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NFL Notes: Texans' Deshaun Watson out for season with ACL tear

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NFL Notes: Texans' Deshaun Watson out for season with ACL tear

HOUSTON -- Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson sustained a season-ending knee injury in practice on Thursday, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The rookie suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees and will go on the injured reserve. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the injury.

His injury is the latest blow to a team that lost three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and linebacker Whitney Mercilus to season-ending injuries on Oct. 8.

Watson had been a relative bright spot in challenging season for the Texans (3-4). The 12th overall pick in this year's draft was named AFC offensive player of the month after throwing for 1,171 yards with 16 touchdowns and running for 145 yards and another score (see full story).

Colts: Andrew Luck goes on injured reserve
INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck will spend a second offseason recovering from shoulder surgery.

The Indianapolis Colts put Luck on injured reserve Thursday, marking the end of his season and the beginning of a different rehab program that team officials believe will get their star quarterback on the field next fall.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard made the announcement during a surprise news conference at the team complex.

"I've heard all sorts of rumors about career-ending," Ballard said. "That's not the case here. I've not got that from one doctor. Career-ending is putting him out on the field before he's ready to play. That's where you should be concerned."

Indianapolis (2-6) never did rush Luck (see full story).

Cowboys: NFL says Elliott appeal has no chance of success
NEW YORK -- Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has no chance with his latest attempt to delay a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence, NFL lawyers said Thursday.

The attorneys told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that it should not interfere with Elliott beginning his suspension Sunday when the Cowboys play Kansas City at home because the NFL Players Association "has no likelihood of success on appeal."

The union has asked the court to block the start of the suspension until it considers its request to overturn a lower-court ruling on the grounds that Elliott's career will be irreparably harmed if his suspension begins now.

The league said in a written submission that the public, including NFL fans and victims of abuse, have a "strong interest" in seeing that penalties stemming from domestic abuse by NFL players are promptly investigated and that discipline is imposed in a timely manner (see full story).

Buccaneers: Winston believes injured shoulder improving
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameis Winston says his injured throwing shoulder is getting better.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback practiced again Thursday, throwing for the second straight day in preparation to face the New Orleans Saints.

This is the first time Winston has thrown early in the week since spraining the AC joint in his right shoulder on Oct. 15.

The past two weeks, he's refrained from participating in passing drills on Wednesday and Thursday before taking all of the snaps with the first-team offense on Friday.

"I'm just following the plan," Winston said. "It feels good to be back out there with the guys in a practice atmosphere, and hopefully it translates to the game."

Best of NFL: Cowboys 'Feed Zeke,' capitalize on mistakes to beat Redskins

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Best of NFL: Cowboys 'Feed Zeke,' capitalize on mistakes to beat Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. — Ezekiel Elliott ran for 150 yards and two touchdowns and the Dallas Cowboys took advantage of a blocked field goal return and three turnovers to beat the Washington Redskins 33-19 Sunday and move into sole possession of second place in the NFC East.

Playing in a driving rainstorm that made it difficult to hold onto the ball, let alone throw it, Dak Prescott completed 14 of his 22 passes for 143 yards as Dallas (4-3) heeded the message on Elliott's cleats to "Feed Zeke." With another hearing on his NFL suspension coming Monday, Elliott carried the ball 33 times, scored twice for the second consecutive game and surpassed 100 yards for the third time in a row.

The game turned in the second quarter when Dallas' Tyrone Crawford blocked Nick Rose's field goal attempt and Orlando Scandrick returned it 86 yards to set up a 1-yard Elliott TD run two plays later. Instead of the Redskins (3-4) leading 16-7, the Cowboys went up 14-13 and never trailed again.

Washington QB Kirk Cousins lost one fumble and kick returner Chris Thompson lost another. Cousins was 26 of 39 for 263 yards and a 1-yard TD pass to Josh Doctson that cut it to 26-19, but Rose missed the extra point and Dallas sealed it with an interception return for a touchdown by Bryon Jones with 21 seconds left (see full recap).

Wilson's heroics lead Seahawks to wild win over Texans
SEATTLE — No matter how much Deshaun Watson  impersonated Russell Wilson on Sunday, the original ended up coming out on top.

