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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Friday, October 14

Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (3) goes for a first down in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers out Sunday, team non-committal on his future

  • Akers has been away the last two days due to personal reasons and HC Sean McVay told reporters they are “working through some different things.”
  • Asked whether he expects Akers to be with the team moving forward, McVay declined to give an answer and reiterated, “We're working through some different things right now.”
  • Akers has rushed for 151 yards on 51 attempts with one touchdown this season. After Week 1, McVay publicly said he needed to see more “urgency” from Akers. The third-year back has earned a 59.0 PFF grade so far this year.
  • The Rams only have two other running backs on the active roster at the moment with Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown. Rookie Ronnie Rivers is on the practice squad.
  • The Rams (-10) travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers on Sunday. They have a bye next week.

Carolina Panthers to start PJ Walker on Sunday

  • Walker entered training camp projected as Carolina’s fourth-string quarterback. However, preseason injuries to Sam Darnold and Matt Corral moved him up to backup, and starter Baker Mayfield suffered a high-ankle sprain last week against the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Mayfield is officially listed as doubtful, but interim head coach Steve Wilks said there is a chance he could be active and serve as the backup. Jacob Eason would be elevated from the practice squad if Mayfield can’t go.
  • Walker has started twice for Carolina over the last two years and the team won both games. He earned a 52.0 PFF grade last season.

New Orleans Saints will stick with Andy Dalton this week

  • Jameis Winston is still not ready to play as he recovers from back and ankle injuries. He’s officially listed as questionable, but head coach Dennis Allen said Dalton is going to start against the Cincinnati Bengals, his former team.
  • The Saints are 1-1 with Dalton the last two weeks. He has gone 36-of-52 for 423 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He’s earned an 80.3 PFF grade.
  • This will be the third time Dalton has faced the Bengals since they released him in 2020 after nine years. He started against them as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 and the Chicago Bears in 2021 and won both games.
  • The Saints will be without CB Marshon Lattimore (ab) and WRs Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Deonte Harty (foot). Rookie WR Chris Olave (concussion) is questionable.

