Josh Rosen of Arizona Cardinals sprained toe

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen has a sprained left toe but is expected to make his next start, coach Steve Wilks said Friday.

Rosen went down holding his left foot late in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals’ 45-10 blowout loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday.

After the game, Rosen said he was “OK.”

The QB was put in a walking boot after the game to relieve the pressure from his foot, Wilks said. The coach expects Rosen to be ready to play in Arizona’s next game Oct. 28 against the San Francisco 49ers.

“He should be fine and ready to go next week,” Wilks said.

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Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman relieved not to talk about facing former Cowboy Dez Bryant

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman once cashed in on his rivalry with Dez Bryant. That doesn’t mean he’ll miss facing the receiver Sunday when the Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas cut Bryant in the offseason and he remains unsigned. So instead of a Norman versus Bryant storyline dominating the week, it’s simply about the game — and that’s fine with Norman.

“I get a little sigh of relief from all the chatter and can have a quiet game. It’s nice,” Norman said.

Their rivalry began three years ago, when Norman played for the Carolina Panthers and held Bryant to two catches for 26 yards on Thanksgiving. Afterward, Norman fired the first volley.

“Hey, they need to get Dez’s 70 mil back,” Norman told reporters.

After Norman signed with Washington during the 2016 offseason, it meant he’d face Bryant twice a year in the NFC East. Which meant they’d be a storyline each week.

Their second meeting in 2016 contained fireworks as well, with the two getting in one another’s face during the game and then had to be separated on the field afterward. Bryant caught five passes for 72 yards, but only had two for 19 vs. Norman, who covered the receiver everywhere but in the slot.

Bryant said after the game, “I honestly feel like the guy is extremely soft. He’s a bunch of talk. If he was out and about, I wouldn’t dare on my life let him talk to me like that.”

To which Norman replied, “It’s like I’m trash, and he beat me all day. I just don’t get it. Like I said, if that boosts his ego or feeds his fuel or whatever he’s got in his head, so be it. But we’ve played the game three times already, and my numbers speak for themselves. He can go cry, holler, hoot, whatever he wants to do. At the end of the day, like I said, zero touchdowns.”

They did cash in on their rivalry in 2017, with both making a commercial for Samsung Galaxy and poking fun at the other. But the on-field rivalry simmered. Now it’s gone and that’s just fine with Norman.

“I don’t miss it at all,” Norman said. “It’s a relief if anything. I think the media more so misses it than we do, just leading up to it and all the antics that come along with it.”

But Norman also couldn’t help poke the Cowboys a little bit. UFC fighter Conor McGregor attended Dallas’ 40-7 win over Jacksonville and was on the sidelines before the game and even participated in a pre-game huddle with some players trying to get them fired up. When Norman was asked Thursday who he’d bring in to get the team hyped, he had a quick reply.

“It wouldn’t be him, it would be the guy that beat him,” Norman said, referring to Khabib Nurmagomedov. “I don’t understand why they got him. I’m just saying. If I can call that guy, he can come back over to the States. I would definitely bring him here for that match.”

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Josh Rosen hurt late in Arizona Cardinals’ blowout loss, awaits evaluation

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Josh Rosen said his left toe injury is “fine” and that he was “just being soft” when he went down holding his left foot in the fourth quarter of the team’s 45-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Despite Rosen’s assurance that he’ll be OK, head coach Steve Wilks said he will wait to get the team trainer’s evaluation.

“He thinks he’s fine, but I’m not going to sit here and say that that may be the case,” Wilks said.

Wilks said that Rosen “probably” should not have been on the field so late in the blowout loss, but said he wanted Rosen to get certain defensive looks to help him “grow and mature within the offense.”

However, Wilks acknowledged that, looking back at the situation and with the game already lopsided, Rosen shouldn’t have been playing. But Rosen said any attempt to take him out would’ve been met with some resistance because he saw the same benefit to playing as Wilks did.

“If [Wilks] would’ve tried to pull me out, we would’ve definitely had to have a conversation about that one,” Rosen said.

Rosen threw three interceptions, including two that were returned for touchdowns in the first quarter. He became the first rookie in NFL history to throw two pick-sixes in the first quarter, according to Elias. He also fumbled the ball away twice on a rough night that began badly for him and never got better. He limped off the field after he was sacked for the sixth time, on a fourth-and-16 play near the end of the game.

