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Travis Etienne, a rookie for the Jaguars, was forced to exit the game against the Saints due to a foot injury.

Travis Etienne, a rookie running back for the Jaguars, only played three snaps in Monday’s preseason game before leaving with a foot injury.
Coach Urban Meyer revealed after the game that Etienne sprained his foot and that the club would find out additional information on Tuesday.
Before departing the game, Etienne had one carry for one yard and caught a 3-yard pass.
Etienne, the No. 25 overall choice in this year’s NFL Draft, had one carry for two yards in the Jaguars’ preseason opener against the Browns.
Etienne was a Clemson teammate of Jacksonville’s rookie quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, and graduated as the ACC’s all-time leading rusher with 4,952 yards over four seasons.
Jacksonville was defeated by New Orleans 23-21 on Monday.
This article will be updated as time goes on.
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The Jameis Winston-Marquez Callaway connection for the Saints appears to be in top form already in the middle of the season.

Although Jameis Winston has yet to be anointed the Saints’ starting quarterback, his chemistry with wide receiver Marquez Callaway appears to be explosive.
The first was a 43-yard bomb from Winston to Callaway down the center of the field.
Next came a 29-yard strike along the left sideline, finished by a one-handed grab for another touchdown.
Both had done significant damage against the Jaguars in their preseason encounter when they walked off the field in the first quarter on Monday.
Winston finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 9-10 passing, while Callaway caught all five receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Oh, and Winston’s first pass was 53.3 yards in the air, according to ESPN Stats & Info, the longest passing touchdown by a Saints quarterback since 2016.
Winston is in a competition with Taysom Hill to replace future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees in New Orleans. MORE: NFL’s Most Important Position Battles to Know
Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner and the Buccaneers’ first overall choice in 2015, has the experience and pedigree.
He had a 28-42 record with the Buccaneers, completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 19,737 yards, 121 touchdowns, and 88 interceptions.
As a backup quarterback for the Brees last season, he appeared in four games and completed seven of eleven passes for 75 yards.
While Saints fans are familiar with Winston’s name, Callaway is a newcomer. In his rookie NFL season, Callaway appeared in 11 games for the Saints, catching 21 catches for 213 yards and no touchdowns.
He had been signed as an undrafted free agent by the organization prior to the season.
He caught 92 passes for 1,646 yards and 13 touchdowns in four seasons at Tennessee.
Callaway, on the other hand, shown that he had some untapped promise.
In the 2020 NFL Combine, he had a 38-inch vertical, a 126-inch broad jump, and a 4.55-second 40-yard sprint.
Many have been eyeing the 6-1, 205-pound wideout as a possible sleeper, especially with Michael Thomas likely sidelined for weeks during the season. His draft profile dubbed him a “one-trick talent with field-stretching skills,” with the report noting he needs to be “more than an occasional deep ball threat if he wants to keep an NFL position.”

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Kyle Shanahan of the 49ers says nothing has changed his mind about Jimmy Garoppolo starting.

Nothing this preseason has convinced 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan that Jimmy Garoppolo is the team’s starting quarterback, as he stated after the team’s 15-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Shanahan, on the other hand, would not commit to Garoppolo as the starting in Week 1 over rookie Trey Lance.
“I’m not going to make that announcement.”
Shanahan, on the other hand, responded, “Good attempt.”
The No. 1 Lance
3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, came into camp as the veteran quarterback’s backup.
Shanahan stated that the quarterback situation is “very much the same” as it was at the beginning of camp.
Lance had 102 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in Sunday’s game.
In his only series, Garoppolo completed 3 of 6 passes for 15 yards and an interception.
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Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals says he doesn’t have the ‘desire to play right now.’

During an appearance on Sirius XM’s “Lets Go” with Jim Gray, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was asked about his future in the NFL, and he stated that he has no interest in playing this season.
GO TO FOXNEWS.COM FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE “To be honest with you, I simply don’t have the want to play right now,” Fitzgerald told NFL Network.
“I’m not sure how I’ll feel in September, October, or November, but right now, I just don’t feel like it.”
And I believe I must show respect for that.
“Football isn’t one of those games where you want to go out there and play without being totally engaged and ready to prepare and do the things that you need to do.” Fitzgerald hasn’t said whether he’ll return this season over the offseason.
Before to training camp, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury reportedly told Fitzgerald that the ball was in his court.
Meanwhile, Arizona bolstered its defense by bringing in veteran A.J. Hawk.
Green and the 2021 NFL Draft selection of Vanderbilt’s Rondale Moore
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fitzgerald is the franchise’s all-time leader in catches (1,432), receiving yards (17,492), and receiving touchdowns (121) after spending his entire 17-year career with Arizona.
Fitzgerald has 54 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown last season.

