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NFL Notes: League looking into Terrelle Pryor racism claims against KC fans

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NFL Notes: League looking into Terrelle Pryor racism claims against KC fans

WASHINGTON -- The NFL is looking into a situation Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City during which Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor says he was called racist names and cursed at by a fan.

Pryor posted on Instagram story on Wednesday that it got so bad during the game against the Chiefs that a league employee had to stand by him from the second quarter on. Pryor apologized to teammates and the organization for "flicking the person off."

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said the league is looking into "all aspects" of Pryor's claim and will report back when the review is complete. Lockhart added that the league has "no tolerance for racial remarks directed at anyone in a stadium" and said those fans are not welcome to come back "this week, next week or any time."

On Instagram, Pryor says the comments are the reason players are kneeling during the national anthem. He says he didn't kneel because he and his teammates decided to stand together (see full story).

Raiders: Carr returns to practice after back injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr returned to the practice field four days after breaking a bone in his back.

Carr took snaps and threw a few light passes Thursday during the open period of practice. E.J. Manuel is expected to start Sunday for the Raiders (2-2) against Baltimore (2-2).

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that Carr has a transverse process fracture in his back after taking a hard hit last week in Denver. Del Rio says the injury usually takes between two and six weeks to heal, although Cam Newton and Tony Romo came back after missing one game with similar injuries in 2014.

Left tackle Donald Penn talked to Carr earlier in the day and said the quarterback told him he was "very ahead of schedule."

Chargers: Rookie kicker Koo waived, Novak re-signed
COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed kicker Nick Novak, waiving rookie Younghoe Koo after just four games.

The Chargers (0-4) made the moves Thursday.

Novak is a 13-year NFL veteran who has kicked for eight franchises, including the San Diego Chargers from 2011-14. He made 101 of his 117 field goal attempts for the Chargers before spending the past two seasons with Houston.

Novak was released by the Texans last month after losing a competition with Ka'imi Fairbairn, the former UCLA kicker.

Koo became the fourth NFL player born in South Korea after winning the job in a camp competition with incumbent Josh Lambo.

Koo went 3 for 6 on field goal attempts for Los Angeles. The Georgia Southern product's potential tying field goal was blocked in the Chargers' season opener at Denver.

Koo then missed two field goals in their 19-17 loss to Miami one week later, including a 44-yarder at the final gun.

Giants: Banged-up defense now proving unreliable
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The defense that a year ago carried the New York Giants to their first playoff berth since 2011 has suddenly become unreliable.

Steve Spagnuolo's unit is no longer stopping the run, it is giving up big plays, missing tackles, and now it is fighting injuries heading into Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Chargers, who like they Giants are winless in four games.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon both missed their second straight practice Thursday and that never bodes well for playing the weekend.

Vernon, who has never missed a game, aggravated a sprained ankle against the Buccaneers and missed the second half. Pierre-Paul hurt a shoulder early but never left the game. However, he was never a factor in the game and he said he didn't like what he put on film.

The Giants will have a recovery day on Friday and a final practice Saturday.

"Definitely expect to practice on Saturday and be playing Sunday," Pierre-Paul said Thursday. "It's not a secret. Everybody that knows me knows I'm going to play" (see full story).

Chiefs rally past Redskins in thriller on MNF to remain unbeaten

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Chiefs rally past Redskins in thriller on MNF to remain unbeaten


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After Harrison Butker missed the first field-goal attempt of his NFL career, Chiefs coach Andy Reid walked over to the rookie and prepared to instill a little bit of confidence.

"He said, `I got it. I got it. I was just off a tad,'" Reid recalled of their brief exchange. "He kind of gives you that feeling that everything's going to be OK."

Better than just "OK."

Butker responded to his first-half miss Monday night by drilling three field goals in the second half, the last a go-ahead 43-yarder with 8 seconds remaining that helped Kansas City beat the Washington Redskins 29-20 and remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL.

"I didn't have butterflies. I felt confident," said Butker, who was claimed off the Carolina practice squad to replace injured kicker Cairo Santos. "I knew it was going to come down to a field goal. I felt pretty calm. I was excited; I wasn't nervous."

The Chiefs (4-0) an exclamation point on the win when linebacker Justin Houston picked up a fumble as the Redskins (3-2) were trying to keep the game alive and returned it for a game-ending touchdown.

The last time there was only one unbeaten team through the first four weeks of the season was 2010, when the Chiefs were the final team standing. They went on to win the AFC West.

