New England Patriots
Cowboys tight end Peyton Hendershot injured his ankle in Friday’s practice. The team listed him as questionable, but he will not play today.
Hendershot is among the team’s inactives.
Quarterback Trey Lance, safety Israel Mukuamu, defensive lineman Villiami Fehoko, cornerback Eric Scott, left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) and receiver Jalen Brooks are the other inactives. Lance will serve as the emergency third quarterback.
The Cowboys will have All-Pro right guard Zack Martin and center Tyler Biadasz. Both missed last week’s game as did Smith.
The Patriots’ inactives are receiver Kayshon Boutte, quarterback Will Grier, cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle), offensive guard Cole Strange (knee) and offensive tackle Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. Grier, who formerly played with the Cowboys, will serve as the emergency third quarterback.
This year, the NFL has begun announcing the fines imposed on players for on-field rules infractions. We’ll be posting separate items on fines of significance.
We’ll also be listing all of the fines here, by team, player, announced violation, and amount.
All fines are subject to appeal. It’s not known whether the NFL will update the weekly disclosure of imposed fines with information as to the outcome of the appeals.
Here are the Week 3 fines, covering 20 teams, 34 players, and 1.35 percent of all plays:
Falcons, Kaden Ellis, unnecessary roughness, $16,391.
Falcons, Keith Smith, unnecessary roughness, $87,418.
Bears, Jaquan Brisker, unnecessary roughness, $9,287.
Bears, Tyrique Stevenson, unnecessary roughness, $6,515.
Bengals, Cam Taylor-Britt, unnecessary roughness, $7,516.
Cowboys, Chuma Edoga, unnecessary roughness, $6,847.
Cowboys, Jonathan Hankins, unnecessary roughness, $7,319.
Broncos, Kareem Jackson, unnecessary roughness, $11,473.
Broncos, Drew Sanders, unnecessary roughness, $5,793.
Broncos, Patrick Surtain, unnecessary roughness, $11,473.
Lions, Alex Anzalone, unnecessary roughness, $13,922.
Lions, Brian Branch, unnecessary roughness, $8,103.
Lions, Brian Branch (second fine), unnecessary roughness, $8,103.
Packers, Rasul Douglas, unnecessary roughness, $11,473.
Packers, Ben Sims, unnecessary roughness, $4,167.
Texans, Jonathan Greenard, unnecessary roughness, $7,604.
Colts, Kwity Paye, unnecessary roughness, $10,927.
Chargers, Raheem Layne, unnecessary roughness, $4,870.
Chargers, Maxx Crosby, unnecessary roughness, $10.927.
Dolphins, Raheem Mostert, unnecessary roughness, $10,927.
Vikings, Harrison Smith, unnecessary roughness, $21,855.
Patriots, Jabrill Peppers, unnecessary roughness, $43,709.
Patriots, JuJu Smith-Schuster, unnecessary roughness, $16,391.
Saints, Tony Jones, unnecessary roughness, $5,222.
Giants, A’Shawn Robinson, unnecessary roughness, $11,473.
Giants, Jihad Ward, unnecessary roughness, $8,139.
Giants, Leonard Williams, a hit on a quarterback, $16,391.
Steelers, Kwon Alexander, unnecessary roughness, $43,709.
Steelers, Miles Killebrew, unnecessary roughness, $13,792.
49ers, Trent Williams, unnecessary roughness, $11,473.
Seahawks, Julian Love, unnecessary roughness, $21,833.
Seahawks, DK Metcalf, unnecessary roughness, $16,391.
Seahawks, Teez Tabor, unnecessary roughness, $6,000.
Titans, Arden Key, a hit on a quarterback, $43,710.
The Patriots ruled out a pair of players for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys.
Cornerback Jonathan Jones and left guard Cole Strange were downgraded on Saturday. Jones will miss his third straight game with an ankle injury while Strange will miss his second game of the year with a knee injury.
Strange missed Week Two and returned last week, but could not make it through the win over the Jets. Atonio Mafi took his place in that game and will likely be in the lineup this Sunday as well.
Christian Gonzalez, Myles Bryant, and Shaun Wade were the top corners for the Patriots with Jones out last week.
The Patriots also announced that they have elevated defensive lineman Jeremiah Pharms from the practice squad. Daniel Ekuale went on injured reserve this week and the Patriots listed both Christian Barmore and Davon Godchaux as questionable on Friday.
The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. Sometimes, it’s not capable of telling the whole truth.
The absence of clear video of Patriots quarterback Mac Jones hitting Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner in the “private parts” last Sunday has resulted in no fine for Jones. The league announced on Saturday that there was insufficient video to confirm the contention by Gardner that Jones hit him there.
But when did crystal-clear video trump common sense? Sauce says Mac did it. The available video makes it clear that something happened.
And Mac never denied it. He said “nothing was intentional.” He didn’t say “nothing happened.”
