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Mariota being examined after taking a sack.
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Royce Freeman returns from an ankle injury for the first time since week 7; and Marcus Mariota takes a stinger leaving him questionable for this week’s game.

Plus a Wild West shootout that Billy “The Kid” and Jesse James would look fondly on. Here’s what’s happening around the NFL week 11.

Offense by position:

Offensive Tackle:

  • Tyrell Crosby, Detroit Lions – Narrowly escaped with the 20-19 victory on a questionable decision by Carolina to go for a game-winning two-point conversion with 1:07 remaining. Crosby played on special teams for Detroit.
  • Jake Fisher, Cincinnati Bengals – Only six total snaps for Fisher Sunday. The chance to clinch a wildcard spot is starting to slip away from the Bengals’ grasp. The wheels are starting to fall off the wagon for Cincinnati going 1-4 since week 6.

Guard:

  • Kyle Long, Chicago Bears – Exited week 9 with an ankle Injury against the Bills and placed on IR. Long is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, but could be back in time for playoffs. With their win over Minnesota, 25-20, the Bears (7-3) have a strong hold of the NFC North.

Center:

  • Max Unger, New Orleans Saints – Continuing to roll-over nearly every opponent, most recent being Super Bowl champions. Unger and the Saints dominated the Eagles 48-7 and are looking like a Super Bowl contender themselves, with their ninth straight victory since losing week 1 to Tampa Bay.
  • Hroniss Grasu, Baltimore Ravens – Coming off of a bye week, Grasu was listed as inactive for Baltimore’s victory over Cincinnati 24-21.

Tight End:

  • Ed Dickson, Seattle Seahawks – Seattle is still limiting Dickson’s work load after coming off the PUP-list week 9. The Seahawks have downgraded him to second-string appearing in 41% (29) of offensive snaps in the W against Green Bay, Thursday night. Dickson caught 1 pass for 15 yards.
  • Johnny Mundt, Los Angeles Rams – Inactive for one of the most exciting MNF games in recent memory as L.A. advance with the win over Kansas City 53-51. The Rams and Chiefs combined for exactly 1,001 yards of offense and 14 total touchdowns.

Quarterback:

  • Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans – Left the game against the Colts with an elbow injury. Mariota sustained the injury after taking a hard hit. The “stinger” he took is presenting the same numbness and issues that kept him sidelined earlier this season. Mariota was 10/13 for 85 yards, an INT and 17 rushing yards before leaving the game.

Wide Receiver:

  • De’Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs – Re-fractured his leg in practice week 6. It’s the same leg that Thomas fractured week 17 of last season. He’s on IR and likely to miss the remainder of 2018.

Running Back:

  • LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions – 7 carries, 1 yard...
  • Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos – Returned to action in his first game since week 7 with an ankle injury. Freeman ran for 23 yards, a TD and a 7 yard reception as Denver upsets the Chargers 23-22.
  • Jonathan Stewart, New York Giants – On the IR with a foot injury sustained week 4. There is a chance Stewart could return to the field late in the season, but all signs are pointed towards him staying sidelined for the foreseeable future.
  • Kenjon Barner, New England - Bye week for Barner and the Patriots. New England is 7-3 coming out of the bye and will be in New York to face the Jets, Sunday afternoon.

Defense by position:

Defensive End:

  • Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers – Armstead and the injury-plagued 49ers are on a bye, week 11. San Francisco (2-8) plays Tampa Bay (3-7) for the least meaningful game week 12.
  • Dion Jordan, Seattle Seahawks – Didn’t suit up against the Packers due to a knee injury suffered a week prior. Jordan’s status for week 12 against Carolina is still unclear and likely to be a game-time decision.

Defensive Tackle:

  • DeForest Buckner, San Francisco 49ers – One of the few bright-spots on the season for the 49ers. Buckner is already tied for a career-high in sacks and has been on a tear having arguably the best season of his career. Through 10 games Buckner has a combined 34 tackles 6.0 sacks and 2 pass deflections.
  • Haloti Ngata, Philadelphia Eagles - Two tackles and a TFL for the vet. It wasn’t a good showing for anyone on Philadelphia falling to New Orleans. The Eagles have dropped to 4-6 and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.

Linebacker:

  • Kiko Alonso, Miami Dolphins – Off week for the Dolphins. Even with the bye week Alonso is still tied second in the league with 89 tackles.
  • Joe Walker, Arizona Cardinals – Fell to Oakland 23-21. Walker played on special teams.

Cornerback:

  • Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams – Ended the shootout in Los Angeles with 4 tackles. While playing well in Aqib Talib’s absence, there may not be many more games for Hill to start with Talib eyeing a week 13 return from ankle surgery that he had earlier in the season.
  • Terrance Mitchell, Cleveland Browns – Placed on the IR. Mitchell had surgery after fracturing his wrist week 4 against the Raiders. Cleveland expects him to make a return towards the end of the season.

Safety:

  • Patrick Chung, New England Patriots – A little rest and relaxation for Chung with the bye week.

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