The Latest on Week 2 in the NFL (all times EDT):
Seattle safety Quandre Diggs was ejected late in the first quarter Sunday night for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England’s N’Keal Harry.
On fourth-and-3 from the Seattle 30, New England quarterback Cam Newton connected with Harry on a slant route. The rookie was immediately hit by Diggs in a violent collision that snapped Harry’s head backward. Multiple flags were thrown and after a few minutes of deliberation, referee Craig Wrolstad announced Diggs had been ejected.
Marquise Blair moved from nickel cornerback to safety to fill Diggs’ role.
Harrison Butker made a 58-yard field goal in overtime, lifting the Kansas City Chiefs to a 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
Butker kicked the ball through the uprights three times at the end of the game on Sunday. A false start negated a 53-yard field goal he made. And just after Los Angeles called a timeout in an attempt to rally the kicker, Butker made a 58-yard field goal that didn’t count.
The third time was a charm as he made another field goal to give the defending Super Bowl champions their only lead Sunday against the Chargers.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers needed more than four quarters to play, providing an early-season treat for NFL fans.
The Chargers scored first and did not trail during regulation, but they couldn’t stop Patrick Mahomes from making plays late in the game.
Mahomes threw the ball and ran it at times to set up Harrison Butker’s game-tying, 30-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins walked off the field in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Watkins made an 11-yard catch to convert a third down when Desmond King started to bring him down and Denzel Perryman landed a helmet-to-helmet hit. A penalty was not called on the play.
On the same drive, the Chiefs pulled into a 17-all tie after Patrick Mahomes threw a 54-yard pass to Tyreek Hill.
The Kansas City Chiefs are down a few players, adding another challenge to coming back in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (illness), cornerback Antonio Hamilton (groin) and running back Darrel Williams (ankle) are questionable to return in the fourth quarter Sunday.
The Chargers scored first and have stayed ahead, taking a 17-9 lead into the fourth against Kansas City.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert became the first to throw a touchdown pass and run for a score in the first half of an NFL debut since Bobby Clatterbuck did it with the New York Giants in 1954.
Herbert was pressed into duty with a surprise start against Kansas City after Tyrod Taylor suffered a chest injury before the game.
Herbert, the No. 6 pick overall this year, scored on a 4-yard run on his first drive. He had a 14-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Guyton with 2:30 left in the second quarter.
Herbert helped Los Angeles lead the defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs 14-6 at halftime after completing 13 of 20 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown.
— Joe Reedy reporting in Inglewood, California.
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era to run for a touchdown and have at least 40 yards rushing in each of the first two weeks of a season.
Murray ran for a score after throwing a touchdown pass to give the Cardinals a 14-0 lead over Washington in the first quarter. Te set up a field goal in the second quarter to give Arizona a 17-point cushion.
Murray, the No. 1 overall pick in 2019, had 91 yards rushing and a score along with 230 yards passing and a touchdown in a season-opening win over San Francisco.
Rookie Justin Herbert got a surprise first NFL start for the Los Angeles Chargers and led them to a touchdown on his first drive against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Herbert drove the Chargers 79 yards in eight plays after the opening kickoff, culminating in his 4-yard run. Herbert, the sixth overall pick in the draft, got the start when Tyrod Taylor suffered a chest injury before the game.
Herbert’s score was the first rushing touchdown by a Chargers quarterback in nine years.
— Joe Reedy reporting in Inglewood, California.
Greg Zuerlein did not use a tee on an onside kick Dallas recovered and made a game-ending, 46-yard field goal to cap a comeback that gave the Cowboys a 40-39 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
The Cowboys (1-1) fumbled four times and botched a fake punt attempt in the first quarter of coach Mike McCarthy’s home debut, falling behind 20-0 and trailing the Falcons 29-10 at halftime.
Late in the game, Zuerlein placed the football directly on the turf to set up an onside kick. The Falcons (0-2) watch the football spin on the ground before Cowboys cornerback C.J. Goodwin recovered it after the ball went 10 yards.
The Green Bay Packers hope to follow a trend.
The last two times an NFL team opened a season by scoring at least 40 points in their first two games, the 2013 Denver Broncos and 2009 New Orleans Saints made it to the Super Bowl.
Green Bay beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday after opening the season by scoring 43 points in a win over Minnesota.
