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Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker, Albert Wilson clear concussion protocol



Miami Dolphins top receiver DeVante Parker has been cleared from the concussion protocol and he’s expected to play Sunday vs. the New York Giants.

Parker suffered a concussion in the second quarter of Sunday’s 22-21 loss to the New York Jets. He did not return after hitting his head on the ground following a difficult catch along the sideline.

Albert Wilson was cleared from the concussion protocol as well, meaning the Dolphins will have their two starting receivers back Sunday.

Parker’s return comes after he agreed to a four-year contract extension on Friday evening that is set to keep him in a Dolphins uniform through 2023. The four-extension is worth up to $40 million with an $8 million signing bonus and more than $20 million guaranteed, according to a source.

Parker and Wilson practiced throughout the week donning red non-contact jerseys as limited participants Wednesday and Thursday before being upgraded to working the full session with those restrictions Friday.

The Dolphins offense has centered around Parker since Preston Williams went on injured reserve in early November.

Parker has a career-high 882 receiving yards and six touchdowns this season, and maybe most importantly he hasn’t missed a game yet for the first time in his NFL career.

Wilson has 26 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown in a season that has been slowed by multiple injuries.

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Packers’ Aaron Jones still plans to do Lambeau Leap without fans in stands



GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Jones isn’t going to stop Lambeau Leaping just because the Green Bay Packers won’t have any fans in the stands, and he won’t stop listening to contract offers even though he didn’t get a deal done on the eve of the season, like fellow 2017 draft class running backs Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara did.

Jones and the Packers got their first look Friday at how Lambeau Field will be configured for Sunday’s home opener against the Detroit Lions. The team practiced in the stadium, which has the first eight rows of bleachers covered with signage and advertisements during the coronavirus pandemic.

“You’ll definitely still see a Lambeau Leap from me, probably right on one of those tarps,” Jones said after practice on Friday. “Just gotta pick which one, or wherever I score at or the location I’m at it’s gonna be that one. Definitely different seeing it, though, replacing the fans and just the tarp. Definitely not the Lambeau we’re used to.”

Jones is one of the most likely Packers to get the chance for a Lambeau Leap, considering he tied for the NFL lead with 19 touchdowns last season. He scored once last week at Minnesota in the Packers’ Week 1 win, when he rushed for 66 yards on 16 carries.

But is he one of the most likely Packers to get a contract extension?

They signed nose tackle Kenny Clark to a four-year, $70 extension in August. Clark, who suffered a groin injury against the Vikings, has been ruled out against the Lions. Jones is one of four other starters with expiring contracts, including All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari, center Corey Linsley and cornerback Kevin King.

The Packers and Bakhtiari were about $4 million per year apart on a deal before the season, according to a source familiar the negotiations. Bakhtiari is seeking to match or exceed the $22 million per year that Houston’s Laremy Tunsil makes as the NFL’s highest-paid tackle.

The Packers also have been talking to Jones about a contract extension since last spring but have not been able to get a deal done. Jones is making $2.133 million in the final year of his rookie deal. Last weekend, both Cook and Kamara signed extensions. The Vikings gave Cook a five-year, $63 million extension, while the Saints extended Kamara for five years and $75 million.

When asked what he thought about those deals, Jones said: “Just congratulations to those guys. They’re just helping out all the running backs on the market. So big kudos and congrats to those guys. It’s very well deserved to them.”

Jones, a fifth-round pick, had a breakout season last year with 1,558 total yards from scrimmage. He tied Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey for the NFL touchdown lead.

Jones said he’s not closing the door on the possibility of still getting a deal done during the season.

“I’m definitely open to getting something done whenever,” he said. “But like I said, that’s not my main focus. Just gonna continue to focus on football and helping this team bring in the wins, as many as possible.”

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Rams’ Robert Woods gets 4-year, $65 million contract extension



The Los Angeles Rams and receiver Robert Woods have agreed to terms on a four-year, $65 million extension, including $32 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN. The contract has a $68 million maximum value.

On Thursday, a day before Woods and the Rams agreed to terms, Rams coach Sean McVay said an extension would be done “very shortly,” while Woods expressed hope that it would be completed before a Week 2 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday.

“Just praying that it gets done on time and really just trying to go out there and execute what I do on the field and let my play do the talking for me,” Woods said. “Which it has.”

Woods outplayed the five-year, $34 million deal that he originally signed with the Rams in 2017, and the deal was expanded to $39 million through performance and a conversion of his base salary.

