Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) celebrates his touchdown run with Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre (67) during the first of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
The Latest on the second Sunday of the NFL regular season:
Add linebacker Vic Beasley to an already imposing injury list in the Packers-Falcons game.
Beasley, the 2016 NFL sacks leader, had a sack against Aaron Rodgers, creating a fumble that led to a third-quarter touchdown by Atlanta. Minutes later, Beasley suffered a hamstring injury and was listed as questionable to return. He limped off the field and was escorted to the locker room.
Also in the third quarter, Packers safety Kentrell Brice was ruled out with a groin injury.
The Falcons lost right tackle Ryan Schraeder with a concussion suffered on Atlanta’s first touchdown play in the first quarter. Atlanta also lost Courtney Upshaw for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury.
Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels was ruled out with a hamstring injury and receiver Jordy Nelson is listed as questionable with a quad injury.
The Falcons have raced to another huge lead over the Green Bay Packers.
Atlanta was up 24-7 at halftime after Devonta Freeman ran for two touchdowns and Matt Ryan threw a short touchdown pass to Tevin Coleman. Then, on the Packers’ opening possession of the second half, Aaron Rodgers was plastered by Vic Beasley Jr. while attempting to throw.
The ball wobbled out of Rodgers’ hand and Desmond Trufant wisely scooped it up, running 15 yards for a touchdown to make it 31-7.
The call was upheld after the replay failed to show definitively that the attempted pass went forward.
Atlanta was showing much the same form as last year’s NFC championship game. In that one, the Falcons raced to a 24-0 halftime lead and led 31-0 early in the third quarter on the way to a 44-21 rout.
Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder has been ruled out with a concussion after he was shaken up on a touchdown play.
Schraeder had a lead block on Devonta Freeman’s 1-yard touchdown run on Atlanta’s opening drive against Green Bay.
Schraeder appeared to hit his helmet on a Green Bay player, though it didn’t appear to be a helmet-to-helmet hit. Schraeder briefly remained face-down on the field. He appeared to be unsteady as he walked off the field with members of Atlanta’s medical staff.
Ty Sambrailo took over at right tackle on Atlanta’s second drive. He was acquired from Denver on Sept. 1 for a fifth-round draft pick in 2018.
Meanwhile, Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and Falcons defensive end Courtney Upshaw also will not return after suffering an ankle injury.
Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is listed as questionable with a quad injury.
Broncos rookie left tackle Garett Bolles was carted off the field with a lower left leg injury in the third quarter.
Bolles was hurt on a running play near the goal line Sunday against Dallas. He immediately signaled to the sideline to come out and check on him. After being loaded into the cart, he waved to the crowd as he was driven off the field.
Bolles was taken with the 20th overall pick in the draft out of Utah.
Donald Stephenson took Bolles’ place protecting quarterback Trevor Siemian’s blind side. Denver receiver Bennie Fowler has been ruled out with a concussion.
An injury-riddled Dallas secondary keeps getting thinner.
Already missing Orlando Scandrick — he was ruled out earlier in the week with a broken left hand — the Cowboys lost two more defensive backs in the first half Sunday against Denver.
Chidobe Awuzie went out with a hamstring injury and Nolan Carroll was ruled out with a concussion.
The Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos resumed their game after a 62-minute lightning delay.
The Broncos led 7-0 with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter when the game was halted. The Cowboys were on the march before the delay and have the ball in Denver territory.
Both teams waited out the delay in their locker rooms.
The tarp also has been removed down the road at Coors Field, where the Colorado Rockies are playing the San Diego Padres.
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The game between Dallas and Denver is scheduled to resume around 6 p.m. Eastern after being delayed by lightning.
It was halted by the referees with 33 seconds left in the first quarter and the Broncos leading 7-0. Both teams went to their locker rooms, while most of the fans headed for the cover of the concourse.
Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26)celebrates his touchdown with Justin Hardy (14) against the Green Bay Packers during the first of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Down the road at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies were in a rain delay against the San Diego Padres.
The game between Dallas and Denver is being delayed due to lightning in the area.
The officials stopped the game with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter Sunday and the Broncos leading 7-0. Both teams were sent to their locker rooms to wait out the delay. Rain began to fall earlier in the quarter.
The Seattle Seahawks continue to seek their first touchdown of the season.
The Seahawks have driven inside the San Francisco 10-yard line twice in the first quarter and both times have had potential touchdowns dropped. C.J. Prosise had a pass from Russell Wilson deflect off his hands near the goal line on Seattle’s first drive and Tanner McEvoy couldn’t haul in a high pass from Wilson in the end zone on the second possession.
Both times the Seahawks settled for short field goals from Blair Walsh, who is now 5-for-5 on the season. Seattle leads 6-0.
The Baltimore Ravens’ 24-10 win over Cleveland came at a stiff price.
Six-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda fractured his left ankle and will be lost for the season.
The injury occurred on the first play of the third quarter, on an otherwise insignificant 2-yard run by Terrance West.
Yanda remained on the ground for several minutes, walked off the field with help and was soon taken to the Baltimore locker room.
