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LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

LB Worrilow retires day after signing with Ravens

Linebacker Paul Worrilow, signed by the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, told coach John Harbaugh on Saturday that he is retiring.

Worrilow, 29, missed last season with the Philadelphia Eagles because of a torn ACL. The Eagles released him earlier this month, and the Ravens picked him up to provide depth at the position.

"I spoke to him last night, and he was great -- all ready, excited to go, so I was surprised, you know," Harbaugh told reporters on Saturday. "I assume he's trying to figure things out, work things out, what he wants to do, he and his family. Every person has a right to do that."

Worrilow was an All-American at Delaware and signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, where he spent four seasons. He moved on to the Detroit Lions in 2017.

In his career, he has 413 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 72 games (52 starts).

Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Bucs backup QB Gabbert dislocates non-throwing shoulder

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert dislocated his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Friday during Tampa Bay's 13-12 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns.

It was not known if Gabbert would require surgery, but coach Bruce Arians said the Bucs would sign a quarterback ahead of their Thursday preseason finale against the Cowboys in Dallas.

Starter Jameis Winston will not play next week, while third-string QB Ryan Griffin is expected to take limited snaps. Rookie Nick Fitzgerald is out while recovering from a hamstring injury.

"His shoulder popped out," Arians said of Gabbert, who was a starter for five games in 2017 with Arians' Arizona Cardinals. "He was hurting pretty good, but (I told him), 'Good thing it's not your throwing shoulder. You'll be all right.'"

The injury occurred in the third quarter as a scrambling Gabbert was brought down around the ankle by Browns linebacker Adarius Taylor. Awkwardly landing on his arm, Gabbert called for the training staff while clutching his left wrist. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards without a touchdown or interception.

"It was tough (watching), but Blaine's a soldier, and it was a great opportunity for Griff to step in and do a great job. He's been doing a great job this entire preseason," Winston said.

Griffin, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown but was sacked twice, has not played in a regular-season game. He received a vote of confidence from Arians after showing "poise."

"He's moved our team up and down the field just like he did again tonight," Arians said.

Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Report: Ex-Dolphins assistant Foerster hired by 49ers

Former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Chris Foerster has been hired by the San Francisco 49ers, ESPN reported Friday night.

The new role remains unclear as Foerster, 57, who resigned from the Dolphins after a video linked publicly showed him allegedly snorting cocaine, will assist the "coaching staff with game-planning," according to two sources who spoke with ESPN. His hiring has not been officially announced, though Foerster has been with the team throughout the offseason.

On Oct. 9, 2017, Foerster announced his resignation, and went to get professional help for drug and alcohol addiction.

He completed a 60-day drug and alcohol treatment program and, in the midst of a 24-day, inpatient rehabilitation program in January 2018, told that his public downfall was "divine intervention."

"I was to the point where I was just praying to God, I want this stuff out," Foerster told in 2018 while spending time in a South Florida sober-living facility. "Not like exposed, but I want this out of my life. I can't do this anymore. All this (stuff) I had going on outside of work, I don't want to do this anymore. I don't want to drink anymore. I don't want to use anymore. And sure enough, two weeks later, the video came out."

Foerster checked into a rehab facility three days before his 56th birthday after he was forced to step down following the release of an online video that showed him snorting a white powder at the team's training facility. He said the video was filmed during a stretch when he used cocaine every day for eight or nine consecutive days.

Foerster's coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Colorado State in 1982. His other NFL jobs include coaching the offensive line with the 49ers (2008-09, 2015), the Washington Redskins (2010-14) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), when 49ers general manager John Lynch was a member of the team.

2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

2 Lions starters hurt in loss to Bills

The Lions lost their preseason game Friday, 24-20 to the visiting Buffalo Bills, but of bigger concern to Detroit was the loss of two players to right leg injuries.

Linebacker Jarrad Davis got hurt on the second play from scrimmage. He was tripped up by a teammate, linebacker Devon Kennard, as they pursued a Buffalo ball-carrier. Davis was helped off the field, then driven to the locker room on a cart.