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The Ravens win their 19th straight preseason game, 20-3, tying an NFL record.

AP National Sports By AP Sports Writer STEVE REED CHARLOTTE, N.C.
(AP) — Tyler Huntley threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns as the Baltimore Ravens beat the Carolina Panthers 20-3, tying an NFL record with their 19th straight preseason victory.
The Ravens tied Vince Lombardis Green Bay Packers for a 19-game winning run in exhibition games from 1959 through 1962, with scores by Nate McCrary and TySon Williams.
The Ravens did not have Lamar Jackson in their lineup.
Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold saw his first action as a starter, but he only lasted one series.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is expected to start the season opener against the Buccaneers despite his ailment.

Dak Prescott, the quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, is expected to return to the field for the team’s season opener on September 1.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Buccaneers are favored by nine points.
Prescott, 28, had a right latissimus strain during training camp and is still rehabbing from an ankle issue from last season.
According to Pelissero, the two-time Pro Bowler has had no “setbacks” in his rehabilitation and might have participated in Saturday’s preseason game against the Texans.
Prescott, on the other hand, will not take any chances and will only toss before the game.
Prescott’s recent update debunks ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s claim that the quarterback might not play at 100% this season.
“He’s not entirely recovered yet.”
“He might not be back all season,” Schefter remarked during halftime of the Chiefs-Cardinals game on ESPN.
Bishop: Dak Prescott’s Heal Turn During the offseason, Prescott signed a four-year, $160 million deal.
Prior to his ankle injury in October,
Prescott started five games versus the Giants and threw for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns.
Before the injury, he was averaging roughly 372 passing yards per game.
In 2019, he threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns in his final complete season.
According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy stated this week that there’s a significant chance Prescott won’t play in the preseason as Dallas prepares for the regular season.
McCarthy added, “He’ll undoubtedly be involved in some type of practice more than this week.”
“But to stand here and say you he’d be full-go and take all the reps, I’m not there yet.” Prescott told NFL Network last week that he wanted to participate in the Cowboys’ joint practice with the Rams and that he expects to play during the regular season.
“I felt like I could go out here,” Prescott said. “Especially when you’ve got the crowd going and the excitement, your adrenaline’s pumping, and you don’t want to miss a day like this.”
“But I’m in terrific shape, and I’ll be ready when it counts.” More NFL coverage:

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Barry Sanders, an NFL legend, contracts COVID but claims to be symptom-free.

Barry Sanders stated on Friday that he is the newest coronavirus breakthrough case.
Despite being properly vaccinated, wearing a mask, and taking other precautions, the Pro Football Hall of Famer says he tested positive with COVID-19.
GO TO FOXNEWS.COM FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE “Despite being double-vaccinated, wearing a mask, and taking all the measures I could…
COVID was found to be present in my system.
“I don’t have any symptoms, but I’m staying in till the doctors give me the all-clear,” he tweeted.
He stated that he would be ready for the Detroit Lions’ Week 9 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sanders, who turned 53 this month, spent ten seasons with the Lions between 1989 and 1998, retiring unexpectedly at the age of 30.
The 1997 NFL MVP and 10-time Pro Bowler rushed for 15,269 yards and 99 touchdowns.
He was the league’s leading rusher four times.
MARSHALL FAULK, NFL LEGEND, URGES AMERICANS TO GET INFORMED ABOUT THE COVID-19 VACCINE NFL Alumni Health teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to launch a national education campaign about the coronavirus vaccination.
In a news statement earlier this month, NFL Alumni CEO Beasley Reece stated, “As a country, we’ve done a lot–individually and collectively–to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.”
“We may be in the’red zone,’ but the war is far from finished.”
“We hope that the voices of our NFL Alumni will urge people who have not yet been vaccinated to discuss their concerns with a health care practitioner, obtain the facts, and make the decision to protect themselves and others,” Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk said last week on Fox News.
GET THE FOX NEWS APP HERE “Don’t listen to the social media pundits, the crap you’re reading…
“Go see your doctor so you can make an informed decision,” he advised.
“That’s what this is all about,” says the narrator.
If we can convince people to do that, then this campaign and all we’re doing will be worthwhile.
Simply put, stop listening to non-doctors and start listening to your doctors.
“Sit down with a health care practitioner and hear what they have to say about the benefits of doing it versus not doing it, and what the implications are if you do it,” Fox News’ Dan Canova said.

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Cam Newton stakes his claim as the Patriots’ No. 1 quarterback in two more games on Friday.

