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Ravens COVID-19 list: How the outbreak started, impacted 20 players before Steelers game

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  • Night net Ravens Steelers v Ravens Steelers American Football The Ravens are the latest Night net team to experience a COVID-19 outbreak, and it's caused issues for their scheduled Week 12 game against the Steelers.The game was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, then pushed back to Sunday afternoon before being moved again to Tuesday and now to Wednesday afternoon. The Night net's continuing updates to COVID-19 protocols mean that a number of players on the COVID-19/reserve list are there for positive tests, while another portion of the list is made up of "high-risk close contacts" to the players who tested positive. At one point, the Ravens had 20 players on the COVID-19/reserve list. If Baltimore does get its game in with Pittsburgh in Week 12, it could be without a 夜网论坛number of key players, including 2019 Night net MVP Lamar Jackson, running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins, tight end Mark Andrews and pass-rushers Calais Campbell and Matthew Judon. The final time Baltimore can make activations from the list before playing the Steelers is 12:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.MORE: When will the Steelers vs. Ravens game be played? Ravens COVID-19 listWide receiver: Willie SneadTight end: Mark AndrewsOffensive line: Will HoldenLinebacker: Matthew JudonCornerbacks: Terrell Bonds (IR)Safety: Geno StoneThis list is updated as of Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:10 p.m. ET. At 7:35 p.m. ET on 12/8, Dez Bryant tweeted that he tested positive for COVID-19. Players listed with (IR) were already on Injured Reserve prior to their placement on the COVID-19/reserve list.Who is Steve Saunders?Steve Saunders is the Ravens' head strength and conditioning coach. According to multiple reports, he was the staff member punished by Baltimore for conducting relating to the team's COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Baltimore Sun, Saunders "had not routinely worn the proximity tracker required by the Night net for contact tracing or reported potential COVID-19 symptoms as he worked with players." Night net Network added in its reporting that the punished staff member had not consistently worn a mask.How COVID-19 spread on the RavensIt's not immediately known how COVID-19 spread through the Ravens' roster, with the Baltimore Sun calling it "unclear." The punishment for a staffer, reportedly Saunders, likely points to belief that his behavior, if not the root, was a factor in the outbreak. According to ESPN, the staffer was the first positive test in this string of positives, though. Baltimore's outbreak resembles that of Tennessee's from earlier in the season, wh[......]

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    Derek Carr's audible calls were the real winners Sunday night: James Harden, Pistol Pete, Purple Walrus and more

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  • Night net Raiders Chiefs Raiders v Chiefs American Football Derek Carr and the Raiders were bested by Patrick Mahomes on "Sunday Night Football," but the real winner of the night might have been Carr's audible calls. With no fans in Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium, the natural sound from the field came through loud and clear on the NBC broadcast. That meant that when Carr yelled out "James Harden," "Pistol Pete," "Purple Walrus" and more, it came through loud and clear to the millions of Americans tuned in to the game. Kansas City won 35-31, but did Mahomes yell out seemingly random NBA players' names during the middle of the game? Didn't think so. This wasn't a new feat for Carr. When Las Vegas played at Kansas City on Oct. 11, Carr went into his bag of audibles and pulled out both a "Bruce Springsteen" call and a "Joe Montana" call. Maybe The Boss and one of the best QBs ever were the key to upsetting the Chiefs.MORE: Angry Derek Carr is the latest Night net meme Social media didn't just blow up Sunday night because of the names he was calling out, but because th夜网论坛ey set jokes up on a tee. People wanted to know why the "James Harden" audible didn't lead to a stepback or a euro step or a flop. "Pistol Pete" didn't lead to some flashy pass, and "Chris Mullin" didn't result in a fundamentally sound left-handed play. One tweeter noted that it seemed each NBA player audible resulted in a run and wondered whether that relied on the "connotation" that NBA players don't pass.So does the NBA player audible by Derek Carr just switch the play to the queued run? The connotation being NBA players don’t pass? #SNFonNBC— Jacob Messineo (@j_messy2) November 23, 2020"Purple Walrus" didn't fit in with the NBA theme, but it did bring out some Andy Reid jokes on Twitter.Purple Walrus is also what Mahomes calls Andy Reid when he wears his favorite magenta sweatshirt.— Thomas Schlarp (@TSchlarp) November 23, 2020The Raiders also called an audible that the broadcast team heard as "Mamba Georgia," calling on Kobe Bryant, but that the Internet seemed to more accurately identify as "Mom in Georgia." Carr is from California, so it's not a reference to his mother. And there was a "Google" audible that resulted in a first down, which makes sense because Google basically controls the world.The Ringer's Rodger Sherman pointed out that Las Vegas' audible calls were "too polysyllabic and unusual," and wondered whether the whole goal was to go viral. If that was the Raiders' goal, it worked.[......]