“It wasn’t great,” Rosen said. “I’ll tell you that. I mean, we’ve got a lot to work on. A lot to work on. I mean, it’s a team game and I know my brothers have my back. I obviously didn’t play up to my standard or even close to it but that’s why you play another one next week.”

Rosen was open about trying to make plays when they might not have been there.

“I think it’s kind of like an old saying I got in college form one of my coaches: Don’t turn a car crash into a fatality,” Rosen said. “I think sometimes you just got to make the smart play and I can’t just toss it up there or, I even got lucky on some of the fumbles that weren’t fumbles and some that were.

“I just got to take care of the ball for the most part and I think that wat he biggest lesson I can take from the game.”

Rosen said the team has “a lot to learn, especially when we check out the tape.”

Wilks said the Cardinals’ effort in the game was “definitely embarrassing,” but he said it was “premature” to talk about changes either to the coaching staff or to the roster.

“Everybody’s going to be evaluated across the board,” Wilks said.

“When we were talking about changes, it could be personnel, it could players, whatever it may be. It could be scheme. When I say it could be premature, it’s premature to talk about that at this particular time without going through the evaluation.”

The Cardinals (1-6), down 35-3 at the half, fell to 0-4 at home for the first time since 1979.

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Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen won’t play against Indianapolis Colts because of elbow injury

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will not start Sunday against the Colts because of a right elbow injury, and there is concern he will miss weeks, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Allen was injured in Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Allen’s injury is to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. It is not considered major at this time, but his MRI will be sent to noted orthopedist specialist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, which has become standard operating procedure. One of the Bills’ orthopedic specialists, Dr. Leslie Bisson, completed his fellowship under Dr. Andrews.

No other specific information has been revealed, but the Bills do not want to rush him back, sources told Mortensen, to allow him to properly heal despite his competitive desire to play at less than full strength.

Bills coach Sean McDermott said Monday he and his offensive staff will “work through” whether Nathan Peterman or Derek Anderson would replace Allen.

ESPN’s Mike Rodak and Chris Mortensen contributed to this report.

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Josh Norman responds to critics by making big plays in Redskins win – Washington Redskins Blog

LANDOVER, MD – The critics long have pounced on Washington Redskins corner Josh Norman, picking apart his contract and whether he’s worth that sort of cash. He’s used to that. But there was something different this past week.

Norman was more under fire than ever. He was benched for a series vs. New Orleans when a situation grew heated with coach Jay Gruden. Then former teammate DeAngelo Hall said he was more focused on being a celebrity, shoving what had been a whisper around Redskins Park into the open. The scabs of Norman’s game were picked apart. In some ways, his week mirrored the franchise as all facets get picked apart.

Here’s how Norman responded: By making the plays Washington long has needed him to make. And he did it against the team that let him walk – and against good buddy Cam Newton.

Norman wasn’t the only reason Washington beat Carolina, 23-17, Sunday. Far from it. Running back Adrian Peterson rushed 17 times for 97 yards and no statistic has mattered more to Washington this season than his yardage totals. In the Redskins’ three wins, Peterson has surpassed 90 yards each time. He allows them to stay in positive down and distance situations and avoid many third and longs.

But Norman was the one under fire this week. He allowed a long touchdown catch vs. New Orleans thanks to a blown coverage. Then he was benched after halftime after Gruden pulled Norman’s headphones off while a coach was trying to talk, according to multiple reports.

Norman handled his week well, addressing the media on Wednesday. There was no residual effect of the tiff with Gruden; the two had a pleasant exchange later in the week. Gruden even admitted he needed to calm down as well after the halftime situation.

Norman, though, counts more against the cap than any other corner and has since signing with Washington after the 2015 offseason. But his play hasn’t matched the salary, something a number of people inside Redskins Park have stated privately.

But in the second quarter Norman intercepted his first pass since Christmas Even in 2016, grabbing an errant deep ball by Newton – his offseason basketball competitor. It didn’t lead to any points, but it did end one narrative. On the next series, Norman punched a ball out from receiver D.J. Moore for a Redskins takeaway that led to a field goal and 17-0 lead. The Redskins held on, with Carolina failing on fourth down at the Redskins’ 16-yard line. So Norman’s strong first half could have resulted in a disappointing finish. Instead, it ended with him in smiles hugging former teammates after the win.

