09/24/18 - Chris Carson, Okla St, Seahawks RB Chris Carson had a career-high 32 carries as the Seahawks snagged a physical 24-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Coach Pete Carroll has preached the importance of running the ball throughout training camp and the preseason, but the Seahawks only gave Carson 13 carries in Week 1 and 2 defeats. Unable to sustain drives with third-down conversions and put points on the board, the team fell into an undesired 0-2 hole.
Handing it off to him early and frequently, Carson became the first Seahawks rusher to eclipse the 100-yard mark since Thomas Rawls did in the 2016 NFC wild-card round, providing the Seahawks with the balanced offensive attack they have been missing the last couple of seasons.
Admitting he hadn't carried the football 32 times since college or high school, Carson said, "I'll feel more of it tomorrow morning ... but right now, I feel pretty good."
09/23/18 - *Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey's career-high 184 yards rushing against Cincinnati was his first game with more than 100 yards. His previous high was 66 yards.
09/23/18 - *Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Texans QB DeShaun Watson was forced to carry the Texans' offense on his shoulders after they realized they weren't going to have much luck running the ball against a stout Giants defensive front led by nose tackle Damon Harrison. The Giants held the Texans to 59 yards on 19 carries. Watson, meanwhile, completed 24 of 40 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns. He was also sacked three times and picked off once while using his legs to get himself out of trouble a few times.
09/23/18 - *Mitchell Trubisky, N Carolina, Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky withstood a lost fumble and an interception in the first half. He finished 24-for-35 for 220 yards, and hit a key 39-yard pass to Allen Robinson to trigger a 67-yard TD drive. He threw for 20 yards on a 59-yard drive to the winning field goal.
09/23/18 - Evan Engram, Ole Miss, Giants TE Evan Engram (knee) was forced from the game in the first half against the Texans on Sunday. Engram appeared to take a helmet to his right knee and while he tried to get back to the field, he later came out to receive further evaluation. Engram, who last week dealt with an ankle issue, was spotted in the postgame locker room with a brace on his knee. He is set to have an MRI on Monday.
09/23/18 - *Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes continued his record-setting start to his season with three more touchdown passes in leading the 3-0 Chiefs to a 38-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers in their home opener Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
"These guys that I have at the receiver position can really get open," Mahomes said. "It's hard for teams to have to play every single one of them, so I know if I get through my reads, there will be someone open."
Mahomes brought his touchdown total to 13 on the season. That eclipses the record of 12 touchdown passes through the first three games of a season set by Peyton Manning in 2013. Mahomes also owns the most touchdown passes by a player in the first four games in a career since at least 1950. His 13 touchdowns in four games going back to last season bests the mark of 12 reached by Washington quarterback Mark Rypien in 1988.
Mahomes completed 24-of-38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes delivered completions to nine different receivers, with tight end Travis Kelce leading the way with eight catches for 114 yards. The Chiefs piled up 35 points before halftime, tied for the fourth-most first-half points in franchise history.
"It speaks to the guys that we have," said Mahomes, who has completed touchdown passes to nine different receivers on the season. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan holds the NFL record in a season with 13 different receivers scoring touchdowns in 2016.
09/23/18 - Kareem Hunt, Toledo, Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt rattled off his first two rushing touchdowns of the season in the first quarter, and while his rushing numbers remain well off his prolific 2017 pace as a rookie, that's OK with Hunt.
"I feel like we are getting it going all around," Hunt said. "The pass game can't be stopped. It makes my job easier and a more chill day for me."
Hunt has 52 carries on the season for 168 yards, a meager 3.2 yards per carry. At this point last season, Hunt had 47 carries for 401 yards and four touchdowns.
But this year the Chiefs have deployed Hunt in a different fashion. He has just 19 carries for 71 yards in the first half of games, but has 22 carries for 65 yards in the fourth quarter. The club has primarily used Hunt as a closer to ground games late with the Chiefs ahead.
"We know how good Kareem is and have a lot of trust in him," Reid said. "He will get you yards, it's positive yards. We are always trying to get him going."
09/23/18 - *Alvin Kamara, Tennessee, Saints RB Alvin Kamara rushed 16 times for 66 yards and caught 15 passes for 124 yards on Sunday against the Saints.