In the second quarter, Lions center Frank Ragnow had his leg rolled over by a Bills player. He also was assisted from the field.

As for the game action, Bills quarterback Josh Allen played the first half and guided two touchdown drives. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 49 yards. Matt Barkley went 12 of 14 for 142 yards and a touchdown off the bench.

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was in for the majority of the first half, and he threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ty Johnson. Stafford finished 12 of 19 for 137 yards.

Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Bucs edge Browns on last-minute field goal

Buccaneers backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert exited early in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury. He hit on 4 of 5 passes for 33 yards before leaving.

Both starting quarterbacks played the entire first half, but neither was particularly effective.

Browns backup quarterback Drew Stanton went 3 of 6 for 37 yards.

Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston completed 9 of 19 passes for 88 yards. He was followed to the field by Gabbert and then Ryan Griffin (11 of 17, 121 yards and a TD).

Titans LT Lewan loses appeal, will serve four-game ban

Titans LT Lewan loses appeal, will serve four-game ban

Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan lost his appeal and received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, the league announced Friday.

Lewan acknowledged last month over social media that he tested positive for the banned substance ostarine. The 28-year-old posted apparent polygraph results on Instagram to detail that he didn't knowingly use the substance.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Lewan is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Titans' roster on Monday, Sept. 30, following the team's Week 4 contest at Atlanta.

Lewan signed a five-year, $80 million contract last season to become the highest-paid tackle in the league.

He has played in 73 games (68 starts) since being selected by Tennessee with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Packers WR St. Brown (ankle) could miss six weeks

Packers WR St. Brown (ankle) could miss six weeks

Green Bay Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown sustained a sprained left ankle in the team's preseason game in Winnipeg and could be sidelined up to six weeks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Friday.

St. Brown needed assistance to leave the field in Thursday's 22-21 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg, where turf conditions forced the NFL to play on an 80-yard field.

The 22-year-old St. Brown caught 21 passes for 328 yards during his rookie season after being selected in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

St. Brown is part of an improved wide receiver corps in Green Bay, which consists of star Davante Adams as well as Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, Trevor Davis, Allen Lazard and undrafted rookie Darrius Shepherd, among others.

Seahawks WR Moore injures shoulder in practice

Seahawks WR Moore injures shoulder in practice

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore sustained a shoulder injury in practice and is not expected to be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Pete Carroll announced Friday.

Carroll said that Moore would be out for "a while" after he was injured on Thursday.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that the 24-year-old Moore is receiving a second opinion on the injury.

Moore was expected to play a larger role this season after recording 26 catches for 445 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games (seven starts) in 2018.

The five receiving scores tied Moore for second on the team with Jaron Brown and two-time Pro Bowl selection Doug Baldwin

Baldwin was released by the team on May 9 and announced his retirement three days later.

Roethlisberger to play vs. Titans

Roethlisberger to play vs. Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will see his first preseason action of the summer in Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Roethlisberger's expected participation on Friday after the 37-year-old quarterback said earlier in the week that he was "pretty sure" he'd play against the Titans.

Tomlin did not divulge whether Josh Dobbs or Mason Rudolph would immediately replace Roethlisberger on Sunday.

Roethlisberger will lead a new-look offense this season, with disgruntled stars Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown playing elsewhere. Running back Bell held out last season, opted for free agency and signed with the New York Jets while wideout Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Despite the distractions, Roethlisberger posted his best statistical season in 2018 -- his 15th as a starter -- leading the league and setting career highs in completions (452), attempts (675) and passing yards (5,129) and tossing a career-high 34 touchdown passes. The Steelers missed the playoffs, however, at 9-6-1.

The Steelers' first-round pick (11th overall) in 2004, Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl selection. He ranks sixth in NFL history in passing yards (56,194) and seventh in touchdown passes (363).

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son sought

Ex-NFL lineman Bennett found dead; son sought

Authorities are looking for a 22-year-old man in connection with the death of retired NFL lineman Barry Bennett and his wife, who were found dead earlier this week in their Minnesota home.