Fine or not, Mac has pulled this crap too many times. It’s cheap. It’s dirty. It’s wrong. He has a reputation, and he has earned it one sketchy moment at a time.
He hasn’t always gotten away with it. This time, the league blew it. Video or not, we all know what happened. And when the only defense is “nothing was intentional,” that’s no reason to give Mac a pass.
Kyle Van Noy must have made a good impression in Baltimore this week at practice.
Four days after joining the Ravens’ practice squad, Van Noy has received a spot on the team’s 53-man roster, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.
He was a second-round pick of the Lions in 2014. Close to the 2016 trade deadline, the Lions sent Van Noy and a seventh-round pick to the Patriots for a sixth-round pick.
Van Noy stayed in New England through 2019. He played for the Dolphins in 2020, the Patriots again in 2021, and the Chargers in 2022.
The Ravens visit the Browns on Sunday, with both teams having 2-1 records.
The fourth week of the 2023 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Lions and it continues with 14 more games on Sunday, which means that the 28 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.
The Seahawks and Giants play on Monday and their final injury reports will be released on Saturday.
Falcons at Jaguars (in London)
RB Cordarrelle Patterson (thigh) is questionable to make his regular season debut for the Falcons. WR Josh Ali (ankle) is out.
Jaguars WR Zay Jones (knee), LB Devin Lloyd (thumb), and DB Antonio Johnson (hamstring) are out. T Anton Harrison (ankle), DL Foley Fatukasi (shoulder), and WR Jamal Agnew (quad) are listed as questionable.
Dolphins at Bills
Dolphins EDGE Jaelan Phillips (oblique) is out. RB Salvon Ahmed (groin), T Terron Armstead (back, ankle, knee), S DeShon Elliott (ankle, groin), and C Connor Williams (groin) were designated as questionable.
S Jordan Poyer (knee) will not play for the Bills.
Broncos at Bears
LB Frank Clark (hip), LB Josey Jewell (hip), and DT Mike Purcell (ribs) are out for the Broncos while S Justin Simmons (hip) is questionable to play.
S Eddie Jackson (foot) and CB Jaylon Johnson (hamstring) won’t play for the Bears. RB Travis Homer (ankle) is questionable.
Ravens at Browns
Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (hamstring) and WR Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) will miss Sunday’s game. CB Marlon Humphrey (foot), EDGE Odafe Oweh (ankle), and EDGE David Ojabo (ankle/knee) are also out while T Ronnie Stanley (knee) is doubtful. RB Justice Hill (toe), S Kyle Hamilton (back), C Tyler Linderbaum (ankle) and S Marcus Williams (pectoral) make up the questionable group.
QB Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is listed as questionable after a week of limited practices, but the rest of the Browns are good to go.
Steelers at Texans
The Steelers ruled out G James Daniels (groin) and P Pressley Harvin (right hamstring).
T Laremy Tunsil (knee), G/T Josh Jones (hand), LB Denzel Perryman (hand, wrist), and CB Tavierre Thomas (hand) are all out for the Texans. C Michael Dieter (concussion) is their only questionable player.
Vikings at Panthers
C Garrett Bradbury (back) and DE Marcus Davenport (ankle) are listed as questionable for the Vikings. S Lewis Cine (hamstring) is the only player ruled out.
The Panthers will have QB Bryce Young (ankle) back in the lineup. RB Miles Sanders (groin) is listed as questionable along with LB Frankie Luvu (hip) and WR Jonathan Mingo (concussion).
Rams at Colts
TE Tyler Higbee (Achilles), T Alaric Jackson (hamstring), S John Johnson (face), and WR Ben Skowronek (Achilles) are the Rams’ questionable players.
Colts QB Anthony Richardson (concussion) is good to go, but C Ryan Kelly (concussion) and T Bernhard Raimann (concussion) are not going to play. DT DeForest Buckner (groin, back), QB Sam Ehlinger (right shoulder), and G Quenton Nelson (toe) are all listed as questionable.
Buccaneers at Saints
CB Carlton Davis (toe) could return for the Bucs after being listed as questionable, but CB Jamel Dean (neck/shoulder), DL Calijah Kancey (calf), CB Derrick Pitts (hamstring), and LB SirVocea Dennis (hamstring) are all out. DT Vita Vea (pectoral) and linebacker Devin White (foot) are also questionable.
Saints QB Derek Carr (right shoulder) is listed as questionable after returning to practice on Friday.
Commanders at Eagles
RB Chris Rodriguez (illness) is out for the Commanders and S Percy Butler (foot) is listed as questionable.
The Eagles ruled out S Sydney Brown (hamstring) and WR Quez Watkins (hamstring). S Justin Evans (neck) is considered questionable.
Bengals at Titans
QB Joe Burrow (calf) will start for the Bengals. TE Irv Smith (hamstring) is out and LB Akeem Davis-Gaither (knee) is questionable.
