Latest NFL News & Rumors: Tuesday, September 27

East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) defends the pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants wide receiver turmoil

  • New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard tore his ACL in Monday Night’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Shepard was returning this season from a torn Achilles suffered in Week 15 of 2021 yet is miraculously leading the team with 21 targets and 154 receiving yards.
  • Fellow New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay has been the subject of trade discussions according to the NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, but an ugly drop in Monday’s game probably didn’t do him any favors. The difficulty in finding a trade partner is in part because Golladay has a $4.5 million fully guaranteed roster bonus for 2023 that many teams are wary of taking on. 

AFC East quarterback update

  • New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is seeking a second opinion for his high ankle sprain from Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York City, according to the NFL Media's Mike Giardi. 
  • Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s status for Thursday against the Cincinnati Bengals is “very much in question” according to the NFL Media's Cameron Wolfe, as his back injury is bothering him more than an ankle issue he’s also dealing with. The Bengals opened as 1.5-point favorites Thursday and are now four-point favorites at BetMGM Sportsbook.  

Myles Garrett in single car accident

  • Cleveland Browns star edge defender Myles Garrett was in a single car accident after practice that required a trip to the hospital Monday, but he was discharged Monday night according to the NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. It’s unclear at this point if Garrett will miss any game action, but he’s been his usual dominant presence so far this season, with his 91.6 grade third among edge defenders. 

Wide receiver injury updates

Other injury notes

  • Cincinnati Bengals star interior defender D.J. Reader will miss “an extended period of time” with a knee injury according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Kelsey Conway. Reader's 87.2 grade since the start of the 2021 season is the fourth-best mark among interior defenders, and he leaves a massive void in the middle of this Bengals defense. 
  • Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick is in the league’s concussion protocol according to head coach Mike Tomlin. Fitzpatrick’s 84.2 grade is the second-best mark among safeties through Week 3, and his potential absence could make it tougher for the Steelers to get back on track with a home game against the New York Jets
  • New York Jets tackle George Fant was officially placed on injured reserve and the team signed tackle Cedric Ogbuehi off of the Houston Texans‘ practice squad, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, while also signing tackle Mike Remmers to their own practice squad, according to the NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. 
  • Tennessee Titans tackle Taylor Lewan has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the 2022 season, and Tennessee signed tackle Le’Raven Clark off of the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad, according to the NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Lewan had allowed zero quarterback pressures across 40 pass blocking reps, with his 79.4 pass block grade 12th among tackles. 

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