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