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NFL News – Tuesday, October 19, 2021 • First and Ten

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In this Tuesday’s NFL news: Caleb Farley, Taylor Lewan, injured at MNF; Stephon Gilmore and David Bakhtiari will return to training; Seattle is interested in Cam Newton; and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

Caleb Farley, out all year; and more Titans injuries in the MNF

The Titans they gave the surprise of the week by defeating the Bills 31-34 on Monday Night Football of Week 6, however, the victory was too costly in the injury section. Several Tennessee players fell one by one throughout the game and here we recap the most important casualties.

The LT Taylor Lewan had to be pulled out of the match in the medical cart in the first half of the match. On a Derrick Henry carry into the red zone, Lewan’s head collided with a Bills defender and then hit the ground. He remained motionless until he showed a thumbs-up as he left the field being carried on a stretcher. The team later announced that Lewan has movement in all limbs and is being evaluated for a concussion. Without a doubt, the most terrifying injury of the night, but not the only one.

The novice CB, Caleb Farley, at the beginning of the second quarter he had to be helped to leave the game and head to the locker room after not being able to put weight on his left leg, and multiple reports this Monday indicate that he will be out of the rest of 2021 due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. . For its part, near the end of the game, the WR July jones he hurt himself again; this time he was ruled out for a hamstring injury. The appointment became official while Jones continued to watch the game from the sidelines.

Throughout the game, Tennessee also ruled out the WR / KR Cameron Batson due to a knee injury, and his fate is the same as Farley’s due to the same mishap: anterior cruciate ligament rupture. Finally, the Titans lost another man: the RB Jeremy McNichols with an ankle injury. Thus, although Tennessee took the victory, they lost five men – most of them key – and it will be necessary to keep an eye on the status of each one for Week 7, when they host the Chiefs from Patrick Mahomes. What would Tennessee hold for the rest of the year without any of these players?

Stephon Gilmore and David Bakhtiari will return to training

If a player is designated on the Physically Impaired to Play (PUP) list at the beginning of the season, as a rule, they must remain off the field for at least six weeks. After that, the teams will have a window of five more weeks to decide if that player can start practicing. If he does not train within that period, or is not activated to the 53 roster within 21 days after starting practice, the player in question must remain in PUP for the remainder of the season.

Earlier in the season, 3 players topped the PUP designations and, following the close of Week 6, we have reached the point where each team must decide what to do with their injuries.

In Green Bay there is good news. The LT David Bakhtiyari take a step in your recovery. HC Matt LaFleur indicated at a press conference on Monday that he hopes to see Bakhtiari training this week, thus opening up his three-week opportunity to be placed back on the active roster of the Packers. Bakhtiari tore his ACL late last year and hasn’t even trained since.

In the meantime, the recent acquisition of Carolina, the CB Stephon Gilmore, will also return to training. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Gilmore, who broke his quad last season, is expected to practice with the team this week, and while a Week 7 debut against the Giants is somewhat remote due to his long absence, his first jersey game of the Panthers it should arrive pretty soon.

However, for its part, the WR of New Orleans, Michael Thomas, It is still “a couple of weeks” away from returning to action, Rapoport himself reported. Thomas started the year at PUP because had ankle surgery; His decision to wait until then caused some disaffection between him and the Saints. There was even talk of a possible trade, but eventually the two parties seemed to mend their relationship later during the offseason.

Thus, both Packers and Panthers receive good news for the rest of the 2021 NFL Season, but the Saints, and especially QB Jameis Winston, will have to continue waiting to recover their star receiver. How soon will we see this third of players return to the field of play?

Seahawks show interest in Cam Newton

With the injury of the QB Russell Wilson, the 2021 NFL Season was too complicated for the Seahawks, and this became clear when this previous Sunday the QB Geno Smith he looked bad in the loss to the Steelers. Therefore, looking to the short-term future, Seattle is evaluating options, as confirmed by the HC Pete Carroll, who noted that the team contacted the free agent quarterback Cam Newton.

