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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Thursday, September 15

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Seattle Seahawks strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts to a defensive play against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams out for the season

  • Adams will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon which he suffered during the first half of Monday night’s win over Denver.
  • It’s a brutal injury for Adams, who has dealt with a number of injuries since arriving in Seattle two years ago via trade. He missed four games in 2020, five games in 2021 and also missed time during camp this summer after having to undergo finger surgery.
  • Adams had three tackles and a pass breakup during his limited action on Monday night, earning an 87.0 PFF grade. Josh Jones replaced him for the rest of the game and earned a 42.3 grade.
  • The Seahawks added some insurance on Thursday, signing safety Teez Tabor off Atlanta’s practice squad. Tabor played last season with the Chicago Bears under defensive coordinator Sean Desai, who is now on Seattle's coaching staff. He earned a 63.5 grade on the season.

Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman sits out practice

  • Pittman was downgraded from limited on Wednesday to “did not participate” on Thursday due to a quad injury.
  • Pittman proved to be the only reliable receiver threat for quarterback Matt Ryan on Sunday, catching nine passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. He earned a 77.5 PFF grade.
  • Rookie receiver Alec Pierce, who didn’t have a reception on Sunday, is currently in concussion protocol.
  • The Colts are also dealing with a key injury on the defensive side of the ball as DeForest Buckner has missed both days of practice this week due to a hip injury.

New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara Missed Practice Due To Rib Injury

  • Kamara suffered the injury during Sunday’s game and was limited during Wednesday’s practice. He was seen stretching today but officially did not participate.
  • Kamara recorded just 12 touches on Sunday and earned a 54.2 PFF grade. Mark Ingram and Taysom Hill finished with four carries each.
  • The Saints did add another running back this week, signing veteran Latavius Murray to the practice squad.

New England Patriots QB Mac Jones misses practice with illness

  • The illness is not believed to be COVID-related, and NFL Network reported that Jones was dealing with a stomach bug in the morning.
  • The second-year quarterback has had an eventful week after suffering a back injury during Sunday’s loss to Miami. X-rays were negative and he told reporters he expects to play this week against Pittsburgh. 
  • Jones finished Sunday’s game 21-of-30 for 213 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He earned a 66.2 PFF grade.
  • Veteran Brian Hoyer ended up taking first-team reps on Thursday.

Detroit Lions RB D’Andre Swift expects to play Sunday

  • Swift missed practice on Wednesday and once again sat out on Thursday due to an ankle injury suffered during Sunday’s game against Philadelphia.
  • Speaking to Detroit Free Press' Dave Birkett, Swift said the injury is nothing to worry about and he expects to play Sunday against Washington.
  • The third-year back is coming off the best performance of his young career, rushing for a career-high 144 yards on 15 carries and catching three passes for 31 yards. He earned an 82.3 PFF grade, the best among all running backs in Week 1.

New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney added to injury report with hamstring injury

  • The second-year receiver played just seven snaps in Sunday’s 21-20 win against the Tennessee Titans. He finished with two carries for 23 yards. 
  • Head coach Brian Daboll said the limited playing time did not have to do with an injury, but rather because he was part of several specific packages that were never called. Toney was not on the injury report last week.
  • Veteran receiver Richie James Jr. ultimately led the team in snaps from the slot with five receptions for 59 yards.
  • The Giants host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle  misses another practice

  • Kittle did not practice last week due to a groin injury and missed Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears
  • He has remained out of practice this week, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday that they’re hoping for better luck this week.
  • Veteran Tyler Kroft started in Kittle’s absence and caught one pass from two targets for nine yards. Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner also got some action, each playing 19 snaps.
  • San Francisco has their home-opener this week against the Seattle Seahawks.
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