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Foster, Forte, Palmer sidelined Sunday


Foster, Forte, Palmer sidelined Sunday

Starting running backs Arian Foster of Houston, Matt Forte of Chicago and Trent Richardson of Cleveland were sidelined for part of their games Sunday.

With one week remaining in the regular season, the Texans will be monitoring Foster's heart after he was removed from a loss to Minnesota with an irregular heartbeat.

``I'll be OK,'' Foster said. ``It's a very minor situation, so I'll be OK.''

Foster, the team's leading rusher, left the game after gaining 15 yards on 10 carries. He also had two catches for 14 yards. His last play came with about nine minutes left in the third quarter.

Coach Gary Kubiak said Foster had experienced the problem once before in practice.

``He calms down and he's fine,'' Kubiak said.

The medical staff told Kubiak that Foster was OK late in Sunday's game and could return. But Kubiak thought it best to give him the rest of the game off.

``I know they're on top of it and he's feeling fine,'' Kubiak said.

Forte gained 88 yards in 12 carries, including a 4-yard TD run in a win at Arizona before leaving with a right ankle injury early in the second half.

Chicago safety Chris Conti left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury.

Late in the fourth quarter of a loss at Denver, Richardson was carted off the field with a left ankle injury; the Browns offered no report on the injury.

Earlier, fellow rookie Brandon Weeden hurt his right shoulder when Von Miller crashed into the quarterback.

Weeden slammed his helmet to the ground on the sideline and walked slowly to the locker room.

Earlier in the game, cornerback Sheldon Brown left with a head injury after colliding with Broncos receiver Brandon Stokley. Brown was trying to cover Demaryius Thomas over the middle of the field when he bumped into Stokley.

Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter left with a concussion in the first quarter.

Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer hurt his back in a loss at Carolina.

Palmer was flushed from the pocket late in the first quarter, rolled right and stopped to set up. That's when defensive end Greg Hardy came in from behind and hit Palmer in his lower back with the crown of his helmet. Officials flagged Hardy for unnecessary roughness because he led with his helmet, resulting in a 15-yard penalty and an automatic first down.

X-rays on Palmer were negative.

Also, Raiders DB Phillip Adams (groin) and safety Tyvon Branch (foot) were sidelined.

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis sustained a concussion against Seattle after getting hit along the sideline by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.

Davis was attempting to haul in a pass deep in Seattle's end late in the first quarter. Davis caught the pass but was immediately knocked off his feet by Chancellor, jarring the ball loose. Davis was slow to get up, was examined by doctors on the sideline and eventually taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller left in the fourth quarter of a loss to Cincinnati with a right knee injury.

Chiefs WR Terrance Copper (left knee) and DT Tyson Jackson (left foot) left a loss to Indianapolis.

Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts III and guard Uche Nwaneri left the loss to New England with concussions.

Chargers rookie safety Brandon Taylor was carted off the field in the third quarter against the Jets after injuring his right knee. Jets DB Ellis Lankster left in the second half with a concussion.

The Bucs lost CB E.J. Biggers to a groin injury in a loss to St. Louis.

Giants DL Marvin Austin and Chris Canty both left a loss at Baltimore with knee injuries. Ravens WR Anquan Boldin hurt his shoulder in the third quarter and did not return.


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Carli Lloyd drills 55-yard field goal after Ravens-Eagles joint practice

Carli Lloyd drills 55-yard field goal after Ravens-Eagles joint practice

A world-renowned kicker took the field Tuesday after the Ravens-Eagles joint practice to show Justin Tucker and Jake Elliott a few things about how to land a ball right between the uprights.

USWNT star Carli Lloyd got some reps in while visiting Eagles training camp, and with some pointers from the two kickers, the World Cup champion showed that she could easily take one of the 32 starting kicker spots in the National Football League.

Now we just have to wait and see which franchise takes a chance on the 37-year old superstar.


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New faces, new absences for Ravens second day of joint practices in Philadelphia

New faces, new absences for Ravens second day of joint practices in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — On the final day of joint practices in Philadelphia, some notable names returned to the practice fields. 

Miles Boykin made his presence known early on with a few nice grabs in the red zone. Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards rotated in at the running back spot, too, but perhaps the most notable faces were the ones not there. 

Marquise Brown wasn’t available for practice, though it’s unlikely his absence is related to a setback in his recovery from a foot injury Ronnie Stanley was seen in street clothes with his left ankle taped up and Jermaine Eluemanor wasn’t on the field. 

Even with the notable names missing, the Ravens offense still had a strong day. Or at least, a stronger day than Monday.

“Today we had one rookie step up, Ben Powers, we had Boze (Bradley Bozeman) come in and fill in for our left guard,” quarterback Lamar Jackson said.

Boykin, who returned after a two-day absence from practice, shined with a few nice catches in the red zone as a reliable target for Jackson to throw to.

“He made great catches on the sideline,” Jackson said. “Lanky guy, got speed, he’s explosive. He’s going to be a great tool this year.”

While Jackson and the Ravens offense struggled in the red zone the day before, Tuesday was an improvement as Jackson slipped into a better rhythm against the Eagles defense. 

With a 4-3 “Wide Nine” front, Jackson and the rest of the offense saw a new look against one of the league’s better defensive teams. 

“That was the first time I’ve seen a very explosive defensive line, besides ours,” Jackson said. “They got after it a little, our line held it down.”

In 11-on-11 at the end of practice, Jackson finished 5-of-9 with an interception and a dazzling juke along the sidelines. 

Trace McSorley struggled and threw a few interceptions at the end of practice, but the day was still an improvement for the Baltimore offense.

Defensively, the Ravens secondary held up well, sans for a few plays where Cyrus Jones was beat. 

Jones, in contention for the slot cornerback role that Tavon Young leaves behind with his injury, is just one of the cornerbacks available to the Ravens in the slot.

“Almost all of the guys worked in there,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Marlon’s been in there, Jimmy’s even been in there. For us, the way we’re operating right now is that it depends on the call, depends on the matchup, things like that.”

Humphrey was one of the players who shined for the Ravens on both days, leading a still-impressive secondary at the cornerback slot. 

But with Young out, for potentially the season, the secondary will still have some questions to be answered moving forward. 

The Ravens will get an extended look Thursday night in Philadelphia, as they wrap up their week in Pennsylvania with their third preseason game of the season.