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Broncos Activate 3 QBs Following COVID-19 Rules Violations

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) sacks Denver Broncos quarterback Kendall Hinton (2) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Quarterbacks Drew Lock, Brett Rypien and Blake Bortles will be allowed to rejoin their teammates at practice Wednesday after the Denver Broncos activated them from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday.

Their return means practice squad receiver Kendall Hinton won’t have to be the one taking the snaps at Kansas City (10-1) next weekend as he did in Denver’s 31-3 loss to New Orleans on Sunday.

The Broncos (4-7) were forced to play the Saints without any of their quarterbacks after Lock, Rypien and Bortles were deemed high-risk close contacts 24 hours earlier for having been mask-less around QB Jeff Driskel before he tested positive for the coronavirus on Thanksgiving.

The NFL denied Denver’s request to push the Saints game back 48 hours, which would have allowed their QBs to return to action. So they turned to Hinton, a former quarterback in college, and sprinkled in some direct snaps to running backs Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay.

Lock, Rypien and Bortles were removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list after testing negative Tuesday for a fifth consecutive day.

The NFL didn’t allow teams to gather at their facilities Monday or Tuesday so Lock, Rypien and Bortles will be able to rejoin their teammates Wednesday at practice (meetings are being conducted remotely).

Lock and Rypien return to the Broncos’ active roster, and Bortles returns to the practice squad.

Denver coach Vic Fangio said Monday that the Broncos would discuss isolating Bortles in case another quarterback quandary arises, but he stressed the team should “be fine” if players would just follow the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

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Jaguars Upset Ravens 28-27

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Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida Sports Channel)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) beat the Baltimore Ravens (7-4) 28-27 on their first visit to TIAA Bank Field since 2016. This was an exciting game with multiple lead changes before the Jaguars closed it out with seconds to spare. 

Today’s game started 25 minutes later than the 1:00 p.m. planned kickoff, due to heavy rains. Fortunately, the skies cleared up and the weather was perfect for the whole game. Ravens K Justin Tucker put up a 27 yard field goal to cap off Baltimore’s first drive. He added a 29 yard three pointer later in the first quarter, to put the Ravens up 6-0 heading into the second.

The Jaguars scored with a 28 yard touchdown pass from QB Trevor Lawrence to RB JaMycal Hasty on their first drive of the quarter. K Riley Patterson added an extra point to put the Jags ahead 7-6. But Justin Tucker’s 55 yard field goal returned the lead to the Ravens, 9-7, until Patterson’s 22 yard field goal gave the lead back to the Jaguars, 10-9 heading into the half.

Justin Tucker added a 24 yard field goal to put the Ravens up 12-10 midway through the third, the only points scored that quarter.

Ravens RB Gus Edwards scored a 1 yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, followed by Justin Tucker’s extra point, to extend the Ravens lead 19-10. But a 1 yard Trevor Lawrence touchdown pass to WR Jamal Agnew followed by Riley Patterson’s extra point narrowed the Jaguars’ deficit to two points. Soon after, a fumble by Ravens SS Andrew Wingard was recovered by Jaguars CB Tevaughn Campbell, which later set up a 29 yard Riley Patterson field goal, to put the Jaguars ahead 20-19. But QB Lamar Jackson’s first touchdown pass of the game, a 12 yarder to TE Josh Oliver, was followed by a Jackson to TE Mark Andrews two point conversion, to put the Ravens up 27-20. The Jaguars final drive ended with a 10 yard Trevor Lawrence to WR Marvin Jones Jr. touchdown pass, and they succeeded in scoring a Lawrence to Zay Jones two point conversion, which put the Jags up 28-27. Justin Tucker was unable to score a 67 yard field goal as time expired.

Today’s first DUUUVAL was delivered by actor Asher Grosman who stars in the CBS sitcom, Ghosts, and is a lifelong Jaguars fan.

Actor Asher Goodman on the field before delivering the First DUUUVAL. Photo credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida Sports Channel)

Trevor Lawrence finished with 321 yards and 3 touchdowns. JaMycal Hasty led the Jaguars rushing with 28 yards. Zay Jones was the leading receiver with 145 yards.

Today’s attendance was 59,560. The Jaguars travel to Detroit to face the Lions next Sunday, 12/4. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. at Ford Field. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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Jaguars Beat Raiders to End Five Game Losing Streak

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) ended their five game losing streak, beating the Las Vegas Raiders (2-6) by a score of 27-20 in front of their home team crowd. The Jaguars’ offense looked a little sluggish early on, perhaps because of the challenges of traveling back from London after their game against the Denver Broncos. The Jags have traditionally had their bye week right after their overseas game at Wembley Stadium, but this season, Jacksonville won’t get their bye until week eleven of this season. Fortunately, the team’s offense kicked in for the second half of the game and finished strong.

The Raiders were the first to score late in the first quarter with QB Derek Carr’s 25 yard touchdown pass to WR Davante Adams. K Daniel Carson added the extra point, putting the Raiders up 7-0 heading into the second quarter.

