Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay suffered a foot injury during a “Monday Night Football” contest against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1.
Lindsay did not return to the sideline after halftime and the team announced late in the third quarter that the running back has been ruled out.
In the first half, Lindsay rushed seven times for 24 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards. Melvin Gordon has rushed seven times for 28 yards and he has three receptions for eight yards so far. Gordon also lost a fumble.
Royce Freeman is now the second RB on the depth chart behind Gordon. Denver is currently tied with Tennessee 7-7 late in the third quarter.
Rangers to buy out Henrik Lundqvist’s contract Wednesday, ending his historic tenure: report
In an unsurprising but nonetheless difficult move to make, the Rangers will reportedly buy out Henrik Lundqvist’s contract on Wednesday.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers are expected to make the move official on Wednesday, thus ending one of the more memorable tenures in franchise history.
The writing has been on the wall for most of the season, with the emergence of Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Giorgiev as the team’s one-two goal-tending punch.
Lundqvist made 26 starts this past season, posting a 10-12-3 record with a .905 save percentage and 3.16 goals against average, both the worst marks of his illustrious 15-year career with the Blueshirts. His playing time decreased drastically as the season went on.
The two-time All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner in 2011-12 holds franchise records in wins (459), shutouts (64) and postseason wins (61), while helping the Rangers win 11 postseason series, including a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 before falling to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.
Lundqvist has one year remaining on his Rangers’ deal, and while the 38-year-old could elect to make one more run at a Cup with another team (likely in a backup role), he could also hand up his skates as the sixth winningest goalie in NHL history.
No matter what happens next, though, it sounds as if King Henrik’s reign in New York has finally reached its culmination.
This Patriots player is the best rookie in the NFL through Week 3
New England Patriots rookie guard Michael Onwenu hasn’t made much news during 2020, but while most of the team’s rookie class watches on Sundays, he was the first Patriots rookie to get a start this season.
With Joe Thuney shifting to center to replace David Andrews, Onwenu took over Thuney’s spot at left tackle. And Onwenu, a sixth-round pick out of Michigan, was sensational at that spot. He had previously been splitting time at right tackle with Jermaine Eluemunor in Weeks 1 and 2, but Onwenu’s new gig suited him. He finished Week 3 as the top-performing rookie, according to the digital scouting service, Pro Football Focus.
Here’s some of what PFF wrote about Onwenu:
“He allowed just one hurry across 32 pass-blocking snaps and was a people-mover for the Patriots’ rushing attack, generating an 83.6 run-blocking grade across his 37 snaps as a run-blocker. Despite logging snaps at three different positions in three games, Onwenu has now produced an 87.6 PFF grade for the season, fifth among all offensive linemen regardless of position. It’s starting to look like Bill Belichick and the Patriots got themselves a steal.”
Heading into training camp, New England was expected to get Yodny Cajuste, a 2019 third-round pick, involved in the offense as the third tackle. But while Cajuste continually dealt with injuries, Onwenu captured that role, and even earned himself a timeshare with Eluemunor, which isn’t something you typically see at tackle. It seems like Bill Belichick thinks of the young offensive lineman as atypical.
“Mike’s shown a lot of versatility,” Belichick said this week. “He played right guard at Michigan, and that’s pretty much the only spot he played. Here he’s worked both guards and worked at right tackle, and right tackle was a new position for him. Left guard, even though guard is guard, footwork is all different over there where he played yesterday for Joe [Thuney]. It’s kind of like playing left handed when you’ve been playing right handed your whole life.
“I think he’s done a really good job. He’s a smart kid, he’s got a lot of physical playing strength, he’s a good athlete, he’s got good football smarts and awareness and he’s done a good job for us, playing right tackle and then yesterday at guard he handled some good situations. He learned a lot and he’s still got a long way to go but did a lot of good things.”
Seahawks down to No. 5 in Touchdown Wire’s NFL power rankings
The Seattle Seahawks are undefeated and lead the NFC West in the standings but they aren’t the only team to start the season 3-0. Those other clubs – Steelers, Bills, Packers and Chiefs – all top Seattle in Touchdown Wire’s latest NFL power rankings.
Despite their impressive start to the year, the Seahawks have dropped from No. 2 to No. 5 heading into Week 4.
“The 2020 Seahawks have the NFL’s ultimate cheat code in Russell Wilson, and perhaps the NFL’s ultimate susceptibility among playoff-worthy teams in a pass defense that couldn’t be farther from the Legion of Boom days if it tried,” writes Doug Farrar. “Through three games in 2020, Seattle has allowed 1,292 passing yards, which is the most any team has allowed in that early span in NFL history.”
“Perhaps this is why the Seahawks are Letting Russ Cook as they are — because without that, and were they to script a series of situation-neutral game plans as Pete Carroll would generally prefer, they’d be 0-3 instead of 3-0,” Farrar explains. “Russell Wilson has been the glue holding this team together and keeping it competitive for the last half-decade, and never more so than in 2020.”
Wilson and crew next head to Miami for an early start Sunday against the Dolphins.
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