Cowboys Xavier Woods Suffers High Ankle Sprain – Heading into their Week 2 confrontation with the Washington Redskins, the Dallas Cowboys were one of the healthiest teams in the NFL. That is no longer the case, though, as although they escaped FedEx Field with a 31-21 victory — it wasn’t without consequence. Defensive lineman Antwaun Woods is now listed as day-to-day with a minor MCL sprain and his compatriot Tyrone Crawford is also being monitored with a hip ailment, but the headline on Monday was the injury to wide receiver Michael Gallup —to trim a torn meniscus in his knee. Joining Gallup on the sidelines and in the headlines will be safety Xavier Woods, who suffered a high ankle sprain against the Redskins. Woods will be absent for 4-6 weeks, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Speaking Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones refuted reports that Woods would definitively miss several weeks with the injury. “We’ll evaluate it as the week goes along,” Jones said. “The fact that it’s in doubt (for Sunday) is serious, I guess. But he’s young. He might be able to move pretty good on it at that position. Some positions have a tougher time. They’ve got to push off harder every play.” Woods emerged as a viable starter at free safety last season and nearly intercepted Redskins quarterback Case Keenum in last Sunday’s 31-21 road victory. Backup safety Darian Thompson returned from an ankle injury in Week 2 and could be in line for more snaps if Woods were to miss time. Kavon Frazier and rookie Donovan Wilson, the sixth-round pick who was inactive the first two games, would be options, too.
QB Newton’s Status Unclear After Re-injured Foot – Cam Newton‘s status for the Carolina Panthers‘ Week 3 game against the Cardinals is unclear after the star quarterback aggravated a foot injury last week. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney told reporters that Newton informed the team of the aggravated injury immediately after last Thursday night’s loss to the Buccaneers. Hurney told reporters that the team does not have a solid timeline for when Newton will be able to play, saying the Panthers “will see how it goes.” Newton was not with the Panthers for the start of Tuesday’s practice. He initially suffered the injury during a preseason game against the Patriots. Coach Ron Rivera is scheduled to address the media at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Panthers are off to their first 0-2 start since 2013.
Giants Bench Eli, Elevate Jones To Starting QB – Eli Manning‘s run as the starting quarterback for the New York Giants appears to be over after almost 15 years. Rookie Daniel Jones is taking over, beginning Sunday on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Tuesday. “Eli and I spoke this morning,” coach Pat Shurmur said in a release by the team. “I told him that we are making a change and going with Daniel as the starter. I also talked to Daniel. “Eli was obviously disappointed, as you would expect, but he said he would be what he has always been, a good teammate, and continue to prepare to help this team win games. Daniel understands the challenge at hand, and he will be ready to play on Sunday.” Jones was the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s draft out of Duke. He had a strong spring and summer, completing 85.3 percent of his passes in the preseason with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Manning, 38, has made a franchise record 232 starts since replacing Kurt Warner during his rookie season in 2004. He has collected a pair of Super Bowl MVPs and rewritten the franchise record book during that 16-season run. “Ultimately, this is a move that I felt was best for this team at this time,” Shurmur said. “I have said it since I got here, I am very fond of Eli. His work ethic, his preparation, his football intelligence. All those attributes are as good as I have ever seen in a player. And Eli worked as hard as you could ask of anybody to get ready for this season. This move is more about Daniel moving forward than about Eli.” Manning knew coming into this year that Jones was breathing down his neck. General manager Dave Gettleman and Shurmur told him during the draft that it would be Manning’s starting job as long as he won games. The Giants have lost their first two games by a combined 32 points. They are 0-2 for the sixth time in seven seasons.
- Cleveland Browns 23 – New York Jets 3
Highlights: Odell Beckham Jr. felt right at home again — in the end zone and on the highlight reels. With an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, the Browns wide receiver helped lift Cleveland past the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night. Beckham, traded from the Giants in March, helped the Browns (1-1) bounce back from a 30-point loss to Tennessee in their opener to top the Jets (0-2) and give Freddie Kitchens his first win as Cleveland’s coach. Beckham finished with six catches for 161 yards and the TD from Baker Mayfield, who couldn’t believe Williams’ comments. New York lost quarterback Trevor Siemian to an ankle injury in the second quarter, and Luke Falk — promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day — played the rest of the game. Siemian was starting in place of Sam Darnold, who’s sidelined for at least a few weeks while recovering from mononucleosis. Falk led the Jets on their longest drive of night to that point — 60 yards — but Le’Veon Bell could only get 1 yard on a fourth-and-2 pass, turning the ball over on downs at the Browns 11. On the next play, Mayfield hit Beckham with a slant pass, and the receiver outran the Jets’ defenders all the way to the end zone for an 89-yard TD that put Cleveland up 23-3 with 3:32 remaining in the third quarter. Beckham helped the Browns take a 3-0 lead on their first possession on Austin Seibert‘s 23-yard field goal — a drive highlighted by a spectacular 33-yard, one-handed grab that got Cleveland down to the Jets 4. It was reminiscent of Beckham’s highlight-reel, one-handed reception for the Giants on “Sunday Night Football” as a rookie in 2014. On this one, Mayfield found Beckham down the right sideline, and the receiver stuck out his right hand to snare the ball behind Nate Hairston, starting in place of Trumaine Johnson — in nearly the same spot as his big catch five years ago.
