By The Associated Press
The latest from Week 9 of the NFL (all times EST):
Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins are out for the Arizona Cardinals against the San Francisco 49ers this afternoon.
Both players didn’t practice all week but were listed as questionable in hopes they could play. But Murray is listed as inactive with an ankle injury and Hopkins is out with a hamstring injury.
This is the first game Murray has missed since entering the league in 2019. Colt McCoy started in his place.
In Kansas City, Blake Bortles will be backing up Jordan Love with Aaron Rodgers on the COVID-19 list for Green Bay.
Bortles was added to the practice squad this week when Rodgers and third-string QB Kurt Benkert tested positive for the coronavirus. Bortles was elevated to the active roster as an emergency COVID-19 replacement.
Pardon Dallas Cowboys fans if they’re having haunting flashbacks to Leon Lett.
The Denver Broncos kept possession despite a blocked punt by the Cowboys on their first drive of the second half. Malik Turner easily got to punter Sam Martin for the block, but Dallas rookie defensive back Nahshon Wright touched the ball after the block. Denver’s Jonas Griffith grabbed it and started running.
Even though Griffith was stopped short of the first down marker, the touch by Wright meant the Broncos retained possession at their 19-yard line.
For Dallas fans, it brought back memories of Lett’s infamous touching of a blocked field goal in a snowy Thanksgiving game in 1993 that appeared to secure a victory against Miami. Lett tried to recover the deflected ball as it spun in the snow instead of just letting it roll. The ball scooted away, and Miami’s Jeff Dellenbach ended up with it. The Dolphins then kicked the field goal as time expired for a stunning 16-14 win.
The Broncos capitalized on their fortune Sunday to drive for a field goal that gave them a 19-0 lead midway through the third quarter.
Josh Allen sacked Josh Allen late in the second quarter Sunday and made NFL history.
Jacksonville’s standout defensive end took down Buffalo’s star quarterback on a second-and-10 play, marking the first time a player has sacked a quarterback with the same name since the league started counting sacks in 1982.
Allen and Allen looked forward to their first meeting, although Buffalo’s Allen made it clear he didn’t want to get acquainted with Jacksonville’s Allen in the backfield.
The players with the same first and last name had never meet before Sunday even though they were both selected with the seventh pick in consecutive NFL drafts. They have exchanged messages via social media.
The return of Christian McCaffrey hasn’t done much to ignite Carolina’s stagnant offense.
The Panthers have just 65 yards on offense and three first downs and trail the Patriots 14-6 at the half. The score might be more lopsided if Carolina’s defense hadn’t forced two Mac Jones turnovers in New England territory which led to two Zane Gonzalez field goals.
McCaffrey has just 26 yards on six carries and hasn’t caught pass while splitting time in the backfield with rookie Chuba Hubbard.
Carolina has just one touchdown in the last 10 quarters.
Jacksonville rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, has returned to the Jaguars’ game against Buffalo after an injury scare.
Lawrence was helped to the locker room after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter in Jacksonville.
He returned and trotted on the sideline before going back in the game and handing off to Carlos Hyde, who fumbled.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, was helped to the locker room after injuring his right ankle in the second quarter against Buffalo.
Rookie left tackle Walker Little, making his first start in place of Cam Robinson (back), was pushed into Lawrence and stepped on him during a passing play.
Veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes was pushing Little into the backfield. Robinson injured his back in pre-game warmups.
Lawrence tried to put weight on his ankle and couldn’t. Trainers helped him straight to the locker room for X-rays.
Lawrence had played well in the game, completing 11 of 15 passes for 80 yards as the Jaguars were hanging tight with the Bills. It was 6-6 when Lawrence left the game.
A week off doesn’t seem to have done much to help Baltimore’s defense.
The Ravens trail Minnesota 14-3 in the second quarter after the Vikings scored touchdowns on their first two possessions. Baltimore had an open date last week after losing 41-17 to Cincinnati.
Justin Jefferson ran right past defensive backs Marlon Humphrey and Chuck Clark before hauling in a 50-yard scoring pass from Kirk Cousins. On Minnesota’s second drive, Dalvin Cook broke free for a 66-yard run that helped set up a 1-yard TD run by Cousins.
—Noah Trister reporting from Baltimore
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will have to overcome a double-digit deficit to keep their six-game winning streak alive.
Teddy Bridgewater’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Tim Patrick has given the Denver Broncos a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. Patrick beat NFL interceptions leader Trevon Diggs down the sideline and made the catch just as he crossed the goal line.
