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Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

Jets place C Kalil on injured reserve

New York Jets center Ryan Kalil was placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Kalil, who is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was lured out of retirement with a one-year, $8.4 million contract in the offseason.

The 34-year-old Kalil started seven games this season before sustaining a knee injury during New York's 29-15 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 27. He missed the next two games before making his way back to practice this week, although the return was short-lived.

The Jets activated offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi from the practice squad to replace Kalil, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Koloamatangi was signed to the Jets' practice squad on Oct. 30.

Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Dolphins WR Hurns signs two-year contract extension

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Allen Hurns signed a two-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021 season, the team announced Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, however ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the deal is worth $8 million and includes $3.27 million in guaranteed money.

Hurns, who grew up in Miami and played for the hometown Hurricanes in college, has recorded 13 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown in eight games this season.

The 28-year-old spent last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Hurns caught 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games before sustaining a dislocated left ankle and broken fibula in the NFC wild-card game against Seattle on Jan. 5.

Hurns played his first four seasons in Jacksonville (2014-17). His best year with the Jaguars came in 2015 with 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns, all career bests.

Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Lions RB Ty Johnson clears concussion protocol

Detroit Lions rookie running back Ty Johnson has cleared concussion protocol and is eligible to play in Sunday's home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnson sustained a concussion during Detroit's 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears last Sunday. He has been removed from the injury report after initially being listed as questionable following his participation in practice on Thursday and Friday.

The 22-year-old Johnson, who has 44 carries for 153 yards this season, was elevated to the role of starter after running back Kerryon Johnson was placed on injured reserve last month.

Johnson also has 13 receptions for 58 yards for the Lions (3-5-1), who could also lean on running backs J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins behind backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.

Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee 'falls squarely' on Kitchens

Ex-Browns OC Haley: Melee 'falls squarely' on Kitchens

Former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley pointed the finger at the team's current head coach Freddie Kitchens for the late-game melee that marred Thursday's contest.

Haley told SiriusXM Radio on Friday that Kitchens' leadership is to blame following an ugly incident in which Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay after he ripped the helmet off Mason Rudolph before hitting the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback in the head with it.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi was suspended one game for shoving Rudolph in the back.

"This to me, this comes back to coaching," the 52-year-old Haley said. "This falls squarely right on the head coach. Because the head coach talks to every assistant coach, who then talk to their groups of players. And there's an old saying in coaching: 'You're either coaching it or you're allowing it to happen.'"

Haley dismissed the notion that Thursday's fireworks were an isolated incident.

"If you're not coaching it, you're allowing it to happen, and when I watch the Cleveland Browns, I see a lot of stuff being allowed to happen, whether it's clown shoes, visors, whatever it may be," Haley said. "Myles Garrett hitting the quarterback low, hitting the quarterback in the head, it's happening too much."

While Cleveland leads the NFL in penalties with 87 this season, it should also be noted that Haley has a history with the organization.

Haley was fired as the Browns offensive coordinator in October 2018 after less than one year at the position. Kitchens took over the role before being promoted to head coach after the season.

Chargers' Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Chargers' Rivers to evaluate playing future after season

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said he plans to address his playing future ... in the future.

Rivers is in the final season of his four-year, $83.25 million contract extension that he signed in August 2015. Rivers said earlier this week that plans to take some time after the season to evaluate his physical and mental health before addressing whether he'll continue his NFL career.

Rivers, who will turn 38 on Dec. 8, previously noted that he wants to be playing in 2020 when the Chargers move into the new SoFi Stadium they will share with the Rams in Inglewood, Calif.

"I think that is my desire," Rivers said, per ESPN. "But I do think that it only seems right to say, 'All right, let's take a deep breath and regroup.' I kept saying, a couple years, a couple years or a handful, and then I went to the 'one year at a time.' And I think that's where it is, and that only makes sense when your contract is up and you're going to be 38 here in a few weeks.

"So I'm just going to have kind of a self and family evaluation of it all, and also know that it's not solely my decision. ... But my intention certainly is to be playing in 2020."

