Monday, Dec. 5
Heisman Finalists Announced
After an eventful weekend of college football and a nail-biting CFP selection show, the 2022 Heisman candidates have been announced.
The group is headlined by USC quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams dominated through the air and on the ground finishing with 37 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Followed by preseason favorite, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud. Stroud has led the Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff berth in impressive fashion. Stroud tossed 37 touchdowns accompanied by only six interceptions.
The third finalist is TCU quarterback Max Duggan. Duggan is coming off an explosive performance in the Big 12 Championship game, despite his team being unable to come away victorious.
The Heisman hopefuls are rounded out by defending National Champion and Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett. Bennett’s numbers are less eye-popping than the rest of the finalists, but the Bulldogs are undefeated and the top-ranked team in the country.
Jackson ‘Week to Week’ With Knee Sprain
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is considered “week to week” after suffering a knee sprain Sunday, coach John Harbaugh told reporters. Harbaugh added Jackson’s availability for Week 14 is “less likely.”
Jackson left the team’s Week 13 win against the Denver Broncos in the first half. Tyler Huntley relieved Jackson and led the Ravens to a 10-9 win.
Jackson will undergo further testing to better judge the severity of the injury and how much time he could potentially miss. With the news that Jackson could miss time, the Ravens signed QB Brett Hundley on Monday, ESPN reported.
Cowboys Open Smith’s Practice Window
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith will begin practicing this week after missing every game this season due to tearing his hamstring in the preseason, ESPN reported. Smith has three weeks to return to action before he has to be placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
The 33rd Team analysts and former offensive linemen Joe Thomas and Mitchell Schwartz believe Cowboys fans need to temper their expectations for Smith.
Cowboys Elliot Disciplined
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthey started running back Tony Pollard on Sunday because Ezekiel Elliot was late to a meeting and had his phone go off in a meeting, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters.
Elliot still carried the ball 17 times for 77 yards in Sunday night’s win against the Colts.
Lattimore Out for MNF
The Saints will be without cornerback Marshon Lattimore against the Buccaneers on Monday night, NFL Media reported. This will be the eighth straight game Lattimore will miss this season.
When these teams played in Week 2, Lattimore got into an on-field brawl with Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans. There will be no repeat of that in Week 13.
Dolphins Signing OT Fisher
The Miami Dolphins are signing free agent offensive tackle Eric Fisher and placing OT Austin Jackson (ankle) on injured reserve, ESPN reported.
The Dolphins are thin at tackle because of Jackson’s injury and Terron Armstead’s pectoral injury that forced him to miss Week 13. Additionally, this is Jackson’s second stint on injured reserve with an ankle injury this season.
Fisher spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they selected him No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Last season, he started 15 games for the Indianapolis Colts but remained a free agent throughout this season.
Packers OT Could Miss Significant Time
Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari could be out “a while” recovering from his appendectomy, coach Matt LaFleur told reporters.
Bakhtiari has been on the injury report plenty this season but has managed to play nine in the Packers’ 13 games. He played in just one game in 2021 after recovering from a season-ending injury in 2020.
NFL Flexes Week 15 Games
The New York Giants and Washington Commanders Week 15 matchup will now take place Sunday night, Dec. 18, in prime time, the NFL announced. The league also flexed three games into standalone slots on Saturday, Dec. 17:
Colts vs. Vikings (1 PM ET)
Ravens vs. Browns (4:30 PM ET)
Dolphins vs. Bills (8:15 ET)
Bucs’ Top Defensive Lineman Expected to Play
Buccaneers defensive lineman Akiem Hicks and Vita Vea are both expected to play on Monday night against the Saints, NFL Media reported. Hicks and Vea were both listed as questionable, but they appear likely to suit up to try and stop Alvin Kamara and Andy Dalton in primetime.
Cowboys’ Anthony Brown Out for Year
The Dallas Cowboys lost defensive back Anthony Brown for the remainder of the 2022 NFL season on Sunday, according to team owner Jerry Jones. Brown suffered a torn Achilles in the Cowboys’ win over the Indianapolis Colts in prime time less than 24 hours ago.
Commanders’ Cole Holcomb Season Over
The Washington Commanders lost linebacker Cole Holcomb for the season, according to NFL Media. Holcomb underwent foot surgery on Monday and will sit out the remainder of the 2022 NFL season.
Holcomb should be fully healed in time for his impending free agency this coming off-season.
Vikings’ Bullard Could Return Soon
Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard may not require surgery on the biceps injury he suffered, according to NFL Media. The Vikings are reportedly hopeful Bullard will be able to return to action soon.
Chargers’ Joseph-Day Avoids Serious Injury
Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day avoided a major injury to his knee, according to NFL Media. Joseph-Day will undergo further testing throughout the day Monday in order to determine how much time he will miss due to the injury.