NOTABLE INJURY DESIGNATIONS FOR SUNDAY

Player Team Status ‘22 PFF grade
QB Mac Jones New England Patriots Ankle/Questionable 58.4
RB Damien Harris New England Patriots Hamstring/Questionable 76.0
WR Nelson Agholor New England Patriots Hamstring/Questionable 67.1
WR Jakobi Meyers New England Patriots Knee/Questionable 84.5
DT Christian Barmore New England Patriots Knee/Questionable 49.5
TE Jonnu Smith New England Patriots Ankle/Questionable 63.2
DE Jadeveon Clowney Cleveland Browns Ankle + Knee/OUT 88.8
CB Denzel Ward Cleveland Browns Concussion/OUT 39.8
WR Kadarius Toney New York Giants Hamstring/OUT 47.3
WR Kenny Golladay New York Giants Knee/OUT 51.7
S Tony Jefferson New York Giants Foot/OUT 52.1
WR Wan'Dale Robinson New York Giants Knee/Questionable 75.4
LB Azeez Ojulari New York Giants Calf/Doubtful 51.0
DT Leonard Williams New York Giants Knee/Questionable 79.8
WR Rashad Bateman Baltimore Ravens Foot/OUT 62.1
LB Justin Houston Baltimore Ravens Groin/OUT 76.3
DE Jermaine Johnson New York Jets Ankle/OUT 72.7
OT Duane Brown New York Jets Shoulder/Questionable 57.8
OLB Rashan Gary Green Bay Packers Toe/Questionable 86.8
WR Christian Watson Green Bay Packers Hamstring/OUT 55.4
QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Thumb/Will Play 74.1
WR Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints Foot/OUT 77.2
WR Jarvis Landry New Orleans Saints Ankle/OUT 67.6
CB Marshon Lattimore New Orleans Saints Abdomen/OUT 52.2
WR Chris Olave New Orleans Saints Concussion/Questionable 79.7
QB Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints Back + Ankle/ Questionable 65.3
WR Deonte Harty New Orleans Saints Foot/OUT 47.9
WR Tee Higgins Cincinnati Bengals Ankle/Questionable 80.7
TE Hayden Hurst Cincinnati Bengals Groin/Questionable 61.9
OT Jonah Williams Cincinnati Bengals Knee/Questionable 58.9
WR Marvin Jones Jacksonville Jaguars Hamstring/Questionable 62.7
WR Zay Jones Jacksonville Jaguars Ankle/Questionable 69.8
DT Foley Fatukasi Jacksonville Jaguars Quad/Questionable 60.0
LB Foye Oluokun Jacksonville Jaguars Calf/Questionable 53.9
DE Kwity Paye Indianapolis Colts Ankle/OUT 73.4
LB Shaquille Leonard Indianapolis Colts Concussion + Back /OUT 59.2
RB Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts Ankle/Questionable 60.3
RB Nyheim Hines Indianapolis Colts Concussion/Questionable 60.8
S Julian Blackmon Indianapolis Colts Ankle/Questionable 55.0
RB Alexander Mattison Minnesota Vikings Shoulder/Questionable 67.3
QB Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins Concussion/OUT 79.7
QB Teddy Bridgewater Miami Dolphins Concussion/Questionable 53.0
OT Terron Armstead Miami Dolphins Toe/Questionable 76.1
WR Tyreek Hill Miami Dolphins Quad + Foot/Will Play 85.8
RB Raheem Mostert Miami Dolphins Knee/Questionable 62.1
WR Julio Jones Tampa Bay Bucs Knee/Doubtful 72.4
DB Logan Ryan Tampa Bay Bucs Foot/OUT 75.2
S Mike Edwards Tampa Bay Bucs Elbow/Questionable 72.9
S Minkah Fitzpatrick Pittsburgh Steelers Knee/OUT 72.1
CB Cameron Sutton Pittsburgh Steelers Hamstring/OUT 70.3
CB Ahkello Witherspoon Pittsburgh Steelers Hamstring/OUT 51.5
CB Levi Wallace Pittsburgh Steelers Concussion/OUT 54.9
TE Pat Freiermuth Pittsburgh Steelers Concussion/OUT 72.7
DE DeMarvin Leal Pittsburgh Steelers Knee/OUT 57.7
TE Kyle Pitts Atlanta Falcons Hamstring/Questionable 72.0
DE Nick Bosa San Francisco 49ers Groin/Questionable 89.6
CB Emmanuel Moseley San Francisco 49ers Knee/OUT 70.9
DL Javon Kinlaw San Francisco 49ers Knee/OUT 46.7
DL Arik Armstead San Francisco 49ers Foot + Ankle / OUT 52.9
OT Trent Williams San Francisco 49ers Ankle/OUT 79.5
S Jimmie Ward San Francisco 49ers Hand/OUT 60.1
QB Baker Mayfield Carolina Panthers Ankle/Doubtful 51.0
CB Jaycee Horn Carolina Panthers Ribs/OUT 77.0
WR Laviska Shenault Carolina Panthers Hamstring/OUT 93.8
WR Robbie Anderson Carolina Panthers Illness/Questionable 52.5
LB Frankie Luvu Carolina Panthers Shoulder/Questionable 72.7
CB C.J. Henderson Carolina Panthers Knee/Questionable 46.0
RB Cam Akers Los Angeles Rams Personal/OUT 59.0
WR Cooper Kupp Los Angeles Rams Foot/Questionable 87.0
DT Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams Foot/Questionable 91.1
TE Tyler Higbee Los Angeles Rams Ankle/Questionable 64.2
RB James Conner Arizona Cardinals Ribs/OUT 67.8
RB Darrel Williams Arizona Cardinals Knee/OUT 66.0
CB Trayvon Mullen Arizona Cardinals Hamstring/OUT 40.4
K Matt Prater Arizona Cardinals Hip/OUT 71.4
C Rodney Hudson Arizona Cardinals Knee/Questionable 59.5
WR Jake Kumerow Buffalo Bills Ankle/OUT 64.9
CB Rashad Fenton Kansas City Chiefs Hamstring/OUT 57.3
K Harrison Butker Kansas City Chiefs Ankle/Will Play 69.7
WR Ceedee Lamb Dallas Cowboys Groin/Questionable 73.1
OL Jason Peters Dallas Cowboys Chest/Questionable 60.8
QB Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys Thumb/Questionable 37.4
K Jake Elliott Philadelphia Eagles Ankle/Will Play 62.7
LT Jordan Mailata Philadelphia Eagles Shoulder/Will Play 60.0
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