Rivers, who was selected to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time last season, entered play this week leading the NFL in completions (240), attempts (364) and passing yards (2,816). He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 games this season for the Chargers (4-6), who "host" the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) on Monday in Mexico City.

49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

49ers TE Kittle could miss second straight game

San Francisco 49ers standout tight end George Kittle was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report and could miss his second straight game due to knee and ankle injuries.

Kittle might end up being a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals after he missed Monday night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks due to the ailments. He didn't practice this week.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said he has seen improvement from Kittle over the past few days.

"He's definitely better this week than he was last week. We'll see how these next two days go," Shanahan told reporters on Friday. "We've got him doubtful because we'd rather not. I want him to be healthy throughout this year. We'll see what happens with the other guys.

"Kittle won't allow us to ever rule him out until it's right at game time because he's done some pretty amazing things here in the last couple of years."

Kittle leads the 49ers (8-1) with 46 receptions and 541 yards -- and he isn't the only target who is ailing.

Recently acquired receiver Emmanuel Sanders is dealing with a rib injury that he suffered on Monday and also didn't practice all week.

"Yeah, it looks like he's walking around better, sitting in the meetings better," Shanahan said of Sanders.

Sanders has caught 13 passes for 161 yards in three games since being acquired from the Denver Broncos. His two touchdown catches with San Francisco ties for the team lead.

The 49ers ruled out offensive tackle Joe Staley (finger) and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (groin). Staley fractured and dislocated a finger during Monday's game and had surgery and will miss at least the next two games.

Running back Matt Breida (ankle) and kicker Robbie Gould (right quadriceps) are listed as doubtful.

Others who are questionable are linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion), running back Raheem Mostert (knee), receiver Dante Pettis (back) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadriceps).

Tevin Coleman, who has rushed for 395 yards and five touchdowns, is being prepared to be the main ball carrier with Breida (542) and Mostert (335) banged up.

Rookie Chase McLaughlin appears in line to be the kicker. He missed a 47-yard field goal in overtime that would have kept San Francisco undefeated before Seattle later won the game on its own field goal.

Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

Report: 24-plus NFL teams to attend Kaepernick workout

More than 24 NFL teams plan to attend Colin Kaepernick's open workout in Atlanta on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility. Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, will direct the session.

The league earlier had announced that 11 teams -- Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay, and Washington -- confirmed they will attend in some capacity.

NFL Network reported teams have until Saturday to submit names of people attending. Multiple outlets reported the league will not provide Kaepernick with a list of names of those attending, despite the belief the NFL had agreed to do so.

A video of the workout, along with an interview, will be prepared and sent to every head coach and general manager in the league.

NFL Network reported the receivers at the workout will be provided by the National Football Scouting Service, which is putting on the event and runs the NFL Scouting Combine each year. The receivers are expected to be mostly players who were on teams during the preseason.

Kaepernick, 32, has played six seasons in the NFL and participated in six postseason games, including Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, when the 49ers lost 34-31 to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick passed for 302 yards and one touchdown in that game.

The Nevada product, who was a second-round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, has passed for 12,271 yards in his career with 72 TDs and 30 interceptions. He also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 more TDs.

Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Colts QB Brissett to play Sunday; WR Hilton out

Jacoby Brissett will be back at quarterback on Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts when they face the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"Jacoby was full go the whole week," coach Frank Reich told reporters on Friday. "He looked good, so he'll be our starter."

Brissett sprained his left knee in the Colts' 26-24 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 3. He sat out last Sunday's game, a four-point loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Reich said he couldn't estimate how near the quarterback was to 100 percent recovered.

"He's looked really good. I really don't want to put a percentage on it. I know he's good enough to play," Reich said.

On the season, the 26-year-old Brissett has completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,649 yards in eight starts. He's thrown 14 touchdowns and been intercepted three times.

