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Georgia quarterback DWan Mathis future with Bulldogs in question, reports vary – DawgNation

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Georgia quarterback DWan Mathis future with Bulldogs in question, reports vary - DawgNation

ATHENS — The future of Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis is in doubt, with a 247Sports report projecting him to leave the team.

The Mathis family told DawgNation it is declining to confirm the report that D’Wan is leaving the team, at the time of this publication.

Mathis did not travel with the team for the first time this season, the Bulldogs playing at South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. (TV: SEC Network).

There has been growing speculation that Mathis is unhappy with his inability to contribute for No. 9-ranked Georgia and has considered leaving the program for another opportunity.

DawgNation has learned that other schools have shown interest in Mathis as a quarterback, including Michigan State.

Mathis is not in the transfer portal at this time, per sources with direct knowledge.

The former Oak Park (Mich.) High School star has appeared in four games this season completing 12 of 30 passes for 89 yards with a touchdown and 3 interceptions.

Mathis has also been credited with 60 yards rushing, but losses on sacks have reduced the number to a cumulative 17 yards on 18 attempts, with lost yardage as a result of errant snaps factored in.

It has been a long comeback trail for Mathis, who flipped from Ohio State to Georgia on the December early signing day in 2018 after learning the Buckeyes were recruiting UGA Justin Fields out of the transfer portal.

Mathis underwent emergency brain surgery in May of 2019, making a well-documented comeback over the next year, finally gaining clearance to play last May.

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Mathis started the season-opening game at Arkansas but was pulled after failing to lead the team to a touchdown on the first six series of the game.

Redshirt junior Stetson Bennett took over starting duties until injuring his shoulder in the first quarter of a 44-28 loss to Florida.

Mathis came on in relief of Bennett in the third quarter with Georgia down 41-21 but was unable to rally the team to a win.

JT Daniels started the next game, last Saturday against Mississippi State, and passed for 401 yards.

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Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson to return after 4-game absence – ESPN

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Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson to return after 4-game absence - ESPN

RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson will play against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night after missing the past four games with a sprained foot, coach Pete Carroll said.

The team listed Carson as a full participant in Saturday’s practice.

“He looks really good,” Carroll said Saturday. “He looked explosive and in great shape. He’s got fresh legs. … You could tell. He could feel it in his change of direction and all that stuff, so he’s really raring to go. He’s full go.”

Carroll said the benefit of the team’s mini-bye following its Thursday night game last week was evident in how fresh players looked in practice this week.

Pro Bowl cornerback Shaquill Griffin (four games) and center Ethan Pocic (two games) will also return from their multigame absences Monday night. The Seahawks will be without right tackle Brandon Shell because of a high ankle sprain; Cedric Ogbuehi will start in his place.

The Seahawks also ruled out backup running back Travis Homer, so Seattle’s backfield against the Eagles will consist of Carson, Hyde and rookie DeeJay Dallas, plus fullback Nick Bellore.

Carroll said running back Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks’ 2018 first-round pick who has been on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from knee surgery, is on track to begin practicing next week.

Said Carroll: “We’re thrilled about that.”

Rookie defensive end Darrell Taylor, who is on the non-football injury list recovering from a leg injury, didn’t begin practicing this week as the team had hoped. The second-round pick will meet with team doctors early next week.

The Seahawks lost Carson and Hyde (hamstring) to injuries in Week 7, and the team went from averaging 5.25 yards per carry (second best in the NFL) over the first seven weeks to 4.04 (20th) over the next three weeks.

Hyde returned last week and rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in Seattle’s win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Five players are listed as questionable, though Carroll said No. 4 receiver Freddie Swain is fine after tending to a family matter, and the coach said he believes that No. 3 wide receiver David Moore (hip) is going to play.

Also listed as questionable for Seattle are offensive linemen Jordan Simmons and Kyle Fuller as well as defensive back D.J. Reed.

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Sources — Denver Broncos QBs ruled ineligible vs. New Orleans Saints – ESPN

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Sources -- Denver Broncos QBs ruled ineligible vs. New Orleans Saints - ESPN

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In the on-field scenario many in the league feared the most with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Denver Broncos plan to play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday with no available quarterbacks for the game.

The Broncos’ three eligible quarterbacks — Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles — were each deemed to be a “high-risk” close contact to quarterback Jeff Driskel, and none of the three can be in uniform for Sunday’s game, sources told ESPN.

Driskel tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and was moved to the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list later that day.

The Broncos will not be forfeiting Sunday’s game, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Lock, Rypien and Bortles, who is on the practice squad, were pulled off the field early in Saturday’s practice and told to isolate at home after contact-tracing concerns had arisen, sources told ESPN. The three were discovered to have not worn masks at one point during contact with Driskel, team sources told ESPN, but it was unclear if that occurred during practice or a meeting.

Lock, Rypien, Bortles and Driskel are usually closest to each other when the players stretch to open practice each day — they are all next to each other in the front row at that time — and the Broncos have conducted some socially distant position-group meetings at their facility.

Broncos coach Vic Fangio has previously said running back Royce Freeman is the team’s emergency quarterback.

