Vikings Griffen Under Hospital Evaluation – Everson Griffen is being evaluated at a hospital in the Minneapolis area following an incident over the weekend where police were called to the hotel at which the Minnesota Vikings defensive end has been staying, a league source told ESPN. The source said Griffen is “getting assistance on personal matters” and that the league is “comfortable he has a good support system around him.” According to an incident report obtained by ESPN, authorities from the Minneapolis Police Department were called to Hotel Ivy on Saturday because an individual was threatening to shoot someone if he wasn’t allowed in his room. Though his name was redacted from the incident report, sources told ESPN that the individual in question is Griffen, the Vikings’ ninth-year defensive end. The Vikings said Monday that they are concerned about Griffen’s well-being. The incident report states that hotel staff believed Griffen was possibly under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. The report states that he checked into the hotel last week and caused a disturbance “each time he walks through the lobby.” On Saturday, the situation escalated to a point where Griffen allegedly threatened to assault hotel staff. Griffen told authorities “I’m leaving” after police arrived on the scene, according to Minneapolis Police Department Public Information Officer John Elder. Police found no gun, and no arrest was made.
- Pittsburgh Steelers 30 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
Highlights: Ben Roethlisberger threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Capping a tumultuous week in which star receiver Antonio Brown made headlines by shouting at an assistant coach on the sidelines and getting into a spat on social media, the Steelers (1-1-1) built a 20-point lead before holding on for their first win. Vance McDonald scored on a 75-yard pass play and finished with four catches for 112 yards. Brown and Ryan Switzer also had first-half TD receptions for Pittsburgh, which led 30-10 at halftime. The Steelers’ defense forced four turnovers, including three first-half interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the 35-year-old journeyman who threw for 819 yards and eight touchdowns in two victories to begin Tampa Bay’s season. Fitzpatrick, the only player in NFL history to open a season with consecutive games with over 400 yards passing and four touchdowns, tried his best to create “FitzMagic” again in his third start in place of the suspended Jameis Winston. He led a long field goal drive in the third quarter, and then tossed fourth-quarter TD passes of 4 yards to Chris Godwin and 24 yards to Mike Evans to rally the Bucs (2-1) within 30-27 with 5:43 remaining. The Bucs got the ball back with just over three minutes left; however, the Steelers forced a punt and Roethlisberger ran out the clock. Fitzpatrick finished 30 of 50 for 411 yards and three TDs. Roethlisberger was 30 of 38 with one interception, completing nine passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster for 116 yards and six to Brown for 50 yards.
Rams Talib Out At Least A Month – Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay couldn’t imagine a scenario where he would potentially lose both of his starting cornerbacks to injuries. But that is potentially the case as the Rams (3-0) prepare to play the Minnesota Vikings (1-1-1) on Thursday night. Aqib Talib suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday in a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers that will sideline him indefinitely, and Marcus Peters strained his calf and is questionable to play against the Vikings, McVay said. Sources told ESPN that Talib will be out at least one month. McVay expressed optimism that Peters, who injured his calf in the first half on a play defending tight end Antonio Gates, won’t be sidelined long.
MRI Confirms Torn ACL For 49ers QB Garoppolo – An MRI on Monday confirmed the San Francisco 49ers‘ fears: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL and his season is over, the team announced. Minutes after the 49ers’ 38-27 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the team feared that Garoppolo suffered an ACL injury. Garoppolo’s injury occurred with about 5:35 left in Sunday’s game. On third-and-goal from Kansas City’s 20, Garoppolo felt pressure from Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston on his right side. Garoppolo evaded Houston and scrambled down the left sideline. After gaining 13 yards, Garoppolo had the choice between stepping out of bounds or staying in and taking a hit from a defender. He took an awkward step near the sideline with his left leg before ramming into Chiefs corner-back Steven Nelson at Kansas City’s 7. Garoppolo, 26, crumpled to the ground, where he received medical attention. Eventually, Garoppolo was able to hobble to the sideline, where he sat on the bench and pointed to his left knee as the Niners’ medical staff surrounded him. He then entered the blue medical tent, with C.J. Beathard replacing him. Before the injury, Garoppolo was 20-of-30 for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 114.7.
Dolphins’ Hayes Tears ACL Trying To Avoid Sack Flag – Miami Dolphins defensive end William Hayes tore the ACL in his right knee on Sunday in an unusual way. It happened while Hayes completed a huge third-down sack on Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, coach Adam Gase said. “He was trying to not put body weight on the quarterback,” Gase said. “His foot got caught in the ground.” According to new NFL rule changes, a defender “is responsible for avoiding landing on the quarterback when taking him to the ground.” Violating the rule results in a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty. When asked whether he believes the rule change led to Hayes’ torn ACL, Gase said, “I’m just telling you what happened. … I’m just telling you what he did.” Hayes appeared to shorten his last step — with his right leg — and attempted to roll over Carr instead of landing on him. He immediately grabbed his right knee, rolling and crawling on the ground while his teammates tried to help him.
DB Allen Latest Falcons Starter Done For Season – The Atlanta Falcons have lost starting free safety Ricardo Allen to a season-ending Achilles tendon tear. It marks at least the third significant defensive player to suffer a major injury. The Falcons lost Pro Bowl strong safety Keanu Neal to a season-ending ACL tear, and Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones was placed on injured reserve following foot surgery. Jones is eligible to return for the Nov. 18 game against Dallas. Defensive ends Takk McKinley and Derrick Shelby also missed the last game due to groin injuries, the severity of which are unknown at this time. Allen played 66 snaps before being carted off the field during Sunday’s 43-37 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints. The team initially called it a calf injury as Allen went down without any apparent contact.
Here are the injuries being monitored on the third Sunday of the 2018 NFL season:
- Los Angeles Rams cornerback Aqib Talib exited to the locker room in the third quarter with an ankle injury. Return specialist JoJo Natson was ruled out with a hand injury.
- Update: Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters suffered what’s believed to be a calf injury, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Peters went down in the second quarter of their win over Los Angeles Chargers.
- Chicago Bears cornerback Prince Amukamara suffered a hamstring injury in the second half and did not return.
- Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee left the game with a hamstring injury and did not return. Jeff Heath left the field and received X-rays on his ankle, but returned to Sunday’s matchup.
- Patriots running back Rex Burkhead suffered a neck injury and did not return.