The Packers are off to one of their best starts offensively in franchise history, scoring 85 points over their first two games. The only other time Green Bay had more points through two games was in 1945, when it scored 88 points against its first two opponents.
Aaron Rodgers has helped Green Bay scored at least 40 points in consecutive games three times. The last two times Rodgers pulled off the feat, he went on to win the MVP award in 2011 and 2014.
The Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills have resumed playing after lightning in the area halted the game for 36 minutes.
The game was stopped in the first minute of the third quarter Sunday and players went to their locker rooms with the Bills leading 17-10.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones was ruled out for the rest of the game due to a groin injury. Jones was hurt on the first series and went to the locker room.
— Steven Wine reporting from Miami.
The Miami Dolphins’ home game against Buffalo was halted in the first minute of the third quarter because of lightning in the area. Players went to their locker rooms when play was suspended Sunday afternoon.
It wasn’t raining, but there was heavy rain nearby.
Buffalo led 17-10 and had totaled 342 yards, its highest total at halftime in 20 years. Josh Allen had thrown for 249 yards and two scores for the Bills.
Two years ago, the Dolphins overcame two weather delays in Miami to win the longest game since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, beating Tennessee. Delays for lightning that day lasted a total of 3 hours, 59 minutes, and the game took 7 hours, 8 minutes to play.
— Steven Wine reporting from Miami.
A bad day of injuries got worse for the San Francisco 49ers.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert were ruled out after halftime with injuries. Garoppolo hurt his right ankle early in the game against the New York Jets, but remained in the game. He was replaced by Nick Mullens to start the third quarter.
San Francisco lost both defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas to left knee injuries earlier in the game.
Garopplo was 14 of 16 for 131 yards and two touchdowns to Jordan Reed before leaving.
Mostert had an 80-yard touchdown run on the 49ers’ first play from scrimmage. He finished with 92 yards on eight carries, and added two catches for 15 yards.
Despite the injuries, the 49ers led 24-3 with 8:49 left in the third quarter.
The Jets were playing the second half without wide receiver Breshad Perriman (ankle) and cornerback Quincy Wilson (concussion) after being ruled out.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Dallas Cowboys fumbled four times and botched a fake punt attempt in the first quarter of coach Mike McCarthy’s home debut, falling behind 20-0 and trailing the Atlanta Falcons 29-10 at halftime.
Two of the three lost fumbles, one each by quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, resulted in touchdown passes by Matt Ryan. The third, by tight end Dalton Schultz, ended in a second straight field goal for Atlanta.
Another play that was ruled a fumble by Cowboys running back Tony Pollard early in the first quarter was overturned on review. A second fumble by Elliott was recovered by the two-time rushing champion.
— Schuyler Dixon reporting from Arlington, Texas
Masked fans are scattered throughout the Miami Dolphins’ stadium for their game against the Buffalo Bills.
The crowd appeared smaller than the maximum of 13,000 — less than 20% of capacity — allowed to attend Miami’s home opener. Nearly half of the spectators were wearing Bills colors.
Groups of spectators were required to space at least 6 feet apart in the lower bowl and upper deck. The crowd was less than 20% of the stadium’s capacity.
“We felt it was important at some point to continue to move forward in society in general, and this is a small step,” Dolphins vice president Todd Boyan said. “We feel like the protocols in place are safe.”
— Steve Wine reporting from Miami.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is out against Chicago after he hurt his right knee early in the second quarter.
The Giants said Barkley was getting X-rays and would undergo further evaluation on Monday.
Barkley went down hard on the Bears sideline after trying to fend off safety Eddie Jackson on a 6-yard carry. The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year dragged his right leg behind him as he was helped back across the field to the Giants sideline.
After a short conversation with trainers, Barkley got on a cart and was driven into the tunnel.
Barkley also seemed to be shaken up after he was tackled at the end of an 18-yard run late in the first, but he quickly re-entered the game.
The 23-year-old Barkley struggled in New York’s season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, finishing with just 6 yards on 15 carries. He also was criticized by former Giants running back Tiki Barber for his pass-blocking skills.
Some other teams lost key players in the first half of games on Sunday.