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    Cowboys QB depth chart: Ben DiNucci, Garrett Gilbert are Dallas' remaining backups to Andy Dalton

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  • Night net Cowboys Eagles v Cowboys Eagles American Football No team really wants the names below the first spot on its quarterback depth to matter in an Night net season. The Cowboys were no exception, but injuries to Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton have made backup quarterbacks the story of the season for the Cowboys.Prescott (ankle) had his season ended in Week 5. Dalton (concussion) took a late hit in Week 7 and isn't a sure thing to play immediately going forward. That leaves rookie Ben DiNucci and journeyman Garrett Gilbert as the remaining Cowboys' QB depth. In a brutal NFC East, Dallas would have a chance to compete with competent quarterback play, but that seems like a lot to ask for at this point. Here's a look at what Dallas is working with at QB, along with what you should know about DiNucci, Gilbert and even the Cowboys' emergency quarterback, Blake Bell.Dallas Cowboys QB depth chartThe following is the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback depth chart entering Week 8 of the 2020 Night net season, with Dak Prescott already out for the year with an ankle dislocation and fracture.  1. Andy Dalton (if healthy)Dalton was knocked out of the Cowboys' Week 7 game against the Washington Football Team by a late hit from linebacker Jon Bostic. He was placed into the Night net's official concussion protocol the Monday following that 25-3 Dallas loss, and his status going forMORE: How long is Andy Dalton out?2. Ben DiNucciYou can read more about who DiNucci is right here, but here are some of the basics:DiNucci's a rookie quarterback from James Madison.He began his college career at Pittsburgh before transferring after the 2017 season to JMU.James Madison and DiNucci went to the 2019 FCS National Championship Game, where they lost to Trey Lance and North Dakota State.DiNucci was the 231st overall pick in the 2020 Night net Draft, a seventh-rounder.3. Garrett GilbertGilbert was a standout college quarterback at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. He threw for 55 touchdowns in a 16-0 senior season, and he broke Gra夜网论坛ham Harrell's all-time state passing yardage record. Gilbert committed to play at the University of Texas out of high school. Gilbert took over in relief for the injured Colt McCoy in the national championship game against Alabama as a true freshman and threw two touchdowns compared to four interceptions.As a junior, Gilbert lost his starting job and underwent shoulder surgery before transferring to SMU. Gilbert had his two best collegiate seasons with the Mustangs, and as a redshirt senior he threw for 3,528 yards and 21 to[......]

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    Cowboys vs. Washington odds, prediction, betting trends for Night net Thanksgiving game