Ramsey Wants Out Of Jacksonville, Asks For Trade – Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville. Ramsey’s agent, David Mulugheta, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen on Monday that he asked the Jaguars to trade his client. League sources also told ESPN that the Jaguars have had talks with teams and are asking for at least one first-round pick but would like more than that in return for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback. Another league source said he believes a trade could happen as early as this week because of the damage to the relationship between Ramsey and head coach Doug Marrone after Ramsey’s sideline outburst during Sunday’s loss to Houston. Ramsey yelled at Marrone as he walked by on the sideline, and moments later, players and coaches had to get between Ramsey and Marrone near the bench. The incident Sunday wasn’t the first time Ramsey’s discontent with the team spilled over into the public. He and fellow defensive backs Tashaun Gipson and Davon House were unhappy with the way they were used during the 2016 season. Ramsey, who was a rookie that year, and Gipson complained of being limited by the scheme, and Ramsey advocated for a clean sweep of the defensive coaching staff. Ramsey also was critical of the team’s defensive calls in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game against New England after the 2017 season. Marrone said Monday that the team isn’t going to discipline Ramsey. He downplayed the sideline incident, which was caught by CBS cameras, in which Ramsey yelled at Marrone because he was upset that Marrone did not challenge a completion to Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
Cowboys DE Charlton Wants Team To Release Him – Inactive for the first two games, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton took to social media Monday with a plea to the team: Free me. The Cowboys have had trade discussions for Charlton, a first-round pick in 2017, but nothing that has gotten close to fruition, according to a source. Charlton is guaranteed his $1.376 million base salary this season and $458,000 of his base salary next season. “We are not getting into that at all in any way,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after Sunday’s win against the Washington Redskins. “I know there is some discussion. We don’t get into that.” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, asked Monday about Charlton’s current role on the team, said the linebacker is “just competing for a spot to get a jersey each week, like a lot of guys on our team. “What we’re doing to try to do is play the best guys and the guys who give us the best chance to win. And they have to earn those opportunities in practice each week.” The Cowboys welcomed back defensive end Robert Quinn from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. They will have an exemption for Quinn through Wednesday, but then would have to make a spot for him on the 53-man roster. Charlton could be among the candidates to be moved; however, the Cowboys are not sure of the availability of defensive end Tyrone Crawford, who aggravated a hip injury against Washington, or defensive tackle Antwaun Woods. The 28th overall pick in 2017, Charlton has four sacks in 22 games (seven starts) but has not found a consistent role in the rotation used by defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Charlton missed three games last year because of a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery, and he also had ankle surgery. After a slow start to camp, he had two sacks in the preseason. Going back to the 2018 regular season, he has been a healthy scratch in four of the last six games.
BREAKING: Minkah Fitzpatrick Traded To Steelers – Miami Dolphins safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is headed to Pittsburgh. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday night that Fitzpatrick is going to the Steelers in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick. Will update.
Cowboys’ Gallup Has Knee Surgery – Two games into a seeming breakout season, Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Michael Gallup will now be out for the next 2-4 weeks after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury late into the Cowboys’ victory over the Washington Redskins yesterday. An MRI revealed the extent of the injury today. There were hopes that Gallup had only suffered a contusion, but unfortunately he will be out at least a couple of games after requiring this minor knee procedure. Gallup is the team leader in catches (13) and receiving yards (226) after the first two weeks of the 2019 season. The Cowboys still have Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb as a strong starting duo. They also hope to get Tavon Austin back this week after he was inactive in Washington with concussion issues. Gallup’s absence could be big for Devin Smith, who had a 51-yard touchdown catch against the Redskins and should see more work in the coming weeks. It also may prompt Dallas to keep prospect Cedrick Wilson, just called up from the practice squad a week ago, on the 53-man roster a while longer. Despite this depth, Michael Gallup will still be missed for however long he’s out. Hopefully he can return on the quick side of the projection and keep his 2019 momentum going.
UPDATE: Big Ben To Have Season-Ending Elbow Surgery – Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will have surgery on his right elbow and miss the remainder of the season, coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday. In a statement released by the team, Tomlin announced that Roethlisberger will undergo the surgery at some point this week after undergoing an MRI on Sunday night. The Steelers, who will place Roethlisberger on injured reserve, have not yet provided details about the injury. Roethlisberger suffered the injury late in the second quarter of Sunday’s 28-26 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, grabbing his elbow after attempting a pass on the team’s final drive of the half. In Roethlisberger’s absence, second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph nearly led the Steelers to a fourth-quarter comeback in his first career appearance, completing 12 of 19 attempts for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Now the Steelers will have to rely on Rudolph, a third-round draft pick in 2018, to help them overcome an 0-2 start. Roethlisberger, 37, is the Steelers’ all-time franchise leader in passing yards and touchdowns and has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles. The six-time Pro Bowler led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards last season, his 15th with the Steelers.