Top overall draft pick Myles Garrett is inactive again for the Cleveland Browns, further delaying his NFL debut.
Garrett missed his fourth straight game Sunday with a sprained right ankle. The heralded rookie defensive end returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since Sept. 6, and there had been hope he might be able to play against the Bengals. However, he’s not quite ready and the Browns will remain patient. Cleveland hosts the New York Jets next week.
Injuries like Garrett’s – the dreaded high ankle sprain – typically take four to six weeks to heal. The former Texas A&M All-American made quicker progress than the team expected, but the Browns don’t want to take any risks and will rest him again.
Garrett also sustained a foot sprain during spring minicamp and he was slowed by a sprained left ankle last year with the Aggies.
Cleveland will also be without starting linebacker Jamie Collins, who missed his second game with a concussion, and defensive tackle Danny Shelton. He injured his left calf this week in practice.
Out for the Bengals are first-round pick WR John Ross, S Derron Smith, LB Jordan Evans, G Christian Westerman, G Trey Hopkins, WR Josh Malone, TE Tyler Eifert.
WR J. Ross (knee), S D. Smith (ankle), OL C. Westerman (healthy), G T. Hopkins (knee), WR J. Malone (healthy), TE T. Eifert (back), LB J. Evans (hamstring).
Los Angeles Rams-Dallas
Rams: Free safety Lamarcus Joyner had already been declared out with a hamstring injury after starting the first three games. QB Brandon Allen, RB Justin Davis, CB Dominique Hatfield, OLB Ejuan Price, T Andrew Donnal, T Cornelius Lucas also are inactive.
Cowboys: All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee is inactive because of a hamstring injury. It’s the first time the oft-injured Lee has been sidelined by an injury since the season finale in 2015, when he also was out with a hamstring issue. Lee sustained the injury in a win at Arizona on Monday night. He didn’t practice all week.
The absence of Lee should mean more snaps for Justin Durant, and fullback Keith Smith will be an emergency option at the position he played in college with the Cowboys carrying just four linebackers.
Also inactive QB Cooper Rush, RB Darren McFadden, CB Nolan Carroll, CB Chidobe Awuzie, LB Anthony Hitchens, DE Charles Tapper.
Bills: Defensive end Shaq Lawson, who had been listed as questionable with a groin injury, will be held out against Atlanta. Lawson was injured in Thursday’s practice. He has 10 tackles and two sacks through three games.
Also out are starting LT Cordy Glenn (foot), WR Brandon Tate, RB Joe Banyard, G Vladimir Ducasse, TE Khari Lee, DT Adolphus Washington.
Falcons: They are without starters Vic Beasley, Ryan Schraeder and Courtney Upshaw for the second straight week. A fourth starter, safety Ricardo Allen, also is inactive with a concussion.
Also sidelined: RB Terron Ward (neck/shoulder), G Sean Harlow, LB Jermaine Grace.
49ers: Running back Carlos Hyde is active. He was listed as questionable with a hip injury after being limited all week in practice.
Also sidelined: WR Kendtrick Bourne, CB Ahkello Witherspoon, LB Mark Nzeocha, LB Pita Taumoepenu, LB Reuben Foster, OL Erik Magnuson.
Cardinals: They are without starting left tackle D.J. Humphries for the third straight game with a knee injury, adding to Arizona’s offensive line woes. Humphries had been a game-time decision. John Wetzel starts at left tackle and rookie Will Holden gets his first start at left guard after Mike Iupati was placed on injured reserve with a triceps injury. Backup Alex Boone is out with a pectoral injury.
Also idle: QB Blaine Gabbert, WR Chad Williams, CB Tramon Williams, RB D.J. Foster, DL Robert Nkemdiche.
Raiders: Leading receiver Michael Crabtree (chest) isn’t playing. He was hurt last week against Washington. Crabtree had played in all 35 regular-season games since signing with Oakland in 2015. He has three TD catches this season.
Also inactive: QB Connor Cook; CB Gareon Conley; DB Keith McGill II; T David Sharpe, T Jylan Ware; DT Darius Latham.
Broncos: KR Cody Latimer is out with a knee injury after getting hurt at Buffalo last week. The leaves rookie speedster Brendan Langley to return kicks and means WR Jordan Taylor is active for the first time. Also active for the first time are RB Devontae Booker, who missed training camp and the preseason with a broken wrist, wide receiver Jordan Taylor, and new defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.
Also inactive: QB Paxton Lynch; RB De’Angelo Henderson; CB Lorenzo Doss; G Billy Turner; NT Kyle Peko, DE Zach Kerr.