Bill Belichick is expected to take his time revealing whether Cam Newton or Mac Jones will be the Patriots’ starting quarterback, according to Damien Woody.
(0:57) The second full week of preseason play begins on Thursday, the first of five consecutive days of NFL action.
With only two games remaining until the regular season begins, expect to see more starters and familiar names on the field this week.
The New England Patriots traveled to Philadelphia to play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, a game in which Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was scratched due to sickness, and the Patriots won.
Two more games begin on Friday, including the season’s first ESPN telecast.
The game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Arizona Cardinals is also a collegiate reunion, with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes facing off against Kliff Kingsbury, his Texas Tech coach — at least for a series or two.
The majority of the action takes place on Saturday, with ten games scheduled.
The day begins with a matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears in the afternoon, followed by a matchup between the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers in the evening.
In real time, Jets rookie quarterback Zach Wilson could be seen fanboying Packers great Aaron Rodgers.
The Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys face off in Jerry World, while the Las Vegas Raiders (probably the most popular team in Los Angeles) face off against the Los Angeles Rams (who are vying for the title).
Odell Beckham Jr. is a wide receiver who plays for the New York Giants
On Sunday, the New York Giants take on the Cleveland Browns in one of two games, while Trevor Lawrence makes his Monday Night Football debut (kind of) when the Jacksonville Jaguars visit the New Orleans Saints.
Skip to a matchup: NE-PHI NFL preseason Week 2 schedule Thursday’s game Standout performer: Patriots QB Cam Newton: 8 of 9 passing for 103 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Newton looked as at ease as he has as a Patriot, albeit against the Eagles’ second-string defense, with his 28-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jakobi Meyers coming after Meyers gave him a hand signal to indicate his intentions before the snap.
From a pre-snap communication aspect, this indicates a quarterback and wide receiver who are at the top of their game.
Nevertheless, in relief, Mac Jones had some memorable highlights, including a 17-play, 91-yard drive that ate up 9:04 of the clock.
Jones completed 13 of 19 passes for 146 yards on four drives.
— Mike Reiss Up next: Giants (6 p.m.)
29) DeVonta Smith, a rookie receiver, made his preseason debut and had two catches for 19 yards on four targets in one half of action.
The fact that Smith moved smoothly and didn’t appear to be hampered by the left MCL sprain that kept him out of practice for two weeks was far more important than the stat line.
On his second grab of the night, he started inside, hit the brakes, and cut back out for a 10-yard reception, exhibiting flashes of his Heisman Trophy-winning prowess.
Smith’s night began with a couple of drops on a pair of poor passes from Joe Flacco (who started in place of an ill Jalen Hurts), but he smoothed out as the game proceeded and sprang open quite routinely.
Overall, it was a good warmup for the regular season opening against the Atlanta Falcons on September 1st.
— Tim McManus Up next: Jets (7:30 p.m.)
27) Friday’s games, 8 p.m., Kansas City at Arizona
8 p.m. ET, ESPN Cincinnati vs. Washington
Saturday’s games: Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Green Bay Packers at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
Falcons at Miami, 7 p.m. ET, NFL Network

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Inside the crowded running back rivalry at Virginia Tech, including Devin Taylor’s departure and more takeaways

THE CITY OF BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA
— With ten scholarship running backs on the roster, Virginia Tech has one of the largest running back rooms in the country right now.
While having a single-position place eat up nearly 12% of the team’s scholarships isn’t ideal for roster management, Hokies running backs coach Adam Lechtenberg is unconcerned.
“They work in a competitive setting, and they know that if they have a poor day, someone else will have a wonderful day.”
And we’re all about competitiveness, and our groups are all about competition.” The Hokies are in an unique position at running back, looking to replace Khalil Herbert, who set a single-season school record with 1,182 rushing yards and a 7.7 yards per carry, becoming only the second 1,000-yard rusher since 2012 and the first of the Justin Fuente era.
“You’re going to stick with that guy if he gets the ball and makes a bunch of plays.”
Yet, you must make them all ready to play and then let them figure it out based on their output.

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The ‘Most throwing yards as a rookie in the NFL’ quiz

It hasn’t always been easy for Chicago Bears supporters to get enthused about their team’s quarterback, but with the No. 1 overall pick, things are looking up.
With Justin Fields, the No. 10 overall choice, in the mix, the Chicago Bears have cause to be optimistic.
Yet, despite Fields’ impressive preseason performance, fans should temper their expectations in light of Andy Dalton’s recent statements.
“Justin’s going to have his time, and Justin’s going to have a wonderful career,” he says, “but right now it’s my time, and my focus is on being the best player I can be for this team and doing everything I can to help this team win.”
Dalton threw for 3,398 yards as a rookie, which ranks him 13th all-time among rookie quarterbacks.
So, in five minutes, how many of the NFL quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their debut season can you name?
Best of luck!