The Latest: Cobb returns to game after hurting ankle

BY foxsports • December 11, 2016

The Latest on Week 14 of the NFL season (all times Eastern):

5:30 p.m.

Randall Cobb dashed out of the tunnel back to the Green Bay Packers sideline, then re-entered the game late in the second quarter, so his left ankle appears to be fine.

The rest of the Packers are feeling great, too, after Aaron Rodgers threw his second touchdown pass of the game, a 9-yarder to Jordy Nelson, for a 21-3 lead with 5:15 left in the second quarter.

Nelson was covered by Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright, who slipped on the play and allowed Nelson to get open. Wright also slipped on the previous play that resulted in a 24-yard pass to Ty Montgomery to set up Nelson's score.

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5:15 p.m.

Packers receiver Randall Cobb headed back to the locker room on the front seat of a cart early in the second quarter with a left ankle injury.

The injury came after Cobb had three catches and 33 yards on a series that ended with a punt.

But the absence of Cobb didn't bother the Packers on their next drive. They cashed in on Morgan Burnett's interception of Russell Wilson with a 1-yard touchdown run by Ty Montgomery for a 14-3 lead at 9:36 of the second quarter.

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5 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers are off to a quick start thanks to a vintage deep throw by Aaron Rodgers.

The two-time NFL MVP moved right out of the pocket, threw off his back foot and found receiver Davante Adams down the right sideline with a perfectly-thrown ball at the Seattle 27.

Cornerback Jeremy Lane slipped, and Adams cut left for an easy sprint into the end zone for a 66-yard touchdown.

It was the longest play from scrimmage this year for the Packers, and a career-long reception for third-year receiver.

The defense got a key stop, too, on third-and-1 from the Packers 9 after Thomas Rawls appeared to slip on a carry behind the line scrimmage, limiting Seattle to a field goal. The Packers lead 7-3 after one quarter in a game they must win to keep pace with first-place Detroit in the NFC North. The Lions beat the Bears earlier Sunday.

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4:50 p.m.

Le'Veon Bell was right at home in the snow in Buffalo, setting a Pittsburgh franchise record with 236 yards rushing as the Steelers won their fourth game in a row with a 27-20 win over the Bills.

Miami also had no problems in inclement weather, overcoming a late downpour to down Arizona 26-23 thanks to a game-ending 21-yard field goal by Andrew Franks.

Washington, meanwhile, kept its playoff hopes alive with a 27-22 win at Philadelphia - with DeSean Jackson hauling in an 80-yard touchdown while finishing with 102 yards receiving.

Other results from Sunday's early games:

- Detroit 20, Chicago 17

- Tennessee 13, Denver 10

- Carolina 28, San Diego 16

- Cincinnati 23, Cleveland 10

- Houston 22, Indianapolis 17

- Minnesota 25, Jacksonville 16.

There are four late afternoon games: New York Jets at San Francisco, Seattle at Green Bay, Atlanta at Los Angeles and New Orleans at Tampa Bay.

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4:45 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets each lost key players to injuries in the first quarter.

New York running back Matt Forte left with a knee injury and will not return.

San Francisco center Daniel Kilgore hurt a leg and also will not return. The Niners already had to shuffle their line with left tackle Joe Staley inactive with an injured hamstring.

Marcus Martin stepped in at center, with Zane Beadles moving from left guard to left tackle in Staley's place.

- Josh Dubow reporting from Santa Clara, California.

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4:40 p.m.

The Rams couldn't have thought up a poorer way to begin a game than this.

Michael Thomas fumbled the opening kickoff from the Atlanta Falcons, letting it bounce off his chest and hands with nobody near him. He failed to track down the loose ball, and Atlanta recovered at the Los Angeles 3.

Matt Ryan then hit Justin Hardy with a TD pass on the Falcons' first snap. Just 10 seconds into the game, Atlanta led 7-0.

Jared Goff and the Rams then moved the ball deep into Atlanta territory, but Kenny Britt allowed a pass to bounce off his hands, and Ricardo Allen intercepted it.

- Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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4:05 p.m.

Dolphins special teams player Walt Aikens returned a blocked extra point for a two-point conversion against Arizona.

Jordan Phillips blocked the kick by Chandler Catanzaro after a low snap. The ball squirted to the side, and Aikens scooped it up on the run and raced to the end zone, putting Miami ahead 23-15 midway through the fourth quarter.

-Steven Wine reporting from Miami

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3:45 p.m.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill limped off the field late in the third quarter after being hit on the left leg as he completed a pass against Arizona.

Tannehill was on his back while being examined by the medical staff and then rose and left the game. He walked gingerly to the locker room accompanied by a trainer.

Tannehill, who hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, was replaced by Matt Moore with Miami leading 21-9.

-Steven Wine reporting from Miami

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3:45 p.m.

Caleb Sturgis hit a 41-yard field goal with 4:59 left to give the Eagles a 22-21 lead after holder Donnie Jones got the high snap from third-string long snapper Trey Burton down in time.

The Eagles lost long snapper Jon Dorenbos to a right wrist injury. Backup Brent Celek made a poor snap on a 50-yard field goal attempt and then suffered a stinger, leaving Burton to handle the tough task.

- Rob Maaddi reporting from Philadelphia.

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3:40 p.m.

Darren Sproles left the field on his own and headed back to the locker room area for tests after taking a hard shot to the head while trying to catch a punt. Washington's Deshazor Everett ran Sproles over and players from both sides immediately started pushing and shoving.

Sproles remained down for a couple minutes before walking off. Ryan Mathews is the last healthy running back active for Philadelphia. Wendell Smallwood injured his right knee in the first half. Kenjon Barner was a healthy scratch.

