Taking rugby league to the States? It’s already there, baby

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. The NRL are currently engaged in an extensive charm offensive in the United States, marketing next year’s fixtures in Las Vegas armed with a Steeden emblazoned in stars and stripes. The San Francisco 49ers’ Australian punter Mitch Wishnowsky needed less than 10 seconds to put his country’s athletic talents on the map stateside

Vikings WR Justin Jefferson (chest) ruled out vs. Raiders

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders due to a chest injury he suffered early in the second quarter. He was transported to a local hospital for precaution, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported.  Jefferson finished with two receptions for 27 yards in his first game back since being out the last seven games due to a hamstring injury.

Four unanswered quarterback questions heading into Sunday of Week 14

Sign up for NFL+ to watch The Insiders every Monday-Friday at noon ET for more exclusive reports. One of the defining themes of the 2023 season has been instability at the quarterback position. There have been an eye-popping number of backups starting games this year — 22, according to NFL Research. And there is a very real chance several teams with backup QBs make the playoffs and advance. Here is

Seahawks QB Geno Smith (groin) questionable for Sunday's matchup vs. 49ers

A late-arriving groin issue has thrown Geno Smith’s status for Week 14 into question. Smith is questionable for Seattle’s rematch with San Francisco, according to the team’s injury report. Head coach Pete Carroll sounded less than certain his quarterback would be able to go Sunday, telling reporters Friday “we’ll see.” “He just tweaked his groin a little bit yesterday,” Carroll explained. “Just kind of stumbled over somebody.” Smith had already

Eagles DBs: Can't allow Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb 'freestyle' their way to big plays Sunday

Philadelphia came out victorious in a Week 9 matchup against the rival Cowboys, but to duplicate that outcome on Sunday in Dallas, Eagles defenders know they must do a much better job slowing CeeDee Lamb. Lamb set a career-high with 191 receiving yards in Week 9, catching 11 of 16 passes. Of his 11 grabs, 10 went for 10-plus yards (his shortest for nine) and five for 20-plus yards. Eagles

Could Tyreek Hill become the first EVER wideout to win MVP?

Could Tyreek Hill become the first EVER wideout to win MVP? Explosive Dolphins star is on course to set the receiving yards record – and another Super Bowl is in reach – but 49ers QB Brock Purdy currently leads the way Quarterbacks have won NFL’s Most Valuable Player award 46 times since 1957 No wide receiver has ever clinched it, but Hill is enjoying a remarkable season provides all

Vikings QB Josh Dobbs to start Sunday vs. Raiders

Josh Dobbs is keeping his job for at least one more week. The Vikings are sticking with the quarterback nicknamed the “Passtronaut” in Week 14, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported. Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell announced Dobbs the starter against the Las Vegas Raiders. Minnesota considered making a change following its second straight defeat — and especially after Dobbs had a horrid night in a primetime

2023 fantasy football flex rankings: Top 150 RB/WR/TE options in Week 14

Pondering some tough flex choices for your fantasy lineup? Adam Rank sorts through the running backs, receivers and tight ends to present his top 150 flex options each week for the 2023 fantasy football season, with some useful nuggets of analysis sprinkled in. The ranking is based on a 1.0 PPR scoring format. NOTE: In a typical week, this ranking will be posted on Tuesday. Injury designations will be added,

Lions QB Jared Goff lauds TE Sam LaPorta after rookie's career day: 'He's a clutch player'

When Jared Goff needed a big play in Sunday’s shootout in New Orleans, the Detroit Lions quarterback turned to rookie sensation Sam LaPorta. The young tight end generated a career-high 140 receiving yards on nine catches with a touchdown in the 33-28 win over the Saints. It marked the most receiving yards in a game by a Lions rookie tight end in franchise history. LaPorta became the second rookie TE

Eagles no longer NFC's most dominant team after defense dismantled by 49ers

PHILADELPHIA – In hindsight, much of this season has felt like borrowed time for the Philadelphia Eagles.  A string of thrilling rallies and nail-biting victories had demonstrated resilience and confidence, yes, but it had also revealed the frailties that generate the need for rallies. The offense starts slow. The defense has holes, particularly in the defensive backfield. Deficits are built. Heroics are needed. Those comebacks built toughness, yes. The risk