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NFL rumors: Eagles sign RB Jay Ajayi before Week 11 game vs. Patriots

NFL rumors: Eagles sign RB Jay Ajayi before Week 11 game vs. Patriots

A second stint with the Philadelphia Eagles for Jay Ajayi appears imminent.

UPDATE (Friday, Nov. 15 at 3:31 p.m. ET): NFL Media's Ian Rapoport is reporting Ajayi has signed with the Eagles.

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The Eagles "intend to sign" the veteran running back, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Friday.

Philadelphia will host the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field in one of Sunday's most anticipated Week 11 matchups. The Eagles need all the offensive depth they can get because the Patriots have the league's best defense in terms of yards and points allowed per game.

Ajayi has 28 carries for 75 rushing yards, as well as seven receptions for 51 yards in three career regular season games against the Patriots. He has not scored a touchdown versus the Pats.

The need for the Eagles to add another running back was increased over the last 24 hours given running back Darren Sproles' injury situation. Sproles was added to the injury report Thursday with a quadriceps issue, and NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Friday that the veteran running back will not play again this season.

Ajayi was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Miami Dolphins during the 2017 season, and he averaged 5.1 yards per carry en route to a Super Bowl LII win over the Patriots. He tore his ACL in Week 5 of the 2018 campaign and missed the rest of the season.

The Eagles also brought back veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews earlier this week after their receiving depth was hit hard by injuries to DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.