At times Norman’s play has been solid. But the Redskins paid for more than that; they wanted game-changing plays and, finally, received some.

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New England Patriots WR Josh Gordon building bond with Tom Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon described his growing bond with quarterback Tom Brady as a “real natural type of relationship,” while adding Friday that he is settling in nicely in the move from Cleveland to the suburbs of Boston.

Gordon was acquired in a Sept. 17 trade and assigned a locker directly next to Brady’s.

“Most of the day, we end up talking football, whether it be in the locker room here briefly or in most of the meeting rooms or time after practice. We carve out time, and we make it happen,” Gordon said after practice, as the Patriots put the finishing touches on preparations for Sunday night’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs. “We make sure if there’s something that might be a concern for him or me, or he wants to know how I like to do something, or I want to know how he wants to do something, I just ask and he’s open about it. It makes it easy for me to communicate with him and makes it a real natural type of relationship.”

Gordon has played 18 snaps apiece over the past two games and caught a 34-yard touchdown on Oct. 4 against the Indianapolis Colts, a play Brady said reflects the evolving trust between them.

“It hasn’t been too tough,” Gordon said of learning the playbook. “I think that’s greatly due in part to the amount of help I receive from teammates here — definitely Tom, all the receivers help bring me along on a daily basis, the coaches, just giving me all the resources I need and me taking advantage of it, going home and studying it daily.

“I think having a certain amount of experience in the league already and seeing so many different offenses and stuff, I think the language of it is somewhat familiar.”

As for how he is managing off the field, Gordon credited Patriots character coach Jack Easterby for a “very hands-on” approach that has helped him acclimate to his new surroundings.

“It’s been an awesome transition. I appreciate the love and support,” Gordon said. “Foxborough is a real nice town, nice and quiet and peaceful. Me and my girlfriend are making it home. My family is here now. I consider the people in this community and around it, you know, family. They treat us nice everywhere we go. It’s been a great experience.”

Gordon also explained a recent tweet that he sent out to his followers.

“I just love reading inspirational quotes and sharing them with people,” he said. “People send me stuff all the time to read, and I just like to spread the good knowledge, good health and goodwill.”

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Julian Edelman says Josh Gordon made strong first impression with New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Julian Edelman said Thursday that fellow New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has made a strong first impression, and he believes bigger things are ahead for Gordon.

“Dude works hard. Great teammate. I really think he can be a really big piece of us,” Edelman said after the team’s walkthrough practice in preparation for Sunday night’s home game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“It’s exciting to be around him. He loves football, you can tell. He knows his stuff. It’s getting more and more fun the more he knows.”

Gordon caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in last week’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, but he has only played on a part-time basis over two games (18 snaps apiece), in part because he’s still limited by a hamstring injury.

Brady previously said his touchdown throw to Gordon, a deep ball into double coverage in the end zone, was reflective of the trust he has built with Gordon in a short period of time. The Patriots acquired Gordon — who has four catches for 82 yards — from the Cleveland Browns on Sept. 17 for a fifth-round draft choice.

The inclusion of Gordon in the attack, along with Edelman’s return last week from a four-game NFL suspension to open the season, has added a spark to the Patriots’ passing game. Edelman had seven catches for 57 yards in his return against the Colts.

“It’s getting better each day,” Edelman said of his transition back to football, adding that returning to practice has allowed him to build his confidence in competitive situations. “I feel like my conditioning is pretty good. You’re always working to get it better.”

Of Sunday night’s game against the Chiefs, he said, “We’re playing an undefeated team that looks unbelievable. We’ve got a battle. If you love football, this is why you play — games like this. Two tough teams. That’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Having missed all of the 2017 season with a torn ACL, and then sitting out due to suspension, Edelman’s appreciation for the game has grown that much greater.

“You definitely appreciate it once you’ve been away, and I was away for a year and some change,” he said. “It’s good to be out with the fellas. Meetings can get on you a little bit here and there, but you realize you need it. It’s good to be back.”

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Josh Norman of Washington Redskins rebuffs critics — ‘It comes with the territory’

ASHBURN, Virginia — Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is back where he’s comfortable: dealing with critics. In the past week they’ve called him the team’s third-best corner and also someone focused on celebrity who has gone Hollywood.

They watched him get benched for the start of the second half in Monday’s 43-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints after blowing a coverage for a long touchdown in the second quarter.