Reich also announced that No. 1 receiver T.Y. Hilton will miss the game with a calf injury. He last played on Oct. 27 in a win against Denver.

Hilton, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has 32 receptions for 360 yards and five touchdowns in 2019.

Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

Bengals CB Kirkpatrick (knee) out for season

The Cincinnati Bengals placed cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick on injured reserve on Friday due to the knee injury he suffered in Week 6.

The club had held out hope Kirkpatrick could return this season but the move ends the 30-year-old's season.

"It's been hard to predict when he doesn't feel ready to come back in these next couple of weeks," Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters after Friday's practice. "So I felt it was in everybody's best interest to give him time to heal. It's tough when you've got guys that you're not quite sure what the long-term diagnosis is going to be and they keep taking a spot. We just felt like it was the best decision and it gives him a chance to get healthy."

Kirkpatrick hyperextended his left knee against the Baltimore Ravens in the Week 6 contest.

Kirkpatrick had 33 tackles in six games. He has spent all eight of his NFL seasons with Cincinnati and has 10 career interceptions with 306 tackles.

Cincinnati also activated receiver Damion Willis and linebacker Hardy Nickerson off the practice squad.

Willis had nine catches for 82 yards in seven games (two starts) for the Bengals earlier this season. Nickerson made 71 tackles in 30 games (nine starts) with the club over the previous two seasons and was waived at the end of the preseason and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3.

Cincinnati had an open roster spot after releasing linebacker Preston Brown earlier this week.

Also, the Bengals declared receiver A.J. Green (ankle), guard Alex Redmond (knee/ankle) and tight end Drew Sample (ankle) as out for Sunday's road game against the Oakland Raiders. Green, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, has yet to play this season.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins (ankle) and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (shoulder) are questionable.

Browns' Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Browns' Garrett suspended indefinitely, two others disciplined

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely without pay for his role in a melee in Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the NFL reacted with swift and harsh penalties one day after the ugly incident.

The minimum six-game suspension for Garrett, which would include the playoffs if the Browns advance, is the largest ever handed out by the NFL.

Also suspended for their role in the fracas, notable for Garrett swinging a helmet at Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, was Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi (one game and a fine) and Steelers offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey (three games and a fine.)

The Browns and Steelers organizations also were fined $250,000 each.

The incident started after Rudolph dumped off a short pass. After getting knocked down, Rudolph appeared to grab at Garrett's helmet before Garrett ripped off Rudolph's helmet and, with Steelers' offensive linemen attempting to intervene, hit the quarterback in the head with it.

"It was bush league," Rudolph, who was uninjured, told reporters afterward. "Total coward move on his part. I get it. I mean it's OK, though. I'll take it. I'm not going to back down from any bully out there."

Rudolph did not initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officials with his hands raised, but Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the ground.

Meanwhile, Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Pouncey jumped on the pile, throwing several punches at Garrett before kicking at him once and throwing more punches.

After conferring with replay officials in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made four ejections in the game, after Browns safety Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson in the third quarter.

Before Garrett can be reinstated, he has to first meet with the commissioner's office in New York. In addition to not being paid for the games he will miss, he was also fined an additional undisclosed amount.

In a statement, the NFL said that further discipline to players "will be forthcoming through the standard accountability process, including those players that left the bench to enter the fight area."

The suspensions can be appealed within three business days.

The previous record suspension was five games in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans' Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys' Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches.

Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Reports: Ex-Browns WR Callaway loses appeal of 10-game ban

Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway must serve a 10-game suspension after losing his appeal, according to multiple reports published on Friday.

Callaway's suspension was for his second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, which he and his agent attributed to a tainted CBD product.

The Browns waived Callaway on Thursday, four days after he was benched, and shortly before NFL Network reported his suspension.

Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns' 19-16 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for what multiple outlets reported was a late arrival to the game.

Callaway, 22, was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, after the Browns traded up to get him. Most considered him a first-round talent, but legal issues and his dismissal from the team at Florida damaged his draft status.

In August 2018, four months after he was drafted, Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, charges that were dropped in February.

