Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman returned to practice for the first time since suffering a fractured rib in a Week 4 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Norman was limited to individual drills in practice. “He didn’t do any team stuff, but he ran around and looked fine to me,” coach Jay Gruden said. “But that’s up to his pain tolerance and what the trainers say.”
Washington placed rookie defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (foot) on injured reserve. Doctors informed Allen he might be able to return in eight weeks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed. Allen was initially thought to be done for the season before undergoing surgery in his left foot for a Lisfranc injury.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr actually had three transverse process fractures in his back, but is feeling “substantially better” and is expected to play against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Rapoport.
In other Raiders news, rookie cornerback Gareon Conley, who has been ruled out for Sunday, will meet with doctors Tuesday to evaluate his lingering shin injury. There’s a chance he be put on the shelf for weeks to heal, a source told Rapoport.
Lawyers representing the NFL Players Association and Ezekiel Elliott asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday for an immediate recall of its mandate in the suspension case so they can pursue a full-panel rehearing with the court and get the Dallas Cowboys standout back on the field.
If the petition is granted and a rehearing request is filed, a stay on the appeals ruling that bars Elliott from playing would go into effect, allowing him to return to the playing field, according to Gabe Feldman, director of the Tulane Sports Law Program. The NFLPA can ask for a rehearing en banc — a rehearing of the case among all active judges on the 5th Circuit — once the mandate that vacated the preliminary injunction and ordered a lower court to dismiss the case is recalled.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers exited the game in the first quarter after suffering a broken collarbone, the team announced. The Packers said Rodgers could miss the rest of the season due to the injury.
Packers guard Lane Taylor (knee/ankle) and cornerback Quinten Rollins (ankle) both did not return. Tackle Bryan Bulaga suffered a concussion. Fellow tackle David Bakhtiari injured his hamstring in the loss.
“While reasonable minds could differ on the evidentiary decisions made by the arbitrator, the proceedings in their totality accorded with the CBA and the [personal conduct policy] — and, to the extent such an inquiry applies, with precepts of fundamental fairness,” Failla wrote. “The arbitrator gave Mr. Elliott ample opportunity, in terms of both proceedings and evidence, to challenge the Commissioner’s decision before the arbitrator; the arbitrator’s ultimate decision against Mr. Elliott does not render these proceedings any less fair.”
Failla also found that the steps the NFL undertook in suspending Elliott fell in line with federal labor laws and cited the Tom Brady Deflategate case repeatedly for establishing precedent in “rejecting arguments similar to those here.”
San Francisco most recently came two points shy of sending a road game against the Washington Redskins to overtime, and it was quite a surprise that the Niners were even in it. Washington jumped out to a 17-0 lead and looked to be in command before rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard’s insertion jolted the Niners into action. A late drive into shallow Washington territory came down to a fourth-and-20, which resulted in a heave toward the sticks and a prayer that ended in an interception, and another loss by three points or less.
The Niners have lost all but one game by three points or less. The close losses are frustrating — a week earlier, defeat was delivered via overtime for a second time in as many weeks — but encouraging for a Niners team that, on paper, looked to be one of the worst teams in recent memory. Inspired play from the Niners’ defense and contributions from under-the-radar additions Marquise Goodwin, George Kittle and Trent Taylor have San Francisco playing competitive football, even if the Niners’ brass knows the team is still far off from high-level contention.