"I mean, it's the NFL. It's any given Sunday for a reason," said Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who had seven catches for 111 yards and a score. "All these teams are scheming everybody up. It's a testament to this team for especially not only being 4-0, but the way we've won."

Alex Smith threw for 293 yards with touchdowns on the ground and through the air, and his 37-yard strike to Albert Wilson on a broken play that set up Butker's go-ahead kick. Kareem Hunt added 101 yards on the ground for the rookie's fourth straight 100-yard effort.

"Winning is more meaningful," Hunt said with a smile. "I could have 50 yards as long as we win."

Kirk Cousins had 220 yards passing and two touchdowns for Washington, but his throw to the end zone with 50 seconds left was dropped by Josh Doctson and forced the Redskins to kick a field goal.

That missed opportunity came back to haunt them less than a minute later.

"We'll go back and try to look at different plays throughout the game that could have made a big difference," Cousins said. "A tough one to lose. Felt like we had a chance there and didn't get it done."

The Redskins stunned the Chiefs early when Cousins found Terrelle Pryor over star cornerback Marcus Peters for a 44-yard touchdown pass, then drove to the goal line before settling for a field goal.

But the plucky Chiefs slowly fought their way back into the game.

Smith started to find his athletic tight end down the seam, then hit Kelce with a 17-yard TD strike late in the first half. The two connected again on third down shortly after the break, and Smith scored a few plays later when he fooled the defense with a quarterback-keeper.

The Redskins needed fewer than 2 minutes to answer: Cousins' 69-yard pass to Vernon Davis set up a short throw to Ryan Grant, who also beat Peters, for a touchdown and a 17-14 lead.

But that's when injuries began to take their toll: The Redskins lost cornerbacks Josh Norman, Montae Nicholson, Kendall Fuller and Quinton Dunbar along with safety Deshazor Everett, and in the fourth quarter had just four available defensive backs.

"I was looking up and I'm like, `Man, we've got all backups in," Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger said. "If you're number is called, you've got to step up. We've got to get better at that as well."

It was 17-all after Butker made his first field goal, and his 32-yard kick gave Kansas City the lead back. The Redskins tied the game once more when Dustin Hopkins hit from 40 yards with 47 seconds left, but that turned out to be enough time to get Butker in position for the winning kick.

"He has a leg," Hunt said, "so I wasn't too worried. Just make it routine. He had a rough start but honestly, I believed in him, that he was going to bounce back."

Pregame tribute
Flags flew at half-staff and there was a moment of silence before the game for victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The Redskins then locked arms for the national anthem, while everyone on the Chiefs side stood with the exception of cornerback Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe.

Injury watch
Norman left in the second quarter with a rib injury and could miss several ribs, while running back Rob Kelley joined the Redskins' defensive guys on the sideline with an ankle injury. The Chiefs lost right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was sidelined by a left knee injury on their second offensive play.

Up next
Washington gets a bye week before hosting San Francisco on Oct. 13.

Kansas City returns to the road to face Houston on Sunday night.

Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 4 picks: Can Redskins knock off Chiefs?

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Derrick Gunn's NFL Week 4 picks: Can Redskins knock off Chiefs?

Derrick Gunn makes his picks for Week 4 of the NFL season. 

Eagles at Chargers (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
This could be that proverbial trap game for the Eagles. Going back to the 2016 season, the Chargers have lost 14 of their last 19 games, but of those 14 losses, 10 have been by seven points or less and seven of them have been by four points or less.

When he’s in a zone, Philip Rivers can be lethal but he will also serve up his share of interceptions. In Rivers' last 40 games, he has thrown 47 interceptions. He’s already thrown four in three games this year, which includes three last week against Kansas City. Rivers has also led the league in INTs in two of the last three seasons.

The loss of Darren Sproles is huge for the Eagles, but Doug Pederson feels comfortable that his backfield by committee can pick up the slack. Looks like Rodney McLeod, and Jordan Hicks will return this week, but the Birds could be thin again at cornerback, and Fletcher Cox is out.

Jim Schwartz’s blitzes couldn’t get a hand on Eli Manning last week, and it doesn’t get any easier this time as Rivers has only been sacked four times this season. The Birds' ground game chewed up a porous Giants' run defense, and this week they face the Chargers 31st-ranked D against the run. Keep an eye on the Chargers' pass rushers LB Melvin Ingram (second in NFL with 5.5 sacks), and DE Joey Bosa (see 5 matchups to watch).

I like the Chargers' ability to lose this game more than I like the Eagles' ability to win it.

Pick: Eagles 24, Chargers 23.