Callaway played in all 16 games as a rookie and totaled 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts as a rookie). But he was suspended four games under the substance-abuse policy -- stemming from the 2018 citation -- to start this season.

In four games (two starts) since the suspension, he had only eight catches for 89 yards.

Lions QB Stafford out for second consecutive week

Lions QB Stafford out for second consecutive week

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will not play at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the second consecutive week he will be out of action because of a back injury, head coach Matt Patricia said Thursday.

ESPN reported last week that scans of Stafford's back showed fractured bones. The injury also kept him out of last week's 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears, an absence that cost him his 136-game starting streak.

Stafford has not practiced this week as he works through his medical program.

Patricia has classified Stafford as week-to-week, with no word that his availability for the remainder of the season is in jeopardy.

"That's not my thinking at the moment," Stafford said last week about stepping aside for the remainder of the season. "My thinking is to try and be out there as soon as I possibly can to help us win."

Stafford has passed for 2,499 yards with 19 touchdowns and five interceptions this season as the team has gone 3-4-1 when he was on the field. The 31-year-old former No. 1 overall selection in the draft in 2009 has 41,025 passing yards over 11 seasons with 256 TDs and 134 interceptions.

Report: Browns S Burnett has torn Achilles

Report: Browns S Burnett has torn Achilles

Cleveland Browns safety Morgan Burnett likely has a torn Achilles, an injury that would knock out the veteran for the rest of the season, according to an NFL Network report.

Burnett came away with the injury in Thursday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and will undergo an MRI to confirm the diagnosis on Friday.

If lost for the year, it would be a significant blow to a Browns defense that is also expected to be without defensive end Myles Garrett for an extended period of time. A suspension is expected after Garrett struck Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet in the closing moments of Thursday's game.

Burnett, 30, in his first season with the Browns, has 41 tackles, two sacks and an interception in eight games this season. His interception came in Thursday's 21-7 victory.

The defense had recently helped the team recover from a four-game losing streak by giving up 23 total points in consecutive victories over the Buffalo Bills and Steelers.

Over his 10-year career, Burnett has 788 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 10 interceptions in 121 games (112 starts). He played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers after he was a third-round draft pick in 2010 and played last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Agent of Steelers QB Rudolph not ruling out legal options

Agent of Steelers QB Rudolph not ruling out legal options

The agent for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph has not ruled out involving the legal process against Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett after the melee that ensued toward the end of Thursday night's game at Cleveland.

Garrett came away with Rudolph's helmet during a skirmish following a short pass by the quarterback. In a scrum that included Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro, Garrett proceeded to swing the headgear and hit Rudolph in the head.

Garrett was ejected in the closing moments of the game. The NFL is reviewing the incident for further punishment.

Rudolph's agent did not rule out filing criminal charges, according to multiple reports.

"I am gathering all information and no options have been removed from the table," agent Tim Younger said via text, according to ESPN.

Younger first took to Twitter late Thursday night to let his feelings be known about the incident.

"There are many risks an NFL QB assumes every snap taken on the field," Younger wrote. "Being hit on your uncovered head by a helmet being swung by a 275-pound DE is not one of them. Tonight could have had a catastrophic ending. The matter will be reviewed thoroughly."

Rudolph called the incident both "cowardly" and "bush league." Garrett expressed regret for his actions.

"What I did was foolish, and I shouldn't allow myself to slip like that," Garrett said after Thursday's game. "That's out of character, but a situation like that where it's an emotional game, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with what happened."

The most serious punishment for an on-field incident in NFL history was a five-game suspension in 2006 for the Tennessee Titans' Albert Haynesworth after he stomped on the head of the Dallas Cowboys' Andre Gurode and caused lacerations that required 30 stitches. Gurode did not press criminal charges or file a criminal lawsuit.

Eagles RB Sproles (hip flexor) out for season

Eagles RB Sproles (hip flexor) out for season

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is out for the rest of the season as he recovers from a torn right hip flexor, the team announced on Friday.