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  • Night net Cowboys v Washington Football Team Washington Football Team Cowboys American Football When the Cowboys (3-7) host Washington (3-7) in the second game of Night net Thanksgiving and of Week 12, two winning teams from Week 11 will look to help their chances of winning the weak NFC East. The Cowboys are coming off a big road win over the Vikings, while Washington took care of the Bengals at home.The Cowboys hosted Washington on Thanksgi夜网论坛ving in both 2016 and 2018, winning a pair of high-scoring games. Here's another even year chance to dispatch their renamed (unnamed) arch rivals, avenging a tough road loss in Week 7. This time, it will be Andy Dalton dueling Alex Smith at quarterback. The Cowboys saw Ezekiel Elliott run like his old self last week, while rookie Antonio Gibson has been a nice backfield surprise for Washington.Here's everything to know about betting on Cowboys vs. Washington on Thanksgiving, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for the Night net Week 12 game. WEEK 12 Night net PICKS: Against the spread | Straight upCowboys vs. Washington odds for ThanksgivingSpread: Cowboys by 3Over/under: 46Point spread odds: Washington +127, Cowboys -147The Cowboys started out as 2.5-point favorites but have been bumped up to the whole simple home-field advantage spread of a field goal. That makes this essentially a toss up game between two franchises and owners who really don't like each other. Ron Rivera and Mike McCarthy meet for the second time with their new teams.Cowboys vs. Washington all-time seriesThe Cowboys hold a strong 73-46-2 edge. They lost 25-3 on Oct. 25, but before then, they had won three in a row. Overall, the Cowboys have beaten Washington seven times in the past nine meetings and nine of the past 12. The last time Dallas lost at home to Washington was Jan. 3, 2016, which was the end of the 2015 season.Three trends to know— 56 of spread bettors like the Cowboys to take care of the small favorite number at home with some fans there for Thanksgiving.— 62 percent of over/under bettors like the game to exceed the set point total with two trending bad defenses and two trending good offenses.— Washington is 4-5-1 against the spread with four of its games going over. The Cowboys are 2-8 against the spread this season. They were 0-8 until they covered in back-to-back games against the Steelers and Vikings.Three things to watchElliott's backElliott rushed 21 times for 103 yards against the Vikings, the first time he hit the century mark on the ground in 2020. He also caught a TD pass, playing hi[......]

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    Ranking the Lions' best Matt Patricia replacement candidates after Detroit fires head coach

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  • Night net Lions American Football The Lions gave coach Matt Patricia an unofficial ultimatum before the 2020 season — win enough games to make Detroit a playoff contender or expect to be replaced in 2021. They didn't give him a chance to finish '20, firing him, along with general manager Bob Quinn, on Saturday.With his now former team now at 4-7 and in last place in the NFC North, it has zero chance of making the postseason and Patricia no longer has a his job. Patricia ends his Detroit tenure with a three-year mark of 13-29-1. There were many low points during his short tenure, but Sunday's 20-0 loss at the Panthers, another lowly NFC opponent, followed by a 41-25 home Thanksgiving loss to the Texans, a lowly AFC opponent, were the last straws. Night net PLAYOFF PICTURE: AFC, NFC standings in Week 12After winning back-to-back games following their Week 5 bye to get to 3-3, 夜网论坛the Lions have dropped four of their past five games and shown no signs of improving. Here are six names to watch as the Lions begin their search for a replacement for Patricia. Robert Saleh, 49ers defensive coordinatorSaleh, 41, is a Dearborn, Mich., native, which would make the job appealing to him. He has done very well with San Francisco's defense this season in relation to the team's rash of major injuries. That's coming off leading an elite Super Bowl-caliber unit in 2019. He's a smart, fiery coach who motivates his players well. He also can clean up a lot of the messes created by Patricia and Lions defensive coordinator Cory Undlin and bring up a young group.Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator Bieniemy, 51, is the best choice if the Lions want to go player-friendlier and focus on the other side of the ball with their new coach. He's a deserving next branch of the Andy Reid coaching tree. He has been key in the development of Patrick Mahomes and would boost the Lions' offense, whether or not it's still operated by Stafford. Bieniemy would have a great influence on Swift and give the unit more balance and explosiveness.Kevin O'Connell, Rams offensive coordinatorO'Connell, 35, is the next young hotshot working under Sean McVay. He was briefly with the Lions as a quarterback in 2009, the year Stafford was drafted No. 1 overall. He has learned fast and been teaching players well. Like the above two potential candidate here, he would be an intelligent get for the Lions.Kellen Moore, Cowboys offensive coordinatorMoore, 32, spent the first three seasons of his quarterbacking career (2012-14) behind Stafford in Detroit. He joined the Cowboys in 2015 as a backup and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise as an astute offensive mind and play-caller. He's responsible for helping to turn Dak Prescott into an elite QB. Moore's mindset is[......]

