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NFL Week 10 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

NFL Week 10 schedule: Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch

Charges at Raiders (Thursday, 8:20 p.m., FOX/NFL Network)
Interesting matchup between these AFC West foes. Both are scrapping to stay in contention, and both are within striking distance of the first-place Chiefs. The Raiders' biggest problem is they can't stop the pass. It doesn’t help that they’ve already faced the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford. Now they square off with the league's leader in passing yards, Philip Rivers (2,609 yds). The Chargers smoked Green Bay. They’ll take this potential shootout for their third win in a row.

Panthers at Packers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)
The Packers got downright embarrassed by the Chargers. Their defense continues to be a problem by giving up way too many big plays. Green Bay has allowed 39 plays of 20-plus yards and 13 of those have been 40-plus. Cam Newton isn’t walking through that door for Carolina — the franchise QB is done for the season. But the Panthers still have a defense that’s among the leaders in sacks, and running Christian McCaffrey, who is second in the league in rushing and just as lethal in the passing game. The Packers' defense will continue to give up the big plays but Aaron Rodgers will make even bigger plays at home. Pack in a close one.

Rams at Steelers (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)
Raise your hand if you’re shocked that the Rams are in third place in the NFC West. On offense they just haven’t been as explosive as we have been used to seeing. One of their main weapons, receiver Brandin Cooks, will sit this one out because he’s still in concussion protocol. The Steelers have won three in a row but they haven’t been a dominating bunch this season. QB Mason Rudolph doesn’t strike fear into any opponent and he’s still not quite on the same page with explosive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. The Rams prove to be road tough in Pittsburgh.

Vikings at Cowboys (Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC)
Two teams with playoff aspirations airing it out down in big D, and two of the league's top running backs sharing the same stage in current rushing leader Dalvin Cook and defending rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott. When he’s on, Kirk Cousins is dangerous, but when he’s off, he messes up the Vikings' flow. Dak Prescott is a much more efficient QB at home. Dallas will rise to the occasion in front of a primetime audience to stay in control of the NFC East.

Seahawks at 49ers (Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN) 
Seattle is unbeaten on the road this season. The Niners are unbeaten overall. San Francisco's defense is suffocating but struggles against the run at times. The Niners' defensive leader, Kwon Alexander, is done for the year. The Seahawks' defense has only 15 sacks so far. If they don’t get pressure on Jimmy Garoppolo, it's over. The Niners have already taken down the Rams this season. They’ll do the same to MVP candidate Russell Wilson and his crew.

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Report: Jordan Howard expected to miss Eagles-Patriots Week 11 game with injury

Report: Jordan Howard expected to miss Eagles-Patriots Week 11 game with injury

Eagles leading rusher Jordan Howard is not expected to play Sunday as he deals with a shoulder injury, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Eagles have officially listed Howard as questionable for the team's Super Bowl rematch Sunday afternoon against the Patriots at the Linc.

Howard suffered a stinger in the Eagles’ win on Nov. 3 against the Bears, his former team.

That means Jay Ajayi, who the Eagles re-signed on Friday, should be active for the first time in over a year and will likely have a role.

Howard, in his first year with the Eagles, has 525 rushing yards, a 4.4 average and seven touchdowns, including one receiving. 

Since Week 4, Howard has been the 13th-leading rusher in the NFL, averaging 71 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry.

Howard was limited in practice during the week and head coach Doug Pederson said Friday he had not been cleared for contact, which left him with a remote chance to be active on Sunday.

Howard has never missed a game because of injury. He didn’t play in the Bears' 2016 opener against the Texans — opening day of his rookie year — but he did dress for the game and was active, he just didn’t get onto the field.

Since then, he’s played in 57 of a possible 57 games.

Howard has the second-most rushing yards in the NFL since 2016 behind only Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys.

The Eagles are already down two running backs. Super Bowl hero Corey Clement is on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury and Darren Sproles joined him on Injured Reserve this week with a season-ending quad injury.

The Eagles will go into Sunday with Miles Sanders, Ajayi and Boston Scott. They also have a rookie, De’Angelo Henderson, on the practice squad.

Sanders, after a slow start, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry on 76 for 336 and has 22 catches for 305 yards.

Ajayi, acquired by the Eagles from the Dolphins midway through the 2017 Super Bowl season, hasn’t played since injuring his knee in a game against the Vikings on Oct. 7 of last year.

Ajayi has battled knee injuries most of his career but his 4.5 career average is fifth best in the NFL since 2015 among running backs with at least 500 carries.

Scott has 16 carries for 68 yards, a 4.3 average in limited duty.

The Eagles have averaged 141 rushing yards in their last six games. The Patriots are allowing an NFL-worst 5.6 yards per carry over their last six games.

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Eagles send high-ranking official to Colin Kaepernick’s workout

Eagles send high-ranking official to Colin Kaepernick’s workout

According to those who attended Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday, the Eagles were well represented.

The Eagles could have sent a regional or a low level scout to watch Kaepernick, but instead, they sent vice president of football operations Andrew Berry, which seems noteworthy.

On Friday, head coach Doug Pederson was asked if the Eagles would be in attendance at the workout.

“I would assume that we would,” Pederson said. “Obviously for us, we're in season so I can't be there. I’m comfortable with the guys we have, but I'm assuming that we would have somebody there.”

Pederson might be comfortable with the quarterbacks the Eagles have now, but it makes sense that the Eagles would at least take a look at Kaepernick. While Carson Wentz will be in Philly for a long time, his backups — Josh McCown and Nate Sudfeld — are both set to be unrestricted free agents after this season is up.

McCown will be 41 at the beginning of the 2020 season and Sudfeld has attempted just 25 career passes. The Eagles also have Kyle Lauletta on their practice squad.

Philadelphia, more than any other NFL city, should realize how important the backup quarterback position can be. Sure, maybe Kaepernick gets a crack at a starting job, but after three years out of the league, that’s certainly not a given. And the Eagles, with their progressive owner, might just be willing to sign Kaepernick despite potential backlash. Or maybe this leads nowhere.

Despite a last-minute move to a location 60 miles away from the Falcons’ facility, Berry and a few representatives from other NFL teams still made it to the workout.

The whole workout on Saturday was seemingly thrown together hastily and was organized by two sides that clearly have a contentious relationship. There were plenty of issues between them, including ones about the liability waiver, media availability and video footage. The move happened 15 minutes before the workout was scheduled to happen.

After the workout, Kaepernick explained why the move happened:

The NFL on Saturday released a statement saying it was “disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.” He didn’t appear for the workout at the Falcons’ facility, but the 32-year-old quarterback did appear at the high school sight in Georgia and apparently looked good.

The Eagles pride themselves on searching everywhere for talent and evaluating all options. Kaepernick is certainly an option. Of course, there’s a lot more to the Kaepernick story than a former Pro Bowl quarterback looking for a new team. The NFL in February settled a collusion grievance with Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid. And Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016, claiming collusion after he began a series of protests over social and racial injustice in the United States. He famously kneeled during the national anthem before games.

It’ll be interesting to see if this workout leads anywhere for Kaepernick or if the Eagles would actually pursue him. For the rest of this season, the Eagles are in a good spot when it comes to the quarterback position, but when this year is over, it’s more questionable. That’s probably why they looked at Kaepernick today.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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