On his first trip back to Cleveland, Josh McCown experienced something new — and something unexpected.

Steven Terrell, S, Kansas City Chiefs: Terrell was accidentally kicked in the head on the opening kickoff, and he was down for some time before walking off the field with some assistance. Shortly thereafter, he was ruled out of the game due to a concussion.

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets: Powell left the game during the second half and his return was deemed questionable because of a calf injury. After the game, Jets coach Todd Bowles said that Powell will have tests on his injured calf. This is troublesome, especially with fellow RB Matt Forte still dealing with turf toe.

“I didn’t think it was going in the right direction,” Jackson said of Kizer’s benching. “That is why I made the decision to take him out. We go into every game trying to win. That is our goal. That is our job. That is my job. I’m not here just to get players better. That is part of it, but it is also to win. I think if there is a decision that needs to be made to win, that is the decision I am going to make.”

“It took me three years and two teams,” New York’s quarterback said. “But dang gummit, I got me a win at FirstEnergy Stadium.”

As a visitor.

Released by the Browns in February after two seasons, McCown got some revenge on his former team by throwing two touchdown passes and leading the surprising Jets to a 17-14 win over the winless Browns and coach Hue Jackson, who benched rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and is under more pressure after falling to 1-20.x (7)

Browns bench rookie QB DeShone Kizer, won’t reveal next week’s starter

Browns coach Hue Jackson benched quarterback DeShone Kizer for Kevin Hogan in Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets then declined to say who would start next Sunday’s game in Houston.

“It is still about winning,” Jackson said after the 17-14 loss that dropped the Browns to 0-5. “Kizer is developing, but his job is still to win. That is first and foremost. I didn’t think it was going in the right direction. That is why I made the decision to take him out. If that was the case and it was just about development, I would have just left him in. It is not about that. It is about winning.”

The Deshaun Watson Experience became a must-see event last week against the Titans. The Texans wisely spent the minutes after that rout cautioning everybody not to expect the Chiefs game to go that well. For good reason: For all the deserved praise for Alex Smith and the offense he’s running, the defense did not make it easy on Washington after falling behind 10-0 Monday night and paved the way for the comeback. It’s a great test for Watson.

Welcome to the NFL, No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky … signed, the Vikings defense. They’re another bunch that has to hold up its end of the deal extra-high because of the injury devastation on the offense. Playing a rookie in his NFL debut helps everybody on the Vikings’ defense, including Everson Griffen, whose five sacks are fourth in the league.x (2)

Patriots’ Tom Brady hopes ‘qualified’ Colin Kaepernick ‘gets a shot’

Tom Brady is the latest NFL player to make a plea for Colin Kaepernick.

While speaking to “CBS This Morning” on Sunday, the Patriots quarterback said he hopes to face the former 49ers signal-caller on the field again in the future.

Glennon may not have had glaringly bad numbers but he failed to lead a scoring drive against a defense that was ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

Fox though put a lot of the loss on the Bears’ inability to run the football. Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard combined to run for 20 yards on 16 carries and zero touchdowns.

“There’s a lot of people that had their hand in it and we’ll leave it at that,” Fox said.

Through two games this season Glennon has completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing for 514 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions as the Bears dropped their second straight to open the season.

Phillip Dorsett, Patriots wide receiver: “Just wanted to show everyone we’re unified between one another. We’re together. We’re strong. This game is a great game because of the brotherhood and the relationships; it’s amazing what this game to bring to everybody. People have a platform to be able to change. We just wanted to show that we are one, not just with our team, but the whole NFL, with everybody.” Dorsett locked arms with Brady.

A.J. Bouye, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback: “I was pissed off last night just for the simple fact I don’t know the president as a man, just like he doesn’t know us as men, and it holds close to home with me because for the simple fact what you say about us, you’re disrespecting our moms. I lost my mom to cancer. My stepmom came in, I know she’s not what he’s calling her. a (18)

Lions fan banned from games after racist Snapchat went viral

After a Lions fan posted a racist Snapchat during Detroit’s game on Sunday, the team asked him to turn in his tickets and said he would no longer be allowed at Ford Field, the Detroit News reported.

