- Jarvis Landry feels weight of Browns’ playoff drought (Beacon Journal) - Part of Jarvis Landry is still seething. The Browns receiver’s comments made it clear that he hated missing the first game of his seven-year career Sunday as a high-risk close contact of a teammate who tested positive for COVID-19.
- Browns had to make it tough on themselves, didn’t they? (Browns Zone) - So it comes down to this. The Browns vs. the Steelers. For the Browns, it’s for all the marbles. For the Steelers, it’s for none of the marbles. Meanwhile, Browns fans are this close to losing their marbles. This season cannot end the way it’s in danger of ending — can it?
- 12 questions for Sheldon Richardson (clevelandbrowns.com) - Sheldon Richardson, in his third season with the Jets, was on the doorsteps of the playoffs when he faced the Bills in the 2015 regular-season finale. All the Jets needed was a win to move to 11-5 and clinch a spot. Instead, in a sloppy performance on both sides of the ball, the Jets fell, 22-17, and were the odd team out of the postseason. Richardson remembers how that felt. He wants to feel the opposite Sunday, when the Browns have the opportunity to clinch their first trip to the postseason since 2002.
- Does Myles Garrett still have a shot at Defensive Player of the Year? (cleveland.com) - Myles Garrett was leading the NFL in sacks through 10 weeks of the season. His candidacy for Defensive Player of the Year had a lot going for it at that point. And then he missed the next two games due to coronavirus protocols.
- Jaguars expected to move on from Doug Marrone with eyes on Urban Meyer as possible replacement (NFL.com) - The Jaguars haven’t made a final decision on coach Doug Marrone’s future, but he’s expected to be replaced in the days following Sunday’s finale against the Colts — and they’re expected to make a run at least one possible big-name replacement.
- Floyd Little, NFL running back and Hall of Famer, dies at 78 (CNN) - Former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little died Friday at the age of 78, according to his family. Little played his entire nine-year NFL career with the Broncos, having been selected sixth in the 1967 AFL-NFL draft. In Denver, he was given the nickname, “The Franchise” and was elected team captain as a rookie.
- Saints make 11 roster moves Saturday after 5 players landed on reserve/COVID list (nola.com) - The New Orleans Saints made 11 roster transactions Saturday after Alvin Kamara’s positive coronavirus test result severely depleted their running backs corps. After Kamara went on the reserve/COVID list Friday, the Saints added running backs Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington, fullback Michael Burton and safety D.J. Swearinger to the list Saturday, precipitating seven players being called up from the practice squad.
- Randall Cunningham Is Back in the NFL … as Raiders Chaplain (New York Times) - After his second retirement from the N.F.L., in 2002, Randall Cunningham settled in Las Vegas permanently, and became an ordained pastor two years later. But this past summer, when the Raiders also settled in the city from Oakland, Calif., football came knocking once again. The team’s head coach, Jon Gruden, had an idea about luring Cunningham back — as the Raiders’ chaplain.