lucky: The only two players questionable for Thursday

The only two players questionable for Thursday

9 Nov 2017 at 06:43pm
night's game against Seattle are wide receivers Brittan Golden and Chad Williams. However, coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that "everybody's available." If for some reason Golden's groin prevents him from playing, Arizona could have some trouble with depth at the position. Otherwise, the Cardinals will have their typical compliment of receivers. Williams has been inactive for the past five games, so Arizona's rotation won't be affected if he doesn't play Thursday. -- Josh Weinfuss

Los Angeles Rams Running back Malcolm Brown, who backs up Todd Gurley II, sustained an injury to his MCL in the second half of Sunday's win over the Giants. Coach Sean McVay admitted that Brown, who had a brace on his left knee Wednesday, will be out for a while. That opens a spot for Lance Dunbar, who is officially on the physically unable to perform list but has

been able to practice with the team since the start of last week. The Rams are healthy otherwise. "When you look around the league," McVay said, "you feel very fortunate to have such a good training staff that's put the guys in positions to try to prevent some of the things that are preventable." -- Alden GonzalezThe 49ers are so banged up that it's a real possibility they won't have 46 healthy players to

dress for Sunday's game against the Giants. The focus is on cornerback Dontae Johnson, one of the few players on the injury report who is hurt but not to the point that he has already been ruled out for this week. He's dealing with a shoulder injury, and coach Kyle Shanahan has said that he hopes Johnson will be ready to go. Having Johnson would be important for a secondary that has lost its starting free safety to a broken forearm each of the past two weeks and starts rookie Ahkello Witherspoon at the other cornerback spot. -- Nick Wagoner

Seattle Seahawks The quick turnaround for Seattle's Thursday night game won't allow Eddie Lacy to recover from the groin injury that knocked him out of the Week 9 loss to Washington. That means the Seahawks will be turning back to Thomas Rawls to lead their backfield against Arizona.

They were hoping free safety Earl Thomas (hamstring) could return after missing last week, but he's listed as doubtful. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (oblique) is questionable. His availability will be key, /a> with Arizona likely to rely heavily on Adrian Peterson to carry an offense that is without starting quarterback Carson Palmer. -- Brady Henderson

What he has done right: Well, everything. But the main thing is McVay, who also Andrei Vasilevskiy Jersey calls the offensive plays, took an offense that was last in the NFL in yards each of the past two seasons and turned it into what appears to be, well, a juggernaut. Jared Goff Andrei Vasilevskiy Jersey (2,030 yards, 13 TDs, 4 INTs) suddenly looks legitimate as a second-year quarterback, Todd Gurley (686 yards, 7 TDs) is an elite running back once again, and the offensive linemen and wide receivers are clicking in ways they haven’t in a long time.

What he needs to do better: We’d be splitting hairs here, but let’s give it a shot. McVay has been burning a lot of early timeouts, but special teams coordinator John Fassel, who assists him on game day, will tell you he has been using them to get out of bad plays. So that’s fine. McVay also has found himself diagramming the next offensive series while his team is on defense,

but that’s intentional because he has so much faith /a> in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. No problem there, either. So, this section will merely present an opportunity to point out what makes McVay special: He’s a natural leader who came in with a clear message, held players accountable and ultimately changed the culture.

What he has done right: McDermott has brought a much-needed culture change to Buffalo after two years of Rex Ryan’s loose style of coaching. He has created what many players believe to be a more cohesive locker room in which teammates are more familiar with one another, even outside of their position groups. On the field, McDermott has led a team that did not fall behind by seven points in any game until last Thursday’s sloppy loss to the Jets.

Despite three turnovers in that defeat, Buffalo still leads the NFL with a plus-11 turnover margin. The Bills are in line to receive the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoffs, which would end the franchise’s 17-year postseason drought. /a> /a> /a> /a>

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