CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 2020 NFL season is underway and there is plenty going on in the league outside of the Cleveland Browns. Here are the latest stories and notes.
Steelers believe tackle Zach Banner has torn ACL
The Steelers won their season opener on Monday night against the Giants, 26-16. But it looks like they may have suffered a key loss.
NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday morning that Steelers’ initial diagnosis for right tackle Zach Banner, who was carted off the field in the fourth quarter, is a torn ACL. But he will have an MRI to confirm.
If he can’t play in Pittsburgh’s game on Sunday against Denver, Chukwuma Okorafor is listed on the depth chart as the backup at right tackle. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters including Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it’s “safe to assume” Banner won’t play against the Broncos.
A fourth-round pick of the Colts in 2017, Monday was Banner’s second career start.
Joe Burrow has the making of a “special one”
Joe Burrow made his NFL debut on Sunday in a 16-13 loss to the Chargers in which Randy Bullock missed a game-tying field goal from 30 yards in the final seconds. He completed 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards and an interception, and rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown.
Burrow gave himself a “D” for how he performed on Sunday.
His teammates, however, were very pleased with what they saw. As Tom Archdeacon of the Dayton Daily News wrote on Monday, Burrow has the makings of a player that could be, in the words of A.J. Green, a “special one.”
Lions reportedly place Justin Coleman on IR with hamstring injury
Even before the Lions suffered their heartbreaking 27-23 loss to the Bears, they were plagued with hamstring injuries which kept receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Jeff Okudah out of the game.
Another such injury may have taken another Lion out of action. According to multiple reports including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions are placing cornerback Justin Coleman on IR. Coleman is in the second year of a four-year, $36-million deal that he signed in 2019.
The Lions also lost another corner, Desmond Trufant, to a hamstring injury during the loss.
Sean McVay claims NFL mask warning was directed at him
On Monday morning, the NFL sent out a memo to all 32 teams reminding them to wear face coverings properly on the sideline at all times.
Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters, including ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry, that he believes the memo was directed at him. McVay was shown during Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys wearing a mask around his chin instead of covering his mouth and nose.
Coaches can either wear a mask, neck gaiter or a face shield that Chiefs coach Andy Reid wore during Thursday night’s game against the Texans, even though it kept fogging up.
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