The Latest on Week 4 of the NFL (all times EDT):
The Indianapolis Colts have a 15-10 lead over the Seattle Seahawks at halftime on Sunday night thanks to a solid first half from Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett was 14 of 20 for 142 yards and an 18-yard touchdown to Donte Moncrief with 25 seconds left in the half. Brissett’s one mistake was an underthrown pass that Justin Coleman intercepted and returned 28 yards for Seattle’s only touchdown.
The Colts have outgained Seattle 205-140 in the first half and have nearly doubled the Seahawks in time of possession.
Russell Wilson was sacked for a safety in the first quarter and Seattle’s offense has been mostly stagnant. Blair Walsh missed a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the first half.
Nine Seattle Seahawks players sat on the bench during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against Indianapolis.
Defensive end Michael Bennett continued his stance of sitting during the anthem, but was joined by the entire Seahawks defensive line and linebacker Michael Wilhoite.
The linemen who sat were Bennett, Cliff Avril, Frank Clark, Sheldon Richardson, Marcus Smith, Jarran Reed, Garrison Smith and Nazair Jones.
Offensive linemen Justin Britt and Oday Aboushi stood next to the sitting players.
There were scattered boos when the anthem ended and the players stood. Last week Seattle remained in the locker room during the anthem.
The Colts all stood on the sideline with arms interlocked during the anthem.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin was active for Sunday night’s game against Indianapolis despite being listed as questionable due to a groin injury.
Baldwin looked to be moving without issue during early pregame warmups. Baldwin strained his groin late in Seattle’s loss at Tennessee last week. Baldwin is Seattle’s leading receiver with 20 catches for 212 yards and one touchdown. No other Seattle wide receiver has more than nine receptions.
The Seahawks were down two running backs with C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls inactive. Prosise has an ankle injury, while Rawls was a healthy scratch. Chris Carson and Eddie Lacy will get the bulk of the carries.
Giants defensive linemen Oli Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison have left New York’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vernon is done for the day with an ankle injury. Harrison has a bruised knee, and his return is described as questionable. Running back Paul Perkins is questionable to return with a rib injury and center Weston Richburg is being evaluated for a concussion.
The Bucs have reported one injury during the game. Safety Keith Tandy left in the third quarter with a hip injury and is questionable to return.
The San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals are trading field goals in the desert.
San Francisco’s Robbie Gould and Arizona’s Phil Dawson each have kicked two field goals, leaving the score at 6-all at halftime.
Gould made kicks of 49 and 39 yards, while Dawson hit from 29 and 43 yards.
Arizona had a TD pass from Carson Palmer to Andre Ellington overturned upon review in the second quarter and Palmer also threw an interception in the end zone on Arizona’s opening drive.
The Minnesota Vikings might have lost their standout rookie running back for the season.
Dalvin Cook left in the third quarter with an injury to his left knee, and coach Mike Zimmer says the team is concerned about his ACL. Cook will have an MRI test to determine the extent of the damage. The second-round draft pick from Florida State had his knee buckle under him after planting his leg on the turf and trying to make a cut.
Cook fumbled on the play, and the Lions went the other way for the go-ahead touchdown in a 14-7 victory.
Latavius Murray took over at running back for the Vikings. Cook was second in the NFL in rushing entering the week.
Half of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem before their game against the Arizona Cardinals in a show of unity and the other half stood.
Because the 49ers played on Thursday last week, this was their first game since President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for not standing during the anthem.
Just before anthem, San Francisco’s players lined up in two rows, those in the front kneeling, those in the back standing. Most of the standing players had their hands on their hearts and the other on the shoulder of their teammate in front.
San Francisco was the epicenter for such displays during the anthem last year when former quarterback Colin Kaepernick started it in response to police brutality and racial injustice.
All players appeared to be standing for the national anthem before the Eagles faced the Chargers. Philadelphia defensive backs Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins raised their fists, but nobody else made a gesture. Dozens of Chargers linked arms, just as they did last week.
The Atlanta Falcons played the second half against Buffalo without starting receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Jones, a two-time All-Pro, suffered a hip flexor late in the second quarter and walked into locker room under his own power. Sanu left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury.
Jack Crawford, a reserve defensive tackle, hurt his bicep and did not return.
The Falcons’ injury list to starters was significant before the day began.
Defensive end Vic Beasley, last year’s NFL sacks leader, missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Right tackle Ryan Schraeder and free safety Ricardo Allen were sidelined by concussions.
Jones’ name is the biggest. Since getting drafted sixth overall in 2011, he leads the NFL with an average of 96 yards receiving in 82 career games. He had three catches for 30 yards Sunday against Buffalo.
Jones was limited in practice this week with a back injury.
Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota has left the game against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury.