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    Steve Young makes baffling declaration on Ravens-Steelers: 'You cannot play that game without Lamar Jackson'

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  • Night net American Football Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young has been appearing as an analyst on ESPN’s Night net telecasts since 2001, which is an amazing run given that he’s pretty much never said anything interesting or insightful or memorable in that time.Until now. He only pushed the last of those three buttons with his comment on this week’s edition of “Monday Night Countdown,” but he slammed it hard.WEEK 13 PICKSStraight up | Against the spr夜网论坛ead It came during a discussion/debate with the network’s primary Night net insider, Adam Schefter, over the continuing saga of postponements involving the erstwhile Thanksgiving night AFC North showdown between the Ravens and Steelers.Schefter was making the point that the league views postponement of any game to the week after the end of the regular season — to the proverbial “week 18” — as a “last resort” for scheduling issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.“They want to have the ultimate flexibility if they need it later on,” Schefter said.Young’s response remains, nearly 24 hours later, difficult to fathom.“A playoff-implication game between the Ravens and the Steelers, in my mind, is a game without Lamar Jackson — needs to be canceled,” Young said. “You cannot play that game without Lamar Jackson.”Seriously. An Night net analyst on an all-sports network said this.Games in the Night net are played every week with scores of players absent because of injury. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott hasn’t played since early October because of a broken right ankle. A leg injury to Chargers running back Austin Ekeler kept him out for six weeks.Of course, COVID-19 is different, but this is just a partial list of key Night net players who’ve missed time because of positive tests for the virus: Patriots corner Stephon Gilmore, Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton, Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, Raiders tackle Trent Brown and Steelers tight end Vance McDonald.Just on Sunday, the Broncos had to play a game without an actual quarterback, because every QB on their roster was on the COVID reserve list because of either a positive test or contact tracing. And yes, that game had playoff implications — for every team in the NFC that would like to beat out the Saints for the first-round bye. Instead, the Saints earned a laughably easy 31-3 victory as the Broncos completed a single pass and produced 112 yards of total offense.Young has been around the Night net for more than half his life, since he joined the Buccaneers in 1986. None of this is a secret. And yet he came to the conclusion he did. How he arrived there is the real mystery.[......]

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    Night net changed its rules after Alex Smith found an accidental loophole

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  • Night net Washington Football Team Steelers Steelers v Washington Football Team The Night net is making some changes after Washington quarterback Alex Smith found an accidental loophole in the Night net rules.According to Football Zebras, a website dedicated to providing analysis on Night net officials and rules, the league sent out a training video to officiating staffs regarding a play that occurred in Washington's win over the Steelers. At the end of the first half, Smith was sacked for a 7-yard loss. With time running out, and no timeouts remaining for Washington, Smith then ran off the field with the football in his hand. Umpire Roy Ellison couldn't get a K-ball (kicking ball), and he couldn't locate another football (since Smith ran off with it), so he called for an administrative delay.Alex Smith runs off with the ball causing an “administrative issue” and stopping the clock to give Washington (+6.5) time to kickpic.twitter.com/bxUef3JNcv— Bet The Pigskin (@betthepigskin) December 7, 2020MORE: Night net picks and predictions for Week 14 This delay gave Washington plenty of time to get its field goal unit on the field and make a 49-yard field goal with one second remaining on the clock. Former Night net referee and NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay tweeted during the game that there should not have been a delay during the game.The Umpire was asking for the ball at the end of the play. He then stopped the clock at :08 as he tried to get a new ball from the sideline. He should not have done that. WAS caused the delay and should not have benefited from it.— Terry McAulay (@SNFRules) December 8, 2020Ellison was seeking a K-ball, a different football used specifically for kicking plays. With time running down, officials typically resort to using the football used in the previous offensive play. However, since Smith ran off with that football, Ellison called for the delay.It's a strange situation, and Ellison was unsure of the rules, so he simply called an administrative delay to sort things out. However, the league specified in its training video this week that officials should not stop the clock in that situation, per Football Zebras.From Football Zebras:[Senior vice president of officiating development and training Walt Anderson] reiterated that the crew can spot the scrimmage ball from the previous down rather than the K-ball in a time-constrained running-clock situation. If the K-ball is available in time, then use it. He said a guideline should be 20 seconds on the game clock, upping it from the "approximately 10" seconds under existing procedures. Football Zebra's report added that if an administrative stoppag[......]

