In this Friday’s NFL news: Aaron Rodgers would be fined for violating COVID protocols; the Browns cut Odell Beckham Jr., Mike White, injured at TNF; and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.
Aaron Rodgers would be fined for violating COVID protocols
Last Wednesday it was announced that QB Aaron Rodgers would miss this weekend’s Packers game due to a positive test for COVID-19. However, multiple subsequent reports indicated that Rodgers was “immunized“But not vaccinated, which means that, being considered just as an unvaccinated player, Rodgers would have broken the league’s protocols against COVID-19 on several occasions, and now an investigation into the case is ongoing. .
Via Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the NFL began conducting virtual interviews with various Green Bay staff members to verify whether or not Rodgers violated COVID-19 protocols. Additionally, Glazer adds that the investigation would result in possible fines for Rodgers or the Packers, but not a suspension for the quarterback. But did Rodgers violate the protocols? Head coach Matt LaFleur has his thoughts on this:
“I have no information on the investigation,” LaFleur noted, through Stephen Watson of WISN. “When it comes to the football space, I’m 100% sure” that the Packers followed the league’s COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players.
However, this season Rodgers has been seen multiple times without a mask during interviews with the press, which is clearly a violation of protocols that state that unvaccinated players must wear masks at all times while on the team premises. . However, LaFleur added that he does not “pay attention to the rules of the media.”
“That’s not what I said,” LaFleur said when asked how it could be true that protocols were followed 100% when Rodgers was not wearing masks during press conferences. “I said inside our football space: meeting rooms, tour, everything we do in that area.”
The NFL can fine players anywhere from $ 14,650 to $ 50,000 for violating COVID-19 protocols, and if the league continues to take those regulations seriously, expectations suggest that sooner rather than later, players will be Packers and Aaron Rodgers will be penalized, at least, with a financial fine. What resolution will this case have?
– FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 4, 2021
The Browns would cut Odell Beckham Jr.
The inevitable is about to happen. Following the recent build-up of tension between WR Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns, via ProFootball Talk and Charles Robinson of Yahoo SportsIt was reported that Cleveland plans to dispense with Beckham’s services this Friday, placing him on waivers.
The measure is expected to be accompanied by a previously revised contract between the organization and Beckham representatives that reduces the team’s obligation to pay its remaining salary to the wide receiver if it is not claimed in the waiver process by any other franchise, which Which seems like a challenge considering that Beckham’s remaining salary amounts to 8 million dollars this 2021.
If made official, this would end Beckham’s cycle in Cleveland after an extremely disconcerting week. The report of Yahoo Sports He adds that the wide receiver’s representatives explicitly asked the Browns to explore trade options before Tuesday’s trade deadline. However, the team mentioned that Beckham’s salary was a clear impediment to finding a trade partner, and although they were open to listening to offers, nothing ended up being materialized.
Now, Beckham, who never finished joining the Browns offense or QB Baker Mayfield, has a foot and a half outside the organization; which could be predicted considering the multiple episodes that emerged this week. Last Tuesday, Beckham’s father posted a video through his Instagram account blaming Mayfield for his son’s low productivity, while both Wednesday and Thursday Beckham was not included in the team’s practice sessions.
HC Kevin Stefanski did not deny any of the reports that he practically gave Beckham mandatory days off. And even, the issue escalated to such a degree that it reached other sports: NBA legend Lebron James wrote via Twitter: “Free OBJ”, and apparently, we are a few hours away from that comment being become reality. Is it best for Cleveland and Beckham to separate their employment relationship?
With the obvious caveat that plans can change, the Browns currently plan to release Odell Beckham Jr. on Friday. The move hinges on an agreement to reduce the money the Browns would owe him if he’s not claimed on waivers. https://t.co/1qrFkRvPrl
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 5, 2021
Mike White, Marcus Maye, injured at TNF
Thursday Night Football of Week 9 left a 30-45 victory for the Colts over the Jets, who, in addition to losing the game, also suffered the loss of several of their key elements, and while one of the mishaps seems to have been left alone in a scare, the second is much more serious.