In need of help at running back, the Eagles on Friday are set to sign Jay Ajayi, according to NFL Network. Ajayi gained 592 yards with four touchdowns in 11 games over the past 1 1/2 seasons with the Eagles and has 2,516 yards and 13 career rushing TDs over four seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Eagles.

Sproles, 36, originally suffered the injury in a 31-6 win over the New York Jets on Oct. 6.

He missed the next three games, but returned and had three offensive touches in a 22-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 3. Sproles didn't report any problems after that game and returned to practice the following week, but reported the injury after Wednesday's session.

Sproles finishes the season with 17 carries for 66 yards and six receptions for 24 yards in six games this season.

Playing in his 15th season, Sproles is now fifth all-time in career all-purpose yards with 19,696.

Browns' Garrett ejected for swinging helmet at Steelers QB

Browns' Garrett ejected for swinging helmet at Steelers QB

Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett was one of three players ejected after a instigating an ugly brawl with the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers with eight seconds remaining in the Browns' Thursday night win.

Scrapping with Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph after a play, Garrett pulled Rudolph's helmet off by the facemask and -- while being restrained by Steelers offensive linemen David DeCastro and Matt Feiler -- swung it deliberately and made contact with the top of Rudolph's head.

Rudolph did not initially fall from the hit by the helmet, as he turned to officials with his hands raised, but Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi charged at him from behind and shoved him to the ground.

Meanwhile, DeCastro tackled Garrett, and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey jumped on the pile and threw several punches at Garrett before kicking at him once and throwing more punches.

After conferring with replay officials in New York, referee Clete Blakeman ejected Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey. That made four ejections in the game, after Browns safety Damarious Randall was disqualified following a helmet-to-helmet hit that concussed Steelers wideout Diontae Johnson in the third quarter.

The late fracas began as Rudolph flipped a screen pass and was wrapped up by Garrett, who did not let go and slowly dragged Rudolph to the ground as the quarterback resisted. Once on the ground, Rudolph grabbed at Garrett's facemask and helmet, and the two continued to scrap as DeCastro pulled Garrett off and Feiler tried to separate the two.

But Garrett grabbed Rudolph's facemask, pulled the quarterback off the ground by the facemask and then yanked it once more to pull the helmet off. Rudolph got up and chased after Garrett, which is when the defensive end swung the helmet.

Rudolph, who was concussed and knocked unconscious by a helmet-to-helmet hit earlier this year, also took an inadvertent shot to the back of the head from Feiler, who was walking to confront Ogunjobi as Rudolph was getting up from Ogunjobi's hit. Rudolph remained in the game to run one more play.

Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said postgame of Garrett, "He understands what he did. He understands what he did is totally unacceptable."

DeCastro said, according to ESPN, "The (NFL) has to make a statement," while Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said of Rudolph, "The dude was defenseless."

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield gave his perspective from the bench in a postgame interview with Fox.

"I didn't see why it started, but it's inexcusable," he said. "I don't care, rivalry or not, we can't do that. ... That's just endangering the other team. That's inexcusable. (Garrett) knows that.

"The reality of it, he's going to get suspended, and that's going to hurt our team. We don't know how long, but that hurts our team."

The Browns won 21-7, beating the Steelers for the first time since October 2014. They had lost seven of the previous eight meetings, with the teams playing to a tie in the 2018 season opener at Cleveland.

Steelers' Smith-Schuster, Conner leave with injuries

Steelers' Smith-Schuster, Conner leave with injuries

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Pro Bowlers JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner to first-half injuries on Thursday night against the Browns in Cleveland.

Both players were ruled out by the team. Conner aggravated his right shoulder injury, which kept him out of the last two games, on the final play of the first quarter.

Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion midway through the second quarter as he was sandwiched by a trio of Browns defenders, with safety Morgan Burnett's facemask colliding with Smith-Schuster's helmet. The hit, which came a step or so after Smith-Schuster caught the ball, was not penalized.

