Oct 6, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott expected to play Week 10

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott plans to be ready to play against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

After missing one game and resting during Dallas’ bye last week due to a knee injury, Elliott will test his health in practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

Elliott sprained his knee Week 7 and didn’t play the week after, ceding the starting spot to Tony Pollard, who had 14 carries for 131 yards and three touchdowns to spearhead a 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears.

Dallas (6-2) was off last week, but Elliott spent time at the team facility for treatment.

“We’ll see a lot as we go through this week’s practice,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday. “It’s anticipated he’ll be ready to go.”

Pollard has been over 10 carries for three consecutive games, an indication the timeshare with Elliott is here to stay. But even after being inactive Week 8, Elliott leads the Cowboys with 109 rushing attempts to Pollard’s 81.

The Packers (3-6) have allowed 138.6 rushing yards per game this season and enter with a five-game losing streak.

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Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Giants to discuss Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley extensions

The New York Giants will discuss contract extensions for Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley during their bye week.

“We’ll have those meetings this week,” general manager Joe Schoen confirmed Tuesday.

The Giants (6-2) had their four-game winning streak snapped with Sunday’s 27-13 loss at Seattle, but have already matched their highest season win total since going 11-5 in 2016.

Jones, 25, was a first-round pick (sixth overall) in 2019 and has completed 63.1 percent of his passes this season for 1,399 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in eight starts.

Barkley, 25, was a first-rounder (second overall) in 2018 and currently is second in the NFL with 779 rushing yards. He has five rushing touchdowns and 28 catches for 189 yards in eight games.

“We’ll kind of circle up with some strategy meetings as we move forward on contract extensions and if we may or may not do anybody,” Schoen said. “If I did, this would be the week. I would want to entertain it during the bye week, and then I probably won’t do anything after that. I don’t want anything to be a distraction to the players or organization. So, if we do something, it would be probably before Monday with any of our guys.”

Jones is playing in the final season of his four-year, $25.6 million rookie contract after the Giants declined their fifth-year option in April. Barkley is playing on his fifth-year option this season for $7.2 million.

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and running back Aaron Jones (33) laugh during the Green Bay Packers training camp on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Samantha Madar/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis.

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More Aaron: Rodgers agrees, Packers must feed RB Jones

Aaron Rodgers hears the suggestion for fixing the Green Bay offense and ending the Packers’ two-game losing streak: More Aaron Jones.

“We do, we’ve gotta get Aaron Jones the ball more,” Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show. “When he touches the ball good things happen.”

Jones has 87 touches for 532 yards this season but is second to AJ Dillon with 70 rushing attempts. He’s averaging 5.8 yards per carry in 2022 and had only nine carries last week in a loss to the Jets that dropped Green Bay to 3-3.

The Packers have 12 total touchdowns and average 17.8 points per game. They’ve lost two straight games. Rodgers said part of the challenge in getting Jones more involved is every defense keys on taking him away.

“He breaks tackles, he’s probably the most elusive guy we have with the football in his hands. He’s a dynamic player,” Rodgers said. “A lot of things can dictate how much we get the ball — front, coverages — we’re not trying to not forcefeed him the ball. If you’re scouting us, what are you going to try to take away? … Stop 33 (Jones).”

Gearing defensive fronts and coverage toward containing Jones is less complicated for defenses without the threat of Davante Adams or another standout wide receiver outside. Tight end Robert Tonyan (27 receptions) and wide receiver Romeo Doubs (26) are the Packers’ top receivers, but neither stretches the field. Tonyan averages 8.1 yards per catch and and Doubs is at 9.0. Both have a long reception of 23 yards.

The Packers are in Washington on Sunday to face the Commanders (2-4) and visit the Buffalo Bills in Week 8. Washington has scored 47 total points in its past four games and will start backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke with Carson Wentz (finger) out.

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Aug 29, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott , owner Jerry Jones and receiver Amari Cooper talk prior to the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Cowboys expect Dak Prescott to start Sunday

Everyone in Dallas is on the same page: Dak Prescott should start Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Owner Jerry Jones seconded Prescott’s opinion that this is the week the quarterback returns from a thumb injury on Sept. 11 that required insertion of a steel plate and screws to promote healing in his right hand.