The Broncos also have wide receiver Kendall Hinton on their practice squad. He was a quarterback during his first three seasons at Wake Forest.

While Broncos tight end Noah Fant seemed apprehensive in a Twitter post about the team’s situation, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy and linebacker Von Miller took to social media to try to make light of it.

The Saints were 6-point favorites before the Broncos’ quarterback situation was disclosed Sunday night, causing most sportsbooks to halt betting on the game. Las Vegas sportsbook Circa Sports reopened the line at New Orleans -13. The point spread quickly grew to Saints -14.

It all came on fast for the Broncos, who had been given clearance by the NFL to practice Saturday. They opened the workout, which began about 1 p.m. Mountain time, with the plan of having all three of their quarterbacks participate.

On Saturday, Fangio said the quarterbacks are more than six feet apart from each other during meetings and that “all our meetings are set up to where everybody’s spread out.”

Fangio said the NFL had cleared the Broncos to practice both Thursday and Friday after positive tests by Driskel and wide receiver Diontae Spencer. Fangio, however, elected to cancel Friday’s practice and all other on-site activities.

Friday was the third time the Broncos have canceled practices and other on-site activities at their facility this season.

ESPN’s David Purdum contributed to this report.

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Ravens-Steelers game in more doubt; 49ers banned by county – The Associated Press

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Ravens-Steelers game in more doubt; 49ers banned by county - The Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed running back James Conner on the COVID-19 list on Saturday, while their scheduled opponent next Tuesday, the division rival Baltimore Ravens, added six more players to the list.

Conner is joining three teammates already on the list along with 20 Ravens — Baltimore is down to three defensive linemen — casting further doubt on the ability to pull off a game rescheduled from Thanksgiving night to Sunday to Tuesday night.

Conner, who leads the unbeaten Steelers (10-0) with 645 yards rushing and five touchdowns, joins defensive end Stephon Tuitt, defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs and reserve offensive lineman Kevin Dotson on the COVID-19 list.

The Steelers also announced special teams coordinator Danny Smith will not coach on Tuesday due to what the team described as an “illness.” Quarterbacks coach Matt Canada will also be unavailable because he is ill.

The announcement came on the same day the Ravens put outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, right tackle D.J. Fluker, defensive lineman Broderick Washington and offensive lineman Will Holden on the COVID-19 list. Two others — defensive backs Khalil Dorsey and Tavon Young — were on injured reserve before also joining the list Saturday.

The Ravens already had several starters on the list, including quarterback Lamar Jackson and running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins.

Ferguson has played every game this season at outside linebacker and Fluker was coming off three straight starts at right tackle.

The NFL has few options should the game need be further delayed. The league also moved Thursday night’s matchup between Baltimore and Dallas to Dec. 7.

Elsewhere in the league, the San Francisco 49ers may need to find a temporary new home after Santa Clara County on Saturday banned all contact sports from holding games and practices for the next three weeks. County officials issued the directives in response to rising cases of the coronavirus in the area. The rules take effect Monday and will last for three weeks.

The 49ers have home games scheduled for Dec. 7 against Buffalo and Dec. 13 against Washington at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The team also practices at that site in the county.

“We are working with the NFL and our partners on operational plans and will share details as they are confirmed,” the team said in a statement.

Also Saturday:

— Denver Broncos quarterbacks Drew Lock, his backup Brett Rypien and practice squad member Blake Bortles were pulled off the practice field and sent home over concerns about their contact with QB Jeff Driskel, who is infected with COVID-19, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t addressed the situation publicly. The Broncos (4-6), who are scheduled to host the New Orleans Saints (8-2) on Sunday, were working with the NFL to resolve the situation.

Denver had returned to work Saturday after canceling the previous two days of practice. In addition to Driskel, kick returner Deontae Spencer has tested positive.

— The Saints placed starting left tackle Terron Armstead on their COVID-19 list, leaving him ineligible for Sunday’s game at Denver.

— The Indianapolis Colts will be without running back Jonathan Taylor on Sunday. He is one of three Indy starters sitting out because of COVID-19 when Indianapolis hosts Tennessee for the AFC South lead.

Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner went on the COVID-19 list earlier this week and defensive end Denico Autry has not yet been activated after going on the list last week.

— The Las Vegas Raiders said running backs coach Kirby Wilson won’t coach this week because of COVID-19-related reasons. He will miss the game at Atlanta. Senior offensive assistant John Morton will handle Wilson’s duties on Sunday against the Falcons.

The Raiders currently have three players on the COVID-19 list: running back Theo Riddick, tackle Trent Brown and defensive back Lamarcus Joyner.

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AP Pro Football Writers Josh Dubow and Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.

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Alabama vs. Auburn score, takeaways: Mac Jones explodes as No. 1 Tide win Iron Bowl in rout without Nick Saban – CBSSports.com

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Alabama vs. Auburn score, takeaways: Mac Jones explodes as No. 1 Tide win Iron Bowl in rout without Nick Saban - CBSSports.com

No. 1 Alabama annihilated No. 22 Auburn 42-13 on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in the 85th edition of the Iron Bowl. Alabama’s biggest stars shined bright over the 60-minute game, which saw quarterback Mac Jones make his latest statement for Heisman Trophy consideration completing 18 of 26 passes for 302 yards with five touchdowns.

