NFL News – Monday, October 25, 2021

In the NFL news this Monday: Ryan Fitzpatrick, out longer than planned; Carolina enters the talk for Deshaun Watson; Saquon Barkley would return until Week 9; and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, out longer than planned

When QB Ryan Fitzpatrick suffered a hip subluxation in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL Season, in Washington it was estimated that the time for his return would be around six weeks, however, this Sunday the planned period of absence was fulfilled and, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Fitzpatrick is still “weeks away from returning.”

The 38-year-old veteran is still seen on crutches at the WFT facility, a sign that his return is still further than close. However, to provide better clarity on his return, Fitzpatrick will undergo an MRI in the next few weeks – probably this one – but the initial belief is that he will not return to the field until at least after Week 9, when Washington rest.

If this is confirmed, at least Fitzpatrick will have missed two months of the season. And although in Washington it is believed that he will be able to return to action in 2021, the rehabilitation has been slower than initially planned, and Rapoport adds that “it is not at all safe that he will play again this year.”

For the above reason, in the Football Team it will continue to be time for substitute QB Taylor Heinicke, who has not looked bad, but is far from being a superstar, and has the WFT with a dismal 2-5 record, well below Dallas in the race for the NFC East, and also a long way from a playoff spot as a Wild Card. Does Washington urge the return of Ryan Fitzpatrick?

Sam Darnold to the bench; Carolina enters the talk for Deshaun Watson

QB Sam Darnold’s return to MetLife Stadium raised more questions than answers for Carolina. When the Panthers were 3-15 behind on the scoreboard against the Giants, HC Matt Rhule decided to bench Darnold for his terrible performance and make way for substitute PJ Walker, a decision that ultimately did not pay off either, but that does pay off. a very readable sign: Carolina needs a new quarterback, and it seems they could be close to getting it.

Via Joe Person, from The AthleticLooking forward to next Tuesday, November 2 (the 2021 NFL Season trade deadline), the Panthers are expected to participate in negotiations to acquire QB Deshaun Watson from the Texans, who still faces up to 22 lawsuits for alleged sexual assault.

Earlier this week, Rhule pointed out that the Panthers weren’t in the market to acquire a new quarterback, and when asked at the end of yesterday’s game if he had changed his mind after Darnold’s performance, he again said no. :

“Obviously I want Sam to play better,” Rhule said, adding that Darnold will continue to be the starter over Walker. “But he’s the man we’re focused on. I can’t see the future, but I don’t think it will happen (change QB). Everyone is disappointed right now. There are emotions flying, all those things. But you saw the game, it wasn’t very good in any way. “

Thus, although Rhule publicly denies that there may be a possible quarterback change, the Panthers – along with the Dolphins – are one of the two favorite teams to acquire Watson, and surely, the final decision will depend on the Houston quarterback who, thanks to its clause no-trade In your current contract, you can decide which team to sign with. Who will Deshaun Watson play for after November 2?

Saquon Barkley would return until Week 9

Against all odds yesterday afternoon the Giants achieved their second victory of the season, however, injuries continue to overwhelm them, and the bad news continues to arrive. Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, RB Saquon Barkley has a “slim chance” of coming back from injury for Monday Night Football in Week 8, when New York takes on Kansas City.

The star running back is much more likely to return from his sprained ankle for the Week 9 game when the Giants take on the Raiders in Las Vegas on Nov. 7, Rapoport added. If confirmed, the following weekend, those led by Joe Judge will have to entrust their running game to RB Devontae Booker for the third consecutive week.

This 2021 Barkley accumulates 195 yards and 2 TDs in 54 carries, however, returning until the first week of November, would mean that Barkley will have missed 17 of the last 22 possible games, and with other adverse cases such as Christian McCaffrey in Carolina, the NFL continues to show that it is not always fruitful to take a running back in the first round of the Draft, much less in the Top-10. How would the Giants cope with this loss against the Chiefs?

Chris Hogan announces his retirement

In more NFL news, one more race has come to an end. This is WR Chris Hogan, who after 10 seasons, this Saturday announced his official retirement from the league. As a result, the Saints, who had just acquired him last July on a one-year deal, placed him in the Retirement Pool.

The Monmouth alumnus was an undrafted free agent in 2011, and a season later he received his first break with the Bills, where he played for four seasons. Later he was under the command of Bill Belichick in New England from 2016 to 2018, being champion of Super Bowl LI and LIII. Finally, he also spent time with the Panthers, Jets and this 2021 with New Orleans, where he participated in five games and recorded 4 receptions for 41 yards and 1 TD.

Hogan, who had also tried to start a career in the US Premier Lacrosse League earlier this year, is retiring from the NFL with 105 games played, 220 receptions, 2,836 total yards and 19 TDs. How do you consider his step after 10 campaigns within the league?

The most relevant injuries of Week 7

In the absence of the MNF, Week 7 of the 2021 NFL Season has almost come to an end. We had an emotional Sunday: the Titans humiliated the Chiefs, the Bengals crushed the Ravens, the Cardinals kept their undefeated, and more. However, like every weekend, there were injuries everywhere and in this space we review the most important casualties.

  • QB Zach Wilson, New York Jets. The Jets rookie quarterback suffered a knee injury early yesterday in the second quarter and did not return to the game. Wilson will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the seriousness of the mishap, but via Ian Rapoport from NFL Media, he is initially reported to have suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury and is likely to “miss some time.”
  • RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles. Those led by Nick Sirianni yesterday suffered the loss of their best running back. Sanders was ruled out of the game with an ankle injury after being hit hard on a screen pass by QB Jalen Hurts late in the first quarter. Sanders remained on the ground before being assisted by Philadelphia medical staff and was eventually taken to the locker room to end his afternoon.
  • TE Jonnu Smith, New England Patriots. One of the Patriots’ recent additions to the tight end position did not end yesterday’s game against the Jets. Smith was ruled out of the game early in the second half due to a shoulder injury. By the time he left the game, he was leading New England’s offense with 52 yards on 2 receptions.
  • Other notable casualties: RB Josh jacobs (chest), Las Vegas Raiders; CB CJ Henderson (shoulder), Carolina Panthers; LB Jerome baker (knee), Miami Dolphins; S Jabrill peppers (ankle), New York Giants; OL Shaq Mason (abdomen), New England Patriots; WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (back), Philadelphia Eagles.

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NFL News – Monday, October 25, 2021