“He’s determined to (start),” Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan on Tuesday. “From my perspective, I think he’s gonna get there. We feel like physically (he’s ready to return). He’s going to be given every opportunity this week to go play. He looks ready to go.”

Thumb strength and, specifically, grip strength, kept Prescott from playing Week 6 in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that dropped the Cowboys to 4-2. Prescott is 0-1 as a starter this season and watched backup Cooper Rush go 4-1 to keep the Cowboys in contention in the NFC East. The loss at Philadelphia dropped Dallas into third place in the division behind the Eagles (6-0) and New York Giants (5-1).

Jones said Tuesday the question would be getting Prescott ready. The quarterback is at the team facility on Tuesday — players are technically off — undergoing treatment to make sure he’s doing all he can to return this week without limitations.

“I think he’ll be back and we’ll get to do anything we want to do,” Jones said. “I think we’ve got it all there. I don’t think there will be any limitations.”

Prescott moved from the rehab group to a limited participant in position drills at midweek last week, taking snaps and throwing passes. He was officially questionable to face the Eagles, although coach Mike McCarthy indicated he wanted the seventh-year quarterback to have a full week of practice before returning to game action.

Prescott, 29, said Sunday night that’s his goal this week.

“I plan on going into this week and trying to get my full week of practice,” Prescott said. “Obviously, got to see the doc, but, yeah, that’s kind of my plan.”

With Prescott out, Rush led the Cowboys to four straight victories before throwing three interceptions in a loss to the unbeaten Eagles on Sunday night.

In 2021, Prescott completed a career-high 68.8 percent of his passes and threw for 4,449 yards and a team-record 37 touchdowns.

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Patriots QB #4 Bailey Zappe gets a tap on the helmet from head coach Bill Belichick after he ran the ball in the 4th to set up a Patriot field goal.

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Patriots QB Bailey Zappe makes first road start at Cleveland

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is officially inactive Sunday and rookie Bailey Zappe will make his first career road start at Cleveland.

Jones will miss his third straight game with a high ankle sprain when the Patriots (2-3) visit the Browns (2-3).

Also inactive for the Patriots in Week 6 are running back Damien Harris (hamstring), wide receiver Nelson Agholor (hamstring), linebacker Josh Uche (hamstring), defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (shoulder) and cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle).

Zappe, a fourth-round draft pick, led New England to a 29-0 home victory against the Detroit Lions last weekend, throwing for 188 yards with one touchdown and one interception in his first NFL start.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (ankle, knee, elbow) and cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion) are inactive for the Browns, along with running back Demetric Felton (wrist) and offensive tackle Joe Haeg (concussion).

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Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Atlanta Falcons inside linebacker Deion Jones (45) prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Browns designate LB Deion Jones for return from IR

Cleveland Browns linebacker Deion Jones was designated to return from injured reserve two days after being acquired from the Atlanta Falcons.

Following a minimum of four games missed, a player designated for return has 21 days to be activated or must remain on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

Jones has been on injured reserve since Sept. 1 with a shoulder injury. He joined the Browns via trade on Monday.

The Browns will send the Falcons a sixth-round pick in 2024 in exchange for the 27-year-old Jones and a seventh-round 2024 draft selection.

The Browns have a hole in the middle of their defense after Anthony Walker Jr. suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury on Sept. 22.

Jones spent the past six seasons with Atlanta, who drafted him in the second round in 2016.

In 85 career games (83 starts), Jones has recorded 652 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and five touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017.

In other moves Wednesday, the Browns waived cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. and signed tight end Miller Forristall to the practice squad. Graham appeared in four games this season. Forristall cleared waivers after being let go on Monday, when Cleveland also parted with quarterback Josh Rosen.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones moves from injury report to starting lineup

Daniel Jones draws the start for the New York Giants in London on Sunday after being removed from the team’s injury report and participating in Friday’s workout to prepare for the Green Bay Packers.

Jones left the Giants’ win over the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter and had his ankle heavily taped on the sideline before being forced back into the game due to backup Tyrod Taylor’s head injury.

Jones did not attempt another pass — only handoffs to running back Saquon Barkley — in the game and his status for Week 5 had been up in the air due to limited participation in practice.

But Jones was removed from the injury report and said he is good to go for the International Series date Sunday.

Whether he’ll have many capable hands around him is another question. Kadarius Toney (hamstring) and Kenny Golladay (knee) are out this week and Sterling Shepard (knee) was lost for the season.