- Rob Maaddi reporting from Philadelphia.

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3:35 p.m.

Left tackle Joe Staley will miss his first game for the San Francisco 49ers since the end of the 2010 season.

Staley had made 92 consecutive starts before being sidelined by a hamstring injury for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

For the Jets, 2015 second-round receiver Devin Smith is suiting up for his first game since tearing his ACL last season.

- Josh Dubow reporting from Santa Clara, California

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3:10 p.m.

The Los Angeles Rams will be without two key defensive starters when they attempt to slow their skid against Atlanta.

Defensive end Robert Quinn has been ruled out for the second straight game due to a concussion, and cornerback E.J. Gaines is out with a thigh injury for the Rams (4-8), who have lost seven of eight. Quinn is a versatile pass-rushing threat, while Gaines has struggled in coverage in recent games.

The Falcons (7-5) are without their top two receivers, Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu.

- Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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3:05 p.m.

Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa has been ruled out for the rest of the game against the Panthers with a neck injury.

Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, was injured in the second quarter while sacking Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. He was taken to the locker room and evaluated for a concussion.

Bosa didn't appear to have his head up as he collided with the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton in the backfield and his neck snapped back on contact. He remained on the field for a few minutes before being helped to the sideline.

It's been a rough day for the Chargers.

Not only are they trailing the Panthers 23-7 at halftime but they also lost running back Melvin Gordon to a hip injury in the first quarter. Cornerback Craig Mager remains out with an elbow injury he sustained in the first half and right tackle Joe Barksdale is trying to play through an ankle injury, although he is limping noticeably.

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2:50 p.m.

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins has scored his first touchdown in nearly a calendar year.

It was an 8-yard catch from Tyrod Taylor midway through the second quarter that cut Pittsburgh's lead to 14-7. Watkins is playing his third consecutive game since missing eight after aggravating an injury to his surgically repaired left foot.

The Bills' top receiver had not found the end zone since scoring twice in a 35-25 loss at Washington on Dec. 20 last year.

- John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.

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2:45 p.m.

There's a delay to start the second half in Buffalo's home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In clearing New Era Field of a dusting of snow, the tractors also swept up a large amount of rubber pellets in the process.

The pellets are part of the artificial turf on the field.

The sweeping left a large black pile of pellets ringing the field along the sidelines. Field workers had to use blowers and shovels to push the pellets further off the field of play.

- John Wawrow reporting from Orchard Park, New York.

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2:40 p.m.

A flanker screen by Ryan Tannehill ended up losing the Dolphins 21 yards after he fumbled in heavy rain against Arizona.

The ball slipped out of the quarterback's hands and bounded backward as he attempted a pass to Jarvis Landry. Landry tried to recover the fumble, but the ball squirted away and rolled out of bounds.

In the first 20 minutes of the game there were six turnovers, four by Arizona.

- Steven Wine reporting from Miami.

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2:35 p.m.

Retired Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith was inducted into the franchise's ring of honor at halftime of Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Smith captured part of the ceremony on his phone as more 40 former Jaguars stood behind him. He was honored during the team's annual alumni weekend. They had a group dinner at EverBank Field on Saturday and then spent time on owner Shad Khan's luxury yacht.

Smith had more than a dozen friends and family members on the field for his induction. He joined offensive tackle Tony Boselli (2006), former owners Wayne and Delores Weaver (2012), running back Fred Taylor (2012) and quarterback Mark Brunell (2013) in the Pride of the Jaguars.

The 47-year-old Smith, whose life has been defined as much by drug addiction as football production, is the franchise's all-time leader in receptions (862), receiving yards (12,287) and receiving touchdowns (67). He still holds 11 team records, including most consecutive games with a reception (86).

Smith started crying as his name and jersey number (82) were unveiled inside the stadium.

- Mark Long reporting from Jacksonville

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2:30 p.m.

Julio Jones won't play for the Atlanta Falcons in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The NFL's most productive receiver is nursing a case of turf toe, and it didn't improve enough to get him on the field for the Falcons (7-5).

Jones has 72 catches for a league-best 1,253 yards - 165 yards more than the closest receiver.

Jones' absence is a boost for the Rams' beleaguered defense, as is the absence of Mohamed Sanu, the Falcons' No. 2 receiver. Sanu, who is fighting a groin injury, has caught 49 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns.

- Greg Beacham reporting from Los Angeles.

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2:25 p.m.

Denver cornerback Aqib Talib has picked up a personal foul after going after Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas in retaliation for a low block on his teammate Chris Harris Jr.

Harris was down on the field for a couple minutes after Douglas apparently blocked the Denver cornerback low on a 6-yard run by Derrick Henry. Then DeMarco Murray picked up a first down on the next play up the middle, but all the action took place on the sideline, where Talib took Douglas down to the ground. Titans linebackers Derrick Morgan and Avery Williamson were the first to try to break it up.

Once everyone was separated, referee John Parry announced Talib had been penalized for unnecessary roughness with 2:43 left in the second quarter.

Ryan Succop kicked a 41-yard field goal to cap a 19-play, 74-yard drive that took up 8 minutes, 4 seconds off the clock. That gave Tennessee a 13-0 lead.

- Teresa M. Walker reporting from Nashville, Tennessee.

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2:20 p.m.

Detroit defensive end Ziggy Ansah is dealing with another injury.

Ansah left in the second quarter against Chicago with a shoulder problem, the latest frustrating moment this season for the 27-year-old pass rusher. Ansah, who had 14 1/2 sacks last season, does not have any in 2016. He dealt with an ankle injury earlier this season.

The Lions lead the Bears 10-3 at halftime.

- Noah Trister reporting from Detroit.

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