QB Mike White was ruled out of the game after injuring his right forearm in the second series of the night after his hand accidentally hit DT DeForest Buckner. However, the injury seems that it will not pass to greater. White claimed that the middle fingers of the throwing hand had gone numb, but that the ability to hold the ball returned as the game progressed:
“During the course of the game, we tried everything,” White said. “He got progressively better throughout the game and now he feels better. It is not an injury that will end my season. We will be fine and I will be able to play again if my number is called. “
However, it is unknown if it will be required again. At the end of the game, HC Robert Saleh updated the health of QB1 Zach Wilson, who suffered a knee injury in Week 6: “He is progressing exactly as we thought,” Saleh said. “So there is hope. At least practice next week. And then we will see how he progresses through the weekend to see if it is an option to take him to the field ”. But he added: “We’ll see. Day by day ”, when asked if Wilson would start in Week 10 if he was ready to play.
However, the Jets have more to worry about. Safety Marcus Maye was also ruled out in yesterday’s game against Indianapolis, and the issue is not looking good. Saleh himself commented through Ralph Vacchiano of SNY that Maye’s injury “doesn’t look good”, who suffered an Achilles tendon mishap, so now her 2021 NFL Season is hanging by a thread.
“Marcus was kind of a settlement force back there and obviously a great football player,” Saleh said. “I am more concerned about Marcus than what we will do on defense to try to fill that void because he is a fantastic young man, he has done everything we ask him to do and it makes me sick for him.”
This 2021 Maye is playing under a franchise tag in the Jets, so if he missed the rest of the year, he would play free agency next March with the risk of receiving a contract of much lower value than expected. Maye came to the Jets in 2017, and so far has accumulated a total of 306 total tackles and 3.5 sacks in 59 games played, gradually becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL, which is why his loss would be very hard for New York. How will the Jets respond to these two injuries?
– Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) November 5, 2021
Bears get Matt Nagy and David Montgomery back
Two key pieces of the Bears will be reinstated immediately. This Thursday it was announced that both HC Matt Nagy and RB David Montgomery are back at the team’s facilities. Nagy is returning after an eight-day absence resulting in a positive test for COVID-19, while Montgomery will begin his internship after Chicago recovered him from the Injured Reserve.
Nagy tested positive for COVID-19 the previous October 24, and participated virtually via Zoom and FaceTime in team meetings all of last week, missing the Week 8 match where Chris Tabor, team coordinator special, had to take care of the tasks of head coach. But Nagy confirmed this Thursday through the Chicago Sun Times who exceeded the protocols against COVID-19 from the previous Tuesday, so he will be available to serve as HC on the next Monday Night Football against Pittsburgh,
However, this was not the only positive news that Nagy announced, who also told several reporters at a press conference that Montgomery has been designated to return from the Injured Reserve, which means that Chicago will open the 21-day practice window. his running back to reactivate him on the 53 roster or end his 2021 season; although the first is more viable than the second:
“He has worked very hard to get to this point. Now, we’ll see where it goes, ”Nagy pointed out. “It’s a good moment. He has become a tremendous leader for the offense. ” Montgomery has been out since Week 4, when he sprained his medial collateral ligament in Chicago’s win over Detroit.
Since joining the Bears in 2019, the Iowa State graduate has recorded a total of 558 carries for 2,268 yards and 17 TDs, becoming the team’s RB1 since last year, and his return will undoubtedly be a potential upgrade for an offense that this year has been the second worst in the NFL with just 15.4 points averaged per game. Can Montgomery give the Bears attack a break?
– Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) November 4, 2021
Tyrod Taylor, starter for Week 9
In more NFL news, the immediate future for the Texans could be looking up. QB Tyrod Taylor is ready to return to the field after suffering a hamstring injury that took him off the field since Week 2, and will start next Sunday when Houston faces Miami, as confirmed by the HC David Culley: “He’s healthy and he’s our starting quarterback,” Culley said, through John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “We play to win.”
However, Culley also took the time to congratulate rookie quarterback Davis Mills for the work he did while Taylor was absent: “It has been an invaluable experience for him,” Culley said. “It has grown from that. It’s going to be better for that. It will help him to have been through what he has been through ”.
The game between Texans and Dolphins (both 1-7) next Sunday will face the two worst teams in the NFL today. Still, it’s undeniable that with Taylor on the field, Houston has a better chance of scoring its second win of the year. Can Taylor lead the Texans to a win fresh from injury?
Tyrod Taylor will start Sunday vs. Dolphins. https://t.co/j6wMNrZBD9
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 4, 2021
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