- Browns rule out three players for Broncos game (clevelandbrowns.com) - The Browns ruled out three players for Sunday’s game against the Broncos before taking off for Denver. Safety Damarious Randall (hamstring), nickel cornerback Eric Murray (knee) and tight end Pharaoh Brown (concussion) won’t be available.
- It’s time for Baker Mayfield to grow up (USA Today) - Poor Baker Mayfield. It’s always something. Slamming the refs. Dissing a former coach. Declaring danger. And hey, even being exonerated by video evidence in a pregame handshake flap. Now the Cleveland Browns quarterback has provided another moment: The walk-off presser.
- Browns place DT Daniel Ekuale on injured reserve (Browns Wire) - Daniel Ekuale’s season is over. The Cleveland Browns placed the second-year defensive tackle on injured reserve on Friday with a calf injury.
- Beckham: Broncos will be ‘in trouble’ after Nick Chubb’s 2 fumbles (cleveland.com) - Odell Beckham Jr. doesn’t envy the Broncos having to tackle Nick Chubb this week when he’s on a mission to atone for his back-to-back fumbles in Sunday’s 27-13 loss to the Patriots.
- Seahawks Claim “Unique Talent” Josh Gordon Off Waivers (seahawks.com) - The Seahawks didn’t necessarily see receiver as a position of need—they’ve carried seven receivers all season because of how much they like their depth there—but when an opportunity to add an impact player presented itself, they couldn’t pass it up, claiming former first-team All-Pro and Pro-Bowl receiver Josh Gordon off of waivers on Friday.
- Life after Brady, Brees and the era’s best QBs: What could the NFL look like? (ESPN) - Sunday night offers a past-vs.-future NFL matchup, with Tom Brady’s Patriots visiting Lamar Jackson’s Ravens. And while “past vs. future” is an oversimplification given the significance of both of those players to the league’s present, you get the point. Brady’s brilliant career is far closer to its end than its middle, and Jackson’s to-be-determined career is in the middle of its thrilling start.
- NFL fines Steelers, Tomlin for violating injury report policy (NFL.com) - The NFL fined the Pittsburgh Steelers $75,000 and coach Mike Tomlin $25,000 for violating the league’s injury report policy by not accurately listing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on the practice report prior to the team’s Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Friday.
- What Does the Loss of Kwon Alexander Mean for the 49ers? (49ers.com) - The San Francisco 49ers hoped for the best but feared the worst when it came to Kwon Alexander. The linebacker left Thursday night’s contest with a chest injury and was ruled out immediately. It was announced following an MRI on Friday that Alexander suffered a season-ending torn pectoral in the divisional matchup against the Arizona Cardinals.