New York Giants-Tampa Bay
Giants: QB Davis Webb, CB Michael Hunter, Jr., RB Orleans Darkwa, LB Deontae Skinner, T Bobby Hart, TE Matt LaCosse, DE Avery Moss.
Buccaneers: S T.J. Ward, LB Lavonte David (injured ankle last week vs. Vikings), LB Kwon Alexander, T Leonard Wester, C Joe Hawley, TE Antony Auclair, DT Sealver Siliga.
Philadelphia-Los Angeles Chargers
Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox (calf), CB Ronald Darby, WR Shelton Gibson, S Corey Graham, OG Isaac Seumalo, DT Destiny Vaeao, S Jaylen Watkins.
Chargers: QB Cardale Jones, S Dexter McCoil, LB Nick Dzubnar, OL Tyler Marz, TE Sean Culkin, WR Mike Williams, DE Jerry Attaochu.
Lions: WR Kenny Golladay, LG Tim Lelito, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Tion Green, FS Don Carey, LB Thurston Armbrister, LB Jarrad Davis (concussion).
Vikings: QB Sam Bradford (knee), LT Rashod Hill, RG Danny Isidora, WR Stacy Coley, WR Rodney Adams, DT Jaleel Johnson, DE Tashawn Bower.
Jacksonville-New York Jets
Jaguars: QB Ryan Nassib, WR Jaelen Strong, RB T.J. Yeldon (third straight game as healthy scratch), CB Jalen Myrick, LB Lerentee McCray, OL Josh Walker, OL William Poehls
JETS: RB Matt Forte (was declared out Friday with turf toe), QB Christian Hackenberg, RT Brandon Shell (starter sitting today with shoulder injury; Brent Qvale starts in his place), TE Will Tye, TE Jordan Leggett, LB Josh Martin, CB Derrick Jones.
Panthers: WR Curtis Samuel (back), DE Daeshon Hall (knee), CB Daryl Worley (shoulder), C Ryan Kalil (neck), OT John Theus (healthy scratch), QB Brad Kaaya (healthy scratch), DE Bryan Cox (healthy scratch).
Patriots: Linebacker Dont’a Hightower is active for the first time after sitting out last two games with a knee injury. Out are special teams captain/WR Matt Slater (hamstring; out for third straight game), RB Rex Burkhead (ribs; out for second straight game), S Brandon King (hamstring), LB Harvey Langi (healthy scratch), OL Cole Croston (healthy scratch), LB David Harris (healthy scratch).
Steelers: QB Josh Dobbs, WR Eli Rogers, S Mike Mitchell (hamstring), T Jerald Hawkins, T Marcus Gilbert (hamstring), LB James Harrison (illness), DT Daniel McCullers.
Ravens: WR/RS Chris Moore, CB Jaylen Hill, G/T Tony Bergstrom, T Dieugot Joseph, TE Maxx Williams, DE Chris Wormley, DT Brandon Williams (foot).
Titans: CB Kalan Reed, S Johnathan Cyprien (hamstring, Da’Norris Searcy will start), LB Josh Carraway, C Corey Levin, WR Corey Davis (hamstring, Eric Decker will start), DE David King.
Texans: WR Will Fuller will make season debut after missing the first three games after breaking his collarbone in preseason. Also out are WR Braxton Miller, CB Marcus Burley, CB Kevin Johnson, T Kendall Lamm, C Greg Mancz, T Jah Reid, OLB Ufomba Kamalu.
New Orleans-Miami at London
Saints: For the Saints, injured WR Willie Snead (hamstring), LT Terron Armstead (shoulders) and CB Sterling Moore (chest) are inactive, as well as DT Kendall Langford, DE Al-Quadin Muhammad and QB Taysom Hill. LB Ben Heeney, who was signed off the practice squad earlier in the week but injured a knee in practice on Friday, was previously ruled out.
Dolphins: Cornerback Byron Maxwell is inactive after injuring a hamstring in the team’s walk-through on Saturday. Maxwell will be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Cordrea Tankersley, a third-round draft pick out of Clemson who will be making his debut after being inactive the first two games.
Inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is active and will start after being reinstated from an indefinite suspension earlier in the week. Timmons said he was dealing with a personal matter when he unexpectedly left the Dolphins before their game at the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago.
Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (ankle) will miss a second game because of injury, while ILB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), RG Isaac Asiata (ankle) and RT Eric Smith (knee), and the healthy CB Torry McTyer and LT Sam Young, are also inactive.
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