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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Friday, September 30

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones officially out for Sunday, Brian Hoyer to start

  • The New England Patriots tried to make it seem like Jones had a shot throughout the week, but that never seemed realistic, and that’s now confirmed.
  • Jones suffered a high-ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Hoyer will be making his first start since Week 4 of the 2020 season (when Cam Newton tested positive for COVID-19). He earned a 58.8 PFF grade in that game – a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Andy Dalton likely to start for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday

  • Winston missed all three days of practice this week and is listed as doubtful due to back and ankle injuries. 
  • Dalton took first-team reps all week and is slated to make his first start as a member of the Saints.
  • Winston has struggled in his last two starts, completing 50-of-81 passes for 589 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. New Orleans lost both games and Winston earned 46.9 and 67.6 PFF grades.
  • Dalton started seven games last year with the Chicago Bears and earned a 67.1 PFF grade on the year.
  • New Orleans will also be without WR Michael Thomas, who is nursing a foot injury. WR Jarvis Landry (ankle) and RB Alvin Kamara (rib) are listed as questionable.
  • The Saints play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and the game is in London as part of the NFL International Series. Kickoff is at 9:30 a.m. ET.


Player Team Status ‘22 PFF grade
QB Jameis Winston New Orleans Saints Back + Ankle/ Doubtful 65.3
WR Michael Thomas New Orleans Saints Foot/OUT 77.2
RB Alvin Kamara New Orleans Saints Rib/Questionable 47.3
G Andrus Peat New Orleans Saints Concussion/OUT 55.2
WR Jarvis Landry New Orleans Saints Ankle/Questionable 69.8
S Marcus Maye New Orleans Saints Rib/OUT 63.4
RB Dalvin Cook Minnesota Vikings Shoulder/Will Play 67.1
LB Za'Darius Smith Minnesota Vikings Knee/Questionable 77.7
WR Gabriel Davis Buffalo Bills Ankle/Questionable 63.5
TE Dawson Knox Buffalo Bills Foot/Questionable 55.1
S Jordan Poyer Buffalo Bills Foot/Questionable 70.5
C Mitch Morse Buffalo Bills Elbow/Questionable 57.2
DT Ed Oliver Buffalo Bills Ankle/OUT 63.5
DT Jordan Phillips Buffalo Bills Hamstring/OUT 70.3
WR Jake Kumerow Buffalo Bills Ankle/OUT 64.9
CB Christian Benford Buffalo Bills Hand/OUT 56.6
RB JK Dobbins Baltimore Ravens Chest/Will Play 56.9
OT Ronnie Stanley Baltimore Ravens Ankle/Questionable N/A
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown Detroit Lions Ankle/OUT 78.6
RB D'Andre Swift Detroit Lions Shoulder + Ankle / OUT 69.7
G Jonah Jackson Detroit Lions Finger/OUT 67.6
K Austin Seibert Detroit Lions  Groin/OUT N/A
WR DJ Chark Detroit Lions Ankle/Questionable 61.1
QB Zach Wilson New York Jets Knee/Will Play N/A
WR Kadarius Toney New York Giants Hamstring/OUT 56.3
DT Leonard Williams New York Giants Knee/OUT 79.8
WR Wan'Dale Robinson New York Giants Knee/OUT 75.4
RB David Montgomery Chicago Bears Ankle/OUT 60.5
CB Jaylon Johnson Chicago Bears Quad/OUT 78.8
WR Velus Jones Jr. Chicago Bears Hamstring/Questionable N/A
DT DeForest Buckner  Indianapolis Colts Elbow/Questionable 78.2
LB Shaquille Leonard Indianapolis Colts Back/Questionable N/A
RB Jonathan Taylor Indianapolis Colts Toe/Will Play 67.2
WR Keenan Allen Los Angeles Chargers Hamstring/OUT 80.6
QB Justin Herbert Los Angeles Chargers Ribs/Will Play 70.9
C Corey Linsley Los Angeles Chargers Knee/Questionable 67.6
CB JC Jackson Los Angeles Chargers Ankle/Will Play 40.1
DE Myles Garrett Cleveland Browns Shoulder + Biceps/Questionable 91.6
DE Jadeveon Clowney Cleveland Browns Ankle/Questionable 89.2
RB Cordarrelle Patterson Atlanta Falcons Knee/Questionable 77.5
WR Michael Gallup Dallas Cowboys Knee/Will Play N/A
WR Zay Jones Jacksonville Jaguars Ankle/Questionable 75.8
RB Christian McCaffrey Carolina Panthers Quad/Questionable 86.3
WR Marquise Brown Arizona Cardinals Foot/Questionable 70.7
WR AJ Green Arizona Cardinals Knee/OUT 49.3
C Rodney Hudson Arizona Cardinals Knee/Questionable 63.2
WR Rondale Moore Arizona Cardinals Hamstring/Questionable N/A
QB Mac Jones New England Patriots Ankle/OUT 58.4
WR Jakobi Meyers New England Patriots Knee/Questionable 72.9
CB Jaire Alexander Green Bay Packers Groin/Questionable 72.4
OT David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers Knee/Will Play 64.0
WR Hunter Renfrow Las Vegas Raiders Concussion/OUT 54.3
WR Chris Godwin Tampa Bay Bucs Hamstring/Questionable 64.6
WR Julio Jones Tampa Bay Bucs Knee/Questionable 77.2
WR Russell Gage Tampa Bay Bucs Hamstring/Questionable 65.8
WR Breshad Perriman Tampa Bay Bucs Knee + Hamstring/Doubtful 57.9
OT Donovan Smith Tampa Bay Bucs Elbow/Questionable 62.9
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling Kansas City Chiefs Abdomen/Questionable 61.8
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