“Just so you know, we have spoken with him. We’re talking to everyone who could help us, ”Carroll told Mike Salk of 710 ESPN. Also, to stoke the rumors, Mike Garofolo from NFL Media reported that, through his official YouTube channel, Newton commented that he has received interest from various teams, and that he even “has some offers” to return to the NFL. However, it didn’t sound like something was imminent just yet.

Newton ran out of equipment during previous offseason and his departure from New England was preceded by an absence of five days of practice, missing the daily COVID-19 tests at the Patriots facility. However, since then, Newton has already received the vaccine and says he wants to play again. Are the Seahawks Your Ideal Choice?

Texans cut Whitney Mercilus after 10 years on team

An era came to an end for the Texans this Monday. With initial reporting by Aaron Wilson of SportsTalk790, it was reported that after 10 years on the team, Houston decided to cut the DE Whitney Mercilus, who was a first-round pick for the Texans in 2012.

During his stay in Houston, Mercilus played 142 total games for the franchise between the regular season and the playoffs, accumulating 57 total sacks, being second in the category only behind JJ Watt who achieved 101. In addition, it is the third historical in games played. And this year he accumulates 3 sacks in 6 games in which he has participated, however, he has been losing the starting role as the weeks progress.

Experienced pass rushers are rare in the middle of the season, so Mercilus could attract too much interest now that he is a free agent. However, the team that intends to take over his services must consider that he has a base salary of 4.5 million dollars for the rest of 2021. Who should sign Mercilus to improve his defense?

Alexander Johnson to miss the rest of the 2021 NFL Season

Bad news for the Broncos, who for the second time in the 2021 NFL Season lost a starting inside linebacker. This Monday, at a press conference, the HC Vic Fangio confirmed that the LB Alexander Johnson He suffered a chest injury late in the first half in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders that will put him out for the rest of the year.

With this announcement, Johnson’s injury joins that of LB Josey Jewell, who with the same mishap was out the entire season just in Week 2 against the Jaguars. When the same injury deprives you of both of your incumbents in one position, it’s worth investigating a possible cause: “Yes, they’ll check it out,” Fangio noted. “Josey was a contact injury and AJ fell on his. But yes, they will. It seems to be a more common injury in the NFL today than in the past. “

However, the problems for Denver don’t end there. The team will also not have rookie third-round LB Baron Browning for their Thursday Night Football game against the Browns due to a concussion suffered the previous Sunday; there is not enough time to pass the protocol.

Ultimately, it was Justin Strnad who replaced Jewell when he was injured, and veteran Micah Kiser came in to supply Johnson in the second half against the Raiders. Also, Fangio added that they will likely call up linebackers Curtis Robinson or Barrington Wade for the TNF from their practice squad. Can the Broncos overcome the loss of their two starting linebackers?

Giants to sign Benardrick McKinney

This Monday, via Ian Rapoport from NFL Media, it was reported that Giants they will sign the LB Benardrick McKinney your practice squad once you pass a physical. However, he is expected to be promoted quickly to the roster of 53 when acclimatized. In addition, Rapoport added that there was interest from various teams to sign McKinney but that he “was waiting for the right option.”

Thus, the Mississippi State graduate reaches a Giants roster that undoubtedly has gaps to fill in the linebackers corps. Defensive captain Blake Martinez was out for the remainder of 2021 with a knee injury and Tae Crowder has not played particularly well at the position, so this acquisition is expected to solve those problems.

McKinney came to the NFL in 2015 as a second-round pick for the Texans, and after six years on the team he was sent to the Dolphins, who cut him on Aug. 31 in final cuts to the roster. In 80 career games, he has 530 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 1 INT, 14 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles and 2 recovered. Plus, he was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and an All-Pro in 2016. Will he make an impact on Houston’s defense?

This is today’s NFL news.

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