NFL News – Thursday, October 28, 2021

In this Thursday’s NFL news: JJ Watt, injured; you could miss the rest of the year; Saints acquire Mark Ingram; Javon Kinlaw would miss the rest of the season; and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

JJ Watt, injured; could miss the rest of the year

Terrible news for the Cardinals. Via Adam Schefter of ESPN, this Wednesday night it was confirmed that DE JJ Watt will undergo shoulder surgery that is likely to end his 2021 NFL Season. No date has been set for the surgery yet, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, He adds that Watt will have an estimated three-month rehab time, so eventually, he might not be able to return to the field this year.

Watt suffered the shoulder injury in the second quarter of Arizona’s game against Houston on Sunday, and even so, he managed to play the rest of the game, but now it is known that the price for doing so was too high. Watt was designated as a “non-participant” in the Cardinals’ practices all three days this week, and previously yesterday afternoon he had already been ruled out for Thursday Night Football against Green Bay.

This is certainly a brutal loss for Arizona. Watt, a newcomer to the team last March, has 16 total tackles, 10 quarterback hits, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble in his first seven games with a Cardinals who, for tonight’s game against the Packers, also designated as questionable to WR DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring). Will those led by Kliff Kingsbury be able to solve the loss of JJ Watt for the rest of the season?

Saints acquire Mark Ingram from Texans

An old acquaintance returns to New Orleans. Via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, this Wednesday it was confirmed that the Saints acquired via trade RB Mark Ingram from the Texans. The full terms of the deal are unknown at this time, but late-round draft picks are expected to be involved.

Ingram, an 11-year NFL veteran, was originally a first-round pick for the Saints in 2011, where he stayed for 8 seasons. He ranks second in franchise history in rushing yards (6,007) and, with his return, he can probably claim the all-time record as RB Deuce McAllister, who played 2001-2008 at New Orleans, records a total of 6 096 yards.

Thus, with this move, the Saints are expected to have a more balanced running game since this year RB1 Alvin Kamara has not found an efficient pair in the backfield. Backups Ty Montgomery, Devin Ozigbo and Dwayne Washington have just five total carries between them, so Ingram, who this 2021 has 294 yards and 1 TD on 92 carries, will try to add depth to the team. Will he make a significant impact on the Saints’ offense?

The NFL makes changes to the Rooney Rule

Last Tuesday, for the first time since 2019, the owners of all 32 NFL teams met in person in Manhattan, New York; and this Wednesday, Tom Pelissero from NFL Media, made it known through a memorandum that, as a result of the fall annual meeting, there were some changes in the Rooney rule.

Among the changes made to the rule, an earlier start will be allowed for head coach hires, in the hope of creating more job opportunities for minority candidates. Teams with an open spot available to HC can now conduct virtual interviews with candidates beginning in the last two weeks of the regular season, as long as the employer team consents.

In addition, the league will require teams to interview at least two outside minority candidates for the position of general manager and for all coordinator roles – offensive, defensive, special teams – open (A position is considered “open” if the position is original person who started the season in the position is no longer employed by the team in question, or if the person has received a notice that they will no longer be with the team the following season).

Another notable point is that the NFL will require franchises to forcibly conduct an in-person interview for at least one minority candidate for HC or GM vacancies, while interviews for some coordination can be conducted virtually, although it is also recommended to conduct them in person. In fact, the league office will track whether interviews for these positions are being conducted virtually or in person, and all teams will be asked to provide this information within three days of the interview.

Finally, according to the memo, the league added that it will also provide additional education and training on sexual harassment, discrimination and diversity, equity and inclusion “to ensure that we have a safe and welcoming environment for all employees.” What do you think about the changes made to the Rooney Rule in pursuit of a broader scope of work for minorities revolving around the NFL?

Javon Kinlaw could miss the rest of the season

The specter of injuries strikes the 49ers once again. This Wednesday, HC Kyle Shanahan revealed at a press conference that DT Javon Kinlaw could require knee surgery that would put a premature end to his season: “Right now, he is there [Los Ángeles], trying to find out if he will have surgery or not, and what kind of surgery, ”said Shanahan, through David Bonilla of “And I think we will have news about that very soon.”

Kinlaw, who was the 49ers’ 14th overall pick in 2020, has played 18 games in his career, yet has failed to stay healthy. On December 20, he injured his knee in a game against the Cowboys, requiring multiple procedures during the previous offseason, but everything indicates that his knee has not completely healed; In fact, he still hasn’t even managed to have a full practice so far this season.

The South Carolina graduate has only accumulated 1.5 sacks, 1 INT and 41 total tackles in his career, being the subject of continuous criticism since so far he has not justified having been such a high draft pick, and now, we could see it back to 2022. How would the 49ers compensate for this defensive decline?

Shanahan denies New England tried to acquire Jimmy G

In more news from the NFL and San Francisco, this Wednesday HC Kyle Shanahan was questioned about a book report It’s Better to Be Feared, written by Seth Wickersham of ESPN, which claims that the Patriots contacted the 49ers prior to the 2021 NFL Draft suggesting they trade a second-round pick for QB Jimmy Garoppolo, but that the 49ers eventually asked for a first-round pick in return.

However, Shanahan did not hesitate to deny the report: “No. Any. I would also like to stop answering questions about a book. I promise, if that was the case, I would have talked to his head coach [Bill Belichik]”Shanahan commented.

That night the 49ers ended up selecting QB Trey Lance after trading with Miami for the No. 3 overall pick. Meanwhile, the Patriots selected QB Mac Jones with the 15th pick, and while it is too early to assess which of the two rookie quarterbacks will have a better run, for now all indications are that New England handled the situation better. Would a Jimmy Garoppolo comeback have been a good fit for the Patriots and Bill Belichik?

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NFL News – Thursday, October 28, 2021