Leading receiver Richie James, limited in Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury, was a full participant on Friday.

The Packers removed cornerback Jaire Alexander and left tackle David Bakhtiari from the injury report.

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Dec 21, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Football Team quarterback Garrett Gilbert (19) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Pats adding QB Garrett Gilbert to practice squad

The New England Patriots are expected to sign quarterback Garrett Gilbert to the practice squad, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Starting signal-caller Mac Jones (high ankle sprain) and backup Brian Hoyer (concussion) are injured, leaving rookie fourth-rounder Bailey Zappe as the only healthy passer on the roster.

Gilbert, 31, made one start with Washington last season and completed 20 of 31 passes for 194 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in a Week 15 loss at Philadelphia.

A sixth-round draft pick by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014, Gilbert has passed for 477 yards, one TD and one pick in eight games (two starts) with four teams.

Zappe completed 10 of 15 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown after relieving Hoyer in Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss at Green Bay.

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Oct 2, 2022; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) stands on the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Giants QB Daniel Jones planning to start vs. Packers in London

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones plans to start Sunday in London when New York faces the Green Bay Packers.

Jones is considered day-to-day and said “I’m good,” when asked to assess his ankle injury in the aftermath of the Giants’ (3-1) win over the Chicago Bears.

Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor were both injured in the Week 4 victory. Jones bent his leg awkwardly on a tackle in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Taylor, who threw an interception on his first possession and then left the game after taking a shot to the head.

Jones re-entered the game but lined up wide with running back Saquon Barkley at quarterback — in the Wildcat formation — for three plays.

The 20-12 win was a power display by the Giants, who ran 44 times for 262 yards, including 146 from Barkley and 68 from Jones.

But head coach Brian Daboll said he won’t tamp down Jones’ use as a runner on the belief injuries happen when players begin making adjustments to avoid them.

Jones had two rushing TDs and the Giants had success on designed bootleg runs, including Jones’ 21-yard TD.

On the official QB hit stats, Jones had better protection — two hits compared to 12 against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3 — by getting out of the pocket.

Behind Taylor, Davis Webb is the No. 3 quarterback. Webb is on the practice squad and would need to be elevated to the 53-man roster in order to be active in England this week.

The Packers survived in overtime in Week 4 while facing Patriots backup Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe. Starter Mac Jones (ankle) did not play.

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Sep 25, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) reacts during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots rule out QB Mac Jones; Brian Hoyer to start

The New England Patriots will turn to Brian Hoyer to quarterback Sunday’s game against the host Green Bay Packers after starter Mac Jones was ruled out Friday due to an ankle injury.

Reporters in Foxborough, Mass. spotted Jones at Friday’s practice walking gingerly, but he was officially listed as a non-participant for the third straight day.

Jones hurt his left ankle on the Patriots’ final offensive play of Sunday’s 37-26 loss to the visiting Baltimore Ravens. He hopped off the field on one foot after he was brought to the ground by Calais Campbell and got his ankle caught under Campbell’s leg.

The second-year quarterback suffered a “pretty severe” high ankle sprain, according to an NFL Network report Monday. Jones visited the New York Hospital for Special Surgery for a second opinion during the week.

Sunday will mark the first start Jones misses in his NFL career after taking the reins as a first-round rookie in 2021. In 20 career starts, he has thrown for 4,587 yards, 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions, including a league-high five picks this year.

Hoyer, who turns 37 next month, is playing his third stint with New England, having backed up Tom Brady during 2009-11 and 2017-18. He returned to the team in 2020 and started a game for the Patriots for the first time. Hoyer has lost his last 11 starts dating back to 2016.

In 29 appearances for the Patriots, he has gone 56 for 86 (65.1 percent) for 692 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. His 14-year career also includes stops with the Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts, who have helped him amass 10,631 passing yards and 53 touchdowns with 35 picks.

The Patriots also ruled out offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste (thumb) and defensive lineman Lawrence Guy (shoulder). Safeties Joshuah Bledsoe (groin), Kyle Dugger (knee) and Adrian Phillips (ribs) were questionable, along with wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (knee), cornerback Jalen Mills (hamstring), defensive lineman Davon Godchaux (back) and linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb).

For the Packers, tackle Caleb Jones was ruled out due to an illness. Cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin) is questionable.

–Field Level Media