Cards expect a motivated Kolb for Sunday


Cards expect a motivated Kolb for Sunday

FOXBORO -- There's a lot at stake for Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb Sunday in Foxboro. Beaten out in camp by John Skelton for the starting position Kolb was handpickedin 2011 to assume, Kolb got a second chance in the season opener. In the fourth quarter against the Seahawks, Skelton sprained an ankle, Kolb came in and went 6-for-8 for 66 yards and directed the game-winning drive. "He just got in rhythm and ripped some balls in there," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told the media. "We were all over every one of those throws. He is a gunslinger, he has always been like that. He just came in and was shooting from the hip and did a great job."

Kolb, who was acquired last season by Arizona in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick, was given a deal worth a potential 63 million.But hecouldn't hold off the metronomically effectiveSkelton. But with Skelton down, nowKolb'steammates hope to see more of the Kolb from last Sunday - the one they expected all along - to show up against the Patriots. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated writes that safety Adrian Wilson wants Kolb to know how lucky he is to have another shot. "I hope it was very humbling for him," Wilson said, per Trotter. "I hope he understands what he has to do from this point forward. He has to play with that same type of edge all the time. It's not something that you do sometimes. It's an all-the-time thing. He had an OK preseason and didn't win the job, so now he has something to prove. There's a different level of 'want to.' So I hope it was very humbling for him."

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official


Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out


Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report: