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Auburn NFL roundup: Braden Smith, Colts run over Jaguars

The Indianapolis Colts have an AFC South showdown game on Thursday night after running over the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-13 on Sunday.

Behind an offensive line that included former Auburn All-American Braden Smith at right tackle, the Colts ran for 264 yards on 36 carries, with Jonathan Williams rushing for 116 yards on 13 carries and Marlon Mack rushing for 109 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

Indianapolis posted its highest rushing total since picking up 275 yards in a 41-10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Nov. 21, 2004, and had two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since Randy McMillan and Albert Bentley turned the trick in a 49-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 6, 1985.

"I don’t think you ever expect to run for that many yards in an NFL game just because defenses are too good," Colts coach Frank Reich said. "And that defense is -- I’ve got so much respect for that defense. I’m just telling you. I was telling (offensive coordinator) Nick (Sirianni), I got over here this morning, I said, ‘Man, I know we’re going to run the ball. We’re going to call runs. We’re going stay committed to it. Our guys have had a great week of practice, but this is a good defensive front.’

"So, again, I can’t give our players enough credit for how well they played."

Before Sunday, Williams had gained 95 rushing yards in 16 NFL games. Williams credited the Colts' offensive line for Indianapolis' success against Jacksonville.

"They're 100 percent the reason why we were able to do that," Williams said. "Week in and week out those guys prepare, those guys are ready, they're focused. They're ready to play every week. It's a joy to run behind them."

Indianapolis is tied for the top spot in the AFC South at 6-4 after the Houston Texans took a 41-7 beating from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

The Colts and Texans will square off at 7:20 p.m. CST Thursday at NRG Stadium in Houston. The teams will be meeting for the second time this season after Indianapolis scored a 30-23 victory on Oct. 20.

Smith was a first-team selection on The Associated Press' All-American team for the 2017 season -- as a guard for Auburn. He joined Indianapolis in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft as a guard.

But when injuries created a need at right offensive tackle, Smith stepped in four games into the 2018 season. Since then, he's played all 1,541 offensive snaps for the Colts.

Smith was among the 15 former Auburn players who got on the field on the 11th Sunday of the NFL’s 100th season.

One other former Auburn player was at the Jaguars-Colts game:

· Jaguars defensive tackle Dontavius Russell was designated as inactive.

In the other Sunday games:

Baltimore Ravens 41, Houston Texans 7

· Angelo Blackson started at defensive end for the Texans. Blackson made one tackle.

· Josh Bynes started at middle linebacker for the Ravens. Bynes had two tackles and an interception. The third-quarter pick with a 6-yard return was Bynes' second interception of the season and the fourth of his career.

Atlanta Falcons 29, Carolina Panthers 3

· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps for four field-goal attempts, three punts and two extra-point attempts.

Buffalo Bills 37, Miami Dolphins 20

· Chandler Cox started at fullback for the Dolphins. He did not record any stats.

· Bills wide receiver Duke Williams was designated as inactive.

New Orleans Saints 34, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17

· Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber did not have a rushing attempt, but he did catch two passes for 11 yards. A 6-yard reception with 2:42 left in the first half accounted for Tampa Bay's first touchdown on Sunday and second TD catch of Barber's career.

· Carlton Davis started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made two tackles, broke up a pass and forced a fumble.

· Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean played but did not record any stats.

New York Jets 34, Washington Redskins 17

· Jets safety Blake Countess played but did not record any stats.

San Francisco 49ers 36, Cardinals 26

· Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) made two tackles for loss, including a sack, before leaving the game with a hamstring injury. Ford has 6.5 sacks this season.

Oakland Raiders 17, Cincinnati Bengals 10

· Raiders place-kicker Daniel Carlson connected on a 20-yard field goal and two extra points. The field goal came with 9:12 left in the game and set the final margin.

· Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson made two tackles, recorded one sack and registered two quarterback hits. Lawson's sack was his second of the season, with the first coming on Oct. 13. Lawson missed the next two games because of a hamstring injury before returning to the field last week.

· C.J. Uzomah started at tight end for the Bengals. Uzomah caught two passes for 5 yards.

New England Patriots 17, Philadelphia Eagles 10

· Patriots defensive lineman Byron Cowart was designated as inactive.

· Philadelphia Eagles safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) made two tackles on defense and two tackles on special teams.

· Jonathan Jones started at safety for the Patriots. Jones made two tackles and lost an interception to video review. Jones pulled the football away from Philadelphia tight end Dallas Goedert as he caught a pass in the end zone in the second quarter, and on video review, Goedert wound up with a touchdown while Jones lost his interception, which was the call on the field.· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham did not play.

The 11th week of the season started with the Cleveland Browns’ 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.The 11th week of the NFL's 2019 season concludes on Monday when the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers square off at 7:15 p.m. CDT in Mexico City. ESPN will televise the game.

 

 

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Will Chandler Cox get ‘increased opportunity’ to improve Dolphins’ ground game?

 

The Miami Dolphins have the worst rushing attack in the NFL with 603 yards in 10 games, less than one-third of the ground yardage gained by league-leader Baltimore. The Dolphins' 3.0 yards-per-carry average is the worst in the NFL by 0.3 yards, and Miami doesn't even have its top two ball-carriers of 2019 on the roster anymore.

Running back Mark Walton tops the Dolphins' rushing chart with 201 yards on 53 carries. Already serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's Policy on Substances of Abuse, Walton was waived by Miami on Tuesday after being charged with aggravated battery in an alleged incident involving a pregnant woman.

Running back Kenyan Drake had 174 yards on 47 carries when the Dolphins dealt the former Alabama standout to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 28 for a conditional sixth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Is it possible for Miami to improve its rushing attack now that the Dolphins are back with Kalen Ballage as their top ball-carrier?

Ballage started the first two games of the season, but he lost that spot after gaining 5 yards on nine rushing attempts and catching two passes for 19 yards as the Dolphins were beaten by a combined score of 102-10.

Although he's averaged 1.9 yards on his 64 carries in 2019, Ballage does have the three touchdowns scored by Miami running backs this season.

The most recent one came on 3-yard burst up the middle in the Dolphins’ 37-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, and it might serve as an example for how Miami could improve its ground game. Ballage ran through a hole cleared by fullback Chandler Cox, a rookie from Auburn.

A seventh-round draft choice in April, Cox has played only 62 offensive snaps this season, ranging from none against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 13 to 18 the next week against the Bills, when Miami had its highest rushing output of the season with 109 yards -- 25 more than in any other game.

In the rematch with Buffalo on Sunday, Cox played four snaps and Miami finished with 23 rushing yards.

"I think having a fullback as part of your game plan is very important,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea said during a Tuesday press conference. “Obviously, the game goes a certain way and there are some circumstances that lead you down a different path as far as what personnel group that you would select to use, but I think it’s a very important part of the offense. We’ll continue to look at that for opportunities to have more consistency in the run game with the use of the fullback.

"Chandler, in the limited snaps that he's been in on, has done a good job and has performed well on those snaps. It's just a matter of maybe getting an increased opportunity for him to be out there. It's something that we always look for in game-planning whether it's that grouping or other groupings that might help us in the run game, which we definitely need just to make improvements on."

At Auburn, Cox played in 52 games and started 41 times. Primarily a blocking back, he had 11 carries for 18 yards and three touchdowns and 26 receptions for 237 yards and one touchdown in his four seasons with the Tigers.

“I think that the primary role of that position is obviously as a blocker,” O’Shea said of the Dolphins’ use of the fullback. "But certainly there should be opportunities in the pass if you’re using that position and trying to have balance with it.

"Chandler hasn't had an opportunity to catch the ball in a game, but he certainly has showed the ability to catch the ball at practice, and when we've done things with him in the pass game, he's done a decent job, so it's just a matter of having an opportunity to do it in a game to show he can do it."

Since coming out of their Week 5 bye, the Dolphins have started the same offensive linemen in consecutive games once and have had four starting combinations in the past four games. Left guard Michael Deiter is the only Miami offensive lineman who has started every game in 2019.

“It looked like it was moving in the right direction," Miami coach Brian Flores said about the offensive line after the Dolphins gained 23 rushing yards and gave up seven sacks against Buffalo on Sunday, "and I still feel it’s moving in the right direction.”

The 2-8 Dolphins visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Browns rank 26th in rushing defense among the NFL's 32 teams. Of the six opponents remaining on Miami's schedule, three rank in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing defense and three rank in the bottom 10.

 

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Took it away from Ridley to boot. Even sweeter!!!!

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Auburn NFL roundup: Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean help ground Falcons

 

Tampa Bay cornerbacks Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean broke up five passes apiece and Davis’ total included an interception in the Buccaneers’ 35-22 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Davis and Dean tied the team record for passes defended in a game.

In the previous 20 seasons, Tampa Bay had had four games in which a player had five passes defended, with the most recent in 2007. On Sunday, it got two in one contest from a pair of former Auburn defensive backs.

In his second season since joining the Bucs as a second-round draft choice, Davis made his first NFL interception in the third quarter when he picked off a long pass from Matt Ryan intended for Calvin Ridley at the Tampa Bay 11-yard line.

Davis also made five tackles at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Dean had two tackles.

A rookie who came aboard in the third round in the April draft, Dean has broken up 14 passes in the three games that he's played extensively with the Tampa Bay defense. The NFL leader entering Sunday's game was Tennessee cornerback Logan Ryan with 15 passes defended.

“These guys are growing and growing,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. “They’re coming in early and they’re staying late, and it’s really starting to show up.”

Davis and Dean were among the 16 former Auburn players who got on the field on the 12th Sunday of the NFL’s 100th season.

Two other former Auburn players were at the Buccaneers- Falcons game:

· Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber ran for 32 yards on 11 carries.

· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps on six punts, three field-goal attempts and one extra-point kick.

In the other Sunday games:

Buffalo Bills 20, Denver Broncos 3

· Bills wide receiver Duke Williams was designated as inactive.

Chicago Bears 19, New York Giants 14

· Giants guard Chad Slade (Moody) was designated as inactive.

· Darius Slayton started at wide receiver for the Giants. Slayton caught four passes for 67 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Cincinnati Bengals 10

· Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson made three tackles and registered a quarterback hit.

· C.J. Uzomah started at tight end for the Bengals. He did not record any stats.

Cleveland Browns 41, Miami Dolphins 24

· Dolphins fullback Chandler Cox played but did not record any stats.

· Devaroe Lawrence started at defensive tackle for the Browns. Lawrence made one tackle.

· Greg Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Browns.

New York Jets 34, Oakland Raiders 3

· Jets safety Blake Countess played but did not record any stats.

Seattle Seahawks 17, Philadelphia Eagles 9

· Seahawks cornerback Neiko Thorpe was designated as inactive.

Tennessee Titans 42, Jacksonville Jaguars 20

· Titans linebacker Daren Bates made two tackles on special teams, and one of them set up a touchdown. After Tennessee running back Derrick Henry ran 74 yards to give the Titans a 21-3 lead in the third quarter, Bates tackled Jacksonville kickoff returner Michael Walker, causing him to fumble, and Bates recovered the loose football at the Jaguars 7-yard line.

· Jaguars defensive tackle Dontavius Russell played for the first time since the second game of the season and made three tackles.

New England Patriots 13, Dallas Cowboys 9

· Patriots defensive lineman Byron Cowart played but did not record any stats.

· Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones made three tackles and broke up a pass.

· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham did not play. When New England's injury report on Friday listed quarterback Tom Brady as limited in practice that day and listed his status for Sunday's game as limited because of a right elbow injury, Stidham was under the microscope as a possible NFL starter for the first time. But Brady went all the way under center for the Patriots against Dallas.

San Francisco 49ers 37, Green Bay Packers 8

· Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams made one tackle.

· Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) was designated as inactive. Ford suffered a hamstring injury in San Francisco's previous game.

The 12th week of the season started with the Houston Texans' 20-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.

The 12th week of the NFL's 2019 season concludes on Monday when the Baltimore Ravens visit the Los Angeles Rams at 7:15 p.m. CDT. ESPN will televise the game.

 

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Darvin Adams becomes a Grey Cup champion

Former Auburn wide receiver Darvin Adams is a Grey Cup champion after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 on Sunday night in the Canadian Football League’s championship game.

Adams capped his seventh CFL season and fifth with the Blue Bombers with Winnipeg's first CFL championship since 1990.

In the 107th Grey Cup, Adams caught two passes for 11 yards and completed a 13-yard pass after being the Blue Bombers' leading receiver in their previous two playoff games.

Adams caught six passes for 105 yards and one touchdown in a 35-14 victory over the Calgary Stampeders on Nov. 10 in the Western Division semifinals and caught eight passes for 93 yards in a 20-13 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Nov. 17 in the Western Division finals.

A Western Division all-star last season, Adams caught 47 passes for 549 yards and five touchdowns in 13 regular-season games for Winnipeg in 2019.

Adams caught 52 passes for 963 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2010 season to help Auburn win the BCS national championship, setting an SEC Championship Game record with 217 receiving yards along the way. The previous season, Adams had set an Auburn single-season record with 60 receptions.

 

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Auburn NFL roundup: Peyton Barber’s 2 touchdowns help Bucs win again

A month ago, Ronald Jones replaced Peyton Barber as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting running back, a position the former Southern Cal standout held for the fifth straight game when the Bucs played the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Jones had overtaken Barber as Tampa Bay's leading rusher, entering Sunday's contest with 474 yards and five touchdowns on 119 carries in 2019. Barber had started 26 consecutive games when Jones replaced him in the lineup, and the former Auburn standout came into Sunday with 352 yards and four touchdowns on 105 rushing attempts.

Against the Jaguars, though, Barber got 17 rushing attempts to Jones' six carries, and while Barber totaled only 44 yards, he scored two touchdowns -- the second two-TD game of his NFL career.

Tampa Bay lost Barber's first two-touchdown game to the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 26, 2017. But the Buccaneers beat the Jaguars 28-11 on Sunday to post consecutive victories for the first time in the 2019 season.

“Peyton had the hot hand,” Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said. “He was making the plays, and he did a better job in the blitz pickup. RoJo missed a blitz pickup, and that’s it. You don’t get to play no more. Simple.”

Barber opened the scoring on Sunday with a 15-yard run with 2:49 left in the first quarter.With 7:58 left in the first half, Barber's 1-yard run allowed Tampa Bay to stretch its lead to 22-0.

Between Barber’s touchdowns, Tampa Bay’s defense scored on a fumble return. After that TD, Barber ran for a 2-point conversion. He’s the first NFL player this season to have two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the same game.

Barber was among the 13 former Auburn players who got on the field on the 13th Sunday of the NFL’s 100th season.

Three other former Auburn players were at the Buccaneers-Jaguars game:

· Carlton Davis started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made three tackles and broke up two passes.

· Jamel Dean started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Dean made two tackles before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.

· Jaguars defensive tackle Dontavius Russell was designated as inactive.

In the other Sunday games:

Tennessee Titans 31, Indianapolis Colts 17

· Titans linebacker Daren Bates played but did not record any stats before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.

· Braden Smith started at right offensive tackle for the Colts.

Cincinnati Bengals 22, New York Jets 6

· Jets safety Blake Countess was designated as inactive.

· Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson recorded a quarterback hit.

· C.J. Uzomah started at tight end for the Bengals. Uzomah caught five passes for 51 yards as the Bengals won for the first time this season.

Baltimore Ravens 20, San Francisco 49ers 17

· Ravens inside linebacker Josh Bynes made five tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

· Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) was designated as inactive. A hamstring injury kept Ford off the field for the second straight game.

Pittsburgh Steelers 20, Cleveland Browns 13

· Browns offensive tackle Greg Robinson was designated as inactive. Robinson missed the game because of a concussion.

Green Bay Packers 31, New York Giants 13

· Packers defensive lineman Montravius Adams made one tackle.

· Giants guard Chad Slade (Moody) was designated as inactive.

· Darius Slayton started at wide receiver for the Giants. Slayton caught six passes for 44 yards.

Miami Dolphins 37, Philadelphia Eagles 31

· Dolphins fullback Chandler Cox played but did not record any stats.

Kansas City Chiefs 40, Oakland Raiders 9

· Raiders place-kicker Daniel Carlson made a 34-yard field-goal attempt and missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt.

Houston Texans 28, New England Patriots 22

· Texans defensive end Angelo Blackson was designated as inactive. A shoulder injury kept Blackson from playing.

· Patriots defensive lineman Byron Cowart was designated as inactive.

· Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones made three tackles and broke up three tackles.

· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham did not play.

The 13th week of the season started with three games on Thanksgiving. The Chicago Bears defeated the Detroit Lions 24-20, the Buffalo Bills defeated the Dallas Cowboys 26-15 and the New Orleans Saints defeated the Atlanta Falcons 26-18.

The 13th week of the NFL's 2019 season concludes on Monday when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Seattle Seahawks at 7:15 p.m. CDT. ESPN will televise the game.

 

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Auburn NFL roundup: Josh Bynes helps Ravens secure postseason spot

Josh Bynes was at home for the first four weeks of the 2019 season, hoping for another NFL opportunity. The former Auburn standout got it when the Baltimore Ravens signed him on Oct. 2.

Now Bynes is going to the playoffs.

The Ravens became the first AFC team to clinch a postseason spot with a 24-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Baltimore’s ninth straight victory lifted its record to 11-2, the best in the conference with three games remaining in the regular season.

Later on Sunday afternoon, the Ravens got company in the conference playoff field when the Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the AFC West title by beating the New England Patriots 23-16 while the Oakland Raiders lost to the Tennessee Titans 42-21.

Bynes has been to the playoffs with Baltimore before. After the 2012 season, the linebacker played in four postseason games with the Ravens, including the 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Bynes played one more season with Baltimore before joining the Detroit Lions for three seasons and the Arizona Cardinals for two. Bynes started 11 games at middle linebacker for the Cardinals last season. But an injury ended his season early, and Arizona released him in March. Bynes didn't get another chance to play until rejoining the Ravens.

On Sunday, Bynes recorded two tackles, including his first sack of the season, and registered two quarterback hits. Bynes took down Josh Allen on Buffalo's second offensive series for the first of the Ravens' six sacks of the Bills quarterback.

Bynes was among the 16 former Auburn players who got on the field on the 14th Sunday of the NFL’s 100th season.

One other former Auburn player was at the Ravens-Bills game:

· Bills wide receiver Duke Williams was designated as inactive.

In the other Sunday games:

Atlanta Falcons 40, Carolina Panthers 20

· Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps for four field-goal attempts, four extra-point kicks and four punts.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Indianapolis Colts 35

· Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber ran for 34 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 19 yards.

· Carlton Davis started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Davis made five tackles and broke up three passes.

· Jamel Dean started at cornerback for the Buccaneers. Dean made one tackle and broke up one pass.

· Braden Smith started at right offensive tackle for the Colts.

New York Jets 22, Miami Dolphins 21

· Jets safety Blake Countess played but did not record any stats.

· Dolphins fullback Chandler Cox played but did not record any stats.

San Francisco 49ers 48, New Orleans Saints 46

· Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) played but did not record any stats before leaving the game because of a hamstring injury. Ford had missed the previous two games because of a hamstring injury.

Denver Broncos 38, Houston Texans 24

· Angelo Blackson started at defensive end for the Texans. Blackson made one tackle.

Cleveland Browns 27, Cincinnati Bengals 19

· Carl Lawson started at right defensive end for the Bengals. Lawson made four tackles, recorded a sack, had two tackles for loss and registered two quarterback hits. Lawson tied his career high for tackles in a game. He also had four against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 24, 2017.

· Greg Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Browns. Robinson returned after missing last week's game because of a concussion.

· C.J. Uzomah started at tight end for the Bengals. Uzomah caught a 4-yard pass.

Green Bay Packers 20, Washington Redskins 15

· Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams played but did not record any stats. Adams was sick and left the game early.

Los Angeles Chargers 45, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

· Jaguars defensive tackle Dontavius Russell was designated as inactive.

Tennessee Titans 42, Oakland Raiders 21

· Titans linebacker Daren Bates was designated as inactive. A shoulder injury kept Bates from practicing last week.

· Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson made three extra-point kicks.

Kansas City Chiefs 23, New England Patriots 16

· Patriots defensive lineman Byron Cowart was designated as inactive.

· Jonathan Jones started at defensive back for the Patriots. Jones made five tackles.

· Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham did not play.

The 14th week of the season started with the Chicago Bears’ 31-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

The 14th week of the NFL's 2019 season concludes on Monday when the New York Giants visit the Philadelphia Eagles at 7:15 p.m. CDT. ESPN will televise the game.

 

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49ers hope to get Dee Ford back on field for playoffs

The San Francisco 49ers don’t expect defensive end Dee Ford to play in their remaining regular-season games. But that doesn’t mean the 2019 NFL season is over for the former Auburn standout.

Ford returned to the field on Sunday after a hamstring injury had sidelined him for two games. But in the 49ers' 48-46 victory over the New Orleans Saints, Ford played only four defensive snaps.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Ford had “reaggravated” the hamstring injury.

“It’s going to probably take a little bit longer than it did last time,” Shanahan said about Ford’s possible return date. “Probably be at least three weeks.”

Only three more weeks remain on the NFL's 2019 regular-season schedule. Fortunately for Ford and the 49ers, San Francisco's season probably won't end with their Dec. 29 game against the Seattle Seahawks.

At 11-2, the 49ers own the best record in the NFC, although their lead on the Seahawks in the NFC West is only one game.

San Francisco could wrap up a playoff berth by beating the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. And even if they lose to the Falcons, the 49ers would be locked into the postseason if the Los Angeles Rams lose to the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers lose to the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings lose to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The 49ers could use some breathing room. In addition to losing Ford in the game against the Saints, San Francisco had cornerback Richard Sherman leave with a hamstring injury, cornerback K'Waun Williams enter the concussion protocol and center Weston Richburg suffer a season-ending knee injury.

