Supply: Washington QB Smith inactive vs. Bucs

Supply: Washington QB Smith inactive vs. Bucs

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5:17 PM ETJohn KeimESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland BrownsLANDOVER, Md. — Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith will be inactive for Saturday night's wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN, leaving the team's playoff fate in the hands of Taylor Heinicke.
Washington had hoped Smith's strained r..

QB Wolford out of hospital, celebrates with Rams

QB Wolford out of hospital, celebrates with Rams

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4:42 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times
Previously covered the Falcons
Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballLos Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford was taken from Seattle's Lumen Field in an ambulance on Saturday after he appeared to suffer a blow to the head from the shoulder of Seahawks safety Jamal Adams.
Wolford went to a hospital as a precautionary measure. Rams coach Sean McVay said Wolford checked out fine and that he ..

‘Feels good’: Rams actual revenge on Seahawks

‘Feels good’: Rams actual revenge on Seahawks

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8:24 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times
Previously covered the Falcons
Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballLess than two weeks after Jared Goff broke his thumb at Lumen Field, the Los Angeles Rams' quarterback returned to Seattle, came off the bench and led the Rams to a gutsy 30-20 victory over the division-champion Seahawks in Saturday's wild-card game.
The win avenges a Week 16 loss to the Seahawks that kept the Rams f..

Marching in: Saints activate Kamara, Thomas

Marching in: Saints activate Kamara, Thomas

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5:16 PM ETMike TriplettESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Saints for eight years at New Orleans Times-Picayune
Previously covered LSU football, San Francisco 49ers
Iowa native and University of Iowa graduateMETAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints officially have running back Alvin Kamara and receivers Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris back on the active roster in time for Sunday's playoff opener against the Chicago Bears.
Are three were activated to the Saints' roster on Saturday, along wit..

Colts’ Reich says 4th-down name was a ‘robust go’

Colts’ Reich says 4th-down name was a ‘robust go’

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6:51 PM ETMike WellsESPN Staff Writer Close Previously worked at Indianapolis Star, covering the Indiana Pacers for nine seasons
Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer PressIndianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich defended his playcalling in a 27-24 wild-card loss to the Bills on Saturday, including a costly fourth-down decision that ultimately turned the game in Buffalo's favor.
With his team leading 10-7 late in the first half and facing fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Reich elected..

Donald exits Rams’ wild-card win with rib harm

Donald exits Rams’ wild-card win with rib harm

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7:17 PM ETLindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times
Previously covered the Falcons
Has covered the NBA and college football and basketballLos Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald suffered a rib injury in the third quarter of Saturday's wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks and immediately left the field for the locker room.
Donald returned to the sideline but did not re-enter the game. The Rams beat the Seahawks 30-20.
Rams coach Sean McVay did ..

Payments maintain off Colts for first playoff win since ’95

Payments maintain off Colts for first playoff win since ’95

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4:30 PM ETMarcel Louis-JacquesESPN ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — For the first time in a quarter of a century, the Buffalo Bills have won a playoff game.
Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time this season, the Bills beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 Saturday in a wild-card game that also was their first playoff win in Orchard Park since Dec. 30, 1995, when they beat Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins 37-22.
“It's been a long time since Bills mafia has been able to celebrate like this,” ..

Cowboys’ defensive failures cost Nolan, Tomsula

Cowboys’ defensive failures cost Nolan, Tomsula

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4:48 PM ETTodd ArcherESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered NFL since 1997, Cowboys since 2003
Previously covered Bengals and Dolphins
Lives in Dallas area with his wife and two childrenFRISCO, Texas — Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will not be returning to the Dallas Cowboys for the 2021 season, the team announced Friday.
Last season, the Cowboys (6-10) allowed the most points in franchise history (473) and finished 31st in the league in run defense. In the seaso..

Ailing Bills WRs Diggs, Beasley to play vs. Colts

Ailing Bills WRs Diggs, Beasley to play vs. Colts

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10:18 AM ETMarcel Louis-JacquesESPN Buffalo Bills wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley, who were both listed as questionable with injuries, will play in Saturday's AFC wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Diggs, who had an oblique injury, was named an All-Pro for the first time after recording league highs with 127 catches and 1,535 yards in his first season in Buffalo. He also had eight touchdowns.
Diggs was limited in practice for most of the week. He told reporters earl..

Bucs’ Arians: WR Evans to play vs. Washington

Bucs’ Arians: WR Evans to play vs. Washington

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11:40 AM ETJenna LaineESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered the Buccaneers since 2009
Joined ESPN in 2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, who has been listed as a game-time decision, will play in Saturday's NFC wild-card game against the Washington Football Team, coach Bruce Arians told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio.
The Bucs also will have top cornerback Carlton Davis for Saturday's game, a source told ESPN. Davis has missed the past two games with a groin injury and also had bee..

Browns’ walk-through cleared; 3 starters activated

Browns’ walk-through cleared; 3 starters activated

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12:03 PM ETJake TrotterESPN Staff Writer CloseCovers the Big 12Joined ESPN.com in 2011Graduate of Washington & Lee UniversityBEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns were cleared by the NFL to hold a walk-through Saturday afternoon, before flying to Pittsburgh for Sunday night's playoff game against the Steelers, while getting back three starters off the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Before the walk-through, the Browns activated tight end Harrison Bryant, safety Ronnie Harrison Jr. and linebacker Malco..

Ex-WFT QB Haskins to visit Carolina, source says

Ex-WFT QB Haskins to visit Carolina, source says

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10:12 AM ETDavid NewtonESPN Staff Writer CloseCovered Panthers, NFL for 11 years
More than 25 years experience covering NFL, college football and NASCAR
Joined ESPN in 2006CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins will visit with the Carolina Panthers on Monday, a league source confirmed on Saturday.
Haskins was released by Washington after a Week 16 loss to the Panthers and a week after being photographed without a mask at his girlfriend's birthday party..

Sources: Meyer assembling staff, meets with Jags

Sources: Meyer assembling staff, meets with Jags

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11:14 AM ETAdam SchefterESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN NFL Insider
Joined ESPN in 2009
Former president of the Pro Football Writers of America and the author of four booksFormer Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has been assembling a coaching staff, including some assistants from the college ranks, in case he decides to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' head coach, per league sources.
Meyer and the Jaguars met Friday night on owner Shad Khan's boat in Florida, but it was not the first ..

Josh Allen runs, then passes to Dawson Knox for early Bills TD

Josh Allen runs, then passes to Dawson Knox for early Bills TD

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1:47 PM ETMarcel Louis-JacquesESPN ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills took an early lead Saturday over the Indianapolis Colts on a shot-put throw from Josh Allen to tight end Dawson Knox.
On second-and-3 from the Colts' 3-yard line, Allen took the snap on what looked like a designed run but was quickly met by Indianapolis defenders Tyquan Lewis and Anthony Walker. Allen scrambled to his right and stayed upright just long enough to see Knox wide open in the end zone. As he was being bro..

Rankings: The 192 gamers who must be rostered in 2021

Rankings: The 192 gamers who must be rostered in 2021

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Jan 5, 2021Mike ClayESPN Writer CloseFantasy football, NFL analyst for ESPN.com
Member of Pro Football Writers of America
Founding director of Pro Football Focus Fantasy
2013 FSTA award winner for most accurate preseason rankingsThe fantasy football offseason is nearly upon us, which means it's time to start looking ahead to 2021.
Yes, the next fantasy season is many months away and the below rankings will be impacted in a significant way by retirements, free agency, the draft, coaching cha..