News and notes to get you ready for Week 13 …
1. Kareem Hunt Hunt, and coming up with it empty in the offseason. This is an ex-state private security detective exercise in Cleveland, Florida. The league keeps two on-the-retire in every market as a supplement to its security department and those are usually ex-state police or ex-FBI with local law enforcement connections). The detective went to the hotel where the incident happened, and what told that, due to corporate policy. The detective then called the hotel chain's corporate headquarters, and hit another brick wall. After that, he went to the Cleveland Police Department, and he said there was no misdemeanor. So what what the detective is able to get? According to a source, he received the 9-1
2. The Chiefs, as I understand it, follows the league's lead throughout the case-standard procedure. As for how Friday went, the video that went up on TMZ constituted new information to the team, and once the club's decision-makers saw it, they made the call that Hunt was done as a Chief. Why the six-hour lay? That's about protecting the team competitively-there's no need to let them hunt on the other team, so they waited on the league. And once the NFL made its decision to put Hunt on the exempt list, the Chiefs felt comfortable he would not play again in 2018 and moved to release him. Hunt had not been truthful with them.
3. As for Hunt's future, while this technically is not a domestic violence case, he'll be concerned with the level of punishment. And the entry point there is six games. One thing to remember: A June incident in which Hunt allegedly punched a man at Ohio resort wants to be considered by the league as well. So, Hunt hit the waiver wire at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
4. Alright … now for football. And let's start with Vikings-Patriots, one of Week 13's marquee matchups, and some good news for the visitors to Foxboro. I'm told Minnesota expects to have Stefon Diggs (knee) without much limitation.
5. The Jets remain committed to letting Sam Darnold get to 100 percent. Last week, we told you this week about going to a toss-up. With uncertainty through the days leading up to today's game against the Titans, chances are the coaches play it safe with rookie again. He is injured, he is lying on his knees, he is lying in his back. Darnold makes no sense.
6. Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson . Rookie receiver Russell Gage
Speaking of option offenses Jeff Driskel against the Broncos in what could have been an elimination game for both teams. We mentioned Driskel's speed this week's Afternoon Quarterback and his inconsistencies as a passer. He was actually recruited to Florida to run Urban Meyer's spread. And Cincinnati OC Bill Lazor has background in running option concepts, having worked with Chip Kelly.
8. The Rams get Aqib Talib back, and that should help in Marcus Peters into better spots. Peters has dropped short of the standard he set for himself as a player in his first three years in the league. I'm told Talib wants to start and is full go, coming back off ankle surgery.
9. The Dolphins are expecting DeVante Parker (shoulder) for their crucial home game against the Bills today.
10. Mitchell Trubisky (listed as doubtful with his right shoulder issue) making the trip to New Jersey. I've talked to Bears coach Matt Nagy A bunch about the need for he and his quarterback to work on each other, and to that in Trubisky there's a look on Nagy call a game from the sidelines.
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