There’s plenty going on in the NFL as the regular season reaches the final five weeks. Here’s a look at the latest happenings around the league this week:
Garoppolo Avoids Surgery, Could Return For Postseason
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a fractured foot on Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan announced that his season was over. However, after a more thorough examination by team doctors, they have determined that he won’t require surgery to recover. If everything goes according to plan, he could return to play in seven to eight weeks.
The NFC divisional round of the playoffs will be in seven weeks, and they hope to still be in the postseason race at that point. Besides the uncertainty in their starting quarterback’s recovery, making it that far in the playoffs means rookie quarterback Brock Purdy will be playing well. That would also make it difficult for the team to replace him for someone who missed two months recovering from an injury.
Mayfield Claimed By Rams Off Waivers
Quarterback Baker Mayfield has a new team after being waived by the Carolina Panthers two days ago. The Los Angeles Rams have added the former top draft pick to help bolster the quarterback position after Matthew Stafford was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury.
In his six starts for Carolina this season, Mayfield had a 1-5 record and threw for six touchdowns and six interceptions. In his last game, he had two interceptions against Baltimore in a 13-3 loss in Week 11.
The Rams know they won’t be in the postseason after starting 3-9 this season, but have time to take a look at Mayfield to see if they want to keep him as a backup to Stafford next season. They also will only have to take on $1.35 million of Mayfield’s salary this year. The other reason LA thought it was a good move to sign him is to keep division rival San Francisco from claiming Mayfield after their quarterback Garoppolo suffered a broken foot this past Sunday.
Titan Fire GM Robinson
The Tennessee Titans have announced the firing of general manager Jon Robinson. This comes after the team had a 7-5 record and was leading the AFC South standings entering Week 14 of the regular season. Vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden will take over his duties for the rest of the season as the team begins the process of hiring another GM at the end of the year. Robinson was hired in 2016 and was also made executive vice president of the organization in 2017.
The team had been under scrutiny for some recent roster moves, including the trade that sent star wide receiver A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles this season. The Eagles came into town on Sunday and gave the Titans a 35-10 trouncing, with Brown getting 118 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans have failed to push to the next level after winning their division for two straight years and going into the playoffs as the top seed in the conference in last year’s postseason, only to lose to the Cincinnati Bengals in the divisional round. However, there’s no doubt that Brown’s performance against them on Sunday was the last straw for owner Amy Adams Strunk, who released a statement regarding the firing on Tuesday.