Wilson hit Jimmy Graham for an 18-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left, his second TD catch of the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks rallied for a wild 41-38 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Down 38-34 with 1:39 left and out of timeouts, Wilson took Seattle 80 yards in barely a minute. He hit Paul Richardson for 48 yards on a jump ball to start the drive, found Tyler Lockett for 19 yards, and drilled a strike to Graham for the winner.

Wilson finished 26 of 41 for a career-high 452 yards and four TDs. He hit Richardson for two TDs and found Graham on a 1-yard TD pass with 5:41 left (see full recap)

Brees leads Saints past Bears for 5th straight win
NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees delivered accurate, aggressive throws downfield in tense moments, when conventional wisdom might have called for a more conservative play.

New Orleans' defense came up with a fourth-down stop and rookie Marshon Lattimore's interception on its final two series.

Kicker Wil Lutz hit from 45 and 49 yards in the second half, hitting the longer kick inside the final two minutes.

Frequent clutch performances in all phases allowed the surging Saints to once again overcome some potentially disastrous mistakes and win their fifth straight, 20-12 over the feisty Chicago Bears on Sunday (see full recap). 

Patriots capitalize on Chargers' mistakes in victory
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — With his final attempt to bring his team back failed, Phillip Rivers pulled off his helmet and flung it toward the Gillette Stadium turf. It bounced back perfectly and into his waiting hands.

It was one of the few things that a Los Angeles Chargers player executed well in their 21-13 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday.

Tom Brady passed for 333 yards and a touchdown, Stephen Gostowski added four field goals to help the Patriots (6-2) hold on for the victory, their fourth straight.

The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Chargers (see full recap). 

NFL Notes: J.J. Watt out for season; Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle dies

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NFL Notes: J.J. Watt out for season; Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle dies

HOUSTON — Houston's J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will miss the rest of the season with injuries.

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed that both were season-ending injuries on Monday, a day after Watt broke his left leg and Mercilus, a linebacker, tore a pectoral muscle in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Watt sustained a tibial plateau fracture to end his season early for the second straight year. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year returned in 2017 after missing the last 13 games of last season following his second back surgery. The defensive end played every game in his first five seasons in the NFL before his injury last year.

Mercilus, who is in his sixth season, started each game this year and had 10 tackles and a sack.

Hall of Fame QB Tittle dies
Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback and 1963 NFL Most Valuable Player, has died. He was 90.

His family confirmed to LSU, where Tittle starred in college, that he passed away. No details were immediately provided.

Known as "The Bald Eagle" as much for his sturdy leadership as his prematurely receding hairline, Tittle played 17 seasons of pro football. He began with the All-America Football Conference's Baltimore Colts in 1948 and finished with the NFL's New York Giants. He played 10 years in between with the San Francisco 49ers, but had his greatest success in New York, leading the Giants to three division titles in four years in a remarkable late-career surge.

Giants: Odell Beckham officially done for year
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The winless New York Giants are going to be without offensive catalyst Odell Beckham Jr. for the rest of the season.

The Giants announced Monday that Beckham will have surgery for his broken left ankle later this week, and coach Ben McAdoo later said it will end the wide receiver's season.

"It's a sad situation," McAdoo said

The 24-year-old Beckham was hurt late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 27-22 loss to Los Angeles when Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward fell on his ankle and pinned it to the turf.

McAdoo spoke to Beckham after the game. He did not if the surgery could cause any long-term problems for the three-time Pro Bowler, who has led the Giants in receiving in each of his first three seasons.

Beckham was the last of four Giants' receivers knocked out of the game.

Dwayne Harris, who also returns punts and kickoffs, will have surgery Tuesday for a broken foot.

Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard were hurt on the same series in the second quarter. Marshall was undergoing further testing and examination Monday.

Shepard is listed as day to day.

Bills: Disaster averted with Charles Clay
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting tight end Charles Clay is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left knee.

Without providing a specific timetable, coach Sean McDermott said Clay will miss "multiple weeks." Buffalo (3-2) enters its bye week off following a 20-16 loss at Cincinnati.

Clay was hurt while being tackled along the sideline after making a 24-yard catch in the first quarter against the Bengals.

Clay has been the Bills' most dependable and productive receiver. He's second on the team with 20 catches and leads Buffalo with 258 yards, and tied for the team lead with two touchdowns.

His injury further depletes an offense that's missing starting receiver Jordan Matthews, who is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.