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Lionel Messi was subbed off with an injury in the first half of Inter Miami’s 4-0 win against Toronto FC in MLS action on Wednesday.
Vaughn Dalzell and Drew give their takes on the loaded Week 4 slate in College football this week.

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  • NYG Running Back #31
    Given their lack of depth behind Barkley, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants split up their running back touches. Matt Breida is the presumed No. 1 back heading into Thursday night’s game, but Gary Brightwell and rookie Eric Gray also have a chance to see carries. Breida will be hard to trust as anything more than a RB3, and has had only four top-24 finishes dating back to 2020.
  • NYG Wide Receiver #17
    Robinson has been out since last season with a torn ACL. The Giants slot receiver will finally make his second-year debut on Thursday Night Football against the 49ers. Robinson caught 23 passes for 227 yards as a rookie prior to his injury and while he won’t carry fantasy relevancy immediately, he could develop into a flex play later in the season.
  • MIN Running Back #3
    Akers heads to Minnesota, where he will compete with Alexander Mattison for touches. He recently was put in trade talks by the Rams after he was a healthy scratch for Week 2. Akers has seemingly been halfway out of Los Angeles since last season and now the Rams officially move on to Kyren Williams. The Vikings add Akers hoping to electrify a run game to supplement a top-tier passing game.
  • MIA Wide Receiver #10
    Hill did not show a major indication of injury Week 2 against the Patriots, implying that this is more of a precautionary measure. Fellow WR Jaylen Waddle missed practice due to concussion, meaning Hill has a chance to see increased targets for Week 3. For now, Hill’s ankle is worth monitoring, but he still seems on track to play in Week 3 against the Broncos.
  • Quarterback #14
    Bears released QB Nathan Peterman.
    Peterman had beaten out undrafted rookie Tyson Bagent to start the season, but it now appears that Bagent will operate as Justin Fields’ back-up. Peterman has thrown four touchdown passes and 13 interceptions on 160 career passes, but has been on an NFL roster for five straight seasons since being drafted in the 5th round by the Bills in 2017.
  • CHI Defensive Coordinator
    Williams was away from the team on Sunday as he dealt with a personal matter, and it appears that same personal matter will keep him away from the Bears full-time. Williams released a statement saying, “I am taking a step back to take care of my health and family. ... I value the NFL shield and all that it stands for and after taking some time to address my health, I plan to come back and coach again.” Coach Matt Eberflus is expected to continue to call defensive plays for the time being.
  • SF Wide Receiver #11
    Aiyuk underwent testing on his shoulder that did not reveal any broken bones. He is expected to have suffered an AC sprain. Though it isn’t a long-term issue, the injury could prevent him from playing on Thursday. Given the short turnaround, it would make sense for the 49ers to hold him out this week and give him extra time to recover. If he can’t go, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle will both get big spikes to their Week 3 fantasy outlooks.
  • BAL Running Back #43
    Hill did not practice today and looks like a long-shot to suit up on Sunday. The Ravens signed Kenyan Drake to their practice squad as a potential insurance option. He will likely be called up to the active roster on Saturday. Assuming Hill can’t go, Gus Edwards could handle the bulk of Baltimore’s work between the tackle. He will sit on the RB2/3 border if Hill is ruled out.
  • LAC Running Back #30
    Ekeler went down with the ankle injury near the end of LA’s Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. He missed all three of the team’s practices the following week before being ruled out for Week 2. We appear to be headed for Ekeler’s second missed game. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley told reporters earlier this week there is “no timeline” for Ekeler’s return. Joshua Kelley rushed 13 times for 39 yards as the starter in Week 2. He played on 79 percent of the Chargers’ snaps. That role puts him in the high-end RB2 ranks heading into Week 3 versus the Vikings.
  • SEA Wide Receiver #14
    Carroll noted that Metcalf may not practice much, but he expects him to be ready by the end of the week. The injury could give Jaxon Smith-Njigba a path to more routes in Week 3. JSN has been playing the WR3 role and coming off the field in 12-personnel situations so far. Metcalf will remain a WR2 for his matchup with the Panthers, though there is slightly more risk in starting him now.


