Date: 2021-12-19 19:11:28
The Latest from Week 15 of the NFL (all times EST):
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton scored on a 4-yard run to extend his streak to five straight games with a rushing touchdown.
The second-quarter TD cut Buffalo’s lead to 14-8. Newton joined Kyler Murray in becoming the only two QBs in the Super Bowl era to score TDs rushing in five consecutive games. Murray set the record last season.
Newton has scored in each of his five games since signing with Carolina.
Buffalo leads 24-8 early in the fourth quarter.
— John Wawrow reported from Orchard Park, New York.
Lamar Jackson is inactive for Baltimore’s game against Green Bay because of a sprained ankle.
Jackson left last weekend’s loss at Cleveland because of the injury, and Tyler Huntley replaced him. Jackson was listed as questionable after missing practice time this week.
The Ravens have lost two straight but remain in first place in the AFC North. Green Bay can clinch the NFC North with a win at Baltimore.
The depleted Ravens also put cornerback Jimmy Smith on the COVID-19 list before the game. Fullback Patrick Ricard, offensive linemen Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers, and defensive tackle Calais Campbell are inactive.
— Noah Trister reported from Baltimore.
New York Jets safety Elijah Riley has been taken off the field on a backboard after being injured during the third quarter of his team’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
Riley was injured on a play where he collided with Jets teammate Kyle Phillips. The injury came with 11:18 left in the third quarter.
Riley’s head was stabilized before he was removed from the field on a cart, and as players from both the Jets and Dolphins went to his side to offer a kind word he appeared to raise his right arm skyward.
The rookie from Army had 28 tackles in his most recent four games entering Sunday.
A fan wearing a No. 16 Jaguars jersey and a blonde wig ran into the end zone just before James Robinson scored from a yard out early in the second quarter.
The fan was jumping up and down — he was indeed wide open — when the real No. 16, quarterback Trevor Lawrence, snapped the ball and handed it to Robinson.
The fan was quickly met by security, taken into a tunnel and expected to be arrested for trespassing.
The Texans led Jacksonville 14-10 after the extra point.
— Mark Long reported from Jacksonville.
Ben Roethlisberger has passed 2004 draft classmate Philip Rivers for fifth on the NFL’s career passing list.
Roethlisberger’s 3-yard completion to Najee Harris in the second quarter on Sunday against Tennessee gave the 39-year-old Roethlisberger 63,442 yards passing to move him past Rivers’ total of 63,440.
Roethlisberger is already the NFL’s career leader in yards passing among players who have spent their entire careers with one team.
While Roethlisberger did track down Rivers, there’s no chance of him cracking the top four unless he plays for another few years. Brett Favre is fourth on the career yards passing list with 71,838.
— Will Graves reported from Pittsburgh.
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins broke his right ankle during a kickoff return and was carted off the field in the first quarter against Houston.
Jenkins’ lower leg was placed in an air cast, and team officials quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game. Rookie Andre Cisco is expected to fill in for Jenkins, a team captain.
Tremon Smith returned the kickoff 98 yards for a score, somehow escaping a crowd of five tacklers at the 30-yard line. Jenkins was in the group of defenders trying to tackle Smith and seemed to get leg whipped.
It was Houston’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since Oct. 4, 2009, when Jacoby Jones returned one 95 yards in a 29-6 win against the Oakland Raiders.
It’s also the first time the Texans have scored two touchdowns in the first quarter since their season opener against Jacksonville.
— Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville, Florida.
Carolina Panthers kicker Zane Gonzalez was ruled out after he appeared to hurt his groin during pregame warmups.
Gonzalez was attempting a kick from the 20 when he grabbed at the inside of his leg and fell to the turf. He required help from a teammate and team officials to make his way up the tunnel.
Punter Lachlan Edwards came out shortly afterward and began practicing kickoffs.
Gonzalez has hit 20 of 22 field-goal attempts and each of his past 17. His most recent miss was a 54-yarder in a 36-28 loss at Dallas on Oct. 3.
John Wawrow reported from Orchard Park, New York.
Cleveland is getting at least one key piece back for Monday’s game against Las Vegas — starting right guard Wyatt Teller is coming off the COVID-19 reserve list.
Teller was one of 12 Browns starters to go on the list over the past few days.
The Browns game against the Raiders was moved by the NFL from Friday to Monday following a major outbreak on Cleveland’s roster.
The Browns are scheduled to start a critical game for their playoff hopes with third-string quarterback Nick Mullens after both Baker Mayfield and his backup, Case Keenum, tested positive.
The Browns also put defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on the COVID-19 list. He tested positive on Friday and could miss Monday’s game.
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