The picture showed two African Americans sitting in the stands during the national anthem and had the caption “Ignorant n—s.”

The Snapchat went viral after the Lions’ Week 1 victory over the Cardinals at home. It was posted on Facebook and other social media platforms, before news outlets began to pick in up.

“We don’t have a budget like the Dolphins,” Central coach Roland Smith told the Miami Herald. “We don’t have a budget like a college. We don’t have a national budget to stay extra days after a game and stuff like that.

“We don’t have big booster clubs like other schools have that can take care of things like this. But when you have an organization the kids look up to and they step forward, it’s an awesome thing.”

Smith has prior experience with the team, as he previously played for the University of Miami and was selected by the Dolphins in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Smith had been hopeful to return this week after missing all of the preseason and 15 games last season while recovering from a torn ACL. He was given a clean bill of health for his knee and was working on his conditioning before the bug hit. In 18 starts from 2014-2015, Smith recorded 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.b (19)

Marshawn Lynch sideline dance in his Oakland home debut inspired Raiders teammates ‘he never did that in Seattle’

“It was exceptional. I was actually very inspired,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said of Marshawn Lynch’s dancing on sideline during the Raiders’ 45-20 win over the Jets.

Today was all about Lynch making his Oakland home debut. For a man who represents Oakland and its people like few others, the game really couldn’t have gone better.

The Raiders scored six touchdowns, three through the air and three on the ground. One of those touchdown was Lynch himself punching it up the middle from 2 yards out. It was his first touchdown as a Raider and hit happened in his home debut. What more could you ask for?

Between dropped passes and a vicious pass rush, neither Texans quarterback was set up to succeed against Jacksonville. But Watson, who was dealing with an ankle injury early in the week, has been named as the starter for Houston’s Thursday night matchup against the Bengals. Savage isn’t happy, but he’s keeping it to himself.

“So Tom’s obviously taken the high road and I would only expect Tom to take the high road and he’s gonna support DeShaun, he’s gonna support the team, and he wants to be a part of the Houston organization, he loves it down there,” Schwartz said. “It’s just frustrating and to be benched after 31 plays it just doesn’t make sense.”

O’Brien’s tendency to switch out quarterbacks has become a hallmark of his Texans career. Houston has started more quarterbacks than any team in the NFL since O’Brien took over in 2014. That includes the Browns, who basically had a revolving door behind center last season due to injuries.

But in this case, his agent thinks the team should have given Savage more time to prove himself. O’Brien must not agree, because Watson will get his first NFL start Thursday.
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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, location, odds for Super Bowl 52

It’s never too early to start planning for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl 52, set to be played Sunday, Feb. 4 2018, will take place in a dome just like Super Bowl 51 did … but much further north, where the weather outside the venue won’t be as inviting.

Super Bowl 52 will be played in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have just finished hosting its second Minnesota Vikings season after being built in time for the 2016 NFL season.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May of 2014 that Minnesota and its new stadium would host the Super Bowl in 2018. The stadium seats 66,200 but can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 people.

The receiver was taken to the locker room and was first ruled questionable to return but was downgraded to out before the end of the first quarter.

Brady was 16-for-36 for 267 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions against the Chiefs; shortly after the Patriots were outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter, he said the team’s turnaround needs to start with attitude and competitiveness. Players were off on Saturday and Sunday, which gave them extra time to think about it.

“It kind of sits with us a little bit longer, but maybe it’s good to sit with us longer and continue for us to evaluate and nitpick and so forth. So it’s probably a couple of extra days in weeks like this as opposed to a normal seven-day week,” he said on WEEI.

The Patriots visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. With the Saints visiting the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night (ESPN, 7:10 ET), Brady said he planned to watch the game closely.

From a big-picture perspective, he said, “I wish we were 1-0, but we’re not. We have to do something about it. It’s part of the challenge of the football season, Mental toughness is a real thing. … It’s understanding how competitive all these games are. There’s no easy game. Every team is going to bring it, certainly against us.”images

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