Saints at Dolphins in London (9:30 a.m. on FOX)
When a head coach calls his offense garbage, as Dolphins coach Adam Gase did, you've got problems. Losing to the talent-limited Jets will make any coach question his sanity. Gase and the Dolphins will have problems keeping up with Drew Brees and the Saints' scoring pace. New Orleans will have a jolly 'ole time in England.

Pick: Saints

Bills at Falcons (1 p.m. on CBS)
Should be an interesting matchup here. Bills have the No. 1 scoring defense, giving up just 12.3 points per game. The Falcons' offense is averaging just under 30 points per game. Buffalo will try to establish its run game on offense and punish Atlanta on defense. Not gonna happen. The Falcons have too much talent.

Pick: Falcons

Bengals at Browns (1 p.m. on CBS)
Imagine being from the state of Ohio and having two NFL teams that have a combined record of 0-6. The Browns and Bengals are two of five winless teams left. In the clash of futility, the Bengals win ugly.

Pick: Bengals

Rams at Cowboys (1 p.m. on FOX)
The Rams have been one of the early surprises and it's mainly because of second-year QB Jared Goff. The 2016 No. 1 overall pick has tossed five TDs and just one INT, and has a rating of 118.2. Goff and the Rams will make a good showing but won't be standing tall when the dust settles in the Cowboys' corral.

Pick: Cowboys

Lions at Vikings (1 p.m. on FOX)
Two teams trying to keep pace with the Packers in the NFC North. Vikings backup QB Case Keenum had the game of a lifetime last week vs. Tampa Bay with 369 yards passing and three touchdowns. But, can Keenum match Matthew Stafford point for point? I don't think so.

Pick: Lions

Panthers at Patriots (1 p.m. on FOX)
What a collision course this is. Carolina's No. 1-ranked defense vs. New England's No. 1 offense. Cam Newton has struggled but the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady has not. Pats pound the Panthers.

Pick: Patriots

Jaguars at Jets (1 p.m. on CBS)
I don't know what to make of the Jags. They've had two impressive wins over the Texans and Ravens, but got handled by the Titans. The Jets got lucky against the Dolphins last week, but their luck will run out this time.

Pick: Jaguars

Steelers at Ravens (1 p.m. on CBS)
Two rivals from the AFC North both coming off disappointing losses. Joe Flacco vs. Ben Roethlisberger. Saying these two squads don't like each other is an understatement. The Steelers haven't won in Baltimore since 2012. They will this time.

Pick: Steelers

Titans at Texans (1 p.m. on CBS)
Houston is going through growing pains. Rookie QB DeShaun Watson has the talent but not the experience. This will be another learning experience against the more seasoned Marcus Mariota and his crew. 

Pick: Titans

49ers at Cardinals (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
We knew the 49ers would have a rough year, but we didn't anticipate Arizona struggling this much. Both teams have given up 76 points, but what's shocking is the Cards (56) have only scored five more points this season than the Niners (51). Only because of their experience and talent in this matchup, it's in the cards for 'Zona to win.

Pick: Cardinals

Giants at Buccaneers (4:05 p.m. on FOX)
The Giants' offense finally woke up in the fourth quarter vs. the Eagles, but it wasn't enough. The Bucs will be missing key personnel on defense. The Giants can't stop the run. Call it a hunch but I think Jameis Winston and all that offensive firepower finally put it together.

Pick: Buccaneers

Raiders at Broncos (4:25 p.m. on CBS)
The Raiders' Khalil Mack and the Broncos' Von Miller will be on seek-and-destroy missions in this one. We know that Derek Carr is elite, but Trevor Siemian has handled the Broncos' offense nicely. The Broncos are a beast at home. Raiders lose their second straight.

Pick: Broncos

Colts at Seahawks (8:30 p.m. on NBC)
Without Andrew Luck, the Colts are simply outclassed by Seattle. But what is wrong with the 'Hawks? They have offensive line issues and can't run the ball. The Colts have given up a league-high 20 passes of 20-plus yards. This is not the Seattle balanced O we're used to seeing, but Indy will cure what ails the Seahawks.

Pick: Seahawks

Redskins at Chiefs (8:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN)
The Redskins put a beatdown on the Raiders last week. The Chiefs are a legit Super Bowl contender. K.C. has to do a better job of protecting Alex Smith, who was sacked five times against the Chargers. K.C. RB Kareem Hunt looks like the real deal. The 'Skins' D has to know where WR Tyreek Hill is at all times. Washington will give K.C. a good game, but it will be game, set, match Chiefs.

Pick: Chiefs