“I’m a target, man. I am. I’m a hot button. You press it, you’re going to get a ring,” Norman said. “It comes with the territory.”

Norman also had words with Saints receiver Michael Thomas during the game and on social media afterward. But there was also criticism from former teammate DeAngelo Hall, who said Monday on 106.7 The Fan that “Josh, I think, is in love with being a celebrity right now and not necessarily being a football player.”

Norman appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” in the spring, commuting during the OTA sessions — but making each practice. He told Yahoo! Sports earlier this week about his post-football plans to become an actor. During the Redskins’ bye week, Norman flew to California to take part in pre-production work for a sitcom called “Taking ConTroll.”

“I don’t know what to say. I seen a little bit of what he said with Hollywood and I can say that’s true — I have went Hollywood,” Norman said. “I’ve been Hollywood. Ever since I came out my mama’s womb, I’ve been Hollywood. If they went right, I went left. That’s just how we did. When the lights came on, that’s just who we are.”

Norman has appeared on Fox’s pregame show at various times since arriving in Washington, such as during a bye week. There were questions at the time about how it might affect his play. For Norman, he views these opportunities as preparing for life after football.

“When it’s football time, I’m going to do football,” he said. “I’m going to be indulged in that. That is what we do. That’s who we are. We work at that. We didn’t get here by mistake. But outside of football? You’re going to tell me I’m just supposed to do football outside of football? Or can I do something else? I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know if I’m supposed to live my life with a football helmet on when I retire from football.”

Norman said he does these things because he can.

“A lot of people can’t. So they don’t. Or they’re afraid. But I’m not, because I’m totally different from people,” Norman said. “And if I’m different and if I feel like I want to do something, I’m going to do that. If you call that Hollywood, so be it. Guess what? I’ll get my check from Hollywood. And I’ll come back and I’ll play ball. That’s just what we do. I mean, I look at those things and I have to take into consideration, man, what’s important to me. And this is first and foremost. This is first love, man. It’s God, family and football. Nothing more, nothing less. And what I do outside of that is my extracurricular activities.”

Norman became the NFL’s highest-paid corner when he signed a five-year, $75-million deal with Washington in the 2016 offseason. He has been a solid player for the Redskins, but he hasn’t intercepted a pass since Week 16 of the 2016 season and has two forced fumbles since the start of 2017. He counts more than any other cornerback against the salary cap this season at $16.737 million.

Norman played with Hall in 2016 and ’17 and said the former corner/safety helped recruit him to Washington.

“D-Hall he called me when I was coming from the Panthers and he spoke to me and was like, ‘Come on JNo. Come over here, we’ve got everything set up,'” Norman said. “And it was crazy because, OK, I took the visit and the visit, I was on the plane with D-Hall. Brought me up, excited. We even did it, an interview as soon as I got here. I mean I looked up to D-Hall. I really do. I still do. I mean his kids looked up to me and I looked up to him. I just heard that and it was kind of like when a microphone is in your face after you leave here, I guess that song is true. ‘Your smiling faces.'”

That song was called Back Stabbers by the O’Jays.

“I respect him and all he’s done for this organization,” Norman said of Hall. “Like I told you, I’m a hot button. If you’re going to press it, you’re going to get something out of it.”

“I’ve been Hollywood. Ever since I came out my mama’s womb, I’ve been Hollywood. If they went right, I went left. That’s just how we did. When the lights came on, that’s just who we are.”

Redskins CB Josh Norman

Meanwhile, former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly, now an NFL Network analyst, said Norman was the team’s third-best corner behind Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau. But it’s a sentiment shared by some in the organization, according to sources.

“If I am the third-best corner, guess what? I’m pretty sure those guys are going to be great,” Norman said. “Those other two. I’m pumping up for them, I’m excited for what they are and what they can do and their abilities. If I’m slacking and if I’m that way, then guess what? Those guys, hey man, we’re going to be a great football team. We’re going to be a great secondary because I know what I can bring to the table. I know what those guys bring to the table.”

There were no such complaints from his first team, the Carolina Panthers.

“Well, the biggest thing about Josh that we really appreciated was his work ethic first of all,” coach Ron Rivera said. “He works as hard as anybody I’ve been around. Secondly, it’s his personality. We had a little thing going during that Super Bowl run. I told the guys ‘hey look, keep your personality, be who you are but play within our core values’. And that was Josh. He kept his personality. He did the things that made Josh, Josh.”