It was unclear when he was injured, but he was replaced by Matt Cassel for Tennessee’s first possession of the second half.
Mariota threw two interceptions in the first half and ran for two touchdowns. Houston led 30-14 at halftime. The team listed him as questionable to return.
The Vikings took an ominous turn to start the second half, losing two fumbles that led to 10 points for the Lions.
The Vikings lost more than just the ball on the second one. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook’s left knee buckled while he tried to plant it and make a cut toward the end of a run, and Lions safety Tavon Wilson popped the ball out with his tackle.
Cook limped off the field with help from head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game.
Cook has 354 yards rushing in four games, good for second in the league. He was replaced by Latavius Murray.
The Baltimore Ravens kicked a field goal following a Pittsburgh turnover to cut their deficit to 19-3.
Prior to the score, Baltimore had been outscored 63-7 over a span of six quarters.
The Ravens had only four first downs and 69 yards in offense in the first half against the Steelers, who cashed in on a fumble by running back Alex Collins for their first touchdown.
Defense is defining a key divisional matchup between Detroit and Minnesota.
The Lions held the Vikings scoreless until 1:07 remained in the first half, when rookie Dalvin Cook dashed into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown run that put the home team up 7-3.
But the Vikings have converted only one of four third downs against a defense that’s now missing two starting linebackers. Rookie middle linebacker Jarrad Davis is out for the second straight game because of head and neck issues. Outside linebacker Paul Worrilow limped off with a left knee injury on the first play of the game for the Lions defense.
Matthew Stafford passed for 90 yards during an earlier drive by the Lions, who had to settle for a short field goal by Matt Prater.
The Lions (2-1) and Vikings (2-1) are trying to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers (3-1) in the NFC North.
Kicker Stephen Gostkowski has set the record for the longest field goal in New England Patriots history.
Gostkowski connected on a 58-yard field goal at the end of the first half Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. It surpassed the old franchise mark of 57 yards, held by Gostkowski and Adam Vinatieri.
Carolina leads 17-16 at the half.
Falcons star receiver Julio Jones walked to the locker room late in the second quarter with a hip injury and was listed as questionable to return.
Jones, a two-time All-Pro selection, left the game with Atlanta trailing 7-3. He was limited in practice this week with a back injury.
Losing Jones would be a big blow to the Falcons. Since getting drafted sixth overall in 2011, Jones leads the NFL with an average of 96 yards receiving in 82 career games. He had three catches for 30 yards Sunday against Buffalo.
Ramon Humber, Buffalo’s starting weakside linebacker, left with a thumb injury and was listed as questionable to return. Reserve linebacker Colt Anderson was ruled out after hurting his arm.
Ezekiel Elliott has two first-half touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys the day before a hearing in a federal appeals court over his six-game suspension in a domestic case out of Ohio.
Last year’s NFL rushing leader scored on a 10-yard pass early in the second quarter before getting in on a 1-yard plunge after his TD on the previous play was overturned on review.
Both times, Elliott gave the ball to his mother in the stands. The second time, he jumped onto the railing and kissed her the best he could through his helmet.
Elliott, who set a franchise rookie record with 16 total touchdowns last season, had his first of the year in a Monday night win at Arizona.
The 22-year-old is playing because of a judge’s injunction blocking the six-game suspension imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL is seeking to overturn that injunction with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The three-judge panel will hear arguments Monday.
Most players stood for the national anthem before early Games of Week 4. Last week more than 200 players knelt in response to several tweets by President Donald Trump. Several players on the Buffalo Bills knelt, including star running back LeSean McCoy.
Texans’ Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Brian Orakpo and DaQuan Jones raised a fist while Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews was not on the field for the anthem. He came out of the tunnel after it ended. Nine Browns players, including LB Christian Kirksey, raised their right arms with closed fists.
Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn also raised his right fist before the Rams-Cowboys game. Punter Johnny Hekker had his arm around him.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, as promised, stood on the sideline during the national anthem after watching from the tunnel last week in Chicago. With the exception of center Ryan Jensen and guard Matt Skura, the Ravens all took a knee on the field before the national anthem and received boos from many in the crowd. The team then stood on the sideline after the music started.
The Cowboys returned to their usual pregame configuration: all standing along their sideline, but without arms linked. Last week Dallas kneeled in unison before “The Star-Spangled Banner” then stood, arms linked for the song.
New Orleans Saints players, coaches and staff knelt before the start of the national anthem but stood in unison once it began ahead of their game against the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
A week ago, demonstrations were organized across the NFL in response to President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem. The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Shad Khan was the first owner to join his players before the game, standing arm-in-arm with them.
Some on the Saints’ sideline stood arm-in-arm on Sunday, and others had their hands over their hearts. On the Dolphins’ sideline, only tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills remained on one knee while Darius Rucker sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” •
By The Associated Press
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