CLEVELAND, Ohio — The 2020 NFL season is underway, and there is plenty going on in the league outside of the Browns. Here are the latest stories and notes.
Bengals expect Randy Bullock to kick vs. Browns
The Bengals made some news on Tuesday when they claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers a day after the Browns released him. The move was necessitated after Randy Bullock missed a game-tying kick on Sunday vs. the Chargers while suffering a calf injury.
But despite adding Seibert, Bengals coach Zac Taylor told reporters including Laurel Pfahler of the Dayton Daily News that he expects Bullock to be the kicker on Thursday night.
Bullock made field goals of 50 and 43 yards before missing from 31 with seven seconds to play in their 16-13 loss.
Richard Sherman reportedly goes on IR
The San Francisco 49ers are suddenly dealing with an injury problem in their secondary. They didn’t have corner Jason Verrett in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals.
And on Wednesday, according to ESPN, Richard Sherman has been placed on IR with a leg injury. Reporter Nick Wagoner wrote that Sherman played but all four defensive snaps in the loss. But now on IR, the earliest he could return is Week 5 against the Dolphins.
The 49ers are in New York for the next two weeks as the play the Jets on Sunday and the Giants the week after before hosting the Eagles in Week 4.
Lamar Jackson fine with playing in fourth quarter vs. Browns
Despite holding a 32-point lead against the Browns early in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the Ravens chose to keep Lamar Jackson on the field. He was sacked once before Baltimore put Robert Griffin III in to finish out the game.
On Wednesday, Jackson defended John Harbaugh’s decision even though the game was out of reach.
“We didn’t have any preseason games,” Jackson told reporters including ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “That was my first time getting tackled since January, so I felt we needed that. Coach knows what he’s doing. It is what it is. You can get hurt at any time. I’m good. I came out of the game 100 percent. So, it’s fine.”
Cowboys lose two linebackers for at least six weeks
The Cowboys will be out two of their top linebackers for the immediate future. A day after placing Leighton Vander Esch on IR with a broken collarbone, Sean Lee had sports hernia surgery that could have him out for up to six weeks, according to multiple reports including NFL Network’s Jane Slater.
Vander Esch suffered his injury in the first quarter of Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Rams. The Cowboys put Lee on IR prior to the start of the season after not taking part in training camp with a pelvis injury. Dallas also has offensive tackle La’el Collins, former Browns center Cameron Erving and tight end Blake Jarwin, among others, on IR.
The Cowboys play the Falcons, Seahawks and Browns in the next three weeks.
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