While the NFL’s policy for suspensions on domestic violence offenses mandates a six-game suspension, players rarely serve the full ban.
According to ESPN, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is not likely to serve the entirety of his suspension despite being handed a six-game ban by the league for his alleged domestic violence incident.
While Houston has yet to confirm its choice after Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday he wasn’t sure who would start at quarterback, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said on a Tuesday conference call he is preparing to face Watson. However, Lewis will already have his hands full with his own quarterback situation after veteran Andy Dalton threw four interceptions, including three in the first half, during Sunday’s 20-0 shutout loss to the Ravens.
Savage went 7 of 13 for 62 yards but was sacked six times and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Watson led a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on his first series after entering the game, but finished just 12 of 23 for 101 yards with a touchdown pass and interception.
Thursday’s kickoff in Cincinnati is scheduled for 8:25 p.m. ET.
Newton passed the century mark in passer rating and adjusted well to throwing more to a dynamic running back in rookie Christian McCaffrey. But beyond the familiar outside scoring bomb to new deep threat Russell Shepard, he couldn’t get anything going to his wideouts and tight end Greg Olsen. The Panthers didn’t run as efficiently as they can with McCafrrey and Jonathan Stewart. Once that comes, helped by being less tentative with his running, Newton can be more MVP-like overall.