Burnett later left the game with what multiple media outlets reported was a possibly serious Achilles injury.

Conner had five carries for 10 yards and one reception for 6 yards, while Smith-Schuster made two grabs for 21 yards before departing. Both made their first career Pro Bowl appearances in 2018.

The Steelers also lost cornerback Artie Burns (knee), linebacker Ola Adeniyi (concussion) and rookie wideout Diontae Johnson (concussion) to injuries.

Johnson was hurt on a hit in the third quarter by Browns safety Damarious Randall that drew an ejection.

A throw down the sideline went through Johnson's hands, and Randall arrived a beat late, with his helmet colliding squarely with Johnson's helmet. Randall was given a 15-yard penalty on the field and then ejected upon review.

Johnson appeared to be in serious pain and then was helped off with significant assistance, with blood dripping from his right ear.

Browns' win over Steelers ends with ugly brawl

Browns' win over Steelers ends with ugly brawl

The result was marred by a huge brawl with eight seconds left that resulted in the ejections of three players. Cleveland's Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi, along with Pittsburgh's Maurkice Pouncey, were booted.

Garrett could be facing a long suspension after he ripped quarterback Mason Rudolph's helmet off and then hit him in the head with it. Pouncey punched and kicked Garrett in response.

Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 193 yards and added a touchdown run while playing his second straight turnover-free game after committing 13 giveaways in the first eight games.

Linebacker Joe Schobert starred for the Browns' defense with 10 tackles, a sack and two interceptions. The last pick set up Mayfield's game-sealing, 8-yard touchdown toss to Stephen Carlson with 5:25 left.

Pittsburgh (5-5) saw its four-game winning streak end as Rudolph endured a rough game. Rudolph hit on just 23 of 44 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions.

The Steelers lost leading rusher James Conner (shoulder) and top receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) in the first half. That was part of a physical, chippy game in which Cleveland (4-6) was penalized eight times for 121 yards.

Browns safety Damarious Randall was ejected in the third quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on rookie wideout Diontae Johnson. It was the first of four penalties on an 87-yard drive that Pittsburgh capped with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Rudolph to Jaylen Samuels at the 5:39 mark, cutting Cleveland's lead to 14-7.

Nick Chubb rushed 27 times for 92 yards for Cleveland, becoming the first player to go over the 1,000-yard mark on the ground this year.

Chiefs regroup vs. Chargers in Mexico City

Chiefs regroup vs. Chargers in Mexico City

The return of the NFL's reigning Most Valuable Player coincided with a drop in performance among Kansas City Chiefs defenders.

In the two-plus games quarterback Patrick Mahomes missed with a dislocated kneecap, the Chiefs stopped the run effectively and did not give up a 100-yard performance. Their defense held its own.

When Mahomes returned last week, the defense contributed to a total team collapse. The unexpected letdown tightened the AFC West chase as Kansas City (6-4) meets a division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6), on Monday night at Mexico City.

"You can't change what happened," Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen said. "What you can do is focus on fixing and improving as we go down this last stretch.''

The closing run is tighter than most predicted. The Chiefs are tied in the loss column with the Oakland Raiders (5-4) atop the AFC West, and the Chargers can tighten things even more by beating Kansas City on a neutral field in prime time.

"We're in a battle now,'' Mahomes said.

The matchup is a second crack for Kansas City to play in Mexico City after field conditions last year at Estadio Azteca prompted a scheduled appearance against the Rams to be moved to Los Angeles.

"I was hopeful that we would have a chance to go to Mexico City,'' said Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt, noting that the league assured his staff that the turf is much improved. "All of the international games are very important for the league, and they are also important for the Chiefs from a branding standpoint. I frankly did not expect that we would be (scheduled again for) Mexico City so fast.''

Kansas City is designated as the visitor, leaving the Chiefs with three home games, one each against division rivals, and road tests at New England and Chicago. The Chiefs' strength of schedule currently ranks fifth.