WR Treylon Burks (knee), G Peter Skoronski (abdomen), CB Elijah Molden (hamstring), and LB Luke Gifford (hamstring) are out for the Titans.
Raiders at Chargers
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (concussion) and EDGE Maxx Crosby (knee) headline the Raiders report. Both are listed as questionable along with CB Nate Hobbs (ankle), S Roderic Teamer (Achilles), and DE Malcolm Koonce (groin). LB Curtis Bolton (knee) is out.
The Chargers are set to play without RB Austin Ekeler (ankle) and Derwin James (hamstring) after listing them as doubtful. EDGE Joey Bosa (hamstring, toe) and S Alohi Gilman (heel) drew questionable tags. CB Deane Leonard (hamstring) is doubtful while C Corey Linsley (illness) and S JT Woods (illness) were ruled out.
Patriots at Cowboys
DT Christian Barmore (knee), DT Davon Godchaux (ankle), CB Jonathan Jones (ankle), G Cole Strange (knee), and CB Shaun Wade (shoulder) are questionable for the Patriots.
Cowboys G Zack Martin (ankle) and C Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) are questionable to play, but T Tyron Smith (knee) has been ruled out. TE Peyton Hendershot (ankle) is also questionable.
Cardinals at 49ers
DE Jonathan Ledbetter (finger) and LB Josh Woods (ankle) are out for the Cardinals. LB Krys Barnes (finger), WR Marquise Brown (thumb), RB Keaontay Ingram (neck), and T Paris Johnson (ankle) make up their questionable group.
WR Brandon Aiyuk (shoulder) is set to play for the 49ers, but WR Deebo Samuel (rib, knee) is questionable and WR Jauan Jennings (knee) is doubtful. RB Elijah Mitchell (knee), LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles (ankle), and LB Dre Greenlaw (ankle) are also in the questionable group.
Chiefs at Jets
If Taylor Swift and Aaron Rodgers are at Sunday night’s game, they won’t be seeing Chiefs LB Nick Bolton (ankle) or CB Jaylen Warren (shoulder).
The Jets ruled out S Tony Adams (hamstring) and G Wes Schweitzer (concussion).
The Cowboys ruled out left tackle Tyron Smith, who will miss his second consecutive game. Smith has a knee injury that kept him from practicing this week.
Smith has played 19 games since the start of the 2020 season, missing 35, including Sunday’s.
All-Pro right guard Zack Martin (ankle) and center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) are questionable. Neither played last week, but both had limited practices Thursday and Friday, and coach Mike McCarthy expressed optimism about their availability.
In last week’s loss to the Cardinals, Brock Hoffman started at center, T.J. Bass at right guard and Chuma Edoga at left tackle. Edoga (elbow) had a full practice Friday and is good to go.
The Cowboys added tight end Peyton Hendershot (ankle) to the injury report Friday. He had a limited practice and is questionable.
The Saints’ defense is putting together an impressive streak of shutting down opposing offenses.
New Orleans hasn’t allowed more than 20 points in a game since a 27-13 loss to the Ravens in Week Nine of last season. The Saints’ 18-17 loss to the Packers on Sunday was their 11th straight game of allowing 20 points or fewer.
If the Saints allow 20 points or fewer this week against the Buccaneers, they’ll be the first team to hold 12 straight opponents to 20 points or less since the 1994-95 Cleveland Browns, coached by Bill Belichick.
The Buccaneers have averaged 19.3 points a game through three games this season, so the Saints need to keep them right at their average to reach a dozen straight games without giving up more than 20.
The Cowboys had three starting offensive linemen sidelined Sunday. Those same three linemen began the Week 4 work week in the rehab group.
The team received some good news Thursday, though, when right guard Zack Martin (ankle) and center Tyler Biadasz (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis. Left tackle Tyron Smith (knee) remained out.
Smith dressed but did not play in the loss to the Cardinals. Martin and Biadasz were inactive.
Brock Hoffman started at center, T.J. Bass at right guard and Chuma Edoga at left tackle. Edoga remains on the practice report with an elbow injury and had another limited practice Thursday.
The Patriots traded down in the first round of this year’s draft, but that didn’t stop them from landing an immediate starter on their defense.
After the first three games of the season, it looks like the Patriots have landed a lot more than that. Cornerback Christian Gonzalez was named the league’s defensive rookie of the month on Thursday.
Gonzalez landed the prize after standout performances covering Tyreek Hill and Garrett Wilson the last two weeks. The star wideouts didn’t have their customary impact while playing against the rookie and Gonzalez also had an interception against the Dolphins in Week Two. That joined a sack in the season-opener against the Eagles as signs of the impact he’s having early in his career.
The Patriots will face the Cowboys this week, so Gonzalez will get a chance to continue to build his reputation against CeeDee Lamb.