Prescott is back after missing a game with a strained right calf. The Cowboys have failed twice on fourth down, including once when the game was scoreless and a field goal of less than 40 yards was an option.
The Broncos opened the scoring on a 1-yard run from Melvin Gordon after Diggs was called for pass interference in the end zone. Brandon McManus missed the extra point, his first missed PAT of the season.
The Browns got a dramatic score at the end of a dramatic week.
Cornerback Denzel Ward picked off Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow at the 1-yard line and returned it 99 yards to give Cleveland a 7-0 lead.
Ward, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, stepped in front of rookie Ja’Marr Chase near the goal line to make the pick on Burrow. Ward then returned it down the sideline, picking up a couple blocks to score.
It’s been quite a week for the Browns, who dealt with a massive distraction as star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was excused from the team and is being released.
The Denver Broncos are without new sacks leader Malik Reed because of injury in their first game since trading star pass rusher Von Miller to the Los Angeles Rams.
Reed is inactive against the Dallas Cowboys because of a hip injury. Dak Prescott is back at quarterback for Dallas after missing a game with a strained right calf.
Miller had a team-leading 4½ sacks when he was traded. Reed is next with four after getting two in last week’s victory over Washington.
The Cowboys are on a six-game winning streak since losing their opener. But Denver has won six in a row in the series. The Broncos ended a four-game skid against Washington.
Welcome to Super Bowl Sunday in November.
Week 9’s slate of games features five Super Bowl rematches, two more than any other week in league history.
The first one actually came Thursday night with the Colts’ 45-30 win over the Jets. That was a rematch of Super Bowl 3 which the Jets won 16-7 after Joe Namath guaranteed an upset.
The others are:
—The Broncos at Cowboys, a repeat of Super Bowl 12, which Dallas won 27-10.
—Patriots at Panthers, a repeat of Super Bowl 38, which the Pats won 32-29.
—Packers at Chiefs. This repeat of the first Super Bowl which Green Bay won 35-10 has lost some luster with Aaron Rodgers’ COVID-19 infection that means Patrick Mahomes will match up against Green Bay backup Jordan Love instead.
—And the Titans at Rams tonight. That’s a repeat of Super Bowl 34, which the Rams, then based in St. Louis, won 23-16. Von Miller might make his Rams debut if a sore left ankle allows. The Broncos traded him to L.A. for a pair of second-day draft picks earlier in the week.
Mark Ingram can make franchise history for the New Orleans Saints when they host Atlanta in one of the early games on the NFL’s Sunday slate.
The 2009 Alabama Heisman Trophy winner, drafted 28th overall by New Orleans in 2011, rejoined the Saints on Oct. 29 of this season when he was acquired in a trade with Houston. Ingram now needs 63 yards rushing to eclipse Deuce McAllister’s all-time Saints rushing mark of 6,096 yards that has stood since 2008.
The Saints (5-2) are seeking their fourth straight victory, which would move them into a tie atop the NFC South with the Buccaneers.
New Orleans is starting Trevor Siemian at quarterback following his solid performance in a victory over Tampa Bay last week after Jameis Winston left in the second quarter with a season-ending knee injury. Siemian was named starter this week over Taysom Hill, who is active for the first time since his concussion at Washington on Oct. 10.
Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Christian McCaffrey are both active for the game against the New England Patriots.
Darnold has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol, but is dealing with a shoulder injury. According to a Panthers team spokesman, coach Matt Rhule is waiting until after the warmup to determine whether or not Darnold or his backup P.J. Walker will start.
McCaffrey is expected to start, but will likely see a reduced number of reps after missing the past five weeks with a hamstring injury, according to Rhule. McCaffrey was removed from injured reserve on Saturday. The Panthers (4-4) were 1-4 without McCaffrey on the field.
The Patriots (4-4) will be without wide receiver N’Keal Harry.
A person with knowledge of the situation says the Miami Dolphins are planning to start Jacoby Brissett at quarterback against the Houston Texans because Tua Tagovailoa is still dealing with an injured finger on his throwing hand.
ESPN and NFL Network first reported the Dolphins’ decision.
Tagovailoa was limited in practice this week because of the finger injury.
It’ll be Brissett’s fourth start of the season for Miami, after Tagovailoa missed three other games with fractured ribs.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores had said Friday that he was optimistic Tagovailoa would be able to play against the Texans.
—AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds reporting from Miami Gardens, Florida.
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