Expect the Chargers to try to establish a balanced attack. Melvin Gordon, coming off a 108-yard performance in a loss to the Raiders, will try to exploit a Chiefs run defense that ranks 31st.

Kansas City allowed 188 yards last week to Derrick Henry, who led a Tennessee rally that capitalized on two botched field goals.

In preparation for the 7,200-foot altitude in Mexico City, the Chargers are practicing in Colorado Springs, Colo. (at 6,035 feet), which prompted some players to complain about the arrangements on Twitter.

"I've felt the effect, so I wanted my players to come and practice in it for a week,'' said Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, referencing his playing days in Denver.

Defensive end Joey Bosa, with 12 tackles for loss, leads a Los Angeles defense that will attempt to keep Mahomes from spotting his electric receivers.

The Chargers face a battered Kansas City line that continues to hope for the return of left tackle Eric Fisher and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, both of whom practiced in full on Thursday. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz has a tender knee but practiced on a limited basis.

Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah underwent surgery for a pectoral tear. Another defensive end, Alex Okafor, continues to be slowed by an ankle injury.

The Chargers are hopeful the extra day of preparation can help left tackle Russell Okung rebound from a groin strain suffered in last Sunday's loss at Oakland, but he was absent at Thursday's practice, along with right tackle Sam Tevi.

NFL notebook: Ex-coaches will lead Kaepernick's workout

NFL notebook: Ex-coaches will lead Kaepernick's workout

Colin Kaepernick's open workout for all 32 teams in Atlanta on Saturday will be led by former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin also participating, the NFL announced in a statement Thursday.

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who began kneeling on the sideline during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice, has not played since the 2016 season.

The NFL scheduled a workout for Kaepernick at the Atlanta Falcons' practice facility. The league announced that 11 teams -- Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington -- have confirmed they will attend in some capacity, with more expected to commit.

--The Cleveland Browns waived wide receiver Antonio Callaway, four days after he was benched, and shortly before NFL Network reported he is facing a 10-game suspension.

Callaway was a late scratch for the Browns' 19-16 home victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday for what multiple outlets reported was a late arrival to the game. His replacement, Rashard Higgins, caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Not long after Callaway's release Thursday, NFL Network reported the wideout is appealing a 10-game suspension for what would be his second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.

--Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher practiced in full for the first time since having sports hernia surgery following Week 2.

Fisher was initially given a four- to six-week timetable for a return. He returned for two limited practices leading up to Week 8 but then went back to missing practice until this week.

Fisher, 28, was a Pro Bowler in 2018 and had played in 87 consecutive games prior to leaving the Chiefs' Week 2 win at Oakland after just four snaps.

--Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice for the second straight day, increasing doubt about his availability for the Lions' Sunday game against the Dallas Cowboys. Stafford sat out last week with a back injury as Detroit fell to the Chicago Bears.

--Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery did not practice for the second straight day. Coach Doug Pederson told reporters on Wednesday that Jeffery was considered day-to-day with a calf injury ahead of the Eagles' Sunday game against the New England Patriots.

--New England quarterback Tom Brady, 42, had initially said in recent years that he envisioned himself playing in the NFL until he's 45. However, Brady's personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, thinks the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player can go until he is 46 or 47.

--Broncos cornerback Bryce Callahan is likely to land on injured reserve due to a foot injury, coach Vic Fangio said. After signing a three-year, $21 million with Denver in the offseason, Callahan has yet to appear in a game this season due to the foot issue.

--New York Giants rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is looking to trademark his "Danny Dimes" nickname, according to ESPN. Jones' application reportedly covers everything from apparel and toys to video games, helmets, trading cards and bumper stickers.

--Architectural renderings revealed show a number of proposed changes for the New Orleans Superdome as part of a $450 million renovation, including the addition of standing-room only viewing areas.

--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the first NFL team to establish a college scholarship program for female high school football players. A $250,000 commitment from the team's foundation was announced and is open to all female seniors nationwide who participate in a formally sanctioned flag or tackle football program.

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