It’s another in a series of injuries for the Ravens offensive line. They’ve already lost Alex Lewis and Nico Siragusa.
Michael Bennett was the first Seattle Seahawks player announced during pregame introductions before the home opener against San Francisco, receiving one of the loudest ovations.
Then he took what’s become his usual seat on the bench during the national anthem.
Protesters supporting Bennett, who says he was subjected to racial profiling and excessive force when Las Vegas police detained him last month, gathered outside the stadium.
Seattle center Justin Britt and running back Thomas Rawls stood next to Bennett each with a hand on his shoulder during the anthem. Teammates Cliff Avril and Frank Clark also sat with Bennett for the final moments of the anthem.
Marshawn Lynch was greeted by a thunderous ovation before his first home game with the Oakland Raiders.
Beast Mode then once again sat for the national anthem.
Lynch’s return to Oakland has been highly anticipated. He came out of retirement for the chance to play for his hometown team before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.
Many fans wore Lynch jerseys too the game and baseball Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson lit the Al Davis torch before kickoff. Henderson and Lynch both attended Oakland Technical High School.
DeShone Kizer returned to the Browns huddle after missing extensive time in a game against the Ravens with a migraine headache.
The Cleveland rookie out of Notre Dame was removed after four series and with the Browns trailing 14-0 in the second quarter.
Kizer was 6 for 11 for 81 yards and an interception. He also lost a fumble.
He was replaced by second-year pro Kevin Hogan, who promptly moved Cleveland 83 yards for a touchdown.
Kizer returned in the third quarter with Cleveland trailing 21-10. The Browns went three-and-out.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was shaken up and helped off the field late in the third quarter after being sacked for the sixth time, but he didn’t miss a play.
The team said it was an ankle injury.
Newton remained on the ground for several minutes after Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes beat left tackle Matt Kalil with a spin move and corralled the quarterback in the backfield on third down, forcing a Carolina punt. It appeared that Hughes’ knee hit Newton in the head.
Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn calls for a time out during the first of an NFL football game against Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Newton was taken under a blue tent on the Carolina sideline but emerged with a football and began throwing passes.
He played the next Carolina offensive series.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will miss the remainder of the game against the Buffalo Bills with a right foot injury.
Olsen sustained the injury in the first half and team announced that he will not return Sunday.
The sturdy, reliable Olsen has not missed a game in the last nine seasons. He is the only tight end in NFL history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons.
The Eagles and Chiefs played perhaps the sloppiest final two minutes of a half you’ll ever see.
The Eagles’ Darren Sproles began the cacophony of errors when he fumbled a punt deep in their own territory. Kansas City was forced to settle for a field goal with 17 seconds left, though, when Alex Smith was sacked and the drive went nowhere.
After the kickoff, Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz threw a pass that the Chiefs’ Terrance Mitchell should have picked off, but instead it ricocheted to tight end Zach Ertz for a 53-yard gain. That should have set up a chip-shot field goal, but Jake Elliott missed it as time expired.
So, the Chiefs lead Philadelphia 6-3 at halftime.
The Eagles’ ailing secondary lost two more players when starting safety Rodney McLeod and backup cornerback Jaylen Watkins left with hamstring injuries in the first half of their game in Kansas City.
Philadelphia was already playing without starting cornerback Ronald Darby, who dislocated his ankle in last week’s win in Washington. Patrick Robinson and rookie Rasul Douglas were next on the depth chart but it was Watkins who began taking on a bigger role against Kansas City.
He pulled up grabbing his hamstring while covering a punt into the end zone.
One of the newest Eagles got Philadelphia on the board at Kansas City.
The Chiefs and Eagles swapped field goals in the first quarter of their matchup.
The Chiefs aired it out to tight end Travis Kelce on their opening drive, looking much like they did in dissecting New England in their opener more than a week ago. The Eagles responded by marching 58 yards to get Jake Elliott’s first career field goal.
Elliott was signed on Tuesday to replace the injured Caleb Sturgis.
The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback change is already paying off.
One week after getting routed by the Rams 46-9, Jacoby Brissett replaced Scott Tolzien and helped the Colts take their first lead of the season 7-0 over Arizona.
Indy converted its first three third downs of the game after going 0 for 10 last week. After the Cardinals were penalized for leverage trying to block a field goal attempt, the Colts got another shot and Frank Gore punched it on a 5-yard TD run with 7:38 to go.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers began their games Sunday with tributes to those affected by Hurricane Irma.
Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., who grew up in St. Petersburg and played at the University of Florida, carried the state flag onto field.
The Jaguars and first responders held a giant American flag during the national anthem.
Both teams and the Miami Dolphins, who play at the Los Angeles Chargers, wore “ONE FLORIDA” decals on their helmets.
Cynthia Welsh, of Sarasota, said being at the stadium in Tampa restored a sense of normalcy, if only for a few hours.
“I think it’s really important because it gets people’s spirits back up after you’ve been inside for so long and so afraid,” Welsh said. “It’s nice just to be able to be happy and be around other people. I don’t think winning is important.”
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