Notre Dame hosts Ohio State in 'big test'
Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle preview the Week 4 showdown between Ohio State and Notre Dame, including how Sam Hartman elevates the Irish offense and how the Buckeyes offense is finding its stride.

NBC Sports Podcasts

Premier League

Everything you need to know about the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League
A North London derby and Chelsea vs Aston Villa dot a landscape asking plenty of Premier League teams returning from the European slate
Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth-straight title?


Matthew Berry breaks down his positional rankings for Week 3 of the 2023 NFL season.
Jorge Montanez highlights the latest in saves and steals, including Josh Hader’s big week, Ryan Helsley performing, and Bo Naylor providing speed at the catcher position.
Matthew Berry explains why early-season fantasy darlings Brian Robinson, Puka Nacua and Hunter Henry should continue to deliver ahead of Week 3 matchups.
Matthew Berry weighs in on Austin Ekeler’s injury status and explains why the lack of a clear timetable presents several concerns for fantasy lineups.
The 18th Solheim Cup
Everything you need to know about the 2023 Solheim Cup matches, which will take place Sept. 22-24 in Andalucia, Spain.
Amy Rodgers, Cara Banks and Paige Mackenzie join Golf Today to break down Team Europe entering the 2023 Solheim Cup and how they stack up against the U.S. squad.
Seven-time U.S. Solheim Cup Cup team member Paula Creamer discusses her past Solheim Cup appearances and the nerves that come into play when playing in the event.
Amy Rogers joins Golf Today to discuss how U.S. captain Stacy Lewis helped Danielle Kang ensure her golf clubs were in Spain in time for the Solheim Cup.
Both Pettersen and Lewis believe the Europeans to be the favorites this week in Spain.
Kang now has a replacement set and her original set as she continues practice at Finca Cortesin
In this edition, Rex Hoggard and Ryan Lavner discuss Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup.


The Xfinity Series and Cup Series teams take on Texas Motor Speedway.
NBC Sports’ Dustin Long and John Newby highlight some important questions ahead of the trip to Texas.
Past Texas winners lead drivers to watch entering the Round of 12.
Last season’s playoff race had eight cautions related to tire failures.


Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, an early-season MVP candidate, is working to extend an obscure but impressive streak.
Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif lined up his post-football career some time ago and he’s ready to turn his full attention to that chapter of his life.
Mike Florio explains to Chris Simms why the logistics of the Cam Akers’ trade to the Vikings is “one of the most ridiculous trades” he’s ever seen, as well as what this means for Minnesota.
Big Ten on NBC, Peacock
Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle preview the Week 4 showdown between Ohio State and Notre Dame, including how Sam Hartman elevates the Irish offense and how the Buckeyes offense is finding its stride.
No. 9 Notre Dame hosts No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday night, the first true test for both teams this season as they look to keep alive Playoff hopes.
Vaughn Dalzell shares how he’s attacking the game of the week between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Brad Thomas and Vaughn Dalzell give bettors their best picks for the entire Week 4 slate of the Big Ten season.
Jason Garrett joins the Notre Dame on NBC Podcast to break down Notre Dame’s upcoming game against Ohio State and what the Fighting Irish must do to beat the Buckeyes on Saturday.
Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle preview the Big Ten Week 4 matchup between Penn State and Iowa, featuring a young QB in Drew Allar who must maintain his composure and a growing star in Cade McNamara.
Following a tough loss to Washington, Todd Blackledge and Noah Eagle discuss how Michigan State can rebound against Big Ten opponent Maryland in Week 4, who has yet to lose a game.

2023 Rugby World Cup on Peacock

The best of the best are in action in France through October 28th for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Relive the action as Italy battles with Uruguay at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Check out the best moments as Australia takes on Fiji at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Check out the best moments as South Africa takes on Romania at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.


The Angels’ two-way star is expected to be available as a hitter on opening day next season and return to the mound in 2025.
ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan joins Dan Patrick to discuss Shohei Ohtani’s elbow surgery and what it means for the Los Angeles Angels superstar’s contract situation moving forward.
The stadium and accompanying ballpark village are expected to cost about $2 billion, the largest public-private partnership in Kansas City history.
Dave Shovein explores an underrated Orioles’ slugger that’s on a heater and a strong streaming option for Wednesday’s MLB slate.