Daniel Carlson kicked a 38 yard field goal less than a minute into the quarter, extending the Raiders lead to 10-0. On the Raiders next drive, Derek Carr added a 38 yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams, followed by another Carlson extra point, bringing the score to 17-0. But the Jaguars followed with a drive led by RB Travis Etienne Jr., whose one yard touchdown run put the first points on the board for the Jaguars. K Riley Patterson’s extra point narrowed the Raiders lead to 17-7. A second 38 yard Carlson field goal extended the Raiders lead to 20-7. Patterson’s 44 yard field goal as time on the clock expired had the Jaguars down 20-10 at the half.

Travis Etienne Jr.’s 1 yard touchdown run. Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo (Florida National News)

The Jaguars’ first drive of the second half ended with a seven yard touchdown pass from QB Trevor Lawrence to WR Christian Kirk, and a Riley Patterson extra point, making the score 20-17. Rain had some fans running for cover for part of the quarter, but the score remained 20-17 at the end of the third, and the sunny skies returned.

The Jaguars scored on the first play of the fourth quarter, as Travis Etienne Jr. ran five yards into the end zone, and Riley Patterson added an extra point. The Jaguars moved into the lead for the first time of the game, up 24-20. The quarter also featured a shirtless fan who ran downfield before he was finally tackled by security and escorted off the field by police. Riley Patterson missed a 41 yard field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter, as the ball bounced off the right goal post. But the Jags were able to stop the Raiders from scoring, and Patterson redeemed himself with a 48 yard field goal. The Jaguars defense succeeded in stopping the Raiders, including a sack of Derek Carr by DE Dawuane Smoot and an interception by LB Devin Lloyd, as the Jaguars won 27-20.

Today marked the Jaguars’ “Salute to Service” game, which is the NFL’s year-round commitment to honor, empower, and connect with the nation’s service members, veterans, and their families.

Salute to Service. Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo (Florida National News)

The last time the Raiders faced the Jaguars was the final game at Oakland Coliseum on Dec. 15, 2019. This was their first regular season matchup since the Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020. In their ten games against each other, the Jaguars record is now 6-4.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 235 yards and a touchdown. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars rushing with 109 yards and two touchdowns. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 76 yards and a touchdown.

Today’s attendance was 62,758. The Jaguars travel to Arrowhead Stadium to face the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday, 11/13. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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Jaguars Lose To Giants For 19th Loss in a Row to NFC Foes

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Florida Sports Channel) – The Jacksonville Jaguars lost their 19th game in a row to NFC teams with today’s 23-17 defeat against the New York Giants. The Jags’ last NFC victory was against the Giants in the opening game of the 2018 season.

The Giants scored on their first nine play drive, which was capped off by a 32 yard QB Daniel Jones touchdown pass to WR Darius Slayton, followed by K Graham Gano’s extra point. But the Jaguars responded with their own six play drive, highlighted by a seven yard RB Travis Etienne Jr. sprint past the goal line. After a two-point conversion on another Etienne run, the Jags led 8-7, which remained the score at the end of the first quarter.

Travis Etienne Jr. scores (Photo credit: Rafael Crisostomo)

Early in the second quarter, the Jags fell short of scoring another touchdown, but K Riley Patterson’s 27 yard field goal extended their lead to 11-7. The Giants responded on their next drive with a 33 yard field goal by Graham Gano, to bring New York just a point behind Jacksonville. The Jags came close to scoring, but the Giants’ FS Xavier McKinney forced a Travis Etienne Jr. fumble that was recovered by NY’s SS Julian Love in the end zone. That scoring drive ended with yet another 33 yard field goal by Gano, putting the Giants up 13-11 at the half.

Early in the third quarter, Travis Etienne Jr. excited Jaguars fans with a 49 yard run. That scoring drive later ended with a 1 yard QB Trevor Lawrence touchdown run. But Riley Patterson missed the extra point, which was blocked by CB Nick McCloud. But the Jags were up 17-13. The Jaguars defense also did a fine job stopping the Giants from scoring on their next drive, thwarting a pass attempt by Daniel Jones to WR Marcus Johnson on 4th down with 2 yards to go on the Jacksonville 3 yard line. The Jags also stopped the Giants’ next drive, as well. The score remained 17-13 at the end of the quarter.

A defensive interference penalty by Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell set up a one yard touchdown run by the Giants’ Daniel Jones. After Graham Gano’s extra point, the Giants pulled ahead 20-17. A 34 yard field goal by Gano extended the Giants lead to 23-17. The Jaguars put up a valiant effort in the final minute of the game, advancing to the one yard line, before time ran out.

Trevor Lawrence finished with 310 yards and a rushing touchdown. Travis Etienne Jr. led the Jaguars rushing with 114 yards and a touchdown. Christian Kirk was the leading receiver with 96 yards. OL Cam Robinson suffered a shoulder injury in the second quarter and was out for the rest of the game.

Today’s attendance was 65,664, the highest at TIAA Bank Field this season, though there were many more blue than teal jerseys in the seats. Next week, the Jaguars travel overseas to take on the Denver Broncos at London’s Wembley Stadium. Kickoff will be Sunday, 10/30 at 9:30 a.m. Be sure to follow www.FloridaSportsChannel.com and www.FloridaNationalNews.com for more.

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