The Todd County (Minn.) Sheriff's Office announced Friday that it is seeking the public's help in finding Dylan John Bennett. His car was located outside the state, officials said.

The bodies of Barry Bennett, 63, and his 66-year-old wife, Carol, were found in their home in Long Prairie, Minn., on Wednesday. They were discovered after authorities went to their home on a welfare check requested by a friend.

The cause of death remains under investigation, the sheriff's office said Friday.

Bennett played 11 seasons in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1978-81), New York Jets (1982-88) and Minnesota Vikings (1988). He appeared in 132 games and posted 18.5 sacks in his career.

A product of Concordia College in Minnesota, he was a native of the state. After his NFL stint ended, he had a second career as a physical education teacher, the Star Tribune reported.

Jim Christopherson, who coached Barry Bennett at Concordia, told the Pioneer Press that Dylan Bennett was adopted by the couple. He said Dylan recently graduated from Bemidji State University and had found a job in China.

The Vikings tweeted their condolences on Friday afternoon.

"We are saddened by the tragic loss of former Vikings player Barry Bennett and his wife, Carol. Our thoughts are with their friends and family during this difficult time," the Vikings said.

Giants' Shurmur: 'Eli's our starter'

Giants' Shurmur: 'Eli's our starter'

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning remains the team's starting quarterback despite another strong showing by rookie Daniel Jones, coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday.

Shurmur stopped short of declaring the 38-year-old Manning as the starter for the season opener against Dallas immediately following Thursday's 25-23 preseason win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

That, apparently, prompted reporters to bring up quarterback concerns during a conference call on Friday morning.

"Eli's our starter, and we're getting Daniel ready to play," Shurmur said. "(Jones) has done a good job in the preseason. He's getting better and he's going to do continue to do that, so that at whatever time we need him to play, he'll be ready."

Jones was ready on Thursday, completing 9 of 11 pass attempts for 141 yards in four series. The sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft is 25 of 30 for 369 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason.

Manning is 8-23 as the starter over the past two seasons, throwing 40 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions during that span.

The four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion enters his 16th NFL season ranked seventh all-time in passing yards (55,981) and eighth in TD passes (360).

Colts QB Brissett expected to sit out vs. Bears

Colts QB Brissett expected to sit out vs. Bears

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett is expected to sit out Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears.

The decision to keep Brissett under wraps comes as questions surround the availability of fellow quarterback Andrew Luck for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 8.

Luck, who is dealing with injuries to his left calf and high ankle, previously had been ruled out of playing in any preseason games.

"At some level, we want to protect Jacoby anyway, to be honest with you, regardless of Andrew's status," coach Frank Reich said Thursday. "Because in theory, even if Andrew is playing Week 1, he still hasn't taken a lot of reps. So we're still going to protect Jacoby anyway."

Brissett started 15 games for the Colts in Luck's absence in 2017, with the team going 4-11 in that stretch.

Brissett, 26, completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2017. He also rushed for 260 yards and four scores.

Panthers 'optimistic' Newton can play in opener

Panthers 'optimistic' Newton can play in opener

The Carolina Panthers are "cautiously optimistic" that Cam Newton will be able to play in the season opener after the quarterback sustained a foot injury during Thursday night's preseason game, general manager Marty Hurney said.

"Cam Newton has a mid-foot sprain in his left foot, and we are cautiously optimistic he will be ready for Week 1," Hurney said on Friday.

Newton sustained the injury on a sack in the first quarter of Carolina's 10-3 preseason loss to the New England Patriots.

The 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player limped off the field before retreating to the locker room. Newton exited the stadium in a walking boot.

Newton was making his preseason debut, his game first action since having shoulder surgery in April. He went 4-of-6 passing for 30 yards, taking two sacks, before departing.

Newton, 30, is entering his ninth NFL season. He completed 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games last season, missing the final two due to the shoulder injury.