Tyrrell Hatton enters his third Ryder Cup as one of the best ball-strikers in the field, as he tries to help Team Europe win on its home soil at Rome’s Marco Simone Golf & Country Club.
Matt Fitzpatrick’s consistency, poise under pressure and reputation as a closer will help Team Europe in what figures to be a tightly contested 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome.
Amy Rodgers, Cara Banks and Paige Mackenzie join Golf Today to break down Team Europe entering the 2023 Solheim Cup and how they stack up against the U.S. squad.
Wyndham Clark joins Golf Today to discuss his preparation for the 2023 Ryder Cup and what the U.S. team looks like ahead of the event.
Viktor Hovland and his ‘stellar’ game will head to Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome to represent Team Europe in the 2023 Ryder Cup.
Seven-time U.S. Solheim Cup Cup team member Paula Creamer discusses her past Solheim Cup appearances and the nerves that come into play when playing in the event.


There will be a lot of interest in one of the best shooters in the game.
Dolan also tries to explain why fans holding up “sell the team” signs get ejected.
Lillard is 33 and younger, MVP-level players could come on the trade market in the next year.

College Football

Notre Dame may need to emulate Michigan to beat Ohio State this weekend, something Irish fans should take as a compliment.
Notre Dame’s next four opponents all remain undefeated, with all four looking likely to be that way when they meet the Irish, obviously beginning with No. 6 Ohio State this Saturday night.
Coach Marcus Freeman and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have successfully landed one of the top offensive linemen in the country. 2024 All-American Guerby Lambert from Catholic Memorial High School in Massachusetts has committed to the Irish.
Four-star Massachusetts offensive tackle Guerby Lambert joined Notre Dame’s next recruiting class just a day after four-star dual-threat quarterback Deuce Knight added star power to the Irish class of 2025.


College Football Week 4 Best Bets for Player Props Opening Line Analysis
Drew Dinsick and Vaughn Dalzell break down the best bets for Thursday night matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants in Week 3.
Vaughn Dalzell thinks the Sam Hartman-led Notre Dame Fighting Irish are a strong bet to both cover and win outright as underdogs against Ohio State in Week 4 of the college football season, and Drew Dinsick is on board.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down his six plays for the College Football Week 4 slate, including Michigan vs. Rutgers, Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, and Washington State against Oregon State, plus more.

Brother From Another

Michael Holley and Reeta Hubbard, “The NFL Chick,” parse Damian Lillard’s comments on the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant and explain some issues they had with them.
Rob Parker joins BFA to discuss the star of Deion Sanders and tell the folks who have gotten behind Colorado not to jump off the bandwagon if the Buffaloes lose a couple games.
Rob Parker joins BFA to explain why questions around Shohei Ohtani’s pitching future shouldn’t impact his upcoming payday and discuss the Padres pulling Blake Snell in the middle of a no-hitter.
Between Joe Burrow’s injury, the Browns’ issues integrating Deshaun Watson and the Steelers’ inconsistency, it’s looking like the Ravens are the class of the AFC North.

Local coverage

The winner of the 49ers-Los Angeles Rams Week 2 matchup Sunday will take sole possession of first place in the NFC West.
John Henry and Co. may have to overcome their own reputation.
The Chicago Bears caught an embarrassing stray in the wake of Justin Jefferson’s record-setting night against the Eagles on Thursday.
Swift had a career night in just his second game with the Eagles.


There has been enough going on around the Bears this week that the move of their starting left tackle to injured reserve has flown under the radar a little bit.
The Bears released Nathan Peterman on Wednesday, but there’s no reason for Bears fans to torch their Peterman jerseys just yet.
Lionel Messi scored 11 goals in his first 11 appearances for Inter Miami, has won a trophy, and reached the Open Cup final. But now he’s suffering with a small injury issue as Miami manage their superstar.
The biggest offseason addition to the Jets offense has missed all but four snaps of the 2023 season and another new arrival hasn’t played much more than the injured Aaron Rodgers.
The hit that ended Browns running back Nick Chubb’s is legal.