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Titans, Vikes shut down after positives

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans won't be back inside their building until Saturday at the earliest because of eight positive tests for the coronavirus, the first outbreak to hit the NFL as it tries to play a full schedule amid the pandemic.

Tennessee is scheduled to host Pittsburgh in a matchup of two of the league's seven remaining undefeated teams on Sunday, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said his team has been "given a mandate" to prepare as if the game will be played on time - even if the Titans are unable to practice.

"We're going to trust the medical experts," Tomlin said. "If they deem it safe for us to proceed, we're going to go down there with the intention of playing and playing to win."


Broncos to start QB Rypien against Jets

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Brett Rypien kept his head up when he went undrafted out of Boise State. He didn't get discouraged when he twice got cut by the Denver Broncos.

He didn't flinch when the Broncos valued Brandon Allen over him last year to serve as a backup to Joe Flacco and then Drew Lock.


Falcons CB Dennard out at least 3 games

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have placed cornerback Darqueze Dennard on the reserve/injured list with a hamstring injury.

The loss of Dennard for at least three games deals another blow to the Falcons' depleted secondary.


CB Harris latest Charger to go on IR

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Chargers placed Chris Harris Jr. on injured reserve Tuesday.

The cornerback is the fifth defensive starter to end up on IR this season.


Raiders players at event without masks

Several Las Vegas Raiders players attended a charity event held by teammate Darren Waller that might have violated league rules for the coronavirus pandemic.

The Darren Waller Foundation held a fundraising event at a country club just outside Las Vegas on Monday to help young people overcome drug and alcohol addiction.


Former Seahawks WR Kearse retires

SEATTLE (AP) Former Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse has announced his retirement.

Kearse, who posted his decision on social media Tuesday, has not played in a regular season game since 2018 when he was with the Jets. Kearse suffered a broken leg during the 2019 preseason with Detroit.


Mahomes dazzles, Chiefs stop Ravens' run

BALTIMORE (AP) It wasn't just that Patrick Mahomes threw for a ton of yards and four touchdowns. Most impressive was how he did it.

Mahomes juked, danced, and jumped in and out of the pocket. Sometimes he just dropped back and fired pinpoint throws downfield. He tossed shovel passes and flung it sidearmed.


Bears to start QB Foles against Colts

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Nick Foles made a strong case for being the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears after a 30-26 comeback win Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.

On Monday, coach Matt Nagy confirmed Foles had done enough in a relief effort of Mitchell Trubisky and selected the Super Bowl 52 MVP as the Bears new starting quarterback.


Carroll: Seahawks' injuries '1st-degree'

SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said running back Chris Carson, safety Jamal Adams and guard Damien Lewis could bounce back quickly from injuries suffered in Sunday's victory over Dallas.

Speaking on his radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday, Carroll said all the injuries suffered against the Cowboys were relatively minor. Carroll said Carson, Adams, Lewis and rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks underwent MRIs on Sunday night and had what he termed "first-degree" injuries.


Haynesworth charged for domestic assault

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) Former Tennessee Titans All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was arrested Monday after he was accused of threatening and yelling at his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Cleveland, Tennessee, police officers responded at 4:34 p.m. to a report that Haynesworth was yelling at his ex-girlfriend, according to a statement from the police. The woman told officers Haynesworth had driven there from his home in Franklin, Tennessee, about 160 miles (257 km) away, after making threats to physically harm her and her boyfriend. No physical assault was reported, according to the police statement.

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