The Panthers open the regular season Sept. 8 against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Dolphins' Flores taunts activist/WR Stills with Jay-Z playlist

Dolphins' Flores taunts activist/WR Stills with Jay-Z playlist

Brian Flores decided to pump up the volume on wide receiver Kenny Stills' disdain for Jay-Z with a practice playlist the Miami Dolphins' head coach said was intended to challenge the veteran receiver to perform under pressure.

One day after Stills -- he has been outspoken regarding social activism and criticized owner Stephen Ross' support of President Donald Trump -- called out Jay-Z for saying he was "past kneeling," the Dolphins came to practice and heard eight straight Jay-Z tunes. They were selected by Flores.

When the playlist ended, Flores challenged Stills in front of the team to put up or shut up.

"We talked about it in-house and he handled it in-house," Stills, 27, said. "For the most part, I think it was him seeing if I could handle if people were going to heckle me or play Jay-Z in another stadium if I could be mentally strong enough to handle that sort of treatment. I've been dealing with this since 2016 -- music, boos, racial slurs. So I don't think a little Jay-Z music is going to ruffle my feathers that bad."

Flores defended his choice of music and motivational ploys on Thursday.

"It was a challenge to Kenny to perform regardless of whatever is going on outside," Flores said of playing the Jay-Z songs. "I would say, and I said this to him, he hasn't performed up to that level over the course of training camp, or as I've seen. So that was the challenge -- to get open, catch the football and make plays for this team, regardless of what's going on outside of this building."

Flores grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and said his stance on social activism is not a part of what he brings to practices. He said he supports those who use their voice -- because they're telling his own story.

"I'm a son of immigrants. I'm black. I grew up poor. I grew up in New York during the stop-and-frisk era. So I've been stopped because I fit a description before. So everything that these guys protest, I've lived it, I've experienced it. So I applaud those guys' protest," Flores said. "So whether it's (Colin) Kaepernick, or Eric Reid or Kenny, I applaud those guys. I told Kenny that in our meeting in front of the entire team.

"I don't know how many people have, but I lived it. So I understand why guys protest. And it's important. And you know what else is important to me? There's 89 guys in that locker room who are counting on Kenny to get open, catch the football and perform for this team."

Trademark denied: Pats' Brady can't claim 'Tom Terrific'

Trademark denied: Pats' Brady can't claim 'Tom Terrific'

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Tom Brady's application to trademark "Tom Terrific."

The New England Patriots quarterback sought to trademark the phrase because he wanted to keep others from marketing that nickname in connection with him.

When news of his application got out in June, however, it caused a furor among fans of Tom Seaver, the Hall of Fame pitcher who got the nickname as a member of the New York Mets from 1967 to 1977.

And that's just why the patent office rejected the trademark, stating "the applied-for mark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver."

The ruling, dated Thursday, continued: "Although Tom Seaver is not connected with the goods provided by applicant under the applied-for mark, Tom Seaver is so well-known that consumers would presume a connection."

Brady said in June that it never was his intention to encroach on Seaver's legacy.

"It's unfortunate," Brady said. "I was actually trying to do something because I didn't like the nickname, and I wanted to make sure no one used it, because some people wanted to use it.

"I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it is. Good lesson learned, and I'll try to do things a little different in the future."

Brady has six months to respond to the rejection. If he doesn't, the application will be closed.

Redskins' Reed in concussion protocol after leaving game

Redskins' Reed in concussion protocol after leaving game

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who has a history of concussions, ended up in the concussion protocol Thursday night after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal.

Reed came over the middle on a slant pattern and caught a 10-yard pass from Case Keenum for a first down, but he was blasted by Neal, prompting multiple penalty flags to fly.

The 29-year-old receiver lost his helmet on the play, while Neal was penalized for lowering his head to initiate contact.

Reed has caught 329 passes for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns in six seasons with the Redskins, has sustained at least three concussions over his career. Last year, in 13 games (eight starts), he had 54 catches for 558 yards and two TDs.

Raiders rally past Packers on 80-yard field in Winnipeg

Raiders rally past Packers on 80-yard field in Winnipeg

Daniel Carlson hit a 33-yard field goal with eight seconds left, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers 22-21 on Thursday night on an 80-yard field in Winnipeg.

