Sources: Buckeyes’ Smith-Njigba (hammy) out

No. 3 Ohio State will be without star wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba against Rutgers on Saturday, sources told ESPN Smith-Njigba has been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue, and the Buckeye staff has been treating the injury with an abundance of caution to make sure he’s healthy for the finishing stretch of the schedule. There’s no set timetable on Smith-Njigba’s return. He’ll be evaluated again going into next week’s game at Michigan State. The Buckeyes (4-0) have a bye after […]

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Best plays by top college football recruits: Notre Dame commit goes off for five first-half TDs

Before they take the field as college football players on Saturdays, some of the top recruits in the 2023 ESPN 300 are playing underneath the lights on weeknights. Arch Manning added to the Manning family record book on Friday during Isidore Newman School (Louisiana)’s 52-22 victory over Pearl River High School. The Texas-bound Manning tossed three touchdown passes in the first quarter — breaking a tie with uncle Peyton for career touchdown passes — while eclipsing his other uncle, Eli, […]

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What we know about Tua Tagovailoa’s injury, and what’s next

The joint concussion protocol of the NFL and NFL Players Association is facing serious questions Friday, one day after Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered a concussion and was briefly hospitalized during his team’s 27-15 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The injury occurred with 5 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Tagovailoa’s head hit the ground when he was sacked by Bengals defensive lineman Josh Tupou. Tagovailoa’s arms grew rigid and his fingers […]

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Patriots rule out QB Mac Jones (ankle); Brian Hoyer to start vs. Packers

Despite Mac Jones making an appearance at practice Friday, the quarterback indeed won’t play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. The New England Patriots officially ruled out Jones due to the ankle injury suffered in the Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Brian Hoyer will start Week 4. NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported earlier in the week that Jones suffered a “pretty severe” high ankle sprain, per sources informed of the situation. Patriots coach Bill […]

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Bears RB Montgomery ruled out vs. Giants

Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. She joined ESPN in 2017. LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery has been ruled out for the team’s Week 4 game at the New York Giants. Montgomery suffered injuries to his right knee and ankle during the first quarter of Chicago’s 23-20 win over the Houston Texans and did not return. He did not practice this week and was not seen rehabbing during the […]

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‘Grateful’ Garrett wants to play if cleared by docs

Covers the Big 12 Joined ESPN.com in 2011 Graduate of Washington & Lee University BEREA, Ohio — Myles Garrett said that he’s “definitely grateful” to be alive after his single-car crash Monday and that he’s “recovering pretty quickly” from the left shoulder and right biceps injuries he suffered in the accident. “Definitely grateful to be here,” the star Cleveland Browns pass-rusher said Friday. “With what I saw right after … the pictures. “It was a helluva event.” Garrett hasn’t practiced […]

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Lions rule out St. Brown, expect Swift to sit too

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — The Detroit Lions could be missing two key offensive players Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, as wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has been ruled out and running back D’Andre Swift is considered unlikely to play, according to coach Dan Campbell. St. Brown suffered a sprained ankle during Detroit’s Week 3 loss at Minnesota, while Swift is battling an ankle injury and aggravated a shoulder sprain. Both players missed practice all week. “Listen, man. That’s what it’s […]

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What to know for NFL Week 4: Score picks, bold predictions, fantasy tips, key stats for all 15 games

The Week 4 NFL schedule for the 2022 season is stacked with great matchups, and we’ve got you covered with what you need to know heading into the weekend. Our NFL Nation reporters bring us the biggest keys to every game and a bold prediction for each matchup. Additionally, ESPN Stats & Information provides a big stat to know and a betting nugget for each contest, and our Football Power Index (FPI) goes inside the numbers with a matchup rating […]

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Ex-Cowboys TE Escobar dies in climbing accident

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was found dead Wednesday in an apparent rock climbing accident near Idyllwild, California. He was 31. The Riverside County sheriff’s coroner’s office on Thursday identified Escobar along with one other climber, 33-year-old Chelsea Walsh. Firefighters found them dead after a climbing accident involving two people was reported around noon Wednesday near Tahquitz Rock in the San Bernardino National Forest. Officials indicated Escobar and Walsh died at the scene while climbing a “rock face.” […]

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Cincinnati Bengals Tee Higgins catches 59-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow

ESPN Staff Writer Previously a college football writer for The Dallas Morning News University of North Texas graduate CINCINNATI — When in doubt, throw it deep. One play after fans at Paycor Stadium were booing the Cincinnati Bengals’ lack of offense, they erupted when quarterback Joe Burrow launched the ball to wide receiver Tee Higgins, who hauled in a 59-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of Thursday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Cincinnati was facing a third-and-11 and struggled […]

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