Jones tied the Iron Bowl record with five touchdown passes in one game, and it was his seventh game in 2020 with 2+ scores through the air.

Coach Nick Saban was unable to lead the Crimson Tide on Saturday after receiving a positive COVID-19 diagnosis during the week. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian stepped in as interim coach, but Saban watched along from home and was impressed with his team’s performance.

“I’m really happy with the result, I can tell you that,” Saban told CBS Sports’ Jamie Erdahl by phone after the game. “… We didn’t finish exactly like we’d like, but I’m really proud of our team and proud of our players. … It’s a great win. It’s always great to win this game, the Iron Bowl. It’s something special to the people of Alabama.”

The first of Jones’ touchdown passes came midway through the first quarter when he hit star wide receiver DeVonta Smith over the top for a 66-yarder. He followed it up with a 7-yard score to John Metchie III early in the second quarter and hit tight end Jahleel Billingsley for a 24-yarder on a beautiful touch pass under pressure to push Alabama’s lead to 21-3 at halftime. 

There was more where that came from in the second half. Jones hit Smith again to make it 28-6 and regain momentum after Auburn kicked a field goal. Metchie caught his second touchdown of the day early in the fourth quarter in a game that got sideways in the second half. Running back Najee Harris had 11 carries for 96 yards and one touchdown run for the Crimson Tide.

Auburn’s offense struggled to get going, and when it did have hope, it seemed to shoot itself in the foot. QB Bo Nix had WR Seth Williams open on a double move over the middle shortly before halftime on what would have been an easy touchdown. But Williams couldn’t hang on to the perfectly-placed pass. Instead of going into halftime down 11, Auburn was left scrambling to get into field goal range.

Nix threw an interception four plays later in what was a disastrous sequence of events just before halftime. He finished the day 23 of 38 for 227 yards with two picks, while no playmaker gained more than 60 yards on the afternoon.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Alabama’s win over Auburn.

Alabama has the best offense in the country

Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida … I’m not going to apologize. Not to any of you. 

The Crimson Tide can do whatever they want, and that was on full display on Saturday in the Iron Bowl. Jones showed off his touch deep on the 66-yard double move in the first quarter. He also found tight end Jahleel Billingsley — who recorded his first catch of the season on Oct. 24 — on a floater across the field for another score. Smith showed off his jets on a catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter. 

If it’s not through the air, it’s on the ground. Harris’ cut at the line of scrimmage in traffic on his 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter will give Auburn’s defense nightmares. Defensive coordinators can’t focus on one aspect of the offense because it sets itself up to get exposed in other areas. The rest of the country is playing checkers. Alabama is playing chess.

It’s just not fair.

The Tide owned the trenches

Once upon a time — as in, the first three weeks of the season — Alabama’s defense was viewed as a liability. Remember that? It’s when Lane Kiffin’s Ole Miss Rebels ran up and down the field in a track meet in Oxford. 

My, how the tables have turned. 

The Crimson Tide have given up less than 4.5 yards per play in each of their last three games and 26 tackles for loss over the last five games. That domination up front has transformed Alabama into the most complete team in the country … and it isn’t even close. 

Nix’s one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the first touchdown Alabama’s defense had given up in 12 quarters. That’s how much this defense has evolved.  

Sark deserves a second chance 

If this was Steve Sarkisian’s audition for a Power Five head coaching job, he aced it. In fact, South Carolina or any other program that might be in the market this offseason should just hand him a blank check right now. The only times it was noticeable that Saban wasn’t there was when it was discussed on the broadcast. Other than that, it was the same old Alabama attack.

Sark deserves a second chance after getting dismissed for alcohol-related issues. He took over a USC program in 2014 that was decimated by NCAA sanctions and still found a way to go 9-4 and win the Holiday Bowl. The 3-2 start to his second season wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t the reason he got dismissed either. 

What more does he need to do? His offense finished second in the nation in yards per play last season (7.89) and has been a dominant force again in 2020. Oh, and he didn’t know he’d be calling the shots this week until Wednesday against Alabama’s archrival.

He’s earned his second chance.

Same old Auburn

The Tigers entered the game with a little bit of momentum after using Nix more on the ground, incorporating more over-the-middle passing concepts and getting more consistent offensive line play over the last few games. It regressed against the Crimson Tide. 

Alabama’s ability to get pressure with four forced Nix back into his bad habit of bailing from the pocket too early and prevented the running game from getting going in any way, shape or form. Freshman Tank Bigsby wasn’t 100%, but it really didn’t matter. The holes inside were non-existent and when Auburn tried to hit the edge, Alabama’s speed on the perimeter was too much to overcome. 

It’s impossible for this team to make adjustments in games when it can’t win on first down. If Auburn can get to second-and-5, then its offense is on schedule and has a chance to consistently move the chains. When it doesn’t win on first down — which is what happened on Saturday — it isn’t equipped to be competitive. The offensive line doesn’t pass block all that well, Williams is the only weapon outside and Nix gets rattled way too easily. 

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