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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Friday, October 21

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) with the ball as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson (27) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers acquire RB Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers

  • The 49ers traded second-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2023 and a fifth-round pick in 2024 to acquire McCaffrey.
  • McCaffrey’s talent as a dual-threat player is undeniable, but he’s dealt with several injuries over the last two years, playing in just 10 total games. 
  • He’s played in all six games this year, totaling 670 scrimmage yards. His 83.3 PFF grade ranks third among qualifying running backs.
  • The 49ers are now without a first-, second- or fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft. They still have two third-round compensatory picks for losing Robert Saleh and Mike McDaniel to head coaching jobs.
  • The Panthers continue to go into rebuild mode and will take on a $25.9M total dead cap hit, the most ever for a non-quarterback.   

Baltimore Ravens RB JK Dobbins to miss 4-6 weeks

  • Dobbins is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee next week, ESPN reported.
  • Dobbins missed all of last season with a torn ACL, LCL and meniscus. He returned in Week 3 of this season and has played in four games so far, totaling 123 yards on 35 carries. He’s earned a 63.5 PFF grade.
  • The Ravens will likely turn to Kenyan Drake, who had over 100 yards rushing last week. Justice Hill is also returning after a two-week absence, and Gus Edwards could soon be activated off the PUP list.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett clears concussion protocol

  • The first-round pick is expected to start on Sunday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins.
  • Pickett was knocked out of last week’s win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He went 11-of-18 for 67 yards and threw his first career touchdown. He earned a 49.5 PFF grade.
  • Backup Mitch Trubisky finished the game, throwing for 144 yards and a touchdown as Pittsburgh put an end to a four-game skid.
  • The Dolphins are also getting their quarterback back from concussion as Tua Tagovailoa is slated to return after missing the last two games.

Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson will be a game-time decision

  • Wilson has been dealing with a hamstring injury and is officially listed as questionable. He was limited in practice all week.
  • Denver’s big investment in Wilson has not gone as planned so far. Wilson’s passing grade (58.7) and overall grade (59.5) rank outside the top 30 among qualifying quarterbacks.
  • The Broncos' backup is Brett Rypien – who has one career start – fittingly against the New York Jets in 2020. He went 19-of-31 for 242 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a win. He earned a poor 39.6 PFF grade.
  • Wilson has missed just three games in his career, all coming last year due to a finger injury that required surgery.


Player Team Status ‘22 PFF grade
RB JK Dobbins Baltimore Ravens Knee/OUT 63.5
TE Mark Andrews Baltimore Ravens Knee/Questionable 85.1
LB Justin Houston Baltimore Ravens Groin/Questionable 76.3
WR Rashad Bateman Baltimore Ravens Foot/Questionable 62.1
G Wyatt Teller Cleveland Browns Calf/OUT 85.3
CB Denzel Ward Cleveland Browns Concussion/OUT 39.8
DE Jadeveon Clowney Cleveland Browns Ankle + Knee/Questionable 88.8
LB Logan Wilson Cincinnati Bengals Shoulder/Questionable 68.2
QB Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys Thumb/Will Play 37.4
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown Detroit Lions Ankle/Will Play 79.0
RB D'Andre Swift Detroit Lions Shoulder + Ankle / Questionable 69.7
WR Josh Reynolds Detroit Lions Knee/Questionable 74.3
WR DJ Chark Detroit Lions Ankle/OUT 61.1
DL Charles Harris Detroit Lions Groin/OUT 56.1
WR Kadarius Toney New York Giants Hamstring/OUT 47.3
WR Kenny Golladay New York Giants Knee/OUT 51.7
LB Azeez Ojulari New York Giants Calf/OUT 51.0
LB Oshane Ximines New York Giants Quad/OUT 77.8
WR Jamal Agnew Jacksonville Jaguars Knee/OUT 65.2
CB Shaquill Griffin Jacksonville Jaguars Back/OUT 61.8
WR Marvin Jones Jacksonville Jaguars Hamstring/Questionable 62.7
LB Foye Oluokun Jacksonville Jaguars Calf/Questionable 57.3
DE Kwity Paye Indianapolis Colts Ankle/OUT 73.4
LB Shaquille Leonard Indianapolis Colts Nose + Back /OUT 59.2
RB Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts Ankle/Will Play 60.3
RB Nyheim Hines Indianapolis Colts Concussion/Will Play 60.8
WR Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers Ankle/OUT 79.9
WR Christian Watson Green Bay Packers Hamstring/OUT 55.4
QB Carson Wentz Washington Commanders Finger/OUT 63.1
WR Dyami Brown Washington Commanders Groin/OUT 74.6
TE Logan Thomas Washington Commanders Calf/OUT 58.0
CB William Jackson III Washington Commanders Back/OUT 49.6
WR Jahan Dotson Washington Commanders Hamstring/Questionable 63.7
WR Julio Jones Tampa Bay Bucs Knee/Out 72.4
TE Cameron Brate Tampa Bay Bucs Neck/Out 58.2
QB Baker Mayfield Carolina Panthers Ankle/Doubtful 51.0
QB Russell Wilson Denver Broncos Shoulder/Questionable 59.5
DE Jermaine Johnson New York Jets Ankle/OUT 72.7
WR Elijah Moore New York Jets Personal/OUT 58.3
WR Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers Hamstring/Questionable 80.6
DT Sebastian Joseph-Day Los Angeles Chargers Ankle/Questionable 56.9
K Dustin Hopkins Los Angeles Chargers Hamstring/OUT 70.2
WR Joshua Palmer Los Angeles Chargers Concussion/OUT 58.6
Tyler Lockett Seattle Seahawks Hamstring/Questionable 76.8
G Joe Thuney Kansas City Chiefs Ankle/Questionable 76.9
CB Rashad Fenton Kansas City Chiefs Hamstring/OUT 57.3
DE Nick Bosa San Francisco 49ers Groin/Will Play 89.6
LT Trent Williams San Francisco 49ers Ankle/Will Play 79.5
S Jimmie Ward San Francisco 49ers Hand/Will Play 60.1
S Talanoa Hufanga San Francisco 49ers Concussion/Questionable 75.6
DT Arik Armstead San Francisco 49ers Foot + Ankle/OUT 52.9
TE Darren Waller Las Vegas Raiders Hamstring/OUT 62.8
WR Hunter Renfrow Las Vegas Raiders Hip/Questionable 57.0
WR Mack Hollins Las Vegas Raiders Heel/Questionable 64.9
QB Kenny Pickett Pittsburgh Steelers Concussion/Will Play 62.7
CB Levi Wallace Pittsburgh Steelers Concussion/Will Play 54.9
TE Pat Freiermuth Pittsburgh Steelers Concussion/Will Play 72.7
QB Tua Tagovailoa Miami Dolphins Concussion/Will Play 79.7
OT Terron Armstead Miami Dolphins Toe/Questionable 76.1
WR Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins Shoulder/Questionable 77/3
CB Xavien Howard Miami Dolphins Groin/Questionable 50.8
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