09/23/18 - *Christian McCaffrey, Stanford, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey ran for a career-high 184 yards in a 31-21 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. McCaffrey produced his first NFL career rushing total of more than 100 yards on 28 carries, "(McCaffrey's) ability to run the ball inside, he doesn't get enough credit for it," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.
09/22/18 - Ifeadi Odenigbo, NWestern, Vikings DE Israel Odenigbo was placed on waivers by the Browns Saturday (Sept. 22).
09/22/18 - Tim White, Arizona St, Undrafted WR Tim White was signed by the Ravens from their practice squad Saturday (Sept. 22).
09/22/18 - Lenzy Pipkins, Okla St, Undrafted CB Lenzy Pipkins was placed on waivers by the Colts Saturday (Sept. 22).
09/22/18 - Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M, Ravens G Jermaine Eluemunor was placed on waivers by the Ravens Saturday (Sept. 22).
09/22/18 - Phillip Walker, Temple, Undrafted QB Phillip Walker was signed by the Colts to their practice squad Saturday (Sept. 22). He had been released by the Colts from their practice squad Wednesday.
09/22/18 - Marcus Maye, Florida, Jets FS Marcus Maye (foot) hasn't played yet this season, and head coach Todd Bowles said it's too early to know if he'll return on Sept. 30 against Jacksonville.
09/22/18 - *ArDarius Stewart, Alabama, Jets WR ArDarius Stewart was signed by the Jets to the practice squad Friday (Sept. 21). He had been waived by the Jets Wednesday after being reinstated from the NFL suspended list Monday.
09/22/18 - Vince Biegel, Wisconsin, Packers LB Vince Biegel was signed by the Saints from the practice squad Friday (Sept. 21).
09/22/18 - Arthur Maulet, Memphis, Undrafted CB Arthur Maulet was placed on waivers by the Saints Friday (Sept. 21).
09/22/18 - Reuben Foster, Alabama, 49ers LB Reuben Foster is understandably eager to return to the lineup. After missing the first two games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse, Foster will make his season debut Sunday at the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. "It's like a holiday, just knowing I can come back and play the game I love," said Foster, per NBC Sports Bay Area. "So I'm just happy to be playing the cards right and doing good off the field and on the field, and doing nothing off the field so I won't be off the field again."
09/21/18 - Damontae Kazee, SD State, Falcons S Damontae Kazee of the Atlanta Falcons was fined $10,026 by the NFL on Friday for his hit on quarterback Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers in last Sunday's game.
Kazee, who was ejected from the game, has apologized to Newton. He could have been suspended by the NFL, which would have meant his fine would have been one game check, $32,647. "I was playing too fast in the game and trying to make a play and overplayed it," Kazee said, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I apologize for him and for hitting him like that, but I didn't do it on purpose. I was just trying to make a play, that's all.
09/21/18 - Corey Clement, Wisconsin, Undrafted RB Corey Clement (quad) is listed as questionable by the Eagles but is expected to play on Sunday.
09/21/18 - *Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette, who missed last week's victory over the New England Patriots because of a right hamstring injury is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
The 23-year-old Fournette, who has been limited in practice all week, carried the ball only nine times for 41 yards and caught three passes for 14 because being injured in the opener against the New York Giants. Last season as a rookie, Fournette rushed for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns on 268 yards, in addition to catching 36 passes for 302 yards and another score.
09/21/18 - Pat Elflein, Ohio St, Vikings C Pat Elflein will play for the first time this season against the Bills after missing the first two games because of shoulder and ankle injuries. He was a full participant in practice beginning Wednesday.
09/21/18 - *Dalvin Cook, Florida St, Vikings RB Dalvin Cook will miss Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, head coach Mike Zimmer said on Friday. Cook missed practice this week because of a hamstring injury he sustained last week against the Green Bay Packers. Cook said it was only a cramp, but the Vikings aren't taking any chances after he missed all but four games in 2017 because of an ACL tear. In two games, Cook had a total of 78 yards rushing on 26 carries without a touchdown.
09/20/18 - Reginald Davis, Texas Tech, Undrafted WR Reggie Davis was released from the practice squad by the Eagles. Thursday (Sept. 20).