Week 12 of the NFL season is an exciting one as we will see a trio of games on Thanksgiving day, followed by the rest of the action on Sunday and Monday.
With the season starting to wind down, teams around the league are jockeying for playoff position. While most of the focus is on the action on the field, let’s take a look at some of the stories from off the field this week.
Adrian Peterson’s Stay With Titans Is Short-Lived
Adrian Peterson, a sure-fire future Hall-of-Famer, will have to wait a little bit longer if he wants to join the exclusive 15,000-yard rushing mark.
On Tuesday, the Titans announced that they had parted ways with the 36-year-old veteran after just three games with the team. In those three games, Peterson rushed 27 times for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Of course, the Titans only signed him after star running back Derrick Henry hit the injured reserve. Still, it just didn’t seem like Peterson had much left in the tank, and the Titans will instead opt to go with the likes of Dontrell Hilliard, D’Onta Foreman, and Jeremy McNichols.
Bears Making News For All The Wrong Reasons
It has certainly been a tough week to be a Chicago Bears fan. Not only did the team lose to a Baltimore Ravens team that was playing without Lamar Jackson in Week 11, but the news since has been even more tumultuous.
First, it was announced that rookie quarterback Justin Fields, who is dealing with a rib injury, will not play in the team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Lions. In his stead, veteran Andy Dalton (471 yards, three touchdowns) will take his place.
Furthermore, it was announced over the weekend that All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury. While he has missed the last couple of games for Chicago, this is still a blow for a Bears’ defense that ranks 21st in points allowed per game (24).
To add to the stress of the week, a report came out by journalist Mark Konkol indicating that this week’s game would be the last for head coach Matt Nagy. While Nagy has come out and denied these reports, neither ownership nor general manager Ryan Pace had as of late Tuesday night.
It is possible that the information is incorrect, but as the saying goes, sometimes, where there is smoke, there is fire. Nagy’s is certainly on the hot seat, and it seems to be sizzling at this point.
Sutton Agrees To Extension With Denver
According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, it appears that Broncos’ wide receiver Courtland Sutton will be staying in Denver for the foreseeable future.
On Monday, it was announced that he had signed a deal worth just under $61 million for the next four years. The deal also includes $34.9 million in guaranteed money.
This season, the 26-year-old receiver has 43 receptions for 617 yards and two touchdowns.
The Broncos are currently fourth in the AFC West with a record of 5-5.
Versatile Hill Signs Extension
Courtland Sutton isn’t the only one who has agreed to an extension. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Taysom Hill and the New Orleans Saints agreed to an extension on Monday.
Hill’s extension is definitely unique as it is partially dependent on what position he plays. Used as a part-time quarterback and running back, the deal could pay him anywhere from $40 million to $95 million.
This season, Hill has rushed 20 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns. He also has thrown for 56 yards.
To date, Hill has not been used as a true quarterback as much as last season. Last year, Hill threw for 928 yards and four touchdowns.
At 5-5, the Saints are fighting to stay in the NFC South race, but they currently sit two games behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.