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    Aaron Rodgers contract details: Why 2021 could be Packers QB's last season in Green Bay

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  • NFL Packers 49ers 49ers v Packers American Football Aaron Rodgers held out from the Packers during the 2021 NFL offseason and was hoping to be traded. He wanted a fresh start because the Packers weren't letting him have any say in the things that directly affected his job.The Packers had also selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, so Rodgers felt that signal from the organization confirmed that a split was coming for the two sides. So, he thought, why not accelerate it? "As I felt like, 'If you can't commit to me past 2021, and I'm not a part of recruiting process in free agency, if I'm not a part of the future, instead of letting me be a lame-duck quarterback, if you want to take a chance and move forward, then go ahead and do it.'," Rodgers said in a press conference after he returned to the team.The Packers, however, wanted to keep Rodgers around, and that caused a quibble between the two parties. It lasted nearly the whole offseason, but eventually, the two sides struck a deal on a revised contract that will keep Rodgers in Green Bay for at least 2021. Beyond that, things get a bit trickier. What does Aaron Rodgers' contract look like now? And when could he eventually leave the Packers? Here's a breakdown of what Green Bay's revised pact with Rodgers looks like for 2021 and beyond.MORE: Rodgers sounds off on people questioning work ethicAaron Rodgers contract detailsRodgers is in the second year of a four-year contract extension worth $134 million. Rodgers agreed to the deal in 2018, but the new contract terms didn't kick in until 2020. So there were three years left on Rodgers' contract, including the 2021 season.However, the deal is now a year shorter. Rodgers renegotiated his contract and turned the 2023 season into a "void year." This has become an increasingly popular way for teams to clear cap space by deferring player payments into future years.NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that Rodgers will make close to $50 million over the last two years of his deal. The renegotiation with the Packers didn't add any new money to Rodgers' deal.YearTotal value2021$22.4 million2022$26.9 millionHowever, Pelissero also reports that the final year of Rodgers' contract voids on the seventh day before the 2023 league year, which usually begins in March ahead of free agency. That's one day after the franchise tag deadline, so that means Rodgers cannot be slapped with a franchise tag in 2023; he'll technically be under contract before that window closes.As such, Rodgers will be a true free agent[......]

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    Cowboys' goal-line pass play fails miserably when no receivers run routes

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  • Night net Cowboys Eagles Cowboys v Eagles American Football Normally, the most basic element of an Night net pass play is at least one receiver running a route. The Cowboys forgot that part Sunday.On third-and-goal in the second quarter, Dallas quarterback Andy Dalton faked a handoff to Ezekiel Elliott and looked to throw. But there were no receivers beyond the line of scrimmage, or behind it for that matter. Dalton was forced to take off and scramble, and the Eagles knocked him out of bounds. Here's the play in question: No idea what was this by the #CowboysNo one ran a route on a pass play.What?pic.twitter.com/F5sxF3O5La— Dov Kleiman (@Night net_DovKleiman) December 27, 2020MORE: Updated 2021 Night net Draft order The issue for the Cowboys was likely that two of their tight ends are held up at the line. Since it was designed to appear as a run play, Dallas' receivers had to at least show as a blocker before leaking out for a pass. But Philadelphia's defensive line got strong penetration which prevented anyone from getting free. The other possible logical explanation is that Dalton wasn't supposed to fake the handoff but messed the play up.It's only when Dalton is closing in on the right sidelin夜网论坛e that Blake Bell (No. 80) and Dalton Schultz (No. 86) even get their feet into the end zone, but Dalton isn't looking to pass by that point of the play. It seems like a fitting summation of the Cowboys' 2020 season, in which Dak Prescott was lost to a season-ending injury in Week 5 and Elliott has struggled with fumbles en route to a guaranteed losing season. But despite the losing record, if Dallas comes back against Philadelphia, it could still be in contention in the NFC East in Week 17.Our advice to the Cowboys if indeed they hang onto a chance to win the division: Run pass routes on pass plays.[......]

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