Denver Broncos backup quarterback Jeff Driskel replaced starter Drew Lock after he injured his right shoulder on a hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree. Lock was scrambling when he was tripped up by Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt. Dupree then hit Lock while the quarterback stumbled, forcing Lock to fumble and sending Lock’s throwing shoulder into the Heinz Field turf.
One week after the Indianapolis Colts lost running back Marlon Mack with a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon, second-year receiver Parris Campbell was carted off the field after appearing to injure his left knee.
Campbell was injured on the Colts second play. Vikings safety Harrison Smith made the hit and Campbell immediately reached for his knee. He missed most of his rookie season with injuries and went into the concussion protocol after an August traffic accident.
— Jay Cohen reporting from Chicago.
Several NFL teams stayed off the field when the national anthem was played before their Week 2 games. The New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins were among the teams choosing to stay out of sight.
The San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions were seen by reporters during the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and while many players stood, some took a knee or raised a fist.
Some players were kneeling during the national anthem as former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did several years ago when he started bringing attention to social injustice.
The timing of the national anthem seemed to catch the Titans by surprised as they hustled to the sideline to line up when the song was heard. Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans, safety Kenny Vaccaro, linebacker Jadeveon Clowney took a knee and defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons held his right fist in the air.
On the other side of the 50, Titans left guard Rodger Saffold knelt with center Ben Jones with his right hand on Saffold’s back. Tennessee right guard Nate Davis took a knee as right tackle Dennis Kelly’s rested his left hand on Davis’ right shoulder.
The Colts lined up across a goal line for the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
The Lions were heading toward the locker room before kicking off at Green Bay as the anthem started to play. That’s when about 20 of Lions turned around and faced the flag from where they were positioned at the end zone. Several Detroit players were kneeling while other teammates stood.
The Chicago Bears had “END RACISM” cut into the white line under the goal posts behind one end zone and “IT TAKES ALL OF US” in the same spot at the other end at Soldier Field.
— Teresa Walker reporting from Nashville, Tenn.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa was carted off the field with what appears to be a left leg injury.
Bosa, the reigning AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, had his left leg bent behind him at the end of a 4-yard run by Frank Gore with 6:22 left in the first quarter against the New York Jets.
Bosa stayed on one knee for several moments before lying on his back and being checked by trainers. He was helped onto the cart and driven to the locker room.
Two plays later, 49ers defensive tackle Solomon Thomas needed to be carted off with what appeared to be a left leg or knee injury after an 8-yard reception by Chris Hogan.
Bosa and Thomas were ruled out for the rest of the game.
— Dennis Waszak Jr. reporting from East Rutherford, New Jersey
Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Dontari Poe kneeled again during the national anthem before playing for a team owner who has been against it.
Last week, Poe became the first Cowboys to take a knee during the anthem. Team owner Jerry Jones has been among the most outspoken against kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
Jones softened his stance amid the social unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in the spring.
There wasn’t any noticeable reaction from the socially distanced crowd at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys haven’t given any specifics on the expected size of the crowd in the 80,000-seat venue. Texas allows capacity up to 50% for sports venues.
Several Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons appeared to be unaware that the anthem had started and scrambled into position. Several Dallas players were in the end zone kneeling in prayer when they realized the anthem was playing.
As soon as Poe realized it was playing, he knelt. Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson and linebacker Justin March had their hands on Poe’s shoulders during the anthem. His teammates made a similar show of support in the opener against the Los Angeles Rams last week.
Before other games across the league Sunday afternoon, some players and teams stayed off the field during the national anthem while some players took a knee or stood with a fist raised such as San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.
Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich went down on one knee as his players lined the sideline.
— Schuyler Dixon reporting from Arlington, Texas
Tom Brady is making his home debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Carolina Panthers. The six-time Super Bowl champion and his new team hope Sunday is more enjoyable than Week 1.
Brady struggled in an 11-point loss to New Orleans in his first NFL game not in a New England Patriots uniform.
The Panthers are also hoping to bounce back from a season-opening loss in Matt Rhule’s first game as their coach. Rhule faced a lot of questions about not giving Christian McCaffrey the ball on fourth-and-1 after the All-Pro running back scored two touchdowns against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The 2020 NFL season kicked off last week, ending a long offseason in which there were questions about how the league would function during the coronavirus pandemic. Players and coaches have been tested daily for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
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