Over the past three seasons, Woods ranks among the top 11 NFL receivers in receptions, receiving yards and yards after catch. He produced consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2018 and 2019 and last season led all NFL receivers with 577 yards after the catch. Last Sunday, in a Week 1 20-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Woods had six receptions for 105 yards.

His deal is the latest in a flurry of extensions the Rams have completed over the past two weeks. Two days before the season opener, cornerback Jalen Ramsey signed a record-setting five-year, $105 million extension that included $71.2 million guaranteed at signing, the most lucrative contract for a defensive back in NFL history. A day later, wide receiver Cooper Kupp signed a three-year, $48 million extension.

When asked if he grew concerned that the Rams might not have the resources to extend him following Ramsey and Kupp’s deals, Woods smiled. “This is a billion dollar industry. I feel like there’s always money,” he said, before joking, “especially with Denver doing well — the Nuggets. There’s a little bit of money somewhere.”

Rams owner Stan Kroenke also owns the Nuggets, who are appearing in the Western Conference Finals of the NBA playoffs.

McVay said he spoke with Woods following Kupp’s extension, reiterating his desire to keep Woods — whom he called a pillar of the offense — long term.

“[McVay] just kind of put his arm around me and said, he’s happy to have me here, been a true competitor since I stepped on his team,” said Woods, who turned 28 in April. “He kind of just reassured me that this deal would be taken care of this week, and really have no other concerns. We take each other’s word, we believe in it, we go forward and we’re locked on to get this thing done and look forward to Philadelphia.”

Woods previously was scheduled to earn $5 million this season and his contract was set to expire at the end of the 2021 season.

A second-round pick in 2013 by Bills, Woods played four seasons in Buffalo where he had 2,451 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Since joining the Rams, Woods has caught 238 passes for 3,239 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 298 yards and two scores.

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49ers TE George Kittle ruled out vs. Jets with sprained knee



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers will be without tight end George Kittle on Sunday against the New York Jets, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Friday.

Earlier in the week, Shanahan indicated a decision could be made closer to game time because of Kittle’s propensity for playing through injury. But, after Kittle sat out practice all week and a cross-country flight set for Friday, the 49ers decided not to risk it and declared Kittle out on Friday’s injury report with a sprained left knee.

Kittle will stay in the Bay Area this weekend to rehab and is will re-join the team at The Greenbrier Resort in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia next week as it prepares for the Week 3 meeting against the New York Giants.

“I think if it was just the normal person, we would have ruled him out earlier in the week, but we never do that with George because of what he’s shown us here over these three years with him,” Shanahan said. “We would have held out two more days to wait and see if it was a home game, but with us having to travel today we had to decide whether it was worth it to bring him.

“If he’s not going to play, it’s much better to leave him here for a couple days and let him get his rehab and everything. So, we had to make that decision a little bit earlier today. That will help him and he’ll meet us in West Virginia and hopefully these two days staying here will help him and hopefully he’ll be ready to go next week.”

Kittle suffered the injury in last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Just before halftime, Kittle jumped for a high pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and Cardinals safety Budda Baker hit him simultaneously. Kittle hobbled off the field and to the locker room but returned and played the entire second half, although Garoppolo did not target him again.

The 49ers will turn to reserves Jordan Reed, Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner to step in for Kittle.

Meanwhile, the 49ers are hopeful that defensive end Dee Ford will be able to play Sunday despite a neck injury. Ford, who is listed as questionable on the injury report, was a surprise addition to the participation report on Thursday and was again absent on Friday with what Shanahan referred to as neck spasms.

“It’s Friday, so we’re just trying to play it slow here and see how it goes for the next two days,” Shanahan said.

Without Kittle, the Niners could also ask more of their receivers this week as rookie Brandon Aiyuk is expected to debut after missing last week because of a hamstring injury. Veteran wideout Mohamed Sanu could also be an option after officially signing with the team and going through Friday’s practice.

“He’s been in the Zoom meetings watching all of the installs and stuff and we threw him out there today, and he didn’t make any mistakes and was able to line up with confidence,” Shanahan said. “Mo is a pro. Mo works at it. It was good to see him today, I hadn’t seen him for a while, and I’m glad to have him here. I know if we go with five [active receivers], we won’t hesitate to have him out there and I know he’ll be ready.”

To make room for Sanu on the roster, San Francisco placed receiver Richie James Jr. on injured reserve with a hamstring strain. James joins cornerback Richard Sherman (calf) and wideout Deebo Samuel (foot) on that list.

Like Sherman, James is eligible to return for the Oct. 11 game against the Miami Dolphins. Samuel went on injured reserve a week earlier and is able to return for the Oct. 4 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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