazard has a chance to stick and is worth a pickup, but will likely be a hot commodity.
After Jameis Winston's latest disaster (five interceptions and two fumbles against the Panthers in London), Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says he is not considering sending Winston to the bench, nor did he consider doing so during the game.
"No. I look at the reasons why. What happened?" Arians said, via ESPN.com. "If it happens again, yeah, it'll concern the hell out of me."
The story said this is Winston's second meltdown of the year, when he had three INTs and two fumbles against the 49ers in Week 1. Winston has thrown multiple interceptions in 17 of his 60 career starts, as well as one of his two career appearances off the bench. While the fantasy potential is there week-to-week, owners are also at risk with the turnovers.
The Panthers have said they will make a QB determination when Newton is healthy; that looks to be coming soon, Schefter said. As we reported earlier today, some who follow the team feel that sticking with Allen, who has won every game in his four starts, might be the way to go. The Panthers said Newton won't play until he's 100%.
The availability of Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Amari Cooper (quad) in Sunday's first-place showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles is in serious question, according to a source.
Archer said the quadriceps bruise Cooper has dealt with the last two games is no worse after three snaps in the loss to the New York Jets but as reports indicated even Sunday after the game, Cooper may not be able to go in Week 7.
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A few weeks ago, Ron Rivera said it was Cam Newton's job when he returned, but the ninth-year coach wasn't ready to discuss hypotheticals after Carolina's latest win.
"Quite honestly, I don't answer the question," Rivera said. "I'm not going to worry, speculate on anything until I have to address that. Until then, we're going to stay in the now, focus on what we're doing right now. Again, as far as I'm concerned, we're just not going to deal with the question until it's time. ... (Newton) is in his rehab program, doing his program. Our quarterback right now that has been playing for us is Kyle Allen. We're not going to address it."
Even Rivera probably didn't expect Allen to come in and proceed to win every game thus far. The Panthers have a bye this week and it was thought Newton would return after that. Rivera said Newton wouldn't play until he was 100% healthy.