The teams played with both end zones moved 10 yards closer to midfield due to concerns about holes in the turf -- caused by goal posts for the Canadian Football League -- in the actual end zones. No kickoffs were allowed, with teams starting at their own 15-yard line (labeled the 25-yard line) instead.

Nathan Peterman, the Raiders' second quarterback in, finished 23 of 37 for 210 yards and two touchdowns, hitting a 25-yard pass on fourth-and-7 with 1:32 remaining to get Oakland in field-goal range. Derek Carr did not play, with Mike Glennon (4 of 9, 38 yards) starting in his place.

The Packers sat 33 players, including Aaron Rodgers, and quarterback Tim Boyle started ahead of incumbent backup DeShone Kizer. Boyle finished 16 of 25 for 191 yards and touchdowns of 23 yards to Trevor Davis and 26 yards to Jake Kumerow. Kizer went 4 of 7 for 24 yards and an interception on a prayer attempt as time expired.

Fitzpatrick, Rosen guide Dolphins past Foles, Jags

Fitzpatrick, Rosen guide Dolphins past Foles, Jags

Quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen outperformed Jacksonville counterpart Nick Foles on Thursday night, as the Miami Dolphins beat the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars 22-7.

Fitzpatrick started for Miami and struggled early, as the Dolphins punted on all four possessions in the first quarter, but he finished 12 of 18 for 126 yards and a touchdown before ceding to Rosen late in the third. Rosen went 5 of 7 for 59 yards and added four carries for 23 yards on the ground.

Foles, making his preseason debut, played four series and ended his night on an interception by Eric Rowe on the first play of the second quarter. He finished 6 of 10 for 48 yards, with a 10-yard touchdown to Dede Westbrook and the pick. Sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew followed, finishing 17 of 27 for 141 yards and a lost fumble.

Jaguars first-round rookie Josh Allen, the seventh overall pick, starred in one half of action. He totaled four tackles, including two for loss, and two quarterback hits before sitting the second half.

McSorley outduels McCown as Ravens top Eagles

McSorley outduels McCown as Ravens top Eagles

Rookie Trace McSorley threw for 203 yards and had three total touchdowns, as the visiting Baltimore Ravens beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-15 Thursday night in a game that was called for lightning after three quarters.

McSorley, a sixth-round pick, started for Baltimore with Lamar Jackson not playing and Robert Griffin III out with a fractured thumb. He finished 19 of 28, throwing touchdowns of 28 yards to Michael Floyd and 7 yards to Jaleel Scott, and adding a 4-yard TD run.

That proved enough to outduel newly signed Josh McCown, whom the Eagles coaxed out of retirement this week. The 40-year-old went 17 of 24 for 192 yards and two touchdowns, including a 20-yarder to second-round rookie wideout JJ Arcega-Whiteside. McCown entered after Cody Kessler started and went 3 of 5 for 34 yards in two series.

Arcega-Whiteside finished with game highs of eight catches for 104 yards, adding a 35-yard grab in addition to his touchdown.

Guice returns, Redskins handle Falcons

Guice returns, Redskins handle Falcons

Derrius Guice rushed for 44 yards in his preseason debut just over a year removed from a torn ACL, and the visiting Washington Redskins beat the Atlanta Falcons 19-7 in preseason action on Thursday night.

Guice had 11 carries and added one catch for 4 yards, plus a 1-yard touchdown nullified by a holding penalty on left guard Ereck Flowers. Guice, a 2018 second-round pick, tore his ACL in last year's preseason opener and had multiple ensuing surgeries to fight complications from an infection.

Case Keenum started at quarterback for Washington and played five series until halftime. He finished 9 of 14 for 101 yards with a lost fumble and led two field-goal drives. Rookie first-rounder Dwayne Haskins played the rest of the way, going 7 of 13 for 74 yards.

Matt Ryan also played the whole first half for Atlanta, finishing 9 of 14 for 74 yards in five series. He led a 54-yard drive that ended in a missed field goal and a 33-yard touchdown drive.