Week 6 of the NFL season got started in fantastic fashion on Thursday, as the Chargers handed the Broncos their second straight defeat in a 21-13 game. From the latest injuries and signings to ongoing position battles and off-field incidents ahead of Sunday's slate of games, here is everything you need to know from around the league:
Newton expected to play
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was forced to miss the team's loss to the Bucs last weekend with a concussion, but the reigning MVP is expected to return tomorrow against the Saints, reports Nick Shook of NFL.com:
Quarterback Cam Newton (concussion) is questionable to play against the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Friday. Newton missed Carolina's Week 5 loss to Tampa Bay after sustaining the concussion in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera added that Newton has yet to clear the concussion protocol and believes Newton will meet with doctors Friday. The coach added that "barring a setback," Newton, who practiced fully on Thursday and Friday, should play Sunday.
The Panthers have posted a disappointing 1-4 record this season, putting them at the bottom of the NFC South. Newton has passed for 974 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions this season while rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns.
Murray to miss game Sunday
Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray will miss Sunday's game against the Chiefs with a toe injury, reports Jared Dubin of CBS Sports:
The Oakland Raiders will once again be without their starting running back this Sunday. Latavius Murray, who sat out the Raiders' Week 5 win over the Chargers with a toe injury, will be inactive again in Week 6 when the Chiefs come to Oakland.
DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard are expected to once again split most of the backfield reps in Murray's absence, with Jamize Olawale working in as well. Washington and Richard each had 14 touches last week, while Washington out-snapped Richard 37 to 23.
Murray has 172 yards and three touchdowns on 40 carries so far this season.
Riddick, Ebron out for Lions - Forsett to see sizable role?
The Detroit Lions announced that running back Theo Riddick (ankle) and tight end Eric Ebron (ankle/knee) will miss tomorrow's game against the Rams.
Riddick's injury is another big blow to Detroit's backfield, as starter Ameer Abdullah is already on injured reserve. The team signed recently released Ravens running back Justin Forsett this week, and now he's expected to have an increased role in the offense. Rookie Dwayne Washington is listed as questionable, leaving Zach Zenner as the only other healthy back on Detroit's roster.Back to the NFL Newsfeed