“It was a huge win, and we enjoyed that a ton, obviously,” Shanahan said on Monday, "but some mixed feelings today with some of these injuries, which is tough, especially losing Richburg for the year. The other guys got some serious ones, too.

"Hopefully, we can keep playing well so we can give them a chance to come back and help us if we can make our season longer than three games."

The 49ers already were playing without wide receivers Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, safety Jaquiski Tartt and defensive tackle Julian Taylor because of injuries. Goodwin went on injured reserve on Tuesday, but San Francisco hopes to get the other players back on the field.

Tartt suffered broken ribs tackling Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram on Dec. 1, and Shanahan said the 49ers will “see on Wednesday” how the former Davidson High School and Samford standout is feeling.

A former St. Clair County High School star, Ford joined the 49ers from the Kansas City Chiefs in March, when San Francisco swapped a second-round choice in the 2020 NFL Draft to obtain him.

The Chiefs selected Ford in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his fifth season, Ford recorded 13 sacks and 29 quarterback hits and led the NFL with seven forced fumbles. Kansas City used its franchise tag on Ford to keep him from leaving in free agency, then traded him to San Francisco.

The 49ers signed Ford to a five-year, $85.5 million contract, but his first season in San Francisco has been hampered by injuries. Knee tendinitis kept him sidelined for about a month during the training camp/preseason period.

Although the previous two games were the only ones that he's missed in 2019, Ford has appeared on the 49ers' injury report for all but one week of the season and has been listed on the Wednesday-through-Friday reports as a full participant in practice six times, a non-participant 10 times and a limited participant for all other practices. Ford has played 28 percent of the 49ers' defensive snaps this season.

 

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Dee Ford is turning into the Robert Horry of defensive ends. Hops off a SB-caliber AFC West team and straight onto a SB-caliber NFC West team. 

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Jeff Holland signs with fifth NFL team of 2019

Jeff Holland’s 2019 NFL odyssey resumed on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Rams signed the former Auburn edge rusher for their practice squad.

The Rams became Holland's fifth NFL team in the past four months.

Holland broke into the NFL in 2018, spending most of the season on the Denver Broncos' practice squad before playing in the final three games. Holland stayed with Denver through the offseason program and training camp, but the Broncos waived him on Aug. 12 after he'd played in two preseason games.

The Arizona Cardinals claimed Holland off waivers, and he played in two more preseason games before the Cards waived him on Aug. 25.

Holland again was claimed off waivers, going to the Buffalo Bills in time to play in their preseason finale. But the Bills released him on Aug. 31 as they reduced the preseason roster of 90 players to the regular-season limit of 53.

Holland returned to the NFL on Oct. 1, when he joined the Los Angeles Chargers' practice squad. The Chargers released Holland on Dec. 3.

Each NFL team has a practice squad of 10 players. The members of the squad can practice with the team, but they aren't eligible to play in games.

After spending his first two seasons at Auburn behind current Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson, Holland became a starter for the Tigers in 2017. He made 45 tackles, with 13 for a loss, and registered 10 sacks. But Holland went undrafted in 2018.

Holland was one of the five players from Alabama high schools and colleges on Wednesday's NFL transactions report:

· Outside linebacker Eric Lee (Daphne) rejoined the New England Patriots as a member of their practice squad. Lee played in six games, with five starts, for the Patriots in 2017 before playing for the Detroit Lions in 2018. He spent the first five weeks of the 2019 season on the Lions' practice squad.

· Wide receiver Jordan Matthews (Madison Academy) returned to the San Francisco 49ers' active roster. The six-year NFL veteran played for San Francisco in their Oct. 20 game against the Washington Redskins, then played in two November games with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers put wide receiver Marquise Goodwin on injured reserve on Tuesday.

· Cornerback Neiko Thorpe (Auburn) officially had his season come to an end after the Seattle Seahawks put him on injured reserve. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that Thorpe was headed there after undergoing sports-hernia surgery.

· Outside linebacker Quincy Williams (Wenonah) had his rookie season end three games early when the Jacksonville Jaguars put him on injured reserve. A third-round draft pick from Murray State, Williams played in 11 games even though he had knee surgery on Aug. 1 and was hampered by a hamstring injury for much of the season. He was listed on Jacksonville's Wednesday injury report as a limited participant because of a hand injury.

 

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