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Latest NFL News & Rumors: Wednesday, September 21

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) and safety Marcus Maye (6) get into a penalty with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and they are ejected after the play during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran CB Joe Haden Announces Retirement

  • Haden will sign a one-day contract with the Cleveland Browns to make the news official.
  • Drafted No. 7 overall by the Browns in 2010, Haden spent the first seven years of his career with Cleveland and the final five with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Haden made three Pro Bowl appearances in his career and earned a 70.0-plus PFF grade in each of his first five seasons. 
  • Overall, he started 148 games in his career and had 29 interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, 155 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, three sacks and 615 tackles.

Mike Evans One-Game Suspension Upheld

  • Evans will officially miss Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers after his suspension was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash.
  • Evans was suspended for his role in Sunday's brawl with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Both players were ejected, though Evans was the only one to receive a suspension. 
  • This is now the second time Evans has received a one-game suspension for an on-field incident with Lattimore. The two also got into it in 2017 when Evans ran on the field and shoved Lattimore in the back.
  • The Bucs are already dealing with a depleted receiver room as Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) both missed the game against New Orleans and did not practice Wednesday. The team added veteran Cole Beasley to the practice squad on Tuesday, and there’s a chance he’ll be elevated to the active roster for Sunday’s matchup against the Packers.

Cleveland Browns EDGE Myles Garrett Will Play Thursday Night

  • Garrett showed up on the injury report Wednesday with a neck injury, and he did not participate in practice.
  • He has since been taken off the injury report and will suit up Thursday night against Pittsburgh. Jadeveon Clowney (ankle) will not play.
  • Garrett is tied for the league lead in total pressures so far this season (13). His 91.9 PFF grade is second-best among edge rushers.
  • OT Jack Conklin (knee) and G Joel Bitonio (triceps) were also taken off the injury report and will play. Conklin will be making his season debut.

Los Angeles Rams Poach Takk McKinley Off Titans Practice Squad

  • McKinley just signed with Tennessee’s practice squad on Friday but now heads to the Rams' active roster.
  • The former Atlanta Falcons first-round pick spent last season with the Cleveland Browns and recorded 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 11 games. He earned a 58.4 PFF grade, the lowest of his career.
  • His season was cut short after he suffered a ruptured Achilles in December.

Las Vegas Raiders Acquire OT Justin Herron From New England

  • The Patriots sent Herron and a 2024 seventh-round pick to Las Vegas for a 2024 sixth-round pick. The move reunites Herron with head coach Josh McDaniels. 
  • Herron started 11 games for New England over the past two years, earning a 63.7 grade in 2020 and a 56.7 grade in 2021. He has not appeared in any games this season.
  • The Raiders have been seeking offensive line help after starting right tackle Brandon Parker suffered a season-ending injury during camp and Alex Leatherwood was released. 

San Francisco 49ers Sign RB Tevin Coleman To Practice Squad

  • Coleman is back in San Francisco after spending last season with the New York Jets. He was with the 49ers from 2019–2020 and also spent time with Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta (2015-2016). 
  • He earned a career-high 74.1 PFF grade last season, rushing 84 times for 354 yards.
  • The 49ers have been affected by running back injuries to start the season with Elijah Mitchell (knee) out for at least eight weeks and Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle) out for 3-6 weeks. 
  • Jeff Wilson Jr. got the start in Week 2 and will continue to be the lead back. Undrafted rookie Jordan Mason and veteran Marlon Mack are also on the active roster.

New York Giants WR Kenny Golladay: “I Should Be Playing”

  • Golladay played just two snaps in Sunday’s win over Carolina and was not targeted.
  • “Of course I don't really agree with it. Or like it,” Golladay told reporters Wednesday. “I came here to play. I should be playing. That's a fact.”
  • The Giants, under then-general manager Dave Gettleman, signed Golladay to a big four-year, $72 million contract in 2021. He struggled in his first year, catching 37 passes for 521 yards and no touchdowns. He earned a 68.3 PFF grade, the lowest since his rookie season.
  • David Sills led all Giants receivers in snaps on Sunday with 67. Sterling Shepard, returning from a torn Achilles, was second with 64.
  • It wouldn’t make sense financially for the Giants to cut Golladay if it ever got to that point. He is still owed $11.6 million in base salary this season and another $4.5 million next year. 
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