Earlier Wednesday on 102.5 The Fan in Charlotte, Norman went over his decision to tweet at Thomas. He later deleted the tweets.

“It was just like, do I even send this, like, do I even give this life?” Norman said. “And then I went to that Kanye West sunken place and I said, ‘You know what, we’re going to do it, just make our self feel a little bit better about this whole situation.’ So we did, and I looked at it, whatever. I woke up [Tuesday] morning and took a shower and I just felt great, and looking at our record right now in the NFC East, we’re No. 1 in our division. We’ve got so much life left, 12 weeks, to let this one thing get to us? No, man. We’re so much bigger, our life is so much bigger than that, to give someone life. . . . That’s kind of how that went down. It was a waste of my time.”

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Arizona Cardinals QB Josh Rosen confident ahead of first career start

TEMPE, Ariz. — Now that Josh Rosen is the Arizona Cardinals‘ starting quarterback, he isn’t about to change what got him there. Rosen held his first news conference as a starter on Wednesday. And while his loquaciousness from college seems to have been left behind at UCLA, Rosen showed he can still offer his opinion in a less bombastic way.

“I am me, and I’m not trying to model my game,” Rosen said. “I admire quarterbacks, but I don’t try to emulate or act like they do. I do me.

“It’s gotten me to this point, so why change?”

In Rosen’s first start Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, he’ll have control of an offense that sits last in the NFL in points, total yards, yards per game, rushing yards per game, receiving yards per game, net yards per pass attempt, interceptions per pass attempt, first downs per game, third-down conversions, third-down conversion percentage, red zone drives, red zone touchdowns, offensive efficiency, point margin and time of possession.

To improve the offense, Rosen said he’ll simply try to run the correct run plays and complete passes. However, the 21-year-old is being given the keys to an offense featuring running back David Johnson and future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald, with a few conditions.

“I can do anything I want,” Rosen said. “But, for the most part, a lot of the stuff’s built in. So, alerts, checks, all that stuff, we go over it. I’m never just shooting by the hip, but I definitely have some freedom in the offense to do what’s got to be done.”

Every play Rosen runs, however, will have been vetted by him — something he has been doing throughout his career.

“I will not run a play on a football field unless I know why we’re running it and what we’re trying to accomplish,” Rosen said. “That’s just how I function. I don’t run a 4.5 [40-yard dash], so if things go bad, I can’t just hit the exit button. So, I like to understand a playbook in its entirety.”

And coach Steve Wilks doesn’t mind that.

“I saw that from day one when he first got here, even from the rookie minicamp, which is great,” Wilks said. “You want guys asking the question, ‘Why?’ I always try to tell the coaches to make sure we’re coaching the why.”

Rosen said he got a lot of text messages and phone calls wishing him luck and telling him he deserved it.

When talking about what the Cardinals are getting in him, Rosen said: “For the most part, I’m just trying to complete balls to the receivers, get the ball moving down the field, maybe extend plays a little bit, use my brain.”

He also expressed confidence in handling his new role.

“I think I’m a pretty good overall quarterback,” Rosen said, “and I’m looking forward to getting on the field.”

Rosen saw last week, when he took over for Sam Bradford with 4:31 left in the game, that the NFL, regardless of salaries, is still football.

“Regardless of how much everyone is getting paid around you, it’s still football, just wearing different jerseys,” Rosen said. “That was probably the most relieving thing getting on the field, was just completing a ball and sort of understanding it’s still the same game I’ve been playing since the third grade.”

Rosen said he has been preparing to start every week because “anything can happen.”

And something happened.

“It doesn’t change my preparation,” Rosen said. “I’m always balls to the wall all the time.”

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Josh Rosen to start for Arizona Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. – The Josh Rosen era will continue Sunday for the Arizona Cardinals.

Cardinals coach Steve Wilks named Rosen, Arizona’s first-round draft pick in April, the starting quarterback against the Seattle Seahawks during his Monday afternoon press conference.

Rosen replaced Sam Bradford in Sunday’s 16-14 loss to the Chicago Bears with 4:31 left in the game and played the final two drives. He attempted to march the offense into range for a game-winning field goal but was intercepted to end his first drive and sacked to the end the game.

Rosen, 21, was picked 10th overall by the Cardinals.

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